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Peeling the Potato: Dutton, the Greens and Fraser Anning – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Qld’s greatest shame (OLD)

The responses to Fraser Anning’s asinine statement following the Christchurch Mosque Massacre have come thick and fast. But none is ridiculous, or more dangerous, than Peter Dutton’s recent spat with the Greens. Get your potato peelers out, ladies and gentlemen, for we are going into the veggie patch to confront Spud on his home turf.

via Peeling the Potato: Dutton, the Greens and Fraser Anning – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He Who Must Not Be Named… No, Not ScoMo… Well, him too, but the other one! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Of course, I did delete a certain senior politician’s name from a recent piece that I wrote. Apparently, the PM’s office got all hot and bothered when Waleed Aly suggested in a response to Christchurch something that was widely reported in 2011 and threatened defamation action.

A rather interesting response, given Scott didn’t threaten to react so litigously when it was reported way back in 2011. I guess it was different then. It wasn’t being said by a Muslim.

via He Who Must Not Be Named… No, Not ScoMo… Well, him too, but the other one! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Christchurch attacks show New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is a leader for our times – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jacinda Ardern, wearing a headscarf, walks to mourners

via Christchurch attacks show New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is a leader for our times – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Despite Crackdowns, White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Videos Take Stubborn Root on YouTube

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The killings in Christchurch are part of an international pattern of attacks on Muslims, which seem to have increased over the past two years. In January 2017, a man entered a mosque in Quebec City and shot and killed six people. He was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison this year. The killer followed white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and right-wing commentators online, and he was fixated on Muslims and immigrants. He was a fan of President Donald Trump and his Muslim ban.

Since 2016, at least three U.S. mosques have been set afire, and at least three other Islamic institutions across the country have targeted for terrorist attacks.

via Despite Crackdowns, White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Videos Take Stubborn Root on YouTube

White supremacy is on the march, and Trump is at least partly to blame | Moustafa Bayoumi | Opinion | The Guardian

‘The president – any president – sets the national tone for what is permissible speech and impermissible speech in the political arena. Donald Trump, on the other hand, merely revels in the impermissible.’

After the Christchurch shooting by a racist gunman the president played down the threat of white nationalism but his record speaks louder than words

via White supremacy is on the march, and Trump is at least partly to blame | Moustafa Bayoumi | Opinion | The Guardian

Rupert Murdoch Is a Relentless Purveyor of Islamophobia

Andrew Bolt denies that he’s pushe Islamophobia for 19 years, it’s been 20 at least (ODT)

World-straddling press lord Rupert Murdoch’s media is under pressure in the wake of the massacre of 50 worshipers by a white supremacist terrorist at a Christchurch mosque. Murdoch’s Fox News is known for pushing white nationalist themes and for demonizing Muslims, and his Sky News Australia is not very different.

Sky News Australia kept looping the video made by the alleged mass murderer and terrorist during the mosque attack. New Zealand authorities had discouraged people from playing the tape, which the white supremacist had connived at in order to spread his hate. Not sensationalizing these mass shooters is best practice in law enforcement and mass media. The focus should be on their victims. But Murdoch’s Sky News Australia disregarded these requests and so was suspended from the airwaves by the independent Sky News New Zealand.

via Rupert Murdoch Is a Relentless Purveyor of Islamophobia

Old Dog Thoughts What and who is the Gollum among us?

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,19/3/19; Not in the Interests of the Nation; Remember Bolt’s cry of debt debt debt ALP debt. Abbott doubled it and now? Nothing now; Murdoch the snaeky bastard;

Christchurch shootings: How our politicians used the Overton Window, and allowed white nationalist ideas to make their way into our political debate

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the Greens were playing politics and were as bad as Fraser Anning.

This idea of white persecution is not worth debating on its merits. It should be seen for what it is – a holler to white nationalists, an invocation of hatred and fear of non-white people everywhere, and a threat to the civility and safety of our public debate.

Politicians and the media have been trained carefully in how to talk about and report on sensitive issues which involve safety – specifically suicide, and domestic violence.

Suicide is an informative example: in the media we are extremely cautious in the way we report on it, because, to put it bluntly, the way the subject is treated in public discourse has a direct effect on how many more lives it claims.

It is about time we imposed the same sort of standards on the stoking of racial and Islamophobic hatred in political debate.

Treat it for what it is – a public security issue.

via Christchurch shootings: How our politicians used the Overton Window, and allowed white nationalist ideas to make their way into our political debate

Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is practically enshrined as public policy | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

The Silver Fern symbol of New Zealand is projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney on Saturday

Any 28-year-old Australian has grown up in a time racism was quickly ratcheting up in the country’s public culture

via Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is practically enshrined as public policy | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

What Liberals really think – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“The party is now characterised by disunity and disloyalty, by tribalism, not by principle or policy but by personal interests – not even party interests and certainly not the national interest.

Despite what they claim, few who stand as Liberals come with a genuine policy agenda or commitment. Their end game is simply to be a politician, or a minister, or even prime minister. Not necessarily to achieve anything in particular – just to be there, and to enjoy the trappings of the position.

via What Liberals really think – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison Tells Us That We’re Doing 23% In A Canter, But 45% Would Be Armageddon! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If you cant believe in Climate Change you can LNP Change they do it daily(ODT)

Whatever, we shouldn’t dwell too much on this. With this government, you know that everything changes. Take Milo Yiannopoulos. First, he was banned, then our Immigration Minister personally approved his visa, but now Milo has been banned again. So, I’m sure that there’ll be something in the coming days to focus our attention away from climate change and terrorism and Barnaby.

Another poor Newspoll and a challenge from Dutton? But before you decide that’s too ridiculous to even consider, let me remind you, these are the people who didn’t see a problem with voting for the “It’s Ok to be White” legislation, and then defended it by arguing they weren’t even aware of what they were voting for.

via Morrison Tells Us That We’re Doing 23% In A Canter, But 45% Would Be Armageddon! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan Blasts The Media For Lopsided Coverage Of Islamic Terrorism | Crooks and Liars

“it is easy to condemn the far right nut case,” but dealing with the “soil and what’s been created, the culture of demonization, of fear, of incitement from main stream columnists, pundits, TV hosts, and politicians” is another matter entirely.

We have been conditioned to believe that a terrorist attack is only an attack carried out by a brown dude with a beard shouting something in Arabic.

Of course, statistics show otherwise. The ADL says three-quarters of terrorist deaths in the United States over the past decade were carried out by far right domestic white nationalist terrorists, a quarter by Muslims.

Can we say that the media coverage of terrorism in this country is 75 percent white nationalists, 25 percent Islamic terrorists? In face, Georgia State University did a study. They found that a Muslim terrorist gets four and a half times as much coverage of his crimes as a non-Muslim terrorist. Four and a half times.

a non-Muslim terrorist has to kill, on average, seven people more than a Muslim terrorist to get equal coverage, as a Muslim terrorist. That’s a hashtag media fail. And I’m always reminded of that old viral tweet that terrorism is one of the only areas where white people do most of the work and get none of the credit.

Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan Blasts The Media For Lopsided Coverage Of Islamic Terrorism | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump’s ‘not a white supremacist’, White House staffer says after Trump backs Fox host – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump in front of a flag

President Donald Trump’s staff have rejected any attempt to link the US leader to a right-wing terrorist who is accused of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, as he defended a Fox News personality who made anti-Muslim remarks.

Making Islamophobic remarks is ok but making remarks against Trump and Trumpsters isn’t according to the White House and POTUS.(ODT)

Donald Trump’s ‘not a white supremacist’, White House staffer says after Trump backs Fox host – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Exclusive: 7 U.S. Military Members Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group | HuffPost Australia

HuffPost verified the identities of seven active-duty servicemen who posted messages on the messaging...

Leaked chat logs revealed active military servicemen with ties to the extremist group Identity Evropa.

via Exclusive: 7 U.S. Military Members Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group | HuffPost Australia

America’s Economy Is Rigged From Top to Bottom

The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children.

The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.

via America’s Economy Is Rigged From Top to Bottom

Trump Defends Fox Hosts’ Racist Remarks As White House Dismisses Reports That President Inspired Christchurch Attacker

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday denied that President Donald Trump is a white supremacist as the administration attempting to deflect reports that the suspect in New Zealand's mosque attacks last week was an admirer of the president. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)

Expressing deep frustration and anger over President Donald Trump’s ongoing refusal to unequivocally condemn white nationalism, critics on Sunday pushed back against the White House’s dismissal of reports that the suspect in last week’s Christchurch mosque attacks admired the president—even as Trump once again expressed support for white supremacist views.

In the wake of the shooting, writer and illustrator Eli Valley tweeted that while Trump will likely continue to deny his responsibility for emboldening white supremacists, the press and other government leaders must commit to telling the truth about the president or risk being complicit in attacks like those in New Zealand.

 

via Trump Defends Fox Hosts’ Racist Remarks As White House Dismisses Reports That President Inspired Christchurch Attacker

Old Dog Thoughts- Bolt’s trying to hide in plain sight with mellowed rhetoric but he’s still Andrew Bolt

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Stop Advertising at SKY; Right-wing terror was constantly denied but encouraged; Morrison encouraged division as a political too; Howard used it as far back as 2001;

New Zealand: Global idiocy reaches down under

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Putting this act of terror into perspective, in December 2018 there were at least 173 terrorist attacks worldwide, 261 in January this year, 196 in February and so far in March, including today’s despicable and cowardly attacks, 91 incidents, 422 dead and 553 injured.

Welcome to Planet Earth and what it has become in 2019.

 

So such acts “make” the day of those who peddle news for money, who peddle hits for bucks, who sell the adrenalin rush for dollars. Therefore it pays to hype up terrorist attacks with soundbites using the word “attack”, “strike”, “terror”, splashed all across the front page and on TV with the sound of screams and sirens. So much for the bottom line of the media outlet. Geopolitically, if you want to control someone, make her/him afraid and then tell her/him that your authorities are here to make you safe.

 

Is there a difference between selling weapons of mass destruction to a State or selling a machine gun to an individual, when one can murder 40 in a bombing and the other can murder 50 in a shooting? We remain silent about the first case but spread the second all over the newspapers, in turn creating impact which goads others on to perform copycat acts.

Food for thought? So let us spare a thought for New Zealand, a country today in shock. Let us also spare a thought for Yemen, and Pakistan, and Iraq, and Somalia and Afghanistan and Mali and Syria and India and Burkina Faso and Libya and Nigeria and South Sudan and India and Turkey and Cameroon and Myanmar and Chile and Colombia and Egypt and Mozambique and DR Congo and Thailand…some of the other countries affected by terrorism in the year 2019.
See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/142303-new_zealand/

 

via New Zealand: Global idiocy reaches down under

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level. | HuffPost Australia

The Christchurch massacre was built on existing far-right memes that fueled a live-streaming gunman’s viral aspirations.

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level. | HuffPost Australia

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         New Zealand Shooter’s Rhetoric Sounds Like What You Might Hear In Congress…
         Suspect Smirks, Flashes White Power Sign In Court…
         Khizr Khan: ‘Half-Baked Thinking’ On Immigration Breeds Violence.

Right Wingers Flail About Trying To Blame Democrats For New Zealand Shooting | Crooks and Liars

Right Wingers Flail About Trying To Blame Democrats For New Zealand Shooting

 

What is the best way shallow thinkers and Right-Wing Nut Jobs can deflect blame for the awful things their words and deeds have wrought? Why, blame the Left, of course! We’re so awful, just trying to distribute power and wealth more evenly and fairly in our society, and all.

via Right Wingers Flail About Trying To Blame Democrats For New Zealand Shooting | Crooks and Liars

Rush Limbaugh suggests New Zealand shootings might be a false flag attack committed by a leftist to smear conservatives

Limbaugh: “There’s an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may in fact be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies”

Rush Limbaugh suggests New Zealand shootings might be a false flag attack committed by a leftist to smear conservatives

Old Dog Thoughts- Milo, his Trump’s and the media’s radicalisation was caused by Muslims

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,17/3/19; Where is Andrew Bolt? Hiding since Friday; Abbott’s back in Warringah; Milo explains his and Andrew Bolt’s radicalisation;

Dear Tony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Despite your image management – the macho man in red sluggos, the lycra-clad warrior, the hero with a hose, it is obvious to all except the gormless and callow that you are phoney, Tony. The staccato cackle, the clammy, tight-skinned visage of a carp wrapped in cling film, the sleazy smile, the ludicrous bow-legged affectation bringing to mind a rodeo cowboy leaving a port-a-loo; it’s all counter-productive Chuckle Head and subliminally reminds us of your ape-like swaggering approach to unsuspecting victims – the lunatic grin and manic chuckle, the far-too-close, double-handed deathgrip cutting off easy escape. We could read the minds of the hapless recipients of this faux chuminess, Tones, we could see it in their eyes – “Fuck, I want to turn away but if I do he may kiss the back of my head. But if I don’t he may go for the mouth.”

You’re King Midas in reverse, Tones – everything you touch turns to shit. For your own self-respect, it’s not too late, give it away.

Gratuitously yours

Grumpy Geezer

via Dear Tony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After New Zealand, Politicians Must Stop Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

whether conservatives or liberals, politicians or pundits, are directly responsible for this heinous crime. (The alleged shooter does, though, praise Donald Trump “as a symbol of white identity and common purpose,” and claims that “the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” an “alt-right,” social media superstar. Again, this may or may not be shitposting.)

In fact, since the 9/11 attacks, the right has demanded that progressives and Muslims crack down on “preachers of hate.” Remember the so-called conveyor belt that leads from nonviolent rhetoric to violent acts by Muslims? Remember how “ideology matters”?

Isn’t it past time for conservatives to take their own advice?

And what of the rest of us? What lessons will we learn from this latest hate-filled atrocity in New Zealand? Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Will we call out vile anti-Muslim rhetoric when we see it on cable news, or in our newspapers and magazines — or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer?

I doubt it. “People who can only condemn racism and Islamophobia — being ‘horrified’ and ‘shocked’ — only when so much blood is spilled are part of the problem,” the Cambridge academic Priyamvada Gopal observed on Twitter on Friday. “Because the rest of the time, they are busy normalising & minimising them.”

via After New Zealand, Politicians Must Stop Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Fraser Anning Is A Human Being! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anger and outrage just feeds the publicity machine which sets an agenda of “us” and ”them”. It’s hard not to be angry, but it’s what the terrorists want. Anger stops us thinking.

And, if you don’t believe that’s bad, just take a long hard look at Fraser!

via Fraser Anning Is A Human Being! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts – How much responsibility do Right-Wing media, spruikers of hate and division have to bear for Nationalist terror?

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,16/3/19; The world of Brentan Tarrant and the preachers of right-wing thought; Fraser Anning was given air time on Sky; Gun laws in an extremists world;

Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting – The Intercept

Erik Prince, the founder and CEO of the world’s most notorious mercenary company, Blackwater, landed in hot water during a recent interview with Mehdi Hasan at the Oxford Union in the U.K. Prince repeatedly claimed to have disclosed an August 2016 meeting at Trump Tower to the House Intelligence Committee—a claim not backed up by the official transcripts of his testimony before Congress. On this week’s show, Mehdi Hasan speaks with Jeremy Scahill, author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” about Prince’s career and possible future plans. Mehdi also speaks with Rep. Joaquin Castro, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, about the possible fallout from Prince’s contradictory statements. The two also discuss Castro’s bill to cancel Trump’s emergency declaration, which will be taken up by the Senate this week.

via Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting – The Intercept

Wall Street billionaires join forces to create $670b powerhouse

Brookfield chief Bruce Flatt.

Isn’t this against all investment principles that the greater the diversity of shares the lesser the risk? That there’s safety in numbers. Doesn’t this principle apply to management of investments? It wasn’t that long ago the people of America had to bail out the Chase Manhattan Bank the worlds biggest bank. Has 2008 been forgotten? (ODT)

More deals ahead

Billionaire bond trader Jeffrey Gundlach is also an indirect part of this universe. Oaktree owns 20 per cent of his DoubleLine Capital LP after spending about $US20 million for its stake in 2009.

Such constellations of billionaires are likely to become more common as the world of finance consolidates. Marks expects plenty more deals.

“The industry is continuing to drive toward concentration of greater amounts of money in fewer groups,” he said. “Strategic partnerships are going to be a theme for the future.”

Wall Street billionaires join forces to create $670b powerhouse

USC Insists Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Was Admitted Solely Based On Socioeconomic Background

LOS ANGELES—Following revelations about the actress’s alleged involvement in a college bribery scandal, University of Southern California officials told reporters Tuesday that Lori Loughlin’s daughter was admitted solely based on her socioeconomic background.

via USC Insists Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Was Admitted Solely Based On Socioeconomic Background

Even in its dying days, the government denies the need for climate action | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

For all the skittishness of Australian politics through the years of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison governments there’s been one factor that has been remarkably consistent.

Amid leadership coups, cultural offensives and the revolving door of energy policy acronyms, the Australian public has remained steadfast in its belief that more needs to be done to address climate change.

via Even in its dying days, the government denies the need for climate action | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

Advance Australia, the conservative GetUp!, comes to Tony Abbott’s rescue

Advance Australia will also campaign in support of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Advance Australia has raised almost $400,000 it will use to shore up the positions of key Liberal Party conservatives ahead of the federal election – including that of former prime minister Tony Abbott.

The emerging grassroots organisation, which wants to be the conservative answer to left-wing activist group GetUp!, claims 27,500 members and a $395,000 war chest raised from 2000 “mainly small donations”. It will focus on the seats of Dickson, Deakin, Boothby and Warringah – held respectively by Peter Dutton, Michael Sukkar, Nicolle Flint and Mr Abbott.

accused Advance Australia of lying, and pandering to the wealthy member of its “advisory council” which is manned by storage magnate Sam Kennard, doctor David Adler, and former ABC chairman Maurice Newman, among others.

“Advance Australia is spending its secret funding to spread lies and do the dirty work of hard right candidates like Tony Abbott,” Mr Oosting said. “The hard right and their multi-millionaire backers like Maurice Newman have been trying to buy influence for years but what they lack is genuine grassroots people power.”

via Advance Australia, the conservative GetUp!, comes to Tony Abbott’s rescue

By stoking recession fears, Morrison highlights his own failure on economy | Business | The Guardian

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are presiding over a weak economy, and voters know it.

Morrison is right to say we are not in a recession, but he was also the one who warned this week that “the economy under Labor will be weaker than it is under our government”.

From someone who has presided over an economy that is weakening quite dramatically, that’s a pretty hollow statement which is clearly more about stoking fear of an ALP government than reality.

But as with all fear campaigns, evidence has a way of revealing the truth and destroying the fear. And the GDP figures this week did just that.

via By stoking recession fears, Morrison highlights his own failure on economy | Business | The Guardian

Government ditches Hayne recommendation on mortgage broker pay

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has dumped a key recommendation from the Hayne royal commission regarding broker pay.

The federal government has ditched a key recommendation from the banking royal commission to scrap trail commissions for new loans arranged by mortgage brokers after pressure from the industry and smaller lenders.

The mortgage broker industry, which had warned that many brokers would go out of business if the Hayne recommendation was approved, cheered Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement on Tuesday that the government would now review trail commissions in three years if it remains in government.

via Government ditches Hayne recommendation on mortgage broker pay