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Tenacious D’s Newcastle show postponed after comment about Trump assassination attempt
  • The idiocy is that the same people who normally advocate for freedom of speech and freedom of consequences, who oppose what they call 'cancel culture', and who think that you should be able to say anything you want, who don't believe that words have impact - they're the exact same people who are getting all hot under the collar over this, and are more than happy for this particular speech to have consequences.

    You can't have it any which way. I don't condone what Kyle Gas's said, but it's interesting if not disturbing to see who's the loudest in advocating for severe consequences.

    Read up a bit about Ralph Babet and you'll see what a massive hypocrite the guy is.

  • Tenacious D’s Newcastle show postponed after comment about Trump assassination attempt
  • It wasn't too long ago that right wingers were marching the streets in the state of Victoria, calling for the then-Premier to be hanged. One woman who later got elected to the Victorian parliament said she wouldn't rest until she saw him hanging from the end of a rope.

    Guess who didn't oppose those calls for violence? The same people who got their knickers in a twist over this one, that's right.

  • Tenacious D’s Newcastle show postponed after comment about Trump assassination attempt
  • They're not getting deported. The senator who made that demand is on the fringe, doesn't belong to any major party or group, and speaks for nobody but himself. He couldn't have dialled up the histrionics any more if he'd actually tried.

  • Tenacious D’s Newcastle show postponed after comment about Trump assassination attempt
  • He also claimed that he went into politics as a 'sacrifice' for his country - the pay wasn't enough for 'all the suffering' he'd have to 'endure' in parliament and all the work he'd be forced to do. He said he'd be much happier running his real estate business

  • Satanists to volunteer in Florida schools in protest at DeSantis religious bill
  • "I always thought there couldn't possibly be a God, with all the evil in the world. But perhaps... all this evil exists because there is a God. Perhaps, yes, perhaps this God just isn't a particularly nice guy. It's possible that God isn't a DJ, but an arsehole."

    "He's probably both. A DJ who exclusively plays Rammstein at a kid's birthday party."

    "You know the saying that God created Man in His image? Well, look around. If you assume that God is an arsehole, it suddenly makes a lot of sense."

    Freely translated from The Kangaroo Chronicles by Marc-Uwe Kling

  • What universally beloved videogame you just can't enjoy?
  • The standalone Gwent version started sucking the moment all the competitive gamers got their hands on it. Then it was all about optimising the game to death, all the decks got streamlined. I came back to the game after a longer break and it was almost completely different, and my favourite faction had been so drastically altered that I couldn't get back into it.

  • Anon's coworker is a flat-earther
  • So how come people trust Donald Trump? How is it that he can get away with lying whenever he opens his mouth, how is it that people buy it when he pretends he's the underdog and not part of the establishment? How is it his followers, who are so ready to believe that the government lies to them all the time, don't call anything of what he says into question?

    If we go by what you say then we're basically fucked. Government and authorities can never regain trust because thanks to people like Trump, thanks to parties like the Republicans, who have spent decades undermining that trust, thanks to the mass media who are highly complicit, we live in a post-truth world, and it's enough that a government wasn't 100% truthful that one time, we can never trust them again.

  • Anon's coworker is a flat-earther
  • No, I really can't understand the mindset. Especially not in the face of the constant undermining of trust by certain elements of society, including when they're in government. We didn't just arrive here for no reason. The same people who have eroded the trustworthiness of government and authority (on purpose, see Reagan) over decades are the ones who now exploit the results of their actions, for their own gain.

    If, in your scenario, group B was on the level, it would be a different story. But they aren't. If A oversold their claim, B would have massively oversold theirs. And that was easy to prove and has been proven. B also just didn't oversell their own claim, they also exaggerated the claim that they refuted to something that, in this form, was never said - standard MO.

    There is no trick to this. Being factual and getting people to believe you is much harder than telling an easy but good-sounding lie and getting people to believ you.

  • Coalition announces where they want to build nuclear power stations

    "Peter Dutton has called a press conference for 10am, so it is all official – nuclear is go.

    The Coalition teleconference meeting has wrapped up, and the seven sites have been named and it is as we thought: Collie in Western Australia, Mt Piper and Liddell in New South Wales, Callide and Tarong in Queensland, Northern Energy in South Australia and Loy Yang in Victoria."

    "There are already issues being identified with the sites – first, the sites would need to be purchased from private operators. There will need to be some pretty major changes to legislation, both state and federally. The Queensland LNP, as recently as yesterday, said it would not lift the nuclear ban for the state, which is a problem given two Queensland reactor sites have been identified by Dutton’s team.

    Tarong in Queensland is a particular issue as it doesn’t have a secure water source. In 2006, then-premier Peter Beattie had to propose a waste water pipeline as a last ditch measure to save the plant during a drought."

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    Chris Uhlmann joins Sky News as analyst and contributor

    >Uhlmann said:

    >I have watched the network since its inception and have always admired its commitment to journalism through straight-shooting broadcasters like Kieran Gilbert and Laura Jayes.

    >In 2010 I helped establish ABC News 24 and had a brutal reality check on just how hard it is trying to keep pace with Sky.

    Commitment to journalism my arse. And he's going to be on Credlin's program. Next step: regular panelist on Outsiders.

    What an absolute buffoon.

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    www.theguardian.com Scott Morrison-era ‘accounting tricks’ to cost public schools $13bn over next five years

    National School Resourcing Board’s review finds state schools lost more than $2bn in 2022 due to a Coalition-era loophole

    Scott Morrison-era ‘accounting tricks’ to cost public schools $13bn over next five years

    > Australia’s public schools will miss out on $13bn in the next five years if accounting tricks are maintained in upcoming funding agreements, a major report has found.

    > The National School Resourcing Board’s (NSRB) annual review, tabled in parliament last week, showed government schools lost more than $2bn in 2022 because of a Morrison-era loophole that allows states and territories to claim up to 4% of public school funding on non-school expenditures.

    > The federal education minister, Jason Clare, has indicated the 4% will not be reviewed until the next round of funding agreements – scheduled for 2030.

    > Modelling provided to Guardian Australia by the Save our Schools convener, Trevor Cobbold, suggests if Clare’s position remains, public schools will miss out on about $13bn in funding to the end of the decade.

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    www.theguardian.com Australian government knew obscure retailer had no PPE experience before paying $100m for unusable Covid masks

    Exclusive: Internal documents show health department was aware of company’s lack of experience importing PPE

    Australian government knew obscure retailer had no PPE experience before paying $100m for unusable Covid masks
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    www.theguardian.com Clive Palmer says Labor’s plan to cap political donations would silence ‘diversity of ideas’

    Mining billionaire warns government against pursuing laws that would prevent him from continuing to spend millions in support of his electoral ambitions

    Clive Palmer says Labor’s plan to cap political donations would silence ‘diversity of ideas’

    "Billionaire businessman, Clive Palmer, has warned Labor against legislating electoral spending and donation caps, accusing it of attempting to “silence the diversity of ideas in this country”.

    The Albanese government is preparing legislation to cap political donations and electoral spending, citing the influence of Palmer’s hundreds of millions of electoral spending, backed by donations from his company Mineralogy to the United Australia Party.

    Although the reforms are backed by an inquiry into the 2022 election by the joint standing committee on electoral matters (Jscem), Palmer’s intervention into the debate spells trouble for the government, which could face a high court challenge on the basis caps infringe the implied freedom of political communication."

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    www.theguardian.com Australian politician ‘sold out’ to foreign regime after being recruited by spies, Asio boss says

    Mike Burgess outlines activities of spy network dubbed ‘the A-team’ in annual threat assessment, without naming former politician nor the country involved

    Australian politician ‘sold out’ to foreign regime after being recruited by spies, Asio boss says

    And related:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/feb/29/joe-hockey-says-it-is-absurd-for-asio-not-to-name-former-politician-accused-of-treason

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    www.theguardian.com Five private schools spent as much on new facilities in one year as 3,000 Australian public schools

    Australian Education Union report finds a $31.8bn divide in capital spending over 10 years

    Five private schools spent as much on new facilities in one year as 3,000 Australian public schools

    Infuriating. In this form, private education is an absolute cancer.

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    www.abc.net.au David Littleproud urges Barnaby Joyce to take leave after embarrassing himself in late-night video

    The leader of the National Party has urged Barnaby Joyce to take leave after he mixed medication with alcohol and was filmed swearing into his phone while lying on his back on a Canberra street.

    David Littleproud urges Barnaby Joyce to take leave after embarrassing himself in late-night video

    >David Littleproud told the ABC he and Mr Joyce had a conversation about the "circumstances" that led to him lying down in the street.

    >The Nationals MP said Mr Joyce's behaviour wasn't "normal" and that he had embarrassed himself and his family.

    >Mr Littleproud said there were "greater circumstances" to the incident than the public was aware of, beyond the "mixture of medication and alcohol".

    >"There's some family circumstances that his family need to deal with, and I encouraged him to take some time to deal with that emotionally," Mr Littleproud said.

    >"To make sure that his family understood that he was there for them but that we were there for Barnaby. That we were going to create an environment for him to be able to address those issues.

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    www.theguardian.com Barnaby Joyce ‘not looking for sympathy’ after video of footpath incident

    Pressure mounts on Nationals to demote MP amid claims response has revealed double standard

    Barnaby Joyce ‘not looking for sympathy’ after video of footpath incident

    Good thing he's not looking for sympathy, as I am fresh out.

    Jesus Christ, what an absolute moron and embarrassment.

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    www.zdf.de Chrupalla bei "Lanz": "Höcke für mich nicht rechtsextrem"

    AfD-Chef Tino Chrupalla gerät bei "Markus Lanz" mit dem schleswig-holsteinischen Wirtschaftsminister Claus Ruhe Madsen aneinander.

    Chrupalla bei "Lanz": "Höcke für mich nicht rechtsextrem"

    Ist echt die Überraschung des Tages: ein Rechtsextremer sieht andere Rechtsextreme nicht als rechtsextrem.

    Dass der Typ an den Worten 'freiheitlich-demokratische Grundordnung' nicht sofort erstickt ist, grenzt auch an ein Wunder.

    Mann mann mann, die Medien hören den Schuss echt nicht mehr. Wenigstens hat es das ZDF fertiggebracht, diese Äusserung nicht komplett unkommentiert stehenzulassen.

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    theconversation.com How Albanese could tweak negative gearing to save money and build more new homes

    An astounding one in nine taxpayers negatively gear, costing Australia more than $2.7 billion a year. Here’s how we could get better value for that money – and supercharge investment in new housing.

    How Albanese could tweak negative gearing to save money and build more new homes
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    www.theguardian.com Cost of negative gearing and other rental deductions soaring, Australian Treasury data reveals

    The latest ranking of revenue foregone shows the usual suspects topping the list

    Cost of negative gearing and other rental deductions soaring, Australian Treasury data reveals

    Concessions for superannuation cost the federal budget almost $50bn a year while rental deductions, much of them for negative gearing, have jumped by more than half in three years, the annual Treasury summary of tax expenditures shows.

    The ranking of revenue foregone in 2023-24, released on Wednesday, was headed by many of the usual groups, finding for example that shielding taxpayers’ main residence from capital gains taxes, saved them a combined $47.5bn for the year, up about a third from 2018-19.

    Topping the list was concessions for super contributions, which cost the budget $28.55bn, up almost 23% from the previous year. Exemptions for earnings from super was ranked fifth largest at $20.05bn, down about 7% on the previous year.

    Benefits for both types of super exemptions were skewed to higher income earners. In 2020–21, 90% of the contributions benefit went to people with above median income, and 30% went to people in the top tenth of taxable income earners.

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    www.theguardian.com Victoria’s Robinsons Bookshop apologises after owner’s call for more ‘white kids’ on book covers

    Susanne Horman’s comments have been ‘taken out of context’ and ‘misrepresented’, business says

    Victoria’s Robinsons Bookshop apologises after owner’s call for more ‘white kids’ on book covers

    Victoria’s oldest independent bookshop has apologised after its owner called for more picture books with “just white kids on the cover” and claimed that the chain would stop stocking “woke agenda” content that divided people.

    Susanne Horman, the owner of Robinsons Bookshop chain, posted a series of tweets in December where she called for an “substantial shift” in Australian publishing, arguing the focus should be in line with public opinion, requests for books and “for what is good”.

    “What’s missing from our bookshelves in store?” Horman wrote in one tweet, before the account was deleted. “Positive male lead characters of any age, any traditional nuclear white family stories, kids picture books with just white kids on the cover, and no wheelchair, rainbow or indigenous art, non indig [sic] aus history.”

    Another post read: “Books we don’t need: hate against white Australians, socialist agenda, equity over equality, diversity and inclusion (READ AS anti-white exclusion), left wing govt propaganda. Basically the woke agenda that divides people. Not stocking any of these in 2024.”

    In a Facebook post on Sunday night, Robinsons Bookshop said the comments had been “taken out of context” and “misrepresented the views” of the company.

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    Coalition tells Cop28 it will back tripling of nuclear energy if Peter Dutton becomes prime minister

    www.theguardian.com Coalition tells Cop28 it will tback tripling of nuclear energy if Peter Dutton becomes prime minister

    Ted O’Brien declares global climate summit ‘the nuclear Cop’ despite only 11% of nations backing the pledge

    Coalition tells Cop28 it will tback tripling of nuclear energy if Peter Dutton becomes prime minister

    The federal Coalition has declared at the Cop28 climate summit that it will back a global pledge to triple nuclear energy if the opposition leader, Peter Dutton, becomes prime minister, but will not support Australia tripling its renewable energy.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the conference in Dubai, the opposition’s climate change and energy spokesperson, Ted O’Brien, also said a Coalition government would consider supporting Generation III+ large-scale nuclear reactors, and not just the unproven small modular reactors it has strongly touted.

    The statement at the global summit confirmed the Coalition was on a markedly different path to Labor. The Albanese government last week joined more than 120 countries in backing a pledge to triple renewable energy and double the rate of energy efficiency by 2030, but did not sign up with 22 countries that supported tripling nuclear power by 2050.

    While only 11% of countries at the talks – mostly nations that already have a domestic nuclear energy industry – backed the nuclear pledge, O’Brien declared “Cop28 will be known as the nuclear Cop”

    [. .]

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    www.smh.com.au Sleeper trains are making a comeback. Why are ours being axed?

    Sleeper trains are enjoying a resurgence in Europe, but the sleeper service between Sydney and Melbourne is set to be scrapped.

    Sleeper trains are making a comeback. Why are ours being axed?
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    www.theguardian.com Australians’ tipping habits fail to keep up with rising restaurant prices, data reveals

    The average amount Australians are tipping for hospitality service drops to lowest proportion of total bill in four years

    Australians’ tipping habits fail to keep up with rising restaurant prices, data reveals

    Australians’ tipping habits are not keeping pace with higher menu prices, new research shows, as household costs soar and diners grapple with pandemic-era hospitality charges.

    A report by Lightspeed Commerce, using payments platform data, found that the average tip amount dropped in August to 8.1% of a total bill.

    This is the lowest amount in four years recorded by the point-of-sale and software company, and the first time it has dropped below 9% since early 2021.

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    www.theguardian.com Social cohesion lowest on record as Australia reels from cost of living, inequality concerns and voice debate

    The social cohesion index – which draws on a survey of more than 7,000 Australians – plummets to lowest since it began 16 years ago

    Social cohesion lowest on record as Australia reels from cost of living, inequality concerns and voice debate

    Relentless cost-of-living pressure, rising interest rates, uncertainty about the direction of the economy and growing concern about inequality has undermined Australia’s sense of social cohesion, according to authoritative new research.

    After a polarising voice referendum campaign and amid rising community tensions over the war in the Middle East, the latest Mapping Social Cohesion Report puts the Scanlon-Monash Index of Social Cohesion at its lowest ebb since the survey began 16 years ago.

    The social cohesion index provides a barometer of social wellbeing, measuring belonging, worth, participation, acceptance and rejection, social inclusion and justice. The measure declined by four points over the past 12 months, hitting the lowest result on record. Since November 2020 – the peak of social cohesion recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic – the index has plummeted 13 points.

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    www.theguardian.com ABC to complain after Bronwyn Bishop tells Sky the public broadcaster is ‘aligning’ itself with Nazi policies

    Former Howard government minister tells Sharri Markson the ABC is ‘aligning themselves with policies in place with national socialism during world war two’

    ABC to complain after Bronwyn Bishop tells Sky the public broadcaster is ‘aligning’ itself with Nazi policies

    I mean, come on. I know by now that Sky News, a broadcaster that doesn't deserve the 'News' moniker and that will happily platform actual fascists if it serves their agenda, never tires of taking cheap shots at the ABC, with the declared objective to undermine its credibility. I know that Bronwyn Bishop has gone full cryptofascist and is probably starting to get senile. I shouldn't be surprised at shit like this. But for some reason, whenever I think these people can't possibly go any lower, they grab a bigger excavator and keep on digging.

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    www.theguardian.com Melbourne Cup: most Australians have little or no interest in ‘race that stops the nation’, Essential poll finds

    Only 11% of respondents to survey say they have ‘high interest’, down five points from before last year’s race

    Melbourne Cup: most Australians have little or no interest in ‘race that stops the nation’, Essential poll finds

    Punters are switching off the Melbourne Cup, with a majority of Australians reporting they have little or no interest in what was once “the race that stops the nation”.

    According to the latest Essential poll of 1,049 voters, just 11% reported a “high interest” in the Melbourne Cup, down five points from when the question was asked before the 2022 race.

    [...]

    Despite a lack of personal interest, two-thirds (65%) of respondents agreed the Melbourne Cup is a unique part of Australia’s national identity, down seven points. Just 50% of those aged 18 to 34 agreed.

    About half (48%) said it promotes unhealthy gambling behaviour. More than a third (36%) said it normalises animal cruelty, up two points since 2022.

    The figures come as an increasing number of brands and sponsors are distancing themselves from the Melbourne Cup and other racing events.

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