Tag: accountability

The Week Ahead: The Start of Accountability for Trump’s Attempted Coup? | The Smirking Chimp

Yet if we do not strengthen voting rights, and if Trump and his accomplices are not held criminally accountable, we are inviting another attempted coup. Next time, it could succeed. Your thoughts?

Source: The Week Ahead: The Start of Accountability for Trump’s Attempted Coup? | The Smirking Chimp

Suddenly, Tucker Carlson Wants Media Accountability | Crooks and Liars

Suddenly, Tucker Carlson Wants Media Accountability

19-year-old crosses State lines with a loaded weapon to attend a demonstration “without intent” and shoots 3 people in his way. No, 3 people jump in the way of his bullets. Fox News demand that he be regarded as the innocent victim.

America seems to have lost its 4th estate and with it its freedoms. When it allowed the capitalist consolidation of its media into so few corporate hands with no real Independent Public Broadcaster it became a cash for comment society.

Murdoch fled Australia for the UK because we were too small for his ambitions and he was already the dominant player of the 70s. He fled the UK in the 80s, having done the Alan Bond ” I’m too sick to old” routine and escaped jail. The UK rules were too stringent and he’d  crossed the line.

So he settled for the capitalist dream and “anything-goes” freedom of America” without giving up either the UK or Aus. America offered him the ability to apply his business growth model to become the dominant influencer in the Anglo cash-for comment global market while pretending to offer news. Murdoch single handedly polluted the grand experiment in Democracy that had started 400 years before called the USA. Capitalism was his tool he didn’t invent it but he sure as hell accellerated it with his buy into cable technology, entertainment, sport, news and cash for comment. Murdoch went even a step further and globalised it through Anglosphere turning comment in the guise of news into the biggest PR bemoth.

Now, because a white 19-year-old is waiting to see if he’s convicted of murder, Carlson is calling for media accountability to tell the truth. Watching this segment one has to wonder if he killed irony. He’s certainly killed fact-based journalism.

Source: Suddenly, Tucker Carlson Wants Media Accountability | Crooks and Liars

The budget: A layperson’s dilemma – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day At the time of the election, the coalition will have been in power for nine exhausting years and want another three. What as a legacy do they have to show for it? Has this Government raised your standard of living? ( John Lord )

Source: The budget: A layperson’s dilemma – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Prosecuting individual police officers won’t deliver racial justice | Race | The Guardian

Kill the Bill and BLM protesters in London, 17 April.

The protests of summer 2020, as well as the people who gathered this year to protest over the death of Sarah Everard and the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, brought together people from a wide range of backgrounds. Police and prison violence has shown itself to be a problem that can’t be solved through self-regulation; the criminal justice system cannot put itself on trial. Despite what the government may think, the harm caused by police, prison and border systems is both a racist and a British problem. The outcome of the Chauvin trial, despite its political cheerleaders, reaffirms the necessity of finding alternatives to the criminal justice system as we know it.

Source: Prosecuting individual police officers won’t deliver racial justice | Race | The Guardian

A criminally negligent federal government beneath the festive schmaltz. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He reminds his daughters that if the economy can’t afford drugs for a child their age with Cystic Fibrosis, the child doesn’t get to breathe. No pressure. No emotional blackmail. What a mensch! What a man for our times. Yet as the pandemic becomes endemic, as his government’s debacle in its megaphone diplomacy with China begins to cost, the Morrison’s government’s hollow promises, lies and incompetence will be its undoing. Looking at the debacle that is the NSW government’s response to what may well prove to be a new wave of coronavirus cases surely no-one can miss the criminally negligent federal government behind the scenes. Our challenge is to hold it to account.

A criminally negligent federal government beneath the festive schmaltz. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s ‘mates first’ policy is rotting Australia from the inside

Scott Morrison covid-19
Sacked from 2 countries for abuse of his position but like Trump kept under wraps

Accountability doesn’t matter. You don’t need to fear the consequences of misuse of taxpayer funding. “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,” David Morrison famously said. For the Morrison government, it hasn’t merely accepted the low standards that have mired federal politics in sleaze, it has actively promoted them. This is the result.

Scott Morrison’s ‘mates first’ policy is rotting Australia from the inside

Morrison’s Anti-Accountability vaccine gets L-NP off Scott-free

Morrison coined the term “On the Water Matters” and flooded the Government

In days gone by, government ministers never survived misleading parliament, for example. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s offensive, bellicose ramblings about former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday (7 December), provide another case study in how to avoid scrutiny. Morrison was asked by Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles in Parliament: “Why have Tony Abbott and Alexander Downer been able to leave and re-enter Australia multiple times this year when there are thousands of vulnerable, stranded Australians who haven’t been able to get home once?” Morrison replied by alleging Rudd had also obtained privileged travel exemptions. Except Rudd hadn’t.

Morrison’s Anti-Accountability vaccine gets L-NP off Scott-free

Vladimir Putin declares state of emergency in Arctic region over Norilsk fuel spill – ABC News

Smoke rises from chimneys of Norilsk Nickel's nickel plant which is pictured surrounded by snow.

Key points:

Greenpeace say the spill will “poison” the environment for years
Over 100 specialists have been dispatched to the area by the emergency services
An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the spill

via Vladimir Putin declares state of emergency in Arctic region over Norilsk fuel spill – ABC News

When will Morrison and his government be held to account? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If that had happened, six deaths would’ve been prevented, and the remorseless mass destruction of physical and psychological health would’ve been curtailed.

Finally, ScoMo must also keep mum about Attorney-General Christian Porter’s rip-snorting new religious discrimination draft bill which pleases neither progressives nor reactionaries and which may prove a bridge too far for our star of Dili, Pacific and European diplomacy. Or our globe-trotting PM may just be plumb tuckered out; a daggy dad with bad jet-lag. On the other hand, he’s been exceptionally ineffectual and deceptive, even by his own government’s yard-stick.

The key question is when will he and his government be held to account?

via When will Morrison and his government be held to account? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The most interesting thing on Q&A was who didn’t turn up

Members of the panel on Monday night's Q&A.

LNP SEEMING TO CONTINUE ITS POLICY OF AVOIDING ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE PEOPLES MEDIA OUR ABC (ODT)

“I can’t answer for Ken … Ken made the decision, or someone made the decision, that Ken was not going to be appearing tonight and I’m disappointed Ken was not able to be here.”
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Journey from the heart
Indigenous ‘voice’ to Parliament ‘must come first’: Albanese

Burney affirmed Labor’s commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart – “in its entirety, including to the Voice”.

She declared: “Our position is very clear at the moment.”

In an era when Labor’s old light on the hill has been replaced with a candle in the wind, this is the caveat to watch for: “At the moment.”

via The most interesting thing on Q&A was who didn’t turn up

Kushner Talks of ‘Accountability’ for Crown Prince Just as Saudis Offer ‘Egregious Display of Brutality’ With Mass Beheadings

Top advisor Jared Kushner, his wife Ivanka Trump, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sulman at the White House in 2018

These are US allies… no Customers (ODT)

Washington’s Gulf Institute director Ali Al-Ahmed called the killings “the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history.”

Kushner Talks of ‘Accountability’ for Crown Prince Just as Saudis Offer ‘Egregious Display of Brutality’ With Mass Beheadings