Rice speculates on potential impact of withholding security briefings from Biden transition team

first_imgTrump’s minions know the dam is about to break and a huge cesspool is waiting, and they seek only to delay the inevitable—and cover their tracks.Editor’s Note: This headline has been changed for clarification. – Advertisement – I believe that once Biden’s team does gain access to what is happening from an internal perspective, they are going to be appalled at the degree of inaction and wholesale lack of any efforts whatsoever to address these challenges. They will find instead a network of utter incompetence and indifference to planning, strategy or policy, staggering in its depth, and the Trump people know this. They will find security threats and intel festering, ignored, or shunted aside in favor of groveling to Trump’s every chimerical whim. They will find communications from our overseas allies to have shriveled into nothingness, and our intelligence services put at risk, if not wholly ignored. They will find corruption, graft, kickbacks  and politicization to have completely replaced national security policy.They will find only token measures performed with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all of those measures redounding to the Trump family’s personal coffers and the interests of those still employed within the highest level of the administration. They will find no coherent policies, plans, or measures in place to address the economic calamity facing tens of millions of Americans, and they will find our national security apparatus on the cusp of disaster, with only half-baked plans geared less to satisfy the interests and safety of American citizens than to fulfill the wishlists of foreign adversaries.The Trump people know this is what they are on track to leave behind for the Biden people, which is why they’re very busy right now, deleting or destroying as much information as they can. They’re trying to stave off the horror they know will ensue when Biden’s team gains access and finds out what really has—and hasn’t—been going on. – Advertisement –center_img Rice explains:While we are extremely fortunate that Mr. Biden may be the most experienced president-elect ever to take office and brings with him a deep bench of highly qualified, knowledgeable experts, the Trump administration’s continued refusal to execute a responsible transition puts our national security at risk. Without access to critical threat information, no incoming team can counter what it can’t see coming.If, today, the Trump administration is tracking potential or actual threats — for instance, Russian bounties on American soldiers, a planned terrorist attack on an embassy, a dangerously mutated coronavirus, or Iranian and North Korean provocations — but fails to share this information in a timely fashion with the Biden-Harris team, it could cost us dearly in terms of American lives.I would suggest one reason the Trump people are denying Biden’s team access to high-level intelligence as long as they possibly can with respect to the three most predominant issues (national security, the pandemic, and the economy): There are virtually no policies put in place by the current administration to address any of these concerns in any meaningful, substantive way.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The cost of renovating revealed: how much did you spend?

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoSome banks noticed loans for renovations increased in 2017.CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman agreed that rather than trading up and incurring stamp duty costs, homeowners may be encouraged to renovate Australia’s ageing stock of houses and units. Cooling home prices may be another reason for owner-occupiers to stay put.Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia president Rich Harvey said buyers should to look at renovations and value adding strategies to manufacture equity rather than wait for long-term capital growth as prices softened and flatlined in several key markets in 2018.According to the Housing Industry Association, homes from the ‘1980s club’ will become increasingly ripe for renovation work in the coming years. TREE HOUSE WITH A TWIST A survey has found people spend more money on renovating the kitchen than any other room in the house.But it’s the swimming pool that hurt the hip pocket the most, with owners splashing out more than $21,000 on the backyard addition.The majority of people surveyed (71 per cent) dipped into their savings to fund their renovations, while one in eight used the equity in their mortgage.The remaining 1 per cent hit up family and friends to borrow the money. QUEENSLAND’S RENTAL RETURN CAPITAL REVEALED ME Bank head of home loans Patrick Nolan said the bank noticed a substantial increase in renovation loan applications in 2017 — a trend that was likely to continue this year as it became more expensive to move.“Upgraders are avoiding exorbitant moving costs such as stamp duty,” he said.“We’re seeing some more top-ups as people take advantage of lower interest rates and leverage the extra equity in their property in order to finance renovations.” A new survey has found 1 in 3 homeowners have renovated.ONE in three Queenslanders have jumped on the renovation bandwagon as cooling property prices, moving costs and low interest rates encourage owner-occupiers to stay put.New research shows more than three million homes nationally have had a makeover, with homeowners spending an average of $17,000 on their kitchens — more than on any other room in the house.According to a survey of more than 2000 people by comparison website finder.com.au, the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE center_img A Queenslander style house in Brisbane in need of renovation.HOW MUCH IS SPENT ON RENOVATING?Room Average costKitchen $16,883Bathroom $12,460Floors $9,738Outdoors/garden $11,446New deck $12,392New pool $21,429(Source: finder.com.au)last_img read more