The world is awash with conspiracies, ranging from the downright weird – QAnon comes to mind – to subtle, reasonably sounding counter arguments mounted by so called libertarians. The main enabler of both brands is – you guessed it – the hydra headed global entity known as News Corp. At the QAnon end of the spectrum is Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro and others on the Fox News network in the USA. In Australia it is Paul Murray, Chris Kenny, Alan Jones et al, on Sky After Dark. Some Fox News lunacy All of the above are highly paid entertainers masquerading as journalists. It’s pointless enumerating their collective idiocy other than stating the obvious danger of their prognostications. Craig Kelly spruiking Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 on Sky After Dark, is a prime example. Let’s hope NSW Police knock on Kelly’s door and serve him with a warrant under the current NSW Health regulations. Sadly, this will never happen.
Source: The contagion of conspiracy theories – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Never run after a bus, a lover or a conspiracy theory — there’ll be another one along soon. When a new conspiracy, say QAnon, comes along, don’t bother asking why. In the touted sapientia (wisdom) of Homo sapiens, it’s just a thing we do. So instead of asking why, ask who’s running it and to what end. That’s my enquiry here.
Source: Unraveling the mystery behind the QAnon cult
Making policy by destroying the reputations of middle management in the government is of course highly destructive to the democratic process.
Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker now reports that the Trump aides who targeted former Obama administration officials Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl used the Israeli Black Cube agency, the same one deployed by Harvey Weinstein to keep his many victims of sexual harassment in line. It advertises itself as being able to provide the best former Mossad agents for the job (but if they are the best why are they former?)
I mind this behavior quite a lot and fear it won’t get the traction it deserves among the press and the public.
via Treason: Obama Iran Deal Officials targeted by Trump via Israeli Black Cube
Here’s a news flash: Some Americans are not very bright. They’re easily influenced. They believe that The New York Times and The Washington Post, two eminent newspapers of record, are purveyors of fake news because the president says so. The conversation ought not to be fake news. It ought to be about how we ended up with a fake president.With that said, we can all guard against unfounded conspiracy theories. Just do your own research. Sure, there will always be incorrect stories that make their way into the media. But we have to question everything and do the research. Seek out experts. Look for competing theories, follow the facts and reach your conclusions based on the facts, not on what you read on Facebook or on some fringe message board.But whatever you do, try not to believe anything this president says.
Source: How to Avoid Being Labeled a Conspiracy Theorist
David Tyler takes a look at Tony Abbott’s slow and steady behind-the-scenes moves to be reinstated as Australia’s PM.
Source: Tony Abbott: The man who would be PM — again
Such is politics in these interesting times that it’s impossible when alerted to one scandal, to refrain from speculating if it has been confected to distract your attention from another. So it is with Health Minister Sussan Ley’s current imbroglio which seems, at first blush, a nice little “look over here not there” moment arriving right…
Source: Compare and contrast: Sussan Ley and Centrelink punters – » The Australian Independent Media Network