Morning! What happened while you were asleep? Well, positives actually. Bana was evacuated from Aleppo, we kept our AAA credit rating and a politician got a new job.
Bana, the seven-year-old who live-tweeted the shelling of Aleppo escapes her fate
As time spools past and the violent clusterfuckery that was the Aleppo situation slips into memory, we’ll need an innocent face to remind us of the dire pointlessness of it. Alongside the names Anne Frank and Phan Thị Kim Phúc, add Bana al-Abed to the pages of history. However, uncertain future aside, Bana seems to have escaped the bloodless hands of mechanised horror in Aleppo.
— Humanitarian Relief (@IHHen) December 19, 2016
Bana, taking the generational fad of live-Tweeting to its darkest fringes yet, gave us a first-hand account of the reducing chances of survival, as Government forces descended onto the streets where she lived.
Please save us now. – Bana #Aleppo
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 16, 2016
Final message – people are dying since last night. I am very surprised I am tweeting right now & still alive. – Fatemah #Aleppo
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 12, 2016
Of course this is cold comfort to those who didn’t make it out of Aleppo, but in a calendar year that has dealt death with brutal regularity, it’s good to see someone made it.
Australia manages to sleep on economy exam, still bags AAA result
We’ve all been there. We’ve undertaken something so beyond us, the sheer weight of it turns us to nap out of stress. And nap we do, until we wake the morning of the exam and hope it all goes well on zero preparation and a vague hope that we can somehow net a 450% mark, and therefore pass the course.
So it goes with the Australian Government, which is an important touchstone to focus on. The government, especially in this country, and especially this government, is often criticised for being out of touch, especially with the younger generation. However, their slipping of the noose and retention of their AAA credit rating (despite a notable blowout in the budget deficit) is “on fleek” as the kiddies say.
Global credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, says it has kept Australia’s credit rating at AAA despite a blow out in the budget deficit
— ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) December 19, 2016
Much like the hard-nosed professor who bent to the hungover sob story manufactured on the day of the test to gain some sort of clemency, the Global Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s awarded us leniency, but wrapped it in a warning.
S&P remain “pessimistic” about Australia’s economic future – but maintain AAA credit rating @9NewsAUS
— Charles Croucher (@ccroucher9) December 19, 2016
Pfft. Whatever. Uni bar anyone?
Ex-Brit PM candidate becomes stock photo
To send everyone to work with a healthy dose of schadenfreude, I present you with one-time Prime Ministerial candidate Ed Miliband, who, unlike every other failed politician, has remained firmly in the public eye…as stock footage on a news piece.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 19, 2016
You could argue that any exposure is good exposure, but I don’t believe exposure to a disease counts. Miliband, who clearly has a knack for connecting with the media, has struck once before when he tangled with the acronym of twelvies and drunks everywhere:
Is there anything more pure than the time Ed Miliband didn’t know what yolo meant pic.twitter.com/R2LR8LmDFx
— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) December 19, 2016
Perhaps it should be Yovo. You only vaccinate once.
Which sounds like an awful 007 movie. Although we do need a new Bond. Hopefully there’s a scene in the new film where he has to blow his nose. He’d knock that for six.
The top five #AusPol Tweets from overnight
If people can’t tell the difference from ScoMo rhetoric and Bowen’s knowledge and experience, they have rocks in their heads. #abc730
— Rowan (@FightingTories) December 19, 2016
— Ian Gordicans (@Gordicans) December 19, 2016
— Hugh G Snobbery (@hughGsnobbery) December 18, 2016
Pauline Hanson says Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is not about one person#auspol
— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) December 19, 2016
— Comrade Mark (@markjs1) December 18, 2016
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