1. Unforgivable atrocities
Words fail me, so I’ll borrow some from Ambigulous on the last Salon thread:
- Horrific, murderous attack(s) in Christchurch; to add to the horror, apparently live streamed by a gunman. An Aussie in custody. And three other people? A long “manifesto” written by one of the murderers.
Police armed all over Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud.
Cry, the beloved country.
The latest count is 50 dead, I understand. I think it was 48 injured, 20 seriously, and at one stage 11 operating theatres were in use.
Here’s the ABC’s main story Christchurch shootings at two mosques leave 49 dead, Australian arrested in relation to live-streamed terror attack.
Jacinda Adern has been excellent. She said the victims “are us”, pointing out that New Zealand comprised over 200 ethnicities, speaking 160 languages.
My only comment is that there can be no forgiving atrocities of this kind. Adern effectively said the perpetrators are not fit to walk among us. Like us New Zealand has forsworn the death penalty. However, they should never be free again.
If you scroll down this link, oxygen thief Fraser Anning made an unforgivable tweet. Not sure what to do with him.
Problem is that Amy Remeikis is right in Fraser Anning will soon leave parliament – but his xenophobic message will not.
Subsequently a young man egged Anning in public, and was punched in return. Who gave him the platform to speak?
Emil Jeyaratnam looks at race and racism in Australia. This is disturbing:
- Most troublingly, the report found that 32% of survey respondents have “negative” feelings towards Muslim Australians, and 22% said they have “negative” feelings towards Australians of Middle-Eastern heritage.
People who might know put hard-core racism at about 10 to 15% in Australia. A bipartisan censor motion of Anning is planned. Scott Morrison says the full force of the law should apply, while Anning revels in the publicity. They might think about what politicians need to do in order to be expelled from parliament.
And ScoMo might think about his publicity stunt of hand-waving on Christmas Island (see Weekly salon 10/3, Item 4) pretending to be a brick wall, when people smugglers are simply flying people in over his head.
2. A mad dash for the life-rafts
That’s Australian politics on the government side, according to Phillip Coorey in It’s every man for himself in rush to Coalition lifeboats:
- The Queensland Nationals, in cahoots with Barnaby Joyce, put the interests of the Coalition behind their own desire to save their skins north of the Tweed by amplifying calls for the government to underwrite coal-fired power in their state.
The prime motive was to provide a point of differentiation with Labor and all the other hippies south of the border – including the “latte inner-city Liberals” as George Christensen, with his usual rapier wit, described his Coalition colleagues.
- They issued the coal call knowing, but not caring, that it would go down terribly in places like Victoria where the Coalition’s standing is already dire.
When the likes of Joyce pretty much openly states, as he did this week, and as Matt Canavan indicated by his actions, their priority is Queensland not seats in Melbourne, it’s confirmation of every man for himself.
Tony Abbott has re-embraced Paris to save his skin in Warringah; Peter Dutton has said he opposes the government building coal.
ScoMo won’t mention Paris or coal. It’s “our commitments” and “traditional sources” of energy.
- Liberals and Nationals spent two days on Sky News and ABC 24 taking potshots at each other under the guise of “we need to stop talking about ourselves”.
Now Craig Laundy is pulling the pin, following Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, Steve Ciobo, Michael Keenan, Kelly O’Dwyer and Nigel Scullion out the door.
Someone pointed out that the moderates are leaving.
3. NSW election: Mumble picks the winner
Mumble (Peter Brent) picks the winner in And the winner of the NSW election will be…
He’s picking Labor in a close one, but, really, it’s just too close to call. There are seven crossbenchers, so the likelihood of a hung parliament is high.
Then Malcolm Turnbull warns ‘idiocy’ of federal colleagues is damaging Gladys Berejiklian. He’s saying what Phillip Coorey is saying.
On coal and climate change:
- “We have the means to get to zero emission or near zero emission in Australia but you need to plan it. You’ve got to have engineering and economics rather than ideology and idiocy, and regrettably there’s quite a lot of that around.” (Emphasis added)
Yes, Malcolm, but its the idiots in the broad church of the coalition parties that are the problem.
4. Elizabeth Warren wants to break up big tech
I think the number of Democrat candidates seeking the party’s presidential nomination is around 16 and still seems to be rising. Elizabeth Warren expresses some very definite views in Here’s how we can break up Big Tech. It’s time to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook, she says:
- We must ensure that today’s tech giants do not crowd out potential competitors, smother the next generation of great tech companies, and wield so much power that they can undermine our democracy.
She wants to dust off anti-trust legislation and put it to work.
Our Tim Dunlop addressed the same issue in his book The Future of Everything. His interview with the ABC’s Paul Barclay at Brisbane’s Avid Reader bookshop can be found at Ideas for a better future, where he talked about:
- his bold ideas for reinvigorating democratic government, reclaiming the ‘commons’, and insisting that tech giants pay us for using our personal data.
In the interview he wants to go one better and nationalise companies like Google and Facebook, so that they become commonly owned facilities. Dunlop has very interesting views about the future, which I’d like to look at in relation to the Jeremy Rifkin video linked to by Geoff Henderson, if/when I get time.
Dunlop says in economic terms information is the new oil, which will form the basis of a new economy. He has ideas about the polity as well, but sees shorter working weeks (for the same pay) as actually happening and a trend that will continue.