Author: peterimrich

Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interference | +972 Magazine

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an event in Jerusalem, October 15, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90, cropped)

The aim — and the result — has been to portray of human and civil rights as subversive ideas being used by foreign, presumably anti-Semitic powers to undermine the State of Israel itself. That last feat is accomplished by conflating the State of Israel with its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the right-wing ideology that demands its transformation into an immutable reality.

Source: Netanyahu compares human rights groups to Russian election interference | +972 Magazine

‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

Professor Hocking believes the Queen knew what might happen to the government well before it happened – unlike Whitlam, who was caught completely off-guard by the actions of November 11, 1975.

Source: ‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal like Run-up to Iraq War | Informed Comment

Ominously, the former head of the IAEA, Mohammed Albaradei, who pointed out in spring of 2003 that the George W. Bush administration’s case for going to war against Iraq was bogus has weighed in on this new warmongering ploy:

Source: Elbaradei: Trump Propaganda on Iran Nuclear Deal like Run-up to Iraq War | Informed Comment

More civilian Airstrike Deaths under Trump than in 8 years of Obama | Informed Comment

Trump would be wise to heed this warning. Even as U.S. forces continue to turn the tide on IS, the trail of destruction left in the campaign’s wake is unsettling. The specter of massive civilian casualties will remain a rallying point for new terrorist organizations long after anti-IS operations conclude.

Source: More civilian Airstrike Deaths under Trump than in 8 years of Obama | Informed Comment

What is a worker? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Amongst credible economists and political leaders (so, not including Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison), it is universally accepted that Australia, like most other developed economies, has a wealth and income inequality problem. There are books and essays being written and read every minute about why this problem exists, but let me simplify in the words…

Source: What is a worker? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Perth’s Anglican ​​church offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community | World news | The Guardian

Diocese says it is ‘deeply sorry for any harm we have done’ by words and behaviour ‘that have not displayed the love of God’

Source: Perth’s Anglican church offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community | World news | The Guardian

Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…

Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He is the inimitable, true political ugliness, the bad boy with a mistimed punch. While not quite professorial in his lunacy (that honour will have to go to Pauline Hanson of One Nation, whose sincere bigotry remains pungent), he aspires to it with a greater sense of reason. This Exocet missile of Australian politics continues…

Source: Climate Change Insurgent: Tony Abbott’s Crusade – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change

In fact, given the patent inaccuracy of his remarks, it’s no surprise he had fly 10,000 miles to find an audience sufficiently receptive, or adequately ignorant of Australia’s climate record, to actually listen.

Source: Tony Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change

It’s personal: The only way the Abbott v Turnbull vendetta will end

Abbott, ever the Jesuit, parsed his breezy, idiosyncratic summary of the crapness of climate science, all in terms of religion, natch. We live in a post-Christian world, he said, and climate science is the new religion, but it’s also like a primitive cult because carbon abatement measures are akin to the goats the pre-Christian savages used to sacrifice to the volcano gods.

Source: It’s personal: The only way the Abbott v Turnbull vendetta will end

Universal Credit doesn’t go far enough – work won’t pay until people are running naked through stinging nettles to get their benefits | The Independent

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To understand the success of the Universal Credit scheme that benefit claimants now depend on, you only have to look at the wise people who created it. The scheme was devised by Lord Freud, a city banker, and therefore ideally placed to understand the trials of living on benefits.It was carried forward by Iain Duncan-Smith, who had to struggle himself – but instead of wallowing in self-pity, he got off his backside and was given use of a Tudor mansion by his father-in law, the fifth Baron Cottesloe, which proves rewards come to those prepared to make an effort.Now that the scheme has run into trouble, the government should put together a team who similarly comprehend the emotions at the heart of poverty in modern Britain, such as Prince Harry, Simon Cowell and the Sultan of Brunei.

Source: Universal Credit doesn’t go far enough – work won’t pay until people are running naked through stinging nettles to get their benefits | The Independent

Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Unless history strives for truth it is nothing more than propaganda. There is nothing intrinsically educational about a statue, memorial or place name

Source: Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Stan Grant compares Indigenous cultural sites to the Sistine Chapel | Australia news | The Guardian

Stan Grant has compared Indigenous cultural heritage sites such as Lake Mungo to the Sistine Chapel and said the depth and breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art “punctures” the conception of Terra nullius.The ABC broadcaster made the comments at the opening of the Tarnanthi festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Thursday night.

Source: Stan Grant compares Indigenous cultural sites to the Sistine Chapel | Australia news | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It has to be said that if Tony Abbott was the worst Prime Minister we have ever had then Malcolm Turnbull has to be the most gutless. What kind of leader would allow some right-wing ultra-fanatics to ride rough shod over his every decision? Decisions that, when as Opposition Leader, he felt strongly about.

Source: Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Richard Branson bets on the future with Hyperloop One investment

British billionaire Richard Branson has placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One, which is developing super high-speed transportation systems.

Source: Richard Branson bets on the future with Hyperloop One investment

Is Fox News Trying To Start A War With Iran Or Just Sell Iran Deal Decertification? | Crooks and Liars

Just in time to help Donald Trump, Fox News has come up with an article claiming, “Iran’s nuclear program is far from halted.”

Source: Is Fox News Trying To Start A War With Iran Or Just Sell Iran Deal Decertification? | Crooks and Liars

Is going to university really worth it for most people? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Universities no longer broaden mindsHistorically, attending university had a broad social component: making new friends, sitting in a common room arguing about the world’s ills with strangers.

Source: Is going to university really worth it for most people? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.Russell Clark is just one of many survivors of abuse who signed deeds of release, which prevent them from taking further legal action or requesting more compensation.

Source: Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

A statement from Al Jazeera said that the Qatar-based broadcaster feels “vindicated by the rulings and ever more committed to exposing human rights violations by anyone – regardless of geography, religion or the power of their lobbies.”

Source: Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone | Alex Ryvchin | Opinion | The Guardian

Australian far-right discourse, while also targeting other minorities, has maintained an obsessive focus on the ‘Jewish problem’

Source: The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone | Alex Ryvchin | Opinion | The Guardian

Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

The pitch behind the London speech was that a climate ruckus aids the Coalition. He should have been laughed out of the room

Source: Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology

Source: Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

Abbott: Majority Doesn’t Rule Unless I Agree With Them! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just when I started thinking how pleasant it is here in New Zealand where the press don’t report everything that the person leading the Liberal Party says – they don’t even report on what the titular head, Turnbuckle, says – the person determining policy pops up in London to explain that just because scientists agree that doesn’t mean that they’re right.

Source: Abbott: Majority Doesn’t Rule Unless I Agree With Them! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Tony Abbott is the genuine article. The conviction politician who will use his muscle to cajole, bully, smash his way through. Abbott’s ability to yell from the rooftops what he believes in is his strength.”Genuine? Conviction? Strength? Surely you jest.Abbott is a politician who changes his mind depending on how the wind blows as Peter van Onselen reminded us in his article “Tony Abbott’s convictions are ever changing”.

Source: Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pacific Highway koala holocaust

 

A nationally designated important population of koalas will shortly be subjected to starvation, dehydration, blasting, heavy vehicle traffic, loss of habitat, stress, noise, blasting, vibrations, bushfire risk, entrapment, and death — all sanctioned by the NSW and Federal governments.

Source: Pacific Highway koala holocaust

Gold trader Alex Mendieta investigated by ATO over tax fraud

The gold and diamond trader is the subject of an investigation by the tax office over his alleged involvement in a GST scam that has cost the Commonwealth government more than $879 million in lost revenue.

Source: Gold trader Alex Mendieta investigated by ATO over tax fraud

The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Almost as bad is the claim that ’99 per cent of scientists believe’ as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.”Votes? What votes?Abbott seemed to be suggesting that the 97 percent consensus (the 99 was a mistake by Abbott, it’s actually 97) was based on some bogus poll.Wrong.There was never any poll of scared scientists who pretended to be in furious agreement about climate change lest they be branded as heretics. In fact, the paper which first identified the 97 percent consensus was a 2013 survey of the scientific literature that was already out there.And what 97 percent of that scientific literature effectively said was: it’s happening and we’re causing it.

Source: The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes ‘loopy’ ex-PM over climate change views

The ABC’s London bureau chief Lisa Millar said on Twitter that her news team were “not allowed to hear [the] speech or report on it firsthand in London”, having been told it was a “non-media event” – despite parts of the speech being given to News Corp publications in advance. Guardian Australia’s editor Bridie Jabour said on Twitter the Guardian was blocked from attending. Fairfax Media also sought attendance but Mr Abbott’s office said the speech was by invitation only and not open to the media.

Source: Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes ‘loopy’ ex-PM over climate change views

ATO’s tax gap figures revealed: $2.5 billion missing from corporates, multinationals

In the 2014-15 year there was a huge $3 billion variance between tax bills initially issued by the ATO to 81 large companies, and the money the agency ended up pocketing after it cut deals with these companies.

Source: ATO’s tax gap figures revealed: $2.5 billion missing from corporates, multinationals

Q&A: Senator Matt Canavan grilled by gay audience member over ‘political point scoring’ in SSM debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A young gay man shares vivid memories of being bullied over his sexuality, as he accuses Australia’s political leaders of failing to protect society’s most vulnerable people in the same-sex marriage debate.

Source: Q&A: Senator Matt Canavan grilled by gay audience member over ‘political point scoring’ in SSM debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Yes, Steve Bannon Should Terrify You – The New York Times

 

So is Bannon miscalculating horribly and simply out of his gourd? No. He’s not thinking in the conventional terms of Republicans versus Democrats; he’s thinking that “any disruption is a good thing, and that the best way to get what he wants — a white-centered, nationalist America — is to blow up the establishment,” the Republican strategist said. Other Republican operatives concurred.

Australia’s Big Media Set to Get Bigger, With Help From Lawmakers – The New York Times

 

Most of Australia’s newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters are controlled by only a handful of owners, like Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, making it one of the most concentrated media markets in the developed world.Soon, even more Australian media properties could be in fewer hands.