Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Newtown hipsters lay down the law: It's not okay to vote no!

About a month ago I saw a guy at Newtown station with a sign reading “It's okay to say no”. I found this so intriguing that I took a photo of him and wrote a Facebook update about it (included at the bottom of this post). As I explained then, at that point he hadn't copped any abuse from the Newtown locals.

Anyhoo, yesterday I was at the Italian Forum in Leichhardt and I bumped into him again.


Curious about how that exercize with the sign panned out I asked him if he eventually did end up copping any snark. He said he most certainly did. He was spat on, harangued, told he had no right to have his opinion ... After a while he got so sick of the abuse that he just gave up and left. (BTW, he mentioned that he changed it to read "it's okay to vote no", which is maybe why no one had been triggered at the time I saw him.) 

I asked him what these people were like. We're they all social justice warriors with blue hair?

He said no, many looked like normal folk -- there were some old people and even children!

So, my worst suspicions were confirmed. Heaps of people totally brainwashed by the Yes side. Sure, the inner west of Sydney is chockas with sneering hipsters. Even so, there's clearly something sinister going on here. It's Orwellian for sure.

Speaking of which, expand the comments on the original FB post below. You'll notice some trolling by ABC journalist Peter Lloyd. He actually says those against SSM have “no right to express a view"! FFS. (To his credit though, he conceded that he could be described as a "neo-bigot". Well, at least he's honest ...)

Still, his petty contributions are not a good look. And if he was "working" at their ABC while he wrote them then that's even worse.

Why should taxpayers fund infantile trolling of those whose only crime is to defend the law of the land, and say we all have a right to express our opinion without being shouted down?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Disingenuous "Petersham Says Yes to Love" signs typical of the PC Left

The politically correct Left are nothing if not predictable. They are one trick -- or rather, two trick -- ponies. Basically all they've got are deceit and intimidation. They lie, then they bully. Lie, bully ... Rinse, repeat. Rinse, repeat ...

One of their fave methods of deceit is to completely misrepresent political issues in highly emotive terms. By doing this they block thought in the impressionable, while simultaneously appearing to be presenting some sort of compelling case.

The “Vote Yes” campaign is a classic example of this. They say the issue of same sex marriage is only about love and equality, when any thinking person knows it's far more multifaceted and complicated than that.

But by simply repeating the "love" mantra, they neatly sidestep even having to acknowledge -- let alone try to rebut -- the “no” case. And no wonder. If they actually did try to win fair and square by actual argument they would lose resoundingly, and deep down they know it.

They also get to demonize their opponents which -- being the fascists they are -- they really get off on. This behaviour is disturbingly hateful, of course. And given that they're promoting themselves as the “loving” folk, it is highly ironic to say the least.

But they're so emotionally infantile and lacking in self awareness that they can't see the contradiction. It's hatred in the service of love, so to these child-brained muppets that not only makes it okay -- it makes them even more loving still!

Here's an example. Not that far from where I live are three houses adjacent to each other that have identical signs out the front.

Firstly, there's the focus on love. That's disingenuous, thereby mildly deceitful. What it really means is “Petersham is for Marriage Equality”. That too is false because even though Sydney's Inner West is chockas with brainwashed pro-SSM types, there are still some who have and will vote no. I'm one of them.

So, the poster proclaims an obvious falsehood and is thereby deceitful in another way.

Now, this isn't overtly intimidating, sure. Still, it reeks of ostracism, and thereby constitutes a subtle kind of bullying. That's because it implies that if you're not for "marriage equality" you don't really belong in Petersham.

And the arrogance is astounding. I mean, FFS, what right does anyone have to brazenly announce that everyone in their suburb does (or rather, should) be on one side of a highly contentious political issue!

Doubtless, there are far more people than they know living in their midst who don't subscribe to their rainbow fascism. Reason they're none the wiser is that, unlike them, sane, rational adults tend to keep their political views to themselves -- in major part because they actually consider the feelings of socialist snowflakes and don't want to trigger them into narcissistic tantrums by plainly stating their belief in the law as it presently stands.

And it was so telling that they were three of these signs all in a little patch. Yes, in federal, state and local elections people do place ads for their favoured candidates in their front yards and on their gates and letterboxes. But I have never seen three in a row!

Granted, the political make-up of the Inner West means it would not be unusual to find three ardently PC households one after another in the same street. That said, the odds that they all independently went out and bought exactly the same sign are next to zero, surely. So one of the group must've actually knocked on the others' doors -- maybe with said promotional material already purchased and in hand -- to suggest they do the same for the cause.

Now, I would never dream of doing anything like that, no matter the circumstances. And if someone did it to me I would be very unimpressed. Even if I knew my neighbour well enough to talk about politics and agreed with them on most issues I would still consider them suggesting I should place, say, a poster on my front gate just flat out rude.

But clearly, this kind of behaviour is par for the course with the Left. Says heaps.

Interestingly, also in Petersham a somewhat less wholesome sentiment related to traditional marriage was discovered recently, this time inside a building. A sane, rational adult would conclude that this further discredits the claim that "Petersham says yes to love”. But that's not the kind of person who would show that infantile sign, obviously. More likely, they would see no contradiction at all.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Headbutting of Abbott reveals "Vote Yes" side's true, hateful motivation

Not at all surprised that a “Vote Yes” campaigner headbutted Tony Abbott in Tasmania. And while that event on its own will convert many people to the no side, the ensuing tsunami of putrid abuse from the Twitter trollective and hordes of malicious muppets elsewhere on social media will magnify that effect substantially.

While it was clearly an ugly event, in the end it was kind of a net positive for sane, rational adults. Ultimately it may not be enough to ensure that the no vote wins. But it's certainly made it more likely. Definitely a good thing.

The vicious, cowardly attack itself was actually a microcosm of what the cultural Marxists have been up to all along. As Abbott described it, his attacker got close to him by saying he wanted to shake his hand. Tony, who tends to take all people regardless of political affiliation at their word, allowed him into his personal space, and that's when he was headbutted.

This stealth approach is what PC scumbags do every single time, and on a grand scale. They relentlessly present themselves as friendly, kind, loving and compassionate. They have a whole swathe of cashed up, influential allies including most of the mainstream media who reinforce this message for them. That makes almost everyone reluctant to resist their prescriptions from the start. But if you see through their lies and still stand your ground they'll tell everyone they can that you're bad, hateful person.

It's a despicable tactic. It's a heavily watered down but still loathsome version of what terrorists do in the Middle East. By launching attacks from civilian areas and blending into the population these murderous scumbags use the innocent as a shield. They actually like it when civilians on their side are killed by counter attacks because they can use these tragedies as propaganda.

Obviously what they're doing here is not nearly as putrid. But it still stinks. They keep pushing and provoking their opponents, desperate for someone to be attacked or vilified so they can cast all no voters as brazen bullies and their entire side as virtuous victims. About the only time this has actually borne fruit for them seems to have been in the attack on Kevin Rudd's godson. All the other examples of “homophobia” cited in the media have been yuuugely exaggerated, or seemingly flat out concocted by those sympathetic to the "marriage equality" cause -- such as that poster hoax in Melbourne.

The false narrative they've been promoting has been gradually exposed over recent weeks. Spookily, amendments to the graffiti on this wall in Newtown mark the changes ... Got this shot of it at the beginning of September:

After that smug crybully Benjamin Law threatened Andrew Hastie on Twitter it looked like this:

And today ...

These days, anyone with eyes to see knows that the “love is love” crowd are a massive pack of sneering frauds. "Love is hate" more like ... Because of their vicious dishonesty, rainbows will stop evoking feelings of joy, goodwill, compassion and renewal in the hearts of many Aussies for quite some time. God, Gaia or whatever celestial force ultimately creates them is gonna be seriously pissed off!

The malignant narcissists who've so thoroughly trashed the rainbow brand should've chosen a dark, vengeful thundercloud as their symbol instead. Woulda been way more honest!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Vote No" skywritten above Sydney was a brilliant tactical move

Kudos to whoever was behind that "Vote No" skywritten sign above Sydney. There's a widely held belief it was the work of the Coalition for Marriage. But they're keeping mum about it. Might be doing it at arm's length or something ...

It's perfectly understandable why they should keep the details private. Feral lefties have found out who the skywriting company was and have deluged it with abusive messages. Depressing, but typical.

The PC Left are a nasty, bullying bunch. Quack on about love, but motivated by hate. Say they believe in freedom of speech -- but by that they mean "freedom to shout ... other people down".

Well, whoever was ultimately responsible for the skywritten message it was a very good tactic. It was guerrila warfare, in a way. After all, there's absolutely no way the "no" camp could've competed on the ground in this city.

You've got Clover Moore running a totally one-sided "Vote Yes" campaign, shamelessly using money from ratepayers, some of whom are surely against "marriage equality".

Then there are unions and big businesses such as Qantas, along with various leftie organizations -- many of which receive taxpayer funds, no doubt -- all pushing for SSM. Countless impressionable individuals have been caught up in the hysteria, too, plastering stickers and posters thither and yon. 

Where I am, in Sydney's inner west, they're all over the joint. And it's not just the slickly designed rainbows. There's also grafitti like this.

Mass hysteria is not too strong a word!

So, for the no camp to get their message out, there was the sheer number of "vote yes" signs to contend with. Then there's the well established habit of lefties tearing down any opposing promotional material. They do it absolutely shamelessly. 

That's their collective narcissism in action. They keep telling themselves that they are our moral betters, repeating their stupid false narrative in their tiny minds, utterly convinced they can create a utopia through hectoring us all into compliance.

They're so totes committed to this child-brained fantasy that they're utterly convinced anything opposing their own totalitarian view must be nothing less than fascism! Therefore, it has no right to be expressed in the first place. Hence the asonishingly inordinate levels of butthurt they suffer if you do so much as utter one word of resistance.

Which is why they were all massively triggered by two words, scrawled emphatically across a beautiful blue sky ... So great that it was on such a perfect day. Kinda symbolic really. (And remember that for a rainbow to appear, it has to be a crap, wet day to start with ...)

So funny that a fave leftie meme is "old man yells at clouds". That's what the sneering hipsters were doing all over Sydney on Sunday.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Clover Moore's SSM eye candy sweetens Sydney CBD

As the "marriage equality" plebiscite draws near it's very clear that the "yes" side are packin' death. They've been pulling out all the stops with their deceit and intimidation tactics lately. This is because they are terrified of the "no" side being able to get their arguments heard by most Aussies. If this happens and voters are provoked into thinking seriously about this issue, the pro-SSM side will likely lose. And they know it. 

So, they continue to keep things as emotive as possible. They blather that "love is love". And how could anyone be against love? Well, you must be a hater then!

That may seem like an argument but it is anything but. It's actually a very effective thought blocker. And blocking thought is the main aim of the PC Left. Once they've managed that, it's sooo much easier for them to manipulate people into buying their lies.

And this tactic is employed visually as well as verbally. Take Clover Moore's shameless campaign in support of SSM. There are rows of pretty red flags exhorting us to "Vote Yes" hung in Martin Place and Circular Quay. And there are other installations such as the one shown below in Pitt Street Mall.

The word "eye candy" definitely comes to mind here. They even look like big brightly coloured sugar sticks!

The Town Hall itself is being lit up at night.

Each evening, a different colour is displayed.

These visual effects are certainly very appealing. There's no denying that they evoke a strong emotional response, even in a flint-hearted Tory such as myself! So I certainly respect the work and skill that has gone into producing them.

Still, in the end, when you actually think about the issue, they constitute more evidence of the paucity of the "yes" case. They are a desperate attempt to dazzle Sydneysiders into accepting a massive, irreversible change to one of society's main foundations. Which is why this eye candy -- not unlike the real stuff -- ultimately leaves me feeling queasy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Marriage equality advocates' love-hate relationship with democracy

The main feature of the push for "marriage equality" in Australia has been its overwhelmingly emotive nature. Its advocates hardly ever even attempt to argue their case in the usual sense. They tend to repeat this line that marriage is about love. And there's no denying that gay people are capable of loving each other, so how can you deny them marriage?

This has long been their tactic. Take this ad for the Greens that I saw in Perth several years ago:

That cracked me up when I saw it. First thing I thought was: Well if it's "about love not laws" why the hell do you want the law to be changed? I mean, why can't you be "married" in spirit without needing the official documentation?

Their approach is undeniably irrational. But it's been very successful. Its proponents have managed to draw many "undecideds" over to their view by using it. They now completely ignore the "no" case because it's based on a different, more thoughtful premise: while love is a big factor in marriage it's also about many other things such as the welfare of kids, social stability, and religious freedom.

So, heaps of people have bought the whole "love is love" line. For some, so complete is their commitment to this highly emotive position that they believe any questioning of it at all is must be against love itself!

Living in Sydney's inner west, I've seen quite a few stickers like this. Many of them refer specifically to the plebiscite itself.


I find this quite astonishing. Imagine being in such a permanently emotional state that you believe a flyer describing an opposing view -- something you'd wanna have in a democracy, surely -- was hateful in itself!

Though really, I shouldn't be that surprised. The PC Left has been honing this method of indoctrination for decades now and they're very, very good at it.

Basically, what they do with their pet positions on big issues is to associate them with positive emotions (love, joy, compassion, etc). By constant repetition they manage to con their followers into believing that their views are simply beyond reproach; that any deviation from them necessarily makes you a bad, hateful person.

Oh, and you're undemocratic as well ...

I saw the above poster yesterday. I thought it was so telling.

FFS, it's advertising local elections, explicitly extolling the virtues of democracy. Yet it invokes the trademark "marriage equality" rainbow in its very design!

Here's another example from one of the candidates. He doesn't refer to the issue specifically on his poster, but still includes the same colours.

Now, I know the plebiscite is not a local issue. So it won't be contested by candidates.

Still, isn't it interesting that it's alluded to on both these posters. It's kinda code for: "Hey, hipsters! Of course we're all good people who believe love is love, natch!" It's so dumb, like Julia Gillard saying "we are us".

The irony is that same sex marriage is not above politics; it's as political as an issue can be. And incredible as it may seem to the people behind these posters, there are actually inner westies who will be voting "no" in the upcoming plebiscite -- if it is actually held, that is.

But you'd better not tell them that. They'll think you're a bad, hateful person if you do. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Marriage equality marchers at Sydney Uni shout down Mariachi band

As we approach the date for the postal "marriage equality" plebiscite the tactics of the "yes" crowd are becoming increasingly desperate and aggressive ... The whole thing has been an eye opener for a lot of people. Many are beginning to realize that the term "rainbow fascist" is not all that OTT after all!

There have been many cases of their intolerance and bullying -- such as demonstrators haranguing the seniors in Melbourne, and Tim Minchin's hateful song sliming the whole country as homophobic.

But their obnoxious intolerance of different viewpoints is hardly surprising. As with so many causes in identity politics, same sex marriage advocates are totally obsessed with themselves and completely oblivious to the plight of other groups -- even other minorities.

I witnessed an illustration of this recently at Sydney University ...

See, I'd read that there was to be a "marriage equality" demo there so I lobbed to have a look. It was at the Fisher Library, and on my way there I saw a Mariachi band playing. They were accomplished and about twenty or so students had assembled around them to enjoy their music. 

Given the demo was on a university campus I assumed it would have a massive turnout. But actually there weren't that many people there. Also, all the three speakers I saw were white and male. (Sure, I wasn't there from the very beginning, so there could have been other speakers from different groups. Still, I thought this was telling given the PC Left's claims of being so "anti-racist" and all.)

These guys blathered on as expected about how hateful, cruel and intolerant the opposition were, and how it was so important to talk your friends into voting "yes", etc. Then they started their shouty little march across the campus.

As you can see from this short video, they ploughed on towards the band pictured above. You can actually hear the Mexican music near the end of the clip.

Rather than show respect to the performers, the demonstrators just kept chanting regardless until the three amigos had no option but to quit playing. (The video embedded below shows the band's bewilderment in the immediate aftermath.)

Now, I know these guys didn't constitute a counter demo. But they certainly still symbolized a minority culture. And it was quite telling how completely indifferent to them the gay marriage demonstrators actually were.

Would they have stopped shouting if they'd encountered a performance of Aboriginal music, or a speech by an imam keen to dispel myths about his religion? I seriously doubt it.

It was just a little episode, sure. But it seemed to encapsulate the bloody-minded self-obsession of the SSM crowd. And it thereby illustrated the inherent risk to social harmony of identity politics generally.

Clearly, if people identify primarily as members of oppressed groups and demand special rights and privileges they will inevitably clash with others like them. The loudest, most determined and privileged of these will happily steamroll the others, confirming how fraudulent their claims of solidarity with them truly are.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hanson's burqa stunt revealed political establishment's disconnect from voters

Without a doubt Pauline Hanson did us all a great service the other day with her burqa stunt. Yes it was brutal. But it was also brutally effective. By provoking Brandis and other Government Senators into a grotesque orgy of virtue signalling with the muppets in Labor and the Greens it showed just how seriously disconnected the political establishment is from the values of mainstream Australia.

George Brandis sooking up about her disrespect for the misogynistic garment (and thereby Islam itself) was much like Piers Morgan ordering Tommy Robinson to respect the Koran. Just afterwards George and his erstwhile opponents who applauded him probably thought their impassioned display of cultural sensitivity would persuade the plebs to their way of thinking (or rather, feeling).

IMHO it did the complete opposite. Brandis showed that he'd been swallowed by the monster called political correctness. He was now just another one of the Islamists' bitches. (Sure, we already knew that about the Greens and Labor. But for Brandis, who'd previously cast himself as a warrior for Western values and free speech, this was a revelation.)

It was interesting to see the media reaction to Hanson's stunt. Of course you'll always get a contrast between News Ltd and Fairfax. But on Friday it was particularly pronounced.

The Daily Telegraph could see what it was all about. Her "crazy brave" stunt was effective in keeping the nation focused on her agenda.
Alan Jones also nailed the pomposity of Brandis.

The tragic hand-wringers at The Sydney Morning Herald did what they usually do, which was to look down their noses at Hanson and sneer up a storm about bigotry and white men.

They really haven't the slightest clue.

My initial thoughts on the stunt, the day after it occurred:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Martin Place empty again after "tent city" saga

I've found this saga of the Martin Place homeless camp quite fascinating. It has illustrated how so much of what we consider to be objective news is actually highly manipulated, and that activists and politicians will happily exploit the misfortune of others to lift their own profiles and further their own agendas.

That's not exactly a revelation, of course. But when something unfolds in front of your eyes it becomes a whole lot clearer than it was before.

The entire episode was a bit like when the circus comes to town. Obviously, it was not a happy circus! But it was still a clumsy kind of production full of colourful characters, with various sideshows going on.

And if you go to a site that a circus has just vacated, you're left with a jarring sense of desolation. All that colour, movement, and human activity ... gone!

That's what it felt like when I went there last Saturday, the day after the homeless camp had been dismantled. It was pretty much back to what it had been before. But it seemed eerily empty because of all that had transpired there in previous weeks.

Clearly, I wasn't alone in finding this an intriguing phenomenon. Someone who seemed to be a serious photographer was also documenting the site on that day, getting arty with angles for shots.

All that remained of the graffiti that pretty much covered those walls was the odd smudge here and there.

The ephemerality and incoherence of the protest was further highlighted by the presence of a granite based seat nearby.

This is a memorial for commando squadrons and special forces who died in World War Two. It's been there since 1982 and constitutes a far more succinct and enduring statement than any of those made by the activists, politicians and media commentators in relation to "tent city", I've gotta say ...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Martin Place "tent city" dismantled. Images from the final day

Sure you've all heard that the so-called "tent city" in Sydney's Martin Place has been removed. I don't think I'm alone in saying I'm glad this episode is finally over.

That's not just because of the camp's physical existence, mind. Didn't seem to be any kind of public health threat. And I walked through it many times and was never hassled for money.

That said, I can understand why the NSW State Govt pollies were so infuriated by it. It was like a bloody great middle finger plonked right on their doorstep.

And it was the political exploitation of it that annoyed me most, I've gotta say. Clover Moore, in particular, was pretty dishonest in the way she handled the issue. She could have nipped this problem in the bud but chose not to. She let it fester and milked it for a while. Then when the simplistic narrative she and her fellow travellers were pushing slowly collapsed (in major part due to its "Mayor" Lanz Priestly being revealed as a less than savoury character) she finally acted.

Anyhoo, I managed to lob there a coupla times on Friday and took some photos.

Interesting how even in a makeshift homeless camp, women end up doing the laundry ... Bloody patriarchy is everywhere, innit!

In this world of false narratives and fake news, I thought the placement of this camera was quite apposite.

Speaking of fake news, this "reporter" interviewing the "Mayor" was from their ABC ...

So, while I didn't hear what was said in their little chat, I suspect it was composed of the usual compassionista questions meant to elicit bolshie boilerplate about society's indifference to the downtrodden, etc.

Also, I'm willing to bet there were no hard questions of Lanz about his criminal record. And let's face it, including at least one or two would have been what a real newshound would've done, surely.

Notably, this group seemed to be the only organized political one present, at least when I was there at about midday.

Again, women do the dishes while the men stand around lazily waving flags. Where's the AHRC when you need 'em!

I returned later in the day when the crowds were gone and council workers were doing the final cleanup.

These trucks did have City of Sydney logos, by the way. So why didn't Clover Moore send them in much earlier? Fact that she didn't does not reflect well on her IMHO.

Media still there! Gawd, they're such parasites, aren't they? Just hanging around until the bitter end, milking it for all it's worth. (Though I suppose that includes yours truly, too. Posts like this prolly qualify me as a "citizen journalist" or something ...)

Lanz was still there, holding court with the local constabulary ... If you look closely at that shot you'll see he's actually got a can of Rockstar energy drink in his hand!

That gives me a laugh. He certainly emerged as a compelling, central figure in all of this. And I think it's likely we'll see another similar production with him in a featured role down the track.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Martin Place "Mayor" Lanz Priestley's past punctures PC narrative

So it looks like the homeless camp at Martin Place is finally being dismantled after all. That's a relief. It's also surprising because it looked like it was gonna continue indefinitely. It really was a soap opera ... without the soap.

Obviously things have been happening behind the scenes that have brought this about. I suspect one contributing factor was the recent reporting on the unofficial "Mayor", Lanz Priestly.

Some assiduous journos looked into this guy's past. If that's any guide to a man's character, and it usually is, then he's a long way from the "salt of the earth", "man of the people" that he purports to be.
This is significant. The whole saga was a war of narratives as much as anything else. The story that the activists wanted to promote was that all the tent city's citizens were there by no fault of their own. And goodhearted Lanz managed to bring them all together to create this warm, friendly, fully functioning community in which the members helped each other out.

The graffiti on the walls reinforced this narrative. It's all about love, altruism, generosity and compassion. And it's very easy to accept this if you don't know much about what's really going on.

To be honest, that's what I did at first. I walked through there a couple of time and was actually kinda charmed by the place.

But as the political argy bargy continued over the last several weeks it became clear it was not just a simple tale of the poor have-nots coming together to create a community and demanding that their human rights be respected. It's been engineered and manipulated by certain individuals and groups with their own agendas. And I don't think any of them have been entirely honest!

Clover Moore, for example, said she didn't want to have the plods come in and move the homeless because that would've been cruel. But that's bollocks. She used the situation to embarrass the State Govt. She leveraged it to try to pressure them into building more "safe spaces" for the homeless. That's not a bad thing in itself, sure. But she was still being disingenuous.

And you've gotta wonder what Priestly's ultimate goal was. Maybe it was just ego gratification more than anything else?

So, there were a whole bunch of submerged stories going on here. As with any political issue, most of what you saw was theatre. The truth was never quite what it appeared to be on the surface.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Intensity in tent city: Clover Moore gets Sirius!

This conflict over the homeless camp in Martin Place is getting more and more intense. It's a battleground between two levels of government, neither of which wants to do anything decisive about it.

Basically, it's a grudge match between Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Clover and the City of Sydney seem to be quite enjoying the fact that many NSW State Government pollies have to plod through this squalor everyday on the way to the "Bear Pit". It's right near Parliament House on Macquarie St, after all.

I suspect they might feel very different if the camp were located right outside Town Hall, where the City of Sydney offices are housed.

The fact that it's not there is telling ... Now, I'm not saying that Clover had a hand in this from the beginning. But it certainly suits her agenda, which is to push for more social housing.

She wants the Sirius Building, now nearly empty, to be re-opened, along with more social housing. This striking structure was slated for demolition a while ago to make way for massive apartment blocks. Then it had a reprieve, so there's been this almighty push to keep it there, and honour the spirit in which it was originally built. 

Now, I know that greedy developers have been the scourge of NSW politics for ages. Still, I sympathize with the State Govt on this issue and understand why they don't want to fill it with the homeless.

The site just has waaay too much earning potential! Right next to the Coat Hanger in The Rocks, it's gotta be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in all of Sydders! It'll be a shame to see it go. But capitalists are gonna win there eventually, I suspect.

But at least for now, Clover's kinda got Gladys cornered. By not removing the Martin Place homeless camp herself she makes the Sirius option more likely. The State Govt don't want to send in the plods to clear the campers out because they know all the local lefties and their fellow travellers in the media will cry "fascism!"

That's why they've been trying to nudge members of the community into taking up offers of emergency housing elsewhere. So, it's not like they've been flint-hearted about this. (Got this shot of some FACS people there a few weeks ago.)

Another thing I don't like about the camp: Activists have been pushing this line that it's just kinda sprung up organically. It's supposed to be an inspiring example of the ingenuity of the oppressed.

To be honest, I originally thought this was the case myself. I wrote a blog post about it a few weeks ago, remarking on its seeming self-sufficiency. But lately I've come to the view that there's little that's truly organic about it.

Whether it's been engineered by the Occupy Sydney crowd or not, it is certainly reminiscent of their tactics. Also, if you look closely at the graffiti there, it's pretty clear that much of it has been written by activists, not the homeless themselves.

Also, consider the context. This is now Homelessness Prevention Week. Timing is perfect, innit?

Sydney's Lord Mayor herself even claims she's not being political, while including the hashtag for that actual campaign!

Completely shameless, eh?

And another thing: Not so long ago the City of Sydney placed terrorism prevention barriers right near where the camp is located, basically on the next block down.

My question: If Clover was so concerned that this area was likely to be a target for vehicular terrorism, why no new bollards to protect the tent city specifically?

True, there's no point in putting them at the western end of the block, since it's protected by stairs.

Still, on the Macquarie St side it's remarkable that there are no concrete barriers. Yes, there are a coupla telegraph poles there already, but there's still easily enough room for a truck to drive through! And surely a bunch of homeless people in tents would be far more vulnerable to such an attack than pedestrians, right?

If, as her fellow traveller Sam Dastyari says, you can judge a society by how it treats the most vulnerable, then surely this omission reflects poorly on her, doesn't it?

Anyhoo, that's my two cents ... For a closer look at what it's like in the camp here's a video I made a few days back.

UPDATE: Decision has been made to dismantle the camp, starting tomorrow.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Opportunist Sam Dastyari swoops on Martin Place homeless camp

Sam Dastyari is surely Australia's most shameless media tart. Remember his cameo in The Killing Season, in which he actually played himself taking an ominous phone call about Kevin Rudd?

He's obviously got lots of MSM chums, particularly at their ABC. He just appeared on Australian Story in what many have said was a puff piece to help him flog his book

Without a doubt "Dasher" is one halal of an opportunist!

Given how much news coverage the Martin Place homeless camp has been getting lately it's no wonder he's tried to milk it for sanctimonious cool points. He lobbed there recently and made an excruciatingly self-serving and disingenuous video. 
In it, he uses the usual fraudulent leftist tactic of misrepresenting his opponents, casting them as cruel, heartless bullies. For example he accuses conservative politicians and commentators of "kicking the shit out of" the homeless.

What absolute bollocks! They're not blaming the victims; they're arcing up at Clover Moore because she, not unlike Sam himself, seems to be exploiting the situation to further her own agenda. 

Without irony he says the camp itself is "offensive". Alright for him to use such a description. But if a righty were to do so I'm sure Sam and his fellow travellers would be quick to cite this as evidence of their meanness. 

Needless to say he offers no detailed solutions, just mouths some meaningless motherhood statements to make it look like he gives a shit. 

Oh, well, at least he wasn't the only scavenger there. There was also this guy, who was just more honest about his intentions ...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Central Station, platform 19: seeming false alarm ... What was it about?

Just got home on the train from the city. While I was on platform 19 at Central Station (5.30-ish) something interesting happened.

A bunch of policemen had assembled on the platform, including what looked like special riot cops (you know, the ones in dark blue gear, who tend to look bigger and tougher than most). There were at least ten of them, maybe more. 

A few minutes before the Homebush service arrived, they waved dozens of passengers back from the centre of the platform. At first I thought they were closing down the whole thing, but no. They were just clearing out a section of it. I assumed this was because there were some unruly passengers on the approaching train they had been warned about and they were ready to apprehend them.

Anyway, just before the train actually arrived they disbanded and left the platform. So, it appeared to be a false alarm.

My suspicion was confirmed because as the train went through the next couple of stations an audio message, accompanied by text, played repeatedly. It basically warned passengers not to make false emergency calls, and that if this was done it could "result in a fine".

This is the only time I have ever heard (and read) this message ... So, seems likely someone was just pulling a prank. If so, they must have made a pretty serious claim. Otherwise, why so many cops? (If it were just some bogans being arseholes, then surely only a few officers would have sufficed.)

Given that several people have just been arrested here over a truly terrifying terror plot, I couldn't help thinking this might have had something to do with it.

I might be waaaay off, of course. But it will be interesting if any mainstream media coverage of this incident follows -- and if so, what it was all about. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Shooting at Central Station florist a reminder of the fragility of life

Sydney is a very big, chaotic city. So terrible things happen here pretty often. And these occasionally occur in places we all know pretty well.

Take that police shooting recently in Central Station. Apparently some young bloke afflicted by mental illness attacked a florist with scissors. He was fatally shot by police.

Obviously I have no detailed knowledge of the incident. But it sounds like it could well have been a case of "suicide by cop".

Well, whatever precipitated the original attack the outcome is very sad ...

In any case, when I initially learned about it I realized the location of this tragic event was somewhere I'd walked past hundreds, if not thousands, of times. It was even included in a photo I took a few months ago. You can see it in the bottom left hand corner.

Looking at that scene you think: How could anyone have predicted that such a bizarre act of ultimately fatal violence would occur right there?

Needless to say, there's no way anyone could ...

So often these things happen completely out of the blue. You cannot prepare for them. So I suppose you've just gotta keep getting on with the gig!

That's definitely what the florist himself has done. He seems like an exceptionally resilient old bloke.

I think you can even see him at work in this very quick video I took of the scene yesterday. By then everything appeared to be completely back to normal -- just like in the photo above.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Australian dual citizenship fiasco seems doubly absurd in this age of identity politics

The issue of dual citizenship is proving to be a massive problem for Aussie politicians. Looks like it's gonna derail a few more than just Ludlam and Waters.

Pretty ironic that this is happening given that our political establishment is overwhelmingly PC when it comes to other ways of defining one's identity. They now believe that gender is not a result of biological sex, for example. They reckon it's all down to personal conviction. So why doesn't this also apply to citizenship?

Hell, why not just say "I never felt like a Kiwi, so therefore I never was -- despite what those records show"?

Looks like Malcolm Roberts (of all people!) is the one who has come closest to this line of argument if comments from his spokesman are any guide. But as far as I know none of the other pollies who've come a cropper due to their dual citizenship seem to have seriously used this excuse. This is surprising, particularly when it comes to the Greens. Pretty much their whole policy platform is driven by their narcissistic emotions, after all. 

But then those policies are never really meant to apply to them -- or they're insulated from their negative effects if they do. For example, countless Aussies are struggling with rising power bills because of the "catastrophic global warming" scam. Yet the myth's most zealous promoters -- Greens pollies -- are so well off they're not affected. And take Larissa Waters's view on gender. She endorsed the sinister "No Gender December" campaign. Yet she dresses her own daughter in pink.

So, the fact that they accept the validity of the traditional, legal way of defining citizenship without challenge is significant IMO. If Waters or Ludlam had tried the "feels" defence it would still have been silly as, of course. But at least it would have been consistent -- and therefore kinda principled.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Proposed junkie memorial in Richmond is typical of the Left

As surely as night follows day green lefties keep coming up with daft ideas and suggestions to "make the world a better, kinder place". The latest of these is a proposal for a monument to the many junkies who died at the end of a needle in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond.

Not surprisingly, some locals are more than a tad shat off with this. They make the valid criticism that it glorifies something truly vile and destructive. Much better to memorialize those who achieved good and admirable things in their lives.

I couldn't agree more. Obviously it's tragic that these people died so young and in such a sordid way. So apt that the term "wasted" is slang for severe intoxication by drugs or alcohol. Death by overdose is such a terrible waste of the gift of life!

Also, it's too simplistic to say it was all their own fault. But heartless as it may seem, it's wrong to attempt to dignify their deaths somehow. If you build memorials to people like this you put them on a par with soldiers who died fighting for a noble cause, and similarly brave and selfless individuals.

They weren't fighting a war. They weren't doing anything good for others. Death by heroin doesn't make you a hero, that's for sure!

Unfair to say they were all scumbags, of course. But surely some were. And even if some did good or even great things in their short lives, they still lost their way and blew it big time.

So it's crazy to make the manner of their passing appear to be some kind of admirable achievement. Yet that's exactly what those who've made this proposal are intending. And it's sooo leftist. They really do have everything completely arse about.

In their tiny minds, achievement is oppression of others. And the law is just a means by which the powerful lord it over the powerless. That's why they so often side with criminals.

They detest the idea of a functional, harmonious society, and are always trying to screw things up for the sane, adult majority. This is just another pathetic attempt at this.

They say that they don't want people to die by overdose. But I'm not so sure. I think they quietly wish for more lives to be wasted in this way because that would confirm their cynical, often nihilistic, worldview.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Martin Place still has homeless community at eastern end

If you've been in Martin Place recently you may well have seen a makeshift homeless camp. It's at the eastern end, just near Macquarie St.

Interesting that it's still there, because late last month there were reports that it had been closed down.

Well, they must have moved back into place. (I took the photos below on the 13th of July.)

Not sure how long it will stay ... In any case it's quite a little community they've got there. Obviously they're getting help from various charities. Still, it's interesting how people manage to organize themselves even when destitute.

There's a soup kitchen ...

... and an op shop.

Graffiti on a nearby wall includes Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

There are also several tents. Gotta pity the poor bastards sleeping in these given how bitterly cold it is, and has been for weeks. Dread to think what it must be like for people on the streets who don't have this kind of shelter.

Not sure what the NSW Government plans to do about all this. But there's a makeshift FACS office there opposite the tents. So it seems they're trying to help the homeless there find roofs over their heads.