If Biden Wins, Get Ready for Trump to Punish America | The Smirking Chimp

America needs a major reboot.

The Buckley v. Valeo and First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti Supreme Court decisions of the 1970s gave corporations and billionaires the “free speech right” to own politicians and political parties, and the Patriot Act and other similar legislation since 9/11 have given the president vast police powers that, throughout history, we’ve only seen in authoritarian, strongman governments.

We must reevaluate, rescind and replace all of these, if our republic is to survive the fresh hell that Trump and his right-wing paramilitaries are apparently planning for this fall and winter.

If Democrats acquire federal power through holding the House and taking the Senate and White House, the entire country needs to be laser-focused on stripping the oligarchic and fascistic elements that have crept into our republic since the Powell memo, multiple Supreme Court interventions, and the Patriot Act with its associated war crimes and torture.

America today is at a turning point, and whether we continue our slide into fascism and oligarchy, or pull back to small-d democratic values will depend, in no small part, on the planning and work we do now, and the candidates and policies we support and put forward two and four years from now.

via If Biden Wins, Get Ready for Trump to Punish America | The Smirking Chimp

The importance of making up with China

 

SINCE DONALD TRUMP became President, the relationship between the U.S. and China has deteriorated to the point that some observers talk of war. Why is this? In simple terms, America feels threatened by China’s rapidly expanding wealth and influence. Dangerous confrontation has resulted and Australia has been sucked in. How far remains to be seen, but it is not in Australia’s interest to be used by Trump or Murdoch.

via The importance of making up with China

Mr Morrison – are you a sadist? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison is sitting pretty – at least until the next election – with a more than adequate income, a roof over his family’s heads, ability to take a holiday and enjoy life for brief spells, so he appears to be one of two things: the first is – someone totally lacking in empathy and compassion – which is bad enough – while the second is – an out and out sadist, getting pleasure from other people’s pain!

via Mr Morrison – are you a sadist? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wages growth figures are historically bad – but they are likely to be the best we will see for a while | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

Australian notes and coins are seen in Adelaide, April 16, 2018.

But never for politicians (ODT)

via Wages growth figures are historically bad – but they are likely to be the best we will see for a while | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

Trump says he’s blocking postal funding because Democrats want to expand mail-in voting

Donald Trump claims the postal service's enlarged role in the election would perpetuate "one of the greatest frauds in history".

Voter interferance and suppression on medical grounds by a president who has a mental health condition. Bye Bye American Pie (ODT)

President Donald Trump says that he does not want to fund the US Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $US25 billion ($35 billion) in emergency funding for the cash-strapped agency.

via Trump says he’s blocking postal funding because Democrats want to expand mail-in voting

Trump’s CFPB Deploys Predatory Lenders as Pandemic First Responders

Exterior view of a Payday Loan Store in downtown Chicago, Illinois, 2019.

The House and Senate hearings provided a necessary public accounting of the CPFB. However, without federal intervention, people will have little choice but to rely on predatory lenders and their high-cost debt for surviving the pandemic. And they’ll have fewer protections, thanks to the CFPB’s final rule that promises to widen racial economic inequality during a pandemic instead of narrowing it.

via Trump’s CFPB Deploys Predatory Lenders as Pandemic First Responders

Yes, Democrats Announce AOC *WILL* Speak At The National Convention | Crooks and Liars

Yes, Democrats Announce AOC *WILL* Speak At The National Convention

When the Freshers are the frontliners against Trump maybe it’s time to bring out the “squad” (ODT)

After earlier speculation that they may leave her out, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most outspoken progressive voices in Congress, will speak at the party’s national convention next week, when the party will officially nominate Joe Biden for the presidency.

via Yes, Democrats Announce AOC *WILL* Speak At The National Convention | Crooks and Liars

Robodebt: changes to Criminal Code pave way for action against lawyers who vigorously defend clients – Michael West

Robodebt: extremely cruel system

If a whistleblower you can be charged in secret if you defend that whistleblower you too can be charged in secret. Now if you defend a victim of a public servant robustly you can be charged for causing that Public Servant distress. (ODT)

The Commonwealth has been extremely cruel to Centrelink recipients but there’s no suggestion that those who designed and implemented Robodebt will face any punishment. Yet lawyers who unwittingly cause distress to public officials when defending clients could face criminal charges. Ian Cunliffe investigates.

via Robodebt: changes to Criminal Code pave way for action against lawyers who vigorously defend clients – Michael West

Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on? – Michael West

Victorian aged care, Covid-19

Every effort is being made by Scott Morrison to avoid facing this issue head on. Yet from Abbott to Morrison Aged-Care has always been ignored. If it were given any attention it only been to make it a cheaper rather than a better service. (ODT)

Numerous inquiries, reviews and consultations over the years have provided mounds of evidence of negligence, neglect and abuse in residential aged care homes. Yet the recommendations have mostly been ignored. Now we watch in horror as the number of elderly residents who die from Covid-19 continues to climb. The government is eventually going to have to explain to the nation how this entirely predictable tragedy occurred on its watch, writes Dr Sarah Russell.

via Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on? – Michael West

The disgrace of aged care is a national flaw – the failure to plan

John Hewson

About two-thirds of our 331 COVID deaths have been of aged Australians. From the outset it was known that the deaths would be concentrated among the aged. Indeed, Australia has one of the highest aged death rates from COVID-19 in the world.

How was the virus allowed to run from one aged-care facility to another, from one aged-care cluster to another, without a decisive response?

The federal government has a clear, overarching responsibility for aged care, but this week it has moved to blatant blame-shifting. The Minister for Aged Care, Richard Colbeck, has told us that while the federal government is “responsible for the management and regulation of aged care”, it is the responsibility of the states to “manage the pandemic” because they are “responsible for the public health response”. What semantics. What a copout.

Trust Linda Reynolds? Sure can’t – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Reynald’s record is plain and clear to be seen here to remind us of just who she is. (ODT)

Oh Linda, we don’t forget.

So when Ms Reynolds takes time out from her sucking up to Donald Trump to issue a media release about Dan Andrews rejecting ADF help in Victoria’s fight against COVID 19, which was quickly refuted with facts from the actual person involved in Victoria’s emergency response, it is blindingly obvious that this woman is solely focused on petty party politics and will say whatever she thinks her bosses want to hear. She has a laser-like focus on where her bread is buttered.

Heaven help us if she is the best person we can find for the job of co-ordinating the defence of this country.

Linda Reynolds, you are the epitome of a political hack.

via Trust Linda Reynolds? Sure can’t – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mainstream media holds politicians to account — some of them, sometimes

However, we believe all politicians and powerful people should be held up to the same scrutiny. But when it comes to the coronavirus – and many other issues – it’s pretty plain this simply doesn’t happen with respect to the Morrison Government.Scrut

via Mainstream media holds politicians to account — some of them, sometimes

Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely | HuffPost Australia

“Whether it’s ignoring the impending pandemic or looking the other way in response to Moscow’s bounties on our service members, Trump has demonstrated time and again that he’s not one to put America’s national security first,” Price said. “Especially when doing so comes into conflict with what’s best for him politically.”

via Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely | HuffPost Australia

Here Are 5 Standout Moments from ‘One of the Worst Trump Press Conferences in a While’ | The Smirking Chimp

Will Kamala Harris be as ignorant as Trump whose knowledge is worse than Sarah Palin’s (ODT)

via Here Are 5 Standout Moments from ‘One of the Worst Trump Press Conferences in a While’ | The Smirking Chimp

Young workers worse off than ever

This is a fair assumption, too, considering for 100 years every new generation of Australians has moved out of their parents’ house with a good wage and started the climb up an ever-growing job ladder.

via Young workers worse off than ever

Newmarch House operator tells of Covid-19 ‘dysfunction’ between state and federal officials | Australia news | The Guardian

File photo of the Newmarch House aged care home in Sydney, where 17 people died from coronavirus

NSW point’s to Morrison’s involvement in COVID-19’s spread (ODT)

via Newmarch House operator tells of Covid-19 ‘dysfunction’ between state and federal officials | Australia news | The Guardian

Essential poll: Victorians overwhelmingly support harsh restrictions to curb Covid second wave | Australia news | The Guardian

police patrol empty streets in melbourne

New research shows 72% of the sample backs the decision of the Andrews government to impose a curfew between 8pm and 5am, 71% supports curbs on leaving the house, while 70% endorse restrictions on business and the requirement that people travel no further than 5km from their house. Voters aged over 34 are more likely to support the current lockdown measures than younger people.

However, Morrison benefits from it too while denying and hiding everything and doing nothing (ODT)

via Essential poll: Victorians overwhelmingly support harsh restrictions to curb Covid second wave | Australia news | The Guardian

Rules for thee but not for me: Pompeo denounces proposed Russian law as ‘burdensome’ limitation on US propaganda outlets — RT USA News

Rules for thee but not for me: Pompeo denounces proposed Russian law as ‘burdensome’ limitation on US propaganda outlets

Pompeo to separate News from Propaganda would be too burdensome Fox News would have to shut down due to No Content. (ODT)

via Rules for thee but not for me: Pompeo denounces proposed Russian law as ‘burdensome’ limitation on US propaganda outlets — RT USA News

US sanctions policy ‘on steroids’: a legitimate tool or is Donald Trump using it for retribution? – Michael West

The Trump Administration is adding foreign individuals and entities to US sanctions lists at a rate never before seen and it’s increasingly been done without Congressional oversight, judicial review or any requirement to produce evidence, writes Marcus Reubenstein.

Amidst the chaos of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States, President Donald Trump issued an executive order in June sanctioning the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, including its lawyers, investigators and human rights advocates.

The move by the White House to sanction the ICC was in response to a unanimous ruling of the five judges of ICC Appeals Chamber to allow prosecutors to investigate, and potentially lay charges against, US military personnel for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

via US sanctions policy ‘on steroids’: a legitimate tool or is Donald Trump using it for retribution? – Michael West

How did Americans become such Wimps? Silence as Trump kills tens of Thousands, Destroys Social Security and Post Office, Plots Election Fraud

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via How did Americans become such Wimps? Silence as Trump kills tens of Thousands, Destroys Social Security and Post Office, Plots Election Fraud

Snow Job: why the cover-up over Snowy Hydro 2.0? – Michael West

Snowy Hydro 2.0

From Abbott to Morrison we have seen the rise of Australia’s most Secretive non tranparent Government (ODT)

The National Parks Association of NSW and ex-Energy Australia chair Ted Woodley are considering a legal challenge to the $10 billion Snowy 2.0, which they say will push back the transition to renewable energy and destroy thousands of hectares of national park, in light of the fact that the whole project hinges on a 30-year-old report which is being kept secret writes Callum Foote.

via Snow Job: why the cover-up over Snowy Hydro 2.0? – Michael West

Morrison’s COVID-19 Commission: Industry policy in reverse

 

We might best understand our current predicament via recourse to what the institutional economist James Galbraith terms a “predator state”. In such circumstances, one group feasts on what is on offer in a decaying system that once served broader interests. The predatory class may be opposed by others who also possess wealth, power and influence. However, a carefully constructed network built on political donations, ideological affinity and personal relationships produces an influence over the government that results in the interests of the predatory class prevailing.

via Morrison’s COVID-19 Commission: Industry policy in reverse

Australia’s ‘Titanic’ economy is sinking

Creating the framework for monopolisation in a predator State(ODT)

Ultimately, a long term plan for sustainable economic growth and broader prosperity for the Australian public is required. Not a continued push for the Coalition to fulfil its ideological wish list as the economy continues to sink beneath the icy waves.

via Australia’s ‘Titanic’ economy is sinking

Federal Liberal MP swipes Andrews government over pandemic response

Liberal MP Tim Wilson says the Andrews government has not been scrutinised enough.

Tim Wilson LNP/IPA federal MP couldn’t give a running fuck about COVID-19 neither the cases nor the deaths concern him rather than how it all seems in the eyes of the public. Now that it’s obvious that the Immigration and the Aged-Care sectors both a responsibility of the Federal LNP were the epicenter of the spread and deaths of the virus due to their total mismanagement from Abbott to Morrison. Wilson’s complaint is that the process was and is political and somehow has gone easy on Dan Andrews. Wilson’s problem however the opposite would seem to be the case if one simply looked at the MSM media. (ODT)

Victorian Liberal MP Tim Wilson has waded into the fight over Daniel Andrews’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state government has not been scrutinised enough over its response to COVID-19.

Mr Wilson said the federal coronavirus committee had met many more times than its Victorian equivalent and was chaired by an opposition politician whereas the Victorian inquiry is headed by a member of the governing party.

via Federal Liberal MP swipes Andrews government over pandemic response

Let’s Remember That along with Everything Else, Donald Trump Is a Total Pig | The Smirking Chimp

If all Trump ever did in his life was to be friends with the likes of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, that would be reason enough to consign him to the sixth ring of some kind of hell we haven’t even imagined yet. At the very least, he knew who they were and he knew the disgusting, illegal stuff they were doing with little girls. And you know what kind of man that is?

via Let’s Remember That along with Everything Else, Donald Trump Is a Total Pig | The Smirking Chimp