Old Dog Thought- Morrison plays the reincarnation of Christ- “Bless them father because they don’t know what they’re doing”

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 2/12/22, Morrison plays Christ for Xmas, Dutton’s Women’s Party, Melbourne laughs at Andrew Bolt,

Melbourne the top destination for tourists

Tourism

What Peter Dutton and Matthew Guy’s LNP called a DISASTER along with Andrew Bolt and Murdoch’s Sky News.

Melbourne has emerged as domestic tourists’ top destination as the nation’s travel sector bounces back from its pandemic doldrums.

Source: Melbourne the top destination for tourists

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To be truthful, “sorry” is a word so hard to say – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When you think there isn’t much to write about in politics, the system spews out an avalanche of year-ending scandals, policy decisions, election results and reports.

Source: To be truthful, “sorry” is a word so hard to say – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison’s ‘politics of retribution’

Morrison’s reply to being censured

Scott Morrison, most notorious of all Australia’s prime ministers for his delusions of grandeur, offered up a sermon on the “politics of retribution” in answer to a parliamentary censure motion.

Source: Morrison’s ‘politics of retribution’

‘Orangutans’ Means ‘People of the Forest’

In October, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, told a town hall of civil society organisations in Washington, D.C., that the IMF “is indeed supporting biodiversity. For instance, we have economists that are able to measure the monetary value of an elephant and the value of a whale.”

Georgieva’s comments echo an observation made by Karl Marx in volume one of Capital (1867):

“In England, women are still occasionally used instead of horses for hauling canal boats, because the labour required to produce horses and machines is an accurately known quantity, while that required to maintain the women of the surplus-population is below all calculation.”

What is the monetary value of an orangutan, let alone the survival of the planet? The ruling class might be able to calculate those values, but it is clear that they are unwilling to foot the bill to save the planet.

Source: ‘Orangutans’ Means ‘People of the Forest’

The Voice of an obstructionist, willfully ignorant National Party – Pearls and Irritations

David Littleproud

The National Party’s decision to campaign against a voice to parliament is destructive and wilfully ignorant. Contributors to this decision ignore a history of Indigenous punishment and powerlessness. They criticise a referendum process which has not been published but which they pretend to know. They attribute to the Uluru Statement goals which it does not have.

Source: The Voice of an obstructionist, willfully ignorant National Party – Pearls and Irritations

Nats Vote No OR When You’re Standing At The North Pole Everything Is South – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A voice regarding the world’s most successful Multiracial Democracy

It’s sort of interesting that just a few days ago we had the conservative side of politics telling us that they didn’t have a position on the Voice because they didn’t have enough detail. Now, according to Nationals muppet, David Littleproud, there’s enough detail to announce that they’ll be opposing it.

Source: Nats Vote No OR When You’re Standing At The North Pole Everything Is South – » The Australian Independent Media Network

They represent us in parliament, but MPs say declaring war is above their pay grade – Michael West

War Powers reform Committee

Whose decision is it and how is it to be made when governments like our LNP was hell-bent on making us a world-class top-10 arms dealer??

The Senate hearing on War Powers reform is scheduled for early December, but reform advocates may be less enthused by the composition of the committee that is handling the inquiry. Zacharias Szumer has talked to many of those involved.

Source: They represent us in parliament, but MPs say declaring war is above their pay grade – Michael West

War Industry Looks Forward to “Multiyear Authority” in Ukraine

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 16:  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a press briefing after a virtual Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting at the Pentagon on November 16, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. The Ukraine Defense Contact Group met again to discuss aiding for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Eisenhower warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

Source: War Industry Looks Forward to “Multiyear Authority” in Ukraine

Are Israel’s Nuclear Weapons — an Open Secret — the Greatest Threat to the Middle East?

With Israel swinging Hard Right the question need to be asked.

As western countries are floating the theory that Russia could escalate its conflict with Ukraine to a nuclear war, many western governments continue to turn a blind eye to Israel’s own nuclear weapons capabilities. Luckily, many countries around the world do not subscribe to this endemic western hypocrisy.

Source: Are Israel’s Nuclear Weapons — an Open Secret — the Greatest Threat to the Middle East?

The MAGAfication of America Is a Prelude to Authoritarianism | The Smirking Chimp

In response, defending the interests of working people, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals and families, and other vulnerable sectors of this society will mean alliances between progressives, liberals, and, in some instances, disaffected and distraught anti-Trump, pro-democracy Republicans. There are too many historical examples of authoritarian and fascist takeovers while the opposition remained split and in conflict not to form such political alliances. Nothing is more urgent at this moment than the complete political defeat of an anti-democratic movement that is, all too sadly, still on the march.

Source: The MAGAfication of America Is a Prelude to Authoritarianism | The Smirking Chimp

Old Dog Thought- Morrison stands with Trump, blames everyone else, and turns his cheek and holds his breath until he’s appreciated.

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Fighting Fake News with REAL, 1/12/22, The Shovel , Morrison speaks, Dutton holds the reins, The LNP Unites, Murdoch gives them credit till their next failure, All about women,

The right is now lies and bigotry: what next for conservatives? – Pearls and Irritations

VIC ELECTION22 Liberal leader Matthew Guy votes holding anti Dan Andrews Liberal flyer Image: AAP/ Joel Carrett

The international right is cynical and dangerous. It is crucial we look beyond the surface rhetoric to understand what it represents because Australia is not immune.

Source: The right is now lies and bigotry: what next for conservatives? – Pearls and Irritations

Why everyone (except me) was wrong about the Victorian election | The Shot

Let’s get this out of the way quickly because it’ll allow me more time to be as obnoxious as I can possibly be. I was extremely correct about the Victorian election being a casual stroll in the park for the sitting Premier, unlike, mysteriously, nearly all of my journalistic brethren. The odds-on heavy favourite Daniel Andrews won his third term with a predictable majority no one else in the media seems to have predicted. 🤷‍♂️

Source: Why everyone (except me) was wrong about the Victorian election | The Shot

Defence procurement is rotten to the core: It’s time for a Royal Commission – Pearls and Irritations

TOY Tank between stacks of coins as a symbol of high Armament expenditure.

While the Robodebt fiasco is important and warrants a full scale inquiry, it is minor compared to the shocking report outlined by the Government on defence projects. The question therefore begs: are there similar or worst stories hiding in the Department of Defence?

Source: Defence procurement is rotten to the core: It’s time for a Royal Commission – Pearls and Irritations

Mining lobby tricks government with its big taxpayer fairytale, swaps Deloitte for EY – Michael West

Madeleine King, Tania Constable, Minerals Council of Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia has duped Energy Minister Madeleine King into repeating its highly inflated claims of how much taxes its mostly foreign multinationals members pay. Callum Foote reports on an $85 billion PR scam.

Source: Mining lobby tricks government with its big taxpayer fairytale, swaps Deloitte for EY – Michael West

Eugene V. Debs: The Oppressed Need Justice, Not Charity

Over 100 years and nothing has changed. Payday lending and credit for basic needs have gone through the roof. Debt has even become a substitute for Charity

Today is Giving Tuesday, so here’s a 1913 article by Eugene V. Debs, never before republished, about why the charity balls of the rich will never deliver justice for the poor. As Debs declared, “What the poor need is that the rich shall get off their backs.”

Source: Eugene V. Debs: The Oppressed Need Justice, Not Charity

A Grotesque Distortion of Philanthropy | The Smirking Chimp

But what I really want to talk about today is something quite different from charitable giving, although often confused with it: It’s called “effective altruism.” Known as EA to its practitioners, effective altruism urges people to give away a large share of their incomes.

Fine as far as it goes. But EA has been going much further.

One of EA’s most influential proponents is the Oxford philosopher William MacAskill, who has urged young people to seek high-paying jobs in finance (or wherever else they can make gobs of money) on ethical grounds, because they can then donate a large portion of their earnings to worthy causes. For example, by becoming a hedge-fund mogul, MacAskill says, you can donate large sums — and create far more good — than you can as a social worker.

Source: A Grotesque Distortion of Philanthropy | The Smirking Chimp

Major Newspapers Push US to Drop Assange Charges

“Twelve years after the publication of ‘Cablegate,’ it is time for the U.S. government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets,” reads the letter signed by the editors and publishers of The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País. “Publishing is not a crime.”

Source: Major Newspapers Push US to Drop Assange Charges

UK Government Deployed 15 Staff on Secret Operation To Seize Julian Assange – scheerpost.com

When the UK abandoned fair play and helped destroy an individual and proved their principles a myth

New information raises further concerns about the politicisation of the WikiLeaks founder’s legal case.

Source: UK Government Deployed 15 Staff on Secret Operation To Seize Julian Assange – scheerpost.com

Israel: Netanyahu puts Homophobic Fundamentalist who doesn’t think most American Jews are Jewish in Charge of Office of Jewish Identity

So Noam is a far right Jewish fundamentalist party in Israel that has a connection to the Har Hamor seminary in Jerusalem. One of its leaders is Rabbi Zvi Tau, who seems to have a conspiracy theory that LGBTQ groups have prevented Israelis from implementing Jewish law, the Halakha. He and other leaders of the Noam Party see Israeli toleration for gay and trans people as a falling away from true Judaism. This tolerance is an “attack” they say, on Israeli “values.”

Source: Israel: Netanyahu puts Homophobic Fundamentalist who doesn’t think most American Jews are Jewish in Charge of Office of Jewish Identity

After Ye and Nick Fuentes dined with Trump, Fox News went (mostly) silent. Here’s why. | Media Matters for America

Fuentes, Trump, and Ye in front of a blue Fox News logo

There is no bottom to how low the Murdoch’s Fox News can go.

Fox News’ near-total silence on former President Donald Trump’s meeting with Nick Fuentes and the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, points to the inroads that white nationalism and virulent antisemitism have made at the network — and the difficulty the Republican Party would have in trying to remove that faction from its coalition.

Source: After Ye and Nick Fuentes dined with Trump, Fox News went (mostly) silent. Here’s why. | Media Matters for America

Guardian Essential poll: Anthony Albanese heading to the holidays on a high note | Essential poll | The Guardian

Anthony Albanese smiling

Six months on from the federal election, the survey of more than 1,000 voters indicates Labor is ahead of the Coalition on the two-party-preferred “plus” measure 51.4% to 43.1%, with 5.5% of respondents undecided.

Source: Guardian Essential poll: Anthony Albanese heading to the holidays on a high note | Essential poll | The Guardian

Media go for drama on Victorian election – and miss the story – Pearls and Irritations

Victoria Election Labour Reception Dan Andrews victory. Image: AAP / James Ross

The Herald Sun and The Age went further than just “dramatic reporting” they became what they’ve always been. Murdoch is an LNP .IPA paid political activist and Costello the new wanna-be-paid Ch9 kid on the block. To say they missed the point is to have missed the point.

For the best part of two weeks, Victorian voters were told by the media that the election on November 26 might result in either a hung parliament or a minority Labor government.

Source: Media go for drama on Victorian election – and miss the story – Pearls and Irritations

Greens threaten to support Liberal amendment in move that could derail passage of key integrity bill | Australia news | The Guardian

Headshot of man (David Shoebridge) wearing a dark suit, no tie and black-rimmed glasses

The Greens and Coalition may unite to force a key change to the appointment of the national anti-corruption commissioner, in a move the attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, claims could derail the establishment of the body.

On Monday, the Greens justice spokesperson, David Shoebridge, threatened to support the Liberal amendment requiring bipartisan support to appoint the national anti-corruption commissioner unless Labor agreed to put a non-government member in the chair of the Nacc’s parliamentary oversight committee.

Labor and the Greens are now engaged in a high-stakes game of brinkmanship in parliamentary debate on the signature bill, which the Albanese government promised to pass this year.

Only time will tell if the Nacc will be the ‘big broom’ promised to sweep through our corridors of power Katharine Murphy Katharine Murphy Read more The Liberal amendment proposes that the appointments of the Nacc commissioner and inspector would require “at least a three-quarters majority” of all the members of the joint parliamentary oversight committee.

Source: Greens threaten to support Liberal amendment in move that could derail passage of key integrity bill | Australia news | The Guardian

Rex Patrick: “exceptional circumstances” choke National Anti-Corruption Commission – Michael West

NACC, National Anti-Corruption Commission

Labor may rue the day it mired the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in secrecy. Transparency warrior Rex Patrick reports on the “exceptional circumstances” provision which weakens corruption watchdog.

Source: Rex Patrick: “exceptional circumstances” choke National Anti-Corruption Commission – Michael West

First-Nations-Led Youth Win Climate/ Human Rights Case against Mammoth Coal Mine in Australia

In a historic ruling today, a Queensland court has said the massive Clive Palmer-owned Galilee Basin coal project should not go ahead because of its contribution to climate change, its environmental impacts, and because it would erode human rights.

Source: First-Nations-Led Youth Win Climate/ Human Rights Case against Mammoth Coal Mine in Australia

Nationals under fire over voice decision – Michael West

When Class systematically dissects even those that deserve attention the most it’s used to political advantage to put the brakes on recognition of injustice and halt progressive and just change

“It is important we bring respect to this. This should be a conversation we should be able to have,” he added.

Labor minister Bill Shorten told Nine Ms Burney had been a great advocate for First Nations Australians.

“The issue is about whether or not we put First Nations people on the nation’s birth certificate, the Constitution,” he said.

 

Source: Nationals under fire over voice decision – Michael West

Coalition silence over Morrison’s betrayal alarming

Barely a word has been spoken by his Coalition colleagues against former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s secret ministerial power grab, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

Source: Coalition silence over Morrison’s betrayal alarming

“Taking us all for fools”: GOP leaders called out for silence on Trump’s dinner with Nick Fuentes | Salon.com

Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022. (Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

 Republican leaders are under fire for their silence on former President Donald Trump’s dinner with antisemitic rapper Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago.

Source: “Taking us all for fools”: GOP leaders called out for silence on Trump’s dinner with Nick Fuentes | Salon.com

The Crazies Are Now in Charge of Donald Trump | The Smirking Chimp

That’s my real worry: A presidential candidate who would welcome Nick Fuentes and Kanye West to dinner at his home is a candidate without sound advice, a candidate who has no one around him to tell him no, or he’s a candidate who doesn’t give a damn.

Whatever the reason, that presidential candidate is untethered. He is surrounded by people as crazy as he is. Which means he’s even more dangerous.

Source: The Crazies Are Now in Charge of Donald Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Old Dog Thought- The system of shared wealth in the Lucky country goes to 16% of us the bulk to 0.5% approx 13000 Australians and it’s largely inherited.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 29/11/22, Private Wealth, Elon Musk,Trump’s Death Count, Lowe as you can get

Victoria’s voters ignored News Corp’s anti-Labor campaign but the controversy let Dan Andrews skate | Matthew Ricketson | The Guardian

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The biggest loser in plain sight. All the overpaid dummies were nowhere to be seen other than Credlin on the night

As Tiffen has written, once News’ tabloid newspapers had a populist touch, profitably balancing sensationalism with credible reporting. Now there is “just a grinding predictability” with the “confected outrage” and the beat-ups rarely hitting home. “Like a one-trick pony, they try ever-bigger versions of the old sensationalist ploys,” which are suffering from the law of diminishing returns.

Source: Victoria’s voters ignored News Corp’s anti-Labor campaign but the controversy let Dan Andrews skate | Matthew Ricketson | The Guardian

How Dan Andrews pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in modern politics

Curiously, no-one publicly made the obvious point that if this were so, it was also by definition a referendum on the opposition leader, Matthew Guy. If Andrews, seeking re-election for a third term, was putting the Yes case, then Guy was running the argument for No.

Source: How Dan Andrews pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in modern politics

Australia not fit for future of ‘unnatural disasters’: Report

Flooding, cyclones and even a Japanese encephalitis outbreak are among the risks facing Australians this summer as a leading climate body warns of a rise in “unnatural disasters”.

Source: Australia not fit for future of ‘unnatural disasters’: Report

China Mieville on Why Capitalism Deserves Our Burning Hatred

“The point for Marx and Engels isn’t the ‘eradication’ of individuals, but of the bourgeoisie as a class — which is to say, of capitalism.”

 

Source: China Mieville on Why Capitalism Deserves Our Burning Hatred

How COP27 nearly foundered as fossil fuel lobbyists were busy greenwashing

Cop27 greenwashing

The COP27 climate change conference has been and gone. The ambitions were modest and the outcomes even more so. The large number of fossil fuel lobbyists in attendance did little to buyo the mood of impending doom. Story courtesy aapX.

Source: How COP27 nearly foundered as fossil fuel lobbyists were busy greenwashing

China just announced a new social credit law. Here’s what it means – Pearls and Irritations

National monitoring system.

The West has largely gotten China’s social credit system wrong. But draft legislation introduced in November offers a more accurate picture of the reality.

Source: China just announced a new social credit law. Here’s what it means – Pearls and Irritations

Elon Musk Is Destroying the Myths of Silicon Valley in Front of Our Very Eyes

The myth of Silicon Valley touts the grit and flair of its tech bro champions. But the chaos of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has revealed that there’s no genius or elaborate game of multidimensional chess behind the curtain: just garden-variety capitalists.

Source: Elon Musk Is Destroying the Myths of Silicon Valley in Front of Our Very Eyes

National Times 22h · Don’t Be Fooled. This Is What Elon Musk Is Really Up to With Twitter

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Since capitalism’s dawn, power stemmed from owning capital goods; steam engines, Bessemer furnaces, industrial robots, and so on. Today, it is cloud-based capital, or cloud capital in short, that grants its owners hitherto unimaginable powers.

(Yanis Varoufakis! Project Syndicate)

Half a million needless deaths under Trump’s regime of anger, fear and hate

It is now possible to quantify accurately the death toll from the destructive Trump regime, as Alan Austin reports.

As Trump gears up his campaign to return as U.S. President, we can calculate the number of Americans who have died needlessly since his first announced run in mid-2015. The number is 548,800, more than half a million.

Source: Half a million needless deaths under Trump’s regime of anger, fear and hate

Scott Morrison gives Australia the middle finger with the help of Prime Minister Anthony AlbaneseKangaroo Court of Australia

Scott Morrison lied to the Australian public, again, when he said he would cooperate with the “Inquiry into the Appointment of the Former Prime Minister to Administer Multiple Departments”. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has allowed Scott Morrison to get away with the lie and he would have known Scott Morrison was lying as soon as the words left Morrison’s mouth.

Mr Morrison refused to meet with former High Court judge Virginia Bell who headed up the inquiry and instead he answered questions via a lawyer.

Virginia Bell handed down her report on Friday the 25th of November 2022. The report starts off with an overview:

 

Source: Scott Morrison gives Australia the middle finger with the help of Prime Minister Anthony AlbaneseKangaroo Court of Australia

View from The Hill: The Bell report on Morrison’s multi-ministries provides a bad character reference

One flaw in Morrison’s character, so damaging before the election, is his slipperiness with the truth. Bell pings him on this.

Source: View from The Hill: The Bell report on Morrison’s multi-ministries provides a bad character reference

Qantas profits soar, but little room for better pay for staff as shareholders re-Joyce

Qantas Profit soaring

After 3 Jetstar and Virgin cancellations we paid $500 to fly QANTAS and get 2 of us home. What we got was soggy Samosas, a cup of Coffee and seats that didn’t recline for double the price.

Qantas profit estimates just jumped again this week when Alan Joyce threatened to axe regional routes, ramping up pressure on politicians to stop the looming industrial relations reforms. Michael Sainsbury reports.

Source: Qantas profits soar, but little room for better pay for staff as shareholders re-Joyce