They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around the world — in the Middle East, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Africa, even the Philippines — the appearance of U.S. drones in the sky (and on the ground) is often Washington’s equivalent of the camel’s nose entering a new theater of operations in this country’s forever war against “terror.” Sometimes, however, the drones are more like the camel’s tail, arriving after less visible U.S. military forces have been in an area for a while.
via Rebecca Gordon’s blog | The Smirking Chimp
Young British Jews are facing a torrent of hatred from their own community for expressing solidarity with Gaza. And yet, more British Jews are struggling to see the values they hold reflected in the Israeli government.
via The British Jewish community won’t silence our solidarity with Gaza | +972 Magazine
WASHINGTON—After spending the better part of Monday afternoon watching live television coverage of the demonstrations in the hotly contested Gaza Strip, Donald Trump declared himself “absolutely fascinated” by the Israeli cultural tradition of slaughtering protestors. “It’s very beautiful, such a beautiful custom,” said Trump of the cherished Israeli pastime of mowing down unarmed Palestinians with rifle fire. “They’ve been doing this for years, but this is the first time I got a chance to watch the whole ritual. It’s really something, very powerful. Other countries use just tear gas, but here, they outright murder people for throwing glass bottles. I can really see something like this catching on in the United States.” Trump added he was “particularly moved” by the portion of the festivities that celebrated a 13-year-old Palestinian boy becoming a dead man.
via Trump Fascinated By Israeli Cultural Tradition Of Mass Slaughter Of Protesters
The Israeli attacks on Gaza protesters and the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem last week were also met by a chorus of concerns and criticisms from the Jewish-American community, many of whom identify as “pro-Israel”, including US Senator Bernie Sanders.
Israel quickly deployed its PR efforts to carefully manage its response to the international condemnation.
However, research in international conflict resolution shows how stands by cultural figures like Lorde and Portman can make important contributions to reducing violence and driving peace efforts. Evidence from fields as diverse as terrorism studies, peace building, and international conflict resolution demonstrates that an imbalance of power and associated human rights abuses are major blocks to achieving peace through dialogue.
The ConversationIsrael clearly maintains a significant power imbalance over the Palestinians. By refusing invitations to Israel to be potential PR instruments, these artists are refusing to contribute to this power imbalance that is a such heavy obstacle to peace.
via Israel’s Massive PR can’t obscure its Sordid Occupation, dumping of Peace Process
Destrying the PUBLIC TRUST
1985 ABC Budget was $475 Mill = 2018 $ 1 Billion today The ABC is the most efficient media in Australia that 1) Deleivers News, 2) Australian Production and Content 3) Democracy 4) Trust (ODT)
Beware of IPA Corporatism dimming the lights on Australia for Murdoch. (ODT)
A new book authored by the influential Institute of Public Affairs calls on the Turnbull government to privatise the ABC by giving it away for free to the ABC’s employees or Australian citizens.
Against Public Broadcasting, released on Friday night, labels the ABC “an anachronism” whose rationale is now redundant and which has become a $1 billion-a-year drain on the public purse.
via New IPA book calls on government to privatise the ABC by ‘giving it away’
That the Daily Telegraph should gift such an incendiary line with a screaming front page headline should surprise no one, given the paper’s unmatched consistency as an amplifier of the politics of hate. This is the water we all swim in now: Pauline Hanson’s shambolic ascendency may be stalled for the moment, but there is still, as yet, no obvious political penalty for bareknuckle political assaults on whole groups of people based only on their skin colour, heritage or religion.
And there needs to be, because while amateurs like Hanson try to wrench momentary advantage from these provocations, professionals like home affairs minister Peter Dutton are using them in more systematic ways.
via See you in the town square, Peter Dutton and Pauline Hanson | Scott Ludlam | Opinion | The Guardian
The Anti- Democratic Triumvariate is the LNP Government, the IPA and private trash media like News Corp. Murdoch wants digital news as click bait to read and inspire like the Herald Sun (ODT)
Media editor Dr Lee Duffield says a new complaint by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, comes against a background of ABC-baiting that strikes up mutual interest between radical-right politics and conservative media.
The worrying issue was this attitude:
- the Government would like news to be uncritical and friendly publicity;
- it will hit out at media that does not oblige; and
- it may mate-up with other media that join in the criticism, setting out to be its mouthpiece — for something in return.
via Government attacks on the ABC reveal conflict over Australia’s future
EXCEPTION OR THE RULE?
Why now when they stole wages,time,benefits,super,and dignity and went bust at the drop of a hat to avoid their obligations . It was the norm the exception were businesses and industries that didn’t. (ODT)
Victorian employers who deliberately underpay their workers could face prison under a re-elected Labor government.
The state will become the first Australian jurisdiction to criminalise wage theft if Labor wins November’s election, Premier Daniel Andrews will say on Saturday, pledging up to 10 years behind bars for the most serious offenders.
The promised reforms will carry fines of more than $150,000 for bosses and $950,000 for businesses found to deliberately withhold wages, superannuation or other entitlements, or found to falsify employment records or fail to keep the proper paperwork.
Labor promises to jail bosses over wage theft
BERLIN—Leaping at the chance to never again deal with the U.S. after North Korea’s disparaging remarks towards the vice president, leaders from the other 193 nations of the world began insulting Mike Pence Thursday in hopes of avoiding future meetings with President Donald Trump. “Mike Pence is just a dumbfuck partisan hack who doesn’t have the faintest clue about international relations or running a country,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, joining nearly 200 other presidents and prime ministers who mercilessly degraded Pence as “cowardly,” “full of crap,” and “repulsive” in a concerted effort to stave off any more direct contact with Trump or have him ever visit their countries. “Mike Pence was a shit governor of a shit state, and he’s as incompetent as he is ugly. Just a pandering, feckless asshole with the personality and intelligence of roadkill. Meeting him in person was one of the worst encounters of our lives—he and his whole family can go fuck themselves.” World leaders finished their comments by adding that if there were any justice in the world, Mike Pence would rot away alone in the dank halls of a federal penitentiary.
Another 193 Countries Begin Insulting Mike Pence In Hopes Of Avoiding Future Meetings With Trump
“The occupation directly targets journalists because it finds that the truth is bitter,” photojournalist Ibrahim Zanoun told The Electronic Intifada. Israeli snipers shot Zanoun in the arm while he was covering the march.
“Those who carry cameras with long-focus lenses are especially targeted,” said photojournalist Abdulrahman al-Kahlout, who was shot in the foot with live ammunition. “So that what’s happening on the ground remains hidden.”
via Video: Israel targets journalists in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada
It was comments from relatively new national security adviser John Bolton that gave the North Koreans an excuse to pull out.
A mis-timed reference to the ‘Libya model’ of denuclearisation in 2003 was interpreted as a US threat to topple Mr Kim, Gaddafi style.
Mr Trump then doubled down, suggesting total decimation would befall North Korea if a deal was not made, and Vice-President Mike Pence weighed in saying North Korea “may end like Libya”.
It was a return to “fire and fury”.
Top aide to Mr Kim, Choe Son-hui described the Vice-President’s remarks as “ignorant and stupid”.
via Donald Trump cancelling meeting with North Korea an unsurprising return to the norm – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The researchers investigated the overlap between socio-economic development and a range of climate change risks, to try to identify the vulnerability hotspots if the global mean temperature should rise by 1.5°C, 2°C or 3°C by 2050, compared with the pre-industrial baseline.
The researchers are from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the universities of Oxford (UK) and Washington (US).
They report in the journal Environmental Research Letters that they developed 14 impact indicators in three main sectors – water, energy, and food and environment. These indicators include a water stress index, water supply seasonality, clean cooking access, heat stress events, habitat degradation, and crop yield changes.
World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level
Electric vehicles are more efficient, cheaper to run, require less servicing and can be charged from renewable energy. Most importantly, for your health, they have zero tailpipe emissions. These include not just planet warming CO2, but noxious particulates, oxides of nitrogen and sulphur.
The Department of Environment and Energy discussion paper, Better Fuel for Cleaner Air, states:
‘Noxious emissions from motor vehicles are particularly harmful to human health.’
Poor air quality is responsible for an estimated 3,000 premature deaths in Australia each year at a cost to the economy of $7.8 billion. Australia’s vehicle emission and fuel standards are near the bottom of the OECD, an unacceptable fact given the impacts on cardiovascular, respiratory and infant and child health.
Deteriorating air quality is driving the development of electric cars. Most major car manufacturers are investing heavily in electric vehicles, as some nations look to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030-2040; the UK and France by 2040 and India by 2030. China last year announced aggressive new quotas for new energy vehicles (NEVs), meaning battery, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. One Chinese car company, Great Wall Motors, has invested in Australian lithium mining, signalling strong confidence in lithium, which is used for electric vehicles and energy storage.
via Electric vehicles threaten oil but are a boon for health
The network effect of 97% of the population being connected via fibre is a vision that won’t be reached anytime soon. And the blame for this can be seen to be laid at the feet of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and current Prime Minister and former Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK (or NBN for short) could have been a game changing national infrastructure project for the 21st century and possibly beyond. That was the vision of the then Kevin Rudd-led Labor government after winning the 2007 federal election. Originally to be delivered via Fibre to The Node (FTTN) technology to 98% of premises, but later changed to the more future-proof Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), the NBN was to be nation changing.
The maximum line speed NBN proposed for the majority of customers on FTTP was 100 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload. The beauty of fibre internet, though, is that at some point in the future this could be theoretically upgraded to 1 gigabit per second symmetrical and, who knows, even 10 gigabits per second. That’s the beauty of fibre. Once the fibre optic cable is laid into the ground it takes minimal effort to upgrade the equipment at either end of the cable to produce breathtaking results.
via The tragedy of Australia’s NBN
The letter was released publicly within hours of Western journalists confirming they had witnessed the demolition of North Korea’s remote nuclear test site at Punggye-Ri.
That act was supposed to signal North Korea’s willingness to negotiate with the US over denuclearisation at the June 12 meeting.
CNN’s Will Ripley, among the journalists to witness the demolition of the nuclear site, said there was “a real sense of shock among the people I was sitting with, the North Korean officials” when he
received the phone call and was told the summit was off. The reporters had to inform the North Korean officials of the news.
via Donald Trump cancels summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un
Stormy Daniels at Erotica Los Angeles 2009. (James Chang / Wikimedia)
Suddenly, the emphasis in the term sex workers has shifted to sex workers.
It has happened in a matter of months.
My friends on the left, and some in academia, will say, oh no, it’s been going on for a long time. It has, in certain segments. But not in the mainstream. Not in the general public. Until now.
Much of the credit has to go to Stormy Daniels
A porn actress is in a dispute with the president of the United States, and the sex worker has more credibility than Trump.
When she appears on television, she is more composed, more coherent and more contained than the petulant, pugnacious president.
His tales are ever-changing. According to him—directly, and through various spokespersons, including Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Michael Cohen—he never had sex with that woman. Nonetheless, she was paid $130,000. The money came through Michael Cohen, with one of Trump’s pseudonyms on the contract.
via Sex Workers Go Mainstream
“Justice is the cornerstone of peace,” he said. “As such we view this step as advancing the prospects of peace.”
The United States disagreed.
“We have made clear that we oppose actions against Israel at the ICC as counterproductive to the cause of peace,” said Edgar Vasquez, spokesman for the US State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
via Gaza strip: Israeli air strikes target moored boat
Palestine has submitted a formal referral to the International Criminal Court in the Hague over Israeli sniping with live fire at peaceful Gaza protesters this spring, which killed some 60 persons and literally wounded thousands.
Palestine, which is a cautious and timid government, had earlier declined to go to the ICC, in hopes instead of reaching a negotiated settlement. The Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, however, forestalled a negotiated settlement on that issue. Israel’s illegal flooding of its citizens onto Palestinian property in the West Bank and refusal to negotiate any freeze in squatter settlements has also convinced Palestine that the US-Israeli “peace process” is a cover for slow genocide. Ironically, it was Trump’s lack of diplomatic grace that in large part impelled this step.
via Palestine takes Israel to Int’l Criminal Court at Hague over Gaza Massacre
The politically charged emails between the APS boss and the IPA have again highlighted its partisan nature — does this disqualify it from being a charity? Rosie Williams reports.
Senate Estimates this week have thrown a spotlight on relationships between the highest echelons of the Australian Public Service and rightwing “charity”, the Institute of Public Affairs.
via John Lloyd APS scandal: Should the partisan IPA lose charitable tax status?
“I share it with the house because I believe it to be in the national interest. My duty, first and foremost, is to the Australian people and the preservation of the ideals and democratic traditions of our Commonwealth.” The Chinese Communist Party, Hastie claimed, was “working to covertly interfere with our media, our universities and also influence our political processes and public debates”.
While such revelations are delivered with a sense of heavy moral responsibility, much of it is stretched. Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was almost dismissive in claiming that the content was hardly novel. Turnbull dumped some cold water on Hastie’s fire by claiming that “the specific allegations that were made… were not new.” But getting on the China bandwagon of condemnation is all the rage. Parliament has already sought to curb that vague and immeasurable term “influence” with legislation that muddies rather than clears the water. When the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 was introduced, it signalled a new front in an inchoate war that, on closer inspection, merely looks like a good stab at civil liberties and an attempt to harness paranoia.
via Australia’s China Syndrome – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Move along, nothing to see here… except for more than 100 unarmed protestors shot dead by Israeli snipers and thousands more injured Palestinians, including over 700 children. Michael Brull reviews Australia’s political and media response to Israel’s latest atrocity.
via Australia’s Shameful Complicity With Israeli Atrocities, And The Media’s Determination To Cover It Up – New Matilda
The Whitlam Governments Achievements
“In his brief three years the Prime Minister produced profound and lasting changes – reforms which could not have been so broadly conceived and so firmly implemented by a lesser man. The Whitlam Government without doubt was the most creative and innovatory in the nations history. Under Whitlam, Australia’s foreign policy came of age. His Government made education its top priority and poured money into schools and colleges throughout the country. It created Medibank, set up community health centers, gave a new deal to pensioners, took an active role in urban improvement and development, provided funds directly to local government, and gave a healthy boost to sexual equality and aboriginal advancement. It promoted greater Australian ownership and control of resources, legislated against restrictive trade practices, introduced the most civilised and sensible divorce laws in the world, gave encouragement to the arts, and in its final budget implemented some fundamental reforms which made the income tax system considerably more equitable. Whitlam himself dominated both his party and the Parliament, and he commanded respect when he traveled overseas in a way no previous Australian Prime Minister had done.”
via Day to Day Politics: Bloody Hell, just get it done. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
While Hamas did provide logistical support throughout the protests, nearly all young activists I have interviewed saw their resistance as distinct from any political party – Fatah or Hamas, neither of which has served Palestinian civilians well.
To suggest that young activists are passive pawns manipulated by the parties undercuts the agency and leadership that young Palestinians have expressed in the absence of strong leaders.
via Five myths about Palestine’s youth activists – debunked
Only around 30 countries took part in the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem last week. Not coincidentally, Israel’s ties with most of them are based on arms sales used to carry out gross human rights violations.
via U.S. Embassy opening: A who’s who of the Israeli arms trade | +972 Magazine
News Corp’s greatest economic achievement so far this yera (ODT)
China’s hawkish Global Times newspaper has called for Beijing to cancel Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to China.
Mr Turnbull is due to visit Beijing this year under an annual leaders dialogue agreement and last Friday said he looked forward to doing so.
via Chinese media calls for Turnbull visit to be called off
government who seems to view Treasury as their private piggy bank to use as they see fit, a government that showers largesse on their supporters at our expense, a government who thinks we have no right to know what they are doing as they strip away our privacy rights in the name of national security.
The latest example is the gifting of almost half a billion dollars to ‘save the reef’ to a charity who, last year, spent (or promised to spend) $5.9 million on “science investments” whilst spending $1.44 million on “employee benefits” and another $1.7 million on various administrative expenses. They have six full-time employees and a further five part-time employees who have “roles relating to science, marketing, communications and accounting.”
This gift was made without any tender process or any consultation with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority who have 206 full-time equivalent employees.
via Dodgy dealings – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Journalists from national news organizations were barred from a summit in Washington on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday, convened by the embattled environmental protection agency (EPA) chief, Scott Pruitt. One reporter was manhandled out of the building.
via Journalists barred from EPA summit on harmful water contaminants | Media | The Guardian
You know the ABC is doing it’s job and doing it well when governments and News Corp are heard complaining (ODT)
The Turnbull government has lodged a second series of complaints to the ABC about the network’s chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici, this time over her reporting on innovation tax credits.
via ABC lodged second complaint from Malcolm Turnbull about Emma Alberici
Over the last year, wind and solar power tariffs have fallen to a record low of around Rs2.4 per unit, much lower than the average of Rs3.7 per unit at which analysts say coal-based power is currently being sold on India’s power exchanges.
via Cheap solar and wind energy prices are killing India’s coal power plants — Quartz
While Palestinians were being slaughtered, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was declaring this a most glorious day.
via Israel turns 70 as Palestine bleeds and grieves
An Adelaide Jewish leader is calling for stronger hate crime laws, following a wave of pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic posters and stickers appearing around the city, including on university campuses and at a local synagogue.
via Adelaide synagogue targeted with neo-Nazi posters linked to Antipodean Resistance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse in NSW.
via Archbishop of Adelaide found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse
Let’s stop and take a second to conceive how much $21 trillion is (which you can’t because our brains short-circuit, but we’ll try anyway).
1. The amount of money supposedly in the stock market is $30 trillion.
2. The GDP of the United States is $18.6 trillion.
3. Picture a stack of money. Now imagine that that stack of dollars is all $1,000 bills. Each bill says “$1,000” on it. How high do you imagine that stack of dollars would be if it were $1 trillion. It would be 63 miles high.
4. Imagine you make $40,000 a year. How long would it take you to make $1 trillion? Well, don’t sign up for this task, because it would take you 25 million years (which sounds like a long time, but I hear that the last 10 million really fly by because you already know your way around the office, where the coffee machine is, etc.).
The human brain is not meant to think about a trillion dollars.
via The Pentagon Can’t Account for $21 Trillion (That’s Not a Typo)
It’s as if the NRA is one step from saying ‘schools are the problem in America close them’. All the paid for Right solutions can be heard on FOX NEWS. Leave the other media what’s Left. (ODT)
In a tweet at the time of his election, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch called North a “total warrior for freedom” and “the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new president of the NRA board.”
via Pro-gun lobby blames ‘drugged’ students and abortion for shootings
It is unfortunately worth pointing out that although the Jews were on the receiving end of discourse about dangerous subhumans in the Germany of the 1940s, today in Israel it is all to common to hear politicians refer to Palestinians as “animals.” That discourse is how you get rules of engagement to the point where it is all right to shoot down unarmed, peaceful protesters in Gaza.
There are no undermen. All human beings have the same rights.
via Calling Latinos ‘Animals’ Echoes the Nazis
The president of the hard-right wing Carlingford Branch, George Popowski, says he wants to “straighten out the law and order system” by pushing the state back to colonial times with measures described by others as “Sharia-law style punishment”.
via Bring Back Beatings and Ban Immigrants, demands NSW Liberal Party Branch President
Mr Turnbull’s break-even point, therefore, if he wants to claim the Coalition has maintained employment relative to comparable countries, is 12,752,000 people employed. Above that, he can assert he has improved Australia’s standing. Below that, he must accept that he has allowed Australia’s employment fortunes to slip.
At just 12,501,000 people in jobs, he has, in fact, facilitated a dramatic slide.
via Australia slides further down the global rankings on jobs and growth
My thought for the day. (John Lord)
”Lying in the media is wrong at any time however when they do it by deliberate omission it is even more so. Murdoch’s papers seem to do it with impunity.”
PS: “Its is a pity that the written word cannot convey the tone of the spoken one. It has to rely on the skill of the writer.”
via Day to Day Politics: Liberal Party’s “women problem” and other stuff. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Israeli actions in Gaza are similar to those perpetrated against Jewish people during Nazi persecution, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Days earlier, he called Israel a “terrorist” and “apartheid” state.
“There is no difference between the atrocity faced by the Jewish people in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality that our Gaza brothers are subjected to,” Turkish President Erdogan said on Friday, as cited by AFP.
READ MORE: Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first
“The children of those being subject to all sorts of torture in concentration camps during World War II are now attacking Palestinians with methods that would put Nazis to shame,” Erdogan reiterated.
via Israelis are doing to Palestinians what Nazis did to Jews during WWII – Erdogan — RT World News
As Capitol Police arrived in the hall and told the students they would be arrested unless they left, one protester replied, “We don’t mind getting arrested.”
“One arrest, four arrests, a thousand arrests isn’t going to stop us until no more children are dying in their schools because of unnecessary guns in the hands of wrong people,” said one student as the police detained four members of the group who had refused to disperse.
via Hours After Texas School Shooting, Students Detained for Peacefully Protesting Outside Paul Ryan’s Office
The very idea that the government can control what words we use and don’t at a university-related event seems to violate everything we as a country hold dear about the independence of educational institutions from government control, not to mention the sanctity of free speech and the importance of public debate. But that, of course, was in the era before Donald Trump became president.
via How Trump’s 2000 lies are Termites chomping at the Foundations of Democracy
It was December 1984, and President Reagan had just been elected to his second term, Dynasty was the top show on TV and Madonna’s Like a Virgin topped the musical charts.It was also the last time the Earth had a cooler-than-average month.
Source: Global warming: April was 400th straight warmer-than-average month