The subversion of US democracy continues under Trump and his feckless sycophants who demean US influence in the world, treat Allies in bad faith, ignore the welfare of the people, and with authoritarian chaos undermine the law, the Constitution, the Presidency, morality & decency.
In response to this Tweet from Representative Adam Schiff:
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts. Twitter
His lies do not now become truths.
This dismissal does not exonerate him.
But it does incriminate Bill Barr.
In the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history.
8 May 2020,
The behaviour of Trump and the Republicans in the Congress Impeachment process have demonstrated among other things – such as the bald-faced, facile, and frankly preposterous propagandising by Republican members of the committees whose job it is to get to the facts rather than feed the prejudices of their base – a new style of government: the Godfather strategy.
A national state of danger has existed for months and it is only now that the Prime Minister, who cleared out to Hawaii as the disaster built up, announced yesterday a goddam meeting by the Federal Government: “The National Security Committee of Cabinet would meet on Monday to address ‘contingencies’ required for the current fire season “as well as the longer-term response and some issues we have identified to consider amongst premiers after the fires”.
Australia’s coffee culture was introduced by Italian migrants, but it then transcended its origins. Twice I’ve gone back to Australia since I came to Italy and nowhere have I ever got a better coffee – in my favourite cafes in Oz, especially in Noosa and Hobart – than a double shot latte, Australian style. The Dutch, for example, make wussy coffee and as for Starbucks – wash your mouth out!
Mind you, I occasionally do find a very good Italian cappuccino, of course, but usually it is made too quickly and unless you specify ‘caldo’, not hot enough, which is why it is so quick [for my Perugian friends, the caffe’ at Porta Pisa isn’t too bad!]. Nobody could equal an Italian double shot macchiato con caffe’ doppio e latte caldo as a different and superior coffee after the time-limited cappuccino [not to be drunk after 11-ish in the morning], but it’s not my preferred Oz coffee.
international perspective Trump is not only unstable, a sociopath, a
venal self-obsessed and emotionally and morally deficient individual,
and probably not very bright. He is also lawless.
the world who care about democracy find this deeply disturbing and
threatening to world stability. Evidence given in the House of
Representatives impeachment – something that Prime Ministers in other
English speaking countries would not survive either as corruption
tightens its hold on Western democracy – certainly indicates that
Trump is an unworthy and unprincipled incumbent in the White House.
The LNP’s policy on
climate change – that it will do nothing, that it will not
acknowledge the science, that it will trivialise the link between the
unprecedented burning of Australia and climate change, that it will
do an accountancy exercise on emissions rather than upset its corrupt
alliance with the coal and gas mafias – is nothing but corrupt and
It is an abrogation
of the government’s duty to protect the nation from the real security
issues, some of them inflicted on the people, not by some Islamic
radicalism that its racist policies have spawned with its official
policies of violating the human rights of children and refugees, but
by the essential sociopathology of its philosophy across all its
portfolios. For you cannot isolate the failure of successive
governments on the climate crisis.
I wrote this a couple of years ago in response to a Conversation article, “Something is missing from the public interest journalism debate”, December 20, 2017. There has been some minor editing.
“Clean information is as important to democracy as clean water is to health. But clean information is not just facts. Facts are apt to mislead and clean information requires journalists who are committed to providing a full picture.”Conversation
Not enough has been made of the fundamental presumption of democracy that citizens are engaged and that such engagement is a product of the possession of researched information about the elected representatives, their performance in dealing with all the principles of democracy, and that citizens are informed at all stages of the election cycle, not merely when political parties decide it is in their interest to produce policies once an election approaches.