The 7 dumbest arguments in defense of Trump

Donald Trump is headed for a colossal loss, but his defenders seem oblivious to the demise of their own credibility, to the extent they still have any. It’s remarkable people are making such horrifically awful arguments in his defense: 1. Why didn’t these women come forward sooner? Donald Trump.  Photo: Scott Olson This is classic blaming the victim. (Why didn’t the kids molested by priests come forward sooner?) Aside from the obvious barriers to raising claims against powerful people, Trump invited this on himself by insisting he respected women and by denying in the last debate that he ever engaged in the behaviour he had bragged about on the “Access Hollywood” tape. 2. But you didn’t believe Bill Clinton’s accusers. This is dumb on multiple levels. Some of …

Hopetoun bushfire threat eases as strong wind whips state An out-of-control bushfire raging near Hopetoun has been downgraded from an emergency alert to a watch and act with the blaze now contained. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advised the fire had been downgraded at 1pm, but people in the area still needed to prepare to leave or actively defend their homes. The bushfire warning areas for the Hopetoun fire. Emergency warning area in red (now downgraded to watch and act), and watch and act warning in yellow. Photo: DFES A watch and act alert remains in place for residents south of Springdale Road between Jerdacuttup River and the Culham Inlet. "The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire has been contained and under control," the DFES warning ...

Nobody Cooks Anymore, and Maybe That's not so Bad The vast majority of Americans will be sitting down to a gigantic, mostly home-cooked meal this Thursday. So this seems like as good a time as any to point out that such meals have become an anomaly. Basic ingredients -- such as, you know, turkeys, cranberries and sweet potatoes -- now account for only 5 percent of U.S. food spending.Basic ingredients also accounted for 5 percent of spending in 1999, so at least that's not on the decline. But according to the June 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture report from which I got these numbers, prices rose faster from 1999 through 2010 for basic ingredients than for any of the other food categories -- so consumers were getting relatively less of them for the money. And I've got to think that, 50 or...

Melbourne City top W-League ladder after victory over Brisbane Roar Defending champions Melbourne City have secured their position at the top of the W-League ladder with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Brisbane at AJ Kelly Field. Welsh midfielder Jess Fishlock scored her third goal in two games as unbeaten City capped a big week for the club following the men's FFA Cup final win. Brisbane opened the scoring in the second minute through Katrina Gorry, who sent the ball between the legs of City keeper Lydia Williams after a handy pass from Emily Gielnik. But Melbourne quickly regrouped after the early shock to strike back just four minutes later through the in-form Fishlock. They pushed the lead out to 2-1 by half-time with US international Erika Tymrak doing the damage. The home side dominated the ...

Schoolkids cook up $2 dose of the $750-a-pill Daraprim Remember Martin Shkreli, the hedge-fund manager who last year founded Turing Pharmaceuticals, acquired an essential anti-parasitic drug, and quickly jacked up its price 55-fold, from $13.50 to $750 a pill? Well, he's just been shown up by a group of high school chemistry students in Australia who've produced a generic version of Turing's drug, Daraprim, for $2 a pill, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Led by chemist Alice Williamson and motivated by a dose of disgust, a class of Sydney Grammar School students turned 17 grams of 2,4-chlorophenyl acetonitrile into 3.7 grams of pyrimethamine, the active ingredient in Daraprim. If that sold in the US as Daraprim, it would cost about $100,000 because of the price hike, notes the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The project was more about...

Canegrowers left without sugar mill after blaze Frustrated canegrowers on the Gold Coast may be forced to send their harvest to NSW after a fire damaged the region's only sugar mill. The Rocky Point Sugar Mill in Woongoolba, on the northern Gold Coast, may be closed for up to three months after the fire at the factory just before 1am on Tuesday. Fire crews battle to control a blaze at Rocky Point Sugar Mill in Woongoolba, on the northern Gold Coast. Photo: Nine News Brisbane/Twitter Police do not believe the fire, which started in a control room, to be suspicious. The blaze has left local growers, who are reportedly three months behind their harvest schedule, in a precarious situation. Rocky Point Canegrowers director Greg Zipf said growers will need to make alternate plans ...

Low social status 'can damage immune system' By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website Image copyright Getty Images Simply being at the bottom of the social heap directly alters the body in ways that can damage health, a study at Duke University in the US suggests. Monkey experiments showed low status alters the immune system in a way that raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems.One expert said the findings were "terrifically applicable" to people.The findings, in Science, had nothing to do with the unhealthy behaviours that are more common in poorer groups. The gulf in life expectancy between the richest and poorest is huge - in the US it is more than a decade for women and 15 years for men. Part of the explanation is...

New selector Greg Chappell tipped to push for youth in Test squad The re-appointment of Greg Chappell as an Australian selector could spell danger for older players in the Australian set-up and those vying for inclusion in it, according to Mike Hussey, who has warned against turning automatically to youth as an answer to the national team's woes. Cricket Australia have gone back to the future with Chappell's re-entry to the fold and the elevation of Trevor Hohns to the full-time selection chairman's role after Rod Marsh's resignation on Wednesday. Both are on an interim basis but the presence of Chappell, CA's national talent manager, on the panel again prompted bewilderment in cricket circles on Thursday, given he had lost the same position as a result of the Argus review five years ago. The strong ...