Month: October 2016

Hillary Clinton email scandal: James Comey’s fitness to lead FBI questioned

FBI Director James B. Comey’s stunning announcement that he has directed investigators to begin reviewing new evidence in the Clinton email investigation was yet another troubling violation of long-standing Justice Department rules or precedent, conduct that raises serious questions about his judgment and ability to serve as the nation’s chief investigative official.

Source: Hillary Clinton email scandal: James Comey’s fitness to lead FBI questioned

Centrelink and class war | The Monthly

I haven’t telephoned Centrelink in over three years, but I still have a conditioned reaction of immediate panic whenever I hear the Centrelink hold music. The number of hours I spent listening to the cheery Mozart string arrangement over tinny mobile phone speakers doesn’t bear thinking about; it must be in the hundreds. Every minute of those endless hours was torturous, especially since most calls to Centrelink involve the risk that your meagre welfare allotment is under threat (or has already been suspended).

Source: Centrelink and class war | The Monthly

The United States of Anxiety, Episode 5: White People, Masculinity, and Donald Trump’s Appeal | The Nation

Race has become a central issue in this presidential campaign. But this time, it’s not all about people of color. It’s also about white Americans, and what their place is in 21st-century America.

Source: The United States of Anxiety, Episode 5: White People, Masculinity, and Donald Trump’s Appeal | The Nation

The United States of Anxiety, Episode 6: Drugs, Gang Violence, and Other Suburban Problems | The Nation

When you think of the suburbs, chances are you don’t picture gang violence and drug epidemics. Yet both have become prominent facts of life for many residents in Suffolk County, on New York’s Long Island.

Source: The United States of Anxiety, Episode 6: Drugs, Gang Violence, and Other Suburban Problems | The Nation

New students | The Monthly

There is a New Student folder in my pigeonhole. I flip it open and scan the enrolment form. From her listed date of arrival, Kafa* has been in Australia for less than two months. She has come from Ethiopia, speaks Oromo and lives with her aunt. She is 15. Years of schooling: two. Country of schooling: Ethiopia. Date last attended school: 2009. Interruption to schooling: approximately six years. Orphan child visa: 117 – “for a child whose parents are dead, permanently incapacitated or of unknown whereabouts”.

Source: New students | The Monthly

Poverty in Australia: We’ve never been richer, so why hasn’t the poverty rate budged? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia has made no progress in the fight against poverty over a decade, according to a recently released report.

Source: Poverty in Australia: We’ve never been richer, so why hasn’t the poverty rate budged? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Does writing matter?: Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture | The Monthly

Every day we hear grim and grimmer news that suggests we are passing through the winter of the world. Everywhere man is tormented, the globe reels from multitudes of suffering and horror, and, worst, we no longer know with confidence what our answer might be. And yet we understand that the time approaches when an answer must be made or a terrible reckoning will be ours. Perhaps this is what BuzzFeed meant when it featured an article with the title ‘Ten Shitty Alternatives to Drinking Yourself to Death’.

Source: Does writing matter?: Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture | The Monthly

The United States of Anxiety, Episode 3: Just How Broken Is Our Immigration System? | The Nation

Tom McCarthy, a retired NYPD detective and lifelong Long Island resident, has spent much of his adult life straddling two very different worlds. Each day he would leave the calm of his suburban community to patrol the notorious Queensbridge housing projects.

Source: The United States of Anxiety, Episode 3: Just How Broken Is Our Immigration System? | The Nation

The United States of Anxiety, Episode 4: The Media That Created Trump | The Nation

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So how did we get to this point? Where a nominee for a major party has been heard bragging about assaulting women. The United States of Anxiety has been listening carefully to Trump supporters in an effort to understand this election season.

Source: The United States of Anxiety, Episode 4: The Media That Created Trump | The Nation

The United States of Anxiety, Episode 1: Why Does Trump Appeal to So Many Voters? | Audio

For many voters, this election is not simply about deciding the next president of the United States; it’s a referendum on what it means to be  American.

Source: The United States of Anxiety, Episode 1: Why Does Trump Appeal to So Many Voters? | The Nation

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s trickle-down economics experiment is so bad the state stopped reporting on it – Salon.com

Gov. Brownback wanted to be held accountable. Now that his economic program is a disaster? Not so much VIDEO

Source: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s trickle-down economics experiment is so bad the state stopped reporting on it – Salon.com

How discrimination and stressful events affect the health of our Indigenous kids

High Indigenous mortality rates mean Indigenous children may observe the death of relatives and experience grieving more often than the general population.

Source: How discrimination and stressful events affect the health of our Indigenous kids

Wildlife populations plunge almost 60 per cent since 1970: WWF – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Worldwide animal populations have plunged by almost 60 per cent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, according to reports.

Source: Wildlife populations plunge almost 60 per cent since 1970: WWF – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US election: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton appear at first joint rally – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Michelle Obama appears alongside Hillary Clinton for the first time on the presidential campaign to rally voters in North Carolina.

Source: US election: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton appear at first joint rally – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Can anyone remember the last time they saw the fair go? Maybe we just imagined it? | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Australia! The home of the fair go … or at least it was. We haven’t heard from the fair go for a while

Source: Can anyone remember the last time they saw the fair go? Maybe we just imagined it? | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

O’Reilly Segment Erroneously Claims Bias In Police Shooting Against Whites, Not African Americans

Bill O’Reilly invited the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald to argue that police use force against blacks at a greater rate than whites for violent felonies. Mac Donald and O’Reilly ignored that police use lethal force against blacks at a much higher rate for nonviolent arrests.On the October 25 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reil

Source: O’Reilly Segment Erroneously Claims Bias In Police Shooting Against Whites, Not African Americans

Lights, camera, propaganda! US government anti-Russia campaign invades Hollywood — RT Op-Edge

For years the influence of the CIA in Hollywood was hidden and unacknowledged. Now it’s more of an open secret; not publicized, but pretty easy to read up on if you care. Just ask the spy agency’s Entertainment Industry Liaison.

Source: Lights, camera, propaganda! US government anti-Russia campaign invades Hollywood — RT Op-Edge

Michael Moore: People will vote for Donald Trump as a giant “F**k you” — and he’ll win – Salon.com

Forget the polls, boho-proletarian filmmaker tells movie audience: Trump’s “legal terrorism” will win

Source: Michael Moore: People will vote for Donald Trump as a giant “F**k you” — and he’ll win – Salon.com

Asio finally admits it was infiltrated by Soviet spies in the 70s and 80s | Australia news | The Guardian

Historian John Blaxland says he would have refused to write the agency’s official story if it had denied its ‘embarrassing and emoralising’ failure

Source: Asio finally admits it was infiltrated by Soviet spies in the 70s and 80s | Australia news | The Guardian

Money And Religion: The Greeks Got It Right. They Tax The Church. – New Matilda

The free tax ride for religious institutions in Australia is about 400 years past its use by date, argues Brian Morris. In 1587, Dr John Bridges coined the phrase “A fool and his money are soon parted”. Just 14 years later Queen Elizabeth the First issued her 1601 Statute on Charities making “the advancement ofMore

Source: Money And Religion: The Greeks Got It Right. They Tax The Church. – New Matilda

American Voters Spoilt For Choice: Do You Want Classical or Corporate Totalitarianism? – New Matilda

While many Americans fear the extremes of a Donald Trump Presidency, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan offers little hope: “Corporate Totalitarianism We Can Believe In”, writes Liam McLoughlin. “By means of ever more effective methods of mind-manip­ulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms — elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all theMore

Source: American Voters Spoilt For Choice: Do You Want Classical or Corporate Totalitarianism? – New Matilda

Colin Powell says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton after saying Donald Trump ‘insults America every day’ | The Independent

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A month ago the release of hacked emails belonging to Colin Powell, revealed the former secretary of state did not have a lot of time for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Source: Colin Powell says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton after saying Donald Trump ‘insults America every day’ | The Independent

How thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women are waging peace | +972 Magazine

The thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women who marched in Jerusalem and Jericho this month are not only demanding peace from their societies, they are reaching through stereotypes and artificial boundaries to find true partners. By Riman Barakat Less than a year ago a group of Palestinian and Israeli women spent a weekend in Tantur, situated between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, brainstorming what we could possibly do to break the cycle of violence and political stagnation. Everyone had their own personal reason for being there, whether it was the Israeli mothers who had to send their children to war or the…

Source: How thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women are waging peace | +972 Magazine

Northern Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching damage worse, surveys suggest

Fresh surveys of the Great Barrier Reef six months on from a mass coral bleaching have found large-scale damage north of Cairns, where a growing coral death rate due to heat stress is being exacerbated by disease and predators, scientists say.

Source: Northern Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching damage worse, surveys suggest

The World Bank Report Says Globalization Brings Inequality AnonHQ

The free trade has been beneficial for some countries, but has left developing nations in a perpetual state of struggle. According to Kamal Ahmed, who is a specialist in the field of Economics and a journalist for the BBC, a report published by the World Bank highlighted …

Source: The World Bank Report Says Globalization Brings Inequality AnonHQ