And where do we go from here?
I’m feeling very beige, very uncertain, about what to do next.
However we MUST do something!
I wish I could do an inspiring post, but I can’t do it without your help.
This is the best I can do just now (even though I am so glad that Biden is now POTUS):
Illegitimi non carborundum!!!!!!!
684 thoughts on “Illegitimi non carborundum!!!”
Is it possible to be hit by a bus while you are in hospital?
Don’t be surprised if Linda Reynolds soon retires from the ministry or maybe from parliament “for health reasons”. I think the CrimeMinister is trying to get her out, to be replaced by a Liberal chap in cabinet.
So now, wanting alleged rape to be investigated is “political points scoring.”
Stephen Colbert –
Jimmy Kimmel –
If I was invited to this event I’d wait until the CrimeMinister arrived and then walk out, making myself very conspicuous in doing that, as a protest.
How can anyone take this event seriously when that creature is guest of honour?
And you thought Waffles was a waffler! Check the thread to see just how useless Birmingham is
Good morning Dawn Patrollers
John Hewson reckons we should expect to see Morrison getting more trouble from Craig Kelly and some of his Nationals mates, particularly when it comes to climate change.
In an article quite critical of Morrison, Niki Savva writes, “A respectable Newspoll does not exonerate the Prime Minister or his near eight-year-old government from legal, political or moral failures. It does not excuse the fibbing and fudging over sexual assault matters and lots of other things, too.”
For the Prime Minister, this fortnight was supposed to be dominated by the triumph of the vaccine rollout. Instead, everything just looks scrappy, says Phil Coorey.
The Senate committee probing the Morrison government’s management of the pandemic has excoriated the government for deploying public interest immunity claims to “wilfully obstruct access to information crucial to the committee inquiry”.
An AFR editorial says that mad politics has made a comeback in Canberra.
Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters report that a small number of special forces soldiers who blew the whistle on alleged war crimes have been issued termination notices against the advice of the military watchdog. What next?
According to Christopher Knaus and Katherine Murphy, a former colleague of the man who allegedly raped Brittany Higgins says he was temporarily allowed back into parliament in 2019 as a registered lobbyist.
Josh Butler says that Parliament faces a sexism reckoning as police investigations and more reviews loom.
Jess Irvine declares that Morrison’s JobSeeker boost is stingy, mean and bad for the economy.
Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke point to new research that found JobSeeker recipients will be left $80 a week below the poverty line.
The jobseeker increase is pathetic – and so is the spin to justify the paltry amount, explains Greg Jericho.
The Conversation informs us that the $50 boost to JobSeeker will take Australia’s payment from the lowest in the OECD to the second lowest after Greece.
Days after the federal government announced it would increase the permanent rate of JobSeeker by $25 a week, the Australia Institute has published new analysis showing that higher unemployment benefits are correlated with lower rates of unemployment across the OECD.
Luke Henriques-Gomes writes that the nation’s top retail peak body has joined the small business lobby in opposing a government hotline to dob in unemployed Australians who refuse job offers, arguing it could lead to “bogus claims” and undermine their employment prospects.
The new jobseeker ‘dobber’ hotline will empower bad employers, says Van Badham.
While welcome, an increase in payments of about $3.50 a day is barely going to make a dent in unemployment figures, says the SMH editorial.
Shaun Carney says that by holding off on the election Morrison is giving a free kick to Labor.
Rob Shields reports that the team behind the Oxford vaccine have launched research on whether the vaccine could be taken as a pill – a medical breakthrough which could make annual coronavirus inoculation programs faster, cheaper and more widespread.
The Guardian is tracking the progress of the Covid-19 vaccination program against the government’s stated target. It has some telling charts.
Gladys Berejiklian says Queensland’s stoush with the federal government over a proposed quarantine hub is no excuse for it refusing to pay the $30 million it owes NSW.
Just two people in Australia died from influenza between late April and November last year, and the overall number of recorded deaths across the country was significantly lower in 2020 than in recent years.
Greg Hunt revealed just 26 aged care homes had received vaccines in the first two days of the rollout, despite more than 240 scheduled to get them by Friday.
Australia will be more at risk of global vaccination shortages unless onshore vaccine manufacturing capabilities are increased, the nation’s leading scientists have warned.
Michael Pascoe: reckons Josh Frydenberg sure got Zucker punched in this tech-giant fist fight.
Judith Ireland writes about the parliament House culture of late nights, high stress, and plenty of booze.
If you’re a woman in Parliament House, nobody hears you scream, writes Drs Jennifer Wilson.
Euan Black reports that laws requiring digital platforms to pay for the use of local journalism have passed the Senate amid a swirl of controversy about what this will mean for media diversity in Australia.
The racist dogma prevalent in U.S. politics is something Australia can avoid if we don’t become complacent, writes Bilal Cleland about the malign effect of the Right.
Carrie Fellner has some more info on who knew what an when with respect to the route of a new Sydney motorway that allowed some people to snap up land along a Sydney motorway before the route was announced.
The litany of sporting greats who lose their way on the downside of the peak of their career is a long and troubled one. What ails these blokes, asks Peter FitzSimons. A good read.
From December all new sales of solar panels and other technologies that connect to the electricity grid will have to comply with new standards that set out to protect the electricity grid.
Alan Kohler writes that Australia’s solar tsunami will trigger a coal collapse.
Andrew Tillett writes that the $90b French submarine project could sink.
Matthew Elmas reports that a battle over the future of corporate takeovers is looming, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission preparing to push the government for stronger merger laws to stem a tide of harmful business consolidations.
A distrust of traditional institutions saw wellness advocates find common ground with QAnon during the pandemic – and soften their message for the mainstream, explains Michael McGowan.
A cutting-edge Melbourne company will receive federal funding to repurpose electric vehicle batteries to store power on commercial and industrial sites across Australia, helping keep the lights on while reducing battery costs.
The London Telegraph’s Harry De Quetteville says that the truth is that the last minute deal which has restored news to the social media giant in Australia is not the clear cut, agenda setting, new era-defining reset of relations between tech power and political power in the 21st century. That may come later.
Alexandra Smith writes about the folly of the NRL angling to install the NSW police commissioner onto its board.
Boris Johnson is “an unrepentant and inveterate liar” who feels he is not subject to the same rules as others, Sylvie Bermann, the former French ambassador to the UK during the Brexit vote, says in a new book.
David Pope – a cracker!
A good gif from Glen Le Lievre
Johannes Leak continues his unhealthy infatuation of Dan Andrews.
From the US
In the following article 3 out 4 jobseeker recipients are entitled to disability support pension
Have to wonder at the 61 year old too disabled to work in IT training to be a primary school teacher with school age kids, obviously born in his 40s
1. Physically and psychologically demanding with huge admin load
2. Many teachers retire at 55, retirement age usually 65
3. Principals hire teachers parents can relate to, code for similar age to parents
But I suppose he is fulfilling his mutual obligation requirements
I agree about the physical, emotional and mental demands of teaching.
I thought at first this 60 year old might be undertaking study to get a Pensioner Education Supplement – the lousy $62.40 a fortnight would be a help when you have so little to live on – but then I realised this payment is only available to single people. There’s always a catch with this government.
Incidentally – this payment has not increased sine the 1990s. Instead various governments have hacked at it, halving it if you study part-time. Howard wanted to abolish it completely.
This man should at least get the Education Entry Payment – a once a year thing worth $208 a year. It too has not increased since I was receiving it in the late 1990s. His JobSeeker payment and his studies make him eligible. I hope he is already getting it.
I have been quite quiet of late. It’s not that I have lost interest in the world and in this interesting part of it but rather a general tiredness that is part of the aging process. Sorry, fellow Pub patrons.
Nevertheless, I am getting more and more annoyed by the way the Liberal Government Ministers from the Prime Minister down invariably refer to Brittany Higgins as Brittany (Peter Dutton is at it this morning). It seems to me that this deliberate ploy not to give the woman her full name but to treat her as a little girl is a measure of the lack of respect of these men and women not just to Ms Higgins but to women generally. They don’t get it at all.
Absolutely spot on.
This is deliberate infantilisation, treating a rape victim like a child to give the impression she does not know what she is saying and cannot be believed.
It’s why so many rapes and sexual assaults go unreported – women who are brave enough to go to the police are seldom believed. If it goes to court the woman will be made out to be a slut who was “asking for it” by getting drunk or wearing what some lawyer considers to be provocative attire. Her entire sexual history and past relationships will be minutely examined while the rapist will inevitably be portrayed as a fine, upstanding man, a pillar of the community.
Pull the other one: it plays the Hallelujah Chorus.
He forgot “deflect.”
Amy has had a gutful
Great article by Michael Pascoe today (BK’s links) on the way the MSM have falsely portrayed the Facebook news ban.
According to Nikki Sava Gladys, she of the inability to remember a thing that happened two weeks ago, she with the lover given inside information that allowed him to enrich himself, is the country’s “best leader”.
Exactly which country is Sava referring to? Berejiklistan?
In for decades of debt to pay for a sports carnival for elite athletes.
International Olympic Committee announces Brisbane as preferred host for 2032 Summer Olympic Games
Isn’t it time the Olympics were given up?
Dutton says “And on everything I’ve seen there was never any threat to Brittany that she would lose her job quite the opposite.”
Okay, there’s the given-name only reference (the immature little girl) again BUT “never any threat” !!!! That’s sure not how it appeared to the woman involved. The Power Structure is so open and reveled in by this crowd.
Psephologist Kevin Bonham commented on the above “The vote for non-majors is suprisingly low (and I suggest unrepresentative) in all four seats. Overall a good level of detail and sample size (n=335) compared to other newspaper straw polls (still not comparable to a pollster exit poll though).”
Of course not – if we believe all the lies told about one case of rape. Apparently no-one tells this mushroom anything about anything. He is kept in the dark and fed bullshit so he has plausible deniability of everything that goes wrong in his government.
For a known control freak the “I know nuffink” excuse is ludicrous, but the media seem to believe the lies.
Arse-covering in progress on a big scale.
Reports will be Cabinet-in-confidence.
Correspondence between the CrimeMinister and his AFP lackey will not be released.
Jonathan Pie –
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Jimmy Kimmel –
Written by the CrimeMinister, without a doubt.
[ Isn’t it time the Olympics were given up? ]
It’s an horrific imposition on the rank and file taxpayers in any country that bids for and is successful in a bid for the Olympic games.
From what I have seen, it is expected that the successful bidder spend 4 to 6 Billion Dollars to establish new venues, accommodation etc for athletes to put on a successful games. Generally, successful countries end up with massive debt and a heap of infrastructure etc that can never pay for itself in any future usage.
Why can’t interested nations that support the Olympic Games all contribute an amount corresponding to their ability etc to have the games held every 4 years at its original home, Olympia in Greece.
It is in a fairly central location for most nations to send athletes to and if those nations contributed fairly to the running of the games in Greece, I am pretty sure that the government & citizens of Greece would be quite happy to run an international event that originated there more than 2 thousand years ago.
Hear, hear. Well put scorps, exactly what I was thinking. A perfect solution for the games, the country and sport in general. 👍
That is an excellent idea- if we have to have these games.
The money wasted on a different city hosting the games every time is a scandal. I don’t think Sydney will ever finish paying the cost of venues for the 2000 games, let alone maintenance on the white elephant Stadium Australia (or whatever it’s called this week.)
My big gripe with the Olympics is the amount of money spent on winning medals – that is not what the games are supposed to be about, not the original de Coubertin plan anyway.It was all about sportsmanship and pacing one another on the road to excellence. Now it’s all about winning medals. .
I also think the games should be played in Greece. And further to that, participants should be strictly amateur.
Good morning Dawn Patrollers
Healthcare Australia’s boss has stepped aside after an investigation found the company misled the government over the qualifications of a doctor who gave the wrong vaccine doses to patients in Queensland. Just imagine if this was under Dan Andrews’ watch!
Phil Coorey says that political pile-ons could get in the way of Australia’s vaccine rollout.
Christophe Knaus reports on Australia’s Covid vaccine rollout where early errors, cancellations and missed deadlines are being experienced.
Scott Morrison has stepped around a question about whether he agrees with Peter Dutton’s characterisation of Brittany Higgins’ rape allegation as “she said, he said” as the home affairs minister defended his decision not to alert the prime minister to the potential reopening of the police investigation.
Infrastructure Australia, the government’s adviser on major projects, says the country needs far more wind, solar and hydro projects to safeguard the nation’s future energy needs. Another expert report to be shelved.
And Nick Toscano writes that Victoria is set to become home to one of the world’s biggest lithium-ion batteries by the end of the year after the federal government’s green bank delivered $160 million to French energy giant Neoen’s massive storage project near Geelong.
Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. The Conversation tells us how they did it.
Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 4.4 per cent in the 12 months to September last year, new government data has revealed, falling to the lowest levels in the country since 1995 – but the whole world’s dropped by about 7%.
Simon Benson writes that future government grants to universities could be tied to boosting the commercialisation of research, as institutions are urged to change their business models away from an over-reliance on international student revenue to refocus on educating Australians.
On the Higgins rape issue David Crowe wonders who actually cared.
In a forthright contribution John Warhurst outlines three steps to change the toxic culture at Parliament House.
Michelle Grattan believes that Linda Reynolds’ future as defence minister is in her own hands.
Shati Markson revels that a Liberal adviser working for Craig Kelly alleges she was sexually harassed regularly by office manager Frank Zumbo in the MP’s private Sydney office.
Mike Foley writes that the government has introduced to Parliament a set of national standards for environmental protection to accelerate development approvals and improve wildlife protections, but environment groups and Labor say they fall short of what’s needed to save threatened species.
Lisa Visentin reports that the circumstances surrounding ex-Australia Post boss Christine Holgate’s resignation over $20,000 in luxury watch purchases will be scrutinised by a Senate committee after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson secured Labor’s support for an inquiry.
Kaye Lee reckons the only jobs the Nats are concerned about are their own.
Waleed Aly says that the Facebook elephant is still in the room: and he tells us what it’s doing with our intimate data.
Climate denial from Rupert Murdoch’s toxic Sky News, Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Junkee. This sort of “news” will be on display on Google News Showcase as a result of the government’s regressive new media laws. It is a travesty for journalism and dangerous to climate and energy transition, writes Giles Parkinson, founder of independent media site Renew Economy.
The News Media Bargaining Code will only further cement what the backward NBN began: a smaller, less informed, more conservative and less democratic Australia. Michelle Pini and David Donovan report.
A red-alert for toxic cyanobacterial blooms has been issued for almost the entire Lower Darling River, with fears another big fish kill is imminent without significant new flows.
Men are quick to declare they wouldn’t put their mum “in a home”. But they are not the ones who end up caring for her, writes Meredith Burgman who describes aged care as one of the big feminist issues of our time.
The AFR’s editorial says that Australia’s huge submarine contract with France has run into trouble, but that is what happens when too many pressures pull on a project.
Our governments aren’t showing enough political will to end the homelessness crisis in Australia, writes Connie Georgatos.
According to Adam Morton, leading scientists working across Australia and Antarctica have described 19 ecosystems that are collapsing due to the impact of humans and warned urgent action is required to prevent their complete loss.
Josh Butler tells us that Anthony Albanese wants government to call Uber Eats and force better conditions.
Property billionaire Lang Walker is declaring confidence in South Australia’s future as he launches a $3bn satellite city north of Adelaide, at Buckland Park.
Stephen Bartholomeusz thinks that Joe Biden’s trade attack on China will reverberate around the world.
And Bill Dudley says that US policymakers should slightly lift the rates the Fed pays on bank reserves and on its borrowings in the repo market to help prevent other short-term rates from going negative.
Elizabeth Knight says that it’s a minor miracle Joyce didn’t front up with a worse result for Qantas.
Educator Sarah Golsby-Smith says that hardcore porn is to blame for a disturbing teenage sex culture.
Chinese stores have been stocking imitations of popular brands over the past year, such as “Penfunils” and “Benfords”, and marketing them as Australian.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office enforced a subpoena on Trump’s accounting firm within hours of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday and now has the documents in hand, a spokesperson for the office said overnight.
From the US
Brilliant start to the year from The Juice Media.
Plus a message from Giordano –
And while I’m posting videos – latest from friendlyjordies.
Another stuff-up in the vaccine rollout – this time 25 vials were thawed, not used and then shoved back in the fridge.
So much for training. Second stuff-up in two days. Obviously using private contractors, at vast public expense, instead of well-established state health systems with trained staff isn’t working well.
Because I don’t watch QT I did not know until this morning the CrimeMinister had shut it down yesterday to avoid a question from Tanya Plibersek.
What a fracking coward!!!
Under-pressure Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been released from hospital, after she was admitted as the Brittany Higgins case escalated.
Caveats apply –
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Healthcare Australia is one of the organisations chosen by the federal government to manage the vaccine rollout across Australia.
The important thing you need to know – this company is a recruitment agency, it is not an organisation competent in providing actual healthcare.
Yesterday the CEO of Healthcare Australia stood down after one of the company’s recruits, who the company admitted had not been given any training, gave two elderly aged care residents quadruple (at least) doses of vaccine. Healthcare Australia lied to the government about that non-existent training.
Today 25 vials of vaccine (more than 120 doses) had to be thrown out after they were thawed, not needed and just put back into a fridge.
This time the handler was Aspen Medical, which describes itself in this word salad –
Aspen says –
Maybe the government should think again.
And today there was also another stuff-up by Healthcare Australia which affects my area –
Vaccine rollout delay: Mid North Coast COVID jabs put on hold
This company is being very guarded about giving reasons for this delay.
Everything this government touches turns to shit. They have the worst ever case of Sadim Touch I have ever heard of.
Thank goodness the state and territory leaders refused to obey the CrimeMinister and just got on with managing lockdowns, quarantine and testing. Without them Australia would be in a dreadful position.
Rape Never Heals
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