Albo’s going to change the media

As expected, change is imminent

But it’s not just politics that the new PM wants to change – he wants to change the media as well. Diary hears that Albanese has told confidantes that he was “appalled” by the behaviour of a press pack that became increasingly vocal during the campaign to try to catch him out.

He must be talking about the media’s frustration at him not answering questions and of course, his inability and/or failure to answer questions, simply invites gotcha tactics from the media.

We’re also told that, emboldened by his win, he’s now on a one-man crusade to improve the “civility” of discourse in press conferences under his leadership. And if that means journalists who yell or interrupt him are actively demoted down the pecking order of those allowed to ask him questions, so be it.

I’m not sure it’s a good tactic to attack the media so good luck with that. A better tactic from his point of view would be to only allow ABC journalists at media briefings.

There you go mate, great advice for free.

Rural workers targeted

New Agriculture Minister charged with attacking farmers, Senator Watt, speaks out on how the ALP are going to close down live export

“There are increasingly consumers and buyers overseas who are looking for different ways of sourcing their meat and we think there’s a massive opportunity for processed meat that we want to explore.”

Are there really? A lot of live export customers can’t afford The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union wages and few developing nations have a fridge in each home. The union would be happy but thousands of Australian rural workers will be out of a job.

Come to think of it, that would make the ALP happy and the Greens and PETA idiots very happy.

Senator Watt also argued the former government’s pledges to build major dams including Hells Gate would only go ahead if they passed environmental and business assessments.

ALP talk for not going to happen

Veterans Affairs demoted to outer Ministry

No surprise there. Richard Marles will be flat out on Defence and far too busy to worry about veterans but it’s nice to know early in this government’s time that us veterans will get little attention. We know where we stand and it’s down the back of the room. Out of sight, out of mind

One disappointing matter in the ministry is that veterans’ affairs sits outside cabinet. Incoming defence minister Richard Marles’ explanation on ABC radio this morning wasn’t exactly persuasive.

“Veterans’ affairs largely has been a ministry which has been in the outer ministry, but of course it sits within a broader defence space. So there is definitely through me a voice that exists in that space in relation to the cabinet,” he said. 

Whatever Labor says, Mr Marles will be busy on other pressing defence matters, and there’s no substitute for having a dedicated minister sitting in the cabinet and advocating for veterans. The new government may discover this over the next term. 

Veterans’ affairs will have yet another new minister, continuing years of churn, while the new government brings more turnover for the science portfolio. One of the major contributions Labor can make in those areas is to maintain stability in its line-up of ministers.

Matthew Keogh is the new minister for Veterans Affairs And Defence Personnel. Matt, who served as shadow minister for defence industry, has been named as the minister for veterans’ affairs and the minister for defence personnel.

He seems positive in this speech he gave in 2018 on Veterans Affairs Legislation so let’s wait and see.

 

More here

Amnesty International origins

I remember years ago at Nudgee College I was looking at a chart on the wall of the Admin Centre.  The chart was an Amnesty International chart depicting a world map with markers wherever there were political prisoners that they were interested in.  All of these markers were in Western countries and none in communist ones.

Strange I thought, but none of the teachers thought so.

Quadrant have an article on the formation of Amnesty International and it’s communist origins during the Spanish Civil war when Stalin was in full flight setting up useful idiots to support the communist cause.

It’s a longish read but worth it.

Media Lies

Once again the media are simply selectively quoting Trump to the point of lying by ommission about what he says.  Anything to make him look stupid when events are proving that he is far smarter that most of the journalists he jousts with.

From Politico.com

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Americans should inject themselves with household disinfectants as a coronavirus remedy provoked an apparently universal rebuke Friday

As well it should…if he had actually said that but he didn’t. Not that the fact he didn’t say it matters to the press or Democrats – they just say he did say it. 

Nancy Pelosi (Democrat Leader) says;

The president is asking people to inject Lysol into their lungs.

Really?

Well no, he isn’t actually but once again, the truth doesn’t matter.

Read this

Bill Bryan, Under Secretary for Science and Technology at DHS, talked about the half-life of the coronavirus on surfaces like door handles and stainless steel surfaces, saying that when they “inject” UV rays into the mix along with high temperatures and increased humidity that the virus dies quickly.  

Bryan continued by noting that DHS also tested if certain types of disinfectant could kill the coronavirus.

“We’ve tested bleach, we’ve tested isopropyl alcohol on the virus, specifically in saliva or in respiratory fluids, and I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes,” Bryan said. “Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing. Just bring it on and leaving it go. You rub it and it goes away even faster.”…

Immediately following these remarks is where Trump states, “So, I’m going to ask Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposing when we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”  

A few moments later, ABC News reporter Jon Karl asked Bryan, “The president mentioned the idea of a cleaner, bleach and isopropyl alcohol emerging. There’s no scenario where that could be injected into a person, is there?”

“No, I’m here to talk about the finds that we had in the study,” Bryan responded. “We don’t do that within that lab at our labs.”

At Business Insiders they head their piece with this; 

See the full video and transcript of Trump suggesting disinfectant might be injected as a coronavirus cure

and then don’t show the full video.  Particularly where Trump goes on to explain;

Trump then clarified his remarks: “It wouldn’t be through injections, you’re talking about almost a cleaning and sterilization of an area. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work, but it certainly has a big effect if it’s on a stationary object.”

Trump later raised the possibility of whether UV rays could kill the coronavirus if it was on a person’s skin, in particular if it were on their hands.

“If they’re outside, right, and their hands are exposed to the sun, will that kill it as though it were a piece of metal or something else?” Trump asked.

“I don’t want to say it will at the same rate because it’s a non-porous surface, but what we do know is that we looked at the worst case scenario and the virus lives longer on non-porous surfaces,” Bryan responded. “So porous surfaces, it doesn’t live quite as long, so in theory what you said is correct.”

From this exchange,  the media reported the president was advising people inject bleach to kill the virus.

Scott Adams, nailed the nonsensical interpretation of these remarks: 

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There’s a massive IQ test on the Internet today. If you think the president was asking Dr. Birx about injecting bleach or isopropyl alcohol into coronavirus patients — because it sounded that way to you — you failed the test. CNN ran an ad promoting this disingenuous poppycock: and Nancy Pelosi lied claiming that the President had said people should kill the virus by injecting Lysol.

In fact, the president’s reference was to Ultraviolet catheter technology. It was recently in the news and Dr Birx was unfamiliar with it. Here’s how it works. As for other means of disinfecting Virus patients besides the ultraviolet healight others are exploring such things as controlled ethanol vapor inhalation

Respirators do not seem to work well, and other technologies are being utilized and explored. Instead of realizing that the president (who seems to work 24 hours a day trying to keep abreast of such things) knew more about these developments than Dr. Brix (or they) did, they distorted and mocked his work. Media operations are failing in droves and deserve this fate.

Clumsily worded – yes, suggesting people inject themselves with lysol – no.

I see it as a discussion between the President and Bill Bryan where they are generally talking about ideas that are being considered and tested as we look for a cure.  Nowhere did anyone look directly into the camera and tell people to do things.  It was simply a discussion about how we might go about finding a cure.

Still if you hate Trump,  because he mentioned the word “disinfectant” then believe what you will. Me, I’m not overly impressed with him but I’m less impressed with the media and their continual negative presentation of the man.

Everyone’s offended

Latham is in trouble again.

Latham used his Sky News program to suggest a Sydney Boys High student who took part in a video in support of feminism, was gay.

“The boys at the boys school look like dickheads doing their video, total dickheads,” Latham said on air before adding, “I thought the first guy was gay.”

The first Prefect to appear said;

Feminism is important to me because a few months ago a guy wanted to have sex with me – I didn’t want to.

and walked off.  I did a double take as the prefect appeared to be a male and he was talking as if feminism effected him personally.  I replayed it – yep he’s male.

So, I think the first guy is gay as well but if he is or isn’t I don’t really care however I can’t see why a commentator can’t say “I think he’s gay”

Latham is also in trouble for saying Wendy Harmer is disabled.  I don’t know if a cleft palate qualifies as a disability but hey, Wendy does has a cleft palate. She doesn’t hide it and we all know and I can’t imagine too many people would judge her on her palate alone so what’s the big deal.

Are we all snowflakes looking for reasons to feel offended?

UN anti-Israel bias questioned

Trump selected new United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a scathing criticism of the UN Security Council over their “anti-Israel” bias on Thursday after emerging from her first regular monthly meeting at the international body.

The former South Carolina governor noted that while it is the UN Security Council’s mission to discuss ways to maintain international peace and security, their meeting on the Middle East failed to address some of the region’s most pressing issues — namely, Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, the money and weapons the Iran regime is supplying to its terrorist entities throughout Latin America and the Middle East, ways to defeat the Islamic State, and how to hold Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his countrymen.

“Instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East,” Haley said. She added that while she is “new” to the United Nations, she is well-seasoned in her understanding of the UN Security Council’s generations-long bias against Israel. “I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore,” she said. “I’m here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel.”

At last the US has an adult at the UN and while we are talking about Israel wait until Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives in Australia. BDS and Antifa are guaranteed to be on the news as they go beserk criticizing the only democracy in the Middle East.

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network has already started on their anti-Israel attack with a statement they organized.  It cites 60 prominent Australians.

In a joint statement, 60 prominent Australians – from businesswoman Janet Holmes à Court and former Federal Court judge Murray Wilcox, to retired Anglican Bishop George Browning and Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes – say Mr Netanyahu’s policies contravene international law.

An actress doesn’t like Israel…my god! I’ll have to rethink the matter seeing as how she can memorise a script writer’s words and all sort of stuff,  she must be a far greater thinker than I am.

 

DFAT Supports Hijab wearing

Ms Abdel-Magied who sat next to Malcolm Turnbull at the Iftar dinner for Muslim leaders held at Kirribilli House last year to celebrate the end of Ramadan, made headlines this week when, as a guest on the ABC’s Q&A program, she describe­d Islam as “the most femin­ist” of all relig­ions.

Her statement was rejected by a fiery senator Jacqui Lambie, who argued that those countries where sharia informs the law are some of the most violently mis­ogynistic places on earth.

Pity it was left to Corporal Senator Jackie Lambie to respond but Abdel-Magied’s statement certainly needs debate.

This also needs some debate;

The federal government paid for activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied to tour some of the world’s most repressive Islami­c regimes last Novem­be­r, promoting her book about being a Sudanese-Egypt­ian-Australian Muslim woman who wears the hijab.

The tour, which included stops in Saudi Arabia, where women are flogged for adultery and are not permitted to drive, was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which declined yesterday to reveal the cost.

Why would DFAT feel a need to dish out taxpayers funds to promote a book in the Middle East advocating hijab wearing ?

Obama’s Legacy

Obama has commuted Bradley Manning’s sentence for treason and that says all you need to know about Obama.

In 2013, Manning – a former intelligence analyst in Iraq – was given a 35-year prison sentence after a military court conviction of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The case ranked as the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history.

Bradley, AKA Chelsea is a seriously weird traitor and I hope that Trump can reverse the commutation and put him/her back behind bars.

The whole episode has made a mockery of the Defence and Intelligence people who, while they try and defend the country, their leader tries to bring it down.

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