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Chumph Disaster of the Day 2/2/1017

Yet more stupidity from Putin’s Bitch. This time insulting and hanging up on Australia’s leader!

Malcolm Turnbull

Long Term Ally Australia’s President Tumbull

Trump accuses Australian prime minister of trying to send US the ‘next Boston bombers’ in ‘worst deal ever’

President Donald Trump accused Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of trying to send America the “next Boston bombers” in an excoriating phone call between the two national leaders to discuss Australia’s plan to send refugees from Manus Island and Nauru to the US.

The Washington Post has reported details of the 25-minute call, which took place over the weekend and reportedly ended prematurely when Trump suddenly hung up on Turnbull.

“This is the worst deal ever,” Trump reportedly told Turnbull, discussing the plan Australia negotiated with the former Obama administration to accept refugees waiting in the offshore processing centers on Manus and Nauru.

The details add another layer of complexity and confusion as to whether the deal will proceed after Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said earlier this week that the Trump administration would honor the agreement and take 1,250 people from the detention centers, before the White House appeared to backtrack on the resettlement deal just hours later.

Here’s part of how The Washington Post details the conversation between the two leaders:

“At one point Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that, “This was the worst call by far.”

“Trump’s behavior suggests that he is capable of subjecting world leaders, including close allies, to a version of the vitriol he frequently employs against political adversaries and news organizations in speeches and on Twitter.

“US officials said that Trump has behaved similarly in conversations with leaders of other countries, including Mexico. But his treatment of Turnbull was particularly striking because of the tight bond between the United States and Australia — countries that share intelligence, support one another diplomatically and have fought together in wars including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The characterizations provide insight into Trump’s temperament and approach to the diplomatic requirements of his job as the nation’s chief executive, a role in which he continues to employ both the uncompromising negotiating tactics he honed as a real estate developer and the bombastic style he exhibited as a reality television personality.

“The depictions of Trump’s calls are also at odds with sanitized White House accounts. The official read-out of his conversation with Turnbull, for example, said that the two had ’emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.'”

The paper says the US president told the prime minister that “I don’t want these people” but that it was his “intention” to honor the deal. Trump apparently kept mistakenly saying the deal involved 2,000 refugees, rather the 1,250 announced by Spicer on Wednesday.

A tweet sent from Trump’s personal Twitter account Wednesday night incorrectly referred to the refugees as “illegal immigrants”

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Daily Chump Disasters

 

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New Fascism Spreads From America to Australia

Nazi Propaganda Poster From WWII-

White Student Union Picture –

University of Queensland condemns ‘racist’ Facebook campaign for white student union

The University of Queensland has condemned a “racist” Facebook page attempting to garner support for a “white student union” on its campus.

The so-called University of Queensland White Student Union page was created this week and purports to be “a safe place to support and promote the interests of domestic students of European descent” at the university.

The first post published on the page contains a rant about the number of international students enrolled with the institution.

“We’re forced to do group work with internationals who can’t speak English. We carry the load and do all the work, while our marks are dragged down,” it says.

“We’re forced to put up with the antisocial behaviour of a particular group of students who treat study spaces as social spaces and constantly attempt to ‘reserve’ public resources, such as computers.”

The university released a statement today distancing itself from the page.

“The University of Queensland is in no way affiliated with the so-called University of Queensland White Student Union Facebook page, and no ‘white student union’ exists at UQ,” the statement read.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Wright said the university prided itself on diversity.

“We thoroughly condemn any attempt to undermine the importance of fostering an equitable society, both on campus and more broadly,” she said.

The page has 27 likes on Facebook, but has responded to the university’s statement, saying it plans to apply to become an official group next year.

“Our group has never claimed to be an ‘official’ club or society but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,” it said.

“There are numerous student groups that aren’t UQU affiliated but exist nonetheless.

“If we have sufficient support from the student body we will apply to affiliate a White Student Society at UQ in 2016.”

Page part of larger US trend promoting white supremacy: UQ

The university said the page appeared to be part of a larger trend that has spread from North America, where dozens of similar pages have appeared, each claiming affiliation with university communities.

According to US media, “white student union” Facebook pages have popped up at colleges across the country in recent days, including at Princeton, Berkeley and Stanford.

The pages are suspected to be in response to a wave of anti-racism protests which have been taking place on campuses this month.

The trend come days after photographs of black Harvard Law faculty members were defaced on the university’s famous Boston campus.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in The Definition of Racism

 

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How Australia Kicks American Behind on Student Loans

Australia is a country with only about 22 million people, principally concentrated within 12 miles of the Ocean. Despite other issues with racism and the historical treatment of indigenous people – they get some other things right. Educating the populace being one. COnservatism in America has screwed up developing a real education system which benefits the masses…And the country. Much like they have screwed up Medical Care and everything else they have touched.

How Australia Gets Student Loans Right

And why it should make Americans very, very jealous.

Graduate from college this year? Congratulations! If you borrowed money, you likely need to pay back more than $35,000. Just how bad is that? Well, the average American with credit-card debt owes less than half that amount. Perhaps that’s why MyBankTracker recently discovered 30 percent of those they polled would agree to sell an organ in order to pay off their student loan bills.

Good luck getting started in the world with that amount of debt—one reason why many economists believe millennials aren’t buying homes or cars at the same age their parents did.

It doesn’t have to be this way—and it isn’t in many other places. Let’s visit Australia, where politicians congratulated themselves this week for closing down what they considered a major loophole in the nation’s student loan program: scofflaws moving abroad to escape the automatic salary deductions of the nation’s income-based student loan program. “You should have to repay that debt,” thundered Simon Birmingham, the nation’s education minister.

But that’s still not true for everyone. Earn less than $54,000 Australian dollars—that’s about $38,000 in the United States—and you have no worries, at least for now and maybe not forever.

Australia offers students an income-based student loan plan, and has since 1989, when the system was set up to compensate for the fact that universities were charging tuition at all. That was a change. Higher education had been free in the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, there are two ways Aussies can choose to finance their college educations. If they pay up front, they get a 10 percent discount. Most don’t do that, however. That’s where where Australia’s income-based repayment plan comes in.

Australians borrow money from the government through the Higher Education Loan Program (or HELP—get it?) and related offshoots. When it comes time to repay the bill, the monthly amount has nothing to do with the sum borrowed. Instead, debtors earning more than AU$54,000 ($38,000) pay between 4 and 8 percent of their income, depending on how much they take home annually. Unemployment or illness? Salary falls under the minimum earnings required for repayment? No worries. Payments temporarily cease, with no interest or penalties accruing to the borrower.

Moreover, unlike in the United States, where students need to make strategic decisions whether to consolidate their loans at a particular interest rate because they will not get a do-over, there’s no such issue in Australia. The interest rate is set by the consumer price Index—that is, the rate of inflation.

Finally, making payments is easy. It’s an automatic deduction, courtesy of theAustralian Taxation Office. (This is how the expat loophole developed.) And, yes, a borrower can repay the loan early, if he or she so desires.

Another great thing? Unlike certain American politicians (Hi Marco Rubio!), Australian pols don’t complain about the number of philosophy majors running up debt they can’t pay off. If a student attends a public university in Australia—something the vast majority do—tuition is set, in part, by the course of study. The greater the expected lifetime income return, the greater the cost. So a degree in the humanities costs less than a degree in education, which costs less than a medical education.

I don’t mean to make this sound like nirvana. Australians are increasingly worried about the amount of student-related debt, which is growing rapidly. (One estimate has it surging from AU$50.3 billion this year to AU$70.4 billion in 2018.) That means students will owe more money, likely paying it off over a longer period of time. There is also concern over what those down under like to call “doubtful” debt—estimates are that 20 percent of students will never be flush enough to repay their loans, leaving taxpayers on the hook.

There are other costs associated with the program as well. The government borrows money on the open market at a higher rate of interest than the inflation rate. As a result, there have been proposals to change the interest rate benchmark to Australia’s 10-year treasury note, but so far that hasn’t come to pass.

Australians also have the equivalent of our for-profit college problem. Like, say, the late Corinthian Colleges, a number of the private vocational programs in Australia aggressively recruit nontraditional students, offer them less-than-adequate educations, and then stick them with the bill. Earlier this year, the University of Sydney’s Honi Soit reported representatives for one such program were cold-calling potential recruits. “On the phone, the lady went on to devalue bachelor degrees and stated it was better to have lots of certificates and diplomas as it’s what employers look for,” one recipient recalled.

Nonetheless, income-based repayment plans remain popular, so much so that the opposition Labor Party recently announced that if it were elected to power, it would push a plan to offer students a new line of credit, one designed to encourage recent graduates to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives. The party calls it a “start-up year.”

The U.S. Department of Education does offer students income-based loan programs, for which borrowers need apply. And that’s proved a problem. The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently found that the Department of Education has “not consistently notified borrowers who have entered repayment about the plans.” In addition, the interest rate the United States charges is higher. One thing we do here the Australians don’t: We forgive the debt if it’s not repaid after a period of time—most often 20 or 25 years, depending on the plan. But, then again, you’ll potentially pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Those working in public service can have their loan forgiven after 10 years, with no tax penalty.*…

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in American Genocide

 

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Black Kids Kicked out of Australia Apple Store…”Because you might steal something”

Couple of black kids, well dressed in their school uniforms – kicked out of an Apple Store in Australia…For being black.

Apple Store In Australia Kicks Out Black Teens, Face Racism Accusations

One of the teens posted a video of the incident on Facebook, captioned “Simply Racism.”

Apple was facing accusations of racism in Australia on Thursday after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave a store in Melbourne when a staffer expressed concern they would shoplift.

The backlash against the technology giant began after one of the teens posted a video of Tuesday’s incident on his Facebook page, captioning it: “Simply Racism.”

In the video, a staffer is heard telling the teens: “These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store. They’re just worried you might steal something.”

“Why would we steal something?” one of the teens asks.

“End of discussion,” the staffer replies. “I need to ask you to leave our store.”

The six teens, who are 10th grade students at nearby Maribyrnong College and are of African or Middle Eastern descent, did nothing to prompt the ejection, said principal Nick Scott, who spoke with the students about the incident.

“What those boys were doing in that Apple store was no different to what every other kid does in that Apple store, which is fawning over really cool devices, playing with them, taking photos of each other,” Scott said. “Just kids being kids and certainly being no different to quite a few other kids at the time.”

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The teens believe they were targeted solely because of the color of their skin, Scott said.

“I’m inclined to agree there was an implicit kind of racist response that just generalized an expectation of how they would behave,” he said.

 

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2015 in The Definition of Racism, The New Jim Crow

 

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The Racism in Australia – Adam Goodes Joins Retailer David Jones

Adam Goodes is a star of Australian Rules Football, and has been awarded the league’s highest honor twice. Adam is one of the most successful people in Australia with an Aboriginal background. Over his last year of playing, racist Australian fans have peppered him with racist curses and chants. Goodes has retired from Football, and has been hired as a Brand Ambassador for leading Australian retailer David Jones.

Not without the racists piping up about it…

David Jones flooded with abuse after Adam Goodes announced as ambassador

The rugged looking Adam Goodes looks to me to be a better model than the usual hyper skinny boy types employed in the fashion industry. I would think most men would relate more to a guy with a few dings.

David Jones’ Facebook page has been flooded with abusive and racist posts after former Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes was unveiled as the retailer’s latest brand ambassador.

The messages, which include remarks about indigenous Australians and dozens of boos, began appearing on Sunday soon after the retailer posted a campaign video featuring the former Australian of the Year.

Goodes is to star in the David Jones “It’s In You” campaign as one of six ambassadors, including model Jessica Gomes and You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.

He will also advise the company on reconciliation issues and its corporate social responsibility program.

“Didn’t really like David Jones as a store or chain but can be sure I will never set foot or spend a cent in there now,” a Facebook post from Michael Tierney, of Brisbane, said.

A David Jones spokeswoman reaffirmed the chain’s support of Goodes following the abusive posts, most of which Fairfax Media has opted not to publish.

“David Jones is proud to have Adam Goodes, a powerful and inspirational Australian, join its family of ambassadors,” the spokeswoman said.

“We have received significant positive feedback from our staff, customers, vendors and other stakeholders regarding Adam’s appointment and our latest brand campaign.”

The ambassadorship, the result of months of negotiations between the retailer and the two-time Brownlow medallist, is Goodes’ first new role since he retired last month.

Goodes has since revealed that he had contemplated leaving earlier, amid the booing controversy that plagued his final season.

However, the 35-year-old told the Swans’ Club Champion dinner that the outpouring of support after he sat out the round 18 clash against the Adelaide Crows at the SCG changed his mind.

“To see the supporters, our supporters, who have stuck by me for the longest part of my journey and have always been there to support me and this football club – that’s the reason why I wanted to come back,” he said.

By mid-afternoon David Jones’ Facebook page told a similar story, as supporters flooded the Goodes post with messages of support.

The most popular comments on the thread were overwhelmingly in support of the AFL super star and the department store by 2pm.

“All anyone has to do is read the comments of this video to know that Adam Goodes holds more class, patience, and bravery than everyone [sic] of these people seizing on a pack mentality to let their racism fly,” commented Josh Forward. “Great campaign, amazing ambassador.”

The massive swing of opinion may have been driven by several media reports and high profile personalities drawing attention to the abusive posts throughout the day.

Media commentator and author Tracey Spicer posted a link ot the DJs’ Facebook page on her own public Facebook site and encouraged her followers to post their approval of the new brand ambassador.

 

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on racism in Australia

Australia has some problems with race. It isn’t new, and partially stems from a previously monolithic population. The treatment of the Aboriginal population is a historical disgrace.

Neil deGrasse Tyson uses science to destroy the age-old racist “monkey” slur once and for all

Adam Goodes, the Australian rules footballer jeered by crowds for his celebratory Indigenous dancing, became the topic of global conversation this month. Many of these conversations forced Australians to reexamine the country’s race problem, and shortly thereafter, a social media movement under the hashtag #IstandwithAdam was born.

On Monday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on a panel for the Australian Broadcasting Association’s Q&A where he was asked to comment on Goodes and race relations today.

Tyson, who said he wasn’t at license to speak for Australia, offered, instead, a “cosmic” perspective on the news story.

“What we do in math is you separate the variables and what’s happening is all the variables are jumbled together and people are reacting but if you separate the variables, it can be revealing,” he said.

Tyson continued:

“For example, he is celebrating his score at the end of a game. Correct? I mean, during the game and he does it in a way that’s different from everyone else gesturally and, to me, that’s a form of freedom of expression, a freedom of speech. If you don’t like that, at some point you have to confess to yourself you’re not a fan of freedom of speech and so if you are going to do that, that’s a different country from what I understand Australia claims to be. That’s A.”

The astrophysicist then addressed an incident that occurred during the AFL’s Indigenous Round in 2013 in which a 13-year-old was escorted from the grounds after calling Goodes an “ape.” Tyson theorized that this was learned behavior — that the girl had likely picked up this slur from “an environment where it’d been said before.”

A recent news story supports Tyson’s theory: The Independent reported Sunday that the mother of the 13-year-old was defending the usage of the racial slur and asking Goodes to apologize for singling out her daughter. She called his behavior “ridiculous.”

“You know what she’s done, she’s selectively chosen things about apes that she thinks apply to him and not other things that would apply to people who are white,” Tyson said. “For example, apes have hair all over their bodies. You have never seen a black person with hair all over their bodies. Black people are some of the least hairiest people in this world! Who are the hairiest? It’s white people! With hair on the back, out of the neck. And so if you focussed on hair then you could call white people monkeys, right. It’s all racist conduct.”

Adam Goodes, Australian Rules footballer. Goodes’ father is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry; his mother is an Indigenous Australian (Adnyamathanha and Narungga).

For those who have never seen it, this is the Traditional Maori War Dance performed by New Zealanders. This one, involving several hundred soldiers to honor their war dead in Afghanistan. Yeah, I know New Zealand is a different country, but it tells you something about cultural adoption and assimilation…

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Giant Negros

 

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Racist?

Seems there is a bot of controversy about an ad aired in Australia promoting their National Basketball League…

Australian basketball ad showing black man in bed with white couple called racist

A promotional television advertisement has outraged several African-American former stars of the National Basketball League who say a scene featuring a black player hopping into bed with a white couple is insensitive and racist.

The commercial shows a series of Australian basketball players throwing a ball around a suburban house. Near the end, Sydney Kings forward Taj McCullough, who is African-American, leaps onto a white couple’s bed and nuzzles up to the woman. McCullough is the only black player featured in the commercial.

Former Melbourne Tigers player Darryl McDonald slammed the advertisement.

“It puts black Americans in a bad light,” McDonald, who is also African-American, told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “That commercial has nothing to do with basketball. Nobody else would present their sport this way.”

In a statement Friday, the NBL defended the ad as “lighthearted and fun.”

“We believe viewers and supporters will certainly see the promo in the light in which it was intended, and we note the overwhelming feedback from the public that this is indeed the case,” the NBL said.

But Cal Bruton and Leroy Loggins, African-Americans who became naturalized Australians after starring in Australia’s domestic league in the 1980s with the now defunct Brisbane Bullets, were both highly critical of the concept of the advertisement.

Bruton said it was particularly insensitive because it calls to mind the case of former Brisbane Bullets player Bryant Matthews. Matthews, an African-American, was convicted in 2007 of raping a white woman who was in bed with her partner at the time of the attack.

Although Bruton was hesitant to dub the spot overtly racist, he did say it was in “poor taste.”

“To be portrayed in that light, to me, just was a little bit below the belt,” Bruton told The Associated Press on Friday.

Bruton was born in New York but moved to Australia 31 years ago and is the father of Australian Olympian C.J. Bruton.

The elder Bruton said the ad also illustrates the differences in sensitivities toward racial attitudes between Australia and the U.S. During his career, he recalled, Australians often referred to him as “the brilliant Negro guard.”

“You wouldn’t ever see an ad like that of Kobe Bryant jumping into bed in America,” he said.

Loggins, who played for Australia at the 1992 Olympics, said the depiction in the ad was off key.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Loggins told the Telegraph. “Why would you show a black American jumping into bed with a man’s wife to promote basketball? I don’t even know how someone could think up a commercial like that. You would never see any other sport in the world, that takes themselves seriously, portraying a black athlete that way.”

The Ten Networkhas been airing the commercial for the past two weeks. Ten’s head of sports marketing, Sam Heard, said Friday there were no plans to pull the ad.

“It is designed as a fun, lighthearted promo highlighting the fact the NBL is back in people’s homes, on free-to-air television,” he said, declining to comment further.

 
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