Perhaps the only way to attract the well financed, educated and presumably white immigrants Trump seeks is to declare war on a Nordic country, hoping they will come because we are there.
“We are here because you were there” was a slogan of 1980s immigrants rights campaign in Britain
Trump hasn’t clue on how to make a deal he’s an expert in breaking relationships fake news no!!
“The trade war launched by the US is becoming more and more like real war. At its core is the US resorts to unscrupulous means to suppress China while China is committed to crushing US arrogance.”
“The US has been telling its people that China would soon make compromises, and we must break such lies by making clear China will not sign any unequal deal.”
Problem the electorates that count don’t watch Q&A (ODT)
If you were wondering what the newly-elected Morrison government has in store for the next three years, Q&A was the place for you to come … and leave with absolutely no idea.
Rationality and reason never really overcomes fear. Morrison put the fear of God into those already suffering these past 6 years. 2013 Australia’s economy was 1 or 2 in the world now its wages are down down down like Coles prices, and the economy is on a slippery slide down too. The wealthy did their bit bullshit scared the poor and the Bejeezus out of them, and the man of God calls it a miracle? Guess he believes Clive and Rupert work for God in a game of Liar’s Poker against Rationality and Reason. Even now, we are waiting to see their hand. We know what it isn’t. (ODT)
A mandate to who the fuck knows they had no plan so the banks are overjoyed by the man who voted against the Royal Commission. The good start looks a concern banks are overjoyed and power prices surged (ODT)
Wholesale electricity prices shot up on Monday following a surprise election win by the Coalition on Saturday. Forward trading prices, which set the curve for future quarterly power costs, rose 13 per cent in NSW and shot up about 7 per cent in Victoria once markets opened. (see graph below)
Wholesale electricity prices account for about a third of power bills. Reducing this wholesale price has been a major focus of the Morrison government, which had pledged earlier this month to slash it by up to a quarter. The Age
He didn’t take much of an agenda to the election, so he can start a new term with pretty much a blank page. His campaign was mostly a demolition of Labor, and not much creation.
Morrison’s campaign tool of choice was the hammer and he wielded it relentlessly against Labor. By contrast, Bill Shorten carried around an Ikea flat pack of policy, assembly required. He’d take out his Allen key and start to fit all the pieces together as Morrison smashed away.
Redefining America Trump Ugly (ODT)
The agreement reached is nothing has changed all is back to where it was before Trump imposed the tariffs. Translated into reality Trump wimped. His method of dealing is clear impose a threat. Go back to normal and have it called a victory. Art of the deal = Fake News, Kim Jong Un does way better than Trump he actually gains ground. (ODT)
The truth even the Right-Wing Goverment in Israel today need Hamas for it’s identity and survival. After all what can the Right-Wing do without Occupation, Settlers,Segregation and Palestinian Resistense? If none of this existed they’d have to invent it. Trump the chump is chasing his Nobel Prize. for doing nothing at all but creating FAKE NEWS (ODT)
The true objectives of more than half a century of Israel’s military occupation over the Palestinians are clearer in Hebron than anywhere else – to achieve Palestinian subjugation in a segregated and unequal reality.
If we were in 1950s Alabama, would Greenblattsay that a joint meal between white and black people was the way forward? Or would he recognise that the way to achieve equality is to end the legal system of discrimination and ensure the protection of equal rights? Hebron is no different – the only solution is the end to the occupation.
Trump continues the gasoline Dream and the world is moving on (ODT)
I don’t think logic failed however fear prevailed with a negative campaign and an $80 mill push in areas where change was needed most. It was liars poker but played against one almighty cashed up liar pushing another in front. (ODT)
The real election was those that couldn’t be scared got rid of Abbott swung too the ALP as in Kooyong. However those that could be scared were under the LNP ‘s fake campaign backed by Clive Palmer’s $80 million. Sorry to say it wasn’t all Morrison by any means. After 6 years, poorer and and deperate Qld in particular and and others elected for more of the same too scared of change. The liars in this game of poker won the country lost an opportunity out fear and pure negativity (ODT)
And he did not lose in a whisper. It was a resounding holler of a result against him – Abbott picked up only 42 per cent of votes in his formerly safe, blue-ribbon electorate, compared to the 58 per cent won by his independent opponent Zali Steggall.
Was that all the Coalition has planned for the years ahead?
Frustrated, I looked again for clues, any clues, that might spell out the Coalition’s story, its vision and its intentions for the next three years. I ransacked the entire cupboard looking for more than the few scraps of paper that I had already found.
The cupboard was bare!
I suspect that part of the angst comes from reviews of internal polling, which shows a bleak picture for Abbott in particular. This is a serious repudiation of the hard right of the Liberal Party, along with their backers at News Corp, 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and elsewhere. But it also shows how precarious the position of the cultural right in this country is. They are reliant on favours and iffy government handouts to do business. They are beneficiaries and champions of middle-class welfare and rent-seeking. They are fanatically committed to outmoded forms of power, both literal and figurative. They are openly bigoted and intellectually barren. They have little to fall back on. No wonder they fear the drop. Here’s to giving them the push.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slapped down Tony Abbott for his “partisan” tribute to their late Labor predecessor Bob Hawke following the 89-year-old’s death on Thursday.
Mr Abbott shocked the community with a statement that attempted to score political points just hours after Mr Hawke’s death, describing the Labor legend as having “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”, and bemoaning modern Labor’s drift from his legacy.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor Bob Hawke had “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor Bob Hawke had “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.Credit:Janie Barrett
Mr Morrison said those were not the words he used in his own statement and that he hoped Liberals paying tribute to Mr Hawke “would not be seen to be partisan”.
He praised Mr Hawke as a “unifier” and “a man of enormous intellectual capacity”, as well as Labor’s greatest prime minister.
In 2011, Hawke described Abbott as a “not a bad bloke” but “mad as a cut snake”.
The Prime Minister claimed at his campaign launch last Sunday that the Coalition will “maintain the budget surpluses and pay down debt” and “deliver tax relief for families”. But the official data shows the Coalition is high-spending, high-borrowing and high-taxing. If past performance is an indicator of future delivery, his claim must be viewed with scepticism.
The front pages of Australia’s papers all pay tribute to Bob Hawke today, calling him a larrikin, a legend, a fearless reformer and the people’s PM.
Even News Corp didn’t dare do an Abbott. This country was once at one with itself
Bringing back slavery in the form of indentured labour and no regard for families. Anglocising the nation 1% at a time and changing the gender balance as a result (ODT)
President Donald Trump offered a broad outline of his administration’s new dead-on-arrival immigration plan Thursday, seeking to rake in more money for border enforcement while restricting family-based migration and upping the number of visas for skilled workers.
But hearing that Sportsbet has already paid out on a Labor win, I had to wonder if the media are going to stick to their “It’s just too close call” line, or whether they say that there’s always Brexit and Donald Trump to make us a little circumspect, but Saturday may end up being an early night.
I was amazed today to discover that Rupert Murdoch is only 5 years older than I am! Nothing to do with age and everything to do with mental outlook.
He is one of a group of wealthy individuals whose use of power has been incredibly damaging.
Since the 1990s, if not earlier, the knowledge has been available to establish that our profligate use of fossil fuels could not continue without severe damage to the planet on which we live.
Mr Abbott’s statement on Twitter, released an hour after Mr Hawke’s death was announced, said the former head of the ACTU and Labor’s longest-serving prime minister, “had a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.
THE SLY OLD CROCODILE SLIDES INTO DENIAL
There is a theory that Rupert Murdoch always backs winners. That he prides himself about it. In election after election, when his preferred conservatives are heading for defeat, News Corp has dialled down the decibels of its pushy right-wing propaganda in the final few weeks, or months, before the vote. But this time, even though Bill Shorten is almost certain to lead Labor to victory on Saturday night, the Murdoch media have, for whatever reason, decided to double down — attacking the Labor Party and Bill Shorten with even more unconstrained hyperbole.
Real-estate developer Donald Trump in 1992 lived in a New York luxury apartment, travelled by limousine and had personal bodyguards. That year, he also reported a negative $US750 million ($1.08 billion) adjusted gross income to the IRS.
Trump is the primary “expense” that drains his companies dry to the state of Easter eggs “hollow” and all debt and then they simply implode. There is nothing new particularly when banks aren’t regulated. He gets loans from banks too scared to declare their over risk and first valuing assets and packaging not on collateral security of the company but on a dream. He doesn’t do the financing himself but happily pays a premium for any broker or banker that will secure the loan on a 0% asset.
Get the money spend it as wages and expenses on himself then devalue back to the real asset assett value and bankruptcy or reveal the banking folly. Every banker shyster and broker will help avoid the worst if the commissions are high enough and more commissions. All he needed to hand his request to Wall St and they’d jump. They after all they created the art and caused the GFC and sent nations to the wall like Greece. Mind you, you the paid rating and credit agencies handsomly to assist in the scam but that wasn’t Trump’s problem. Effectively Trump was always the face of a scam, a Ponzi scheme, a chain letter a business that shared profits with the top end of town. There was never anything new to be seen just bigger. All a little bit legal but a top down scam that the nation bailed out.
Alan Bond said it if your looking for a small loan the banks own you. When that loan is too big you own the banks because they can’t reveal it. The difference Bond went to jail aan Trump became President. (ODT)
Why, it’s as if I’d fallen asleep and woke up back in 2002!
State Department orders non-essential staff to leave Iraq amid escalating tensions with Iran
U.S. Military Says It’s on ‘High Level of Alert’ with Iran, Contradicting Its Own Coalition
Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran
British General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias
Pentagon disputes British general’s assessment on Iranian threat
Key Commander in ISIS Fight Sees No Increased Threat from Iran-Backed Troops
Remember when George Tenet, head of the CIA, did his National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and Congress used it as the basis for supporting the war?
And then, after the war was underway, the Senate Intelligence Committee found the key findings were either exaggerated or unsupported by the actual evidence?
The only thing that will stop this is a massive public outcry. Pick up the phone today and call your elected officials. Tell their staffers you are absolutely opposed to a replay of the disastrous Iraq war and you will be certain to vote against anyone who accepts this flimsy rationale for another war.
The Trump administration’s sudden march toward an armed conflict with Iran has a number of top Democrats and even some Republicans attempting to rein in the president’s hawkish senior officials before potentially tens of thousands of U.S. troops are once again engaged in a bloody conflict in the Middle East.
Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have renewed a push for a 2018 bill that would prohibit the U.S. from using funds for a war against Iran without first getting congressional approval. On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined the bill as a co-sponsor.
“We cannot let the Trump Admin drag us into yet another war in the Middle East,” Warren tweeted.
A year ago, Israeli forces gunned down 64 demonstrators during Gaza’s Great Return March. Palestinian journalist Hind Khoudary was there to see it all — the bloody stretchers, the wounded, and the dead.
Every year for over two decades, thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel have marked Nakba Day by marching to the site of a different village that was depopulated and destroyed during the Nakba.
While the story of Palestinian refugees — 700,000 of whom were driven out or fled in 1948 — is relatively well known, we rarely speak of those who were internally displaced during the war. These families remained in what became Israel but were never allowed to return to their original homes.
This year, the Return March marking 71 years since the Nakba was held in one such village, Khubbeiza. +972 Magazine’s Henriette Chacar went to the march to hear from participants of various ages what it means to them.