We are here because you were there: Refugees at the US-Mexican Border

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Perhaps the only way to attract the well financed, educated and presumably white immigrants Trump seeks is to declare war on a Nordic country, hoping they will come because we are there.

“We are here because you were there” was a slogan of 1980s immigrants rights campaign in Britain

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China Warns the Trump Regime Against Going too Far – Stephen Lendman

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Trump hasn’t clue on how to make a deal he’s an expert in breaking relationships fake news no!!

“The trade war launched by the US is becoming more and more like real war. At its core is the US resorts to unscrupulous means to suppress China while China is committed to crushing US arrogance.”

“The US has been telling its people that China would soon make compromises, and we must break such lies by making clear China will not sign any unequal deal.”

via China Warns the Trump Regime Against Going too Far – Stephen Lendman

Old Dog Thoughts- Australia lost the election. They chose Nope Nope Nope again. What are Liberal Policy? Who is the Cabinet? Will we get what we paid for?

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Don’t Buy Murdoch 21/5/19; When removal ot Welfare for the Rich become Taxes. The ABC business model isn’t Murdoch’s; James Matison did it in Warrigah; The win that wasn’t;

Alan Jones revels in Q&A’s free kicks but there is no clear path ahead

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Problem the electorates that count don’t watch Q&A (ODT)

If you were wondering what the newly-elected Morrison government has in store for the next three years, Q&A was the place for you to come … and leave with absolutely no idea.

via Alan Jones revels in Q&A’s free kicks but there is no clear path ahead

Winning the wealthy and losing the workers: how Labor’s Victorian vote transformed | Australia news | The Guardian

Election posters in the Victorian seat of Chisholm

Rationality and reason never really overcomes fear. Morrison put the fear of God into those already suffering these past 6 years. 2013 Australia’s economy was 1 or 2 in the world now its wages are down down down like Coles prices, and the economy is on a slippery slide down too. The wealthy did their bit bullshit scared the poor and the Bejeezus out of them, and the man of God calls it a miracle? Guess he believes Clive and Rupert work for God in a game of Liar’s Poker against Rationality and Reason. Even now, we are waiting to see their hand. We know what it isn’t. (ODT)

Winning the wealthy and losing the workers: how Labor’s Victorian vote transformed | Australia news | The Guardian

Election Results 2019: Scott Morrison’s rare opportunity to shape the country

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A mandate to who the fuck knows they had no plan so the banks are overjoyed by the man who voted against the Royal Commission. The good start looks a concern banks are overjoyed and power prices surged (ODT)

Wholesale electricity prices shot up on Monday following a surprise election win by the Coalition on Saturday. Forward trading prices, which set the curve for future quarterly power costs, rose 13 per cent in NSW and shot up about 7 per cent in Victoria once markets opened. (see graph below)

Wholesale electricity prices account for about a third of power bills. Reducing this wholesale price has been a major focus of the Morrison government, which had pledged earlier this month to slash it by up to a quarter. The Age

He didn’t take much of an agenda to the election, so he can start a new term with pretty much a blank page. His campaign was mostly a demolition of Labor, and not much creation.

Morrison’s campaign tool of choice was the hammer and he wielded it relentlessly against Labor. By contrast, Bill Shorten carried around an Ikea flat pack of policy, assembly required. He’d take out his Allen key and start to fit all the pieces together as Morrison smashed away.

via Election Results 2019: Scott Morrison’s rare opportunity to shape the country

Trump cools trade war by lifting North American metal tariffs | US news | The Guardian

A man works in a steel distribution factory in Monterrey in northern Mexico.

The agreement reached is nothing has changed all is back to where it was before Trump imposed the tariffs. Translated into reality Trump wimped. His method of dealing is clear impose a threat. Go back to normal and have it called a victory. Art of the deal = Fake News, Kim Jong Un does way better than Trump he actually gains ground. (ODT)

via Trump cools trade war by lifting North American metal tariffs | US news | The Guardian

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ hasn’t a hope of bringing peace | Yehuda Shaul | Opinion | The Guardian

A Palestinian is checked by Israeli soldiers patrolling the streets of the West Bank city of Hebron in 2015.

The truth even the Right-Wing Goverment in Israel today need Hamas for it’s identity and survival. After all what can the Right-Wing do without Occupation, Settlers,Segregation and Palestinian Resistense? If none of this existed they’d have to invent it. Trump the chump is chasing his Nobel Prize. for doing nothing at all but creating FAKE NEWS (ODT)

The true objectives of more than half a century of Israel’s military occupation over the Palestinians are clearer in Hebron than anywhere else – to achieve Palestinian subjugation in a segregated and unequal reality.

If we were in 1950s Alabama, would Greenblattsay that a joint meal between white and black people was the way forward? Or would he recognise that the way to achieve equality is to end the legal system of discrimination and ensure the protection of equal rights? Hebron is no different – the only solution is the end to the occupation.

via Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ hasn’t a hope of bringing peace | Yehuda Shaul | Opinion | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts -Liars Poker and the power of money scared the bejeezus out of workers that have suffered for 6 years. That’s no Miracle

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Andrew Bolt’s Blog,20/5/19; Bolt everything has swung LEFT and away from his favoured position. Like Abbott Bolt can’t see himself in the mirror;

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 17: How wrong could I be? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I don’t think logic failed however fear prevailed with a negative campaign and an $80 mill push in areas where change was needed most. It was liars poker but played against one almighty cashed up liar pushing another in front. (ODT)

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 17: How wrong could I be? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Election results 2019: Tony Abbott is gone, and he will never be forgotten

The real election was those that couldn’t be scared got rid of Abbott swung too the ALP as in Kooyong. However those that could be scared were under the LNP ‘s fake campaign backed by Clive Palmer’s $80 million. Sorry to say it wasn’t all Morrison by any means. After 6 years, poorer and and deperate Qld in particular and and others elected for more of the same too scared of change. The liars in this game of poker won the country lost an opportunity out fear and pure negativity (ODT)

And he did not lose in a whisper. It was a resounding holler of a result against him – Abbott picked up only 42 per cent of votes in his formerly safe, blue-ribbon electorate, compared to the 58 per cent won by his independent opponent Zali Steggall.

via Election results 2019: Tony Abbott is gone, and he will never be forgotten

The cupboard was bare! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Was that all the Coalition has planned for the years ahead?

Frustrated, I looked again for clues, any clues, that might spell out the Coalition’s story, its vision and its intentions for the next three years. I ransacked the entire cupboard looking for more than the few scraps of paper that I had already found.

The cupboard was bare!

via The cupboard was bare! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Doomsday is nigh | The Monthly

I suspect that part of the angst comes from reviews of internal polling, which shows a bleak picture for Abbott in particular. This is a serious repudiation of the hard right of the Liberal Party, along with their backers at News Corp, 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and elsewhere. But it also shows how precarious the position of the cultural right in this country is. They are reliant on favours and iffy government handouts to do business. They are beneficiaries and champions of middle-class welfare and rent-seeking. They are fanatically committed to outmoded forms of power, both literal and figurative. They are openly bigoted and intellectually barren. They have little to fall back on. No wonder they fear the drop. Here’s to giving them the push.

via Doomsday is nigh | The Monthly

Bob Hawke death: Scott Morrison cautions Tony Abbott on ‘partisan’ statement

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slapped down Tony Abbott for his “partisan” tribute to their late Labor predecessor Bob Hawke following the 89-year-old’s death on Thursday.

Mr Abbott shocked the community with a statement that attempted to score political points just hours after Mr Hawke’s death, describing the Labor legend as having “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”, and bemoaning modern Labor’s drift from his legacy.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor Bob Hawke had “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said his predecessor Bob Hawke had “a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.Credit:Janie Barrett

Mr Morrison said those were not the words he used in his own statement and that he hoped Liberals paying tribute to Mr Hawke “would not be seen to be partisan”.

He praised Mr Hawke as a “unifier” and “a man of enormous intellectual capacity”, as well as Labor’s greatest prime minister.
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‘Pea for a heart’: Tony Abbott refuses to back down on partisan tribute to Bob Hawke | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott has drawn strong criticism for the partisan tone of his Twitter tribute to Bob Hawke

In 2011, Hawke described Abbott as a “not a bad bloke” but “mad as a cut snake”.

via ‘Pea for a heart’: Tony Abbott refuses to back down on partisan tribute to Bob Hawke | Australia news | The Guardian

Exploding the myth of the Coalition as a sound economic manager

Their economic management under the microscope ... Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

The Prime Minister claimed at his campaign launch last Sunday that the Coalition will “maintain the budget surpluses and pay down debt” and “deliver tax relief for families”. But the official data shows the Coalition is high-spending, high-borrowing and high-taxing. If past performance is an indicator of future delivery, his claim must be viewed with scepticism.

via Exploding the myth of the Coalition as a sound economic manager

Vale Bob Hawke: how the newspapers reacted to death of former PM | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian papers pay tribute to Bob Hawke.

The front pages of Australia’s papers all pay tribute to Bob Hawke today, calling him a larrikin, a legend, a fearless reformer and the people’s PM.

Even News Corp didn’t dare do an Abbott. This country was once at one with itself

via Vale Bob Hawke: how the newspapers reacted to death of former PM | Australia news | The Guardian

Trump Unveils A New Immigration Plan That Is Going Nowhere | HuffPost Australia

Trump Unveils A New Immigration Plan That Is Going

Bringing back slavery in the form of indentured labour and no regard for families. Anglocising the nation 1% at a time and changing the gender balance as a result (ODT)

President Donald Trump offered a broad outline of his administration’s new dead-on-arrival immigration plan Thursday, seeking to rake in more money for border enforcement while restricting family-based migration and upping the number of visas for skilled workers.

via Trump Unveils A New Immigration Plan That Is Going Nowhere | HuffPost Australia

If Labor Introduces A Death Tax, Less People Will Be Prepared To Die! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

But hearing that Sportsbet has already paid out on a Labor win, I had to wonder if the media are going to stick to their “It’s just too close call” line, or whether they say that there’s always Brexit and Donald Trump to make us a little circumspect, but Saturday may end up being an early night.

via If Labor Introduces A Death Tax, Less People Will Be Prepared To Die! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Power without glory – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I was amazed today to discover that Rupert Murdoch is only 5 years older than I am! Nothing to do with age and everything to do with mental outlook.

He is one of a group of wealthy individuals whose use of power has been incredibly damaging.

Since the 1990s, if not earlier, the knowledge has been available to establish that our profligate use of fossil fuels could not continue without severe damage to the planet on which we live.

via Power without glory – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bob Hawke death: Tony Abbott Twitter statement stirs controversy

Bob Hawke and Paul Keating transformed the Australian economy.

Mr Abbott’s statement on Twitter, released an hour after Mr Hawke’s death was announced, said the former head of the ACTU and Labor’s longest-serving prime minister, “had a Labor heart but a Liberal head”.

via Bob Hawke death: Tony Abbott Twitter statement stirs controversy

Old Dog Thoughts – The eve of sorrows

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Andrew Bolt’s Blog,17/5/19; Three stooges crying; Fake mourning and crocodile tears for Bob; Shit Canning Shorten; ABC Bolt’s life line; Fox News and the White House; False advertising not everyone’s charged;

Time for a change — a major change

THE SLY OLD CROCODILE SLIDES INTO DENIAL

There is a theory that Rupert Murdoch always backs winners. That he prides himself about it. In election after election, when his preferred conservatives are heading for defeat, News Corp has dialled down the decibels of its pushy right-wing propaganda in the final few weeks, or months, before the vote. But this time, even though Bill Shorten is almost certain to lead Labor to victory on Saturday night, the Murdoch media have, for whatever reason, decided to double down — attacking the Labor Party and Bill Shorten with even more unconstrained hyperbole.

via Time for a change — a major change

‘Other people’s money’: Trump’s lifestyle while his businesses bled billions confuses tax experts

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Real-estate developer Donald Trump in 1992 lived in a New York luxury apartment, travelled by limousine and had personal bodyguards. That year, he also reported a negative $US750 million ($1.08 billion) adjusted gross income to the IRS.

Trump is the primary “expense” that drains his companies dry to the state of Easter eggs “hollow” and all debt and then they simply implode. There is nothing new particularly when banks aren’t regulated. He gets loans from banks too scared to declare their over risk and  first valuing assets and packaging not on collateral security of the company but on a dream. He doesn’t do the financing himself but happily pays a premium for any broker or banker that will secure the loan on a 0% asset.

Get the money spend it as wages and expenses on himself  then devalue back to the real  asset assett value and bankruptcy or reveal the banking folly. Every banker shyster and broker will help avoid the worst if the commissions are high enough and more commissions. All he needed to hand his request to Wall St  and they’d jump. They after all they created the art and caused the GFC and sent nations to the wall like Greece.  Mind you, you the paid rating and credit agencies handsomly to assist in the scam but that wasn’t Trump’s problem. Effectively Trump was always the face of a scam, a Ponzi scheme, a chain letter a business that shared profits with the top end of town. There was never anything new to be seen just bigger. All a little bit legal but a top down scam that the nation bailed out.

Alan Bond said it if your looking for a small loan the banks own you.  When that loan is too big you own the banks because they can’t reveal it. The difference Bond went to jail aan Trump became President. (ODT)

‘Other people’s money’: Trump’s lifestyle while his businesses bled billions confuses tax experts

It’s All So Familiar: U.S. Building Up To Armed Conflict With Iran | Crooks and Liars

Why, it’s as if I’d fallen asleep and woke up back in 2002!

State Department orders non-essential staff to leave Iraq amid escalating tensions with Iran

U.S. Military Says It’s on ‘High Level of Alert’ with Iran, Contradicting Its Own Coalition

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran

British General Contradicts U.S. Claim of Increased Threat From Iran-Backed Militias

Pentagon disputes British general’s assessment on Iranian threat

Key Commander in ISIS Fight Sees No Increased Threat from Iran-Backed Troops

Remember when George Tenet, head of the CIA, did his National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and Congress used it as the basis for supporting the war?

And then, after the war was underway, the Senate Intelligence Committee found the key findings were either exaggerated or unsupported by the actual evidence?

The only thing that will stop this is a massive public outcry. Pick up the phone today and call your elected officials. Tell their staffers you are absolutely opposed to a replay of the disastrous Iraq war and you will be certain to vote against anyone who accepts this flimsy rationale for another war.
(202) 224-3121

via It’s All So Familiar: U.S. Building Up To Armed Conflict With Iran | Crooks and Liars

Can Congress Steer The U.S. Away From War With Iran? | HuffPost Australia

National security adviser John Bolton has embraced a role in the administration pushing the U.S. toward...

The Trump administration’s sudden march toward an armed conflict with Iran has a number of top Democrats and even some Republicans attempting to rein in the president’s hawkish senior officials before potentially tens of thousands of U.S. troops are once again engaged in a bloody conflict in the Middle East.

Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have renewed a push for a 2018 bill that would prohibit the U.S. from using funds for a war against Iran without first getting congressional approval. On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined the bill as a co-sponsor.

“We cannot let the Trump Admin drag us into yet another war in the Middle East,” Warren tweeted.

via Can Congress Steer The U.S. Away From War With Iran? | HuffPost Australia

The bloody scenes I’ll never forget from Gaza’s Return March | +972 Magazine

Medics evacuate a Palestinian protester who was shot by Israeli snipers during protests inside the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

A year ago, Israeli forces gunned down 64 demonstrators during Gaza’s Great Return March. Palestinian journalist Hind Khoudary was there to see it all — the bloody stretchers, the wounded, and the dead.

via The bloody scenes I’ll never forget from Gaza’s Return March | +972 Magazine

PODCAST: The other Palestinian march of return | +972 Magazine

For Palestinian citizens of Israel, the march is an important commemoration of their painful history. It’s a way Palestinians keep the stories of the Nakba alive and pass them on to younger generations. May 9, 2019, Khubbeiza. (Mati Milstein)

Every year for over two decades, thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel have marked Nakba Day by marching to the site of a different village that was depopulated and destroyed during the Nakba.

While the story of Palestinian refugees — 700,000 of whom were driven out or fled in 1948 — is relatively well known, we rarely speak of those who were internally displaced during the war. These families remained in what became Israel but were never allowed to return to their original homes.

This year, the Return March marking 71 years since the Nakba was held in one such village, Khubbeiza. +972 Magazine’s Henriette Chacar went to the march to hear from participants of various ages what it means to them.

via PODCAST: The other Palestinian march of return | +972 Magazine