“Dishonest, deceitful liars”

Here’s a new world: TRUMP SLAMS MEDIA ELITE, FACE TO FACE.

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.

“Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.”

Whether it can do any good is still to be seen. The process for the media is to try one attack mode after another – eg “fake news” – and when that doesn’t resonate go onto another until they create a storm. If you are on the left, you get the pass. If you are not, you don’t.

The odd things some people believe

This is Peter Smith at Quadrant Online:

Among other things, commonsense tells you that the private sector creates wealth not government; that we can’t go on spending more than we earn: that wind and sun cannot generate base load power; that free speech is a bulwark against despotism; that marriage is between a man and woman; that children should not be confused into believing that their evident gender is a societal construct; that all cultures are not nearly equal; that a religion whose creed preaches supremacism, intolerance and violence is not benign or peaceful; that civilised society cannot exist without borders; and that there are bad people who wish to do us harm and have to be deterred by force of arms.

I’m not sure if there is any constituency left for these kinds of views. In this regard, I might mention this posting under the heading All Cultures are Equal at SmallDeadAnimals in which it might be said that she is taking the same side as Peter. Obviously they share a view that is on its way out. The teaser in this second story reads:

“The monkey pulled off one of the girls’ head scarf, leading men from the Awlad Suleiman tribe to retaliate by killing three people from the Gaddadfa tribe as well as the monkey…”

I’m not sure what we are supposed to make of that, but there you have it.

@realAlexanderHamilton discusses immigration

The title of the article is Alexander Hamilton, Immigration Skeptic, and if this quote is accurate, he was certainly that. It is therefore interesting that the non-white-by-design cast of Hamilton of all things decided to give the VP-elect the benefit of their views on diversity. Here is the real Alexander Hamilton.

“The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias, and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family.

“The opinion advanced in [Jefferson’s] The Notes on Virginia is undoubtedly correct, that foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or, if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism? There may, as to particular individuals, and at particular times, be occasional exceptions to these remarks, yet such is the general rule. The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.

“The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another. The permanent effect of such a policy will be, that in times of great public danger there will be always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust; the suspicion alone will weaken the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.”

And whether he was right or wrong, these are views at least fifty years out of phase with the time in which we live.

A billion here, a billion there and soon you’re talking big money

If you want some idea how truly bad our governments have been, and in particular that economic illiterate of a Prime Minister of ours, let me begin with this: Government loaning NBN $20 billion to finish rollout.

NBN Co has abandoned plans to borrow money from debt markets to complete the roll-out and will instead borrow $19.5 billion from the federal government “on commercial terms”. This takes total government contributions to the project to nearly $50 billion.

They no doubt abandoned such plans because no one would give them the money since it is a project that is destined never to make a cent. Meantime, I want you to keep both the present $20 billion and the $50 billion in mind as we move to the next part of the story.

Here we come to the bit Judy has highlighted:

Treasurer Scott Morrison has left open the door to considering a Grattan Institute proposal to curb or scrap three aged-based tax breaks that cost the budget $1 billion a year.

Wow, save a billion by screwing Australians whose aim is to stay in the paid workforce, that is, to remain productive by earning an income. These are the very people the government should be doing everything they can to keep in the value-adding part of the economy, rather than just spend and drain productivity away. And then to go with these, there is this:

Much lower than expected wage growth has knocked a hole in the government’s budget projections, blowing out deficits right through until 2019-20.

The worse position, confirmed by Treasurer Scott Morrison, comes despite a doubling in the price of coal and a 50 per cent jump in the price of iron ore. . . .

Deloitte is expecting an underlying cash deficit of $40.5 billion in 2016-17, around $3.4 billion worse than budgeted.

We have possibly the most incompetent economic managers this side of Greece, with no vision, no will and no concept of what they are doing wrong. The NBN remains my favourite because it is so stark. But do you think Malcolm has any idea of what’s wrong with what he has done? Instead they sit around shredding their hankies worrying about the trade effects of Donald Trump. Even if he deliberately set out to undermine the Australian economy, he could not do more damage than these clowns have already done all by themselves all on their own.

Reading political journalists is like talking to your daughter’s Grade 3 teacher

Nothing against Grade 3 teachers, who are not necessarily plugged in to much of the world around them and have no special expertise on political events. And the reason for that is that there is no expertise on politics. No one has anything other than knowledge, opinion and belief. I read the papers to find out what’s going on, not to find out what to think. The media no doubt shapes our views with its coverage, or lack of coverage, but there is no expertise of any kind they have to offer.

Here’s a case in point. It’s from the Weekend Australian which I have just gotten around to read, which tells you something about how useless these papers now are. And there is this article by Paul Kelly, Donald Trump will further polarise our politics. His point:

The challenge for the government is immense. With a US president elected on values unacceptable to many Australians, Turnbull’s task as PM is to ensure effective Australia-US ties in this new and erratic order, hardly a trouble free job. Shorten, by contrast, is having a happy and cynical time exploiting Trumpism.

Where was this goose during the last eight years? Reading such opinion is truly a chore, which is why I tend not to. Just a reminder of how useless the opinions of journalists are on anything. The alternative media is here, and unless they can find some way to suppress blogs and other outlets, the Paul Kellys of the world may continue baying at the moon with their ignorant rants.

It’s a new world out there

First, here’s what’s changing:

IRAQIS CHEER ‘TRUTH-TELLER’ TRUMP…
SISI PRAISES…
Putin to ask for help bombing Syria…

French conservatives rally voters in tightening primaries race…
POLL: Europeans Turning Against EU…

BALZ: America’s first independent president…
TRUMP UN SHOWDOWN…
Outsiders take power…
CABINET PICKS SHORTLIST…
Romney Meet… Developing…
Silicon Valley makes nice…

And here’s what’s not. Still as dangerous as ever but perhaps with the poison drained, for the moment:

Obama races to regulate before Trump takes reins…

‘HAMILTON’ DISSES PENCE
BITTER ON B’WAY
PRO-TRUMP FLASH MOB AT THEATER
FLASHBACK: Show Issued ‘Non-White Actors Only’ Casting Call…
Netanyahu was heckled…
Push To Boycott…

Zuckerberg plan to battle ‘fake news’…
‘Journalistic ethics’…Mass TWITTER Hack…
CEO restricted Trump ads…
Alternative Rises After Purge…
Nobody has real friends anymore…

FBI Alert Police Of Thanksgiving Terror Attacks…
Shopping Malls, Special Events…
ISIS leader in first interview…

The left remains as crazed as ever and they still have the media along with the remnants of American pop culture. But there is a new middle ground and even in spite of it all, there is a genuine possibility that it will become the centre. A political miracle of the most miraculous kind.

Fake news sites

This is pretty sinister stuff: Zuckerberg: Facebook will develop tools to fight fake news.

Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a series of measures that should help prevent fake news from being shared on Facebook.

The planned controls, which were announced in a late night Facebook post, follow accusations that a flood of fake news stories influenced the U.S. presidential election.

“The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously,” wrote Zuckerberg. “We take this responsibility seriously. We’ve made significant progress, but there is more work to be done.”

The CEO said that Facebook (FB, Tech30) is working to develop stronger fake news detection, a warning system, easier reporting and technical ways to classify misinformation. Facebook has also been in contact with fact checking organizations.

For Zuckerberg, it’s a sharp reversal in tone from comments made in the immediate aftermath of the election.

“I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a small amount of content — influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” he said last week.

Does he mean NBC, CBS, The Washington Post and New York Times? Here’s the initial list from Zero Hedge, who is on the list, along with Drudge and Breitbart!

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These people cannot even begin to understand that it is they who are the totalitarians, the fascists, the brown shirts, the Nazis, the Red Guards, the Stazi. But they are, as plain as day to the rest of us and invisible to them.