Category: Opinion

Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer and Lachlan Murdoch should be charged with conspiring to intimidate Brittany HigginsKangaroo Court of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany Higgins, Bruce Lehrmann and Lachlan Murdoch

The trial has become a national scandal and Justice Lucy McCallum needs to take action for contempt of court against Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer Steve Whybrow, Lachlan Murdoch, his attack dogs at News Corp and Senator Linda Reynolds. If Justice McCallum fails to do so her reputation and the reputation of the court will be trashed for many years to come and will likely become an example used at law schools on how not to run a court case.

Source: Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer and Lachlan Murdoch should be charged with conspiring to intimidate Brittany HigginsKangaroo Court of Australia

Michael Moore predicts Democrats will win big in the midterms. Could he be right again? | Salon.com

Michael Moore walks the red carpet ahead of the "Fahreneit 11/9" screening during the 13th Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 20, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

To make his point, Moore is going beyond armchair punditry and sending out what he is calling a “tsunami of truth,” where each day leading up to the election he offers one specific factual reason why he is right and why it makes sense to be optimistic.

Source: Michael Moore predicts Democrats will win big in the midterms. Could he be right again? | Salon.com

Now is not the right time … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Change always has some fear and uncertainty attached to it. There is no way to determine ahead of time if the change will be successful and beneficial. However leaving the discussion to the ‘ideal’ time isn’t an option as there never will be an ‘ideal’ time. Soon after the 2020 bushfires, the pandemic arrived on our shores. While you could argue that a government should be able to address more than one issue at a time (another reason why Morrison’s concentration of power was concerning), as collective memory begins to fade it is harder to enact change. Former Prime Minister Howard understood this when enacting strict gun control measures soon after the Port Arthur murders in the early 1990s.

So maybe we should be having the discussion about becoming a republic now, in addition to the welcome discussion about climate change and emissions reduction. Rather than accept whatever happens, whether that be King Charles III and his heirs as our Head of State or constantly rebuilding parts of the country when they are destroyed by devastating flood, fire or cyclone, there is no better time than disruption to assess if the status quo is what we collectively want as a nation.

Source: Now is not the right time … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A once in a century chance (part 4) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Continued from Part 3: Why an Albanese Government should be elected.

(In Part 1 of these articles I provided a link to the ALP’s 2022 policy agenda, and I ask that you take time to read those items of policy (if you haven’t done so as yet), before reading the matters I raise here-on-in.)

The Coalition like to say a lot about the ALP, but they have too many skeltons in their closet. An Albanese Government will breathe a breath of fresh air into our democracy.

If a Coalition person makes a comment about Albanese personally to you, tell them these facts in response.

Have a nice day or evening, and remember, we are at the crossroads of history at this 2022 Federal Election, so please vote 1 for Labor.

Source: A once in a century chance (part 4) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The LNP exists to serve the rich. Everyone else gets “thoughts and prayers” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Things that need to be said and said out loud. The “elect” aren’t large enough a majority in our Democracy. So they will be shown the door. The truth will come out as this preacher has no clothes.

The recent budget has underscored that the Coalition government has abandoned the needy, and the nation’s future. Whether an Australian is hunting for a job or displaced from a disaster-wrecked town, they should expect almost nothing from our leaders.

Source: The LNP exists to serve the rich. Everyone else gets “thoughts and prayers” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Environment in peril as Premier urged to increase population

Let’s start with NSW. On the one hand, Premier Dominic Perrottet and his new Treasurer Matt Kean are signalling that the state will lead the way climate-wise, relying on a $3 billion green hydrogen strategy to create 10,000 jobs by 2030. Without explicit details on how this policy would be developed into action, the Perrottet Government may be using the same spin as Morrison — slogans.

Source: Environment in peril as Premier urged to increase population

Ye Olde Opinion Vendor | The Smirking Chimp

(Disclaimer: This blog is written without monetary compensation. It is usually written in haste, and though I proofread, that too is often done in haste. Typos get overlooked. There is no editor to see what I sometimes don’t see until after I press “send.” Bear with me. Or don’t. I don’t have to write these things, and you surely don’t have to read them. We’re all volunteers here. Why any of us does what we do can be a mystery even to ourselves, but it’s just weird that those of you keep returning to read my stuff though it’s clear you don’t like my opinions or the way I express them. But we’re all pilgrims on this path. If, however, you are among those who actually agree or like something or other I write, please share it with people you might know who might be interested, or maybe even need to hear an opinion that differs from their own. I ask this because I was just released from Facebook jail after doing 30 days of hard time, ratted out by sneaky people in the sneakiest of way, accusing me of “hate” and “bullying” until our Facebook overseers decided I needed to be punished. Again. Given the snitches, and the apparent inability of Facebook cops to understand either hatred or b

Source: Ye Olde Opinion Vendor | The Smirking Chimp

In Defense of Destroying Property | The Nation

Man leaving A Stopplere

Acts classed as “criminal” have historically provided marginalized people with economic and political power. This is, in part, why they were criminalized to begin with. Income inequality in the United States is the highest it’s been since the Census Bureau began tracking it 50 years ago. In light of the economic deprivation experienced by large portions of the population, the vandalizing of property and the theft of goods could just as easily be framed as the enforcement of a moral economy—the rightful reappropriation of stolen wealth. The historian E.P. Thompson has argued that the periodic bread riots that punctuated a nascent industrial society in Britain were not spontaneous outbursts, but rather a way for people to intervene in and regulate unjust distribution.

via In Defense of Destroying Property | The Nation

What Socialists Can Take From Corporate Strategic Management

 

How might we imagine a transition to a socialist economy? There are clues in unlikely places: the management practices of some private corporations, which have been developing planned, democratic economies in miniature.

via What Socialists Can Take From Corporate Strategic Management

Why does Trump get a Pass for Pledging Economic Populism, but they Ask Sanders about the Cost?

But promises and following through on them are two different things. In case you have not been keeping up, Trump has failed to implement any of the above pledges. Since he got away with making promises that he had no intention of keeping, we can expect Trump to repeat that performance during the 2020 general election campaign.

Why does Trump get a Pass for Pledging Economic Populism, but they Ask Sanders about the Cost?

If I Ruled the World: Dream a Little Dream With Me | The Smirking Chimp

But there are some things I think I could do without much harm if I ruled the world and had the power to take on some of the evil on display in the news each day.So, if I ruled the world, I think I would feel morally confident to take some of the following measures (in no particular order of priority) to fight the forces of evil.

Outlaw evangelical parasites

Outlaw usury.

Anathametize the abuse or neglect of children

Strictly enforce cruelty against animals ,

Put a cap on CEO pay

Restrict the number of children

Create a guaranteed minimum income

Set about creating attitudes toward work

Tax the profits of arms manufacturers

Pass tax laws

Criminalize merciless profiteering

Stop glorifying violence

Mandate kindness,

via If I Ruled the World: Dream a Little Dream With Me | The Smirking Chimp

Does the world need evil? – Editorial

Unfortunately, I do not know. In a logical universe, one would assume that people, particularly people who evade punishment during their lifetimes, will eventually be held accountable for their wrongdoings and abuses of others. After all, what incentive is there to be a decent person if it means living a life of hardship, deprivation, and stress, especially when one can become a crook and live a life of luxury, power, and wealth? What point is there to life if the vilest and most remorseless of criminals eventually share the same heaven as their victims?

From the war crimes and tortures of the Bush administration, to the cover-up of these crimes and the zealous prosecution of those who exposed them by the Obama administration, to the racism, mendacity, corruption, misogyny and overall putridity of the Trump administration, evil is the oil that fuels the world. And the current number of people considering running for the presidency, knowing that their victory will undoubtedly require them to make life or death decisions that could impact millions, clearly indicates that those willing to partake in, and profit from, evil will never be in short supply.

via Does the world need evil? – Editorial

Julian Assange: a scapegoat for history’s violent male aggression – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The youth of the world already have begun to march out of their classrooms to hold weekly Friday’s 4 Climate rallies in front of parliaments and government offices to demonstrate their sense of frustration and urgency to the deteriorating state of Mother Earth, and the questions it raises about the future questionable survival of all of life unless the whole ball of wax is seriously re-configured. But will even more youth, and now even all their mothers and fathers, join them once America’s state trial of the century begins to spin its evil web of propaganda?

via Julian Assange: a scapegoat for history’s violent male aggression – » The Australian Independent Media Network

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The bad Guys

TIME AND AGAIN, we see the thirst for victory far outstrips conservatives’ oft-expressed concern for principles and conventions. You could say it is itself a long-standing tradition.

The Victorian pairing controversy confirms that conservatives really have only one principle — to win at whatever cost, writes managing editor Dave Donovan.

TIME AND AGAIN, we see the thirst for victory far outstrips conservatives’ oft-expressed concern for principles and conventions. You could say it is itself a long-standing tradition.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The bad Guys

Day to Day Politics: Oh for some “commongoodism”. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 26 April 2017 As an unashamed idealist I have always thought that at the centre of any political philosophy should be the ”common good”. In saying this my thoughts often drift toward a better way of doing politics and the term “commongoodism” is central to my internal debate. It sounds idealistic, this common good,…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Oh for some “commongoodism”. – » The Australian Independent Media Network