The ‘Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom

A 65-year-old New York City cab driver from Queens, Nicanor Ochisor, hanged himself in his garage March 16, saying in a note he left behind that the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft had made it impossible for him to make a living. It was the fourth suicide by a cab driver in New York in the last four months, including one Feb. 5 in which livery driver Douglas Schifter, 61, killed himself with a shotgun outside City Hall.

via The ‘Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom

Poll: Democrats Favor Socialism Over Capitalism

Democrats in 2018 feel more positive toward socialism than capitalism, according to a Gallup Poll released Monday.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents indicated they had a positive view of socialism, a percentage that has not changed drastically since 2010. “The major change,” Gallup reports, “has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year—lower than in any of the three previous measures.”

via Poll: Democrats Favor Socialism Over Capitalism

How Trump is Turning US Diplomats into Arms Merchants to the World

New York ( Tomdispatch.com) – American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they’ve accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse — or better, if you happen to be an arms trader — but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through.

via How Trump is Turning US Diplomats into Arms Merchants to the World

White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News | Crooks and Liars

White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News

In a move that signals even more cooperation collusion between Fox News and Trump, the White House counsel has granted a waiver for the “public interest” that allows Bill Shine, WH Communications Director and former Fox News executive to skirt the law and meet with Fox News. (Emphasis added.)

The Administration has an interest in you interacting with Covered Organizations such as Fox News,” wrote White House counsel Don McGahn in a July 13 memo (PDF) granting an ethics waiver to Shine, a former Fox executive. “[T]he need for your services outweighs the concern that a reasonable person may question the integrity of the White House Office’s programs and operations.”

Larry Kudlow, the White House’s top economic advisor, was also granted a waiver for his old stomping ground at CNBC.

Shine’s involvement with the sexual abuse scandals that rocked the network must have been good for his resume before Trump hired him.

How does the public interest come into this mess since Fox News routinely buries real news stories that are negative for the Trump administration and his surrogates in Congress and uses mostly TV hosts that not only embrace the Trump administration but fight over his affections.

via White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News | Crooks and Liars

Government Denounces Blatant Racism, Calls For Return To Thinly Veiled Racism – The Shovel

Both sides of Government have labelled Fraser Anning’s maiden speech ‘appallingly racist’, saying it was incumbent on all politicians to at least give the impression they’re not inflaming race issues to garner votes.

via Government Denounces Blatant Racism, Calls For Return To Thinly Veiled Racism – The Shovel

EXCLUSIVE: Sleeping Giants awake and rise up against Sky and News Corp

THE anonymous online group, Sleeping Giants Oz, has this week come to the attention of conservative News Corp columnists and Sky News TV hosts, who fear they may lose their salaries if advertisers continue to pull away.

The Daily Telegraph columnist and Sky News reporter, Caroline Marcus, is the latest News Corp drone to join in.

via EXCLUSIVE: Sleeping Giants awake and rise up against Sky and News Corp

Stopping the outrage cycle | The Monthly

Today we learnt that – no surprise here – Fraser Anning’s first speech was absolutely deliberate. Sky News played leaked audio of a telephone conversation with former One Nation adviser Jim Savage, in which he says he told Anning months ago to make his first speech count, to “say something really controversial”, and that he called Anning yesterday to tell him not to apologise but to “hold your f***ing nerve”. Anning’s speechwriter, Richard Howard, used to work for Roberts and is reportedly [$] “fascinated with Nazi Germany”. One of Anning’s own staffers, Richard Mcgilvray, today resigned in disgust. Union donors, like ETU and CFMEU, are walking away from Katter’s Australia Party, which may come to regret standing behind the One Nation defector. So much for Fraser Anning. The next election can’t come soon enough, although with Queensland’s track record of electing racists to the federal parliament, one can never be sure.

via Stopping the outrage cycle | The Monthly

The Coalition has been playing with fire on race, and this is their inferno | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Katter’s Australian Party Senator Fraser Anning makes his maiden speech at Parliament House in Canberra.

There was also an implicit invitation to anyone in the right commentariat prepared to play footsie with despicable views on a free speech rationale: please like me, I am available for short interviews on the Bolt Report.
Anyone who has kicked around alt-right politics understands the potency of the final solution as a bit of rhetorical shorthand. The idea the phrase was invoked by accident is laughable.

By invoking “the final solution” Anning projected himself into territory where his contribution would not be ignored, where the echo chamber would pick it up and blast it into public consciousness, inviting a secondary pile on in the social media space.

via The Coalition has been playing with fire on race, and this is their inferno | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Donald Trump calls former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A composite shows Donald Trump on the left and and Omarosa Manigault Newman on the right.

 

Donald Trump calls former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’

US President Donald Trump has escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, referring to his longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!”
Key points:

Trump calls Manigault Newman “crazed, crying lowlife”
Former aide says she has more recordings
Trump presidential campaign files arbitration action against Manigault Newman

The pressure on Ms Manigault Newman increased, as the Trump presidential campaign filed arbitration action against her, alleging a breach of a confidentiality agreement.

Donald Trump calls former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As hundreds of newspapers plan editorials to denounce Trump’s war on the press, Fox hosts attack the newspapers

Media Unity vs Trump and Murdoch (ODT)

Fox News and Fox Business hosts are slamming hundreds of newspapers as “anti-Trump” and “fake news” for coordinating to publish editorials on August 16 denouncing President Donald Trump’s war on the press.

Trump and his administration publicly attacked news organizations and specific journalists hundreds of times in just his first year in office. Though he routinely attacked news organizations during his presidential campaign and the transition period between his election and inauguration, Trump’s anti-press rhetoric reached a new low in February 2017, when he began calling news organizations “the enemy of the American people”

via As hundreds of newspapers plan editorials to denounce Trump’s war on the press, Fox hosts attack the newspapers

White House: we cannot guarantee there’s no tape of Trump using N-word | US news | The Guardian

Trump can now blame the White House for everything along with the press (ODT)

Trump-Omarosa row deepens as Sarah Sanders says ‘I can’t guarantee anything’ when asked if recordings might emerge

White House: we cannot guarantee there’s no tape of Trump using N-word | US news | The Guardian

Swedish prime minister livid after youths torch more than 100 cars

Populist politicians have alleged that increased crime in Sweden is linked to migration. The Sweden Democrats, a far-right party with links to neo-Nazism, have suggested freezing out asylum seekers and reducing the country’s immigration budget.

But when it comes to intentionally setting fire to cars, said Manne Gerell, a lecturer in criminology at Malmo University, such incidents have increased “big-time” over the past couple decades — but not in the past two or so years.

Across Sweden, around 1500 cars are burned each year, he said. The reasons can range from insurance fraud or hiding other crimes to social unrest and “random youth vandalism.”

In early 2017, riots broke out in a largely immigrant suburb near Stockholm. As The Post reported then, the riots occurred “just two days after President [Donald] Trump provoked widespread consternation by seeming to imply, incorrectly, that immigrants had perpetrated a recent spate of violence in Sweden.”

Sweden is far from the only place where youth have set cars on fire. On recent New Year’s Eves in France, young people have torched hundreds of cars. During recent end-of-year celebrations, around 1000 cars were set on fire a number of years in a row.

via Swedish prime minister livid after youths torch more than 100 cars

Fox News calls Denmark socialist dystopia, draws swift response

So Danes don’t wants to work? 11 places better than US in OECD statistics! We are working much more than Americans and at the same time ranking as the worlds best in Work-Life-Balance. You should come to Denmark if you dare be confronted with facts 😀🇩🇰

Murdoch Media is little more than a global political tweet. (ODT)

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the US is No 20 in a ranking of national employment rates, while Denmark ranks eighth. When it comes to income equality, Denmark has the sixth-best distribution, while the US is ranked seventh from the bottom, just above Turkey. In work-life-balance, Denmark ranks second-highest in the OECD (just after the Netherlands), while the US ranks ninth from the bottom.

The Danish ambassador to the US, Lars Gert Lose, also felt compelled to respond to the Fox Business item.

 

via Fox News calls Denmark socialist dystopia, draws swift response

Emma Husar, journalistic ethics and ‘digital idiots’

Just gonna leave the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics here for any who thinks journalists have no obligation but to report a good story not naming names or anything.

The manner in which some journalists are defending their perceived right to publish salacious slurs against a woman, just because they can, is sickening. There’s little point in engaging with these people.

There’s a much-needed conversation about journalistic ethics begging to be had, but there’s no point in arguing ethics with people who simply don’t seem to have any.

via Emma Husar, journalistic ethics and ‘digital idiots’

Victorian Labor promises biggest transport building program in Australia

Victoria will undergo “the biggest public transport building program in Australian history” if the state Labor government is re-elected, Premier Daniel Andrews will promise in a speech marking 100 days until the November state poll.

In notes seen by The Age, the Premier will also take aim at the privatisation of Victoria’s energy market and the companies reaping massive profits.

“We were promised that a privatised electricity market would lower prices,” he will say in his address to the Committee for Economic Development. “Wrong. Privatisation has not worked.”

via Victorian Labor promises biggest transport building program in Australia

UK Labour’s Corbyn Refutes Netanyahu’s Smears, Calls out Policy of Shooting Gaza Kids

“The nation-state law sponsored by @Netanyahu’s government discriminates against Israel’s Palestinian minority. I stand with the tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel demonstrating for equal rights at the weekend in Tel Aviv,” Corbyn sai

via UK Labour’s Corbyn Refutes Netanyahu’s Smears, Calls out Policy of Shooting Gaza Kids

Tens of thousands of Palestinians and Jews protest Nation-State Law | +972 Magazine

Tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel and their supporters protest in Rabin Sqaure against the Jewish Nation-State Law, August 12, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Tens of thousands of Palestinians and Jews protest Nation-State Law | +972 Magazine

Multi-Cultural Crowd Rallies in Tel Aviv against Likud Apartheid Law

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Multi-Cultural Crowd Rallies in Tel Aviv against Likud Apartheid Law

“The most excluded and oppressed group in Israel, and the one most seriously harmed by the nation-state law, proudly made its voice heard in the city square”

The NEG and the ‘idiocy’ of COALition climate change wars

Yet we are now in a surreal world where consequences and causes are disconnected, where science is ignored in the face of existential threats and where building coal-fired power stations is viewed by some in Government – such as former PM Abbott, Member for Hughes Craig Kelly and Resource Minister Matt Canavan, among others – as some sort of an answer to Australia’s future.

It is now viewed in Government as heresy to mention the drought and climate change in the same sentence, just as it is when bushfire strikes. Those who do so risk being accused of politicising the issue, or worse, of pushing a “green-left” agenda. So toxic are the climate wars that it is now taboo to discuss the possibility that we may be entering a dangerous new time in our “sunburnt country”.

via The NEG and the ‘idiocy’ of COALition climate change wars

Is the ACCC being verballed or has Sharri got it wrong? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Markson won the Kennedy award for breaking a story that been said she didn’t break(ODT)

According to the Liberal letterbox, Sharri Markson, “The Turnbull government will underwrite multi-billion dollar investments to build new coal-fired power stations…The Daily Telegraph understands Mr Turnbull will announce his support for the ACCC recommendation at [today’s] party room meeting.”

Except the ACCC didn’t recommend that at all Sharri.

Here is what they actually said:

via Is the ACCC being verballed or has Sharri got it wrong? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sorry IPA – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As The Saturday Paper also discloses,

When you consider Tony Abbott ruled from the IPA’s 75 point song book then we are entitled to ask who runs Australia.(ODT)

The institute’s annual reports tell us its total revenues were $4.96 million in 2015–16 and $6.1 million in 2016-17. Thus Rinehart’s money, given through her company, Hancock Prospecting, made up almost half the IPA’s income in one year and well over a third in the other. She has, in effect, a controlling interest.

The problem here is that while most ‘think tanks’ in Australia will happily disclose their funding sources allowing us to determine intentional or unintentional bias, the IPA doesn’t. It does however contribute staff to provide opinions on television programs and in the media. And a lot of their ‘talent’, including recently failed Liberal Party candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer and current Liberal Party member for Goldstein Tim Wilson, go into politics trying to drag the ‘liberal’ party further to the conservative end of the spectrum.

They too are entitled to their opinions — but it’s a concern when the funding behind their policy position remains hidden.

via Sorry IPA – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘African gangs’ fearmongering slammed by Melbourne mayors as they back Sudanese community

Melbourne’s South Sudanese community is fed up with being ‘‘demonised’’ by ‘‘racist’’ media coverage and political commentary about youth crime.

Community leader and lawyer Maker Mayek and a group of suburban mayors say the ‘‘racist fearmongering must be stopped’’ following the high-profile coverage of police incidents involving African-Australian youths.

The mayors, from Darebin, Hume, Whittlesea, Moreland, Yarra, Knox, Monash and Melton, accused the Federal Government of dividing the community and inflaming, rather than working to resolve, racial conflicts. City of Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said crime was going down and Victorians are safer than ever.

‘‘This racist fearmongering must be stopped,” Cr Le Cerf said. “Many Victorians feel unsafe simply because they’re told to feel unsafe.

This is the Australia we know

Melton Mayor Bob Turner said his area had 130 different nationalities speaking 76 languages.

“We welcome the diversity coming to Melton,” he said. “It makes us a much richer city.”

‘‘There is such creativity, intelligence and determination in the Sudanese community and Victorians supporting their new neighbours and making them feel welcome is the best way to help.’’

 

via ‘African gangs’ fearmongering slammed by Melbourne mayors as they back Sudanese community

‘It’s a wake up call’: Melbourne loses top spot on liveability rankings to Vienna

Did Peter Dutton, Andrew Bolt, and News Corp have Australia dropped to 2nd on the world’s most livable cities list? Petty Crime separated it from Vienna. Bolt and Dutton keep calling it a major outbreak that has Melbournites to afraid to go out to dinner.They are single handedly dragging this city down (ODT)

The two cities are now separated by 0.7 of a percentage point in the rankings, with Vienna scoring a near-ideal 99.1 out of 100 and Melbourne 98.4. Two other Australian cities were in the top 10: Sydney (fifth) and Adelaide (10th)

via ‘It’s a wake up call’: Melbourne loses top spot on liveability rankings to Vienna

As Victims’ Families Fight for Justice, Secret Report Details How Israel Used Armed Drone to Kill Gazan Children

attack in 2014

srael’s use of the technology to kill Palestinians, says the families’ attorney, raises “many questions concerning human judgment, ethics, and compliance with international humanitarian law.”

A secret report by the Israeli military police—obtained by The Intercept‘s Robert Mackeyreveals that a week into Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014, “air force, naval, and intelligence officers” mistook four 10- and 11-year-old boys who were playing on a beach in Gaza for Hamas militants and killed them by firing missiles from an armed drone.

via As Victims’ Families Fight for Justice, Secret Report Details How Israel Used Armed Drone to Kill Gazan Children

Dubai Jails Swedish Woman, Daughter, for one Glass of Wine on Flight

She now Knows what it’s like to be an indigenous person in Australia that has no money to engage a lawyer having committed a misdemeanor (ODT)

The Swedish national who lives in Kent, England, had accepted a complimentary glass of wine served with her meal on the Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai.

Upon being detained, she and her daughter were held in a “baking hot and foul smelling” airport detention centre and not allowed to call her husband. Speaking to the MailOnline, Holman said: “So far this situation has cost me around £30,000 in legal fees, expenses and missed work. All our savings have gone.”She was released on bail and told her passport would remain confiscated until the case was concluded.’My passport remains confiscated until the case is settled, which I have been told will take at least a year,’ she said.

via Dubai Jails Swedish Woman, Daughter, for one Glass of Wine on Flight

‘Letterbox’ insults against Muslim women spike in wake of Boris Johnson comments | The Independent

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Islamophobic attacks on Muslim women who wear veils have risen since Boris Johnson compared them to “letterboxes”, a watchdog has found.

Tell Mama, which records hate crimes, said there was a “direct link” between the former foreign minister’s comments and an uptick in incidents targeting women who wear the niqab – which covers the face and hair apart from the eyes.

At least four women have been called “letterboxes” in public since Mr Johnson ignited a row over Islamophobia with an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 5 August.

‘Letterbox’ insults against Muslim women spike in wake of Boris Johnson comments | The Independent

Cybercrime a $2 trillion threat for business

If only concern was given to threats faced by the Individual citizen from both business and the business of cyber crime.We speak of  market “freedoms” with little emphasis of “safety” other than “Buyer Beware” were not about to “teach” you the traps witch are increasing daily with data farming. Crime, Punishment are after all a class apart. (ODT)

Unfortunately, with around 3.5 billion internet users globally and well over 10 billion devices in use, cyber security will remain a major headache confronting business and government globally for years to come. For example, over the past year, the size of the global cybercrime economy has grown to more than $2 trillion annually, making it the world’s 13th largest economy by revenue, according to the Into the Web of Profit (Understanding the Growth of the Cybercrime Economy) study recently released by the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
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via Cybercrime a $2 trillion threat for business

#Reefgate, Joyce versus Husar and other scandals: The case for a federal ICAC

From Reefgate to the Banking Royal Commission and Joyce versus Husar to Cash and the AWU raids, the case for a Federal ICAC is comprehensive, writes John Passant.

JUSTICE IS BLIND, so the old saw goes.

It is certainly blind to the crimes and misdemeanours of our political and economic overlords, the one per cent.

 

via #Reefgate, Joyce versus Husar and other scandals: The case for a federal ICAC

NDIS transition prompts fears for community mental health services, advocates expect reduced quality of care – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Andrew Gibbard with his mental health support worker Robyn Stringer, stand together in his home.

When money isn’t the solution and politics is guaranteed to fail the community’s most vulnerable by increasing the risk of their stress and isolation. (ODT)

“The average NDIS package value is nearly three times the average level of funding clients currently receive through the Mental Health Community Support Services program,” Martin Foley, Victoria’s Minister for Housing, Disability, and Ageing, said in a statement.”

 

But for Mr Gibbard, that essential service is changing with the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Ms Stringer’s visits will end by December.

She works for the not-for-profit social and health agency EACH, and her support work is funded through Victoria’s Mental Health Community Support Service (MHCSS).

As the NDIS rolls out in areas of Victoria, the MHCSS is being wrapped up.

Right now, there are more than 900 full and part-time workers in Victoria doing mental health outreach paid for by the MHCSS.

By July next year — when the NDIS fully rolls out across the state — there will be none.

“It’s a shame because we’re going to be losing a lot of workers who are really skilled in mental health,” Ms Stringer says.

via NDIS transition prompts fears for community mental health services, advocates expect reduced quality of care – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ray Hadley, the Sky News ban and the rise of ‘Romper Stomper’ fascism

Will this change Hadley? It won’t change his media mates unfortunately(ODT)

If Daniel Hadley’s issues are mental health-related, then I certainly hope he receives the appropriate care and rehabilitation and makes a full recovery. I also hope that his father may gain a better understanding of the consequences of stress and take that into consideration the next time he thinks about bullying someone, or stigmatising part of the community on his radio program.

via Ray Hadley, the Sky News ban and the rise of ‘Romper Stomper’ fascism

Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years?

The claim

Equality for Australian women has worsened dramatically since the beginning of this decade, with high levels of sexual harassment in the workplace, the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, recently warned.

via Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How India’s magic tricks shocked and enchanted the West – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indian holy man lies on a bed of nails.

Picture some of the mainstays of traditional magic shows: snake charmers, levitation, rope tricks, jugglers, live burial, beds of nails and firewalking.

Did you know they all have their origin in India?

via How India’s magic tricks shocked and enchanted the West – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Guilty on All Counts!’: In Historic Victory, Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

Roundup

“This is a company that has always put profits ahead of public safety, and today, Monsanto has finally been held accountable.”

‘Guilty on All Counts!’: In Historic Victory, Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

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US Editorials called the Polish immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’

The Global Goose step of Murdoch Media. Is Laura Ingraham really Andrew Bolt? One hand aren’t all the fingers different? Not at Murdoch Media it’s a closed fist (ODT)

Professional bigot Laura Ingraham, ensconced in the primo 10 pm slot at Fox Cable News, has delivered herself of one of her typical Know-Nothing pronouncements on immigration to the US.

US Editorials called the Polish immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’

Busting the Myth of Immigrant Crime

President Donald Trump’s core supporters consist of 60 million to 80 million American adults, 90 percent of them White and four-fifths age 40 and older. They score high on unofficial measures of “racial resentment,” anger at perceived “loss of status” and victimization of White Christians, fearfulness, and support for authoritarianism. Are these psychological tendencies the cause or consequence of alarming social trends that are only just now getting attention?

Trump and right-wing pundits accuse immigrants, urban gangs, and their liberal “abettors” of inflicting epidemics of violence, drugs, violent killings, and “crime, crime, crime” on Americans. Reality is the opposite. It’s Trump’s own mostly-older, White constituencies who are suffering and perpetrating surging crises of lethal self-destruction, crime, and violence.

via Busting the Myth of Immigrant Crime

 

Sharri Markson’s Barnaby Joyce ‘scoop’: Giving credit where credit is due

Markson is the first News Corp journalist to take out the $25,000 prize established in 2011 to commemorate the late Sydney crime reporter, Les Kennedy.

BUT : Follow the Bouncing Dates

THE NATIONAL POLITICAL EDITOR of The Daily Telegraph, Sharri Markson, last night at the Kennedy Awards won the 2018 Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Journalist of the Year for breaking the story on the sordid Barnaby Joyce/Vikki Campion affair and pregnancy, published in her paper on 7 February 2018. She also took home the Outstanding Political Journalism award and shared the Scoop of the Year award.

The problem is that she did not break the story of Barnaby Joyce’s affair or pregnancy. Credit for revealing the affair goes to Serkan Ozturk, the editor of True Crime News on 24 October 2017. News of Joyce’s staffer’s pregnancy was broken three weeks later in Independent Australia, in a story by Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones on 19 November 2017.

Joyce stood in a by-election in the seat of New England held on 2 December 2017. Dates are important. It is alleged – and it certainly seems – that the embedded mainstream media held off on the story until the seat, critical to the Government’s hold on the lower house of Federal Parliament, had been secured by Joyce.

Sharri Markson’s Barnaby Joyce ‘scoop’: Giving credit where credit is due

When handshakes and reputation meant more than money – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is easy to lie and cheat and steal and exploit. But infinitely more rewarding to know that you have done the right thing by others. We have to set our own standards. We have to honour our obligations, not because of fear of punishment, but because it is the right thing to do.

When you shake someone’s hand, whether physically or metaphorically, it should mean something.

via When handshakes and reputation meant more than money – » The Australian Independent Media Network

News Corp uses its muscle to protest Sky News ban from Victoria’s train stations | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

The current united corporate defence by Australia’s most consistent race -baiters Murdoch’s News Corp is a disgrace but expected.If any other commercial corporation attempted to do the same their business would be shut down quite easily but not so this media beamoth,why? News Corp creates the very enviroment on which it flourishes with it’s provocative headlines and soundbytes and we allow them to. The only way to fight back is boycott as there is no opposing competing voice of eqivalent size or concentration. However turn off the fuel on which it feeds money and the darkness will disappear..

 News Corp feeds us the illusion of threat and hate in the hope for another Cronulla 2005 to then feed us more of the same.  It’s the media version of the wall of sound a wall of percieved darkness using the constant drumbeat of  sound bytes and headlines doing it for dollars and cents  hoping for some pushback real or imaginary to continue moving forward and growing.  The young, powerless react whether born here or not doesn’t matter because News Corp controls the story. In fact they don’t even have to do anything and News Corp still controls the story. It’s not new but it’s bigger and more concentrated than ever before. News Corp’s search to dominate creates it’s own news and the associated false narrative that influences others generally MP’s who use it.

There is no equivalent opposition to this corporate machine and the only power available to stop it is to starve it of the fuel it needs and wants to exist money. Boycott removes it’s oxygen. Individual staff, advertisers, government and the  consumers can boycott the beast that’s so alien to the spirit of Multicultural, Multiracial, Australia.(ODT)

News Corp Australia marshalled its troops on Thursday after the pesky Labor government in Victoria banned Sky News from metro railway platforms following the appearance of far-right extremist Blair Cottrell on the network. Sky News devoted much airtime to expressing its furious disagreement with the decision, based mainly on the fact that the Cottrell interview was never shown on the railway platforms.

In a stunning display of solidarity with Sky, Rupert Murdoch’s print organs fell into line, accusing the government of “Stalinist” tactics and “retrograde socialist-style censorship”.

The Herald Sun, being the hometown paper of the Victorian metro railway ban, devoted its front page, opinion page and editorial to the story, skewering Allan for muddling her answers in an interview on Sky.

via News Corp uses its muscle to protest Sky News ban from Victoria’s train stations | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

It’s getting crowded around here, and that’s a good thing

Politicians stoking malcontent, shock jocks firing up audiences, their message is simple: if you want to fix traffic congestion, crowded trains, housing affordability, inappropriate development, even African youth gangs, then just pull the handbrake on immigration.

via It’s getting crowded around here, and that’s a good thing

Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian

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There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting

via Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian

Israel bombs Gaza as hospitals run out of fuel | The Electronic Intifada

Israel keeps getting caught blatantl lying. They were the first to break thecease fire and denied it.(ODT)

UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick demanded that Israel immediately allow the entry of emergency fuel into Gaza.

“The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at stake,” McGoldrick stated. “It is unacceptable that Palestinians in Gaza are repeatedly deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life.”

Emergency fuel is needed urgently to prevent the closure of Gaza’s hospitals and the overflow of sewage into the streets of one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

“Hospitals and other critical health services are reducing operations, with five hospitals facing possible closure in the coming three days, if emergency fuel is not allowed in,” McGoldrick’s office stated.

Two thousand patients relying on electrical devices in Gaza’s hospitals are at highest risk.

via Israel bombs Gaza as hospitals run out of fuel | The Electronic Intifada

Israel kills medic during Gaza protests | The Electronic Intifada

Al-Qatati is the third Palestinian medic to be killed by Israeli forces during Great March of Return protests beginning in late March.

The Israeli rights group B’Tselem found that medic Razan al-Najjar, killed on 1 June, was deliberately targeted by an Israeli sniper east of Khan Younis, also in southern Gaza.

Al-Najjar’s death came two weeks after the killing of Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, who like al-Najjar and al-Qatati, was wearing clothing identifying him as a medic when he was shot.

The second Palestinian killed on Friday was identified by Gaza’s health ministry as Ali Said al-Aloul, 55, also shot in eastern Rafah.

A photo of al-Aloul circulated on social media after his death:

Gaza’s health ministry stated that more than 300 others were injured during Friday’s protests, some 130 treated at hospital.

Eighty-five Palestinians were injured by live fire, five of them seriously.

Twenty-six children were among the injured, as well as two journalists and five medics.

This video is said to show a medic being carried away on a stretcher after being shot east of Khan Younis:

This photo shows journalist Mahmoud al-Jamal after he was shot in eastern Rafah:

Journalist Alaa Abd al-Fattah al-Namla was shot in the leg, also during protests in eastern Rafah:

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed during Great March of Return protests, including 21 children, according to the Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan.

Palestinians gather at the militarized fence along the Gaza-Israel boundary during protests east of Bureij, central Gaza Strip, on 10 August. Mahmoud Khattab APA images

Israeli forces and armed civilians have killed more than 200 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip so far this year. Eight Israelis were killed during the same period, including a soldier shot by a sniper in Gaza last month.

Some 5,000 Palestinians have been injured by live fire during the protests.

As of early July, some 60 injuries required limb amputations. Eleven amputees were children. At least 10 more Palestinians were paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injuries.

At the end of June, more than 1,400 Palestinians faced long-term physical disability due to their injuries.

“Gaza’s health sector is struggling to cope with the mass influx of casualties, due to years of blockade, internal divide and a chronic energy crisis, which have left essential services in Gaza barely able to function,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated on Friday.

Earlier in the week UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick warned that hospitals would soon be forced to shut down if Israel didn’t allow the entry of UN-funded emergency fuel into Gaza.

McGoldrick’s office warned that fuel stocks to operate water and sanitation facilities are rapidly running out, and that “1.2 million Palestinians are at imminent risk of possible sewage overflow around the 41 main sewage pumping stations in the Gaza Strip.”

Water infrastructure was among the dozens of sites hit by Israeli bombing across Gaza on Wednesday and Thursday. During that bombing campaign a 9-months-pregnant Palestinian woman and her toddler daughter were killed, as was a Palestinian man in a separate incident.

Israel also destroyed a five-story building housing a prominent cultural center.

Palestinians organized a concert on the rubble of the cultural center on Friday:

The slogan for the day’s protests along the eastern perimeter of Gaza was “Friday of Freedom and Life.”

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Banking royal commission: Industry super funds sail through inquiry as spotlight roasts NAB, retail funds – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Commissioner Kenneth Hayne points a finger at NAB counsel Neil Young QC during a hearing on August 8, 2017.

The royal commission asked for CBUS documents, examined them, and decided to leave it there.

For people wanting a searing examination of industry funds, which have long had better financial returns to customers than the for-profit funds, the disappointment got worse.

Australian Super, Australia’s biggest fund, sailed through its examination.

The level of discussion, debate and analysis the $140 billion fund put into preparing for a $2 million investment in a news website, The New Daily, was both exhaustive and debated at board level.

After all that, it was revealed that the investment was less than the cost of mailing a letter to every member, once.

Further, the fund’s chief executive Ian Silk was examined about the political nature of a series of TV advertisements called “Fox in the henhouse” about how retail funds are a bad deal for consumers.

The question was how it was in members’ best interests to spend the money.

Mr Silk defended the campaign as a way to safeguard the broader system of industry funds.

Best interests? Commissioner Kenneth Hayne will make up his own mind.

But forget 30 seconds of pictures of foxes, emotive music and a scary voiceover about retail funds. We just sat through four days of evidence about them that was truly terrifying.

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Here are 52 examples of Laura Ingraham’s racism

  • She claimed that children torn from their parents as a result of the Trump administration policies and who were not yet reunited with their families were being protected by the administration because, “due to domestic or drug abuse, many of these parents are now deemed unfit to care for their children or dangerous for their children.”……Bolt’s claim of “no Stolen Generation”
  • During a 2013 appearance on the now-defunct Fox show The O’Reilly Factor, Ingraham claimed that a lot of recent immigrants “have wreaked havoc upon communities.”…………Bolt’s Claims against Africans and Muslims

Where the Sky News, Australian right and Andrew Bolt get their formulaic Racist Bigotry from the American Fox News desk. This what they attribute as their News and Opinion. They don’t win awards so they have their own Award Show. Wake up Australia (ODT)

Here are 52 examples of Laura Ingraham’s racism