Letter to The Editor - Loss of strength of the high quality intellectual traditions

To The Australian        Matthew Lesh has provided a fine defence of the crucial importance to our justice system of the presumption of innocence ("Sexual assault too serious a crime for a campus verdict", 19/10). The universities of Sydney and Tasmania need to pull back from their proposals for home patch arbitration of rape assault charges on the basis of a balance of probabilities. Behind these proposals, as behind so many wild and woolly campaigns by radicals, lies a prejudiced and intolerant mindset that has intensified in recent decades. Where did this obtuse stubbornness come from? The answer is probably twofold: the loss of strength of the high quality intellectual traditions of Christianity (as opposed to relatively mindless forms of populist Protestantism) and the appalling rapidity of so much of modern life, which does not provide time for deep consideration of the implications of change of policy.  
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Letter to The Editor - Monarchy is inherently a superior form of government to republicanism

To The Age            There is some truth in your editorial claim that "the historical ties to England are no longer the focus of our national identity" ("No reason to delay republic debate", 19/10), but they remain the most important aspect of the foundation of our political order. Australia will be wise to continue to honour them, and that means no republic. The warm welcome given to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex strongly suggests that most Australians do not see Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family as "foreigners". They are much more intimately a part of us than that term states. Most important of all is the fact that monarchy is inherently a superior form of government to republicanism. It makes more sense, therefore, to work long-term for a totally independent Australian throne.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Even Welfare Dependent Migrants Must Come … So Long as They are Not White By Peter West

     Everybody seems to be reading Breitbart.com, so here I go to see what I can find on my treasure hunt. For today, there is this gem, where the big rich Koch brothers, who champion unlimited immigration to the US, for all of the reasons our own elites and chatterers do, want migrants even if they go onto welfare! That is a new frontier because migrants are supposed to be all IT experts and rocket scientists, set to pay for boomer pensions:

“Through the Koch brothers’ network of organizations—which have campaigned for Democrats’ open borders policies this election cycle—which include the pro-mass immigration LIBRE Initiative and the economic libertarianism group Freedom Partners, the billionaire donors are opposing Trump’s reform to the legal immigration system. Freedom Partners Executive Vice President Nathan Nascimento said in a statement that allowing mass migration of welfare-dependent foreign nationals into the U.S. is “morally right,” calling Trump’s reform “the wrong approach.” “We should always welcome people who desire to come here and contribute because is it both morally right and their efforts benefit our nation, economy, and taxpayers,” Nascimento said. Nascimento also said the U.S. must continue bringing more than 1.5 million immigrants to the country every year because there are not enough American workers willing to do blue-collar jobs, though economic data does not back up the so-called “labor shortage” claims made by the big business lobby and Chamber of Commerce.

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New Zealand Needs Abortion Clinics, Everywhere, for Human Right’s Sake! By Mrs Vera West

     I thought New Zealand was like say, Ireland, with abortion on demand, but, no. Anyway, the move is on to end New Zealand’s abortion ban, because, as always, it violate human rights, or some fiddle sticks like that:

“An abortion advocacy group in New Zealand has laid a discrimination complaint alleging New Zealand’s strict abortion laws breach the human rights of pregnant people, and subject them to “ritual humiliation”. As experts prepare to hand down a major review into the country’s controversial abortion laws later this month, ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa has teamed up with five women who have experienced difficulties and emotional pain in accessing abortions in bringing their complaint to the country’s human rights commission. Under New Zealand law, abortion is a crime and legal only in cases of incest, “mental subnormality” or foetal abnormality, or where the physical or mental health of the mother would be seriously impacted by having a child. Other factors that may be taken into consideration but are not grounds in themselves include “sexual violation” and “extremes of age”. The joint complaint alleges that pregnant women suffer “demonstrably worse treatment than other people seeking health care” when accessing abortions, and experience “hurt feelings, loss of dignity, and cruel, degrading, and disproportionately severe treatment”. Terry Bellamak, national president of ALRANZ is awaiting the findings of a Law Commission review of the laws.”

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The Shape of Brawls to Come By John Steele

     Hillary Clinton has called for an end of “civility” when dealing with her opponents, the deplorables, White Americans, and the antifa have been happy to oblige, as the recent riot in Portland shows. Police opened fire with less-than-lethal rounds. The Right Wing Christian groups (e.g. Patriot Prayer) and others, as well as the opposing antifa, used bare fists and batons to thump each other:

     It has been said that both parties had a smacking good time, and each group went home to mend cuts, tend to bruises, and lick wounded prides, getting ready for round 2.

Australian Slavery By James Reed

     “Forced labour,” as defined by the International Labor Organization, is “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.”

     Forced labour though is precisely what the Liberal government is now forcing on the unemployed, under the guise of helping the farmers:

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Killing the TPP By James Reed

     The TPP has had a zombie existence since President Trump crushed the original plan under foot like crushing the head of a serpent. But, the evil globalist elites never give up in their eternal quest to destroy everything of value and sink the nation state, our heritage and future. However, while the program has crept on, it has had its setbacks, such as a blow delivered by the otherwise weak Centre Alliance:

“While Centre Alliance supports open and fair trade, the party will not be supporting TPP-11 enabling legislation," said Trade spokesperson Senator Rex Patrick. "The deal that has been negotiated by the Government is, on balance, bad for Australia." Recently released modelling commissioned by Australian industry heavyweights shows that the deal would result in, at best, a 0.5% increase to GDP by 2030. This figure must be tempered by the fact that the Productivity Commission has found that predictions for growth and jobs from Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have rarely been delivered because the economic models employed exaggerate the benefits, ignores many of the costs and assume away unemployment effects. The modelling shows Australia's grain exports would not change at all under the deal and all other agriculture could decline. It also shows that durable manufacturing, a key sector of interest to Centre Alliance, would actually shrink under TPP-11.

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Letter to the Editor - Anti-vaxxers, Holocaust deniers, flat earthers and others" should be denied a platform

To The Age        If Adrienne Stone really believes that "unorthodox ideas should be welcomed and offensive ideas must be tolerated" in universities ("Free speech vital to universities", 16/10), then she should not be asserting that "anti-vaxxers, Holocaust deniers, flat earthers and others" should be denied a platform there. Dismissing these or any other positions as "nonsense" that "blatantly disregards" so-called established evidence is too risky and might turn out to be ignorantly prejudiced, as Galileo's case and others in history show. Stone's choice of these three categories is also questionable. There's not much sign of flat earth promotion around the world, but there's a large amount of what looks like carefully researched and argued material by Holocaust revisionists.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Fisetin: Take That Ageing! By Mrs Vera West

     With all of us here getting older by the second, we need all the chemical help we can get. Enter fisetin, a chemical found in fruit and vegetables. No, I never heard of it before either.

“Previous research published earlier this year in Nature Medicine involving University of Minnesota Medical School faculty Paul D. Robbins and Laura J. Niedernhofer and Mayo Clinic investigators James L. Kirkland and Tamara Tchkonia, showed it was possible to reduce the burden of damaged cells, termed senescent cells, and extend lifespan and improve health, even when treatment was initiated late in life. They now have shown that treatment of aged mice with the natural product Fisetin, found in many fruits and vegetables, also has significant positive effects on health and lifespan. As people age, they accumulate damaged cells. When the cells get to a certain level of damage they go through an aging process of their own, called cellular senescence. The cells also release inflammatory factors that tell the immune system to clear those damaged cells. A younger person's immune system is healthy and is able to clear the damaged cells. But as people age, they aren't cleared as effectively. Thus they begin to accumulate, cause low level inflammation and release enzymes that can degrade the tissue. Robbins and fellow researchers found a natural product, called Fisetin, reduces the level of these damaged cells in the body. They found this by treating mice towards the end of life with this compound and see improvement in health and lifespan. The paper, "Fisetin is a senotherapeutic that extends health and lifespan," was recently published in EBioMedicine.”

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A Real Stinker, from Pinker By Chris Knight

     Steven Pinker is riding the waves of greatness as the latest leading thinker. No doubt in time he will be replaced by another, for academia is today much like popular music charts. Anyway, he has a new book supposedly defending Enlightenment values, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, (Viking, New York, 2018). While all of that sounds good, and we would expect a sustained critique of political correctness on the university campus, what we find instead is that Pinker defines basically Trump as the greatest threat to Enlightenment values! Yes, not postmodernism, which explicitly undermines scientific rationality, or radical Islam, but nationalists! Does he have an agenda you may ask?

     I would quote a slab of text from the Counter-currents.com site, but every time you cut and paste from them you get a block of black which is not helpful for the promotion of ideas. However, in summary … wait … a kind computer geek suggested going to print mode to overcome the block, and here is the text, straight from author Ricardo Duchesne, who is far better and more coherent that the Peterson guy, and has taken him apart, anyway:

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Denmark Shines a Light in an Otherwise Dark, Immigration-Crazed West By Michael Ferguson

     The Danish Immigration and Integration Minister has taken a stand against the mass immigration swamping EU program:

“The Venstre party politician said that Denmark would not be opening the country’s borders to asylum seekers, saying: “Although we have gained significantly better control over the influx, we are still in the position that we are struggling to integrate the many refugees who have come to Denmark in recent years.” “Despite the fact that more refugees have come to work, there are still too many who do not support themselves. This applies especially to women, where too few contribute. That is why I have decided that Denmark should not take quota refugees in 2018,” Støjberg added, according to Jyllands-Posten. The statement comes after the Danish government passed legislation allowing the immigration minister to set the number of asylum seekers that would be welcomed into the country each year.

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China’s Brainwashing Centres By James Reed

     China, engaging in brainwashing? Taking out people’s brains, giving them a scrub over, then putting them back in squeaky clean skulls? Surely not!

“Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi put forward two motions to federal Parliament tightly linked to strained Australian-China relations, on Aug 15. The first motion, which was rejected, called for a review of the Department for Education and Training’s engagement with Chinese Communist Party-administered Confucius Institutes. The successful second motion, while avoiding direct reference to China, targeted political re-education internment camps, which have become a hallmark of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) oppression. In the course of ostensibly delivering Chinese language and culture education, Confucius Institutes have come under scrutiny for, among other things, impinging on Australian academic freedom. Over 1,500 Confucius Classrooms and Confucius Institutes are hosted by primary and secondary schools and universities throughout the world. Bernardi’s motion noted that Australia has the third largest number of such institutions, after the United States and the United Kingdom. The setting up of Confucius Institutes involves forming a partnership between a Chinese university, a foreign university, and Hanban—the Office of Chinese Language Council International, which is an arm of the CCP’s Ministry of Education.”

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Is There a Sperm in the House? Forget the Doctor! By Mrs Vera West

     Human sperm is going to be as scarce as hen’s teeth in the future. (I just thought about this and realised that hens don’t have teeth.)

“Sperm count is plummeting - meaning an increasing number of men may need IVF if they hope to conceive, new research shows. Researchers in the US and Spain analyzed semen samples from two major fertility centers between 2002 and 2017. The number of men in their cohort went up seven-fold, from 8,000 to 60,000 in that time, with an increasing number diagnosed with oligospermia, a type of male infertility. What's more, among those men with fertility issues, an increasing number have a sperm count so low they have a higher risk of needing IVF to conceive, while the number of men with a 'normal' sperm count dropped. Lead researchers Dr Ashley Tiegs, who is presenting the findings at a reproductive medicine conference on Monday, told DailyMail.com the drop in sperm quality is possibly driven by environmental factors like smoking, stress, obesity, and exposures to chemicals in plastics.

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Time Crystal? By Brian Simpson

     Time crystals? No, I had not hears of them either, before reading this:

“Time crystals are systems of atoms that arrange themselves in time the way more traditional solids crystallize in space. In case your brain isn’t bent enough trying to figure out what that means, the two groups of scientists created radically different structures that both fall under the label “time crystals.” These atomic arrangements are not time travel portals or infinite Rube Goldberg Machines, but rather the advent of a whole new state of matter–independent from the familiar solids, liquids, and gases that comprise our known universe. MIT theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek first proposed the idea of time crystals in 2012, positing that if properties change over time rather than in space that it might create new states of matter. Less than six years later, the two groups of scientists created crystals that seem to possess properties similar to those he proposed.

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The Hex of the Witches: The Dark Claws of Political Correctness By Mrs Vera West

     Was this why witches were once burnt at the stake? No, it was due to patriarchal oppression, and fortunately, in our enlightened age, such brutality is a long forgotten thing:

     Nowadays modern witches do great and exciting things, like defend political correctness by placing curses upon figures of  the Right, and who could not see that as a fine thing to do with one’s black magical powers?

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The ABC of Cultural Marxism: How to Spot Alien Predators at the Supermarket By James Reed

     Here is a good intro. essay about cultural Marxism, one to educate newies and normies about the anarcho-tyrannical plan to destroy the world, if not the entire universe:

“This theory says that the driving force behind the socialist revolution is not the proletariat - but the intellectuals. While Marxism has largely disappeared from the workers' movement, Marxist theory flourishes today in cultural institutions, in the academic world, and in the mass media. This “cultural Marxism” goes back to Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) and the Frankfurt School. The theorists of Marxism recognized that the proletariat would not play the expected historical role as a “revolutionary subject.” Therefore, for the revolution to happen, the movement must depend on the cultural leaders to destroy the existing, mainly Christian, culture and morality and then drive the disoriented masses to Communism as their new creed. The goal of this movement is to establish a world government in which the Marxist intellectuals have the final say. In this sense, the cultural Marxists are the continuation of what started with the Russian revolution.

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No Rodents On flights! Will Politicians Have to Walk Now? By Uncle Len, Pet Supporter

     I am back, mentally refreshed from my stay in a psychiatric institution. It was great; showers (no showers in my shed, I wash very rarely), toilets (no toilets in my shed; guess how I handle that one, and two), and food not from dumpster diving. Sure I had a drip feeding powerful drugs into my veins 24/7, but I ask you, is this really something to worry about, when one can dine on a hot toasted cheese and tomato sandwich? Returning to my shed left me with a feeling of depression, but not enough to be put back in to the glorious mental health cycle. So, it is back to my eternal friends and support animals, the cockroaches. Speaking of emotional support animals:

“The ongoing controversy surrounding passengers' demands to take their 'emotional support animals' with them on long flights took a hilarious turn on Tuesday when a woman was forcibly removed from a Frontier Airlines flight after she was told that her "emotional support" squirrel wouldn't be allowed on board. Passengers were forced to deplane from flight 1612 from Orlando, Fla., to Cleveland on Tuesday when the woman refused to obey a request to leave the flight with her squirrel, at which point the airline called the Orlando Police, who escorted the woman off the plane. The woman argued that she included in her reservation notes that she would be traveling with an emotional support animal - though the airline argued that she did NOT indicate that said animal would be a squirrel, according to the Cleveland Fox affiliate. Frontier said it doesn't allow rodents on its fights.”

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Censorship Unlimited Inc; Shut it All Down! By Peter Ewer

     Yo, the censorship of everything the elites don’t like has now progressed to websites and people who are just reporting on news that the mainstream are not reporting on, so for some reason, it must be shut down, terminated:

“RT America’s Rachel Blevins has had her public account axed by Facebook amid the social media giant’s recent crackdown on alternative news sources. Blevins says she only posted her journalistic work and is baffled by the move. Rachel says she had to work hard for four years to amass a following of nearly 70,000 people. She has no clue as to what might have prompted Facebook censors to see red and banish her from the site in the 'inauthentic behavior' crackdown, as she only posted her own work, articles and video reports. The RT America correspondent said that Facebook listed a plethora of reasons as to why her account got the chop. Rachel says the social media giant said it was a “fake account”, was “misleading users” and was “violating Facebook’s spam policy”.

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Who Needs Evidence for “Hate”? By Mrs Vera West

     In the UK, the legal system has dropped one component of the traditional law of evidence, for now no evidence at all is needed to make a complaint for a hate crime, apart, I suppose, for the accused being white:

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has held a “public consultation” and issued “revised” guidelines on “hate crimes” and “transphobia”, which are likely to result in ever increasing numbers of people being dragged through court for speech crimes. As well as setting out policy on racism, homophobia, and “transphobia”, the new guidelines include the “first public policy statement on Crimes Against Disabled People” to stress the CPS “understand[s] the serious nature of these crimes”. The new guidelines reaffirm the fact that no evidence is needed to bring a criminal complaint against someone for a “hate crime”, as “reporting… is subjective and is based on the perception of the victim”. In order to treat a crime as a hate crime for the purposes of investigation, there is no need for evidence to prove the aggravating element”, the guidelines add. “Hate crimes” receive harsher sentences than other crimes, and “aggravating” factors are often vague, such as the definition of “transphobia”. Speaking to Breitbart London, London Assembly Member and UKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten explained the possible impact of these guidelines. “While judges may not actually find the accused guilty, more people may be dragged through the courts for months and years for their opinions and beliefs, and in the process lose their job, their house, their marriage and their kids, as well as being left destitute after fighting a lengthy court battle,” he said.’

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The Mighty Kayne West; Stronger By Peter West

     Kayne West is my favourite black rapper, although I don’t like rap music, but I now make an exception for him after his historic meeting with President Trump in the White House:

     In the meeting, sprinkled with West’s trademark use of the F-bomb, you know, words close to “duck,” he manages to say almost every politically incorrect thing you can think off. Things I am too scared, in our present multicult fascist regime, to even mention. But, the post is still up for a time on the   ‘Tube. Anyway, the libtards have gone even madder than usual, saying that West is crazy, and needs help, which for them, I guess,  is Soviet style psychiatry:

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