Letter to The Editor - Aboriginal people are being used by wealthy and powerful groups

To The Australian        The human rights case being pursued by a group of Torres Strait Islanders fills me with misgivings ("Mabo inspires climate change", 14/5). I don't want Australia to be ruled by the UNO on any matter at all, as the organisation has a long history of unacceptable activity. It's a socialist monster which some powerful interests would like to see gradually become a world government - that is, a world tyranny. My other concern is that, as with the extraordinarily protracted campaign to achieve "indigenous constitutional recognition", our Aboriginal people are being used by wealthy and powerful groups for purposes that do not really have the interests of this minority at heart at all. 
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic


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

Letter to The Editor - The Mad Mad Maths of Australian Emissions Targets

Most politicians live in a green fantasy-land where facts and numbers don’t count.

They dream up fanciful figures for proposed cuts to industrial and agricultural emissions without any understanding of the remorseless growth of population.

The Australian government has set a target to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 27% from 2005 levels by 2030, just 11 years away. The ALP opposition plans to cut emissions by a staggering 45% by 2030.

Australia’s population is growing at 1.7% per year (higher than most other developed countries). At this growth rate, population will increase by about 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

If we did NOTHING about cutting emissions, and the economy stood still, the continuing rise in population will ensure that emissions (and economic activity) per head of population will fall by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Who among us is volunteering to use 30% less food, petrol, gas and electricity than we used in 2005 solely because of population growth? Who is promising to abolish the baby bonus and cut our intake of migrants, refugees, tourists and foreign students by 30%?

And of those prepared to make these sacrifices, who is volunteering to meet even the modest government cuts proposed for 2030 which will require us to use 50% less food, petrol, gas and electricity per capita than we used in 2005? The Green/ALP cuts would take us back to the middle ages.

We have just three choices – reduce population growth; abolish emissions targets; or welcome creeping poverty.

There is a fourth choice – eject all climate fools from the political stables in Canberra.

Their proposed emissions targets will harm the natural environment by splattering the land with subsidised wind and solar monstrosities. They will also divert land from producing food to producing ethanol fuel for cars, and they will force poor people into poverty with soaring electricity prices.

But they will have no measurable effect on climate.

  Viv Forbes

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

Letter to The Editor - Green Heaven

It was a night to celebrate
            the Green goals had been won.

The last coal mine was firmly shut
            and all adored the sun.

Their panels covered all the flats
            and turbines spiked the hills.

The young got stoned on ethanol
            and oldies got the bills.

The cows were freed from bails and yards
            and drilling was rejected.

The rich folk got electric cars
            the poor got disconnected.

But then the weather got quite cold
            the sun it hibernated.

The power failed, no coal was mined,
            most folk refrigerated.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Environmental Doomism and Globalist Ideology By James Reed

     Hold onto your hats … here is the latest bit of environmentalist doomsday stuff from the unfriendly globalists at the ever-conspiratorial UN, the ultimate prefix of negation:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-biodiversity-report-2019-human-future-nature-food-green-farming-waste-action-a8901776.html
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/06/un-humans-could-cause-extinction-of-1-million-species-globalism-will-fix/
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/scientist-to-save-humanity-we-must-save-the-insects_05072019

“The headline spread around the world Monday with the release of the United Nation’s three-year, 1,500-page report on biodiversity screamed that humans are killing the planet and its population of animals and plants, with as many as one million species facing extinction in mere “decades.” However, mankind can stop the destruction through “transformative change” that could translate into globalism replacing national sovereignty and nations’ self-determination. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” Sir Robert Watson, chairman of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which produced the report. “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

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Letter to The Editor - The British people would be fools to take this dishonourable behaviour lying down

To The Age        It is good news for the principle of genuine representative government that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is doing so well in the UK ("Farage tops Tories in British poll", 13/5). First the Conservative Party and then a majority of MPs in the House of Commons have defied the popular wish for Britain to leave the dictatorial European Union, a wish shown clearly in the 2016 referendum verdict. The British people would be fools to take this dishonourable behaviour lying down. Let us hope that Farage is right that "millions of Britons will desert the two main parties" if PM Theresa May and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn "reach a consensus", because any such agreement would be a betrayal of the majority will and an affront to democracy. It would be a Brexit in name only.

  Nigel Jackson.

 

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

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

  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

 

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Letter to The Editor - Back to the Medieval Green World

     Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

     First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate.

     We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible.

     Making wind turbines and solar panels would also be impossible without fossil fuels. A wind turbine needs lots of steel plus concrete, carbon fibre and glass polymers as well as many other refined metals - copper, aluminium, rare earths, zinc and molybdenum. Solar panels and batteries need high-purity ingredients – silicon, lead, lithium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, silver, manganese and graphite – all hard to make in backyard charcoal-fired furnaces. Transporting, erecting and maintaining wind and solar farms plus their roads and transmission lines needs many pieces of diesel-powered machinery.

     Every machine on earth needs hydro-carbons for engine oil, gear oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, hydraulic oil and grease. We could of course use oils from, seals, beeswax and whales for lubrication – the discovery of petroleum saved the whales from this fate.

     Roads would be a challenge without oil-based bitumen. The Romans made pretty good roads out of cobble-stones (this would ease unemployment). But hard labour would not sit well with aging baby-boomers or electronic-era Millenniums.

     Cars, railways, motor launches, aeroplanes, I-Phones, TV and cat-scans would be out. Horses, oxen, sulkies, wooden rowing boats, sailing ships, herbal medicine and semaphore would have a huge revival. Some wood-burning steam tractors may still work and wood-gas generators may replace petrol in some old cars.

     This is the return to the “zero-emissions” world that Green extremists have planned for us.

     But modern life cannot not be supported by a pre-coal/oil economy. Without reliable electricity and diesel-powered farm machinery and transport trucks, cities are un-sustainable. In Green-topia 90% of us people will need to go.

     But Greens should not expect us to go quietly.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Financial Warfare By James Reed

     The next level of anarcho-tyranny, following on from the banning by Big Tech, is to simply financially starve people who have any views even minimally conflicting with the New World Order agenda. The elites did a test run against the US National Rifle Association, but now are all juiced up to eliminate all of the rest, way down to the smallest Right-wing beetle, living peacefully under some leaf:
  https://www.rt.com/usa/458267-mastercard-human-rights-censorship/
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/dystopian-approach-sec-gives-blessing-to-mastercards-idea-of-cutting-off-customers-with-right-wing-views_05062019
  https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/mastercard-activists-cut-off-donations-far-right

“Blocking payments to individuals or groups by financial service firms impedes freedom of speech in a free society, journalist Ben Swann has told RT, following reports that MasterCard is allegedly on course to censor the far-right. The New York-based firm is reportedly being forced by left-leaning liberal activists to set up an internal “human rights committee” that would monitor payments to “white supremacist groups and anti-Islam activists.” “The problem is that everyone has their own views and, in a free society, the idea of a free society is that you are free to have your belief systems, as long as you’re not harming anyone else physically,” Swann told RT America. “But your belief system belongs to you and you have the right be wrong. White supremacists have the right to be wrong.” MasterCard is not the only holder of purse-strings that is mulling the selective banning of individuals from their services and funds. Patreon and PayPal have previously barred individuals from receiving payments using their platforms, due to their extreme views.

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Eat Insects before Insects Eat You! By Brian “the Brain” Simpson

     Yo, thanks to Chris for digging this tasty story out from the survivalist woodpile, where all the insects are. And, as the thunder roars and lightening flashes across the Melbourne skies, and I wonder if I will get electrocuted typing this article, we may have to eat insects so that everybody has enough food to continue reproducing to produce food crisis 2.0, and so on until there is no room even for the insects on the planet:
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/scientist-the-food-crisis-will-have-humans-eating-maggots-for-protein_05062019

“As an alternative to meat, one scientist has suggested that humans will acquire the habit of eating maggots in order to reach their protein intake requirements. “Maggot sausages” will be the “meat” of the future according to an Australian scientist, Dr. Louwrens Hoffman. Food scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia are incorporating insects such as maggots and locusts into a range of specialty foods, including sausage, as well as formulating sustainable insect-based feeds for the livestock themselves. “Would you eat a commercial sausage made from maggots? What about other insect larvae and even whole insects like locusts? The biggest potential for sustainable protein production lies with insects and new plant sources,” said Dr. Hoffman. Hoffman says that the meat industry is not sustainable, but people can start eating insects instead. “An overpopulated world is going to struggle to find enough protein unless people are willing to open their minds, and stomachs, to a much broader notion of food,” said Hoffman.

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Could Australian Universities be Shonky? Surely Not! By James Reed

     Well, Four Corners, which brings to my mind a tasty square meat pie (coming senility), certainly took a bite at the international student-marketed-universities with its exposure of universities ignoring English language requirements to bring in the big payers …  yes sir, we love those Renminbi with their glorious picture of Chairman Mao, not that I am saying that there is anything wrong with that:
  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-06/utas-announces-external-review-in-wake-of-four-corners-program/11084814

“The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has announced an external review of international admissions processes following allegations students are being admitted despite not meeting English requirements. Four Corners, which aired on Monday night, contained allegations Australian universities have been waiving their own English entry standards in a bid to attract more high-paying international students. The report cited an email from a UTAS staff member, which referred to "waiving" English requirements. "As a part of our last-mile efforts to encourage acceptances for July 2018, the university will be waiving the English condition in order to assist the students who are yet to meet their English conditions," the email read. The email went on to say students could provide documents to the university showing work experience in English, or two English tests combined where one fails to reach the admission standard in an attempt to get an English waiver, the Four Corners report said. In a statement released this afternoon, UTAS vice-chancellor Professor Rufus Black denied the university treated international students like "cash cows".

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Openly False News from the Mainstream By Chris Knight

     This one is worth recording since the establishment continues to push the notion that the mainstream media reporting false news is, well, false news:
  https://www.rt.com/usa/458507-cnn-fake-news-venezuela/

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

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Will China have a Military Base on Your Street? By James Reed

     I saw a great electoral advert by the United Australia Party about the Chinese takeover of Western Australian mining resources. Here is some written material about this:
  https://www.unitedaustraliaparty.org.au/wa-labor-government-supporting-secret-takeover-of-australia/

Media release
WA Labor Government supporting secret takeover of Australia
The Labor government was supporting the clandestine takeover of Australia by granting Chinese communist government owned companies extraordinary powers to build and operate strategic assets in WA. That’s the stark assessment from the Leader of the United Australia Party’s Senate Team for Western Australia, James McDonald, who says allowing Chinese state-owned conglomerate CITIC Limited to build a jet airstrip in the Pilbara and exercise control over the deep water port at Cape Preston should be deeply concerning for all Australians. “Under a cloak of secrecy with the help of the Labor party,   Chinese communist government owned companies have built a private jet airport approximately 80km south of Karratha and the existing Karratha airport,’’ Mr McDonald said.

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The Genocide of Christians By Peter West

     Who cares about the genocide of Christians? Do Australian Christians, praying hard each week for migrants and refugees, and people of every other religion, apart from their own? Do you see them out and about in street protests?
  https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48146305

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

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Letter to The Editor - Back to the Medieval Green World

     Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

     First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate.

     We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible.

     Making wind turbines and solar panels would also be impossible without fossil fuels. A wind turbine needs lots of steel plus concrete, carbon fibre and glass polymers as well as many other refined metals - copper, aluminium, rare earths, zinc and molybdenum. Solar panels and batteries need high-purity ingredients – silicon, lead, lithium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, silver, manganese and graphite – all hard to make in backyard charcoal-fired furnaces. Transporting, erecting and maintaining wind and solar farms plus their roads and transmission lines needs many pieces of diesel-powered machinery.

     Every machine on earth needs hydro-carbons for engine oil, gear oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, hydraulic oil and grease. We could of course use oils from, seals, beeswax and whales for lubrication – the discovery of petroleum saved the whales from this fate.

     Roads would be a challenge without oil-based bitumen. The Romans made pretty good roads out of cobble-stones (this would ease unemployment). But hard labour would not sit well with aging baby-boomers or electronic-era Millenniums.

     Cars, railways, motor launches, aeroplanes, I-Phones, TV and cat-scans would be out. Horses, oxen, sulkies, wooden rowing boats, sailing ships, herbal medicine and semaphore would have a huge revival. Some wood-burning steam tractors may still work and wood-gas generators may replace petrol in some old cars.

     This is the return to the “zero-emissions” world that Green extremists have planned for us.

     But modern life cannot not be supported by a pre-coal/oil economy. Without reliable electricity and diesel-powered farm machinery and transport trucks, cities are un-sustainable. In Green-topia 90% of us people will need to go.

     But Greens should not expect us to go quietly.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld


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

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

     I do not believe opinion polls, that somehow by statistical black magic, a sample of a few hundred or a thousand people suddenly give “representative” results about the entire country. But, if it did, this is Australia now:
  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/04/australians-accepting-of-migrants-but-negative-towards-islam-poll-finds

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

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

     Hollywood has everything, including a fringe industry of real-world sex slaves! Baby, we have come a long way …  down the sewer pipe!
  https://apnews.com/587f6621a78f4152888d0e3e42602511

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

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What Comes Around Goes Aground By Mrs Vera West

     We wits at this site have said that the ever-politically correct Brie Larson, who played Captain Marvel in the film of that name, and Avengers: Endgame, who has been whining about the need to more diversity in the Marvel films, and previously having a go at white males etc., should resign and let a person of more obvious colour take her place. It looks like others out there in the world of political correctness have been thinking like us:
  https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/05/05/nolte-first-female-captain-marvel-was-black-and-this-petition-wants-brie-larson-replaced/

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

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Universities are Drowning in Leftist Doggy Doo! By James Reed

     Sorry about the title, but I could not think of any words to describe my increasing exasperation at the state of Leftist tyranny in the modern university. Consider once more:
  https://www.aier.org/article/here-proof-leftist-tilt-campus-has-gotten-dramatically-worse

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

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The Amazing Heretical Pope By Peter West

     The Pope has continued to do his usual song and dance routine, attacking nationalism and proclaiming refugees as  …  well you have heard it all before. He keeps saying it like he was paid to do it, and maybe he is. Perhaps that is his day job because many feel that in the theological area, he is not doing his appointed job, being  simply a heretic:
  https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2019/05/03/pope-decries-excessive-demands-national-sovereignty/
  http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/father-aidan-nichols-signs-open-letter-charging-pope-francis-with-heresy

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

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How Cucked is Canada? Plenty! By Chris Knight

     Some Right-wing mathematician, if any exist, needs to work out a cuckiness scale to measure how degenerate nations, and maybe individuals are. Sweden, Not-Great Britain, and Canada will be hotly competing for top spot on the race to the bottom of the wheelie bin. Canada may be edging ahead, allowing even the Philippines to spit in its face over garbage:
  https://globalnews.ca/news/5232429/canada-philippines-garbage-dispute/

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte berated Canada on Tuesday in a long-running dispute over the 100 shipping containers of garbage exported to the Southeast Asia capital of Manila six years ago, threatening to sail it back to Canada. Two weeks after being threatened with war, Canada is offering to bring home the containers full of garbage that sparked a diplomatic dispute with the Philippines. A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed a report by the Canadian Press that the Canadian government has made a formal offer to the Philippines to bring back roughly six dozen containers of household trash incorrectly labelled as recycling almost six years ago. They will be shipped back to the Port of Vancouver if the offer is accepted. “Canada has made an offer to the Philippines with a view to quickly bring the garbage back to Canada for disposal,” said Adam Austen, press secretary for the minister, in an email. “We await their response.”

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