Month: January 2017

Mapping the Palestinian villages erased and replaced with Jewish towns | +972 Magazine

A new map seeks to provide new information on the Palestinian cities, towns, and villages that were erased and replaced since the inception of the Zionist movement. By Tom Pessah Immigrants coming to Israel are unlikely to know the name “Mlabes,” but Israelis are more acquainted with it. After all, it is the name of a local newspaper, a young singer, a shawarma joint, and a chapter of the Israeli Scouts. [tmwinpost] But all these have one thing in common: they are associated with the city of Petah Tikvah, northeast of Tel Aviv. According to the Petah Tikvah City Archive’s website, Mlabes was the…

Source: Mapping the Palestinian villages erased and replaced with Jewish towns | +972 Magazine

Netanyahu pushes for US embassy to move to Jerusalem – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the American embassy in Israel should move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Source: Netanyahu pushes for US embassy to move to Jerusalem – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s trade war would wind clock back to Great Depression era

If economists do one day possess an Arnold Schwarzenegger-style Terminator, capable of travelling back in time to alter the future, Australia Day 2017 is shaping up as a pretty good day to pick.

Source: Trump’s trade war would wind clock back to Great Depression era

Scott Morrison to lift credit limit as Australia’s debt hurtles towards $500 billion| What started with Abbott & Hockey.

Treasurer Scott Morrison, pictured in London this week, says the government is making progress in reining in Australia's ...

The federal government will be forced to lift its own self-imposed credit limit in the coming months as debt hurtles towards half-a-trillion dollars.

Source: Scott Morrison to lift credit limit as Australia’s debt hurtles towards $500 billion

Jesus Distances Himself From United States

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PEARLY GATES – For generations religious kooks from all across America have claimed that the country was founded on Christian principles and is indeed a “Christian nation,” whatever the hell that means. However, their credibility took a big hit this morning when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, held a brief news conference in which he distanced himself from the United States in general and the Trump Administration in particular.

“I just want everyone on earth to know that I do not in any way support the actions of this pubescent orangutan,” said Jesus, referring to President Trump. “It’s a damn shame that an entire planet has to suffer because one man is insecure about the size of his penis.”

“Furthermore, I’ve had it up to here with a bunch of cretins running around making idiotic laws in my name. Most of these folks wouldn’t recognize me if I came up and bit them on the ass. What is it with these people? Can’t they read?  I guess the whole New Testament was a fucking waste of time.

“It’s days like today that I appreciate the work of my less popular cousin, Lucifer. There are gonna be a lot of evangelicals who are in for a nice warm surprise.”

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“In closing, I’d like to say unequivocally that the United States is a far cry from a Christian nation. Any country that rejects refugees fleeing famine, war, and persecution should be ashamed of itself. I was once a refugee and I know what’s it’s like. I’m seriously considering a series of sanctions, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal waves, and a plague of orange cane toads for every state that voted for that asshole. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got soccer practice.”

After the press conference the White House immediately issued a statement saying that Jesus was spreading “fake news” and if he keeps it up he’ll suffer the consequences.

The Reverend Franklin Graham went on CNN and told viewers that Jesus had no idea what he was talking about and urged Jesus to get to know Trump personally. “If the Lord would just take time off from his other pursuits and meet with Trump I’m sure he’d change his mind,” said Graham, as the blood of a recently devoured infant ran down his chin.

Republican leaders were unavailable for comment, but an aide to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that he was trying to decide which way to go on the matter.

“Speaker Ryan is in the process of determining whether it would be better to support God or President Trump. After all, he has his political future to protect,” said the aide on condition of anonymity.

 

2 Million New Facts Created In Trump Administration’s First Week

In a stunningly successful first week for the Trump administration, the US has seen the creation of over two million new facts, spurred on by increased confidence and growing productivity. 

Fact-creation was one of Mr Trump’s key policies during the presidential campaign, but even he is said to be surprised by the growth achieved in just the first seven days.

Analysts have put the growth down to the ‘Trump Effect’, which has seen a boom in investment in the fact-making industry, which is now close to capacity.

In other first week data, unemployment is down eight percentage points, growth is up eleven per-cent and America’s trade balance is back in positive territory.

The new black: The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common. | The Monthly

Tomoe* flew home to Japan in November after a two-year working holiday in Australia. She had six employers in that time. All bar one of them had either underpaid or not paid her, or had avoided tax and other obligations by paying cash. By Tomoe’s account, a Japanese restaurant in the inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown paid her $12 an hour as a waitress. In cash. No payslip. A cafe in Paddington paid her $19 an hour as a pastry chef. In cash. No payslip. Only Fratelli Paradiso restaurant, in Potts Point, paid Tomoe formally.

Source: The new black: The overworked, underpaid, cash-in-hand worker is becoming increasingly common. | The Monthly

The naivety of the man-child they call Mr President – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If anyone thought Trump’s campaign rhetoric was overblown bluff, the last week should have disabused them of that notion. The man-child that they now call Mr President has been issuing executive orders at a blistering pace. The only trouble is, there is no plan behind any of them. Many of them appear to be unconstitutional,…

Source: The naivety of the man-child they call Mr President – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Volatile Trump joining Putin’s strongman club a threat to global institutions

Donald Trump is enjoying a political bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Digitally altered image.

Washington: Now, that’s how to run an exclusive club. At Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Florida, there’s a ceiling on membership and newcomers get a look-over only on the recommendation of a current member.

Source: Volatile Trump joining Putin’s strongman club a threat to global institutions

Refugees and green card holders refused entry to the US as Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim order comes into force

President Donald Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night.

Source: Refugees and green card holders refused entry to the US as Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim order comes into force

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | Media | The Guardian

A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted

Source: Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | Media | The Guardian

‘Journalists in America facing ever-greater risks when covering riots’ — RT Op-Edge

The only way for media to report on public disturbances is to get involved, to go there and talk to people involved, and so on. That is now becoming riskier in the United States, historian Martin McCauley told RT.

Source: ‘Journalists in America facing ever-greater risks when covering riots’ — RT Op-Edge

Doomsday Clock Closer to Midnight Than at Any Time Since 1953 | Democracy Now!

The planet is closer to a catastrophic disaster than at any time since 1953. That’s according to the scientists behind the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic timekeeper that tracks the likelihood of nuclear war and other existential threats. On Thursday, the scientists moved the clock’s minute hand 30 seconds closer to midnight. The hour now sits at two-and-a-half minutes before doomsday. This is Rachel Bronson of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.Rachel Bronson: “But perhaps most troubling has been two concerns that are adding to an already challenging global landscape. The first: the first has been the cavalier and reckless language used across the globe, especially in the United States during the presidential election and after, around nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. And the second is a growing disregard of scientific expertise, expertise that is needed when it comes to responding to pressing global challenges, including climate change. There is a troubling propensity to discount, or outright reject, expert advice related to international security, including the conclusions of intelligence experts.”Scientists are planning for a major march on Washington, called the “March for Science on DC.” The idea came after millions of people rallied in D.C. and in cities across the world last Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Source: Doomsday Clock Closer to Midnight Than at Any Time Since 1953 | Democracy Now!

‘The Economist’ Just Downgraded the US From a ‘Full Democracy’ to a ‘Flawed Democracy’ | The Nation

The United States is no longer a full democracy, according to the highly regarded Economist Intelligence Unit, which each year compiles a Democracy Index that “provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories.

Source: ‘The Economist’ Just Downgraded the US From a ‘Full Democracy’ to a ‘Flawed Democracy’ | The Nation

Mexico To Pay For Wall After All! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump and his hand-picked advisers! While some have been getting upset just because his pick for Education, Betty Devos, seemed unaware of the difference between judging a child’s proficiency or their progress (she actually didn’t seem to understand that there could be a difference) or her beliefs on…

Source: Mexico To Pay For Wall After All! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No7. He’s a sociopath. It’s official. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 28 January 2017 Argument would have it that a lie requires the intent to deceive. Donald Trump has a litany of lies so long that they may extend beyond the pipeline he has just given the green light to. If however there is no intent to lie then certainly his sanity must come into…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No7. He’s a sociopath. It’s official. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated as animals’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An historical documentary will shed light on a relatively unknown aspect of Australia’s colonisation where Aboriginal people were stolen, stripped and exhibited as attractions in a human zoo.

Source: The Human Zoo: Documentary sheds light on stolen Aboriginal people ‘treated as animals’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Illegal Votes? Reports Mysterious Foreigner Voted 3 Million Times In US Election

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Donald Trump’s repeated claim that millions of illegal votes were cast in the recent presidential election appear to be true, with reports that one man – an unregistered voter from Moscow – may have voted 3 million times.

The man – pictured above – is believed to have cast the votes, despite not being a US citizen.

“I’ve heard of people voting in multiple polling stations in the one city. But this guy appears to have voted in North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, all in the one morning,” an electoral expert said.

Mr Trump said it was ‘not what I meant’ when referring to illegal voting.

TRUMP COLLAPSES AFTER PUSSY HAT GRABBING RAMPAGE

By Mano Pequeño, Proboscis Presidential Affairs Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC—Following the inauguration ceremony, more than a million Americans took to the streets of their nation’s capitol, in a women’s march to protest the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Many of the protesters out on the streets that day showed their support for women’s rights by crafting and wearing “pink pussy” hats, pink knit hats with cat ears, a clever play on words designed as a response to the new president’s propensity for nonconsensually grabbing women’s genitals.

Unfortunately for the newly inaugurated president, that sea of pink, knit, vagina symbolism was close enough to the real thing to get the Donald’s rape-motor running. That vaguely yonic headgear was to Donald J. Trump what waving a red flag is to an angry bull.

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From his window in the oval office, Trump, making phone calls to his supporters, noticed the crowd of protesters outside. As he registered the thousands and thousands of pink hats, his tiny hands began to shake. His breathing became deep and fast, and sweat beaded his orange forehead. To the caller on the phone, he said, “Look Vlad, the girls are going to have to wait at the airport. Something’s come up. Yeah, tell them to to just go ahead and go. They can drink more water when they get here.”

Trump-wranglers Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon tried valiantly to restrain their boss, as he went into a full-on sexual frenzy, precipitated by the army of vagina hats outside on Pennsylvania avenue. “Grab them by the pussy!” the President screamed, struggling as Conway and Bannon held his arms. “They let you do that when you’re a star! I have the best hands!”

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“No, Donald!” yelled Kellyanne, Presidential advisor and chief necromancer, “They’re not real! Knit vaginas can’t even not consent to being grabbed!” She struggled to fill a syringe with a sedative.

“Don’t do it, Donald!” said Bannon, Trump’s campaign strategist and Nazi-in-Chief. “It’s a filthy Jew trick!”

Despite help from several junior staffers, Trump broke free from his handlers and ran headlong through the second-story window, landing on the White House lawn. In a frenzy of sexual energy, he scaled the fence.

From there, the President began grabbing every pink pussy hat in sight, as outraged marchers beat him about the head and shoulders with cleverly worded protest signs. The Secret Service struggled to keep up with Trump as he staggered through the crowd like a drunk, shouting, “I don’t even wait, I just kiss! When you’re president, they let you do it! Grab ’em by the pussy!”

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Very soon, the obese, seventy year old president ran out of stamina. With sadly low energy, his tiny hands cramping from sexually assaulting hundreds of knit hats, he collapsed to the ground. Capitol police dispersed the crowd so that emergency medical services could reach Trump. He was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital and treated for narcissistic exhaustion.

In a press conference, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declared that the incident never happened, but if it did, the women were all asking for it because their hats were whores, and it was pretty awesome of the president to grab all those whore pussy hats, because he’s a total alpha. But the fact remains that it didn’t happen, because the inauguration was a total success and  the protest never happened, and all footage of the protest was a computer generated liberal lie, designed to disgrace our Dear Leader, because nobody could possibly protest Trump, since he entered office with a four hundred and six percent approval rating, and furthermore we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

Trump’s Deep Character Flaws Will Define His Presidency; Media Should Focus Attention There

Donald Trump continues to make history.We know of no other president in American history who has started out his tenure by unfurling two preposterous bookend lies, the way Trump did during his first days in office.He lied fantastically about the size of his inauguration crowd. And then, taking a sledgehammer to the premise of free and f

Source: Trump’s Deep Character Flaws Will Define His Presidency; Media Should Focus Attention There

Trump, ‘alternative facts’ and why Orwell’s 1984 is a 2017 must-read

The dystopia described in George Orwell’s nearly 70-year-old novel 1984 suddenly feels all too familiar. A world in which Big Brother (or maybe the National Security Agency) is always listening in, and high-tech devices can eavesdrop in people’s homes. (Hey, Alexa, what’s up?) A world of endless war, where fear and hate are drummed up against foreigners, and movies show boatloads of refugees dying at sea. A world in which the government insists that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right” but rather, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.”

Source: Trump, ‘alternative facts’ and why Orwell’s 1984 is a 2017 must-read

Abrupt Climate Change: there’s strength in the science – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Keith Antonysen Various contrarian opinions are based on the fundamental premise of anthropogenic climate change in relation to how light interacts with radiated infrared. Seth Miller, a scientist, provides some history; and then, criteria in relation to how science matters can be rationally evaluated (1). Seth Miller uses 9 criteria to show the strength…

Source: Abrupt Climate Change: there’s strength in the science – » The Australian Independent Media Network

FactCheck: is Australia’s level of media ownership concentration one of the highest in the world?

Was shadow minister for communications Michelle Rowland right when she said Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is one of the highest in the world?

Source: FactCheck: is Australia’s level of media ownership concentration one of the highest in the world?

A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

“Playing with people’s lives like this is just unconscionable.”

Source: A Heavily Pregnant Refugee On Nauru Could Go Into Spontaneous Labour And Die If She Isn’t Evacuated To Australia, Doctors Say – BuzzFeed News

Fear and loathing in Europe as leaders grapple with Trump’s ‘war’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Faced with Trump’s ‘declaration of war’, some European leaders have now taken the gloves off where the US president is concerned.

Source: Fear and loathing in Europe as leaders grapple with Trump’s ‘war’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump Threatens To “Send In The Feds” Into Chicago In Response To Bill O’Reilly Segment

President Donald Trump appears to be proposing policy responses to a segment from Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on the violence in Chicago. Trump announced on Twitter that he will “send in the Feds” to respond to the “carnage” in Chicago. Trump’s tweet included statistics that were used in a graphic from O’Reilly’s show and referenced statements

Source: Donald Trump Threatens To “Send In The Feds” Into Chicago In Response To Bill O’Reilly Segment

Trump Reportedly Outraged That CNN Doesn’t Cover Him Like Fox News

According to sources from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, President Donald Trump is angry that CNN and CNN chief Jeff Zucker do not grant him the favorable type of coverage he receives from Fox NewsTrump has made it no secret his contempt for CNN, recently lambasting the network’s ratings in a January 24 tweet praising Fox’s inau

Source: Trump Reportedly Outraged That CNN Doesn’t Cover Him Like Fox News