Saturday, December 31, 2011

There Goes Freedom of Speech !

As Reported in The NOT SORRY NEWS: In late September this year the Jewish High Court Judge Mordecai Bromberg ruled that Melbourne journalist, Andrew Bolt, had racially vilified 9 alleged Aborigines by pointing out that although they were as Fair-skinned as the whitest Australian and some having had very little Aboriginal ancestry, they nevertheless chose to identify as Aborigines, many for reasons of gain.

In his articles (2009), Bolt criticised these fair-skinned Aborigines for what he argued was a choice they made, as people with mostly European blood, to emphasise their indigenous heritage over their white heritage. He wrote that some of these fair-skinned Abos, whom he called "political Aboriginality", had received prominence or indigenous awards because they chose to identify with their scant Aboriginality.

The Jewish lawyer for the so-called Aborigines, Ron Merkel, said Bolt was free to express his views on the subject, but should not have chosen to attack the 9 individuals he named in his newspaper columns and blog. He even had the nerve to compare his blog with Nazi writings against the Jews in Germany that asserted that they provoked the rise of the holocaust! Neil Young, lawyer for Bolt, said that was preposterous and argued that freedom of speech trumped other rights and was the cornerstone of democracy.

Mr Bolt took the stand and argued that those who chose to identify with only one part of their background were contributing to racism and came at the cost of less focus on the important issues of education, housing, health and poverty. Unfortunately Judge Bromberg, probably relating to the nasty Holocaust vision by Ron Merkel, ruled against Mr Bolt and every other white Australian with an opinion on the matter. In essence, this insane verdict by Bromberg is endorsing the crazy Racial Vilification Act, which can be used as a battering ram by everybody except white Caucasians to try and silence any criticism of every two-bit minority that wants to play the Race Card.

Andrew Bolt published the absolute and unvarnished truth about Aboriginality. There is not a shadow of a doubt that the 9 plaintiffs have used traces of Aboriginal ancestry to identify as being Aboriginal. What this means is that a person with one-sixteenth Aboriginal ancestry can legitimately imply that he or she is a full-blood Abo and use this as a vehicle to claim all sorts of benefits. It can be easily proven that some of these 9 plaintiffs have exactly that. What a rort!

The Way I See It...that idiot judge has now politicised genetic science by ruling that these and other Abos standing can be legally changed and legally recognised if that person asserts that he is of the race chosen by him...screw DNA testing. This concept these 9 Abos are attesting to and want put into the law books is so stupid, racist and down-right wrong.

We stand right behind Andrew Bolt and his comments about these nine "ghost'' Aborigines. We and many in the journalistic and legal profession condemn this ridiculously stupid verdict by Bromberg and state that this sort of action brings the whole system of Australian jurisprudence into utter contempt. How could any same person have anything but contempt for that scumbag Ron Merkel for pursuing litigation that tramples on the very fundamental concept of freedom of speech, the press and expression, as well as trying to politically and legally overturn scientific fact? Andrew should point-blank refuse to apologise or retract anything has has said in this matter and refuse to pay one cent of compensation. He ought to give those plaintiffs the finger and tell them to stick it up their WHITE asses!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Promises, Promises !

Now, with a new U.S. Presidental election on the horizon this coming year I got to thinking about the last one. It was three and half years ago that Mr Barack Obama was campaigning hard for president. He was drawing immense crowds, bringing them to their feet screaming his name. What was he promising these fans (suckers)?

1) That he would end the recession and bring back a healthy, booming economy. Has he done it? Obviously not. The crash stopped because of the rescue of Wall Street by George W. Bush's bailout. I don't see any causative link between Obama's trillion-dollar "stimulus package" and his supersize deficits and the modest recovery there is. There is still extremely high unemployment and a housing foreclosure disaster that could take years to resolve. This was a failed promise.

2) That he would "reset'' relations with Russia.He promised to get friendly relations with this important country. Still the Russians mock the U.S. and balk at any cooperation in the U.N. and everywhere else. Another failure.

3) That he would go over the federal budget "line by line" to weed out waste and corruption that would save so much money to help balance the budget.This one was a laughter from day one. He could not possibly go through the millions of lines in the federal budget. It was just a nonsense. As it happened, we have a wildly bigger budget than ever before and deficits on a scale that is genuinely terrifying. So far...another big failure.

4) That he would bring peace to the Middle East.Another bad and naive promise. The Middle East is more dangerous than ever. Kicking out Mubarak from Egypt has given the land of the Nile an anti-Israel, anti-u.S. government that is already working hand in glove with the terrorists in Gaza. Libya has also joined the club. Fail!

5) That he would create a new, peaceful productive relationship with Iran.Oops! Did he really believe that? Was he delusional or just naive? He missed the opportunity to oust that scumbag regime when the young people rioted against rigged elections but sat on his hands instead of extending his support so the revolution eventually was crushed. Big failure.

The Way I See that the man is an inept failure. He couldn't lead a dog down a street much less show some "balls" in the international arena. In an effort to woo over the Muslim world he seems to believe somehow that even criticism of radial extremists of Islam is a slap in the face to their religion as a whole. Americans are angry that he obviously has not taken the war on terror seriously enough, especially when they see that government officials won't even utter the word "Islamic radicalism." That smacks of APPEASEMENT! Maybe his Muslim roots are to blame.

The world knew how that great statesman Winston Churchill felt about appeasing one's enemy. To quote the great man: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." And to add insult to injury, Obama has insulted our two best friends in the world --Britain and Israel --by showing his contempt for them.

It is very hard to find any real pluses in his term so far with his Socialist agenda consistently undermining the very principles that was made America great. This is how great nations fold up. They get small men and women in Big jobs. He should definately not be voted back in as President.

U.S Trumped by China says Trump !

Two days ago Donald Trump angrily stated in an interview from Newsmax Magazine that Obama's administration's decision not to call China out as a currency manipulator is totally "inconceivable" because "all you have to do is look at the numbers, they have doing it for years." He said emphatically that President Barack Obama does not command Chinese respect.

Earlier this week, Obama declined to label China a currency manipulator after seeing recent increases in the value of the Yuan compared to the Dollar. Trump said, "We have a naive bunch in the White House that has the Chinese laughing at us. I deal with the Chinese all the time...they tell me they cannot believe what they are getting away with. They are not our friends." He says the Chinese make it impossible for U.S. companies to remain competitive because the currency manipulation is so severe. "We let them take our jobs", he added.

"They take our money and then they loan it back to us and we pay them interest and Obama's given us a $16 trillion deficit," he said. "The whole thing is absolutely insane. And for this bum, as President, to say they don't manipulate their currency is...really a LIE to the American people." He stated the President is beholden to lobbyists on this issue.

The real estate billionaire said if he was President, he would put a 25% tax on all the goods coming in from China, although a treat to do so would probably be enough for the Chinese to back off. "If only Obama had the balls to do it! And you'll get some government troll say 'Oh, you'll stop free trade.' This is no free trade--this is stupid trade -- this is stupid on our behalf. And we have to stop it, we have to stop it soon. It is destroying our country!"

The Way I See It....the Chinese economy is poised to surpass the U.S. economy later this century. America is practically owned by China. China is the largest holder of Treasury paper, with 850 billion as of July. Obama's government isn't addressing the trade deficit and the exploding debt burden. As a student of history...I see there is a parallel to the collapse of Britain's empire in the 20th Century.

China and India represented the world's two biggest economies in 1832, and that ranking will repeat itself by 2032. The 200 years when Britain and the United States were the top two economies were an aberration, and that will change...unfortunately. The decline of empires has happened much faster than folks think. To be on the safe-side, my advice would be that gold will be a far better bet in 20 years than the dollar.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Think Congratulations are in Order is for those of you born in the 1930's, 40's, 50's and even the 1960's. Congrats! Why? Because you will have a right to be a little smug as I have you reflect on those innocent years with their not so terrible consquences that made us what we are today.

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses with no air conditioning. They took aspirin, ate soft cheeses, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can and fish caught by their husbands. And our mothers didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet and enjoyed "housekeeping".

Then after that risky pregnancy business, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets. When riding our bikes we had no helmets and many times no shoes. Back then we didn't need to worry about hitchhiking either. We would also ride in the family car with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a plastic bottle and we shared a drink with four friends from a soda bottle without getting sick. Our mother cooked all the meals as take-away food was limited to fish and chips. There were no Pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Nandos. And even though all the shops closed a 6:00pm and didn't open on Sundays, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We ate biscuits, white bread with real butter and had sugary drinks but we weren't overweight because...WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on the folks were happy. No one was able to reach us all day and we seemed better for it. We never were house-bound by Playstations, Nintendo Wiis, X-boxes or video games but by rainy days and couldn't wait to go out. We had friends and we went outside and found them.

We fell out of trees and off of monkey bars, got cut, broke bones and even teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. It was "Grin & Bear It". The boys were given air or BB guns on their 10th birthday and later on were much appreciated in the armed services for their marksmanship and at the same age ONLY girls got their ears pierced.

The Way I See those days the Rugby, Football, Cricket and/or the Baseball try outs were tough on those that didn't make the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with the disappointment, because we all knew then that getting onto the team was based on Merit. We got toughened up when our teachers smacked us with a ruler for being inattentive, stood us in a corner or sent us to the principle's office for the cane. Through all of this our self-esteem was bruised maybe, but never crushed by being shown how to behave responsibly.

And finally...the idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the Law! All in all...we had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all! Congratulations to you....the Older Generations!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BEWARE....the Cult of Deafness!

Last month, in Australia, a prominent educator on disabled children is under attack from the deaf community after reports that she described deafness "as a scourge in our world" during an awards ceremony. The remarks by Dr Dimity Dorman (see photo), director of Brisbane-based organisation Hear and Say, which teaches deaf children how to listen and speak, were made when she was named Telstra's Queensland Businesswoman of the Year on Tuesday and got on stage and started to speak.

Dr Dornan could never have imagined, as she rose to accept her award that she was about to be accused of genocide! Nor could she have imagined that Telstra, in naming her for this prestigious award was about to censor her for a crime against multiculturalism or for just general offensiveness. I doubt you'll quarrel with a words of what she said.

According to the Brisbane Times, Dornan gave a reved-up speech that included this: "I think deafness is at the same stage as polio was a few decades ago. It is a scourge in our world but it can be almost completely eradicated." Oops!!

Within 48 hours, Deaf Australia, Deaf Victoria and the Deaf Association of New South Wales all demanded Dr Dornan apologise for insulting deaf people, while hundreds of other assholes denounced her on a Facebook page called (if you can believe it) STOP DEAF CULTURAL GENOCIDE, with other deadshits demanding she be sued for vilification!

Gutless Telstra, which makes a fortune from people communicating, snipped Dornan's own words, removing from its website and YouTube a video of her speech on the grounds her comments could offend. It was, of course, to have the nerve to say deafness was an illness, a scourge, and something that should be eradicated. It was to treat the deaf as disabled and not just another of our multicultural minorities. BooHoo!

Hear it from Sharon Everson, head of the Deaf Society in NSW; "People just find it SO offensive that hearing people still want to cure them...that hearing people aren't willing to value, I suppose, what is a deaf community." What Everson is hinting at is that there is what some fanatics in the deaf community call "a Deaf Culture". (cult for short) As a lobby group Aussie Deaf Kids puts it: "For culturally deaf people, to be deaf is a natural state of express sadness or regret (god-forbid!) for a person's deafness can be considered a lack of acceptance of who they are." You wouldn't want to hurt their self-esteem, now would's pathetic!

The Way I See It....this is political correctness gone mad. Soon we'll have the RSPCA attacked for calling female dogs "bitches"....give me a break! Surely any normal, sane (no offence to the fruitcakes out there) individual can comprehend she wants to get rid of the scourge of deafness, not that deaf people are a scourge. Even Blind Freddy (oops!) could see this.

I don't think deaf people should be "proud" of being deaf any more than an alcoholic should be proud of their excessive drinking. Sure, be proud of what being deaf has taught you. Be proud of how you have overcome the obstacles being deaf creates. Be proud of the innovation and tenacity of the deaf community and the help it gets from wonderful people like Dr Dornan. But does anyone seriously suggest that the "Deaf Culture" should be reinforced with cries of villification if its possible to consign this disability to the history books?

Note: Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said he can't understand the deaf community's silliness about the speech but reminded them that Australia had no disability vilification laws and thus there was no basis to lodge a complaint. Mr Innes said, "I have no argument with Dr Dornan's right to hold her opinions and I hope I don't hear anything more about this."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Thoughts

I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the lights on the tree and up and down every street. I love the feeling in the air and the cooking and last minute rushing around. Yep, it's my favourite time of the year. But this year I have had a realisation that I am unsure about.

Christmas is full of pretence. From the moment we understand anything at all about Christmas, our parents pretend there is a fat man who somehow gets around the world in one night and manages to enter and exit our homes via a chimney which we may or may not even have!

When we are a little bit older we learn to pretend we love every single thing we unwrap, "It's exactly what I always wanted." We learn to pretend when Uncle Micheal makes a joke, it's funny; we learn that we must pretend we enjoy hearing "My, how you've grown!" twenty times from twenty separate relatives we don't even really remember and who all enjoy stating the bleeding obvious.

We pretend that it's okay to have five extra house-guests turn up on Christmas Eve. We pretend it's okay that our favourite wine glass gets broken and we pretend...maybe not too successfully...that the red wine stain on our carpet will come out with a professional clean. The world over, people are pretending for the Christmas season. And I wonder if that's a bad thing.

We do it, essentially, to avoid hurting people's feelings and keeping the peace. We don't want to be the ones who ruined we grit our teeth and pretend all is going well.

The Way I See It....I wonder why we don't do it all year round? The thing with pretending is this: the longer you do it, the more it becomes your reality. Maybe if we pretended more often to appreciate family and enjoy being with them, we would soon find we don't need to pretend any more. If we pretended more often not to care about our material possessions, like wine glasses and carpet, we might find our priorities changing so we can better see the Big Picture of our existence.

We just might find that our pretence turns into honesty and surely that can only be beneficial to us, our families and our communities. Then maybe we can take leaf out of the book of a certain baby born over 2000 years ago. And this particular baby was pretending to be nothing other than who He was. May you enjoy this Christmas, and future Christmases, in a new light and perspective.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Medics Dummy-Spit Over New Chiro-School

If it wasn't so would be funny. News articles have come out saying that Central Queensland University (in Mackay, Queensland) is under fire over its new Chiropractic course, described by a group of uninformed scientists and doctors as based on "anti-science". They want courses in chiropractic, as well as acupuncture and naturopathy, scrapped claiming they are a misuse of public money and encourage quackery. (sic!)

A bluntly worded letter to the university's hierarchy, signed by 34 medical people, including former Australian-of-the-Year, the Ian Frazer, known for his development of the deadly Gardasil vaccine. (See my April 26 & 27th, 2010 postings on Gardasil) It seems to have escaped these high-minded individuals that there are three other chiropractic programs in Australia situated in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and now also in Auckland, New Zealand that can't keep up with the public's demand for chiropractic's natural healing approach.

The really stupid argument they present is that "it is necessary to protect consumers (they mean sick people) from the dangers of scientifically unproven practices and having universities giving undeserved credibility to alternative therapies." They seem to forget that Chiropractic is only 5 or so years younger than medicine. It's credibility goes back to 1895 when structural spinal misalignment causing interference to nerve supply was theorised to effect the innate health of an individual. That theory is now a fact of daily practice life for every modern chiropractor and their patients.

Speaking of unscientific, Dr Bruce Lipton, medical doctor and researcher, stated that much of medical practice itself is far from being a proven evidence-based approach. He says that only 15% of medical principles and practice qualify as being scientifically proven. You know the familiar line: "Try these pills, Mrs Jones this week and if they don''t work we'll switch to a new lot." He says that Medicine has rejected Chiropractic from the beginning because "they saw it as metaphysical. And what they call metaphysical is what we now call today Quantum Physics. Medicine is outdated, because medicine hasn't adopted Quantum Physics and it turns out that the new research reveals that the primary mechanisms controlling the body's biology are from the quantum field."

Dr Lipton states; "that allopathic medicine's old fashioned because it's still locked in to using the old physical universe of Newtonian foundations and chiropractic has been using quantum mechanics since its inception. The philosophy of chiropractic, as first postulated by D.D. Palmer, is more scientifically accurate than the principles used by allopathic medicine. It's a joke to me, because the allopathic model is the wrong model, that's why it doesn't work at keeping people well. All this treating symptoms while mostly not correcting the underlying cause of most illness."

Of course, even the pure, simple approach of chiropractic to natural healing has some oddballs in its ranks. There are colleagues (I use the term loosely) that want to limit chiropractic's help of sick humanity by confining spinal treatment to evidence-based conditions; to match the flawed allopathic model. We call these..."Medi-Practors." These people want to be recognized by medicine by discarding the original principles of D.D. Palmer and are willing to sell their soul to become medically acceptable by treating conditions rather then removing interference to spinal nerve supply (life force) to bring out the health in the patient no matter what the age group.

The Way I See It....chiropractic has had a much more accurate assessment of the flow of information in the biology in the world of the nervous system than conventional medicine. For some reason, perhaps pure arrogance, the medical profession hasn't seen the forest-for-the-trees. They can't make the connection between vertebral misalignment causing nerve interference...hence the supply to that organ, gland or tissue suffers loss of vitality. So simple.

Thirty-four misguided medicos making a big stink over one more university offering the most profound health-giving paradigm of this century sounds to me like Sour Grapes. Chiropractic, started in the 19th century, gained worldwide acceptance in the 20th century, and has now become a growing leader with the new buzz-word...Wellness Care. Governments around the world are crying out for an answer to the growing tsunami of baby-boomers and how to keep them well longer and off the hospital rolls.....and here it is... staring them in the face!

Finally, in a statement, the Central Queensland University's dean of medical and applied sciences, Grant Stanley, said, "Chiropractic is a discipline recognised by the Australian Government and the university's chiropractic program was evidence-based and WELLNESS-FOCUSED." Enough said I think!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

You Trust These Bastards With Your Health?

Pharmaceutical giant CSL was reprimanded by the US Food & Drug Administration last month for "high-risk deviations" in its vaccine production that caused Australia to ban the company's flu shot for young children. (See my exposure of this cover up in my May 17th, 2010 posting)

The FDA's inspection report raised concerns that live swine flu virus was not properly deactivated to minimise the horrendous side effects of the combo vaccination. CSL's seasonal flu vaccine Fluvax, has been suspended for use by under-fives in Australia, Europe and now the US since it triggered febrile convulsions at 10 times the expected rate! So these bastards actually expect a number of convulsions from the crap they are putting into the bodies of their ignorant victims. Astonishing!

The report revealed that CSL dismissed as a "false result"a test that detected "an infectious virus" in a sample that investigator Rose Ashley reported. "I informed CSL that this was a new virus that may not perform as other viruses performed." Ms Ashley then told two other CSL officials the test could not assure the viral inactivation was achieved and further tests should be conducted to ensure the inactivation process was achieved. She was fobbed off with a terse reply, "All material has been demonstrated to be inactivated."

The FDA report also found vaccine solutions were not protected from "'contamination", as operators failed to wear masks. Better late than never, a CSL spokeswoman said it is now requiring its operators to wear face masks. What other forms of benign neglect will the FDA discover in future as CSL continues to market a vaccine with dubious effectiveness.

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration said it is auditing CSL monthly to see if they have improved their compliance system and have improved current processes and their quality control. It's always after the "horse-has-bolted" and innocent people are injured by slapdash production and sleeping watchdogs that make the headlines and gets the public irate, but not irate enough to refuse to have these useless shots.

The Way I See It....medical brainwashing of the public is ingrained in our society even after year after year there are studies showing flu vaccines DO NOT provide any benefit no matter what age group you are in. Three years ago a study in the British Medical Journal concluded that the effectiveness of annual flu shots has been exaggerated and that in reality they have little or no effect on influenza campaign objectives, including reducing the number of hospital stays, time off work and death from the flu and its complications. Say "NO" to the Bastards!

Belly-Fat Boosts Eye Disease Risk

Excess abdominal fat increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration in middle-aged men and may have an opposite effect in women, says a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in older people and treatment options are limited. A study of 21, 290 Australians who were followed from their 40s to mid-80s found that each o.1 increase in the waist/hip ratio was associated with a 13% increased chance of developing early-stage AMD and a 75% increased chance of the more severe late-stage AMD, but only in men. Strangely, abdominal obesity reduced early AMD risk in women by 7% to 11%.

"Belly-fat releases estrogen and other chemicals (like cytokines) that may contribute to inflammation associated with AMD", researchers said. The inverse association in women could reflect a genetic resilience to disease seen older people called "the Survivorship Effect" plus the protective effects of long-term estrogen exposure.

AMD occurs when central vision deteriorates, making reading, close work and recognizing face more difficult. The most common forms are Dry and Wet AMD. Dry AMD results in a gradual loss of central vision and Wet AMD leads to sudden and significant changes in vision.

What are the symptoms?

  • A gradual decline in the ability to see objects clearly

  • Distorted vision

  • Dark or empty spaces blocking the central field of vision

  • Dimming of colour vision

The Way I See It....there is currently no cure of Age-related Macular Degeneration but treatments are available that are aimed at maintaining the vision for as long possible. You must visit an eye doctor about seeing if other eye problems that affect vision can be detected. Also an up-to-date glasses prescription is important as well as getting any cataracts and glaucoma treated.

Aside from the new found belly-fat risk just mentioned, there is a now a well-established link between smoking and it makes good sense for women as well as men to avoid or give up smoking as they enter their third trimester of Life.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"A Conga Line of Suckholes"

This was the former leader of the anti-American Australian Labor Party, Mark Latham's, view of politicians of John Howard's administration visiting George Bush in Washington six years ago. It looks like the Suckhole is on the other foot. The pictures of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President Obama from the APEC conference were just as cloying as those we saw of the Howard-Bush "love-ins", but strangely haven't attracted the same political criticism. Had Messrs Howard and Bush come up with anything as tacky as the grass shirts and coconut-bra banter the two concocted for the cameras, they would have been mercilessly lampooned.

"Julia Gillard is fawning over this US president like I've seen no other Prime Minister do over past presidents...but that's forgiven in a Labor leader", says Andrew Bolt, journalist for the Herald Sun newspaper. Greens leader, Bob Brown heckled the previous president to address Parliament; this time he's silent, even though Obama is about to station US forces in the Northern Territory. Amazing!

Obama, who came to office brainwashed by his father to resent America's exceptionalism, bowing to the Saudi king and Japanese emperor, apologising for the US to the Middle East and playing nice guy to China, has been smartened up sharply by reality. On this visit he has defied China by moving troops here, declaring the Pacific region his special focus and boosting a new trade Trans-Pacific Partnership that excludes China. Labor's flirtation with anti-Americanism is now over. It really was just a fit of ideological madness.

Obama and Gillard have engineered a historic recasting of the alliance to manage security and disaster contingencies in Southeast Asia amid the rise of China. We're probably now even closer to the US than ever, with the ever fatuous Greens mute and Labor charmed, so much so that it was embarrassing to to see our Julia, trembling like a school girl, speaking to reporters about Obama being Australia's best friend. What she didn't mention is he is more popular here than at home and we are still inspired by a black man being president. Of course our socialist lame-stream media is delighted that he's of the Left as well but never questioned the mystery of the obvious attraction of white women to black men.

The Way I See It....opposition leader Tony Abbott was the consistently better public speaker, with a more intellectual and thoughtful message than Gillard's servile demeanor. He couldn't resist a few political jabs in his speech of welcome to Obama in Parliament, noting, for instance how Labor took a long detour before backing uranium sales to India. His speech revealed depths of his leadership character that are at odds with the cynical media's stereotype.

What all the speeches made clear is that what binds us to the United States is what will NEVER in our lifetime bind us to China -- our shared values, including those of a free vote, free speech and a free press. However, the fact remains that the greatest danger of military conflict remains in the Middle East and northern Africa. And one of the greatest financial dangers lie in Europe. Let us hope that the Pacific focus is not an excuse to ignore potentially greater and more intractable challenges.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OWS: Occupy Wall St. OR Overall We're Stupid!

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a "primal scream" against inequality, said Nicholas Kristol of the New York Times. They chant: "The world is watching!" "This is how democracy looks!" Unfortunately, the media and some demonstrators have had the nerve to compare the OWS to the 2010 Tea Party movement that brought about a re-balancing of political power. At least the Tea Partiers have jobs, showers and have a point. Actually, a more correct term for this mob would be the Flea Party; as in wingless, bloodsucking and parasitic!

So far the only major accomplishment of the protesters is that they put an end to their previous initiative, "Occupy Our Parents Homes". They talk of being the 99% that got the rough end of the economic stick while only 1% got the gravy. Actually the group is made up of 1% main street folks and the 99% are a mixture of adolescents seeking a cause, leftist public sector unionists, drug dealers, criminals, teenage runaways, pick-pockets, homeless people, Trotskyists and die hard-Marxists who have been at every protest since the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (whose hair is now in their ponytails).

No one knows what the Wall Street protesters want--as is typical of mobs. This is true of the other Occupy mobs across the U.S.A., Europe and even stupidly in economically prosperous Australia! They say say they want to abolish capitalism while wearing designer jeans and T-shirts emblazoned with global corporate logos. They say they want Obama re-elected, but claim to hate Wall Street. These ignorant fools forget that it was the same Wall Street that gave its largest campaign donation in history to Obama, who in turn, bailed out the banks and made Goldman Sachs the forth branch of the government. That's why hypocrite Obama allowed the new regulations on Wall Street traders and banks to remain toothless. Of course, this way he is hoping for more donations for his 2012 campaign.

Back to reality. Besides watching these scum urinate on police cars and defecate in store fronts, Zucotti Park has become overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night. The organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent, guarded by women, to keep the sickos away. This "safety tent" idea has spread to others sites around the country. It's shameful that most press outlets (like the protesters themselves) look the other way at the depravity happening inside "Obamaville", with actual rapes being shrugged off because they're bad PR for a movement they support.

The Way I See It....once Obamas Zombies frame precise demands -- like nationalising the banks -- the movement will die in the full light of the realities of American politics. Maybe the coming of Winter will help as well. In addition, its elitism will cut it off from working people. The traditional Left believed in the abilities of the working class to change the world and create a society of plenty. However, this gaggle of hipsters and leftists display a trendy disdain for the brainwashed workers which will only lead them to succeed in throwing out a no-hoper president in next year's election.

That's what democracy looks like.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

White is the NEW Black!

There's a joke going around the corridors of power in Washington on both sides of the political spectrum that is quite illuminating.

QUESTION: What do Vanilla Ice, Eminem, and Barack Obama have in common?

ANSWER: They have all made careers pretending to be a black man!

How phony is Barack Obama? PBS Washington Week host Gwen Ifill reviewed New Yorker editor David Remnick's new book about Obama, "The Bridge" and she says she found Obama is a Slick Barry; a "shape shifter." She's found that even Obama's fans notice he's a phony in how he writes, talks and even walks.

When questioned about this Obama admitted to rhetoric that's obvious - how he changes "dialects" depending on the audience he's talking to: "The fact that I conjugate my verbs and speak in a typical Midwesterner's voice--there's no doubt that this helps ease communication between myself and white audiences. And when I'm with a black audience I slip into a different dialect which allows them to be comfortable hearing me".

Obama, the offspring of a fruitcake Marxist, white mother and an alcoholic, womanizing, socialist African father, learned what Remnick calls "shape-shifting" when he arrived in Chicago. Reared in Hawaii by Commie grandparents and in Indonesia by his mother's second fling, a Muslim husband, he had never encountered a place where race was so determinative.

Bobby Rush, former Black Panther, is still disdainful of this Harvard Law School transplant to his city. He says, "Obama lost the election to Congress to me because black voters were suspicious of his racial bona fides." In one of book's most remarkable passages, Rush mocks the President by getting out of his chair to make fun of Obama's distinctive, rolling stride. The smooth strut, Rush suggests, was something Obama appropriated from the street to appear more at home around black people. "He pretended to be a "homey", he added.

The book noted the Republicans take on the Obama-intoxicated media with Mark Salter, McCain's campaign adviser, stating bluntly that "Obama won because his race played into reporters romantic notions about the arc of civil rights history, yet nobody really knows who the real man is."

The Way I See It....the alleged guardians of factual accuracy in our media took a complete holiday when it came to Obama's corrupt shenanigens in Chicago and especially with his first memoir; he is one who has largely been allowed to romanticize his own story and make suckers of the voters who believe such touching bullshit. His 1995 memoir, "Dreams from my Father", is a mixture of verifiable fact, recollection, recreation, invention and artful shaping.

Obama, Remnick, points out, ended each section with a climactic, somewhat overwrought descriptions of himself in tears -- as he sees his father in a dream, discovers his spiritual roots in a church (that condemns America), and visits his father's grave. The author says, "I almost bought into it when I first read it but not now, being a professional skeptic, I find it difficult to conceive of a cool cucumber like Obama being that overcome by emotion." Unfortunately, people blindly flocked to him and the press fawned over him and look what we got...BAD Change and NO Hope!

For anyone silly enough to think of voting for him again I highly recommend doing your homework this time and read the book The Case Against Obama, by David Freddoso (Regnery Publishing Inc.) and more importantly The Roots of Obama's Rage, by Dinesh D'Souza (Regnery Publishing Inc.). By becoming enlightened of the true caliber and motivation of this man you can maybe make the smart decision not to be sucked in a second time.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ehrlich: More Cock-ups then Cock Robin!

Oh My God! I couldn't believe my ears when a turned on the car radio to our National Radio Station, the ABC, and there was Paul Ehrlich being given youthful deference by a female interviewer. It was obvious this young thing didn't have a clue to her guest's history of being a gold-plated false prophet. He makes Cock Robin, of the Sky-is-Falling fame, look downright clear-headed.

Actually, it's a miracle he's dropped in on us in Australia, since by his many past predictions he should be half-starved, very thirsty and short of petrol for his plane. Yet this professor of Population Studies at Stanford University is among us again, well-fed and watered and cheerful predicting some fresh apocalypse, this time he's on the global warming bandwagon.

He first started his bizarre career of doomsaying in 1968 and scared the bejeezus out of me and my young friends with his best-selling book, The Population Bomb. "The battle to feed humanity is over," he declared. "In the 1970's, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked on now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate."

This was heavy sh*t for my generation to swallow. The Earth had just turned over its two billionth person and if, he warned, we started nudging 3 billion we were goners! And in 1971 he was hard at it saying mass starvation would be visited on even the richest countries. He added that by the year 2000 the United Kingdom will simply be a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people. He even bragged, "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." Another of his 1970 predictions stated that in 10 years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish. Actually, the very opposite happened. So now, if you're near the coast, stick your head outside. That smell is not of rotting fish, but horse manure!

As the population kept climbing to 3, then 4, then 5 billion he kept up with his dire predictions, not missing a beat. It is an indictment of the West's intelligentsia (read: elite academic assholes) that Ehrlich is not only still taken seriously, but rewarded well for scaring us stupid...and stupidly. In 1990, he received a Swedish Royal Academy of Science prize and the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Award" for promoting a "greater public understanding of environmental problems", proving you will be forgiven any wild mistake or exaggeration if it's for a good cause. Amazing!

That explains Tim Flannery, Al Gore and David Suzuki, all made rich by predicting our doom as the prophet class, which likes to think it can see what the masses can't and likes even more an excuse to to control the mob's more unruly appetites. Thankfully a few academics have at least done their civic duty in debunking Ehrlich. Economist Julian Simon was so offended by Ehrlich's claim that by 1985, mankind will enter a genuine era of scarcity...he challenged him to a bet. Name 5 commodities (copper, nickel, gold whatever) that will lose value by 1990. Ehrlich lost and had to pay up. Yet here is this catastrophist loser bobbing up again in Australia now espousing the global warming mantra and the collapse yet to come.

The Way I See It....yet again Ehrlich underestimates human ingenuity and exaggerates our sins. The planet is not toxic; our pollution laws are ever stricter. We're not short of fossil fuels: oil shale is the next big thing. We're better able to survive pandemics. Our climate shows no sign of warming or dangerous disruption. And population growth is slowing at the 7 billion mark - not because we're running out of food, but because wealth is a contraceptive.

We face challenges Prof Erhlich, but see how brilliantly we've met them so far. Those extra billions of people you feared have been fed by even more spectacular advances in farming and breeding techniques, backed by better storage and transport. The U.N. may be slow to act at times but famines can be better handled with the world's food storage capacity. Only in one area do we seem to have gone backwards. We seem more irrational these days and for this Mr Ehrlich you are not only its evidence but its founding father.

Not Putting His B.E.S.T. Foot Forward!

It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once-and-for-all. This study that, in the words of its director, "prove you should not be a sceptic, at least, not any longer." Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, and his colleagues from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project team (B.E.S.T.) claimed to have shown that the planet has warmed by almost a degree centigrade since 1950 and is still warming. (see top graph)

Published last week ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, this month, their work was cited around the world as irrefutable evidence that only the most stringent measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can save civilisation as we know it. This study was cited uncritically by the usual "lame-stream media" in England and in numerous media outlets in America. Even the Washington Post said the BEST study had "settled the climate change debate and showed that anyone who remained a sceptic was committing a cynical fraud."

But...two days ago The Mail has revealed that a leading member of Prof Muller's team has accused him of trying to mislead the public by hiding the fact the BEST's research shows global warming has stopped. Prof Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at America's prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Prof Muller's claim that he has proven global sceptics wrong was also a "hugh mistake" with no scientific basis.

Prof Curry is no slouch when it comes to research. She had more than 30 years experience and was co-author of the BEST projects previous four research papers. She said this affair had to be compared with those scum-bag scientists at East Anglia University, whose leaked emails showed they were trying to "hide the decline rates" of warming. In fact, she said, the project's research data show there has been no increase in world temperatures since the end of the Nineties - a fact confirmed by a new analysis and chart by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (see bottom graph).

This graph shows, as Prof Curry stated, that the trend of the last decade is absolutely flat, with no increase at all....through the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has carried on rising relentlessly. "This is nowhere near what the climate models were predicting," Prof Curry adds. "Whatever it is that's going on here, it doesn't look like it's being dominated by CO2. Yet that schmuck, Prof Muller , is still standing in his dung heap of warmist denial."

The Way I See It....for the clueless or fanatical diehards who espouse man-made global warming, it's getting awfully cold out there. This latest icy blast of reality comes from an eminent scientist whom climate-change experts once lauded as their own. I already exposed the down-right unscientific processes the United Nation's I.P.C.C. uses behind the scenes which is polluted by political and activist frenzy to scare the crap ut of us. (See previous blog posting) Now, yet again we have another heroic exposure by a colleagues of this Douse-bag she works with. Good onya Prof Judith Curry!

Note: graphs have different time scales but still make sense)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I.P.C.C.'s Climate Kindergarten!

We have been told over and over that the eminent United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is made up of 4000, essentially humourless, scientists in white coats who go around and measure things and have been doing so for about 20 years proving climate change is ALL our fault. dear friends and followers, I must tell you of a shocking new book written by Danna Laframboise, a Canadian investigative journalist. It's called, The Delinquent Teenager Who was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert. In it she reveals that the IPCC is actually stuffed with a majority of young activists, rather than leading scientists and they number perhaps 1500 not the 4000 experts we were told about compiling and editing and peer-reviewing papers. The details are priceless and beyond words. This is a shocking exposé!

Ms Laframboise chronicles how the IPCC participants are picked by governments, not for their scientific knowledge and expertise, but for their political connections and for their "warmist" feelings. Other issues she uncovers go as far as to say that approximately 1/3rd of IPCC's sources come from magazines, press releases and unpublished (unvetted) scientific papers. The famous Summary for Policy Makers (i.e. our leaders) is compiled by bureaucrats not scientists and often completed before the articles they actually summarise are made available.

She writes that Richard Klein, now a Dutch geography professor is a classic example. In 1992, Klein turned 23, completed a Masters degree and worked as a Greenpeace campaigner. Two years later, at the tender age of 25, he found himself serving as an IPCC lead author! Klein's online biography brags that since 1994, he has been a lead author for six IPCC reports. This means he was promoted to the IPCC most senior author at age 28 - six years prior to the 2003 completion of his Ph.D. Neither his youth not his thin academic credentials prevented the IPCC from regarding him as one of the world's top experts. Nor is he an isolated case.

Here's another example showing dubious scientific credibility: Take Laurens Bouwer who is currently employed by an environmental studies institute in Amsterdam. In 1999-2000 he served as an IPCC lead author before even earning his Masters. How can a young man without even a Masters degree become an IPCC lead author? Good question. Yes...he was studying climate change and water resources yet the chapter for which he served as lead author was entitled "Insurance and Other Financial Ramifications". It turns out that, during part of 2000, Bouwer was a trainee at Munich Reinsurance Company. This means the IPCC chose as a lead author someone who a) was a trainee, b) lacked a Masters degree and c) was still a decade away from receiving his 2010 Ph.D.

The Way I See It....when Al Gore published an open letter in the New York Times "To Skeptics on Global Warming," in which he compared them to medieval flat-Earthers and made his error-filled movie (which should've been called "Inconvenient Lies"), he began an era of junk science. And as more and scientists sold-their-souls to get in on the Grant Bonanza western governments embarked on anti-emission regulation and poured billions into research to justify it all based on a so-called obvious link between CO2 and global warming. All the while over the years no one government, newspaper or independent scientist seriously set out to hunt down errors or biases in the scare-mongering reports.

We wouldn't let a company issue a prospectus without being audited, but we'll transform the national economy based on a report issued by a foreign committee that no one has been paid to criticise. All these audits on the science from the institutions like the IPCC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NASA or the CSIRO. No due diligence study has ever been done. The much hallowed Peer Review amounts to to anonymous reviewers, often picked from a pool of people who agree with the author in the first place. Classic Junk Science! As Deniers (and proud of it) we always felt there was something rotten at the IPCC when more and more evidence was disproving man-made climate change and they didn't change their tune. If any of you still has an ounce of doubt....get informed...get the book any way you can, because I'm sure you'll not read the serialized version in any Sunday newspaper any time soon.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

10 Years of Cancer Research...Useless!

Medical science is rampant with fraud! At the Mayo Clinic, ten years of research that appeared to be leading towards harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is worthless because of fraudulent studies and also the later research based on the fraudulent ones. Editor of The Lancet, Richard Horton, says, "Fraudulent research is a scar on the moral body of science".

Retraction of medical research papers is at an all-time high. Though error was cited at a 3 to 1 rate over fraud, one must seriously question whether simple error is the primary reason. After all, these studies are peer-reviewed. They are supposed to have passed rigorous examination. But, what's the reality? The reality is that flaws in much of medical research are blatant. Often, merely examining a study, instead of taking it a face value, demonstrates that the conclusions are not supported by the evidence.

Nonetheless, those same studies are cited as evidence of efficacy of drugs and procedures. Even after papers have been retracted, the impression they've given doesn't disappear. Further research based on those papers is already designed and in process. Unfortunately, doctors are loathe to change their practices on the basis of bad studies. Changes are made more readily as new drugs and procedures are advocated, not as old ones are discredited. So the fraud is perpetrated on the unsuspecting patient.

Why so much Fraud in medical Studies? There is a tremendous amount to be gained by getting away with medical fraud. According to Dr Horton, a single paper published in Lancet and you get your academic chair and your get your money. It's your passport to success. "It's all about money!", he states. Most peer reviewers are doing their own studies. They want to be able to publish too. Therefore, they are not particularly inclined to make negative comments. Obviously, they don't want to alienate the authors of papers, since they hope to become published themselves.

Peer review is a farce! The only kind of review that makes sense is using professional independent reviewers. Yet, for decades we've had peer review trotted out as the be-all and end-all in determining the legitimacy of research papers and passed off as good science.

The Way I See It....there is inherent corruption in conventional medicine. This system I described demonstrates that it is anything but strictly evidence based. A recent study has shown that only 10-15% of medical treatment is based on real evidence. It is obvious when you consider the constantly increasing rate of chronic disease. Also when you take a look at the advent of drug resistant diseases. Or look at the false claims of disease eradication through vaccines, when any rational look at the evidence shows that it's not modern medicine we need to thank, but adequate food, good water and good sanitation systems. More tragically, consider the rise of a new kind of Whooping Cough, 10 times more virulent than the old version and caused by the vaccine itself, while being blamed on the unvaccinated! Let's hope the fraud and pseudo-science that brought us....

  • Vioxx, the pain medication that caused heart attacks

  • the deeply flawed statin studies that hid adverse effects

  • the antidepressant and antipsychotic studies that had no efficacy & bad side effects

  • the misguided studies on lowering salt intake claiming greater health when it was found to cause a greater death rate.

  • numerous other drug recalls and debunked surgical operations.....will decrease as a more vigilant population questions any and all treatment proposed to them.

While Dr Horton's comment about fraudulent studies being the "scar on the moral body of science" is true, the whole truth is far more disheartening. The entire system of conventional medicine treating symptoms and not the enhancing the body's inner doctor has become a scar on the psyche and soma of humans.

Dutch Courage....finally!

The Netherlands, where six per cent of the population is now Muslim, is scrapping multiculturalism. With Germany, England, France , Denmark and now Italy all publicly admitting that their multicultural policies are not working, but Holland is doing something about it.

This move was the culmination of the efforts of Geert Wilders (photo) and his Party for Freedom over many years. Since 2004 Wilders has campaigned to stop what he and many dutch people view as the "Islamisation of the Netherlands". He says, "Multiculturalism has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands". He compares the Quran with Mein Kampf and has campaigned to have the book banned in his country. He advocates Europe should end immigration from Muslim countries to stop it becoming Eurarabia in the next 30 years. With the continued low birthrates of the Europeans, especially Germany, this is a distinct possibility.

A new integreation bill, which Dutch Interior Minister, Piet Hein Donner, presented to the parliament reads: The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and will shift priority back to the values of the Dutch people as its central role. It continues to state that "a more obligatory integration is justified because the government sees that as a means of survival of the Dutch culture. He stressed, "the bill is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands."

This new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants, for example, like being required to learn the Dutch language, learn Dutch history and values and obey Dutch laws. The government will stop offering subsidies for Muslims to integrate...that's their own job. The government will introduce new legislation soon that will ban the construction of new mosques, outlawing forced marriages and will impose tougher measures against Muslims who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, there will be a ban on the idiotic face-covering burqas as of January 1, 2013. Other European countries are taking note.

The Way I See It....Muslim immigrants leave their countries of birth because of civil, tribal and/or political unrest created by the very nature of their medieval culture. Countries like Holland and my Australia have an established Judeo-Christian modern way of life that works, so why embrace a culture that should be on the dung-heap of history? If Muslims do not wish to accept and mix with an Infidel culture and remain apart....simply stay where you are.

Unfortunately the cult of multiculturalism is still alive in Australia. When you have the Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, ignoring Europe's leaders concerns and observations and smugly saying, "multiculturalism is thriving in Australia" you want to bitch-slap him! Then you have a the Melbourne AGE Newspaper (part of the lame-stream media), print in a nasty editorial attack of political correctness on Mr Wilder's visit to Australia, "It's bad enough the virulently anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders plans a visit to Australia to spread his hatred, but it's "shameful"that a Liberal MP is eager to help him do so. This for a man who calls the Prophet Mohammad a "paedophile" (Editor: any man who marries a 9 year old is suspect) and describes the Quran as a blueprint for "intolerance, murder and terror" (Editor: all true: they obviously didn't read the damn book). We say Wilders should be barred from Australia because of his "repugnant" ideas". (Editor: So much for freedom of speech in a "Free" country)

ARAB Spring or JIHADIST Winter?

The death of Libyan leader Gadhafi could create a vacuum that a whole new slew of Islamic terrorists and would-be despots seek to fill. There is a grave risk that the fractious and inherently violent nation divided along tribal lines could fracture or further weaken , creating a new breeding ground for terrorists.

Already, there is tension from the Islamist fighters of the Tripoli Military Council, and also of the militias of the city of Misrata who played a key military role in toppling Gaddafi and killing him and keeping his body in cold storage. Islamists, led by several charismatic clerics and the Egyptian-founded Muslim Brotherhood are better at organizing many other groups.

One very disturbing element is the fact that a former al-Qaida terrorist by the name of Abdul Hakim Belhadj, who the CIA renditioned into Thailand, is now back in his original stomping ground. Arnaud de Borchgrave, board member of a Washington, DC-based intelligence forecasting service, says, "Libya is where he was head of the al-Qaida underground. Now he's above ground and commander of the Tripoli garrison." He also added;

  • Gadhafi's death is a major plus for Libya. It will do little to help world oil prices in the short term as the country has to rebuild its infrastructure before it can restart pumping at full capacity.

  • The search is on for the millions-possibly billions- of dollars that Gadhafi expropriated from his oil-rich nation.

  • Syria, unfortunately, is unlikely to follow Libya soon because of that country's well-organized military and intelligence services. Killing over 30,000 of his people doesn't seem to faze the "mild-mannered" Bashar alAssad while his tough younger brother does the massacring.

Speaking about the Libyan revolution, Barack Obama hailed "the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny and also praised "the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt." He didn't seem to notice that the new Tunisian government has banned movies being shown and announced that other theatrical performances will be monitored for un-Islamic content. Also, Egypt seems to be rushing headlong toward becoming a Sharia state and might be going to war with Israel after the shocking attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last month. It is a well-known fact that a significant percentage of Egyptians manifest a deeply ingrained Islamic antisemitism that leads them to hate Israel and would like to tear up the 1979 Camp David Accords. Is the Arab Spring turning into a nasty Jihadist Winter?

The Way I See It....actually no. The democratic movement in the middle East is a powerful positive force for both its people and the world at large. It is a seismic shift in a region that has stagnated for many decades. It will unsettle old norms and practices and cause political upheaval. The Islamists, being better organized, will gain strength in the first phase, but that should spur the moderates to get their act together. A sensible demand for moderation from the country's western-inspired youth should bring economic reform and much-needed jobs.

Already, I see that the Arab Spring has had one positive strategic effect; the weakening of Iran. For a decade, Iran with it's sub-mental leadership, has been making an ambitious bid for regional leadership. However, its support for regional rogues like Syria and Hizballah and it's subterfuge in undercutting Iraq's fledgling democracy has left Tehran no longer looking like a place of inspiration for the Arab masses; instead it resembles the old Arab autocracies. We can all hope a successful revolution will come to Iran some day.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Heroes of 9/11

I have a personal relationship with the horrors of 9/11. Two and half hours before the first plane struck the Towers we received a phone call that a new grand-daughter was born to my eldest daughter, Natalie. Much joy accompanied the news of Charlie's birth but within a few short celebratory hours it turned into profound shock and sadness as we watched, with millions of others, these tragic events unfold.

On this 10th anniversary, we cannot help but relive the pain we experienced when nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered in cold blood by Islamist extremist scum. It isn't pleasant remembering that day, but we would be remiss if we did not honour them.

We owe it to the dead to never forget them because they died for us, as citizen soldiers who were thrust unexpectedly into a war they never saw coming. We owe it to the living also because there is (strange as it may sound) a silver lining in the dark cloud that cast its dreadful shadow that day. I'm talking about the shining light of incredible courage that was demonstrated by hundreds of ordinary Americans. On that day we discovered unknown heroes hidden in our midst. Who could forget Todd Beamer, a business man on United Airlines flight 93, who shouted "Let's roll" as he and his fellow passengers rushed the cockpit to subdue a group of hijackers. Their jet crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, saving an indeterminable number of people.

Hundreds of miles away at the site of the burning World Trade Center, more heroes emerged. There was Father Mychal Judge, a Catholic priest, who hurried to the burning towers to administer the last rites of his faith to the dying. Tragically, he soon found himself among them. He was joined by an equally unwavering group of New York City firefighters, who stared into the face of death and deliberately put themselves in harm's way.

Ernest Hemingway famously defined courage as "grace under pressure," and those words certainly apply to the 343 firefighters and paramedics who made the ultimate sacrifice that grim day. From my perspective, we have never sufficiently honoured these fallen firefighters, rescue workers, police officers and the many other first responders of 9/11 who gave their lives to save others. Don't forget the over one thousand people who are belatedly suffering from illness caused in helping in the immense search for survivors and the following cleaning up of Ground Zero.

The Way I See It....such deserving heroes should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor so that we might officially recognize their unsurpassed courage. While we are paying tribute, we must not forget the many soldiers from around the world who have lost their lives in the war on terrorism, as well as those seriously wounded. They represent what is best about western civilization....the willingness of ordinary people to make immense sacrifices to defend their ideals of liberty, free-speech and justice.

Beyond this, the heroes of 9/11 are exemplars of an even greater ideal, one which even if we fail to reach, all of us should at least strive to attain. It is an ideal succinctly stated by Jesus in the Gospel of St John: "Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends." A fitting epitaph for Todd Beamer, Father Judge, the NYC firefighters and all the rest who fell that day to save their distant neighbours, many people they did not know but loved nonetheless.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Playboy in Winter

HUGH HEFNER CALLS OFF WEDDING TO 25-YEAR-OLD PLAYMATE!...screamed the headlines 2 months ago. Hefner at 85 and his bride-to-be, Crystal Harris (see photo) were due to tie the knot in front of 300 guests at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. It would have been is third marriage. "The wedding is off...Crystal has had a change of heart," he wrote on Twitter.

Sex forges unlikely alliances and good ole Hugh, who has been the world's most prominent personification of the unchained heterosexual male libido since his 1953 launch of Playboy magazine, forges unlikelier alliances than most. For more than half a century, Hefner has succeeded in uniting social conservatives of the political right and feminists of the left in opposition to his vision of sexual liberation as empowering women to throw off their domestic chains....and their clothes.

Even his admirers, of which I admit I am one (after meeting him at the New York Playboy Club in 1962), find something undignified in his refusal to throw in the bunny-emblazoned towel and behave age-appropriately. "Old Mr. Sticky Fingers" was how one British journalist described Hefner at the June re-opening of the London Playboy Club.

At 85, Hefner doesn't picture himself as in retirement, but still considers himself both playboy and player. London marked the second club opening in the revived chain after Las Vegas; others are planned in Cancun, Macau and Miami. With NBC's forthcoming drama series The Playboy Club, set in the 1960's, coming to a TV station near you, it's likely to sprinkle a handful of cool on the invigorated brand. For a better insight into the man, I recommend seeing the DVD Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel by Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman that was released last year and makes bold claims for its subject's legacy as a civil libertarian and philanthropist.

So why the pity and scorn directed at this amiable senior in his dressing gown? He thinks it's because he's refusing to submit to cultural expectations of the old. "To begin with, I fought racism, then sexism. Now I'm fighting ageism," says Hefner. "One defines oneself in one's own terms. If you let society and your peers define who you are, you're the less for it." He critcizes the women's movement for failing to participate in "the sexual revolution that Playboy played such a part in. The notion that it should turn on itself and attack women who celebrated their sexuality is very puritan, very repressive and very counter-revolutionary." He's unable or unwilling to accept that Playboy, far from enabling the female of the species to explore her own sexuality, skillfully co-opted her into male fantasies.

The Way I See It....Hefner's views on sexual politics, though long held, can hardly be described as old-fashioned. In this postfeminist era, feminists must struggle to convince the world that their arguments are still relevant; Hefner, by contrast, sits firmly in the cultural mainstream. And no matter how often he finds himself in the stocks of public opinion, he'll keep on playing the playboy until he can play no more. I wonder at his ability to retain an appetite for a mind-numbingly narrow range of sybaritic pleasures over so many years. However, a few weeks ago he announced he will not be the marrying-kind anymore and enjoy the bachelor life. His never ending source of female pulchritude should help him forget Crystal fairly soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Getting Knackered on Necker Island !

When Sir Richard Branson needs to chill out from his collection of companies that are as diverse as air travel, fitness, financial services, publishing, mobiles, media and music, he retreats to his private island in the warm Caribbean Sea. Necker Island is located in the British Virgin (coincidentally) Islands just north of Virgin Gorda. The island was named after the 17th Century Dutch commander, Johannes de Neckere. It was never inhabited in its long history, according to archaeologists.

In 1978, Sir Richard, then 24 years old and on the way up with his Virgin Record Stores, discovered and put a lowball bid of 200,000 pounds for the 3 million pound island. He was promptly told where to go by the owner, Lord Cobham. A while later, the good Lord, in need of short-term cash eventually settled for 180,000 pounds! However, there was a catch. The Government, seeing a new tourist opportunity, declared that new owner had to develop a resort within five years or the island would revert to the state.

Since Sir Richard purchased Necker Island, there has been a gradual and ongoing programme of improvements to the island's facilities totaling more than US $20 million. Unfortunately not to the overall delight from the Virgin Islands government. They took exception to his gross occupation of the island with huts and buildings. Their idea for a resort was for a nice discrete layout of buildings along the best beach on the island while leaving the greater part of the island in its natural (primeval) state.

He developed several residences in addition to the "Great House", an airy Balinese Villa, smaller one-bedroom Balinese houses, more intimate Bali Cottages and two tennis courts, a heliport and two pools with paths crisscrossing the island to connect everything. To sooth the government's ire he used the last five years spending millions more to ensure Necker Island is as "green"as it possibly can be. He ended up being back in favour. According to some reports, the island is currently valued at around US$106 million!

Necker Island has a young, trendy staff of approximately 60 people. Seven thousand people stay every year. Famous guests have included Princess Diana, Janet Jackson, Harrison Ford, Mariah Carey, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey and Larry Page, Google's billionaire co-founder even married on the island. Guests travel from the nearest islands by high-speed boat; Virgin Gorda (15 minutes) or Beef Island (30 minutes). If guests prefer, they can travel by helicopter directly to the island.

Branson's island can accommodate 28 people at US $54, 500 per night with a MINIMUM stay of 5 nights! The cost for individuals and couples is $2000 per person per night with a 2.5% service charge and an added surcharge for stays over Christmas, New Year and Easter. It is the all-inclusive private island resort with endless choices in the range of water sports available. You name it.....and it is there for you to try. And as a special surprise you might find Sir Richard or a family member joining you.

Necker Island is Richard Branson's home and he tries to spend as much time on the island as he can with his family. However, he visits the island more times during the year than his family can. So, as a typical male that is king of his domain, he likes to party and push the envelop in various sports to let off to say. (see photo) Can you blame him?

The Way I See It....Sir Richard Branson's empire and indeed his life might seem beyond comprehension for us mere mortals but his engaging personality allows us to admire him for his accomplishments and not envy him. Richard Branson created the world famous and trusted brand name Virgin, which now encompasses approximately 200 branded companies. He has developed a reputation for value, quality, innovation, fun and a sense of competitive challenge. Branson has no limitations with Virgin.

Those of us admirers who live in Australia, particularly in Queensland, can enjoy a taste of Necker Island by visiting his Australian holiday home--a heart-shaped island in the middle of the Noosa River. It's called Makepeace Island and is in a similar Balinese-style sprawling across nearly 9 hectares. He bought it for nearly $3 million in 2002 after spotting the site on a weekend trip up the Noosa River. As luck would have was up for sale. Makepeace Island is fully serviced by boat and the stay-over price tag matches its exclusivity, with the daily rate ranging from AU $7900 for up to eight guests in the low season and up to AU$16,900 for a maximum 22 guests in the high season.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Creating One Underclass & Importing Another

In April, 1968, Enoch Powell, a well-respected English Conservative Party MP made a controversial speech that was visionary at the time, in which he warned his audience of what he believed would be the consequences of continued unchecked immigration from the Commonwealth to Britain. At that time there was over a million black Caribbeans and Africans inundating English suburbs and towns every year. This now famous and prophetic "Rivers of Blood" speech was only reiterating the voices of trepidation from his many constituents. Of course he was branded a racist by the socialist establishment and was forced to retire and totally ignored.

Mr Powell died in 1998, living long enough to see the deterioration of English society by two perverse socialist policies; multiculturalism and a rampant welfare system. Britain's riots show what happens when we underestimate the underclass. Or when when we even more stupidly import one. Days of arson, looting and violence starting, not surprisingly, in Tottenham, coyly described as "very diverse". That means it has a large population of people Enoch warned about; those of African and Caribbean descent who are poor, crime-ridden and sullen.

The flashpoint was the shooting by police of Mark Duggan, which led family and friends to protest his "execution" outside the police station. There they were joined by yobs summoned by SMS & Twitter, the technology of the mob. Duggan actually best symbolised fault lines which have yawed open in Britain. He was Black, had three spawn with his girlfriend and another with someone else. This underclass ape had adopted the culture that makes a rabble puffed with pride. He was a crook with a gun, a nightclubber on welfare and gave the finger to his country. He was trash.....blinged as success.

To put it bluntly, the riots in London and elsewhere were a backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice, incompetence and blind faith by the political and intellectual class in an unchecked welfare system. They have somehow managed not to notice what has long been apparent to anyone walking down any frequented British street: that a considerable proportion of the country's young males and females are ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and so immersed in the "gangsta-rap" culture making them criminally inclined.

Unfortunately, while they are totally lacking in self-respect, they are full of self-esteem: that is to say, they believe themselves entitled to a high standard of living and other things, without any effort on its own part. Over the following days, the riots spread over London, and on to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. And they spread to "tribes" of every colour, as ferals celebrated the freedom to dominate and to steal. All this was done under the watch of useless police, whose culture of impotence fearing the racist label for more than a decade has just emboldened the mob more.

The Way I See It....the welfare state creates a society of lazy beasts. Meanwhile, nonjudgmental elites don't dare condemn the animals their programs have created. Prime Minister David Cameron, going against political correctness and the threat of being called a racist, said only a few months ago that, "Multiculturalism is dead in England, our immigrants are not and have not, been assimilating and enjoying our British cultural benefits." Give Enoch Powell a belated cheer!

A few well-placed rifle rounds, and rioting would end in an instant. A more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself, finally removing shaved-headed, drunken, lazy, envious, self-absorbed parasites from the benefits rolls that Britain can't find the will to abolish on leftist or moral grounds. We can be sure there's no danger of killing off the next Winston Churchill, Edmund Burke or Andrew Lloyd Webber in these crowds.

British authorities are paralyzed by their indifference to their own civilization. Over 60 years of berating themselves for the crime of having a British Empire and foolishly giving passports to their newly independent subjects has left them morally defenseless. After giving Mr Powell the personae non gratae treatment they saw nothing about England worth saving, certainly not worth fighting for---which is fortunate since most of their cops don't carry guns. If Britain of 1939 were composed of the current British population, the entirety of Europe would today be doing the "Heil Hitler" salute and wearing Lederhosen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What is a Billion ?

The United States Congress has just got a ceiling put on Obama's debt at 14 Trillion dollars so that the government can continue to pay it's commitments. You can thank the Republicans in forcing President Obama to cut back on his profligate spending but he has already accomplished his "mission" to cripple the U.S. economically and it's credit standing but more so in the world's standing. His intent to reduce his country to second rate status by destroying its credibility as a force to be respected was foretold in the book I already told you to read, "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

However, we have a similar socialist bitch and her labor cronies leading Australia and just as with the deadshit Democrats of America, they have and unbelievable urge to piss-money-up-against-the-wall so to speak. At least here DownUnder the government only talks in billions, for now. They are throwing billions all over the place to further their Marxist/socialist wish list. So next time you hear a politician in any country use the word "billion" in a casual manner think about whether you want the politicians spending your tax money and what it means.

So what is a BILLION? Let me put it in perspective for you:

* A billion seconds ago it was 1959 !

* A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive !

* A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age !

* A billion days ago no-one walked on the Earth on two feet !

For so many politicians the words millions so easily nowadays turn into billions and it rolls of the tip of their tongue a bit too easily. But for every dollar that is borrowed, that in time has to be repaid, by you, by me and by the rest of the country. So Australia's Government debt of around $200 billion is not really a "Temporary Deficit" they want us to believe.

Let's calculate this out. $200 billion is $200,000 million. The current 10 year Government Bond Rate is 4.67% (as of July, 2011). Over a 20 year period the repayments come to more than one and a quarter billion dollars every month for those 20 years!! This really is scary! It works out that we, as taxpayers will be repaying $15.4 billion in interest and principle every year.... that's $733 for very man, woman and child...every year. The total interest bill over those 20 years is $108 billion! Remember, before the people who had shit-for-brains and voted these Labor scum in power, this country had NO DEBT. NO DEBT!

The Way I See It....our present predicament is so obvious when you realise that the six leading members of the government have a collective work experience of 181 years, but only 13 of those years in the private sector. If you take out those 13 years the number that were spent as trade union lawyers, that total of 11 of the 181 years, only TWO years were spent in the private sector.

So out of those 181 years...there were:

No Years spent running their own business

No years spent starting up their own business

No years spent as a director of a private or public company

No years even in a senior position in a public company

No years working in corporate finance

No years working in or with a bank

No years of experience in capital markets

No years in a stock-broking firm

No years ever negotiating debt facilities with banks

No years in a Treasury or Finance Ministry

No years at the World Bank , IMF or OECD

But these low-life, ignorant socialist ideologues have plunged Australia into unprecedented debt and with their Green sanctioned Mining and Carbon Tax threaten to torpedo Australia's economy and its citizen's freedom and lifestyle which they plainly don't understand. Now who will admit they actually voted for these scumbags?? God help us!