Reflections on the Notre Dame Fire By Richard Miller

     It is said that the Notre Dame fire was not arson, and that those who think so are racist! Well, that ends the debate and speculation, like slamming into a brick wall. Still, the mind wanders:
  http://www.fdesouche.com/1192629-notre-dame-les-travaux-navaient-pas-encore-debute-seuls-les-echafaudages-etaient-en-cours-de-montage

Here is my translation, showing off the French I forgot from school:

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Genetically Engineering Australia By Brian Simpson

     It was the night before Christmas … no, it was not. Rather, it was the day before the federal election was called:

“The day before the Federal election was called, the Government quietly announced changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations that will allow a raft of new genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessment and potentially no labelling. These include super-muscled pigs, non-browning mushrooms, and wheat with powdery mildew-resistance. The deregulation comes as a new study adds to the growing body of evidencethat new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not as safe as claimed. The study found that in 50 per cent of the cells looked at, the use of CRISPR resulted in unexpected effects, including the production of new proteins. There is a risk that these proteins could be novel toxins or allergens. It is vital that GM animals, plants and microbes produced in this way are assessed for safety before being released into our environment and our food chain.”

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If You are Unemployed, Looking for Work Like Me … By Uncle Len, New Age Sex Therapist

     Can you imagine my extreme excitement in discovering for the first time in my life, my dream job, not as a toilet cleaner, no I wasted time with that, nor as a poet, but rather as sex research officer! Let the ad speak for itself, being a highly self-assertive ad:
  http://careers.pageuppeople.com/533/caw/en/job/558192/research-officer

“Job No.:558192
Work type:Fixed Term
•    Part-time (60%), fixed term contract for approx 2.5 years
•    Located at the Bundoora Campus
•    $65,996 - $89,021 (FTE) per annum + up to 17% superannuation
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS) is one of La Trobe University’s major research centres and a globally recognised multi-disciplinary centre of research excellence for over 25 years. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, the research outputs of ARCSHS received the highest rating of 5 – ‘Outstanding performance well above world standard’. Staff and students within ARCSHS examine many aspects of sexuality, sexual health and the social dimensions of human relationships, and the Centre’s major areas of research strength and interest include:
•    The health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) populations
•    Blood borne viruses & Sexually transmissible infections
•    Young people’s sexual health and wellbeing
•    Gender, sexuality and social theory
About the position
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University is looking for a Level A postdoctoral research officer for an ARC Discovery Project ‘The technological transformation of sex: Improving Australia’s response’. This project will focus on individual and cultural implications of the uptake of new digital technologies into adult sexual lives, through such things as the use of sexting or amateur film production, or the use of new mechanical devices or medical products to enhance sexual experience.
The role will involve managing recruitment of interview participants, conducting in-depth interviews, conducting cultural and media analyses, contributing to data analysis and writing academic publications. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work alongside leading researchers in the above fields. The position is offered part time at 0.6 fraction for a fixed term of 2.5 years.
Skills and Experience
To be considered for this position, you will possess:
•    Completion or near completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline and evidence of participation in higher level study relevant to discipline or professional area.
•    Familiarity with the research fields of sexuality and gender studies, technology studies, and/or communication and media studies.
•    Experience in qualitative research methods and applying social theory in analysing research materials.
•    Evidence of experience in research and the ability to work effectively under limited supervision or independently.
•    A record of contribution to publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of research.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.
About La Trobe
La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria.  Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve. All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.”

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The Mainstream Media Show What They are Made Of By Peter Ewer

     WikiLeaks revealed the high level of corruption … everywhere …  and for doing what journalists should have been doing instead of writing pieces to rub the bloated bellies of their masters, Assange now faces being drawn and quartered, literally because the US engages in torture. Already the character assassination is in full scale operation, where any bit of dirt is thrown at poor Assange, to get the public ready for the show trial.
  https://www.rt.com/news/456596-assange-media-character-assassination/
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-15/chris-hedges-martyrdom-julian-assange
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-15/ron-paul-long-assange-prison-we-are-all-prison

“Last week’s arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to know what our government is doing with our money in our name. Julian Assange is every bit as much a political prisoner as was Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary or Nelson Mandela in South Africa. They, and so many more, were imprisoned because they told the truth about their governments. Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian.

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The Incoherence of the Singing Class By Chris Knight

     Cher championed mass immigration, refugees and all that jazz, but my, when it comes to having the mass migration in her backyard, oh, let’s talk about this:
  https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/04/14/cher-los-angeles-cant-take-care-of-its-own-how-can-it-take-care-of-more-immigrants/

“Pop icon Cher said Sunday that Los Angeles, California, “can’t take care of its own” residents, much less newly arrived illegal and legal immigrants. Cher said she failed to understand how the city of Los Angeles in the sanctuary state of California could afford to admit and take care of any more immigrants when city officials have failed to care for homeless, veterans, and poverty-stricken Americans. “I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants, but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More,” Cher said.”

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The Curse of the Baby Boomers By James Reed

     In my opinion, my generation of baby boomers are the most decadent, selfish and totally evil group of impure carbon compounds to ever crawl over the face of the Earth. I am lifting from memory metaphors employed in a different context by Bertrand Russell in his History of Western Philosophy, something I always wanted to do, to make myself look much smarter than I am (actually not very smart at all). David Holmgren has actually done more than most people, of whatever generation to try and save civilisation, he being a creator of the permaculture concept; https://holmgren.com.au/  so this makes his following piece important reading, because it is brutally honest.
  https://carolynbaker.net/2019/03/16/david-holmgren-a-baby-boomers-apology/

“It is time for us baby boomers to honestly acknowledge what we did and didn’t do with the gifts given to us by our forebears and be clear about our legacy with which we have saddled the next and succeeding generations. By ‘baby boomers’ I mean those of us born in the affluent nations of the western world between 1945 and 1965. In these countries, the majority of the population became middle class beneficiaries of mass affluence. I think of the high birth rate of those times as a product of collective optimism about the future, and the abundant and cheap resources to support growing families. By many measures, the benefits of global industrial civilisation peaked in our youth, but for most middle-class baby boomers of the affluent countries, the continuing experience of those benefits has tended to blind us to the constriction of opportunities faced by the next generations: unaffordable housing and land access, ecological overshoot and climate chaos amongst a host of other challenges.

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Weekly University Madness By James Reed

     What would the leadup to Easter be, where we are all frantically writing like mad men, to get a few days off, without something to lighten up the day straight from the modern madhouses of the universities. So, here we go:
  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/03/27/towson-university-professor-asks-students-to-draw-themselves-naked-forbids-pro-life-project/

“A professor at Towson University has allegedly blocked a student from writing about her pro-life views for an assignment in which students were told they could choose their own topics. Instead, the professor allegedly encouraged students to write positively about Planned Parenthood, and has also given students untoward in-class assignments that involved students drawing themselves naked, and revealing what “turns them on and off.” Towson University associate professor Lillian Carter has allegedly given her students in-class assignments requiring them to draw themselves naked, as well as present a list of what “turns them on and off” for part of their “entrance ticket” to her class, according to a statement by the pro-life group, Students for Life of America. Moreover, professor Carter had also allegedly encouraged students to write about why Planned Parenthood should continue receiving government funding, as well as denied a student from writing about her pro-life views after she had requested to do so for an assignment in which students were told they could choose their own topics.

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The Avengers: Endgame; All the Spoilers for the Ultimate Social Justice Movie By Uncle Len, Resident Lunatic at the Movies

     I am aware that there is a no spoilers code about reviewing this movie, and that the directors, the Russo brothers begged fans not to reveal the plot. That is why I am going to spill my guts here. If you have come to this website via the magic of Google stay tuned because we have everything here. Take me for example, a genuinely mentally disturbed person, who lives in a small tool shed, and writes movie reviews. Others talk about more serious financial stuff, which is beyond me, but check it out. What you may ask gives with these movie reviews, how is that possible? Well, my social worker comes and takes me in handcuffs, sometimes to movies to relax me, as part of my therapy …  but wait you want the spoilers, so here goes, dear new friends …

     Ok, well, the first part of the movie has Iron Man and cyborg Nebula heading back to earth, only problem is Iron Man will die, not from rust but lack of oxygen. Nebula is ok being a robot. Then the uber-feminist super-woman Captain Marvel comes by, rescues everybody, goes to Earth. All very DC.

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Letter to The Editor - The Coalition's traditional emphasis on less rather than more government intervention

To The Age        I disagree with your editorial claim ("Comedian's Ukraine win a serious matter", 24/4) that "there is not much to inspire young people in Prime Minister Scott Morrison." His Christian profession and impressive work ethic are two factors in his favour. He consistently comes across, rather as Bob Hawke once did, as "a genuine bloke". He also presents as a moderate man, open to discourse from different points of view. Of course, he has a liberal-conservative political creed which will put off left-wing idealists among the young (and old). However the Coalition's traditional emphasis on less rather than more government intervention should appeal to a good number of young people who cherish their independence. Most of all, comparatively speaking, Morrison leads Australia's free speech party, and intellectual freedom is a cause dear to most of the best minds in each new generation.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

*Responsibility for electoral comment authorised by K. W. Grundy 13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Google: Be Evil By Brian Simpson

     So, you still love the computer generation, and think that people like me, who see only infinitesimal benefits to the small people, and massive social negatives, are wrong? Well, just Google it, if google still permits this, for we dare not reproduce it, as the robots may descend upon us. Yes, this is the satirical paranoid run today.
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-14-google-has-been-listening-and-recording-everything-you-say-nest-microphones.html
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-14-paul-haahr-googles-minister-of-propaganda-censoring-truth-about-vaccines-cancer-cures.html
  https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/04/uk-to-appoint-internet-safety-czar-to-censor-google-facebook-twitter
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6919537/ALAN-RUSBRIDGER-woman-banned-Facebook-posting-two-photos.html

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

Ye Must go on Mosque Excursion By Richard Miller

     It is absolutely shocking that parents have the mistaken belief that they can direct their children in any way contrary to the present-day regime of political correctness. No, your children belong to the multicult, not you. Your job is to work and pay heaps of tax, so that the multicult can be ever brighter and more vibrating:
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/04/13/german-parents-fined-for-not-sending-son-on-mosque-trip/

“The parents of a young boy have received a fine from a German court after they prevented their child from going to school to avoid a trip to a local mosque. A district court Northern Germany fined the pair in July of last year but the parents of the child attempted to appeal the court ruling, only to have their appeal rejected by the Higher Regional Court in Schleswig this week, Hamburger Morgenpost reports. The incident dates back to June of 2016 when the parents refused to let their son attend school for the day because the school had organised a field trip to the Rendsburg Mosque. The court imposed a fine of 50 euros due to the fact the parents had forced their child to miss several lessons for the day, rather than just pull him out of the field trip to the mosque.

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Smoking Poo, Yeah Baby! By James Reed

     I have never smoked “dope,” but it is the drug of my degenerate baby boomer generation. Thus, I had to laugh at this one, that smokers may be smoking dried human poo, and good for them, too.
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-13-why-your-weed-might-literally-contain-human-feces.html

“A Spanish pharmacologist purchased ninety samples of hash off the streets of Madrid, Spain and put them under the microscope. Fellow researchers from Complutense University learned that 88.3 percent of the samples were not suitable for human consumption because they contained exorbitant levels of E. coli bacteria derived from the anuses and intestinal tracts of drug traffickers. Lead researcher Manuel Pérez Moreno says that drug traffickers are wrapping the hash in some plastic and swallowing it to get it past authorities. After the hash is concealed in their intestines, the traffickers use a laxative to get the hash out of their body so it can be retrieved and sold illegally on the streets.

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Civil War 2.0 By Charles Taylor

     This mainstream article is behind a pay wall, and the only site I could find that had it in all of its glory was an anarchist Leftist one with an ironic twist, so forgive me, but Keith Preston is critical of multiculturalism, so he will only go to purgatory:
  https://attackthesystem.com/2019/04/12/in-america-talk-turns-to-something-not-spoken-of-for-150-years-civil-war/

“At a moment when the country has never seemed angrier, two political commentators from opposite sides of the divide concurred last week on one point, nearly unthinkable until recently: The country is on the verge of "civil war." First came former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News regular and ally of President Trump. "We are in a civil war," he said. "The suggestion that there's ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future is over. . . . It's going to be total war." The next day, Nicolle Wallace, a former Republican operative turned MSNBC commentator and Trump critic, played a clip of diGenova's commentary on her show and agreed with him - although she placed the blame squarely on the president. Trump, she said, "greenlit a war in this country around race. And if you think about the most dangerous thing he's done, that might be it." With the report by special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly nearly complete, impeachment talk in the air and the 2020 presidential election ramping up, fears that once existed only in fiction or the fevered dreams of conspiracy theorists have become a regular part of the political debate. These days, there's talk of violence, mayhem and, increasingly, civil war.

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Letter to The Editor - Perhaps one symptom of a healthy society is its capacity to tolerate language that vilifies and to admire vilification that is also witty

To The Australian        The claim by Stuart Andrews ("Court ruling on Ridd raises some questions", 24/4) that there is no "unfettered right to denigrate or offend" in public discourse can be disputed. One person who did so was T. S. Eliot who, in his 1931 essay on Charles Whibley, observed with regret that few people any longer claimed "the free speech to call a knave a knave, or a fool a fool." Eliot noted that "invective is a form of writing which varies at different times and in different countries according to the customs and laws in vogue at the time and in the place." He added that some people deplored the decay of the language of abuse as a literary loss. Perhaps one symptom of a healthy society is its capacity to tolerate language that vilifies and to admire vilification that is also witty. By contrast, a craven kow-towing to limitations imposed on discourse by commissars is then a sign of cultural ill-health.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

Oops the Agenda is Showing … White Love! By Richard Miller

     Come now; how can a sensible white person not feel just a we bit uneasy in the privacy of their study, nervously drinking wine:
  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/04/10/new-nus-president-has-said-thatshe-wanted-oppress-white-people/?li_source=LI&li_medium=li-recommendation-widget

“The incoming president of the National Union of Students has said that she wanted to “oppress  white people” and have an “Islamic takeover”. Zamzam Ibrahim, 24, from Greater Manchester, also described the Government’s counter-extremism strategy as “disastrous” and “racist”. Using the hastag #IfIWasPresident, she wrote on Twitter in 2012: “I’d oppress white people just to give them a taste of what they put us through!” She signed off the message by writing “LMFAO”, which in urban slang is short for “Laughing My F***ing Arse Off”. Responding to questions online about what book everyone should read, she said: “The Quraan. We would have an Islamic takeover!” In another question about friendship between men and women, she wrote: “I've had this debate with many friends! Maybe in some cases but Islamically it's incorrect for girls to be friends with a guy anyway! So I'm gonna say NO not the kind of friendship they can have with the same gender there is always boundaries.”

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The Integration of Gangs: A Postmodern Jurisprudential Sociological Analysis (Not Really) By Richard Miller

     People form crime gangs, naturally enough, and that shows social integration, I suppose, if one kept to the letter of Durkheim’s sociology:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6901271/Judge-ruled-Turkish-criminals-gang-membership-showed-socially-integrated-Britain.html

“A Turkish national convicted of a string of offences was allowed to stay in the UK after a judge ruled his gang membership showed he was 'socially and culturally integrated'. Tolga Binbuga was convicted of a string of offences including robbery, burglary, assault and a criminal damage. He was also jailed for  a year after pleading guilty to burglary in 2013 after he stole a Mercedes car key along with £3,000 worth of electrical goods from a house in Enfield, north London. The 29-year-old came to Britain when he was nine and never applied for UK citizenship. Binbuga was also convicted of cautioned for drug possession and shoplifting. He joined the north London-based Get Money Gang which the Met Police say are the second most dangerous groups in the country. When the Home Office tried to deport Binbuga his lawyers appealed saying he was a 'home grown criminal', according to the Sun. In 2016 Judge Evan Ruth ruled Binbuga's gang affiliation proved he had 'socially and culturally integrated' into British culture and he was allowed to stay in the UK, the newspaper reports.

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Immigration Obsessed, and Technologically Challenged Economists By Chris Knight

     Here is the typical special pleading to increase immigration, this time from the United States. It has the same structure as the articles that we get tossed at us by the media here. Why do they bloody bother, since they will do what they will with a dopey population who have zero resistance? And, who are these articles addressed to since the elites who might read them agree anyway? Why waste data? So many questions, so few answers.
  https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/liberty-vittert-america-must-increase-immigration-or-risk-economic-disaster

“We have unprecedented levels of low unemployment in America. It could even be said that we really have too many jobs and not enough people to fill them. While this currently isn’t a problem, it will soon have devastating impacts on our nation’s economic stability, and the only answer is to increase immigration to America. In the past 60 years, the birthrate in the United States has decreased by over 50 percent and is only falling faster. This is not by design. There are multiple factors contributing to this trend: people are getting married later and having kids later in life, women are focusing on their careers more than ever before, and contraception has become more effective.

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Immigration Obsessed, and Technologically Challenged Economists By Chris Knight

     Here is the typical special pleading to increase immigration, this time from the United States. It has the same structure as the articles that we get tossed at us by the media here. Why do they bloody bother, since they will do what they will with a dopey population who have zero resistance? And, who are these articles addressed to since the elites who might read them agree anyway? Why waste data? So many questions, so few answers.
  https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/liberty-vittert-america-must-increase-immigration-or-risk-economic-disaster

“We have unprecedented levels of low unemployment in America. It could even be said that we really have too many jobs and not enough people to fill them. While this currently isn’t a problem, it will soon have devastating impacts on our nation’s economic stability, and the only answer is to increase immigration to America. In the past 60 years, the birthrate in the United States has decreased by over 50 percent and is only falling faster. This is not by design. There are multiple factors contributing to this trend: people are getting married later and having kids later in life, women are focusing on their careers more than ever before, and contraception has become more effective.

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Oooops …Didn’t Anyone Tell Winston? By Bruce Bennett

     Over to New Zealand, where we find Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister of the land of the long white cloud, has simply not got the memo:
  https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/386125/winston-peters-won-t-apologise-for-muslim-comments

“Winston Peters isn't backing down over comments he made about Muslims during a 2005 speech titled The End of Tolerance. In that speech, he said New Zealand has always been a nation of immigrants, but not of Islamic immigrants. "In New Zealand the Muslim community have been quick to show us their more moderate face, but as some media reports have shown, there is a militant underbelly here as well," he said. "These two groups, the moderate and militant, fit hand and glove everywhere they exist. "Underneath it all the agenda is to promote fundamentalist Islam. "Indeed these groups are like the mythical Hydra - a serpent underbelly with multiple heads capable of striking at any time and in any direction." In that speech, he also suggested asylum seeker Ahmed Zaoui must "chuckle at the naiveté and innocence of his supporters who clearly have no understanding of radical Islam." Mr Peters told Morning Report the comments were made in the context of recent terror attacks in London and that Imams around the world were saying the same thing. "I was talking about extremism and I don't resile from that."

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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

*Responsibility for electoral comment authorised by K. W. Grundy 13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.