Old Dog Thoughts- Fine a bank and deregulate banking to kickstart your debt economy for The Economy

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Bernie Sanders sounds alarm on a Trump ‘nightmare scenario’

Senator Bernie Sanders is sounding the alarm of Donald Trump's attempt to deligitimise the election.

“Senator Bernie Sanders is planning to mount an aggressive campaign to counter potential attempts by President Donald Trump to delegitimise the results of the November election, warning that Democrats and Republicans alike must do “everything that we can to prevent that from happening.”

Bernie Sanders sounds alarm on a Trump ‘nightmare scenario’

Strange Celebrations of the UN 75th Anniversary

Strange Celebrations of the UN 75th Anniversary

The UN leadership fears President Trump and his volatile reaction psychology – “America First.” American masses are increasingly assuming anti-racism stance and marching for human equality and racial justice. President Trump alleges conspiracy and calls them “extremists’ and ‘thugs” disturbing the law and order.

Strange Celebrations of the UN 75th Anniversary

Israeli Right raises $400K for Israeli Settler convicted of Burning up Palestinian Family, Toddler

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In America the Right raises funds for the Kenosha shootings accused and Israel does the same for the convicted settler (ODT)

Deep-rooted anti-Palestinian racism is endemic across large segments of Israeli society. This was demonstrated yet again when an Israeli crowdfunding campaign raised over 1.38 million NIS (equivalent to £310,000) in just five days last week for the legal appeal fund of Amiram Ben Uliel, the Israeli terrorist who received three life sentences for killing three members of the Palestinian Dawabsheh family five years ago. Ben Uliel’s arson attack on 31 July 2015, killed 18-month-old toddler Ali Dawabsheh and his parents Saad and Riham. Ahmed Dawabsheh, the sole survivor of the attack and only five years old at the time, was left with second- and third-degree burns on over 60 per cent of his body.

Israeli Right raises $400K for Israeli Settler convicted of Burning up Palestinian Family, Toddler

Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

Illustration: Andrew Dyson

By sanctifying selfishness, it has undermined community-mindedness and the role of co-operation in advancing our mutual interests. Voting has become a simple matter of “what’s in it for me and mine”, while businesses and industries have been licensed to lobby for preferment at the expense of everyone else. “In recent decades the balance between these instincts [of competition and co-operation] has become dangerously skewed: mutuality has been undermined by an extreme individualism which has weakened co-operation and polarised our politics,”

Since the late 1970s, however, Americans have talked less about the common good and more about self-aggrandisement; less “we’re all in it together” and more “you’re on your own”. There’s been “growing cynicism and distrust toward all the basic institutions of American society – governments, the media, corporations” and more.

Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

Westpac To Pay $1.3 Billion Money Laundering Fine Using Unmarked 100 dollar Notes | The Shovel

Outgoing Westpac chief Peter King has asked regulators if it would be ok to settle their impending $1.3 billion fine for money laundering and child exploitation with a half dozen briefcases filled with $100 notes.

Westpac To Pay $1.3 Billion Money Laundering Fine Using Unmarked 100 dollar Notes | The Shovel

Welcome back to the world Melbourne (almost sort of hang in there!) | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

First Dog on the Moon

I just want to sit in a cafe drinking an entire coffee in the actual cafe I bought the coffee in

Welcome back to the world Melbourne (almost sort of hang in there!) | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

For RBG it was all Principle, for Mitch McConnell it’s all Power | The Smirking Chimp

People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories – those who are motivated by principle, and those motivated by power.

For RBG it was all Principle, for Mitch McConnell it’s all Power | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Claims He’s Pro-Worker. But His Labor Board Is Trying to Destroy Worker Organizing.

Donald Trump tries to portray himself as pro-worker. Nowhere is this absurdity better exposed than in the decisions of his National Labor Relations Board, which have over and over again favored bosses rather than workers.

Trump Claims He’s Pro-Worker. But His Labor Board Is Trying to Destroy Worker Organizing.

FinCen Files Shine Spotlight on Suspicious Bank Transfers | The Smirking Chimp

In September 20th, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) –the reporters who brought us the “Panama Papers” and the “Paradise Papers” — released the “FinCEN Files,” in collaboration with Buzzfeed News. The FinCEN Files are the result of a U.S. leak of 2,100 “Suspicious Activity Reports” (SARs) – covering over 18,000 transactions — filed by banks when they believe a transaction may involve fraud, corruption, or other criminal activity. SAR reports are not public. A former U.S. Treasury official leaked the documents to expose corruption.

FinCen Files Shine Spotlight on Suspicious Bank Transfers | The Smirking Chimp

Dirty money leaks shine a spotlight on kleptocrats devouring our economy – Michael West

 

FinCen tainted financial transactions

An unprecedented leak of thousands of files from the US government’s most confidential financial intelligence database has shone a spotlight on the world’s $2 trillion-a-year dirty money habit. As Nathan Lynch reveals, this story goes much deeper than the glib “bad bankers” narrative being trotted out by the world’s media.

Dirty money leaks shine a spotlight on kleptocrats devouring our economy – Michael West

Feeding the Chooks: Scott Morrison’s marketing triumph over mainstream media – Michael West

mainstream media
Press release and lazy journalism turned churnalists

Scott Morrison has perfected the art of media manipulation by briefing a select club of Canberra correspondents at once, rather than leaking to individual media outlets. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the marketing genius of the Prime Minister and the increasingly meek mainstream media.

Feeding the Chooks: Scott Morrison’s marketing triumph over mainstream media – Michael West

Coalition to announce $3.5bn NBN upgrade to roll out fibre ‘deeper and closer to homes’ | Technology | The Guardian

File photo of contractors working on the rollout of the NBN network in 2017
Abbott’s Legacy Australia

“This has meant Australian taxpayers have paid more for a network that does less, and more money is now required to play catch up,” she said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “What on earth was the point of spending $51bn of taxpayers’ dollars on the Liberals’ second-rate copper network to begin with?” In 2018, the outgoing chief executive of NBN Co, Bill Morrow, admitted that the reliance on copper had led to a higher fault rate and slower internet speeds but helped deliver the network faster and more cheaply.

Coalition to announce $3.5bn NBN upgrade to roll out fibre ‘deeper and closer to homes’ | Technology | The Guardian

Internationally, unions fearful of Abbott’s past trade reputation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Abbott’s chasing his Knighthood he can no longer get one in Australia (ODT)

And amid the current round of negotiations between Australia and Great Britain, there stands good reason for the reunited strange bedfellows of Abbott dealing with the Morrison government, according to the ACTU, for the following anti-worker characteristics: • No adequate protections for local workers and their jobs • Unregulated exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers • Deregulation of public services • and Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions that allow foreign corporations to sue governments for changes to domestic law.

Internationally, unions fearful of Abbott’s past trade reputation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Stop the lies, Morrison. Your gas-led recovery is a toxic sham. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In any other universe, recovering from one public health crisis by worsening another would spark immediate backlash. An “asbestos led recovery” would be career-ending; as would a “tobacco led recovery” or a “AK-47 led recovery”. But fossil fuels have locked their harm so deeply into our lives that we have become desensitised to this incredible, radical significance of proposing to hurt humans as a pathway to helping them. What is happening here is simultaneously deadly and ludicrous. (Ketan Joshi Renew Economy).

Stop the lies, Morrison. Your gas-led recovery is a toxic sham. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Twiggy’ refuses to rule out destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites

And so, there are mining companies and then there are mining companies. If the sacking of executives at Rio Tinto was an act of contrition, it was at least a step in the right direction. It won’t, however, solve the power imbalance with Indigenous community relations. But FMG’s latest decision is incredibly tone-deaf. It speaks to a parochial desire to deny the sanctity of this place, which many traditional owners recognise and which many non-Indigenous citizens also support.

‘Twiggy’ refuses to rule out destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites

On your bike, Roop! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Rupert Murdoch decided to shut down 112 regional newspapers around Australia he did it in the typical Murdoch fashion. He was not satisfied with the returns from these regional mastheads so rather than sell them off to people who weren’t so concerned about a bottom line but who had a passion for journalism and for their community and who could make them work, he decided to completely shut-down 36 and move 76 behind a digital paywall.

On your bike, Roop! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Possibility That Trump Will Not Voluntarily Leave | The Smirking Chimp

Over the next 48 days, let us do all we can to deliver a decisive victory for Joe Biden on November 3. And once we do that, let us remain vigilant to see to it that Trump allows for the peaceful transition of power.

The Possibility That Trump Will Not Voluntarily Leave | The Smirking Chimp

‘Sledgehammer to Permanently Silence Opposing Voices’: Outrage Over Florida Gov. DeSantis’ Proposed Anti-Protest Bill | Common Dreams News

Protesters rally peacefully for Black lives in Miami on June 6, 2020 (Photo: LightRocket/Getty Images)
Book, fine, felonise and stop them voting

DeSantis’ proposed bill came on the same day that the U.S. Department of Justice designated New York City, Seattle, and Portland—where anti-racism demonstrations continued 119 days after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd—as “anarchist jurisdictions.”

‘Sledgehammer to Permanently Silence Opposing Voices’: Outrage Over Florida Gov. DeSantis’ Proposed Anti-Protest Bill | Common Dreams News

Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

Attorney General William Barr talks to the media during a news conference about Operation Legend, a federal task force formed to fight violent crime in several cities, on Aug. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.
LAW & ORDER
Attorney General William Barr talks to the media during a news conference about Operation Legend, a federal task force formed to fight violent crime in several cities

“Much of this equipment and technology is given under the guise of either narcotics, policing, or counterterrorism. Ultimately, a lot of it gets used to monitor protests.”

Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

Coronavirus: Only 12 countries are free of COVID-19. Most of them in the Pacific

A man arrives at the Honiara Central Markets in the Solomon Islands. The Pacific nation is COVID-19 free.
Who is laughing now Peter Dutton

The first to seal its frontier was the Marshall Islands. Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Palau, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Nauru, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, followed suit. Six months on, most of the world is ravaged by the coronavirus but these island nations remain virus free.

Coronavirus: Only 12 countries are free of COVID-19. Most of them in the Pacific

The Race to Demolish Environmental Protections

Trump visits Skyway Villa Mobile Home Park during his visit of the Camp Fire in Paradise.

As wildfires destroy millions of acres in California, Oregon, and Washington, and an unprecedented series of hurricanes cause historic flooding in the South, leaving parts of the region uninhabitable, the Trump administration has been racing to reverse rules designed to prevent exactly these kinds of climate disasters.

The Race to Demolish Environmental Protections

Australia could potentially waste another industrial boom

 

Australia could potentially waste another industrial boom
Industries such as steel and aluminium manufacturing would greatly benefit from a switch to renewable energy

Australia’s renewable energy endowment means that there is likely to be a boom similar to that of the mining industry in the early 2000s, writes Tim Cornwall. THE MINING BOOM of the early 2000s was horribly wasted by the Howard Government. Over the next few decades, to the chagrin of the current Australian Government, the economics of renewable energy will render the fossil fuel industry obsolete. As detailed by Ross Garnaut among many others, Australia stands to gain the most from this transition and stands to lose the most from delaying it. As the transition inevitably occurs, however quickly or slowly, we should learn the lessons from our last industry boom. Will we allow the profits to be siphoned to tax havens or take advantage to build a better Australia?

Australia could potentially waste another industrial boom

Getting back to the roots of spycraft

Modern spying techniques have eliminated the need for old-fashioned methods, but that doesn’t mean they’re more effective

Just as boys and girls with leanings toward the Right tend to join the armed forces, so do Right-leaning youngsters get recruited as spies. A spy is a person employed by a government to obtain secret information or intelligence about another country and individuals within it. Spies come in many shapes and forms. They can be full or part-time, they can be sleepers, activated as needed. Or even members of professional or sporting associations and academics who report regularly or as required, or when they judge something is of interest to their minder. They might be journalists, but they shouldn’t be. Sometimes diplomats are spies; sometimes spies use the cover of diplomacy to undertake their activities.

Getting back to the roots of spycraft

Newspoll, Insiders, and what’s new in politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The common good, or empathy for it, should be at the centre of any political philosophy. However, it is more likely to be found on the left than the right.

Newspoll, Insiders, and what’s new in politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sri Lankan refugee detained by Australia for 11 years despite government ruling he’s owed protection | Australia news | The Guardian

The Christmas Island immigration detention centre. A refugee who fled brutality in Sri Lanka has been detained by Australia for 11 years. He fears being returned to the isolation of Christmas Island.

“From Alex’s point of view, he’s succeeded in a court proceeding, and yet nothing has happened, that’s a particularly hopeless situation to be in, when you win and your life doesn’t change.”

Sri Lankan refugee detained by Australia for 11 years despite government ruling he’s owed protection | Australia news | The Guardian

Mable aged care app investors tied to Liberal Party and News Corp

An organisation appointed to provide a surge workforce for aged care facilities is backed by a powerful business network with connections to the Liberal Party and News Corp.

Mable aged care app investors tied to Liberal Party and News Corp

Trump’s appeals to white anxiety are not ‘dog whistles’ – they’re racism

Today news coverage shows that Americans broadly understand the racial connotations when Donald Trump talks about “restoring law and order” and protecting “the suburbs.” Such phrases are no longer dog whistles, though they are still referred to as such.

Trump’s appeals to white anxiety are not ‘dog whistles’ – they’re racism

Consider, If You Will, Donald Trump’s Hair: 200,000 Are Dead — but It’s Perfect | The Smirking Chimp

An elaborate confection of ego and insecurity and hormonal loss and want and need — you almost have to conclude it’s the thing he really cares about.

Consider, If You Will, Donald Trump’s Hair: 200,000 Are Dead — but It’s Perfect | The Smirking Chimp

Rushing to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell shows power trumps principle | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Mitch McConnell speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill.
Ignore the RBG and forget what I said 5 times

My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Rushing to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell shows power trumps principle | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims | Australia news | The Guardian

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Or maybe it’s because Scott Morrison’s $70 million Covid tracing app… hasn’t worked? 🤔🙄 More here

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The ballad of Sir Barilaro – Alien Sideboob

A dangerous animal, the koala. A creature so foul, so cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived! Heed the alarums of brave Sir Barilaro that the bones of full fifty men lay strewn about its lair and if you do doubt your courage or your strength, venture no further into its core habitat as defined by the State Environmental Planning Policy, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth.

The ballad of Sir Barilaro – Alien Sideboob

Stan Grant has joined ABC News as international affairs analyst

Stan Grant has a new role at ABC News.

“The whole world is focused on China now; it’s actually the defining story of our age,” Grant said. “It’s probably the thing that is most going to set the course of the 21st century: the emergence of an authoritarian superpower like China, which is on track to become the most powerful economy in the world and by some measures already is, set against what is seen as a weakening of democracy in the world and certainly a more damaged United States.”

Stan Grant has joined ABC News as international affairs analyst

Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care | Emma Dawson | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Care work involves a complex mix of physical and psychological abilities but, due to its roots in the home, it is often dismissed as “unskilled labour”, and accordingly is underpaid.’

As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must reconsider how we value the jobs done by care workers

Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care | Emma Dawson | Opinion | The Guardian

The Economy Above All – Even Life Itself! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And with the money we save we could afford to give even greater tax cuts to those having a go. Yes, it’s all in how you frame it. Apparently it’s fine to suggest that we can’t afford any economic slowdown just to keep old people alive. After all, they’ve had a pretty good innings so they can just shut up and accept that Covid-19 will kill a few of them. Yes, that seems to be an acceptable way to treat the elderly if you’re a politician or an economist or someone who has a media gig… But if you should suggest touching their franking credits, you’re some sort of monster!

The Economy Above All – Even Life Itself! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump’s 1776 commission is proof America is spiraling toward facism | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Trump has made a promise to his base that he will Make America White Again.’

Trump is setting up the commission to teach students ‘the miracle of American history’ – which sounds like a core part of the fascist process of taking power

Trump’s 1776 commission is proof America is spiraling toward facism | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

US Election 2020: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida and four other states will choose between Trump or Biden

Joe Biden, left, and Donald Trump.

Polls currently show around 95 per cent of voters say they have already made up their mind about how they will vote in the election. This means the key task for both candidates will not be persuading undecided voters but to ensure their voting coalitions show up to vote en masse. And, most importantly, to ensure that they show up in the states that matter.

US Election 2020: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida and four other states will choose between Trump or Biden

How Abraham Lincoln Fought the Supreme Court

the Right’s resort to judicial supremacy is not a sign of strength, but an admission of weakness: a beleaguered regime calls upon the authority of the court only to achieve what it cannot accomplish through electoral politics.

How Abraham Lincoln Fought the Supreme Court

China has told us how they see their place in the world. The question is, can we live with it? – ABC News

Chinese flags with Australian flag in the background

As Australia-China relations continue to plummet and talk of a new Cold War intensifies, how much do we really know of a nation that is set to define the 21st century?

China has told us how they see their place in the world. The question is, can we live with it? – ABC News

‘National emergency’: urgent leadership needed after fifth Aboriginal death in custody since June | Australia news | The Guardian

large group of marchers with placards protesting deaths in custody

Five Aboriginal deaths in custody since June is a national emergency that needs urgent leadership, the national Aboriginal and islander legal services has said. The death of 49-year-old Sherry Fisher-Tilberoo last week while on remand in the Brisbane watch-house is the fifth Aboriginal death in custody since June, bringing to at least 441 the number of people who have died in custody since the royal commission handed down its final report in 1991.

‘National emergency’: urgent leadership needed after fifth Aboriginal death in custody since June | Australia news | The Guardian

We need truth and facts – not lies and spin – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Despite the slagging off at Labor by the Coalition, simply because of debts accrued to maintain the economy through an unexpected crisis – namely the GFC – the Coalition now finds itself in the same situation through COVID-19, and has to go down a similar path. Have they done as well as Labor did? NO! Why not?

We need truth and facts – not lies and spin – » The Australian Independent Media Network