President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days – The Washington Post

The Post is being hard on THEMSELVES. A moment of relief silence from the bunker (ODT)

via President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days – The Washington Post

Donald Trump’s Antifa Bogeyman Has a Long, Proud History of Fighting Fascists

When the President of the United States says that he’ll be designating Antifa as a terrorist organization, a part of me thinks: well go on then, let’s see you try. Because this awful, foreign-sounding word “antifa” is only an abbreviation of “anti-fascist.” Organizations can be banned, but it isn’t so easy to do the same with ideas.

via Donald Trump’s Antifa Bogeyman Has a Long, Proud History of Fighting Fascists

In ‘Unhinged’ Call, Trump Urges Governors to ‘Use the Military’ and Throw Demonstrators in Jail ‘For 10 Years’ | Common Dreams News

via In ‘Unhinged’ Call, Trump Urges Governors to ‘Use the Military’ and Throw Demonstrators in Jail ‘For 10 Years’ | Common Dreams News

For God and Country, Save Fox News, the “Only Source of Truth” | The Smirking Chimp

Voice of idiots (ODT)

“SAVE FOX NEWS.” It was a long letter, but the essence of it was restated in this post script, which read: P.S. The radical Left is trying to destroy Fox News and I need you to join me to fight back against the Left’s scheme today — before it’s too late. We cannot allow the radical Left to tear down and destroy Fox News — the only source of truth in our otherwise fake-news media.”

For God and Country, Save Fox News, the “Only Source of Truth” | The Smirking Chimp

‘As Incoherent as It Is Dangerous’: Trump Threatens to Designate Antifa—Which Isn’t an Actual Group—as Terrorist Organization | Common Dreams News

Attorney General William Barr speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a press conference the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Trump goes Hard Right-Wing Mass shootings and Domestic Terror is Right – Wing  (ODT)

via ‘As Incoherent as It Is Dangerous’: Trump Threatens to Designate Antifa—Which Isn’t an Actual Group—as Terrorist Organization | Common Dreams News

Donald Trump says Antifa to be labelled terrorists, military will not intervene in George Floyd protests – ABC News

US President Donald Trump is silhouetted against a window in the Oval Office as he hosts Gilead Sciences

Fascism will be rushed and it won’t be pretty if you lean left. An excuse has to be found (ODT)

via Donald Trump says Antifa to be labelled terrorists, military will not intervene in George Floyd protests – ABC News

The killing of America – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Poorer areas, especially places with a high black populace are the hardest hit. There is also a systemic attack on blacks and other minorities through the hard-right lens of the media. Narratives are shaped via deceptive and negative stereotypes. The black man is portrayed as a criminal and dangerous individual, even when he has done no wrong, and is merely standing up against injustice.

Compare the vastly different narratives to the white libertarians who invaded congress with semi automatic guns, versus the black protests against police brutality. The white libertarian militias were largely praised in the media for standing up to “state oppression,” while the black protesters were scorned and mocked as “dangerous thugs.” More reading here.

There is an underlying media bias of whites being “good” and blacks “bad.” This of course ties into the division needed in order for capitalism to continue to benefit the primarily wealthy white establishment and to neglect the needs and rights of black people and other marginalised minorities.

via The killing of America – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tom Switzer: Donald Trump fans the flames of resentment and hatred

Protesters gather near the White House on Saturday.

Despite Trump’s pledge of making America great again, the nation is badly off track and there is a haemorrhage of confidence in its future.

As bad as things are now, imagine what happens when the gravity of the looming economic crisis is evident. Americans from anarchists and socialists on the far left to far-right extremists have powerful incentives to get their pitchforks out and bring the system down.

via Tom Switzer: Donald Trump fans the flames of resentment and hatred

‘No Blame?’ ABC News finds 54 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults. – ABC News

No Blame it’s “THEM” says Trump again (ODT)

via ‘No Blame?’ ABC News finds 54 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults. – ABC News

George Floyd’s death in US police custody sparks outpouring of solidarity from protesters around the globe – ABC News

On a clear day, you view a group of people of African ancestry marching down a London street holding a sign that reads "BLM".

 

  • Many of the protesters overseas are speaking about institutional racism at the hands of police
  • US embassies in Europe have been the site of solidarity protests
  • Russia, China and Iran have taken the opportunity to criticise Washington over the unrest

 

via George Floyd’s death in US police custody sparks outpouring of solidarity from protesters around the globe – ABC News

Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump looks back as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday.

You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J Trump is no longer president of the United States.
Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.

He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.

Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts-The Stable Genius and the State he totally failed day in day out

‘Like posing after a big game kill’: Uncle of George Floyd tells RT about watching cops brutalize his nephewNYPD police cruisers RUN INTO crowds of protesters in terrifying video

Fighting Fake News with REAL,1/6/20; Trump’s failed State; Ingrained in the Culture and the American psyche; A Palestinian comparison; Pompeo showing American diplomacy;

Trump’s Baffling and Cowardly Press Conference Reveals a President Completely Unable to Lead | The Smirking Chimp

The incapable incompetant leader Charlet Chaplin predicted he would arrive in America and he has (ODT)

When Trump was done reading his teleprompter remarks in an almost bored monotone, he turned around and left the lectern, his aides who had stood beside him only as props in tow, with reporters calling out for him to take questions. What had been announced as a “press conference” turned out only to be a brief statement, wasting the time of all the reporters who had waited for Trump as the day ticked by. Reporters were stunned, having expected the president to address the many other issues roiling the nation. Instead, he seemed laser-focused on an issue he’s trying to leverage for his re-election: demonizing China.

The world and country are in chaos and mourning, and it’s clear both could use some leadership. But as many pointed out, it was probably better that Trump left the press conference without taking questions — his interactions with reporters have rarely if ever made anything better or clearer. He probably would have just stoked tensions among various groups even further.

Trump is incapable of being a leader for the country or the world. And it seems at this point, he’s not even trying.

via Trump’s Baffling and Cowardly Press Conference Reveals a President Completely Unable to Lead | The Smirking Chimp

The Racist History Behind Trump’s Threat to Shoot Protesters

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Donald Trump’s bloodthirsty threat to have protesters in Minneapolis shot by the military, issued in a tweet early Friday morning, prompted Twitter to restrict access to the president’s message, ruling that it violated the social network’s policy against “glorifying violence.”

via The Racist History Behind Trump’s Threat to Shoot Protesters

Hong Kong and China’s fate has been clear all along. Xi Jinping is seeing it through – ABC News

A man sit cross legged on the ground with a bandage on his head and a face mask is surrounded by soldiers' legs

Will we stand with the protesters of Hong Kong? Crucially would Australia, among others, be able to keep talking to Beijing, to keep diplomatic channels open?

The coronavirus crisis has brought front-and-centre the question of how the world lives with an increasingly-powerful authoritarian China. We have already seen a descent into insult and threat — from both sides.

It has been called a new Cold War, perhaps so, but China is far more critical to the global economy and more interconnected with our lives than the Soviet Union was.

The China challenge also comes at a time when freedom and democracy is weaker in the West. The world was always heading to this moment.

via Hong Kong and China’s fate has been clear all along. Xi Jinping is seeing it through – ABC News

Cambodia’s drug war has seen prisoner numbers skyrocket during coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

A group of women and toddlers in blue prison outfits. Their faces are partially blurred out.

 

 

via Cambodia’s drug war has seen prisoner numbers skyrocket during coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

China Is Not the Enemy — Neoliberalism Is

In China, as around the world, the pandemic is calling for far-reaching social and economic change. The direction this will take is subject to fierce struggles; and the outcome will also depend on our reading of how societies have dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak and the lessons we draw from it. Instead of exceptionalizing and othering China, progressives around the world have to see beyond the logic of nationalism and recognize the interconnectedness of our fights. The enemy in this pandemic is not China but inequality and the logic of profit over people.

via China Is Not the Enemy — Neoliberalism Is

The rot in Australian media is already advanced. We need to understand the damage wrought in 2020 | Jason Wilson | Global | The Guardian

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The coronavirus emergency has dramatised this. In the US, people have poured into state capitals to demonstrate against pandemic precautions derived from the advice of public health experts. Antivaxxers and conspiracy theorists have been front and centre at the events. Facebook has played a crucial role in allowing the anti-lockdown movement to organise at a local level. And frequently people are coming to state capitols from the same rural areas where newspapers have been supplanted by cable news and partisan websites.

This perfect informational storm has driven the US slightly mad. Its effects have been fractal. Shattered local news ecosystems have made local communities easy prey for ideologues and grifters; at the same time, a polarised national media landscape makes any resolution of the country’s abiding problems difficult to envision.

Now the storm is settling in over Australia.

via The rot in Australian media is already advanced. We need to understand the damage wrought in 2020 | Jason Wilson | Global | The Guardian

Fox News Goes Berserk Over Twitter Flagging Trump’s Violent Tweet | Crooks and Liars

Fox News Goes Berserk Over Twitter Flagging Trump's Violent Tweet

No matter what Donald Trump does, or says Fox News is right there to support him, get angry for him, apologize for him, reinterpret his meaning for him, and lie for him.

via Fox News Goes Berserk Over Twitter Flagging Trump’s Violent Tweet | Crooks and Liars

Propaganda, hysteria and truly foul breath in the West

If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be laughable: the political brigands in North America and Europe are fuming, spitting and rolling their eyes upwards towards the ceiling. They are pointing fingers in all directions, shouting incoherently “China!”, “Russia!”, “Venezuela and Cuba!”, “Iran!”; “You, You, YOU!”.

China and Russia are quietly building a new world, which includes brand new infrastructure, factories and entire neighborhoods for the people. Hospitals are being constructed, and so are universities, parks, concert halls and public transportation networks. Both countries are doing all this quickly and noiselessly, and with great determination. And despite sanctions and embargos, they never shout back at the salivating, angry mouths of the Western gurus of brainwashing.

Propaganda, hysteria and truly foul breath in the West

White people should acknowledge they DO have privilege & life IS easier for them. Only then world’s racial wounds can be healed — RT Op-ed

White people should acknowledge they DO have privilege & life IS easier for them. Only then world’s racial wounds can be healed

My ancestors came to Australia as prisoners, and some almost certainly would have played some role in the genocide against the people who’d been living here for more than 65,000 years before them. And now I live in a society that is dominated by whiteness, and I’ve benefited from that. I’ve never had cause to fear for my life in the presence of a police officer, in fact I’ve never hesitated to call them if I’ve needed their help. I had an easy youth because my parents came from the race that has been favored by generations of white supremacist policies in Australia. Media I consumed growing up consistently featured people who were the same color as me, consistently feeding me through my formative years the message that I can accomplish anything I want in life. I’ve gotten jobs because I understand the subtleties of white culture enough to know how to speak and dress for different interviews, and because I had many white contacts (it’s not what you know, it’s who you know). There are people who pay attention to my words today who wouldn’t give them as much respect if they appeared next to a profile picture with dark skin. There are many other advantages I’ve had that I can’t even know about, since I’ve never lived a day in brown skin.

via White people should acknowledge they DO have privilege & life IS easier for them. Only then world’s racial wounds can be healed — RT Op-ed

The Fear Is Real, Not Orchestrated, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

A woman carrying a mermaid tail navigates through a crowded beach

Reopening doesn’t mean that the threat has passed. It could worsen. We don’t know how the virus will mutate or whether reopening will give its spread a second wind. Studies, for what they are worth, report that there are already a number of mutations of the virus. Given the lack of information and understanding and the many agendas operating, caution is the only responsible course.

via The Fear Is Real, Not Orchestrated, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

2020 becomes 1984: Trump, Twitter and the Ministry of Truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Background: Trump as Liar in Chief

Trump posted a Tweet stating that mail-in ballots will be ‘substantially fraudulent’. Two points here: first there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are any more or less fraudulent than in-person voting. Second, the last time an election used mail-in ballots for a special election, the Republican won. It truly is remarkable how quickly Trump can utterly contradict himself. Vote by mail is totally fraudulent but the Republican won. Amazing. This is analogous to his 2016 claims that the electoral college was a disaster for democracy – when it looked like he would lose.

via 2020 becomes 1984: Trump, Twitter and the Ministry of Truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

JobMaker: sloganeering won’t fix a VET system gouged by profiteers – Michael West

Australia needs a strong post-secondary education system. Vocational education and training is under-resourced and ideologically damaged. The starting points for reform need to be with its curriculum and connection with upper secondary education. Employers, employee organisations, and educators together with government need to work cooperatively so that our education sector can contribute to efforts to transition our economy. Policy warriors and slogans are unhelpful.

via JobMaker: sloganeering won’t fix a VET system gouged by profiteers – Michael West

Government to repay 470,000 unlawful robodebts in what might be Australia’s biggest-ever financial backdown

Biggest ever has been accomplished by this LNP, Biggest budget error. Biggest turnaround, what next? (ODT)

via Government to repay 470,000 unlawful robodebts in what might be Australia’s biggest-ever financial backdown

Spies kept busy by increase in suspicious internet activity during coronavirus lockdown – ABC News

An IS fighter fires his weapon during clashes with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Finally they have turned on Sky After Dark (OD)

ASIO says it has detected an increase in extremist activity online during the coronavirus lockdown period
Officers say there has also been a rise in “anti-China” and “anti-migration” sentiment in communities
Peter Dutton introduced a bill to allow ASIO to question 14-year-old suspects of extremist involvement

 Spies kept busy by increase in suspicious internet activity during coronavirus lockdown – ABC News

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Rio Tinto blasting of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal sites compared to Islamic State’s destruction in Palmyra

Old Dog Thoughts- Media Australia the pain before the dawn

A rolled up copy of the Morning Bulletin newspaper sits on a green grass lawn.

News Corp Australia ‘totally challenged’ by shrinking revenue, declining Foxtel

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 30/5/20; News Corp and Foxtel suffering terminal diseases; Trump has turned to total DENIAL of the rest of the world; You just have to laugh;

Trump campaign attempts to remove satirical cartoon from online retailer | Comics and graphic novels | The Guardian

Nick Anderson’s The Trump Cult cartoon.

The Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Nick Anderson has described Donald Trump as an “adolescent wannabe authoritarian”, after the US president’s re-election campaign failed to pull one of Anderson’s cartoons mocking Trump’s inaccurate suggestion that injecting disinfectant could protect against Covid-19.

via Trump campaign attempts to remove satirical cartoon from online retailer | Comics and graphic novels | The Guardian