Tag: Reality

Trump Can’t escape having called Nazis “Very Fine People” by SOTU Spectacle

Trump made Bannon his chief strategist in the White House.

Bannon praises Benito Mussolini, who is not as widely vilified in today’s America as he should be. His armies slaughtered 330,000 Allied troops during World War II, including large numbers of Americans. Of 45,000 Italian Jews, 8,000 were delivered to Nazi death camps and a similar number were forced to flee abroad. Some $1 billion was stolen from them as a community.

But guess what. In an opinion poll, 72% of Jewish respondents said they hold that Trump is at least somewhat responsible for the synagogue massacre.

His SOTU spectacle cannot cover up that he helped galvanize those Nazis who invaded Charlottesville.

via Trump Can’t escape having called Nazis “Very Fine People” by SOTU Spectacle

MAGA teen Nick Sandmann says he is not sorry for stand-off with Native American veteran – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

He said as the students surrounded him he soon realised he needed to escape the situation.

“I needed an out. I needed to escape. I needed to get away. I needed to retreat somehow, but the only way I could retreat at that moment, is what I see, is just to go forward, and when I started going forward and that mass of groups of people started separating and moving aside to allow me to move out of the way or to proceed, this young fellow put himself in front of me and wouldn’t move,” he said.

“If I took another step, I would be putting my person into his presence, into his space and I would’ve touched him and that would’ve been the thing that the group of people would’ve needed to spring on me.”

Are these the words of a 16 year old kid or his PR advisor? Guess whose been invited to the White House not the veteran. (ODT)

Mr Sandmann said his facial expression during the encounter was “a smile saying that this is the best you’re going to get out of me — you won’t get any further reaction of aggression”.

via MAGA teen Nick Sandmann says he is not sorry for stand-off with Native American veteran – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

HILARIOUS: Trump Declares Himself The Expert On Literally Everything | Crooks and Liars

HILARIOUS: Trump Declares Himself The Expert On Literally Everything

Donald Trump, without evidence or facts, declares himself an expert on everything. His actions, statements (and misstatements) and policy decisions show he is a Lying Liar McLiarPants.

via HILARIOUS: Trump Declares Himself The Expert On Literally Everything | Crooks and Liars

8 Times Donald Trump Claimed He Was A Self-Made Man

The source of Trump’s fortune was his father, who bailed out the son’s failing businesses many times, a bombshell New York Times investigation found.

Donald Trump has, for decades, attempted to portray himself as a self-made, up-by-your-bootstraps entrepreneur who benefited little from his father’s fortune, relying on his own gumption and wiles to overcome financial challenges.

But a bombshell investigation by The New York Times published Tuesday annihilated this claim

8 Times Donald Trump Claimed He Was A Self-Made Man

Tesla battery proves a leading source of dispatchable power, AEMO says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tesla's giant battery near Jamestown at night.

Scott Morrison said it would be about as useful for the electricity system as the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour or the Big Prawn at Ballina in NSW.
Key points

South Australia’s Tesla battery was initially dismissed by critics
Market operator finds the battery dispatches power faster than conventional stations and pushes down prices
Energy analyst says the battery has helped shore up the entire energy grid

via Tesla battery proves a leading source of dispatchable power, AEMO says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Don’t believe what they say about inequality. Some of us are worse off

The income survey data show an even more mixed record. The Our World in Data database shows that by 2003 the real income of the median Australian household was only about 5% higher in real terms than in 1989, while the second and third decile households – mainly headed by those on low wages and some on social security – were actually no better-off than in 1989, largely due to the effects of the early 1990s recession.

Despite the way it’s been spun, the Commission’s main message is that in the decades ahead we will need both policies that generate economic growth and policies that ensure it’s well spread. One without the other could leave many of us worse off.

via Don’t believe what they say about inequality. Some of us are worse off

‘US Is Now Allied With al-Qaeda in Yemen’: AP Reveals American-Backed Saudi Coalition Forged Deals With AQAP Fighters

A man walks on rubble of a building destroyed in airstrikes carried out by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition hours after the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths departed Sana’a on June 06, 2018 in Sana’a, Yemen.

As the United States continues to fuel Yemen’s worsening humanitarian crisis, and boast that it’s targeting al Qaeda in the impoverished nation (AQAP) with airstrikes, new reporting reveals that the U.S.- and U.K-backed Saudi coalition waging a bombing campaign there is recruiting al Qaeda fighters to join its ranks, and paying off the extremists to leave areas.

The militants were guaranteed a safe route out and allowed to keep weapons and cash looted from the city—up to $100 million by some estimates—according to five sources, including military, security, and government officials. […]

Coalition-backed forces moved in two days later, announcing that hundreds of militants were killed and hailing the capture as “part of joint international efforts to defeat the terrorist organizations in Yemen.”

via ‘US Is Now Allied With al-Qaeda in Yemen’: AP Reveals American-Backed Saudi Coalition Forged Deals With AQAP Fighters

ASIO seeing fewer young Australian jihadists

Security agency ASIO has confirmed it has started seeing a drop in the number of Australian youngsters pursuing violent Islamist extremism.

The agency has told a hearing in Canberra that the number of children and teens being drawn to jihad on the wave of the so-called Islamic State’s previous success in the Middle East has passed its peak, though it warns Islamist terrorism remains a significant threat.

ASIO seeing fewer young Australian jihadists

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts | Environment | The Guardian

This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty.Last week, China announced it was stopping or postponing work on 151 coal plants that were either under, or earmarked for, construction.Last month, India reported its national coal fleet on average ran at little more than 60% of its capacity – among other things, well below what is generally considered necessary for an individual generator to be financially viable.Tony Abbott needs to explain U-turn on climate change, Julie Bishop saysRead moreNeither of these stories gained much of a foothold in the Australia media. But one story on global coal did: that 621 plants were being built across the planet

Source: The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts | Environment | The Guardian

A Reality You Can’t Dig Yourself Out Of – Adani’s Coal Mine Is A Dud – New Matilda

In a world where coal has no future, the proposed Adani mine should not be given serious consideration. Even if climate change were not a pressing problem, and even if thermal coal prices were to rise and stay high, the project would bring little benefit to Australia, writes Ian McAuley. Dear reader, I’m asking youMore

Source: A Reality You Can’t Dig Yourself Out Of – Adani’s Coal Mine Is A Dud – New Matilda

No, new coal is not feasible: on price, reliability or emissions | Tennant Reed | Opinion | The Guardian

The proposition that new coal plants could be an effective solution to Australia’s energy needs should be treated with scepticism

Source: No, new coal is not feasible: on price, reliability or emissions | Tennant Reed | Opinion | The Guardian

Sinister visions of America in crisis: Hollywood finally gets foreclosures right in “99 Homes” – Salon.com

The new film, starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, goes where too few movies have been willing

Source: Sinister visions of America in crisis: Hollywood finally gets foreclosures right in “99 Homes” – Salon.com

Indiana Makes Desperate Bid To Join Bible Belt: Democracy some of US enjoys. Is it coming our way?

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – (CT&P) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law yesterday in an attempt to show solidarity with politicians around the Bible Belt who are pushing “Religious Freedom Acts” of their own. The legislation allows individuals and corporations to cite ‘religious beliefs’ as a defense when sued by a private party. Thus, business owners who don’t want to serve same-sex couples, or any other member of a group they dislike, now have legal protection to deny service.

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“We just wanted to show that religious folks in Indiana have just as much pent-up prejudice and hatred as our brothers and sisters down South,” said Governor Pence at a press conference after he signed the bill. “We want to protect our God-given right to treat people who disagree with our archaic belief system as second class citizens and objects of derision. Judge Roy Moore ain’t got nothing on us,” chuckled the governor, as he foamed at the mouth.

The fact that the bill may cost the state millions of dollars in revenue did not seem to bother the governor.

“If people and businesses want to move to a more progressive state that treats all its citizens and tourists as equals, then let them burn in hell with all the other heretics. We in Indiana want to stand as an example of God’s love for bigots and hatred of fags. If we lose a few conventions here and there then so be it!”

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The bill has prompted public outrage around the country and several large organizations such as Salesforce have abandoned all future plans that include Indiana. Other organizations such as Gen Con, the NCAA, and Ely Lilly, one of the state’s largest employers, have already spoken out against the bill.

When asked if the bill would not allow business owners to refuse service to just about anyone they disagreed with or did not like, Governor Pence replied, “Yes, thank God. Like other ‘Religious Freedom’ bills making their way through state houses around the country, we made this one vague enough to where we can discriminate not only against gays, but Jews, Muslims, atheists, Mormons, Scientologists, or just about anyone we want to. It’s great!”

“The main thing to remember here is to ask yourself the question ‘What would Jesus do?,’ and I think we can all agree that if Jesus owned an Ace Hardware he would refuse to sell building materials to homosexuals, Jews, Muslims, atheists, or any other group that threatens our fragile and insecure system of beliefs.”

Governor Pence concluded, “The God-fearing citizens of Indiana want nothing more than to return to the Middle Ages, just like those folks down South, and I think this bill is a good beginning.”