What have they learnt?

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Watching events unfold from far away sometimes offers a fresh or detached perspective. At other times it is confusing because salient facts obvious to those close to ground zero are hard to make out.

Then there are events that are so simple and obvious that it’s hard to mistake them, even if doubts are raised about the culpability of many who refuse to draw the obvious conclusions.

The obvious conclusion drawn all over the world, and by large swathes of the American population, is that President Trump must be deposed for the good of the country. Why is there still hesitation?

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Fuelling Abbott’s arsonism

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Islam is not a source of feminism or liberation for women.  Secular liberal democracies are.

Arguing the former might be trendy, but plays into the hands of Australia’s worst xenophobes.  Arguing the latter might defuse that xenophobia, but only if we stop reifying Australian Mulsims just for being Muslims.

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Evil bitch spearheads drive to turn ‘public service’ into ‘enemy control’

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Jack Waterford’s editorial for syndication by the Fairfax press on Department of Human Services’ baleful chief, Kathryn Campbell, is a rare pleasure to read.

In the era of inarticulate, anti-grammatical social media clicks and grunts that has subverted even nominal writers, Waterford’s considered prose paints a fairly stark picture of a narcissistic, sociopathic, top-down manager unduly influenced by her career as a defence force reservist general.

Instead of repeating Waterford’s excellent points, they are taken as read here, though extended beyond his intentions.

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It’s not elitism, but its absence

Some semi-random thoughts on where to from here, and why.

What could be more predictable than a news media looking to fill column inches/actuality minutes with blamestorming the election of a vulgar nincompoop by finding fault with his opponents.

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Bridge over troubled water

Australia has an opportunity right now to emerge from the shadow of a moribund American imperium and become an independent centre of influence in South East Asia.

It is a narrow window of opportunity the squabbling children who call themselves our leaders probably don’t even recognise. But it’s there, beckoning us to act.

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All hail Amerikanistan

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As late as 15:30 this afternoon I was trying to persuade myself that there had been a miscount and Clinton would win by a narrow margin. Like the ending of some nail-biting thriller with too many plot twists. But I was guilty of wishful thinking. And of having ignored a friend in the USA who had forecast for me quite consistently that the forces of barbarism she has lived with for decades would triumph with this improbably vulgar, buffoonish candidate. That Trump was just the logical next step in the obliteration of American post-war civilization. That Americans were just balefully malicious enough to summon the demon.

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Duterte is difficult to retract jack-in-the-box

Is Rodrigo Duterte the Filipino Trump? Brash. Vulgar. Homicidal. And now allied to America’s traditional foes?

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Or is it that America’s monotone rhetoric of free trade, and its supposed benefits, has worn too thin, at home as much as in its colonial outposts?

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Coalition lost in post-Trump era?

How will the Australian Coalition MPs who take their cues from the American Republicans orient themselves now?

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Sane people all over the world have recognised the moral and political bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

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Clinton murder threats: forest for the trees

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In some respects the threats to imprison or even kill Hillary Clinton emanating from the Trump camp are bitterly ironic.

Much though any civilised Western observer should be horrified by such threats, they are the logical outcome of a power granted to the President in 2001. The power to order the assassination of anyone anywhere.

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Trump denunciation a farcical cover for unexplored money trail?

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Republicans turning their backs on Trump for grotesque sexism is a bullshit cover story to disguise some unreported shadow-play, most likely about big money interests. Or so I propose.
The sudden outbreak of conscience and principle in the Republican agglomeration of reactionary sentiments just doesn’t ring true.

Nothing new is revealed about Trump in the apparently just-discovered open mic tape. What he said is hardly out of character for a man who has made his vulgarity a badge of honour.

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