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Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House.

No president has ever been sent packing. Nixon resigned because he saw it coming. Trump would sooner start a civil war

via Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

The growth of knowledge is getting away from us – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I am not very optimistic that the world’s major powers will wake up in time from their wars and bickerings and genocide, to take sufficient action for us to avoid any but the most serious outcomes of the climate catastrophe which we are facing.

Asking the cost of taking the suggested measures is a futile exercise. More futile then ignoring the cost of not taking them!

It has long been established that mankind is the world’s most dangerous predator. It would be an enormous pity if our stupidity were to lead to the demise of all life on earth!

There is no Planet B, and, even if there were, we have not earned the right to live on it.

If you believe in a life after death – good luck to you! No one has yet come back to establish its existence!

via The growth of knowledge is getting away from us – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Wonderfully Compliant Druggie Dole Bludger! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Channel 9, when not hosting Liberal fundraisers, are one of the nation’s top investigative units. Take “A Current Affair”. More than twenty years after they found the Paxton family and managed to portray them to the nation as work-shy bludgers, they’ve found another candidate for the public pillory.

The promo for tomorrow’s episode tells us: “HE’S UNEMPLOYED, 30, ON WELFARE AND HE SPENDS IT ON DRUGS!”

via The Wonderfully Compliant Druggie Dole Bludger! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Who is Australia’s Laziest Media Celeb? Ita is right she knows who isn’t a “fit” for the ABC

Ita Buttrose

Fighting Fake News with REAL,16/919; Stan Grant’s Australian Dream and Adam Goodes; Workers lose the Catch 22; Boosting the Economy NOW! Egoists in the Media; Laziest Media efforts aren’t at the ABC;

How FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Put Trump in Office

As for Trump himself, German sees in the president a man whose entire life and business history, not to mention his associates, reeks of potential criminal liability. And still, he seemed to generate a considerable amount of wealth and obtain the most powerful position in the world without a serious look from the FBI along the way. “The practical immunity Trump and his retinue enjoyed as they amassed wealth and power also gives lie to his supporters’ contention that Mueller, Comey, and the FBI somehow had it in for Trump and manufactured a case against him,” German writes. “The failure to prioritize the economic crimes of the politically powerful left the nation vulnerable to a hostile foreign nation’s effort to delegitimize U.S. elections. This is exactly the sort of threat a domestic intelligence agency is supposed to protect against.”

How FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Put Trump in Office

US military encircling Venezuela: Regime change preparations? — RT Op-ed

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This the role model nation that all nations are expected to follow(ODT)

US military has just recently returned to Guyana for the first time in a decade. The purpose of this detachment, according to Military.com, is to “shore up relationships amid growing tensions in neighboring Venezuela.”

“the United States has a clear objective in Venezuela: regime change and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law.” A basic understanding of the English language would require that this sentence poses an oxymoron, as US-enforced regime change could never ever amount to the implementation of democracy and the rule of law.

there are at least five US military bases and a number of US military advisers in Colombia, which a simple glance at a globe will tell you is on the other side of Venezuela. By “shoring up relationships” to the east of Venezuela in Guyana, the US military will almost have the Latin American rival completely surrounded. The south is covered by Brazil, which is another stalwart Washington ally.

It bears to remind oneself that as part of this foreign policy playbook, right-wing, nationalist and/or populist ideologies are almost never opposed or rejected by the US, but welcomed warmly with open arms.

According to the Nation, the US has over 800 formal military bases in 80 countries, “a number that could exceed 1,000 if you count troops stationed at embassies and missions and so-called ‘lily-pond’ bases, with some 138,000 soldiers stationed around the globe.”

Collectively, some other 11 countries including Russia, the United Kingdom, Turkey, China, France and India, have barely some 70 bases between them.

 

US military encircling Venezuela: Regime change preparations? — RT Op-ed

China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies

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there are some important gaps in China’s climate policies. Currently they only target carbon dioxide emissions, although China also generates significant quantities of other greenhouse gases, including methane and black carbon.

And China is contributing to emissions outside of its borders by exporting coal equipment and directly financing overseas coal plants through its Belt and Road Initiative. No nation, including China, currently reports emissions generated abroad in its national emissions inventory.”

Imagine if Australia included it’s contribution to emmissionsoutside of it’s borders. It would rise to be the biggest polluter in the planet something this LNP government would be proud of.(ODT)

via China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, as protest movements worldwide show – Keiser Report — RT Business News

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, as protest movements worldwide show – Keiser Report

“They were rebelling against the price of the gasoline – it was the starting point. And then it built up on inequality,” he said, adding that behind the “spectacular frontline” where people clashed with police, there were “clusters of people talking mostly about tax inequality.” And this “free talk” means there’s greater public discontent brewing.

“People talking is always the sign of genuine insurgency movements. In the midst of the protest it felt like the French revolution must have been like this. I don’t know if it’s conscious in the people’s heads. There is this mix of politics, vulgarity, anger, something that is not controllable and it could go either way,” he said.

Given the extent of the public anger, Moreira believes the measures the French government has taken to calm the protests will not be enough in the long run, and the entire economic system must undergo drastic changes.

via Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, as protest movements worldwide show – Keiser Report — RT Business News

The nightmare of Australia’s welfare system: ‘At the push of a button, my working life was erased’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Wendy Morgan with her dog Snoopy

via The nightmare of Australia’s welfare system: ‘At the push of a button, my working life was erased’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Appeals Court Rules Against Trump In Foreign Payments Case | HuffPost

Trump Hotel voted the World’s Best by it’s clients. The judge thought otherwise. That orenge face is the embarrasment showing! (ODT)

Friday’s ruling comes in a lawsuit filed days after Trump took office in January 2017. The plaintiffs included a New York hotel owner, an events booker in Washington and a restaurant trade group that allege lost patronage, wages and commissions from clients who now prefer Trump’s businesses over theirs because of the ability to gain the president’s favor.

via Appeals Court Rules Against Trump In Foreign Payments Case | HuffPost

Sinclair Airs Racist Ad During Debate ‘Burning’ AOC’s Face | Crooks and Liars

Sinclair Airs Racist Ad During Debate 'Burning' AOC's Face

We are in a battle for the SOUL of this country. Hate speech like this ad should have no hiding place. Publicize the shop that made it and make sure they never. work. again.

Sinclair Airs Racist Ad During Debate ‘Burning’ AOC’s Face | Crooks and Liars

‘No Policy, No Facts, Just Displays of Violence’: Ocasio-Cortez Says Hysterical Ad Proves GOP Has No Response to Progressive Vision | Common Dreams News

Sinclair Media vies to become Trump’s favoured messenger. (ODT)

“We are fighting to guarantee healthcare in America. To make education and housing dignified and accessible. To save our planet. To set living wages. To establish justice at home and peace abroad.” (AOC)

via ‘No Policy, No Facts, Just Displays of Violence’: Ocasio-Cortez Says Hysterical Ad Proves GOP Has No Response to Progressive Vision | Common Dreams News

Israel caught by FBI electronically Spying on Trump, White House

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The reason that the story was broken to Lipmann by three intelligence insiders is that they were disturbed that the Trump administration was apprised of their findings and did absolutely nothing about them. Trump is alleged to have said that he didn’t believe the Israelis are spying on him. That makes you wonder what they might have on him from having spied on him.

via Israel caught by FBI electronically Spying on Trump, White House

Why would Israel spy on Donald Trump? | The Electronic Intifada

Two men sit in chairs talking

Surveillance network revealed

We also have other recent evidence of Israeli espionage in the US – albeit ignored by mainstream media and political elites.

Last year, The Electronic Intifada released in full Al Jazeera’s undercover documentary, The Lobby–USA.

Al Jazeera never broadcast the film, after Qatar, which funds the network, came under intense pressure to censor it from the very Israel lobby the film exposes.

It’s no mystery why Israel’s proxies did not want it to ever see the light of day.

The film reveals a network of organizations acting as front groups for the Israeli state’s efforts to spy on, disrupt and sabotage US supporters of Palestinian rights.

via Why would Israel spy on Donald Trump? | The Electronic Intifada

‘I don’t know how we come back from this’: Australia’s big dry sucks life from once-proud towns | Environment | The Guardian

via ‘I don’t know how we come back from this’: Australia’s big dry sucks life from once-proud towns | Environment | The Guardian

Koch Industries, Masters of Far Right-Wing Skullduggery, Target Silicon Valley | The Smirking Chimp

We let the Ramsay Center into our Universities, Abbott wanted a Climate denier control center in one who lost his Koch Bro funding, Dr Bjorn Lomborg. What funding doe Murdoch get from the Kocks of this world? (ODT)

“It is much more dangerous to be unaware of whom you’re taking money from, and what kind of politics they support,” Kellie McElhaney, a University of California, Berkeley professor, told McBride. “You sure as heck should have some core values you’re not going to compromise on,” she added.

When there is money of the magnitude that Koch Disruptive Technologies has at its disposal, you should probably bet on the money!

What’s next for Koch Industries? Will Chase Koch be setting up a pavilion at Burning Man?

via Koch Industries, Masters of Far Right-Wing Skullduggery, Target Silicon Valley | The Smirking Chimp

Spend $1.8 Trillion On Climate Change Adaption Measures Today To Save $7.1 Trillion In The Future, Says Report | IFLScience

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via Spend $1.8 Trillion On Climate Change Adaption Measures Today To Save $7.1 Trillion In The Future, Says Report | IFLScience

I hate RUOK Day. Here’s why. – Jennie Hill – Medium

Imagine if we had a day each year when we all went around asking cancer patients if they were “okay”, yet didn’t fund practical medical help for them or give them any hope? The idea is laughable, yet the analogy is real.

I hate RUOK Day. Here’s why. – Jennie Hill – Medium

The Right to Free Speech is Also A Responsibility – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Yet when we consider this news only a little, it does not bode well. To use the words of high-profile whistle-blower and current member of Parliament, Andrew Wilkie said four years ago, Australia is currently in a ‘pre-police state’.[3] That sense has only grown over the years and now it is at decibels we have not heard. At the very least, it suggests an attack on the right to free speech, which we take for granted here. The Australian government today is instituting a regime that inhibits free speech through police intimidation, big money donation, and insidious legislation. The AFP going through underwear drawers? Dinners for $10,000 a head? Passing hate speech laws when no-one is looking? These actions represent a government emboldened and radicalised. It is changing our very discourse and threatens our democracy just as Hong Kong loses its independence, just like Kashmiri citizens are blinded, and all while the Brazil forest is burning. This is a free speech issue, and, it is fits with the global trend.

The Right to Free Speech is Also A Responsibility – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Smoke and Mirrors: how the ABS tarted up the numbers for Josh Frydenberg – Michael West

Smoke and Mirrors: how the ABS tarted up the numbers for Josh Frydenberg

Someone is not getting their funding cut. It’s the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Quiet Australians! It has been a week, and nobody seems to have noticed, but the front page of the GDP release has been doctored, sorry … enhanced. In a happy coincidence for Josh Frydenberg, a spot of rounding and seasonal adjustment have delivered the Treasurer another 0.3 per cent for his next GDP.

Looking behind those GDP numbers

via Smoke and Mirrors: how the ABS tarted up the numbers for Josh Frydenberg – Michael West

It’s not racist, it’s politics: the treatment of Chinese students and MP Gladys Liu

Chinese tourists on a tour of Sydney University.

While there is a strong element of truth in individual cases like this, let’s not turn it into something to generalise from either. Australian History is a documented record of Racism against Chinese for colour alone. Patterns of behaviour were culturally accepted and became systemic institutionalised for political reasons back then too, and those adversarial tactics have remained supported throughout generations today. In just the same way our Colonial attitudes did to Indigenous Australia.

Power and white culture reflected what the pecking order was among whites too but for other reasons such as religion or worse atheists primarily because they tended to deny the socially constructed order of things as natural or god-given. Socialists and Communists were a focus of danger, even more so and globally.

However, to say colour wasn’t predominant is to deny the history that landed on our shores and that still predominates and is pulled out so quickly and misused by Politicians for tactical reasons and in the case Scott Morrison PM is being used in a non-applicable but racial way in defense of Gladys Liu. Reverse Racism Black and Sino Racism aren’t Racism It’s the tactical cry of alt-right whites claiming victimhood where none exists. It’s calling Adam Goodes a Racist when he’s not. It’s a strategy of smoke screening systemic and institutional patterns of behaviour so ingrained in our cultural psyche to be regarded as usual and ill-mannered but little more. However, there is no equivalency between black and white racism because black yellow racism isn’t an institutionalised pattern of behaviour in Australia.  (ODT)

It’s not racist, it’s politics: the treatment of Chinese students and MP Gladys Liu

The Christian wolf in sheep’s clothing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Any fool can manufacture a narrative, in fact, whole societies have manufactured consent through media ownership while vilifying those who would point out the facts to challenge them. Cruelty, victim blame, and vilification become the norms shrouded in fascicle smiley hypocrisy.

Unless, as a species, we learn the scientific facts … we are lost to this type of cruel and vile self-justification for evil. The Christian wolf in sheep’s clothing. A compulsive lying coat of thorns disguised as many colours. The smiling assassin.

Mark my words, Morrison is truly dangerous because he believes his own lies.

via The Christian wolf in sheep’s clothing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Murdoch’s abuse of people for ratings; Australia’s Shame is Global; Drug Testing;

Fighting Fake News with REAL,12/9/19; Silent on Climate Change LNPGov just goes SHUSH; News Corp’s use and abuse of People for Ratings; Anothe minority under attack as abnormal Australians;

Fox News and GOP Media Now Warn of Bloodshed If Democrats Win in 2020 | The Smirking Chimp

You think John Bolton was a HAWK  (ODT)

Many major retailers that previously refused to take a stand on the issue of guns in their stores are now stepping up, and this highlights the momentum on the side of gun safety advocates. The tide is turning in this country, so radical holdouts at Fox News turn to threats of violence.

Fox News and GOP Media Now Warn of Bloodshed If Democrats Win in 2020 | The Smirking Chimp

Bolton Tried His Best to Draw the U.S. Into War. Luckily He Failed.

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Bolton’s recess appointment as United Nations ambassador in 2005 was widely viewed as a sign of the George W. Bush administration’s contempt for the institution. (Bolton had famously remarked that if the U.N. headquarters “lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”)

via Bolton Tried His Best to Draw the U.S. Into War. Luckily He Failed.

The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump shakes hands with John Bolton

Many will rightly celebrate the departure of the US national security adviser. But however welcome the news, it reflects the deeper problems with this administration

via The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump Attacks Hurricane Dorian Survivors As ‘Drug Dealers And Very Bad People’ | Crooks and Liars

Trump Attacks Hurricane Dorian Survivors As 'Drug Dealers And Very Bad People'

 

During a Monday press spray with the annoying chopper behind him, Trump belittled the victims of Hurricane Dorian (and the Bahamas in general) and claimed that many gang members and drug dealers were trying to get into the country along with the survivors.

America has a long-standing tradition of allowing survivors of natural disasters to enter the US, but The NY Times reported that evacuees were treated horribly, “The confusion over who could come was highlighted over the weekend when 119 people from the Bahamas were ordered to get off a ferry bound for Florida because they did not have the necessary United States travel visas.”

Off-camera, a reporter asked how the United States is handling this precarious situation and instead of extending the hand of warmth and hopefulness, Trump smeared the people of the Bahamas in his usual vicious fashion.

via Trump Attacks Hurricane Dorian Survivors As ‘Drug Dealers And Very Bad People’ | Crooks and Liars

I never thought I’d see the Australian rainforest burning. What will it take for us to wake up to the climate crisis? | Joëlle Gergis | Opinion | The Guardian

Bushfire on the Gold Coast

Despite being one of the worst bushfires in Australian history, alarmingly, the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, which killed 173 people, destroyed around 2,000 homes and incinerated millions of plants and animals, didn’t serve as a wake-up call.

The deeper we sink into denial, the more we commit ourselves to a reality where our children learn about environmental icons such as the Great Barrier Reef and our magnificent rainforests through history books, instead of being able to experience their wonder for themselves.

Choosing to turn away from this moment to act will be the ultimate betrayal of future generations.

via I never thought I’d see the Australian rainforest burning. What will it take for us to wake up to the climate crisis? | Joëlle Gergis | Opinion | The Guardian