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Federal Election 2019: Scott Morrison blasts Bill Shorten over electric car gaffe

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Morrisons truth campaign starts with lies by omission. Firstly the LNP destroyed our car industry. Secondly all the major manufacturers of cars around the world are going electric so consumers won’t have the choice Morrison claims they will have. The Indistry and the government globally are supporting the change along with investors so why is Morrison acting as if he is unaware of what’s going on? Or is he treating Australians as mugs? (ODT)

Federal Election 2019: Scott Morrison blasts Bill Shorten over electric car gaffe

Old Dog Thought’s – When Bolt says he’s Murdoch

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Andrew Bolt’s Blog,8/4/19; Pick the Vegans, Pick the Bullies, Pick Bolt’s Team; Polls; Bashing Julia Banks; Bolts Ego is showing; The planet’s cooling;

Donald Trump, Not Ilhan Omar, Accused Jews of Dual Loyalty

This is Anti-Semitism and Pro-Israeli Politics Israel is your country and America is protecting it F*****s Anti- Israel isn’t anti-Semitism. Netanyayu has just promised to annex the West Bank if only Israelis vote for him and he has the guns to do it. (ODT)

Addressing American Jews on Saturday in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump casually invoked the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty by referring to Israel’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as “your prime minister.”

Given that Trump was speaking to Jewish Republicans — including Sheldon Adelson, the American casino magnate who is one of Netanyahu’s biggest donors — the president was not wrong to assume that the crowd was strongly pro-Israel, but the accusation that the loyalty of non-Israeli Jews to their home countries is somehow suspect has a long, ugly history.

Later in his address to the Republican Jewish Coalition gathering, Trump referred a second time to American Jews as if they were Israelis by saying that a victory for Democrats in the 2020 election “would cripple our country and very well could leave Israel out there all by yourselves.”

via Donald Trump, Not Ilhan Omar, Accused Jews of Dual Loyalty

Bigger Surplus And Working More? Just What IS Morrison’s Plan? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Billions of dollars of tax cuts to big businesses sound good, but they would have taken even more from the bottom line. As for the idea that they’d stimulate more economic activity, I’m yet to read of any CEO announcing that they would have invested more, but the idea that they’d be taxed at 30% rather than 25% if they made an extra billion, so they decided it wasn’t worth it.

No, when someone tells you that the Liberals are good economic managers, you can remind them of the re-opening of the Christmas Island detention centre, only to announce it’s closure a few months later. Although anyone who still believes the old line about the Liberals being good economic managers will probably reply:

“But they’ve saved over a billion dollars by closing it! Imagine how they’ll be able to spend that…”

via Bigger Surplus And Working More? Just What IS Morrison’s Plan? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Gina Rinehart, Barnaby Joyce and the ‘epic fail’ phone tower

Tower troubles: The Telstra phone tower (left) on the Sundown Valley Pastoral Company property owned by Gina Rinehart. Inset: Gina and Barnaby Joyce.

A phone tower that Barnaby Joyce fought for ended up on the northern NSW property of long-time friend and mining baron Gina Rinehart, who gets an annual fee to host the tower. Locals are baffled why the tower was put there over another location, as it’s plagued with reception problems.

via Gina Rinehart, Barnaby Joyce and the ‘epic fail’ phone tower

Great Barrier Reef: Sky News and Peter Ridd are deliberately misleading

One way of measuring what scientists think of each other’s work is to look at how many times scientists cite the studies of other people.

Ridd does not have a Google Scholar profile (the easiest place to check citations), but his ResearchGate page shows his work has been cited 3,113 times. For comparison, according to ResearchGate, Terry Hughes has been cited 41,600 times. Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland – a pioneer of coral bleaching research – has also been cited 41,600 times.

I mention Hoegh-Guldberg, because during one of the Rozner interviews, Andrew Bolt claimed the Queensland scientist had been forced to back-pedal on his claims over the years.

Hoegh-Guldberg told me:

“My 1999 paper predicted back-to-back bleaching and loss of corals by mid-century. But that’s happening right now. The impacts we predicted are actually unfolding much quicker than we thought.”

So, is Ridd a world-renowned expert on the Reef? “No,” said Hoegh-Guldberg. “If he was, it would be reflected in his citations. He’s not heavily cited.”

Unequal?

Alan Jones, a Sydney shock jock who thinks climate science is “witchcraft”, has also tried to pain Ridd as the plucky underdog going up against a big institution.

“Here is a bloke who is challenging the groupthink on climate change, but it’s unequal wherever you turn.”

Unequal? Unequal, except for the fact that it was Ridd who chose to take his employer to court, not the other way around.

Unequal, except for the support of an entire news channel and a quarter-of-a-million dollars to hire a top legal team.

And unequal, except for the support of a think tank that has accepted at least AU$4.5 million in funding since 2016 from Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart.

Unequal?

Great Barrier Reef: Sky News and Peter Ridd are deliberately misleading

News Corp journos see red over pro-budget propaganda blitz | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Just when you thought News Corp’s political coverage couldn’t be any more partisan, the Courier Mail published a federal budget front page that was little more than blatant propaganda for Scott Morrison’s government.

The Brisbane tabloid’s front page, headlined “Australia at Crossroads”, featured big green road signs that pointed right to financial rewards and tax cuts under the Coalition and left to risk and debt under Labor. “Beware left turn: $200b tax hazard ahead,” said the bullet-ridden sign.

News Corp journos see red over pro-budget propaganda blitz | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- A Cancer on our Democracy Fake News and undeclared donations.

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,6/4/19; A Cancer on Australia’s Democracy; Foreign influence in Australian Politics; Hypocrisy of the LNP Dastyari got the boot Abbott and Hanson don’t?;

A Big Head Start For Fascism

Almost dutifully, it seems, the left once again forms its traditional circular firing squad, a big one this year. We’re locked and loaded, ready to tear a new asshole–or a lot of them–shooting the shit out of each other in the interest of fighting fascism, all while arguing that the right wingers are a bunch of dumb fucks.

Yeah, right, THEY’RE the dumb fucks. And let’s never forget it.

http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/jaime-oneill/84185/a-big-head-start-for-fascism

Left Out Of Cool Kids Club, Tucker Carlson Lashes Out At AOC And Chris Hayes | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson opens his piehole to suggest Chris Hayes isn’t a “real” man? Let’s recall multiple times Tucker Carlson was whipped on nationwide cable television. Also, he has no blue-chip advertisers left.

And then there’s this. Tucker’s show is without national advertisers because he is such a pu**y he pushes white supremacy on the air for clicks and views.

Biggest threat to Murdoch media and it’s personalities is withdrawlof their advertisers Just do It (ODT)

Left Out Of Cool Kids Club, Tucker Carlson Lashes Out At AOC And Chris Hayes | Crooks and Liars

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Sunshine and Shadow – » The Australian Independent Media Network

AND VOTE THESE BASTARDS AND THEIR FILTHY LEECHING CONSPIRATORS OUT OF OUR LIVES AND OUR PARLIAMENT!

This .. OUR nation has been sold off piecemeal in both body and spirit, heart and soul, in sunshine and shadow by the upper-middle classes for their own and ONLY THEIR OWN benefit. It has NOT been the petty lower-middle classes of the skilled trades, it has NOT been the semi-professional workers or the small agricultural producers and family businesses … We have been betrayed by that class of society that has structured its own higher-echelon network to embrace those most suited to their deviousness and greed and excluded those from their ranks who show the first signs of honour and decency … these upper-middle classes are NOT the employers of Australian workers, rather, they are the “Judas Iscariots” selling the heart of our nation for a paltry thirty pieces of silver … leaving the working poor to be crucified on the cross of penury, sickness and homelessness … instead of honouring our national needs.

via Sunshine and Shadow – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The budget may not be vicious, but it entrenches neoliberal inequality | John Falzon | Australia news | The Guardian

Homeless man

I’ve listened hard for the sound of wealth trickling down but all I hear is the sound of the excluded still waiting

The budget may not be vicious, but it entrenches neoliberal inequality | John Falzon | Australia news | The Guardian

Government corruption and the need for a Federal ICAC

Paladin corruption allegations;
Royal Commission findings on banks;
no charges laid over questionable tip-offs on AFP’s union raid from Michaelia Cash’s office; and
Northern Territory’s public service corruption charges.

via Government corruption and the need for a Federal ICAC

No Refugees Have Been Sent To Reopened Christmas Island Detention Centre

 

Scott Morrison inspects the Christmas Island detention centre.

The government said reopening the centre was vital after changes to refugee medical transfer laws — but nobody has been transferred there.-

Political Hoax (ODT)

via No Refugees Have Been Sent To Reopened Christmas Island Detention Centre

Compared with the rest of the world, Australia’s economy has deteriorated badly across the board – Michael West

Household wealth and income

Rate of annual wage rises: down from seventh in 2013 to 21st now.

Gross domestic product per capita: down from fifth to seventh.

Gross national savings: down from ninth to 19th.

Mean wealth per adult: down from second to fourth.

Household debt: up from the fourth highest to the second highest.

Gini coefficient (equality of wealth distribution): down from 12th to 28th.

Government and business measures

Budget deficit as a percentage of GDP: down from ninth to 25th;

Government spending as a percentage of GDP: down from fifth to eighth;

Growth in the volume of exports of goods and services: down from fourth to 18th.

Heritage Foundation economic freedom: down from first to third.

Value of the Australian dollar: down from 92 U.S. cents to 71.1 cents.

Value of the Australian dollar: down from 91.3 Japanese yen to 79.3 yen.

Value of the Australian dollar: down from 116 Kiwi cents to 105 cents.

There are probably only two significant variables on which Australia has improved relative to the rest of the world since 2013 — executive salaries and corporate profits. This explains why this analysis will not be found in Australia’s mainstream media.

via Compared with the rest of the world, Australia’s economy has deteriorated badly across the board – Michael West

Dating apps like Tinder contributing to rise in STIs, experts say, but not for the reasons you think – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A close up photo of a billboard saying Tinder, Grindr and STI's are connected.

Key points:

Chlamydia notifications have risen in Australia by 13 per cent since 2014, with three-quarters of these among 15–29-year-olds
Gonorrhoea and syphilis figures have also gone up
Experts say STI rates are increasing not because people are having more sex, but because they are having sex with different networks of people

via Dating apps like Tinder contributing to rise in STIs, experts say, but not for the reasons you think – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Great Barrier Reef: Mass decline in ‘coral babies’, scientists say – BBC News

White, bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reed in 2017

The number of new corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has plunged by 89% since unprecedented bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, scientists say.

Great Barrier Reef: Mass decline in ‘coral babies’, scientists say – BBC News

Turns out posh boys are better bullshitters. That explains a lot | Phoebe-Jane Boyd | Opinion | The Guardian

Harrovians and local schoolboys at Lords in 1937.

Women with imposter syndrome, take note: young, rich males are inclined to bluff and get away with it, a UCL study shows

 

Turns out posh boys are better bullshitters. That explains a lot | Phoebe-Jane Boyd | Opinion | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts – What’s good for the Goose is not for …..

new matilda, dastyari

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,1/4/19. If Dastyari had to go so should Hanson; The sludge in the bloodstream of American politics; Murdoch Media is a Fake Business selling Fake Product;

Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully in Gaza for Right to Return

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Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully in Gaza for Right to Return

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After Israeli Army Injures 30,398 Palestinian Protesters in Gaza, Rights Groups Call on UN to Protect Them

Hundreds of Israeli activists protest Gaza blockade outside IDF headquarters | +972 Magazine

Israeli activists march during a protest in front of the Israeli army headquarter in Tel Aviv city in solidarity with the March of Return of the Gaza Strip and against the Israeli blockade, Israel, March 30, 2019. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

You will never see this in the Western MSM (ODT)

Israeli anti-occupation activists demonstrate in the heart of Tel Aviv in solidarity with Palestinians taking part in the Great Return March and against the continuing blockade on Gaza.

via Hundreds of Israeli activists protest Gaza blockade outside IDF headquarters | +972 Magazine

Fox News dominates coverage of caged migrants in El Paso with anti-immigrant fearmongering, pro-government spin, and calls for stricter laws

The hosts of the March 29 edition of Fox & Friends used the images of caged migrants in El Paso to fearmonger about another caravan, dubbed “the mother of all caravans.” While airing images of the caged El Paso migrants, co-host Brian Kilmeade warned that with both groups, “we don’t even know the criminals that, percentage-wise, are probably in that mix” and “trying to bust through” to the United States. Despite the fearmongering, co-host Steve Doocy eventually admitted that “we don’t know whether or not the ‘mother of all caravans’ is heading our way.”

The story of the people CBP has caged in El Paso is the latest expression of a well-defined trend: Fox News dominates discussion of important political issues by its sheer volume of coverage, allowing conservatives to set a misleading framing that ultimately misinforms discussions happening elsewhere.

via Fox News dominates coverage of caged migrants in El Paso with anti-immigrant fearmongering, pro-government spin, and calls for stricter laws

Republicans to replace Obamacare with a health plan cooked up in the White House

US President Donald Trump has celebrated special counsel Robert Mueller's finding that his campaign didn't collude with Russia.

Republicans have no intention of crafting a new health-care plan, fearing the potential political damage that such a proposal could cause in 2020, numerous GOP lawmakers, legislative staffers and administration aides told The Washington Post.Senate Republicans, who were caught off guard by Trump’s rapid shift to focus on health care last week, have said the White House would need to make the first move by putting forward its own proposal. But administration officials said nothing firm is in the works.

via Republicans to replace Obamacare with a health plan cooked up in the White House

Trump Cheats At Golf Too | Crooks and Liars

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Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump” (Hachette Book Group), out Tuesday.

In addition to the $95,000,000 of taxpayer moneys at one of his resorts, Donald Trump has spent an unbelievable 164 days golfing, or over five full months of his 26 months in office.

Turns out, even after spending that much time on the links, Trump has proven Malcolm Gladwell completely wrong: he has to cheat to win.

And he’s not shy about changing the lay of his opponent’s ball either. His caddy admitted to ESPN’s Mike Tirico that Trump himself threw Tirico’s ball off the green into a bunker.

Reilly also says that his scores at the individual club are routinely fudged and made up. But how could you expect anything else of someone with so little personal integrity that he’d lie about his club’s historic provenance in a fake Civil War battle?

Trump Cheats At Golf Too | Crooks and Liars

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A progressive society needs common good economic policies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

society needs

How I look at the past few years. They have been the catalyst that might wake us from the political malaise that had bogged us down in a quagmire of narcissism. It’s the individual first second and third.

Every part of society, when you think about it, has been indoctrinated with a nefarious, me first attitude that has seen the common good almost vanish.

Where as the common good should be at the center of any political philosophy. However, it is more likely to be found on the left than the right.

via A progressive society needs common good economic policies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s richest and poorest postcodes revealed in ATO’s 2016-17 tax statistics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Couple enjoying a scenic coastal hike on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk in Palm Beach, Sydney

Key points:

  • The ATO Taxation Statistics for 2016-17 is based on information from 13.9 million Australians
  • There is a difference of $209,741 in average income between the richest postcode (2108) and poorest postcode (2308)
  • The profession with the highest income was surgeons, with a national average taxable income of $394,866

via Australia’s richest and poorest postcodes revealed in ATO’s 2016-17 tax statistics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s children out of battle zone after fleeing Islamic State – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Five kids sit on a set of steps.

The Collective Punishment of Children

Somewhere between 3,700 and 4,600 foreign children were taken to Syria to join IS — representing about 10 per cent of all foreigners — and a further 730 were born there to foreign parents, according to the UK-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Save the Children estimates that more than 3,500 of those children now languish in the three refugee camps in Syria’s north-east.

The five Sharrouf children were taken to Islamic State territory in Syria by their mother, Tara, in early 2014
Only three children have survived their five-year ordeal, and since mid-March they have been held at the al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria
Their grandmother Karen Nettleton is calling on the Australian Government to help her rescue the children, following similar actions by other Western nations

via Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s children out of battle zone after fleeing Islamic State – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chinese-Australians have had a gutful of politicians’ tokenism

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Get real we are Australians not Chinese first (ODT)

Chinese-Australians have had enough of the political tokenism displayed by all sides of politics.

We are not political cannon fodder and we no longer want to serve as cash cows and walking ATMs at fundraising dinners. We’re tired of having candidates in non-winnable seats. We want to be recognised for our commitment to Australian democracy.

My advice to Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison to take a step away from WeChat and show some genuine interest in our community’s concerns.

via Chinese-Australians have had a gutful of politicians’ tokenism

Ocasio-Cortez says Green New Deal critics are making ‘fools of themselves’ | US news | The Guardian

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to the media after a televised town hall in New York on 29 March.

Such assertions have no basis in fact: the resolution does not call for the elimination of animal agriculture or aviation. The extraordinarily large cost attributed to the plan by Republicans, typically $93tn, is also false.
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Ocasio-Cortez said she expected such attacks.

“But I didn’t expect them to make total fools of themselves,” she told MSNBC on Friday. “I expected a little more nuance, and I expected a little more ‘concern trolling’,” meaning expressions of disingenuous concern.

Ocasio-Cortez added that politics in Washington DC often feels like “the upside down”, a reference to a distorted parallel reality depicted in the Netflix show Stranger Things.

via Ocasio-Cortez says Green New Deal critics are making ‘fools of themselves’ | US news | The Guardian

As Trump OKs Saudi Nuclear Projects, Rep. Sherman replies: “If you can’t trust a regime with a bone-saw . . .”

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President Donald Trump has pursued a close relationship with Saudi Arabia, saying openly that the kingdom was good for US business even if the powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is confirmed to have ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.

“If you cannot trust a regime with a bone-saw, you should not trust them with nuclear weapons,” said Sherman, a Democrat from California.

Prince Mohammed has warned that the Saudis will pursue nuclear weapons if their arch-rival Iran obtains them.

via As Trump OKs Saudi Nuclear Projects, Rep. Sherman replies: “If you can’t trust a regime with a bone-saw . . .”

How the Liberals got stuck in a long, demented cycle of vengeance

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i Tony, it’s Julie Bishop,” began the call. Long silence. Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership was collapsing. Bishop had decided to run for the leadership. She was making every call herself, even the difficult ones, to ask for support. No intermediaries, no numbers men.”I’m just doing you the courtesy of …”It was as far as she got. Abbott cut her off. “What about you do me the courtesy of being a loyal deputy?” He was still fuming about the collapse of his own prime ministership three years earlier. He blamed Bishop for colluding against him.

How the Liberals got stuck in a long, demented cycle of vengeance

The callous, pointless vacuum at the dead heart of One Nation

Illustration: Reg Lynch

What they deny and the denials Bolt Jones and Sky support (ODT)

The comments were broadcast at the tail end of part two of last week’s Al Jazeera documentary on One Nation, the compelling result of the covert recordings.

“You cannot, in life, and especially in politics… take into account everybody’s emotions,” Ashby, Pauline Hanson’s chief of staff, tells Rodger Muller, the undercover operative he believes is the head of an Australian gun rights lobby group.

The men, accompanied by One Nation’s Steve Dickson, are about to board a plane back to Australia, having completed their piss-powered bumpkins’ tour of the odious Washington gun lobby, trying to solicit cash and pick up tips on how to weaken Australia’s gun laws.
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via The callous, pointless vacuum at the dead heart of One Nation

Parliament House security upgrade derailed by construction firm Steelvision’s possible liquidation

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LNP organizing the safety of the parliament couldn’t organize a chook raffle (ODT)

A firm given the $14 million job of upgrading critical security at Parliament House in Canberra is in disarray with allegations of cocaine use, a sideline in an Uber-style app for escorts, debts to Russian friends and the intervention of a Morrison government minister.

Almost a year after the $75 million state-of-the art upgrade to protect MPs from acts of terrorism was due to be completed, the marble entrances of Parliament remain shrouded in scaffolding and 400 businesses across Australia are owed $21 million.

Parliament House security upgrade derailed by construction firm Steelvision’s possible liquidation