Morrison crew backs Capitol coup

And it is hard to imagine that the recent actions of the U.S. President, which continue to incite violence and terrorism and refute the wishes of the democratic majority, and even the decisions of the judiciary, would ever be repeated here.

Morrison crew backs Capitol coup

US House of Representatives votes in favour of Donald Trump impeachment after attack on Capitol Hill – ABC News

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a gavel as she stands before a US flag.

That ABC lead with the impeachment of Trump while Ch9 and The Daily Telegraph see the need to tell us Trump has called for peace. No mention of the threat he made “Better be careful what you wish for” That’s your NEWS Australia. Save the ABC Save our Democracy.

Key points: The Senate Majority Leader blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial for Mr Trump Ten Republicans voted in favour impeachment Mr Trump watched the proceedings on TV from the White House

US House of Representatives votes in favour of Donald Trump impeachment after attack on Capitol Hill – ABC News

America’s global authority disgrace as leaders condemn Trump

Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack If the PM does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Trump and his QAnon followers.

America’s global authority disgrace as leaders condemn Trump

America Is the New Center of Global Instability by Nouriel Roubini – Project Syndicate

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Trump came out after a week with a Perfect Threat “Better be careful what you wish for”

The US will thus most likely be the world’s new epicenter of political and geopolitical instability in the months and years ahead. America’s allies will need to hedge their bets against a future return of Trumpism, and strategic rivals will continue to try to destabilize the US through asymmetric warfare. The world is in for a long, ugly, bumpy ride.

America Is the New Center of Global Instability by Nouriel Roubini – Project Syndicate

Joe Manchin and Mitch McConnell’s Case Against $2,000 Checks Is Complete Garbage

The $2,000 survival checks for all Americans would immediately deliver enormous benefits to the millions facing eviction, starvation, and bankruptcy. The case against those checks that is currently being argued by Joe Manchin and Mitch McConnell is bogus.

Joe Manchin and Mitch McConnell’s Case Against $2,000 Checks Is Complete Garbage

When your government thinks banning Trump from Twitter is the real injustice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s Disgusting Leadership (ODT)

Members of the Morrison government have saved their loudest outrage for Twitter, the social media platform Trump used to incite his followers, and the platform that has finally banned Trump for life. This, it appears, is the great injustice, an affront to “free speech,” and, wait for it, censorship.

When your government thinks banning Trump from Twitter is the real injustice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Origin of the specious: how the Murdoch business polluted a democracy

Murdoch had rehersed his skills as far back as the 70″s in Australia (ODT)

Rupert Murdoch had never had a US president in his pocket before Donald Trump landed there in 2016.

Origin of the specious: how the Murdoch business polluted a democracy

Charity Rorts: how private schools and big business rob from the poor to give to the rich – Michael West

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It’s time to tackle charity rorts, writes William De Maria. The richest schools are charities, as are big businesses like Queensland Sugar Limited. Even the likes of AI Group and NSW Business Chamber Ltd, organisations which fight against higher pay and better conditions for workers, enjoy charity and tax exempt status. Why should taxpayers foot the bill?

Charity Rorts: how private schools and big business rob from the poor to give to the rich – Michael West

We Should Know Exactly Who Funded Last Week’s Right-Wing Riot

Follow the money

Last week’s right-wing riot at the Capitol was egged on by politicians and organizations that have received substantial dark-money funding from corporate interests. It’s past time to enact reforms to end the era of dark money — and find out who exactly is bankrolling the anti-democratic far right.

We Should Know Exactly Who Funded Last Week’s Right-Wing Riot

Accountability for the Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress, in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup.

Accountability for the Attempted Coup | The Smirking Chimp

Letting the Markets go Wild while the People Go Down: A War of the Worlds

The market doesn’t care about politics. It’s a creature that acts in accordance with the goals of its largest participants. The real economy, on the other hand, requires far more effort — planning, prioritizing, and executing programs and projects that can produce tangible profits. We’re a long way from a world that puts investment in the real economy ahead of those soaring financial markets. That gap, in fact, might as well be like the distance between Earth and Mars. In the midst of a pandemic, as billionaires only grow richer and the markets soar, can there be any question that we’re experiencing a Martian invasion?

Letting the Markets go Wild while the People Go Down: A War of the Worlds

Fox throws in the towel on its “news” side | Media Matters for America

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Fox executives seem committed to ensuring that trend continues long after Trump leaves office. The network belongs to the Tucker Carlsons and Sean Hannitys. And with Fox unwilling to reform from within, only its advertisers and the cable providers who carry it can exert enough influence to get it to behave responsibly.

Fox throws in the towel on its “news” side | Media Matters for America

Giuliani Allies Were Part of “Russia-Linked Foreign Influence Network,” US Government Says – Mother Jones

Rudy Giuliani is about to become the first presidential lawyer whose own actions helped lead to his client being impeached twice

Giuliani Allies Were Part of “Russia-Linked Foreign Influence Network,” US Government Says – Mother Jones

Israel’s Leaders Are Trying to Cancel the Debate Because They Know They’re Losing

Israel’s Trump Card

Israel and its supporters are ramping up efforts to outlaw solidarity with Palestinians in the name of combating antisemitism. But these authoritarian maneuvers can’t hide the fact that Israel is losing the battle for public opinion over its denial of Palestinian rights.

Israel’s Leaders Are Trying to Cancel the Debate Because They Know They’re Losing

Extremism inquiry to focus on ‘serious threats’ on right-wing social media

Few Australian politicians have public Parler accounts under their own names. Nationals MP George Christensen is a regular user, as is Senator Malcolm Roberts, while One Nation leader Pauline Hanson occasionally posts on her profile.

Extremism inquiry to focus on ‘serious threats’ on right-wing social media

Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack

If the Prime Minister does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Donald Trump and his QAnon followers, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack

Third Wave: Australia close to world’s best as Covid-19 numbers soar globally – Michael West

Third Wave: Australia close to world’s best as Covid-19 numbers soar globally – Michael West
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Donald Trump aside, deaths in the US continue to soar from Covid-19, with a reported 383,000, and 23 million infections. Europe has also reported huge rises in the final month of 2020, while the numbers in African countries rose sharply too. Alan Austin takes a look at the latest pandemic wave.

Third Wave: Australia close to world’s best as Covid-19 numbers soar globally – Michael West

How to clean up Australian politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hidden away in my ‘To read’ file I found a piece written by former Liberal Party leader John Hewson. I shall have to clean my list out more often in the hope of finding more gems. Hewson’s piece is important and I’m not sure how I missed it because I have witnessed him going through a Fraser-like conversion in his approach to politics in the past few years. The piece was written almost 12 months ago and spoke to a favourite subject of mine. How to clean up our politics to make for a better democracy for all Australians. John Hewson proposes six Rules of engagement.

How to clean up Australian politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Four Years Later: ‘Welcome to Psychopathocracy,’ the Sequel

You cannot reason with a psychopath, you cannot shame such a person or appeal to their better instincts. There is no point in writing open letters to them. The usual way of dealing with politicians who develop some wild ideas in the course of their search for voters and campaign funds will not work.

Four Years Later: ‘Welcome to Psychopathocracy,’ the Sequel

YouTube terminated Steve Bannon’s account. He had blood on his hands after months of calling for revolution and violence. | Media Matters for America

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Bannon believes he has a Trump pardon coming his way. (ODT)

One of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s mantras is “action, action, action” — a call to his followers to be engaged and ready for political fights. On January 8, YouTube finally acted, removing Bannon’s War Room account, after months of Bannon calling for revolution and violence.

YouTube terminated Steve Bannon’s account. He had blood on his hands after months of calling for revolution and violence. | Media Matters for America

Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Myth Reaches Its Catastrophic Conclusion | HuffPost Australia

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A deranged mob of Americans, fueled by lies about election fraud peddled by the president of the United States along with multiple senators and House members, sacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as part of an insurrection encouraged by Donald Trump to stop the constitutional process allowing for the peaceful transfer of power taking place within the building. “[Y]ou’ll never take back your country with weakness,” Trump told the rioters immediately before they marched on the Capitol. “You have to show strength and be strong.”

Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Myth Reaches Its Catastrophic Conclusion | HuffPost Australia

Donald Trump Twitter ban: Josh Frydenberg ‘uncomfortable’

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he is ‘uncomfortable’ with Twitter’s decision to ban US President Donald Trump. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Andrew Henshaw

Frydenberg, McCormack, Kelly and even Morrison shame our nation. They believe inciting encouraging and promoting sedition, violence, and insurrection is simply allowable and to prevent it a matter of “suppression of free speech”. Rest assured they don’t practice what they preach at home in the workplace or other of their social and cultural situations. Swearing like drunken sailors isn’t tolerated in their homes. Do they seriously listen to what they are saying? All readily condemning whistleblowers and journalists, so much so, that they demand we maintain and even strengthen the laws that prosecute them are (ODT)appropriate. They don’t speak up for Julian Assange who the American government wants to put away for 174 years. Not so poor old Don the victim of Twitter.( ODT)

Senior government ministers have lashed Twitter’s ban on Donald Trump as multiple social media giants removed the outgoing US President from their platforms.

Donald Trump Twitter ban: Josh Frydenberg ‘uncomfortable’

Japan finds another coronavirus variant, Health Ministry says

A new coronavirus variant has been detected in four travellers from Brazil’s Amazonas state, Japan’s Health Ministry says, the latest new mutation of the virus discovered. Studies were now underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new variant, which differs from highly infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases.

Japan finds another coronavirus variant, Health Ministry says

Liberal MP Craig Kelly attacks Facebook for warning him over unproven Covid treatment post | Australian politics | The Guardian

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Labor’s health spokesman, Chris Bowen, seized on the controversy, arguing the social media giant had “called out ‘Conspiracy Craig’s’ medical disinformation campaign” after the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and federal health minister, Greg Hunt, failed to do so.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly attacks Facebook for warning him over unproven Covid treatment post | Australian politics | The Guardian

Treasury’s latest population projections seem hard to believe

From boom to bust: The Treasurer’s population forecasts

The overall population projection Treasury is now making is that once international borders fully re-open and things go back to “normal”, the population will grow at around 350,000 per annum for the second half of the 2020s. So, can we believe this latest population projection? Is Treasury really now being transparent?

Treasury’s latest population projections seem hard to believe

US Capitol riots: Arnold Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riots to Kristallnacht, says ‘it all started with lies’

Schwarzenegger compares Capital riots to Kristallnacht

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Republican governor of California and Hollywood action star has issued a heartfelt and stinging criticism of outgoing US President Donald Trump, while comparing last week’s Capitol riots to Kristallnacht, the night the Nazi attacked the Jewish population in Germany in 1938.

US Capitol riots: Arnold Schwarzenegger compares Capitol riots to Kristallnacht, says ‘it all started with lies’

After an insurrectionist at the Capitol repeated Steve Bannon’s call for violence, his show is still streaming via Google Play | Media Matters for America

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Yesterday I reported that an insurrectionist at the Capitol on Wednesday had repeated Steve Bannon’s call to put federal bureaucrats’ “heads on pikes.”

After an insurrectionist at the Capitol repeated Steve Bannon’s call for violence, his show is still streaming via Google Play | Media Matters for America

Angelo Carusone: Twitter banning Trump now is “a lot like senior administration officials resigning with only days left” | Media Matters for America

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In reaction to Twitter’s announcement that it will be permanently suspending Donald Trump’s account, Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America issued the following statement:

Angelo Carusone: Twitter banning Trump now is “a lot like senior administration officials resigning with only days left” | Media Matters for America

Tucker Carlson’s Pathetic Response To CNN Shredding His Racist Insurrection Denial | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson’s Pathetic Response To CNN Shredding His Racist Insurrection Denial

Keilar mopped the floor Friday with Carlson’s effort to downplay the insurrection at the Capitol as “a political protest that got out of hand” and his attempt to make those who rightly labeled the insurrection as sedition the real villains. She also exposed Carlson’s racism with a devastating comparison of his tolerance for the MAGA violence with his condemnation of Black Lives Matter protests.

Tucker Carlson’s Pathetic Response To CNN Shredding His Racist Insurrection Denial | Crooks and Liars

Even Trump Loyalists Can No Longer Defend His Legacy – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s presidency has had plenty of low points, but none as low as the past week. With barely two weeks left, many of the president’s Cabinet members are distancing themselves or outright resigning. Twitter—the social media megaphone that he’s used for years to peddle conspiracy theories and incite hatred—has permanently suspended his account. And even his allies can’t defend his legacy as the only president in modern history to incite a riot against the US government.

Even Trump Loyalists Can No Longer Defend His Legacy – Mother Jones

‘He’s Going To Be More Unleashed And Unhinged Than Ever’ | HuffPost Australia

President Donald Trump had been laying the groundwork for the insurrection at the Capitol for years,...
In how many ways must it be said Mary Trump is right

He’ll have some kind of rally. It will be like the victimhood rally, depending on what happens to him, but if he’s just allowed to stay there, he’ll have some kind of rally, and that will help to kick off this next phase that we’re talking about. And it’ll be like super-dangerous grievance stuff, because now that he’s out of power, he’s going to be more unleashed and unhinged than ever. I hope people are realizing that. You know, I feel bad because people want to relax, because Biden’s coming in and we didn’t even get to enjoy the victories in Georgia, and instead they have to prepare themselves, to be ever more vigilant. That feels like an argument for arresting him. Yeah. He has to be removed. For the good of everyone.

‘He’s Going To Be More Unleashed And Unhinged Than Ever’ | HuffPost Australia

Zero Attribution: Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology keeps silent on climate science – Michael West

Meteorological services around the world have embraced climate attribution science, which ascertains the effect of climate change on extreme weather events. Not so Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, which is remarkably coy about its work in this field. Sandi Keane and Tasha May report.

Zero Attribution: Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology keeps silent on climate science – Michael West

Why Impeach Trump at This Late Date? One Word, Says Bernie Sanders: ‘Precedent’ | Common Dreams News

Bill Zawacki carries a banner that reads "impeach" near the U.S. Capitol two days after a pro-Trump mob broke into the building on January 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the U.S. government.”

Why Impeach Trump at This Late Date? One Word, Says Bernie Sanders: ‘Precedent’ | Common Dreams News

Insurrection by Trump Mob and Republicans in Congress

Protesters wave American and Confederate flags during clashes with Capitol police at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RC2N2L9I7JHI
Hawley and Cruz It’s time to go

Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, the leaders of the coup attempt in the Senate, might as well have been personally leading the Trump cultists as they rampaged through the Capitol’s corridors. There are no political subtleties, no nuanced hot takes about what happened in Washington on January 6, 2021. It was an insurrection, period. It was an insurrection by a Trump mob, and later by their confederates in the House and Senate.

Insurrection by Trump Mob and Republicans in Congress

Trump admitted a “new administration” is coming into office. QAnon supporters claim he’s staying in office anyways. | Media Matters for America

Trump QAnon

Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory claimed that a video of President Donald Trump admitting his presidency is ending is actually a sign that he will stay in office. In reality, it’s more of a sign that the community is dedicated to its delusion of a Trump second term in office regardless of the facts.

Trump admitted a “new administration” is coming into office. QAnon supporters claim he’s staying in office anyways. | Media Matters for America

Trump Forced the Ultimate Loyalty Test on Congressional Republicans | Washington Monthly

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Even after the president incited an insurrection against Congress, six senators and 121 representatives voted to proclaimed that the GOP is his party.

Trump Forced the Ultimate Loyalty Test on Congressional Republicans | Washington Monthly

Allies Alarmed at Capitol Mob — but Not Undemocratic Ones

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 07: In this photo illustration, Newspaper front pages show yesterday's storming by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump of the U.S. Capitol on January 7, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Politicians across the world have reacted with shock and dismay at the events in Washington, D.C., in which Trump supporters, egged on by Trump at a rally nearby earlier in the day, converged on the Capitol, broke into the building, challenged law enforcement officers and forced lawmakers, who were debating the electoral college count to certify the U.S. presidential victory of Joe Biden, to flee to safety. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Picking up the shattered pieces of the U.S. Capitol building, it would be worth reflecting on which countries are America’s real friends and which have been merely feeding off, and pushing for, the U.S.’s democratic decay.

Allies Alarmed at Capitol Mob — but Not Undemocratic Ones

Dear Rats deserting Trump’s Sinking Ship: All those Times you didn’t Resign or Even criticize his Monstrous Deeds

Lord Beaverbrook is at a cocktail party conversing with an attractive woman, and the conversation turns to ethics. He asks her if she would sleep with someone for a million pounds. She says that she would. He asks her, “Would you sleep with someone for five pounds?” She says, “Certainly not, what sort of woman do you think I am?” He observes drily, “Madame, we have already established that. Now we are just haggling about the price.” I have some questions for the resignees:

Dear Rats deserting Trump’s Sinking Ship: All those Times you didn’t Resign or Even criticize his Monstrous Deeds