Category: Informed Comment

Trump Will Be on the Ballot in 5 Weeks | The Smirking Chimp

As I said, Trump is effectively on the ballot in the midterms. Which means — regardless of whether he decides to run again for president — our democracy is on the ballot. The midterm elections in five weeks will lay the foundation for all future races.

My friends, I cannot say this with more concern: Trump’s anti-democracy movement has been making astounding progress. We must stop it.

Source: Trump Will Be on the Ballot in 5 Weeks | The Smirking Chimp

The US ultra-rich justify their low tax rates with three myths – all of them rubbish | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘Many of the richest Americans had the advantages that come with wealthy parents. Jeff Bezos’ garage-based start was funded by a quarter-million dollar investment from his parents.’

Australia’s forthcoming tax cut for the rich and Truss announcement in the UK are just as indefensible and even increasing numbers of the current wealthy are against it.

A record share of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of billionaires, who pay a lower tax rate than the average American. This is indefensible

Source: The US ultra-rich justify their low tax rates with three myths – all of them rubbish | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Racism and all its ugliness (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The recent accusations of racism against the Hawthorn Football Club had the same effect on me as it has on many other occasions. I have experienced it in numerous forms. I love my country, but the truth of it is that racists walk among us.

Source: Racism and all its ugliness (Part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hurricane Ian Reminds Us We’re in This Together | The Smirking Chimp

America spends very little on social insurance compared to other advanced nations. Almost 30 million Americans still lack health insurance. Nearly 51 million households cannot afford basic monthly expenses including housing, food, childcare, and transportation. We are the only industrialized nation without paid family leave.

Source: Hurricane Ian Reminds Us We’re in This Together | The Smirking Chimp

Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Imagine the tobacco producer who invests in smoke limitation programs, or the arms manufacturer who attends a conference proposing to ban weapons and seek a better future. Gautam Adani, one of India’s most ruthlessly adept billionaires, has added his name to the growing list of corporate transvestism, using ecological credentials as his camouflage for fossil fuel predation.

Source: Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Put niceties aside, Albo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I was immediately taken aback when I read that the Opposition was negotiating “in good faith” with the Government for their support in introducing the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC).

Good faith sounds more like bargaining for an exemption from the obvious. At first, I thought I was mistaken.

Source: Put niceties aside, Albo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Federal ICAC: Dutton says government is making compromises

Why on earth is Labor dealing with Dutton on a federal ICAC?

Labor will argue that an anti-corruption body that isn’t supported by the opposition risks charges of illegitimacy and abolition at the next change of government. Well and good — if the Coalition wants to go to the next election promising to abolish a federal ICAC, let them knock themselves out. Labor would do far better to be seen to negotiate with the teal independents and David Pocock, strengthening their case to voters at the next election to keep their seats. Tomorrow has become a significant test for Labor: once the legislation for a federal ICAC is unveiled, we can see whether Labor is serious about integrity, or has indeed been preparing a major party stitch-up.

Source: Federal ICAC: Dutton says government is making compromises

From Veiling to Abortion, Iran’s Theocrats seek to Control Women’s Bodies, just as do U.S. Republican Theocrats

Likewise, more that 3/4s of Republican evangelicans want to declare the United States a “Christian” state, essentially repealing the First Amendment with its Establishment Cause. They want to control people’s bodies in the U.S., even if they have to do it undemocratically, just as the ayatollahs have the same goal in Iran. Iran has the Guardianship of the Jurisprudent. America’s Red States have the Guardianship of the Pastor and Priest. In neither case are we autonomous adults. We are wards of the state, reduced to being juveniles in custody.

Because of evangelical Republican rule of some US states, we already have elements of the Christian Republic of America, to mirror the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Source: From Veiling to Abortion, Iran’s Theocrats seek to Control Women’s Bodies, just as do U.S. Republican Theocrats

Decolonizing the Mind – Consortium News

It is vital to free ourselves from belief in the systems of white supremacy and imperialism that are inculcated in the educational system and are affirmed and amplified by the media and establishment opinion.

The recent death of Queen Elizabeth II puts the need for political and psychological liberation in high relief. We are encouraged to admire an anachronistic monarchy, and are exhorted to join in mourning an individual and a system that have caused great harm to Black and other oppressed people around the world.

Source: Decolonizing the Mind – Consortium News

John Pilger’s 2014 Warning About Ukraine – Consortium News

Not condoning Putin however:

In an article on May 13, 2014 in The Guardian, republished here, John Pilger warned the “U.S. is threatening to take the world to war” over Ukraine, words that have taken on new meaning.

Source: John Pilger’s 2014 Warning About Ukraine – Consortium News

Opinion | How the U.S. Supreme Court Unleashed a Corporate Criminal Takeover of This Country | Thom Hartmann

Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia

Because of key decisions by the court equating money with free speech, our political system is now overrun with grifters, con artists, and career criminals.Informed

Source: Opinion | How the U.S. Supreme Court Unleashed a Corporate Criminal Takeover of This Country | Thom Hartmann

Angst over corruption watchdog, first Queen’s death, now fear of Dutton deal – Michael West

National Anti-Corruption Commission, Peter Dutton

Reports that Labor is in talks with Peter Dutton over the looming Federal Integrity Commission laws have spread alarm Anthony Albanese might walk back on his pledge for a credible anti-corruption body. Callum Foote reports on the timing, the critical detail, the delays and the latest scare.

Source: Angst over corruption watchdog, first Queen’s death, now fear of Dutton deal – Michael West

More of the same – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 Here are a few jaw-droppers that are guaranteed to shock you. They are not of my pen, although I have written about many of them. So, if you thought you knew it all, you didn’t. Indeed, their unworthiness may surprise you to the point of embarrassment. I know the list surprised me, and I like to think I’m on top of this stuff. Revelation is but one step away. Click this link: Achievements of the Coalition Government.

Source: More of the same – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Exposed: Covert Pro-Western Info Op – Consortium News

 

 

 

 

Declassified Australia’s Peter Cronau flags and analyzes a report by researchers at Stanford University and Graphika about a massive secret propaganda operation being run out of the U.S.  The report, from late August, has been buried by the Western media.

Declassified Australia is publishing here the first detailed analysis of the remarkable report by Stanford University’s Internet Observatory (SIO) and network analysis firm Graphika, released on Aug. 24.

Source: Exposed: Covert Pro-Western Info Op – Consortium News

Prince Charles and John Kerr – the odd pair in PNG planning the dismissal of Gough Whitlam-A repost – Pearls and Irritations

Prince Charles 1976

Prince Charles, now King Charles 111 and King of Australia wrote to Kerr after the dismissal, ‘what you did last year was right and the courageous thing to do’

A gaggle of Royals all collaborated with Kerr in the dismissal of the Whitlam Government-The Queen,Prince Philip,Prince Charles and Earl Mountbatten of Dieppe fame.

Source: Prince Charles and John Kerr – the odd pair in PNG planning the dismissal of Gough Whitlam-A repost – Pearls and Irritations

It Doesn’t Trickle Down – Consortium News

It is a feeling of outrage, with a strong sense of déjà-vu. From the vantage point in the United Kingdom — where inequality and social injustice are in particularly sharp focus — we’re on the brink of yet another social and economic crisis. Even more so than in the rest of Europe, energy prices, and the cost of living are rocketing.

But what is happening at the top? What are our leaders doing? Why are some people, yet again, making eye-watering financial gains while others face destitution and a real fear of being cold and hungry this winter?

Source: It Doesn’t Trickle Down – Consortium News

Trump is out of office but not out of mind – the legacy lingers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The Liberal Party has always been a party of elites and would-bes. The idea that economics and society are intertwined is abhorrent to them. Economics is the domain of the wealthy and privileged, and culture belongs to those of class and privilege. ( John Lord )

The stench of Donald Trump’s presidency still lingers around the United States of America, dispersing itself on the populous with a dulling effect. It is a rotten rancid odour that inhabits not only the United States but also the world.

Would-be right-wing dictators are increasingly taking over countries that were once stable democracies. These leaders all have one thing in common: All sought power for themselves under the pretext of improving the lives of the marginalized and the poor.

Democracy is threatened worldwide by authoritarian despots or dictators who deny their people a genuinely democratic vote.

Source: Trump is out of office but not out of mind – the legacy lingers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A feast of new reading outside the grip of corporate western media – Pearls and Irritations

Media archives concept man holding media globe

There is nothing more important than informed perspective, for which it is necessary to step outside the grip of corporate western media.

John Menadue has drawn attention to how our views of the world are dominated by ‘white man’s media’.

This is a listing of other sources of news and commentary, by people of all kinds. I leave it to the reader to assess the quality of these sources, particularly by going to the ‘About’ section of web sites where possible.

There is nothing more important than informed perspective, for which it is necessary to step outside the grip of corporate western media.

Source: A feast of new reading outside the grip of corporate western media – Pearls and Irritations

A Conversation* With Governor DeSantis on His Trafficking-Immigrants-to-Martha’s Vineyard Strategy | The Smirking Chimp

*based on what he has said

I’m told you have presidential ambitions, Governor. If so, you might start acting like a statesman rather than doing stunts that make you a cynical clown.

Source: A Conversation* With Governor DeSantis on His Trafficking-Immigrants-to-Martha’s Vineyard Strategy | The Smirking Chimp

Top 6 things wrong with DeSantis’s Stunt of Flying Asylum-Seekers to Martha’s Vineyard

Trumping Trump by applying Rendition Tactics on Asylum-Seekers DeSantis’s Action isn’t a “Stunt” it’s the Federal Offence of Kidnapping across state lines

Stunts like Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s program of rounding up and flying to Martha’s Vineyard Venezuelan and Colombian asylum-seekers, who are in the country legally awaiting the adjudication of their asylum status, have definite downsides. DeSantis helped run an explicitly racist Facebook page before he was governor of Florida, and continues to be the KKK in a business suit. DeSantis, who wants to be president in 2025, is a publicity hog seeking to make a national name for himself. He thought Florida is the perfect terrain for the politics of racial fear, since the state

Source: Top 6 things wrong with DeSantis’s Stunt of Flying Asylum-Seekers to Martha’s Vineyard

What angers me most is the bloody secrecy and the belief that you can get away with it – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

In the recipe of exemplary leadership there are many ingredients. Popularity is but one. It however ranks far below getting things done for the common good. (John Lord )

Source: What angers me most is the bloody secrecy and the belief that you can get away with it – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy | The Smirking Chimp

The News Most Recent Threads The Blogs Most Recent Threads The Forums Most Recent Threads Home » blogs » Robert Reich’s blog Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy Robert Reich’s picture Robert Reich Article Tools E-mail | Print Comments (0) FB comments (1) Donald Trump by Robert Reich | September 16, 2022 – 7:28am — from Robert Reich’s Blog Yesterday, Donald Trump threatened that if he is indicted on a charge of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, there would be “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before,” adding “I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.

” These words followed on last month’s threat by Senator Lindsey Graham that if Trump is prosecuted, there would be “riots in the street.” Trump appeared to endorse Graham’s threat, sharing a video link on his Truth Social platform.

Trump’s latest threat requires four responses:

Source: Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy | The Smirking Chimp

A quick grab for power? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So forget about the time for reflection, the possibility of making the monarchy more democrat friendly. You have been awe-bombed by a family which relies 100% on our ability to quiet our inner voices, which naturally know the absurdity of a ruling family placed above the populace.

If we ask why do they continue to ‘serve’ we note their lack of political weight, their potential capture by those lucky enough, or devious enough to hold prime ministerial power.

The only ‘sweetener’ in this for a British sovereign seems to lie in the need to satisfy the personal mission of service, and the vast wealth and prestige attached to the office. In a month or so, as the novelty of a new king wears off, he will probably tail off in his relentless efforts to legitimise the existence of a hereditary monarchy, and simply continue the family tradition of opening things.

Source: A quick grab for power? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Don’t ask me to give the Queen a minute’s silence, ask me for the truth about British colonialism | Lidia Thorpe | The Guardian

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra

Truth-telling, truth-listening and treaty are the ways to heal Australia, not a day of mourning for a far-off monarch

Source: Don’t ask me to give the Queen a minute’s silence, ask me for the truth about British colonialism | Lidia Thorpe | The Guardian

Why is mainstream US TV spreading moral panics about affirmative action run amok? | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘My biggest regret is that the national conversation is in the hands of producers chasing ratings and advertising dollars, with no regard for how they’re distorting the public’s understanding.’

A few days ago, I received an email from an associate producer at the Dr Phil Show. They recently came across my film Inequality for All and wanted to know if I’d be “interested in joining Dr Phil as an expert guest for an upcoming episode”.

Hey, why not? The Dr Phil Show is the No 1 rated daytime TV talkshow in America. It has over 2 million viewers. I have lots to say to those viewers about the perils of widening inequality.

Then I read the rest of the email:

For this conversation we will be asking questions like: do college admissions enroll minorities over prospective Caucasian students? Are Caucasian teachers and professors being laid off to “make up for past discriminations” against minority educators, as seen in Minneapolis?

These were the only questions included in the email. In other words, it would be a show about favoritism to Black people over white people.

Source: Why is mainstream US TV spreading moral panics about affirmative action run amok? | Robert Reich | The Guardian

CEOs of Australia’s top 20 companies given nine times the pay rise of full-time workers | Business | The Guardian

The incumbent chief executives of Australia’s top 20 companies enjoyed a pay rise averaging 17.16% over the past year, more than nine times the average raise received by ordinary full-time workers, data compiled by Guardian Australia reveals.

Source: CEOs of Australia’s top 20 companies given nine times the pay rise of full-time workers | Business | The Guardian

Yanis Varoufakis on Europe’s Energy Crisis, War in Ukraine & Crackdown on Dissent After Queen’s Death | Democracy Now!

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Once Australia’s own Yannis Varoufakis explains

Varoufakis says a history of market liberalization and reliance on cheap Russian gas has left the continent scrambling, in turn pushing up energy costs in the Global South as richer European countries buy up other sources of energy. “Yet again, Europe is exporting misery to the rest of the world,” says Varoufakis, a member of the Greek Parliament and former finance minister. His latest piece for Project Syndicate is “Time to Blow Up Electricity Markets.”

Source: Yanis Varoufakis on Europe’s Energy Crisis, War in Ukraine & Crackdown on Dissent After Queen’s Death | Democracy Now!

The inevitable question arises: Should we have an Australian as head of state and become a republic? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Our lives have become controlled by the noise of the mass media. The sad thing is that we listen. (John Lord )

Source: The inevitable question arises: Should we have an Australian as head of state and become a republic? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Big Myth About Inequality: It Just Happened! – scheerpost.com

It Took More than Trade to Screw the Country’s Workers But trade is not the whole story of the upward redistribution of the last decade. We also made government-granted patent and copyright monopolies longer and stronger. We also encouraged the financial sector to become bloated, giving big paychecks to Wall Street types at the expense of the rest of us. And, we have a corrupt corporate governance structure that allows CEOs and other top management to line their pockets and rip off the companies they work for. And we also ensured that highly paid professionals, like doctors and dentists, are protected from the same competition that their less educated counterparts face.

This is the topic of Rigged [it’s free]. It’s also the focus of a video series I recently did with the Institute for New Economic Theory, How to Unf*ck America. (Coming soon to a theater near you.)

Perhaps what is most striking about the inequality just happened story is how deeply ingrained it is among people in policy circles. When we make policy decisions that are virtually guaranteed to redistribute income upward, the implications for inequality do not even get raised.

Source: The Big Myth About Inequality: It Just Happened! – scheerpost.com

Opinion | It Is Time to Throw the Monarchies of the World Into the Dustbin of History | Chris Hedges

Queen says "Off With Her Head"

Chris Hedges September 12, 2022 by Scheerpost

The fawning adulation of Queen Elizabeth in the United States, which fought a revolution to get rid of the monarchy, and in Great Britain, is in direct proportion to the fear gripping a discredited, incompetent and corrupt global ruling elite.

Source: Opinion | It Is Time to Throw the Monarchies of the World Into the Dustbin of History | Chris Hedges

‘We don’t need a new king’: Lidia Thorpe calls for Indigenous treaty then a republic | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

Lidia Thorpe

Australia’s path to a Republic is less complex than Canada’s or NZs we have no treaties and Indigenous Australians aren’t even named in our Constitution We only admitted Terra Nullis was wrong 25-30 years ago and are trying to remedy our historic failings now. A Republic seems simple as do treaties under an entirely new Constitution that goes with a Republic.

Greens senator says people expected her to be ‘ranting and raving’ after Queen’s death but she has reflected and now wants Labor to ‘show ambition’

Source: ‘We don’t need a new king’: Lidia Thorpe calls for Indigenous treaty then a republic | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

Did Tourism Australia really get a KPMG report, or was it Scomo’s imagination? – Michael West

Tourism Australia, Scott Morrison

There are still many questions surrounding Scott Morrison’s ill-starred time at the helm of Tourism Australia, writes Jommy Tee. Newly released documents confirm KPMG did not undertake a probity audit in 2005 into the assessment and evaluation of shortlisted tenderers for Tourism Australia’s advertising contracts.

From his controversial “jobs for the boys” appointment, his run-ins with his minister and the board, his lack of transparency in the role, and his obfuscation at Senate Estimates it is no wonder that his departure came sooner rather than later.

Should Morrison ever look for a corporate gig after politics … well corporate Australia he’s all yours.

Source: Did Tourism Australia really get a KPMG report, or was it Scomo’s imagination? – Michael West

JOHN PILGER: Silencing the lambs — how propaganda works

For decades, propaganda has steered the course of the mass media’s narrative, dominated by the needs of state and corporate power. John Pilger explains that nothing has changed in today’s world.

Source: JOHN PILGER: Silencing the lambs — how propaganda works

Just ousting Morrison and his cronies alone improved the tone of our governance, but is it enough? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They make the most of everything they have.( John Lord )

Source: Just ousting Morrison and his cronies alone improved the tone of our governance, but is it enough? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign Glamorized Britain’s Political Backwardness

During Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, the UK witnessed immense social transformation. Throughout this tumultuous period, the monarchy served one purpose: suppressing Britain’s political divisions in the name of unity and deference to the Crown.

Source: Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign Glamorized Britain’s Political Backwardness

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Rather than doing away with the old aristocracy, capitalism has found its own uses for the British monarchy. The two now function in tandem to preserve the status quo in Britain — and should be opposed together.

The British Monarchy Has Woven Itself Into the Fabric of Capitalism

 

A Personal Question to Powerful People Who Continue To Deny the Results of the 2020 Election | The Smirking Chimp

I have a serious question for people who have power in America and who continue to deny the outcome of the 2020 election and enable Trump’s Big Lie: What are you saying to yourself in private? How are you justifying yourself in your own mind?

I don’t mean to be snide or snarky. I’m genuinely curious.

Source: A Personal Question to Powerful People Who Continue To Deny the Results of the 2020 Election | The Smirking Chimp

ClubsNSW’s private criminal prosecution against Friendlyjordies

The latest display of power by the gambling industry over a whistle-blower and a YouTuber should disturb us all. Managing editor Michelle Pini reports

Source: ClubsNSW’s private criminal prosecution against Friendlyjordies

Stage three tax cuts: Are they justified? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

My thought for the day

The basic test of any nation surely must be the manner in which it treats its most vulnerable.( John Lord )

Source: Stage three tax cuts: Are they justified? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Democracy is under attack – and reporting that isn’t ‘violating journalistic standards’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘It is dangerous to believe that “balanced journalism” gives equal weight to liars and to truth-tellers, to those intent on destroying democracy and those seeking to protect it.’

But the media treated the speech as if it were just another in an endless series of partisan vollies instead of what it was – a declaration by the president of the United States that America must choose between democracy and authoritarianism.

The major networks didn’t broadcast the speech.

Why must we wait until some of America’s ablest journalists are sacked before they are willing and able to tell America the truth?

It is not “partisan” to explain what Trump and his anti-democracy movement are seeking.

It is not “taking sides” to point out that the Trump Republicans are trying to establish an authoritarian government in America.

It is not “violating journalistic standards” to tell the unvarnished truth about what America is facing today.

In fact, a failure to call out the Trump Republicans for what they are – liars, enablers, and accessories to crimes against the constitution – itself violates the most basic canons of journalistic ethics.

“Balanced journalism” does not exist halfway between facts and lies.

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Source: Democracy is under attack – and reporting that isn’t ‘violating journalistic standards’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

What Must We Expect of Journalism in This Crisis? | The Smirking Chimp

Why do the LNP, IPA, and Murdoch want us Americanised?

Why must we wait until some of our ablest journalists are sacked before they are willing and able to tell America the truth?

It is not “partisan” to explain what Trump and his anti-democracy movement are seeking. It is not “taking sides” to point out that the Trump Republicans are trying to establish an authoritarian government in America. It is not “violating journalistic standards” to tell the unvarnished truth about what we are facing today.

In fact, a failure to call out the Trump Republicans for what they are — liars, enablers, and accessories to crimes against the Constitution — itself violates the most basic canons of journalistic ethics.

Source: What Must We Expect of Journalism in This Crisis? | The Smirking Chimp

Restoring trust in the political system after a political hatchet job – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Re-establishing trust in Government is one of the essential things the Albanese Government can do.

Until Morrison came along, I considered Tony Abbott to be the most extraordinary liar ever to walk the plush green carpet of the House of Representatives. He, however, proved to be amateurish alongside Morrison. So good was his lying that he took it to heights never before witnessed in Australian politics.

Now with an inquiry into the duplicate ministries scandal and a Royal Commission into Robodebt, the Coalition thinks it’s all a hunt to discredit Scott Morrison, and we should “move on” from all the cock ups they ever made.

John Howard advised Tony Abbott that it would be foolhardy to implement Royal Commissions into Pink Batts and the Unions because, in the future, such actions might turn around and bite you on the bum. That is precisely what has happened.

 

Source: Restoring trust in the political system after a political hatchet job – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Stagnating Summit’s Shortfalls – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Stagnating Summit’s Shortfalls – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Real solutions

I don’t doubt that concessions will be generated from the Job Summit, but they will be bandages rather than solutions. But what would serious reform of the jobs market include?

  1. Restoration and widening the scope of the public service/taxation/health/education/industrial relations departments.
  2. Reviewing agricultural policy that subsidises agricultural employment – subject to annual review of employee conditions – to maintain viable, essential food security and attract Australians to farms. (As outlined above).
  3. Nationalising private employment agencies and implementing ambitious public sector-driven active labour market programs comparable to what exists in Scandinavia.
  4. An end to TAFE & university education fees to facilitate a more highly educated public that can reduce the growing professional job vacancies.
  5. Establishment of technically based career paths from entry-level positions to professional and senior executive roles.
  6. A return to centralised wage-fixing such as what existed in the 1970s.
  7. A decrease in the exploitation of migrant labour by increasing random fair work inspections of workplaces backed by substantial legal penalties.
  8. Expansion of cadetships and apprenticeships, and graduate programs in public service departments.
  9. End costly Public Private Partnerships infrastructure projects to staff public sector expertise for infrastructure development fully.
  10. A Federal Job Guarantee linked to career paths.
  11. Implementing a Green New Deal where energy and transport infrastructure is wholly returned to the public sector.

I am confident I can predict none of these, especially the re-conceptions of the public sector, will come out of this weekend’s Jobs Summit. The reason is necessary, and fair reform isn’t on the agenda. Besides this, the way they measure Australia’s unemployment and the issues and focus on what job vacancies matter is misdirected.

Stagnating Summit’s Shortfalls – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Most Important Battle of Our Lifetimes | The Smirking Chimp

Indeed, the two threats – one, from an increasingly authoritarian-fascist Republican Party; the second, from ever-larger amounts of corporate and billionaire money in our campaigns and elections – are two sides of the same coin. Americans who know the system is rigged against them and in favor of the moneyed interests, are more likely to give up on democracy and embrace an authoritarian fascist demagogue who pretends to be on “their side.”The battle to preserve and protect American democracy is the most important battle of our lifetimes. If we win, there is nothing we cannot achieve. If we lose, there is nothing we can achieve

The Most Important Battle of Our Lifetimes | The Smirking Chimp

Maybe US mainstream media should begin using the term ‘fascism’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

‘If you’re seeking a presidential nomination in today’s GOP, there’s nothing like an accusation of fascism to rally Trump supporters.’

My tweet about Ron DeSantis provoked outrage in rightwing media – perhaps it hit the nerve of the fascism now taking root in the Republican party?

Source: Maybe US mainstream media should begin using the term ‘fascism’ | Robert Reich | The Guardian

They seem to have a plan – » The Australian Independent Media Network

NOPE, NOPE NOPE

Clearly Dutton is using the same tactics as Abbott did – total opposition – which is what got us into this ‘wasted decade’ in the first place.Despite the various ‘experts’ ruminations on when it was over, that’s probably why Albanese is still ‘enjoying a honeymoon’ three months after the election. There are promising signs the adults are in charge and have a long-term plan that doesn’t rely on marketing and coverups.

They seem to have a plan – » The Australian Independent Media Network