That’s Socialism for You! By Chris Knight

     It is good to point out the inconsistencies of the socialists, whenever we see them. Take US geriatric socialist Bernie Sanders, not to be confused with Colonel Sanders of the fried chicken fame:
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/socialist-bernie-sanders-schooled-by-a-quick-lesson-on-minimum-wage_07232019

“Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders was recently schooled by a lesson on minimum wage.  After raising the minimum wage of his staffers to $15 per hour, the socialist cut everyone’s hours. “Breadlines Bernie” found out on his own what a disaster liberal policies can be on a person’s personal finances. After cutting hours to make good on his $15/hour pledge, Sanders was mocked by both sides for his inability to understand simple mathematics and economics 101. “Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced this weekend he will cut staffers’ hours so that they can effectively be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage, prompting mockery from critics who say the move is more evidence that Sanders’ plan to raise the national minimum wage is hypocritical and would only lead to less work and more unemployment,” reports Fox News.”

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Zero Emissions Australia? By Viv Forbes


    

     It may be possible for a perpetual committee of green bureaucrats to electrify Australia with a vast but flimsy spider-web of power lines connecting consumers to wind turbines, solar panels, lithium batteries and pumped-hydro batteries. In this wonder-world, electric scooters and mini-cars will be mandated and demand rationing will be imposed. But this costly, ramshackle UN dream-come-true will never be competitive with nearby industries in China, India and Japan using a powerful backbone of reliable low-cost nuclear, coal, gas and diesel power, decorated with bits of green tinsel to placate the energy commissars of the UN. These Asian tigers will get their coal from Mongolia, Indonesia and South Africa, their oil and gas from the Middle East and their uranium from Asia, Canada and Africa.

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The Right to Monogamy? By Mrs Vera West

     Affirmative Right site has some occasionally good articles, but a lot that I disagree with. On the positive front, there has been a series arguing that monogamy is needed as the foundation for society, for Western civilisation to survive. Beyond the usual conservative argument centred around the production of children, there is also the aspect of sexual satisfaction, and not a lot of this occurs under the feminist regime:
  https://affirmativeright.blogspot.com/2019/07/monogamy-and-survival-of-west-part-four.html#more
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7LN14IpVy0
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB7qKbZWoWk
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WMuzhQXJoY

“Is there a fundamental right to monogamy? The male desire for sex and female companionship is a natural biological instinct, like eating or sleeping. If a man is unable to satisfy this fundamental impulse, he loses his powers of concentration and becomes unproductive. Eventually, he is forced to drop out of society or lash out. A growing underclass of unmarried men will inevitably lead to massive civil strife and social disruption, including bloodshed. Expecting these men to just exercise self-control is both unreasonable and absurd. Lifelong celibacy has never worked, not even for the Christian church, which degenerated morally and intellectually because of it. Imagine the agony of the inferior male, who is forced to endure a life of unwanted bachelorhood, his libido mercilessly titillated by a liberal society that allows women to dress as scantily-clad ****** in public. In reality, it is only the liberal totalitarians who must practice self-control; their nihilist and self-destructive obsession with feminism, multicultural policy and immigration from the Third World are more akin to the dancing and flagellation manias of the Middle Ages than the beliefs of rational men. If it is in society's best interest to ensure that all men reach their full innate potential, then society must provide the necessary conditions allowing men to exercise their right to monogamous family life whenever they so choose.”

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Animal Rights Domestic Terrorists: Eat More Meat in Counter-Protest! By James Reed

     Yes, along with Antifa, the Left has generated its usual band of violent protestors:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/animal-rights-activists-australia-domestic-terrorists-new-south-wales-a9015346.html?utm_source=reddit.com

“Animal rights activists who invade farms to stage protests will be hit with huge new fines in measures announced by Australia’s south-eastern state government after they were branded “domestic terrorists” by the region’s deputy leader. The New South Wales (NSW) government has introduced on-the-spot trespassing charges of $1,000 (£565) for each “vigilante” caught illegally entering private farmland. The new rules, which come into force on 1 August, could also see individuals charged up to $220,000 (£124,000) and corporations up to $440,000 (£248,000) for any major violations of the Biosecurity Act. “Vigilantes who are entering our farmers’ property illegally are nothing short of domestic terrorists, NSW deputy premier John Barilaro, in remarks widely reported by Australian media. “Our farmers have had a gutful. They don’t deserve, nor have time, to be dealing with illegal trespass and vile harassment from a bunch of virtue-signalling thugs.”

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Love Meat? Then to Support the Third World, Time to Give it Up! By Peter West

     Kiss your tasty steak goodbye, because it simply consumes too many resources, and to keep the Third World population numbers exploding, food will need to be distributed according to the Marxist principle of equality.
  https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/17/health/beef-environment-resources-report/index.html

“Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40% and Europeans by 22%, for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050, according to a new report. That means each person could have about a burger and a half each week. This calculation comes from the World Resources Institute, a global research nonprofit that supports better use of natural resources to sustain a growing population. Its research looks at agriculture, the climate crisis, poverty and gender, among other topics. Its final "Creating a Sustainable Food Future" report released Wednesday takes a closer look at the gaps in food production and global demand and makes several concrete recommendations on how to prevent a catastrophe. Eating less beef is one such suggestion in the 568-page report. About 9.8 billion people will live on the planet by 2050, that's up from 7 billion people in 2010. Demand for food is projected to outpace population growth, increasing by more than 50% as people's incomes in the developing world are expected to increase, according to the report. The demand for meat and dairy is expected to rise even faster, by nearly 70%. The global demand for ruminant meat, meaning beef, sheep and goat, is expected to be even higher, at 88%. But to keep up with food demands overall, the report predicts farmers are going to have to produce 56% more crop calories than in 2010 -- and that means that land nearly twice the size of India will be needed. Closing these gaps is "harder than often recognized," according to the report. The authors suggest there are several ways to keep people from starving and to keep the climate crisis at bay, but the most impactful way to do this may be to cut the consumption of ruminant meat.”

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The Art of Self Defense and Toxic Films, Not Masculinity By John Steele

     I have not seen this movie, and base my critique on just the shorts that I have seen, but that is enough for me to despise it. I doubt that I could sit through these politically correct deconstructions without exhibiting toxic masculinity, radiating it in all directions, like a skunk, but proud of it.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bms6Hba-3A
  https://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20190726/art-of-self-defense-examines-satirizes-toxic-masculinity

This movie, like almost everything excreted by Hollywood today, has a politically correct N. W. O message, this time that, masculinity is toxic. Thus, a weak male goes to learn karate to defend himself from thugs, but the entire self- defense scene is toxic masculinity. There are females involved in it, but pass over it, they are all oppressed by the patriarchy too. Conveniently, the karate sensei is white, and there would have been a bit of a racism paradox if Hollywood had taken an Asian sensei, but they never make things hard for themselves, just like all criminals are white Nordics, with the lighter the phenotype, the eviller. “Director Riley Stearns says he didn't realize he was making a perfect movie for 2019 when he started writing "The Art of Self-Defense" four years ago. But his darkly comedic riff on toxic masculinity starring Jesse Eisenberg as a timid and "weak" man who takes up karate just kept becoming more relevant. The Harvey Weinstein allegations broke during the shoot in 2017 and the #MeToo movement became a phenomenon. "It was kind of weird that this idea that I had been feeling was very personal to me was really starting to spread into a direct discussion," Stearns said. "More and more people are relating to the film in ways that I originally wouldn't have intended, which is hugely humbling and very interesting to see."

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Count on Clinton Body Count Damage Control By Chris Knight

     The Epstein controversy has led to the resurrection of the Clinton Body Count conspiracy, that some less than desirable things have happened to a number of people who may have stepped on Billy the Goat, and Hillary’s blue suede shoes. Look, let the iconic Rolling Stone tell it:
  https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/jeffrey-epstein-clinton-conspiracy-theories-twitter-863446/
  https://www.rt.com/usa/465068-clinton-body-count-twitter/
  https://twitter.com/clintonmurders?lang=en

“On Wednesday night, NBC News reported that disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, was found injured and semi-conscious in his cell with two abrasions on his neck. While initial details were sketchy, sources at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the prison where Epstein was being held, suggested to NBC News that the injury was possibly the result of a failed suicide attempt, though investigators have not yet ruled out that another inmate may have assaulted him. et on social media, one explanation alone dominated the conversation: the Clintons did it. On Thursday morning, #ClintonBodyCount was one of the top trending topics on Twitter, with many speculating that Epstein’s injuries were the result of an attempt on his life that was orchestrated by his former friends. A list circulating on social media of supposed Clinton “victims,” or people who had purportedly had some connection to Bill and/or Hillary Clinton who had died by suicide. A Daily Beast story published that morning reporting that Epstein had visited the White House a number of times in the early 1990s only added fuel to the fire. Another rumor that spread on Twitter focused on former Westchester County police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, another MCC inmate convicted of having killed four men involved in a drug trafficking ring, who reportedly was brought in for questioning regarding Epstein’s injuries.

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The Ever-Present Dangers of AI By Brian Simpson

     We have been covering the dangers of AI, something the good men who do nothing have, naturally enough, been doing nothing about. But, this is a hard one to act on because technology is harder to oppose than finance, covering us like the atmosphere. But, it can be deadly:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/26/robert-epstein-power-of-ai-is-too-dangerous-to-be-controlled-by-china-or-google/

“The power of AI” is “too dangerous” to be held by “any one entity, any one government, any one company,” declared Dr. Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, during a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak. Mansour noted the unavoidable integration of programmers’ and developers’ biases into their algorithms, highlighting a Monday-published Financial Times column addressing the phenomenon of values embedded within programming code: Computer algorithms encoded with human values will increasingly determine the jobs we land, the romantic matches we make, the bank loans we receive and the people we kill, intentionally with military drones or accidentally with self-driving cars. How we embed those human values into code will be one of the most important forces shaping our century. Yet no one has agreed what those values should be. Still more unnerving is that this debate now risks becoming entangled in geo-technological rivalry between the US and China. The fusion of political biases and financial interests with Internet search algorithms — and with AI — via technology companies and governments is a far-reaching matter, explained Epstein. Centralization of power related to internet search — and more broadly, the dissemination of information — is dangerous, cautioned Epstein.”

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Confessions of a Computer Programmer By Paul Walker

     Having worked in IT, at the basic plebe level of programming, I was interested to see an article about my fellow low-level workers,
  http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/i-was-a-computer-programmer-i-know-computer-programming-the-indians-programmers-the-treason-lobby-wants-to-import-are-no-alan-turings-theyre-just-cheap/

“The House of Representatives recently passed H.R.1044, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. It’s now in the Senate’s Judiciary committee and could be voted on by the full Senate by September. Javanka is said to favor it, so the chances that President Trump will veto it (as he should) are probably low. The adjective “high-skilled” is misleading—intentionally so, of course. The immigrants being favored by this act are lower-middle-class drudge workers, mainly computer programmers, most from India and China. They know languages like JavaScript, which anyone with above-room-temperature IQ can learn in 24 hours, or PHP and C++, which I’ll allow are harder but which a few months in trade school will get you capable at. I know whereof I speak. I spent much of my working life doing the kind of work—commercial computer programming—that these immigrants are being brought in to do. It is, indeed, not rocket science.

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Australian Multicult Diversity is Working Like a Two Bob Watch! By Bruce Bennett

     Does anyone still have their two bob watches? Nah, I thought so. Not to matter, because we have the multicult, in all its diverse splendour.
  https://www.timesofisrael.com/3-sunni-muslims-imprisoned-for-firebombing-australian-shiite-mosque/
  https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/07/australia-sunni-muslims-plotted-jihad-massacres-at-cathedral-and-train-station-finally-firebombed-shia-mosque

“Three Sunni Muslim men were sentenced on Wednesday to prison terms of 16 and 22 years on convictions including engaging in a terror act by burning down a Shiite mosque in the Australian city of Melbourne three years ago. A Victoria state Supreme Court jury convicted Abdullah Chaarani, 28, Ahmed Mohamed, 26, and Hatim Moukhaiber, 31, in May over the firebombing of the Imam Ali Islamic Center in December 2016. No one was injured. Mohamed and Moukhaiber had both denied any involvement. Chaarani admitted his role, but argued he had been part of an act of protest, advocacy or dissent, but not terrorism. They each faced a potential sentence of life in prison. Chaarani and Mohamed were also found guilty of attempting to commit a terror act over a failed attempt to burn the mosque down two weeks earlier.”

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Australia’s Fragility Epidemic By Michael Ferguson

     Wow, a fragility epidemic! It is enough to make even the hardest of men, well … fragile.
  https://www.smh.com.au/education/really-disastrous-the-fragility-epidemic-that-could-change-australia-20190726-p52b3j.html

“Jonathan Haidt has a prediction. In the not-too-distant future, Aussie backpackers will no longer be found exploring far-flung corners of the world. The decades-old tradition of setting off with a backpack and a one-way plane ticket will likely be too daunting for a generation who have been sheltered from any kind of risk by their parents, and too alien from the world they have built themselves online. "I have no data on this, but I am going to predict that it's going to become less common," said the New York University social psychologist and co-author of the bestseller, The Coddling of the American Mind. Professor Haidt was in Australia this week, adding his voice to growing concern about the threat posed not only to children, but to the rest of society by parental over-protection in the middle classes of the English-speaking world.”

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We Should Love Coal-Fired Power Stations By James Reed

     We received this via the magic of email, but there was no source reference. however, the material is terrific and should be read and thought about. “First coal fired power stations do NOT send 60 to 70% of the energy up the chimney. The boilers of modern power station are 96% efficient and the exhaust heat is captured by the economisers and reheaters that heat the air and water before entering the boilers. The very slight amount exiting the stack is moist as in condensation and CO2. There is virtually no fly ash because this is removed by the precipitators or bagging plant that are 99.98% efficient. The 4% lost is heat through boiler wall convection. Coal-fired Power Stations are highly efficient with very little heat loss and can generate a massive amount of energy for our needs. They can generate power at efficiency of less than 10,000 b.t.u. per kilowatt and cost-wise that is very low. The percentage cost of mining and freight is very low. The total cost of fuel is 8% of total generation cost and does NOT constitute a major production cost. As for being laughed out of the country, China is building multitudes of coal-fired power stations because they are the most efficient for bulk power generation.

     We have, like, the USA , coal-fired power stations because we HAVE the raw materials and are VERY fortunate to have them. Believe me no one is laughing at Australia – exactly the reverse, they are very envious of our raw materials and independence. The major percentage of power in Europe and U.K. is nuclear because they don't have the coal supply for the future. Yes it would be very nice to have clean, quiet, cheap energy in bulk supply. Everyone agrees that it would be ideal. You don't have to be a genius to work that out. But there is only one problem---It doesn't exist. Yes - there are wind and solar generators being built all over the world but they only add a small amount to the overall power demand. The maximum size wind generator is 3 Megawatts, which can rarely be attained on a continuous basis because it requires substantial forces of wind. And for the same reason only generate when there is sufficient wind to drive them. This of course depends where they are located but usually they only run for 45% -65% of the time, mostly well below maximum capacity. They cannot be relied on for a 'base load ‘because they are too variable. And they certainly could not be used for load control.

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Philosophy confronts Transgenderism By Mrs Vera West

     Bringing you all of the latest transgender news fit to print, comes this tragic story of discrimination as a trans-woman, with intact male parts, sought to get a certain service that women desire, but runs straight into the brick wall of prejudice. Again, caution to all Christian ladies who are easily offended, and I won’t blame you for popping out and getting a nice cup of tea, and maybe some tasty Monte Carlo biscuits to dip in the hot tea, and missing this one:

“If a penis is female, does it enjoy human rights? A Canadian trans woman, Jessica Yaniv, who retains intact her boy bits, believes she’s entitled to a Brazilian wax. Rejected by 16 beauticians in Vancouver, including migrant women working from home with children, Yaniv trotted off to a human rights tribunal. Some of the beauticians paid money to make her go away, some still face the prospect of being branded hateful transphobes and ordered to pay fines. Ignored by most mainstream media, this has Twitter transfixed as the #WaxHerBalls case. British comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted: “It’s a sad state of affairs when a lady can’t have her hairy balls waxed.” All of which gives the impression it’s nothing more than the latest grotesquery of social media. But Gervais has detected a fundamental question of principle that Victoria’s politicians — and Anglophone elites generally — seem mostly oblivious to. An Andrews government bill allows a self-declared trans man or woman to go back in time and alter the sex on their birth certificates, even if they’ve had no surgery, no treatment, no change at all, apart from a stated wish to make their debut with a new pronoun. The bill is back before parliament next month. “It’s seen as the next civil rights issue — oh, now we have gay marriage, on to the next thing,” says Holly Lawford-Smith, a young University of Melbourne philosopher and lesbian writing a book on radical feminism. But there are stirrings of civil war in what’s called the LGBTI community, and angry sniping over who qualifies for an entry pass to women’s sport, toilets, dorms, prisons and, yes, the waxing studio. For the Yaniv case is seen not as an aberration but a logical extension of pick-your-own-gender into the anti-discrimination apparatus. If blokes can become official sheilas in the blink of an eye, what happens to the rights, protections and political culture inspired by feminists and gay activism?”

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Naked Lesbian Educates Children about …I don’t Know What …Sexism? By Mrs Vera West

     Now, here is a story for you, the actions to be described have not occur here yet, but be sure that the joy is coming our way, real soon:
  https://www.infowars.com/wtf-feminist-strips-naked-in-front-of-children-for-art-display/

“A feminist art exhibit sparked outrage after photos surfaced of the installation’s artist undressing in full view of young children. In a photo of the exhibit circulating on social media, European artist Mare Tralla is seen removing a robe as four young children stand nearby. The photo was from an Estonian exhibit last month titled, “No ‘But’ Can Be Used as an Excuse for Sexism!” In the exhibit, Tralla, a feminist lesbian obsessed with her own morbidly obese naked body, covers up paintings by “well known Estonian male artist Marko Maetamm” with shrouds containing slogans like, “‘But he is a nice guy!” Can Not Be Used as an Excuse for Sexism!”, and “‘But he smiles always!’ Can Not Be Used as an Excuse for Sexism!” according to a bio of the project. Twitter users expressed outrage after a photo of the exhibit showing children nearby began circulating on Twitter, with some equating the performance to “statutory sexual abuse.”

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Vaccine Technocracy By Mrs Vera West

     Criticisms of the vaccination industry were once populous on the web, but censorship and law suits, and mandatory vaccinations, often at gun point, have mowed down the ranks of the champions of freedom. But, has Big Pharma actually won?
  https://www.technocracy.news/vaccine-survey-45-of-americans-doubt-safety/

“The latest measles outbreak that’s gripped communities across the country in recent months pushed the topic of vaccinations (and those who choose to forgo them) right back onto centerstage for many Americans. Now a new survey delving into feelings over immunizations finds the country may be more split on the issue than believed, with 45% of adults admitting to harboring some doubt about the safety of vaccines. That said, the vast majority — more than eight in 10 surveyed — still view vaccines as effective and continue to support them, despite their concerns. The survey, funded by the American Osteopathic Association, questioned 2,000 adults and asked doubters the source of their suspicions of the science-supported, long-established safety and importance of vaccinations. Of the nearly half who listed at least one source of doubt over vaccine safety, researchers found the most common sources came from online articles (16%), distrust of the pharmaceutical industry (16%), and information from medical experts (12%). According to lead researcher Rachel Shmuts, a perinatal psychiatrist, widespread negative attitudes towards vaccines has become a phenomenon caused by human psychology and amplified by social media. “From an evolutionary perspective, humans are primed to pay attention to threats or negative information,” Dr. Shmuts explains in a media release. “So it makes sense that people hold onto fears that vaccines are harmful, especially when they believe their children are in danger.”

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Letter to The Editor - The momentum for disastrous damage to the political order of this nation may not be "unstoppable"

To The Australian        Nick Cater rightly analyses the dangers inherent in that "radical manifesto", the Uluru Statement from the Heart ("Poverty at core of this inequity", 29/7), but his realism deserts him when he adds that, on relevant constitutional reform, "there can be no doubt on which side Scott Morrison's government stands". Alas, contrary to Cater's apparent supposition, it is on the wrong side, as shown by the PM's appointment of a noted Aboriginal industry activist (Ken Wyatt) to a ministry charged with preparing for a referendum to enable some form of Aboriginal recognition within the Constitution. The momentum for disastrous damage to the political order of this nation may not be "unstoppable", but it is intense and most courageous statesmanship will be needed to halt it. Will there be a better moment for reversal of direction than now, when the PM's approval rating is up? Morrison should (1) admit publicly that there is grave concern about our national future in this context, (2) instruct Wyatt to set up a committee to review the whole topic, a committee with significant (majority) Anglo membership, and (3) foreshadow the result by stating that the Government does not see change to the Constitution as necessarily the right way to go for management of Aboriginal issues. Continued temporising plays into the hands of the enemy.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Mongolian Lambs: Not Even Mongolia is Safe from the Darkness By Mrs Vera West

     To get a bit of relief over lunch, to take a break from digging out material for the boys, I like to Google tourist spots that I will never visit. The urge to check out Mongolia came over me, and I was sure that this would be an isolated place with none of the woes of globalism. How wrong was I! The very first article which caught my eye argued in shocking detail that Mongolia is being treated as a sex spot for Korean money, and to a lesser degree Western low lives, who ruthlessly exploit the local girls. Here are some excerpts, but Christian ladies, don’t read on if you are easily shocked. I am afraid that I did, because, that is what we do, in the pursuit of truth:
  https://www.cqmi.ca/en/eastern-women/mongolian-women

“In Mongolia, there was a pimping network, oriented towards Koreans. There are also specialized hotels that only serve them. Let's start with that. - People who come to Mongolia are not so interested in its natural beauty as in its daughters, with whom they want to have fun. Many young Mongols act as pimps for these tourists. The problem of prostitution in Mongolia is very present. However, yes, there are girls who, among all these foreigners, only serve Koreans. In general, it can be said that there are Koreans who, under the guise of tourism, only come to Mongolia to have fun with Mongolian girls. As a rule, they come for a week. During the period of stay each day is spent with a new girl. Are located in hotels, which are called "Mongololdo gayggy" ("it's not bad in Mongolia"). - On average, how many Koreans come to Mongolia for this sex tourism business? - Extremely numerous. Think about it, here's someone who has travelled from Korea to here, so he calls with him ten others.

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The Mitcham City Council … Who? By James Reed

     I heard about this one from my brother who has a nice house in the leafy Adelaide suburb of Mitcham (near Unley High School, where Julia Gillard apparently went to). Mitcham is south of the city centre, basically divided by Unley Road. It is mainly white Anglo middle class, like my brother. But, political correctness has crept in even there:

“It will be a silent night by Brownhill Creek this Christmas, after Mitcham Council dumped its highly popular carols night. The council decision ends 25 years of the Carols By The Creek event, which regularly attracted more than 5000 people. The seven councillors who voted to abolish the carols cited its cost (about $45,000) and said the event was not inclusive for non-Christians. Hundreds of readers on Advertiser.com.au and our Facebook page have slammed the decision. At 6pm on Thursday the poll further down this story had 90 per cent of respondents calling on the council to reinstate the event. During a narrow 7:5 vote to discontinue the event, Cr Darren Kruse said he was happy to be known as the “Christmas Grinch”. “Council should not be funding what fundamentally is a religious event with no co-contribution from the churches,” Cr Kruse said during an hour-long debate on the issue. “It’s not inclusive because it talks to one major religion … the Christian religion … although it is dominant, that is not our demographic. “If the churches want to run it, they should run it.” Cr Karen Hockley said the carols night ignored those who “might never go to a traditional Christmas event”. She said continuing to run the event supported the “old regime” and that the council needed to be “cleverer than that” and support diversity through other events. But she recognised the decision could cause controversy and be regarded as a “step too far” for the community, particularly in light of the council’s 3.67 per cent rate rise in 2019/20. “We’ve given them (ratepayers) the biggest rate rise in the state and then removed the most-visible use of their rates,” she said. “(This is) a sleight of hand that is not going to be tolerated by the community.” Council staff will prepare a report detailing the options for other groups to hold a “slimmed-down” carols event.”

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Suing Google! Just. Do. It! By Ian Wilson LL.B

     With censorship running through the net by Big Tech like a pandemic, and the likes of Trump who could act, but will not, the only course now open is the courts. Sue the devils! And while the Right is too slow and gutless to get moving on this, others are not:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/25/tulsi-gabbard-sues-google-for-censorship-of-ads/

“Presidential candidate and military veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is suing Google after the tech giant blocked her ads account shortly after the first Democrat presidential debate, when Gabbard became the most-searched-for candidate in the Democrat field. Gabbard’s complaint accuses Google of censoring the candidate at the very moment when millions of Americans wanted to learn more about her. It also accuses Google of sending Gabbard’s campaign emails to people’s Gmail spam folders at a “disproportionately high rate.” The campaign seeks a legal injunction against Google to prevent further election meddling, as well as $50 million in damages.”

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The New Authoritarianism of the Left By James Reed

     The progressives, especially the US Democrats are proclaiming that there is a “new authoritarian,” which they see embodied in Donald Trump and populism. The writers here, especially Chris (US expiate) and Charles our American correspondence, and Richard Miller in London, have sought to counter this by articles based on news sources showing the real authoritarians are the Left. This theme, that the Left are the new technocratic authoritarians, has been argued for in scholarly detail in a fantastic, and highly significance book by Australian academic Salvatore Babones in The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts, (Polity Press, Cambridge, 2018):
  https://www.amazon.com/New-Authoritarianism-Populism-Tyranny-Experts/dp/1509533095
  https://salvatorebabones.com/
  https://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/salvatore.babones.php

Here is part of the blurb for the book:
“Salvatore Babones argues that democracy has been undermined by a quiet but devastating power grab conducted by a class of liberal experts. They have advanced a global rights-based agenda which has tilted the balance away from the lively and vibrant unpredictability of democratic decision-making toward the creeping technocratic authority of liberal consensus. Populism represents, contends Babones, an imperfect but reinvigorating political flood that has the potential to sweep away decades of institutional detritus and rejuvenate democracy across the West.”

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