Who is Running the country? It’s not Trump! (ODT)
The myth of Donald Trump presents him as a man of authority, a leader loved and feared, a boss who demands loyalty – and gets it.
Trump tampered with witnesses. These Senate Republicans voted to oust Bill Clinton for doing just that
In fact, nobody much listens to what Trump says and that fact might have saved his presidency, according to one of the more startling passages in the 448-page report by special counsel Robert Mueller that was released on Thursday.
“The president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful,” Mueller writes, describing potential criminal obstruction of justice, “but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”
via All the president’s men and women: how disobedient aides saved Trump | US news | The Guardian
Consider just one. At the end of the class on World War II, I always asked: “What is the moral difference between flying three planes into the Twin Towers and Pentagon—killing 3,000 civilians—and using hundreds of U.S. planes to firebomb Tokyo on March 9, 1945—killing some 90,000 civilians?” Suffice it to say that most cadets didn’t like this question at all.
In sum, as we compare the two military organizations, one must conclude, ultimately, that CENTCOM is at least as terrorist as the IRGC. Maybe more.
No doubt many critics will label this assessment “treasonous.” I call it “ethically consistent.”
Let history be the judge.
via Who Are the Real Terrorists in the Mideast?
In contrast with the United States, among constraints on a balanced discussion in Australia of the Arab-Israel issue is that liberal Jewish voices in Australia are barely heard. This inevitably skews the public debate in favour of an Israel “right or wrong” position and in turn, leaves non-Jewish writers about the Middle East exposed.
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Leibler alluded to contrasts between American and Australian Jewry in attitudes to Israel, in which the Australian version is more accepting, less critical, of Israel’s actions.
“Leibler noted that among Australia’s 120,000-strong Jewish community, unlike in the United States, differences people may have with the policies of the Israeli government … have not ‘developed into fundamental shifts in the relationship between Australian Jewry and Israel’,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
At this point, I should declare a personal interest. In 1984 I went to the Middle East as correspondent for Fairfax newspapers and the Financial Times.
In 10 years as Middle East correspondent my beat included Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
During those years, I observed the spread, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, of Jewish settlements on land occupied in the 1967 war. In the half century since the Six Day War, 400,000 settlers have, for want of a better word, colonised sections of the West Bank.
Melissa Parke incident raises difficult questions about Israel : Tony Walker
Hawke provided Australia with the opportunities of the freshly imported economic neo-liberalism: the rule of the market, privatisation, re-regulation, cutting public expenditure for social services, the elimination of the concept of public good or the sense of community, and all that to be replaced by individual responsibility. Hawke had been captured by the simplistic mantra of Ronald Reagan: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
‘Privatisation’ – the selling of everything which stands or moves because ‘private management is better’ came around with Paul Keating. He added trade liberalisation, corporatisation and small government.
Neo-liberalism was more subtly, albeit quietly, redirected towards a particular organisation of capitalism; despite the slogan of the small government, the basic feature of such reorganisation was the use of the government and the facilities of the state to protect capital imposing market imperatives on society and by curbing the power of organised labour.
via The restoration of malpractice (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The destruction of The Fourth Estate in the USA and what the American Constitution intended. Extreme Conservative Collusion to privatise and monopolise Propaganda in the USA under the banner of News and Opinion ” Money for nothing and chicks for free” as far as the current President and TV Reality personality is concerned. (ODT)
Since when is assisting Aiding and Abetting not a crime? “This morning Republicans were on CNN, Mark Meadows making the bizarre argument that just telling someone to commit a crime isn’t in and of itself criminal.”. It’s what they want Julian Assange extradited for (ODT)
Trump Rage-Tweets About Mueller Report: ‘Total Bullsh*t’ – (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars
The footnotes documenting “insanity” (ODT)
Some of the report’s most derogatory scenes were attributed not only to the recollections of McGahn and other witnesses, but also to the contemporaneous notes kept by several senior administration officials – the kind of paper trail that Trump has long sought to avoid leaving.
Trump seethes after Mueller paints damning portrait with notes from White House aides
The promise of pardons for those who work toward his goal indicates the extent to which he’d go to undermine the current legal system in favor of one that is in tune with his will. As Goering put it, “The law and the will of the Fuehrer are one.” Trump’s vision of America is a white Christian male-dominated Herrenvolk democracy. How to make that vision real is up to those below him, and no law should stand in the way.
Once the law is transformed into the expression of the leader’s will, there’s not much we can do to stop him.
via Welcome to the Fourth Reich: Donald Trump’s assault on the rule of law will not end well | Salon.com
THE MURDOCH PUSH IN WARRINGAH FREE PROPAGANDA THE DTs DAILY TELEGRAPH. TONY IS MURDOCH”S BOY AUSTRALIA LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT (ODT)
Residents in the federal seat of Warringah are complaining about telephone push polling, unwanted copies of the Daily Telegraph arriving on their lawns and election posters being defaced.
The most mysterious event in the Sydney seat, where the former prime minister Tony Abbott is fighting a challenge from the independent Zali Steggall, is the arrival of unsolicited copies of the Telegraph, which began in late March.
Residents in Manly, Queenscliff, Curl Curl and Fairlight said they had begun intermittently receiving copies of the News Corp tabloid newspaper, despite not being subscribers. The Telegraph has run a number of stories that would not have delighted Steggall’s campaign.
Warringah voters complain about free copies of Daily Telegraph as election rancour boils | Australia news | The Guardian
But the communications bureaucrat Richard Bean and the former chief executive of News Corp and Foxtel Peter Tonagh concluded the ABC needed expensive new infrastructure to keep up with rapid changes in technology, and long-term funding certainty was preferable to the current triennial funding.
The ABC has lost $393m over five years under the Coalition government.
Handed to the government in December, the secret $1m report has languished in Mitch Fifield’s office for months and may never be released if Labor wins the election.
via Review finds ABC needs long-term funding – which might not be what the government wanted | Media | The Guardian
Since they saw Trump fire Comey after pressuring him to assure the president of his loyalty to the man rather than to the law of the land, it is understandable that fully 58% believe Trump is guilty of obstruction of the investigation into his alleged Russia ties.
Moreover, asked “If Trump did not personally have inappropriate contacts with Russia but did obstruct the Justice Department investigation, should Congress take steps to remove him from office, or shouldn’t it?” — fully 53 percent favor impeachment.
via After Mueller: A Majority of Americans believes Trump is Guilty of Obstruction, wants him Impeached
The report says that in June 2017, Mr Trump called Don McGahn – then a White House lawyer – to try to get Mr Mueller removed over alleged “conflicts of interest
Mr McGahn told the special counsel he resigned after feeling “trapped because he did not plan to follow the President’s directive” and would not have known what to say to Mr Trump had he called again.
The report also reveals:
- Mr Trump reportedly used an expletive when the investigation was announced, adding: “Oh my god. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency”
- Mr Mueller examined 10 actions by the president in regards to obstruction of justice, which he said largely “took place in public view”
- The report says that potential obstruction of justice by the president only failed because members of his administration, including former FBI Director James Comey, refused to “carry out orders”
- Investigators viewed the president’s written responses to their questions as “inadequate” but chose not to pursue a potentially lengthy legal battle to interview him
- Mr Trump dictated a misleading response as to what the June 2016 meeting between Russian intermediaries and Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower was about – this had earlier been denied by Mr Trump’s lawyer and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders
- The special counsel considered charging the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, and son-in-law Jared Kushner but did not think they could meet the Department of Justice’s burden of proof that they wilfully broke the law
Mueller report: Trump ‘tried to get special counsel fired’ – BBC News
The White House press secretary reportedly admitted to fabricating her claim that “rank-and-file” FBI agents had “lost confidence in their director.”
via Sarah Huckabee Sanders Lied About Details Of James Comey’s Firing: Mueller Report | HuffPost Australia
On the other hand, religious beliefs are not usually updated in response to new evidence or scientific explanations, and are therefore strongly associated with conservatism. They are fixed and rigid, which helps promote predictability and coherence to the rules of society among individuals within the group.
via Scientists establish a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage | Salon.com
Spurned on by extremist and biased Islamophobic media globally. The largest in the English speaking world being Murdoch Media. In Melbourne alone in 2018 some 2850 anti- Islamic articles were published in the Herald Sun alone with Andrew Bolt an obsessed and leading contributor via his columns, radio, blogs, and Sky presance. He played a part so much so after the Barcelona bombings he was imploring the Christian youth of Australia to have the guts and fight back. A reminder of Alan Jones during the Cronulla Riots. (ODT)
The emergence of cold-blooded psychopaths and murderers who harbor plans to slaughter Muslims is becoming an alarming trend not only in Europe, but in the rest of the world.
via Anti-Islamic terrorism becomes ‘alarming trend’ in Europe & beyond – Moscow — RT World News
Also on rt.com UK Islamophobic incidents soar 600% in week after Christchurch terrorist attacks
Both major parties have cited a report by Professor McKibbin in 2015 to back their claims, but he said his latest work showed the economic impact would be smaller than thought four years ago because of advances in technology.
Sorry Morrison go back to the books (ODT)
Federal Election 2019: Key economist Warwick McKibbin lends weight to Labor’s climate policy
When even an Indian member of the Liberal Party can’t bear to listen to this ignorant BS any more (ODT)
My parents are skilled Indian migrants, I’ve been a Liberal Party member since I turned 17, I’m a small-l liberal feminist, and I believe climate change is a national emergency.
Landry argued that profits from the Adani coal mine would be “going to hundreds of millions of Indians who do not have electricity … this is about women and families that are cooking over open fires in huts. They are burning cow dung. There is little ventilation in those huts.”
The poor are also the collateral of Adani’s ongoing expansion. Sixteen residents of four villages recently filed a motion in the Jharkhand High Court to set aside the government’s acquisition of their land (for an Adani project) as fraudulent and illegal. They argue the legally-required consent of 80 per cent of villagers was not obtained. Then there’s evidence of Adani’s shell companies linked to tax havens, proving later charitable giving seems unlikely.Mumbai – the only place Adani is an electricity provider in India – experienced a 50 per cent increase in its electricity bills after Adani took over.
The poor are also the collateral of Adani’s ongoing expansion. Sixteen residents of four villages recently filed a motion in the Jharkhand High Court to set aside the government’s acquisition of their land (for an Adani project) as fraudulent and illegal. They argue the legally-required consent of 80 per cent of villagers was not obtained. Then there’s evidence of Adani’s shell companies linked to tax havens, proving later charitable giving seems unlikely.
So let’s be clear on who Landry and Adani are helping. It isn’t poor Indian women. Pretty simply, there’s no evidence that it’s anybody except themselves and their bottom line.
Adani no saviour of India’s poor, despite the rhetoric
He’s been squirming like a stuck pig more and more as the deadline was due and here is why. The only thing that save the man was the Presidency himself and he believed he was greater and even that wouldn’t work. (ODT)
The Mueller report has just been made public. Here’s some of what it says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
This step would be very bad for ExxonMobile and the Koch brothers, but would be very, very good, for everyone else on earth.
via How Bernie Sanders trounced Fox on Medicare for All, and why a Carbon Tax could help Pay for It
So Fox News has the first opportunity to vet and revise the DOJ redacted Mueller Report. Did they use their or the DOJ’s Texta? (ODT)
ABC News and The New York Times report that White House officials have already been briefed on special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report, which is expected to be made public on Thursday.
The news reports suggest the Justice Department gave the White House advance notice about the conclusions of the special counsel’s report on the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
ABC News reported that the White House received a “broad briefing” on the 400-page report that focused mostly on the “mechanics of the report itself.”
Trump’s advisers are concerned the report will reveal instances of possible obstruction of justice that aren’t already public, according to ABC News, which cited unnamed White House officials and sources close to the administration.
via White House Briefed On Findings Of Mueller Report Before Its Release: Reports | HuffPost Australia
Attorney General William Barr has just banned bail for migrants seeking asylum…which by the way, is not a crime..and they need somewhere to keep these people, to concentrate them if you will.
Dictionary.com defines a concentration camp as: “a guarded compound or imprisonment of aliens, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents … for the confinement and persecution of prisoners.”
Well guess what, America?!
We are now officially building and maintaining concentration camps for migrant families who have come to our borders seeking asylum. Even though the mainstream media is reporting that the Trump Administration is “considering” tent concentration camps, the truth is that they have already been erected. As The Daily Beast published just two days ago, these camps already exist in El Paso, TX. These camps are former military hospital facilities converted to prison camps. Representative Nanette Barragan (D-CA) said after visiting the camp that it was “filthy” and “heartbreaking.”
via Concentration Camp Tents Ordered By Trump Administration | Crooks and Liars
The true nature of the IDF and Israel today. Instead of being fastidiously honest corruption and deception is now the rule. (ODT)
Israeli settlers executed a young Palestinian father earlier this month and soldiers destroyed video evidence of the incident, according to an investigation by the human rights group B’Tselem.
Yehoshua Sherman, one of the shooters, told media that Muhammad Abd al-Fattah, 23, was holding a knife and tried to open his car door and attack his teenage daughter.
B’Tselem’s investigation revealed a very different scenario, one in which Abd al-Fattah was killed not in self-defense, but as he lay on the ground, himself defenseless.
via Israeli army destroys video after settlers execute Palestinian | The Electronic Intifada
Foreign Interferance from the Chinese… No Way!! Israel your welcome but pls shut the door quitely on your way out!! (ODT)
The Labor leader has had to spring into action to douse any electorally damaging flames. Shorten, on a visit to the seat of La Trobe in Melbourne, assured gathered journalists that Wilson and Senator Lines had “reconfirmed” their support for the official pro-Israeli Labor line. Zionist Federation president Jeremy Liebler could rest easy: “Good on Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen for swiftly clarifying that Ms Parke’s views are inconsistent with Labor’s approach to Israel, and I’m confident the party leadership will issue a similar response to Josh Wilson and Sue Lines.” Ignoring the substance of Senator Lines’ remarks, Liebler put it down to hostility against the Jewish community “having a dialogue with the Labor Party”. Again, never mention the lobby.
Much of this, sadly, comes down to keeping up, and in, with the voters. Crude calculations figure. Votes from Palestinians and their supporters are insignificant and few; votes from Jewish voters, highly prized. The inner-city Melbourne seat of Macnamara, held by Labor, is of interest, given its slim margin and the retiring, pro-Israeli Labor MP, Michael Danby. To that end, negative comments on Israel are not so much niggles in electoral strategy as bombs waiting to go off.
Permissible Influences: Israel and the Australian Elections – » The Australian Independent Media Network
President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution to end U.S. support of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, which has been blamed for tens of thousands of deaths in the region.
“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in a statement accompanying his veto.
via Trump Vetoes Bill To End U.S. Support For Saudis In Yemen War | HuffPost Australia
But it has been an uncomfortable moment for Sanders, forcing him to speak about himself rather than systemic problems in American society.
He’s discovering that the shift from underdog to frontrunner comes with a catch: increased scrutiny. It’s a price Sanders will have to pay for the right to take on Donald Trump in 2020.( Matthew Knott Ch9)
What a load of hypocritical bullshit this is on the part of the Ch9 writer for The AGE Matthew Knott. It’s what you can expect from Murdoch Inc, and we will hear for a long time to come as an attack on Burnie Sanders.
However, individuals don’t choose their position in the Capitalist social system so readily it selects them in most cases. I’m an Australian millionaire and a Socialist. I believe it makes Sanders and I reasoned rather than just emotionally selfish because we know where we stand in the grand scheme of things. Sanders and I aren’t the exceptions nor do we need to be destitute, to be honest. To be able to recognise a rigged system for what it is and not support it is being educated. Education is something Capitalism has commoditised and is fast removing critical thinking from its curriculums.
We don’t believe in Charity and therefore have no need to give money away frivolously on bandaid causes. That too is the Capitalist promise of the trickle-down economic solution to everything rather than the taxing one so commoditising Charity as well.
AOC, Ilhan Omar is currently young Democrats and left-wing Socialists in Congress. Capitalism will if it continues on its current path will make them millionaires but not hypocrites or never Mother Theresas. They see a broader problem as does Sanders the American system.
It’s why the question is a distraction which will be aired by some thinking they are just devils advocates but are more just pushing the barrow helping regressive turn on the emotion rather than the truth of reasoned progress. (ODT)
Bernie Sanders is a millionaire socialist. Does it matter?
A panel of government-appointed experts has uncovered “integrity issues” with the Coalition’s flagship climate change policy, triggering a warning that some of the emission reductions claimed by Australia may not be genuine.
The findings relate to the Abbott-era Emissions Reduction Fund, established in 2014 to replace Labor’s so-called “carbon tax”. The Morrison government extended the fund in February with a $2 billion injection of taxpayer funds, and renamed it the Climate Solutions Fund.
Climate Change: Experts find ‘integrity issues’ with Coalition’s direct action policy