The FBI Apparently Lied about Investigating Kavanaugh. What Are Democrats Going to Do about It? | The Smirking Chimp

Justice Corrupted

They, with Alito, are the Supreme Court majority. The ones who all but ended voting rights and allowed for even more secrecy in dark money to flood our system. What they have planned for next session is even worse. The Supreme Court is packed with dangerous ideologues, and a few corrupt ones, too. Now President Biden and Democrats have a chance to, well, unpack it. To dilute the Trump/RNC/Koch/Federalist Society’s malign influence and balance it out with four or six or however many additional justices. It is imperative. It is existential.

Source: The FBI Apparently Lied about Investigating Kavanaugh. What Are Democrats Going to Do about It? | The Smirking Chimp

“Ye shall know them by their fruits” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

On Wednesday, 20 July, The Prime Minister did three radio interviews. During the third on Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1, he was asked by the host Jase Hawkins to apologise for the “nightmare” of the vaccine rollout. “Can you honestly say to me that the government has taken accountability?” he said. “Like, I have never heard the word ‘sorry’ – ‘guys you know what, sorry, we did screw it up, but we are getting it right now’.” For the entirety of the interview, Jase tried to elicit the word “sorry” from the Prime Minister. It was like trying to extract blood from a stone. He did, however, manage an admission of sorts that he was responsible for Australia being last on a list of nations well ahead of us with their vaccination programs.

Source: “Ye shall know them by their fruits” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Opinion: PM & Co never saw a rort they didn’t love

Just before the Audit Office released its scathing indictment of the commuter car parks program, Australia quietly added the auditing profession to our skills shortage list. These two events really sum up the Morrison government – an outfit obsessed with tactical politics, wholly uninterested in governing, and contemptuous when it comes to governance. That we are running out of auditors shouldn’t be such a surprise. Sports rorts, female change room rorts, safer communities rorts – the sorry list goes on and on. But the commuter car parks program sets a new standard – a new low.

Source: Opinion: PM & Co never saw a rort they didn’t love

Wind turbines off the coast could help Australia become an energy superpower, research finds

LNP Ignores the experts

Offshore wind farms are an increasingly common sight overseas. But Australia has neglected the technology, despite the ample wind gusts buffeting much of our coastline.

Source: Wind turbines off the coast could help Australia become an energy superpower, research finds

Wren’s Week: Liberal Party are intergenerational thieves

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed monumentally. Malcolm Turnbull before him failed and prior to him, Abbott, the destroyer, added to the damage of John Howard’s legacy. Why anyone under 35 would vote for the Liberals has got me beat. They would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.

Source: Wren’s Week: Liberal Party are intergenerational thieves

It’s the forest, silly! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Pilliga forests are a significant water, biodiversity and carbon sink resource, yet our governments want to turn it into a gas-field. Now is the time to rethink how we value and manage our irreplaceable natural resources.

Source: It’s the forest, silly! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian government’s Covid vaccine rollout forecasts don’t add up | Coronavirus | The Guardian

People wait to be called into a cubicle to receive a Covid-10 vaccine at the Melbourne Showgrounds vaccination centre

Government forecasts are more than double the amount of doses CSL is able to produce per week when operating at maximum capacity

Source: Australian government’s Covid vaccine rollout forecasts don’t add up | Coronavirus | The Guardian

From character to competence, ‘Scotty from Marketing’ is in a world of pain

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen wearing a face mask during a press conference at Kirribilli House on July 16, 2021 in Sydney

The competence a politician has and displays is the Bitcoin of the modern business. If you’re competent enough and present as such, with the typical confidence high-achieving pols have in abundance, your selling price is on the escalator. Just like the roller coaster ride Bitcoin traders know so well, when a political leader falters in competence and starts looking to be out of his or her depth your value takes a dive. Right now Scott Morrison is like Bitcoin. He spent 2020 on the rise – hitting unprecedented highs over time – but then slumped in the early months of 2021.

Source: From character to competence, ‘Scotty from Marketing’ is in a world of pain

Morrison offers microaggression and deflection, when all we want is an apology – and a solution | Katharine Murphy | The Guardian

Morrison offers microaggression and deflection, when all we want is an apology – and a solution | Katharine Murphy

The ‘it’s not a race’ vaccine mantra has been discarded, but the prime minister is still running around in circles trying to evade responsibility

Source: Morrison offers microaggression and deflection, when all we want is an apology – and a solution | Katharine Murphy | The Guardian

Progressive pundit launches campaign against Fox News: “Something more needed to be done” | Salon.com

Dean Obeidallah (Photo illustration by Salon/FOX News/Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)Carlson, meanwhile, has refused to reveal whether he himself has been vaccinated, despite his on-air rhetoric. This week, CNN found that Fox Corporation – Fox News’ parent organization – has quietly implemented its own version of a “vaccine passport.” Fox has reportedly “developed a secure, voluntary way for employees to self-attest their vaccination status,” according to employee emails obtained by CNN business. The company has apparently encouraged its employees to self-attest in an effort to “assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.

Source: Progressive pundit launches campaign against Fox News: “Something more needed to be done” | Salon.com

Under Pressure from Biden, Japan pledges to double target for Renewables in energy mix by 2030, to 38%, and to Slash Emissions

Australia’s PM is caught between Biden and his Coalition partner  while the country suffers. Watch the salesman promise what he can’t or wont deliver.

The importance of having a U.S. leader like Joe Biden, who has come to believe in the necessity of drastically cutting the emission of greenhouse gases, was demonstrated Wednesday when Japan announced that it was doubling its proposed cuts to carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. This according to Reuters.

Source: Under Pressure from Biden, Japan pledges to double target for Renewables in energy mix by 2030, to 38%, and to Slash Emissions

Worker Power | The Smirking Chimp

Reversing 40 years of shareholder capitalism won’t be easy. But remember this: you, the working people of America, outnumber the corporate executives and big investors by a wide margin. Together, you can change the rules, and build a world where workers have real power.

Source: Worker Power | The Smirking Chimp

Dying Trump Supporter’s Last Words: ‘Please Go Get Vaccinated…This Is Nothing Nice’ | Crooks and Liars

Dying Trump Supporter's Last Words: 'Please Go Get Vaccinated...This Is Nothing Nice'

Morrison’s advice “It’s up to you”

Except that was never going to happen. A brief perusal of Brad ‘Bradster’ Vinnard’s Facebook page shows a deep antipathy towards COVID vaccines, a love of Trump and other right-wing causes, and his love of Harleys. His Facebook comments were the usual hodgepodge of extremism and conspiracy theory, that the vaccines were unsafe, unproven, no worse than the flu, a means for government control, etc. Just the usual paranoid delusion so often seen by followers of Donald Trump.

Source: Dying Trump Supporter’s Last Words: ‘Please Go Get Vaccinated…This Is Nothing Nice’ | Crooks and Liars

Why Did We Need Katie Hopkins When We Have So Many Unemployed Bigots Here Already? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Yes, sometimes Scott Morrison just rambles on with meaningless waffles and lies, but other times, he disappears and says nothing. Either way, his detractors are never satisfied… and speaking of Dutton and Frydenberg, apparently, Dutton thinks he has the numbers but without Mathias there to confirm them, he’s not willing to move. Josh was sure he had the numbers but after a recount, he discovered that he was short by sixty billion…

Source: Why Did We Need Katie Hopkins When We Have So Many Unemployed Bigots Here Already? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sitting Ducks: spread of Carbon Border Tax schemes leaves Australia defenceless on climate – Michael West

The sudden, global move to tax carbon puts billions of Australian coal and gas exports at risk, indeed this country’s largest sources of income. Hard on the heels of the EU’s carbon border tax declaration, the US declared a carbon border scheme. Others are poised to follow. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the immense risk to Australia’s largest source of income.

Source: Sitting Ducks: spread of Carbon Border Tax schemes leaves Australia defenceless on climate – Michael West

Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Scott Morrison this week more or less trashed Australia’s top advisory body on immunisation, in remarks that were at best ill-judged and at worst alarming. On Wednesday Morrison told a news conference he (or the government) made a “constant appeal” to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to review its advice on AstraZeneca according to the balance of risk. On Thursday he said on radio: “I’ve just simply said balance of risk is changing, guys, so how is that impacting on your advice, and it’s time to think about that”. The “guys” (and girls) on ATAGI are obviously as aware as anyone of the changing risk profile as cases increase.

Source: Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Cuba and the US: The Difference Between Dictatorship and Tyranny | The Smirking Chimp

Biden isn’t Trump but he is America and should feel SHAME

For that reason, although by all Western standards it can be said that Cuba is a dictatorship, it is necessary to remember that the United States is the tyranny that created it, a brutal tyranny that has been going on for at least two hundred years. Cuba was the first great defeat of that arrogance and, for some reason, it has managed to resist for 60 years.

Source: Cuba and the US: The Difference Between Dictatorship and Tyranny | The Smirking Chimp

I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn’t Believe Me. It Was Impossible.

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I was acting as Trump and his minions do: free to say anything, no matter how ridiculous, with no basis in observable fact.

Source: I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn’t Believe Me. It Was Impossible.

In China, ‘Heaviest Rain in 1,000 Years’ Triggers Deadly Flooding, Landslides | Common Dreams News

Cars sit in floodwaters after heavy rains hit the city of Zhengzhou in China's central Henan province on July 21, 2021. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Just days before it was hit with catastrophic floods, Henan endured a major heatwave, Bloomberg noted Wednesday. “The deadly flood shows the unpredictable impacts from climate change are appearing more and more often,” Zhang Jianyu, chief representative at the Environmental Defense Fund’s Beijing office, told the news outlet. “It’s a message to us that it’s time to strengthen efforts to tackle [the] climate change crisis.”

Source: In China, ‘Heaviest Rain in 1,000 Years’ Triggers Deadly Flooding, Landslides | Common Dreams News

China blasts dam to divert deadly floods

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Would Australia’s LNP ever be seen doing this? Destroying it’s own infrastructure “for the people’s sake”?

China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to at least 25.

Source: China blasts dam to divert deadly floods

Rupe’s Tantrum: NSW Edition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In my last piece, I looked at how Scott Morrison appeared to have lost the support of the man who truly runs Australia. There we looked at the column published under the name of Morrison’s dog, which left the Prime Minister beaten and bloody in an alley somewhere. This time, I want to look at NSW, again using the Errorgraph as the example. Similar to last time, I do not have the link to the article, but someone in my household buys this rag and so I have photos of the appropriate pages.

Source: Rupe’s Tantrum: NSW Edition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Melbourne University students mobilise against Liberal Party-backed Robert Menzies Institute

Robert Menzies pictured in 1965.

Students and academics at the University of Melbourne are mobilising against the opening of a Liberal-aligned research institute on campus that counts conservative commentator Peta Credlin and the chairman of right-wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs as board members.

Source: Melbourne University students mobilise against Liberal Party-backed Robert Menzies Institute

Liberal Party pandemic management: Exemplary — thanks, Gladys!

Scott and Gladys were so intent on dividing the country they forgot that pride comes before a fall. They both failed the test of leadership blinded by their populist electioneering. Now they are looking at others to blame when all they need is a mirror.

Watching New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her “gold standard” pandemic management unravel before our eyes is a bittersweet moment for many people — Victorians, in particular.For months on end, Gladys has been held up as the model all should follow. We have heard that Gladys’ gold standard contact tracing was second to none. That her approach to handling the pandemic was far superior to her mere mortal non-Liberal counterparts around the country. Even that she single-handedly “saved Australia”.

Source: Liberal Party pandemic management: Exemplary — thanks, Gladys!

Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?

The prime minister has until next May to hold an election. The government has ample time to play catch-up with the rollout. If further outbreaks are contained and the elusive herd immunity is achieved by then, lockdowns will have become a thing of the past. The relief at being able to move on may obliterate current disquiet. Further, in normal circumstances, policy virtue is not necessarily synonymous with political success. The last federal election was an indicator of this. The Coalition triumphed despite a threadbare policy program. In other words, policy prowess is only ever one measure of a government’s success.

Source: Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?

Fact check: PM claims ‘not a race’ vaccine comments ‘taken out of context’

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Our PM is a YO-YO

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of “playing us for mugs” and telling “a bare-faced lie”, after he claimed previous comments that vaccine rollout was “not a race” were taken out of context. But Mr Morrison’s latest explanation of the controversial comments don’t hold up to scrutiny, with transcripts provided by his office proving he was specifically talking about the speed of the rollout. “He tried to mislead Australians,” claimed Labor’s shadow health minister Mark Butler.

“on target” ” worlds best”

 Fact check: PM claims ‘not a race’ vaccine comments ‘taken out of context’

then ” Not my fault”

PM ‘sorry’ for issues plaguing vaccine program

then  “Up to you”

‘Don’t wait’, PM urges on jabs, turns up AZ pressure

 

Old Dog Thought- Hitler and Stalin attacked Liberal Culture at every level burnt books art and,erased any opposition. They installed their own hierarchy of academics to fix not evaluate the thought of the day.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 22/7/21; Scott the Salesman never the Leader. Always trying New Clothes; The Liberal Party’s backroom is the danger;

If Biden Wants to “Stand With the Cuban People,” He Can Ease the Cruel Blockade | The Smirking Chimp

The Cuban Pandemic suffering over 60 years of the American Virus

The corporate media have been bashing the Cuban government in response to the recent protests in Cuba, while President Joe Biden claims, “We stand with the Cuban people.” But they ignore or minimize the leading cause of economic suffering in Cuba: the U.S.’s illegal and punishing economic blockade that Biden has left in place.

Source: If Biden Wants to “Stand With the Cuban People,” He Can Ease the Cruel Blockade | The Smirking Chimp

Anti-vaxxer Trump Supporter Dies From COVID | Crooks and Liars

Anti-vaxxer Trump Supporter Dies From COVID

The Cape Cod Times reported that this woman was a well-respected teacher and an active member of her community. She spent the past several weeks of her life in a coma and on a ventilator. She refused to get vaccinated, contracting the virus while visiting family in maskless South Dakota.

Source: Anti-vaxxer Trump Supporter Dies From COVID | Crooks and Liars

“No ice cream for you” – Ben & Jerry’s ceases distribution to Israeli Squatter-Settlements in Palestinian West Bank

this move was driven by progressive Northeast Jewish Americans. Cohen and Greenfield are big Bernie Sanders supporters. Significant percentages of younger Jewish Americans, especially on the left, are alienated from the Israeli government policy of colonizing the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

Source: “No ice cream for you” – Ben & Jerry’s ceases distribution to Israeli Squatter-Settlements in Palestinian West Bank

One of the First Things Bezos Says After Returning From Space: Humanity Should Pollute It | Common Dreams News

Jeff Bezos speaks to the media following his brief flight to space

Is he right?

“Delusional, toxic nonsense” is how one critic described Bezos’ call for moving all polluting industry into space.

Source: One of the First Things Bezos Says After Returning From Space: Humanity Should Pollute It | Common Dreams News

Toxic Waste Rebranded: Australia bans Third World dumping, leaves giant toxic loophole – Michael West

energy-from-waste, waste export ban, RDF, loophole

“It’s our waste, it’s our problem”, said Scott Morrison as he announced the nation’s waste export ban culminating in 2024. Not really. It’s a good thing Australia has banned solid waste dumping to the Third World but we have left a gaping, toxic loophole; burning plastics for energy. Luke Stacey investigates.

Source: Toxic Waste Rebranded: Australia bans Third World dumping, leaves giant toxic loophole – Michael West

Car park program shows Australia must adopt Commonwealth Integrity Commission ASAP: governance experts

The Croydon railway station in Melbourne is one of the car parks promised to be upgraded as part of the government’s program.

Governance experts fear Australia is sliding down the “slippery slope” of corruption, calling on the federal government to overhaul its planned integrity commission in the wake of an auditor-general report into a program funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Coalition-held seats.

Source: Car park program shows Australia must adopt Commonwealth Integrity Commission ASAP: governance experts

PM ‘appeals’ for AstraZeneca age change

Pants on Fire Morrison can’t help himself

However, transcripts from Mr Morrison’s own office show he made the “not a race” comments in March 2021, nearly two months after Pfizer was approved in January and a month after AstraZeneca’s approval in February. Professor Murphy’s own “not a race” comments on March 10 were also specifically about the rollout pace. Australia’s COVID vaccinations began on February 21, 2021. Mr Morrison was among the first Australians to get a jab that day. But on March 31, in South Australia, he said “We’re on track for our first dose for everyone by the end of October … it’s not a race, it’s not a competition. He made similar “not a race” comments in interviews on March 11, and again on March 14, weeks after vaccines were approved.

Source: PM ‘appeals’ for AstraZeneca age change

Scott Morrison regrets ‘not a race’ remark, promises to make up lost ground

Scott Morrison has acknowledged the vaccine rollout is months behind scheduled.

Promises undelivered give rise to more promises. This PM  simply doesn’t deliver anything other than promises. That’s what salesmen do but leaders don’t!

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed regret for declaring the vaccine rollout was “not a race” when the program has fallen behind schedule, promising he will try to make up the lost ground.

Source: Scott Morrison regrets ‘not a race’ remark, promises to make up lost ground

Hypocrites At Fox News Implement Vaccine Passport For Employees | Crooks and Liars

Hypocrites At Fox News Implement Vaccine Passport For Employees

According to CNN, Fox’s email to employees said, “providing this information to FOX will assist the company with space planning and contact tracing.” Not only that, the process has been given the name “Fox Clear Pass,” and provides the following incentive for complying: “You no longer are required to complete your daily health screening through WorkCare/WorkMatters.” Waitaminute, that’s not a…not…a VACCINE PASSPORT, IS IT???

Source: Hypocrites At Fox News Implement Vaccine Passport For Employees | Crooks and Liars

At Fox, the call for vaccine passports was coming from inside the house | Media Matters for America

Tucker Vaccine requirements 6/1/21

If you watch Fox’s coverage of the vaccine rollout over the last six months, there is one thing you know for certain: Fox hosts and personalities do not want businesses to require proof of vaccination, colloquially known as vaccine passports. But now we have learned that Fox itself requires a vaccine passport, called a “Fox Clear Pass.” Ryan Grim reported it on Monday morning, and Oliver Darcy further reported:

Source: At Fox, the call for vaccine passports was coming from inside the house | Media Matters for America

The Anti-Family Party | The Smirking Chimp

Last Thursday, 39 million American parents began receiving a monthly child allowance ($300 per child under 6, and $250 per child from 6 through 17). It’s the biggest helping hand to American families in more than 85 years. They need it. Even before the pandemic, child poverty had reached post-war records. Even non-poor families were in trouble, burdened with deepening debt and missed payments. Most were living paycheck to paycheck – so if they lost a job, they and their kids could be plunged into poverty. It’s estimated that the new monthly child allowance will cut child poverty by more than half. But every single Republican in both the House and Senate voted against the measure.

Source: The Anti-Family Party | The Smirking Chimp

Here’s What Climate Scientists Are Really Saying About This Catastrophic Summer – Mother Jones

“It’s no longer a kind of vague concern about things happening in the future, it’s the realization that the world is unraveling around us right now. And the loss is piling up every day.”

Source: Here’s What Climate Scientists Are Really Saying About This Catastrophic Summer – Mother Jones

War Powers: four perspectives from politicians who have served – Michael West

#warpowers, Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter, Jim Molan, Rex Patrick

Parliament does not need to be consulted before Australian troops are sent to war. What do the politicians who have donned the uniform have to say? Tasha May asks Rex Patrick, Andrew Wilkie, Jim Molan and Bob Katter.

Source: War Powers: four perspectives from politicians who have served – Michael West

Microsoft hacks: Australia, US allies accuse China of cyber attacks

They call this the world’s best Intel. First, it was the Russians cyber attacking the West with Putin’s blessing. Now it’s the Chinese. It’s never the Americans alone throwing out these accusations but also a ‘coalition of allies’ a lap dog chorus doing what they are told with Putin now less important. No wonder Dutton is saber-rattling like the organ grinder’s monkey.

The United States and a coalition of allies have accused China of a global cyber hacking campaign that employed contract hackers, specifically attributing a large Microsoft attack disclosed earlier this year to actors working on the country’s behalf. Opening a new area of tensions with China, the United States is joined by NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Canada to level the allegations.

Source: Microsoft hacks: Australia, US allies accuse China of cyber attacks

How CDN Providers Break the Internet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

On June 8, an internet blackout was precipitated by one customer updating their settings through a “valid configuration change”. With speed, 85% of the network of the tech infrastructure company Fastly began returning errors. A global outage ensued. “The downed sites,” according to Brian Barrett of Wired, “shared no obvious theme or geography; the outages were global, and they hit everything from Reddit to Spotify to The New York Times.”

Source: How CDN Providers Break the Internet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Paul Bongiorno: Vaccine rollout a foretaste of Australia’s climate response

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Scott Morrison is hoping the vaccine scarcity that has led to the lockdown of half the nation’s population will be close to resolution by December, and along with it a reversal of his political fortunes. But as fate would have it, that timetable coincides with our next summer.

Source: Paul Bongiorno: Vaccine rollout a foretaste of Australia’s climate response