Month: April 2016

‘Partly free’? The real state of Israeli press freedom is much worse | +972 Magazine

Freedom House has downgraded its ranking of Israel’s media from “free” to “partly free,” citing closer ties to the government and a spike in paid media content. But it has one flagrant omission: Israel’s poor…

Source: ‘Partly free’? The real state of Israeli press freedom is much worse | +972 Magazine

Bavaria may introduce Hitler’s Mein Kampf in schools to ‘immunize’ youngsters.

The Bavarian parliament has held a discussion on whether Hitler’s notorious ‘Mein Kampf’ should become a part of the school curriculum. The idea was blasted by the country’s Jewish groups who called the book an “antisemitic concoction of hatred.”

Source: Bavaria may introduce Hitler’s Mein Kampf in schools to ‘immunize’ youngsters — RT News

On Their Own Terms: Remembering History in a Changing Cuba – New Matilda

Cuba is a nation facing rapid change. Researchers Shannon Brincat and Samid Suliman found a people proud of their past, and optimistic about their future. The 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was recently held amidst a profound period of change for the Cuban people. The most significant outcome was the promise ofMore

Source: On Their Own Terms: Remembering History in a Changing Cuba – New Matilda

The Canadian Plan That Could Help Australia Beat Neoliberalism – New Matilda

With other western democracies starting the challenge the dominating and devastating ideology, it’s time for the same to happen in Australia. The good news? There’s already a road map, writes, Liam McLoughlin. Neoliberalism has been named and shamed. A recent piece in the Guardian by George Monbiot, called Neoliberalism – the ideology at the rootMore

Source: The Canadian Plan That Could Help Australia Beat Neoliberalism – New Matilda

Wanting A Fair Society Has Nothing To Do With ‘Envy’ – New Matilda

OPINION: Envy is a deadly sin, but wanting your children to have a good education is nothing to be ashamed of. The politics of envy should not be confused with the politics of the fair go, writes Ian McAuley. Labor’s mildly redistributive proposals on superannuation, capital gains tax and negative gearing are already attracting theMore

Source: Wanting A Fair Society Has Nothing To Do With ‘Envy’ – New Matilda

Greens Target High Income Earners With ‘Buffett Rule’ To Return Billions To Budget – New Matilda

The measure, once pushed by the White House, will today be backed by the Greens. They argue the funds raised could be used to help reverse cuts to health and education. Max Chalmers reports. The Greens are set to become the first significantly sized Australian political party to support the implementation of the ‘Buffett Rule’, aMore

Source: Greens Target High Income Earners With ‘Buffett Rule’ To Return Billions To Budget – New Matilda

North Koreans Fuck Up Again

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SEOUL – (CT&P) North Korea failed to launch two intermediate-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said, adding to a string of unsuccessful weapons tests in the past two weeks.

The first attempted launch of the powerful Musudan missile crashed into the sea seconds after ignition. Hours after that attempt, North Korea fired another missile of the same type but that test also failed, the ministry said.

Thursday’s attempts bring the total failures in launching the Musudan — one of the North’s most powerful missiles deployed or under development — to three in the past two weeks, according to South Korean officials.

The successive failures are a potential embarrassment for North Korea’s obese and highly unstable leader, Kim Jong-un, just days before a rare congress of his ruling Workers’ Party, the North’s biggest political meeting in decades.

Pentagon officials said that the string of failures highlighted the fact that the North Koreans are a bunch of fucking morons that couldn’t find their asses with both hands.

USAF General Buck Turgidson told CNN that the North Koreans were “a race of idiots” who have trouble understanding how to operate a wheelbarrow properly, much less a rocket.

“You just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys can,” said Turgidson. “I really don’t understand why everyone is so worried about those people. Sure the Musudan is a powerful missile, but the biggest threat it poses is to the assholes who try to launch it. The last one spun around like a drunken sea-gull, crashed into the viewing stands, and killed over 100 North Korean generals. I mean fuck!”

Sources within the South Korean intelligence community say that North Korea is expected to try to launch another missile tomorrow after the proper number of army officers and technicians are eaten alive by ravenous Alsatians or executed with anti-aircraft artillery.

Cheap red meat is helping kill off Glasgow’s poorest men 30 years before their time | Science | News | The Independent

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The city of Glasgow has long been notorious for the astonishing gap in life expectancy between rich and poor. Men who can expect to die at the age of just 54 live within a few miles of those who will survive well into their 80s. Now researchers believe they have found a key reason for this disparity – the regular consumption of cheap, processed meat, particularly by the city’s poorest men.

Source: Cheap red meat is helping kill off Glasgow’s poorest men 30 years before their time | Science | News | The Independent

Manus Island detention: Peter Dutton says Nauru has room for 850 men who must be moved .What Dutton said was not Australia’s  Problem has become Peter Dutton’s act of Charity to PNG.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Nauru has room for the 850 men who must be moved from the Manus Island detention centre.

Source: Manus Island detention: Peter Dutton says Nauru has room for 850 men who must be moved – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The diggers Australia almost forgot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tens of thousands of people have turned out across the country for Anzac Day services, but despite our collective pledge to remember, there are some diggers who were very nearly forgotten.

Source: The diggers Australia almost forgot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A government in opposition and the media who put them there – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Could it be that people are starting to question whether Miranda Devine and Ray Hadley and Gerard Henderson may not know quite as much as the experts?”

Source: A government in opposition and the media who put them there – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The emptiness of Tony Abbott | and his Team Australia

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to spend an hour or two inside Tony Abbott’s head. What’s going on up there? What does the world look like? What textures, meanings, memories and emotions flavour the broth of his experience? How did he feel when his daughter called him a “lame, gay churchy loser”? Why did he eat that onion?

Source: The emptiness of Tony Abbott | The Monthly

Faces of Islam: Award-winning photographer snaps Brisbane Muslims for special project – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More than 40 members of Brisbane’s Muslim community talk about their lives, ambitions, and beliefs as part of a special project, Faces of Islam.

Source: Faces of Islam: Award-winning photographer snaps Brisbane Muslims for special project – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Negative Gearing Used Most In Poorer Suburbs Like Toorak (Where Average Taxable Income Just $82.50)

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New modelling released by the Government shows that the nation’s poorest suburbs take advantage of negative gearing laws most, not wealthy suburbs as previously thought.

Residents of Toorak in Melbourne’s inner suburbs are the highest users of negative gearing, yet their taxable income last year was just $82.50. In Mosman, on Sydney’s north shore, the taxable income is just $17.92, but households here are rely heavily on the negative gearing scheme too.

“When you look at negative gearing through the lens of social welfare, as this modelling suggests you should, then I think we get a very different picture of its importance to Australia,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said today. “In light of these figures, it would be socially irresponsible for the Government to cut back on negative gearing concessions”.

Toorak residents were surprised by the findings. “What idiot let’s his taxable income get to $82.50?”one Toorak man said. “Clearly some people need better accountants,”

Trump Accuses Cruz Of Playing Dildo Card

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WASHINGTON – (CT&P) – At a press conference this afternoon GOP front-runner Donald Trump accused rival Ted Cruz of playing the “dildo card” in order to boost his chances of becoming the Republican nominee.

After taking a few questions regarding his nearly incoherent foreign policy speech made earlier today, Trump went postal on senator and subhuman monster Ted Cruz.

“Lyin’ Ted is running around telling everyone he has what it takes to be president, but I’m here to tell you, he doesn’t have it where it counts. He thinks that because he’s a prick he’s gonna get the prick and asshole vote. He’s wrong.

“I call Ted Cruz Lyin’ Ted because he’s a liar, and the only thing he’s got is the dildo card. That’s all he’s got, and it is pandering. It’s a weak card in his hands. In another person’s hands it could be a powerful card. I’d love to see a dildo as president, but he’s the wrong dildo.”

“Frankly, if Ted Cruz was a real man and not dildo, I don’t think he’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing he’s got going is the dildo card,” he said. “And the beautiful thing is, other dildos don’t like him. Look how well I did with trouser snakes, spawn hammers, and groin ferrets last night. Why, I’ve practically cornered the market on the skin flute vote.”

“The weird thing is that as big a dick as Ted is, he has really small genitals, and I mean really small. Ted’s genitals are so small that his entire package would fit in the palm of one of my unusually small hands.

“Listen up, Vibratin’ Ted, you’re a liar and a loser. I’m in the process of crushing your tiny balls like a couple of walnuts.

“If America really wants to be great again, I advise everyone to vote for me, Donald Trump, a man equipped with a huge one-eyed wonder weasel, and if you don’t believe me just ask Melania.

 

Colgate-Palmolive to pay $18m penalty for laundry detergent cartel – Another trusted corporate citizen

Colgate-Palmolive is hit with the equal third biggest penalty for cartel conduct in Australian history for price and supply fixing of laundry detergents.

Source: Colgate-Palmolive to pay $18m penalty for laundry detergent cartel – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

IMEMC » International Middle East Media Center

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Source: IMEMC » International Middle East Media Center

Australian Genocide

 

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Before Major Nunn set out on his evil killing spree in my sacred Gamilaraay lands. He was given orders by the governor of the time to get rid of the black problem in the Gamilaraay Nation.

Over several weeks as he was heading up Mt Kaputar he heard loud roars and thought it was thunder.

When he kept looking up he could see all these flickering lights and thought it was lighting and then the sky turning dark, which he thought were rain clouds.

When he and his men had reached the top of Mt Kaputar and looked out over the land he could not believe what lay before him.

The loud roar that he thought was thunder was the Gamilaraay 500 + who where being led as always by our brave Gamilaraay woman banging on there shields and possum skin drums.

He and his men could also see that the flickering lights that they thought was lightning was the many fires still burning through the night.

What he thought were rain clouds was nothing more than the 500 + proud strong Gamilaraay warriors and our woman dancing and all singing in unison the mighty fighting dance with dust flying high over their heads.

After witnessing this Major Nunn and his men took off back to Singleton.

Then several weeks had passed and our mob began thinking that this evil man was not coming back into our sacred lands.

So the Gamilaraay 500 + had all dispersed and went back to their clan areas.

But then this evil man came back several months later with more troopers and committed genocide on our then small band of unsuspecting proud brave warriors, beautiful strong woman and children and this is what is now known as Slaughterhouse Creek

Danny Teece-Johnson: A lesson in racism care of the Australian Army | NITV

I joined the Australian Army in 1994 when I had just turned 18. It was a last-minute decision, and not something I had given much thought to growing up on Gomeroi country. I was finishing High School and had very few options about what to do next – all I knew was that I didn’t want to go back to Moree. So with that, I jumped on a bus to a recruits’ training school and jumped off at Kapooka Army Barracks to the yelling and screaming of drill sergeants like a scene from ‘Full Metal Jacket’.

Source: Danny Teece-Johnson: A lesson in racism care of the Australian Army | NITV

What are the submarines really protecting: Australia or federal seats? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

With little in the way of strategic justification, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the $50 billion submarines project is actually about bailing out South Australia as a tight election nears.

Source: What are the submarines really protecting: Australia or federal seats? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fact check: Do most negative gearers earn a modest income? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison says the vast majority of Australians who use negative gearing earn modest incomes. ABC Fact Check investigates.

Source: Fact check: Do most negative gearers earn a modest income? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed.

Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Obama May Be Preaching ‘Tough Love’ to Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

When President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a meeting of Gulf leaders, he was greeted at the airport by the governor of Riyadh, instead of the Saudi king. Unlike his previous visits, Obama’s arrival was not broadcast on Saudi state television with its usual pomp and circumstance.

Source: Obama May Be Preaching ‘Tough Love’ to Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Who’s to blame for demise of the Australian economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Mark Clifford A picture tells a thousand words, so I’ll let the attached graph do all the talking. Briefly, the graph is based on ABS data on ‘hours worked in Australia’ from the first day of the Rudd term and up to March 2016. It clearly indicates that the demise of the Australian economy…

Source: Who’s to blame for demise of the Australian economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

BHS into administration: Former owner Sir Philip Green branded ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’ | Business News | News | The Independent

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Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has been branded the “unacceptable face of capitalism” and accused of taking hundreds of millions of pounds from the high street chain before running off to “his favourite tax haven” by MPs after the company collapsed into administration. The 88-year-old department store went bust on Monday, putting 11,000 jobs at risk and threatening the closure of up to 164 stores in the biggest retail failure since Woolworths went under in 2008.

Source: BHS into administration: Former owner Sir Philip Green branded ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’ | Business News | News | The Independent

Knees and elbows | The Monthly

It is fair to say that the revenant candidate for the seat of Indi, Sophie Mirabella, would never win a nation-wide popularity contest. At the end of the 2013, the normally placid independent Tony Windsor bade her farewell from parliament with the salutation: “She is the nastiest – I reckon if you put it to a vote to all politicians, she’d come up number one.”

Source: Knees and elbows | The Monthly

$7.7 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies ‘Like Being In Bed With Big Tobacco’ – New Matilda

Calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies are growing louder in the lead up to Treasurer Scott Morrison’s May 3 budget, with a diverse coalition of advocates demanding an end to the $7.7 billion free ride they claim the fossil fuel industry gets each year. At a press conference in Canberra this morning academics,More

Source: $7.7 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies ‘Like Being In Bed With Big Tobacco’ – New Matilda