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Payday lenders: The dark truth is that we need them, but it doesn’t have to be this way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Millions of Australians have relied on payday loans with eye-watering interest rates to get out of an emergency, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Source: Payday lenders: The dark truth is that we need them, but it doesn’t have to be this way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump Blamed the Violence in Charlottesville ‘On Many Sides.’ Republicans Must Reject That. | The Nation

But to equate the champions of equal justice under law with the vile racists who march beneath the banners of slaveholders and segregationists is beyond defense.At a moment when the country needed a president to speak with moral authority, Trump failed the test. Miserably.

Source: Trump Blamed the Violence in Charlottesville ‘On Many Sides.’ Republicans Must Reject That. | The Nation

Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

The Turnbull government has quietly abandoned strict secrecy provisions governing Australia’s immigration detention system.

Source: Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

‘It’s US baby, and I’m not proud of it – Afghanistan is world’s biggest drug dealer’ — RT Op-Edge

American counternarcotics policy in Afghanistan has been senseless, as growing opium poppies remains the only source of income that keeps rural areas alive. Meanwhile millions of US dollars pumped into the country end up in the pockets of warlords experts say.

Source: ‘It’s US baby, and I’m not proud of it – Afghanistan is world’s biggest drug dealer’ — RT Op-Edge

The IPA: Private Schools Brat-camp. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

But that’s exactly all it is, the IPA; an appearance of substance. No position in reality, a non-producer. There really is no reason for them to exist … a bit like the LNP really, an anachronism from another age … a feudal age where the local “establishment” lent a guiding hand to the parish parson on matters concerning The Laird and his environs. Not much different than today’s LNP/Corporate State philosophy. Except there is that matter of the 100 items on The IPA “wish list”. How that list was compiled is a lesson in itself and possibly could never have been compiled without the help of several gallons of “Chateau Cardboard”. Why “chateau cardboard” you ask? Because I know those bastards. I have seen them at work. They’re the basest cheapskates when it comes to paying for anything themselves.The IPA is a joke on the people of this country. A running comedy with two-bit comedians pontificating on every subject so far outside their sphere of knowledge so as to be a parody on reality. And as far as that goes, even now I find spending any more time and words on such a wanking organisation is more than it deserves.So screw it and screw those bastards too!

Source: The IPA: Private Schools Brat-camp. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hyper-nationalism and arms deals: A new chapter in Israel-India ties | +972 Magazine

India’s status as a rising world power makes it an important partner for Israel to strengthen its economy, while at the same time Israel invests in India and hopes to continue benefitting from the ongoing cooperation between the two countries. But it seems that more than ever, Modi’s nationalist and right-wing ideology has bolstered India as a decisive factor on the diplomatic stage in the eyes of Israel — a place where the Jewish state is no longer so popular with the West. Modi’s attitude toward the Muslim population of India, the largest religious minority in the country, certainly fits with the guiding principles of Israel’s right-wing government.

Hyper-nationalism and arms deals: A new chapter in Israel-India ties | +972 Magazine

Rupert Murdoch’s invisible presence shows his dark magic is back | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

So Michael Gove’s interview with Donald Trump was overseen by the News Corp boss. Some thought him vanquished after the phone hacking scandal: no way

Source: Rupert Murdoch’s invisible presence shows his dark magic is back | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

How long must we endure this pompous, self-righteous, entitled dinosaur? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nothing annoys me more than people who have enjoyed the benefits of this great country seeking to deny them to others. Take Eric Abetz – please. Eric migrated from Germany with his parents and five siblings in the early 1960s.  Despite his great uncle Otto having been a Nazi who was sentenced to 20 years…

Source: How long must we endure this pompous, self-righteous, entitled dinosaur? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 10+ Though-Provoking Illustrations By Al Margen | Bored Panda

We all know that nothing is perfect. Our modern society included. There are many things that are problematic and troubling, and even though we notice them, we are not too fast to work on fixing matters.

Source: What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 10+ Though-Provoking Illustrations By Al Margen | Bored Panda

How Trump uses Twitter to show his love for Fox News

The mutually beneficial relationship between President Donald Trump and Fox News has been readily apparent for a while, partly because of the network’s Trump mania during the campaign. But after nearly 150 days of Trump’s presidency, Fox — and in particular Trump’s favorite morning show, Fox & Friends — has essentially become a propaganda outlet for the president. In return, Trump has praised Fox and echoed claims made by the network, while also attacking Fox News’ competitors as “fake news.”

Source: How Trump uses Twitter to show his love for Fox News

Coalition corruption thrives under Turnbull: No shame whatsoever

As the Coalition took office, new PM Tony Abbott opened the door to the black economy with “Australia is open for business (nudge nudge, wink wink)” and a more productive economy is a less-regulated one” (if you get my drift) and “Australia is under new management” (say no more, say no more).

Source: Coalition corruption thrives under Turnbull: No shame whatsoever