They, with Alito, are the Supreme Court majority. The ones who all but ended voting rights and allowed for even more secrecy in dark money to flood our system. What they have planned for next session is even worse. The Supreme Court is packed with dangerous ideologues, and a few corrupt ones, too. Now President Biden and Democrats have a chance to, well, unpack it. To dilute the Trump/RNC/Koch/Federalist Society’s malign influence and balance it out with four or six or however many additional justices. It is imperative. It is existential.
On Wednesday, 20 July, The Prime Minister did three radio interviews. During the third on Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1, he was asked by the host Jase Hawkins to apologise for the “nightmare” of the vaccine rollout. “Can you honestly say to me that the government has taken accountability?” he said. “Like, I have never heard the word ‘sorry’ – ‘guys you know what, sorry, we did screw it up, but we are getting it right now’.” For the entirety of the interview, Jase tried to elicit the word “sorry” from the Prime Minister. It was like trying to extract blood from a stone. He did, however, manage an admission of sorts that he was responsible for Australia being last on a list of nations well ahead of us with their vaccination programs.
Just before the Audit Office released its scathing indictment of the commuter car parks program, Australia quietly added the auditing profession to our skills shortage list. These two events really sum up the Morrison government – an outfit obsessed with tactical politics, wholly uninterested in governing, and contemptuous when it comes to governance. That we are running out of auditors shouldn’t be such a surprise. Sports rorts, female change room rorts, safer communities rorts – the sorry list goes on and on. But the commuter car parks program sets a new standard – a new low.
LNP Ignores the experts
Offshore wind farms are an increasingly common sight overseas. But Australia has neglected the technology, despite the ample wind gusts buffeting much of our coastline.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed monumentally. Malcolm Turnbull before him failed and prior to him, Abbott, the destroyer, added to the damage of John Howard’s legacy. Why anyone under 35 would vote for the Liberals has got me beat. They would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.
The Pilliga forests are a significant water, biodiversity and carbon sink resource, yet our governments want to turn it into a gas-field. Now is the time to rethink how we value and manage our irreplaceable natural resources.
Government forecasts are more than double the amount of doses CSL is able to produce per week when operating at maximum capacity
The competence a politician has and displays is the Bitcoin of the modern business. If you’re competent enough and present as such, with the typical confidence high-achieving pols have in abundance, your selling price is on the escalator. Just like the roller coaster ride Bitcoin traders know so well, when a political leader falters in competence and starts looking to be out of his or her depth your value takes a dive. Right now Scott Morrison is like Bitcoin. He spent 2020 on the rise – hitting unprecedented highs over time – but then slumped in the early months of 2021.
The ‘it’s not a race’ vaccine mantra has been discarded, but the prime minister is still running around in circles trying to evade responsibility
Carlson, meanwhile, has refused to reveal whether he himself has been vaccinated, despite his on-air rhetoric. This week, CNN found that Fox Corporation – Fox News’ parent organization – has quietly implemented its own version of a “vaccine passport.” Fox has reportedly “developed a secure, voluntary way for employees to self-attest their vaccination status,” according to employee emails obtained by CNN business. The company has apparently encouraged its employees to self-attest in an effort to “assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.
Australia’s PM is caught between Biden and his Coalition partner while the country suffers. Watch the salesman promise what he can’t or wont deliver.
The importance of having a U.S. leader like Joe Biden, who has come to believe in the necessity of drastically cutting the emission of greenhouse gases, was demonstrated Wednesday when Japan announced that it was doubling its proposed cuts to carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. This according to Reuters.
Reversing 40 years of shareholder capitalism won’t be easy. But remember this: you, the working people of America, outnumber the corporate executives and big investors by a wide margin. Together, you can change the rules, and build a world where workers have real power.
Boris Johnson has abdicated his principal responsibility as UK Prime Minister – protecting and safeguarding lives – to let COVID-19 kill as many as 100 people every day as early as next month, say scientists.
Morrison’s advice “It’s up to you”
Except that was never going to happen. A brief perusal of Brad ‘Bradster’ Vinnard’s Facebook page shows a deep antipathy towards COVID vaccines, a love of Trump and other right-wing causes, and his love of Harleys. His Facebook comments were the usual hodgepodge of extremism and conspiracy theory, that the vaccines were unsafe, unproven, no worse than the flu, a means for government control, etc. Just the usual paranoid delusion so often seen by followers of Donald Trump.
Yes, sometimes Scott Morrison just rambles on with meaningless waffles and lies, but other times, he disappears and says nothing. Either way, his detractors are never satisfied… and speaking of Dutton and Frydenberg, apparently, Dutton thinks he has the numbers but without Mathias there to confirm them, he’s not willing to move. Josh was sure he had the numbers but after a recount, he discovered that he was short by sixty billion…
The sudden, global move to tax carbon puts billions of Australian coal and gas exports at risk, indeed this country’s largest sources of income. Hard on the heels of the EU’s carbon border tax declaration, the US declared a carbon border scheme. Others are poised to follow. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the immense risk to Australia’s largest source of income.
Scott Morrison this week more or less trashed Australia’s top advisory body on immunisation, in remarks that were at best ill-judged and at worst alarming. On Wednesday Morrison told a news conference he (or the government) made a “constant appeal” to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to review its advice on AstraZeneca according to the balance of risk. On Thursday he said on radio: “I’ve just simply said balance of risk is changing, guys, so how is that impacting on your advice, and it’s time to think about that”. The “guys” (and girls) on ATAGI are obviously as aware as anyone of the changing risk profile as cases increase.
Biden isn’t Trump but he is America and should feel SHAME
For that reason, although by all Western standards it can be said that Cuba is a dictatorship, it is necessary to remember that the United States is the tyranny that created it, a brutal tyranny that has been going on for at least two hundred years. Cuba was the first great defeat of that arrogance and, for some reason, it has managed to resist for 60 years.
I was acting as Trump and his minions do: free to say anything, no matter how ridiculous, with no basis in observable fact.
Just days before it was hit with catastrophic floods, Henan endured a major heatwave, Bloomberg noted Wednesday. “The deadly flood shows the unpredictable impacts from climate change are appearing more and more often,” Zhang Jianyu, chief representative at the Environmental Defense Fund’s Beijing office, told the news outlet. “It’s a message to us that it’s time to strengthen efforts to tackle [the] climate change crisis.”
Would Australia’s LNP ever be seen doing this? Destroying it’s own infrastructure “for the people’s sake”?
China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to at least 25.
In my last piece, I looked at how Scott Morrison appeared to have lost the support of the man who truly runs Australia. There we looked at the column published under the name of Morrison’s dog, which left the Prime Minister beaten and bloody in an alley somewhere. This time, I want to look at NSW, again using the Errorgraph as the example. Similar to last time, I do not have the link to the article, but someone in my household buys this rag and so I have photos of the appropriate pages.
Students and academics at the University of Melbourne are mobilising against the opening of a Liberal-aligned research institute on campus that counts conservative commentator Peta Credlin and the chairman of right-wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs as board members.
Scott and Gladys were so intent on dividing the country they forgot that pride comes before a fall. They both failed the test of leadership blinded by their populist electioneering. Now they are looking at others to blame when all they need is a mirror.
Watching New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her “gold standard” pandemic management unravel before our eyes is a bittersweet moment for many people — Victorians, in particular.For months on end, Gladys has been held up as the model all should follow. We have heard that Gladys’ gold standard contact tracing was second to none. That her approach to handling the pandemic was far superior to her mere mortal non-Liberal counterparts around the country. Even that she single-handedly “saved Australia”.
The prime minister has until next May to hold an election. The government has ample time to play catch-up with the rollout. If further outbreaks are contained and the elusive herd immunity is achieved by then, lockdowns will have become a thing of the past. The relief at being able to move on may obliterate current disquiet. Further, in normal circumstances, policy virtue is not necessarily synonymous with political success. The last federal election was an indicator of this. The Coalition triumphed despite a threadbare policy program. In other words, policy prowess is only ever one measure of a government’s success.
With growing criticism toward his poor leadership of our country, particularly through the pandemic, Scott Morrison’s popularity is slipping, writes Emma Dawson.
Our PM is a YO-YO
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of “playing us for mugs” and telling “a bare-faced lie”, after he claimed previous comments that vaccine rollout was “not a race” were taken out of context. But Mr Morrison’s latest explanation of the controversial comments don’t hold up to scrutiny, with transcripts provided by his office proving he was specifically talking about the speed of the rollout. “He tried to mislead Australians,” claimed Labor’s shadow health minister Mark Butler.
“on target” ” worlds best”
then ” Not my fault”
then “Up to you”
The Cuban Pandemic suffering over 60 years of the American Virus
The corporate media have been bashing the Cuban government in response to the recent protests in Cuba, while President Joe Biden claims, “We stand with the Cuban people.” But they ignore or minimize the leading cause of economic suffering in Cuba: the U.S.’s illegal and punishing economic blockade that Biden has left in place.
The Cape Cod Times reported that this woman was a well-respected teacher and an active member of her community. She spent the past several weeks of her life in a coma and on a ventilator. She refused to get vaccinated, contracting the virus while visiting family in maskless South Dakota.
Purchased camera systems were supposedly made in the U.S. but actually originated from Chinese companies blacklisted for security reasons.
this move was driven by progressive Northeast Jewish Americans. Cohen and Greenfield are big Bernie Sanders supporters. Significant percentages of younger Jewish Americans, especially on the left, are alienated from the Israeli government policy of colonizing the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
Is he right?
“Delusional, toxic nonsense” is how one critic described Bezos’ call for moving all polluting industry into space.
“It’s our waste, it’s our problem”, said Scott Morrison as he announced the nation’s waste export ban culminating in 2024. Not really. It’s a good thing Australia has banned solid waste dumping to the Third World but we have left a gaping, toxic loophole; burning plastics for energy. Luke Stacey investigates.
Governance experts fear Australia is sliding down the “slippery slope” of corruption, calling on the federal government to overhaul its planned integrity commission in the wake of an auditor-general report into a program funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Coalition-held seats.
Pants on Fire Morrison can’t help himself
However, transcripts from Mr Morrison’s own office show he made the “not a race” comments in March 2021, nearly two months after Pfizer was approved in January and a month after AstraZeneca’s approval in February. Professor Murphy’s own “not a race” comments on March 10 were also specifically about the rollout pace. Australia’s COVID vaccinations began on February 21, 2021. Mr Morrison was among the first Australians to get a jab that day. But on March 31, in South Australia, he said “We’re on track for our first dose for everyone by the end of October … it’s not a race, it’s not a competition. He made similar “not a race” comments in interviews on March 11, and again on March 14, weeks after vaccines were approved.
Promises undelivered give rise to more promises. This PM simply doesn’t deliver anything other than promises. That’s what salesmen do but leaders don’t!
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed regret for declaring the vaccine rollout was “not a race” when the program has fallen behind schedule, promising he will try to make up the lost ground.
According to CNN, Fox’s email to employees said, “providing this information to FOX will assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.” Not only that, the process has been given the name “Fox Clear Pass,” and provides the following incentive for complying: “You no longer are required to complete your daily health screening through WorkCare/WorkMatters.” Waitaminute, that’s not a…not…a VACCINE PASSPORT, IS IT???
If you watch Fox’s coverage of the vaccine rollout over the last six months, there is one thing you know for certain: Fox hosts and personalities do not want businesses to require proof of vaccination, colloquially known as vaccine passports. But now we have learned that Fox itself requires a vaccine passport, called a “Fox Clear Pass.” Ryan Grim reported it on Monday morning, and Oliver Darcy further reported:
Last Thursday, 39 million American parents began receiving a monthly child allowance ($300 per child under 6, and $250 per child from 6 through 17). It’s the biggest helping hand to American families in more than 85 years. They need it. Even before the pandemic, child poverty had reached post-war records. Even non-poor families were in trouble, burdened with deepening debt and missed payments. Most were living paycheck to paycheck – so if they lost a job, they and their kids could be plunged into poverty. It’s estimated that the new monthly child allowance will cut child poverty by more than half. But every single Republican in both the House and Senate voted against the measure.
“It’s no longer a kind of vague concern about things happening in the future, it’s the realization that the world is unraveling around us right now. And the loss is piling up every day.”
Parliament does not need to be consulted before Australian troops are sent to war. What do the politicians who have donned the uniform have to say? Tasha May asks Rex Patrick, Andrew Wilkie, Jim Molan and Bob Katter.
They call this the world’s best Intel. First, it was the Russians cyber attacking the West with Putin’s blessing. Now it’s the Chinese. It’s never the Americans alone throwing out these accusations but also a ‘coalition of allies’ a lap dog chorus doing what they are told with Putin now less important. No wonder Dutton is saber-rattling like the organ grinder’s monkey.
The United States and a coalition of allies have accused China of a global cyber hacking campaign that employed contract hackers, specifically attributing a large Microsoft attack disclosed earlier this year to actors working on the country’s behalf. Opening a new area of tensions with China, the United States is joined by NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Canada to level the allegations.
On June 8, an internet blackout was precipitated by one customer updating their settings through a “valid configuration change”. With speed, 85% of the network of the tech infrastructure company Fastly began returning errors. A global outage ensued. “The downed sites,” according to Brian Barrett of Wired, “shared no obvious theme or geography; the outages were global, and they hit everything from Reddit to Spotify to The New York Times.”
Scott Morrison is hoping the vaccine scarcity that has led to the lockdown of half the nation’s population will be close to resolution by December, and along with it a reversal of his political fortunes. But as fate would have it, that timetable coincides with our next summer.