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Governor-General’s 2019 ANZAC Day Message

Jo Biden announces he’s running for president

Finally … maybe he was waiting for the pills to start working.

But the campaign is built on a lie.

Trump didn’t say what Biden says he said about Charlottesville. Trump’s full press conference on Charlottesville.

GetUp is a lesson in the dark arts of politics

GetUp plays for keeps. This election they are flexing their muscles as never before, targeting powerful and once-safe Liberals.

But as we know, with great power comes great … scrutiny.

GetUp is still a young organisation and while the average GetUp crowd is older than its birthdays, the people who do the brain work – like the social media campaigning – are young.

And silly. Have a look at how they go about their business:

GetUp is getting away with despicable lies and propaganda in this election campaign because they are not considered part of the political party process. What a joke and a travesty of our attempts to have a rules-governed democratic election process.

Having successfully fought a legal challenge to be declared an “associated entity”, which would force this richly-funded campaign machine to obey the same rules as political parties, GetUp is stretching the rules beyond even its own elastic limits.

But, even in “apologising” for despicable slurs GetUp uses the oldest, dirtiest political tricks to embed the lies and expand the slurs.

Read how they manipulate the system … and the media.

But this from the Liberals is just plain silly. Every time they have to get on the backfoot is a lost opportunity:

The Morrison government has been accused of misleading Queensland voters in a seat set to benefit most from the controversial Adani coal mine, with a billboard that appears to show Labor leader Bill Shorten participating in a campaign to stop it.

Libs target Shorten

The Liberals’ social media campaign is excellent… or whomever produced this ad.

Suddenly the media gets all snooty about ‘lies’

Keep this in mind next time the media publishes a story about Liberal cuts to health or education, despite spending on both being at record levels.

Van Badham should have read the whole article

The ‘beauty’ of Twitter is that you get the endorphin rush of outrage without having to be right and few peple in your tribe will ever hold you to account.

Take Van Badham yesterday.

But it pays to read the article. Beyond the first par:

The head of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, was personally receiving payments from the multinational arms manufacturer Thales while publicly defending the institution’s controversial acceptance of donations from weapons companies.

Because this is the key detail:

An AWM spokesman said Nelson got no financial benefit from his role on the Thales advisory board, because he donated any fees he received to the AWM.

Nelson received all the necessary permissions before joining the Thales board, the spokesman said.

And it went through all the proper approval processes.

“Having been invited to join the advisory board of Thales Australia in 2015, Dr Nelson sought and received the consent to do so from the Chairman of the Memorial’s Council, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian Public Service Commissioner,” the spokesman said.

Dr Nelson donates any and all fees for this role to the Australian War Memorial and as such received no financial benefit.”

That’s a pretty important point, don’t you think?

Sri Lankan murderers weren’t poor

There’s a theory that people turn to terrorism because they’re ‘disenfranchised’. Or they’re poor.

How’s this for an excuse:

Disenfranchisement, repression, and humiliation can drive people to seek power and control through violence.

Some level of alienation, arising from disconnection from the sociocultural mainstream, inability to participate in the political process, coping with diminished opportunity for marriage, or inability to attain one’s perceived “deserved” economic benefits and status from society will remain consistent sources of grievance-driven violence.

Such frustrations can affect any walk of life; the pool of potential terrorists is not limited by social class, economic status, or educational background.

Additionally, perceived grievances against a common group, or ethnic and kinship bonds—to include peer, social or familial networks—will motivate retaliation or violence against alleged perpetrators. Individual desire for adventure, fame, and belonging will contribute to individual terrorist participation.

What soft-headed dingalings came up with that? Anne Aly? Waleed Aly? Mohamed Ali?

Not quite.

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, that’s who.

Keep that in mind, because we now have an insight into the terrorists in Sri lanks. They were hardly ‘disenfranchised’:

The Sri Lankan suicide bomber who studied in Australia is understood to have been the son of a wealthy spice merchant and to have blown up one of the luxury hotels in capital Colombo.

Sri Lankan authorities believe that one of the Ibrahim brothers, sons of the prominent Colombo businessman Mohamed Yusuf Ibrahim, had completed post-graduate studies in Australia.

Sri Lanka’s junior Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said on Wednesday: “We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka.”

Mr Wijewardene said that “most of [the attackers] are well-educated and come from… middle or upper-middle-class” families.

“They are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially,” he added.

The death toll is currently around 360.