There is no great mystery to Trumpian cultism. The answer is as old as human nature itself

The Mystery of Trumpian Cultism

But there is no great mystery to Trumpian cultism.  The answer is as old as human nature itself.

The two philosophies routinely viewed as polar opposites on the political spectrum are communism and fascism.  To many, this distinction seems ludicrous given that, under both systems, brutal dictators emerged, millions of people were killed, and fundamental freedoms and human rights were often viciously suppressed.

But two fundamental pillars that differentiate these ideologies are their views of human nature and intangibility vs. tangibility.
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For four years America teetered on the brink of fascism, and I have no doubt that Trump’s reelection would have pushed it over the edge. I’ll be the first to admit that Biden is no panacea to what ails America, and Congress is still inundated with mendacious and hypocritical Trump sycophants like Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell. So, while some may lament that Trump wasn’t given four more years, I still tremble at the thought of what those four more years would have wrought.

There is no great mystery to Trumpian cultism. The answer is as old as human nature itself

Sedition On Fox And Friends As Host Calls For State Legislatures To Switch Votes To Trump | Crooks and Liars

Sedition On Fox And Friends As Host Calls For State Legislatures To Switch Votes To Trump

Fox and Friends host Will Cain claimed Trump can steal the election from Biden if enough state legislators ignore the 2020 presidential election vote entirely and switch the electors to Trump.

Sedition On Fox And Friends As Host Calls For State Legislatures To Switch Votes To Trump | Crooks and Liars

The Dangerous Seduction of “Going Back to Normal” | The Smirking Chimp

“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised Thursday in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after Covid-13, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise about life after Trump.

The Dangerous Seduction of “Going Back to Normal” | The Smirking Chimp

Australia’s Hospitality Workers Aren’t “Entitled” — They Just Know How Much Their Work Is Worth

In a widely publicized article, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, two self-styled “Hospo Gurus” from Sydney, derided Australia’s hospitality workers as “whining” and “self-entitled.” Hospitality workers invite these shock jocks to take a look in the mirror.

Australia’s Hospitality Workers Aren’t “Entitled” — They Just Know How Much Their Work Is Worth

You gotta hit bottom – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It seemed that a lot of Americans didn’t vote for Trump as they had realised the country was at rock bottom. Australia surely is also at its own nadir. We have had no climate emissions plan for a decade due to political infighting as discussed recently and the competition on which side of politics can be more horrible to refugees which is thought to win votes. When those who are recovering from addiction are interviewed, a frequent discussion point is they realised they had hit rock bottom and someone or something gave them the impetus to commence the climb out of the abyss they found themselves in. Hopefully Biden is the impetus for the US to start climbing. Is it too difficult to hope that enough Australians realise at the next Federal Election that we have hit rock bottom, and elect parliamentarians that can show us the way out of our climate change denial and refugee abyss?

You gotta hit bottom – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Paul Bongiorno: Atrocious decisions all the way up the chain of command

If Newspoll is to be believed so far the Prime Minister is getting away with his evasions and obfuscations, but the two-point lead in the preferred party lead suggests the government hasn’t got a comforting buffer. Indeed, it is within the margin of error for a lineball result.

Paul Bongiorno: Atrocious decisions all the way up the chain of command

Three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030, Guardian Essential poll shows | Essential poll | The Guardian

Australia bushfire

Latest survey finds 75% support for setting net zero by 2030 target for emissions, and 81% support for net zero by 2050

Three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030, Guardian Essential poll shows | Essential poll | The Guardian

“Mind-boggling” waste revealed in the record rise in weapons spending – Michael West

Frigate, Royal Australian Navy

Australian governments and their defence leaders, with help from lobbyists, choose immensely complex, overpriced and overmanned weaponry. Wasteful spending has to end, writes Brian Toohey.

“Mind-boggling” waste revealed in the record rise in weapons spending – Michael West

Does Australia really have to be so strident when it comes to China? | Hamish McDonald | Opinion | The Guardian

Zhao Lijian’s tweet was a cheap shot but Scott Morrison’s response could have been more diplomatic

Does Australia really have to be so strident when it comes to China? | Hamish McDonald | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump is going to La La Land – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day The Office of the American President was once viewed by its people as an office of prestige and importance. Trump has reduced it to one of ridicule and contempt.

Trump is going to La La Land – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fox anchor Maria Bartiromo abets Trump’s lies to undermine democracy | Media Matters for America

Bartiromo Trump 11/29

Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo hosted President Donald Trump for an extended appearance on her show, where he told numerous lies as part of his democracy-undermining effort to claim that he actually won the 2020 presidential election. Bartiromo offered no pushback to Trump’s lies, and in fact encouraged him to lie at length about the election.

Fox anchor Maria Bartiromo abets Trump’s lies to undermine democracy | Media Matters for America

Trump rails at judges as another court rejects his lawyers’ claims of voter fraud | US news | The Guardian

After nearly 400 uncounted ballots were found, Biden actually increased his margin of victory – gaining an 257 additional votes to the president’s 125 additional votes. Once Dane county certifies its results, the state will move forward in its final certification process.

Trump rails at judges as another court rejects his lawyers’ claims of voter fraud | US news | The Guardian

Republicans have become the Party of Zombies and Loss at Polls won’t stop them from Coming for Biden

One thing is for certain: If the Biden administration doesn’t take firm and decisive action against the illegalities of the Trump team, if Biden doesn’t address the root causes of the zombification of half the electorate, the new president will be eaten alive.

Republicans have become the Party of Zombies and Loss at Polls won’t stop them from Coming for Biden

Would you eat this? The real food inside aged care facilities in Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Nine pictures of meals served in aged care.
Morrison and his Minister really care about the the invisible Australians

My stomach has really toughened up since working in aged care,” Nicole* told the ABC. “I once saw a sign in the kitchen saying ‘essence of chicken’ in a big bucket … it is a disgrace. Ads showing ‘nutritionally balanced’ food are blatant lies.”

Would you eat this? The real food inside aged care facilities in Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Revealed by the Wikileaks exposé: The fragile, thieving ‘un-Australian’ lie

No one knows what a right-wing politician means when they say ‘un-Australian’ in the present, least of all the politician saying it. It is not even a negation, but blanker than that. It reduces the meaning of Australian-ness down to whatever might, or might not, live inside the unconscious borders of the speaker at that particular time. ‘This is so postmodern’, I thought, the first time I heard one of the crazies say it, and I could almost smell the stale Union beer.

Revealed by the Wikileaks exposé: The fragile, thieving ‘un-Australian’ lie

Scott Morrison – you are a fraud – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The man in charge of our government at present is far too similar to Donald Trump for comfort. He tells lies – as do, it seems, far too many politicians – but he does so with a frequency and purpose that makes his behaviour seem unexceptional, because it is consistent. His hubris is such that he does not even perceive, or, if he does, he does not care, that his plans to achieve, and retain a firm grip on, power are seriously damaging the future for most of those affected by his policy decisions. He is, in consequence, a dangerous man to be allowed to hold the reins of power.

Scott Morrison – you are a fraud – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Josh Kraushaar: Republican Boycott of Georgia Senate Runoff

A number of prominent Trump supporters on social media platforms like Twitter and Parler have called for Republicans to boycott the Georgia runoff elections if the president’s claims of voter fraud are not taken seriously. Lin Wood, a QAnon conspiracy theorist who is leading pro-Trump legal challenges int he state, tweeted last week that “I will NOT vote in GA runoff” if those false allegations of widespread fraud were not resolved by the state’s Republican leadership.

Josh Kraushaar: Republican Boycott of Georgia Senate Runoff

Former security officials warn Donald Trump won’t keep state secrets | The Independent

Loose Lips Sink Ships

American security experts are concerned that Donald Trump will be unable to keep state secrets when he leaves the White House, and should be barred from receiving future intelligence briefings, according to reports.

Former security officials warn Donald Trump won’t keep state secrets | The Independent

The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street’s Latest Records. Americans of Modest Means Are Draining 401(k)s. | The Smirking Chimp

At the end of this past June, the most recent Federal Reserve data point available, the nation’s poorest half held less than 1 percent of the nation’s stock holdings, just 0.6 percent. The nation’s poorest 90 percent, all combined, now hold just 11.8 percent of the nation’s stocks.

The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street’s Latest Records. Americans of Modest Means Are Draining 401(k)s. | The Smirking Chimp

Biden’s cabinet picks are globally respected, but one obstacle remains for the US to ‘lead the world’ again

But there’s one significant hurdle still looming. If the Democrats can’t gain control of the Senate by winning the two run-off elections in Georgia in early January, the Republican-led chamber will likely aim to block Biden’s aims of resuming a constructive global role.

Biden’s cabinet picks are globally respected, but one obstacle remains for the US to ‘lead the world’ again

Money-laundering bill finally back in Parliament despite fight by Law Council, property lobby – Michael West

As Australia is a global pariah on climate change, it is a pariah for not cracking down on money laundering and financial crime that facilitates child exploitation and terrorism. But with the Greens’ amendment to the anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing bill to be debated this week, Labor, the Coalition and the cross-bench senators will have to decide: are they owned by the powerful property, accountancy and legal industries or not? Tasha May reports.

Money-laundering bill finally back in Parliament despite fight by Law Council, property lobby – Michael West

‘Borrower beware’ of new responsible lending laws

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wants to make it easier for consumers to obtain loans.
Debt Slave Trade Garantor

More than 120 consumer, legal and other associations and almost 100 “prominent individuals” have signed an open letter to MPs urging them to reject a bill that would axe important borrower protections.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s decision to overhaul the National Consumer Credit Act is an attempt at making it easier for consumers to obtain loans and spur growth as the economy slides into recession.

‘Borrower beware’ of new responsible lending laws

Australia is guilty of state-sponsored terrorism | Asia | Al Jazeera

Chief of the Australian Defence Force General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the inspector general of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra on November 19, 2020 [Mick Tsikas/Pool Photo via AP]

Australia’s prime minister may not want to admit his country’s guilt. Australia’s defence force chief may not want to admit his country’s guilt. Australians may not want to admit their country’s guilt. But admit it, they must.

Australia is guilty of state-sponsored terrorism | Asia | Al Jazeera

News Corp received ‘blank cheque’ approach for Foxtel stake

Foxtel boss Patrick Delany.
News Corpse

Under the terms of the deal, the SPAC would have acquired a major stake in Foxtel and paid off a large amount of the pay TV company’s $2.1 billion debt pile. The sources said News Corp would have kept a substantial holding in Foxtel under the proposal, which was not successful. A spokesperson for News Corp declined to comment. Foxtel and Telstra, which owns 35 per cent of the pay TV company, also declined to comment. Advertisement

News Corp received ‘blank cheque’ approach for Foxtel stake

Scott Morrison’s new vision for Australia accepts the old global order is changing – ABC News

A composite image of Xi Jinping and Scott Morrison against red backdrops
Trump’s Teflon Man Morrison is not

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australia’s top diplomat, Frances Adamson, have both set out a vision for Australia that accepts the old order is changing.

Scott Morrison’s new vision for Australia accepts the old global order is changing – ABC News

‎The Lincoln Project: The Flynn Pardon, The Trump Legal Team Failure, and the Biden National Security Team—The Weekly Roundup on Apple Podcasts

The Flynn Pardon, The Trump Legal Team Failure, and the Biden National …

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders George Conway and Jennifer Horn, and Lincoln Project senior advisor John Sipher to discuss the top news stories of the week: Trump’s pardoning of Michael Flynn, the Trump legal team’s failures to win court cases, the announcement of Biden’s top national security team, and the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.

57 min

What to do about Trump’s crimes

What to do about Trump’s crimes

The only Perfect Call was Mary Trump’s and nobody seemed to meaningfully listen (ODT)

Donald Trump is personally liable for over $400 million in loans, much of it coming due within a year of leaving office. When combined with debts held by the Trump Organisation, he may be over a billion dollars in the red. Trump faces State-level prosecution and the likely exposure of many more federal crimes when he no longer controls America’s government. This may explain Trump’s refusal to concede the result of the Election and puts Trump on a collision course with the democratic reality of peacefully leaving office. The lame duck period of presidential transition, finally now in motion, is normally an uneventful period of political stagnation. Not with this president. Trump has decapitated the civilian leadership of the Pentagon, withdrawn America from the Open Skies Treaty (designed to avoid accidental military escalation) and appears to be deliberately sabotaging Joe Biden’s ability to manage the economy. Perhaps Trump’s ultimate crime will be to burn it all down as he heads for the door. With two months until inauguration, this story may be far from over.

What to do about Trump’s crimes

Homers of the heartland: why 73 million voters stuck with Trump

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Homers may have shunned masks because Trump told them too. But if Marges wear them, Homers can too. Homers may parrot “hoax” and “fake news” but if Marges pay attention to facts and science, Homers can be convinced to do the same. Homers may back the blue, but if Marges can weep for George Floyd, Homers can understand that recognising black lives matter is simple human decency. Marge might also help Homer realise that many who claim to represent him are frauds. Those who he has been listening to — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Rush Limbaugh — make more money in a day than Homers make in a year. These Sideshow Bobs are the true elites. Do Rupert Murdoch and his fellow Mr Burns billionaires give a damn about Homers? When was the last time a Homer was spotted at Mar-a-Lago? Still, most Homers will continue to vote Republican. That’s who they are. But they are not immoral and they have not been lost to Trump’s cult. They backed Trump because he was their candidate. Now the Trump show has been canceled. Sooner or later the repeats will fade away. And the Homers will move on. Many Homers don’t know it yet, but Joe Biden cares more about them than Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz ever will. Some have figured this out already. In time it might dawn on the rest. And when that day comes, they may quote their cartoon namesake: “D’oh!”

Homers of the heartland: why 73 million voters stuck with Trump

Take Trump’s coup seriously. It’s no joke — and Biden’s win was just a sugar high | Salon.com

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Is Donald Trump still attempting a coup with the intention of remaining in power indefinitely? Yes. “I quit” is a phrase that does not appear in the authoritarian’s handbook. Trump has announced his coup in public, which is a major reason why most people are not taking it seriously.

Take Trump’s coup seriously. It’s no joke — and Biden’s win was just a sugar high | Salon.com

Coronavirus: Hospitalised COVID-19 patients hit record 90,000 in US ahead of expected surge

Medical staff wear their photos outside their PPE in COVID ICU at a hospital in Texas.

Deaths Rate has increased by 68%

The number of COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals across the United States has reached 90,000 after nearly doubling in the past month, just as holiday gatherings are expected to propel the next wave of infections.

Coronavirus: Hospitalised COVID-19 patients hit record 90,000 in US ahead of expected surge

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News
Four men dine at a restaurant in a city skyscraper
These are One with Pauline Hanson

The CCC alleges Nigel Hallett and Brian Ellis engaged in serious misconduct Mr Hallett allegedly paid his lover a taxpayer-funded wage for a “sham” job Mr Ellis spent thousands of dollars of his electoral allowance at a strip club

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News

Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been released. But will a prisoner swap with Australia encourage more hostage-taking by Iran?

Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s release from an Iranian prison after more than two years’ detention is certainly a welcome development. However, the circumstances raise some uncomfortable questions for Australian and Western diplomats related to Iran’s penchant for using hostage-taking as a bargaining chip for the release of its own citizens detained abroad for suspected or proven crimes, including terrorism.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been released. But will a prisoner swap with Australia encourage more hostage-taking by Iran?

Trump is a cult leader – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When he lost the recent election, yet insisted that he had won it, his followers came out on the streets in droves echoing his accusation that the election had been ‘stolen’ from him. The thieves were not identified. How they could mastermind such a complex coup involving thousands of players scattered across a vast nation of over 330 million was never explained. Yet that did not concern Trump’s followers;

Trump is a cult leader – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What Trump’s claim of a ‘stolen election’ means for activists today

What Trump’s claim of a ‘stolen election’ means for activists today

So what are we to make of the Trump campaign’s lawsuits, Republicans refusing to honor the election results and the Department of Justice looking into “allegations” of supposed voter fraud? If this isn’t a coup, then what is it?

What Trump’s claim of a ‘stolen election’ means for activists today

Israel’s self-investigation shields its soldiers | The Electronic Intifada

If the Australian ADF were the sole arbiters on the war crimes of the SAS all crimes would have been found unproved. The IDF’s self -investigation is the States great denier (ODT)

Only one Israeli soldier has been indicted over the use of live fire against unarmed protesters during the Great March of Return demonstrations held along Gaza’s eastern boundary. Israeli forces killed more than 215 Palestinians during those protests, which began in late March 2018 and were suspended last December.

Israel’s self-investigation shields its soldiers | The Electronic Intifada

Why is the Coalition trying to abolish a valuable safeguard for consumers? | Australian economy | The Guardian

Why is the Coalition trying to abolish a valuable safeguard for consumers? | Australian economy | The Guardian
Prime minister Scott Morrison and treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
PM and Treasurer of Debt Slavery under the guise of Recovery

The LNP is the jettisoning of responsible lending obligations (RLOs). The proposal to remove RLOs for much of consumer lending from the relevant legislation, under the guise of supporting economic recovery, and unsurprisingly supported by the banks, has provoked widespread opposition.

Why is the Coalition trying to abolish a valuable safeguard for consumers? | Australian economy | The Guardian

Victoria’s First Aboriginal Senator, Lidia Thorpe, Speaks to Jacobin

On October 6, Lidia Thorpe was sworn in as the first Aboriginal woman to represent Victoria in Australia’s parliament. Thorpe spoke to Jacobin about a centuries-long struggle for justice.

Victoria’s First Aboriginal Senator, Lidia Thorpe, Speaks to Jacobin

Beggars, Choosers And Tim Wilson! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

IPA in Government

Yes, I’ve noticed over the years that the Liberals often have excellent solutions to problems that would be the perfect answer except for the fact that there’s no explanation about the steps to get to the actual solution. In much the same way that we were told that the answer to unemployment was to create jobs and growth, Joe Hockey told people that the way to buy a house was to get a better job, and that the best form of welfare was a job, we now have Timmy Wilson telling us that it’s better to buy a house than to increase your superannuation. Of course, how people on lower incomes manage to buy a house when they’re getting enough for an extra cup of coffee, well, that’s not really addressed.

Beggars, Choosers And Tim Wilson! – » The Australian Independent Media Network