Letter to the Editor - Flood Plains are for Floods

     Flood plains are created by floods. People should be free to build houses beside picturesque rivers but they must put up with the occasional flood. Community groups will always help those stricken by floods but taxpayers and other insurers should not be forced to subsidise the insurance and flood damage costs for those who choose to live on flood plains. Sensible people build on the hills and leave the flood plains for floods, farms, trees, market gardens and grass. Rational town planning would require sellers and developers to provide accurate flood maps to buyers and councils should paint flood levels on power poles. Essential infrastructure should not be built on flood plains. And rather than wasting billions on trying to change the global climate, governments should spend those billions on weather-proofing railways, bridges, roads and electricity supply.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

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

Crazed Leftists Eating Generation 2.0 Feminists By Chris Knight

     The Left is imploding, but this does not necessarily mean that it is collapsing; rather it is turning in upon itself, as it always does, and the outcome will be a new more powerful aggressive mutation.
  https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/camille-paglia-uarts-left-deplatform/587125/

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

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The Dangers of Making Science God By Brian Simpson

     A good article on the dangers of science as a sacred cow. This philosophy of technocracy, or as one philosopher has called it, “epistocracy,” leads to a dictatorship of so-called experts, which is as dangerous to freedom and autonomy as any dictatorship:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-02-a-dangerous-scientific-dictatorship-is-already-here.html

“Julian Reiss, a professor from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Durham in Durham, England warns that a dangerous scientific dictatorship is already here. His latest paper is titled: “Expertise, Agreement, and the Nature of Social Scientific Facts or: Against Epistocracy.” His concerns about the worship of science are published in the journal Social Epistemology. He begins on a personal note: “This paper was born out of exasperation. My exasperation is caused by a relatively recent tendency among philosophers and other students of science to push to elevate the role of science, in particular of social science, in society.” Reiss continues, “I grew up, philosophically, in a climate that was skeptical of those who aggrandize science, those who maintain that scientific knowledge claims stand apart from all other claims to knowledge, and in particular those who think that scientific experts should be given special powers in society. This kind of skepticism today seems like a thing of the distant past.” Reiss warns, “Instead we are told again to submit to the authority of science (including social science) and to leave technical questions, including technical questions of great social relevance and potential impact, to the scientific experts — because they know what they are talking about.”

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

It is disgusting but the child sexual abuse industry is a billion dollar one,  and rising. How has it been left to go this far?
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-26/essence-evil-sex-children-has-become-big-business-america

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

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The Left on the Rise of the Robots By Brian Simpson

     I stumbled onto this Left-wing site, “It’s Going Down,” by an accidental surfing and wash-out event. The opening bad language almost made me click off, but some perverse fascination kept my interest, as it seemed that even the Left are getting worried about the rise of the machines, and the displacement of workers:
  http://archive.is/z5sVd

“The scars of neoliberalism dot our landscape. But while outsourcing has pushed production overseas, at the same time in the last19 years, the majority of jobs lost in manufacturing, 85%, has been to machines that can now do the work of humans, also known as automation. Over the next 10 to 15 years, massive amounts of the American workforce are also expected to be displaced from their jobs by machines. As one expert on automation recently stated, cities like Las Vegas in ten years could become the next Detroit, as robots replace service workers. Meanwhile, other places will soon start to feel the hit with the coming of self-driving vehicles in the trucking industry, as massive corporations now pump billions into the creation of autonomous cars and trucks that will allow companies to compete with Amazon. The future is here, but only to leave us behind. In the face of this, economists and those in the tech industry expect two things. The first is simply that there will be widespread job displacement and loss; in short, things will get worse for the working class. But moreover, they argue that with so many workers making so little, there will be no one to buy their products. Such a situation, besides triggering a massive recession, may also lead to something the elites are even more afraid of: rebellion, revolt, and revolution.

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Letter to The Editor - Hydro-carbons Beat Biofuels on all counts

     Coal and oil are made from plants and animals that died millions of years ago when the atmosphere contained abundant carbon dioxide plant food. They are now very concentrated forms of energy which can be extracted from very small areas of land. Burning these natural hydro-carbons returns CO2 and fresh water to the atmosphere thus greatly assisting global plant growth. If we are lucky these extra gases in the atmosphere may also slightly delay the start of Earth’s next cooling cycle, but this looks unlikely. Ethanol and biodiesel are made from plants growing now - sugar cane, beets, palm oil and grains. Growing these crops requires large areas of land and valuable fresh water for irrigation. Growing bio-fuel crops extracts CO2 from the atmosphere but burning them quickly puts it back. This is a zero-sum game that does nothing positive for the environment or the climate. Coal and oil are thus more enviro-friendly than biofuels. Locking the gate on coal, oil and gas while supporting policies that waste land, food crops and water for motor fuels is environmental desecration. Speculators should be free to make biofuels but these should not be subsidised or mandated.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

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

Post-Politics is Now about Stopping Politics By Richard Miller

     The election and spectacular failure of Donald Trump has shown that in the end, politics in the West is at an end, for the system now is too corrupt, and the elites too powerful to directly defeat. Until some black swan event (s) occurs, there will need to be strategies of neutralisation, minimising the power of the pollies to do anything. Hung parliaments are great parliaments:
  https://www.rt.com/news/457678-eu-right-wing-parties-election/

“One in 10 Europeans will back right-wing parties in the upcoming European Union elections, according to a new study, pointing to growing support for Euroskeptic movements across the bloc. A Bertelsmann Foundation study found that right-wing parties with a populist, nationalist or Euroskeptic bent received the highest level of voter approval of any single political grouping. 10.3 percent of voters said they would cast their ballots for right-wing parties, while only 6.2 percent said they positively identified with left-wing groups, and 4.4 percent with a Green party. Right-wing parties have seen a surge in support amid growing disillusionment with Brussels. Those parties include Italy’s Lega Nord, France’s National Rally party, as well as the right-wing Alternative for Germany – commonly known by its German acronym, AfD. The research indicates that voters care more about stopping parties and policies they dislike than advancing a positive agenda of their own, which, the researchers said, could end up feeding movements on the fringes. “Many citizens no longer choose to back one party, but rather vote against parties they oppose the most,” said Robert Vehrkamp, a co-author of the Bertelsmann study. “The populist parties have managed to create a stable and loyal voter base in a relatively short space of time,” he added.”

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

     It is just the manifest destiny of history; too bad if you are a white male because, your number is up:
  https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/the-canadian-forces-jobs-where-only-women-need-ap

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

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Trump the Traitor By Charles Taylor

     America is really being swamped by migrants, not just from South America, but even from Africa.
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/25/mexico-300000-migrants-traveled-through-country-in-2019-including-from-africa-asia/#

     A recent Gallup poll found that immigration was seen by voters as the most important issue, more important than the economy, but Trump, contrary to every electoral promise, ignores this. Any politician, even from the Left, would be voted president in 2020, if he/she vowed to deal with the immigration problem, but after Trump, how could anyone be trusted?
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/25/gallup-gop-voters-rank-immigration-as-most-important-problem-in-u-s/

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Taxes Unto Death By James Reed

     It looks like it is time for Labor to be let back in to do their damage, political correctness overdrive like the bad old days of Julia Gillard. Then there is tax, tax, and more tax, which should interest the punters out there in the ‘burbs:
  https://joshfrydenberg.com.au/latest-news/21149/?fbclid=IwAR3BU2Ew30nOoogO_QFChoyg_cylpeAA18aiCurEVAWX-8Ccz1sozkHWX7Q

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

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The Machines that Live! By Brian Simpson

     Yes, everyday Artificial Intelligence (AI), moves ever more quickly to replace humanity. The elites, of course, as usual, believe that their jobs as chief tyrannical oppressors in the universe cannot be replaced, but I am willing to bet, that in the long run, they too will be lining up at the dole queues with the likes of me. “Gidday mate, what did you used to do?” “Mate, I was high up in the New World Order, but a thinking machine just took everything over and moved me out. Now what can I do? What jobs can I get requiring skills in cruelty, genocide and overall viciousness?”
  https://thenextweb.com/robots/2019/04/19/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve/

“The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot? If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a bunch and make them race. Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die. That sure sounds a lot like life, but Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who worked on the research, says otherwise.

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ISIS and Migrants By Richard Miller

     Well blow me over; I thought from the Left wing thought control groups that links between ISIS and migration was just a racist conspiracy, but then we get this from the mainstream media, which just shows that the entire mainstream media must be banned and shut down to avoid temptations in reporting anything naughty:
  https://www.foxnews.com/world/isis-islamic-state-paris-attacks-terror-europe-middle-east

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

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Police State New Zealand By John Welton

     As a New Zealand gun owner, with no convictions, I sincerely hope that my name has been flagged in the New World Order police state surveillance system. If not, then I will cry crocodile tears each night on my pillow. Just imagine what is going on across the lake in the grown-up people’s country, of Australia, land of the juicy social welfare, that New Zealanders love as well:
  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12222308

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

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Letter to The Editor - The liberals, alas, in a crunch will side with the Left rather than the Right

To The Australian        The latest news from Britain ("Don't cave in to Labour on Brexit, Tories tell May", 7/5) suggests that the actual political struggle going on there now is between those who want a strong betrayal of Brexit and those who want a milder one. The tale has a message for Australia at election time. Just as in the UK, so here, the problem for conservatives is that the main centre-right party is actually fundamentally split between liberals and genuine traditionalists. The liberals, alas, in a crunch will side with the Left rather than the Right - as the Brexit tragedy shows. In both nations too few voters really care for traditional values and the attitudes of responsibility and self-restraint that underpin them. At election time here the best that conservatives can do is direct their primary votes to a right-wing minority party if the mainstream anti-Left candidate is in fact a liberal, not a conservative.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

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

Letter to The Editor - A hypothetical president, inevitably backed by big money and political chicanery, will never have the inspiring magnificence of a king or queen

To The Age        What wonderful news that the royal House of Windsor has another prince to add to its ranks! And how fortunate Australians are to be subjects of the head of this house and to see it flourishing as it is, with youth and glamour as well as glorious tradition! The institution of monarchy is strengthened by this latest addition to its family. Of course, the ALP, if elected on 18 May, will do everything possible to deprive us of our royal connection. That is one of the soundest reasons for voting against them. A hypothetical president, inevitably backed by big money and political chicanery, will never have the inspiring magnificence of a king or queen. And that is no small matter for national well-being.
  Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic

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

Peak Madness: From Censorship to Civil War By Peter West

     The cultural civil war continues, with Facebook banning more people who it does not like. Meanwhile, Trump does nothing, not even lifting a presidential finger to save free speech. Perhaps his son-in-law, the ever-snugged-face Jared Kushner, the real president, has told him to not even make a Tweet, or a mouse-like squeak, about it, and Trump has quietly nodded, trembling in fear:
  https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/05/02/facebook-blacklists-prominent-conservatives-including-paul-joseph-watson-laura-loomer/

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

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Insanity USA By Chris Knight

     A quickie proof of the insanity of contemporary America. After the failed CIA coup in Venezuela, the UY,  a country which is oh so concerned about other nations “interfering” in its politics in any way, even exposing evil doings, now has put all the cards on the table regarding Venezuela. That means full military invasion. Yet, the elites fight to allow the Mexican border be open regardless of who comes in. This is beyond pathological, and is nothing more than a country in the terminal stages of death.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fY6faXfVJw 
  https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/05/02/venezuela-maduro-announces-rectification-revolution-day-3-uprising/ 
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-02-biological-invasion-disease-infested-illegals-being-deposited-across-america.html

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

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Fructose on the Brain By Mrs Vera West

     I have written some articles linking material putting the case that some fruits, being high in fructose, may need to be rationed, even though these fruit contain highly beneficial nutrients. This is somewhat paradoxical, but we live in an inane world, where layers upon layers of contradictions confront us daily. Here is more information about health concerns about fructose:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-02-fructose-alters-hundreds-of-genes-in-the-brain.html

“… the sweetener affects numerous genes in the brain. Fructose causes gene alterations that are linked to serious diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. However, the researchers from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) who conducted the study also said that these harmful changes can be reversed by the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. So eating healthy foods rich in omega-3s can restore the health of people who consume unhealthy amounts of fructose. For their study, the researchers examined the genes, pathways, and networks affected by fructose. They first taught rats how to escape from a maze then divided the trained animals into three groups. They gave the rats in the first and second group water containing the same amount of fructose found in a liter of soda but they also fed the second group foods rich in DHA. Meanwhile, they did not give the third group any sweetened water or DHA. The rats lived on those diets for six weeks. Then the researchers returned them to the same maze to test their memory. (Related: Are you one of the 60 percent of people who have trouble digesting fructose?)

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At Long Last, Someone to Vote for: Fraser Anning’s Conservative Nationalist Party By Bruce Bennett

     I am probably the youngest one writing here, but it seems to me that this is the first and last real chance to do something on immigration, rather than beat around the bush on the numbers, environment and bs like that. The real issue is about the changing demographics, the surrender Australia program. Fraser Anning is the first politician in recent times to say something on this, although James tells me that Graeme Campbell, way back was saying the same thing, and there was AAFI which fought the good fight. Anyway, here we are today and there is something can be done with your vote. The fact that the mainstream media hates Anning and his party so much is reason enough for me to not only vote for them but to hand out leaflets and man a polling station. Maybe others could do this in their wheel chairs. Why not, for the Australia you knew is now being disassembled.   Here is the link to the constitution of Fraser Anning’s Conservative Nationalist Party:
  https://www.aec.gov.au/Parties_and_Representatives/party_registration/applications/files/2019/fraser-anning-conservative-national-party-constitution.pdf

“One nation under God, united by the crimson threads of kinship”

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More Power to Transgender Powerlifters By Mrs Vera West

     Yes, identity politics and postmodern whatever is reaching its “logical conclusion,” as the various ideologies start to swallow each other whole. Take this little example from the wild world of transgender sport:
  https://pjmedia.com/trending/trans-woman-sets-world-records-olympian-decries-pointless-unfair-playing-field/

“On Sunday, a biological man who identifies as a woman took the Masters world records for women's squat, women's bench press, and women's deadlift. A female Olympian responded by condemning the "pointless, unfair playing field" where biological women are beaten by biological men who identify as transgender women. "What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record!" Mary Gregory posted on Instagram. Gregory thanked the Raw Powerlifting Federation. "As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone - all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you!" Transgender activists may celebrate these world records, but former British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies condemned the basic unfairness of biological men competing with biological women.”

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