Tag: politics

Woman charged with terrorism after alleged ‘Islamic State’ stabbing

Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner National Security Ian McCartney (Left) and Victoria Police acting ...

Asked why police suspected that was the case, he said: “We know things like Inspire Magazine and some of the online publications of both al-Qaeda and ISIS can be a source of inspiration.”

 

“When that radicalisation occurred is the subject and real focus of the investigation,” he said.

The case highlighted “that the threat in relation to terrorism in Australia is real and ongoing”.

This sounds very much like a definitive political and irresponsible statement by the police rather than an investigative one. The trial seems to have run it’s course. If Penthouse magazines were found in Robert Doyle’s garage would that make him a predator guilty of sexual assault? Why are the police being so public and wait till Dutton and Andrew Bolt gets hold of this one?   (Old Dog)

via Woman charged with terrorism after alleged ‘Islamic State’ stabbing

Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives

Trump cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a "mere allegation".

Trump, in a pointed response to the uproar over charges of domestic violence by two top aides, cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a “mere allegation” and asked whatever happened to “due process?”

Self serving Trump seems to forget due peocess begins with ‘allegations” and the presumption of innocence. That presumption is squandered when 13 ++ persons are called liars  as in the case of Wienstein and the even the President. Trump has the option and the wealth to take his accusers to court but it seems under advice he never will.

via Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives

News Corp expands its pro-Trump fakenews despite failing U.S. economy

Most TV news reports over the weekend cherry-picked Friday’s data on January’s jobs. The statistics were a mix of good news and bad. Total jobs increased. But so did people looking for work. The jobless rate for women decreased. But for men, it increased. The overall jobless rate did not go up. It did not go down either. Wages increased over the year. So did inflation.

Naturally, the pro-Trump media highlighted only the positive — in stark contrast to their approach through the Obama years.

via News Corp expands its pro-Trump #fakenews despite failing U.S. economy

Republicans Run **Actual Nazi** In IL-03 | Crooks and Liars

Republicans Run **Actual Nazi** In IL-03

Arthur Jones is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee, which I’m sure that it’s only a coincidence bears the same name as the group fronted by Charles Lindbergh in the 1930s and 40s that tried to keep the United States out of World War II. And of course, there’s no relationship to the current Nazis occupying the White House.

via Republicans Run **Actual Nazi** In IL-03 | Crooks and Liars

A wall and a war: Two things every fascist regime needs | +972 Magazine

President Donald Trump stands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, May 22, 2017, for his first official visit to Israel as president. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Both Trump and Netanyahu want to secure their rule by attacking liberal, democratic forces. But in order to do so, they need two things: a wall and the promise of eternal war.

via A wall and a war: Two things every fascist regime needs | +972 Magazine

Day to Day Politics: Their illicit practices should be stopped by law. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Every decision the honourable members make will be based firstly on how best it serves his or her party. Rarely on how it serves the country and the people.

via Day to Day Politics: Their illicit practices should be stopped by law. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Liveable Melbourne: why the city is on top of the world – The Age – Brand Discover

In the EIU survey, Melbourne got a perfect score in healthcare, infrastructure and education for an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, but Stuart Moseley would add creativity to the list of things that make a city more habitable. “The sort of interchange of lifestyles, insights and perspectives coupled with education, a young population and innovation,” he says. Melbourne has a number of hubs that encourage creativity like the streets of Fitzroy or cafes of Collingwood, but a liveable city also sees creativity happen spontaneously and organically.

via Liveable Melbourne: why the city is on top of the world – The Age – Brand Discover

Three teens arrested in Tarneit after ‘they spat at and threatened’ police

Three teenagers have been arrested after they allegedly spat at police outside a Tarneit shopping centre.

The 17-year-old has already been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting police, riotous behaviour and other assault related offences, she said.

How to raise the Stats a lesson in potential bias.

Here we have 3 plus plus charges laid against one boy how many more will be laid depends on the DPP Then there’s charges against the other two? The number could be as many as 20+.One thing is certain it raises the the question of biased crime rates in Tarneit for one, profiling another and even more their reality given the charges haven’t been proved but have been recorded. It then becomes so easy to skew the stats for the sake of politics if these lads were Sudanese because 20+ charges are recorded and added to a small base. If recidivists even more so and that’s political fodder for the likes of Matthew Guy and now Federal politicians like Turnbull Dutton and Hunt, In 2018 we will see the political fearmongering grow, Old Dog Thought)

via Three teens arrested in Tarneit after ‘they spat at and threatened’ police

African youth crime fuels government spat, community fears – repeat offenders to blame

Malcolm Turnbull has resorted to the Cronulla tactics  mirroring Tony Abbott’s extreme conservative approach to political manouvering by singling out African youth crime in Melb and amplified by News Corp’s Herald Sun.

Failure to gain political traction in the polls or his own party Malcolm Turnbull is having a Dondale moment advocating Howards Intervention be applied to African Youth in Melbourne.

No need to listen to the advise of the Police, the African communities or even the Royal Commission forget the mistakes learned from examining our indigenous youth justice system and Dondale politics takes precedence when fear and scare-mongering are the tool most easily used to regain traction. Watch Turnbull as he swings to the Thatcherite Conservative method Abbott’s way of creating a bush fire in 2018. Create fear,division incite another Cronulla here in Melbourne and blame the Africans.

When your government turns to these divisive tactics telling the police, the African community and all other experts they are wrong who needs a Royal Commission into Indigenous Youth Justice and Dondale. All  you need is a return to the lies, of the past and use the media to yell the sky is falling in on what the rest of the world sees as the most livable city Melbourne. Something smells of  self-interested survival politics here and history repeating itself in the form of Abbott’s way with Turnbull moving to occupy that political right-wing space.
(old dog thought )

Richard Deng (left) and Ahmed Hassan believe repeat offenders are falling through the cracks.

“A series of unrelated high-profile crimes in Melbourne in the past fortnight which involved young African men have prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to weigh-in, and forced police to defend their response.

South Sudanese and Somali community leaders believe many of those involved in serious crime are young men who have been released from prison or youth detention without support, and quickly pick up where they left off.”

African youth crime fuels government spat, community fears – repeat offenders to blame

Trump’s call for some ‘good old global warming’ ridiculed by climate experts | US news | The Guardian

Trump’s tweet was “troll-like”, the scientist said, showing the president “delighting in sparking outrage among [his] opponents”.

via Trump’s call for some ‘good old global warming’ ridiculed by climate experts | US news | The Guardian

Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Turnbull and his MPs have turned all their guns on Sam Dastyari and – aided by the mainstream media and the ABC – are producing a cacophony reminiscent of a 1950s “Reds under the Beds“ campaign, but totally ignoring the obvious influence the Chinese have on the LNP.

If anything, Mr Xu must be a ‘double agent’ working for the Liberals and China. Hmm, perhaps not … as they are both on the same side!

But like I said: Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention.

via Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart

Minister Nigel Scullion, Gina Rinehart and Barnaby Joyce at the National Agriculture Day celebration in Canberra on Tuesday.

“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

Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’

The focus on multiculturalism and identity politics is anti-politics. It is accompanied by sterile reforms—such as more professionalized policing—that never challenges the underlying structures of corporate power, which has turned the workers of deindustrialized communities into surplus or redundant labor. We no longer seek to eradicate poverty; instead we applaud ourselves for not stigmatizing the poor.

Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire

The Adani Power plant inside the special economic zone near Tragadi Bander on the Kutch Coast of India.

As a result, says the energy consultant Tim Buckley, “Adani is getting exactly the same sort of treatment from Australian politicians to that which he is used to back in India. He has been offered a $1 billion subsidised loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility [NAIF], and a $600 million royalty holiday and free water from Queensland taxpayers. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve now learnt that the Queensland Government has compulsorily acquired prime agricultural land to make way for the Adani railway. It’s farcical.”

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire

Day to Day Politics: I think Turnbull has taken them for a ride. He conned them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

2 Whilst Australia’s employment rate of 5.5% in September hit a four-year low the big concern is that full-time jobs seem to be almost a thing of the past. Sure, creating 19,800 jobs might seem fantastic but the reality is that only 6,100 were full-time. It seems that the structure of Australian jobs is rapidly changing. As good as the figures look the fact remains that for every job there are 17 people wanting it. Entry level jobs for young people we have five applicants for every job.Not to forget the number wanting more work.

Source: Day to Day Politics: I think Turnbull has taken them for a ride. He conned them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…

Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms

“There is no pressing need to change the ABC Act and its Charter, no matter how much commercial chief executives and their compliant media outlets argue otherwise,” she said in a draft of her speech to the ABC Friends Public Conference dinner in Sydney on Friday.

Source: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms

Can Australia’s socially democratic Left defeat neoliberalism?

Here in Australia, the “No” case in the same-sex marriage debacle is spending five times as much as the “Yes” campaign.Prominent reactionaries like Senator Eric Abetz and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott are leading the “No” defence of the indefensible with lies and nonsense.

Source: Can Australia’s socially democratic Left defeat neoliberalism?

Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As Turnbull theatrically struts around throwing out childish taunts like Blackout Bill and No Coal Joel, it should be remembered that it isn’t Labor who has changed their support for emissions reduction and renewable energy.You cannot privatise an essential utility and then create such uncertainty that the industry effectively grinds to a halt.Our energy crisis can be laid squarely at the feet of a divided Coalition whose own power struggles over the last decade have made it impossible for them to come up with any sort of enduring policy.

Source: Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian

Absence of climate and energy policy has left Australia lagging dangerously behind, missing out on investment and facing major electricity disruptions.

Source: The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian

Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten stand for nothing but winning

Abbott is not a consistent conservative. He would have us believe that he stands for small government, less regulation, and more freedom for the individual and markets to operate. Yet, his solution to the climate challenge, which he accepted with his Paris commitments, is totally non-market – no carbon price, no renewables, mandated coal-fired power. Voters are left to struggle with now alarming increases in power costs, and serious losses in investment, technology exports, and job opportunities.

Source: Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten stand for nothing but winning

Politics is broken — but then it always has been

The “politics is broken” narrative tends to universalise the failure of conservative politics, instead of reaching further into the inherent weaknesses of liberal democracy. The Anglo-European democratic tradition proclaims the glory of rights and freedoms, while systematically denying rights and freedoms to women, to First Peoples, to people of colour, to people with disabilities, to LGBTQI people — in other words, to the majority of the population.

Source: Politics is broken — but then it always has been

What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 10+ Though-Provoking Illustrations By Al Margen | Bored Panda

We all know that nothing is perfect. Our modern society included. There are many things that are problematic and troubling, and even though we notice them, we are not too fast to work on fixing matters.

Source: What’s Wrong With Today’s Society Captured In 10+ Though-Provoking Illustrations By Al Margen | Bored Panda

Look at all the advice from white people. It must be Reconciliation Week! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Recently I discovered my childhood home has been knocked down and turned into townhouses. I was having feelings and it got me thinking

Source: Look at all the advice from white people. It must be Reconciliation Week! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Media’s obsession with appearance putting young women off going into politics, study finds | The Independent

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Obsession with female politicians’ appearance in the media is putting young women off going into politics, a study has revealed, prompting campaigners to call for an end to sexism in political media coverage.  Nearly half (41 per cent) of girls aged between nine and 16 think there has been a rise in media sexism in the last six months, while more than a third (39 per cent) said this has knocked their confidence, according to the new research by Girlguiding.

Source: Media’s obsession with appearance putting young women off going into politics, study finds | The Independent

Counting the missing billions: how Australia is losing out to oil and gas giants | Business | The Guardian

Changing the rules on debt loading and adopting an alternative royalty scheme would reap billions in tax revenue

Source: Counting the missing billions: how Australia is losing out to oil and gas giants | Business | The Guardian

Shots Fired After Malcolm Asks Peter To Come Into His Office… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A five year old boy passed on the record of conversation between the Prime Minister and Peter Dutton. While some are claiming that this is inaccurate, my sources tell me that it’s completely accurate and anyone who is saying something different doesn’t have the facts. I have the facts, and they’re not alternate facts they’re…

Source: Shots Fired After Malcolm Asks Peter To Come Into His Office… – » The Australian Independent Media Network