Letter to The Editor - Perhaps Richardson could explain why "nonsense" needs to be stopped by legal sanctions

To The Australian        Graham Richardson states that he would "never allow Holocaust-deniers to peddle their nonsense" ("Decorum in forum aids free speech", 13/5). He believes in limited speech, not free speech. He also says that he will vote Labor until the day he dies. Yes, the two things go together. Anyone voting Greens-Labor in the coming elections either (like Richardson) undervalues the fundamental importance of genuine free speech to our traditional Australian way of life or is ignorant of the issues involved. Once you allow the principle of intellectual freedom to be a little eroded, you open the door to further erosions and before you know it you live under tyranny. Perhaps Richardson could explain why "nonsense" needs to be stopped by legal sanctions. It's overkill, surely!

  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic


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Openly False News from the Mainstream By Chris Knight

     This one is worth recording since the establishment continues to push the notion that the mainstream media reporting false news is, well, false news:

“CNN took the concept of “fake news” to a whole new level with a recent report on Venezuela, in which it claimed that citizens “chose” coup leader Juan Guaido over current president Nicolas Maduro in January “elections.” In a report on Sunday’s deadly Venezuelan military helicopter crash, CNN wrote that “pressure is mounting” on Maduro to step down “following elections in January in which voters chose opposition leader Juan Guaido over him for president.” Slight problem there, CNN. Venezuela did not hold elections in January — and Guaido definitely did not win them. He did, however, try to seize power from Maduro by force in January with US backing — and then again in April. Both coup attempts failed and Maduro remains president with the support of millions of Venezuelans who still back him. But US officials have declared the Washington-friendly Guaido the country’s “legitimate” leader, so evidently this has been a confusing time for CNN’s intrepid reporters.”

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The Genocide of Christians By Peter West

     Who cares about the genocide of Christians? Do Australian Christians, praying hard each week for migrants and refugees, and people of every other religion, apart from their own? Do you see them out and about in street protests?

“The persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near "genocide" levels, according to a report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The review, led by the Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, estimated that one in three people suffer from religious persecution. Christians were the most persecuted religious group, it found. Mr Hunt said he felt that "political correctness" had played a part in the issue not being confronted. The interim report said the main impact of "genocidal acts against Christians is exodus" and that Christianity faced being "wiped out" from parts of the Middle East. It warned the religion "is at risk of disappearing" in some parts of the world, pointing to figures which claimed Christians in Palestine represent less than 1.5% of the population, while in Iraq they had fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120,000. "Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution, but also its increasing severity," the Bishop wrote. Media caption Prince Charles: "It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East''

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Australians Have a Way to Go Until They Skip to Oblivion By James Reed

     I do not believe opinion polls, that somehow by statistical black magic, a sample of a few hundred or a thousand people suddenly give “representative” results about the entire country. But, if it did, this is Australia now:

“Lovers of regulation, supporters of same-sex couples and very liberal when it comes to abortion – this is how a sample of a thousand Australians perceive themselves. Australia is a country that accepts gay couples, hates the big banks, considers second-generation migrants “Australian”, but the majority feel negatively towards Islam. New wide-ranging data released by YouGov has revealed fascinating insights into the Australian identity, its place in the world, and its many contradictions. Australians were the second-highest out of 23 countries surveyed in not considering where someone’s parents come from as relevant to identifying as Australian, but in our personal lives, 47% admitted to having “very few” or no close friends of a different ethnic background. And 80% of us believe women still suffer discrimination, but a third also think the women’s rights movement has gone too far. Older Australians, perhaps surprisingly, are just as supportive of gender equality as their younger counterparts. In some cases, more so. But generational fault lines opened up over same-sex relationships (those under 45 vs over 45) and the acceptance of transgender Australians (under 35 and over 35).”

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Hollywood Sex Slaves; Read All About It Here! By Mrs Vera West

     Hollywood has everything, including a fringe industry of real-world sex slaves! Baby, we have come a long way …  down the sewer pipe!

“It was called “collateral” — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of an upstate New York self-improvement group turned over to their “masters” to ensure obedience, silence and sexual fealty to the organization’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. Now some former members of the group, NXIVM, are poised to break their vow of silence for the first time by testifying against Raniere, who has been compared to a cult leader. Opening arguments are set for Tuesday at a federal court in Brooklyn. Among the more sensational allegations: Some women “slaves” in a secret NXIVM sorority were branded with Raniere’s initials as part of their initiation. Others were threatened with the release of their collateral if they didn’t have unwanted sex with him. Prosecutors have been tight-lipped about who will testify about the sorority, called DOS, an acronym for a Latin phrase roughly translated as “Lord/master of obedient women.” There’s speculation that former members of Raniere’s inner circle including TV actress Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman, the daughter of the group’s top executive, could take the witness stand against him.

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What Comes Around Goes Aground By Mrs Vera West

     We wits at this site have said that the ever-politically correct Brie Larson, who played Captain Marvel in the film of that name, and Avengers: Endgame, who has been whining about the need to more diversity in the Marvel films, and previously having a go at white males etc., should resign and let a person of more obvious colour take her place. It looks like others out there in the world of political correctness have been thinking like us:

“The first female Captain Marvel was a black woman and an online petition calling for Brie Larson to be replaced is gaining steam. The petition’s goal is 9,000 signatures and already (as of this writing) over 8,000 supporters have signed on. “We need Brie Larson to step down from her role to prove she is an ally of social justice and ensure a gay woman of color plays the role,” the petition reads [emphasis original]. “Let Monica, the original female & BLACK Captain Marvel instead of white-washing characters for the benefit of the straight, white men running Disney. To back up their argument that Larson is “all talk,” the petitioners also criticize the Oscar-winner for her charitable giving … or lack of… “She hasn’t donated money to any charity other than The Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation (https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/brie-larson) and it’s time for her to show she is not all-talk.”

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Universities are Drowning in Leftist Doggy Doo! By James Reed

     Sorry about the title, but I could not think of any words to describe my increasing exasperation at the state of Leftist tyranny in the modern university. Consider once more:

“College professors have long positioned themselves to the political left of the American public. The progressive skew in higher education used to be a stable plurality though. Beginning with the earliest survey data in the 1960s, self-identified left-liberals consistently comprised, on average, about 43 percent of all college professors in the United States. Self-described “moderate” and “conservative” faculty members split the remainder for the next three decades. Then something changed around the year 2001. The percentage of faculty who identify with the political left began to skyrocket. In the course of under 15 years, left-leaning faculty rose to an outright majority of 60 percent of the professoriate. The leftward tilt of the university is depicted in the chart below, which includes the recently released results of the 2016-17 faculty survey from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. The latest results confirm and extend earlier observations about the same ideological skew. The three lines are unfortunately limited by the category choices, but include “liberal” and “Far Left” (blue), “moderate” (red), and “conservative” and “Far Right” (grey). They nonetheless provide a clear illustration that the progressive turn is now the new normal in higher education.

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The Amazing Heretical Pope By Peter West

     The Pope has continued to do his usual song and dance routine, attacking nationalism and proclaiming refugees as  …  well you have heard it all before. He keeps saying it like he was paid to do it, and maybe he is. Perhaps that is his day job because many feel that in the theological area, he is not doing his appointed job, being  simply a heretic:

“The well-known and respected Dominican theologian Father Aidan Nichols has put his name to a historic open letter claiming Pope Francis is guilty of heresy and calling on “the bishops of the Catholic Church” to formally correct him. The letter, released April 30, the feast day on the traditional calendar of St. Catherine of Siena, the 14th-century saint famous for her criticism of Pope Gregory XI, states that Francis has on occasions “knowingly and persistently” denied what he knows is divine revealed Church teaching. Such words and actions, the signatories continue, “amount to a comprehensive rejection of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexual activity, on the moral law, and on grace and the forgiveness of sins.” They add that they have taken this measure “as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis's words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church.” The signatories call on bishops to investigate the claims they put forth, and then correct Pope Francis by calling on him “to reject these heresies.” If he should “persistently refuse,” they call on the bishops to declare that Francis has “freely deprived himself of the papacy.” “A heretical papacy may not be tolerated or dissimulated to avoid a worse evil,” the authors write. “It strikes at the basic good of the Church and must be corrected.” They also link his purported rejection of some Church teachings with his favor shown to bishops and cardinals found guilty of abuse or covering up for abuse and corruption, such as Cardinals Theodore McCarrick, Godfried Danneels, Donald Wuerl and Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga.”

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Crazed Leftists Eating Generation 2.0 Feminists By Chris Knight

     The Left is imploding, but this does not necessarily mean that it is collapsing; rather it is turning in upon itself, as it always does, and the outcome will be a new more powerful aggressive mutation.

“For more than 30 years, the critic Camille Paglia has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Now a faction of art-school censors wants her fired for sharing wrong opinions on matters of sex, gender identity, and sexual assault. “Camille Paglia should be removed from UArts faculty and replaced by a queer person of color,” an online petition declares. “If, due to tenure, it is absolutely illegal to remove her, then the University must at least offer alternate sections of the classes she teaches, instead taught by professors who respect transgender students and survivors of sexual assault.” Regardless, the students behind the petition want her banned from holding speaking events or selling books on campus. In their telling, her ideas “are not merely ‘controversial,’ they are dangerous.”

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Paedophilia is One of America’s Leading Businesses! By Mrs Vera West

It is disgusting but the child sexual abuse industry is a billion dollar one,  and rising. How has it been left to go this far?

“Children, young girls - some as young as 9 years old - are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. Sex trafficking—especially when it comes to the buying and selling of young girls—has become big business in America, the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. As investigative journalist Amy Fine Collins notes, “It’s become more lucrative and much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns. A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day—and a ‘righteous’ pimp confiscates 100 percent of her earnings.”

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Canada Makes White Men Cannon Fodder (Pretty Standard Stuff) By Paul Walker

     It is just the manifest destiny of history; too bad if you are a white male because, your number is up:

“Depending on the week and whether employment equity (or EE) targets are being met, the Canadian Forces periodically closes some of its approximately 100 occupations or trades to any applicants but women. The information is contained in so-called weekly “processing cheat sheets” used by recruiting staff — some of which were obtained by the National Post — and was confirmed by a military source. The Post isn’t identifying that source, at the source’s request, for fear of repercussions. But the commander of the recruiting group, Colonel Luc Sabourin, also confirmed in a telephone interview Thursday that the forms “are a weekly tool to allow us to meet our designated EE (employment equity) targets.” Sabourin agreed that in practice, it means that if a white male was applying for a job that was temporarily open only to EE candidates, he would be informed the occupation was full and other job possibilities discussed. In some cases, Sabourin said, if the particular job was the man’s “hard choice”, it would be noted on his application and he might be contacted later, when the EE targets had been met and the occupation was again open to everyone. Asked if the man would be told the occupation was still open for members of EE groups, Sabourin said no.”

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Trump the Traitor By Charles Taylor

     America is really being swamped by migrants, not just from South America, but even from Africa.

     A recent Gallup poll found that immigration was seen by voters as the most important issue, more important than the economy, but Trump, contrary to every electoral promise, ignores this. Any politician, even from the Left, would be voted president in 2020, if he/she vowed to deal with the immigration problem, but after Trump, how could anyone be trusted?

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Taxes Unto Death By James Reed

     It looks like it is time for Labor to be let back in to do their damage, political correctness overdrive like the bad old days of Julia Gillard. Then there is tax, tax, and more tax, which should interest the punters out there in the ‘burbs:

“THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP Treasurer MEDIA RELEASE Media contact: Danielle McKay — Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP — 02 6277 7340 The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP | Treasurer | MELBOURNE 24 January 2019 DEATH TAXES – YOU DON’T SAY, BILL! Facing growing pressure over Labor’s disastrous housing and retirees taxes, Bill Shorten today sought to deflect attention by flippantly remarking that the next thing they say will be “that Labor wants to introduce death taxes.” You don’t say, Mr Shorten! Indeed, it was Shorten’s Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh who wrote an article titled “Bring Back the Inheritance Tax” in which he enthusiastically states: “From a pure economic rationalist perspective … what is often not recognised is that inheritance taxes are also an efficient form of revenue raising” Andrew Leigh, New Matilda, 7 March 2006 Dr Leigh, who will be responsible for crafting tax policy were Labor to be elected, has written extensively on the subject, including a paper titled “Toying with Death and Taxes”. But it is not only Labor frontbenchers who believe in the death tax.

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ISIS and Migrants By Richard Miller

     Well blow me over; I thought from the Left wing thought control groups that links between ISIS and migration was just a racist conspiracy, but then we get this from the mainstream media, which just shows that the entire mainstream media must be banned and shut down to avoid temptations in reporting anything naughty:

“ISIS has tasked one of its terror bosses with moving militants out of Syria and into Europe, newly procured documents show. Newly obtained documents by The Sunday Times show ISIS has a member tasked with “bringing in migrants and taking out brothers who have been given jobs" as a way to move fighters and money from Syria through Turkey into Europe. The documents were obtained by the paper after being found on a hard drive dropped by members of an ISIS cell during a battle near the group's tiny remaining stronghold in Syria earlier this year. In a bid to stay relevant, the terror group -- which recently lost nearly all of its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria -- is planning to launch a fresh wave of attacks in Europe and the Middle East inspired by past atrocities: the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and 2017 truck attack in New York City that left eight dead. Among the documents on the hard drive is a letter signed by six ISIS leaders and addressed to 47-year-old leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which lays out the group's new strategy of operations involving bank robberies, vehicle rammings, assassinations and computer hacking.

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Police State New Zealand By John Welton

     As a New Zealand gun owner, with no convictions, I sincerely hope that my name has been flagged in the New World Order police state surveillance system. If not, then I will cry crocodile tears each night on my pillow. Just imagine what is going on across the lake in the grown-up people’s country, of Australia, land of the juicy social welfare, that New Zealanders love as well:

“Nearly two million people appear in a New Zealand police intelligence system with an alert against their name, inquiries by the Otago Daily Times have revealed. Those in the database are generally flagged without their knowledge, and a leading security analyst says the broad sweep of the system raises privacy concerns. George Block reports. Has your driver's licence ever been cancelled? Vetted by police recently? Do you have a firearms licence? Then chances are you appear in the police National Intelligence Application (NIA) with at least one alert against your name. Police can apply 126 different "person alerts", including flags for firearms licence holders, people known by police to be HIV (AIDS) positive, and alerts for paedophiles and convicted murderers. This all adds up: 1,988,963 people in New Zealand have at least one alert against their name - just over 40 per cent of the population at an average of 1.7 alerts per person, according to figures obtained under the Official Information Act by the Otago Daily Times.”

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Peak Madness: From Censorship to Civil War By Peter West

     The cultural civil war continues, with Facebook banning more people who it does not like. Meanwhile, Trump does nothing, not even lifting a presidential finger to save free speech. Perhaps his son-in-law, the ever-snugged-face Jared Kushner, the real president, has told him to not even make a Tweet, or a mouse-like squeak, about it, and Trump has quietly nodded, trembling in fear:

“The Masters of the Universe at Facebook have banned multiple conservative personalities from both Facebook and Instagram, including Infowars host Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos.
The Atlantic reports that Instagram and its parent company Facebook has banned a number of conservative personalities from its platforms, including Infowars host Alex Jones, Infowars contributor and YouTube star Paul Joseph Watson, journalist and activist Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Louis Farrakhan was notably also banned from the platforms at the same time. Paul Joseph Watson confirmed his ban, claiming he has not broken Facebook’s rules, and commenting, “In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged.”

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Insanity USA By Chris Knight

     A quickie proof of the insanity of contemporary America. After the failed CIA coup in Venezuela, the UY,  a country which is oh so concerned about other nations “interfering” in its politics in any way, even exposing evil doings, now has put all the cards on the table regarding Venezuela. That means full military invasion. Yet, the elites fight to allow the Mexican border be open regardless of who comes in. This is beyond pathological, and is nothing more than a country in the terminal stages of death.

“The primary objective of the American Left — and, really, the global Left — is the destruction of the United States as founded, period. … Thus, if you look at the issues that are important to Democrats and you examine their political objectives and view the policies they pursue through this lens, you can begin to understand why they do the things they do. Take the migrant invasion currently occurring along our U.S.-Mexico border. To any rational American, the right thing to do would be to give the president and our governing institutions all the diplomatic, financial, and physical tools required to secure it. But instead, Democrats fight the president tooth and nail. And what’s happening? Not only are the migrants overwhelming our ability to handle the onslaught, because of the way our laws are written — and because Democrats refuse to work with Republicans and the president to change them — federal immigration officials have been forced to release disease-ridden migrants into our cities, thus exposing Americans to diseases we eradicated long ago.

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Letter to The Editor - Testing Green Energy

     Let’s carry out a real energy experiment in Australia. Insist that Victoria and South Australia become “zero emission states” with all electricity generated by wind, solar or hydro and backed up by giant batteries. Mandate electric cars and levy a climate tax on all emissions from cattle and petrol/diesel engines. Let Qld choose freely from unsubsidised coal, gas or green power with no climate taxes. Leave their cows, cars, and trucks alone. Stop all interstate transfer of electricity into test areas. Let’s see what happens to electricity reliability and prices, industrial activity, jobs and interstate migration of climate refugees.
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Diversity, Australian Style By Peter Ewer

     In no way being critical or making any adverse comment at all, I refer the gentle reader to this article where various individuals appear to be raising objections to Australia’s joyous  diversity, but I do not know why and am afraid to ask. In fact, I type this from the shelter of the dark nether region under my bed:

“A radical Muslim group held a conference on Saturday afternoon discouraging members and their children from singing the Australian national anthem – while refusing to condemn ISIS. Global Islamist political party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is campaigning for Sharia law, hired a community hall at Campsie, in Sydney's south-west, for the event. Yellow taped lines were placed on the carpet segregating men at the front from women at the back, with Daily Mail Australia witnessing ushers directing men to sit at the front of the auditorium. This was despite a 2016 New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruling which found Hizb ut-Tahrir's gender segregation policies at public events were a form of unlawful sex discrimination. After taking a seat Daily Mail Australia was asked to leave the Orion Function Centre as about 300 Muslim men, women - all wearing either hijabs or niqabs - and children were arriving. Asked why the media wasn't allowed at the four-hour 'Unapologetically Muslim' forum, this reporter was informed it was an 'Islamic conference' and complied with directions to leave.

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We have Already had Two Wars with China, So Expect a Third By James Reed

     There is an excellent article by Brett Stevens:

Dealing with the coming military threat of China. First, he makes the point that the US, and by implication, Australia, has already fought two wars against China, with over half a million Chinese dying –  the Korean War. Then, China was involved in supplying troops and other support in the Vietnam war.

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