Old Dog Thoughts- Morrison going like a Holden; Australia Students will be going to China for a debtless education. Andrew Bolt’s got attention he deserves.

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Fighting Fake News with REAL 18/2/20; Morrison to save Holden; China Morrison’s political punching bag; Kaye Lee gives Andrew Bolt a thrill;

The 3 Cs: Collusion, Corruption and the Coalition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Looking at The man who tried to market a miracle (ODT

Looking back over the last few years, I would sum it up like this:

We have a prime Minister who is not interested in honesty, does not seek the best for the Australian people, and has a single focus which is keeping his party – and himself – in power.

Integrity? MIA.

Transparency? MIA.

Suitability for office? Absolutely none!

Once more – this is my 2020 new Year Resolution:

“I will do everything in my power to enable Australia to be restored to responsible government.”

via The 3 Cs: Collusion, Corruption and the Coalition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wake Up Senators!, by Eric Margolis – The Unz Review

The US Senate, long the lap dog of the man who would be king, President Donald Trump, appears to have finally remembered its proper constitutional role.

Last week, the Senate voted 55/45 for a new bipartisan War Powers Act to constrain military action against Iran. The Congress voted a similar act. Both are designed to start returning the right to make war to Congress, as the Constitution clearly intended. The president is not the Warlord-in-chief in spite of what he thinks.

via Wake Up Senators!, by Eric Margolis – The Unz Review

AIPAC Is Helping Fund Anti-Sanders Super PAC Ads in Nevada

 

Israel against American Jews (ODT)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is helping to fund a Super PAC launching attack ads against Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada on Saturday, according to two sources with knowledge of the arrangement. The ads are being run by a group called Democratic Majority for Israel, founded by longtime AIPAC strategist Mark Mellman.

The Nevada attack ads, which will air in media markets in Reno and Las Vegas, follow a similar spending blitz by DMFI ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Like the ads that aired in Iowa, the Nevada ads will attack Sanders on the idea that he’s not electable, Mediaite reported.

via AIPAC Is Helping Fund Anti-Sanders Super PAC Ads in Nevada

Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide – Stephen Lendman

The state of Israeli, its ruling authorities, and military officials have been and continue to be guilty of the highest of high crimes against Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iranians, and other innocent victims of their lawlessness.

via Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide – Stephen Lendman

Huawei dispute with UK escalates as Australian MPs snub Britain by planning US trip – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man on looking down at his phone walks past a Huawei logo

It goes to show just how American we have become. (ODT)

via Huawei dispute with UK escalates as Australian MPs snub Britain by planning US trip – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Is Trump the Worst of the Worst? | The Smirking Chimp

The worst of the worst is here (ODT)

Not content merely to smite the poor, immigrants, his political enemies, constitutional checks and balances and the rule of law at home and abroad, the president seems dedicated to bringing forth the collapse of a decent and organized human existence — and indeed the downfall of life on Earth. It’s no wonder Chomsky calls Trump “the most dangerous criminal in human history.”

Hitler’s goal, Chomsky notes, “was to rid the German-run world of Jews, Roma, homosexuals and other ‘deviants,’ along with tens of millions of Slav ‘Untermenschen.’ But Hitler was not dedicated with fervor to destroying the prospects of organized human life on Earth in the not-distant future [along with millions of other species].”

via Is Trump the Worst of the Worst? | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Unleashed: The Trump Presidency Enters Its Most Dangerous Phase – Mother Jones

The president seeks the total sublimation of the Justice Department and the whole US government to his will. THE MAKING OF THE SWAMP

By now, you know the basics: After the Justice Department requested a seven-to-nine years sentence for Roger Stone, a longtime Trump intimate who was convicted of lying to Congress and witness-tampering (to protect Trump in the Russia scandal), Trump tweet-whined that this sentence would be too harsh, and the DoJ dutifully rescinded it. Four federal prosecutors, apparently in protest, withdrew from the Stone case, with one quitting the department. Then Trump attacked the federal judge handling the case. Still on the rampage the next day, Trump—again in a tweet—threatened to withhold assistance for New York State if it did not smother investigations related to Trump.

He sacked impeachment witnesses Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Next he moved onto the Justice Department and the judiciary. At the same time, Barr set up a special “intake” channel at the department for Trump’s henchman Rudy Giuliani to feed rumors, dirt, and supposed leads about Trump’s rivals.

All this is crooked and horrific. Trump is rigging the justice system, trashing norms that have been in place for decades, and attacking the notion that the rule of law is essential for democratic governance. Early in his presidency, facing the Russia investigation being run by the FBI, Trump exclaimed, “Where is my Roy Cohn?” He was referring to the thuggish mob lawyer who had been red-baiting Sen. Joe McCarthy’s chief hatchet-man years before becoming a mentor and consigliere for the young Trump. Though Trump placed Barr, his own lapdog, in charge of the Justice Department last year, Trump has become his own Roy Cohn, consolidating power and seeking vengeance. And extracting revenge has long been one of Trump’s primary psychological motivations, as I first explained before he was elected president.

via Trump Unleashed: The Trump Presidency Enters Its Most Dangerous Phase – Mother Jones

Barr Orders Review Of Michael Flynn Case, Heightening Political Interference Concerns | HuffPost Australia

Attorney General William Barr's actions continue to raise doubts about whether he is sacrificing the...

Goodbye Separation of Powers in America. Hello a Despotic Fascist State. He’s dictating who he wants pardoned and who he wants charged (ODT)

Conservative media and many Republican officials have championed Flynn, calling for Trump to pardon him. On Tuesday, Trump retweeted a pro-Trump Twitter account suggesting that he grant both Stone and Flynn full pardons.
Suggest a correction

via Barr Orders Review Of Michael Flynn Case, Heightening Political Interference Concerns | HuffPost Australia

How Australia blew its future gas supplies

It doesn’t bear contemplating, now they’re gone, what they might have thought about a country that allowed its entire store of gas to be flogged off without first setting aside enough of the stuff to ensure the nation’s power grid continued humming and that consumers could afford to turn on a light switch.
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via How Australia blew its future gas supplies

Accountability in the Canberra bubble – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Most jurisdictions in Australia have an independent body that investigates apparent corruption in politics and government. The Federal Government doesn’t. Taylor has questions to answer over the water rights dealings noted above, as well as the apparent falsifying of data for political ends. McKenzie only ‘resigned’ once she became a political liability to Morrison.

In addition, it is currently being reported that Infrastructure Minister (and Deputy Prime Minister) McCormack awarded 94% of infrastructure grants to areas represented by the coalition political parties.

And they keep refusing to consider legislation for a ‘Federal ICAC’.

What do you think?

via Accountability in the Canberra bubble – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It feels like an upheaval, but precious little has changed

Flooding in Byron Bay earlier this month.

Marles refused even to offer a position on the inherent desirability of new coal-fired power stations, leaving Anthony Albanese to clean it up the next day by saying “I don’t think there’s a place for coal-fired power plants in Australia, full stop”. Now we learn of a group of some 20 pro-coal Labor MPs (including nine frontbenchers), calling themselves the OTIS group, meeting in secret without Albanese and with the aim of bringing Labor to a more coal-friendly position.

Whether this is merely an informal gathering or a more concerted lobbying attempt, it underscores Labor’s limitations on climate politics. This is a fifth of the party who probably see far greater political peril for Labor in distancing itself from coal than in making peace with it.
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So, politically, what exactly has this summer changed? The Coalition is still split on the issue, meaning that a serious climate policy is not an option because it will tear the government apart from within. Meanwhile, it’s unclear precisely where the current policy vacuum will hurt them electorally.

And Labor seems to agree enough with that assessment to continue to be spooked by the damage it sustained last year in coal-mining seats. It’s worth monitoring how this evolves from here, because right now, the signs are that this is the summer that changed everything in politics, except what really counts.

via It feels like an upheaval, but precious little has changed

Government failure has led to Australia becoming the new Easter Island

The massive Home Affairs Department, with a remit for “emergency management”, was entirely absent during the bushfire crisis and yet between 2016 and 2020, $9 billion of taxpayers’ money was spent on indefinite mandatory detention of men, women and children identified as refugees. Has a quarter or even a third of that amount been allocated as the Federal response package to the bushfire crisis?

Meanwhile, in the Coalition party room, even as nations around the world are committed to getting rid of the internal combustion engine – including Boris Johnson’s Britain – the commitment to coal has been reaffirmed. Like all regimes which place their own personal interests above all else, it is always the country, the nation, the majority of the people, the land, the water systems, the very air itself which are all weakened, polluted and made ill, often irretrievably.

Welcome to Australia’s own version of a new Easter Island story.

via Government failure has led to Australia becoming the new Easter Island

Vickery Vexation: local council pitted against new coal mine – Michael West

Vickery

In the aftermath of the worst bushfire crisis in Australia’s history, Whitehaven Coal and the NSW Mineral lobby are trying to push a new coal mine through the Independent Planning Commission. This is one of dozens of new coal projects. Nestled on the banks of the Namoi River in the Northern Tablelands, on a property which was the inspiration for much of Dorothea McKellar’s poetry (author of the famous line, I Love a Sunburnt Country), farmers and the local council are fighting to stop Whitehaven’s Vickery coal mine. Callum Foote reports.

via Vickery Vexation: local council pitted against new coal mine – Michael West

We don’t need more political gamesmanship – we need integrity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hang the names out so we can see them (ODT)

We don’t want another party vying for a centre that keeps moving further to the right. We want people with integrity who make decisions based on expert advice about the best interests of the nation, not on how to appeal to people who will never vote for you.

via We don’t need more political gamesmanship – we need integrity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Keeping the bastards honest”: Was it just a passing fad that lost its way? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via “Keeping the bastards honest”: Was it just a passing fad that lost its way? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- The Great Australian rip off… On for Years… blame the Unions

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack administered a grants program that crossbench MPs say needs investigating.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 14/2/20; Porter chasing down the Unions but not the Sports Rorts, or the Regional Grants. Crooks everywhere but only in the Unions;

Bernie Sanders would ‘ruin our economy’ says Lloyd Blankfein

Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein has lashed out at Bernie Sanders.

Trumpster comes out swinging for Billionaires

Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed a wealth tax on the richest Americans, blasted big businesses for turning huge profits while paying little in taxes and said he believed billionaires should not exist.

After his win in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in New Hampshire solidified Sanders’ status as a contender for the nomination, one Wall Street billionaire fired back.
Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein has lashed out at Bernie Sanders.

Former Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein has lashed out at Bernie Sanders.Credit:Bloomberg

Lloyd Blankfein, the former Goldman Sachs chief executive, took aim at Sanders on Twitter, saying the Vermont senator would “ruin our economy” if elected president.

He added that Sanders did not care about the military and was just as polarising as President Donald Trump.

via Bernie Sanders would ‘ruin our economy’ says Lloyd Blankfein

Inside the right-wing media campaign to rig the justice system to protect Roger Stone and Donald Trump | Media Matters for America

Trump Stone

There has been a deal made (ODT)

Right-wing media outlets, led by Trump allies at Infowars and Fox News, have waged a months-long campaign to interfere with criminal proceedings against Roger Stone. Now that Stone has been convicted of seven felonies and is facing the possibility of significant jail time, his conservative and far-right media defenders are drumming up support for President Donald Trump to pardon him.

via Inside the right-wing media campaign to rig the justice system to protect Roger Stone and Donald Trump | Media Matters for America

AMP chief gets pay rise of up to $1.8m despite company posting $2.5bn loss | Australia news | The Guardian

AMP Limited chief Francesco De Ferrari

Unregulated insanity self-gratification and legalised theft. (ODT)

via AMP chief gets pay rise of up to $1.8m despite company posting $2.5bn loss | Australia news | The Guardian

Trump’s New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans | Democracy Now!

President Trump’s budget proposal is similar to his previous requests.

Declares 20% of Americans as “Deplorables” surplus to the economy (ODT)

via Trump’s New Budget Funds Endless War & Nuclear Weapons While Slashing Aid to Poor & Hungry Americans | Democracy Now!

Turkey Sends Reinforcements to Protect Jihadists in Idlib, Syria – Stephen Lendman

People watch Turkish-Syria border as smoke rises from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces at Tal Abyad town as seen from Akcakale district in Sanliurfa, Turkey, 13 October 2019. Turkey has launched an offensive targeting Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, days after the US withdrew troops from the area.Turkey launches offensive targeting Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, Sanliurfa - 13 Oct 2019

Trump Abandoned the Kurds and supported Turkey and the terrorists

Throughout nine years of preemptive US war in Syria, Turkey supported ISIS other jihadists, pretending otherwise.

Earlier in the war, Ankara colluded with ISIS in transporting, refining and selling stolen Syrian oil – Erdogan and other regime officials profiting hugely.

Evidence supplied by Kurdish sources in northern Syria showed “detailed invoices used by IS to calculate daily revenues from their oil fields and refineries, as well as the amount of oil extracted there,” adding:

“All the documents had Islamic State’s symbol at the top.” They showed ISIS “kept very professional records of their oil business.”

via Turkey Sends Reinforcements to Protect Jihadists in Idlib, Syria – Stephen Lendman