Tag: Truth

‘The world cannot breathe!’ Squashed by the USA – a country built on genocide and slavery

Now more and more people can finally see what few of us have been repeating for years: The entire world has its neck squashed by the U.S. boot. The entire world “cannot breathe”! And the entire world has to fight for its right to be able to breathe!

via ‘The world cannot breathe!’ Squashed by the USA – a country built on genocide and slavery

Scottie, It’s Time To Get Democracy From Under The Doona! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just twelve months ago, I was thinking about what a challenge writing was going to be. I mean, I expected that we were going to have a Shorten Labor government and, while I was sure that it would only be a matter of time before I’d be able to apply my satiric style to them, I was sure it was going to be more of a challenge. Let’s be real. With the Coalition the satire practically writes itself.

Take, for example, Scottie telling us that it’s time to get out from under the doona and that we need to get things moving again while it’s still too dangerous to fully re-open Parliament…

via Scottie, It’s Time To Get Democracy From Under The Doona! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- There’s a pot of gold at the end of Morrison’s rainbow if he can find it.

Fighting Fake News with REAL,18/1/20; Bushfire Relief for marginal seats only; Coal’s Biggest Lobbyist promised a pot of Gold for ending the rainbows;

Australia’s bushfires show why democracy requires shared truths

The surge of bushfire disinfo drives home the dilemma of disinformation faced by democracies.

The problem is: democracies can’t function properly if there isn’t a shared truth, no matter how broad, among the voting public.

And yes, the split in our shared reality didn’t happen overnight. It has eroded for years with the help a strident, polarising Murdoch media and talkback radio, much of which is spread widely online.

But social media’s ability to filter the facts, and experience, has accelerated this trend to a crisis level.

This is something being learned the hard way in the US, when life and death decisions are being taken on worldviews that are only half-shared within the nation.

Australia’s bushfires show why democracy requires shared truths

‘Completely Lawless President’: Trump Reportedly Tried to Kill Another Top Iranian Commander on Same Day as Soleimani | Common Dreams News

The plot and lies thicken. Propaganda is quick the truth takes longer to come out and Trump can’t stop it. (ODT)

Critics said the Post reporting undermines the Trump administration’s claim that it assassinated Soleimani due to an “imminent threat” to American interests—and indicates the general’s killing was part of what was meant to be a far more sweeping effort to damage the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

“This suggests a mission with a longer planning horizon and a larger objective, and it really does call into question why there was an attempt to explain this publicly on the basis of an imminent threat,” Suzanne Maloney, an Iran scholar at the Brookings Institution think tank, told the Post.

via ‘Completely Lawless President’: Trump Reportedly Tried to Kill Another Top Iranian Commander on Same Day as Soleimani | Common Dreams News

Climate change: Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent

 

Coal-fired power plants are being phased out across the United Kingdom.

London: Renewable energy has overtaken fossil fuels to become Britain’s largest source of electricity in a historic shift that could signal the “beginning of the end” for coal across Europe.

National Grid data released on New Year’s Day revealed coal represented just 2.1 per cent of Britain’s overall electricity output in 2019.

By comparison, black and brown coal fuelled 74 per cent of Australia’s energy mix in 2018.

Climate change: Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent

What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal | The Smirking Chimp

What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal | The Smirking Chimp

As Ilhan Omar Said, Trump Is a Fascist

.As Ilhan Omar Said, Trump Is a Fascist

After Donald Trump accused Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of “trafficking in vicious anti-Semitic screeds” at a rally in North Carolina, the crowd erupted in the chant “Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!” Trump later claimed he did not agree with the chants and that he had tried to cut them short. A tape of the event, however, makes clear that this was a lie. Moreover, Trump refused to retract the racist tweets that set in motion this frenzied mass expression of racism by renewing his call for the four Congresswomen he attacked to leave the country if they do not embrace his worldview of patriotism and American exceptionalism. In fact, he mentioned to reporters that he was “enjoying” the latest controversy over his comments, which have drawn international condemnation.” This was a spectacle that had the markings not only of a current white nationalist rally but also echoes of the hate-filled spectacles that took place in Germany and Italy in the 1930s and 1940s.

via As Ilhan Omar Said, Trump Is a Fascist

“How Good Is PR?” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Hi there, this is your head of Public Relations, Scott Morrison with a very important massage:

“In 2017 over 3000 Australians died by their own hand. It’s affecting our young people, it’s affecting our veterans, it’s affecting boys and girls in remote indigenous communities. It’s affecting middle-aged men 45-50 living in suburbs, the highest rate of suicide in the country. Now just this week acting on OUR initiative to make a towards zero goal a national priority, I appointed Christine Morgan as the national suicide prevention officer and that should be enough so we don’t have to worry about doing things like raising Newstart because HOW GOOD ARE JOBS? We certainly don’t have to worry about Robodebt because people should pay back money which they can’t prove they don’t owe and certainly nobody can prove that they topped themselves because of the debt.

“As for those on Manus and Nauru, we don’t have to worry because our towards zero only includes Australians, so they won’t go into the statistics…”

“How Good Is PR?” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is better to be informed by the truth than be controlled by lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

Do you shape the truth for the sake of good impression? On the other hand, do you tell the truth even if it may tear down the view people may have off you? Alternatively, do you simply use the contrivance of omission and create another lie. I can only conclude that there is always pain in truth but there is no harm in it. ( John Lord)

via It is better to be informed by the truth than be controlled by lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change – POLITICO

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The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks.

via Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change – POLITICO

Politicians and The Information Age – » The Australian Independent Media Network

AOC knows the archival power of social media. The current President does not.

Now you might argue Trump’s stream of consciousness approach disregards hypocrisy. Maybe. But the wider society (excluding the MAGA cultists) does not. They have the opportunity to look at the evidence and see his thousand-and-one backflips,

Conclusion: The Role of Independent Media

Governments’ reactions to critical coverage clearly shows that it hits a nerve. Whether Spud screams media bias, or Trump screeches ‘fake news’, this should encourage us. We should continue to speak truth to power. They know they are losing the war and so they screech louder. Forward, my friends. Let us show these dinosaur politicians the true power of the information age.

via Politicians and The Information Age – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What is truth, who owns it, and why do Morrison and Trump abuse it? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

I used to believe that Americans were the only people in the world that believed their own bullshit but we are now their equal. John Lord

via What is truth, who owns it, and why do Morrison and Trump abuse it? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Cormann Says He Calls Woolworths CEO Each Week To Do Grocery Shop – The Shovel

That’s the way you do it. Money for nothing and trips for free. Cormann in the crosshairs with Joe Hockey’s help a case of Insider Trading? (ODT)

Cormann Says He Calls Woolworths CEO Each Week To Do Grocery Shop – The Shovel

The one-hour week and other damned lies in our job statistics

How we measure and talk about unemployment matters. Yet many politicians, pundits and the public remain fixated on pure data, measured by a near 60-year-old International Labour Organisation standard – if you work for at least “one hour” a week you are “employed”.. Yet the idea that unemployment is 5 per cent and employment is equal to one hour’s work is laughable. Real fake news.

Any new definition of employment must be based on the ability of a citizen and her or his dependants to earn a “living wage”, not some outdated “minimum wage”. Rather, it should be a version of our nation’s famous 1907 Harvester judgment, that a “fair and reasonable” wage must take into account the “normal needs of the average employee regarded as a human being living in a civilised community”, crafted for this precariat age.

Our job statistics are broken. It’s time to #changethestats.

Just listen to Morrison Lie (ODT)

via The one-hour week and other damned lies in our job statistics

Where Does Truth Fit into Democracy? | The Nation

This is, admittedly, a project fraught with peril. The line between enhanced rules and regulations for communication and the repressive abridgment of free speech can all too easily be transgressed, especially when the power to regulate falls into the wrong hands. In addition, such projects can easily backfire, as increasing regulation feeds conspiracy theories about government control and makes it easier than ever for populist firebrands to depict mainstream reporting and opinion as “fake news.” In the end, the most effective way to address the problem is to restrain the economic power of the companies and interests that profit most directly from populist attacks on epistemological authority, as well as the underlying distributions of power that have led to the current popular discontent.

But even as progressive forces work toward this long-term goal, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are not about to start moderating their opinions, and Facebook and Twitter are unlikely to do much to regulate themselves, no matter how much earnest criticism they receive in The New York Times. It is also time to start serious discussions about how to keep the immensely powerful communications forces unleashed in the past generation from immeasurably harming the public good. These are discussions to be entered into carefully, judiciously, moderately. But they are important to have. Far more important, it might be added, than placing bets on when Donald Trump hits the 10,000th lie of his presidency.

via Where Does Truth Fit into Democracy? | The Nation

Trump’s Republic of Lies: Once to every nation comes the moment to decide

This popular belief that nobody really does or can know anything is the perfect soil for an authoritarian leader to take root.

Only if we can trust each other to try to be honest can we hope to rebuild something resembling a truly functioning democracy. Otherwise, sooner or later this country will be seduced by the siren song of yet another strong and authoritative voice.

Humans are finite creatures and any truth we lay claim to will of necessity be partial, multi-faceted, and complex. At our best, we see only part of what is there and articulate only part of what we see. The promise of democracy — when it works — is the possibility of combining all those partially glimpsed and imperfectly reported realities into a still imperfect, but nevertheless better, whole.

via Trump’s Republic of Lies: Once to every nation comes the moment to decide

The Government Is Fighting In Court Against Bringing Refugees From Nauru To Australia

Camp Four on Nauru

The government says it has been bringing kids from Nauru to Australia for a while, yet it is still fighting court cases to stop this happening.

via The Government Is Fighting In Court Against Bringing Refugees From Nauru To Australia

Carl Bernstein: Trump Is Waging An Unprecedented War On Truth | Crooks and Liars

what we have never had is a President of the United States who uses lying and untruth as a basic method to promote his policies, his beliefs, and his way of approaching the American people and engaging with the world, that his default position is to use untruth to go toward his objectives.

via Carl Bernstein: Trump Is Waging An Unprecedented War On Truth | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump reimbursed Cohen for $130k payment to porn star: Giuliani

US President Donald Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the President repaid his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $US130,000 ($179,000) payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump reimbursed the money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, according to Giuliani

Trump had told reporters that he was not aware of the payment and that he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money.

Giuliani made the revelation during an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity.

via Donald Trump reimbursed Cohen for $130k payment to porn star: Giuliani

Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry’s Predatory Marketing Practices

Fake News this is Fake

The industry spends billions of dollars per year convincing Americans that bottled water is safer than tap—even though more than two-thirds of the product comes from municipal water sources

via Research Exposes $16 Billion Bottled Water Industry’s Predatory Marketing Practices

Trump’s War not told

The Falsehood of Trump’s ‘Precision Strikes’ and ‘Clean Wars’

The Falsehood of Trump’s ‘Precision Strikes’ and ‘Clean Wars’

The states pursuing this kind of offensive war see three advantages, two military and one political:

* Their own forces take minimal casualties, meaning fewer bodybags and funeral corteges

* They believe that the tactic works in practice

* There is very little media coverage of this type of war, and in the case of some countries, most notably Britain, there has been a long-term political convention that the role of special Forces should not be subject to public debate or even scrutiny.

The U.S. Air Force is on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan this year compared with last year.

Day to Day Politics: The death of truth as we know it. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 14 November 2016 How important is truth in politics? As a writer who happens to love the way words can be constructed to shape a thought, send a message, express love, anger or convey an action I am lost without them. Without them something vanishes from our discourse. Without words the ability to communicate…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The death of truth as we know it. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trusting Andrew Bolt & selling Snake oil

Malcolm Turnbull blames Labor, voters and Tony Abbott for his disaster

 

Well I guess stating the obvious is a good start for Turnbull. Bolt doesn’t just have a  tin ear he is the ultra deaf opinion spruiker .  Someone you can guarantee will call truth the opposite of what it is.

Malcolm Turnbull takes ‘full responsibility’ for Coalition campaign performance”

” That is false.”Bolt

Bolt wants to see Turnbull wallow. Bolt want’s us to see what Bolt wants that’s simply media manipulation.  Bolt the reporter  provides  you with nothing .  He has a  book which can be bought online for $17.50 .However Bolt  seems to want more  so if your a  fan it’s on his blog site for the bargain price of $29.99. That’s only  a 71% boost on price for being up close. It sure is good to know Bolt is such a trustable  snake oil salesman. He  claims he’s providing extras and postage for free but he’s even making money on the postage. Book with bulletin  “Show me your Money”

Stan Grant: Without a treaty and constitutional recognition, no Australian is truly free | NITV

“Treaty yeah, treaty now.” The words of Yothu Yindi’s hit song of two decades since may have been premature but they have proven prophetic. The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has said a treaty is way overdue. He has begun a process to drafting such a settlement with Victoria’s Indigenous people. It is an historic moment.

Source: Stan Grant: Without a treaty and constitutional recognition, no Australian is truly free | NITV

US Soldiers & Wikileaks Come Together & Tell The Truth About What’s Really Happening In The Middle East | Collective-Evolution

Photo Cred As the elections in the United States continue to attract attention, one major topic of concern is the so called ‘war on terrorism.’ The continuous conflict that’s plagued the Middle East for years continues to move forward, and as former 4 star United States General and Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO told […]

Source: US Soldiers & Wikileaks Come Together & Tell The Truth About What’s Really Happening In The Middle East | Collective-Evolution

Federal government asks Australian Federal Police to find Nauru whistleblowers | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

The federal government called in the Australian Federal Police to investigate information leaks from the Nauru detention camp six times in as many months, prompting claims it is pursuing whistleblowers instead of those who allegedly assaulted and raped asylum seekers.

Source: Federal government asks Australian Federal Police to find Nauru whistleblowers | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader