How Migrant Workers From the Philippines Power Modern Capitalism

Millions of Filipino workers travel abroad each year to labor in dangerous, exhausting, and unregulated conditions. Scattered throughout the world, these hyperexploited workers have been delivered by the Philippine state to serve the needs of foreign powers.

Source: How Migrant Workers From the Philippines Power Modern Capitalism

Cuts to public sector spending underpin Coalition’s forecast budget improvement – ABC News

Cuts to public sector spending underpin Coalition's forecast budget improvement

Morrison introduced the “efficiency dividend” a $1Bn cut to the ABC almost a decade ago when “No cuts” to the ABC were a promised LNP policy. That promise isn’t even an Oxymoron its a simple straight-out lie and a 1000 cuts were always planned. The “efficiency dividend” was a funding cut by another name. But it’s an illegal one at that and goes against the intended grain of the ABC as a legally constituted Independent Statutory Body, not one to be interfered with by any government let alone abused, as has been the case by the series of LNP governments this past decade. In effect neutering the constitutionally formulated body and our Democracy one and the same time. Yes the LNP has taxed us by stealth all these years at a greater rate than the ALP.

The government will increase the efficiency dividend, which cuts public sector spending, to 2 per cent The Coalition says the move will raise $2 billion in revenue Labor will release its policy costings on Thursday

Source: Cuts to public sector spending underpin Coalition’s forecast budget improvement – ABC News

Fox Focuses On Buffalo Shooter’s ‘Mental Health,’ Not Racism | Crooks and Liars

Fox Focuses On Buffalo Shooter's 'Mental Health,' Not Racism

Fox avoids systemic dysfunction it’s always an individual problem that emerges from absolutely nowhere other than La La Land but definitely not from a dysfunctional social environment. Nature’s defects can’t be controlled because like evolution Social Darwinism has brought about the best society has to offer and shit happens! Social change is at best incremental and never revolutionary and needs to be controlled. Power wealth and privilege are in the main deserved is the ideology sold and they must be protected at all cost.

By David — May 16, 2022 Fox News correspondent Nate Foy suggested that a man allegedly planned out a racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, NY because he had “mental health” problems.

Source: Fox Focuses On Buffalo Shooter’s ‘Mental Health,’ Not Racism | Crooks and Liars

Violent Far-Right Extremism Is Fueling Mass Shootings in America – Mother Jones

Buffalo shooting

Australia has a bipartisan gun control policy though one wonders if it will last as there are minorities that want to see it relaxed if not removed. We also have compulsory voting that suggests a majority-ruled Democracy but it fails to be reflected in our minority lead governments. Then the art of negotiation comes into play and history shows that the ALP is far better when one counts the number of bills passed. It’s not reflected in the job being done by the LNP, IPA, and Murdoch alliance. Their focus has been working on staying in power and so much money is spent on that alone that social progress and government services get left behind. When the front pages of Murdoch and the mainstream private media aren’t News or information and our public broadcaster the ABC has been reduced to a shadow of itself Democracy becomes a shadow of itself and politics dominates and narrows government service.

In the face of such dark events and horrific loss of life, it’s important to emphasize that we can and must do better as a nation. The work extends from battling against hateful political extremism and strengthening gun laws to taking greater action in communities throughout the country to stop mass shootings before they happen.

Source: Violent Far-Right Extremism Is Fueling Mass Shootings in America – Mother Jones

Russia-Ukraine war: Sweden, Finland set to join NATO as Vladimir Putin appears to back off threats

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a meeting at the Kremlin on Monday.

Putin backs off for now but wait for the American Midterms!

Vladimir Putin has appeared to climb down from Russia’s objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, saying Moscow had no issues with them entering the US-led military alliance they now aim to join in reaction to his invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Russia-Ukraine war: Sweden, Finland set to join NATO as Vladimir Putin appears to back off threats

Old Dog Thought- Do you pass the Asshole Test

Fighting Fake News with REAL 17/5/22; Morrison abandons the poor; Summarising Morrison; Kerry O’brien for the ABC; The IPA LNP Marriage; News Corp’s impotence; Asshole Test; Dutton’s Hypocrisy;

Scott Morrison has ten key election messages — nine are not true

In his pitch for re-election, Scott Morrison is hammering several talking points that the facts overwhelmingly refute, as Alan Austin reports.

Source: Scott Morrison has ten key election messages — nine are not true

Election 2022: Labor’s climate change policy easily beats Coalition’s

The need for strong action on the climate and environment crisis has never been more pressing, and some of the solutions can only be advanced by politicians. Both sides should be tackling the issue with more urgency, but it’s clear, as a group of scientists pointed out in The Age on Saturday, that between the two major parties, Labor’s policy is significantly better than the government’s.

Source: Election 2022: Labor’s climate change policy easily beats Coalition’s

Josh Frydenberg says Australia has achieved a greater reduction in emissions than New Zealand, Canada and the OECD. Is that correct? – ABC News

Josh Frydenberg is talking between the sillhouettes of two cameras. Verdict: MISLEADING with a red cross

 

The verdict

Mr Frydenberg’s claim is misleading.

The first reason is that the figures the Treasurer has quoted are from different years. Australia is sourced to 2020, New Zealand and Canada to 2019 and the OECD to 2018.

This inconsistency is particularly problematic as emissions figures to 2020 include large reductions as a result of the pandemic, and not government policy, while prior years do not.

Figures for 2020 are available for New Zealand, Canada and 32 of 38 OECD countries.

 

Source: Josh Frydenberg says Australia has achieved a greater reduction in emissions than New Zealand, Canada and the OECD. Is that correct? – ABC News

Grant King and the Big Gas Con – how fossil fuel giants are cheating Australia’s emissions system – Michael West

An unholy alliance of carbon farmers and Big Gas lobbyists are quietly shaping Australia’s emissions reduction framework to maximise their take of taxpayer money while increasing emissions as much as possible. Callum Foote follows the money.

Source: Grant King and the Big Gas Con – how fossil fuel giants are cheating Australia’s emissions system – Michael West

The Morrison Men And The Little Lady To Whom I Owe Such Excellent Descriptions! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Summarising Morrison

Leaving aside everything that they’ve done or haven’t done, the Liberals have a pretty impressive pitch which is basically just that: Leave aside everything we’ve done or haven’t done and re-elect us because we can change, but don’t elect Labor because change would be risky at a time like this.

Source: The Morrison Men And The Little Lady To Whom I Owe Such Excellent Descriptions! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

ABC Friends was live.

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We are live hearing from Kerry O’Brien about the issues at stake for the ABC. Find out from Michelle Rowland, the Shadow Minister for Communications, what policies Labor will implement for the ABC if it wins government.

If there’s a hung parliament, will the Greens and the Independents support the ABC in their negotiations? Sarah Hanson-Young, the Communications spokesperson for the Greens and Independent member for Warringah, Zali Steggall, will outline their positions. Margaret Reynolds, the national President of ABC Friends will address the event by video.

An invitation was also sent to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher.

Court order could have chilling effect on Australian journalism

Gold Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist Adele Ferguson.

It might also be seen as a push privately directed by an organized privileged medical group for the state to intervene on their behalf against unwanted truths being revealed. It’s certainly not an action or decision seen handed down to protect unions. Our AG Michaela Cash had the Federal Police raid Media and union offices without any permission in our courts. The Government has been doing much the same things for the past decade in secret to protect themselves.

Former Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood and high-profile investigative journalists Hedley Thomas and Nick McKenzie slammed a judgment forcing The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and 60 Minutes to hand over draft copies of an upcoming television program and newspaper investigation into the cosmetic surgery industry, arguing the ruling would be detrimental to public interest journalism if it became commonplace.

Source: Court order could have chilling effect on Australian journalism

The IPA has captured our government – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The history of the IPA is curious. Many of the key players in its early years are either still around, or their children are. Its ideas haven’t really evolved much, but if you want to characterise them, they are crudely elitist, ideologically stunted, narrow-minded, science-phobic, greedy, and in most cases, fully imported. For a charity that pays no tax, they have very few clients in need.

The only reason they are of any interest to anyone is that they have captured the Federal Government, by stealth, and their inane policies are the reason this country is so conspicuously underachieving.

There is not one thinker of note amongst its membership. Some of the current members appear to be the offspring of former members; a sort of self-replicating supply of not-so-bright apparatchiks. If you are searching for the reason behind the diminishing sense of pride attached to being Australian, the IPA is to blame.

Current or ex-members in Parliament

For a roll-call, these are some of the current members of the IPA, or their affiliates; Institute for Progress (AIP), Australian Taxation Alliance (ATA), who are current, or recent members of the current Parliament: Abetz, Birmingham, Cash, Christensen, Cormann, Evans, Fletcher, Frydenberg, Hawke, Hunt, McGrath, Morrison, Paterson, Porter, Roberts, Ryan, Stoker, Dean Smith, Tony Smith, Tehan, Tudge, and Tim Wilson.

All part of the global Atlas Network. That would be where we get the passion for no minimum wage, and no health care. Past members include Abbott, Howard, and let us never forget that our current PM is a fervent member.

They have been effectively bought by a handful of robber barons, who pay no taxes, and have no commitment to what was, twenty years ago, a democracy to be proud of.

Source: The IPA has captured our government – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Election 2022: Will News Corp’s impotence be exposed?

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News Corpse’s business model is that of a paid influencer, not as a News organization. If the ALP wins nothing will change. However, the question of selling a fake product is rarely addressed other than by private defamation action. News isn’t opinion! Yet opinion is constantly on the front pages of News Corp mastheads. Yet, the Herald Sun isn’t sold as an “Opinion Paper”. Their impotence will be felt on their bottom line and editors might be sacked. However, their direction won’t change because they market themselves to those with the money and will continue to do so and they aren’t on the Left of the political spectrum. They will continue to promote fake news and opinion rather than the product they duplicitously promise but never deliver.They are the Peter Foster of Australia’s media without the record of arrests.

News Corporation’s dominance, and its bias, do matter. But they matter less than they used to. The evidence shows naked campaigning and biased reporting undermines trust, and that undermines the purpose of the exercise.

Source: Election 2022: Will News Corp’s impotence be exposed?

Mass shooting in Buffalo: Tucker Carlson and other right-wing conspiracy theorists share the blame | Salon.com

Police on scene at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14 in Buffalo, New York. At least 10 people were killed after a mass shooting at the store. The shooter is in police custody.  (John Normile/Getty Images)

In Australia, Murdoch allows Andrew Bolt to promote violence. He wrote that he wished young white Christians had the same commitment the Barcelona bombers had in fighting for their beliefs, to their deaths. In fact,Bolt called Australian youth “gutless” for their lack of fight. If that wasn’t a clarion call to violence what is? Had a Muslim done the same or an Indigenous Australian they’d have been arrested for incitement.

We saw the expression on Bolt’s face when two pranksters glittered him. It was full of potential GBH on Bolt’s part while a joke on the two young men trying to escape his reaction. Yet, the story was spun to make Bolt look like the hero/victim crying  ANTFA ANTIFA in his defense. Who and where is that mysterious “terrorist” organization ANTIFA today that organization that Bolt couldn’t identify the leaders of back then, but said was a fully-fledged “organization” like ISIS among us.

He’s been little more than Newscorp’s foghorn blowhard influencer, and recruiter for the Australian Right. Just as Tucker Carlson is at Head Office Fox News, Fox Corp in America. This shooting in Buffalo had the same characteristics as the NZ massacre where the shooter’s hero was Brett Cotteral a regular guest on Andrew Bolt’s shows and promoted by him as a great modern-day Australian patriot.

Carlson, meanwhile, has been at the forefront of popularizing various often contradictory conspiracy theories, mostly intended to portray the Jan. 6 insurrectionists as noble patriots and lambaste any Republican who dares say otherwise. While these GOP leaders and media personalities are generally careful to avoid direct calls for violence, their overall message of sympathy and support for right-wing terrorism is undeniable. So Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, while horrifying, is really no surprise.

Source: Mass shooting in Buffalo: Tucker Carlson and other right-wing conspiracy theorists share the blame | Salon.com

Buffalo shooting: how white replacement theory keeps inspiring mass murder | Jason Stanley | The Guardian

People march to the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Sunday.

In Australia, Andrew Bolt, convicted racial vilifier, has been preaching that the BLM  is a “racist movement”. Racial against whites and intent on their replacement. Straight from the bible of America’s white racist ultr-right

The LNP has adopted and politicized it to such an extent that its policies have turned to the restriction of historical facts that can be taught in our schools and the creation of degrees taught in universities. Any demand for structural inclusion by showing up the level of exclusion of people of color is now deemed revolutionary and divisive and called Cultural Replacement Theory or the  (CRT) conspiracy. It’s deemed as dangerous as Marxism once was by the far right-wing media along with the demands of other like-minded groups that threaten power, privilege and the current order of things. By demanding equality, and justice and spotlighting the facts of and methods adopted to exclude people of color from opportunities afforded whites .

Eleven of the people he shot were Black, and two were white. As the manifesto he left behind makes clear, this was fully intentional. The first listed goal in his manifesto was to “kill as many blacks as possible”.

Source: Buffalo shooting: how white replacement theory keeps inspiring mass murder | Jason Stanley | The Guardian

Shireen Abu Akleh Exemplified Speaking Truth to Power

The assassination of Abu Akleh places an onerous responsibility on the shoulders of journalists armed with their pens and cameras to not flinch in the face of brutal suppression.

Her untimely death has allowed the world to witness a colonial settler regime that, to date, has escaped consequences for its gross violations and abuses of fundamental human rights.

Unless this changes, expect Israel’s illegal occupation and war crimes to continue unabated. The agency of change possessed by media activists must thus be utilised to the optimum.

 

Source: Shireen Abu Akleh Exemplified Speaking Truth to Power

Israel Killed Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. It Must Be Held Accountable.

The Israeli military’s killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is simply a more flagrant display of commonplace Israeli assaults on Palestinians. The only way to truly end the impunity is to cut off US funding.

Source: Israel Killed Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. It Must Be Held Accountable.

Fox News interview discouraging Finland from joining NATO follows years of pro-Russia coverage | Media Matters for America

Fox News quoting a threat from Russia toward Finland: "Helsinki must be aware of the responsibility and consequences of such a move."

Kicked out of China Murdoch wants in on the East as well. So Russia appears to be his target for the New World Media Order. Murdoch has adopted Steve Bannon’s Breitbart model of spreading Fake News anywhere and everywhere and taken control of cash for comment business in the global confusion and chaos he’s helped create. Why not support Putin and attract ratings to sell influence on behalf of those with money?

Two Fox News anchors interviewing the Finnish ambassador to the United States on Thursday seemed to be trying to discourage the country from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization following Finland’s announcement that it will pursue membership. The Fox interview, during which the anchors repeatedly suggested the action will have only negative consequences for Finland, follows years of pro-Russia coverage by Fox, which continued even after Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Fox News interview discouraging Finland from joining NATO follows years of pro-Russia coverage | Media Matters for America

Russia may have lost a third of its troops: British intelligence

NATO’s secretary general says Vladimir Putin’s invasion has not gone to plan and Ukraine “can win this war” as new intelligence indicated Russia may have lost one third of the force it sent to the country. Speaking after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s military was not achieving “its strategic objectives”. “They failed to take Kyiv, they are pulling back from around Kharkiv, their major offensive in Donbas has stalled,” said Mr Stoltenberg. “Ukraine can win this war.”

Source: Russia may have lost a third of its troops: British intelligence

AUKUS deal: duplicity and deception behind Australia-UK nuclear submarine alliance

Talking AUKUS: US President Joe Biden virtually alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House.

Australia’s reputation was diplomatically trashed by Morrison’s sting. He lied to both the French,and the Americans by not doing what he had promised while backstabbing Albanese. All in all, he singlehandedly compromised the integrity and reputation of our ADF. All of his duplicitous actions risked our National Security for what? His own personal interest, his entrenchment, and praise. Now he’s even losing that National Security political debate he held to be so precious because he’s the one still lying about what he actually did. The term National Security has actually dissolved to become Morrison Security.

Scott Morrison’s efforts by stealth to secure the AUKUS deal had global ramifications, with the French president enraged and the US president blindsided.

Source: AUKUS deal: duplicity and deception behind Australia-UK nuclear submarine alliance

Politicians’ pay has gone up by a third in a decade, but a wage rise in line with inflation is too much?

On the money? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

They are all about to benefit from stage 3 tax cuts the rest of will be left to watch.

It was pointed out, too, that politicians’ salaries have not suffered from the near-decade of wage stagnation that has afflicted the rest of us. Their pay has gone up 30 per cent over the past 10 years. The annual base rate for a backbencher is now $211,250 (ministers and shadows get more), and the prime minister’s salary is $550,000.

Morrison, his media backers and the business lobby were horrified at the thought that the wages of the poorest workers should meet inflation – which is to say, workers should not take a pay cut.

“Morrison supports decline in living standards” should have been the headline

Source: Politicians’ pay has gone up by a third in a decade, but a wage rise in line with inflation is too much?

Election preferences: do you need to think strategically before voting in the lower house? | Australian election 2022 | The Guardian

Posters for the independent candidate in Kooyong,  Monique Ryan

With prominent independents creating unusual contests in some seats, voters may be confused about how to allocate preferences. But there is a simple solution

Vote RYAN 1, and the  LNP 11,  UAP 10.  The rest is yours to choose. Vote LNP 6 above the Line in the Senate

Source: Election preferences: do you need to think strategically before voting in the lower house? | Australian election 2022 | The Guardian

LNP ‘Values’ and Their Actions: A Comparison

Conslusion: You are What You Do

Political parties are free to say what they like, but it is their actions that define them. No amount of flowery rhetoric can hide the true nature of a political party, which is defined by its policies. The current Australian government may have flowery rhetoric in its beliefs, but, as I hope I have shown here, their actions and policies tell a different story.

The AIM NetworkNews and Politics

The extraordinary plea from Liberal moderates – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Under threat from Independent candidates, so-called Liberal moderates have chosen a new and rather extraordinary campaign pitch – if we want action on climate change or protection of gay rights or gender equity, we need to send more moderate Liberal MPs to Canberra.

We tried that before and the Liberals themselves booted them out.

Malcolm Turnbull had his leadership rolled in 2009 over action on climate change and again in 2018 for the same reason. Moderate Julie Bishop’s long service as deputy leader meant nothing to the big swinging dicks who apparently hold sway in the party.

Kelly O’Dwyer, Craig Laundy, Jane Prentice, George Brandis, Arthur Sinodinis, Christopher Pyne, Sharman Stone, Judi Moylan, Sue Boyce, Judith Troeth, John Alexander, Scott Ryan and Tony Smith – all gone.

Here’s a tip for the so-called moderates – if you, like the rest of us, think your party is going in the wrong direction, change parties. Or go teal next time.

Source: The extraordinary plea from Liberal moderates – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West

Fractured Australia

Hating Barnaby Hating Scott Hating Barnaby Hating….

In campaign debates, in radio stations, television studios, people to people encounters all over the nation, the name Barnaby Joyce comes up as the biggest brake on Australia making a greater commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Does the leader of the National Party deserve the brickbats? Maybe we should look to our backyards, writes Mark Sawyer.

Source: Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West

Fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling talks about being on the run and Australia dropping to #39 on the world press freedom index – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling (me) has been on the run since the 3rd of September 2021, in Queensland, from an arrest warrant issued by Justice Kelly Rees in the NSW Supreme Court on behalf of Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network and Seven West Media. Given that, it should be no surprise that Australia has dropped from #25 to #39 in just 12 months on the World Press Freedom Index.

Source: Fugitive Australian journalist Shane Dowling talks about being on the run and Australia dropping to #39 on the world press freedom index – Kangaroo Court of Australia

The State Organizes the Capitalist Class. The Working Class Will Have to Organize Itself.

The state also works to prevent the Working Class from organizing itself.

To sustain capitalism, otherwise competitive businesses have to do something unnatural: cooperate with each other. The state plays a crucial role in fostering this class discipline. We, on the other hand, have to build our own power.

Source: The State Organizes the Capitalist Class. The Working Class Will Have to Organize Itself.

Great Replacement Theory Reportedly Provoked Buffalo Shooter | Crooks and Liars

Great Replacement Theory Reportedly Provoked Buffalo Shooter

Murdoch Media is a great influencer of racism no known as CRT the world over. In Australia, their media anchors are a simile of the head office of Fox News America. So much so, that they were taken off air for trying to broadcast NZ’s Christchurch massacre live. When accusations that they influenced the shooter’s actions Skye News anchors like Andrew Bolt ducked for cover and went to silence for a number of days. The racists they entertained on their programs like Bret Cotteral weren’t given the air time and were exchanged for others. When the going got heavy it’s not unexpected to see once convicted racial vilifier Andrew Bolt Bolt if he needs to face the consequences of his broadcasts.

They are reporting that this maniac uploaded a 106-page document that appears to be influenced by Tucker Carlson and other Fox News and right-wing personas promoting the despicable white supremacist Great Replacement Theory in their programs, often to attack immigration in America.

Source: Great Replacement Theory Reportedly Provoked Buffalo Shooter | Crooks and Liars

10 People Killed in “Racially Motivated” Buffalo Shooting – Mother Jones

Buffalo shooting

In Australia, we have Institutionalised racially motivated death principally in our police stations, jail and health systems having killed over 500 Indigenous Australians in and asylum seekers in custody all one by one.

According to police, the suspect—an 18-year-old white male—drove from “hours away” to carry out the attack, which he livestreamed on the internet. Police said the suspect was heavily armed and was wearing tactical gear. The shooter was taken into custody and was expected to be arraigned as early as Saturday evening.

Source: 10 People Killed in “Racially Motivated” Buffalo Shooting – Mother Jones

AUKUS: Biden demanded bipartisan support before signing defence pact. Labor was not told for months

US President Joe Biden demanded bipartisan support from Australia before signing AUKUS.

Australia’s own GOLUM…. Imagine what an Integrity Commission would discover investigating his past 15 years. Yes, Morrison plays cricket with sandpaper in his pocket

What’s his name asked Biden ” That guy down Under”? Yes, that guy who wanted all the glory for himself  so risked jeopardizing the AUKUS. Only autocrats threaten a nation’s security by not doing what was agreed on with Morrison’s excuse “I thought they’d agree”.

Morrison took a punt for his own political glory and lied to everyone, which made him totally irresponsible, untrustworthy, and duplicitous. He lied to our American, British, French allies, and even us to get the deal done for his sake not ours. To say otherwise is to declare he was smarter and not reckless. He truley is “The Unbelievable One” second only to Trump and look what he did to America’s reputation. Morrison has trashed Australia in much the same way. Now the forever con man having been busted says he will change “that’s a promise”

By waiting four-and-a-half months, the prime minister made AUKUS into a high-stakes, last-minute political gambit.

Source: AUKUS: Biden demanded bipartisan support before signing defence pact. Labor was not told for months

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed on Saturday that four-and-half months before the announcement on September 16, senior members of the Biden administration insisted that it would only consider pursuing the landmark AUKUS project if it had solid support from both major Australian political parties.

Instead, the Morrison government waited until the day before the announcement to brief Albanese and senior members of the opposition about the plan to build nuclear submarines with the help of the US and Britain.

Source: AUKUS pact: Albanese slams Morrison for not briefing him for months before announcement

Leaked poll reveals Coalition’s triple hit in blue-ribbon seats

Leaked internal Liberal Party polling has confirmed the worst fears for Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and his high-profile colleague Tim Wilson, just days before they face voters.

Source: Leaked poll reveals Coalition’s triple hit in blue-ribbon seats

Labor tells a story without pictures: now that’s confidence – Michael West

Around this time in the 2019 campaign, the confidence that was bubbling throughout the Labor camp burst out into full hubristic glory.

One leading daily posed the ALP team in chiaroscuro, looking one part Sopranos cast, one part corporate raiders. Bristling with purpose, they looked. The new crew. The mean machine. The none-too subtle message: Bill Shorten’s team is ready, ready to rule.

Meanwhile Chris Bowen’s Facebook page featured himself and four sober-suited colleagues in an impersonation of a high-end law firm: himself, deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, a chin-stroking Shorten, Jim Chalmers and Penny Wong.

When the serious quintet’s big play went unstuck, one user commented: ”All dressed up and nowhere to go.”

Contrast all that with Campaign ’22. Yes, Albo has modeled some groovy threads to go with his trimmer physique. But the group photoshoot has gone the way of Shorten’s jibes about the big end of town. No more moody magnificence.

Labor candidates emphasise how rare it is for their party to win from opposition. The years it has happened since the war are cited like bingo numbers: 72, 83, 07. It’s the talk of the poker player holding a straight flush.

Source: Labor tells a story without pictures: now that’s confidence – Michael West

Counting down … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day You cannot possibly believe in democracy if at the same time you think your party is the only one that should ever win. ( John Lord )

Source: Counting down … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Queensland shows what happens when liberals desert the Liberal party | Queensland politics | The Guardian

Liberal National MP Trevor Evans, whose views on social issues are relatively progressive, is at risk of losing his seat of Brisbane.

Straight from HQ America

The state Liberal National party’s pursuit of conservative causes has contributed to it being all but banished from Brisbane

The state LNP – an organisation whose grassroots membership has become increasingly conservative, and influenced by a hardline Christian faction – on Wednesday voted in support of a motion from Robbie Katter opposing transgender women participating in women’s sport.

Source: Queensland shows what happens when liberals desert the Liberal party | Queensland politics | The Guardian

Shireen Abu Akleh: A Quarter of a Century of Coverage ended with an Israeli Bullet to the Head

She carried her belongings and went with the Press team into the field to begin the news coverage. She was ready to deliver her visual news report, as she had done for the past 25 years, but her last report made her the topic of the coverage, which was both shocking and bloody. The Israeli occupation army targeted her with a live bullet to the head during Press coverage from Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank and she fell to the ground, while her colleague, Press Producer, Ali Al-Samoudi, was wounded. Her colleagues rushed her in a car in a desperate attempt to rescue her, while the features of her exploded head changed, according to shocking clips documenting the incident. These were the last clips of Shireen Abu Akleh, who is renowned, as she is the Palestinian journalist who has always been present on Al-Jazeera TV and known by generations in every Arab home, present during the daily incidents and major events.

Source: Shireen Abu Akleh: A Quarter of a Century of Coverage ended with an Israeli Bullet to the Head

Right-wing media melt down over the United States sending aid to Ukraine | Media Matters for America

chyron reads, "WHY THE RUSH TO SEND $40 BILLION TO UKRAINE?"

Putin will do anything he can to get the bastards back in power.

Fox News hosts and other right-wing media figures are complaining about the $39.8 billion bipartisan bill that would aid Ukraine as it fights against the Russian invasion. The bill — which includes funds for humanitarian, economic, and defense needs in the country — passed in the House earlier this week and is now being delayed in the Senate due to opposition from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Source: Right-wing media melt down over the United States sending aid to Ukraine | Media Matters for America

Culture War & Voting: New Polling Reaffirms That the Culture War Is a Winner for Republicans | National Review

Just how original a genius is Scott Morrison? His Captain’s Pick of Katherine Deves, a carbon copy of America’s Republican far-Right. His Economic arguments weren’t cutting through so he turned to America’s culture wars and disguised it as a fight for “free speech and women”. But, Scott, “we aren’t America” where only 50% vote and we all do and too many just might see your lack of genius

the growing body of evidence that today’s culture-war issues present a major political opportunity for Republicans. Some key results from APP’s press release:

  • Women’s Sports: Fifty-six percent supported (33 percent opposed) laws to protect women’s sports at the K–12 and collegiate levels.
  • Sex Changes for Minors: Fifty-six percent supported (31 percent opposed) laws banning puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and physical sex-change surgeries for children.
  • Sexual Topics in Schools: Sixty percent supported (34 percent opposed) laws banning instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.

Source: Culture War & Voting: New Polling Reaffirms That the Culture War Is a Winner for Republicans | National Review

Old Dog Thought- There’s a week to go and there’s nothing to think about. Morrison and Joyce they’ve got to go

Fighting Fake News with REAL 14/5/22; LNP Last above the Line and Last on the Green Paper; Counterfiet Promises; Elections and War; Costello Josh and the UAP in bed;