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What a disaster the two peas in a pod have proven to be

1 The President of the United States has yet again demonstrated a capacity for vindictiveness that is beyond most people. That a man such as Trump could ever become POTUS says as much about the people of the USA as it does about Trump himself.

This time, or should I say, yet again, he has directed it at those without the power to respond.

By signing executive actions that broadly challenge the powers that separate the White House and Capital Hill. He is proposing to eliminate payroll tax. Now that might sound OK to some until you find out that the receipts from the tax goes into a fund that in turn finances Medicare and social security.

As if all the suffering from COVID-19 isn’t enough he is now, by Presidential decree, attempting to bypass Congress and make dramatic changes to tax and spending policy.

Trump says he will eliminate payroll tax if re-elected. In short this means that the United States will no longer support its citizens in the face of poverty.

Everything he does is vindictive. In my view another four years of Trump would see the USA go into such decline that it may never recover.

Of his actions he said this “Will take care of pretty much this entire situation.” What that means is anyone’s guess.

The ability of thinking human beings to blindly embrace what they are being told without referring to evaluation and the consideration of reason never ceases to amaze me. It is tantamount to the rejection of rational explanation.

2 Back to good old Aus. Conservative MPs and its media are trying to make the most of what might yet prove to be stupid mistakes by a few people the Victorian government was trying to fit into a jobs plan.

In times of crisis, even with the best intent disastrous mistakes will happen and governments of the right take much pleasure in pointing them out. Pink batts and school halls, for example.

Where they are up against it on this one is that their own government has responsibility for aged care and 68% of COVID-19-related deaths in Australia had occurred in nursing homes.

Added to this is their own deplorable record of scandal and humiliation:

A The failure of the Federal Government and the Private Health Industry to provide adequate care has resulted in as many as 162 people losing their lives.

B Robodebt has also led many poor souls to take their own lives.

C Angus Taylor has made both himself and his Government look foolish with his Watergate and Grassgate scandals.

D The Sports Grants affair that went on for months and if not for the virus would probably still be commanding headlines was of itself enough, in ordinary circumstances, be enough for a government.

E Then there were the bush fire failures with the Prime Minister taking a holiday with the embers still burning.

F Then we have an avalanche of no tender government contracts to former Liberal staffers.

G Add to the list the AFP raid on the AWU with no outcome.

H And Stuart Roberts’ Rolex and internet usage.

I Its failure to recognise faults in the financial sector.

Humility is the basis of all intellectual advancement. However, it is truth that that enables human progress.

This Government’s performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society. Surely performance or lack of it must mean something.

It goes without saying and his popularity of 68% backs me up that Scott Morrison is a consummate politician. Albeit a rather unscrupulous one with a capacity to somehow suggest that everyone else is at fault when he obviously is.

This attribution of blame is demonstrated with Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus infections and its subsequent handling of the it. At every press conference and every interview the Prime Minister and his ministers take every opportunity to cast doubt on the Victorian Premier’s accountability but when asked if they should be accountable for the deaths in nursing homes the Prime Minister, after fluffing up the surrounds of the question, gives answers like the following, as reported by Katherine Murphy of The Guardian:

“But Morrison saw the death rate through a different prism than a prime minister having a specific, negative charge to answer. Morrison said it was terrible and tragic that elderly Australians had died, but “sadly” it was not surprising that fatalities were concentrated in aged care because elderly people were “the most vulnerable in our community.”

“The aged care regulator was also being accused of causing a “catastrophic communications failure” causing a “potentially deadly delay” after revelations it took them four days to inform the government about a COVID-19 outbreak at Melbourne’s St Basil’s aged care home.”

“Unfortunately for the prime minister, in a forum outside the press conference, the counsel assisting the aged care royal commission was less glass-half-full. In an opening statement, counsel suggested evidence would show neither the health department nor the aged care regulator developed a Covid-19 plan specifically for aged care – which sounds like a commonwealth-specific deficiency.”

Just who is accountable? Well everyone is, including all politicians. However, Scott Morrison thinks that everyone else is … except him.

The two peas in a pod I refer to have similar characteristics. They both blame others, they both lie like it’s a gift to be demonstrated.

My thought for the day

I don’t mind the criticism but please don’t do it on an empty head.

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  1. Jack Cade

    Donald J. Trump was sent by God to lift the lid off the sewer. Who better to do it than someone completely at home in sewage?

  2. New England Cocky

    Another thought provoking post Jl..

    1) ”It goes without saying and his popularity of 68% backs me up that Scott Morrison is a consummate politician.” These are the results that autocratic third world puppets of the USA (United States of Apartheid) ensure are published by tame media outlets. They are easily arranged in Australia by either polling only Liarbral Nazional$ members, or simply writing the desired numbers into the necessary boxes, or simply doing the old NSW Police trick of telling lies when reporting crime statistics.

    2) ”Just who is accountable?” Scummo Sacked from Marketing is a product of a corrupted pre-selection process in a corrupt political party supported by foreign owned MSM plus all the Australian voters who chose to simply fill out the election ballot paper as if the date was 1959 and Menzies had them searching for ”Reds under the Beds”.

    Foreign interests, both English and American, stooped to encourage GG John Curr to sack Whitlam, and now US citizen Murdoch is paid about $40 MILLION to provide editorial support for arguably the worst Prim Monster since Federation.

  3. Terence Mills

    Newscorp with the full backing of the federal government are in full flight attacking Dan Andrews for not using the army to provide security services at COVID-19 hotel quarantine facilities.

    When you consider that the federal government operate detention facilities throughout Australia, Christmas Island, Nauru and PNG and in no case do the use the ADF to provide onsite security : they use private contractors which is precisely what Dan Andrews did.

    And let’s not forget that in Melbourne today 45 asylum seekers who had previously been detained in PNG but who had, under the Medevac Laws, been brought to Australia for urgent medical attention. The men are currently, following their medical treatment, detained on one floor of the $180-a-night Mantra on Bell in Preston, which is off-limits to other guests and patrolled by private security guards : they have been there for eight months.

    Hypocrisy anybody !

  4. Ronald M

    John, exactly, Fed gov should be leading by example. ‘68% of COVID-19-related deaths in Australia had occurred in nursing homes’ I have to ask the question, is the gov searching the best options for our elders? What happened to hydroxychloroquine as a treatment? Then there is the question of oxygen therapy. Do nursing homes have oxygen on site as a first response to the breathing difficulty that goes with covid? Check this video, May 2020, by Swedish nurse whistleblower with Dr Jon Tallinger to understand why this question needs to be answered – ‘Witness. Never hospital. No oxygen.’ –
    In Sweden, advice is being given by what is described as ‘Nazi’ gov that doctors administer morphine and deny oxygen therapy to those over the age of 65yrs, wtf. Now it is clear why Sweden death toll skyrocketed. That idea of ‘don’t bother with patients over 65yrs’, coming to a hospital near you soon?
    South of the border, what is happening in Victoria? It is starting to look like a failed state ruled by a Premier with deep connections to communist China and their way of dealing with people. This video shocked me, what is it with the hive mind of violence, what do they fear? Terrorism in 2020 Australia –

  5. Rossleigh

    Why is it that the ones who advocate hydroxychloroquine as a treatment seem to believe every crackpot theory on Youtube but are deeply suspicious of anything else that anyone tries to tell them such as the fact that no studies showed it effective as a treatment and the one which suggested that it might work as a prevention was lacking some basic scientific method?

  6. Alc

    I just heard that moron Trump, who has berated Biden with all the bad mouthing he can put together, sympathising with him because Kamala Harris took him on about busing during the debates. This from someone who has called people Pocahontas and smeared them with all sorts of racist remarks. He has made many disparaging remarks about women proving beyond doubt he is a misogynistic, narcissistic, ignorant moron. If the edict proves correct, by your friends thus shall you know him, the lowlife scumbags he has surrounded himself with says it all. You could not reason with his rusted on supporters, who dressed in full armoured gear, shout USA USA, but we can only hope there are enough reasoned people to rid ourselves forever from this utter disaster.

  7. guest

    Ronald M

    You say: “South pf the border, what is happening in Victoria? It is starting to look like a failed state ruled by a Premier with deep connections to communist China and their way of dealing with people.”

    So what is happening? you ask. There is a deeper level of lock-down because there has been a larger number of cases of people infected by the virus. The government is required to do something about it. There is an inquiry to understand it better.

    How should it be dealt with? No lock-down? Then what? Personal freedom to do whatever people want to do? Free not to wear masks when wearing of masks is stipulated?

    So the young woman had permission not to wear a mask? Why was she fighting and kicking the police? Why did the police man try to restrain her? How did all that start? There seems to be some lack of communication here. Why was she not at home?

    Who was filming all of this incident? Were they shocked, too? Were they gathering evidence against the police. Or were they gathering evidence against the young woman who was not wearing a mask?

    Looking at responses to the film on youtube, there are quite a few of the comments calling for violence against the police and against the government. They were calling for personal freedom to not wear masks and urging other people not to wear masks. They are using what they see as freedom of speech to protest the lock-down.

    When you say “the hive mind of violence”, who are you writing about? The police or the writers on youtube? And when you say “what do they fear?” who is it you are asking about?

    What most people fear in a pandemic is catching the virus. Some people seem to be unafraid and are determined to have fun. They have had enough of being told what to do. They see the government advised by health experts as fascists or communists.

    Yet in their comments some of the writers seem like authoritarian storm troopers out to crush anyone they see as an authority opposed to them. It seems rather political.

    It is pretty clear why there are problems with the virus in Victoria. But there are similar recurring problems across the world. In the USA especially – the land of the free! Oh yes, they know their rights!

  8. Michael Taylor

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  9. Gangey1959

    “Oh. And another thing God.”

    Signed scottyfromadvertising and trumpetarse.

  10. wam

    Great work, lord, keep the brain going.
    Accountable has not been a word used in government for years.
    Today it is easy to avoid evaluation and accountability by employing a’ review’ which will find the truths required and hide any unwanted truths. Royal commissions are fitting this mould and are easily ignored if not controlled..

    But why start in the middle?
    The road to the election of trump was arduous and long.

    Of the GOP candidates, lord, whom did you put above trump? Cruse, rubio or ???

    Our murdoch rag never lets honesty interfere with a catchy headline, The editors are learners from south who immediate fall in with the clp establishment and that union is reflected in the paper.
    2 days ago – COVID-19 restrictions likely still in place for Christmas … On states’ border restrictions, Mr Morrison said premiers needed to explain their …
    Today’s nt news headlines xmax grinch not about scummo but about gunner who said the border will be closed to visitors from hot spots.
    We used to be able to watch the ABC for balance but the auto cuists make little attempt to hide their political preference and, like the commercials, that is well right of centre.

  11. Wal Burgess-Knight.

    Kamala is there as back up should Joe fall off his perch.

    Slightly more competent than the rest.

  12. Michael Taylor

    Wal, I’m looking forward to her debate with Pence. Should be a hoot watching him unravel.

  13. Andrew J. Smith

    Humorous overview 🙂 However, me thinks we are witnessing symptoms of the same beast in the US, Australia and the UK too; much Koch Network ‘infrastructure’ quietly hitched its wagon to Trump (after supporting failed candidate Cruz)

    Although we have to deal with sub-optimal ‘leaders’, radical right ideology runs unabated, as suggested round Covid-19 responses and policies.

    Whether mainstream MPs, think tanks, media chatter, ‘sovereign citizens’ or conspiracy theorists; everything seems to be predicated upon freewheeling radical right libertarian ideology, especially economic or social policy, and communication strategies to support, with seemingly unconnected public or media manifestations e.g. ‘sovereign citizens’.

    I’d suggest change of leadership with the GOP, LNP orTories would not change (gamed) parties’ subordination to corporate sponsors and their think tank ideology, masquerading as grass roots conservative policy (or in the case of our Covid Commission not at all).

  14. Jack Cade

    Harris is nobody’s idea of a progressive, unless you are able to imagine a’progressive Republican’. Trumps win in the last presidential election has been put down to ‘leftists’ sitting on their hands because Hillary was not to their taste. Harris is in much the same mould, but compared to the other three stooges the choice is even more problematic. Whoever gets up as VP this time has a 90% chance of becoming Potus in the next 4 years. Maybe the left will have to swallow it’s principles.
    N.B. I note that the new NZ Covid cluster may have been imported in frozen food. The cold store featured on the newsclips was Americold…
    So Uncle Sam contaminates everything he touches.

  15. totaram

    Ronald M: “..i n Sweden, advice is being given by what is described as ‘Nazi’ gov that doctors administer morphine and deny oxygen therapy to those over the age of 65yrs, wtf. ”

    I have checked with doctor friends in Sweden. This is an outright lie. Why are you spreading lies and misinformation? Don’t think you won’t be caught out trying to do this.

  16. guest

    Ronald M.

    You ask questions but you do not look far for answers. For example, you ask: “What happened to hydroxychloroquine as a treatment?”

    Wikipedia tells us. “After issuing an emergency use authorization for physicians to use the drug to treat hospitalized people with severe COVID-19 infection, the US Food and Drug administration withdrew the authorization in June after finding hydroxychloroquine was unlikely to be effective and had serious side effects, During the ensuing months additional studies found the drug not effective…”

    Besides that, Trump’s recommendation for hydroxychloroquine in March 2020 created a world wide demand which caused a shortage for its prescribed purpose of preventing malaria.

    Thank you, Donald Trump.

  17. Ronald M

    Guest, the main point of my post was how unscientific the covid story is becoming. The Victorian lockdown we are told is because of a deadly virus, up there with ebola if you believe the maimstream media. The virus is mainly affecting elderly people who would have likely taken ill and possibly died anyway from the next seasonal flu. I’m all for protecting those in aged care, I’m in the vulnerable age group but do not believe every young person should be living in fear of getting a virus that is only slightly more serious than seasonal flu. Understand, one day each person’s number is going to be up. If I go because of seasonal flu, meh. Death is part and parcel of aging and death from the winding down of the immune system is about the 3rd or 4th most common cause of death and has been for decades.
    Re ‘hive mind’ and violence, good point, it applies to police, commenters on YouTube, anyone who identifies with a group that sees violence as a solution to a problem. I watched the video and wondered how 2 trained police officers could not restrain a young woman. There was no need to choke a person for what looked like some minutes. I’m sure police are trained in a number of wrist and arm locks that could have used. I believe the person has been charged with assault.
    I’m for informed debate. Listen to those with experience, not career policy-hacks like Fauci who have one eye on profits for his future vaccine rather than the immediate provision of a cheap and effective treatment such as HCQ in the interim, a treatment he knew about back in 2005. If it is proven HCQ is dangerous today I’ll change my mind.

    Last month the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) filed a lawsuit, AAPS v. FDA, against the Food and Drug Administration to end its arbitrary interference with the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) –
    “It is shocking that medical workers in Brazil will have access to HCQ as a prophylaxis while many foreign nations, including China, India, South Korea, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, use HCQ for early treatment and prevention of COVID-19”.

    Rossleigh, check – and from the Virology Journal ‘Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread’ –
    Conclusion: “Chloroquine, a relatively safe, effective and cheap drug used for treating many human diseases including malaria, amoebiosis and human immunodeficiency virus is effective in inhibiting the infection and spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. The fact that the drug has significant inhibitory antiviral effect when the susceptible cells were treated either prior to or after infection suggests a possible prophylactic and therapeutic use.”

    I am not Bill Gates asking for HCQ to be made mandatory, but how about a bit of science in the debate.

    Totaram, I read stuff, might be true, maybe not. The doctor I quoted made his statements back in April and the statements still stand from what I can see. You can challenge him if you like. There are numerous sites with the story, here’s one with video link –

    Sweden’s Elderly Get the Kiss of Death From Socialized Health Care

  18. totaram

    Ronald M:
    “It is shocking that medical workers in Brazil will have access to HCQ as a prophylaxis while many foreign nations, including China, India, South Korea, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, use HCQ for early treatment and prevention of COVID-19”.”

    And are their death/ recovery rates significantly different? Hard to tell. According to the propaganda ALL people given HCQ should recover. You must have seen the video. I have. But people are dying all over the world, and now you claim it is no different to growing old. So the reaction to Covid-19 is “hysteria”.

    As for your link regarding Sweden, the title is enough to give the game away. It is an attack on “socialised health care”. From the sort of people who would like us all to become like the USA where everything is privatised. And “the doctor” who wrote the link can always be found for a certain fee. Why would I bother to challenge him? He will claim everything he said is true but it is not “official” so there is no evidence.

    So on the one hand it is hysteria, on the other hand old people are being killed off if they fall ill, by being denied proper treatment. Why do they need proper treatment if it is all hysteria?

    Anybody can put up a web-site and spout any kind of nonsense on it. The fact that it is a web-site means nothing.
    I can direct you to web-sites that “prove” that the earth and all life on it was created by God 6000 years ago and dinosaurs still walk the earth. I suspect you think that is true.

    Enough from me. I don’t need to engage with this kind of nonsense. I have better things to do.

  19. guest

    Ronald M, thank you for your reply.

    Yes, the use of HCQ is controversial, although much of the praise for its use comes from 2005 with reference to a different corona virus. And of course there is controversy over the treatment of the COOVID-19, as you refer to in the USA, where litigation is the preferred way of refuting anything.

    Even here in Oz there is controversy. The RACGP Execitive Director of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, Associate Professor Julian Elliott, said (reported 7/8/2020 at “We have reviewed all the scientific data around HCQ and we can now say, definitively, that HCQ should not be used as a treatment anyone with COVID-19.”

    Trump advocated it and said he used it, but later said he had stopped using it.

    Clive Palmer purchased 33 million doses and put out a 3 page advertisement promoting the drug. Not only a miner, but also a pharmacist!

    Liberal MP Craig Kelly suggested Daniel Andrews ‘could be jailed for 25 years’ for blocking the use of the drug.

    Even the RACGP was criticised by a doctor who questioned whether General Practitioners are really qualified to comment on the efficacy of using HCQ as a cure or a prophylaxis. There seems to be some kind of ranking among medical people.

    Looking at the use of HCQ as treatment for rheumatism, it takes weeks and months to have effect.

    We see that kind of ranking in the Murdoch writers who write about “identity politics” , especially with regard to the aged caught up with the virus. You know, they are going to die anyway, why not now? That way, the young can forgo the discomfort of having to be locked down and can go business-as-usual.

    How that identity stratification works out in practice is not well explained, but it makes a good talking point for those intent on being contrarian.

    And people who get special exemptions also seem to be exploiting “identity politics” as we see with the young lady who had exemption from wearing a mask. I say it again, could she not simply have complied and explained the situation instead of resorting to violence? And perhaps the police could have employed a simple irresistible judo hold and all would have been well.

    These are trying times and it is easy to be snitchity in dealing with those who do not agree with us. Thank you for your calm and levelled reply.

  20. Ronald M

    Guest, thanks for your thanks. There is a way more happening here they we are being told. Medicine is being politicized, for what reason? You might find this presentation interesting – The Fact-Free Lockdown Hysteria | Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 16 July 2020).

    I see a lot of disinfo from maimstream media and I don’t believe everything on YouTube but some of it is on target. One recent insight relates to ‘Smart Cities’ and collapse of our lifestyles. The WHO is onboard with the UN and its agenda and they are using this virus situation against us. Will the roll-out of smart cities result in Western countries having restrictions on their position of excess to meet the Third world being lifted out of poverty half-way? Some restrictions on use of energy is good, but think about a zero carbon future, then forget owning a car or travel, etc.
    Rosa Koire. UN Agenda 2030 exposed

    One important thing you say is “calm and levelled reply”. Since about 2005, AI has been running disaster response in the USA and the first is said to have been Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans. What FEMA used back then was clunky but now we can watch a video of say a PM saying ‘I did not have sex, with that woman …’ – and believe it! AI is learning from all online activity, so it’s important to consider what and how one says something. Quantum computing is now so advanced it can look at what is happening now (as an instaneous whole) and predict out years the most likely scenarios. Back in 2018 it even had FEMA set up command and response facilities (100s of vehicles, accommodation, a virtual small city) near the town of Paradise California days before the actual fires broke out. How is that possible, just ask a quantum computer.

  21. Matters Not

    Ronald M – Keep it up! You’re a source of much amusement.

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