Vale Neddie

I am sorry to report That This sites dog Overlord has passed away


After a few years living with Diabetes which saw him lose his sight 3 times and enduring the operations to restore it as well as a couple of bouts of Pancreatitis and the torments of his little brother Neds little body had had enough .He was a champion dog always happy no matter what . Everyone who got to meet Ned loved him . He didnt have a mean bone in his body. In the end it was the hardest decision of my life but as silly as this sounds the easiest. Neddie was going to suffer and he didn,t deserve that. To have kept him going a bit longer would have been unbelievable selfish on my part.







Goodbye Ned . The best mate I ever had.

Sorry my return post is indulgent But Ned deserves his Pub Goodbye.

1,747 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. Inam so traumatised by what Rio Tinto did, I can’t read or watch anything anoutbit. The last time I cocooned myself off like that was the Port Arthur Massacre.

    It is not even mynsacred site but I feel my heart has been ripped out.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In this excellent essay Peter Hartcher says that the US is tearing itself apart because its political system has failed.
    Paramedics are the first public sector workers to launch industrial action over the Berejiklian government’s wage freeze, refusing from Monday night to bill patients.
    According to economist and former NSW Treasury official, Robert Carling, NSW’s public servant pay freeze is just the first shot in a long war.
    Shane Wright reports that one of the nation’s most senior economists, Westpac’s Bill Evans, says the RBA should consider taking interest rates below zero to boost the economy.
    Phil Coorey says that the government is working on short, sharp rescue packages for the housing and arts sectors as it moves away from economy-wide assistance measures.
    Money for social housing, not home-buyer grants, is the key to construction stimulus opines Brendan Coates.
    Max Kozlowski with all of Morrison’s deflections and blame attribution on the Robodebt disgrace.
    The Morrison government is standing by its policy that allowed the early release of superannuation to more than 1.8 million people despite much of the cash being spent on gambling and alcohol, arguing people are exercising their free choice. Shane Wright explains how Labor is amping up on this.
    Sally Whyte explains the conditions applying to the Robodebt refunds and how they should not affect recipients’ ongoing Centrelink payments.
    Asher Wolf goes into detail to explain how Robodebt was an algorithmic weapon of calculated political cruelty. And it’s not over yet, he says.
    Michael Pascoe explains that the Community Development Grants Scheme rorts were worse than he thought.
    The real-time suicide data promised by the Morrison government as part of its COVID-19 mental health response plan may not be available for two years says Dana McCauley.
    Sha also reports that Australians with health insurance may wait months for procedures usually accessed within weeks in the private system after about 400,000 procedures were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Emma Koehn writes that the plasma collection sector is urging US donors to return to centres and is offering higher payment rates and free Uber rides to lure in recovered COVID-19 patients.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says that over the past week there’ve been some curious fluctuations in the value of China’s currency that could ramp up tensions with the US and trigger a new flashpoint in the trade war between the two nations.
    The AFR reveals that the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has issued a shortlist of eight firms for its court action on business interruption insurance – and QBE is in its sights.
    Dominic Powell tells us about the buyer’s remorse over the purchase of David Jones.
    In stark contrast to the last international financial crisis, Australia is now going into deep deficit and debt with very little to show for it writes Alan Austin.,13950
    Elizabeth Knight explains how the NSW government cemented the near term financial fate of James Packer’s Crown casino at Sydney’s Barangaroo with the stroke of a pen on Friday when it inked a deal with rival The Star confirming its exclusive casino rights to operate poker machines for 21 years.
    The AFR’s David Marin-Guzman writes that the decline of the enterprise bargaining system threatens to undermine workers’ wages unless it is fixed, with recent data showing employees on collective agreements have won pay rises 40 per cent higher than in the rest of the economy.
    According to Karen Maley Anna Bligh has skilfully rebuilt the tattered image of the country’s banks during the coronavirus pandemic by making them an integral part of the safety net.
    The world’s major food baskets will experience more extreme droughts than previously forecast as greenhouse gases rise, with southern Australia among the worst-hit, climate projections show.
    It’s simple: local communities want local news regardless of what greedy media oligarchs like Murdoch say, writes Dr Robin Tennant-Wood. She says regional media are ripe for independent revolution.,13951
    Noel Towell reports that the Victorian Liberals are demanding an investigation into Labor cabinet minister Martin Foley, saying he failed to declare a link to controversial property developer John Woodman.
    Just as more powerful, wealthier countries were beginning to think seriously about this new coronavirus, Australia was way out in front, having already grown it writes Jill Margo.
    Crime writer John Silvester gives us a taste of what the new Victorian police chief commissioner will be like. He speaks highly of him.
    Is Belgium the world’s deadliest COVID-19 country or just the most honest asks Bevan Shields.
    Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and, importantly, who gets to use it warns law professor Natalie Stolanoff.
    Matthew Knott describes how Americans see Trump lighting the match that set off the tinder box.
    The fury in US cities is rooted in a long history of racist policing, violence and inequality writes Professor Clare Corbould.
    Associated Press tells us that American officials are seeking to determine whether extremist groups have infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations towards violence – and if foreign adversaries are behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on social media.
    Senior Facebook employees have used Twitter over the weekend to express their dismay at Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action on incendiary comments posted to the social network by Donald Trump.
    This surgeon has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

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    Alan Moir

    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre

    Sean Leahy

    John Spooner

    From the US

  3. Now this could make things very ugly. If you can’t eat then you aren’t going to be too worried about niceties.

    US grocery costs jump the most in 46 years,
    People are going to go hungry’: pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food
    Demand for aid at food banks has soared since coronavirus has forced the economy to close and resulted in millions out of work

    • And yet for at least two months they have been dumping eggs and milk, ploughing crops back into the soil, killing animals and burying the carcasses because, they say, schools, hotels and restaurants are not taking their usual quantities.

      Why not have those unused kitchens cook the food and distribute the results to those in need of a decent meal? Why not have what passes as their government foot the bill? Why not slash funding for Trump’s beloved “Space Force” and pour that money into feeding the population?

      Crops continue to grow, animals still fatten, chickens keep on laying eggs and cows keep on producing milk. The virus has not stopped any of that production. What is lacking is the will to do something different, to find new ways to use that food.

      Too hard for the mighty USA to do? What happened to the “can-do” attitude?

  4. Asher Wolf (a woman, not “he”) says

    But the campaign against robodebt isn’t over yet: the Coalition still plans to continue its “income compliance program”

    She is right.

    You’d think the government would have learnt something about the illegality of their robodebt scheme by now, but no, they have not.

    They are looking at new laws that will allow them to continue to use this flawed system.

    Coalition won’t rule out passing new laws to reboot robodebt scheme
    Exclusive: using new legislation to legalise averaging of ATO data for debt recovery was explored in September

  5. Excellent article from Amy McQuire, an indigenous freelance journalist.

    We must bear witness to black deaths in our own country
    Australia is outraged at police brutality in the US, but apathetic to the lives of black people in their own country.

    While the high profile deaths of black men in the United States have allowed white Australians to see the racist violence perpetrated by police and the white supremacy ingrained in systems, these are lessons they are not willing to learn on this land. On this land, white and other non-Indigenous Australians are directly implicated in the systems that oppress Aboriginal people. They are able to proclaim ‘Black Lives Matter’ in ways that circumvent their complicity in the deaths of black people here. But if you do not support black rights here, in this country, then you can’t support them internationally – any proclamation is shallow and performative because Aboriginal people have solidarity and build our solidarities with both African American people and Native American people in the United States, as well as Aboriginal and black people in Canada. Our struggles are entwined and united. If you want to support ‘Black Lives Matter’, support it in this country too

  6. Jonathan Pie back in lockdown with a gem, watch till the end you’ll thank me –

    • I am, but only because last night the old Twitter format was finally killed and the extension that allowed me to keep using “classic” Twitter no longer works.

      I loathe the new format, but it’s working OK today.

      Maybe something in the banishing process upset everything.

  7. Glad it wasn’t only me. I ended up logging in with the mobile as it wouldn’t let me do it on the desk top and have it back now. I hate the way it is being presented……..

  8. Randy Rainbow –

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel-

    Brian Tyler Cohen

  9. Every now and again I get the uncontrollable urge to shout “What the fuck is going on in the world, who put these fucking lunatics in charge of our asylum. Please, please stop the fucking lunacy. End of rant.

  10. Well done, them!

    The NSW upper house has reversed the state government’s controversial 12-month pay freeze for public servants, AAP reports.

    MPs voted on Tuesday to disallow the pay pause which was introduced last week in response to the economic damage wrought by COVID-19.

    The Berejiklian government had argued the freeze would guarantee jobs for public servants and free up funds for job-creating projects to support others who have lost work.

    But the wages policy has been opposed by unions and frontline workers including paramedics, nurses, police officers and teachers.

    Labor MP Adam Searle, who successfully introduced the motion to disallow the pay freeze regulation, said it was an “act of economic vandalism” that would cut the purchasing power of 400,000 workers in the state.

  11. In regards to the situation in the USA, I had my eyes opened by a video I watched last year when I saw a black man protesting at a council meeting.

    Police moved in to arrest him, but he was surrounded and protected by a group of white allies. The police desperately tried to grab at him, but they refused to even touch the white people.

    They acted almost like robots, their only target was the black man, they could not touch the white men and women. Eventually they gave up, and the protesters were allowed to walk free.

    That footage just chills me to this day.

  12. The Project tonight is excelling in journalism tonight. They are talking about the way our Indigenous people are being treated here in Australia. I recommend it to anyone that is interested.

    On the other hand, having had trouble accessing twitter today, then being able to, I am pleased that there are two links from BK’s morning round up that I do not click on. One is the Spooner cartoons and the other is Leak’s cartoons. Today’s was just appalling.

  13. Anne Ruston doing her bit for the blood suckers

    Ms Ruston told ABC radio it’s good for them to get in touch “because then they can find out what that service provider can do to assist them to make sure they are job ready”.

    That first contact will certainly provide income for the 65 outsourced employment agencies.

    It’s a $1.5 billion-a-year industry completely funded by the taxpayers and they get paid for every client they sign up.

  14. The CrimeMinister had no such reservations

    Apple and Google launched the first contact tracing application API late last month but France, keen not to rely on the US technology firms and wishing to retain “national sovereignty” over the process, developed StopCovid as an independent project. Apple and Google reportedly offered to work with the French government, which turned down the offer considering the companies posed data protection risks. Apple then refused to help with a means of allowing the Bluetooth to work on its phones while the StopCovid app is closed (on iPhones, Bluetooth works only when the app is open).

  15. For the first time since Minnesota law enforcement officers killed the unarmed black man George Floyd live on camera 7 days ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today suggested that maybe American police are a little heavy-handed.

    This comes after a Channel 7 cameraman was punched by riot cops outside the White House last night, while clearing the vicinity with tear gas so that President Trump to speak to media in front of a church across the road.

    The incident comes amid a string of police attacks on media during the nationwide protests triggered by the most recent murder of a black man by police, who then released a tampered autopsy absolving themselves of blame – despite being caught on video pressing a knee into his neck for 9 minutes.

    However, unlike the incident that actually caused these protests, the attack on a white cameraman for a conservative Australian news channel has finally forced the Prime Minister to confront this issue head on.

    It’s for this reason that Morrison has instructed Australia’s embassy in the US to investigate the incident.

    “Look, I usually stay out of America’s volatile culture of systemic racism in their police forces and industrial prison system” said Morrison.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The most powerful nation on Earth is being brought undone from within by its pent-up governance and moral failures writes Paul Kelly. He says America will get through this crisis. But how it changes will be vital for the American people and the world.
    Trump has reached the ‘mad emperor’ stage, and it’s terrifying to behold says Richard Wolffe.
    And Richo declares that Trump is unable to take charge and unite America.
    Adam Cooper reports that in the Federal Court yesterday fresh witnesses implicated Ben Roberts-Smith in being involved in seven unlawful killings as an Australian soldier in Afghanistan, including the ‘‘blooding’’ of a junior soldier by ordering him to kill an unarmed man.
    Rob Harris says warring parties in the nation’s long-standing industrial relations battles are being urged to find a consensus within months in order to modernise workforces and create new jobs across Australia’s businesses. Today sees the first meeting of the group pulled together to review our IR laws.
    According to Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg Australia’s $2.8 trillion superannuation system should be opened up to cut fees, help people use their savings towards their own homes and increase contributions to women as part of a wider goal of ensuring at least 50 per cent of retirees can be self-funded over time. He has released a new book.
    Former indigenous AFL footballer Des Hedland writes Australia is no different to America when it comes to people of colour.
    And the SMH editorial says that Australia not immune from US-style racial tension.
    The Australian says that Dan Tehan will stare down universities pleading for urgent government support­, as vice-chancellors warn that Australia’s research capacity will be devastated if they don’t ­secure additional funding.
    Liam Mannix tells us that the federal government is funding more research into a controversial COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine, even though the World Health Organisation has paused its own trial due to safety concerns.
    The Australian reveals that Jacqui Lambie sent an insulting late-night email to a former staffer suing her for ­alleged unlawful dismissal, sparking a dramatic escalation of a bitter feud with those who once constituted her trusted inner sanctum.
    Peter Mitchel reports that Trump has invited Scott Morrison to attend an expanded/truncated G7 summit at Camp David in September.
    And Phil Coorey tells us Morrison has accepted the invitation.
    In the thick of the economic frenzy gripping the nation, the big banks pieced together a string of momentous initiatives designed to cope with the unprecedented pandemic situation, writes Pamela Williams for the AFR.
    Central bankers in the UK and New Zealand are scaring banks by threatening them with negative interest rates. So why has RBA boss Phil Lowe adopted a different stance explores Karen Maley.
    The Financial Services Council’s Sally Loane put the case for the superannuation sector being given greater incentives to invest in nation-building infrastructure projects.
    Alexandra Smith reports that conservative crossbenchers have joined Labor and the Greens to defeat the Berejiklian government’s wages policy in the upper house. Now what?
    On this subject Ross Gittins has given NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet some sage advice about the circular flow of income.
    Australia has done better than most nations in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. But Australians left everyone behind when it came to panic buying writes Shane Wright.
    Kirsten Lawson reports that in the past month, another 300,000 people joined the dole queues, pushing the total close to the number that had been expected by September.
    Sally Whyte says that there are calls for a royal commission into the Robodebt fiasco.

    Luke Henriques-Gomes also writes about the calls for a royal commission.
    Paul Bongiorno writes that this government’s skewed thinking doesn’t stop at Robodebt.
    Matt Canavan says Australia doesn’t subsidise the fossil fuel industry but Professor Jeremy Moss says it does.
    Who’s running the country and where are they taking us? Martin Hirst thinks the Canberra bubble is filling with gas.,13954
    Public messaging during the height of Canberra’s summer fire emergency “overstated the situation” and helped to create “more panic than there should have been”, according to volunteer firefighters in their submissions to the bushfire inquiry.
    The historian Jenny Hocking says she is “extremely disappointed” that the National Archives of Australia has asserted it has 90 business days to declassify the palace letters prior to release, saying it may misunderstand the orders of the high court.
    John Hawkins explains why our needlessly precise definition of a recession is causing us needless trouble.
    Voters are falling in love with a transformed Scott Morrison, and there’s no point carping about it says Peter Lewis after the latest Essential poll.
    Nick Toscano reports that one of Rio Tinto’s largest shareholders says the miner’s destruction of an ancient site in WA calls into question its commitment to doing what is right, not just what is legal.
    A couple with almost $4 million in financial assets could still be eligible for a health card and all the benefits that go with it explains Noel Whittaker who agitates for changes to the asset side of the qualification.
    Borrowing money has never been cheaper but there is a glaring exception to the almost universal plunge in interest rates. It’s credit cards, says Clancy Yeates.
    Anne Davies writes that documents released under freedom of information show that despite warnings of dire fire risks, federal follow-up was sluggish.
    The battle for Virgin has come down to a clash of two titans: the Bostonians from Bain versus the late contender from Wall Street, Cyrus. Both have Richard Branson in common writes Elizabeth Knight who says we can forget Team Australia.
    The Canberra Times examines the fraught arena of housing stimulus that the government seems ready to enter again.
    The government ought to be cautious about extending even targeted demand-side stimulus for specific industries – especially when The Block renovation subsidies risk entering Labor’s wacky pink batts stimulus territory warns the editorial in the AFR.
    Home-buyer grants help developers, but money for social housing is real construction stimulus writes the Grattan Institute’s Brendan Coates.
    A huge number of Australians will be plunged into poverty overnight as others get to renovate their homes — courtesy of the Morrison Government writes Tarric Brooker.–slashes-unemployment-benefits,13952
    Euan Black refers to new research that suggests the federal government could save almost 20,000 jobs a year if it builds more social housing.
    Retail property values could fall by as much as 30 per cent, more than double the expected hit revealed by shopping malls owner Vicinity this week.
    Savings rates are drying up as banks race to the bottom on mortgages explains Matt Johnson.
    Former One Nation Queensland president Jim Savage has resigned from the party, but not without taking some parting shots at leader Pauline Hanson and political adviser James Ashby.
    Australians could be flying to New Zealand as early as September, and even relaxing on tropical beaches by the end of the year – as long as we overcome one major hurdle writes Zona Black.
    The NRL has blocked Telstra from acquiring its digital rights as it plans for an extension with Nine.
    The Washington Post explains how, in a new development, corporate America is adding its voice to the protests sweeping the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, promising to make their companies anti-racist, announcing contributions to civil rights organisations and using words like “abhorrent” and “senseless” to speak out more strongly against police violence and racism.
    Joe Biden has slashed out at President Donald Trump a day after police drove back peaceful protesters near the White House so Trump could pose with a Bible before a damaged church. Biden said Trump’s “narcissism has become more important than the nation that he leads”.
    Paul Krugman says that with yesterday’s terrifying performance, Donald Trump is close to inciting civil war. He has well-founded concern.
    Jewish lobbyist Jamie Hyams reckons Trump can bring peace to the West Bank. How unsurprising.
    The Australian government should welcome the brave, young and smart Hong Kong residents who can no longer live in the husk of their city urges the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Nathan Ruser.
    As armed soldiers patrol the streets, the unease of a 70-day pandemic lockdown in Los Angeles has given way to fear of what comes next writes Nine Media’s Michael Idato who talks of centuries of racial scars which have never healed.
    America isn’t breaking. It was already broken, and these are just the symptoms opines Andrew Gawthorpe.
    The Washington Post’s Mark Bray explains what is ANTIFA is and why Trump wants to blame it for the violence in the US. He says Trump’s reckless accusations lack evidence, like many of his claims.
    Arwa Mahdawi wonders if Trump declared war on the US to save his own skin.
    The AIMN’s Tim Jones says that the US has gone “full fascist”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    David Rowe

    Alan Moir

    Matt Golding

    John Shakespeare

    Mark David

    Fiona Katauskas.

    Glen Le Lievre

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  17. Those volunteer firefighters at the Bushfire commission obviously weren’t in an area where the fires were almost surrounding their town, like we had here. No warnings could have been called overdone or exaggerated.

  18. This twitter thing is making me pull my hair out. I am having trouble, it won’t let me write a tweet or read any notifications. Are there any secrets as to how to get it to work properly? I tried the twitter help stuff and it doesn’t help me.

  19. The CrimeMinister’s $1 billion plus “building industry/tradies stimulus” is nothing more than a cynical tactic to enhance the homes of the wealthy and funnel money to big companies who specialise in renovations. It has no useful purpose. It is just cynical pandering to his base.

    All the advice is to invest in a massive build of social housing, but the CrimeMinister despises all who cannot afford to buy a home. He prefers to shower money on those who do not need it.

  20. Twitter now has many more ads, like every 5th post and they are pushing sport & celebrities

  21. Something I found on Facebook –

    My how times have changed!

    A few short years ago, the then Paleo Pete, would have been mobbed if he had paid a visit to his local Bunnings.

    He would have been all over the sausage sizzle outside Bunnings, with photo opportunities with the local home handy men, giving a thumbs up, signing autographs and perhaps a specially signed photo of himself wearing a Bunnings cap, so the store manager could proudly hang it up in the staff room, next to the kettle!

    Not now.

    After the now Pandemic Pete, did a live FB cross to his tribe, wearing a Bunnings cap, Bunnings were rightly horrified and sought to distance themselves, going as far as issuing a statement on the very same day!

    Maybe they saw this video link from his FB online chat, where he bragged that he made sure he wasn’t practicing social distancing when he recently visited Bunnings!!

    What a twit!

    Thanks Cam for the video grab.
    Get out the popcorn!
    And listen to. every. word

    Here’s the video – Pete certainly does seem intoxicated, or more likely high.

    It’s interesting that Pete Evans finds social distancing so funny. He freely admits to not even doing it during government-mandated isolation. He’s also very intoxicated for a Sunday morning. High on life @peteevansnot?— Cam (@camliveshere) May 31, 2020

    And the denial by Bunnings –

    I’m amazed by the number of supporters Pete still has. Just shows us how many stupid Australians there are, I suppose.

  22. If you are on the Cashless Debit Card and are owed a refund from Centrelink because of robodebt then be aware that money will be put onto your card, not paid to your bank account. Even if the money you paid off a non-existent debt came from your wages or a tax return refunds will still be returned to your card.

    Those who have successfully fought debts and had their payments refunded say their money was paid onto their cards,

    How is this in any way legal?

  23. Our racist government can afford to give home owners over $1 billion to renovate their kitchens and bathrooms but cannot be bothered paying stranded foreign students, mostly Asian, a food allowance.


    Because unlike those home owners these students don’t vote.

  24. Government’s coronavirus response slammed for ‘alarming lack of oversight’ by retired judge

    “We have seen very limited sittings of parliament and we have next to no oversight, except via public press conferences, of what decisions are being made by executive government in our name.”
    She has particular concerns about the hand-picked body of business leaders and bureaucrats the Federal Government has set up to oversee the economic recovery from the crisis, known as the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, or NCCC.

    “I think it’s quite alarming,” Justice White told the ABC.

    “There aren’t very many if any bodies that are funded by the government that are not required to be transparent, effective and accountable, yet we don’t have a work plan for this committee

  25. Before the CrimeMinister was in advertising he worked for the Property Council of Australia for about six years, his first job after graduating from uni.

    Last year ads from the Property Council attacking Labor’s plans for negative gearing helped the CrimeMinister win the election.

    Now he is returning the favour.

    Do you understand now why he is frittering money away on real estate enhancement?

    • Melbourne & Sydney renovations are 33% up on last year

      But dahling I need to install a jacuzzi in my bathroom to improve the resale value of my house

      They are totally hopeless for supervising small fry in the bath, you have to get in to rescue them

      Tradies are frightened of passing out in the hot water after a hard days work

  26. A look at US police. The organisation who run the web site are an odd mix. Their founding $s came 50/50 from Soro and the %%#*%!!! Koch Foundation.

    How endless war contributes to police brutality

    ……………..“Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger,” observed The Concourse writer Greg Howard amid the Ferguson demonstrations in 2014. “If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy.”

    This dynamic is deliberate: Police officers are explicitly trained to conceive of themselves as warriors in battle, always on high alert and prepared to kill. And it is disproportionately true in black and other minority communities,……………..

  27. A look at what is happening in the US of A.

    Why America’s revolution won’t be televised

    ……….Sinclair Lewis (who did not say that, “when fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving the cross”) actually wrote, in It Can’t Happen Here (1935), that American fascists would be those “who disowned the word ‘fascism’ and preached enslavement to capitalism under the style of constitutional and traditional native American liberty.”

    So American fascism, when it happens, will walk and talk American.

  28. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Anthony Galloway reports that Former ambassador to the United States Dennis Richardson says the riots raging across America have been made worse by President Donald Trump’s divisive leadership, the growth in armed militias on the right and left, the biggest economic downturn since the 1930s and the coronavirus.
    Shane Wright declares that the March quarter national accounts should, finally, confirm to analysts and politicians (of all stripes) that the Australian economy is built on the shoulders of consumers spending their cash on services.
    The COVID-19 pandemic further rubbishes the idea that austerity is an appropriate economic response, writes Professor John Quiggin.,13956
    Niki Savva tells us how Albanese has bided his time, waiting for the moment to begin to separate Labor from Trump. Not to distance Labor from the US alliance but to put some space between­ his party — and Australia — from a president failing his people and failing to provide that stable leadership the world has relied­ on since WWII. And she says Morrison should have found a way to avoid going to Trump’s “G7” meeting.
    Phil Coorey opines that the country’s first recession in almost 29 years will be a consequence of the government treating us as a society rather than an economy.
    Yes, Australia is in a recession – but worse is yet to come, warns Greg Jericho. There are some horrible-looking charts that he uses.
    Michael Pascoe reckons nobody wants the Reserve Bank’s (nearly) free money. It all comes down to lack of demand indications he says.
    Today’s GDP is a sideshow. The real game kicks off in the first week of September. That’s when the full devastation of the coronavirus will be revealed (June quarter GDP). That’s when JobKeeper comes off, when Sally McManus wraps up her negotiations with Christian Porter, when millions of Australians hit the JobSeeker queue. Michael West reports on the new buzzword “productivity”.
    Rob Harris tells us that Australians will be offered $25,000 to build or substantially renovate a home in a bid to boost the flagging construction industry, which has hit the wall following a coronavirus-induced economic downturn. Time for SpivWatch one could think?
    Matt Holden is concerned that generous homeowner handouts are not the best form of stimulus spending. He makes some strong arguments in support of this.
    Robert Harley is concerned that at the moment, it appears that the government is helping those who can afford to buy or renovate at the expense of those who never will.
    The Australian explains the rules that will apply to the $25000 grants.
    The legacy of the devastating bushfires and the shock of the pandemic are sturdy ground on which to build a new consensus that deficits aren’t nefarious. The Morrison government must resist temptation to pull back on financial stimulus, says Bloomberg’s Daniel Moss.
    The SMH editorial says that the federal government’s decision to pay back $721 million to people who were wrongly punished by the robo-debt revenue-raising program highlights both the benefits and the risks of the legal process known as class action. It wants whatever the government has in mind with changes to legal reform in this area to ensure access for the vulnerable.
    The government has acknowledged wrongdoing in regards to the unlawful Centrelink scheme, but just paying back the money is not enough say Letecia Luty and Jamie Luxton in The Guardian.
    The Morrison government is preparing a revamp to its $70 billion JobKeeper program that could cut the $1500-a-fortnight payment for some workers despite Treasurer Josh Frydenberg conceding the nation is in its first recession in three decades.
    Dana McCauley explains how Rex Patrick is on the case of Macquarie University Hospital’s ordering an external investigation to flush out the source of a leaked surgical list which raised concerns about alleged inappropriate surgery could be illegal under whistleblower legislation. You’d have to say that Patrick has been a energetic and worthwhile Senator.
    In a very good contribution Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance president Marcus Storm calls for the decriminalisation of journalism.
    The Grattan Institute’s Stephen Duckett outlines four ways Australia’s coronavirus response was a triumph, and four ways it fell short.
    A particularly unimpressed Peter FitzSimons trumpets that the NRL’s new pitch for stadium cash is so greedy it’s offensive.
    In a serious development the ACCC is investigating whether Qantas scuttled a possible privatisation of its regional competitor Alliance Aviation.
    Sally Whyte reports that Anthony Albanese has lashed the Morrison government’s $2 billion bushfire recovery fund as overly bureaucratic and poorly targeted.
    David Nicholls writes that by far the most strategic sovereign asset Australia has is its current fleet of submarines – and support services to maintain and operate them – and the following Attack-class program. He says that without a strong ongoing commitment to this sovereign capability, our nation risks being far worse off.
    Several of the world’s biggest tech companies are pouring millions into developing the best satellite-based broadband network, explains Paul Budde.,13957
    Eryk Bagshaw says Australia is backing the regional offices of the World Health Organisation while criticising Geneva amid new revelations about its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
    All lives matter, but some more than others, writes indigenous TV host Brooke Boney.
    And Jess Irvine thinks we need new ways to listen to indigenous voices.
    Stocks continue to climb even as the threats to America’s economy and markets multiply. Analysts are looking to the past, using as their yardstick the riots and political instability of 1968. They shouldn’t, says Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Elizabeth Knight explains how a third chance for billionaire retailer Solomon Lew to roll the Myer board has opened up after key investor Anton Tagliaferro sells down his stake.
    A court has found that Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery traded while insolvent. Prick!
    Bloomberg reports that Sweden’s top epidemiologist has admitted his strategy to fight COVID-19 resulted in too many deaths, after persuading his country to avoid a strict lockdown.
    According to Latika Bourke from Monday, a round trip between Australia and the United Kingdom will involve one month spent in quarantine. This comes after a contentious decision by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel who ruled out any exemptions for countries with less severe coronavirus outbreaks until July.
    It’s hard not to see the end days of an empire, but America’s friends must hope it finds a better path, writes the experienced James Brown.
    The Financial Times’ Rana Foroohar thinks that continued erosion of trust in America politically could have an impact on the dominance of the US banking system and the supremacy of its currency.
    The World Health Organization and a number of national governments have changed their Covid-19 policies and treatments on the basis of flawed data from a little-known US healthcare analytics company, also calling into question the integrity of key studies published in some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.
    Reverend Dr Michael Jensen tells us why he was so offended by Trump using the Bible as a stage prop.
    Minneapolis and urban centres across America are burning, most directly in response to the brutal killing of a black man by a white Minnesota police officer. But the rage ignited by the death of George Floyd is symptomatic of a profound sense of alienation that has been building for years among millions of poor, working class urbanites writes Joel Kotkin in Quillette.
    The US defence secretary has opposed Donald Trump’s threatened use of the Insurrection Act to allow active duty troops to be deployed in American cities,
    Peter Greste says that when Trump attacks the press, he attacks the American people and their Constitution.
    The racism that killed George Floyd was built in Britain says Afua Hirsch.
    Now Trump’s administration has barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to let US air carriers resume flights amid simmering tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
    Donald Trump has claimed (on Fox News of course) to have spent only a “tiny” amount of time in a reinforced security bunker under the White House as protesters clashed with Secret Service agents outside and has insisted his time there was for an “inspection”, not his own safety.
    Social media conspiracy theories have gone berserk in the US – of ALL places!

    Cartoon Corner

    Davis Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    Matt Davidson

    John Shakespeare

    Andrew Dyson

    Mark David

    Peter Broelman

    Johannes Leak in sparkling right-wing form.

    From the a sick country

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