When culture war games trend lethal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Signs at a rally to protect trans people in Texas

Some of the idiot balls in Australia are made local. Kmart is in trouble for deciding that Australia Day merchandise doesn’t sell well enough to justify stocking it, a version of the American “woke companies” gambit. The “threat” of the anodyne Voice to Parliament is created out of thin air by the Murdoch Dog Line. This furphy is manufactured as part of the illusory anglosphere “Critical Race Theory” threat. Any effort to teach a more balanced history of our colonial nations is met with stonewalling rage. So fragile are the white bastions of our greatness that stories of the pain inflicted in their creation would apparently destroy everything.

The damage that will be done to Australia’s First Nations people over the course of this referendum by the drastic mischaracterisations in the Murdoch media is substantial. The marriage equality “debate” was brutal for LGBTQI+ Australians, beset by slander. As Noel Pearson pointed out, Australia likes Aboriginal people much less than we like the gay people we know in our families, social and work spaces.

The exception to that calculus is trans people. There are so few that many older Australians have never met someone who is gender diverse. This has made them a very useful target of disinformation and dehumanisation.

Source: When culture war games trend lethal – » The Australian Independent Media Network

US Sec. of State Blinken Offers some Anesthesia while Palestinians are Operated on by Far-Right Israeli Gov’t

Meanwhile Netanyahu will continue to take like Kim Jong-Un in the knowledge that America will do nothing

Blinken did not, however, offer any practical steps for changing the shrinking horizon of Palestinian hope. Nothing any U.S. administration has done since 1967 has halted the Israeli colonization of Palestinian privately owned land for Israeli squatters who are illegally sent over the border and now are being heavily armed by the Netanyahu government.

Source: US Sec. of State Blinken Offers some Anesthesia while Palestinians are Operated on by Far-Right Israeli Gov’t

Indigenous voice supporters target Liberal support

Democracy in Action or wedging Dutton? ” Speak Up Peter” When Indigenous Australians ask Dutton for support they don’t and wont get it. As what they ask for isn’t Conservative policy,

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also extended an olive branch to the Liberal leader, offering to come up with a constructive deal for constitutional reform in a private letter.

The letter, details of which were published in Nine newspapers, asked Mr Dutton for any “practical suggestions” he wished to contribute to the voice proposal.

Source: Indigenous voice supporters target Liberal support

White man’s brutality and the educated middle-class – Pearls and Irritations

Democracy or autocracy symbol. Turned wooden cubes and changed the concept word Autocracy to Democracy. Beautiful white background. Copy space. Business democracy or autocracy concept.

The question might well be asked are we witnessing another Vietnam and a fight for Independence?

Students, activists; rather, the especially educated — are hand in hand with the true aggressors. This is not an aberration, but the norm.

Matthieu Buge writes on Russia Today: “Coppola had, in the ‘70’s, understood something that former US Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara only came to understand in the ‘90’s when he met with Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. With astonishment, he suddenly realised that the Vietnamese were fighting a war of independence, not an ideological war. The 20-year conflict in Vietnam had never been about the spread of communism in the world.”

This has already been the case again for the people in the Luhansk and Donetsk Republics, who want to stop being bombed after the past 8-9 years, and want their independence recognised — at present it has been recognised only by Russia. But Westerners have truly bought into the idea of this being an ideological war between democracy and autocracy, despite the US clearly not caring about democracy in Ukraine at all — in 2014 it backed a coup against a democratically-elected government, in elections certified by the OSCE.

 

Source: White man’s brutality and the educated middle-class – Pearls and Irritations

A Gruesome Bill Asks Prisoners to Give Up Organs to Get Out a Few Months Early

Prisoners in Massachusetts may soon be forced to choose between their organs and their freedom: Democratic legislators in the state are proposing a law that would allow prisoners to donate organs or bone marrow in exchange for up to a year off their sentence.

Source: A Gruesome Bill Asks Prisoners to Give Up Organs to Get Out a Few Months Early

The Fox-Trump feedback loop is on full display with Kellyanne Conway’s renewed role as a campaign adviser | Media Matters for America

Free for Trump but paid by Fox Kellyanne Conway renewed no pay role is all payday

Fox News contributor Kellyanne Conway delivered a salvo of on-air political attacks against Vice President Kamala Harris just hours after news broke of her joining former President Donald Trump’s nascent reelection effort as an unpaid adviser. Conway’s dual role as a political strategist for Trump and a commentator for Fox highlights the seamlessly symbiotic relationship between Fox and the Republican Party, and further exposes the network’s purported “news side” as being just another component of Fox’s political machine.

Source: The Fox-Trump feedback loop is on full display with Kellyanne Conway’s renewed role as a campaign adviser | Media Matters for America

Voice to Parliament: ‘Yes’ vote has many enemies

Does the Constitution need changing is The referendum

What comes after Parliament determines and is elected. Is “a Voice TO not IN parliament a reasonable request?

Their demand for information on “what the Voice will be” is not entirely a red herring. The Labor Government’s statement that it’ll be decided by Parliament after the referendum succeeds, is not satisfying what a large number of people think they should know, before voting “Yes”. It is an added risk, that as soon as you give some plan, oppositionists will start debating the plan — attacking the main idea by attacking the example. But that might have to be the cost of shutting them up about providing “details”.

Source: Voice to Parliament: ‘Yes’ vote has many enemies

The year ahead – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

The real enemy of neo-conservative politics in Australia is not Labor or democratic socialism. It is simply what Australians affectionally call “a fair go.” (John Lord )

Source: The year ahead – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Robodebt’s privileged perpetrators shamefully punished the poor

Wealthy and privileged public servants and politicians all collaborated to demonise the poor and destroy people’s lives with the Robodebt scheme, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

Source: Robodebt’s privileged perpetrators shamefully punished the poor

PwC scandal: who’s guarding the guards? Nobody – Michael West

PwC, the Big Four

The Big 4 are too big, too powerful, too secretive, and corrupt. The PwC scandal is merely the tip of the iceberg. The answer is to break them up and force them to incorporate. They thrive in secrecy. Michael West reports.

Source: PwC scandal: who’s guarding the guards? Nobody – Michael West

“Cabal of Secrecy”: political donations data dump features $119 million from nowhere, “dark money” – Michael West

Analysis of the Australian Electoral Commission’s 2022 donations data dump has revealed ‘dark money’ comprised up to 40% of major political party revenue. Liberals were the worst offenders. Callum Foote reports.

Source: “Cabal of Secrecy”: political donations data dump features $119 million from nowhere, “dark money” – Michael West

Workers and Democracy

Democracy has a dream-like character. It sweeps into the world, carried forward by an immense desire by humans to overcome the barriers of indignity and social suffering.

When confronted by hunger or the death of their children, earlier communities might have reflexively blamed nature or divinity, and indeed those explanations remain with us today. But the ability of human beings to generate massive surpluses through social production, alongside the cruelty of the capitalist class to deny the vast majority of humankind access to that surplus, generates new kinds of ideas and new frustrations.

 

Source: Workers and Democracy

The Biggest Story You’ve Never Heard About Today’s Federal Debt | The Smirking Chimp

Not only is the story false, but it leaves out the bigger and more important story behind today’s federal debt: the switch by America’s wealthy over the last half century from paying taxes to the government to lending the government money.

This back story needs to be told if Americans are to understand what’s really happened and what needs to be done about it. Republicans won’t tell it, so Democrats (starting with Joe Biden) must.

Source: The Biggest Story You’ve Never Heard About Today’s Federal Debt | The Smirking Chimp

Israel’s Strange Ambivalence on Ukraine – CounterPunch.org

Carlos Latuff on Twitter: "#Israel sees the war in #Ukraine a good  opportunity to boost the colonization of #Palestine." / Twitter

 why on earth has the world’s only Jewish state failed to support the only other country with a Jewish leader? So much for conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world. We can’t even get together to control the outcome of the war in Ukraine.

When Israel refused to provide Ukraine with its Iron Dome air defense system, in the face of Russia’s brutal aerial assault on Ukrainian infrastructure, Zelensky couldn’t contain his frustration in an interview with French TV: “You know there are many people in Ukraine of Jewish origin, and there are a lot of Ukrainians in Israel. How is it possible to have this attitude? I was shocked.”

Zelensky and Netanyahu may share the distinction of being Jewish leaders. But the Ukrainian should not expect much in the way of military help from Israel. Frankly, the latter is too busy heading in the direction of fascism to be much help in defending a democratic state from Putinism.

Source: Israel’s Strange Ambivalence on Ukraine – CounterPunch.org

Explaining Israel’s oppression: cruelty, evil, apartheid and colonisation – Pearls and Irritations

Khalida Jarrar with MK Ayman Odeh Head of the Joint List after the Israeli authorities released her.

On January 27, Israeli forces kill 10 Palestinians in Jenin, including two youths and an elderly woman. The following day a lone Palestinian gunman shoots dead seven Israelis as they leave a synagogue in a settlement in East Jerusalem.

Source: Explaining Israel’s oppression: cruelty, evil, apartheid and colonisation – Pearls and Irritations

Leak confirms U.S. agents created massive ‘Kremlin web-bots’ scam – Pearls and Irritations

Man Examining Fake News On Newspaper Through Magnifying Glass

When the Democrats are little better than the Republicans what does it say about American Democracy?

Man Examining Fake News On Newspaper Through Magnifying Glass A group of top US agents, mostly Democrats, pumped hundreds of fake news stories into the mainstream media, it was revealed at the weekend.

Source: Leak confirms U.S. agents created massive ‘Kremlin web-bots’ scam – Pearls and Irritations

Trump Takes ‘The Fifth’ In NY Fraud Probe Deposition | Crooks and Liars

Trump Takes 'The Fifth' In NY Fraud Probe Deposition
January 31, 2023

CBS News released a small sample of Trump’s deposition today in the New York fraud investigation, in which the former guy has taken the Fifth Amendment not to incriminate himself.

“You really have no choice,” Trump said. “Anyone in my position not taking the fifth amendment would be a fool, an absolute foo

“I respectfully decline to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution — This will be my answer to any further questions.”

People take the Fifth Amendment so they don’t incriminate themselves. It IS the right of every American. However, when it was Hillary’s computer programmer, Trump claimed taking the fifth was an admission of guilt.

Trump repeatedly said “same answer” to speed things up. CBS reported that, “Trump did so more than 400 times during the course of the full interview, according to sources.”

That’s a far cry from when he attacked Hillary Clinton and declared anyone taking the Fifth must be guilty.

“The mob takes the Fifth,” he said at an Iowa campaign rally in September. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

Source: Trump Takes ‘The Fifth’ In NY Fraud Probe Deposition | Crooks and Liars

Dutton is driving the Liberals off a cliff – and his colleagues are passengers watching on

The electorate has moved to the left but Peter Dutton continues to look right.

There’s a cult-like feel to today’s Liberal Party, with too many of its MPs meekly following their leader. As the electorate swings to the left, Peter Dutton continues to look to the right – it won’t win back the voters they lost.

It was never the subject of a formal announcement but at some stage in the past few years, the Liberal Party at the federal level seems to have ceased to be a conventional political organisation.

Source: Dutton is driving the Liberals off a cliff – and his colleagues are passengers watching on

Paul Bongiorno: ‘No’ campaign spoiling to muffle the Voice

Voice

The Prime Minister’s commitment to implement the Uluru Statement From the Heart in full is in grave danger of being derailed by the shorthand title, ‘The Voice’ that we keep hearing about.

Source: Paul Bongiorno: ‘No’ campaign spoiling to muffle the Voice

Voice vote may demand blood in the water – Pearls and Irritations

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Andrew Bolt clings to the IPA like a leech for their intellectual narratives

For the IPA, the history of settlement and dispossession, however lamentable, forms no part of the referendum proposition on the table. For them, the present disadvantage of Indigenous Australians, again however lamentable, owes more to the way that Indigenous Australians have allowed themselves to become pauperised and impoverished by welfare systems, and encouraged to think of themselves as helpless victims rather than actors in their own personal advancement. They want to persuade people that rights and assistance should be stripped away, arguing, that “woke” policies and government interventions, however well intentioned, have not improved their situation and generally have made it worse. For them, only policies based on personal responsibility, providing individual rather than collective rights and rewards for work, will create the wealth, human, social and economic capital, and incentives to lift people from their misery. The inequality, and material and spiritual poverty of the US is a testament to the truth of their gospel. Depriving the IPA and their sponsors of their special privileges and advantages, and their access to the power they enjoy should be one of the more com

Source: Voice vote may demand blood in the water – Pearls and Irritations

Taxing the super-rich a good start to ending wealth inequality

Pressure is mounting for the Albanese Government to end the Coalition’s legacy of neoliberalism and take steps towards wealth equality, writes Bilal Cleland.

Source: Taxing the super-rich a good start to ending wealth inequality

Israeli Squatters go wild in Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank, attacking Palestinians, Cars, Shops and Olive Orchards

On Saturday evening and Sunday, the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank descended into an orgy of violence on the part of militant Israeli squatters on private Palestinian land, with the Palestine Authority recording 144 squatter attacks, according to Kamil Ibrahim, reporting from Jerusalem for al-Ra’i.

Source: Israeli Squatters go wild in Israeli-Occupied Palestinian West Bank, attacking Palestinians, Cars, Shops and Olive Orchards

Chris Hedges: Ukraine: The War That Went Wrong – scheerpost.com

Chris Hedges: Ukraine: The War That Went Wrong NATO support for the war in Ukraine, designed to degrade the Russian military and drive Vladimir Putin from power, is not going according to plan. The new sophisticated military hardware won’t help.

Source: Chris Hedges: Ukraine: The War That Went Wrong – scheerpost.com

Australia’s racist Constitution and the Voice – Pearls and Irritations

Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags outside the Australian Parliament House in July 2016.

‘Questions which relate to the whole body of the people, to the purity of race, to the preservation of the racial character of the white population, are Commonwealth questions and should be so exclusively’.

Australia has a racist constitution. It gives the Federal Parliament power to make laws for ‘The people of any race, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws’. Deemed necessary, that is, by the Parliament itself.

Given the failure of the Morrison and earlier governments to improve Aboriginal welfare (‘Closing the Gap’ remains merely an aspiration) this is not a particularly appealing response. But the fact that Dutton keeps raising questions about the voice designed, it appears, to sabotage the referendum, suggest he will either avoid committing his party either way, or else reluctantly advocate a ‘yes’ vote, so that if the referendum fails he can blame the government’s strategy, tactics and general ineptitude.

We are in for an unedifying six or more months until we get to vote.

Source: Australia’s racist Constitution and the Voice – Pearls and Irritations

Rex Patrick: put PwC top of blacklist for government procurement payments – Michael West

PwC

The first thing Abbott did when elected was rid the ATO of some 3000 fully trained corporate tax investigators the best were snapped up by the big 4

Big 4 consultancy PwC has been caught red-handed with partners leaking confidential information, obtained while advising the Federal government on combating tax avoidance, so their multinational clients could avoid tax. As the government ponders its response, Rex Patrick argues it’s time to introduce a procurement blacklist to deal with corporate cowboys.

Source: Rex Patrick: put PwC top of blacklist for government procurement payments – Michael West

Australia’s renewed commitment to neighbourliness is saving lives

The Albanese Government has acted promptly to begin the process of restoring Australia’s reputation in the region, as Alan Austin reports.

Source: Australia’s renewed commitment to neighbourliness is saving lives

90 Seconds to Midnight? – scheerpost.com

90 seconds to midnight clock display.

When Common Sense no longer exist individual interests prevail.

To put it bluntly, soon Russia will be in a position where a single ship could, in a matter of minutes, fire 16 nuclear armed hypersonic missiles at the United States which not only cannot be intercepted by anything in the US arsenal, but also would impact their respective targets before any meaningful evacuation could be conducted. It is, literally, a decapitation weapon. Current Russian nuclear doctrine does not allow for a nuclear first strike; indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that Russia would not be the first nation to use nuclear weapons in any future nuclear conflict. But he also emphasized that Russia would not be the second, either, meaning that Russia would release its nuclear arsenal without waiting for any US first strike to impact Russian soil.

Source: 90 Seconds to Midnight? – scheerpost.com

Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

If the Islamic Jihad cell had been planning an attack, as the Israelis maintained, then the raid was not illegal in itself. But it left so many dead bodies behind aside from the those of the three militants, not to mention injured, that the commando tactics appear to have shown reckless disregard for civilian, non-combatant life, which is a war crime.

We will see many more raids involving reckless disregard for human life in the West Bank now that Israeli extremists have been put in charge of 3 million Palestinians. It is as though a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. had been made Secretary of the Interior with oversight of native Americans.

PM Netanyahu announced that he would meet the challenge of increased violence by issuing Israelis (including the Israeli squatters on Palestinian private property in the West Bank) more guns. He said he would also try to collect ‘illegal weapons.’ That is, the Israelis are heavily armed but the Palestinians helpless. Squatter attacks on Palestinians help account for the high death toll of the past thirteen months.

Source: Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

Israel to punish families of Palestinian attackers

Collective Punishment is an instrument of a number of fascist regimes throughout history. Israel is in complete denial that it belongs on such a notable list. However, it’s a practice once condemned by Jews in the past and is now common practice of a State that claims to represent them.

Israel has sealed the home of an east Jerusalem man who killed seven people outside a synagogue, in a preliminary step ahead of the expected demolition of the building, as two Palestinian men died from Israeli fire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet approved an order to seal the home of a second Palestinian shooter — a 13-year-old boy who wounded two Israeli men in east Jerusalem on Saturday. His Cabinet also took steps toward approving other punitive measures against the families of Palestinian attackers, including potentially stripping them of citizenship rights and deporting them.

Source: Israel to punish families of Palestinian attackers

Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no Reason left to defend Israel

Friedman urged US President Joe Biden to “save Israel” from becoming a bastion of zealotry. “Israel is on the verge of a historic transformation — from a full-fledged democracy to something less, and from a stabilising force in the region to a destabilising one,” said Friedman. “Can Joe Biden save Israel?” he asked, with the looming possibility of it turning into an “illiberal bastion of zealotry”. In December Friedman wrote another piece in the NYT under the headline “The Israel We Knew Is Gone”. In another column he asked, “What in the World Is Happening in Israel?”

Source: Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no Reason left to defend Israel

We Tried to Call the Top Donors to George Santos’ 2020 Campaign. Many Don’t Seem to Exist. – Mother Jones

In September 2020, George Santos’ congressional campaign reported that Victoria and Jonathan Regor had each contributed $2,800—the maximum amount—to his first bid for a House seat. Their listed address was 45 New Mexico Street in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

A search of various databases reveals no one in the United States named Victoria or Jonathan Regor. Moreover, there is nobody by any name living at 45 New Mexico Street in Jackson. That address doesn’t exist. There is a New Mexico Street in Jackson, but the numbers end in the 20s, according to Google Maps and a resident of the street.

Source: We Tried to Call the Top Donors to George Santos’ 2020 Campaign. Many Don’t Seem to Exist. – Mother Jones

Should Trump Get Back His Giant Megaphones? | The Smirking Chimp

 

Antitrust laws were enacted more than a century ago to protect our democracy from being undermined by giant corporations. Yet this what Twitter and Meta are now doing. In my view, we should reduce the size and reach of these huge corporate megaphones by using antitrust laws to break them up.

Source: Should Trump Get Back His Giant Megaphones? | The Smirking Chimp

Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles valued at $500 million

Blue poles, by Jackson Pollock.

The most publicly derided acquisition in modern Australian art history has proved to be one of the nation’s bargains of the century.

Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles is now worth a whopping $500 million, according to a new valuation by its keeper, the National Gallery of Australia.

Source: Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles valued at $500 million

Lachlan Murdoch’s big mouth set to cost Rupert Murdoch, Fox and himself $billion in the Dominion defamation caseKangaroo Court of Australia

One of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch’s defences from any personal liability in the court cases is that in their management roles, they do not tell journalists what to say.

But in the below video, Lachlan Murdoch says that he “works closely with the managers of those newsrooms and it’s important they get the positioning and the messaging right”. Those “managers” would be the editors who work directly with the journalists overseeing what the journalists write. So Lachlan by his own admission is only one step away from directly telling the journalists what to write.

Source: Lachlan Murdoch’s big mouth set to cost Rupert Murdoch, Fox and himself $billion in the Dominion defamation caseKangaroo Court of Australia

Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

Jerusalem synagogue attack

Rest assured “collective punishment” is coming to all Palestinians. It’s the Israeli way, Just as the Germans did during WW2 if an individual Palestinian commits a crime all Palestinians get punished.

“We grieve for all this unthinkable loss. And with our grief, we also rage,” said Jewish Voice for Peace. “The Israeli government’s domination and oppression of Palestinians is the root cause of each of these senseless, tragic deaths.”

Source: Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

CNN Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Don’t Have The Right Priorities | Crooks and Liars

CNN Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Don't Have The Right Priorities

 

In a new CNN poll released today, 73% of all Americans say that House Republicans do not have the right priorities for Americans.

Source: CNN Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Don’t Have The Right Priorities | Crooks and Liars

Ron DeSantis Prefers to Call His War on Workers a War on “Wokeness”

Ron DeSantis’s crusade against “woke ideology” was always a thinly disguised assault on the rights of Florida teachers and their unions. His recent “Teacher’s Bill of Rights” only makes it explicit.

Source: Ron DeSantis Prefers to Call His War on Workers a War on “Wokeness”

Old Dog Thought- Dutton’s Confusion is Just Illusion

PM challenges Liberals on referendum detail

“Pearson said detail would be in legislation made by the parliament but the referendum was about the constitution.

“It’s the parliamentarians who have the responsibility to come up with the detail,” he told ABC Radio.

“The Australian people are being asked to vote on a constitutional amendment. All of the power lies with the parliament and it’s a complete diversion to demand these details.”…

Fighting Fake News with REAL 29/1/23, Noel Pearson, Dutton,

Politicised attacks are damaging the ABC’s editorial independence

Australians deserve an independent ABC. Not one that purposely mirrors other often politically compromised reporting, like Murdoch media, to avoid “left-wing” labels, writes Dr Victoria Fielding.

Source: Politicised attacks are damaging the ABC’s editorial independence

Linda Reynolds launches defamation action against Brittany Higgins’s partner David Sharaz – ABC News

A woman with short blonde hair and glasses speaking a lecturn in front of an australian flag

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds is suing Brittany Higgins’s partner over tweets he made that she alleges defamed her.

Ms Higgins was working in Ms Reynolds’ Canberra Ministerial office when she was allegedly raped by a colleague.

Subsequent legal proceedings against the accused were abandoned in October and then a planned retrial was dropped by the prosecution.

In fresh court documents lodged in Western Australia’s Supreme Court, Ms Reynolds has accused Mr Higgins’s partner, David Sharaz, of defaming her in two tweets from the account @SharazDavid in January and December last year.

In the writ issued through her lawyer, Martin Bennett, Ms Reynolds alleged the tweets were “falsely defamatory” and thereby caused her “loss and damage”.

The Perth-based senator is demanding Mr Sharaz pay aggravated damages and interest at a rate of 6 per cent since they were published.

Source: Linda Reynolds launches defamation action against Brittany Higgins’s partner David Sharaz – ABC News

Red flags abound for Shine Justice but “no win no fee” law firm no respond, nor PwC – Michael West

Shine Justice, Shine Lawyers

 

Editor’s Note: both Shine Justice and PwC were provided with detailed questions for this story. They declined to be respond. The author of the Shine investment report on which this story is based preferred to remain anonymous.

Being a law firm, Shine’s directors and executives would understand that the Corporations Act requires them to comply with Australian Accounting Standards (AASB). Auditor PwC would also be aware of this. Questions were put to Shine and PwC for this story but there was no response. An offer to meet to discuss the red flags covered by the investment report was also ignored.

Source: Red flags abound for Shine Justice but “no win no fee” law firm no respond, nor PwC – Michael West

Forgotten subscriptions costing billions – Michael West

Its your pocket that’s being picked

Who doesn’t want an extra hundred bucks in their pocket each month, right? Yet Australians are on average throwing away at least that much by paying for subscriptions they’ve either forgotten about or no longer use.

Source: Forgotten subscriptions costing billions – Michael West

Israeli bloodbath in Jenin kills 9 Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Hundreds of people carry multiple bodies on stretchers

 

In bloody carnage on Thursday morning, Israeli occupation forces assaulted Jenin refugee camp killing nine Palestinians, including two children and a 61-year-old woman, and injuring dozens more.

Source: Israeli bloodbath in Jenin kills 9 Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Netanyahu’s Folly: High Tech Investors pull out of Unstable Israel, as Palestine Authority cuts off Security Cooperation

Israel’s intention is to provoke an all-out war so it can invade the West Bank and annex it as part of the State of Israel.

The new government of Israel under the leadership of Binyamin Netanyahu, which includes the fascist Religious Zionism and Jewish Power blocs, has begun chasing away businesses and investors, has provoked hundreds of thousands of Israelis to protest, and has led to an end of security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, a legacy of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, which are now a dead letter.

Source: Netanyahu’s Folly: High Tech Investors pull out of Unstable Israel, as Palestine Authority cuts off Security Cooperation

Mariupol: the battle-scarred city – Pearls and Irritations

Mariupol

Putin’s Liberation Mariupol in Pictures

How has the battle-scarred Ukrainian city of Mariupol changed after eight months under Russian control? These images were taken by photojournalist Arseniy Kotov half a year apart, in summer and in winter, and show efforts to restore the Azov sea pearl It’s now over eight months since Mariupol – the second largest city of the Continue reading »

Source: Mariupol: the battle-scarred city – Pearls and Irritations

Tucker Carlson Proposes The US Invade Canada To Liberate Them | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson Proposes The US Invade Canada To Liberate Them

“I’m completely in favor of a Bay of Pigs operation to liberate that country,” Carlson said. “Why should we stand back and let our biggest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border — a great country — why should we let it become Cuba?”

(Canada is not a communist country nor does it have any chance of being one.)

“Like, why don’t we liberate it? We’re spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau, and I mean it?” Carlson chimed.

Source: Tucker Carlson Proposes The US Invade Canada To Liberate Them | Crooks and Liars