Why Universities are Buried in Mountains of B.S. By James Reed

     I really liked this article which argued that universities are drowning in bully manure:  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/18/notre-dame-prof-offers-21-reasons-why-higher-ed-is-bullsht/   https://www.chronicle.com/article/Higher-Education-Is-Drowning/242195

“I have had nearly enough bullsh*t. The manure has piled up so deep in the hallways, classrooms, and administration buildings of American higher education that I am not sure how much longer I can wade through it and retain my sanity and integrity. Even worse, the accumulated effects of all the academic BS are contributing to this country’s disastrous political condition and, ultimately, putting at risk the very viability and character of decent civilization. What do I mean by BS? BS is the university’s loss of capacity to grapple with life’s Big Questions, because of our crisis of faith in truth, reality, reason, evidence, argument, civility, and our common humanity. BS is the farce of what are actually "fragmentversities" claiming to be universities, of hyperspecialization and academic disciplines unable to talk with each other about obvious shared concerns. BS is the expectation that a good education can be provided by institutions modeled organizationally on factories, state bureaucracies, and shopping malls — that is, by enormous universities processing hordes of students as if they were livestock, numbers waiting in line, and shopping consumers.

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From Hating White Males, to Becoming One By Mrs Vera West

     This is our world; parents send their children or young adults to school/university, and they come back home, now the opposite gender, sans genitals. Remember the days when it was only the lunch box which was lost at school?  https://www.thecollegefix.com/mothers-in-shock-as-daughters-come-home-from-college-with-mustaches-breasts-removed/

“In fact, a recent column in The Wall Street Journal reports that “health plans at 86 colleges—including those of nearly every Ivy League school—cover not only cross-sex hormones but surgery as well.” The piece featured the phenomenon of “rapid onset gender dysphoria,” described as overwhelmingly afflicting girls who then receive the full support of the medical community. Many of these cases can be traced to colleges that are just as affirming. “I am writing to you on behalf of parents who have lost their kids at college to the transgender craze,” one mother, Katherine Cave, recently told The College Fix. “Many liberal colleges have significant percentages of students suddenly identifying as transgender. And as you may know, all it takes is a simple visit to an informed consent clinic where girls get testosterone injections to help them look like males.”

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A Scenario for Civil War 2.0 and American Revolution 2.0 By Charles Taylor

     The mother of all conspiracies may soon come true, as Hillary Clinton becomes president of the United States, bans private gun ownership and transforms America into a politically correct communist dictatorship … well …even more than it now is.  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-18-alert-to-all-americans-prepare-for-emergency-action.html   https://www.infowars.com/roger-stone-warns-of-deep-state-coup-to-install-pelosi-then-hillary-as-president/

     There was something of a taste of the nonsense that could generate this crisis, with the report by some journalist at Buzzfeed who said that Trump had ordered his lawyer to lie to Congress, but no sooner had the story been printed then even some of Trump’s enemies were denying it, so we need not go into details but can get down to the next disaster.  https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/01/18/hollywood-declares-victory-on-trump-over-michael-cohen-news-lock-him-up/   https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/18/trum-cohen-asked-false-statements-russia-tower/    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/01/18/nolte-nine-reasons-to-be-skeptical-of-buzzfeeds-cohen-report/   https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/18/mueller-disputes-buzzfeed-news-report-claiming-trump-directed-michael-cohen-testimony/    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/18/facebook-refuses-ads-for-roe-v-wade-film/ 

Why does a Food and Drug Administration Need to be Armed to the Teeth, but Ordinary Folk do Not? By John Steele

     Thanks to Mrs West for letting me now about this one. Let’s do it as a riddle; why does a purely administrative entity, which is not law enforcement, have an army of weapons?  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-18-fda-goes-paramilitary-390-pistols-122-shotguns-and-200000-rounds-of-ammo.html

“A recent report led by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has revealed that government groups like the IRS and the FDA are armed to teeth. All told, 20 federal agencies managed to spend at least $1.5 billion on munitions in just seven years. Now, many are wondering what the federal government plans on using all this artillery for — or perhaps more correctly, who they plan on using their weapons against. Despite claims that these organizations exist to serve the people of the United States, the excessive armament of federal agencies is further proof that the administrative arm of the central government is growing too big for its britches. There are plenty of other red flags surrounding the continuously expanding power of federal agencies.

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Feminist Divorce Laws and the Great Bonanza By Mrs Vera West

     The big guy from Amazon, Bezo, is facing divorce which will clean him out of his hyper-wealth, meaning that he will only be stinking rich. He apparently did not have pre-nup, but when the stakes are in the multi-billions, anything can be got over. There is another woman involved, with hair like a raven. I hope she is worth it.  https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mackenzie-bezos-could-be-soon-worth-more-than-oprah-and-the-queen-of-england-2019-01-10   https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/10/national-enquirer-publishes-alleged-texts-between-jeff-bezos-and-mistress/     https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-10/national-enquirer-exposes-steamy-trysts-involving-bezos-and-his-raven-haired

     Perhaps it is somewhat ironic that Amazon Prime is putting out a film about the John and Lorena Bobbitt penis cutting incident, because a more relevant story would be about the future of Amazon.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgczWr9Vqm8

Should We Stop Eating Meat for the Sake of Exploding Third World Populations, and Cuddly Animals? By James Reed

     It is hard for a little old wine drinker and red meat eater to accept, but, well, the logic can’t be faulted …  can it? You have, global warming, starving billions of people, all because of farting cows and juicy delicious slabs of red meat that melt in your mouth … no wait James, control yourself, meat is racist, like everything else, just ask Steve King (covered in another post by one of the American writers):  https://www.livescience.com/64530-plant-focused-diet-helps-humans-earth.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190117-ls

“There's a new diet in town, and it offers a two-for-one special: People can help the planet and even live longer … so long as they stop devouring so many burgers, a new report by an international commission finds. The diet, known as the planetary health diet, is essentially a strategy to help people, especially Westerners, eat healthier meals, with fewer unhealthy foods (red meat, for instance) that are linked to climate change, freshwater pollution and the devastation of wildlife, the commission said. The new diet could make a real difference, too. If practiced by people the world over, as many as 11.6 million fewer people would die every year from illnesses such as coronary heart disease and stroke, the commission said in the report, published online yesterday (Jan. 16) in the journal The Lancet.

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The Pope’s Collective Works on Immigration By Peter West

     Well, I guess everyone who rattles on for long enough on a topic wants to release a book about it. It is surprising how the amount of material piles up, much like dust in your house which can bury you if you are not careful.  https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2019/01/17/vatican-publishes-500-page-collection-of-popes-words-on-immigration/

“The Vatican department for migrants and refugees has published the collected teachings of Pope Francis on the issue of immigration, reiterating the pontiff’s appeal for a greater openness to migrants. The massive 488-page tome, titled Lights on the Ways of Hope: Pope Francis Teaching on Migrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking, gathers together the pope’s addresses on immigration, underscoring how central this topic has been to his six-year pontificate. Immigration and the care of migrants has not only been vital to the pope’s agenda, he has also insisted that it should be of key importance to every Christian and not considered a second-tier issue.

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The New York Time’s Open Borders Fantasy By Charles Taylor

     One of the few good things about the rise of Donald Trump, and the deplorable Trumpsters, is that it has forced the globalist open borders crowd to come out in the open and proclaim the truth of the bs they push for the profits of the capitalist superclass. The New York Times has come clean on this. Here is Farhad Manjoo on open borders for America:   https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2019/01/17/new-york-times-op-ed-urges-open-borders-let-them-in/    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/opinion/open-borders-immigration.html

“The internet expands the bounds of acceptable discourse, so ideas considered out of bounds not long ago now rocket toward widespread acceptability. See: cannabis legalization, government-run health care, white nationalism and, of course, the flat-earthers. Yet there’s one political shore that remains stubbornly beyond the horizon. It’s an idea almost nobody in mainstream politics will address, other than to hurl the label as a bloody cudgel. I’m talking about opening up America’s borders to everyone who wants to move here. Imagine not just opposing President Trump’s wall but also opposing the nation’s cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you’d be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.

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How They Use “The Law, “Their” Law By Charles Taylor

     This is an example of how the elites act to frustrate nationalists who manage to get power, and pervert the rule of law. Society is unworkable now because people so divided simply cannot live together. It is time for the great divorce, where nations split up, and the more they split, and the sooner the better:  https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/trump-census-citizenship-question_us_5c1c1a19e4b05c88b6f68c25?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly9kYWlseXN0b3JtZXIubmFtZS9raWtlLWZlZGVyYWwtanVkZ2UtY29ja2Jsb2Nrcy10cnVtcC1mcm9tLWFza2luZy1h

“A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a win for critics who say the question is unnecessary and would cause fewer immigrants and minorities to respond to the decennial survey. The Trump administration is expected to swiftly appeal the Tuesday ruling from U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York. Several states and activists said immigrants, fearful of volunteering their immigration status to the Trump administration, would refuse to respond. The plaintiffs in the suit ? 18 states, the District of Columbia, several cities and a handful of immigrant rights groups ? argued the Trump administration intended to drive down the response rate among those groups when it added the question and ran afoul of a federal statute requiring them to rationally consider evidence and input before making a policy decision.

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Man-Made Wildfires By Viv Forbes

(22/01/2019)      Carbon dioxide must be an almighty gas – it gets blamed for almost every human disaster. Now we have the alarmist Climate Council blaming bushfires on carbon dioxide and global warming. Focussing on the wrong problem is doing more harm than good. It is disappointing to see respected firefighters like Greg Mullins now blaming “climate change” for more and worse bushfires, and now even promoting the misguided Climate Council. We have heat waves, dry spells and bushfires in Australia every year - bushfires were burning all up the coast when Captain Cook sailed by in 1770.  But today we know what causes dangerous fires. It needs deliberate political mismanagement to create disastrous wild-fires which destroy everything - houses, sheds, fences, wildlife and mature trees.

     A good wet season can result in nature building up a dangerously large fuel load. In the past this was usually removed safely by many small fires lit by lightning strikes, aboriginals, graziers or foresters. Today massive fuels loads are too often allowed to accumulate for more than one season in forests, reserves, parks and around suburbs. Then one match or spark on a windy day can produce massive fires. Today’s stupid green policies that discourage and prohibit burning-off, encourage the accumulation of bushfire fuel and exclude grazing animals from large areas of parks and reserves are making uncontrollable wildfires more common.

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Letter to The Editor - Exiting the EU may be complicated, but not impossibly so

To The Age        Amanda Vanstone favours a second referendum on Brexit ("Wishing well is more than a feeling", 21/1), but the 2016 referendum was understood on both sides at the time to be final. Moreover, we do not call for second elections in Australia just because our preferred result has not been obtained.  Of course, other nations in the EU were forced to have second referendums to prevent their leaving the EU, which just shows what an anti-democratic monster it really is. As for blaming "the Brexiteers" for not having a specific plan of departure from the EU, that's nonsense. We don't expect ordinary citizens to have detailed knowledge of how to implement policies they've voted for. We leave it to the professionals. Exiting the EU may be complicated, but not impossibly so. The real culprits for the present mess are those "Remain" persons and interests who have refused to honourably accept the people's call.  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

The Inclusive Church By Paul Walker

     Hi, my return after a long absence due to a car crash I was in. Fully recovered now, apart from some severe head injuries, some brain damage/ moderate brain damage, and burns to about 110 percent of my body.  Otherwise doing fine. Thanks for all your cards and letters. Now, to business, or what remains of it.  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/11/church-england-offer-baptism-style-services-transgender-people/

“The Church of England has encouraged its clergy to create baptism-style ceremonies for transgender people to welcome them into the Anglican faith. New pastoral guidance, published on Tuesday, advises clergy to refer to transgender people by their new name, though it stops short of being a baptism. The guidance, which was approved by the House of Bishops on Monday night, also details how elements including water and oil can be incorporated into the service. It also advises that as part of a special service, they can be presented with gifts such as a Bible inscribed in their chosen name, or a certificate. The guidance notes: “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service.”

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Let’s End the Immigration Madness Forever! By James Reed

     Here is something to support our great friends at the Reduce Immigration Write on campaign, which you must read about here:  https://reduceimmigration.wordpress.com/    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/15/survey-seven-in-10-australians-want-inbound-migration-to-end/    http://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/big-australia-small-australia-diverse-australia-australia-s-views-population

“Soaring house prices and crowded cities have combined to convince a clear majority of Australians that the country’s immigration push must end. Just 30.4 per cent of Australians now believe the country needs more people, according to a poll conducted by the Australian National University (ANU). This was compared to 69.6 per cent who felt Australia did not need more people, a dramatic increase since a similar poll was done in 2010.The collapse in support was most prominent among males with just 32.8 percent supporting a bigger Australia compared to 53.4 percent in the 2010 poll.”

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Worse than Even Heartburn By Mrs Vera West

     When I come across alarming health news, I feel duty bound to tell readers, because someone might otherwise suffer. This relates to heartburn/GERDS medication, and as usual the disclaimer, this is not medical advice, but just opinion news reporting, but is still worth thinking about, and making up one’s own mind. Sure see a medical professional or two.  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-15-ppis-linked-to-serious-kidney-damage.html

“If you suffer from heartburn, you might be willing to do whatever it takes to get relief from the discomfort – but if you’re taking heartburn medication, you could end up experiencing something far worse: severe kidney damage. That was the finding of a new study carried out by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study, which was published in the journal Kidney International, discovered that the problem was quite widespread, with more than half of the 125,000 patients taking PPIs developing chronic kidney disease despite not having any signs of acute kidney problems. PPIs, or proton pump inhibitors, are a category of drugs that are among the most commonly prescribed for dealing with acid reflux and heartburn. Some of the brand names you might know them by include Prevacid, Nexium, and Losec. There is an especially worrying component to the issue. Normally, chronic kidney disease is preceded by a sort of “flash flood” warning in the form of acute kidney injury. This is an episode of kidney damage or failure that comes on suddenly within just a few days or even hours of the trigger. Doctors normally monitor patients who take PPIs for early warning signs – such as swelling in the ankles, feet, or legs; nausea; and decreased urination – and take patients off the drug right away should they occur. However, this study has found that this “warning” isn’t happening in many cases and patients are going directly into full-blown chronic kidney disease.”

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Steve King and the Perils of Defending White Civilisation By Charles Taylor

     This one is slipping down the slippery, slimy slope of the mainstream headlines, but still is worthy of reflection, as US congress man Steve King got into deep trouble with the establishment thought police just by asking a simple  question:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/us/politics/steve-king-white-supremacy.html   https://vdare.com/articles/ann-coulter-white-supremacists-ate-my-homework    https://www.amren.com/commentary/2019/01/republicans-stawman-steve-king/

“Iowa congressman Steve King is under fire—and being punished—for another dissident outburst. In an interview published by the New York Times last week, he said: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? . . . Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” The media called this an endorsement of white supremacy, deliberately ignoring the paragraph just before the quote: At the same time, he said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is ‘the culture of America’ based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe. The congressman quickly issued a clarification.”    

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In Defence of China’s Death Sentence By James Reed

     As readers know I am a critic of China, but a fair one, not someone driven by pathological hatred. Thus, all criticisms must be based on facts. Hence, consider the outrage that liberals are exhibiting over China sentencing  drug smuggler Robert Schellenberg to death, for conspiring to smuggle 222 kilograms of methamphetamines from China into Australia. Western critics in Canada are saying that this is a payback for Canada prosecuting chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. Well, so what if it is? China is quite within its rights to make its own laws and police them how they see fit, and surely we do not want these drugs in Australia. If we don’t like it, and I don’t, then stay out of China, and most of all, don’t do drugs. It is simple; if one objects to Chinese buy ups, then you cannot then impose such standards upon China, that is actually “racist” and discriminatory. Hence, I support China executing the drug dealer, and making whatever laws it sees fit for dealing with Westerns in its own country. Now we know where we stand.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/schellenberg-china-drugs-sentence-death-1.4977808 

The Incredible, Fading Globo Pope By Peter West

     Longer term readers will know that I am an ex-Catholic, one that has fallen away because of the political correctness of the present Pope. A few Catholic readers have kindly sent letters, saying that I should not despair, that this will all pass, and things will eventually get back to normal, like any trial in life. Thank you for this, I sincerely hope it is true, and that this Pope does not do irreparable damage to the Church. I am not the only person experiencing this “dark night of the soul”:  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/16/analyst-popes-sagging-popularity-signals-fading-trust-in-globalism/

“The approval rating of Pope Francis declined all over Europe during the course of 2018, a new analysis observed Wednesday, in large part because of his ever-less popular pro-immigration stance and other globalist positions. Among German Catholics, the pope’s popularity plummeted by a staggering 20 percentage points in one year, notes analyst Francesco Galietti, who runs the political risk consultancy Policy Sonar, and with Francis at its helm, the Catholic Church as a whole also suffered a drop of 9 percent in its approval rating among the same constituency. In Italy, as well, support for the Argentine pontiff waned in 2018, Galietti observes, with surveys indicating that the pope’s approval rating fell by five percentage points over the course of the year, from 77 to 72 percent. Francis’ decreasing popularity in Italy has been offset by growing popularity for the reigning populist, Eurosceptic government, and in particular its most charismatic member, interior minister Matteo Salvini.

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Google, Google, Just Googling Around By Brian Simpson

     The new class say that the information tech highway is all clear and that no-one has placed landmines on the tracks. Ask Google though what they have got up to under the cover of electronic darkness:  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/16/google-youtube-search-blacklist-smoking-gun/

“In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.” The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg. The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.”

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The Round Up on Round Up By Brian Simpson

     Here is all the recent news fit to print on what is happening with the much used chemical, Roundup. First spray is that  Monsanto released ghost-written papers dealing with the safety of this chemical, which is a scientific no-no:  https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-12-09-monsanto-released-ghostwritten-papers-safety-of-their-pesticides.html

“The academic journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology has issued corrections to articles that it published reviewing glyphosate’s safety. According to the corrections, Monsanto failed to fully disclose its involvement with five articles printed in the journal entitled, “An Independent Review of the Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate.” Not surprisingly, the articles concluded that the chemical was not likely to cause cancer in humans. It turns out that the review was written by experts overseen by a consulting firm that Monsanto hired. In a rare “expression of concern,” the journal’s publisher, Taylor & Francis, admitted that the authors of the review didn’t explain why they were not transparent when the article was submitted and went on to outline some of the wrongdoings. This confirms what Natural News and other independent news outlets – not to mention many Roundup Cancer attorneys – have been saying for many years: Monsanto ghostwrites science and deceives the public to make it appear as though its top-earning herbicide does not actually cause cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Liberty vs Democracy By James Reed

     Last year the generally Left Polity Press published the book  by Salvatore Babones, The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts. Dr Babones is an America academic with an position  in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. What is of interest to us is the central thesis of the book, that there has been a potential conflict between liberalism and democracy throughout the Western political tradition. At present, liberalism is on the rise, if not out of control, but he does see merit in the presidency of Donald Trump in stopping the overwhelming influence of liberalism, and turning the pendulum back towards democracy. The subtitle of the book mentions the tyranny of experts, and here the central conflict between liberalism and democracy gets murky, because the technocrats are neither liberal, nor democratic, but, as I see it a sui genesis power group. The politically correct liberal is guided by fanatical ideology, but the technocrat is concerned solely with social control and the smooth operation of the social control mechanisms. However there is an alternative position that should be considered:  https://www.counter-currents.com/2019/01/trump-vs-the-tyranny-of-experts/#more-89408

“Babones is correct that modern liberalism requires deference to expert (or pseudo-expert) authority. The people are the passive recipients of those rights the experts deem them to possess. As the domain of rights expands, experts end up making more and more of the decisions in an ever-increasing number of the most important aspects of public life: economic policy, criminal justice, what’s taught in schools, who’s allowed to enter the country, what diseases will be cured, even who will have the opportunity to run for elective office. The areas reserved to expert adjudication seem only to expand. Previously depoliticized domains rarely return to the realm of democratic determination. University instruction, medical research councils, disaster relief agencies, courts of law and (in America) the Federal Reserve Bank are just some institutions financed by government (i.e., taxpayers) but protected from democratic political oversight. In every case, the rational is that only those with the relevant professional expertise should be permitted to make decisions effecting such institutions.

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