The Democrats, who have spent the latter half of this year loudly blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for everything from the DNC leaks to Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Arrested Development’s mediocre fourth season, have all of a sudden transformed from a mob of screaming, frenzied Joseph McCarthys into a bunch of tender-hearted grandmotherly diplomats now that Donald Trump has broken with executive tradition and accepted a phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
Why is such a phone call so outrageous, you may ask? Why, because that might offend the Chinese, and we can’t just go around offending the leaders of large, powerful Asiatic nations now, can we? The very idea!
Type the word “Taiwan” into Google and then click News and you’ll see what I mean; article after article, editorial after editorial about “China’s wrath” and what a colossal “gaffe” and “blunder” it was for Trump to have a ten-minute phone call with the leader of a… well it wouldn’t be diplomatic to call them an ally, so let’s just call Taiwan a nation that the United States currently sells weapons to, trades prolifically with, and would definitely defend if it were attacked or invaded. Let’s call it a schmalliance, to avoid offending China. Yeah. Taiwan is a major longtime schmally that America would never dream of communicating with, until that crazy political neophyte Donald Trump picked up the phone instead of letting it go to voicemail.
My favorite bit about this was Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald’s series of indignant tweets at Trump, angrily explaining what an incompetent political oaf the president elect is for not honoring the “USA’s One-China policy dating back to Nixon.” The reason that particular Twitter rant delights me so much is because this is the same guy who recently stayed up all night making dozens of rambling, repetitive tweets accusing WikiLeaks of having published documents that were doctored by Russia, based on literally zero evidence whatsoever. Get this god of journalistic integrity into your State Department pronto, Donald!
The Government is backing away from its commitment to establish a banking tribunal, insisting it was only talking about a "small 't' tribunal" when it floated the idea in October.
Now a report has recommended the Government establish a new ombudsman to replace the two financial services ombudsmen that already exist.
In October Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said "what we are working towards is having one tribunal that deals with consumer complaints in a cost-effective and speedy way".
Financial Services Minister Kelly O'Dwyer told The World Today: "When the Prime Minister was talking about a 'tribunal' he was talking about a small 't' tribunal, which was a catchall for having a one-stop consumer complaints stop."
She explained the difference between a "big t" and "little t" tribunal.
"One is far more legalistic, which means it is probably less consumer friendly and that is a 'big t' tribunal," Ms O'Dwyer said.
"That makes it more difficult for consumers to engage, which is what the report has found."
Ms O'Dwyer denied a move toward establishing an ombudsman was inconsistent with Mr Turnbull's undertaking in October.
There used to be two of them... now there is only one... to do twice as much investigation...
Michelle Guthrie has hired Jim Rudder, a veteran consultant to Rupert Murdoch’s global pay-TV company, Sky, to help restructure the ABC.
A former product executive at Foxtel in Sydney, Rudder has spent most of his career working for Sky. The Australian journalist has consulted for Sky operations in the UK, Germany, Italy, the US and Australia. He also spent a year as news director for Channel Nine in 2003.
Along with the “business transformation expert” Debra Frances, Rudder was brought in on a short-term contract in November “to assist the Executive in delivering our 2020 strategic objectives”, Guthrie told her executive team in an email.
Meanwhile ABC programs bleed to death from lack of cash...
The SMH promises us that Donald talking to the Taiwanese was a brilliant move...
meanwhile others aren't so sure:
China must prepare to strike back against Donald Trump’s reckless “tantrums”, a Communist party-controlled tabloid has warned, as a series of snubs to Beijing from the US president-elect continued to generate diplomatic aftershocks.
Trump’s decision to hold a protocol-trampling conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen last Friday and his subsequent Twitter attacks on Chinahave caused consternation in Beijing.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott scrapped Labor's carbon tax in 2014.
Mr Turnbull said he had never supported a carbon tax.
"There are many distinguished members of the Coalition parties who have supported a carbon tax over the past — I've never done," he said.
Mr Joyce told the ABC's 7.30 program the Government did not support a carbon tax, saying they had "said that quite clearly".
"They can investigate possibilities, we're honouring our commitments, we're going to meet our commitments to the Paris protocol — in fact we're going to outdo it," he said.
"I can only tell you what the position of the Coalition is now, and I can tell you what the position of the National Party is now, we don't support a carbon tax."
Conservative senator Cory Bernardi went even further in his rhetoric and said debating the issue was only going to "cause division".
Tony Abbott has slammed the Turnbull government for reportedly killing off his pet project, the Green Army, saying he is “dismayed” by such a move.
In a direct attack on Malcolm Turnbull, the former prime minister also declared that abolishing the environmental program would “hardly be a smart move for a centre right government”.
As recently as last month Mr Abbott praised the Prime Minister for adopting a “much more orthodox centre right” leadership approach.
“I’m dismayed by reports the Green Army may be scrapped,” Mr Abbott wrote on Facebook.
“Not only has it been good for grassroots conservation but it got unemployed people working too. It’s a bad principle to axe your own policy for the Greens policy because it means that their priorities are more important than ours.”
What this does not tell you is that Abbott was in favour of cutting old growth forest down... And that he once supported a carbon tax. See toon at top.
Uncle Rupe has a few scores to settle with the Chinese... What better to do it through his favourite creation: Le Donald... You know what I mean...
The saddest part in winning the Conman Award 2017 is that Malcolm himself, me, moi, I, has conned himself, me, moi, I to believe that he is worth two rabbit's farts.
Today in the SMH, there is a letter by a certain Elisabeth Goodsall of Wahroonga (a super rich suburb of Sydney — a better rich cith in rich Australia) who tells us the NDIS (national disability insurance scheme set up by Julia Gillard) is failing and is due to Julia Gillard and her Labor party...
Well Ms Goodsall, the NDIS was planned by Julia but the implemetation was done by the rabid conservatives of which I believe you are a voice for. Before the election of the liar Tony Abbott, he promised all sorts of things including preserving the ABC budget and protecting the NDIS, education, etc. We all know what he did to everything with a stick up their bum, including the NDIS. If you want to blame someone for something not working like a Royal Charitable Enterprise, please blame Tony Abbott — even blame him for having had to be removed because he was so bad — and had to be replaced by Mr Conman Blancmange who does not know where's up and down, but is trying his best to con us like he conned himself.
The witch hunt for “fake news” and “Russian propaganda” has been kicked up a notch, after the House passed a bill quietly tucked inside the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, designed to crack down on free speech and independent media.Under "Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries,” the bill seeks to "counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
It lists media manipulation as:
Establishment or funding of a front group.
Disinformation and forgeries.
Funding agents of influence.
Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
“It is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called ‘fake news’ websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration,” Global Research reported. The frightening attack on speech and independent media was opposed by only 30 members of the House, including Tulsi Gabbard, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash — who stated that he fought against it.Read more: https://sputniknews.com/us/201612051048198226-us-lawmakers-fake-news-criminalization/
Whether it knows or not, THE MMMM IS AN AGENT OF PROPAGANDA, manipulations, disinformation, government forgeries, etc. All the commentariat that passes as news will be hit between the shoulder blades, but fear not, as long as you spruik the Big Brother porkies, your news outlet is safe... See toon at top.
The only MMMM that knows it is propaganda-ing is Uncle-Rupe's outlets for profit and maintenance of the elite at the top of the food chain. This meant supportting Donald in various discreet ways.
Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China's Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.
During the negotiation, Guan noted China’s consistent diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing is now seeking closer military ties with Damascus.
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