The government is in authoritarian mode and now is not the time for complacency | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian PM Scott Morrison (left) and deputy PM Michael McCormack. ‘As we watch the US and Europe fall under the spell of democratically elected autocrats we need to confront the fact that there is more than a passing chance we are now on the same journey ourselves.’

We can laugh away McCormack’s rants and Morrison’s raves, but the government that purports to stand for freedom is using the state to quell dissent

via The government is in authoritarian mode and now is not the time for complacency | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Australian’s are pissed

Fighting Fake News with REAL,13/11/19; Let loose the dogs of Righteous Anger and shut the ABC up; Redact 80% of DFAT advice and proove illiberalism is increasing Here and Now;

Republicans Want to Throw Giuliani and Sondland Under the Bus. Their Plan Is Ridiculous. – Mother Jones

According to an astounding report by the Washington Post, Republicans have (yet another) brand-new strategy to defend President Donald Trump from impeachment—and it involves throwing Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, and “possibly” Mick Mulvaney under the bus. Under this new approach, Republicans would essentially acknowledge what has become obvious to everyone: that Trump’s henchmen really did demand that Ukraine investigate Democrats in return for military aide and a White House meeting. But, Republicans insist, Trump himself knew nothing about the scheme:

via Republicans Want to Throw Giuliani and Sondland Under the Bus. Their Plan Is Ridiculous. – Mother Jones

Ukraine Floodgates Open and Fox News Tries to Discredit Everyone — but It Won’t Work | The Smirking Chimp

Character assassination is what Fox News does. The problem for Trump when it comes to the impeachment scandal is that Fox News has too many characters it needs to assassinate.

via Ukraine Floodgates Open and Fox News Tries to Discredit Everyone — but It Won’t Work | The Smirking Chimp

US would attack foes & friends to protect its hegemony and doesn’t shy away from using terrorists as proxies – Assad to RT — RT World News

US would attack foes & friends to protect its hegemony and doesn’t shy away from using terrorists as proxies – Assad to RT

They already have (ODT)

via US would attack foes & friends to protect its hegemony and doesn’t shy away from using terrorists as proxies – Assad to RT — RT World News

Yuendumu Community Shows ‘Resilience, Strength And Wisdom’ After Fatal Police Shooting Of Kumanjayi Walker | HuffPost Australia

Yuendumu community members gather peacefully outside the police station after the fatal shooting of 19-year-old...

Who shoots someone and then doesn’t take them to a medical facility? (ODT)

Two officers had entered a home in the community, 266 kilometers northwest of Alice Springs, early Saturday evening to arrest Walker for alleged property-related offences, police said. After an altercation, Walker was shot and then taken to the police station instead of a medical facility. Family were told Sunday that he was dead.

via Yuendumu Community Shows ‘Resilience, Strength And Wisdom’ After Fatal Police Shooting Of Kumanjayi Walker | HuffPost Australia

NSW fires: Barnaby Joyce claims two people who died ‘most likely’ voted for the Greens

Barnaby Joyce says two bushfire victims "most likely" voted for the Greens.

Guess Joyce doesn’t read the papers or follow Sky News and their CSIRO expert (retired)  when they along with Bant declared a lot could have been done in the 6 years this Gov have been in power to minimize what is occurring at present. Joysce ducking for covere using the old cherry “Weather is Weather “. Quite disgusting thogh dictating that the dead were most likely Greens anyway. (ODT)

“What I wish [Greens MP Adam] Bandt would do is not try to extend this argument to political purposes … to make these spurious links, that a policy change would have stopped the fires is so insulting and just completely beyond the pale.

“To say that a policy that is conducted in Australia from a room in Canberra, where 76 out of 150 will vote for it, will change the bushfire season is an absurdity and erroneous and it is completely misleading because it’s going to have no effect on the climate whatsoever.”

via NSW fires: Barnaby Joyce claims two people who died ‘most likely’ voted for the Greens

Impeaching the President: 5 possibilities – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

America may be the most advanced technological nation on earth but its social progress on matters of great moral importance, INCLUDING ITS POLITICS is still fighting its way out of the dark ages when mysticism was rampart. (John Lord)

via Impeaching the President: 5 possibilities – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Why do idiots keep telling us “it’s normal”? It’s extreme denial!

'Fairly unusual': The day it forgot to rain on Australia

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 12/11/19; LNP Bushfires & McCormack; Australia’s Dry Day; No Direct Proof that Climate Change causes lung cancer either; Greens are nuts McCormack is worse; Toxic eqivalence;

US will leave about 600 troops in northeast Syria, top general says

Some to remain: US forces patrol Syrian oil fields, in eastern Syria.

US admits it will leave about 600 troops and call that a TRUMP”S WITHDRAWL. However whose counting? (ODT)

“There will be less than 1000 for sure,” Milley said, referring to the number present when President Donald Trump ordered their complete withdrawal last month.”The footprint will be small, but the objective will remain the same – the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Milley said.

US will leave about 600 troops in northeast Syria, top general says

NSW Bushfires Wipe Out Half Of Koala Colony, Threaten More | HuffPost Australia

NSW Bushfires Wipe Out Half Of Koala Colony, Threaten

Bushfires have wiped out about half the koalas living on a coastal reserve in New South Wales, experts estimated on Friday, as a record number of intense fires rage around the Australian state.

via NSW Bushfires Wipe Out Half Of Koala Colony, Threaten More | HuffPost Australia

Is hard work enough to lift anyone out of poverty? This question divides the nation – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Children of different ages sitting together on a porch in the City of Logan, south of Brisbane.

And a majority of people across the nation think “if you have a go, you’ll get a go.”

But those who work on the frontlines of poverty reduction almost unanimously say the notion that hard work alone can lift someone out of poverty is just plain wrong.

“So, we can certainly see people who are the exceptions, and all those wonderful stories about people beating the odds are heart-warming because they’re exceptional.”

via Is hard work enough to lift anyone out of poverty? This question divides the nation – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Norway set to gain more from drilling in Great Australian Bight than Australia | Australia news | The Guardian

Birdlife on the Coorong near the mouth of the Murray River where it flows into the Great Australian Bight

Campbell and Shields argue that Norway reaps the rewards from “direct ownership” of oil and gas fields, with global revenue of $46bn from the petroleum industry in 2019 compared with the $1.2bn Australia received from PRRT in 2017-18.

“As a result of the Australian government’s decision to raise little revenue from the exploitation of its oil and gas resources, drilling in the Bight is effectively a no-win proposition for Australia and the communities along its south coast,” the report said.

“While Australians are being asked to shoulder all of the economic and environmental risk of the project, a foreign government is likely to enjoy much of the financial gain.”

via Norway set to gain more from drilling in Great Australian Bight than Australia | Australia news | The Guardian

Illegal offshore gambling websites targeting Australians to be blocked by Federal Government – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Close up of playing pokie machines

Is this a case of the Government assisting and protecting Murdoch’s interests rather than the publics’s since Murdoch entered the online gambling market? The LNP and Murdoch seem to have an up-close and personal interest in their mutual success. (ODT)

via Illegal offshore gambling websites targeting Australians to be blocked by Federal Government – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

NSW bushfires: What’s different about the NSW mega fires and why this is not normal

Burning properties in Rainbow Flat after fire from the Hillville Fire broke containment lines and crossed the Pacific Highway.

I’m confident that our national government, when the smoke and dust settles, will finally see the obvious and understand the word “unprecedented”. I’m sure it will then start to take decisive action to tackle the base cause – greenhouse emissions – then use the high moral ground to lean on other countries to also do the right thing.

NSW bushfires: What’s different about the NSW mega fires and why this is not normal

Old Dog Thoughts- Victoria leads Australia but Australia remain Global laggards

The Veja Mate offshore wind farm in Germany. 

Fighting Fake News wit REAL,11/11/19; The WOKE Bushfires McCormack claims are normal; Victoria leads Australia but Australia doesn’t lead the world; Police equipped with TOYS;

Looks Like GOP Might Run With the “Moron Defense” for Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Lindsey Graham says Trump’s Ukraine policy was incoherent. It wasn’t. He knew what he wanted. But the strategy to defend the president in this impeachment proceeding is certainly incoherent at this point. He will probably survive a trial in the Senate, but none of his defenders are going to come out looking any better than he does. The central fact they can’t accept is that his behavior was indefensible.

via Looks Like GOP Might Run With the “Moron Defense” for Trump | The Smirking Chimp

Raids and public hearings in Victoria’s biggest anti-corruption inquiry yet

Kat Mann in front of a large piece of Cranbourne West farmland at the centre of an IBAC corruption probe.

Victoria’s anti-corruption commission has raided the offices of Ferrari-driving property developer and political donor John Woodman and the homes of local councillors as it prepares to publicly grill politicians and property players over land deals in Melbourne’s sprawling south-east.

via Raids and public hearings in Victoria’s biggest anti-corruption inquiry yet

Australia’s states are growing closer to China as the federal relationship remains strained – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A crowd inside the Government House ballroom lit up with red lights.

Soft Diplomacy seems to be overcoming and Blue Dot the Federal Government has to offer(ODT)

via Australia’s states are growing closer to China as the federal relationship remains strained – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump quashes hopes of early resolution to US-China trade dispute | Business | The Guardian

“They’d like to have a rollback but I’ve not agreed to anything,” Donald Trump told reporters.

The anonymous author of a widely anticipated book on the Trump White House has described the US president as spiraling from crisis to crisis “like a 12-year-old in an air traffic control tower”, according to scathing extracts published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

The unnamed author, identified only as “a senior official in the Trump administration”, also says that colleagues considered resigning en masse in order to raise alarm about the president’s conduct, but ultimately decided against it, according to the Post.

via Trump quashes hopes of early resolution to US-China trade dispute | Business | The Guardian

Anonymous Trump Official’s Book Says the President Sends Aides into ‘Full-blown Panic’ and ‘Stumbles, Slurs, Gets Confused’ | The Smirking Chimp

via Anonymous Trump Official’s Book Says the President Sends Aides into ‘Full-blown Panic’ and ‘Stumbles, Slurs, Gets Confused’ | The Smirking Chimp

Tax Cut Flop: 1080 fails to revive torpid retail sector – Michael West

Tax Cut Flop: 1080 fails to revive torpid retail sector

The retail sector is now in its third year of per capita recession and it’s not just the internet to blame. Alan Austin unpacks the latest retail sales data and how it reflects Australia’s poor economic management.

Tax Cut Flop: 1080 fails to revive torpid retail sector – Michael West

The New Zealand opposition leader wants to follow a Scott Morrison blueprint to beat Jacinda Ardern | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison

via The New Zealand opposition leader wants to follow a Scott Morrison blueprint to beat Jacinda Ardern | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

“Insiders see problems with insiders’ eyes” – my review of the Labor review – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via “Insiders see problems with insiders’ eyes” – my review of the Labor review – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What is the Blue Dot Network and is it really the West’s response to China’s Belt and Road project? – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A cargo ship full of multi-coloured containers sails towards the camera.

via What is the Blue Dot Network and is it really the West’s response to China’s Belt and Road project? – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victorian Government announces multi-million-dollar plan to end native logging by 2030 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A baby possum's face is cradled under a thumb as it sits in someone's hand, wrapped in cloth.

WHO NEEDS SOME TOTALLY AMAZING NEWS?!

Oh my god. Every day I clasp my hands together and thank the sweet universe that I live in Victoria. Thank you, Lily D’Ambrosio MP, thank you.

Please bear in mind: this timetable – and the money that the government are willing to put into it – gives the working people of the industry time and resources to *transition*. This is what we mean by a “just” transition. It is why it should be at the heart of every decision we make. (Van Badham)

Victorian Government announces multi-million-dollar plan to end native logging by 2030 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Old Dog Thoughts- News Corp’s $306 mill loss despite Clive Palmer’s$60 mill media spend and the Government’s $30 Mill

Image result for Bolt with Egg on his face

Fighting Fake News with REAL,9/11/19; News Corp posts $306 mill loss. Commentators are failing to rate and their incompetancy showing;

US and China agree to cancel tariffs, sending Wall Street to record highs – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A stylised image of a Chinese flagged export container sitting on a US flagged export container

Just how wrong was Trump when he started the trade war and put tariffs on Chinese goods. Now he’s doing a walk back and will media claim he has won. China has won the war they never started. (ODT)

via US and China agree to cancel tariffs, sending Wall Street to record highs – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fox violates its edict not to name the whistleblower | Media Matters for America

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Fox News doesn’t have, or doesn’t enforce, standards the way a normal news outlet does. Its hosts frequently buck the network’s purported ban on participating in campaign events, its efforts to limit abject on-air bigotry only highlights the horrific commentary it is willing to let slide, and its much touted wall between “news” and “opinion” divisions is extremely permeable.

And so when CNN reported on Wednesday that Fox hosts and personalities had been ordered not to identify the whistleblower whose complaint is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s abuse of power, the question was not whether that edict would be violated, but when.

via Fox violates its edict not to name the whistleblower | Media Matters for America

The clock is ticking ever closer to Doomsday – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The population, science and business are all onside but the LNP isn’t(ODT)

We have truly lost our moral compass, following get-rich-quick cults and ignoring the needs of those who do not have a chance to ‘have a go’!

We waste food while the poor in other countries – and some in our own – are starving.

We have developed a throw-away economy where manufacturers build in obsolescence.

We pollute to the point that some fresh water sources are no longer suitable for consumption.

The rate of loss of species diversity is enormous. No surprise, when we recognise that humankind is the Earth’s most dangerous predator!

The clock is ticking ever closer to Doomsday, and all the wealth, in financial terms, which a few have accumulated, will not save them forever when the air and water are polluted and the temperatures soar out of control! They might end up living lonely lives in luxurious caves!

Government funding cuts and concentration on research that brings in money has not yet quite destroyed the CSIRO. We have plenty of sources of viable plans for action.

via The clock is ticking ever closer to Doomsday – » The Australian Independent Media Network