Monday 24th of January 2022

Gus Leonisky's blog

did they say "sorry"???...

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US President Joe Biden and his predecessor ordered the chaotic and bloody evacuation of the US embassy in Kabul, which drew in NATO allies including the UK. The airlift became a humanitarian disaster as thousands of Afghans tried to enter the airport and climb onto cargo planes — some clinging to the undercarriage until they fell to their deaths.

 

 

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin has ordered that no US armed forces personnel will face punishment for an August drone attack that killed civilians amid American withdrawal efforts.

The move was confirmed by Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, who told reporters Monday that "none of the recommendations dealt specifically with issues of accountability".

 

visionary RICH clown...

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Time magazine has named Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, as its 2021 Person of the Year, calling him “the man who aspires to save our planet and get us a new one to inhabit.”

a cruel me-miracle...

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The word out of the federal government is a desperate Scott Morrison will use improved numbers in the budget to attempt a huge tax cut to buy his way back into government.

John Howard tried and failed with the same tactic in 2007 when Labor’s Kevin Rudd quickly matched him, but at least then the budget was in rude good health thanks to years of the mining boom.

This time a measure of the Prime Minister’s desperation is that he even is considering yet another electoral bribe on top of the hugely generous tax cut for higher-income earners already baked into the next term.

justice4assange...

assangeassangeAssange Verdict: Vengeance Is Ours, Saith the Agency

by  Posted on December 11, 2021

Are the CIA and its contractors able to bully not only the U.S. Department of Justice, but also the UK judiciary? This is not hard to conclude after the High Court decision announced early Friday to bow to the US and extradite Julian Assange.

deck chairs shuffle...

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If you thought discourse in the United States couldn't get more childish, think again: This week, the White House is convening the geopolitical equivalent of the He-Man Woman-Haters' Club from Our Gang.

The club has an official name, of course; the Summit for Democracy, wherein US President Joe Biden and 110 of his closest friends have a super-secret special meeting in their treehouse to talk about how great they are. But however hard they try to gussy it up, this affair is no different from what Spanky, Alfalfa and Buckwheat got up to in those Hal Roach short films decades ago.

 

BY Ian Goodrum

 

inside job at the insiders...

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The case for a review of Insiders and sacking its producers, presenter and most regular guests has strengthened as the year has progressed, writes Alan Austin.

 

PRESENTER OF THE ABC's Insiders program David Speers enthusiastically endorsed the Morrison Government’s economic credentials on 7 November:

 

The Prime Minister is urging us to move on and you can see where they want to spend the coming weeks and months ... on the better news we are seeing on the economy. The Reserve Bank this week had some pretty rosy forecasts... roaring back to life, unemployment dropping back to 4%, steady increase in wages... It’s clear this is what the Government wants to make its central election pitch.

a bad cartoon with gussian improvements...

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The American song “Yankee doodle” is sung to a very old, traditional English air, know during the 18th century as “Kitty Fisher’s Locker”. Kitty Fisher was of course a famous whore...

  

I hate cartoonists who misrepresent reality… I don’t mind augmentation, enlargement, magnification, inflation, multiplication of reality to make a point. But MISREPRESENTATION? I hate that… I hope that I don’t fall into that trap… Most of my subjects deserved to be deflated. The original cartoon in the Sydney Morning Herald of 13/12/2021 is appalling. Sorry, whoever you are, Badiucao, that was a rotten cartoon… I indulged in rescuing reality at top...

 

when democracy is run by fascist capitalism...

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On December 9-10, [this article was written on the 8th of December] President Biden will host the "Summit for Democracy" that will bring together, in a worldwide online connection, "leaders of government, civil society and the private sector." The invitation list includes 111 countries. Among them are 28 of the 30 NATO members: Turkey and Hungary are missing but, on the other hand, Israel and Ukraine are there, along with 26 of the 27 EU members except Hungary.

 

the bloody IPA song....

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We’re the bloody I-P-A

And we hate your A-B-C

Because your A-B-C costs money

As it spreads the annoying truth

with its 4-Corners sleuth

and other Australian Story.

 

We’re the bloody I-P-A

And we hate your A-B-C

Because the A-B-C costs you money,

About 11 cents per day!

But our I-P-A won’t you tell

Where we get our bloody money

As this would upset Gina

And her big mining-cartel.

 

We’re the bloody I-P-A

And we hate your A-B-C

We hate balance of opinions

We know best about your onions

Which should be conservative

Fascist and from the I-P-A

 

designed or accidental covid caper?...

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We have been bombarded with information from scientists with various opinions, from politicians who need to be seen doing something about something — and doubters who don’t trust anyone. All this flurry of facts, figures, statistics came with a certain amount of ferocity and contradictions. Do we pay attention? Do we follow the “governments’ recommendations"? Is there a bit of dictatorship in having to be vaxxed in order to work? What are our responsibilities versus our freedom of choice?

 

It is VERY difficult to find the truth in which there is not a middle ground. We’re either in danger or the whole thing is overblown. Even now, without any real study of long term effects, we’re about to vaccinate our kids with GMOs. 

 

on the same day...

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On the same day as Joe Blinkered Biden holds his "Summit for Democracy", the UK courts, completely void of Magna Carta spirit, decide to send Julian Assange to the gallows in the USA. How ironic, yet tragic!. Thank you Julian, for not doing anything but being a prisoner of her majesty's illegal hubris, so silently showing us the MASSIVE hypocrisy of this US machine that does not have a single good bone in its body, despite having good people amongst the folks. But the ENTIRE political mob? Idiots!!! RAND PAUL excepted...

 

between the warmongering and essays by torture apologists, there wasn’t space...

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Just a few decades ago, it was still possible for the left to find space on corporate-owned airwaves. Progressive talkers like Tom Leykis, Lynn Samuels and Phil Donahue found wide audiences until they got pushed off the air by the corporate powers that be. I worked talk radio in Los Angeles and San Francisco until 2007.

ending the reign of hubris...

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Anthony Albanese’s best chance of election victory is to appeal to the better nature of Australians — and to replace his deputy.

 

Let me speak selfishly. (It’s all the rage.) If the Morrison/Joyce rabble are re-elected at the coming election, I may well have to leave this country out of sheer despair. I’d be little loss to the public as I can write from anywhere. But I would certainly be missed by my beloved family. And my husband’s skills as a paediatrician in the Northern Territory would most definitely be a loss to Australia.

We are not alone in our anxious restlessness. For many beyond the “global cities”, the 2022 election is one that Labor cannot afford to lose — for our sakes, not theirs only.

stop the madness — free julian assange now...

assangeassangeThe UK High Court is set to issue its ruling on Friday morning on the American government's appeal over the refusal to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

The court recently heard the appeal against a lower court decision that refused to extradite the journalist to face charges over leaked classified US documents.

In the original ruling, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser stated that she could not approve the extradition as it would be “oppressive” to do so when Assange is at risk of mental health deterioration and suicide in US custody.

 

not dying...

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has tested positive for COVID while in the US on a work trip.

In a statement early on Thursday (Wednesday afternoon in Washington DC), Mr Joyce’s office said he had experienced “mild symptoms and chose to get tested”.

He had arrived in Washington DC a day earlier, after visiting London, as part of a 10-day overseas trip.

 

“Remaining members of the delegation have tested negative. Mr Joyce will remain in isolation until further notice,” a spokesperson said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Mr Joyce said he was double-vaccinated against COVID.

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