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Is Donald Trump mad? (Revisited) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Mental deterioration can afflict any of us quite suddenly. On the other hand, it can overcome us in a number of smaller steps. Could this be the case with Donald Trump?

Let’s recount some recent events that are indicative.

Take the devastating fires in Southern California that Vox described ”…as the single most destructive and third-deadliest fire in state history”. In its account of the fires, Reuters reported: ”Donald Trump is known for his fiery comments, but his recent tweet has outraged prominent celebrities who slammed it as ‘demented’.

What did he say? Did he empathise with those who had lost their houses? Did he express horror at the appalling loss of life? No. He reflected on the emergency, in a Tweet of course, with: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” A dire threat as a proxy for empathy!

This example alone is sufficient to raise the suspicion of significant mental deterioration, even in someone as bizarre as Trump.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters assailed Trump with “The president’s message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.” Celebrities lashed out at Trump’s ’ill-judged and out-of-touch’ tweet as an absolutely heartless response…there aren’t even politics involved. As you tweet, there are good American families losing their homes and evacuating into shelters.”

But that’s just the start. Read the rest of the piece here.

via Is Donald Trump mad? (Revisited) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fake video of Trump shooting media and opponents ‘shown at president’s resort’ | US news | The Guardian

A screengrab from a video showing a mocked-up Donald Trump attacking opponents in a church

Fake video of Trump shooting media and opponents ‘shown at president’s resort’ | US news | The Guardian

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The American Priority conference took place at Trump’s Miami Doral resort.

Trump’s Saigon Evacuation Moment, as US Troops Flee and Syrian/Russian Forces are invited in by Kurds

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All US special forces personnel are being withdrawn from Syria after Turkish artillery targeted some of their bases to force them back from the border, and after Turkey cut off their supply lines. At the same time, Syrian Arab Army troops are advancing on the Kurdish northeast of Syria, raising the danger of US troops getting caught in the crossfire. A thousand such troops are too few even to defend themselves, and although no one is saying so, I suspect they also fear the anger of their betrayed allies, the People’s Protection Units or YPG, among whom they have been embedded, but whom Trump has now turned over to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan’s abattoir.

via Trump’s Saigon Evacuation Moment, as US Troops Flee and Syrian/Russian Forces are invited in by Kurds

Snowy Hydro 2.0 a costly white elephant that won’t deliver, says energy expert – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A dam with a tree in the Snowy Mountains

via Snowy Hydro 2.0 a costly white elephant that won’t deliver, says energy expert – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Former Fox contributor: Shep Smith resigning shows the Murdochs made a “business decision” for Fox News to be pro-Trump | Media Matters for America

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via Former Fox contributor: Shep Smith resigning shows the Murdochs made a “business decision” for Fox News to be pro-Trump | Media Matters for America

CNN guest: Fox’s remaining dayside shows “look like news shows but they’re stacked with people who replicate the talking points of the White House” | Media Matters for America

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via CNN guest: Fox’s remaining dayside shows “look like news shows but they’re stacked with people who replicate the talking points of the White House” | Media Matters for America

Donald Trump announces truce in China-US trade war after two days of talks with Chinese negotiator – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump's trade wars

via Donald Trump announces truce in China-US trade war after two days of talks with Chinese negotiator – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump hails the US-China trade ‘lovefest’, but the verbal agreement is a long way short of his ambitions – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump points to his left with a stern look on his face while standing at a lectern during a rally.

via Trump hails the US-China trade ‘lovefest’, but the verbal agreement is a long way short of his ambitions – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal is an election strategy and an impeachment distraction – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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via Donald Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal is an election strategy and an impeachment distraction – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Send a peace-keeping team where it’s needed most, ScoMo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The least Australia can do, for starters, is to censure Trump for colluding in Erdoğan’s invasion of Syria; giving the green light to his genocidal plans towards the Kurds. Other nations are already applying sanctions on Turkey. It is imperative we also take a stand against Erdoğan’s invasion before it is too late.

Prevailing on your BFF Donald Trump to resume control of the skies over North-East Syria would be a start while an international peace-keeping team could follow. You can send a team to the Golan Heights on Israel’s border. Surely you can also send a team where it’s needed most.

via Send a peace-keeping team where it’s needed most, ScoMo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ita, Tim Wilson, Peter Dutton And The Water Boy… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anyway, I couldn’t help but feel that there was a little bit of inconsistency being shown here. I don’t just mean because Dutton is suggesting that we should be arresting our own protestors, while Wilson is disrupting traffic in another country. I’m talking about our position on China.

via Ita, Tim Wilson, Peter Dutton And The Water Boy… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- News is ruining the new Media, Ensuring the worst will continue to rule; By the way ISIS escaped thank’s to Trump.

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 14/10/19; ISIL thank Trump and ESCAPE; Kurds turn to the Russians; The rich and the glass floor; Bolt no longer bothers would plagiarise if he could;

Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons | The Smirking Chimp

the Turkish military doesn’t function without the U.S. weapons industry—and the approval of the U.S. government. Absent all the hardware bearing Made in America stickers sitting in Turkish military bases, we would probably not be fretting about what Turkey’s government was doing to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

placing American military personnel in harm’s way apparently carries less political risk than endangering the profits of munitions manufacturers, or the careers of foreign policy experts.

via Turkey, the Kurds, and Lots and Lots of US Weapons | The Smirking Chimp

Turkey captures border town as US calls for end to offensive against Kurds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A dramatic explosion is seen over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain.

Trump gave the nod and Turkey took the option. Sticks and stones break boned Trump now words will allow death to happen (ODT)

Key points:

  • US warns of devastating sanctions against Turkey, “great harm” to ties
  • Kurds say nearly 200,000 people have been displaced
  • Iran offers to mediate between Kurds, Syrian regime and Turkey

via Turkey captures border town as US calls for end to offensive against Kurds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

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According to Turkish president Recep Erdogan, Turkey’s goal is to create a buffer zone separating Syria’s Kurds from the Turkish border.

But his country’s attack will do much more than that. If successful, it will destroy the most full-fledged democracy the Middle East has yet to see.

via Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals | World news | The Guardian

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

While Europe has scant influence over what happens next, the US has plenty – but seems determined to throw it away. Despite denials, it is clear from the White House statement issued on 6 October that Donald Trump rashly agreed to Erdoğan’s invasion, without consulting his allies, and facilitated it by withdrawing ground forces.

It was a disastrous decision the US is belatedly scrambling to correct. Betraying the Kurds, comrades-in-arms in the fight against Isis, was bad enough. Appearing to abandon Syria to Russia and Iran, America’s rivals and the main backers of Bashar al-Assad’s criminal Damascus regime, was a big strategic own goal, capping eight years of post-Arab spring US policy failures.

via Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals | World news | The Guardian

Trump hails the US-China trade ‘lovefest’, but the verbal agreement is a long way short of his ambitions – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What next in the US-China trade fight?

Trump puts himself in shit up to his bottom lip and sinking Impeachment, Obstruction, Giuliani,Syria, and is in desperate need to of a positive move he can call a win. So he uses up one he was saving for pre-election 2020. Given the news cycle is 24/7 what happenned in the past is easlily forgotten like for example starting a small trade war with China. Trump was the one who started it. Today he wriggled down to his chin and declared himself the hero and winner. After all the Chinese don’t broadcast in English or Does he broadcast in Chinese and if push comes to shove he always has Fox to run point guard for him. China has done nothing. Trump has declared a win but at best all we are seeing is Trump walking back from something he originally started and do doing a Kim Jong-un in reverse. Your being conned America (ODT)

US markets jumped on news of a US-China trade, but slipped back down on the detail
The “phase one” agreement is limited to agriculture, currency and intellectual property, well short of the comprehensive deal the US is seeking
It is expected to take 5 weeks to sign a deal, and while President Trump says it should be completed, he conceded it could still fall apart

via Trump hails the US-China trade ‘lovefest’, but the verbal agreement is a long way short of his ambitions – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump defends Giuliani amid reports of federal investigation

Donald J. Trump
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So now they are after the legendary “crime buster” and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani. He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!
2:11 AM · Oct 13, 2019Twitter for iPhone

US President Donald Trump has defended his lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a “legendary crime buster” and “wonderful lawyer” after a media report that prosecutors are investigating whether the former New York mayor broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.

“So now they are after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump said in a statement on Twitter.

 

via Trump defends Giuliani amid reports of federal investigation

As rivers and dams dry up, groundwater emerges as new battleground in fight for water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man in a blue collared shirt and a cap sits in a buggy with grass in the background.

“To us, this inevitably means fruit and nut crops.”  1kg of almonds takes 860 liters of water to grow (ODT)

And big corporations are among those trying to cash in on it.

In farming country just north of Shepparton in northern Victoria, multi-million dollar agricultural investment corporation goFarm is buying up properties all over the district.

Documents obtained by the ABC from The Weekly Times show the company wants to control at least half of the Katunga Deep Lead Aquifer, an important groundwater resource for local farmers.

via As rivers and dams dry up, groundwater emerges as new battleground in fight for water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Dud strikes again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Peter Dutton has used his preferred diplomatic channel, 2GB, to mightily piss off our biggest trading partner by saying that the policies of the Communist Party of China are “inconsistent with those of Australia.”

Further wading into the mire, he proclaimed that “Australia is not going to allow university students to be unduly influenced by China, the theft of intellectual property or the hacking of government or non-government organisations.”

The reaction from the Chinese was predictable, calling his comments “irrational”, “shocking” and “baseless”.

via The Dud strikes again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Giuliani primed for a dump; China Art of the Con; The Great Wall of a deal/no deal by Trump.

Between China and America, we chose the wrong friend

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 13/10/19; Trump’s Tell’s; The US as our ally; An excuse to break the tariff dead line and then brag;

‘Bolton Went Ballistic’: New Report Finds at Least 4 Officials Were Panicked by Trump’s Ukraine Conduct | The Smirking Chimp

Trump declares all American Institutions corrupt and therefore has the right of executive privilige. The right od a Dictator (ODT)

By contrast, the new report paints a picture of widespread opposition to the president’s actions within his own White House.

Four, and possibly more, national security officials in the White House were concerned about Trump’s actions, according to the report, both before and after the president’s now-infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the call, Trump strongly indicated that U.S. assistance to Ukraine could be contingent on Zelensky giving him what he wanted, specifically: investigations into the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden.

via ‘Bolton Went Ballistic’: New Report Finds at Least 4 Officials Were Panicked by Trump’s Ukraine Conduct | The Smirking Chimp

US warns of ‘serious consequences’ as Turkey continues offensive in north-eastern Syria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Black plumes of smoke come off burning cars.

First the Trump Administration permitted the invasion by Turkey and now the media claims they are “warning against it. A whitewash in progress (ODT)

Key points:

Trump administration warns of “serious consequences” for offensive
Turkey vows to continue until all Kurdish militia forces are “neutralised”
Islamic State militants have escaped prison due to Turkish shelling

via US warns of ‘serious consequences’ as Turkey continues offensive in north-eastern Syria – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

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What’s not so obvious is that this conspiracy extends to the rule of law. According to this skewed version of reality, corruption has penetrated the bedrock institutions of American society: the political sphere, the intelligence agencies, the mainstream media. Corruption has transformed the very fabric of politics, culture, and law.

To root out corruption, then, it’s necessary to step outside the rule of law. Donald Trump hasn’t declared a state of emergency. But he is acting as if he has (which, in case you’re wondering, is illegal). His decision not to cooperate with congressional inquiries, including the most recent impeachment inquiry, is also part of this unstated state of emergency.

via Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

Trump Shoots Man on Fifth Avenue | The Smirking Chimp

the President of the United States brazenly “colluded” with two foreign powers (to coin a term), publicly encouraging them to attack one of his domestic political opponents—the very thing the Founders most feared, and which they created the mechanism of impeachment to address. Yet the silence from the President’s party thus far has been deafening. Are we going to be a representative democracy ruled by law, or an autocracy led by a despot? Is the modern GOP really willing to burn the entire foundation of our republic to the ground in order to maintain its hold on power? (Rhetorical question. We know by now that they are.)

The modern Republican Party is about to decide just how savagely history will remember it. And if we as a nation allow them to get away with it, we deserve what we get.

via Trump Shoots Man on Fifth Avenue | The Smirking Chimp

The Bill that Australia despised – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

I found it impossible to imagine that the Australian people could be so gullible as to elect for a third term a government that has performed so miserably in the first two and has amongst its members some of the most devious, suspicious and corrupt men and women but they did. (John Lord)

via The Bill that Australia despised – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Backstage in Canberra: who is lobbying our MPs?

The Grattan Institute similarly wants ministerial diaries to be published and has called for the lobbyist register to be linked to the orange passes.
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Lobbyists with orange “sponsored passes” have access to every office in Parliament Lambie also supports the five-year cooling-off period and wants the lobbying code of conduct to apply to anyone who lobbies, regardless of whether they are on the register. She says this should be policed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

“It will mean anyone who lobbies – whether they’re a third-party lobbyist for the mum-and-dad shop down the road, or an in-house lobbyist for Google – has to follow the same standards,” she wrote in 2017.

via Backstage in Canberra: who is lobbying our MPs?

Australia’s Right-wing stranglehold over public interest journalism

Fair and unbiased reporting is disappearing in Australia as the Coalition Government and Murdoch Mafia gain control of our news, writes Ranald Macdonald.

via Australia’s Right-wing stranglehold over public interest journalism

Old Dog Thoughts Trump Butchers Kurds; Christians Butcher Jews, LNP- Sally- The Regulator- AWU-Illegal.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 12/10/19; LNP Regulator Raid not Valid; Turkey Pounds Kurds; Christians shoot Jews

After Turkish invasion, prison break fears at al-Hawl Islamic State detention camp

Women buy food at Al Hawl camp, Syria.

Covered because if they aren’t they are murdered Dutton’s Death Camps for Australian Women and Children (ODT)

Get us money or get us out of here,” the message from the desperate Russian Islamic State bride read. Writing in one of their encrypted Telegram groups, the women of al-Hawl detention camp in north-east Syria were trying to mobilise friends and family on the outside to organise a prison break.

via After Turkish invasion, prison break fears at al-Hawl Islamic State detention camp

The Politics of Funding: Cash Crisis at the United Nations – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The situation has duly worsened. On Monday, Guterres suggested the possibility that the UN would run dry of cash reserves by the end of October. In a letter to the 37,000 employees based at the UN secretariat, the secretary general explained that, “Member states have paid only 70 per cent of the total amount needed for our regular budget operations in 2019. This translates into a cash shortage of $230 million at the end of September. We run the risk of depleting our backup liquidity reserves by the end of the month.”

Of the current amount of some $1.3 billion owed to the UN by members, the US boasts the lion’s share of arrears at $1 billion. This figure of imbalance has not prevented Trump, from venting about other members. “So make all Member Countries pay, not just the United States!”

via The Politics of Funding: Cash Crisis at the United Nations – » The Australian Independent Media Network