Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

playing rollovers .....

playing rollovers .....

We're such a feeble nation that Murdoch was bound to triumph .... if he gets BSkyB, it will be a victory for monopoly capitalism.

a farce led by abbott...

GADDAFIX

Greens MP Adam Bandt believes Federal Parliament is running the risk of descending into farce due to the Opposition repeatedly cutting short Question Time.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott brought the session to a halt four times this week in an attempt to censure Prime Minister Julia Gillard over her proposed carbon tax.

Each day the interruption was timed so Mr Abbott's criticism of the tax was broadcast live on ABC1 television during the scheduled Question Time broadcast.

By the time Ms Gillard rose to reply, however, the ABC had switched, as scheduled, to Play School.

why?......

y-frontman

 

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has persisted with his strategy to censure the Government in Question Time over its proposed introduction of a carbon tax.

The combative session saw one MP expelled, several warned and Speaker Harry Jenkins forced to his feet in frustration.

For the fourth straight day the censure motion was unsuccessful, but it allowed Mr Abbott and the Opposition to maintain its attack on the Government's carbon scheme.

Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says the Coalition will keep putting forward the motion until "the Australian people can get some answers".

le conservatism at the barricades...

 

libpoliciesUS

 

Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan says he is "appalled" after an Opposition MP compared Prime Minister Julia Gillard to embattled Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi.

As part of the heated carbon tax debate, Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella said Ms Gillard was as "deluded" as Mr Gaddafi, whose sanity has been questioned in recent days.

"If Ms Gillard believes Australians want to pay higher electricity and higher petrol prices, she is as deluded as Colonel 'my people love me' Gaddafi," she said.

from the world of strangelove .....

from the world of strangelove .....

The next generation of body scanners to be rolled out in airports will literally be able to see inside the human body, as security personnel gear up to trial machines that use deep penetrating radiation, the same kind hospitals use to examine internal organs and bones.

the noise before defeat .....

the noise before defeat .....

Julie Bishop: deputy opposition leader, Orientalist, tactician. The Prime Minister has accused her of being able to bend spoons with her famous glare, but her talents extend further.

During yesterday's party room meeting, Bishop urged her Coalition colleagues to adopt the battle methods of Sun Tzu, the famous military tactician and author of the ancient tome The Art of War.

''Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory,'' she told the joint party room. ''Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.''

vandal at work .....

vandal at work .....

Tony Abbott has sharpened the political choice by promising he would repeal a carbon tax. But it is a strategy with risks and costs.

It means that if the tax starts mid-next year, businesses won't know for about a year after that (assuming the Parliament runs full term) whether they have to live with the tax permanently.

Yet what business wants from politicians on both sides is certainty. With the prospect of the tax being rescinded, some businesses may delay investment decisions and the doubt could pay havoc with risk premiums.

special privileges .....

special privileges .....

Why is it acceptable for Australians to donate money (and receive tax deductions) to illegal settlements in the West Bank but the Australian government isn't able to openly provide aid to citizens living under the rule of Hamas and Hizbollah?

The corruption of international aid by politics.

Here's an interesting report on PressTV.

PressTV Interview on Australian aid to the Middle East

in a word .....

in a word .....

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi, whose new piece in Rolling Stone outlines the complete lack of accountability for Wall Street crooks, tells Democracy Now!,

the dark side of the moon .....

the dark side of the moon .....

As politicians are asking ordinary Americans to sacrifice their education, their health, their labor rights, and their wellbeing to tackle budget deficits, some of the world's richest multinational corporations are getting away with shirking their responsibility and paying nothing. ThinkProgress has assembled a short but far from comprehensive list of these tax dodgers - corporations which have rigged the tax system to their advantage so they can reap huge profits and avoid paying taxes:

screen gems .....

screen gems .....

Silvio Berlusconi is an internationally renowned figure, but not for his good reputation as an upright and respectable statesman, rather as a notorious man who can be called one of the most corrupt politicians of the world in all terms.

An unflappable and defiant politician who has accumulated a collection of criminal charges for which he hasn't been held accountable so far, Berlusconi is approaching the first stages of punishment for several crimes he committed during his three terms of premiership in Italy.

bloodletting...

gaddafladen

As Regimes Fall in Arab World, Al Qaeda Sees History Fly By


By SCOTT SHANE


letter to prue

tops

An open letter to Prue McSween from Gus Leonisky

Dear Prue
It's time we had a little chat, head to head...

whinge, whinge, say no more...

abbottcarbon


Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says the announcement is a betrayal of trust for the Australian people.

"This represents a fundamental breach of an election promise that the Prime Minister gave solemnly to the Australian people on the eve of the last election," she said.

"She said there would be no carbon price, no carbon tax under any government that she led.

"She has broken the trust the Australian people put in her at the last election.

"It's another example of the Labor Party being in government, but the Greens being in power."

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