Why the Hell Are Democrats Keeping Your Drug Prices High? | The Smirking Chimp

something else you can do: If you happen to be a constituent of one of these four Democrats, don’t vote for them when they’re up for reelection. Make sure they’re primaried, and then vote in the Democratic primaries for true public servants — who care more about advancing the public good than protecting private profits.

Source: Why the Hell Are Democrats Keeping Your Drug Prices High? | The Smirking Chimp

Old Dog Thoughts- Why does the LNP rely on so many “private” outsourced contractors to do their bookkeeping their media, and even their public service? Better management and privacy of course. God have mercy on the whistleblowers because the LNP won’t.

Cooking with gas - Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce.

Fighting Fake News with REAL; The great Capitulator; Inequality in Relief, Banksy, How the LNP Cooks the Carbon books;

BratKeeper: profitable private schools purloin JobKeeper, pandemic payments too – Michael West Media

Wesley College, JobKeeper

Blessed are the rich, for theirs are the taxes of the poor! Elite private schools gorged themselves on JobKeeper despite their profits, on top of Pandemic stimulus payments, and as well as trousering a bigger slice of the federal funding pie at the expense of public schools. Trevor Cobbold investigates the latest hand-outs.

Source: BratKeeper: profitable private schools purloin JobKeeper, pandemic payments too – Michael West Media

EXCLUSIVE: Gun club financial report shows mystery costs to obtain grant

The financial records of the gun club at the centre of an ICAC investigation reveal “significant costs” involved with obtaining its $5.5 million government grant. Anthony Klan reports.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Gun club financial report shows mystery costs to obtain grant

Lack of perspective on Taiwan-China tensions

As we can see the Chinese planes were undertaking a short flight in a southeast direction going into the bottom corner of what Taiwan has as its air defence identification zone, not its actual sovereign air defence territory. The fight path is clearly not heading towards the Taiwan coast. It has to be taken into account China is surrounded by U.S. military bases in Asia with a 23-kilometre range. U.S. M1 Howitzers are pointed at China on Kinmen Island, just a few kilometres from China’s coastal city of Xiamen. On reflection, it would be highly likely the U.S. would be flying into such an air defence identification zone if China had guns pointed at Long Beach, California, on Catalina Island, which is just 29 kilometres off the Long Beach coast. This is a perspective that is not taken into account. With this latest reporting of the October incident, there seems to be very little perspective. It seeks to paint a picture of Chinese aggression and arguably promotes war-inciting narratives

Source: Lack of perspective on Taiwan-China tensions

“To Dirty it!” On how For-Profit News Obscured William Shatner’s Climate Emergency Warning after Suborbital Flight

But here’s the crucial takeaway, the last phrase of which is omitted by CNBC: “What I would love to do is communicate as much as possible the jeopardy, the moment you see how vuln– the vulnerability of everything. It so small. This air which is keeping us alive is thinner than your skin. It’s a sliver. It’s immeasurably small when you think in terms of the universe. It’s negligible, this air. Mars doesn’t have it. It’s so thin. And to dirty it…” “The jeopardy . . . And to dirty it!” To fill this precious atmosphere, unique in our solar system, with clouds of burned coal dust and with greenhouse gases, Shatner says, is . . . what? Despicable. Unthinkable.

Source: “To Dirty it!” On how For-Profit News Obscured William Shatner’s Climate Emergency Warning after Suborbital Flight

Australian business talks big on climate, but who’s walking the talk?

At the business end of driving down emissions, who’s walking the talk?

Some Australian companies are at world’s best practice. Medibank, Macquarie, Commonwealth Bank, Cochlear and Brambles are just some of the companies that have emissions per dollar of revenue consistent with the IEA pathway to 1.5 degrees or lower. But, overall, only 24 per cent of Australia’s largest listed companies have emissions consistent with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. This compares with 61 per cent of major companies in Britain and 53 per cent in Europe. In other words, three-quarters of Australian companies currently emit at a rate that would lead to temperature increases above 1.5 degrees. And more than a third have emission consistent with a pathway to dangerous levels of warming above 3 degrees.

Source: Australian business talks big on climate, but who’s walking the talk?

The Embarrassment of Riches | The Smirking Chimp

The game is rigged and the room at the top is getting smaller. 90% of that 1% isn’t made up of innovators or genius hard workers it’s made up of inherited wealth handed down through generations. Whose only interest is to maintain it. If for a few years the rest of us believe for a moment we are going up in the world it was to the 1%’s benefit. That however, sure isn’t the case currently and the Global Pandemic is revealing the cracks and inequality once again. While Climate Change is revealing the reality that we are all on this one planet.  Wealth won’t save the hell faced living with a 3 degree plus rise in temperature and the changes that will come with it.

The rich are clearly embarrassed by their riches, so much so that they are going to great lengths to keep their transactions a secret. Now, can we embarrass them even more so that they pay what is necessary to save the planet?

Source: The Embarrassment of Riches | The Smirking Chimp

Make them Pay Up: Pandora Leaks show that the Super-Rich rob Public of $200 bn a year in lost Tax Revenues

The recently released Pandora Papers, a trove of nearly 12 million documents, shines some light on the mechanisms by which the wealthy squirrel away their gains. One example jumps out: Tony Blair. The former British prime minister and his lawyer wife Cherie purchased a multi-million-dollar townhouse in London as her office but did it in such a way as to avoid paying a tax on the sale. In this offshore financial sleight of hand, they skipped out on paying several hundred thousand dollars to the very government over which Blair once presided. The maneuver, which was perfectly legal, is salient for two reasons. First, Blair himself had initially railed against tax dodges of this nature. “Offshore trusts get tax relief while homeowners pay VAT on insurance premiums,” he said as Labor Party leader. “We will create a tax system that is fair which is related to ability to pay.” Second, Blair celebrated a “third way” that was supposedly an accommodation between socialism and capitalism. When it came to global markets, Blair wanted “to remove regulatory burdens and to untie the hands of business,” as he put it in a celebrated 1999 speech.

Source: Make them Pay Up: Pandora Leaks show that the Super-Rich rob Public of $200 bn a year in lost Tax Revenues

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Group of Radical Sadists”

From the debacle in Afghanistan to the ongoing devastation of COVID-19 to the unhinged cruelty of the Republican Party, Noam Chomsky notes, there is plenty of room for despair in America right now. But he insists that, despite it all, we have ample reason for hope.

Source: Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Group of Radical Sadists”

Steve Bannon could face criminal charges: Jan. 6 committee moves to hold ex-Trump aide in contempt | Salon.com

Former White House senior counselor to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Steve Bannon is one step closer to being held in criminal contempt. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said on Thursday that it plans to vote next week on whether to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for his refusal to cooperate with the panel’s subpoena.

Source: Steve Bannon could face criminal charges: Jan. 6 committee moves to hold ex-Trump aide in contempt | Salon.com

Evidence of Armed Trump Extremists Continues to Emerge in January 6 Cases – Mother Jones

 

As our recent investigation detailed, law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol testified to Congress that they believed the mob of Trump extremists was far more heavily armed with guns than is definitively known. Internal communications from January 6 among US Park Police and other agencies that have since been made public support that view. The lack of certainty, the officers told lawmakers, was a result of their limited capacity to make arrests that day amid the sheer number of people, compounded by fears that taking more aggressive action could set off perilous violence. A document obtained recently by a government transparency watchdog, Property of the People, contains indications that the FBI had specific intelligence, prior to January 6, about armed people headed for the nation’s capital. According to emails circulated among FBI agents in the bureau’s Seattle field office on January 5, intelligence analysts with the Washington State Fusion Center had specifically noted social media comments suggesting that some residents of the state were “planning to travel armed to Washington D.C. for tomorrow’s protests there.”

Source: Evidence of Armed Trump Extremists Continues to Emerge in January 6 Cases – Mother Jones

Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home | Crooks and Liars

Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home

Psychotic narcissistic baby Trump is threatening to try to keep his supporters home if Republicans across the country don’t uncover enough voter fraud to prove he won the 2020 election.

Source: Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home | Crooks and Liars

Peter Ridd loses High Court case over climate scepticism censure

Dr Peter Ridd failed to overturn James Cook University’s decision to sack him.

Days after the PM and the Deputy PM declared Facebook and social media sites will be forced to limit Free Speech the sitting idiot Minister in charge of Education Alan Tudge declares Universities need to be forced to open it up. The Morrison government is certainly not a team that seems to know what it’s doing. They seem more like the Three Stooges.

Peter Ridd was politically financed and supported at great cost to have his dismissal overturned and he failed. Now the government wants to overthrow the Court’s rulings by changing the law because it offends Tudge. There is something very Trumpster about Tudge’s wants, actions, and personal history and it’s not representative of a Democracy that’s for certain.

Universities face the prospect of further rules to protect academics’ free speech after Education Minister Alan Tudge raised concerns about a High Court decision upholding the sacking of marine physicist and climate change sceptic Peter Ridd by James Cook University. The decision ends Dr Ridd’s four-year legal battle with JCU after he was censured and ultimately sacked for challenging his colleagues’ views on climate change and the Great Barrier Reef, along with the university’s attempts to discipline him.

Source: Peter Ridd loses High Court case over climate scepticism censure

Waking up to Climate Change Dinosaurs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As things stand, it is a wonder Prime Minister Scott Morrison is even bothering. The Australian delegation in Glasgow is bound to be poorly briefed, confused and barely able. The coalition government, still weighed down by fossil-fuel fantasists, will continue to be engaged in a battle of such stunning incoherence any undertakings on carbon neutrality and change can only be regarded as unreliable and disingenuous. As McKenzie and a few of her lobotomised colleagues would have you believe, climate change is something that happens to other people. In the meantime, fossil fuel socialists the world over, unite!

Source: Waking up to Climate Change Dinosaurs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Asia’s energy pivot is a warning to Australia: clinging to coal is bad for the economy

The COP26 climate negotiations are just weeks away, and the tide is now turning against international finance of coal-fired power generation. The implications for Australia cannot be ignored.

Source: Asia’s energy pivot is a warning to Australia: clinging to coal is bad for the economy

Investors could shun Australia without 2050 net zero commitment, RBA warns | Reserve Bank of Australia | The Guardian

A chemical plant in Sydney

Australia faces an intensifying risk of global investors divesting bonds or equity if we don’t join other nations in making a net zero emissions commitment for 2050, the Reserve Bank has warned.

Source: Investors could shun Australia without 2050 net zero commitment, RBA warns | Reserve Bank of Australia | The Guardian

IEA Sends Clear Message to World Leaders: Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas

An ExxonMobil oil refinery, the second largest in the U.S., is pictured on February 28, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images)

“It is now beyond doubt that there is no need for further coal, oil, and gas exploration if we are to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.”

Source: IEA Sends Clear Message to World Leaders: Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas

How Murdoch manipulates the climate of Australian politics

News Corp suddenly promoting climate change action is just another example of how Coalition governments and establishment media operate in tandem to create and control the political narrative. Many are viewing this unexpected Murdoch media about-face on the subject of climate change with optimism and relief.

Source: How Murdoch manipulates the climate of Australian politics

Old Dog Thought- Andrew Bolt and the climate deniers at News Corp are the fulcrums on which a reborn, greenwashed,”Fair and Balanced” Media will be sold for the IPA’s LNP by Rupert

How Murdoch manipulates the climate of Australian politics

Fighting Fake News with REAL 14/10/21; News Corp Promotes Climate Change like Philip Morris Promotes Anti- Smoking and Greenwash Scott

How Trump Might Save the Democrats | The Smirking Chimp

All indications are that Trump is going to cast the midterm elections as a referendum on himself rather than on Biden. That’s hardly surprising, given Trump’s sociopathic ego. He cast his entire presidency as a referendum on himself.

Source: How Trump Might Save the Democrats | The Smirking Chimp

Facebook’s Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous” Groups and People

While the past two decades have inured many the world over to secret ledgers and laws like watchlists and no-fly bans, Facebook’s privatized version indicates to York that “we’ve reached a point where Facebook isn’t just abiding by or replicating U.S. policies, but going well beyond them.” “We should never forget that nobody elected Mark Zuckerberg, a man who has never held a job other than CEO of Facebook.”

Source: Facebook’s Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous” Groups and People

Sally Rooney Is Right to Boycott Israel

Rooney’s statement, published today, made that absolutely clear: The Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel are still available, and if I can find a way to sell these rights that is compliant with the BDS movement’s institutional boycott guidelines, I will be very pleased and proud to do so. In the meantime I would like to express once again my solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. Modan publishes books in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Defense. It’s exactly the kind of firm that the BDS campaign had in mind when it called for a boycott of Israeli cultural institutions that are “complicit in maintaining the Israeli occupation and denial of basic Palestinian rights.” Rooney previously gave her support to the Pakistani-British novelist Kamila Shamsie when she rejected an offer to have her work published in Israel. The 2019 open letter in support of Shamsie, signed by Rooney and other writers including Arundhati Roy and J. M. Coetzee, came after the German city of Dortmund had stripped her of a literary prize because she endorsed the BDS campaign.

Source: Sally Rooney Is Right to Boycott Israel

To Turn away from Fossil Fuels, take the Fight directly to the Corporations – That’s how Apartheid Fell

The rhetorical battle over turning away from investments in companies contributing to climate change, it seems, has been won. These moves came after more than a decade of broad-based campaigns against fossil-fuel investments, which at Harvard included petitions, protests, a legal complaint to the Massachusetts Attorney General, and storming the field during a Harvard-Yale football game. And yet, as activists learned in the decades-long campaigns to disinvest from apartheid in South Africa, the implementation of commitments was often limited by fine-print qualifications or loopholes. Despite legitimate celebration of new momentum, many questions remained unanswered, as detailed in an analysis in Harvard Magazine. The real test of success must be to what extent resources are actually removed from fossil-fuel production and reinvested in renewable energy. On that front, Big Oil — like the planet — is beginning to feel the heat.

Source: To Turn away from Fossil Fuels, take the Fight directly to the Corporations – That’s how Apartheid Fell

News Corp’s Andrew Bolt says his company’s climate campaign is ‘rubbish’ | News Corporation | The Guardian

Screenshot of Andrew Bolt on Sky News criticises the News Corp liftout on net zero

Andrew Bolt has had the rug “seemingly” pulled out from under his climate change denials by the very organization he works for and supports him. That should tell us it’s a marketing promotion boosting Morrison’s LNP, to seemingly change tack, on the promise of Net-Zero by 2050. For heaven’s sake we were notified weeks ago that this campaign for Scott was coming. Of course it’s is rubbish just as the Angus Taylor’s argument that Net-Zero doesn’t mean ” zero carbon emissions”. Slightly cleaner and more costly washed fossil fuels is then all they need do. Angus Taylor has guaranteed to fund CO2 emissions to the tune of $250bn if and when nobody else on the planet will.

As for Bolt’s argument that News Corp’s editorial change is “rubbish” well that’s simply posturing, a performance to appear balanced and make noise. All they are doing is what Philip Morris did when it announced it would “un-smoke the world” while still continuing to sell as much tobacco as possible along with the other added carcinogens or tar. Yes Bolt’s a participant because the campaign allows him the space to play the contrarian in the performance and repeat what it is he’s been doing for the past two decades maintaining his ego and crafted media identity little else. After all he can’t simply keep attacking Bruce Pascoe, Muslims, women and the ABC.

The prominent Murdoch commentator Andrew Bolt says News Corp Australia’s major editorial campaign to speed up climate action is “rubbish” and the “global warming propaganda” provides political cover for Scott Morrison. “Millions of Australian readers would have got a shock this morning when they picked up their Murdoch newspapers around the country,” Bolt told his Sky News Australia audience after the company published 16-page wraparounds in every tabloid.

Source: News Corp’s Andrew Bolt says his company’s climate campaign is ‘rubbish’ | News Corporation | The Guardian

News Corp’s turnaround on climate crisis is a greenwash | Ketan Joshi | The Guardian

News Corp Australia's office in Sydney

News Corp’s turnaround on climate crisis is a greenwash Ketan Joshi The company won’t change until it understands the grave damage it has done with its ugly legacy of denialist reporting News Corp Australia’s office in Sydney ‘News Corp has played a major role in ensuring a truly catastrophic track record for emissions in Australia over the past decade.’ Photograph: Paul Miller/AAP Tue 12 Oct 2021 16.29 AEDT Last modified on Wed 13 Oct 2021 09.51 AEDT Let’s be straight. The planet is heating because we’re adding gigatonnes of greenhouse gases into our habitat. The consequences get worse for every additional gram we displace from deep underground and send into the sky, through the dual actions of extraction and combustion. We know with certainty that the impacts – inflicted already and inevitably due if we don’t stop fast – are gruesome and visceral. As the world recovers from Covid-19, so too does fossil fuel use. It’s largely unsurprising, considering how little real work was done to decouple human existence from the burning of carbon. Not only do these gases accumulate in the atmosphere, the amount we add each year is itself increasing. That is to say: it’s getting worse quickly

Another example involves News Corp uncritically repeating the greenwashing campaigns of some of Australia’s most severe emitters. AGL Energy has openly decided to breach a 1.5C-aligned trajectory by keeping its coal plants open well into the 2040s. Ditto for Energy Australia and Alinta Energy, both justifying this on the grounds that shutting down coal would cause “blackouts”. It’s the worst of corporate climate delay, but it’s heralded as if it’s a grand turnaround on climate.

Source: News Corp’s turnaround on climate crisis is a greenwash | Ketan Joshi | The Guardian

Sam Frost knows nothing about segregation: white settlers co-opting terms used to oppress

Comments like Frost’s demonstrate ignorance towards the many structural inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other marginalised peoples in Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are also battling vaccine and COVID misinformation. Commentary from Frost and other Instagram influencers is not only dangerous, but also spreads inaccurate narratives of white victimhood.

It is a privilege to reject life-saving health interventions while others experience structural barriers to appropriate medical care.

Source: Sam Frost knows nothing about segregation: white settlers co-opting terms used to oppress

JobMaker was meant to support 450,000 jobs. The real figure is just 1 per cent of that – ABC News

Josh Frydenberg speaks at a podium.

“Treasury estimates that this will support around 450,000 jobs for young people.” But previously secret Treasury documents from the middle of this year reveal that just 5,278 people had been hired using the JobMaker hiring credit, or around 1 per cent of the original budget forecast.

Source: JobMaker was meant to support 450,000 jobs. The real figure is just 1 per cent of that – ABC News

Reds Under Bed: Barnaby and Keith’s plot for Australia to subsidise China – Michael West Media

Barnaby Joyce, Keith Pitt, coal

The Coalition’s election war-chest will be brimming with fossil fuel donations thanks to demands by Barnaby Joyce and Keith Pitt to transfer $250bn from Australia to Chinese and other coal and gas companies. Michael West reports on the National Party’s latest brainstorm.

Source: Reds Under Bed: Barnaby and Keith’s plot for Australia to subsidise China – Michael West Media

Defence emails reveal staff shame at Dutton’s ‘tone-deaf’ IDAHOBIT morning tea ban

Emails reveal staff felt shame after Defence Minister Peter Dutton banned IDAHOBIT celebrations, claiming “we are not pursuing a woke agenda”.

He really believed he could be this country’s PM. He mocked our Pacific neighbors and had no qualms sneaking in Operes as a special favor for a mate. Apparently, if he had his way the Sydney Mardi Gras would be banned because it’s “woke” and a critical want to replace heterosexuals in every aspect of our institutional lives. Peter Dutton is our paranoid Minister of Defence and showing Australia he’s doing his job and not acting on his personal whims.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in May revealed that the Defence Minister had ordered his department and serving military personnel to stop events with “particular clothes in celebration” after Defence held morning teas where staff wore rainbow clothing to mark IDAHOBIT. Mr Dutton told Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell and secretary Greg Moriarty to issue a note ending such events, saying he would never tolerate discrimination but would not pursue a “woke agenda” either.

Source: Defence emails reveal staff shame at Dutton’s ‘tone-deaf’ IDAHOBIT morning tea ban

Old Dog Thought- Angus Taylor’ s Statement “Net- Zero doesn’t mean no CO2” Does mean a direct attack on unnecessary “man-made CO2” and not $250bn to fund it.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 13/10/21; Promises Promises Gas Bag Government; Privilege Whinge; Sucking Co2 out of the Air;

Your top issues going into the next election – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

My thought for the day If we are to save our democracy, we might begin by asking that at the very least our politicians should tell the truth. That would be a good beginning. ( John Lord )

I have categorised the list as follows.

Source: Your top issues going into the next election – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Michael Pascoe: Unrepentant, the Coalition pork barrel rolls on

Scott Morrison Bridget McKenzie

Exposure will not weary them, nor shame condemn – the giant pork barrel that is the federal government’s web of grants and rorts rolls on regardless. With the stench of the “#carporks” still fresh, the latest instalment from grant corruption central is Round Five of the Building Better Regions Fund – $300 million worth of political largesse hopelessly skewered towards electorates held by the coalition and independents. Spreadsheet sleuth Vince O’Grady analysed the $294 million “infrastructure projects stream” to find funds were allocated according to form – 16 per cent to Labor electorates, 11 per cent to seats held by independents and 73 per cent to Coalition seats.

Source: Michael Pascoe: Unrepentant, the Coalition pork barrel rolls on

Paul Bongiorno: Hot air and slogans are masking government falling apart

Scott Morrison is giving every impression he is paralysed by the fear his government is disintegrating. With three weeks to go to the Glasgow climate summit attended by more than 100 world leaders, he cannot make a decision on whether to attend or not because he is not sure if his one-seat majority government will still exist. Two National Party cabinet ministers are running open defiance of the Prime Minister’s stated preferred position to start doing something real to achieve a net-zero emission target by 2050.

Source: Paul Bongiorno: Hot air and slogans are masking government falling apart

A brief history of the Coalition’s fake social media accounts

When the PM who dominates our Corporate MSM starts to do the “Trump Whinge” about individuals you know his pollsters are telling him he’s between a rock and a hard place. Yelling foul hasn’t shown that Trump has turned a corner it simply shows pathetic desperation.

If Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to weed out anonymous trolls on social media, he might want to start with his own government, writes Andrew P Street.

Source: A brief history of the Coalition’s fake social media accounts

Looking after your mates – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If concessions are made to develop ‘green energy’ industries using our natural advantages of plenty of open space and sunshine/wind rather than subsidising the coal industry, the entire planet will be better off. If the government has to spend a little extra initially to resettle refugees rather than keeping them in prison, or supporting the homeless, the unemployed or those with a disability get a helping hand when they need it, we should be proud that we are doing something that is beneficial to the majority of our community. Most of those that get support when they need it end up repaying the contribution in spades. As Hewson says, Nobody expects Morrison to hold a hose or draw up a syringe, just to lead on important issues, the resolution of which would clearly be to the greater good of our nation. ( John Hewson once leader of the LNP )

Source: Looking after your mates – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Global Tax System Is Broken. We Can’t Trust Rich Countries to Fix It.

The world is finally recognizing the harms of corporate tax avoidance. But the OECD’s solution to the problem is designed by rich countries, for rich countries. We need an alternative.

Source: The Global Tax System Is Broken. We Can’t Trust Rich Countries to Fix It.

The pattern is clear: Australia’s next election will be a competition on cruelty | Behrouz Boochani | The Guardian

Kurdish-Iranian born journalist Behrouz Boochani,  spent spent six years in Australian-run detention on Manus Island before seeking asylum in New Zealand.

In 2021, the refugees who are still exiled to PNG are again abandoned and remain without any future. They are the only side of this story that is continually damaged – it is their lives that have been destroyed and it is their dreams that have been extinguished. This policy of exile has been exposed as an abject failure in a myriad of ways and it is the Australian public’s choice as to whether they want to be manipulated again or not.

Source: The pattern is clear: Australia’s next election will be a competition on cruelty | Behrouz Boochani | The Guardian

‘The Burning of Fossil Fuels Is Killing Us,’ WHO Warns in COP 26 Report

“Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity,” the U.N. agency says. “While no one is safe from the health impacts of climate change, they are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.”

Source: ‘The Burning of Fossil Fuels Is Killing Us,’ WHO Warns in COP 26 Report

Old Dog Thought- How does Angus Taylor speak with a straight face stealing our money “a tax” to set up a “last resort fund” to subsidize and bank roll Coal when nobody else on the planet will?

Fighting Fake News with REAL 12/10/21; Andrew Forrest ran a steam roller over Angus Taylor; The language of the big lie is all the do-nothing LNP have; Morrison can’t afford Bernard Collaery’s truth;

Government may try forcing Facebook to identify anonymous users

facebook news ban

Does that mean “journalists” at Ch9 and Murdoch media who use anonimity to boost the LNP will need to reveal their sources or identify themselves? They are so often unidentified when smearing Dan Andrews or suggesting IBAC is the corrupt body? Will Peter Costello or Rupert Murdoch be declared a “publisher” and forced to reveal their hidden sources or be treated like Julian Assange. It seems Joyce and Morrison are trying to sleepwalk Australia to fascism. It wasn’t so long ago these assholes were defending Andrew Bolt’s right to to be a media racist to “free speech” and the abolition of the Racial Discrimination Act.

The RDA and the UNHCR were the rogue bodies not so long ago. Now it ICAC according to Morrison and Joyce and history teachers according to Tudge. All it takes is a language, flip turn reality into “alternative facts” or the ” big lie” Climate Science becomes a Religion according to Andrew Bolt,  White Racism into Black Replacement, BLM turns White and Women’s Rights into male persecution. The do nothing LNP have merely imported Trump’s “alternative facts” when we hear Angus Taylor tell us “Net zero doesn’t mean no carbon emissions”

The federal government may try to force Facebook to gather more identification information on their users and hand it to authorities if asked, as part of Scott Morrison’s latest square-up to the social media giants. It potentially opens the door for the government to consider a controversial plan for Australians to provide 100 points of identification to keep their social media accounts – a suggestion that privacy advocates condemned. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce last week suggested that Facebook and Twitter could be treated as publishers under Australian law.

Source: Government may try forcing Facebook to identify anonymous users

Mainstream media ignore mental health data to denigrate Dan Andrews

Andrews’ Government leads the world No other nation or state copped more than 700 COVID deaths in 2020 and then got that tally down to below 70 in 2021. Andrews’ Government alone has managed that. These eight states have comparable populations, demographics and health care systems — all highly advanced. All of them had surges in COVID deaths in mid-2020. Lives lost in the four months from June to September 2020 were: Ireland: 161 Switzerland: 112 Bulgaria: 685 British Columbia (Canada): 70 Massachusetts (USA): 2,610 Indiana (USA): 1,720 Tennessee (USA): 1,948 Victoria (Australia): 778 Scott Morrison to blame for latest Victorian lockdown Scott Morrison to blame for latest Victorian lockdown Victoria is entering yet another lockdown, but Victorians shouldn’t be blaming contact tracers or the State Government. All of them implemented recovery programs, with quite different outcomes. Their COVID deaths over the twelve months from October 2020 to September 2021 were: Ireland: 3,448 Switzerland: 9,199 Bulgaria: 20,057 British Columbia: 1,719 Massachusetts: 9,171 Indiana: 11,488 Tennessee: 12,737 Victoria: 63

Source: Mainstream media ignore mental health data to denigrate Dan Andrews

Collaery’s trial to be public, but it should be abandoned

Very few media outlets have covered the Witness K and Bernard Collaery case in a diligent manner. Sky News, so often rallying for freedom of speech and democracy, didn’t even report on the successful appeal. Like all whistle-blowers, Bernard Collaery is a hero. People of all walks of life should be protected if they report on malfeasance. If Collaery’s prosecution goes ahead, Australian democracy will be weaker as a result.

Collaery’s trial to be public, but it should be abandoned

The Pandora Papers show the line between tax avoidance and tax evasion has become so blurred we need to act against both

OECD chief Mathias Cormann has brokered a deal for a global minimum corporate tax rate. OECD (CC BY-NC 3.0 IGO) Some of what’s been uncovered in the Pandora Papers is illegal (“evasion”) but much might not be (“avoidance”, aided by anonimity). The effect is the same. Dollars that ought to have been paid in tax are withheld and used for the benefit of people who aren’t keen to admit to owning them.

Source: The Pandora Papers show the line between tax avoidance and tax evasion has become so blurred we need to act against both

Afghan army deserter Hekmatullah, who murdered three Australian soldiers, freed from custody in Qatar – ABC News

Three caskets are carried by three groups of soldiers into the back of an aircraft, on a runway at a military base

We seem more concerned about the freeing of an Afghan soldier who killed 3 Australians than we do about Australian soldiers accused of criminally murdering Afghan innocents. Something suggests we don’t regard Afgan lives as quite the same? Given we recently saw the status of the Afghan army can he legitimately even be called a deserter?

Hekmatullah killed three Australian soldiers while they were playing cards in 2012 He spent seven years in prison in Afghanistan, but was transferred to Qatar last year during US-Taliban peace talks He was released from custody when the Taliban retook Kabul in August, and his whereabouts cannot be verified

Source: Afghan army deserter Hekmatullah, who murdered three Australian soldiers, freed from custody in Qatar – ABC News

Australians must be wary of Trump’s “big lie” infiltrating our politics

Unfortunately, the “big lie” recipe seems to have found its place in Australia. There is no better example than the recent resignation of former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian as a result of ICAC revealing it was investigating whether she had been involved in ‘a breach of public trust’ between 2012 and 2018 because of her relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire. The mainstream media and media personalities have tried to portray the former Premier as a victim of the “nasty ICAC” which is really a stooge for disrupting “good” government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is quoted saying that the former Premier had ‘a lot more to contribute to Australian politics’  and that ‘she has tremendous support both in the Liberal Party and, I think right across NSW’.

John Roskam, CEO of the Institute of Public Affairs, a right-wing organisation, opined that:

‘A grubby political deal is not necessarily a corrupt one and it should be the voters that decide whether it is or not, not lawyers applying their own subjective and vague criteria of what’s “corrupt”… The public should decide whether its trust has been breached, not bureaucrats.’

Berejiklian had no problems in slamming ICAC accusing it of pursuing her over “ historic matters” that had already been investigated and explained.

Source: Australians must be wary of Trump’s “big lie” infiltrating our politics

Profits over People: in-home care a cash bonanza for greedy aged providers – Michael West Media

Aged care

The Aged Care Royal Commissioners noted that a recipient of a Level 4 home care package worth $53,000 received on average just 8 hours and 45 minutes of support. Surely this was a big red flag. Yet the federal government has given the home care sector an extra $6.5 billion over next four years without putting in place any accountability measures to stop the rorting of the system.

Source: Profits over People: in-home care a cash bonanza for greedy aged providers – Michael West Media