Month: February 2017

American berserk | The Monthly

It will be recognised with slavery and the Civil War. It will be recognised with World War One and the Great Depression. It will be recognised with World War Two. It will be recognised with the 1950s, and the red baiting and the witch hunting. It will be recognised with the tragedy of Vietnam, as a period of confusion and disaster.             – Paul Soglin, mayor of Madison, Wisconsin

Source: American berserk | The Monthly

Donald Trump escalates conflict with media: ‘They are the enemy of the people’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump is bypassing mainstream media outlets, which he calls fake news, and giving favour to conservative news organisations. So how should the media respond?

Source: Donald Trump escalates conflict with media: ‘They are the enemy of the people’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Is Australia Racist? SBS documentary makes for uncomfortable viewing | Television & radio | The Guardian

Ray Martin hosts a new documentary that attempts to provide a snapshot of Australia’s race relations and the results are confronting and compelling

Source: Is Australia Racist? SBS documentary makes for uncomfortable viewing | Television & radio | The Guardian

Penalty rate cuts to hasten “mass casualisation” of Australian workforce: report

Cuts to penalty rates will hasten to the “mass casualisation” of Australia’s workforce, leading to lead to a decrease in job security, less paid leave and more workplace stress.

Source: Penalty rate cuts to hasten “mass casualisation” of Australian workforce: report

Child sex abuse royal commission: I went to Catholic school, but I was one of the lucky ones – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sexual abuse in Australia’s Catholic schools didn’t come from nowhere. It took hold in systems where violence was not just condoned, but encouraged.

Source: Child sex abuse royal commission: I went to Catholic school, but I was one of the lucky ones – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Adani director appointed to body overseeing mining giant’s coal port despite conflict of interest warning – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Queensland Government appointed an Adani company director to chair the authority overseeing the Abbot Point coal port.

Source: Adani director appointed to body overseeing mining giant’s coal port despite conflict of interest warning – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Malcolm Turnbull holds his nerve as Liberals sweat on Tony Abbott’s next grenade

Malcolm Turnbull needs to find a solution to his Tony Abbott problem as Coalition MPs sweat on the next negative development in this toxic rivalry.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull holds his nerve as Liberals sweat on Tony Abbott’s next grenade

Malcolm Turnbull’s government ‘on life support’, Tony Abbott confidante declares

Coalition ministers hopes their blistering attack on Tony Abbott has finally silenced him ahead of Federal Parliament’s return, but the former prime minister’s most loyal confidante says he’s not going anywhere.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull’s government ‘on life support’, Tony Abbott confidante declares

Dysfunction and Disunity: The End is Nigh – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” is a near perfect description of what is going on inside the Liberal party right now. They don’t just appear to be disunited and dysfunctional, in reality, they are all of that. No matter how hard Malcolm Turnbull tries to convince us that…

Source: Dysfunction and Disunity: The End is Nigh – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump national security adviser wants to avoid term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, sources say | US news | The Guardian

HR McMaster felt phrase castigates ‘an entire religion’ and indicated ‘he’s not on board’ – a contrast with the president and many key staff members

Source: Trump national security adviser wants to avoid term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, sources say | US news | The Guardian

CNN responds to being excluded from press briefing with one powerful message

CNN just responded to their exclusion from Sean Spicer’s private press briefing, calling it “an unacceptable development” before vowing to continue to “report facts.” CNN was blocked from WH @PressSec’s media gaggle today. This is our response: pic.twitter.com/8SfY2uYKEI — CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 24, 2017 Spicer held an off-camera question-and-answer session today with such Trump-supporting […]

CNN responds to being excluded from press briefing with one powerful message

Trump just declared war on the media. The New York Times’ response is PRICELESS.

Donald Trump: White House bars several major news outlets from informal press briefing – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

News organisations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico are barred from joining an on-the-record White House press briefing.

Source: Donald Trump: White House bars several major news outlets from informal press briefing – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Abbott’s legacy of destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Ad astra Do you sometimes wonder how the Turnbull government has managed to get itself into such a mess? Of course Malcolm Turnbull must shoulder much of the blame himself. A piece that I will post next week: Thirty pieces of silver attests to this. By sacrificing his long-held principles and values on the…

Source: Abbott’s legacy of destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As tempo of Trump’s media war rises, the unthinkable becomes possible

Donald Trump is escalating his war on the media and on one of the government agencies that has provided sensational leaks on his presidency – the FBI.

Source: As tempo of Trump’s media war rises, the unthinkable becomes possible

Trump is losing his war with the media, new poll shows

Donald Trump: Reince Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports, White House official says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Reince Priebus asked the FBI to dispute media reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers contacted Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.

Source: Donald Trump: Reince Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports, White House official says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump Just Blacklisted Media Outlets. We Warned You This Would Happen.

Hours after President Donald Trump denounced critical journalists as “the enemy of the people” before a cheering crowd of supporters, major news outlets were blacklisted from a White House press gaggle while the administration’s sycophants were ushered in.“CNN was not permitted to attend, along with the New York Times, Politico, Buz

Source: Trump Just Blacklisted Media Outlets. We Warned You This Would Happen.

Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? | Society | The Guardian

Both left and right are promoting the idea of a basic wage for everyone, currently on trial, as a solution to the new world of work

Source: Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages? | Society | The Guardian

Why can’t the government understand there’s no such thing as clean coal?

Some new form of madness must surely have taken hold when we’re being asked to ponder whether or not the Clean Energy Finance Corporation should fund ‘clean coal’, or cleaner coal, power stations.

Source: Why can’t the government understand there’s no such thing as clean coal?

White Supremacist Shoots 2 Indian-Americans After Mistaking Them for Arabs

An Olathe, Kansas white man gunned down two Indian-Americans because he thought they were Middle Eastern yesterday, killing one and wounding another. A bystander attempting to defend the victims was also wounded. Witnesses reported hearing Adam Purington, 51, shout “Get out of my country!” before shooting at two Indian-Americans in an Austin’s Bar & Grill. The […]

Source: White Supremacist Shoots 2 Indian-Americans After Mistaking Them for Arabs

Sean Hannity Falls For Misleading Claim From Gateway Pundit (Again)

On February 22, Jim Hoft posted an article on his website The Gateway Pundit alleging that a “Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations From Russians!” Fox News’ Sean Hannity retweeted a tweet that both linked to the Gateway Pundit post and called McCain a “globalist war criminal,” adding, “Wow if true”:[Screenc

Source: Sean Hannity Falls For Misleading Claim From Gateway Pundit (Again)

Milo Yiannopoulos’ pedophilia remarks just cost him his job at Breitbart

Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart. This announcement follows the emergence of a video in which the shock-journalist defended the supposed-values of 13 year old boys having sex with older men, also resulting in the cancellation of his keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and in his publishers dropping his book deal. Break: MILO […]

Source: Milo Yiannopoulos’ pedophilia remarks just cost him his job at Breitbart

Riding on the backs of the poor – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Joe Hockey infamously labelled us all as “lifters or leaners”, he just mixed the labels up. The conservative government has decided it is the poor who will do all the heavy lifting when it comes to budget repair and paying for their obscene defence spending and tax cuts to the wealthy. First up they got…

Source: Riding on the backs of the poor – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Steve Bannon: Trump is ‘maniacally focused’ on executing promises | US news | The Guardian

Chief White House strategist pushes economic nationalist agenda at CPAC and continues relentless attacks on media, vowing: ‘Every day is going to be a fight’

Source: Steve Bannon: Trump is ‘maniacally focused’ on executing promises | US news | The Guardian

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The Breitbartification Of CPAC

“My biggest fear is that later this week I will be among the legions at CPAC rearranging the furniture,” wrote Andrew Breitbart just days before the first Conservative Political Action Conference of President Barack Obama’s administration. “Instead, the conservative movement needs to think in revolutionary terms.”Eight years later

Source: The Breitbartification Of CPAC

Israel releases Palestinian journalist after 10 months with no trial | 972 Magazine

After 10 months of administrative detention, it appears the army no longer views Omar Nazzal as a dangerous threat — just like countless other administrative detainees who sit in prison for months, if not years. Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal was released from Israeli prison on Monday after 10 months in administrative detention. Upon his release, Nazzal, a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, was welcomed by family members and supporters outside Ofer military prison, near Ramallah. [tmwinpost] Nazzal, 55, was first detained in April at Allenby Bridge while trying to leave the West Bank en route to an…

Source: Israel releases Palestinian journalist after 10 months with no trial | 972 Magazine