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Corporate Compromise Candidate: The Rise of Elizabeth Warren

July 23, 2019 - 11:19 -- Admin

A couple of items from the establishment media in the last few days have led to the suggestion in the title. Senator Warren appears to be the ‘left-extreme’ among the Democratic candidates. This is a highly relative term given how far to the right the American establishment is. I define ‘left-extreme’ as follows: she is…

WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Decoding the National Security Commentariat

July 22, 2019 - 20:30 -- Admin

The Fourth Estate, that historical unelected grouping of society’s scrutineers, has become something of a rabble, and, as a confederacy of strewn dunces and the ongoing compromised, is ripe for analysis. An essential premise in the work of WikiLeaks was demonstrating, to a good, stone-throwing degree, how media figures and practitioners had been bought by…

There is also a drought of compassion

July 22, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

1) You would be a touch inhumane if you didn’t think the drought wasn’t having a calamitous effect on individuals, families and towns throughout this blond Australian landscape. You would be even more merciless if in the scheme of things you turned your back on a politically bipartisan approach to helping those on sunburnt properties…

How good are jobs? How wrong is Morrison and his government?

July 22, 2019 - 01:23 -- Admin

How good are jobs? Only ScoMo, “Ya Radge Orange Barmpot’s” number one fan-boy Down Under could find something to crow about in Wednesday’s dismal ABS June Labour Force statistics showing jobs and hours worked are down. Yet statistics, fail to reveal the realities of wage theft, wage slavery, bullying and other types of coercion and…

Yes Barnaby, you were wrong

July 21, 2019 - 15:01 -- Admin

Barnaby Joyce seems to be trying very hard lately to find someone to be popular with. First, he tried for the climate change deniers by penning a ridiculous piece that he thought would attract attention.  It didn’t. Then he called for an increase in Newstart for people in regional areas, something he was not interested…

The 46th parliament: A “lot of smoke but little roast” (Part 2 of 2)

July 21, 2019 - 13:15 -- Admin

By Outsider   Link to Part 1 The Statement from the Heart calls for a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between government and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Statement movingly closes with a reference to the 1967 referendum which brought…

Lunar Narratives: Landing on the Moon, Politics and the Cold War

July 21, 2019 - 12:15 -- Admin

Anniversaries are occasions to distort records. The intoxicated recounting of the past faces a record in need of correction. Couples long married hide their differences before guests. Creases are covered; the make-up is applied generously. Defects become virtues, if, indeed they were ever there to begin with.  In historical commemoration, the same is true. The…