The Pickering Post
Tuesday, 21st February 2017

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


There has been little joy in the Liberal Party lately and Turnbull has just given Shorten a free kick with another case of massive misjudgment equal only to Gillard’s and Rudd’s. 

Turnbull had clearly decided that Hillary Clinton would win the US election, thus the fawning selfies with Obama and trusting his deal that over 1200 of Australia’s illegal arrivals from Iraq, Iran and Syria would be accepted by the US under Hillary.

Trump’s extreme vetting will now be more extreme regarding those 1250, and many of them have already demonstrated that they have no intention to settle in the US and therefore when asked if they intend to bomb the White House, their answers will be, “yes sir, you bet”, making Trump's decision an easy one for him and an embarrassing one for Turnbull.

Of the rest, Trump will not be admitting very many, leaving Oz with exactly the same problem. Turnbull’s US deal prematurely arranged with Obama is now in tatters when Australia should have been king of the kids when, thanks to Abbott, it came to stemming the tide of illegal immigrants.

The coming elections in WA and QLD will indicate where the major parties lie. Both Pauline Hanson and Cory Bernardi will be ejaculating in their jeans over the demise of the Left Liberals combined with the unelectability of Shorten. 

Hanson has been taking huge bites out of both majors and the Green vote has diminished to where it will be of little help to Shorten. And I somehow believe many Hanson preferences will miss the Libs.

Turnbull has cuddled up to Shorten’s carbon tax (he laughingly calls it an “emissions intensity scheme”) where he feels safe from stray bullets, but that hasn’t allayed the Libs’ Right of the Bernardi brigade. It has blood in its nostrils while Abbott supporters are doing cartwheels across the floor.

As said here in the previous article, prior to the Trump phone call, “TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR BOTH... the Right is now the future”. The trouble is that everyone in Canberra is running to the Left despite Trump and Europe moving the world to the Right.

No matter what your colour, it’s difficult to see Turnbull lasting more than a few months. This is his second go at leadership and ugly echoes of Godwin Gretch (above) and Utegate reverberate in the halls of the House. He does not deserve a third go. But his replacement presents an insoluble quandary. It can’t be Abbott, it can’t be Bishop and it certainly won’t be Bernardi. 

The Lib caucus has settled into a polarised hatred of all three that could sound a death knell for the Liberal Party.

Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison are waning stars with no other saviours skulking in the wings. 

Turnbull didn’t see Trump winning the election, but neither did Shorten when he unwisely said the Don was “barking mad”. 

Betting on an election can be politically perilous.


Yeah Malcolm, you dickhead you really backed a good one this time, that's why Donald gave you a smashing!

We need Political Change in Australia, and I don't just mean a Real Conservative Party,option, I mean an Ethical Change in direction, and a return to the "Majority" of Australians getting value for money from their Elected Leaders and not the "Vocal Agenda driven minorities on the fringes", who are blackmailing, elected officials (and that's exactly what it is) to get what they want, at the Financial and Moral expense of the Majority, who by definition are Constitutionally the ones who are meant to decide what is best for the Nation.

Slightly OT. I read today that both the media and the liberal party are accusing Bernadi of betraying the Liberal Party. FFS both the media AND the Liberal party ( & as always the Laybia Pardy) have their collective heads so far up each others ares holes that they cannot see this... Collectively it is them that have betrayed the Australian people. They have NO hope of ever seeing this. Does not Brexit and Trump hilight this??? Dumb and dumber!!

If we can get rid of Islam and Judaism[Zionist] [which controls the world behind the scenes] we would have a 99% chance at a peaceful World

Mate, it was a female cop sergeant, NSW I think that rushed into a 'so called' siege situation where a bloke suffering mental illness was threatening self harm with a kitchen knife in his kitchen. She rushed in shouting "taser,taser" and promptly shot him centre of mass with a Glock 40 cal. Tell me cops know what they're doing with guns.

"I wuz cleaning it and it went off". Useless pricks in uniform without a proper appreciation of firearms safety. Moreso evident in the AFP than most State police departments BTW.

New post up.

Dems: Trump shouldn’t fight “Islamic extremism” only, that will offend Muslims...“Dems: Trump ‘wrongheaded’ on Islamic extremism,” by Mark Hensch, The Hill, February 3, 2017:

A trio of House Democrats say President Trump is making a mistake pushing for counter-extremism efforts to focus only on radical Islam.

The Trump administration is reportedly pushing to reshape a government program aimed at combating extremist ideologies to focus solely on the Islamic variety.

“Such a move is wrongheaded insofar as persons who commit acts of violent extremism are inspired by diverse political, religious and philosophical beliefs, and are not limited to any single population or region,” the three lawmakers wrote in a Friday letter to Acting Attorney General Dana Boente.

“Changing the name to ‘Countering Islamic Extremism’ or ‘Countering Radical Islamic Extremism’ would have damaging effects to our national security by feeding into the propaganda created by terrorist groups and child domestic and international diplomatic relations,” they added.“Additionally, it could further alienate and create distrust with the Muslim-American communities when the program depends on close cooperation with law enforcement.”

Friday’s letter was signed Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson (Md.), Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and John Conyers (Mich.)….

Courts lose the run of themselves
What sort of a crazy situation applies in the USA when an obscure judge, whose job involves Federal cases only in the western half of Washington state can rescind a Presidential Executive Order and extend his ruling to the whole country? Seems insane to me. But it reflects a trend in all White countries whereby courts increasingly usurp the power of elected representatives, in effect making the law as well as adjudicating on it. Just say a law or Executive Order is 'unconstitutional' and everybody must go back to base.

Being largely unaccountable they seldom hesitate to intervene and make rulings that are both unpopular and illogical. The execrable European Court Of Human Rights is probably the worst with every Third World criminal due for expulsion guaranteed a right-to-remain verdict. And what about Brexit, where the (((judges))) decided to do away with all this democratic voting nonsense? There's an admiring quote ascribed to Courts lose the run of themselvesUS Chief Justice Earl Warren (arguably the guy who started the rot) as he assessed potential rulings: 'Is it fair?' he asked. Might sound nice but that criterion has nothing to do with the US Supreme Court or any court for that matter. Their job lies exclusively in interpreting the law as laid down by the relevant legislature. If they start making the law, which in effect they're doing, the whole system of checks and balances collapses.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, capture of the judicial system ranks high on the nation-wreckers' agenda with Saul Alinsky, the Frankfurt School, Grampsci and even the Protocols Of Zion all recognising its importance. Combining this power with the broader nexus of Jewish interests is capable of achieving extraordinary results, as my case study on Yonkers shows.

Incidentally I find it interesting that when a Federal court in Texas issued an injunction halting Obama’s executive amnesty order, the administration simply ignored it and continued as before. Which raises the question of what Mr. Trump should do now. In fact I think the nation-wreckers might, just might, have shot themselves in the foot. If the President conducted a media blitz, asking 'who runs the country, elected officials or judges?' it might not reverse the decision but it would highlight the extraordinary power wielded by unelected judges.

He could also of course simply issue a new similarly-worded Executive Order and recommence enforcing the immigration law while the DoJ appeals the current Federal ruling.

In any event my bones tell me that if this gets played right the ruling could end up like the 'fake news' meme as a major own-goal.

The ABC Monday Night Leftard Lineup returns, and since events have overtaken them on their summer break, it's time to catch up on their Trump bagging. Too late, losers. It's all happening. And from over here, there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. Shaking their fists in impotent outrage like cretins in Shelbyville: "Shake harder, boy!"

Wisconsin: Muslim student paints anti-Muslim messages on his door, claims hate crime...“STUNNER: Allegedly Muslim Student Faked Vile Hate Crime To Get People To Pay Attention To Him,” by Eric Owens, Daily Caller, February 4, 2017:

A Muslim student at a liberal arts college in Wisconsin has been arrested for spray painting reprehensible anti-Muslim messages on his own dorm room door and then filing a report claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The totally fake hate crime occurred last weekend at Beloit College, a 1,400-student bastion bursting with idiosyncratic individualists who enjoy leftist politics.

The student who falsely claimed that he was a victim of a terrible hate crime is Michael Kee, campus police told regional Fox affiliate WQRF-TV.

There were three spray-painted messages — all in bold red. In addition to “Sand nigger go home,” the other two messages read “#muslimban” and “Die,” according to a contemporaneous account by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
There was also a red swastika spray-painted on a wall across from Kee’s room on the third floor of Bushnell Hall, an ugly slab of concrete on the Beloit campus.

The Journal Sentinel identifies Kee as Muslim.

A campus security officer found the messages on Kee’s dorm room door at around 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

The discovery came three days after Beloit campus police had opened a separate investigation into an anti-Semitic note that another student found slipped under a dorm room door.
“Kike, You should be gassed for what you say & do on this campus. Be worried cunt,” the anti-Semitic note read, according to The Times of Israel.

Investigators say Kee, 20, eventually admitted that he perpetrated the hoax because he hoped to receive the same kind of attention received by the student who allegedly received the anti-Semitic note.

“There were certain indicators that led us to believe there was a little more to the story,” Beloit police chief David Zibolski told WQRF-TV.

“We were already investigating the first incident when this one came up, which obviously ratcheted up the fear and concern on campus,” Zibolski said.

Beloit campus police say they believe the anti-Semitic note slipped under the dorm door is a legitimate hate crime. They have named no suspects. They say they continue to investigate.Prior to the police revelation that Kee himself scrawled the anti-Muslim messages on his own dorm room door as well as the swastika across the hall, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suggested that Kee’s hoax hate crime was part of “chaos” building “around the country over President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.”

Theresa May bans Muslim migrant from leaving UK because he’s a suspected terrorist...Theresa May tells Syrian migrant he can’t leave UK – because he’s a suspected TERRORIST,” by Rebecca Perring, Express, February 5, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

THERESA MAY has banned a Syrian migrant from leaving Britain because he is suspected of being a terrorist.

The now Prime Minister “personally” ruled he should stay in the UK to protect national security when she was acting as the Conservative Party’s Home Secretary.

Her officials believe the man is keen to flee Britain for Syria to join the barbaric Islamic State (ISIS) and would pose more of a threat if he came back to the UK.

Bosses have repeatedly attended out to prevent the suspected terrorist from leaving British shores.

A letter from the Home Office told him: “You are assessed to hold Islamic extremist views and have expressed a desire to travel to Syria to engage in fighting.”

The Syrian man – known as AZ in legal documents – gained refugee status in Britain back in August 2012, according to the Mail Online.

However he was refused travel documents in line with the Geneva Convention on “national security grounds” when he asked to travel to Jordan.

After launching a judicial review in to his case, the man was told his desire to fight for ISIS was behind the ban….

CBS Poll: Two-Thirds of Democrats Say Islam, Christianity Equally Violent...Almost seven out 10 Democrats believe Islam “encourages violence… about the same as other religions,” according to a new CBS poll.

The trusting attitude towards Islam is revealed in the February 2017 poll follows 17 tumultuous years of attacks against Americans motivated or shaped by Islamic ideology throughout the United States—from the 9/11 atrocity to the Pulse nightclub attack in Florida committed by an observant, orthodox Muslim man from a Muslim family.

Merely one-in-seven Democrats believe that Islam is more violent than other religions, such as Christianity, Mormonism, Judaism, and Buddhism. One-in-ten Democrats believe that Islam is less violent that other religions, according to the poll of 1,019 adults, which was taken Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

In contrast, Republicans have a far colder view of Islam. Sixty-three percent of Republicans view Islam as aggressive compared to other religions, and only two percent view Islam as more pacific than other faiths.

Global Warming Lies....

Super Bowl Media Fail: ‘My God. It’s Election Night All Over Again’...Pundits and predictors were forced to re-live Election Night on Sunday evening, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots completed an improbable comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

After a disastrous first half for the Patriots, the Falcons jumped out to a 28-3 lead early in the second half. At that point, the oddsmakers said there was virtually no chance New England could recover.

The Falcons now have a 91.6% chance of winning Super Bowl LI. Live analysis:

— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 6, 2017

There was more than a tinge of delight in some of the predictions, as Brady and Belichick are well-known supporters of President Donald Trump. One the eve of Election Day, at a late-night rally in New Hampshire, Trump read a letter of support from Belichick and informed the crowd that Brady had voted early for him. At the time, journalists mocked Trump’s claims. Super Bowl Sunday looked like an opportunity for revenge — at first.

Atlanta has a 99.3% chance of winning, per ESPN. That’s where we had Trump’s chances in Pennsylvania at 1:10AM on Election Night

— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) February 6, 2017

Sean Spicer gets crushed by Super Bowl jokes, one night after “SNL” takedown

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 6, 2017

That time that John Lewis’s team smashed Trump’s team in the Super Bowl.

— Touré (@Toure) February 6, 2017

But then Brady found his groove. Despite Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan — the league’s Most Valuable Player this season — being on track to set an NFL record for passer rating in the Super Bowl, the New England veteran found a will, and a way, to win.

And suddenly… it was déjà vu, all over again.

My God. It’s election night all over again.

— Gavin Purcell (@gavinpurcell) February 6, 2017

The first overtime in history. The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The greatest quarterback in history.

There are certainly Trump voters among Falcons fans, who are feeling the pain of defeat.

But CNN is based in… Atlanta.

And those who, like the Washington Post, spent the earlier part of the evening spiking the football…

Patriots claw back from record deficit to win in first overtime of Super Bowl history

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 6, 2017

Perhaps they have learned: patriots never quit.

Turnball is on the road Abbott was on nearly two years ago. If he hasn't already, he will soon realise how Abbott felt ......seems the last four PM's just can't get it right. Even with 100 senior advisers. Seems that bashing pensioners, taking on gay marriage, rubbishing US Presidents and such issues do not endear Malcolm to the overtaxed, tired of bullshit and Politician rorts, Mr and Mrs public have had a gutful.

Ross Cameron on PM live tonight fantastic. His comments about WWW Trumble when he thought he was off air were priceless.

Merkel is now on Notice by Trump

Google just made me agree to something in order to open this site. Didn't bother reading it, no point. Agree or find another computer...

Donald Trump’s first two weeks in office as President of the United States have been characterized by diplomatic and geopolitical confusion as the “new boss” sets forth to completely upend the global order.
Most foreign leaders don’t understand Trump, nor the New Populism (American variant) that he represents, and they seem to have totally underestimated his capabilities and those of his staff.
Many foreign dignitaries and conventional analysts presumed that he’d be like “any other American politician” – lots of talk and no action – but those who understand what Trump and his team are really about knew better than to fall for such pre-inaugural fantasies.
The reality, as the world has evidently realized by now, is that the impact of President Trump on the global system has been akin to an earthquake – or Trumpquake, as some are calling it – and this has played out across both the diplomatic and geopolitical spheres, albeit for different reasons and to different ends.
Diplomatic Trumpquakes
To talk about the first one, it’s already been highly publicized how Trump withdrew from the TPP, has promised to renegotiate NAFTA, and wants to reorganize NATO – all three of which have drawn massive criticism from the ruling Western elite whom “Trump’s Lenin” – Stephen Bannon – wants to essentially overthrow anyhow.
Trump hasn’t hidden his disdain of the EU and German Chancellor Merkel either, and he has even appointed an anti-EU individual – Ted Malloch – as his country’s representative to the bloc.
Moreover, his latest phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia were fraught with controversy. Trump threatened a limited military incursion against America’s southern neighbor – in what his administration insists was a “lighthearted” remark – if it doesn’t crack down on “bad hombres” (drug dealers and the like) and even allegedly hung up on the Prime Minister “Down Under” because he kept insisting that the US honor a “refugee”/illegal immigrant deal that Obama agreed to last year.
Geopolitical Trumpquakes
On the geopolitical front, Trump’s already ruffled quite a few feathers with Iran and China, though this was entirely predictable and was earlier forecast in an immediate post-election article I wrote entitled “Here’s What Trump’s Foreign Policy Will Look Like”.
It was also built upon in a subsequent radio analysis for Context Countdown focusing on the three most important themes which will come to define 2017.
These are the intended geopolitical disruptions which Trump and his team have already started to carry out, but the other part of the Geopolitical Trumpquakes are those disturbances which aren’t necessarily the result of the new President’s policies, but are time bombs ‘gifted’ to him by his predecessor’s “deep state” (permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies) and tasked with possibly going off in order to offset the President’s hinted-at plans for a New Détente with Russia in the New Cold War.
To explain, the identity-diverse swath of Europe between the Baltic and Black Seas which Polish imperialist leader Jozef Pilsudski referred to as the “Intermarium” is on the verge of exploding into a series of semi-connected conflicts which could sabotage the Russian-American rapprochement.
I have written extensively about the various Hybrid War scenarios which could break out in the Balkans in a related series for Oriental Review, and regretfully, many of them seem to be presently unfolding in the region.
Albanians in the NATO-occupied Serbian Province of Kosovo have brought the region to the brink of a continuation conflict, and the unresolved political crisis in the Republic of Macedonia is giving space for yet another attempt at overthrowing the government, be it through a Color Revolution, parliamentary maneuvering, and/or an Albanian terrorist insurgency.
Elsewhere in the Balkans, Bosnia remains continuously only edge as Sarajevo works with its Western patrons to infringe on Republika Srpska’s constitutional sovereignty and trigger its own type of continuation war, perhaps together with Croatia and NATO.
These three interlinked conflict scenarios are dangerously veering towards the realm of imminent possibility, and they’re all conditioned on stopping Russia’s and China’s planned Balkan megaprojects through the region, which are the Balkan Stream gas pipeline and the Balkan Silk Road high-speed railway, respectively.
The end game in this region appears to be the “Balkanization” of the Balkans and its division into a collection of ethno-centric states along the lines of the proposal most recently lobbied for by former British diplomat Timothy Less, which basically formalizes “Greater Albania” at Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro’s expense, and dissolves the frail federation of Bosnia along the lines of its three constitutional constituents. Suffice to say, it’s unlikely that this would ever happen without a major war.
Looking past the former Yugoslavia, neighboring Romania is in the throes what is undoubtedly a Color Revolution, albeit one which has been unleashed for as-yet uncertain geopolitical motivations.
One of the possibilities could be to trigger a chain reaction of destabilization that would travel northwards to Moldova and contribute to the rekindling of the Transnistria conflict, which could very easily lead to the involvement of the Russian troops stationed there and instantly prompt fears of a larger war.
Beyond the Balkans, Kiev has restarted its aggression against Donbass in order to both distract Russia from its diplomatic initiatives in the Mideast and also to provoke it to conventionally intervene and thus undermine the prospects that the US will reach a new form of détente with it in the near future.
As all of this is happening, Belarus appears to have moved to the brink of ‘defecting’ from Russia and pivoting towards the West, which would truly represent a decisive military-strategic setback for Moscow if it fully materializes.
Towards A Literally “New” World Order
The Diplomatic and Geopolitical Trumpquakes – both those that are self-inflicted by Trump and the ones which are time bombs set by Obama-Clinton’s “deep state” – are having the cumulative effect of totally disrupting the two competing world orders and leading to unprecedented volatility in global affairs.
Obama and his post-Cold War forerunners’ intentions were always to secure the US’ unipolar hegemony across the world, while the mid-2000s saw the rise of the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership and their joint efforts to construct a Multipolar World Order to oppose the New World Order of unipolarity first unveiled by Bush Sr..
Trump is also enthralled with unipolarity and American Exceptionalism, except his campaign remarks indicated that he recognized the limits of the US’ conventional force projection capabilities and hinted that he would help America adapt to the changing international global conditions of multipolarity through a forthcoming New Détente with Russia which could thus facilitate more concrete “containment” measures against Iran and China.
Trump’s “Third Way” – promoting unipolar goals within an increasingly multipolar world – is at odds with the ‘legacy’ ideology of the US’ “deep state”, which sees any sort of pragmatism with Russia, no matter what its ultimate grand strategic ends may be, as absolutely anathema and something which must be stopped at all costs.
Trump and his team are of course working around the clock and behind the scenes to either co-opt, professionally neutralize, or replace hostile “deep state” elements, though this is a far-reaching and ambitious task which will take years to fully accomplish. Having said that, some of the antagonistic forces which Trump now presides over are intent on sabotaging any realistic prospect that he could ever reach a New Détente with President Putin, which explains the “sudden” and near-synchronous outbreak of so many preplanned and predictable crises.
Under the “expected” geopolitical conditions of what they presumed would be a Clinton Presidency by this point, these geopolitical time bombs may not have been activated all at once and could have been strategically unleashed on a case-by-case need depending on the specific circumstances.
In the state of panic which the hostile elements of the “deep state” presently find themselves, however, they’ve felt compelled to activate all of these crises-on-demand throughout the “Intermarium” in order to sabotage the New Détente.
They may not go as far as throwing all of their weight behind the eruption of several full-fledged simultaneous wars, but the strategy of tension which they’ve masterfully deployed might be enough to sharply revive the fading distrust between both sides and preclude any possibility of their hoped-for rapprochement, especially if armed hostilities commence in the Balkans and Russia and the US predictably find themselves backing opposite sides.
The two Great Powers might even have a rapid falling out simply through the natural disagreements that they’ll have with one another in diplomatically resolving these crises the longer that they play out, unless, of course, my previously elaborated “worst-case scenario” enters into force whereby Moscow is engages in a series of concessions out of desperation to clinch a New Détente.
Concluding Thoughts
There’s no escaping the fact that a series of Global Trumpquakes have rocked the globe and are threatening to completely upend both the preexisting (unipolar) and planned (multipolar) world orders through the emergence of Trump-Bannon’s “Third Way”.
The American President has proudly initiated a spree of Diplomatic Trumpquakes in seeking to shake up the order of business within the US’ sphere of influence with the hope of making it much more efficient and in line with his “America First” ideology.
This is admittedly fraught with a bunch of risk, but the US’ chief decision maker and his closest advisors seem to have calculated that it’s better to proactively seize the moment in radically reforming the system than to have its broken leadership structure eventually cave in underneath them just like the Soviets’ did at the end of the Old Cold War (and likely brought about by similar forthcoming foreign pressures).
On the other hand, the Geopolitical Trumpquakes fall into two categories – those which are self-inflicted by Trump himself and the ones which are “deep state” sabotage.
The first relate exclusively to Asia and are aimed at pushing back against the all-around multipolar progress of China and Iran, striving to take advantage of Trump’s envisioned New Détente with Russia in Europe (ergo why there’s no self-inflicted Trumpquake in this part of Eurasia) in order to split the Resistance Bloc along the lines of how Nixon’s “Opening To China” in the 1970s divided the communist one.
As for the second category of Geopolitical Trumpquakes, these are caused by adversarial elements within the American “deep state” in order to sabotage their President’s outreaches to Russia by sparking a slew of simultaneous crises in order to keep them apart.
What all of these Trumpquakes have in common, however, is that they’re major shocks to both the existing and evolving world orders, and collectively represent the manifestation of global chaos.
It was inevitable that far-reaching instability would come to define the transition from unipolarity to multipolarity, and such a trend was obviously visible long before Donald Trump ever stepped onto the American political scene, but few could have predicted that it would be exacerbated by the US dramatically “reforming” its Western sphere of influence and simultaneously being undermined abroad by its own “deep state” elements because of this.