Monday 17th of June 2024

from the mouths of babes .....

from the mouths of babes .....

Howard to pitch for family vote 

The Federal Coalition will unveil measures to improve housing affordability and give extra support for carers in a range of family-friendly policies at its official campaign launch in Brisbane today. 

Are Aussie Spooks Using 2nd-Hand US Intel?

The whole bloody thing is turning into a fiasco. I'm still amazed that the Australian media haven't arced up more on the obvious double-violation by ASIO in that they undoubtedly used improperly held US intel to make their adverse security classification. Quick refresher time: A Defense document shows that Army analysts wrote a report on the Halliburton protest and stored it in CIFA [US Army's Counterintelligence Field Activity]] 's database. It's not clear why the Pentagon considered the protest worthy of attention--although organizer Parkin had previously been arrested while demonstrating at ExxonMobil headquarters (the charges were dropped). But there are now questions about whether CIFA exceeded its authority and conducted unauthorized spying on innocent people and organizations.

dreamland .....

dreamland ..... 

The neo-conservative project is crashing.  

dangers to society .....

keeping who safe ....

Is it possible that Gordon Brown's United Kingdom has joined George W. Bush's United States in the questionable practice of locking up its own citizens for things that the government believes they might do sometime in the future as opposed to things they have actually done? It certainly seems like it.  

how simply devine .....

how simply devine .....

Tag-team assault by Howards 

Pime Minister John Howard and his wife, Janette, have launched a double-barrelled assault on Kevin Rudd, branding the Opposition Leader hopeless on economics, lacking strong convictions, and not as good a campaigner as Bob Hawke. 

sunk .....

sunk .....

The ABC's Faine hosts a morning radio talk program in Melbourne, and on Wednesday, after the Reserve Bank grievously upset Howard and Costello by yet again increasing the official interest rate just 2½ weeks before polling day, Faine told his listeners a very jolly story. 

er, sorry .....

er. sorry .....

Fed Chief Warns of Worse Times in the Economy

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, told Congress on Thursday that the economy was going to get worse before it got better, a message that received a chilly reception from both Wall Street and politicians.

me too .....

 

me too ..... 

vaile pounces on latham broadside 

Federal Nationals leader Mark Vaile has seized on Mark Latham's broadside against Labor's election strategy, saying it proves that the Opposition is "completely poll-driven". 

wet works .....

wet work .....

Late last night, when respectable people were fast asleep, the Senate confirmed Michael Mukasey, a pro-torture/anti-Constitution, ultra-partisan reactionary as bushit’s Attorney General. This was engineered by two people, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Whatever Mukasey does wrong should be lain on their doorsteps: 

"aussie tony" & the value of aspirational prosperity .....

 

"aussie tony" & the value of aspirational prosperity ..... 

Chinese press pans 'money-raking' Blair 

the new titanic .....

the new titanic .....

It’s no secret that the dollar is on a downward spiral. Its value is dropping, and the Fed isn’t doing a whole lot to change that. As a result, a number of countries are considering a shift away from the dollar to preserve their assets.  

These are seven of the countries currently considering a move from the dollar, and how they’ll have an effect on its value and the US economy. 

rattus patheticus .....

rattus patheticus .....

Sorry, no apology: Howard 

Prime Minister John Howard has drawn a distinction between saying he is sorry about yesterday's interest rate rise and apologising for it. 

Mr Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello have both said they are sorry for the financial problems it will cause. 

Israel Fast Forwards Iran AttackTimeline To 2008

I've been waiting for something like this. An addition to the problems that Israel faces from Iran, it seems, is that by next year it will be capable of making dirty bombs. That's the message that's apparantly been given to the Israeli cabinet today.

Debkafile reports that a briefing is being given that Iran will now be capable of creating plutonium from 2008. They no doubt are aware of this from the receipts Dick Cheney kept from his Halliburton rector part sales in the late 90s.

The dirty bomb thing is, as I've been yapping all year, a pill coating to sell the Iran attack to the great unwashed. Mushroom clouds are too much to contemplate, but little radioactive bangs striking fear into a city are another thing altogher.. much more user-friendly in the fear factor department.

What happens now? Try this from RoD Greher of the Dallas Morning News:

sorry .....

sorry .....

PM says sorry for latest rate hike 

Prime Minister John Howard says he regrets the extra burden that will be placed on Australian families because of today's interest rate rise. 

inconvenient voices ....

inconvenient voices .....

Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser gave an interesting speech last week entitled “Finding Security in Terrorism’s Shadow: The importance of the rule of law”. It is an interesting and thought provoking speech. It is appropriately scathing of the neo-conservatives and their malign influence not just in the USA but on the globe. 

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