Tag: Friends

Allies Alarmed at Capitol Mob — but Not Undemocratic Ones

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 07: In this photo illustration, Newspaper front pages show yesterday's storming by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump of the U.S. Capitol on January 7, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Politicians across the world have reacted with shock and dismay at the events in Washington, D.C., in which Trump supporters, egged on by Trump at a rally nearby earlier in the day, converged on the Capitol, broke into the building, challenged law enforcement officers and forced lawmakers, who were debating the electoral college count to certify the U.S. presidential victory of Joe Biden, to flee to safety. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Picking up the shattered pieces of the U.S. Capitol building, it would be worth reflecting on which countries are America’s real friends and which have been merely feeding off, and pushing for, the U.S.’s democratic decay.

Allies Alarmed at Capitol Mob — but Not Undemocratic Ones

Twitter permanently suspends QAnon account belonging to friend of Scott Morrison for ‘harmful activity’ | US news | The Guardian

A supporter of President Donald Trump holds an U.S. flag with a reference to QAnon

Twitter says it permanently suspended a QAnon account belonging to a family friend of the prime minister, Scott Morrison, for “engaging in coordinated harmful activity”. Twitter is in the middle of a broader crackdown on QAnon content and is attempting to reduce the amplification of accounts spreading “clear and well-documented informational, physical, societal and psychological offline harm on our service”. BurnedSpy34, a prominent and prolific member of the Australian QAnon scene, was recently permanently suspended.

Twitter permanently suspends QAnon account belonging to friend of Scott Morrison for ‘harmful activity’ | US news | The Guardian

Crony Capitalism: Government fights off move to shut loophole for old-money billionaires – Michael West

Rex Patrick, billionaires

The Government has grovelled to its billionaire donors yet again, killing a Senate amendment to force the richest Australians to disclose their financial statements. Michael West reports on the crusade by independent senator Rex Patrick to hold the Morrison Government and its corporate mates such as the Packers, Murdochs and Lowys to account while putting property giant LendLease to the sword over its JobKeeper rorts.

via Crony Capitalism: Government fights off move to shut loophole for old-money billionaires – Michael West

How the world learned to stop worrying and ignore Trump — RT Op-ed

‘Not a good feeling’: Trump blames teleprompter malfunction for ‘airports’ gaffe

Wiser Americans are turning away fro their boorish President

Diplomacy and mediation require respect, historical knowledge, and empathy – the latter being the ability to see the perspective of others without necessarily agreeing with them. Trump shows none of these qualities. And with the diplomatic corps having been gutted of personnel during his presidency, there is little recourse for wiser counsel to offset this president’s boorish, bullying manner.

Trump’s mercurial character makes him unreliable as a partner. He is prone to turning nasty on a dime even to people whom he has at one time lauded as being friendly with. Witness his erratic behavior towards Chinese President Xi Jinping or French leader Emmanuel Macron. Trump seems to have no brake for his big mouth, or care about the consequences.

The G7 summit later this week in Biarritz will be a telling spectacle of how isolated Trump has become on the world stage. Previous gatherings have shown disregard and peevishness from other leaders. The forthcoming meeting promises to be even more cringeworthy because of Trump’s increasingly tarnished image.

Trump’s overbearing egotism and mental meltdown make him a person whom others are learning to ignore.

via How the world learned to stop worrying and ignore Trump — RT Op-ed

Company boards are stacked with friends of friends. So how can we expect change? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two men walking in suits

 

Social connections drive board appointments and more than two-thirds of directors in the 200 largest public companies are on the board of multiple companies. So whoever replaces ex-AMP chairwoman Catherine Brenner will likely be drawn from a small pool of people.

This violates discrimination legislation that states recruitment should be open and accessible, based on clear assessment of skills, training and relevant experience.

The use of closed networks in the recruitment and selection of board members also creates other problems related to “group think“. Group think creates a situation where board members are more concerned with being a liked and connected member of a particular social group.

As a result members will conform to the status quo, which guarantees them membership perks, such as highly paid directorship roles.

A direct outcome of the group think mentality are boards signing off on questionable business practices as we currently see in the banking sector. Coupled with a self-regulated system, this is a recipe for disaster.

Company boards are stacked with friends of friends. So how can we expect change? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trying to find happiness? The Latin Americans have the secret

The land-locked and swamp-ridden Central American nation of Paraguay emerges as the world capital of positive emotion, followed by Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela and El Salvador. You have to get to No. 9 in the list before you hit a non Latin American country – Canada, followed by the Philippines.

via Trying to find happiness? The Latin Americans have the secret