Wednesday 21st of August 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 18:28

Australia will send a warship, surveillance aircraft and Defence Force personnel to the Persian Gulf to join an international effort to combat Iran's actions in the Strait of Hormuz.

Key points:

  • The US States is leading military efforts to protect shipping routes in the Persian Gulf
  • Australia has spent weeks deciding to join
  • Scott Morrison said it was in Australia's interest to ensure oil tankers could move freely


Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the move this morning, saying it was in support of US-led efforts to keep the Strait of Hormuz open for shipping.

Mr Morrison said recent disruption to shipping in the region was a threat to Australia's national interests.

Australia has been considering joining the US-led military effort, which also includes the United Kingdom and Bahrain, for weeks.

Tension in the region increased when the UK seized an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar, prompting Iran to retaliate by seizing a British tanker in the Persian Gulf.

"Fifteen to 16 per cent of crude oil and 25 to 30 per cent of refined oil destined for Australia transits through the Strait of Hormuz," Mr Morrison said.

"So it is a potential threat to our economy."



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What a lot of bullshit!... Remember Galipoli... Vietnam, Iraq and the recent waste of time in Syria... 

"Australia has spent weeks deciding to join?" Bullshit plus... Scummo chose his moment as if he had agonised over the decision, but the way it has been expressed shows the decision had been made yonks ago.

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 16:13

Utah-based Casey Currey has garnered over 300,000 followers on Instagram, describing her account as “Guns, Buns and Shenanigans”. On her page, idyllic family pictures and gym videos are posted alongside Lara Croft-style bikini snaps in which the blogger holds guns of all kinds.

Instagrammer Casey Currey, who calls herself a home-grown American woman, has denied that there is a gun problem in the US, noting that the main focus should be on battling mental illness. The 27-year-old has gained a 329k-strong following on her account, under the handle buff_cookie, on which she demonstrates top-notch physical shape as well as a love for dogs and all kinds of weapons, ranging from machine guns to pistols.


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Maria Butina with gun:



Mum with guns...

mum with guns


One has to know, that between 12 and 25 years of age, young people loose their senses — especially in regard to "responsibility". Having trained in handling guns (even "responsibly") this will eventually lead to a MAJOR CATASTROPHE for a few teenagers.



by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 11:10


An Australian slang term used to indicate another person is soft, easily upset, or just a plain pussy.


US President Donald Trump has cancelled a meeting with the Danish PM after she unequivocally shot down his dreams of purchasing resource-rich Greenland, a much-memed possibility about which the president was quite serious.

Trump thanked PM Mette Frederiksen for being “so direct” and sparing “a great deal of expense and effort” for both countries, which apparently have few pressing matters to discuss absent the gigantic and seemingly absurd real-estate purchase. The meeting, scheduled for two weeks into the future, would be postponed “for another time,” the president tweeted on Monday.

Frederiksen refused to even entertain the possibility, calling the purchase “absurd” and explaining more than once that “Greenland is not for sale” - and that it isn’t Denmark’s to sell, anyway. Trump, for his part, has floated the idea of purchasing the landmass multiple times, musing that “it would be nice” for strategic purposes.


Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time....

....The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!




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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 10:53

peace, love...

Picture by Gus Leonisky...


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 09:27

Unless the UK's withdrawal agreement with Brussels is reopened and the backstop abolished there is no prospect of a deal, Downing Street has said.

The strong statement came after the EU pushed back against Boris Johnson's proposal to implement "alternative arrangements" for the UK-Irish border. 

Mr Johnson has said the backstop is "anti-democratic" and must be scrapped.

European Council President Donald Tusk said it was "an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland".

Meanwhile, the government has announced UK officials will stop attending most EU meetings from 1 September.

The Department for Exiting the European Union said it would "unshackle" them from discussions "about the future of the Union after the UK has left" and allow them to focus on "our immediate national priorities".

Later this week Mr Johnson will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since entering No 10. 

Ahead of that, in a letter to European Council President Tusk, he called for the backstop to be removed from the withdrawal agreement reached between the EU and his predecessor, Theresa May, arguing it risked undermining the Northern Irish peace process. 


Mr Johnson said the reaction to his demand for the backstop to be scrapped had been "a bit negative" but "we will get there".

He said he would enter Brexit talks with EU leaders with "a lot of oomph".

Mr Johnson added: "I think there is a real sense now that something needs to be done with this backstop. We can't get it through Parliament as it is."

He reiterated his view that EU countries were less likely to make concessions to the UK "as long as they think there's a possibility that Parliament will block Brexit".

The border is a matter of great political, security and diplomatic sensitivity, and both the UK and EU agree that whatever happens after Brexit there should be no new physical checks or infrastructure at the frontier.

The backstop is a position of last resort to guarantee that, but if implemented, it would see Northern Ireland stay aligned to some rules of the EU single market.

It would also involve a temporary single customs territory, effectively keeping the whole of the UK in the EU customs union. 

Mrs May's withdrawal agreement has been voted down three times by MPs.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 09:22

Conversation at RatBag Co:

Advertising Executive: a window of opportunity has opened. The Alan Jones gasbag unit is looking for new advertisers.

CEO of RatBag Co: Do you think our brand could be diminished by being seen as misogynists, sexists, hubristic and misleading due to our ethical commitments to global warming?

AE: Sure but when was the last time we cared about this?

CEO: Hum… I think it was when my grandfather founded this firm as “PooBag Ltd” in the days of horse and carts... PooBags Ltd could hold its head high, always seen under the tails of Horses — our bags doing their bits towards recycling stuff for the mushroom markets. 

AE: So why the change of name?

CEO: The bags did not work under the tailpipes of cars… so we went upmarket.

AE: PooBag, RatBag... we’d be in good company with ShaffBag Jones…

CEO: I see your point... But our buyers are mostly women with a dignified sense of exclusivity. What would be our catch line with Jones on the air?

AE: er… say… RatBag, the smart bag for the modern lady of distinction. 

CEO: sounds good…

AE: and we could get a cheap deal by providing lots of words with redeeming kudos to gasbag Alan Jones… making him sophisticated, elegant, independent, unique…

CEO: He could pay us to advertise thus?

AE: possibly…

CEO: contact his team along that line… He gives us the cash, we advertise...



by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 08:18

poor poor


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 08:13

Alan Jones' team threatens ABC with complaint

A member of Alan Jones' on-air team has complained to the ABC's Media Watch program.

by Broede Carmody, Jennifer Duke and Jenny Noyes    SMH


Stills from Media Watch:







And there are plenty more...


Monday 19/8/2019

Sock jock Jones; Press freedom inquiry and Transgender agenda. Presented by Paul Barry.




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How the NZ press see the Alan Jones fiasco:



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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 08:07



Image from Media Watch...


The Managing director of the ABC confirmed that many whistleblowers have retreated from giving stories to the press. Government: yippee! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The victimisation of journalists (and of their whistleblowers) was all about preventing the government's ugly shit being further exposed to the public. Press freedom? There is more press freedom in Russia than in Australia... apart from Alan Jones who let's loose with no understanding of zip... And "they shall be replaced"...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-08-21 07:40

The head of US Southern Command said Tuesday the US Navy was ready to “do what needs to be done” if and when US President Donald Trump gives the order for them to move against Venezuela.

“I won’t speak to details of what we’re planning and what we’re doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions, and we remain on the balls of our feet,” Adm. Craig Faller told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. The annual UNITAS maritime exercises began off the Brazilian coast on Tuesday, in which the US, UK, Portugal, Japan and nine Latin American nations run naval drills.

“The United States Navy is the most powerful navy in the world,” Faller continued, according to AFP. “If a policy decision is made to deploy the navy, I’m convinced that we’ll be able to do what needs to be done.”

Faller said the two-week-long sea exercises would “send a message to [Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro and other partners that don’t share the same values … Naval exercises send a message to the world of what democracies that work together can do across a range of complex threats.”

Earlier this month, Trump instituted what amounts to a complete embargo of Venezuela, as Washington continues to try and force Maduro, Venezuela’s elected president, from power.

In January, Maduro’s legitimacy was challenged by Juan Guaido, a Washington-backed opposition politician who declared himself the country’s interim president and has mounted three failed coups d’etat against Maduro since then. The US has steadily increased its sanctions on Venezuela since then in a bid to make Venezuelans so miserable as to force Maduro from power in an effort to lower the trade barriers.

So far they’ve failed, and Venezuelans have rallied around their government amid the ensuring siege.

Earlier this week, Faller said SOUTHCOM officials were focused on preparing for “the day after” Maduro leaves office, criticizing countries such as Cuba, Russia and China for continuing to provide support to the Venezuelan government to offset US sanctions. The countries have provided essential foodmedicine and trade since the US encirclement began, but US pressure is forcing some of them to step back somewhat, with China announcing over the weekend that US sanctions were forcing it to suspend oil purchases.

A Monday report by Axios revealed that Trump has raised the idea with his advisers of imposing a complete naval blockade of Venezuela’s 1,750-mile coast, only letting in approved shipments of goods.

"He literally just said we should get the ships out there and do a naval embargo,” an administration source told Axios; “prevent anything going in.”

"I'm assuming he's thinking of the Cuban missile crisis ... But Cuba is an island, and Venezuela is a massive coastline. And Cuba we knew what we were trying to prevent from getting in. But here, what are we talking about? It would need massive, massive amounts of resources, probably more than the US Navy can provide," the source said.

However, the Pentagon reportedly doesn’t take the idea seriously. Further, the move could be considered an act of war - one of the reasons that US President John F. Kennedy’s attempted blockade of Cuba in 1962 was so politically explosive.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made it clear Tuesday that Moscow disapproved of the reported blockade proposal.

"We will certainly study the situation related to Washington's boosting of illegal, illegitimate sanctions pressure and attempts to impose a blockade,” Ryabkov said in a statement. “We warn Washington against incautious steps in this sphere.”


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A blockade is like a declaration of war.... Where is the fucking United Nations? I see... Navel gazing expedition to Grovelland...



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