Thursday, September 19, 2019

Everyone wants to be Bob

One of the saddest aspects of PC leftist psychology is just how empty these poor control freaks are inside. They simply don't know who they are unless they're bossing people around. Getting that hit of subordination is like crack cocaine to them. Without it these collective narcissists are nothing. 

Given that their every waking hour is spent pursuing their next hit of emotional fuel they have never actually developed an inner life. Lacking a true character, they are always faking one.

That's what virtue signalling is all about. It's a grotesque display of faux concern that's meant to dupe the gullible into admiring them and ultimately doing what they demand. 

Another, more specific example of their pathetic, desperate fraudulence was Adam Bandt echoing Bob Hawke's famous phrase after we won the America's Cup.

Gawd. How cringeworthy was that? Hawke was the antithesis of Bandt in so many ways. Talk about chalk and (vegan) cheese.

Even though he was on the socialist side Hawke was definitely waaay more patriotic than Bandt. He was also heaps blokier than the prissy, simpering male feminist.

But little Adam wasn't the only leftie invoking Bob's memory. Bill Shorten did too, remember.

The puppet of union thugs, he clearly believes in nothing. He just sought the glory of the position of PM and the coercive power it affords.

Fortunately the voters figured that out nearing election day back in May. Panicking, his spin doctors had him doing cringeworthy stunts like jogging heaps and cuddling puppies with some dumb blonde to make him seem more dynamic and affable.

And given the much loved former PM's almost suspiciously timed passing Shorten tried to milk his memory for votes ... Sure you've all seen this nauseating photo of three vultures and a dead Hawke.

Look at Bill's dopey grin. Fake as.

Bob had just popped his clogs a day or two before. If these dudes loved and admired him as much as they claimed to they would've been quietly, solemnly grieving, not knocking back cold ones with big smiles on their fugly mugs to try and show what top blokes they were. Hell, it prolly wasn't even actual beer in those cans but soy milk instead!

Dunno what's more disgusting -- the photo itself or the cynical, parasitic bozos thinking it would con the normies into voting for Labor ... I think it made a lot of people wanna puke, TBH. Certainly wasn't a net positive.

On a related note, lefties tried to invoke a more general Aussie bloke archetype in the wake of the Sydney stabbing. Just as with the examples above, it rang hollow.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Greta Thunberg is the new Jane Goodall

We all know what utter bollocks predictions of global catastrophe due to climate change actually are. Warmism is a kind of religion, and a scam. But it's something else as well: a crucial part of the globalist New World Order agenda to destroy Western Civilization and control all human activity top down and centrally. 

But its proponents can't just come out and say this, now can they? We'd all tell them to take a flying fark at a rolling donut, right? No, they have to con the normies into willingly accepting this tyranny. So they use puppets like Greta Thunberg instead.

The narrative that's promoted throughout the mainstream media is that she's an exceptional young climate crusader who's risen to prominence organically. She's being listened to because she's got something powerful to say!

But really the poor kid is being horribly manipulated and exploited by unscrupulous adults. Anyone with half a brain can see that.

Sadly, Anne Summers isn't in that category. She, like so many daft, credulous PC lefties have bought the whole fake narrative around Thunberg hook, line and sinker. Recently she tweeted this:

Talk about self-parody. The future is female? The present is insane, more like ...

The actual photo is from this year's Davos meeting of globalist movers and shakers. The World Economic Forum is where the filthy rich, controlling creeps get together and work out their next sinister psyop.

It's all there in the shot. It was a Salesforce event. The two icons above were being sold, and forcefully, as part of "the fourth industrial revolution".

FFS, could they have made it any more obvious? The carefully crafted public images of Thunberg and Goodall were just being used to con the masses into going along with a massive change in the global economy involving the shift to renewables and many other deep green initiatives.

Of course this top down "revolution" won't actually work like they say it will. If the sinister cabalists get their way, the Western world will collapse economically as well as culturally and socially. But that's really the whole point in the long run.

That is such a creepy shot, innit? There's child-brained Goodall with a stupid chimp doll, as well as Thunberg and even Bono -- one of the world's biggest warmist wankers for sure.

Speaking of "revolutions", here's a related example of the same creepy agenda at work. Got this shot at Newtown Station last year:

Like Thunberg, Hannah Gadsby was promoted as some kind of brave paradigm buster who got to her level of prominence on her own steam and raw talent. Absolute bollocks. She was carefully selected by TPTB in the globalist media and entertainment complex because she was female, lesbian and about as funny as a dumpster fire in an orphanage.

To place her at the absolute peak of the entertainment pyramid was a way of subverting the "heteronormative patriarchy" as well as the meaning of comedy itself. Her manufactured ascent was clearly part of the cultural Marxist agenda. Totally trashing whatever these loathsome, malignant creeps infiltrate is always their ultimate goal. FFS, look at what they did to other art forms like painting and sculpture

While Gadsby's gender and sexual identity were obviously key ingredients, I think her excruciating joke-phobia was the clincher. A young Magda Szubanski wouldn't have been given the same push. She was actually a hoot. Can't have that. Not subversive enough.

And in a similar, though more subtle and gradual way, Jane Goodall's rise to prominence was also manufactured. She even seems to have suspected this herself:

When I look back over my life it's almost as if there was a plan laid out for me - from the little girl who was so passionate about animals who longed to go to Africa and whose family couldn't afford to put her through college. Everyone laughed at my dreams. I was supposed to be a secretary in Bournemouth.

Well, yes, there was a plan laid out for her. Powerful people with a hidden agenda used her to put the plight of the environment centre stage in people's minds. Having a pretty young woman whose BFFs were adorable chimpanzees was a brilliant way to push the deep green agenda.

Raising awareness about these issues was not all bad, of course. But as the two quotes below attest, she was also being used to pre-emptively program the normies for the animal rights agenda, which is clearly going into high gear now.
Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest,living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.

We are beginning to learn that each animal has a life and a place and a role in this world. If we place compassion and care in the middle of all our dealings with the animal world and honor and respect their lives, our attitudes will change.

When you've lifted the rights of animals lowering the rights of humans is a doddle. And being able to do that is clearly a crucial element if you have plans to enslave the entire world's population in a totalitarian neo-feudal system (NWO).

Yet the most zealous advocates of animal rights are completely unaware of this wider goal. In this, they resemble abortion zealots.

On that subject, isn't it interesting how animal rights activists are also pro-choice. They think the lives of chickens in cages are more valuable than those of human foetuses. Weird, innit?

And notice how ghoulishly extreme the pro-choice push has become of late -- not just in the USA, but here in Oz as well. Pro-infanticide would be a more accurate label.

These poor, sad people have been utterly brainwashed. Yet many of them including Anne Summers herself are extremely well known, well established and widely admired. And like Thunberg, Goodall and Gadsby, their successes were anything but organic.

"We, the Rockefeller Foundation, supported and funded the Women’s Liberation Movement. Why do you think we did it? There were two primary reasons for this: One was that before women’s right to work, we could only tax HALF of the population. The other was so that with women going out to work it would break up families. Women would have to spend all day at work away from the family. The children would begin to see the state and teachers as their family and this would make it easier to indoctrinate and control them." ~ Nick Rockefeller to Aaron Russo

So ironic that these feminists think of themselves as leftist revolutionaries who are taking down a sexist patriarchal system. It's more accurate to say they were the clueless dupes of the toppest end of town there is: a buncha super-rich capitalists hell-bent on world domination -- and most of them white dudes to boot!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Haughty Haussegger can't handle the truth!

Recently ScoMo observed that a sign on the dunnies at Parliament House was overly PC. Not surprisingly, this triggered woke folk across Oz into a frenzied fit of shrieking, wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

Always on the lookout for any excuse to push her dreary victim feminist narrative, Virginia Haussegger offered the petty, silly thought bubble included below. (BTW, Ginny is another one of those ABC types who call themselves "journalists" in their profiles. But activists is a much better description. If you check out her tweet stream, you'll see it's just an endless whinge about "the patriarchy" and how it can be "deconstructed" using quotas, etc.)

Can you believe that an adult professional (and a high profile one at that) would make such a puerile observation?

FFS. It's Parliament House. It's where the prime ministers worked. What else are you gonna put up there, a montage of all the feminist chicks who never got the gig because of "institutional misogyny" or something?

Gawd. I's a record of reality, of historical fact. Like it or not, that's what happened.

Clearly, the snowflake sister can't handle reality, so she wants the Dept of the PM and Cabinet to renovate their office so that her delicate feelings are protected. Talk about about a sense of entitlement! She really oughta check her privilege. 

As well as being undeniably daft, there's something a tad creepy about her wish. It's similar to the push to tear down statues of Captain Cook and other "dead white males". Cultural Marxists reckon that if they just erase and then rewrite history, they can create utopia. That's not just absurd. It's totalitarian.

Also, she hasn't quite caught up with her own side's rapidly mutating views regarding these identity issues. When looking at all those photos of the nation's leaders, didn't she assume their gender?

I mean, how do we know for sure that Alfred Deakin viewed himself as a man? Could he not have privately thought of himself as "Alfreda"? And what was the true gender identity that lay hidden behind the "John" Curtin?

Also, why would it necessarily be soul destroying for chicks to look at all these "pale stale males". Couldn't it also be a kind of inspiration for many?

Don't boxers, sprinters and other elite sportsmen (and women!) often train in front of photos of their main rivals to remind themselves of their goal of knocking them off their pedestals? Steve Jobs once famously said "stay hungry", remember ... Oh, that's right, can't quote him 'cause he's a dude!

Speaking of which, there are millions of them who aren't included in that display because they never got to be Prime Minister. Technically, that makes them "outsiders" as well. Should they be offended too?

And it should not be forgotten that there is one chick included in the display. Julia Gillard finally got a guernsey after smashing her head through the "glass ceiling", thereby doing the "shard yards". Focusing entirely on the profusion of blokes on the team surely trivializes this paradigm busting achievement, dunnit?

But that's today's feminism for ya! Rather than celebrating achievement against the odds it's more about plucking defeat from the jaws of victory, and calling that empowerment. Sad! 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Words are violence for Alan Jones-hating sock-sooks

The spectacle of PC lefties all getting stuck into Alan Jones over his sock comments was funny and creepy at the same time. As is always the case with controversies like this the outrage was not organic. It was clearly orchestrated for maximum effect. Hand-wringing, finger-pointing scolds in both mainstream and social media got together in an all out attempt to get him punted.

The fact that they would choose this faux pas -- trivial to any sane adult -- shows just how desperate they are. They really have got nothing else ... Sad! 

He seems to have weathered the storm which is heartening. Still, he did apologize for his comments and I think that was a tactical error. People attacked by the thought police do this in the hope they'll be appeased and back off. But they never do that. They just take your apology as an admission of guilt and use it as "proof" that their claims are valid and repeat their demands

The argument that AJ saying ScoMo should "shove a sock down Jacinda Ardern's throat" normalizes violence against women is just idiotic. That's like saying the oft-used phrase "eat shit and die" encourages suicide.

There are so many phrases like this that are in common usage. They are not gender specific and if AJ must never use them again then surely the rest of the population should be held to the same standard. The woke folk aren't saying that, of course, showing that this was all about targeting Jones and nothing else. 

Needless to say women -- many of them feminists -- use insults like this against other women. Leftist men do too. Look at the hatred expressed towards conservative women and you'll find plenty of this kind of imagery, especially on Twitter.

Just off the top of my head there was the case of Adam Hills imagining Pauline Hanson being hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Of course there was no leftist outrage about that.

But some tweeps took the faux indignation even further than the bulk of the leftist trollective. They didn't just claim that Jones normalized violence against women but that he dinkum revealed his murderous intent!

Interesting that Ketan was so outraged about the sock phrase, and linked it to the Sydney stabbing. If his tweet stream is any indication, he seems to have been more upset by the broadcaster's colourful language than the gruesome murder itself.

And even on the day of that horrific event he was most upset by the fact that a journalist had actually done some accurate reporting by mentioning that the killer had yelled "Allahu Akbar". Ketan thought it was irresponsible to do so.

You look at a tweet like this and think: does he really believe this?

Well I would say yes and no. IMO these muppets blurt ridiculous stuff like this because they don't really believe in anything -- except power, of course. So they'll say absolutely anything no matter how absurd with total sincerity if it furthers the cause of silencing, or at least demonizing their opponents. Technically they're not really lying because they don't think the truth actually exists.

Imagine being that lost ... Gawd.

As well as all the activists masquerading as journos, shallow and opportunistic pollies joined the pack attack. Vacuous tool of global warming scammers Zali obviously hates AJ's guts because he does a good job of exposing the gigantic fraud she's committed too. Deep down she must know the whole thing is a massive crock and hates to be reminded of this, which is why she exhorted her dopey acolytes to lodge an official complaint against him.

Obviously most of the outrage expressed through these channels is confected. Many of those submitting complaints only do so because they're told to by their "thought leaders".

Then there was the corporate virtue signalling by the Koala mattress company.

Turns out that they had actually stopped their advertising on his show several weeks ago. So they were being deceptive as well as pompously sanctimonious with that tweet. Just tried to exploit the ruckus to get some more brand awareness. Cynical as.

And I think it might have been a bad move long term. People are getting really sick of this right-on virtue signalling, as the Gillette saga has shown. "Get woke, go broke" as the saying goes.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Rosanna Arquette is life imitating satire

The politically correct insanity just keeps rolling on. Hollywood airheads in particular seem to be in some kinda competition to come up with the most daft tweet ever. Take Rosanna Arquette:

Titania McGrath is a satirical character created to parody the whole concept of "wokeness". She repeated Ms Arquette's tweet verbatim, and it fit in perfectly with the rest of her hilariously narcissistic right-on brainfarts.

Up until recently I thought that this propensity to be self-parodically PC so common in Tinseltown was driven mainly by the stars' own massive egos and their belief that they could use their power as role-models and revered figures to create a utopia.

But now I'm convinced that there's much more to this phenomenon. It's far more organized and calculated than it appears on the surface.

Yugely powerful hidden forces have built up this whole system as a kind of decades long psyop on the masses. Normies have been conditioned to see stars and slebs as extra-spesh not just for the purposes of making massive mounds of moolah. Famous folk like Ms Arquette are also tightly controlled puppets of the globalist elite who can be used for political influence when needed. It's not organic at all.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Lefties for the Greta good

Pretty obvious why globalist lefties are so desperate to keep the whole AGW lie going no matter what. It's a perfect excuse for controlling people's behaviour in so many ways, and is therefore a crucial element in their campaign for top down, one world government. "Climate change" is a global problem see, so it must have a global solution.

Pretty much everything we humans do utilizes energy and results in the production of carbon dioxide. Hell, even breathing does! That means the creepy control freaks have an excuse to monitor everything, and ultimately everyone.

But the warmists have gradually been losing control of the narrative as more and more people wake up to this titanic con. So in typical socialist style they've been engaged in increasingly desperate and laughable attempts to keep the normies packin' death about the impending climate apocalypse. 

That's why they're really cranking up the doom and gloom with this Extinction Rebellion movement. They've also turned sixteen year old Greta Thunberg into an international celebrity and cult-figure. It's truly disgusting what's being done to that kid.

She clearly suffers from serious mental health issues, and many adults who should know better -- and who don't dinkum believe their own dire predictions about the planet -- are keen to feed her lies they know she believes completely and repeats in total seriousness to all who listen.

When sane adults like Andrew Bolt point out what's happening, they then hide behind the kid, saying he's attacking her. Such bollocks. 

Better question: Why does a dude with a PhD believe this climate catastrophe crap as well as happily join a putrid pack of shameless frauds engaging in grotesquely cynical exploitation of a mentally ill teenage girl?

Sneering hipster and fake news peddler Josh Butler thinks he's making some kinda scintillating slam dunk. But his tweet is piss-weak rhetoric. Calling Thunberg deeply disturbed is accurate, not bullying. And it goes to the heart of Bolta's argument -- which Butler completely ignores -- about how insane and ultimately exploitative the cult around her actually is.

Where would the malignant, censorious Greens be without their crazy hatred of Rupert Murdoch? They see his dark hand in absolutely everything, don't they? And they reckon their opponents are conspiracy theorists! FFS.

Ludlam's tweet implies that Greta Thunberg isn't actually mentally ill. But she clearly is, and in several ways. That makes the manipulation of her even worse than if she were psychologically healthy.

And she hasn't "built a climate change movement". She's been told massive lies that are clearly meant to terrify her by loathsome, cynical adults. They've then utilized this intended effect by making her the poster child for their deceitful campaign to guilt-trip the world's leaders into acceding to their totalitarian demands.

Also, pretty funny that the far-leftie wants debts to be repaid, even if only metaphorically ... 

A vague bile-soaked ad-hominem hate-tweet like this shows Ludlam simply has no real argument. He must know deep down that what's being done to that kid is absolutely vile. But it seems to be working because so many prominent politicians are treating Thunberg with reverence -- probably more out of fear of being villified as big bad meanies by the warmist MSM than anything else. So he just repeats the cowardly tactic of using her as a shield to make false claims about his opponent's motives and thereby demonize him.

If anything is venomous, that is ... And so funny for him to claim "this thing" is using divide and conquer, which is classic Alinsky, and what his party (many of whose members and supporters are routinely "cooked" themselves) does all the time. Projection personified.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Hollywood stars are controlled to control us

Trump's election has been a real game changer in so many ways. Hillary was never expected to lose. So there was no Plan B. And now the whole system that controlled dominant narratives in the USA (and to a lesser extent, nations like Australia) has been exposed. For countless people in America and across the globe the last coupla years really has been like waking from a dream.

Speaking of which: apt that Hollywood is called the "dream factory". The film and TV industry (along with the fake news MSM) has been the primary method by which false narratives were created and and then maintained in the minds of the masses.

The longer Trump keeps triggering Hollywood stars and slebs, and the more I learn about how the joint actually operates, the clearer it becomes that there is a highly organized process for selecting and controlling prominent performers, and using them as role models to influence the wider population. 

The agenda is definitely globalist. And it's not just atheist but deeply anti-Christian. You just have to look at the themes underlying most Hollywood flicks with A-list stars to know this is the case. I struggle to name even one film in the last coupla decades that could be called overtly pro-Christian. If movies do include Christian characters they are usually Bible-thumping misogynist racist homophobes, or insipid, deluded losers at best. 

This gives the lie to the argument that movie moguls are just into making heaps of money. Christianity is still the dominant religion in America. Think how much profit movies explicitly catering to this market could generate. But not only do they completely avoid producing any such filmic fare, they go out of their way to offend members of this religion at every turn.

Now why is that? Because Christianity, like other foundations of Western civilization, gives people a sense of meaning above and beyond the state. It also gives people a very clear, unequivocal set of rules about what's right and wrong. It's a bulwark against tyranny.

Hollywood's job is not just to entertain the masses but to indoctrinate them with moral relativism, or flat out amoral nihilism. This makes them so much easier to dominate psychologically. 

Freedom of speech is another thing standing in the way of totalitarianism. And it's revealing to watch so many world famous "creative artists" -- who you'd expect to be great supporters of it -- totally reject the idea when it comes to Trump and MAGA.

Take Bette Midler here. She clearly calls for Trump to be shut down.

And this is just one deranged hate-tweet out of many. She's been railing against him for months on end.

Like many of her peers she's doing her damnedest to make her fans think that POTUS is the biggest, baddest meanie who's ever lived. He beat Hillary, after all. And like most of Hollywood Bette was most definitely "with her". She knew things would be done the way they always were, and she would keep reaping the substantial rewards.

But Bad Orange Man has gone and upended the whole star system. He's crashed the culture like a brick thrown through a massive spider's web -- and that's a rock spider to be exact.

See, widespread pedophilia has long been an "open secret" in Hollywood. Just as the casting couch culture exposed by #MeToo was show business as usual, child rape is an integral part of the whole movie making machine.

In a system similar to the DC Swamp, pedophiles are promoted by other pedophiles. They also have blackmail material on each other.

This doesn't mean that every A-list star and big name director is a rapist of children. But it's beyond doubt that quite a few of them are. Even if they're not, they are almost certainly compromised in other ways. There's no way they would be given such power and influence by those at the top of the pyramid unless it could all be taken away from them in an instant.

The pampered puppets of Hollywood have long known that Trump is out to end this depraved system. Which is why they've been losing their shit for months on end, and bigly.

The trial of Keith Raniere, who headed the sinister sex cult NXIVM, was a big development in this regard, and the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein was an even bigger one. He's clearly at the centre of a global system of political control that used sexual blackmail involving the countless children he was trafficking.

He was not just besties with the "great and the good" of Washington and other centers of political power. He also had a lot of contacts in Hollywood, as this tweet makes clear. 

Ellen Barkin tweeted that because she hates Trump and believes the MSM lie that he's close to Epstein. But the irony is that while POTUS knew Epstein many years ago, he's not compromised at all. It's actually the Clintons and the whole Democrat establishment who are far more strongly connected to him.

And that's why they and their Tinseltown pals are all going crazy.

It's gonna get very interesting in coming months, if not weeks. I think a lot of previously adored and respected slebs and stars are going to be exposed as utter scumbags.

Of course any sane person knows that these "role models" are not nearly as nice as they purport to be. Take Bill Cosby getting away with all that drugging and raping for years on end, for example.

But I suspect this will be far more extreme than any of that. Frankly, I don't think anyone will ever watch another Hollywood movie in the same way again once this is all over. And millions will just just stop watching them entirely. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Julian Burnside is beyond parody

Recently, Julian Burnside fell for a parody account of Malcolm Roberts. And it's not the first time he's made such a silly mistake. Late last year Crown Jules was fooled by a similarly fake tweet, this time purportedly by Donald Trump.

Burnside did accept that he was in error regarding Roberts, but grudgingly. In doing so he revealed exactly why he made it, while remaining none the wiser.

This was a classic case of confirmation bias. Emotionally committed to the whole idea of catastrophic climate change, he simply cannot accept that the theory is driven much more by politics than science. So in his mind anyone who questions it must be a moron or a bad person, or both.

Putting feelings over facts, Burnside can't see things rationally on this issue. I doubt he would ever do that in his profession, which he excels at.

And aren't legal eagles always meant to know what someone's answer to a question will be before they put it to them? That's why asking Roberts if he believed in the moon landing was another error. It was very easy for the senator to say of course he did in a subsequent tweet, thereby making Burnside look even sillier.

As if this was not embarrassing enough, Burnside retweeted Adam Bandt's push to have the nation officially declare a "climate emergency". So daft on many levels ...

Apart from the obvious fact that the world is in no such state, even if it were there's nothing we as a nation could do about it. Even if we stopped all fossil fuel usage today, we would have next to no effect on the (non) problem.

So why encourage people to panic -- especially children? The likely answer to that is what I find most disturbing.

When people are stressed out they can be more easily manipulated. So, if you create that state of high anxiety you can then gain far greater social and economic control of the masses, all under the pretence of "helping" them.

IMO those at the top of the warmist pyramid are shameless liars who well know that there's no "climate crisis" but peddle the AGW bollocks because it's a crucial part of their plan to centrally control the world's economy. But I think that many people below them (such as Burnside himself) have bought the lie. That's why they make the kind of confirmation bias booboos detailed above.

Even then I think their commitment to it is more about moral vanity than anything else. Strangely, they actually kind of enjoy spouting all the gloom and doom. By melodramatically warning the normies about the impending apocalypse, they can feel like they are noble planet-saving heroes ... Interesting how the thing that upsets them most is being told the world isn't gonna fry in a coupla decades, innit?

This "climate emergency" push is basically an exercize in political narcissism. Clover Moore has declared one in Sydney to make herself and her fellow travellers feel extra-spesh. But it's pretty obvious she doesn't believe it on a genuine, selfless level. If she did, she'd be focused on the climate issue alone. She'd have no time for other projects such as NAIDOC in the City -- itself another excruciating example of virtue signalling.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Sauce: Hot Albo way cooler than Latho's crass conservatives!

I have blogged before about how News Ltd has a range of views, even though all the whining lefties at their ABC and Fairfax (now Nine) see it as HQ for eeevil righties. And here's another example of this:

In the Sunday Telegraph there was this item in "The Sauce" about an event held recently in Enmore that featured Anthony Albanese.

Using wordplay on "spinning" it described how Hot Albo carried off a DJ gig with aplomb. 

Kinda ironic, since the report itself was spin. It was clearly meant to humanize the Labor Leader by portraying him as hip to the yoof and all that. 

This was in marked contrast to the report further down the page. It was about an upcoming Liberty Works talkfest that Mark Latham will be attending. It included a coupla sneering references to the high profile guests, including Raheem Kassam, mentioning that "he was forced to apologize to a female minister who had recently suffered a miscarriage".

Now, you can always find some dirt about any well known person if you look hard enough. So why did they do so here unless they were very keen to peddle the dreary narrative about how conservatives are all such awful misogynists and the like?

And the piece concluded by saying the event "promises to be anything but boring". That's PC leftie code for "offensive, appalling and wrong".

The right-on bias is just excruciating, innit?

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

MSM smokescreen envelops Epstein

The Jeffrey Epstein arrest is absolutely yuge in so many ways. The scumbag rock spider is connected to numerous powerful pollies, squillionaires and slebs. They are all surely packin' their dacks, and bigly!

The story is more relevant to Americans than Australians for obvious reasons. Still, it's a massive development given the context of Trump's war against the globalist cabal and the deep state. If the local MSM were dinkum non-biased truth seekers it would still be one of the top stories here, with many details included.

But all I saw yesterday in the main two dailies (Daily Tele and Herald) were brief items on pages 19 and 20 respectively. Below is the one from the former.

As you can see it mentions Bill Clinton and Trump together as pals of the pedophile. It makes their links to him seem equivalent. But this is not the case at all.

Slick Willy has long been much more closely involved with Epstein, and has lobbed at his creepy "Orgy Island" dozens of times over the years. Trump, OTOH has never been there, and while he knew the guy he actually banned him from one of his resorts because of his creepy sexual predation of young girls.

But you can be sure that right across the spectrum the local MSM will maintain the false equivalence for as long as they can. That's because the same factors that cause a preponderence of fake news in the USA are at play here too, just not as pronounced. 

Below is a much more accurate depiction of what's going on. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

So only PC LGBTQIA+ folk can cry "homophobia"? Sounds like discrimination to me!

Something that becomes clearer with every passing day is how divisive and toxic political correctness is. And the reason it has this effect is not because of an excess of zeal -- you know, pathway to hell, etc -- but because being toxic is its actual intention. It's classic "divide and conquer", and conquering us is the ultimate aim of the totalitarians at the top of the power pyramid. 

The mistake many people make is to confuse the muppets with the, er, muppeteers. Magda Szubanski, and so many activist members of the LGBTQIA+ community (and what a bollocks term that is, just as the "heterosexual community" would be if people decided to invoke it) are sanctimonious and annoying. But in the end they are just useful idiots for their calculating cultural Marxist thought leaders

Non-hetero slebs like Magda have been brainwashed into thinking that they're oppressed by society. M'kay ... If she's so oppressed, and our society is so "homophobic" then how'd she become so successful, admired, and I suspect wealthy in the first place?

Being one of the anointed, she feels that only she and her fellow woke folk get to use right-on terms of condemnation. Below is her response to a torrent of abuse after she liked a mean-spirited tweet by Marcia Langton (who has form on this sort of thing BTW) basically claiming that a self-described gay conservative couldn't be both. He only thought he was gay, she tweeted, because "he masturbates too much".

Surely hateful by any measure. And we all know how Magda and her ilk would react if an influential rightie had tweeted mockingly about a powerless gay person's sexuality and an even more influential rightie had liked it.

What's amazing is how she not only denies that the tweet itself was homophobic, but she then goes on to cast herself as the victim. I don't doubt that much of the reaction she got was nasty and abusive (which should always be condemned of course) but a lot of it was completely justified criticism of her obvious hypocrisy. Still, in classic SJW style she didn't show any humility or maturity. She just doubled down instead.

You really couldn't get a clearer example of the rules of political correctness. Magda clearly implies that the term homophobia (hatred and fear of homosexuals) is only to be used to describe righties, especially Christians. So it's a term to sledge political opponents, not protect sexual minorities. Which makes it just another one of PC Left's deceitful labels along with Islamophobia, climate change denialism, misogyny and toxic masculinity.

The line is that PC leftie gays and lesbians, etc, just can't ever be guilty of homophobia, even when they are. But if the same standard cannot be applied across the board, then how can equality ever be achieved? And isn't that what PC LGBTIQ+ activists say they want?

Well, clearly not. They just want the power that comes from constantly claiming they are ... powerless. And they just can't see the irony. That's because they've been so completely indoctrinated by cynical control freaks into demanding special rights, and thereby sowing social discord. It suits the anti-Western, pro-globalist, cultural Marxist leaders to have such prominent "victims", even when, like Szubanski herself, they are nothing of the sort. On the contrary, they have clearly long had the world at their feet. Sad! 

But it's not just leftie atheists who pile on with the very selective condemnation of political opponents. Many woke Christians do too. Take their ABC's Julia Baird for example.

By focusing on the hate that people have expressed (rather than the valid criticism of hypocrisy) she manages to sidestep the issue, and merely repeat the same tactic of applying standards only when it suits the PC Left's divisive, misery-causing agenda. If Ms Baird sincerely believes her own talk, then why doesn't she condemn Langton for the obvious hateful abuse that provoked the mean tweets sledging Magda? 

I suspect she would say that's because Ms Langton is not a Christian (AFAIK). (She's prolly also wary of being labeled racist, since the same double standard applies regarding that issue as well.) But would she refuse to condemn right-leaning atheists for the same thing? Of course not.

See, Ms Baird is still doing what the sanctimonious hectoring woke folk always do: ignoring the ugly hate on her own side. That makes her just as much of a fool and a muppet as Magda herself.

And she must know how such brazen hypocrisy enrages people -- particularly when they also have to pay for it (by funding the ABC). Which I suspect is a big part of why she does it. That also makes her a bit of a troll, which she explicitly condemned in that very tweet. Not very "Christian" of you, Jules!

Unlike Israel Folau himself, who's remained restrained, dignified and forgiving throughout (even if, IMHO, he was wrongheaded). His original post was inclusive because absolutely everyone was on the "hell list". It was also loving, because he wanted all those "sinners" to be saved.

He repeated Ms Baird's exhortation. And coming from such a goodhearted place, he thereby improved upon it greatly.

How ironic is that? After all, it was Folau's so-called "hate" that started this big ugly ball of of right-on virtue-signalling and putrid leftie abuse rolling in the first place ... 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Atheist lefties could easily ignore Israel Folau, so why don't they?

Pretty obvious that there is a massive long term push to erode the power and influence of Christianity throughout the West. It's particularly intense in the USA. And it's definitely getting that way here in Oz, with a howling pack of atheist lefties (along with a few religious woke folk) going hell for leather at Israel Folau.

As we all know, the PC Left consistently use sneaky tactics to achieve their goals. One of their faves is to choose a seemingly oppressed minority and falsely claim that the group they wanna slime are being big bad meanies to them. This is the primary ploy they use to attack Folau.

If you don't do your own thinking -- and sadly that is the case with a lot of people these days because of the dumbing down of education resulting from the PC Left's corruption of it -- then it might appear the accusation levelled at the rugby player is accurate. The Instagram post that set the whole firestorm off does say that homosexuals are going to hell, after all ... 

But while the list was short, it was extremely comprehensive. According to devout Christians atheists and idolators alone make up the vast majority of the world's population. Hardly discriminatory, it was actually highly, er, inclusive.

So this idea that Israel was singling out or targeting gays is absolute bollocks. So too was the idea that he was being hateful. (If you hate people you wouldn't wanna save them, right?) But of course the usual suspects were repeating this line ad nauseam.

Notice how Phelps fudges the issue by calling the stoush a "contractual dispute", zif it had nothing to do with Folau's religious beliefs. Gawd ... There are many Muslim sports stars who have a harsher view of the gay lifestyle than the Christian rugby player yet they haven't come a cropper in this way. Anthony Mundine is an obvious example.

Pirate Pete was true to form as he joined the pile on to kick another worshipper of "Big Sky Daddy". But it was interesting that such a high profile atheist didn't cast himself as a victim of Folau's post. And that was because he so obviously wasn't. How could you be upset about someone saying you'll be going to a place you don't even believe exists? Also, it would've looked completely ridiculous if such a thick skinned ol' lummox (and a former rugby player himself) claimed his pwecious wittle fee-fees were hurt.

So, rather than tackle Folau honestly, like he would've done on the field, and say he was driven by disdain for his religion specifically, he had to make it look like he was being all compassionate and caring. FFS, what a fake! 

So, he was implying that Folau's post could've contributed to suicide. That is such an absurd claim. Has there ever been a confirmed case in which some tormented whippersnapper offed himself because of something a sports star he admired said ... and about religion?

Even if there is a case to be made that the online brain farts of famous rugby players and the like exacerbate closeted kids' torment, the sensible response is to advise them to ignore such posts. (That adage about sticks and stones versus words comes to mind here.) Surely it would be best to say something along the lines of: "He's a rugby player, not a life coach. Respect his skills on the field, sure. But don't worry about the other things he says. He's talking utter BS!"

This is such an obvious solution to this so-called massive problem that even Father Flog himself endorsed it.

You know you're using a truly stupid argument when this shameless virtue signaller debunks it. Talk about a sign from, er, Rod!

And not only is Pirate Pete's argument idiotic, it's also likely to cause more harm than what it condemns. Rather than encouraging the confused, impressionable yoof to stop sweating the small (and silly) stuff and taking charge of their own emotions, it actually implies that they should cede control of them to their idols. To use a fave leftie term it's extremely disempowering.

To be honest, I think this might even be the intention of many of those who use it -- though that's unlikely in Fitzsimons' case because I doubt he's that diabolical. It suits the agenda of the most zealous and influential rainbow fascists that young gay kids are miserable even to the point of suicide because they can use this sad state of affairs to slime their number one target: Christianity and those who practise it. And that's not just wrongheaded but deeply sinister.

More thoughts on the Folau saga, and why he's received so much support from the normies below.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Why Hollywood is full of deviled hams

Back in the day I used to do standup and character comedy. So I would hang out with comics, actors, musos and other arty wankers. There was a lot of high-minded talk about freedom of expression, creativity and all the rest of it. But it slowly dawned on me that rather than being individualist free thinkers this crowd were generally very conformist in their political views. 

By the late nineties I'd concluded that most of the people I knew -- while being very personable individuals -- were brainwashed by political correctness and deep green mania. I used to think of the most fervent greenies as religious in their zeal and jokingly referred to them as "ferndamentalists".

Occasionally I took the piss out of them in gigs, though there was a trick to doing that. You couldn't just go "balls out". The best approach was to sandwich your subversive "right-wing" gags in between more traditional fare mocking popular culture (eg TV shows) and pollies generally. If you showed complete and consistent disdain for the Left the audience may have gone with it, but the denizens of the comedy scene sure as hell wouldn't have. You'd be marking yourself as an ideological enemy and the gigs would slowly dry up for sure.

Needless to say having to self-censor was very depressing. It was the main reason I pretty much gave up comedy, only performing very occasionally. Haven't done a gig for many years now. 

Like all sane adults stuck in a leftist dominated milieux I found the ideological conformity deeply frustrating and the strange fervour these folk had for their causes -- feminist and green ones especially -- weird and a bit unsettling. They were daft, but dark; right on the cusp between silly and sinister -- sillister, for short!

At the time I had a couple of lines on this particular subject that I wanted to try out but don't think I ever did. That's because they weren't actual jokes with strong, sure-fire punchlines, obviously a crucial ingredient in any comedy routine.

The first was to describe these sillister folk as being trapped "in the belly of the Beast -- but they think it's an indoor swimming pool." The other was about how ironic it was that they hated Christians so much. After all, their whole world view seemed to be ripped off from the Bible. "It's just like the Garden of Eden except this time the serpent is the good guy!"

The reason I cite these two observations now is that at the time I didn't actually believe they dinkum worshipped the devil (and I still don't). I just thought they were so extreme in their views that they'd done a sort of spiritual about face and Luciferian imagery was the best thing I could think of to convey the concept. 

But now, twenty years on, I realize that I was actually onto something ...

The PC Left, particularly in America, have long been virulently anti-Christian because so much of what they see as bad, wrong and oppressive (like the traditional family, gender roles, etc) is promoted by the Church. If they can destroy its power, they are that much closer to implementing their creepy totalitarian agenda.

While most of these folk are just garden variety atheists, some of them are genuine Satan worshippers. They don't advertise that fact, of course. Occult power thrives in the dark, after all. Exposure is its kryptonite ... Hell, if you thought the Lord worked in mysterious ways, you should get a load of his nemesis! The Prince of Darkness is the "father of lies" and is always dissembling.

While these deluded control freaks are found throughout the upper echelons of politics, business and other fields they are extremely powerful in Hollywood.

And their influence is obvious. So much of what the joint produces is not just atheistic, but deeply anti-Christian. Can you even think of major studio flick since, say, Ben Hur that had a clear pro-Christian theme? The only one that comes to my mind in recent years is The Passion of the Christ. And think of how controversial that was ...

As well as the anti-Christian subtext of so much popular culture in the West -- which as we all know is completely dominated by Hollywood -- there's been an overt obsession with sprucing up Old Nick's image of late.

The above doco is just one example. Think of all the dark movies and series that have come out lately in which "evil" characters are the actual protagonists; the ones the audience are meant to identify with and not the bad guys who must be defeated.

There's also heaps of occult imagery in the MSM these days: goats, pentagrams, and the like. And it's everywhere, even in Oz.

Take the new online publication tweeted above. I first saw it advertised slickly (and expensively) in a video in a city train station. I thought the goat symbol was very odd, especially for Australia. Wouldn't quolls, numbats or bilbies be the go? And how did it get the obvious loads of money behind it? If you check it out you'll see it's chockas with sleb-centric fake news. Call me a parochial puritan if you like, but I smell globalist sulfur ...

So what's going on here? Looks to me like a massive, international, long term, stealth campaign by the occult elite to instill their dark narratives in our consciousness.

The vast majority of cultural content producers aren't overt devil worshippers, of course. But they are slowly but surely being fed satanic symbolism from on high and rewarded for promoting it.

Watch the video below and tell me there isn't something seriously creepy and wrong going on -- and right under our noses!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The climate changes but leftie elites never do

So there have been more of these bizarre climate change rallies by kids across the globe. These are creepy and wrong on so many levels.

The extent to which kids are being brainwashed with this doom-laden bollocks is sickening. And it's not just greenies terrifying their own children. The state is actively involved in this process via the education system. Not every teacher encourages their students to take part in these demos but many of them do. And they're all expected to repeat the massive lies peddled by Al Gore and his ilk.

It would be much more professional, responsible and ultimately far better for children's mental and emotional health if they were taught what all rational and sane folk have long known: that the climate is always changing, and has been for yonks.

Yes, we're probably having some influence on it but in ways that are hard to quantify. And it's just crazy to think that we can turn the planet's temperature up and down like a thermostat -- least of all by paying more for fricken electricity! 

FFS, even if warmists had a solid case their predictions should not be taught in schools. Kids should be protected from such horrifying scenarios. And the fact that it's all a yuge, global scam makes what's happening in education -- particularly in the primary and secondary levels -- even worse!

Recently I blogged about this push by warmists to turn schools into indoctrination camps. And here is some Limey activist proudly reconfirming this very point.

Oh the irony!

In a strange way this daft Brit is actually correct. This is what education looks like these days -- because it's been completely hijacked by Gaia-worshipping doomsayers. Needless to say it shouldn't be like this at all. Education should be about teaching kids how to think, not what to think.

And the fact that schoolteachers, of all people, now tell their students that the whole world is gonna fry unless they get out and wave placards about is just disgusting.

Traumatizing kids to push your own nasty political agenda is definitely child abuse. And influential activists and politicians like Adam Bandt are the most culpable. I hope they are held responsible and severely punished one day for what they have done. 

Just look at the smug little soy boy. He's pleased as punch he's got all his minions mind-controlled.

Does he believe the massive lies he's told them? Somehow, I doubt it.

If he dinkum reckons that "we're all gonna die!" because of global warming then he wouldn't be sporting such a calmly self-satisfied expression, now would he? To me, this looks much more like the face of a narcissist savouring the power he has over others.

And check out the frightbat holding the sign as she beams at the dreadlocked nature boy -- who himself appears to be grinning.

Maybe they're flirting with each other, who knows ... Whatever's actually going on it massively contradicts the sentiment expressed by her stupid sign.

Looks very much like they're just peddling this bollocks because all the other muppets around them are. But most of the kids who've been exposed to this rubbish genuinely believe what they've been told by their parents, guardians and teachers. Childhood is traumatic enough without the threat of impending global catastrophe to worry about!

I really feel sorry for them. It's very different to what I went through as a child during the Cold War. And that was a time when there was a genuine possibility that the world was gonna end ...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dinkum Bill is a fake narrative

Predictably many lefties have been shrieking up a storm about the Daily Telegraph correcting Bill Shorten regarding what he said about his mum on Q and A. But I was surprised when Bolta condemned the story. I think that's because he knows from personal experience how much hurt relatives of public figures can feel when their family history becomes the subject of public discussion.

I can understand that. But Bill Shorten is running for the most important job in the land and an election is only days away now. Perfectly reasonable for the media to have the blowtorch on full blast when applying it to his belly!

Also, strikes me as a bit naive that he didn't expect this treatment. He's been a public figure for many years -- not just as Opposition Leader but also as one of the top dogs in Australia's cut-throat union movement.

He called the story "gotcha shit". But was it?

I don't think so at all. The issue of character is extremely important in a PM. And while it's obvious that politics often requires a flexible relationship with the truth citizens do want to know how trustworthy and genuine a candidate is at his psychological core before casting their votes. Some pollies will dissemble or even lie only as a last resort, while others are just full-on dodgy blokes who tell massive porkies as easy as breathing.

Bill Clinton is the most extreme version I can think of in the latter category. I don't think our Bill is that far gone, but he's getting there ...

And in the way he talked about his mum the other night he was clearly being selective with the truth for political purposes. While he had publicly stated that she was a lawyer at other times, that's irrelevant. On this occasion, in front of an impressionable audience, he wove what was basically a sob story about how she missed out on her ambitions in that regard.

He then invoked that emotive narrative to cast himself as a kinda Gandhi figure who was gonna give the whole nation the opportunities that his mum was so unfairly denied. It wasn't just disingenuous but bizarre. He was talking down her achievements to big note himself!

This is clear from the transcript below and even more obvious when you watch the video.

It’s as... I’m going to finish on this point. I went to this university. The reason I went to this university is ‘cause my mum worked here for 33 years. My mum came from a working-class family. She was the first in our family in the early ‘50s to ever go to university, ever. No-one ever thought... My grandma, English grandma, she was a cleaner and a barmaid. They wouldn’t have thought we’d ever be sitting here, talking to you like this. But if my mum... And she became a teacher, but she wanted to be a lawyer, but she was the eldest in the family, so needed to take the teacher scholarship to look after the rest of the kids. My mum was a brilliant woman. She wasn’t bitter. She worked here for 35 years. But I also know that if she had had other opportunities, she could have done anything.

I can’t make it right for my mum. And she wouldn’t want me to. But my point is this – what motivates me, if you really want to know who Bill Shorten is, I can’t make it right for my mum but I can make it right for everyone else. This is a country... I don’t care who you vote for – I’d like you to vote for us – I don’t care what god you worship, I don’t care how long you’ve been here, your accent, your family, what job they do, but I reckon that if this country can just let people be as talented and as capable by giving them all the same opportunity, we won’t all be the same at the end of the day, but then nothing gonna hold this country back. When we’re equal, when we get equal opportunity, we are going to be the best country in the world, with no arrogance. That’s my leadership style.

There's no doubt about what he was communicating to the audience. Yet some of his MSM supporters were in denial. Take this "journo" here:

Okay, Shorten wasn't actively tryna cover it up. But he did make a glaring omission to make it seem that his mum never achieved her dreams so that he could cast himself as the bloke who, as PM, would help everyone else achieve theirs.

It was pretty damn bogus, no two ways about it! And the ease with which he promoted this fake narrative was a real worry. This aspect of his character is something a lot of people are waking up to, which is one of the main reasons the race has narrowed in recent weeks.

Yet this dude continued to talk Bill Shorten up, zif he's a magical uniter of old foes. But the fact that Gillard, Rudd and Keating sat together at the launch suggests something else entirely: They all know what he's really like, and they're absolutely packin' death that a big swathe of the electorate will realize this too and the election will be lost. The show of unity was a desperate attempt to stop this from happening. 

This cooperation between long time enemies Hawke and Keating is another example of just how worried they are.

Clearly, the party is desperately pushing the line that Bill is just a really lovely caring, sharing bloke who wants the best for everyone -- no fibs! And the muppets at their ABC are doing their part, pedaling this bollocks narrative with gusto. 

"Utter authenticity"? Gawd.

Does she really believe that? Seems she's being a tad disingenuous herself ... If not, well, that's just sad.

To me and I suspect a rapidly growing number of Aussies, Bill Shorten comes across as a kind of latter day Les Patterson -- though not nearly as priapic, disheveled and boozy, of course.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Leftie ferals are making a truly crappy omelette

Leftist radicals of the sixties and seventies claimed that their main motivation was pacifism. But they were actually hell-bent on promoting communism.

Their conservative opponents often accused them of being OTT and violent. In response to this, one of their favourite phrases was: "If you wanna make an omelette, you've gotta crack a few eggs!"

Fast forward to 2019. The more things change, etc ... Only this time, the protestors are not being metaphorical.

There was that idiot who egged Fraser Anning, and now some stupid girl has gone and done the same thing to ScoMo. Maybe she's tryna make some feminist statement, and strike a blow for gender egg-quality or something. But all she's done is show how unhinged, incoherent and violent the Left have become.

At this stage it also seems likely that she's aligned to the animal rights movement. If that's the case then her gooey stunt was even more of a sad yolk.

Hell, if she wants better treatment for "non-human persons" including chickens then she's definitely gone about it the wrong way. Throwing an egg at someone in the name of animal rights is like a human rights advocate using a small child as a weapon to beat an opponent.

As well as this incident, there have been many other truly nasty acts committed by greenies and lefties. They even killed a dog apparently! And it's just been reported that a hollowed out book with a turd in it has been left at Tony Abbott's electoral office. It included a note that read "unpopular".

Gawd. And they're tryna make him look bad? Whatever Tony Abbott has done in his life, both politically and personally, there's no way he ever did anything as repugnant as leaving a poo in a box at the office of an enemy.

But of course the hateful lefties can't see the irony. They're pushing the narrative that Abbott is such a noxious character that he provokes this kind of reaction in otherwise reasonable people. But that will only work with primitive idiots like themselves. And they would be supporting Zali Steggall or other leftie candidates anyway.

This is truly desperate stuff. I suspect it will backfire on them big-time. But if it actually does the opposite and helps lower his vote on election day then this country is in a far more dire situation than I thought.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Zali Steggall campaign: top-down directive makes volunteers camera shy

Earlier today I had an interesting experience that I think said something about the way Zali Steggall's campaign is being run. There's a lot of talk about her links to Getup and how she's a kind of cat's paw for globalist forces who peddle warmist bollocks. I had a brief interchange with one of her supporters that seemed to confirm this narrative.

There's a bit of context to it so please bear with me as I fill that in:

See, as well as this blog, I have another one which is not to do with politics or current affairs at all. Basically, it's just a way for me to share photos of interesting landmarks, buildings, and statues in and around Sydney. I have a YouTube channel for it as well.

Now, today I had planned to make a quick video of the Lady of Commerce statue out the front of the Royal Exchange building at 56 Pitt Street. Even did a bit of research so I could include some interesting facts in my narration.

On my way there I made this short video of the Department of Lands building:

Anyhoo, a coupla minutes after doing that I got to the corner of Pitt and Bridge Sts and was surprised to see a bunch of election campaign placards out the front of 56 Pitt St as well as volunteers from the various parties handing out how to vote pamphlets, etc. They occupied the pavement in front of the statue, which put the kibosh on my original plan to do a little video about the statue itself. 

Curious about why they were there weeks before election day I started talking to a Liberal Party volunteer. He told me that this was a polling place for early voting. I joked that I was one of the few conservatives in the inner west before taking one of his pamphlets and walking off.

I didn't want to waste a visit, though, and considered making a video for my more politically themed YouTube channel. During the state election recently I got this video just to give people a sense of the scene at the Newtown polling place. I was toying with the idea of doing another one like that, but decided to opt for a couple of shots instead.

I was keen to incorporate the Lady of Commerce statue because of the link between business and politics. Then I could add a smartarse caption like: "If Zali Steggall wins Warringah, let's hope she's as good for business as the grand old lady behind her. Something tells me she won't be!" (Haw, haw.)

And for this one: "ScoMo spotted at the 'top end of town'. Hmm. Maybe Bill was right after all?" (Thinking emoji.)

I was shuffling around for a few minutes tryna get these shots right. So I understand how it might have looked a little bit suss to the volunteers.

Anyhoo, while I was standing there looking at the photos I had taken one of the Steggall volunteers came up to me and strikes up a convo about the statue. Then he segues into the subject of the campaign itself and mentions that photos of the volunteers were not allowed.

I hadn't taken any photos specifically of the people there at all, and had no intention of doing so. I reassured him of that and said they might just end up as tiny figures in the background.

Then he told me that they'd had some trouble with Tony Abbott supporters and that the boss (whoever that was -- doubt it was Ms Steggall herself) had ordered that no photos of volunteers could be taken (or words to that effect). 

I'm not quite sure what that meant. And was that something that could even be enforced? I suspect things have been getting pretty full-on in Warringah of late and the team was worried about being identified and subsequently doxxed.

In any case it struck me as pretty OTT. And BTW this is not so much a criticism of the dude who told me. He was polite and didn't seem like some jumped up narcissist throwing his weight around. He genuinely seemed to be passing on a directive from someone above him.

I told him I wouldn't be doing anything like that. To which he replied, "Well you don't look like a Tony Abbott supporter ..." This was a reference to my scruffy appearance, no doubt. I'm not exactly a Hugo Boss model on the best of days but today I prolly resembled Grizzly Adams after a three day bender. I nodded and laughed as if to agree.

I could sense he was still a tad suspicious, so I reassured him again. I said: "Don't worry, I'm just here taking photos of statues and buildings for my blog ..."

Then he walked away suddenly saying: "That doesn't sound like ..." He cut himself off in mid-sentence as he strode off so I can't be exactly sure what he meant, but what I think happened was that he concluded that I was dissembling about my reasons for being there, and that I had actually lobbed as some sorta clandestine operative for the eeevil Lord Abbott!

Quite frankly this pissed me off.

Yes I'm a conservative, and I'd prefer ScoMo over Shorten for sure. I also hope Tony wins Warringah though I'll have no effect on that result at all because I'm not in his electorate.

But I really was just there by chance, with no political motivation at all. And I'm definitely not part of any psyop for the Abbott campaign.

If that dude hadn't come up to me to suss out why I was there and -- seemingly -- disbelieved my reasons I would have just made this a general post about the impending election, with the shots and captions included above.

But now it's specifically about Zali Steggall's campaign and how it's being run.

I mean, FFS, telling your volunteers that they can't be photographed at polling places (which implies the right to deny photographers their rights to take them) seems pretty OTT and authoritarian, dunnit?

I know that the stakes are very high this election -- particularly in Warringah -- so I can understand that volunteers for all parties might be more than a tad on edge. But what I thought was interesting was that it was the Steggall volunteer who approached me, not any of the others.

Hell, there was a Greens dude there and he didn't seem perturbed. And this is the kind of behaviour you'd think would be more likely to come from them than any other party, right? 

If what this guy said about being told by "the boss" that they "couldn't be photographed" was dinkum it sounds like a pretty authoritarian operation. This is at odds with Ms Steggall's repeated claims to be "independent" and seems to confirm that there's a big, bossy machine behind her calling the shots.

Now I know this is a pretty long post about something quite minor. Maybe I'm reading way too much into it. 

Also, several weeks ago I was physically attacked in the street by a fricken lunatic who thought I was taking shots of him, and not the charming old cafe he was sitting in, so I do have a bit of an issue when people start telling me -- however subtly -- what I can and can't photograph in a public place. Maybe I haven't yet achieved closure over that and it's clouding my thinking, I dunno ...

Still, the episode struck me as very odd and somewhat significant given the context. Hence the post.

What do you reckon? 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) demonstration at Customs House

I was in the library at Customs House last Wednesday, and upon leaving the building late in the afternoon I was surprised to see a demonstration occurring outside. There were scores of people there to raise awareness of Falun Dafa (better known as Falun Gong).

This a multi-faceted spiritual practice that involves quigong. Its philosophy is focused on the need for truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. Sadly, the Chinese Government perceives this popular and benign movement to be a serious threat.

So, scores of local Falun Gong practitioners were holding a group meditation session. It was meant to give a sense of the movement's peaceful nature.

As protests go, it was so much more restrained and dignified than any of the shouty, lefty demos I've witnessed. Proves that you can make your point very effectively if you do it calmly.

The date of the event was significant. It marked the 20th anniversary of a peaceful appeal for fair treatment in Beijing. Since then things have only gotten worse. The government has been viciously oppressing the group, with many members imprisoned and killed. There have been horror stories of them performing organ harvesting on live victims as well.

But events like this do raise international awareness about the issue which in turn builds pressure on China. Hopefully in time that nation will halt its appalling treatment of these peaceful people.