Letter to The Editor - A new effort must be made to build a narrative of Australia as a great nation

To The Australian        How can the Liberal Party regain strength and impetus in our national affairs? Michael Sexton analyses problems ("Liberals face decline amid shifting public priorities", 23/4), but does not provide ideas for reform. The greatest mistake the party can make, as Malcolm Turnbull has helped show, is to turn itself into a second centre-left party. Rather, it must "go right", but this must be done in an intelligent manner. What does that require? Firstly, a new effort must be made to build a narrative of Australia as a great nation with further greatness ahead of it. This means celebration of the British settlement, our roles in two world wars and several minor conflicts, our pioneering history and our construction of a modern free nation based on an outstanding constitution which it is difficult for the left-wing zealots to erode. Secondly the party needs to associate itself strongly with sacred tradition - not just Christian tradition and certainly not "old-fashioned" Christian practice. Leave atheism and rationalism for the ALP and the Greens. Thirdly, and most painfully, the party must detach itself from the "anti-racism" zealotry that has done immense harm to our sense of who we are and where we can go. This, especially, will call for gallantry and honesty; for there are very powerful interests opposed to such necessary reform.     And fourthly the party must not allow its identity to be primarily tied to business and economic issues. These lack glamour and have been over-emphasised in recent decades.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - How to Vote By Viv Forbes

A personal opinion from Viv Forbes
who takes responsibility for any electoral comment.
23 April 2019.

     This is not meant to be a statement of Saltbush Club policy – our members have enough sense and experience to make up their own minds. But I believe these guidelines will help to achieve Saltbush policies. It also explains the background for my how-to-vote opinions.

A Quick Summary:
     Hold your nose as you enter the polling booth. Then -

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Mosquitos, Rock Music and Sex By Brian Simpson

     I love science because there is always weird and wonderful stuff coming out. I do not know how much of it is true, but does that really matter now in our post-truth world? What counts is entertainment, and science supplies that in plenty. Take this one:

“In a blow to dubstep fans everywhere, a team of insect researchers has found that female mosquitoes listening to Skrillex had less sex and sucked less blood than mosquitoes who spent 10 minutes in silence. The authors of the new study, published March 25 in the journal Acta Tropica, wanted to test whether loud music could be used to manipulate mosquito behavior as an "environmentally friendly" alternative to insecticides. Because mating and blood-sucking are the main means by which mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases like Zika virus and dengue fever, interrupting those behaviors with obnoxious noise could also mitigate the spread of disease, the authors wrote.

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Is This How They Do It in Brunei By Peter West

     Surely this is false news, Brunei imposing the death penalty for gay sex? I must run this pass the socialist group in the shopping mall handing out leaflets to let in the refugees; they will know the truth and set me right.

“The United Nations has condemned Brunei's new 'cruel and inhuman' laws imposing death by stoning for gay sex, and amputations for theft. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that the country should maintain its long tradition of not applying the death penalty - which it has not imposed since 1957. 'I appeal to the government to stop the entry into force of this draconian new penal code, which would mark a serious setback for human rights protections for the people of Brunei if implemented,' Bachelet said. Bachelet also stressed that international law imposes very stringent restrictions on the use of the death penalty, which can only be applied for the crimes of murder and intentional killing, and only after all due process requirements have been met. 'In reality, no judiciary in the world can claim to be mistake-free, and evidence shows that the death penalty is disproportionately applied against people who are already vulnerable, with a high risk of miscarriages of justice,' Bachelet added. 'I urge Brunei to maintain its de facto moratorium on the use of capital punishment.'

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Facebook Shows its True Colours, Again! By Brian Simpson

     It is truly amazing how things work. On day one, Julien Assange is kicked out of the Ecuador embassy, then the next day the IMF approves a giant 4.2 billion dollar loan for Ecuador. An amazing coincidence, and we can be sure that nothing went on behind the scenes, because, well, that would be conspiratorial wouldn’t it?

     And Facebook, which is  supposed to any censor white nationalists and horrible anti-vaxxer people, has now blocked the Facebook page of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, who is neither, but still a pest to the globalists:

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Letter to The Editor - Most Australians will not be fooled out of seeing the obvious

To The Australian        If the ALP does win the coming elections, it is to be hoped that common sense will trump fanaticism in the management of Aboriginal affairs ("Dodson under pressure to deliver", 20-21/4). Expectations that "Labor would deliver a first-term referendum on a 'voice to parliament'" will need to be disappointed. All models of "constitutional recognition" involve an innate inequity and capacity to divide, not unify, the nation. Most Australians will not be fooled out of seeing the obvious, so any referendum proposal looks doomed to failure and that is as it should be. Moreover, a failed referendum would see strengthened international pressure put on our government. That also is an ill that should be avoided by common sense and fair play.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

If She was a Man … Gaol! By Mrs Vera West

     No, the law is not sexist. Here is a story of a judge who said that the female drunk driver that she sentenced would have been gaoled if she was a man:

“A judge told a banned drink-driver who smashed into three other vehicles that she would have been jailed if she were a man. Judge Sarah Buckingham said "alcoholic" Victoria Parry would have been "straight down the stairs" to prison had her sex been different. The 30-year-old, who already had two previous convictions for drink-driving was dragged from her Fiat Stilo after the car caught fire following the pile-up on the A46 last May.”

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Letter to The Editor - There is no likelihood that any "constitutional recognition" proposal will succeed in a referendum

To The Age        Denny Meadows says that the Uluru Statement from the Heart "was outrageously dismissed out of hand" (20/4) by the government, but the truth is that the rejection was wise, because the attached proposals are inequitable (contrary to the interests of most Australians) and separatist (leading towards a loss of our national unity and security). There is no likelihood that any "constitutional recognition" proposal will succeed in a referendum. Holding one would be a waste of public money.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Who Cares if the Earth’s Magnetic Field Reverses? By Brian Simpson

     Maybe if young people skipping school to protest about minor things like climate change really wanted to be scared, then they should start paying attention to geophysical threats, which have the potential to cook life, and in fact, have in the past. Things like the weakening of the earth’s magnetic field and likely reversal of the poles:

“Earth’s magnetic field is getting significantly weaker, the magnetic north pole is shifting at an accelerating pace, and scientists readily admit that a sudden pole shift could potentially cause “trillions of dollars” in damage.  Today, most of us take the protection provided by Earth’s magnetic field completely for granted.  It is essentially a colossal force field which surrounds our planet and makes life possible.  And even with such protection, a giant solar storm could still potentially hit our planet and completely fry our power grid.  But as our magnetic field continues to get weaker and weaker, even much smaller solar storms will have the potential to be cataclysmic.  And once the magnetic field gets weak enough, we will be facing much bigger problems.  As you will see below, if enough solar radiation starts reaching our planet none of us will survive. Previously, scientists had told us that the magnetic field was weakening by about 5 percent every 100 years.

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Letter to The Editor - My statement unequivocally condemned this heinous act of murderous violence

To The Age        The argument of Gillian Triggs and Julian Burnside in favour of stronger legislation to prevent events such as the Christchurch massacre ("We need stronger laws to deal with hate speech", 15/4) is fraught with danger for the principle of free speech, which is so vital to the wellbeing of the open society, such as we currently enjoy in Australia, but which millions of human beings in closed societies around the world do not. Their plea in fact looks like a carefully manicured proposal for the political censorship of views they happen to dislike and disagree with. This is suggested by their thoroughly misleading description of Senator Fraser Anning's commentary on the massacre. In his open letter to the Prime Minister dated 27th March the senator wrote: "My statement unequivocally condemned this heinous act of murderous violence. After putting the immediate blame where it belongs, I looked for contributing causes." There is thus no justification for the description of his comments as "a vile response" that "constitute an abuse of free speech."
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

First They Came for Race, Then They Came for Gender, Then They Came for a Relaxing Coffee By Mrs Vera West

     Sex, gender, and all of your values are all social constructions, even social constructions are social constructions, making them meta or higher order social constructions. For this philosophy, we need go no further than Teen Vogue:

“Teen magazine, Teen Vogue, is at it again, diving headlong into contentious politics and calling it “science” — this time with a video titled, “5 Common Misconceptions About Sex and Gender” that proposes that “binary is bulls**t.” The video features a group of speakers telling teenagers that traditional gender roles are not “scientific.” The speakers scoff at the idea that a person with a penis has to be a boy and a person with a vagina is by nature a girl. Some of the sage comments include that of Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele, who is seen saying, “I’m here to tell you that binary is bulls**t.” Next up, author Katrina Karkazis sneers at the idea that “sex typically refers to your biological traits.” But Karkazis goes on to insist that gender is not about binary sexes but is instead about “ideas” about sex. “Gender is about your identity, your expression, and it’s often based on ideas about sex.” Another segment warns the young target audience that “This idea that the body is either male or female is totally wrong.”

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Things are Moving Ever More Quickly in the Vaccination Wonderland By Mrs Vera West

     First it was banning doctors and nurses from saying anything critical of the vaccination industry. Then there were Facebook bans. But the U Decay (UK), now ramps up the volume, as the young people say (if they still do):

“Facebook has already implemented a plan to weed out information that is critical of pharmaceutical companies and their vaccine policies. For example, groups on Facebook may share information on measles, but they cannot share information on vaccine adverse events because this might cause “vaccine hesitancy.” “Hate speech” policies are now used to censor “dangerous” ideas – ideas that certain people just don’t agree with. Information that criticizes the Democrat party is now deemed “disinfo” from Russia, and can be censored out of social media using filters and algorithms. The Russia collusion hoax has led Twitter to shadow ban conservative ideas, as they claim to “protect American democracy” from foreign interference.

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Our open society is under grave threat, Calls for stronger laws to curb hate speech are dangerous By Nigel Jackson

     In my local newspaper this week (the Ferntree Gully Belgrave Mail) the front page story (“Cross of Easter”) deals with an art installation at the front of nearby Tecoma Uniting Church which is said to draw “parallels between Christ’s crucifixion and the treatment of asylum seekers in Australia”.

     Described as “confronting”, the work shows three figures representing asylum seekers hanging on crosses. The artist, the Reverend John Tansey, is reported as stating that his art work reflects “the crucifixion of the human rights of asylum seekers”. There is no reason to doubt his sincerity or compassion for detainees on Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island – or the church’s good intentions or those of its minister, the Reverend Matt Cutler.

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Heaven has a Wall? Hell has Open Borders? By Charles Taylor

     Conventional Christian theology holds that Heaven as a wall, and gates, if only metaphysical and metaphorical. Not everyone can get in. Presumably, the Pope holds to this, for otherwise why bother with all of the stuff Catholicism requires you to do? If anyone can get into Heaven, then eat, drink and be merry, and care not about anything at all. And, Hell is really easy to get into as well, having basically open borders. If one simply lived an anti-Christian life, then one is in.  Now, how can the Pope be against borders between nations, or at least, once white Western nations? Surely to be consistent he will need to go the way of liberal Christianity and have open borders for Heaven. That means that immigration critics, and champions of walls will get into Heaven, to annoy him in the afterlife for all eternity! Cheer up, Popey.

     Migrants always bring riches? So, Trump was wrong about migrant crime? Ok.

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The Magic of Immigration By Richard Miller

     Here is an example of how mass immigration, a policy to serve the dual purpose of the demographic displacement of whites (always denied by the media, even though the declining white population is celebrated by them from time to time), and to make short term profits.

“London’s population is set to exceed 10 million for the first time by 2029 with net migration a primary cause, statistics show. The figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the dramatic findings in which the population of the capital, currently standing at 9.1 million, will rise to over 10 million in 10 years time with the population reaching nearly 11 million by 2041. This would be a population increase in London alone of over three times the total population of Sheffield in just 22 years. The population rise is, in part, due to high numbers of international migration to the city, with an estimated 172,000 international migrants arriving in the capital each year. Other cities in England, too, face large population growth due to immigration, with Greater Manchester seeing an average of 22,000 international migrants arriving each year, Birmingham 13,000 and Liverpool 7,000 according to the government figures. The population is due to rise sharply all across England, from 56.5 million this year to almost 64 million by 2041. This is largely due to an estimated average influx of over 450,000 international migrants every year, roughly the population of Cardiff, with a net annual migration of over 200,000.”

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Destroying the Middle Class By Chris Knight

     The middle class clearly has no class, and is biting the dust, so that society will go the Asian way of a thin layer of the super-rich, and a vast cosmos of dirt-poor grunters, unless with high tech the elites decide that they are bored with the grunters, and use genetically engineered viruses to kill them all off, which is us:

“A primary complaint about the current U.S. economy has been the hollowing out of "middle-skill jobs" — the type of work that people with high school educations and substantial training could do and earn a "middle wage." Be smart: But even if such jobs were restored, it would not mean a revival of America's battered middle class. That's because middle-wage jobs largely do not pay a middle-class salary. Confused? So were we. What's happening: Since the early 1970s, the American middle class has shrunk to about half of all families, from about 60%, according to Pew, a trend that's taken on more importance since the financial crash, becoming a substantial feature of the nation's broad disaffection.

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Italy Doing What Every Nation Should Do By James Reed

     There is at least some bright news in an otherwise dull computer simulation; Italy is going after the gold of the central bank, which it is rightly claiming is the people’s not some ban of bandits:

“Two weeks ago, somewhat out of the blue, ECB President Mario Draghi issued an odd statement confirming that the European Central Bank needs to approve any operation in the foreign reserves of euro zone countries, including gold and large foreign currency holdings. “The ECB shall approve both the operations in foreign reserve assets remaining with the NCBs (national central banks)...and Member States’ transactions with their foreign exchange working balances above a certain threshold,” “The purpose of this competence is to ensure consistency with the exchange rate and monetary policy of the Union.” Specifically, Draghi made this statement to two Italian members of the European Parliament. At the time it did not seem notable for any reason other than its peculiar timing, but now things are starting to make more sense as The Wall Street Journal reports that Italy’s ruling populists pushed ahead this week with efforts to seize control of the central bank and its gold reserves.

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Jailing Big Tech By Brian Simpson

     With all of the censorship going on, maybe there is still a silver lining to a very dark storm cloud:

“A new Australian law could mean that executives of major social media firms could face huge fines — or even jail time – for failing to remove violent videos and images from their networks. CNET reports that executives and owners of websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Reddit and even image board sites such as 4Chan could face harsh penalties under a new Australian law that aims to prevent the display of violent images and videos on these platforms. The new “world-first” laws were developed in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shooting which saw 49 people killed. The legislation was passed in Australian parliament on Thursday and targets social media sites with large fines and jail terms for company executives if they fail or refuse to remove “abhorrent violent material” from their respective platforms. These laws are unique in the fact that they target the social networks and their owners rather than the individuals that upload the violent material.”

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Recycling the Refugee Children By Charles Taylor

     We all know that with global warming, or is it cooling now, no, it is still warming, there is a need to recycle stuff rather than throw it in the streets, which is what I would prefer. That is all fine, but Mexican cartels are way ahead of everyone in the recycling philosophy, and now recycle refugee children!

“Meanwhile, outside of faulty federal laws, Democrats, and wishy-washy responses from the Mexican government, the cartels south of the border are mostly responsible for the humanitarian abuses of children and “families.” That includes, by the way, recycling children kidnapping them and giving them “to an adult to cross the border, present themselves as a family,” Nielsen told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tuesday, The Daily Wire reported. “We’ve broken up so-called ‘child recycling’ rings, if you can believe it, in the last couple of months, which is where smugglers kidnap a child,” she said. “Once they get in, because, as you know, we can only hold families for 20 days, they send the child back and bring the child back with another family – another fake family, another adult,” Nielsen added. She noted further:

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Censoring Natural News, Naturally By Chris Knight

     Natural News.com. my favourite site for juicy news items must be doing something right since now it has been deplatformed by Twister, YouTube and Google, which is quite an achievement.

     Oops, that article is a pretty angry one, naming names and flinging mud far and wide. And, it is best that we self-censor, and not go there. Someone might censor our Twitter, where writers here act like bigger twits than they do normally. No, actually, I don’t think that anyone has any of this, so what does it matter? Forget that I even said this. Please! I am sorry I even wrote this and humbly beg google not to vaporise me with its goooogle gargle magic.