The Eight Things Trump Reveals About America | Washington Monthly

Michelle Obama has observed that being president does not change who you are. It reveals who you are. The same could be said of the nation: that its president does not change who we are but reveals who we are. And what Donald Trump has revealed about America has taught us sobering lessons about ourselves.

The Eight Things Trump Reveals About America | Washington Monthly

117 times Fox’s “straight news” anchor Martha MacCallum pushed right-wing narratives over seven weeks | Media Matters for America

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Martha MacCallum, Fox News executive editor and anchor of The Story with Martha MacCallum, pushes right-wing narratives, pro-Trump talking points, and Republican spin during her on air appearances on Fox News. Part of the so-called “straight news” division, MacCallum has featured heavily in the network’s election coverage, as well as its promotional material, alongside anchor Bret Baier. Network executives have relied on the “straight news” operation to deflect criticism of the extreme racism and propaganda spewed nightly by opinion hosts like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham in an effort to deter advertisers from fleeing their toxic programming.

117 times Fox’s “straight news” anchor Martha MacCallum pushed right-wing narratives over seven weeks | Media Matters for America

‘Black people are literally voting like their lives depend on it’

Crystal Clark sits on a folding stool while holding an umbrella for shade as she waits in line to vote early in Savannah, Georgia.

A 72-year-old voter in Dayton, Ohio, said, “I’m angry about everything.” A retired veterinary technician in Detroit said she voted for one reason only: “Donald Trump. To make sure he’s not reelected.” A federal employee who waited in line for 10 hours in suburban Atlanta explained simply: “I have three black sons.”

‘Black people are literally voting like their lives depend on it’

Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US | Common Dreams News

“The United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US | Common Dreams News

The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP | The Smirking Chimp

Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role. Yet they also insist that what a woman does with her own body or whether same-sex couples can marry should be decided by government.

The Public, the Personal, and the Utter Hypocrisy of the GOP | The Smirking Chimp

The War on Cuba and Venezuela – CounterPunch.org

Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Why are Havana’s food markets so empty? For the Cuban people, the U.S. War on Venezuela stands out as a clear culprit contributing to these daily frustrations and hardships.

The War on Cuba and Venezuela – CounterPunch.org

China grows nearly 5%; Will historians look back at Trump’s disastrous Pandemic Response as the Moment Beijing Overtook the US?

Even if Trump loses, he can go on screwing up the country for two and a half months thereafter, and it will take years to undo the damage he has done. Pandemics are the sort of thing you want to nip in the bud. If you let them go to national community spread, they become far more difficult to quash. Some analysts are looking at winter 2023 for the US to “put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror,” and that is assuming we get an effective vaccine fairly soon (something of which there is no guarantee), and that it can be mass manufactured and widely distributed and that people will get it.

China grows nearly 5%; Will historians look back at Trump’s disastrous Pandemic Response as the Moment Beijing Overtook the US?

EXCLUSIVE: Q and A with Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson

Julian Assange’s lawyer of ten years Jennifer Robinson speaks with Rhys Muldoon about Assange’s extraordinary trial and the relationship between the world’s most famous political prisoner and huckster in chief, Donald Trump.

EXCLUSIVE: Q and A with Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson

Zombie Cash-Splash: Treasurer ramps up orgy of corporate hand-outs – Michael West

Josh Frydenberg money tree, QE, Reserve Bank of Australia

“Australians know there is no money tree,” said Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at the apogee of the coronavirus in May. But there is. The Reserve Bank is creating money out of thin air. It’s called QE. Michael West reports on the latest fruits to fall from Josh’s fertile money tree, particularly free cash from a hitherto hidden measure in the Budget.

Zombie Cash-Splash: Treasurer ramps up orgy of corporate hand-outs – Michael West

SCOTT MORRISON IS GUILTY! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I am sure that I can rely on readers to add to the list of the multitude of sins for which, if he were a Catholic, he would be doing penance – if he only admitted that he had done wrong. Looking back over just the past year, there are far too many things for me to hope to encompass them all, let alone dig back further into his very grubby history, so let’s go over that year roughly chronologically.

SCOTT MORRISON IS GUILTY! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Historian Timothy Snyder warns that America is already in its own “slow-motion Reichstag Fire” | Salon.com

Donald Trump considers any election in which he is not the “winner” to be null and void. Trump’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court is an obvious quid pro quo to secure his “reelection” if his attorneys and other agents can sufficiently sabotage the vote on Election Day and beyond.

Historian Timothy Snyder warns that America is already in its own “slow-motion Reichstag Fire” | Salon.com

‘Disaster for Joe’: As Hunter Biden’s lawyers allegedly ask for his laptop BACK, Trump calls its explosive revelations ‘REAL DEAL’ — RT USA News

Giuliani says shop owner who passed Biden laptop to FBI had copied data to friends in case he’s ‘KILLED’

The hard drive, obtained from a Delaware repair shop owner by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has become a damaging story for Joe Biden, who has seen his national poll numbers slip. That’s despite social media platforms suppressing the story over worries of it being factually unverified, and Biden himself slamming the entire thing as a “smear campaign.”

‘Disaster for Joe’: As Hunter Biden’s lawyers allegedly ask for his laptop BACK, Trump calls its explosive revelations ‘REAL DEAL’ — RT USA News

Steve Bannon’s Prediction of a Trump Election Day Win Is Premised on Ignorance | The Smirking Chimp

One of President Trump’s most loyal propagandists is predicting that Trump will claim victory on election night as soon as he is ahead among Election Day voters. But that scenario is based on a misconception of how all ballots are counted and the early returns are compiled, according to election and legal experts.

Steve Bannon’s Prediction of a Trump Election Day Win Is Premised on Ignorance | The Smirking Chimp

Sydney To Open Lockdown-Themed Amusement Park For New Zealanders Who Want The Full Melbourne Experience | The Shovel

Saying they were concerned about the high number of Kiwis entering Sydney but then immediately departing for Melbourne, Tourism NSW announced today that it will build a Melbourne-style lockdown amusement park, in an attempt to keep valuable tourism dollars in the state.

Sydney To Open Lockdown-Themed Amusement Park For New Zealanders Who Want The Full Melbourne Experience | The Shovel

Morrison wants Victoria lockdowns over, says Andrews should open faster

Morrison who has no faith in science and readily cuts back on research prefers to get his political advice from God and his only son Lachlan. which miraculously appears on the front pages of Australia’s media. Wh would anyone intentionally sabotage Victoria’s lock-downs by sending 55 NZers across the border to simply flout the States efforts to save lives and then blame the State? Simply because he can and has Ruperts blessing (ODT)

The frosty relations between the federal government and Mr Andrews continued on Sunday, with Mr Morrison and his two most senior Victorian ministers – treasurer Josh Frydenberg and health minister Greg Hunt – saying the easing of rules needed to go further.

Morrison wants Victoria lockdowns over, says Andrews should open faster

New Zealanders arrive in Adelaide despite South Australia not being in coronavirus bubble – ABC News

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Morrison’s determined cock up
Image may contain: 1 person, text that says 'Why didn't Border Force share Ruby Princess passenger information to airline operators fearful of covid19 infection spread? DUNNO! I'M NOT A BOAT CAPTAIN Why can't Border Force provide details of the New Zealand travellers who illegally entered Victoria? DUNNO! I'M NOT A PASSPORT INSPECTOR! Jich'

Five travellers from New Zealand have been forced into hotel quarantine in Adelaide after arriving unexpectedly on a flight from Sydney.

New Zealanders arrive in Adelaide despite South Australia not being in coronavirus bubble – ABC News

NZ election: Jacinda Ardern victory result of core philosophy

Jacinda Ardern waves to supporters at an Auckland cafe on Sunday morning, after her election victory.

The trick with Jacinda Ardern is that it isn’t a trick. I once thought it might be. I now want a hug from Jacinda before I die. This permanent change comes from a place of shame. During my non-believer phase, circa March 2017, I spotted Ardern at a St Patrick’s Day festival of fiddly-dee songs. Probably in the way retired All Blacks players bore the new caps, I decided to give Ardern the benefit of my inglorious three years’ experience as an MP.

NZ election: Jacinda Ardern victory result of core philosophy

Old Dog Thoughts- Imagine the ABC took over the role of FB and Google when they leave. How would God and his son Lachlan react?

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 19/10/20, ABC to step in for FB and Google? Julian Assange, Morrison gets his instructions from God as well;

Trump Is Urging Republicans to Break the Law | The Nation

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Break the Law we can always defend it in the Supreme Court

He not only applauded the California GOP’s illegal use of mail-in ballot drop-boxes; he’s urging Republican officials elsewhere to do the same thing.

Trump Is Urging Republicans to Break the Law | The Nation

Critics Say Deregulatory Rush Shows Even If Defeated the Trump White House Willing to ‘Scorch the Earth Before They Go’ | Common Dreams News

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to roll back regulations, and he has largely delivered on his pledge. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Getty Images)

With President Donald Trump’s re-election very much in doubt, his administration is rushing to ram through regulatory rollbacks that could adversely affect millions of Americans, the environment, and the ability of Joe Biden—should he win—to pursue his agenda or even undo the damage done over the past four years.

Critics Say Deregulatory Rush Shows Even If Defeated the Trump White House Willing to ‘Scorch the Earth Before They Go’ | Common Dreams News

Creeping Plutocracy after ‘Citizens United’: How US Election Spending skyrocketed to the GDP of some whole Countries

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The 2020 election cycle is forecast to smash previous spending records, with the Center for Responsive Politics estimating it will cost US$11 billion. That would be comparable to the 2019 GDP of Equatorial Guinea or Chad.

Creeping Plutocracy after ‘Citizens United’: How US Election Spending skyrocketed to the GDP of some whole Countries

Trump Staffers Worry About Resumes After Choosing To Work For An Authoritarian | Crooks and Liars

Trump Staffers Worry About Resumes After Choosing To Work For An Authoritarian

When all is said and done was working for Trump a career boost?

Lackeys from the Trump administration aren’t one teensy bit concerned about the mess they’ll leave behind should their impeached president lose reelection in just under 20 days. Oh no, the fact that they’re all on a superspreader tour of the country is proof of that. Like their boss, what they’re concerned about instead are their own sorry asses.

Trump Staffers Worry About Resumes After Choosing To Work For An Authoritarian | Crooks and Liars

Noam Chomsky: “If you don’t push the lever for the Democrats, you are assisting Trump” | Salon.com

Noam Chomsky | Biography, Books, & Facts | Britannica

Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals, has provided the international left with wisdom, guidance and inspiration for nearly 60 years. Proving that he operates at the locus where argumentation and activism meet, he demonstrates indispensable intellectual leadership on issues of foreign policy, democratic socialism and rejection of corporate media bromides.

Noam Chomsky: “If you don’t push the lever for the Democrats, you are assisting Trump” | Salon.com

Next to Trump, even Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison look good | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump and Boris

The US president has lowered the bar so much, the rest of the world is happy to settle for underperforming leaders @vanbadham Sun 18 Oct 2020 06.00 AEDT Last modified on Sun 18 Oct 2020 06.46 AEDT Shares 100

Next to Trump, even Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison look good | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Morrison really is Trump. He’s not a committed problem solver but a political problem creator

poster in favour of a 'yes' vote in the upcoming referendum in the legalisation of recreational cannabis use on a billboard in Garden Place, Hamilton, on 8 October 2020.Fighting Fake News with REAL,18/10/20; Morrison screws Victoria again; Britain following Dan, Jacinda riding High, $40B Over spend No! $90B on things we’ll never see; Labor’s Shame;

Fox News’ Owner Murdoch Predicts Biden Landslide Win | Newsmax.com

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Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and an associate of President Donald Trump, has told people close to him that he thinks Democrat Joe Biden will easily win the election.

Fox News’ Owner Murdoch Predicts Biden Landslide Win | Newsmax.com

A dueling town halls upside: Media finally focuses on the wide gulf between Biden and Trump | Salon.com

The nation’s top political reporters actually focused on the extreme contrast between the candidates, not spectacle

A dueling town halls upside: Media finally focuses on the wide gulf between Biden and Trump | Salon.com

Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants “Herd Immunity.” | The Smirking Chimp

IT’S NOW CALLED COVID-19 RED

Trump is alive because he got the best treatment science can deliver, buttressed by data gathered from the corpses he has already caused. Upon recovery, he declared his intent to abandon millions more to a choking, solitary death so he can keep his job and salvage his junkyard ego. Not for one second does he think this Great Barrington Declaration will do anybody but him any good. It gets him out from under, and that is all that matters. Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States.

Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants “Herd Immunity.” | The Smirking Chimp

China to crush Australian economy for anti-Chinese sentiments 

China to crush Australian economy for anti-Chinese sentiments

Beijing has banned importы of Australian coal. The move came as China’s response to Australia’s support for its geopolitical ally, the United States. Why doesn’t Moscow learn from Beijing?

Russia needs to learn a few lessons from China on how to twist Europe’s arms

‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance | Media | The Guardian

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The former Australian PM admits he once courted the mogul’s mastheads but now says democracy is at stake

‘Culture of fear’: why Kevin Rudd is determined to see an end to Murdoch’s media dominance | Media | The Guardian

Another week in a government going from bad to worse – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Have we reached the point in politics where TRUTH is something that politicians have persuaded us to believe is, “Like alternative facts” rather than TRUTH based on factual evidence, arguments and assertions? John Lord

Another week in a government going from bad to worse – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Details Emerge On Giuliani-Post Story, And The Obvious Frame-up Looks Clearly Like Russian Propaganda | Crooks and Liars

   Details Emerge On Giuliani-Post Story, And The Obvious Frame-up Looks Clearly Like Russian Propaganda

On Wednesday morning, the New York Post broke the genuinely unbelievable story about a soggy laptop with a hard drive that contains emails suggesting that Joe Biden had a previously unreported meeting with a Ukrainian businessman … and video of Hunter Biden having a crack-laced party with a sex worker. Because, sure, if you’re going to have illegal drugs while engaging in illegal sex, you have to be sure to film it, right after the email that’s a threat to your father.

Details Emerge On Giuliani-Post Story, And The Obvious Frame-up Looks Clearly Like Russian Propaganda | Crooks and Liars

Trump’s New Mantra: Herd Immunity | The Smirking Chimp

Politically Desperate Don caals for Herd Immunity

The White House has abandoned the idea of controlling the virus and instead is openly embracing the idea of “herd immunity.” Officials are arguing that the nation should protect our most vulnerable neighbors — the elderly and the infirm — and the rest of us should go about our lives normally, without waiting for a vaccine.

The Murdochs have blood on their hands | Media Matters for America

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Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch is reportedly “disgusted” by President Donald Trump’s failed handling of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. He and his son Lachlan Murdoch, who currently oversees the network, are also partly responsible for it. Murdoch has complained to confidants that Trump “is not listening to advice about how best to handle the pandemic” which is “creating a never-ending crisis for his administration,” according to a Thursday account from The Daily Beast.

The Murdochs have blood on their hands | Media Matters for America

Fox News death cult embraces declaration calling for “herd immunity” | Media Matters for America

Fox hosts downplay coronavirus surge
They want to give COVID-19 to Rupert

Fox News personalities are rallying around a White House-supported declaration that calls for “herd immunity” approach to the coronavirus pandemic, the deeply flawed idea that the virus should be intentionally spread widely in the population.

Fox News death cult embraces declaration calling for “herd immunity” | Media Matters for America

Apart From Quarantine, Border Control, Aged Care, Welfare And Social Services, COVID-19 Isn’t A Federal Government Issue, Morrison Says | The Shovel

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government cannot be held accountable for any failures relating to the nation’s COVID-19 response, reminding voters that apart from a constitutional requirement to control borders, air travel, quarantine policy, aged care facilities, social services and welfare, there is basically nothing it can do.

Apart From Quarantine, Border Control, Aged Care, Welfare And Social Services, COVID-19 Isn’t A Federal Government Issue, Morrison Says | The Shovel

A Pushy Number: Libs’ pollster Crosby Textor granted access to 27 million unlisted mobiles – Michael West

Crosby Textor application for access to unlisted mobile phone numbers

When the Coalition quietly changed the regulations to enable access to millions of unlisted mobile phone numbers for ‘political research’, the Liberal Party’s pollster Crosby Textor was quick out of the blocks with an application to access the database, writes Jommy Tee. Now, the lobby group closest to Scott Morrison has access to 27 million phone numbers heading into the next Federal election.

A salient point for other political parties wishing to access the database is don’t leave it too late because it may take several months to satisfy the approval conditions.

The long-suffering public may beg to differ on whether access should be granted.

A Pushy Number: Libs’ pollster Crosby Textor granted access to 27 million unlisted mobiles – Michael West

The Poor Women Has A Right To A Private Life! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Public or Private Service

The media can be quite invasive. What right did they have to splash this poor woman’s personal life across their front pages and to lead with stories about her poor judgement? Ok, there may have been criminal activity involved, but is it her fault if she happens to be involved with the wrong guy.

The Poor Women Has A Right To A Private Life! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Eric Abetz refuses to apologise for demanding Chinese-Australians denounce Communist party | Australia news | The Guardian

File photo of senator Eric Abetz
German Australian Abetz challenges Chinese Australians on loyalty

The veteran Liberal senator has been accused of subjecting three Senate inquiry witnesses to ‘race-baiting McCarthyism’

Eric Abetz refuses to apologise for demanding Chinese-Australians denounce Communist party | Australia news | The Guardian