20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

Yes, I did watch the funeral this evening – more about that some other time. Meanwhile, this is a fascinating post from Common Dreams. I, for one, find the analysis persuasive and terrifying. I commend it to The Pub’s attention.

A new book by one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers powerfully describes how America’s constitutional checks and balances are being pushed to the brink by a president who is consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s—when the Nazis took power in Germany.

In When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic, Burt Neuborne mostly focuses on how America’s constitutional foundation in 2019—an unrepresentative Congress, the Electoral College and a right-wing Supreme Court majority—is not positioned to withstand Trump’s extreme polarization and GOP power grabs. However, its second chapter, “Why the Sudden Concern About Fixing the Brakes?,” extensively details Trump’s mimicry of Hitler’s pre-war rhetoric and strategies.

Neuborne doesn’t make this comparison lightly. His 55-year career began by challenging the constitutionality of the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He became the ACLU’s national legal director in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan. He was founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School in the 1990s. He has been part of more than 200 Supreme Court cases and Holocaust reparation litigation.

“Why does an ignorant, narcissistic buffoon like Trump trigger such anxiety? Why do so many Americans feel it existentially (not just politically) important to resist our forty-fifth president?” he writes. “Partly it’s just aesthetics. Trump is such a coarse and appalling man that it’s hard to stomach his presence in Abraham Lincoln’s house. But that’s not enough to explain the intensity of my dread. LBJ was coarse. Gerald Ford and George W. Bush were dumb as rocks. Richard Nixon was an anti-Semite. Bill Clinton’s mistreatment of women dishonored his office. Ronald Reagan was a dangerous ideologue. I opposed each of them when they appeared to exceed their constitutional powers. But I never felt a sense of existential dread. I never sensed that the very existence of a tolerant democracy was in play.”

A younger Trump, according to his first wife’s divorce filings, kept and studied a book translating and annotating Adolf Hitler’s pre-World War II speeches in a locked bedside cabinet, Neuborne noted. The English edition of My New Order, published in 1941, also had analyses of the speeches’ impact on his era’s press and politics. “Ugly and appalling as they are, those speeches are masterpieces of demagogic manipulation,” Neuborne says.

“Watching Trump work his crowds, though, I see a dangerously manipulative narcissist unleashing the demagogic spells that he learned from studying Hitler’s speeches—spells that he cannot control and that are capable of eroding the fabric of American democracy,” Neuborne says. “You see, we’ve seen what these rhetorical techniques can do. Much of Trump’s rhetoric—as a candidate and in office—mirrors the strategies, even the language, used by Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s to erode German democracy.”

Many Americans may seize or condemn Neuborne’s analysis, which has more than 20 major points of comparison. The author repeatedly says his goal is not “equating” the men—as “it trivializes Hitler’s obscene crimes to compare them to Trump’s often pathetic foibles.”

Indeed, the book has a larger frame: whether federal checks and balances—Congress, the Supreme Court, the Electoral College—can contain the havoc that Trump thrives on and the Republican Party at large has embraced. But the Trump-Hitler compilation is a stunning warning, because, as many Holocaust survivors have said, few Germans or Europeans expected what unfolded in the years after Hitler amassed power.

Here’s how Neuborne introduces this section. Many recent presidents have been awful, “But then there was Donald Trump, the only president in recent American history to openly despise the twin ideals—individual dignity and fundamental equality—upon which the contemporary United States is built. When you confront the reality of a president like Trump, the state of both sets of brakes—internal [constitutional] and external [public resistance]—become hugely important because Donald Trump’s political train runs on the most potent and dangerous fuel of all: a steady diet of fear, greed, loathing, lies, and envy. It’s a toxic mixture that has destroyed democracies before, and can do so again.

“Give Trump credit,” he continues. “He did his homework well and became the twenty-first-century master of divisive rhetoric. We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader. The Nazis did not overthrow the Weimar Republic. It fell into their hands as the fruit of Hitler’s satanic ability to mesmerize enough Germans to trade their birthright for a pottage of scapegoating, short-term economic gain, xenophobia, and racism. It could happen here.”

20 Common Themes, Rhetorical Tactics and Dangerous Policies

Here are 20 serious points of comparison between the early Hitler and Trump:

1. Neither was elected by a majority. Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, receiving votes by 25.3 percent of all eligible American voters. “That’s just a little less than the percentage of the German electorate that turned to the Nazi Party in 1932–33,” Neuborne writes. “Unlike the low turnouts in the United States, turnout in Weimar Germany averaged just over 80 percent of eligible voters.” He continues, “Once installed as a minority chancellor in January 1933, Hitler set about demonizing his political opponents, and no one—not the vaunted, intellectually brilliant German judiciary; not the respected, well-trained German police; not the revered, aristocratic German military; not the widely admired, efficient German government bureaucracy; not the wealthy, immensely powerful leaders of German industry; and not the powerful center-right political leaders of the Reichstag—mounted a serious effort to stop him.”

2. Both found direct communication channels to their base. By 1936’s Olympics, Nazi narratives dominated German cultural and political life. “How on earth did Hitler pull it off? What satanic magic did Trump find in Hitler’s speeches?” Neuborne asks. He addresses Hitler’s extreme rhetoric soon enough, but notes that Hitler found a direct communication pathway—the Nazi Party gave out radios with only one channel, tuned to Hitler’s voice, bypassing Germany’s news media. Trump has an online equivalent.

“Donald Trump’s tweets, often delivered between midnight and dawn, are the twenty-first century’s technological embodiment of Hitler’s free plastic radios,” Neuborne says. “Trump’s Twitter account, like Hitler’s radios, enables a charismatic leader to establish and maintain a personal, unfiltered line of communication with an adoring political base of about 30–40 percent of the population, many (but not all) of whom are only too willing, even anxious, to swallow Trump’s witches’ brew of falsehoods, half-truths, personal invective, threats, xenophobia, national security scares, religious bigotry, white racism, exploitation of economic insecurity, and a never ending-search for scapegoats.”

3. Both blame others and divide on racial lines. As Neuborne notes, “Hitler used his single-frequency radios to wax hysterical to his adoring base about his pathological racial and religious fantasies glorifying Aryans and demonizing Jews, blaming Jews (among other racial and religious scapegoats) for German society’s ills.” That is comparable to “Trump’s tweets and public statements, whether dealing with black-led demonstrations against police violence, white-led racist mob violence, threats posed by undocumented aliens, immigration policy generally, protests by black and white professional athletes, college admission policies, hate speech, even response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico,” he says. Again and again, Trump uses “racially tinged messages calculated to divide whites from people of color.”

4. Both relentlessly demonize opponents. “Hitler’s radio harangues demonized his domestic political opponents, calling them parasites, criminals, cockroaches, and various categories of leftist scum,” Neuborne notes. “Trump’s tweets and speeches similarly demonize his political opponents. Trump talks about the country being ‘infested’ with dangerous aliens of color. He fantasizes about jailing Hillary Clinton, calls Mexicans rapists, refers to ‘shithole countries,’ degrades anyone who disagrees with him, and dreams of uprooting thousands of allegedly disloyal bureaucrats in the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the FBI, and the CIA, who he calls ‘the deep state’ and who, he claims, are sabotaging American greatness.”

5. They unceasingly attack objective truth. “Both Trump and Hitler maintained a relentless assault on the very idea of objective truth,” he continues. “Each began the assault by seeking to delegitimize the mainstream press. Hitler quickly coined the epithet Lügenpresse (literally ‘lying press’) to denigrate the mainstream press. Trump uses a paraphrase of Hitler’s lying press epithet—‘fake news’—cribbed, no doubt, from one of Hitler’s speeches. For Trump, the mainstream press is a ‘lying press’ that publishes ‘fake news.’” Hitler attacked his opponents as spreading false information to undermine his positions, Neuborne says, just as Trump has attacked “elites” for disseminating false news, “especially his possible links to the Kremlin.”

6. They relentlessly attack mainstream media. Trump’s assaults on the media echo Hitler’s, Neuborne says, noting that he “repeatedly attacks the ‘failing New York Times,’ leads crowds in chanting ‘CNN sucks,’ [and] is personally hostile to most reporters.” He cites the White House’s refusal to fly the flag at half-mast after the murder of five journalists in Annapolis in June 2018, Trump’s efforts to punish CNN by blocking a merger of its corporate parent, and trying to revoke federal Postal Service contracts held by Amazon, which was founded by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

7. Their attacks on truth include science. Neuborne notes, “Both Trump and Hitler intensified their assault on objective truth by deriding scientific experts, especially academics who question Hitler’s views on race or Trump’s views on climate change, immigration, or economics. For both Trump and Hitler, the goal is (and was) to eviscerate the very idea of objective truth, turning everything into grist for a populist jury subject to manipulation by a master puppeteer. In both Trump’s and Hitler’s worlds, public opinion ultimately defines what is true and what is false.”

8. Their lies blur reality—and supporters spread them. “Trump’s pathological penchant for repeatedly lying about his behavior can only succeed in a world where his supporters feel free to embrace Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ and treat his hyperbolic exaggerations as the gospel truth,” Neuborne says. “Once Hitler had delegitimized the mainstream media by a series of systematic attacks on its integrity, he constructed a fawning alternative mass media designed to reinforce his direct radio messages and enhance his personal power. Trump is following the same path, simultaneously launching bitter attacks on the mainstream press while embracing the so-called alt-right media, co-opting both Sinclair Broadcasting and the Rupert Murdoch–owned Fox Broadcasting Company as, essentially, a Trump Broadcasting Network.”

9. Both orchestrated mass rallies to show status. “Once Hitler had cemented his personal communications link with his base via free radios and a fawning media and had badly eroded the idea of objective truth, he reinforced his emotional bond with his base by holding a series of carefully orchestrated mass meetings dedicated to cementing his status as a charismatic leader, or Führer,” Neuborne writes. “The powerful personal bonds nurtured by Trump’s tweets and Fox’s fawning are also systematically reinforced by periodic, carefully orchestrated mass rallies (even going so far as to co-opt a Boy Scout Jamboree in 2017), reinforcing Trump’s insatiable narcissism and his status as a charismatic leader.”

10. They embrace extreme nationalism. “Hitler’s strident appeals to the base invoked an extreme version of German nationalism, extolling a brilliant German past and promising to restore Germany to its rightful place as a preeminent nation,” Neuborne says. “Trump echoes Hitler’s jingoistic appeal to ultranationalist fervor, extolling American exceptionalism right down to the slogan ‘Make America Great Again,’ a paraphrase of Hitler’s promise to restore German greatness.”

11. Both made closing borders a centerpiece. “Hitler all but closed Germany’s borders, freezing non-Aryan migration into the country and rendering it impossible for Germans to escape without official permission. Like Hitler, Trump has also made closed borders a centerpiece of his administration,” Neuborne continues. “Hitler barred Jews. Trump bars Muslims and seekers of sanctuary from Central America. When the lower courts blocked Trump’s Muslim travel ban, he unilaterally issued executive orders replacing it with a thinly disguised substitute that ultimately narrowly won Supreme Court approval under a theory of extreme deference to the president.”

12. They embraced mass detention and deportations. “Hitler promised to make Germany free from Jews and Slavs. Trump promises to slow, stop, and even reverse the flow of non-white immigrants, substituting Muslims, Africans, Mexicans, and Central Americans of color for Jews and Slavs as scapegoats for the nation’s ills. Trump’s efforts to cast dragnets to arrest undocumented aliens where they work, live, and worship, followed by mass deportation… echo Hitler’s promise to defend Germany’s racial identity,” he writes, also noting that Trump has “stooped to tearing children from their parents [as Nazis in World War II would do] to punish desperate efforts by migrants to find a better life.”

13. Both used borders to protect selected industries. “Like Hitler, Trump seeks to use national borders to protect his favored national interests, threatening to ignite protectionist trade wars with Europe, China, and Japan similar to the trade wars that, in earlier incarnations, helped to ignite World War I and World War II,” Neuborne writes. “Like Hitler, Trump aggressively uses our nation’s political and economic power to favor selected American corporate interests at the expense of foreign competitors and the environment, even at the price of international conflict, massive inefficiency, and irreversible pollution [climate change].”

14. They cemented their rule by enriching elites. “Hitler’s version of fascism shifted immense power—both political and financial—to the leaders of German industry. In fact, Hitler governed Germany largely through corporate executives,” he continues. “Trump has also presided over a massive empowerment—and enrichment—of corporate America. Under Trump, large corporations exercise immense political power while receiving huge economic windfalls and freedom from regulations designed to protect consumers and the labor force.

“Hitler despised the German labor movement, eventually destroying it and imprisoning its leaders. Trump also detests strong unions, seeking to undermine any effort to interfere with the prerogatives of management.”

15. Both rejected international norms. “Hitler’s foreign policy rejected international cooperation in favor of military and economic coercion, culminating in the annexation of the Sudetenland, the phony Hitler-Stalin nonaggression pact, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the horrors of global war,” Neuborne notes. “Like Hitler, Trump is deeply hostile to multinational cooperation, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the nuclear agreement with Iran, threatening to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, abandoning our Kurdish allies in Syria, and even going so far as to question the value of NATO, our post-World War II military alliance with European democracies against Soviet expansionism.”

16. They attack domestic democratic processes. “Hitler attacked the legitimacy of democracy itself, purging the voting rolls, challenging the integrity of the electoral process, and questioning the ability of democratic government to solve Germany’s problems,” Neuborne notes. “Trump has also attacked the democratic process, declining to agree to be bound by the outcome of the 2016 elections when he thought he might lose, supporting the massive purge of the voting rolls allegedly designed to avoid (nonexistent) fraud, championing measures that make it harder to vote, tolerating—if not fomenting—massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, encouraging mob violence at rallies, darkly hinting at violence if Democrats hold power, and constantly casting doubt on the legitimacy of elections unless he wins.”

17. Both attack the judiciary and rule of law. “Hitler politicized and eventually destroyed the vaunted German justice system. Trump also seeks to turn the American justice system into his personal playground,” Neuborne writes. “Like Hitler, Trump threatens the judicially enforced rule of law, bitterly attacking American judges who rule against him, slyly praising Andrew Jackson for defying the Supreme Court, and abusing the pardon power by pardoning an Arizona sheriff found guilty of criminal contempt of court for disobeying federal court orders to cease violating the Constitution.”

18. Both glorify the military and demand loyalty oaths. “Like Hitler, Trump glorifies the military, staffing his administration with layers of retired generals (who eventually were fired or resigned), relaxing control over the use of lethal force by the military and the police, and demanding a massive increase in military spending,” Neuborne writes. Just as Hitler “imposed an oath of personal loyalty on all German judges” and demanded courts defer to him, “Trump’s already gotten enough deference from five Republican [Supreme Court] justices to uphold a largely Muslim travel ban that is the epitome of racial and religious bigotry.”

Trump has also demanded loyalty oaths. “He fired James Comey, a Republican appointed in 2013 as FBI director by President Obama, for refusing to swear an oath of personal loyalty to the president; excoriated and then sacked Jeff Sessions, his handpicked attorney general, for failing to suppress the criminal investigation into… Trump’s possible collusion with Russia in influencing the 2016 elections; repeatedly threatened to dismiss Robert Mueller, the special counsel carrying out the investigation; and called again and again for the jailing of Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, leading crowds in chants of ‘lock her up.’” A new chant, “send her back,” has since emerged at Trump rallies directed at non-white Democratic congresswomen.

19. They proclaim unchecked power. “Like Hitler, Trump has intensified a disturbing trend that predated his administration of governing unilaterally, largely through executive orders or proclamations,” Neuborne says, citing the Muslim travel ban, trade tariffs, unraveling of health and environmental safety nets, ban on transgender military service, and efforts to end President Obama’s protection for Dreamers. “Like Hitler, Trump claims the power to overrule Congress and govern all by himself. In 1933, Hitler used the pretext of the Reichstag fire to declare a national emergency and seize the power to govern unilaterally. The German judiciary did nothing to stop him. German democracy never recovered.”

“When Congress refused to give Trump funds for his border wall even after he threw a tantrum and shut down the government, Trump, like Hitler, declared a phony national emergency and claimed the power to ignore Congress,” Neuborne continues. “Don’t count on the Supreme Court to stop him. Five justices gave the game away on the President’s unilateral travel ban. They just might do the same thing on the border wall.” It did in late July, ruling that Trump could divert congressionally appropriated funds from the Pentagon budget—undermining constitutional separation of powers.

20. Both relegate women to subordinate roles. “Finally,” writes Neuborne, “Hitler propounded a misogynistic, stereotypical view of women, valuing them exclusively as wives and mothers while excluding them from full participation in German political and economic life. Trump may be the most openly misogynist figure ever to hold high public office in the United States, crassly treating women as sexual objects, using nondisclosure agreements and violating campaign finance laws to shield his sexual misbehavior from public knowledge, attacking women who come forward to accuse men of abusive behavior, undermining reproductive freedom, and opposing efforts by women to achieve economic equality.”

Whither Constitutional Checks and Balances?

Most of Neuborne’s book is not centered on Trump’s fealty to Hitler’s methods and early policies. He notes, as many commentators have, that Trump is following the well-known contours of authoritarian populists and dictators: “there’s always a charismatic leader, a disaffected mass, an adroit use of communications media, economic insecurity, racial or religious fault lines, xenophobia, a turn to violence, and a search for scapegoats.”

The bigger problem, and the subject of most of the book, is that the federal architecture intended to be a check and balance against tyrants, is not poised to act. Congressional representation is fundamentally anti-democratic. In the Senate, politicians representing 18 percent of the national population—epicenters of Trump’s base—can cast 51 percent of the chamber’s votes. A Republican majority from rural states, representing barely 40 percent of the population, controls the chamber. It repeatedly thwarts legislation reflecting multicultural America’s values—and creates a brick wall for impeachment.

The House of Representatives is not much better. Until 2018, this decade’s GOP-majority House, a product of 2011’s extreme Republican gerrymanders, was also unrepresentative of the nation’s demographics. That bias still exists in the Electoral College, as the size of a state’s congressional delegation equals its allocation of votes. That formula is fair as far as House members go, but allocating votes based on two senators per state hurts urban America. Consider that California’s population is 65 times larger than Wyoming’s.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s majority remains in the hands of justices appointed by Republican presidents—and favors that party’s agenda. Most Americans are unaware that the court’s partisan majority has only changed twice since the Civil War—in 1937, when a Democratic-appointed majority took over, and in 1972, when a Republican-appointed majority took over. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blocking of President Obama’s final nominee thwarted a twice-a-century change. Today’s hijacked Supreme Court majority has only just begun deferring to Trump’s agenda.

Neuborne wants to be optimistic that a wave of state-based resistance, call it progressive federalism, could blunt Trump’s power grabs and help the country return to a system embracing, rather than demonizing, individual dignity and fundamental equality. But he predicts that many Americans who supported Trump in 2016 (largely, he suggests, because their plights have been overlooked for many years by federal power centers and by America’s capitalist hubs) won’t desert Trump—not while he’s in power.

“When tyrants like Hitler are ultimately overthrown, their mass support vanishes retroactively—everyone turns out to have been in the resistance—but the mass support was undeniably there,” he writes. “There will, of course, be American quislings who will enthusiastically support an American tyrant. There always are—everywhere.”

Ultimately, Neuborne doesn’t expect there will be a “constitutional mechanic in the sky ready to swoop down and save American democracy from Donald Trump at the head of a populist mob.” Whatever Trump thinks he is or isn’t doing, his rhetorical and strategic role model—the early Hitler—is what makes Trump and today’s GOP so dangerous.

“Even if all that Trump is doing is marching to that populist drum, he is unleashing forces that imperil the fragile fabric of a multicultural democracy,” Neuborne writes. “But I think there’s more. The parallels—especially the links between Lügenpresse and ‘fake news,’ and promises to restore German greatness and ‘Make America Great Again’—are just too close to be coincidental. I’m pretty sure that Trump’s bedside study of Hitler’s speeches—especially the use of personal invective, white racism, and xenophobia—has shaped the way Trump seeks to gain political power in our time. I don’t for a moment believe that Trump admires what Hitler eventually did with his power [genocide], but he damn well admires—and is successfully copying—the way that Hitler got it.”


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Steven Rosenfeld is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a national political reporter focusing on democracy issues. He has reported for nationwide public radio networks, websites, and newspapers and produced talk radio and music podcasts. He has written five books, including profiles of campaigns, voter suppression, voting rights guides, and a WWII survival story currently being made into a film. His latest book is Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election (Hot Books, March 2018).

413 thoughts on “20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

  1. An example of a government’s ‘integrity’ would be doing what is in the national interest rather than what is in personal/partisan interests. Now where do the S3 cuts fit in that equation I wonder ?

    The vote to be taken in parliament “All those in favor of giving themselves and their party donors a large tax cut . Say aye.”

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    The Albanese government will seek to rein in endemic cost blowouts and delays in the defence portfolio by establishing a new “early warning” system for key military projects that are running late and over budget. Matthew Knott writes that, with its first federal budget to be unveiled in a fortnight, the government has singled out defence as a major fiscal burden, but one that cannot be avoided given the increased volatility in the region.
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    https://johnmenadue.com/political-self-interest-is-killing-economic-ideology/
    Rachel Clun says it’s time for Australia to talk about taxation. She says the revenue issue has to be addressed.
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    The Liberal Party is in a dire state across Australia right now. That should worry us all, writes Frank Bongiorno in an interesting read.
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    Johnson was slow-poisoning arsenic for the Conservatives. Liz Truss is instant cyanide, says Andrew Rawnsley.
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    John Harris explains how Britain is slowly waking up to the truth: Brexit has left it poorer, adrift and alone.
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  3. Today, according to US based cookers, is the day all those who have had Covid vaccines die. Or is it?

    Typical Yank cookers! Don’t they realise there are different time zones and in the US it is still 9 October?

  4. 😆 A not so smart smart phone.
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    ‘The Owner of This iPhone Was in a Severe Car Crash’—or Just on a Roller Coaster

    ……..During the ride, Apple’s new car-crash detection triggered and automatically dialed 911. The call to the Warren County Communications Center, which you can listen to here, featured an automated voice message from Ms. White’s iPhone:

    “The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash and is not responding to their phone.”
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-owner-of-this-iphone-was-in-a-severe-car-crashor-just-on-a-roller-coaster-11665314944

  5. Well, it’s now 2 pm and the toxins in the mRNA vaccine (which I’ve had twice out of 4 shots) have not activated.

    Looks like I will have to continue doing my Monday chores and find something to have for dinner tonight.

    • Perhaps they are using Daylight Saving, in which case give it a couple more hours to kick in. It’d be a shame for you to do all that work only to find it had been a waste of time when the ‘daylight saving’ mRNA vax leapt into action.

  6. Gosh, what a no shit Sherlock discovery. Skills shortage my arse, it is a pay shortage and an exploitable workforce shortage.
    Amazingly this article is in the beating heart of the Rupertarium , The Australian.

    Casualised industries reap what they sowed

    Industries suffering most from skills shortages are those which pre-Covid, relied too heavily on casuals, underpaid staff, or offshored key functions.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/industries-which-ignored-training-are-reaping-what-they-sowed/news-story/f9b3cd61ba2a730df07ba80e7d33f0d6

  7. All the Canberra Bubble pundits constantly going on about the Stage 3 tax cuts and broken election promises are annoying me.

    How about this – a contentious issue that has the electorate divided. Why not hold a plebiscite? It’s been done recently to decisively resolve social policy, why not hold one to decisively resolve monetary policy? If the electorate truly does not want these tax cuts, Labor can ask them directly, and if the answer is “no, we can’t afford them at this time”, then that’s Labor’s mandate to do so. And most reasonable people would be like “Well, at least we were asked this time.”

    • Thanks, Fiona.

      Just thinking of the possibilities is exciting. Every debate on the matter, both sides can be presented equally. Just like it was in the marriage equality debate, where in every case we had to have Lyle Shelton or one of his drones argue why LGBTQ+ people didn’t deserve equal rights.

      In this case by rules of fairness, we could have in every debate someone arguing why trickle-down economics is bad for the country and should be sharply questioned by all Australians. I think there’s quite a few talented people out there that could prod at and, in my ideal scenario, unravel the whole neoliberal capitalist experiment we have ourselves in today and bring back the Post-WW2 social pact that made the modern world so good, and bring a halt to these elite conservatives trying to bring back 19th century workhouses-for-the-poor conditions.

  8. Yes an excellent suggestion. To ‘encourage’ the voters Labor should also start to detail what programs will need to be trimmed/cancelled/delayed due to the government having less money to pay for things.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe report that Australians prefer spending cuts over tax increases as the best way to repair the federal deficit at a time of intense debate about whether Prime Minister Anthony Albanese should overhaul the future income tax cuts that will cost $243 billion over a decade. (The next questions should ask them to chose from a list of spending areas that should be significantly reduced then.)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/voters-back-spending-cuts-over-tax-increases-to-fix-budget-20221010-p5bom1.html
    Jess Irvine lays out the economic case for keeping – or ditching – stage three tax cuts.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/economic-case-for-keeping-or-ditching-stage-three-tax-cuts-20221010-p5bogd.html
    Matthew Knott writes that the purchase of eight nuclear submarines under the AUKUS pact is expected to add at least another $100 billion to the nation’s already ballooning defence bill, as the Albanese government seeks to rein in cost blowouts and delays of major military projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/aukus-submarines-to-add-100-billion-to-defence-bill-20221010-p5bom9.html
    Greg Sheridan writes that Defence Minister Richard Marles said one incredibly important thing on Monday. It couldn’t be clearer, and it bears repeating: “In a rational world, defence spending is a function of strategic threat. And we are rational people.” He also said the defence budget would increase, even as he catalogued some of the chronic dysfunction in defence procurement over the life of the Coalition government. “The Albanese government has had as good a start on national security, defence and foreign affairs as any new government I’ve seen”, he says.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/tanks-but-the-maritime-threats-more-important/news-story/fa4dc34325ec58fed56e972c5608dba3
    Poorly performing military contractors face much greater likelihood of suffering reputational damage under the Albanese government’s overhaul of defence procurement, hurting their ability to bid for future projects and securing foreign sales, explains Andrew Tillett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/dud-defence-firms-could-miss-out-on-future-work-20221010-p5bohi
    Peter Hartcher covers the area of “grey war” where infrastructure can be hit in a number of ways. He looks at how the west, including Australia, is exposed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/grey-zone-warfare-exposes-western-weaknesses-including-in-australia-20221010-p5boga.html
    The Age’s editorial says that this world is more dangerous with a wounded Putin.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/this-world-is-more-dangerous-with-a-wounded-putin-20221009-p5bodi.html
    Alan Kohler opines that America, Britain, Russia and China are killing themselves, all in their own way. This is a good read.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/10/10/kohler-world-nations-destruction/
    Sarah Martin reports that the Albanese government is being urged to scrap “concerning” exemptions given to political parties to use voter data, as part of a review of the federal election. In the wake of last month’s massive Optus privacy breach, Digital Rights Watch Australia has warned that voter information kept by political parties – which is exempted from the Privacy Act – is at risk of a future damaging data breach.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/10/push-to-scrap-privacy-exemptions-for-political-parties-due-to-risk-of-data-breaches
    Retail electricity prices could soar by at least 35 per cent in 2023 due to the unprecedented cost of wholesale energy, as the system grapples with the transition to clean energy amid a global supply crisis, power company bosses have told The Australian Financial Review’s Energy & Climate Summit.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/electricity-prices-tipped-to-rise-at-least-35pc-in-2023-20221010-p5boif
    The 10th anniversary of Julia Gillard’s so-called misogyny speech is a reminder of what might have been. Chiefly, the loss of a potentially great Australian leader, writes Mark Sawyer.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/a-decade-on-from-the-big-m-gillard-and-the-might-have-beens/
    Jack Waterford writes that the national secretary of the Australian Federal Police Association, Alex Karuana, may have had empires and AFP pay increases in mind when he sounded a caution about the national anti-corruption commission, about which he is generally enthusiastic. Yet there’s the risk, he warns, that staffing the NACC may strip the AFP of critical expertise and operational capacity, thus weakening the AFP capacity to fight crime and win. Waterford doesn’t want the AFP anywhere near the NACC.
    https://johnmenadue.com/no-place-for-afp-in-anti-corruption-teams/
    The NSW government is proposing a legislated cap on yearly increases to land tax to protect first homebuyers from bill spikes, as Premier Dominic Perrottet accuses Labor of a Mediscare-style campaign designed to sink his ambitious stamp duty reforms.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-proposes-cap-on-annual-land-tax-increases-as-part-of-stamp-duty-overhaul-20221010-p5bokv.html
    Here, Perrottet makes his case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/i-want-to-change-stamp-duty-for-good-20221010-p5bojz.html
    Two NSW Coalition MPs are prepared to cross the floor of parliament to support a bill that would remove a controversial financial penalty imposed on the Port of Newcastle under a once-secret facet of the Baird government’s port privatisation deal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/government-mps-could-cross-floor-over-controversial-port-penalties-20221010-p5bomv.html
    Backflipping on COVID isolation periods seems politically motivated in order for a Labor win in the Victorian Election, writes Imi Timms.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/national-cabinet-covid-decision-is-perverse-political-point-scoring,16849
    A COVID-19 medication that was thought to strongly reduce the risk of the illness becoming life-threatening and was bought in bulk by the previous federal government works no better than a placebo, preliminary findings from a major new study suggest. Morrison’s hydroxychloroquine?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/not-having-a-big-impact-covid-drug-fails-to-beat-placebo-in-major-trial-20221010-p5bohc.html
    Nick Toscano tells us that power giant AGL has declared it will stand behind its decision to reject all but one of the candidates for its board of directors put forward by billionaire investor Mike Cannon-Brookes, setting the scene for another clash over the future of Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/agl-board-digs-in-for-new-battle-with-cannon-brookes-20221010-p5bojf.html
    Nick McKenzie writes that a secret Victoria Police report has criticised the force’s handling of a domestic violence case involving a serving policeman after police leaked the victim’s escape plan to the perpetrator, potentially putting her at risk of more violence or even murder.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/police-and-ibac-accused-of-failings-while-investigating-a-cop-who-abused-his-wife-20221010-p5boht.html
    Lawyers representing Lachlan Murdoch in his defamation case against Crikey assert Australia’s new public interest defence will not help the online publisher fend off the media mogul’s claim.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2022/10/10/crikey-murdoch-defamation-trial/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    Credit Suisse will survive but with history as a guide, it should have known better. And as economic conditions worsen, it won’t be the only wealth titan left exposed, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/credit-suisse-is-not-the-only-titan-swimming-naked-20221010-p5bohn.html
    Donald Trump’s lawyer Christina Bobb was instructed to certify to the justice department that all sensitive government documents stored at his Mar-a-Lago resort subpoenaed by a grand jury had been returned, though she had not herself conducted the search for the records.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/10/trump-lawyer-christina-bobb-mar-a-lago-certify-documents

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  10. “A COVID-19 medication that was thought to strongly reduce the risk of the illness becoming life-threatening and was bought in bulk by the previous federal government works no better than a placebo, preliminary findings from a major new study suggest. Morrison’s hydroxychloroquine?”

    Interesting that the article says growing reliance on antivirals was one of the reasons for relaxation of Covid restrictions.

    I wonder how the loons, especially Perrottet, who pushed hard for removal of all restrictions feel now?

    Molnupiravir is is prescribed in Australia under the name “Lagevrio”. Earlier this morning I checked the Commonwealth Department of Health website and discovered that Lagevrio is one of two recommended antivirals, the other is Paxlovid which contains nirmatrelvir and ritonavir. No word on their effectiveness so far.
    https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/treatments/oral

    Merck is still insisting molnupiravir works and is insisting that global access to this apparently useless drug is the only way to deal with Covid in high-risk patients.
    https://pharmaphorum.com/news/mercks-lagevrio-no-better-than-placebo-on-covid-hospitalisations/?cid=9efd5f65fb21b5d92985b24a774e2af1

  11. A comment from Kevin Bonham on the above.
    “ALP 39 L-NP 30 Green 12 ON 5 UAP 3 IND 9 (probably overstated) others 2.
    My estimated 2PP for these primaries 58.9 (+1.9) to ALP”

  12. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Mehdi Hasan – (sub for Chris Hayes)

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  13. It made the headlines n the New York Times. Did it ever get a mention here ? I guess the Rupertarium’s snouts had sniffed a strong whiff of death about the Morrison government by late last year.
    What a shameless hypocritical bunch of scumbags.

    Rupert Murdoch’s Australia News Outlets to Ease Their Climate Denial
    Published Sept. 6, 2021 Updated Oct. 26, 2021
    SYDNEY, Australia — After years of casting doubt on climate change and attacking politicians who favored corrective action, Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets in his native Australia are planning an editorial campaign next month advocating a carbon-neutral future……………As broadly outlined by News Corp executives, the project will include features and editorials across the company’s influential newspapers, along with Sky News, its 24-hour news channel. They will explore a path to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 — a target, set by dozens of countries, that scientific studies show is crucial to averting some of the most disastrous effects of global warming.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Voters have swung toward Labor to back its handling of more than a dozen major policy challenges ahead of the October 25 budget, with 36 per cent naming the party as best to handle the economy compared to 30 per cent who prefer the Coalition. Writing about the latest RPM data, David Crowe tells us that the support has lifted Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Labor to a strong lead in the electorate across issues ranging from the nation’s finances to foreign affairs and climate change, while the Coalition leads on national security by a fraction of a percentage point.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-leads-coalition-on-climate-change-economy-new-rpm-data-shows-20221010-p5booh.html
    Shane Wright reports that, before heading to Washington on Tuesday night for the autumn meeting of the IMF, Jim Chalmers says he is prepared to make last-minute changes to this month’s budget to avoid inflicting financial pain on the country as the International Monetary Fund warns the global economy is on the cusp of a recession.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/chalmers-warns-we-won-t-be-immune-as-world-teeters-on-brink-of-recession-20221011-p5bovq.html
    The heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank warned of a rising risk of a global recession as advanced economies slow and faster inflation forces the Federal Reserve to keep raising interest rates, adding to the debt pressures on developing nations. The IMF calculates that about one-third of the world economy will have at least two consecutive quarters of contraction this year and next, and that the lost output through 2026 will be $US4 trillion ($6.4 trillion).
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/6-4-trillion-hole-imf-world-bank-warn-of-global-recession-20221011-p5boql.html
    Chris Richardson hopes budget night will be filled with broken promises.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-hope-budget-night-will-be-filled-with-broken-promises-20221010-p5bon2.html
    John Lord hopes for a budget that will marry economics with the common good.
    https://theaimn.com/a-budget-that-will-marry-economics-with-the-common-good/
    The dilemma over stage e tax cuts is entirely of Labor’s creation. Its flirtation over the past week with amending the tax cuts and breaking its election promise only exposes the depth of Labor’s confusion. Labor cannot take political ownership of the tax cuts but cannot amend the tax cuts in its first budget. This is Labor’s self-created absurdity, says Paul Kelly.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/imperative-for-tax-reform-is-here-will-pm-meet-it/news-story/1e013e881d73cd32771d0f6278fb8be8
    Paul Bongiorno writes that the stage-three tax cuts spark a bigger question about trust in government. He says, “Albanese is right not to rush to break his promise, but he would be wrong not to re-evaluate it in light of what happens in the months ahead.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/10/11/paul-bongiorno-tax-cuts-trust/
    Michael Pascoe reckons the Coalition still hasn’t learned its integrity lesson.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/10/12/michael-pascoe-coalition-integrity-lesson/
    The AFR says that, while there was agreement at The Australian Financial Review Energy & Climate Summit that the energy transition has more momentum than ever, it is clear that households will pay through the nose for the Coalition government’s decade of policy bungling.
    https://www.afr.com/chanticleer/heavy-costs-of-botched-energy-transition-20221011-p5both
    How hard the big baseline buffers of large emitters are squeezed will be the symbolic and substantive signal of the government’s climate ambition says one of the designers of Australia’s scrapped carbon tax, explains former head of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Blair Comley.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/safeguard-mechanism-needs-teeth-to-take-bite-out-of-emissions-20221010-p5boos
    In the year since the government announced the AUKUS arrangements – especially that they involved Australia’s acquisition of a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines – the relevant communications on this centrepiece have veered from the boastful to the oracular. Ostensibly, they emanate from the inner sanctums of Defence and National Security, or those recently within them and should, therefore, be authoritative, coherent, and unambiguous, but they aren’t. Indeed, what is to hand is an unedifying spectacle of the pursuit of something unfeasible and internally contradicted which defies reconciliation, laments Michael McKinley.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-incoherent-narrative-of-the-aukus-nuclear-powered-attack-submarines-ssns/
    Paul Sakkal reports that the Victorian Liberal Party’s in-house lawyer has resigned, sending a damning email saying she could no longer work with the party’s campaign leadership team, who she accused of ignoring her legal advice that some of their decisions may have broken the law.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/liberals-top-lawyer-quits-over-party-s-legally-risky-decisions-20221011-p5bowh.html
    “After eight years of Andrews, are Victorians sick of the bloke?”, asks Shaun Carney.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/after-eight-years-of-andrews-are-victorians-sick-of-the-bloke-20221011-p5boxm.html
    Almost 200,000 people who spent years fighting to clear welfare debts they didn’t owe will have any active Centrelink investigations wiped. The federal government will scrap the cases of robo-debt victims still under review, with any potential debt no longer being pursued.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/robo-debt-cases-to-be-dropped-for-nearly-200-000-australians-20221012-p5bp14.html
    Geoff Chambers reports that former Victorian Supreme Court judge Paul Coghlan – who locked-up notorious gang bosses, serial killers and paedophiles in a 53-year legal career – has joined the Office of the Special Investigator, which is “progressing a significant number of investigations” into ­alleged war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in ­Afghanistan.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/war-crimes-probe-loads-up-with-top-guns/news-story/22ce1322d041d63fca3b858e8080b265
    According to Mike Foley and Nick Toscano, Australia’s large gas producers face price caps or export limits as pressure mounts on the federal government to fulfil its election promise to bring down energy costs and boost manufacturing, after Treasurer Jim Chalmers ruled out any new taxes or power bill subsidies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/chalm-offensive-treasurer-puts-gas-companies-on-notice-over-energy-prices-20221011-p5bow1.html
    James Massola writes that Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has declared “I will not be campaigning No” in the upcoming referendum over constitutional recognition and a Voice to Parliament for Indigenous Australians. And The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age can reveal Thorpe tweeted Senator Pauline Hanson asking for help to stop constitutional change in March 2017, three years before the Victorian senator entered federal parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-will-not-be-campaigning-no-thorpe-rejects-campaign-against-the-voice-20221011-p5bove.html
    A Michael West Media investigation revealed that FinTech companies in Australia are scraping and selling users’ sensitive banking data. The problem is more widespread than that, reports Callum Foote. Cybercrimes are at record levels. And banks are now no longer automatically repaying customers who have been defrauded. It’s time to read the fine print because there is another way that customers are being screwed over.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel-in-assault-on-privacy/
    David Stephens describes the small but significant metaphorical explosions have reverberated recently around the building that some Australians know as our most sacred site, the Australian War Memorial.
    https://johnmenadue.com/startling-events-at-the-australian-war-memorial/
    Key upper house crossbench MPs will support a “prompt” inquiry into Dominic Perrottet’s stamp duty reforms in a bid to allow a parliamentary vote before the election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/crossbench-mps-back-a-short-sharp-inquiry-into-perrottet-s-stamp-duty-reforms-20221011-p5boyq.html
    Anthony Whealy and Max Douglass write that, when it comes to money and politics, Australia is now an electoral straggler at the federal level. It has fallen significantly behind the states and other comparable advanced democracies. It maintains no caps on donations, an unsophisticated and ungainly public funding system, and, unlike many of the states and both territories, no caps on electoral expenditure.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/oct/11/political-spending-has-become-an-arms-race-in-australia-we-should-cap-it-for-democracys-sake
    In a well-written contribution, Dr Samantha Saling tells us why ‘invisible’ GPs are quitting in droves. Shae does not paint a pretty picture!
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/why-invisible-gps-are-quitting-in-droves-20221010-p5bonv.html
    To hold on to even a shred of authority, AGL chair Patricia McKenzie had little choice but to fight tech billionaire Michael Cannon-Brookes over the composition of the power giant’s board, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/agl-chairman-fires-up-to-avoid-becoming-cannon-brookes-fodder-20221011-p5bowz.html
    Campaigners are calling on the federal government to stop Santos from releasing untreated coal seam gas wastewater into a Queensland river that provides critical habitat to two species of threatened “bum-breathing” turtles. The oil and gas company has approval to dig an additional 6,100 gas wells near Roma, in the state’s south west.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/12/government-urged-to-reject-plan-to-release-csg-wastewater-near-bum-breathing-turtles-queensland-habitat
    After years of Coalition cruelty toward asylum seekers, it’s time for Australia to be progressive and show overdue compassion, writes Jane Salmon.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/hey-albo-it-is-time-to-fly-beyond-l-nps-immigration-mistakes,16852
    Putin has mastered the art of atrocity, but it won’t win him this war, declares Mick Ryan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/putin-has-mastered-the-art-of-atrocity-but-it-won-t-win-him-this-war-20221010-p5bop6.html
    Jenna Price lets fly at the danger to pedestrians no one cares about.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-danger-to-pedestrians-no-one-cares-about-20221010-p5bop1.html
    A spacecraft that ploughed into a small, harmless asteroid millions of kilometres away succeeded in shifting its orbit, NASA said yesterday in announcing the results of its save-the-world test. Before the impact, the moonlet took 11 hours and 55 minutes to circle its parent asteroid. Scientists had hoped to shave off 10 minutes but NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the impact altered the asteroid’s orbit by about 32 minutes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/nasa-asteroid-strike-successful-results-in-big-nudge-leaving-long-tail-of-debris-20221012-p5bp1d.html
    Commanding no loyalty, with no winning moves, Liz Truss is facing her endgame, says Henry Hill.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/10/liz-truss-loyalty-conservative-leader-endgame

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  15. On this day………………..

    1979 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams was published, after first airing as a BBC radio comedy on March 8, 1978

    • I read this when it was originally published and I still really enjoy reading Hitchhiker’s and the Dirk Gently Omnibus every few years.

    • I decided to read it again recently and discovered that the fourth book in the trilogy was missing so went looking to see if I could replace it, Local bookseller had an omnibus edition with all five books bound as one for pretty much the same cost as just “So long and thanks for all the fish”

      When the radio play first came out 2JJ played it in the evening, with a bit of fancy dial twiddling and thanks to atmospheric conditions it was possible to listen to it in Melbourne. It faded in and out a bit but was still pretty clear. Later in the evening and during the day 2JJ faded completely so it was real luck I guess.
      Speaking of radio stations and strange atmospheric conditions a mate and I decided to drive to Western Australia back in the days when the Nullarbor was a dirt road. 1969 or 1970.
      We were camped out at Wave Rock, dial twiddling looking for a local radio station to get a weather forecast when we struck a station just booming in. “This is the one, has top be local.” An enduring memory of that place is that we went for a walk to have a look around, sitting on the rock watching the sun go down, nobody around for miles, radio on in the car 100 metres away music drifting through the trees waiting to catch the all important weather and they play Roberta Flack, “The First time Ever I saw your face” Wow, every time I hear that song I am instantly back at Wave rock.
      Anyway, back to the story, we get back to the car and the News break comes on, station promo first, “You are listening to High Powered 3BA Ballarat” As a couple of Ballarat young bloods thousands of miles from home we absolutely cacked ourselves laughing.

    • I first heard the radio program at work. Someone would record it each week and play it for us at lunch time. I’m fairly sure they were getting it from some shortwave broadcast overseas . BBC ? Anyway, it was an instant hit at work , even the Chief Chemist came down to listen to it. It made for an instant purchase of the book when it came out 🙂
      A down side of listening to the radio series became apparent when the tv series came out. The voices I heard on the radio were for me THE ‘proper’ voices , the tv ones……… not so much. 🙂

  16. The answer is of course Stuart Robert, the oh-so-devout “Christian” and part-time pastor.

    As Amy explains further down that thread all assets worth more than $7,500 must be declared.

  17. friendlyjordies –

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    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  18. I was suddenly saddened to hear of the passing of Angela Lansbury this afternoon, when I was reminded that she voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast.

    This was a favourite film of my sister and I when we were young, and her singing and character was a lovely part of it.

    I’m not familiar with much of her other works unfortunately, but in this role, she meant a lot to us.

  19. Liz as lettuce 🙂

    Liz Truss is already a historical figure. However long she now lasts in office, she is set to be remembered as the prime minister whose grip on power was the shortest in British political history. Ms Truss entered Downing Street on September 6th. She blew up her own government with a package of unfunded tax cuts and energy-price guarantees on September 23rd. Take away the ten days of mourning after the death of the queen, and she had seven days in control. That is the shelf-life of a lettuce.

    https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/10/11/liz-truss-has-made-britain-a-riskier-bet-for-bond-investors

  20. Oh noes. NZ has gone ‘nuclear’ re Russian bans………………
    .
    Russian Embassy, NZ@rusembnz
    Russia government organization
    NZ banned imports of Russian vodka and caviar. What’s next? Matryoshkas, balalaikas and shapka-ushankas?
    #NewZealand #Russia #sanctions

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    This is an excellent contribution from Nick Bryant on the poor stock of leaders and potential leaders in the west.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/duds-in-charge-the-west-is-battling-a-political-talent-deficit-20221010-p5bona.html
    Australians must speak up, or the key issues will be overlooked, writes Chris Wallace who calls for journalists to widen the media lens beyond sports-style reporting of the latest political wedge to report substantively on what are considered unsexy issues like industry, innovation and science policy. Hear hear!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australians-must-speak-up-or-the-important-issues-will-be-overlooked-20221012-p5bp4r.html
    Spending cuts will form part of this month’s federal budget, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed, as the government comes under pressure to reduce expenditure to ease inflationary pressures across the economy. Shane Wright reports that Albanese said “risky” spending cuts would form a part of the October 25 budget that Treasurer Jim Chalmers admitted this week could be tweaked depending on the changing forecasts to the global economic outlook.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/risky-spending-cuts-on-budget-agenda-albanese-20221012-p5bp5f.html
    The bitter and twisted Peta Credlin writes that Jim Chalmers’ pre-budget kite-flying about scrapping the Morrison government’s legislated 2024 tax cuts is a clear giveaway that the Albanese government is more interested in spending taxpayers’ money than in handing any of it back.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/responsible-budget-dont-count-on-it/news-story/89b16bd5e8c9d6435a89fab042064d09
    As the IMF alarm bells ring, Australia is stuck between inflation and a looming global recession, says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/oct/13/as-imf-alarm-bells-ring-australia-is-stuck-between-inflation-and-a-looming-global-recession
    The Chinese government has aired its frustration with the slow progress in repairing its troubled relationship with Australia, setting out hopes for high-level talks with no preconditions to narrow differences on regional security, human rights and trade ties worth $245 billion. (Where’s a sarcasm emoji when you need one?)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-s-ambassador-frustrated-by-slow-progress-in-repairing-australia-relationship-20221012-p5bp4w.html
    Andrew Tillett and Aaron Patrick tell us that Deputy Opposition Leader Sussan Ley will launch the Liberal Party’s bid to win back disenchanted supporters in teal seats, accusing the newly elected MPs of being at odds with their constituents’ interests’ by running dead on preserving the stage three tax cuts. A flounce-a-thon it will be!
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/liberals-to-expose-teals-on-tax-cuts-in-plan-to-win-back-seats-20221012-p5bp9p
    David Crowe writes that a narrow majority of the electorate wants the nation’s new integrity watchdog to hold more public hearings to crack down on corruption, with only 27 per cent in favour of using open hearings when “exceptional circumstances” apply.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/voters-divided-on-party-lines-over-public-anti-corruption-hearings-poll-20221011-p5boxr.html
    Alexandra Smith says that a premier’s desperation is a crossbencher’s dream, especially as the clock ticks down on the final sitting days of this term of parliament. Minor parties want proof of their achievements to wave in front of voters and, in turn, the government will happily hand out sweeteners to win them over. Perrottet’s stamp duty legislation is one such example.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/premier-s-stamp-duty-desperation-a-crossbencher-s-dream-20221012-p5bp2x.html
    Former US treasury secretary Larry Summers warns that US interest rates may need to go higher than the market is expecting to tame inflation, which will almost inevitably mean putting the world’s largest economy into recession. On the UK he said, “It’s rare that I have seen so misguided a combination of policy and policy communications as the new Tory government delivered.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/former-us-treasury-chief-says-recession-almost-inevitable-blasts-uk-20221012-p5bp84.html
    Rents in Sydney have jumped about 14 per cent over the past year and tenant advocates warn the level of renter distress has shot up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/stupidly-expensive-sydney-rents-hit-record-highs-20221011-p5bouc.html
    And Melbourne tenants have been dealt another financial blow as house rents have soared to a record-high median of $470 a week, while unit rents are on course to reach a record before the end of the year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/property/news/very-challenging-melbourne-house-rents-break-records-for-fourth-quarter-in-a-row-20221011-p5bovc.html
    Christopher Knaus reports on the damning aged care audit revealing abuse and neglect of residents across Australia. There’s still a lot of work to do.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/12/damning-aged-care-audit-reveals-abuse-and-neglect-of-residents-across-australia
    Rogue employers avoided $4.3 billion in superannuation payments to 2.8 million Australians in 2019-2020, the most recent year that figures have been available. Over seven years, unpaid super has topped $33 billion. The Australian Taxation Office only recovers 15 per cent of that total, according to research from Industry Super Australia, explains Rod Meyer. (Do we need a company robodebt scheme?)
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/superannuation/2022/10/12/reform-for-super/
    Alan Kohler opines that working from home is a proletariat revolution.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/10/13/working-from-home-kohler/
    Mike Foley writes that power prices are set to keep rising to a point where market intervention against gas companies will become inevitable, an energy expert is warning, as one union official called the Labor government’s recent attempt to alleviate the gas crunch plaguing eastern Australia a “dud” deal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/politically-untenable-energy-prices-heap-pressure-on-labor-to-improve-gas-deal-20221012-p5bp7s.html
    The Guardian has a special feature on the astounding impact and reach of long Covid, in numbers and charts. Quite concerning, really.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/12/long-covid-coronavirus-data-symptoms-causes-studies
    Meanwhile, the companies operating the Ruby Princess cruise ship have rejected allegations they were responsible for the 2020 Covid outbreak that led to the deaths of 28 people. Charterer Carnival and shipowner Princess Cruise Lines are facing a class action in Australia’s federal court over the outbreak.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/12/covid-outbreak-on-ruby-princess-not-an-accident-and-cruise-should-never-have-sailed-court-told
    Any new submarine for defending Australia should be built around our experience. Our needs are idiosyncratic. The Defence Strategic Review should find that Australia’s defence interests would be served only by a new submarine designed for Australia’s peculiar northern waters. If we cannot have submarines designed for our conditions, the platform should be removed from our force structure, urges Mike Gilligan.
    https://johnmenadue.com/defence-strategic-review-aukus-chose-the-wrong-submarine-for-australian-needs/
    The government’s human services department is in desperate need of reform after struggling to assist a nation in crisis, writes Fi Peel. The gift of the new Labor Government appears to be a driving desire to right the wrongs. From the Climate Change Bill to appointing a Minister for Mental Health to fixing our National Disability Insurance Scheme there is now a flurry of activity within the hallowed halls of the House.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/services-australia-the-department-of-inhuman-services,16857
    Australia will sign up to US President Joe Biden’s global pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent over the decade but farmers are likely to be spared any legislated enforcement measures similar to New Zealand’s “burp tax”. Multiple sources close to discussions between the government and industry say an announcement to commit to the global methane pledge is imminent, possibly as early as next week.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/methane-emissions-pledge-a-blow-for-farmers/news-story/a3060fd2356b7c9dd122742f8a8057e4
    Telstra’s shareholders approved a corporate restructure this week that could radically transform the telco and lead to a potential windfall for its investors, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/telstra-s-shareholders-have-cleared-the-way-for-its-big-bang-moment-20221012-p5bp2n.html
    With 75 players launching a class action against the Rugby Football League, a similar storm must be on the way in Australia, predicts Peter FitzSimons.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/legal-storm-brewing-for-nrl-over-concussions-after-uk-action-20221012-p5bp4i.html
    John Foley writes that the Thorburn/Essendon controversy demonstrates once again how issues with a religious-cultural component, like sexuality, now polarise our society most deeply and are the most difficult for politics to resolve harmoniously. The promise by the Labor government to legislate for freedom of religion before the end of its first term will turn out to be another big hurdle to jump.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7938355/is-it-possible-to-have-freedom-of-religion-and-social-inclusion/?cs=14264
    The SMH editorial says that Australia must step up its effort to help end war in Ukraine.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/australia-must-step-up-its-effort-to-help-end-war-in-ukraine-20221012-p5bp4k.html
    Despite the brutal crackdown in Iran that has killed more than 150 people and resulted in the arrest of thousands, including intellectuals, artists, bloggers, and even soccer players, with constant threats from the government, still people are joining the ranks of protesters. Their voices are being heard, gathering more support for the uprising, writes Saeb Karimi.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/iranian-protesters-defy-crackdown-as-supporters-and-demands-increase-20221012-p5bp7r.html
    Women-led protests in Iran gather momentum – but will they be enough to bring about change, asks Tony Walker.
    https://theconversation.com/women-led-protests-in-iran-gather-momentum-but-will-they-be-enough-to-bring-about-change-192165
    Rafeal Behr tells us about populist rhetoric without the popularity – Truss’s guaranteed recipe for failure.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/12/liz-truss-populist-brexit-mandate-economic
    More than half of Democrat-leaning voters say abortion has become a crucial motivation for them to vote in next month’s US midterm elections, according to a recent poll. A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted in September reveals that June’s supreme court decision to overturn Roe v Wade has put a fire under Democratic voters, with more than half claiming they are more motivated to vote than in previous elections, and 50% of those citing as their prime reason the ruling on abortion.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/12/abortion-midterm-voter-turnout-democrats-poll
    Carrie Felner provides us with today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”, writing that the NSW corruption watchdog has found former assistant tax commissioner Nick Petroulias engaged in corrupt conduct by masterminding bogus property deals to sell off more than $12 million worth of Aboriginal land near Newcastle and stole the identity of a dead person to conceal his involvement in the transactions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/former-tax-man-petroulias-found-corrupt-by-icac-over-deal-with-a-dead-man-20221012-p5bp72.html

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  22. The MSM and the ABC are still protecting the Libs, still acting as though they are in government and still reporting every word Dutton utters as if he were PM while still Labor gets ignored.

  23. Paul Keating does it again – says exactly what I’ve been thinking for ages, especially about Australia’s slavish devotion to the US. Ignore the clickbait headline, there is much more to this article.

    Paul Keating speculates King Charles could renounce UK’s claim on Australia

    Keating contended it was against Australia’s national interest to tie itself to the US in Asia when the US had “no idea what to do with itself in Asia”.

    “Australia has a very poor idea of itself now,” Keating said. “Its head of state is the monarch of another country, its strategic sovereignty is being outsourced to another state, a North Atlantic state, the United States. It doesn’t know what it is or what it should be.”

    Keating said the US was “not interested in thinking allies”, they wanted “dummies as allies”. He characterised the Quad – a security partnership between the US, Japan, India and Australia to counter China’s rising aggression in the region – as “a piece of strategic nonsense”.

    He said if persistent tensions over Taiwan escalated to a full military confrontation, Australia should stay out of it. “Taiwan is not a vital Australian interest,” Keating said. “We should be no more interested in the political system of Taiwan that the political system of Vietnam, or Kazakhstan.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/13/paul-keating-speculates-king-charles-could-renounce-uks-claim-on-australia

  24. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Chris Hayes –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  25. Labor Says “F#*K Off We’re Full” to Medevac Refugees, After a Decade of Torture.

    According to Salmon, who’s a member of multiple asylum seeker rights groups, the refugee sector is judging the current government on its actions, not its promises. And current Labor MPs will all be dropping like Keneallys if “they further harm our refugee friends.

    “I can promise Albanese that if he behaves like Morrison, he will be treated like Morrison,” she underscored. And the same might be said for O’Neil chucking a Dutton.

    https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/labor-says-fk-off-were-full-to-medevac-refugees-after-a-decade-of-torture/

  26. A message from BK, found over the road –

    “Sorry, but I’m not in a position to pull together a Dawn Patrol this morning. I’m quite OK and will be back on duty tomorrow morning.”

  27. And “On this Day” , a good one for the Scots and a bad one for the Anglo-Saxons……..
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    In 1066 the Battle of Hastings was fought at Senlac Hill (East Sussex), with William the Conqueror defeating the forces of Harold II, the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England;
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    1322 the Scottish forces of Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II’s army at the Battle of Byland in Yorkshire;

  28. I’m having internet connection issues atm so this is all I got –

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

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