Month: January 2016

The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming

This was supposed to be the supreme model of Humanitarian Intervention. One of its few benefits is it now provides a pretext for another new war.

Source: The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming

PepsiCo’s Bottled ‘Tap’ Water 2000 Times the Cost of a Gallon of Gas AnonHQ

According to Business Insider, the bottled water industry “grossed a total of $11.8 billion on 9.7 billion gallons [of water] in 2012…” equivalent to 2,000 times the cost of tap water per gallon and the regular cost of gasoline. PepsiCo’s Aquafina brand was discovered to …

Source: PepsiCo’s Bottled ‘Tap’ Water 2000 Times the Cost of a Gallon of Gas AnonHQ

Cupidity or stupidity? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In 1991, the government developed the Intra Government Communications Network (ICON) as a temporary fix for the Department of Foreign Affairs linking two of its buildings in the capital.  Over time, the system grew to link 88 government agencies and 400 buildings in the Canberra area through 150,000 fibre kilometres. This strategic asset, which provides…

Source: Cupidity or stupidity? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump is wrecking the conservative movement: How the billionaire is exposing its most toxic secret – Salon.com

Conservative activists have spent a generation building up their movement — and the Donald is ruining it all

Source: Donald Trump is wrecking the conservative movement: How the billionaire is exposing its most toxic secret – Salon.com

Abetz Mach Frei – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Ross Sharp Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, former Minister for Employment in the Abbott Government, wee nyaff, nudnik and vainglorious shtunk, has a degree in law and a curious habit of speaking factitious nonsense on matters he knows nothing about. Starkly bereft and deficient in experience on anything resembling tangible matters of substance, oblivious to the realities of life in this, our real…

Source: Abetz Mach Frei – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Poor Tony Abbott, Gonski And Framing Your Way To Government! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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An interesting bit of framing occured with Dr Michael Jensen’s article about religious freedom. According to Dr Jensen, the rector at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Darling Point, religious freedom is under attack. He begins: “Freedom of religion? It has to be written with a question mark these days, because there is no guarantee that in a Western…

Source: Poor Tony Abbott, Gonski And Framing Your Way To Government! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Abbott risks looking like a bitter wrecker

Mr Turnbull and Mr Abbott and their colleagues rightly promote the Liberal Party as a broad church, but there is a difference between what Mr Abbott and those few others are doing and what constitutes a constructive contribution to policy debate.

Source: Abbott risks looking like a bitter wrecker

Tony Abbott’s empty arguments | The Monthly

My attention was recently directed towards a Washington Post article from 2010. It asked the question “What will future generations condemn us for?” Looking at things that had once been generally accepted but were not any longer – domestic violence and slavery, for example – it posited three signs a practice would one day be seen as reprehensible, whatever our current complacency.

Source: Tony Abbott’s empty arguments | The Monthly

Airstrike targeting British hacker working for Isis killed three civilians instead, US admits | US news | The Guardian  Where is MSM outrage??

US Central Command said dead and injured civilians were in ‘vicinity’ of drone strike meant for Junaid Hussain on 13 August, which was not disclosed before

Source: Airstrike targeting British hacker working for Isis killed three civilians instead, US admits | US news | The Guardian

ARMY OF THE TWELVE CRETINS

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NOT YOUR USUAL HORROR FILM

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SEE: THE LIVING DEAD TRY TO DRAG US BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES!

SEE: BRAIN DAMAGED CANDIDATES TRY DESPERATELY TO MAKE SENSE!

SEE: RELIGIOUS KOOKS ATTEMPT TO QUENCH THEIR INSATIABLE THIRST FOR A THEOCRACY!

STARRING: THE PUTRID REMAINS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Jeffrey Schlongstein of the Washington Post writes: “This is one movie you don’t dare miss. Our very way of life may depend on it.”

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Monsanto Finalizes Plans To Destroy All Life On Earth

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ST LOUIS – (CT&P) – Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant announced at a press conference this morning that the company’s long-awaited master plan to annihilate all life on earth had been finalized.

The company hopes to use a combination of carcinogenic weed killers, toxic fertilizers, and genetically altered plants and animals to wipe out all life on the planet.

“I know it’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally on the verge of killing every living thing on this miserable rock,” said Grant, as blood from an early morning feeding dripped off his chin. “We’ve already done one hell of a job on the bees, bats, and amphibians. Now we’re going to go after the base of the food chain and then graduate to larger reptiles and mammals.

“We’ve also been rapidly buying up every heritage seed company we can get our hands on so desperate survivors of the initial cataclysm won’t be able to grow their own food,” said a chuckling Grant.

When asked just when he thought Monsanto would accomplish its goal of worldwide apocalypse, Grant said that it should only take about three generations.

“Originally we planned on 200 years,” said Grant. “But our partnering with Koch Industries has changed all that. With the help of the Koch brothers poisoning the groundwater through fracking, and accelerated global warming from our dear friends in the oil industry, we think we can wipe out millions of years of evolution in no time flat.”

One reporter asked Grant if he didn’t think that environmentalists might object to large corporations laying waste to the entire planet and push for tighter regulations in congress.

“What, are you an idiot? Between us and the Kochs we own almost every politician now serving in office. We hope we can get a Republican in the presidency this time around so we can really get to work decimating what’s left of our water, air, and wildlife so we can come in under budget and right on time!”

When asked why Monsanto and Koch would want to make the earth a sterile rock incapable of supporting life of any kind, Grant said “For the money you moron! I won’t be around when all the shit hits the fan, so who the fuck cares?”

 

 

Tea Party Opinions To Be Fast-Tracked Direct From US

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Australians will no longer need to wait up to two years for bat-shit crazy ideas to hit our shores, with plans in place to fast-track Tea Party opinions to our living rooms just moments after they have been aired in the US.

Analyst Greg Fulcram said the new fast-track policy was an exciting development for Australians. “We’ve tended to be a couple of seasons behind here, but fast-tracking will dramatically close the gap. We’ll get to hear Cory Bernardi’s opinions on gay marriage here in Australia just hours after Ted Cruz has discussed the same opinions in the US”.

Consumers have welcomed the change, saying it was long overdue. “When Eric Abetz made a link between abortion and breast cancer a while back, I thought it was great. But then I found out that Americans saw that idea years ago. I felt a bit ripped off,” Perth resident John Opey said.

Melbourne woman Jennifer Ford agrees. “That idea about loosening gun laws in order to make people safer? Sure, David Leyonhjelm was talking about that just recently, but my American friends were telling me all about that ages ago”.

Plebiscite To Determine Whether MPs Should Be Bound By Plebiscites

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has moved to end confusion about whether Liberal MPs will be bound by a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, announcing an extra plebiscite later this year to resolve the issue.

The announcement comes after Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz seemed to indicate he would not be bound by the public vote on same-sex marriage.

Mr Turnbull said the new plebiscite was a common sense solution to the problem. “There are those who believe a plebiscite should be binding. And clearly there are those who believe it should not. It is right and proper that important decisions such as these are put to the Australian people, rather than left in the hands of politicians,” he said.

But there was growing speculation that the new plebiscite – which will cost approximately $160 million to run – may itself be non-binding.

“I would need to determine whether the plebiscite really is an accurate reflection of the national view. I wouldn’t necessarily be bound by it,” Mr Abetz said late this afternoon.

Mr Turnbull said he would consider the need for a third plebiscite to resolve the uncertain nature of the second plebiscite, but conceded it may not be popular. “Plebiscites are not for everyone,” he said.

What keeps the IDF up at night? Depends on where you get your news | +972 Magazine

Seven leading Israeli news outlets went to the same briefing with a senior defense official, and wrote six entirely different stories about it. In an era when few people read beyond the headlines, how we…

Source: What keeps the IDF up at night? Depends on where you get your news | +972 Magazine

Trump’s Sexist Attacks Aside, Megyn Kelly Is A Shill For Conservative Misinformation

  • Megyn Kelly is garnering another wave of misplaced praise, benefiting from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s latest attacks on her. But outside of the debate scene, Kelly’s role on Fox News is little more than to shill for conservative misinformation.

    Journalists and pundits across the political spectrum are stepping up to defend the Fox News anchor after Trump labeled her a “lightweight journalist” leading up to Fox News’ January 28 GOP primary debate, which he declined to participate in. Kelly’s defenders have called out the sexism in Trump’s attacks while lauding her as a “real journalist willing to stick her neck out to defend the vulnerable.” But in doing so, they have bought into the distorted persona she has carefully crafted for herself — that of the credible journalist, distinct from other Fox figures who are more obviously partisan.

    That image has been bolstered by a series of glowing profiles of Kelly that describe her as a “take-no-prisoners newswoman” who “isn’t afraid to throw hardballs at Republicans” and have called her “the brightest star at Fox News” who “transcends politics with her skillful skewering of windbags of both parties.” Fox helped Kelly reinforce that image in Fox’s first GOP primary debate, where Kelly posed a series of tough questions to the candidates — most notably challenging Trump on his history of sexism — and persuaded many of the 24 million viewers that she is a serious journalist. Fox’s January 28 GOP debate will likely provide yet another opportunity for Kelly to amplify this deceptive image by deviating from her usual bigotry and right-wing misinformation to ask tough questions while all eyes are on her.

    The media is right to call out the sexism of Trump’s attacks on Megyn Kelly, but to argue that she is a serious, legitimate journalist while doing so misses the mark.

    Outside of Fox’s debate scene, Kelly has repeatedly used her authority to prop up conservative misinformation from The Kelly File‘s anchor desk. In the first two weeks of 2016, she spent over 1 hour and 22 minutes promoting Michael Bay’s myth-filled Benghazi movie as “the gripping new film that may pose a threat to Hillary Clinton’s hopes for the White House.” Kelly regularly hosts the leader of an anti-LGBT hate group, and has a long history of offensive, discriminatory comments about minorities.

    Kelly has also used her primetime Fox show to push falsehoods about Planned Parenthood, most recently asking whether the grand jury indictment of two members of the group that released deceptively edited smear videos to attack the organization was a “political hit job.” Kelly once told Charlie Rose she’s “not an opinion maker,” yet she has repeatedly advocated for conservative causes and spread misinformation — and has gotten away with it because there are journalists willing to call her credible.

 

The cult of the arsehole | The Monthly

I re-watched Whiplash the other day. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a terrific, morally indefensible movie about a music teacher who pushes a young jazz drummer to greatness. Its unusual central message is that abuse works. Bigoted insults, physical assault, even driving a student to suicide are all justified, if these tactics produce one Buddy Rich clone 50 years past its use-by-date.

Source: The cult of the arsehole | The Monthly

I do not think that word means what you think it means | The Monthly

Politicians say a lot of things in public, and so it’s only natural that occasionally they will use words incorrectly. Lampooning sometimes follows, and in most cases the mistakes should be quickly forgotten and forgiven. (The exception being gaffes, where an inadvertent truth is revealed, but we can talk about that another time – I’m sure it won’t be long until we have an excuse.) Sometimes, however, our political leaders use a word incorrectly, and deserve to be called out on it. One such case occurred last night.

Source: I do not think that word means what you think it means | The Monthly

Kevin Andrews angers party whip with ‘prayer breakfast’ reason for Washington visit. Are Andrews and Abbott self employed?

Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has infuriated his party’s chief whip by requesting an absence from Parliament to attend a Washington “prayer breakfast” only then to use the time to deliver a speech to a major conservative think-tank.

Source: Kevin Andrews angers party whip with ‘prayer breakfast’ reason for Washington visit

Tony Abbott’s speaking engagements deserve our scrutiny, and our concern | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

The organisation that Tony Abbott will address this week is focused on resisting the advance of LGBT rights. The increasingly global nature of the Christian right should give us pause for thought

Source: Tony Abbott’s speaking engagements deserve our scrutiny, and our concern | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

EU migration crisis: Stop illegal wars, don’t blame the victims — RT Op-Edge

Europe is on a dangerous, slippery slope of increasing xenophobia and racism engendered by the influx of refugees. Denmark’s new confiscation law is a sign of the brooding, baleful climate.

Source: EU migration crisis: Stop illegal wars, don’t blame the victims — RT Op-Edge

Donald Trump steps up attacks on Megyn Kelly with ‘bimbo’ tweet ahead of Fox News debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US presidential candidate Donald Trump escalates a fight with Fox News ahead of the latest televised debate. Right wing fights right wing for national attention after all Rupert Murdoch’s a migrant

Source: Donald Trump steps up attacks on Megyn Kelly with ‘bimbo’ tweet ahead of Fox News debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn is the country’s lowest expenses claimer – Politics – Islington Gazette

ISLINGTON North MP Jeremy Corbyn was the lowest expenses claimer in the country – after putting in for just £8.70 for an ink cartridge.

Source: Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn is the country’s lowest expenses claimer – Politics – Islington Gazette

Australian coalmines are one of riskiest investments in the world – report | Environment | The Guardian

Oxford University research also finds Australian, Chinese and US coal-fired power stations are the most vulnerable to environmental dangers

Source: Australian coalmines are one of riskiest investments in the world – report | Environment | The Guardian