Political Self-interest Couldn’t Give a Flying Fiddle

From our formidable Lioness:

Why has Gladys allowed the cricket to have spectators? Was she pushed into that decision by Tony Shepherd and the other old white men of the SCG Trust?

Another thing about the cricket – the media and every politician in NSW keeps blathering on about 24,000 people, half the normal 48,000 capacity of the SCG. That’s just for one day. The 3rd test goes for five days with the last day being the main fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation. Not everyone wants to or can afford to attend every day of a test .Do the maths. Work out the potential audience. It could well be a huge super-spreader event. No wonder Gladys has taken the week off.

That’s not all. There are two BBL series at the SCG and the Showground Stadium scheduled for January 13- 26. It has not yet been decided if spectators will be allowed.

This is a yet another flagrant example of Gladeyes’ preferencing her own political career over the well-being of New South Wales AND the rest of Australia.

Despicable doesn’t even begin to describe her behaviour.

455 thoughts on “Political Self-interest Couldn’t Give a Flying Fiddle

  1. I hope the dead insurrectionists are thrown in a mass grave dug for the Covid dead

    Rick Wilson from Lincoln Project reckons that the Republicans don’t expect to win the Presidency again for a long time, they will use the gerrymander to cling to power

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    Chris Barrett tells us that the International Cricket Council is investigating allegations Indian players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were subjected to highly offensive abuse by crowd members at the SCG following a complaint made at the close of play on Saturday.
    Dennis Atkins says that Scott Morrison’s antics show Australia is going to the polls in 2021.
    Politicians and trauma experts want government services to have better training across the board to deal with traumatised Australians and make sure they’re getting the help that best suits them.
    Meteorological services around the world have embraced climate attribution science, which ascertains the effect of climate change on extreme weather events. Not so Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, which is remarkably coy about its work in this field. Sandi Keane and Tasha May report.
    The SMH editorial says that the national cabinet’s decision to slash the number of international travellers arriving into our airports and hotel quarantine system is a significant setback to thousands of Australians still trying to get home. It calls for the reduction to be short term.
    Anne Davies looks at the attention-seeking idiots who are pushing a movement to get rid of Dan Andrews and to not wear masks.
    The Victorian Government has used best practice to contain COVID-19, which other states and countries could learn from, writes John Wren as he reviews the past week.
    Young women, migrants and Indigenous Australians will be given the hard sell on the coronavirus vaccine when the government rolls out its $24 million advertising campaign within weeks.
    In a long contribution, Jack Waterford writes that, after the Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats, Joe Biden will have no excuses.
    The London Telegraph’s Lawrence Dodds explains how the far-right used social media to orchestrate the Capitol riots.
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    Matthew Knott tells us that Trump has suffered the ultimate indignity – losing his Twitter account!
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    The Guardian’s Julian Borger chronicles the day of insurrection when white supremacist terror came to the US Capitol.
    London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan writes, “Many said Trump’s presidency would end this way. But the warnings were ignored”.
    Michael Gove and co were once thrilled to be close to Trump. Now see them run, writes Nick Cohen.
    The New York Times outlines how to impeach a US president within twelve days.
    It seems one of last week’s nominees for “Arsehole of the Week” has form, having previously worked for a taxi company and pleaded guilty to rorting a government funded scheme that assisted disabled people.

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  3. Best indication the CrimeMinister will have an election this year (7 August is the earliest possible date) is his blather about being a “full-termer”. As soon as he said that we knew what he was planning.

    Even Shanners has picked up on the lie. He states the bleeding obvious – a 2022 election has to be held by 28 May, the last possible date before the cut-off date for a half-Senate election. Options for a date next year are limited, so this year offers better opportunities.

    Whatever date he chooses later this year is risky – the current extensions of JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments expire at the end of March, childcare fees will again be causing financial stress to parents. Not even the earlier than planned release of a vaccine will cancel out all those painful hip pocket nerves, not unless the CrimeMinister decides to extend enhanced payments until after an election with the intent of cancelling them immediately his government is returned. Would he be that nasty, that cynical? You bet he would!

  4. Despite all the Australian media blather about the rioters being mostly concerned conservative Christian folks and the attention given to obvious nutters like the chap with the horns and the man in the possum skins there seems to have been something much more sinister planned which is not getting mentioned here.

  5. Victorian hospitals are planning for a third wave of Covid, UK variant scares them

    My friend told not take the grandkids to the cinema these holidays

    So what will third wave do to election plans, without JobKeeper & JobSeeker?

  6. With the ‘hyper-bowl’ around the traps a NYT article reminds people of a bit of history. (Opens OK in Incognito.)

    The Myth of American Innocence
    The Capitol attack shows the danger of forgetting America’s history.

    By Brent Staples
    Mr. Staples is a member of the editorial board.

    The history of the United States is rife with episodes of political violence far bloodier and more destructive than the one President Trump incited at the Capitol on Wednesday. Nevertheless, ignorance of a grisly past well documented by historians like W.E.B. DuBois, John Hope Franklin and Richard Hofstadter was painfully evident in the aftermath of this week’s mob invasion of Congress. Talking heads queued up to tell the country again and again that the carnage was an aberration and “not who we are” as a people.

    This willful act of forgetting — compounded by the myth of American innocence — has shown itself to be dangerous on a variety of counts.

  7. Interesting-

    As we survey the damage of yesterday’s violence, what will Christian nationalist politics look like in 2021? New report offers clues.

    As I write this, America is reeling in the aftermath of an armed Christian nationalist mob—stoked by radical evangelical politicians like Texas’s junior Senator Ted Cruz, and by President Donald Trump himself—storming Capitol Hill to stop the Senate from moving forward with its process of formally certifying the Electoral College vote, a process already being obstructed by Cruz and some other Republican lawmakers.

    And, given that these pro-Trump terrorists carried not only American, Confederate, and Trump flags, but also explicitly Christian symbols along with signs and flags bearing anti-choice, QAnon, and right-wing Christian slogans like “The Children Cry Out for Justice” and the not-so-apolitical after all “Jesus 2020,” the release of American Atheists’ new report serves as a timely reminder not only of the serious threat that Christian extremism represents to American democracy, but also that the spectacular drama that’s been unfolding on the national stage this year is only part of the story. Many crucial church-state separation battles are won and lost at the state level


    A link to the report is in the article.

    Don’t for one moment think this could not happen in Australia. We already have a Pentecostal PM who has surrounded himself with fellow Pentecostals and Evangelicals. His policies are heavily based on his cult beliefs – some of many examples are his attitude to social security. his stubborn refusal to do anything to prepare for bushfires, despite all expert advice urging him to invest in a fleet of air tankers, his attempts last year to force the state and territory leaders to abandon lockdowns and border closures, his demands we learn to live with the virus rather than suppress it, and his complete inaction on climate change. Our media constantly tell us what a good church-going bloke the CrimeMinister is, while refusing to mention his “church” emphasises a prosperity gospel instead of a true Christian message and is more akin to a pyramid scheme than a religion.

  8. In BK’s links this morning – “Anne Davies looks at the attention-seeking idiots who are pushing a movement to get rid of Dan Andrews and to not wear masks.”

    So Monica Smit, the face of Reignite Democracy Australia, and her organisation have strong links to the Liberal Party. Who would ever have thought?

    What is not so apparent is RDA’s links with the conservative wing of the Liberal party and how it uses the mainstream media to amplify the message and gain notoriety. While many of these activists have relatively small followings, they play a key role in fanning the sparks on social media, which are then wittingly or unwittingly amplified by conservative politicians and by the mainstream media, notably Sky News and the Murdoch press.

    Smit came to prominence in October as the main promoter of a bus that drove around Melbourne calling for Dan Andrews to be sacked. She is the sole director and shareholder of a $1 company, Reignite Democracy Australia, that sprung up in September during the Melbourne lockdown and which now claims 50,000 members


    Excellent work from Anne Davies.

  9. Some of my nearest and dearest wonder why I loathe cricket.

    I see it as a game infiltrated by yobbos, drunks and racists, so the events over yesterday and today just reinforce my opinion.

    Might I also say anyone stupid enough to turn up at the SCG during a pandemic is dumber than dumb.

  10. Mary Trump: ‘My uncle is unstable. He needs to be removed immediately’

    Two weeks before the election, Mary Trump described her uncle Donald’s campaign to me in stark terms: “He knows he’s in desperate shape, so he’s going to burn it all down, sow more chaos and division…[and] if he’s going down, he’s going to take us all down with him.” In the Observer’s Biden/Harris victory edition, as she considered the loser’s remaining weeks in office, her tone was still edgy. “I worry about what Donald’s going to do in that time to lash out.”


  11. Good!

    The federal government is facing landmark class actions by 122 people who claim they were detained or prosecuted as adults for suspected people smuggling despite evidence they were children at the time.

    The cases for alleged unlawful imprisonment and racial discrimination are spearheaded by Ali Yasmin, a young Indonesian crew member on a boat carrying asylum seekers who had his conviction overturned after serving time in a Western Australian adult prison.


  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Bevan Shields tells us that a botched vaccine rollout would put Boris Johnson in severe political danger.
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    Nick Bonyhady reports on the recent disturbances on Christmas Island.
    Peter Lewis says that in pulling the pin on Donald Trump, Twitter is conceding a long-contested point, the point being is that these platforms are akin to publishers.
    Amanda Vanstone has had enough of white collar crime and wants to see these spivs end up in the slammer.
    Jennifer Duke looks at how the vaccine roll out will affect the global economy.
    Businesses and unions are lobbying for frontline workers such as bus drivers and checkout assistants to jump the queue for coronavirus vaccines to ensure their industries can leave COVID-19 restrictions behind without risking outbreaks.
    Chris Vedelago writes that even as it publicly backed the EPA to the hilt, the Victorian government was privately seething about scandals and the multiple and massive clean-up bills.
    The newly appointed Origin Energy director Mick McCormack has ridiculed a cheap gas target on the east coast as unobtainable, lashed the prospect of further regulatory intervention in the energy sector and called for bipartisan support for net zero emissions by 2050.
    The incomparable cricket writer Gideon Haigh reflects on yesterday’s play in the Third Test during which several disgusting spectators were evited.
    The editorial in the AFR says that rather than impeach Donald Trump, the Democrats should focus on driving the business-led recovery of the shattered US economy. That is the best way to prevent a MAGA revival in 2024 and consign Mr Trump to a deserved political exile, it continues.
    Trump has permanently trashed America’s global reputation, writes a forment ambassador to the US, John McCarthy.
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    University students are being forced to work longer hours and drop down to part-time study because our welfare regulations aren’t keeping up with current realities, writes Ashleigh Barraclough.
    George Christensen sides with Trump in calls for laws to stop social media fact checks, bans, writes Josh Butler.
    Tim Soutphommasane begins his contribution on the US with, “The Trump presidency is ending much as it began: in the spirit of American carnage. It’s an apt description of the insurrection in Washington DC last week. Incited by the US President, the mob invasion of the US Capitol confirms Donald Trump’s legacy in debasing American democracy.” He draws some disturbing parallels with Australia.
    The Capitol siege was planned online, and Trump supporters now planning the next one warns the New York Times. Ugly stuff!
    Trump attempted a coup: he must be removed while those who aided him pay, urges Robert Reich.
    Warwick McFadyen is appalled by the words in Trump’s last tweet – ‘‘Go home. You’re special. We love you.’’
    Trump is being pelted in the stocks now – but don’t bet against him wriggling free, writes Simon Tisdall.
    For Donald Trump, what began as farce is ending as tragedy, says Marilynne Robinson.
    Dr Lee Duffield has penned a message to the man responsible for the rioters who broke into Washington’s Capitol building, President Donald Trump.
    Andrew Rawnsley writes that tyrants gaze with glee at what Trump has done to American democracy.
    The imminent end of the Trump presidency poses a challenge to the enormously popular and profitable crown jewel of Rupert Murdoch’s US empire, Fox News. Stiff shit!

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  13. Tehj moon doing a bit of what Mathias Cormann would call-wibble-wobble-wibble-wobble

    California-based lunar photographer Andrew McCarthy spent spent hours over 22 consecutive nights, taking thousands of photos of the moon as it waxed and then waned through nearly a full orbit. While the ‘wobbling’, known as ‘libration’, is a well-known phenomenon, the incredible footage showcases just how much the moon changes angle as it rotates.

  14. Must be an election coming up, with this sort of back-patting

    Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenburg is speaking with ABC News Breakfast now.

    He was asked how Queensland’s lockdown and other border closures have affected Australia’s economic recovery:

    We have this new strain. It is more infectious, and the Queensland government took a prudent course of action, which was a short, sharp lockdown in the Brisbane area.


  15. Australians might be quite surprised to know we don’t actually have a right to free speech #auspol— Denise Shrivell – North Sydney #independentsday (@deniseshrivell) January 10, 2021

    No, we don’t. Our Constitution does not mention it.

    Certain right-wing politicians do not seem to realise that Facebook and Twitter are private companies, not government instruments, and as such have every right to refuse service to anyone – including Donald Trump – who does not conform to their rules.

    We have the usual suspects – George Christensen, Craig Kelly and terminal nutter Malcolm Roberts joined by Dave Sharma (fast becoming the most up-himself Liberal MP) Tim Wilson, who will jump onto any bandwagon if he believes it will get him publicity, Andrew Bragg (who?) and of course the odious former petrol pump attendant Gerard Rennick, totally unknown before he bought himself a spot on the Queensland Senate ballot paper last election, all claiming to be offended by Trump being banned from certain social media sites.

    I won’t post Nutter Roberts’ contribution to the debate, it’s not worth the space, but if you are on Twitter you can find it.

    If those attention-seekers truly believe in freedom of speech then why do they join in their government’s insistence on moving “that the member no longer be heard” almost every time a Labor politician tries to ask a question or make a speech?

    You support "I'll move that the member may no longer be heard" 82 times in Parliament taking away the voice of 49% of AustraliansYou stand for silencing the oppositionYour opinion means nothing to me until your party holds to account those members that support conspiracies https://t.co/LTGIvb7T7F— Dianne Kaines 😷 🌈 🐨 🐈 🌿 🕊️😷 Boycott Murdoch (@ymeusee) January 10, 2021

    There is a very fine line between freedom of speech and freedom to spread lies or hate speech. When is the CrimeMinister going to condemn Christensen, Kelly and the rest for spreading conspiracy theories and supporting a disgraced president? Answer – never, because he thinks the same way, holds the same beliefs, accepts all the lies as truth.

  16. I’m absolutely furious. When Trump was voted in I just didn’t want to know about it, I checked out for months. Similar thing when Morrison won the last election. These were depressing moments, when it felt futile to hope for anything good, and pointless to imagine human nature as anything more than collective self-interest. The actions of the past few days have called up some of that old feeling again; the only glimmer of hope was that, after coming to the brink of catastrophe, the US managed to pull back and get things more or less on track again. It’s the old adage with them: America can be relied on to do the right thing, once they’ve exhausted all the other options. I’m not furious about that, bad as it’s been.

    I’m also not furious with Trump. He’s beyond redemption, that’s been clear all along. He is a propagandist of the highest order, but there’s no sense of him taking his followers anywhere. He’s a demagogue in the traditional sense – a rabble-rouser, a manipulator of the emotions of his people – but he’s no visionary. He doesn’t want anything in particular beyond having his own ego stroked. That’s it. he wants to remain President because his psyche can’t handle it being taken away from him. And he’ll turn on anyone, including Republicans and his own colleagues, to get what he wants. He’s a lost cause.

    I’m not furious with Trump’s ‘army’, his mob, either. I’m scared of them. They’ve had their entire moral code hijacked. They’re all willing dupes. I saw a clip of one of them at an airport this morning, complaining through tears that he’s had a no-fly order placed on him. He couldn’t understand it, couldn’t understand why he was being called a terrorist. He couldn’t comprehend that after participating in an act of sedition, an attempt to destroy the government of his country, he couldn’t just go home and resume his job/life as if nothing had happened. I guess he thought he’d get a leave pass for that because he did what he thought was ‘right’. These guys don’t know what a social contract is, they think they’re on a place above all that, that everything they think and do is just fine, no matter what the consequences. There’ll be a comedown for all of them. It’ll be ugly.

    No. What I’m furious about is the aftermath. I took in a lot of social media, and even did something I haven’t done for years: I watched a news channel. I had to see how CNN were handling it. It took them about six hours before they started talking it around. They were aghast, as we all were, at the lack of police presence and the soporific way they just herded the crowds out of the Capitol and let them go on their way. But first chance they got they just started talking about the confirmation of the ballots again. As if it was just a blip. Then there seemed to be an expectation among them that Trump would show some contrition.

    Then the talking heads turned up. Split screens of them, sometimes as many as four at a time, all bothsidesing the issue. This just confused the issue, as everyone had a different opinion and they all wanted to get theirs out there. Then the montages. We don’t need montages from a news channel. I hate them, they achieve nothing. I don’t want to go on about this, but it is clear the objective of news services is to smooth things over, to narrow a mass of information down into a comforting narrative and to marginalise ‘difficult’ discoveries as much as possible. They don’t give the big picture, they produce a version of reality, and that’s not the same thing at all.

    All the action was happening over on Twitter. Whole threads appeared, dedicated to identifying perpetrators. This helped immensely, as much of this information was relayed to the FBI and a lot of those perpetrators have now been charged. Also, a pile of footage showed up, which put together created a clear picture of what happened, how, and why. Over on CNN, they were still doing the feels, the emotive ‘reaction’ to the incident which, once again, isn’t helpful.

    Also on Twitter, I saw an incredible deconstruction of Trump’s speech on the day by Seth Abramson. it’s incredible, look him up. I’ve seen nothing close to that on the TV. Terry Bouton, who was there, also has a succinct summary of the ramifications of the incident, very much worth reading. The best work, for information-gathering, big-picture context and breaking news is happening on social media, no doubt about it. Major networks are struggling to keep up – and I should note here that much of what CNN is doing is repetitive. They have the time available to do a lot more, and they’re not.

    The main media narrative now seems to be whether it’s ok for Twitter to ban Trump. That’s what I’m most furious about. Banning Trump is a no-brainer, I don’t even think it’s worth discussing. And yet there’s all this “but what does it mean for freedom of speech?” chatter. It means nothing for that. TRUMP TRIED TO STAGE A COUP! THAT’S TREASON! He should have been apprehended by now. Whether he can post a tweet is immaterial. The rest of the media chatter is about whether the 25th should be invoked or impeachment proceedings should begin. Yes to both, and if the Republicans can’t figure that out, they should be made culpable for negligence. Trump turned on Pence and put him and his family in danger. The Vice President. Trump is no friend to the Republicans, they need to understand that.

    What I think about the coup itself, and where else we go from here is… well, I can’t get my head around that right now. Nutbaggery won’t just go away, not even with Trump jailed. Eight years of a relatively good, black President in Obama didn’t achieve anything much. Right wing crazy just kept growing. So you know a simple Inauguration for Biden isn’t going to fix things. The US is in awful trouble.

  17. The very shonky media reporting is because Gladys simply parrots the CrimeMinister’s lines, does whatever he instructs, and he believes we should live with the virus.

    McGowan is right.

  18. While everyone is looking at Twitter and debating whether being allowed to tweet hate speech, conspiracy theories and and lies is a basic human right or not, this is what’s happening to the Darling River –

    and here’s the Darling #BarkaRiver south of Bourke at New Year 😳 #WaterTheft #SaveTheMurrayDarling #IrrigationIsStolenWater pic.twitter.com/ciU49o4w20— 💧🌱 Dubbo (((Dag))) 🏳️‍🌈✊🏽 (@DagDubbo) January 10, 2021

    All that water is going to huge agribusinesses, not all of them Australian owned. This has to stop, but with the Coalition controlling the NSW and federal governments there’s no hope.

    Meanwhile, in WA.

    pic.twitter.com/KIY9LoFaUl— Lord Darnley (@BarbaraHFlowers) December 29, 2020



  19. I was looking for this earlier today – the rest of the thread is good too.

    • In more intemperate climes, that sort of quelling of voices leads to revolution.

      I can only hope that voices at elections make better counsel. He Who Must Not Be Named and his Nazguls will do their worst.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Economist academics Robert Hoffmann and Swee-Hoon Chuah wonder how long people will continue to comply with the measures necessary to overcome the virus as complacency and fatigue set in.
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    Mike Foley tells us that farm groups are warning the risk of worker exploitation in the horticulture industry is rising, blaming state governments for not developing plans to bring in foreign workers as the summer harvest heats up.
    John Lord has some suggestions on how to clean up Australian politics.
    Charlotte Grieve explains how insurance premiums could rise after insurer QBE increased its allowance for catastrophic weather claims by almost a quarter following a year of unprecedented weather events in Australia and the United States.
    While the Treasury’s December 2020 population forecasts seem unrealistic, they’re still more believable than those from the 2019 Budget, writes Dr Abul Rizvi.
    Australia’s economy is faring better than most – but that’s not saying much, says Greg Jericho who explains this judgement.
    David Crowe looks at the reactions of some government ministers aver social media’s banning of Trump.
    And Daniel Hurst writes about the understandable reactions to McCormack’s rather pathetic comments on the insurrection in the US and Twitter banning Trump.
    Terence Mills writes, “There is no legal responsibility for any privately-owned platform to host anybody. Indeed, there is a strong argument that social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have a duty of care to ensure that what they allow on their platforms – dare I say what they publish – should be moderated to standards generally accepted within our community.”
    And Josh Butler says Australia needs to better examine and understand the “serious threats” of right-wing extremists using social media, according to a federal politician and anti-terror expert after the violent assault on the US Capitol by Donald Trump supporters.
    Jenna Price says that Sydney MP Craig Kelly’s job is to represent Hughes but he’s pushing manic fringe craziness instead and she piles into Morrison for supporting him.
    Craig Kelly and George Christensen, who have accused social media companies of censoring conservatives, are among the most influential Australian MPs on Facebook, an analysis suggests. That says as much about Facebook and Twitter as it does about those two clowns,
    Stephen Bartholomeusz thinks Trump’s de-platforming could reshape the internet.
    The federal government’s corrupt Community Development Grants reached another milestone last year – some $400 million dished out in political bribes, nudging the CDG total close to $3 billion since the racket was started by the Abbott government in 2014, explains Michael Pascoe. He concludes this contribution with, “The Morrison government has taken this corruption to an unprecedented level. It works and the Coalition is getting away with it – so it won’t stop.”
    Nick Bonyhady outlines the types of front-line workers who will be first in line to get a Covid-19 vaccination.
    John Quiggin has penned an interesting article on the history of recent pandemics and their relationship to world events.
    Clive Williams says that until January 20, we must hope Donald Trump forgets about Iran.
    Patrick Hatch explains how Virgin Australia’s new American private equity owners will use a shell company loophole to evade foreign ownership laws in the aviation sector, in a move tipped to spark objections from bitter airline rival Qantas.
    Perry Williams reports that two of the world’s biggest batteries, worth a combined $1bn, will be built at the sites of NSW coal plants in a move to ease strains in the power grid and provide back-up for renewable energy generation.
    Prince Charles has launched Terra Carta, his biggest environmental initiative to date, an ambitious Magna Carta-style charter that marks the culmination of his five decades of work.
    Alice Clark opens up on the private IVF clinics ripping couples off. She writes from personal experience.
    Adam Cooper reports that a doctor who has refused to help investigating police might be ordered to give evidence in the court case against two midwives charged over the death of a Melbourne mother following a home birth.
    Malcolm Knox writes that India stood tall in the face of a barrage on and off the field. What a Test!
    Donald Trump aside, deaths in the US continue to soar from Covid-19, with a reported 383,000, and 23 million infections. Europe has also reported huge rises in the final month of 2020, while the numbers in African countries rose sharply too. Alan Austin takes a look at the latest pandemic wave.
    The editorial in The Canberra Times reckons a Trump impeachment would be worth the effort.
    Democrats are poised to control the US Senate. They have no excuses any more, opines Bhaskar Sunkara.
    Calvin Woodward and Deb Riechmann say that Donald Trump left plenty of clues he’d try to burn the place down on his way out the door.
    The army is investigating a psychological operations officer who led a group of people from North Carolina to the rally in Washington that led up to the deadly riot in the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.
    The Washington Post tries to explain how a Trump believer who died in the US Capitol became an invader.
    Impeaching Trump a second time is a complex and politically risky act, writes law professor Markus Wagner who tells us how it could work.
    Where do the disunited states of America go now, with 147 Republican lawmakers still supporting a delusional madman who incited an insurrection, asks Steve Bishop.
    Donald Trump’s base has become increasingly radical and violent and the expansion of this fascist movement will be his only lasting legacy, writes Dr Rashad Seedeen
    Simon Jenkins argues that the Democrats should not impeach Donald Trump.
    Melania Trump says that she is “disappointed and disheartened” by the deadly riot at the Capitol last week by supporters of her husband. But in breaking her silence, she also lashed out at people she said have used the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false and misleading accusations about me”. Well suck it up, princess!

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Mark David

    John Spooner

    From the US

  21. Mike Foley, for The Age – “Farm groups are warning the risk of worker exploitation in the horticulture industry is rising, blaming state governments for not developing plans to bring in foreign workers as the summer harvest heats up.”

    Just more Dan-bashing.

    It might not have occurred to Mike or to Emma Germano, new president of the VFF, but visas, plans to bring in workers and quarantine arrangements are all federal responsibilities.

    In March 2019 Ms Germano was whinging about Border Farce raids holding up the summer harvest because illegal workers stayed away out of fear they would be caught and deported. Now she says it’s all Dan’s fault.

    She knew who was to blame then, but now she seems to have forgotten.

    The other day I saw a tweet alleging Ms Germano wanted free labour – workers on JobSeeker to be sent to farms to work at no cost to farmers. If that claim is true (I can’t verify it) then she was actually demanding slave labour.

    Ms Germano has form when it comes to JobSeeker and JobKeeper. She claims workers stopped applying for fruit picking work when the enhanced payments were introduced. Until then, she claimed, farmers had been inundated with applications.

    I think Ms Germano is just an attention seeker, a nasty, mendacious piece of work who believes the unemployed should do as she says.

  22. Not sure if already posted

    In 200 tweets Seth Abramson dissects Trumps 75 minute speech identifying the tools of a demagogue and highlighting the seditious activities

  23. OK – I had a look at Craig Kelly’s Facebook page.

    What a load of bull excrement!

    I particularly enjoyed his piece headed “COMPLUSORY [sic] MASK MANDATES : CHILD ABUSE (his capitals) based on the results of an alleged German study. I’ll get to the reason for “alleged” further down.

    What other conclusion can be drawn from this first ever published study, other than that forcing children to wear masks is causing massive physical & psychological harm – that can only be defined as child abuse.
    The study found that that compulsory masks cause;
    53% of children to suffer headaches
    49% of children to be less cheerful
    44% of children no longer wanting to go to school
    38% of children suffering impaired learning
    25% of children developing new fears
    15% of children playing less.
    And yet I’m not aware of a single published study that shows a single benefit from forcing children to wear masks.
    If we believe in following the science and the evidence, it would be a crime, a form of child abuse, to make it compulsory for any Australian child to have to wear a mask at school in the coming year

    He gives a link which takes you to a chart.

    I went to the website of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and found the actual study –
    Corona children studies “Co-Ki”: First results of a Germany-wide registry on mouth and nose covering(mask) in children

    The conclusions drawn in this study are not what Craig says, for a start it makes no mention of child abuse. It recommends further study to build on these findings and emphasises the need for a full benefit/risk analysis.. The researchers admit the study focused on a relatively small number of children.

    Many children are subject to great challenges and families try to master these as best they can. While the proportion of people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and also the number of intensive care patients in
    Germany is high in many places, we report here on a relatively small, unrepresentative problem: several thousand children who seem to suffer from wearing the mask or who may experience health problems from the mask. Our study provides the basis for a representative survey on which a precise benefit-risk analysis of mask wearing in children can be built.

    “Conclusions For The Practice”
    – A certain percentage of children and adolescents have non-negligible complaints when wearing the mask.These children should not be stigmatized.
    – This worldwide first registry on side effects of the mask reflects the spectrum of symptoms in children and adolescents.
    – A precise benefit-risk analysis is urgently required. The occurrence of reported side effects in children due to wearing the masks must be taken seriously and requires a precise clarification of the accompanying health circumstances, the situation of wearing the mask (duration, breaks and mask type) and the school situation.
    – Furthermore, all parents, doctors, pedagogues and others are invited to participate in http://www.co-ki-masken.de to document their observations on effects that occur when wearing the mask. The registry will also be available in English from 15.12.2020

    So here’s the reason for that “alleged” – what Craig has done is bit of cut and paste. He (or more likely someone on his staff who actually understands how to do this) has taken the heading, added part of two tables – 3 and 4 – gone at them with fluoro markers to emphasise random findings and then made up a whole load of crap about the allegedly dangerous effects of masks.

    He has falsified genuine research to make it fit his own agenda

    I doubt he has bothered to actually read the study (CAN he read?) and certainly not the conclusions. He has drawn his own mendacious ones instead.

    I looked a bit further – a lot of ranting about “free speech”, a mention of “IngSoc” in 1984, which I doubt Craig has ever read, some nasty comments about “lefties” – you get the general gist. Plus a lot of chatter about Ivermectin, a medicine usually used for parasites like worms, scabies and headlice. .Apparently some quack in India says it works on COVID-19. Here’s the most recent Australian report –

    Click to access 20201223-Evidence-Check-Ivermectin-and-COVID-19.pdf

    Draw your own conclusions – I think it’s useless, but then, like Craig, I do not have any medical training.

    • I went there because I suspect a lot of the hits on both Craig and George’s Facebook pages are from people like me – there only to see how awful they are.

      There are not a lot of actual comments, considering the 86,693 people who follow Craig’s page. It’s pointless to comment because these chaps, both so keen on free speech, have a habit of deleting comments from anyone who dares criticise or post a contrary remark.

      “Free speech” to them means you are free to comment only when you agree with them.

      Not all of the followers are there because they admire him. A hell of a lot are there to keep an eye on his rubbish comments.

  24. Leonetwo, one of the followers on Christensen’s page will be ASIO. Turnbull told us that. That is how he became known as the Member for Manila, hanging around titty shows. Fine upstanding god fearing citizen I don’t think.

  25. Caveats remain active.

    Seth Meyers –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Anderson Cooper –

    More to come later, shopping to attend to.

  26. This will not end well

    Right-wing extremists are using channels on the encrypted communication app Telegram to call for violence against government officials on inauguration day next week.

    Some are sharing knowledge of how to make, conceal and use homemade guns and bombs, NBC News is reporting.

  27. The acting prime minister of Australia has given party colleagues and extremist warriors a licence to lie.

    In doing so, Michael McCormack has turned his one-week fill-in for a vacationing Scott Morrison into a crisis of credibility which could affect all in the Coalition and the conservative branch of politics.

    He did this with his argument that truth is negotiable, a line that evoked former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s infamous line about “alternative facts”.

    During an interview on the ABC, McCormack was asked about fellow Coalition MP Craig Kelly sharing misinformation online. He said in response: “Facts are sometimes contentious, and what you might think is right somebody else might think is completely untrue.

    “That is part of living in a democratic country.”

    A provably false contention has the same value as a statement of verifiable fact under the McCormack position.


  28. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Liam Mannix and Aisha Dow report that the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology says the federal government should immediately pause the planned rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine because it may not be effective enough to generate herd immunity. But it IS cheap!
    But, writes Josh Butler, Greg Hunt has rubbished suggestions that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine may be insufficient to achieve herd immunity in Australia, claiming critics were “clearly incorrect”.
    David Crowe calls out Morrison’s timidity in the face of the misinformation and outright lies being peddled by Kelly and Christensen on social media. Crowe says, as the vaccination program rolls out, the PM must put a stop to it.
    And Mark Kenny says that, for all the violence, the flagrant abuse of presidential power, the hatred and the broken glass, we didn’t learn as much about the degenerate character of an unhinged American despot last week as we did about our own infinitely malleable Prime Minister. Ouch!
    The SMH editorial hops in too, saying that McCormack’s and Morrison’s utterances have fallen well short of what is expected of leaders.
    The Acting Prime Minister had just one job this week, and he failed, says Doug Dingwall.
    The Guardian reports that Michael McCormack, has been criticised for “beyond disgusting” comments, after he stated that “all lives matter” when defending previous comments comparing the deadly US Capitol siege to Black Lives Matter protests.
    Previously seen as an antidote to his predecessor Barnaby Joyce, McCormack has now created his own brand of recklessness, says Malcolm Farr.
    But Dave Sharma writes that Twitter’s decision to ban Donald Trump is chilling if one cares about free speech.
    According to Jeff Sparrow, Australian conservatives are going to extraordinary lengths to deny the reality of right-wing extremism.
    Twitter is not censoring Donald Trump. Free speech is not guaranteed if it harms others, says Professor Katherine Gelber.
    Australia risks skating past difficult questions of right-wing extremism in favour of a haphazard fight over who can say what on the internet, writes Ariel Bogle.
    Paul Fletcher has written an op-ed for the AFR in which he explains the objectives of his Online Safety Act legislation.
    Cara Waters reports that Australian customers of web hosting giant Amazon have backed its decision to kick controversial social networking platform Parler off its servers.
    Jennifer Duke writes that workers could choose to take home more pay or put it in superannuation as part of a proposal the government is considering ahead of a coming rise in the super guarantee. In other words, they want to kill off further increases to the superannuation guarantee,
    Peter Beattie provides five lessons to be learned from the Covid crisis.
    Professor David Haywood argues that investing in our biggest industry would boost jobs and productivity. This industry is aged care.
    The Australian has the wonderful Rachel Baxendale gracing its pages. Over to you.
    To start complying with its charter obligation to provide fair, accurate and impartial news, the national broadcaster should emulate the BBC’s crackdown on partisan tweeting by employees, writes the dinosaur Richard Alston.
    It’s time to tackle charity rorts, writes William De Maria. The richest schools are charities, as are big businesses like Queensland Sugar Limited. Even the likes of AI Group and NSW Business Chamber Ltd, organisations which fight against higher pay and better conditions for workers, enjoy charity and tax exempt status. Why should taxpayers foot the bill?
    The company that built the cracked Opal Tower has won the $64 million contract for the redevelopment of the historic North Sydney Olympic Pool. What could possibly go wrong?
    The ugly face of Australian cricket made an unwelcome return at the SCG Test against India. Only the skipper and his side can ensure the lessons of Cape Town aren’t forgotten, says Andrew Webster.
    Nick Bonyhady and Patrick Hatch tell us that unions are claiming Qantas has underpaid many of its workers more than $10,000 each by subsidising their overtime payments with the government’s JobKeeper scheme. They will seek leave today to appeal a landmark court judgment on how JobKeeper works to the High Court.
    Asking people to prepare for fire is pointless if they can’t afford to do it, and it’s time we subsidised fire prevention argues David Bowman.
    Prominent climate science deniers moved rapidly to spread false and misleading conspiracy theories online during and after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters this week.
    Anthony Galloway reports that Josh Frydenberg has rejected a takeover bid for one of Australia’s largest builders from a Chinese government-controlled company over concerns it could give foreign intelligence services access to information about the nation’s critical infrastructure.
    Ireland had one of the lowest coronavirus rates in Europe, but it now has the highest in the world.
    From a different universe, Trump has said his remarks before the deadly Capitol riot were ‘totally appropriate’.
    The once-mighty United States of America is now being openly mocked by its rivals, its adversaries and even its friends, reports Alan Austin.
    Is Donald Trump an aberration or a symptom of a deeper US malady, asks Joseph Stiglitz.
    Being impeached twice would single out Trump as a uniquely dangerous aberration in US history. But there are potential downsides for Biden’s agenda, writes Matthew Knott.
    The Washington Post outlines the online organisation of violent right-wing attacks in the US. Quite frightening, actually.
    And the Post examines the six hours of paralysis within the White House as the mob stormed the Capitol.
    Now that he’s been banned, we can say it: Donald Trump was a genius at Twitter, writes Dan Brooks.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Peter Broelman

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Glen Le Lievre

    John Spooner

    Simon Letch

    Andrew Dyson

    From the US

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