Sunday 26th of March 2017

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by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-03-26 06:13

In his exclusive think piece for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook, James O'Neill, an Australian-based Barrister at Law, pointed to mainstream media's double standards on covering events related to fighting in Syria's Aleppo and Iraq's Mosul.

 

In particular, this biased approach was seen in mainstream media covering "liberation of Aleppo by Syrian and Russian forces and the ongoing battle for the liberation of Mosul by 'coalition' (i.e. US) forces in northern Iraq," according to O'Neill.

The author emphasizes that it is impossible to liberate a large populated area captured by terrorists without losses from the local population.

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201703251051961606-aleppo-mosul-mainstream-media-double-standards/

by Gus Leonisky on Sun, 2017-03-26 06:04

On 17 March, disendorsed candidate Dane Sorenson, a man who calls a spade a fucking shovel, sent his own missive to "the team". He titled it ‘a look back’.

Dane summed things up, addressing Aidan Nagle in particular,

We, the shabby remnants of a shambolic and stupidly conducted amateur attempt of a campaign, run by self proclaimed experts and one child protege who was promoted as a stellar tech wiz kid who both Labor AND Liberal would have given undisclosed riches, if only they could have him on THEIR team, well - we would, in retrospect, happily have seen all of the Eastern States “support” team campaign for either of the major parties. Actually, they might have helped the Liberals - they did marginally better than PHON …… just.

Pauline, ever the delusional leader she is, went from condemning all and sundry for a disastrous result and appointing blame in a scatter gun way to claiming two MLC’s as an earth shattering success.

Well, for one of them it WAS an earth shattering success - the duplicity and underhandedness involved in securing his seat is breathtaking if for nothing else then for it’s total disregard for EVERY other member of the party.

You can not even say you were unaware or even that no one warned you, but very few of you even comprehended the breath of the deceit and self interest involved.

Dane then describes the upshot of PHON’s farcical preference deal with the Libs, before going on to say,

What I would like to see us all take away from this is the utter conviction that we were absolutely duped and used - certainly by one James Ashby but sadly, it appears, also by the lady herself.

This is the person who demanded that it is “My party and you’ll do as I say” - as such, the owner of the party must take responsibility for what she allowed and/or directed to happen.

James was not happy:

Wow, you’ve surprised me with such eloquent words Dane, unlike the multiple foul mouthed calls, where words like ‘cunt and fuck’ spewed from your vile mouth.

Don’t ever contact me again you self righteous, deranged man.

James Ashby

Aidan chipped in:

I concur

It really is a piece that you should be submitting for consideration to get published. You are quite coherent when every second word is not, "fucking shit cunt officers",  "fuckstain higher ups", or "cunting niggers" as you have said before verbally to many members of PHON staff. Good luck with your future endeavours but as a disendorsed candidate any input into PHON operations is not appreciated nor requested.

Dane shot back:

Hello Aidan,

Well, you seem to have a limited sense of reality my boy.

I’d take this opportunity to point out you are yet again lying - I did not verbally abuse “many” members of PHON - just yourself and James - and to portray otherwise is dishonest.

I was not aware Pauline was on the phone when James called and never intended to use that language in front of her - James rang, did not disclose Pauline was on the line, so the responsibility for her being exposed to my tirade is squarely with him. To be fair, Pauline should have declared herself.

If you’d like to discus matters further - I’m actually in Brisbane for a few days and would love to opportunity to have a meaningful face to face with both yourself and James. 

My Best Regards

Dane Sorensen

Meaningful.

A couple of days later, on 19 March, disendorsed candidate Sandy Baraiolo wrote to her would-be colleagues:

The election is over, my positive thoughts have been with you all, sadly we were never given any clear written directions nor any real help from PHON. It’s my personal belief candidates were placed in as many seats as possible for monetary gain for the party only. What the party did to Brain Brightman was abhorrent it’s my belief they had no intention to run him as a candidate just use him for political gain. It now appears PHON were only concerned with Upper house seats and then a certain candidate was given preferential treatment over and above everyone else, favoritism and nepotism, how are you today Colin? How was this fair to all candidates who have spent money when the real prospect of them winning was very poor? Please know I am a phone call away if you need to chat.

Sandy then addressed James directly:

You James should be ashamed, you're nothing more than a bully and this is not a good trait in a person you spew vitriol at any one who cares to stand up to you. I have been on the end of your tirade a few times. Just remember many a person has been taken down by the written word, I did absolutely nothing wrong and you became a monster to me.

 

read more:


https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/one-nation-candidates-vent-outrage-about-wa-ashby-nagle-and-hanson,10144

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 15:52

 

Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.

Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump’s tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.

The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, “unmasked” their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.

If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

Comey readily confirmed there was no evidence to back up the Trump tweet. But when it came to electronic surveillance of Trump and his campaign, Comey, somehow, could not comment on that.

Which raises the question: what is the real scandal here?

Is it that Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s emails and handed them off to WikiLeaks? We have heard that since June.

Is it that Trump officials may have colluded with the Russians?

But former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-CIA Director Mike Morrell have both said they saw no evidence of this.

This March, Sen. Chris Coons walked back his stunning declaration about transcripts showing a Russia-Trump collusion, confessing, “I have no hard evidence of collusion.”

But if Clapper and Morrell saw no Russia-Trump collusion, what were they looking at during all those months to make them so conclude?

Was it “FBI transcripts,” as Senator Coons blurted out?

If so, who intercepted and transcribed the conversations? If it was intel agencies engaged in surveillance, who authorized that? How extensive was it? Against whom? Is it still going on?

And if today, after eight months, the intel agencies cannot tell us whether or not any member of the Trump team colluded with the Russians, what does that say of their competence?

The real scandal, which the media regard as a diversion from the primary target, Trump, is that a Deep State conspiracy to bring down his presidency seems to have been put in place by Obamaites, and perhaps approved by Obama himself.

Consider. On January 12, David Ignatius of the Washington Post wrote,

“According to a senior U.S. government official, (Gen. Michael) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials … What did Flynn say?”

Now, on December 29, Flynn, national security adviser-designate, was not only doing his job calling the ambassador, he was a private citizen.

Why was he unmasked by U.S. intelligence?

Read more:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/an-obama-plot-against-trump/

 

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 15:44

Winner: Jacqui Lambie

Fran Kelly: Lambie came out strongly and said the Government's welfare changes are cruel and unfair, and she really spoke from the heart.

There was clear emotion in her voice as she recalled her own experiences about relying on these kind of entitlements.

She accused Pauline Hanson of being out of touch with the battlers, and I think she really showed empathy that comes from real life experience.

 

Read more:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-24/sussan-ley-18c-jacqui-lambie-federal-politics-winners-and-losers/8380926

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 15:29

 

Amidst WikiLeaks’ revelations about the CIA’s capabilities to hack into Apple products is DarkSeaSkies – a tool used to monitor and control MacBook Air that’s physically installed by a CIA agent or asset in “less than 29 seconds.”

READ MORE: Apple’s achilles heel: CIA hacks MacBook computers with ‘Sonic Screwdriver’

DarkSeaSkies is a tool that runs in the background of a MacBook Air to allow the CIA command and control laptops. It is delivered via “supply chain intercept or a gift to the target.”

It’s loaded onto a MacBook via booting through a thumb drive. The CIA’s user document explains: “It is assumed that an operator or asset has one-time physical access to the target system and can boot the target system to an external flash drive.”

A 2009 “user requirements” document on DarkSeaSkies explains it was created to allow the CIA to access a MacBook Air.

The CIA’s COG [Computer Operations Group] had a “time-sensitive operational need” to install the Nightskies tool onto a MacBook Air, as the CIA had an “opportunity to gift a MacBook Air to a target that will be implanted with this tool.” It’s unknown who this target was.

 

read more:

https://www.rt.com/viral/382095-darkseaskies-cia-mackbook-darkmatter/

 

At this stage, there is nothing more I can do. I correspond with various people with four different Mac computers. Sounds like an overkill, but one cannot be too careful. Four different email addresses and two old computers that have reached their updated level of incompetence. So ancient they are untouchable. None of my computers are linked into a network. And I have no secrets worth the secrecy... So bugger off... Anyway, I will rely on the CIA to open my computer should I become dotty and forget my passwords...

I am working on a new security encoding which involves several horizontal lines the number of which is the same number as the number of characters in each lines -- forming a square, but the key to open SESAME is to highlight a vertical up or down match of characters, or a diagonal at any of the levels -- or BOTH. All I need now is to remember the key to these keys. Geez...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 15:02

If the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is shut down in Russia, the country’s banking system will not crash, according to Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina. Russia has a substitute.

There were threats that we can be disconnected from SWIFT. We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative," Nabiullina said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

She also added that 90 percent of ATMs in Russia are ready to accept the Mir payment system, a domestic version of Visa and MasterCard.

Izvestia daily reported that as of January 2016, 330 Russian banks had been connected to the SWIFT alternative, the system for transfer of financial messages (SPFS).

In 2014 and 2015, when the crisis in relations between Russia and the West were at their peak over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, some Western politicians urged disconnecting Russia from SWIFT.

In November 2015, Nabiullina said the SPFS was close to being completed.

The central bank’s website says the system was established “as an alternative channel for interbank cooperation with the aim of ensuring the guaranteed and uninterrupted provision of services for the transmission of electronic messages on financial transactions.”

At present, the system has some drawbacks. It doesn’t work from 9pm to 5am Moscow time and costs up to five cents per wire transfer, which is regarded expensive.

read more:

https://www.rt.com/business/382017-russia-swift-central-bank/

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 13:31

Electronic trading, sometimes called etrading, is a method of trading securities (such as stocks, and bonds), foreign exchange or financial derivatives electronically. Information technology is used to bring together buyers and sellers through an electronic trading platform and network to create virtual market places. They can include various exchange-based systems, such as NASDAQNYSE Arca and Globex, as well as other types of trading platforms, such as electronic communication networks (ECNs), alternative trading systems, crossing networks and "dark pools".[1][2] Electronic trading is rapidly replacing human trading in global securities markets. Electronic trading is in contrast to older floor trading and phone trading and has a number of advantages, but glitches and cancelled trades do still occur.[3]

Read more and send money to Wikipedia on my behalf:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_trading


by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 13:13

This is the cartoon I had in mind when starting the toon at top... But I thought it was  a bit over the top... who knows...

billtoo

  1. Cartoonist Bill Leak. - Conversations - ABC Radio

    23 Mar 2017

    Cartoonist Bill Leak drawing a cartoon at his home (2008).

    www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/7774500

  2. Remembering Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian - Drive - ABC Radio

    23 Mar 2017

    Rebellious, hilarious, politically incorrect and enormously skilled - cartoonists Lindsay Foyle and Warren Brown remember Bill Leak

    www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/drive/bill-leak/8344534

  3. PM - Remembering Bill Leak: from cartoonist to free speech evangelist 10/03/2017

    10 Mar 2017

    Bill Leak seldom did anything by halves The cartoonist raconteur portrait painter writer and controversial free speech absolutist died of a heart attack today aged 61 In the last few years his w

    www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4634053.htm

  4. Lateline - 10/03/2017: Interview: Bill Leak

    10 Mar 2017

    The Australians Bill Leak has been hailed as the master of political cartooning Following his death from a suspected heart attack we replay highlights from his last interview with Latelines Emma A

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-18/vale-bill-leak-by-christopher-sheil/8364084

     

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-03-24 05:34

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday reiterated his call for an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, comparing the current situation to the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when his initial requests for an independent commission eventually gained steam.

"Back after 9/11, Sen. [Joe] Lieberman and I said we ought to have a select commission, and nobody wanted it, and then eventually it happened," McCain told reporters in the Capitol. "The pressure will grow, particularly in light of the events of the last 24 hours."

McCain was referring to the actions of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who drew criticism Wednesday for telling the press and President Donald Trump that the intelligence community may have picked up communications by Trump and his aides during the transition. Nunes did so without consulting his colleagues on the committee, and he may have disclosed classified information. Nunes' actions, McCain said, are "another reason for a select committee."

Nunes apologized to his colleagues on Thursday. But criticism continued to mount, including from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russian interference. "Not telling his members and briefing the president does not meet my definition of doing textbook, bipartisan oversight," Wyden told reporters in the Capitol.

read more:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/mccain-says-pressure-independent-trump-russia-commission-growing

 

Let's shout again here a million times from the rooftops that Donald's victory in the US Presidential elections had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RUSSIANS. It was Hillary's bad campaign management, Uncle Rupe's clever game and the deluded Christians who got him across the line. That Donald's team spoke with the Ruskies or not during the campaign is irrelevant. To see Mother Jones get in bed with that loony McCain is mind-boggling... McCain is in favour of war with the Russians. He will say anything to promote this silly DANGEROUS desire. Here Mother Jones is using McCain to get rid of Trump, to promote the cause of their scorned defeated woman, but this shows that Mother Jones soul is darker than black.

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2017-03-23 19:12

 

We’re allowing a mindset of “anything Trump does is wrong”—coupled with lightning-speed historical revisionism for the Obama era—to sustain the same mistakes in the war on terror that have continued to fuel radical Islam. But there may be a window of opportunity to turn the anti-Trump rhetoric into a review of the failed policies of the last decade and a half.

A recent example of “anything Trump does is wrong” has to do with the president changing the rules for drone-kill decision making. In May 2013 President Obama self-imposed a dual standard (known as the “playbook”) for remote killing. The White House, including Obama himself reviewing a kill list at regular meetings, would decide which individuals outside of the “traditional war zones” of Iraq and Afghanistan would be targeted.

Meanwhile, in America’s post-9/11 traditional war zones, military commanders then made, and now make, the kill decisions without civilian review, with the threshold for “acceptable civilian casualties” supposedly less strict. Because the president is supposed to make his decisions with more regard than the military for civilian deaths (though there are no statistics to support that this has been the outcome), the process represented, in the words of the New York Times, “restraint.” Other supporters refer to the president’s role as oversight.

There has been a change. In mid-March, Trump granted a Pentagon request to designate certain zones inside Yemen as “areas of active hostilities.” Trump is expected to approve the same new policy for parts of Somalia.

Read more:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/does-it-matter-who-pulls-the-trigger-in-the-drone-wars/

 

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