This week on Q&A Barnaby Joyce said “we are a government who only spends money where we see a return on investment and growth in GDP”. Well we know that!! So little has been devoted to Age-Care, flood disasters, pensioners, job seekers yet debt blew out 400% above 2013 levels. It went from 10% of GDP to over 40% and is heading to 50%. So where did the money go and why doesn’t it matter now? It mattered ever so badly when the ALP were in government. The LNP are currently screaming taxes taxes will go up under the ALP yet they have constantly been the highest under the LNP.
The scam is that flood and fire victims and other ordinary Australians don’t have lobbyists and don’t pay political parties. What are they thinking, that politicians will just help them because …?
Cruelling somewhat the Budget pitch euphoria in corporate media today, The Australia Institute has sallied forth with its annual analysis of hand-outs to coal and gas multinationals, state and federal, finding they cost the public $11.6b in 2021-22, or $22k per minute.
It’s a $1.3b (12%) increase on last year thanks to the feds. Across all budgets there is $55b committed, which is 11 times the balance of Australia’s Emergency Response Fund ($4.8b in Dec 2021), while $11.6b in 2021-22 is 56 times the budget of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.
The subsidies cost the Federal government more than it spent on public schools in the same year ($9.7b). Now *that’s* a scam … and we are yet to see the Budget.
Source: Fossil fuel subsidies soar past disaster relief, even public schools funding. What’s the scam? – Michael West Media
This isn’t in any way new!
The Israeli cabinet approved on Sunday a project that could inject up to NIS 100 million [$30 million] toward covertly funding government propaganda in the United States and other Western countries. Led by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, the initiative is expected to revive a failed plan entrusted until recently to the now-defunct Strategic Affairs Ministry, which closed in 2021. The plan is to transfer money indirectly to foreign organizations that will spread Israeli propaganda in the countries in which they operate, all while hiding the fact that they are backed by the Israeli government.
Source: The new hasbara campaign Israel doesn’t want you to know about
But soccer is a very competitive field. The ratio of professionals to amateurs is 1:3000. Is there a sport that does better? To answer this question we do not have to look far from home. AFL teams are big. You need 18 players on the field at all times. And crowds are large. There’s money in this sport. The ratio of professionals to amateurs in men’s AFL may be the best in all pro sports: 700 professional men and (the AFL claims) 1 million amateur male players. That’s a ratio of professionals to amateurs of 1:1400. What’s more, if they get drafted by a local club, a fair few young AFL players can probably turn pro without even moving out of mum and dad’s house. And they can look forward to being paid an average $350,000 a year, with a much fairer distribution than you see in tennis.
Source: Want a sporting chance at making the big bucks? Maybe avoid tennis
BYE BYE- The Constitutional Separation of Powers between the Church and State. Fuck what America’s Jews want. Legislate Discrimination instead.
Israel has concluded a very unholy alliance with the American Evangelical Community, as support among progressive U.S. Jews for its settlement policies in the West Bank continues to wane. For this reason, in 2017, the Arkansas Senate passed Act 710, forbidding all “public entities from contracting with and investing in companies that boycott Israel.” Call me old-fashioned, but I miss that old Separation of Church and State principle. In Arkansas, legislation is now directly tied to the Second Coming. There is a painful irony to American Evangelical politicians using Zionism as a cudgel to exacerbate the political divide, and punish resistors. The act prohibits all state agencies, departments and contractors from doing business with any company that supports the Boycott-Divest-Sanction (BDS) movement.
Source: Evangelical Politicians, using Israel as a Pretext, are Gutting the Constitution by Banning Boycotts
“At the federal level the position is really dreadful, because donations do not include money that’s paid to fundraisers and events where people pay to sit at the same table as politicians. I think therefore it does mean that we’ve got to absolutely reappraise the whole system to avoid those sorts of perceptions of undue influence and too much access.” (former judge Anthony Whealy, QC.)
Source: Revealed: Rupert Murdoch’s crack team of Liberal Party fundraisers – Michael West Media
There’s a German warning drawn from historic experience. “If 10 people sit and dine with a Nazi you have 11 Nazis dining”
At a recent anti-vaccine rally in Melbourne, observers identified supporters of the Ustaše, a Croatian fascist movement with Nazi-collaborationist roots. It’s no fluke: the radical right is attaching itself to the anti-vaccine movement everywhere.
Source: Ultranationalists Are Seeing an Organizing Boom in Australia
Political Contributions: What America does transparently Australia’s LNP wants kept secret. We are among the world’s most secretive nations when it comes to political donors.
What Peters, Schrader, and Sinema have in common, however, is that each received substantial support from pharmaceutical companies before coming out against the bill. Both Peters’s and Schrader’s list of top contributors includes Pfizer and AbbVie. Sinema, whom Kaiser Health has called a “pharma favorite,” recently had her most successful fund-raising quarter ever, propelled by contributions from pharmaceutical company PACs, Gilead Science’s CEO Daniel O’Day, Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks, and Merck board chair Kenneth Frazier.
Source: Why Big Pharma Is Winning Again | Washington Monthly
Nearly 200 appearances by vigilantes and far-right extremists have been counted at protests over the past few weeks.
via Armed Vigilantes Receive Warm Police Reception Amid Protests
America protects its drug business in Aghanistan which began in the 70s could one imagine the profits made over that period. budget The global monetary value of the heroin market is of the same order of magnitude as the defense budget of the USA $717 billion .
Needless to say, the Pentagon not to mention the CIA which launched the opium economy in Afghanistan in the late 1970s are intent upon protecting this multibillion dollar industry. The proceeds of the Afghan drug trade were initially used to finance the recruitment of Al Qaeda Mujahideen mercenaries to fight in the Soviet-Afghan war.
War is Good for Business & Organized Crime: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Opium Trade. Rising Heroin Addiction in the US – Collective Evolution
How to rip off peoples savings 101. What the government wants you to see a boom for you to follow in a world of debt. They want your money and you to spend spend spend until you can’t anymore.
- Cut interest rates to record low margins and drive people with savings into the stock market spend and watch it boom.
- Wait for the correction and then watch people suffer.Fake booms real busts losers and winners neither the realm of the elderly whose money is managed by others and only want to reach end of days without worry.
- Self Managed Savings advice it’s safer under the bed than with sharks. (ODT)
Australian shares are near record highs while interest rates are near record lows
Analysts say the disconnect between the two usually means that one market will be “spectacularly wrong”
However, analysts also the Australian share market is not heavily overvalued
Share market correction may be imminent for ASX, stockbrokers warn – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Housing Crashes Stocks Boom, Stocks Crash Housing Booms, Swings and Merry-go-Rounds how to stop them taking your money (ODT)
Despite a backdrop of troubling economic signals, the nation’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index rallied almost 10 per cent in the first quarter — its best-ever performance to begin a year in data going back almost three decades. Strong commodity prices and promises of easy monetary policy from central banks are working in the gauge’s favour even as Australia’s property slump deepens and its economy continues to wane.
via ‘Defied all odds’: Australia’s sharemarket continues to shock
“Trump’s primetime stunt is a campaign dog-whistle to his base, not a legitimate policy speech about a genuine crisis. Shame on every TV station that airs it.”
via Networks Accused of ‘Capitulating’ to Deceitful President as #BoycottTrumpsAddress Surges
Evangelical Christian groups have invested up to $65 million in projects in the “Biblical Heartland” over the past decade, however, that doesn’t include services they provide free of charge, such as volunteer laborers, according to a Haaretz investigation.
Haaretz news outlet reported that about 1,700 volunteers were sent by Christian Evangelical groups to the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Brakha, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.
via US Evangelicals have Sent $65 mn. to Support Israeli Squatters in Palestinian West Bank
Actually, when you come to think of it, the problem is not what they do with all that moolah, but what they do for it. And, again, because you are a simple person, you understand that if you give somebody money, you’d expect that person to do something for you. That’s the way the world works: your friend fixes a door hinge for you, so you buy him a drink; your wife helps out a neighbour and gets a sponge cake for a thank you; you drop your son’s friend off to school and his father takes you to the football a few times a year.
So you can only imagine what you would be prepared to do if someone actually gave you $95 million. You strongly suspect the folk in government must be feeling grateful to those who gave them all that money. Look, we said you are no genius and have only a vague idea what a government could do to thank those donors, but you feel they will get something for their contributions and you will miss out.
It’s actually worse than that. It isn’t just that they get something that you don’t: they get something at your expense and that of others like you. In other words, each of you pays a small amount of the reward which those donors receive. You pay it in small cutbacks in benefits to which you are entitled; in the rundown of your children’s school, in the roads that, in the old days, used to be free; in a dozen little helpings that enable the top ten per cent of the population to recoup a profit on the donation they have made to the political party.
via Big bucks for political parties: How Australia’s politicians are selling us out
Given these areas of mutual interest it is not surprising that since its inception the Central Intelligence Agency has been in permanent collusion with narco-traffickers, assisting their safe passage, protecting their activities, rewarding drug lords, hiring them for covert missions and using money derived from these operations for other activities. The fact that these drugs end up in American veins has never deterred the Agency and, given the hue of the skin often covering those veins, has perhaps even been seen as a positive outcome.
via Meet the CIA: Guns, Drugs and Money
“This is very unhealthy for our democracy. It’s not right, it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right. This is very, very unusual and concerning conduct,” Mr Shorten said.
Mr Joyce – who is fighting a byelection after being booted from Parliament for holding dual citizenship – said on Tuesday night that “all I’m thinking about now is the things I’m going to do on my own farm” with the money.
When handed the novelty oversized cheque, he exclaimed: “Hooley dooley! Rightio.”
Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart
On Monday, the Pentagon received even more money than it had asked for. Funding war is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on
Source: America gives $700bn to the military – but says healthcare is a luxury | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian
Report of Donald Trump interfering with a federal investigation sets off alarm bells on Wall Street
Source: Wall Street tumbles as investors flee latest Trump crisis
Bankers rig democracy to control the institution of money, says economist Richard Wolff (pictured).
Source: Why Do Some People Have Money While Others Don’t? – Truthdig
Greg Palast’s documentary told how millions of minority votes were discounted through a voter crosscheck program. Now, Palast demands that the DOJ investigate the crosscheck system.
Source: ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy’ Claims Donald Trump Stole the Election (Video) – Truthdig
Two disturbing reports out today indicate that the Trump Organization and even Trump himself may be compromised by Russia.
Source: Reports: Trump’s Ties To Russia Are Deep And Ongoing – Updated | Crooks and Liars
CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of playing the “race card for black votes” following her comments about the police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK, describing the comments as part of “the war on police.”On September 20, Clinton commented on several recen
Source: CNN Law Enforcement Analyst: Outrage Over Terence Crutcher Shooting Is Part Of “The War On Police”
Ever notice how the U.S. government never calls out Saudi Arabia on its countless human rights abuses? This is because Saudi Arabia is the number 1 buyer of U.S. military weapons/equipment in the world [The U.S. is the number 1 exporter of weapons throughout the world too] and is also a key ally of the U.S. internationally.
Every administration since world war 2, including Obamas, has enjoyed a very close relationship with this corrupt government, which is better described as a dictatorship.
Governments are businesses, corrupt businesses to be specific, that is the most important thing you need to understand about them. Once you realize this, things begin to make more sense.