Tag: politics

Trump’s Ever More Powerful Weapons Against Journalism

“No U.S. president in recent memory has shown greater contempt for the press than Trump in his first months in office,” reads Freedom House’s 2017 report. “He has repeatedly ridiculed reporters. … Such comments suggest a hostility toward the fundamental principles and purposes of press freedom, especially the news media’s role in holding governments to account for their words and actions—as opposed to the government holding the media to account.”

via Trump’s Ever More Powerful Weapons Against Journalism

Why Sweden doesn’t keep stats on ethnicity and crime – The Local

Why Sweden doesn't keep stats on ethnicity and crime

“More often than not the questions are framed in a way that’s related to being repressive towards immigrants. It’s worth remembering that numbers have to be interpreted, and it’s also about what kind of political interest there are in using the stats, how those stats are read. Stats are in themselves neutral, they have to be interpreted,” he emphasizes.

“If you really want to deepen understanding in this area you have to consider what the stats are and also what they’re going to be used for. Are they going to be used to better locate people without residence papers, for example? To track down migrants and their kids? Or are they going to be used to improve how the police act, and to create a less discriminatory police? It’s very complicated, and more often than not the discussion in the area in Sweden is too simplistic,” he concludes.

via Why Sweden doesn’t keep stats on ethnicity and crime – The Local

What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime | PolitiFact

President Donald Trump smiles as he prepares to speak at his "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP)

Correcting Bolt’s BS is a full time task because there is so much of it (ODT)

Asylum applications in 2016 dropped to about 29,000.

Sweden used to grant permanent residence permits to individuals granted asylum. The legislative changes in mid 2016 began restricting residence authorization by granting temporary permits and putting more requirements in place for permanent permits.

What about claims linking new arrivals and crime?

“In general, crime statistics have gone down the last (few) years, and no there is no evidence to suggest that new waves of immigration has lead to increased crime,” Selin said.

Generally, there’s a certain over-representation of people with immigrant background in crime statistics, but that tends to be closely related to high levels of unemployment, poverty, exclusion, low language and other skills, Selin said. “Swedes with these characteristics are also overrepresented in crime statistics,” he said.

If we look specifically at sex offences, which the Fox News segment highlighted, there were 18,100 sex offenses reported to the police in 2015, down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

via What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime | PolitiFact

Shorten’s Leadership Under Threat; Everything Fine In Liberal Ranks – » The Australian Independent Media Network

election

Tony followed up today by telling us how nobody was dissenting in the Liberal Party: “I got to say there aren’t that many opportunities for dissent in the party room these days. Party room procedure has changed under Prime Minister Turnbull.”

See, everyone in the Liberal Party is on the same page. No dissent in the party room.

I bet Bill Shorten wishes he had loyalty like that from his party!!
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via Shorten’s Leadership Under Threat; Everything Fine In Liberal Ranks – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The COALition’s coal infection: Is it contagious?

When a large number of apparently sane people suggest, not only prolonging existing coal-fired power but building more coal-fired power stations, we must consider what is causing the psychosis, writes Dr Graeme McLeay.

Global warming and its resultant climate change is no longer a theory.

It is a stark reality, as even a casual reader must grasp:

And the list goes on. Already the effects on human health and well being are widespread.

The COALition’s coal infection: Is it contagious?

Something is Rotten – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

There is a foul stench emanating from planet earth. The noxious smell emanates from a single destructive paradigm. That festering greed is known as capitalism. On a single planet with finite resources, the philosophy of capitalism is terminal for the planet and all who reside on it.

Something is Rotten – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Schadenfreude-a-plenty as far-right leader’s clothes nicked at swim

A prominent far-right leader who dismissed the Nazi era as mere bird poop on Germany’s 1000-year history was swimming in a lake near his house one evening recently, when a man on the shore grabbed his clothes.

The thief’s parting words: “Nazis don’t need bathing fun!”

via Schadenfreude-a-plenty as far-right leader’s clothes nicked at swim

At 92, former strongman Mahathir is Malaysia’s comeback kid

Mahathir claims historic victory in incredible Malaysian election

Mahathir used security laws to put his political opponents behind bars. His critics say he restricted free speech and persecuted political opponents – none more so than his former deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, who remains in jail on charges of sodomy and corruption.

Mahathir has joined hands with Anwar in this campaign and has promised to seek a royal pardon for him. He has vowed to then step aside and let Anwar be prime minister.

Mahathir was masterly in playing to the feelings of the mainly Muslim ethnic Malay majority. His 1970 book, The Malay Dilemma, argued that ethnic Malays, whom he called the nation’s rightful owners, were being eclipsed economically by ethnic Chinese.

Faced with a leadership challenge after just five years in office, Mahathir detained more than 100 opposition politicians, academics and social activists without trial, under internal security laws.

via At 92, former strongman Mahathir is Malaysia’s comeback kid

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Big Business takeover of Australia

Big Business hasn’t just decided to get into the political game, as some have claimed, it has been influencing our politics forever. But as managing editor David Donovan says, the methods it has lately adopted are highly troubling.

‘The Business Council of Australia (BCA), the lobby group representing Australia’s largest companies, has decided to do politics.’

So wrote Laura Tingle in an ABC online article accompanying her debut ABC 7.30 piece on Monday night, 30 April 2018.

Really? They have just decided to “do politics”?

Of course not. The Business Council has been doing politics every day since it was formed in 1983.

Indeed, the Business Council’s stated reason for existence is

‘… to give the business community a greater voice in public policy debates about the direction of Australian society’.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Big Business takeover of Australia

Pauline Hanson Withdraws Support For Monarchy After Learning Kate Middleton Is In Labor – The Shovel

“When my staffer told me today that Kate Middleton was in Labor, I didn’t believe him at first. But then I saw it was all over the news,” Ms Hanson said. “Is she part of the royal union or something? I thought they were supposed to stay out of politics”.

via Pauline Hanson Withdraws Support For Monarchy After Learning Kate Middleton Is In Labor – The Shovel

The Hypocrisy is Mind-Blowing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Malcolm Turnbull admits 'political mistake' on bank royal commission

In trying to defend the indefensible, she struggled to cut through with anything that was remotely beneficial to her party’s credibility. If anything, it highlighted what a nasty piece of work they are.

Everything she said, stood in stark contrast to her party’s persistent opposition to it, for so long. Meanwhile, revelations during last week’s hearings that customers were given poor financial advice, were charged fees for no service, that a dead person was charged ongoing fees, that the corporate watchdog was deliberately misled for years, makes us salivate over what might be revealed when things resume next week.

Client theft, more compromised financial advice, financially ruining peoples’ lives; who knows what other surprises are in store.

This government’s actions in cutting funding to a multitude of community services shows us only too well, how concerned it is for the welfare of its constituents.

The Minister

 The Hypocrisy is Mind-Blowing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Queensland Police’s Orwellian ‘Fixated Persons Unit’

According to the official brochures, the Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (QFTAC) is an agency staffed by Queensland Police officers and clinicians from the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service to identify people who are thought to “fixate” on government officials and other public identities.

Thank goodness, the QFTAC assures us, all this is not just a means of locking away political agitators and the agency has no interest in people who merely hold dissident political opinions.

via Queensland Police’s Orwellian ‘Fixated Persons Unit’

The fundamental operating model of Australian politics is breaking down

Is there any Australian left who hasn’t complained, or at least rolled their eyes about the state of politics in Canberra? Most of us tend to blame the politicians for all this, but a new analysis of voter data suggests a less comfortable truth. The problem is not just them. It’s also us.

via The fundamental operating model of Australian politics is breaking down

Pastor Rapes Teen, Church Asks Victim To Apologize To Pastor’s Wife

To make matters worse for the young victim, officials at the Columbia Road Baptist Church blamed and shamed the girl, forbidding her entire family from attending services until she apologized to the youth pastor’s wife.

Australian Conservatives believe White Western Christian Culture is definitively Australian and should be in our Constitution. Ex President of Malaysia still believes Australian elite are Europhiles and aren’t an ASEAN nation. Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott agree as do media men like Andrew Bolt. If only 25% of Australians claim to be Christian and they consist of Indigenous, Pacific Islanders, Sudanese, Lebanese and other minorities logic dictates Conservatives are talking BS as they don’t welcome these immigrants or refugees into the country. It seems their 25% falls to much less than  18%. and if one considers their extreme factions as exceptional. These Conservatives have a voice which actually represents less than 3% of Australians. Ergo the are amouse that Murdoch allows to roar and their constituents are made up of Christians that appear as bent as radical Islamists but unfortunately have an easier pathway to guns in America and and advocate in Peter Dutton in Australia who wants our gun laws eased.( Old Dog Thought )

 

via Pastor Rapes Teen, Church Asks Victim To Apologize To Pastor’s Wife

Wil Anderson on Tonightly: ‘People more offended by C at end of AB than about C-bomb sketch’ | Media | The Guardian

Tonightly with Tom Ballard (front) pushes the envelope with its edgy comedy on ABC.

In this case which came first the media or the politicians? In this case the politicians came from behind and were just media puppets pulled by the strings of Murdoch Media. It’s a case when neither the politicians or the media represent us. They merely try to service us in a prick of a way (ODT)

The communications minister Mitch Fifield and Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi both complained about a segment in which a candidate for Bernardi’s party Kevin Bailey was called a “cunt”.

“I would say the majority of people are not offended by the word, they are more offended by the C at the end of the AB than they are about the C-bomb that was used in the sketch,” Anderson, a Triple M Hot Breakfast co-host, told Guardian Australia.

“The majority of people who are offended by these jokes are not really offended by these jokes. They are, by their very nature, offended by the very idea of the ABC and they want to prosecute an agenda against the ABC. This is just an example of something they can use to prosecute an agenda.”

via Wil Anderson on Tonightly: ‘People more offended by C at end of AB than about C-bomb sketch’ | Media | The Guardian

Happiness Index: From Immigrants to Health, how Trump & GOP are making America Sad (Sad)

 

Happiness Index: From Immigrants to Health, how Trump & GOP are making America Sad (Sad)

In Australia The Great Sad started with Tony Abbott in 2009 after we dodged the GFC and News Corp declared that was Bad Bad Bad, “Ditch the Bitch” ( OD )

 

The World Happiness Index is out this year, and the United States is ranked only 18 for the years 2015-2017– lower than Iceland or Costa Rica, and not much ahead of places with real problems like Mexico and Brazil.

And, the US has fallen 4 spots in recent reports.

The US is still the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, so why isn’t it the happiest?

Because although a good income contributes to happiness, power doesn’t seem to, and wealth is only one of six things that makes a person happy (or else millionaires wouldn’t commit suicide).

It turns out that being generous to others makes you happy. Studies have shown if you just help a challenged person to cross the street or do other acts of random kindness everyday, your happiness increases. The World Happiness survey study finds that being welcoming to immigrants is a factor in a society being happy. The Trump administration is making us positively miserable on that scale.

via Happiness Index: From Immigrants to Health, how Trump & GOP are making America Sad (Sad)

Climate wars have cost us the chance to lead

NEG’s new framework may raise costs, industry groups say

The climate wars between the major political parties have cost us a host of lost business and employment opportunities, even a global leadership role, and yet we drift on without an energy policy that might provide some relief to rising power costs and some strategy to meet our commitments to reduce emissions.

The government’s most recent policy, the National Electricity Guarantee (NEG), is the fourth most effective response, only being proposed after an emissions trading scheme, an emissions intensity scheme and Finkel’s clean energy target were sequentially rejected.

via Climate wars have cost us the chance to lead

The Great Works Of Sharri Markson: Abbott Is Not Pig-Headed. The Greens Are Lunatics. I’m not Biased. – New Matilda

Markson is one of those News Corporation journalists who’s drunk so much company Kool-Aid, its entirely possible she actually believes everything she says, and writes. Which explains this staggering exchange on the Daily Tele earlier today, where entertainment reporter Jonathon Moran engages in a lively discussion with Markson on politics in Canberra, in which Markson tries to school him on ‘bias’.

via The Great Works Of Sharri Markson: Abbott Is Not Pig-Headed. The Greens Are Lunatics. I’m not Biased. – New Matilda

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

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