Category: Informed Comment

Stop the dumbing down of the ABC

Eleanor Hall of ABC Radio's The World Today.

flagship offerings on ABC Radio, they are unique in our broadcasting line-up and critical to our collective education. The World Today, the lunchtime wrap, and PM, in the evening, will run to just 30 minutes, down from one hour. One has to ask, where is the logic? Stop the dumbing down of the ABC

Is the IPA running Australia? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott speaks at last year's IPA dinner (image from glennmurray.com.au)

Unless you have forgotten who once ruled the country and wants to again. Why. Turnbull and the moderates must go.

Bolt’s just their hack and his son is be groomed is for want of a better word.

via Is the IPA running Australia? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’

The focus on multiculturalism and identity politics is anti-politics. It is accompanied by sterile reforms—such as more professionalized policing—that never challenges the underlying structures of corporate power, which has turned the workers of deindustrialized communities into surplus or redundant labor. We no longer seek to eradicate poverty; instead we applaud ourselves for not stigmatizing the poor.

Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’

Christian dominionism in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Andrew Bolt.

“Whoever wants to make their own private or religious arrangements about living together can do so, provided they do not conflict with Australian law. But for the law to specifically endorse verdicts of religious groups is to give them a power and legal standing that seems at odds with not just our notion of one law for all, but with our Constitution’s insistence on a separation of church and state.”

But now we see the anti-marriage equality campaigners asking for just that – they want special laws to accommodate their religious beliefs.

Christian dominionism in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trump has fascist tendencies’ | Business | The Guardian

Donald Trump

“I don’t think we can have democracies that work where most of the people are not benefiting economically, where most of the people are worried about their job security. Society can’t function without shared prosperity.”

Instead America is led by a man Stiglitz says should not be in the White House. “He is not fit to be president. He does not have an understanding of the issues, the political process. He is used to making one-time deals. You can cheat your contractors when you buy a real estate property and fix it up. Reputation doesn’t matter. For the president of the United States reputation does matter. The reputation of the United States does matter. We are dealing with countries all over the world. They want to know if your word is good. Trump’s word is not good.”

Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trump has fascist tendencies’ | Business | The Guardian

Forget ‘are we there yet’ – let me outta here! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wages are not keeping up with inflation, well over 700,000 people are unemployed, part-time, casual and contract work are on the rise and almost 3 million people live below the internationally accepted poverty line.

Forget ‘are we there yet’ – let me outta here! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Marriage equality: Don’t be distracted by false conflicts with natural allies

Until we remember how much we have in common, and how cooperation, not conflict, has always been the path to greatness, we are doomed to suffer a system which divides us into winners and losers. Ironically, its beneficiaries are a small but diverse group of people who have found common cause in exploiting the rest of us.

Marriage equality: Don’t be distracted by false conflicts with natural allies

Gaslighting arseholes – the real enemy of the people – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In 2016-17, corporate profit surged 21.2 percent while average wages rose only 1.8%. In the year to September 2017, trend employment increased by 335,500 persons while the labour force increased by 333,300 persons resulting in 716,600 still unemployed.

via Gaslighting arseholes – the real enemy of the people – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: How did it come to this? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

“Sit before your televisions and watch Trump’s antics and ponder at the gullibility of the American people and say … ‘only in America’.”

via Day to Day Politics: How did it come to this? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Being Conned with Bullshit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Now let me add that there is nothing wrong with opinions so long as there is a diversity of them. But the fact is we don’t have a diversity and we would be a much better society if we took the risk of thinking for ourselves unhindered by the unadulterated crap served up by the media and self interest groups.

An observation

“Lying in the media is wrong at any time however when they do it by deliberate omission it is even more so. Murdoch’s papers seem to do it with impunity.”

Day to Day Politics: Being Conned with Bullshit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“The reality is the rule of law is required to be followed by all Australians otherwise we’ll have chaos” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Why is it that every time the Coalition are caught out it is a witch hunt?

“The reality is the rule of law is required to be followed by all Australians otherwise we’ll have chaos” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

American Psychosis

To recover our mental balance we must respond to Trump the way victims of trauma respond to abuse. We must build communities where we can find understanding and solidarity. We must allow ourselves to mourn. We must name the psychosis that afflicts us. We must carry out acts of civil disobedience and steadfast defiance to re-empower others and ourselves. We must fend off the madness and engage in dialogues based on truth, literacy, empathy and reality. We must invest more time in activities such as finding solace in nature, or focusing on music, theater, literature, art and even worship—activities that hold the capacity for renewal and transcendence. This is the only way we will remain psychologically whole. Building an outer shell or attempting to hide will exacerbate our psychological distress and depression. We may not win, but we will have, if we create small, like-minded cells of defiance, the capacity not to go insane.

Source: American Psychosis

Day to Day Politics: Please – cut out the gutter politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He is pretty much on the ball, and when you look at the recent history you see the similarity of events. The Government sets up the ROC, so it’s unlikely to be coincidental that the ROC is looking into the period of time when Shorten was at the union.Of course, the question that everyone wants an answer to is how did Cash’s Media Adviser find out the time of the raids? Who was his source within the AFP?Tony Abbott set up a Royal Commission into Trade Unions (or the Labor Party), and another one into the Home Insulation Program. Now we have the ROC. It has repeatedly set up bodies to dig up dirt on the Opposition Leader and the Labor Party. Remember its unrelenting pursuit of Julia Gillard for something that happened over twenty-five years ago? To the detriment of its own governance it has spent far too much time with its head buried in the scandal pit.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Please – cut out the gutter politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s welcome mat for right-wing trolls | The Saturday Paper

In so many ways, Milo Yiannopoulos is unremarkable. He is just one of a long line of conservative grifters making hay in Australia. In 1943, a time when the devil had the best poems, if not the best tunes, George Orwell could write: “By and large the best writers of our time have been reactionary in tendency.” Sadly, the West just can’t field the calibre of fascist it once did. He was talking about W. B. Yeats, and could have also called upon Ezra Pound, Louis-Ferdinand Céline and Knut Hamsun from the far right. After that lot, Milo Yiannopoulos feels like a real climb-down.

Source: Australia’s welcome mat for right-wing trolls | The Saturday Paper

Day to Day Politics: The Abbott Years – a retrospective. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In other words, manufacture a sense of crisis and you can get away with anything starting with maximum harm. Therefore, the conservatives under Abbott manufactured a non-existent debt crisis.Margret Thatcher said this (paraphrased):“There is no such thing as society. There are only individuals making their way. The poor shall be looked after by the drip down effect of the rich.”Abraham Lincoln said this:“Labor came before capital and is not related to it. Capital is what’s acquired from labour, and would never have come about if it were not for labour. Therefore, labour is superior to capital and deserves the higher significance.”Franklin D. Roosevelt said:“They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers…call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.”This is one of mine:“The GST burdens the poor and those with the least capacity to pay. It discriminates against the poor and the pensioners who are living a hand-to-mouth existence and spending the bulk of their income on the necessities of life—food, clothing, rent, heating, power etc.”Before addressing the issue of social engineering I should say exactly what I think a Government should be regardless of its ideology.

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Abbott Years – a retrospective. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Free Speech or Licensed Abuse – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“We will never truly understand the effect Free Speech has on an individual until we have suffered from the abuse of it”

Source: Day to Day Politics: Free Speech or Licensed Abuse – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: I think Turnbull has taken them for a ride. He conned them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

2 Whilst Australia’s employment rate of 5.5% in September hit a four-year low the big concern is that full-time jobs seem to be almost a thing of the past. Sure, creating 19,800 jobs might seem fantastic but the reality is that only 6,100 were full-time. It seems that the structure of Australian jobs is rapidly changing. As good as the figures look the fact remains that for every job there are 17 people wanting it. Entry level jobs for young people we have five applicants for every job.Not to forget the number wanting more work.

Source: Day to Day Politics: I think Turnbull has taken them for a ride. He conned them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: What Hypocrisy! It’s really staggering. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

those who deny Climate Change and the overwhelming scientific consensus seek to justify their belief by attaching themselves to a minority of science deniers with obscure qualifications or worse-to right-wing shock jocks and journalists with no scientific training what so ever.These people have no way of evaluating the volume of data produced by the various scientific institutions. One of the most outspoken deniers (Andrew Bolt) has, in recent times, been found guilty of deceptive lying in that he defamed some white skinned aboriginals. One has to wonder how many he has told when writing about his favorite topic climate change.Which brings me to the point of this piece: Hypocrisy.Now who said this?

Source: Day to Day Politics: What Hypocrisy! It’s really staggering. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

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

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

Day to Day Politics: My idealism under threat, I think. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 8 October 2017 Today I again refer back to the launch of “Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir” by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of The Australian National University – Launched by the Hon Bob Hawke AC GCL, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia at the National Press Club last Wednesday. “In his…

Source: Day to Day Politics: My idealism under threat, I think. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Ideology versus the Common Good – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Did you know that 10 per cent of Australians now hold more wealth than the other 90 per cent combined? Let me put it another way. The richest one per cent of Australians are collectively wealthier than the poorest 60 per cent. Or try this 62 mega-rich people across the globe now hold as much wealth as 3.6 billion of the world’s poorest. Try this. Australia’s richest person was worth $18 billion, equaling the wealth held by the poorest 10 per cent of Aussies.Here’s some more from an Oxfam report titled “An Economy for the 1%“: The world’s richest 1% now hold more wealth than the rest of the planet. The richest 10 per cent of Australians hold more wealth than the other 90 per cent combined. The gap between Australia’s richest and poorest is accelerating. In 2015, the wealth of Australia’s richest 1% outstripped the poorest 60%. Australia’s richest person is worth more than all of the wealth held by the poorest 10 per cent of Australians. Dr Szoke from Oxfam, the reports writer, said Australia must be part of a global solution to a global problem, and a renewed international focus on corporate tax avoidance would be critical to efforts to address wealth inequality.So isn’t it odd that the Turnbull Government is contemplating increasing the rate of its consumer tax in order to give the same companies a reduction in the amount of tax they pay. Figure that out.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Ideology versus the Common Good – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The aim of scientists, unlike businessmen, lobbyists or politicians, is to find the truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Considering the grave implications of their decisions, you would think that parliamentarians, who have no specific qualifications or expertise, would listen to the best advice available. But no. Experienced public servants who might suggest “that is a bad idea” are replaced by people who advise “this is how you can sell it”.   Experts are ignored…

Source: The aim of scientists, unlike businessmen, lobbyists or politicians, is to find the truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article in today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen waxes lyrical about departing boss of the Minerals Council, Brendan Pearson, who she claims was “shoved out of his job as boss of the Minerals Council of Australia by those who prefer feel-good corporate bromides and green myths over energy facts and figures.”These purveyors of “green myths” were, among others, BHP and Rio Tinto who said they had lost confidence in Mr Pearson due to his unstinting advocacy for coal, something Ms Albrechtsen, on the other hand, considers a virtue, Source: Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fear boosts ratings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There are, and always will be, things we should be concerned about, things we should be working to improve, but they get lost in the political misinformation deliberately fed to us by a government that lacks any integrity, a government who chooses to confect crises and then boast about saving us from dangers that either…

The great Debt and Deficit Disaster that we faced going into the 2013 election has miraculously disappeared (even though the debt has more than doubled) and been replaced by good debt and bad debt. Apparently, when the Labor government invested in stimulating the economy, keeping people in work through the global financial crisis, that was bad debt, but borrowing $400 billion to spend on war machines is good debt.

Source: Fear boosts ratings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Show us the gas, Barnaby – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I sure hope Leigh Sales takes Barnaby up on his offer to come back and identify these huge onshore reserves that no-one else knows about.And if I was a state premier, I would be having a very serious conversation with the Federal government about how telling lies for political purposes is not helping the nation.

Source: Show us the gas, Barnaby – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tanya Plibersek: ‘Give me a union leader over an investment banker any day’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Deputy Labor leader’s Light on the Hill address highlights growing inequality and takes aim at same-sex marriage postal survey

Source: Tanya Plibersek: ‘Give me a union leader over an investment banker any day’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article titled Inside the terrifying mind of Tony Abbott, Bernard Keane quotes a study from 2015 which looks into the psychological basis for climate change denial and why one particular demographic — older white males — tends to dominate the ranks of climate denialists. The study identified that “denial is driven partly by…

Source: Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifty years ago, the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner challenged social norms by exposing the discrimination faced by inter-racial couples.  In those days, it was considered ‘unnatural’ for whites to marry blacks.  Some people may still feel this way but the wider community has thankfully and rightly moved on from such ignorant prejudice. It…

Source: That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Is Tony never to be credited when he speaks the truth? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Besides being a pathological liar, Tony Abbott is a noted pugilist who in the past has thrown a few himself, particularly at women.At university he kicked in a glass panel door when defeated in an election.Referred to a women Chairperson as “Chairthing”.He was accused of assaulting a women at University and later acquitted. He was defended by a QC and the girl defended herself.Another women accuses him of throwing punches at her. And hitting either side of a wall she was standing against. He says it never happened but others collaborated her story.He threatens to punch the head in of Lindsay Foyle who disagreed with him on a women’s right to an abortion.In 1978 a young teacher by the name of Peter Woof bought assault charges against Abbott. He punched him in the face. It never went anywhere. Abbott was represented by a legal team of six and the young man could not afford to defend himself.And he did punch out Joe Hockey’s lights during a rugby match.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Is Tony never to be credited when he speaks the truth? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Do qualifications matter in politics? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And after 18 months of appalling governance Abbott the then Prime Minister could not lay claim to any policy that has progressed the nation. His leadership was abysmal and his Ministers were found wanting with a litany of failures in, education, health, environment and the economy. Turnbull’s government has been no better.Both Abbott/Turnbull governments had enough diplomas to staff a university, but both were so intent on implementing a warped right-wing ideology, with a baseless mandate, that they forgot that policies actually mattered. They governed with propaganda calculated to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetuated on you.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Do qualifications matter in politics? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: If that’s what Oxford teaches … Well? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 21 September 2017 Never in the history of politics have Australians elected a man so unqualified in the area of science as Tony Abbott. Having demonstrated on many occasions his inability to grasp “Climate Science” and the “NBN” he remains a Luddite of the first order. Now before you point your finger at my…

Source: Day to Day Politics: If that’s what Oxford teaches … Well? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City’s Traffic Lights Running | InsideClimate News

By using energy storage with solar panels, homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery.

Source: After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City’s Traffic Lights Running | InsideClimate News

Fact check: Is there evidence that mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients can help drug users get off welfare? – Fact Check – ABC News

Experts say that, rather than lots of evidence, there is no evidence, here or overseas, to show that mandatory testing will help unemployed drug addicts receive treatment and find jobs.

Source: Fact check: Is there evidence that mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients can help drug users get off welfare? – Fact Check – ABC News