Category: News

Number 2 for 2022: Worst debt blow-out in the developed world refutes Coalition claims of economic competence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We continue the countdown to our Top 5 most viewed articles in 2022. Number 2 goes to Alan Austin for this piece from April.

Worst debt blow-out in the developed world refutes Coalition claims of economic competence

Last Friday morning, just as Scott Morrison was spruiking his credentials on 3AW, Treasury updated Australia’s gross debt – a thumping $874.2 billion. The Coalition has now added a neat $600 billion to the nation’s debt.

 

Source: Number 2 for 2022: Worst debt blow-out in the developed world refutes Coalition claims of economic competence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friendlyjordies’ house ‘firebombed’ in suspected arson, lawyers say

NSW Police has confirmed that a fire has caused significant damage to a house listed in public records as the address of Friendlyjordies.

Source: Friendlyjordies’ house ‘firebombed’ in suspected arson, lawyers say

Medicare rorting is ‘shocking’, govt says – Michael West

The federal government has “put the crooks on notice” amid reports the Medicare system is being rorted by up up to $8 billion a year.

Ministers Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek were responding on Monday to a joint Nine and ABC investigation that found some practitioners are ripping off the system by charging for services never delivered.

Source: Medicare rorting is ‘shocking’, govt says – Michael West

Leaked paper proves EU has sidelined Palestinian rights | The Electronic Intifada

A couple of myths have been spread about Israel’s cooperation with the European Union.

One, repeated by gullible reporters with Politico over the past few days, is that the relationship is “often testy.”

Another is that the bonds are not as strong as they could be because bleeding heart liberals in the Brussels bureaucracy constantly complain about the expansion of settlements in the West Bank.

A leaked EU paper demolishes those myths – no doubt inadvertently.

The paper was drafted by Brussels officials ahead of an Association Council meeting with Israel next week. It proves that the oppression of the Palestinians and the theft of their homeland are being accorded far less importance than topics regarded as more strategic.

A particularly telling fact – noted in the paper – is that the EU celebrates “the successful counterterrorism dialogues initiated with Israel in 2015.”

While such “dialogues” were still being held as recently as April this year, an “informal” working group on human rights has not met since 2016.

The real nature of the EU’s relationship with Israel can be deduced from these points.

Bloodthirsty Yair Lapid to visit Brussels for revived Association Council.

Source: Leaked paper proves EU has sidelined Palestinian rights | The Electronic Intifada

Pokies Thuggery: ClubsNSW lobbyists hammer critics, hide their own dirty laundry – Michael West

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ClubsNSW is dragging a dying man through the courts, and media identity Friendly Jordies too, but its own house is hardly in order. Michael West reports.

Source: Pokies Thuggery: ClubsNSW lobbyists hammer critics, hide their own dirty laundry – Michael West

Election 2022: Will News Corp’s impotence be exposed?

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News Corpse’s business model is that of a paid influencer, not as a News organization. If the ALP wins nothing will change. However, the question of selling a fake product is rarely addressed other than by private defamation action. News isn’t opinion! Yet opinion is constantly on the front pages of News Corp mastheads. Yet, the Herald Sun isn’t sold as an “Opinion Paper”. Their impotence will be felt on their bottom line and editors might be sacked. However, their direction won’t change because they market themselves to those with the money and will continue to do so and they aren’t on the Left of the political spectrum. They will continue to promote fake news and opinion rather than the product they duplicitously promise but never deliver.They are the Peter Foster of Australia’s media without the record of arrests.

News Corporation’s dominance, and its bias, do matter. But they matter less than they used to. The evidence shows naked campaigning and biased reporting undermines trust, and that undermines the purpose of the exercise.

Source: Election 2022: Will News Corp’s impotence be exposed?

A court just confirmed: To be Dutch is to be white | Opinions | Al Jazeera

With this ruling, the court has lumped together skin colour and nationality – it cemented the idea that to be Dutch is to be white. Of course, this was something racialised Dutch people already knew, but the court ruling made it official. The ruling is the legal, and seemingly sophisticated, stand-in for its uncritical and banal version: “Well, ‘we’ are white, and ‘they’ are Black, is it not so?” As a result of decades of migration and colonialism, thousands of people from different corners of the world – some voluntarily, some not – ended up in the Netherlands. And their presence in the country cracked the notion of “Dutchness as whiteness”. The post-colonial migration from the Dutch East Indies and the Moluccas, and later Suriname and the Dutch Antilles, the labour migration from Turkey and Morocco, and the more recent arrival of refugees from Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Congo and so on, shook up the whole idea that being Dutch equals being white. Or so you would think. But, being “white” or “Black” are not objective indicators of anything. These racial classifications are political, not biological. What we are dealing with here is a colonial legacy.

Source: A court just confirmed: To be Dutch is to be white | Opinions | Al Jazeera

Readers Didn’t Give Up on Local News. Corporations Did. | The Smirking Chimp

Mega-investor Warren Buffett once held a big portfolio of daily and weekly newspapers. He specialized in squeezing out competitors so each held a local monopoly. Then he’d chop staff and news content, letting him glean annual profit margins above 30 percent. Alas for poor Warren, along came the internet, allowing people to root around for free to find local information missing from his hollowed out papers. They began losing readers, advertisers, and profits. So in 2020, Buffett sold out his entire portfolio. But rather than concede that maybe his slash-and-burn, profit-maximization approach had produced inferior products, “The Oracle of Omaha” (as Wall Street had labeled him) blasted the whole idea of local newspapers as dinosaurs. They’re “toast,” he proclaimed.

Source: Readers Didn’t Give Up on Local News. Corporations Did. | The Smirking Chimp

Australians are not aware news outlets are in financial trouble: new report

The online survey of 2,034 Australian news consumers finds two-thirds of respondents were unaware commercial news organisations were less profitable than 10 years ago. A small but significant proportion (14%) of respondents thought news companies were doing better than 10 years ago. A further 12% thought their profitability was roughly the same. Moreover, 41% of Australian consumers said they “don’t know” if news media are facing financial hardship.

Source: Australians are not aware news outlets are in financial trouble: new report

Half of Americans see fake news as bigger threat than terrorism, study finds | US news | The Guardian

Lawmakers have yet to take concrete action against fake news and misinformation.

Australia doesn’t care about Fake News it cares about Real News getting out (ODT)

Almost 70% of Americans feel fake news has greatly affected their confidence in government institutions, a new study says

via Half of Americans see fake news as bigger threat than terrorism, study finds | US news | The Guardian

Racoon’s Minnesota building climb comes to relieving end

Raccoon high-rise saga comes to an end

Cool News; Is your glass 20% empty or 80% full? Rocky is asking the question? (ODT)

A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-storey office tower in downtown St Paul was safely trapped on Wednesday and released back into the wild.

The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn atop the UBS Plaza. Technicians took the caged raccoon down a freight elevator to a truck, according to Wildlife Management Services, which provides animal control services for St Paul.

via Racoon’s Minnesota building climb comes to relieving end

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Media | The Guardian

News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who’s abstained for years

Source: News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Media | The Guardian