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Emotive Creativity Derailing ‘Kony 2012′ War Criminal Indictment?

Inflammatory topic, I agree. But after being lobbied by a few dozen people to use my social media presence to draw my 14 million viewer demographic’s attention to this issue I have a few issues that overwhelmingly give me great misgivings over the impact of the ‘Kony 2012′ project. Everyone knows about child soldiers in Africa. It’s old hat. This is like the WSPA and their bear bile farming, they talk about it like it’s new when they’ve been fund raising on the issue for decades.

This guy alone has been public for almost a decade. Although this isn’t the real criticism that’s damaging this campaign. I should also immediately state has little to no relevance outside of America and project organisers haven’t even factored in that there are 194 other nations besides Uganda and the US. Now, let’s begin.

For starters, the name is moronic. Making a war criminal famous is one thing, but ‘Kony 2012′ tells me fuck all. ‘Katch Kony’ straight up identifies that the person needs to be caught and conveys more in two words than the first 15 minutes of the video outlining the project.

The video itself is boring, long winded, and tries far too hard to be creative and hip, which disengages the majority of people in the world who aren’t coffee shop working or welfare hopping wankers who are usually incapable of any social change. You’re disenfranchising real people who contribute real value to a real society and can commit that real change required.

The organiser of the project is a wanky hipster, so it’s a given this will be the agenda, and we all know that wanky hipsters are the ‘dirty hippy’ of this generation and that alone costs the hunt significantly. The forced over the top near snotty feigned sincerity that these pustulous muppets instil in everything they say or do wore thin with us about a year after their sub-culture emerged from the primordial goop. Yes, about last week.

The propaganda being released to encourage his capture is again extremely ambiguous. When I see “Kony 2012″ looking like an election campaign flyer, I shut down and ignore it. When I see a picture of a black dude in stencil format with his name on it I assume he’s some leader of a humanitarian push against oppression. I think he’s a good guy or something. I don’t think “OH WOW THIS IS REALLY NOVEL AND UNIQUE IT MAY NOT JUST BE A STICKER AND MAY BE WORTH FURTHER INVESTIGATION!” and then waste my time and effort looking up some silly cunts name I found on the wall in the dunny at the local cinemas.

These are common sense things, things that any halfwit would be aware of if they want to lobby effectively, and things that clearly these guys would have faced as criticism repeaetdly in the past and thus that lends us to believe that they ignored this criticism.

That tells me they want to be emotively creative and come across as ‘hip’ and edgy rather than embracing mainstream and leading psychological consensus on lobbying and promotion of materials to enter the human psyche.

So how have they done anything at all? Their whiney little hipster child army have harassed people like me. Why? Because we can reach a bigger audience and deliver a better message than they can and get shit done. So why don’t they do that themselves? Because it’s too fucking hard.

Call me a cynic, call me an arsehole. Re-read this, look at the facts, and there’s one thing you’ll find evident.

I’m right.

 

 

Addendum 07/03/2012: Before you have a sook at me; I’m not saying don’t support this objective. Do so. Just don’t get caught up in irrationality. If these guys wanted to get the job done, they’d have done it properly. They instead are milking it like cause whores, probably to cash in on the snivelling hipster chicks who make up 90% of the crowd photos for easy sex. I mean the guy who made the video has convinced his son that he ‘catches bad men’ for a living. He’s a fucking jobless amateur journo with a camera, not Superman. The amount of public pressure that could be brought to bare on this subject if handled correctly would be intense enough to see to it that the fuckjob kiddy-killer would be dangling from a noose before sun down, but instead the project coordinators run the project as best suits them, their egos, and their hidden agendas. That, when children are the victims, is a crime against humanity in itself.

 

Addendum 08/03/2012: I feel vindicated. Per News Ltd.

But not everyone has fallen in love with KONY 2012. Some are raising doubts as to whether social media is an appropriate forum for advocacy and fund-raising.

Blogs, such as Visiblechildren.tumblr, implore people to research the facts before putting their names to the cause.

“Do I have a better answer? No, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it’s something. Something isn’t always better than nothing. Sometimes it’s worse.”

Charity monitor Charity Navigator gives Invisible Children 2/4 stars for accountability and transparency, prompting concerns over how the not-for-profit organisation spends its money.

Invisible Children reports that in an official account of the $13.7 million raised in the 2010/11 financial year, $8.8 million was allocated for expenses – including filming costs, transportation and production.

 

Posted: March 7th, 2012
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Laser Pointers Ban: Irrationality in Australian Law (@claasn please read)

(I have included a request for @claasn to read this, they are Civil Liberties Australia, one of the many civil liberties bodies we have over here who butt their heads against the brick wall of our pathologically insane and corrupt laws, and I hope they can possibly tweet me a reply, or let me know how to go about addressing this issue and challenging it to get rid of nasty dangerous precedents like these.)

I just got done watching a video of a guy getting in grief on a plane for having his mobile phone on during take-off. As a private pilot I’ve always found this myth amusing, it’s up there with mobile phones at petrol stations ‘needing’ to be switched off for safety reasons. Pilots carry mobile phones with them at all times in case their radios drop out, at about 3,000 feet you’ll get a signal strong enough to call the tower rather than relying on a 7700 call on your transponder to alert the tower your radio is out then a blind descent.

There are many rubbish ‘safety’ myths out there, and many become law. In Australia laser pointers are banned, at various levels, to various strengths. The reason was, airline pilots had been ‘blinded’ by them, and the media made a storm in a tea cup out of it. As a pilot I was very unimpressed with the Australian Pilots Association director being all over the radio sanctioning this nonsense, so I rang their office up. After a bit of bullshitting and passing myself off as his 10:30AM appointment who’s hit a hurdle I tricked his secretary into putting me onto him directly.

I told him as a pilot I felt he was making us all look like a bunch of pussies, because anyone with a scrap of intelligence would know that laser pointers are safe, and that it is impossible to look into a laser pointer long enough (4+ seconds) to cause harm because your body forcibly defends itself by closing your eyes or looking away. It’s worth noting at this point the complaints weren’t that they were distracting pilots, but that they were blinding them and causing them to take time off work. Further, without a tripod, you cannot successfully aim a laser pointer at the cockpit of a plane intentionally that isn’t literally a few hundred feet away due to the minor motor tremors in the human hand and body.

He didn’t hang up, and actually tried to argue the toss with me. I asked him how many people have legally been disabled or lost work over this issue, he told me that ‘a few dozen’ pilots had taken sick days after a ‘laser attack’, and that ‘one pilot in South Australia is now legally blind because of it’. He fell into my trap, I’d read about the SA pilot, he had a degenerative eye condition prior, and arguably the blindness (although it was 6/12, which is the minimum level for ‘legal’ blindness for pilots yet is still perfectly usable for non-pilots) was caused by this and not the laser.

Aside from anecdotes, and “I know someone who …” stories, there is only ONE case in the world of surgical proof of damage from a laser, and it was that of a teen in Manchester, England who bought a laser pointed, forcibly held his eye lid open, and shone it into his eye to see how long he could stand it. After a month without treatment his surgeon noticed a marked increase, aside from a ‘minor dark spot’ where the laser burn affected his retina.

Now so what, I don’t use laser pointers, maybe you don’t too. What’s the big deal if they’re banned, right? The big deal is, an urban legend posing as a ‘laser attack’ has led to millions of wasted tax payer funds on investigating, millions on legislating, millions on passing bills, and many millions on policing something that is innocuous and innocent beyond that of minor ass hattery. Further, people have been arrested, locked up and deprived of liberty pending trials, and fined equal millions for ‘laser attacks’ on planes and helicopters, including one man who served a month in gaol over here for a ‘laser attack’ of PolAir, a police helicopter.

The law is meant to represent the views and moral/ethical beliefs of the people. The law is meant to be rational, clinical, scientific, and logical. The law is meant to be right. So a law that is based on bullshit figures, pussy pilots wanting sickies, and draconian authoratarian angry politicians and law enforcement soap boxing on every news channel and every talk back radio show about these horrible ‘attacks’ is an abhorrent blight on our rights and our legal system. If THIS can happen, with something so trivial as a kids toy, what other laws have slipped by unnoticed and cost billions of dollars and deprived people of their freedom in the name of public safety?

There’s even been allegations made that ‘terrorists’ (see: this era’s ‘communist’, or last centuries ‘witch’) intentionally using laser pointers to attack and incite terror and try and kill, maim, rape and destroy western civilisation … with a fucking $2 laser pointer. A brief google search and you’ll realise just how insane and over the top this issue got in Australia and many other countries. Things like these MUST be investigated by rational minded people, and evidence must be more than sooky muppets wanting sickies from their commercial piloting jobs.

Any bullshit trumped up law like this needs to be challenged and defeated. It’s as ridiculous as Australian gun laws, those have gotten so bad that if you buy a childs cap gun (all of which have to be fluro colored, and have a different colored fluro plug in the end of the barrel (y’know, just in case you somehow convert a plastic gun into a real one, or just in case you scare an old lady when your kid is running around the streets playing cops and robbers)) then paint it black, you face 15 years in prison for possession of a prohibited handgun. Even replicas, some nerf guns, a Transformer toy, and airsoft guns are illegal here.

I don’t want to dwell on that topic or digress too much, but (cool story bro story time) I decided to take the cunts to bat on this one, I rang up the local police, told them I bought a cap gun and painted it black. They asked why, I told them my mates and I were filming a lolvideo for YouTube and we wanted to make sure things were legally kosher. After being told that it’s a criminal offence which could bring 15 years gaol, and escalating to the duty officer, I confirmed beyond doubt that for $2 and a lick of paint you can lose the better part of your life in prison for it. So, being a horrible troll, I kept my deadpan tone of serious concern, and asked how I can deal with this situation.

They explained I had to get a theatrical armorers license, and register it as a handgun, and also get a category H firearms license. I told them I have a handgun license at present (but naturally wasn’t keen on giving any details away that could identify me) and they told me in that case I could hire a theatrical armorer (those guys cost a few grand for a day) and just have to register the pistol (a few hundred bucks and a 30-90 day wait) so that I can complete my 3 minute lolvideo with my mates. So, again, I persisted.

I contacted the firearms registry and explained my situation. They were more than happy to help me register my new $2 handgun, and sent me to their website where we got the right forms in PDF, she also suggested I take the cap gun to the police so they may store it in their armory where it will be kept safe. I pointed out that I’d very happily do that, because I’m still quite shell shocked that I accidentally made an illegal firearm, and I don’t want anyone to go on a killing spree with it because then I’d be as guilty for letting them get their hands on such a weapon. Ironically that flew under her radar and she agreed with me.

When looking at the form I found a problem; my cap gun didn’t have a serial number. She had to talk to her supervisor about that, and about half an hour later she rang back and told me that if it doesn’t have a serial number on the frame we can’t register it. I pointed out that no cap guns in the world have serial numbers, and asked if I could just write one on it. She explained it has to be engraved in a metal portion of the gun. Unfortunately aside from a spring, there were no metal parts, thus per the legislation I could not register it and was forced to remain a criminal at large.

Whilst this is just an ironic documentation of a conference call where my mates and I wanted to be dicks, we did illustrate a clear point that most governmental parties involved refused to concur with; Australian laws can be insanely daft, irrational, and purely to win votes. The anti-gun lobby also jumped on the ‘laser attack’ issue when it was out. Given that it takes about $5-10 grand and a few years to get your hands on a gun in this country, not to mention the hundreds of hoops, training, background checks, psychological evaluations by unqualified pistol club captains with mullets in a classroom atmosphere asked to comment professionally evaluating your mental competence, and other rather inane and psychopathic elements to the gun laws, the gun lobby are still looking at American crime statistics, watching American films, and convinced everyone, not just gun owners, are batshit insane serial killers who need to be locked up; all except them and people they agree are sane of course.

So while you’ve got psychotic lobby groups and vocal minorities squeeling about the dangers outside their living room, on the flipside your rational population are gutless, or apathetic, or both. These bullshit laws permeate our culture, and other cultures, and go unchallenged. They set dangerous precedents for other psychopathy posing as jurisprudence, and the societal costs of all such things probably run into a sizable chunk of our GDP in wasted spending, not to mention the impact on people charged by these bullshit laws.

How deranged must law makers be to err on the side of restriction of freedom? Could it be linked to the fact that this law also outlawed the trade in black market light-storage medium devices and game console hacking involving the replacement of lasers and drives? Could it be linked to the psychotic anti-gun lobby thinking laser pointers are weapons? After all, they’re now listed as prohibited WEAPONS (ironically so is body armor, because you could totally kill someone with a ceramic tile in a vest!) so maybe they do?

Posted: March 7th, 2012
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First Pulsar had NASA thinking Aliens, but does the Aurora Carry a Message?

When astronomers discovered a pulsar for the first time, they thought the regular signal coming from the star was a call from aliens. A similar story happened in Russia, although it is far less-known to the public.
It started in 1938, when famous polar explorer Ivan Papanin and his team returned from the world’s first-ever drifting ice station expedition. Among the numerous meteorological, oceanographical, hydrobiological and other materials, the brave explorers brought with them films with photos of a rare kind of aurora borealis.
The films had been shelved for several years and narrowly escaped a fire, when an incendiary bomb hit the Institute of Oceanography during a Nazi German bombing raid on Moscow.
In 1949, the photos were shown by a fellow scientist to Igor Tamm, a famous physicist and future Nobel Prize winner. Tamm, who was researching high energy particles at the time, was greatly agitated, after noticing that patterns in the luminosity of the aurora were similar to those he had seen in his lab.
Tamm consulted Ernst Krenkel, Papanin’s radioman, and came up with the theory that aurora borealis could be used as a communication medium if a powerful electromagnetic radiation is applied to the solar wind, which causes the northern lights. He called the phenomenon “chromatically modulated transmission” and submitted a secret memorandum directly to Joseph Stalin, requesting finances and access to top secret equipment to put the theory to the test.
The letter was reviewed by the Kremlin’s inner circle and the result was unlike anything Tamm expected. He was accused of being an American spy, and it took seven months and a lot of political maneuvering from his influential colleagues to get his name cleared. Tamm’s idea was buried for two decades.
It was in 1986, when the research of the strange aurora was actually carried out on the direct order of Mikhail Gorbachev. It is not clear how he ever got the information on Tamm’s theory in the first place, but some researchers suggest a link through physicist and human rights activist Andrey Sakharov, who used to work with Tamm on a project of thermonuclear power plant.
A small and top-secret research institution was opened in the northern port city of Murmansk, which closely monitored auroras. In August 1991, a breakthrough happened – cryptologists working on three records of suspected communication signals finally came up with proof that the northern lights really contained information embedded it their colors.
A report was sent to Gorbachev, but on the next day, several officials and generals launched a coup d’etat. On that same day, a stolen fighter jet of the Finnish Air Force crossed the border and crashed into the research facility in Murmansk, killing 16 people and destroying most of their records.
Three days later, chief of the aliens, who secretly rule the world, ordered the replacement of the transmitter on the dark side of the moon, which caused interference with aurora borealis.
Of course, the whole story has nothing to do with reality. Skeptically-minded readers probably have felt it from the very beginning, while those with a taste for mystery may have made it almost to the end without feeling that it is bogus. The point is that, to a certain point, people will not doubt what they are told, as long as it is in tune with their gut feeling of how the world works.
It is not that bad actually. Our imagination, curiosity and desire for a miracle distinguish us from machines and animals. Somehow we need to believe in UFOs, or in the “love conquers all” motto, or in special value of Apple products. It probably helps us believe in other stupid illusions like fairness, family values and the importance of human life.

Posted: March 4th, 2012
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@Interpol arrest 25 Anons, 2500 More Born (In other news, Mudkips.)

Article at the bottom stolen (fair use) from News Ltd. about the arrest of 25 anons. Rant up the top provided by an unknown party who types remarkably like I do.

 

In the last few weeks we’ve had fucknut’s at the NSA starting to spread propaganda about anon saying that ‘in a few years they will be able to take down the US power grid’ through to this nonsense. The power grid was lol, I mean, no anon would bother, and PLENTY anons could drop a power grid already. Fuck, all you’d need are a few dozen $5 pagers and some magnesium and aluminium filings from a hardware store along with some sparklers and you could systematically physically drop a power network at infrastructure level; but the kicker is, why the fuck would you?

Lots of anons live in the US, we all need our internet access and computers, EVERYONE does these days, so no one would touch a power grid. We all also know that people are on life support, people are operating machinery which if interrupted may do horrible things, and that in general a DOS of a primary infrastructure like that wouldn’t earn you cool points, isn’t justified, and just makes you an epic boner.

 

BUT! No one is going to do that. No one will target innocent people for no reason. Every attack by anonymous has been justified, righteous and to punish a corrupt or otherwise evil tosser. The people have no power these days. Protests do nothing, and police don’t even obey their own laws when dealing with them and wrongfully arrest and inhumanely treat protestors, and worse, you’ve got cockless wonder nearly-retired baby boomer conservative fucks who instantly assume ANYONE protesting ANYTHING is a dirty filthy hippie and the police should shoot them and save the justice system money.

Without an outlet, people’s rage and anger at evil and corruption hits boiling point. 100 years ago people would be storming the places that were hacked heavily armed and violently overthrowing governments or burning down offices and lynching people. That ironically is not kosher with the above mentioned cowardly baby boomers who think 40 years gaol for a possession charge is acceptable, and that the death penalty is rad.

So, what can angry, angry people do?

Vote?

Like that’ll make a difference when cunts with one foot in the grave who serve no purpose in this world anymore and are anachronisms that we’re just waiting to pass away outnumber us significantly. Voting only works if the average person is intelligent enough to make the right, moral, and ethical choices. Democracy only works when you can say that most people aren’t brainless fucking uneducated morons living in fantasy land of AM radio and Fox news channels.

(Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an anarchist, or a … well, anything. I’m a centrist libertarian in it’s dictionary definition not the trendy hipster alternate that seems to be around these days who believes in common sense prevailing.)

People want to lash out. You have disenfranchised masses of reasonably intelligent mostly middle class mostly white mostly men mostly between the ages of 15-30 who have everything in the world going against them, yes that’s a lot of mostly’s but it really is the touchstone demographic in Australia at least for the average anon, and based on all of those mostly’s each one compounds their lack of a voice and the public right to victimise and otherwise destroy and dead agent until the cows come home and they can’t do or say a thing about it.

So, where do these demographics go? Online! Now there are many other demographics in anon besides the silenced majority, which are also silenced and otherwise the worlds bitch. But together, they can make a difference. Together they can kick a bully’s ass in the global playground that is the game of life. And you blame them for taking this action? You blame them for lashing out at paedophiles, animal torturers, corrupt politicians, corporations, governments, you name it?

For every anon arrested a hundred more will take their place. This has been the agreed maxim since it began, and this will be the truth until the end.

Anons are a game of pokemon you cannot win. Contemporary society owe anon more than it will ever realise, and in a hundred years time think about how society will look back at those who targetted and demonized them, trying to pretend they’re terrorists and communists and anarchists who are hell bent on destroying the world.

With the NSA’s bullshit feeding and lies, now with this Interpol attack, I can honestly say I see within the next 2-5 years that the American government will somehow claim anon is a terrorist organisation and start blanket arresting them where they can.

It’ll be McArthyism all over again. Just like the nazi’s came up with bullshit made up excuses to victimise Jews and use a few rare examples of corrupt Jewish bankers (even in some cases citing Shylock himself as cause) to tar an entire peoples with the same brush, Anonymous will be engaged on that same level. It’s only a matter of time.

The only difference is, they don’t know who or where to look to catch them all, and they don’t know how or when the revenge will come.

From puppy killers being fucked over by /b/rothers, through to /i/nsurgency taking down corrupt governments during the recent grab for democracy in the middle east (then counter attacks when the dictators deposed were replaced with a council of dictators like the muslim brotherhood) even down to the Quran burnings of 1 Quran per person killed in the psychopathic mass riots and massacres in the middle east because a prison burnt Quran’s filled with hate propaganda and terrorist instructions and directions to be smuggled out to the pbulic, EVERY action that makes the headlines even under basic scrutiny appears just and fair.

Yes, you will get trolls. Yes, people will attack organisations that attack piracy or obtaining entertainment in a timely and affordable manner because the industry needs a paradigm shift to bring it into this century. YES you will get fuckwits operating outside of the scope and morals of the collective.

But ultimately, at the end of the day, Anonymous is a force of good, and unlike most others, it keeps FORCE in the forefront of that statement, and cannot be stopped.

All hail Epic Beard Man, Ubiquitous Ruler and Overlord of ANONYMOOSE! *does secret salute*

 

Police from Interpol arrest 25 suspected members of the Anonymous hackers group in a swoop covering more than a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the global police body said yesterday.

“Operation Unmask was launched in mid-February following a series of coordinated cyber-attacks originating from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain,” said the world police body based in the French city of Lyon.

The statement cited attacks on the websites of the Colombian Ministry of Defence and the presidency, as well as on Chile’s Endesa electricity company and its National Library, among others.

The operation was carried out by police from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain, the statement said, with 250 items of computer equipment and mobile phones seized in raids on 40 premises in 15 cities.

Police also seized credit cards and cash from the suspects, aged 17 to 40.

“This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the Internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity,” said Interpol’s acting director of police services.

Posted: February 29th, 2012
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Gang Rape in Bligh Park? Nope, Facebook Rumor!

I was told today that last night there was a brutal gang raping of a young girl in a slightly rough but usually quiet area of an otherwise extremely quiet region that is a predominantly white, middle class, boring as fuck retiree haven over here in Australia.
The details were quite brutal, and involved forced penetration with a pole, amongst other nasties, as a group of men subdued and took turns raping some poor unfortunate young girl who ‘died this morning’ from her injuries whilst in hospital.

This shit was all spread on Facebook mind you, and has subsequently ended up all over the Hawkesbury Gazette.

So, being the fearless internet tough guy blogger that I am, I decided to apply my complete lack of media training (unlike the Hawkesbury Gazette) and … fucking ask?

A brief chat with the duty officer of the LAC in question, and I was informed it’s bullshit, although they’d just received a call prior notifying them that it was all over the Hawkesbury Gazette. The entire thing is the product of an overactive imagination, and inbred hicks posting things all over face book without thinking to check the news, or call their local police station, who would have confirmed that it did not happen, and is not true.

For my international readers, who aren’t Aussie’s or locals: In Australia, rape is infrequent, fuck violent crime itself is pretty infrequent, gang rape is almost unheard of. Almost all gang rape over here occurs in Sydney’s south-southwest, or three public instances in the Parramatta area.
A brief overview of the justice systems PDF mail outs of crimes and punishments shows the above to be true, and almost all gang rape exclusively involves ‘persons of middle eastern appearance’ and ‘muslim’ identified as their religious beliefs when (if) they are processed into the prison system post-sentencing.
In the past there have been huge public outcries in relation to the constant affiliation of Islam and rape, along with batshit insane mullah’s promoting vile sexist beliefs, blaming women for being raped, and defending gang rapists such as Bilal Skaff, who got thirty years prison sentence while most of his mates got off because they were young (including tax payer funded renames, and relocations, so they don’t get lynched) for a spate of gang rapes.
As an anti-theist, I’m unsurprised by this, although I couldn’t particularly see any religion aside from Islam being responsible for … well, most vile disgusting racist, sexist, and immoral acts because, of all the religions, they tend to have the most vapid vitriolic fuckwits of the less than 23% of the population who consider religion to be important to them here.
As an aside, I find it ironic that for a nation where religious types are a significantly dwindling minority (google the correlation between lifespan, education, and quality of life and the lack of religion if you want your mind blown, we’re the seventh most atheistic nation and the seventh highest in quality of life), they sure are vocal, obnoxious, and make up a disproportionate amount of gun crime, sexual crimes, etc.
So from an Australian point of view, the Hawkesbury region is the polar opposite, as it’s a very quiet little region, where at most you get stories of drunken yobs punching on on a Friday night, and that’s about it. A crime spree for those kinds of areas would probably be a bunch of graffiti occurring, or a junkie breaking into a couple of houses in one night.

Posted: January 30th, 2012
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Japan Uses Tsunami Relief for Whaling, @tony_burke Looks On

While the opposition to “scientific whaling” is almost unanimous worldwide, convictions, lawsuits and diplomatic protests have not had any impact on Japan’s voracious whaling policy in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. While the Australian government has case law backing it up to intervene, it refuses to, under the lackluster performance of Tony Burke who won’t even send a single vessel to intercept the pirate whalers.

On September 30, 2011, the Japanese government announced that they would increase the whaling program budget by almost 600 percent, drawing that money from funds intended to rebuild the country after the earthquake and tsunami. This drew the ire of civil groups in Japan along with an official protest by over sixty international organizations.

The following article was published on December 16th by Centro de Conservación Cetacea and outlines their abuse of worldwide funds for rebuilding and charity after their earth quakes and tsunamis.
(reprinted with permission)

Japan’s “Scientific Whaling,” Much More than Whales

On December 7th, three ships of the Japanese whaling fleet, led by the Yushin Maru, sailed from the port of Shimonoseki towards the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to capture 900 Antarctic minke whales and 50 Endangered fin whales under the alleged purpose of conducting “scientific research.”

The characteristics of the fleet, sailing dates and operational plans remain a mystery. The Japanese government justifies this secrecy citing security reasons. However, this type of information should be public since whales are a natural patrimony that does not belong to the government of Japan.

Whaling Industry Receives Recovery Funds Despite Crisis

On September 30th Japanese press reported that its government would increase by almost 600 percent the annual budget given to the whaling program in Antarctica to strengthen the security of the whaling fleet. In 2010 the fleet returned home with less than 20 percent of the self-granted catch quota after it ended the season earlier arguing that Sea Shepherd threatened the safety of its operations. In order to make this substantial budget increase, the government announced it would use public money from Japanese taxpayers that were originally intended to rebuild the country.

The announcement produced the immediate opposition of Japanese civil society. More than a dozen organizations, including Japan’s Environmental Lawyers Federation, the Association for Protection of Marine Communities and the Whale Action Network, sent a strong message to the Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, denouncing the use public funds originally intended for rebuilding of the country to “to conduct scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean according to the original plan.” The letter, which was later joined by a dozen Latin American organizations, including the Cetacean Conservation Center and the Ecoceanos Center of Chile, also states that the use of these funds creates inevitable questions about the vested interests of the government of Japan in prolonging “the dying whaling program with taxpayer money.”

Officers of the Japan Fisheries Agency (JFA) came out quickly to defend the government’s decision saying that the money will go to support the whaling industry and some communities that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami of last March. They added that by returning with a “full load” [of whales] they would be able to revive the community of Ayukawa, the only whaling vicinity in the east coast of Ojika peninsula which was destroyed in March that used to have only one whaling station. However, the funds requested by the JFA clearly specify that the final destination of the money is to “increase the safety of the whaling fleet and allow stable operation of the season in Antarctica.” Similarly, the statements of JFA officials evidence the true commercial nature of the so-called “scientific whaling” and confirm once more the illegality of these operations.

Following these disconcerting statements the response of the Japanese civil society was immediate. On December 2nd several organizations urged their authorities to review the use of public funds in the maintenance of the whaling industry, in a strong and compelling public sign of opposition to the Japanese government’s whaling policy.

Posted: December 29th, 2011
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Why you Should Not Support @Wikipedia or @JimmyWales

As someone who has been arbitrarily life banned from Wikipedia for being an ‘account purely made to deface or vandalize wikipedia’ as I made one smart arsed quip back during the World Cup and replaced the South African flag on the South Africa article with a dude blowing a vevuzela, I can honestly empathize with the poster of this article.

I found it whilst reading over reddit, he submitted it to Wikimedia Foundations ‘share your wikipedian story’, naturally it will never get shared, however his story is the story of tens of thousands of people who have extremely grand academic qualifications yet have fallen foul of over zealous administrators (my life ban is unappealable, I tried, but was banned from editing my own page (which you have to do to be able to appeal a ban), I edited it from my IP instead and got my IP banned and told I can’t appeal another persons ban (even though it was my ban), I tried again at a later point, the same resulted, etc ad nauseum).

I was shocked at how common this is, but here is the guys post in full, please give it a read, and definitely reproduce it if you can, and let’s hope Jimmy Wales pays attention.

I started editing wikipedia literally the week it launched. I spent many years, and many, many hours per day contributing and assisting with the development of many projects. I never really got involved in the politics behind the scene, and I gradually watched as it became a prominant part of the Wikipedia community, to the point where more often than not edits that weren’t pushing the appropriate admins agenda would literally get people banned.

One day, after reverting what I thought was a NPOV breach, I woke up to find my account banned, for good, with no reason other than ‘vandalism’, which was absurd. I couldn’t even appeal my ban as I was unable to post on my talk page to do so. I logged out and appealed on my talk page, my IP was banned and I was told I cannot appeal a ban for a user from a random IP as they cannot tell if I’m that user. Again, I couldn’t appeal the ban, and it was a forever and ever ban.

So, I cycled my IP, and posted an appeal in regards to the matter, I dealt with it as diplomatically as possible as I thought it was clearly an oversight or mistake. I was banned again. In frustration, and with no way to appeal without just getting banned and told I cannot appeal the ban of ‘another user’, I googled to see if this was a common thing.

I soon discovered that there are tens of thousands of wikipedia editors who fell foul to politics and ego tripping admins, people who, like me, contributed large portions of their life to establishing and getting Wikipedia off the ground.

People who, like me, were level headed normal individuals, with exemplary service contributing 2,500+ hours, like me, including many people who went out into the world to procure documents, photos, and other elements we needed for articles for our encyclopedia, and, like me, felt they were participating in something great.

As time has progressed, you find less and less editors sticking around, the few that do tend to fall foul of such politics. An academic friend of mine recently edited their dormatory IP links Talk page, he said “These users can’t be fucked registering accounts, but please don’t mind them, they’re academics contributing through our dorm’s secure gateway, if you need to contact us, *email*”

His page was reverted for ‘vandalism’ by a wikipedian. He reverted that, removed ‘fuck’, and told the editor through the edit note to go away because it’s a talk page and not srs bsns. This got him banned for ‘harassing a user’. He couldn’t appeal it as he was disabled from editing his own talk page. He used his mobile phone to appeal it, it was banned, the gateway was banned for life as an ‘open proxy’, and he was told he cannot appeal another users ban. He cycled his IP, and petitioned for an admin, who life banned that IP also, along with his phone network.

These are experiences and rewards you too can expect as a wikipedian, contributing to our great encyclopedia, for the few hours to maybe weeks that you may be able to do so without rubbing some over officious ban-zealous crazy. How wikipedia survives is purely by exploiting the ignorance of it’s other members who are unaware that there are tens of thousands of highly qualified individuals out there who have fallen foul of politics.

I have several hundred thousand dollars of education under my belt, I am a doctor of philosophy with three bachelors and two masters degrees. My associate is a professor of law, and his dorm consisted of doctoral candidates (academics completing their doctorates), so right there was a think tank of millions of dollars of the worlds finest education. All written off because there is no policy to deal with over officious persons and people offended by ‘sod off’, or worse, you enforcing NPOV on articles they disagree with.

You will also encounter:

* Obsessive list makers who wish to document members of any ethnic group, religious group, political group, or what not.
* Obsessive image adders who will get into huge flame wars with people because they want photographs of peoples anuses, or genitalia, on various pages, in various manners. They actually get into heated debates on which anus is better.
* Psychologically disturbed administrators like one girl SlimVirgin who claimed to be a member of MI5, the Mossad, and other pathological things that one would assume an organisation would distance themselves from but is still an untouchable administrator.
* The list really goes on, so; I leave you with this parting advice.

Educate yourself, google ‘wiki watch’, ‘wikipedia corruption’, ‘arbitrary banning on wikipedia’, ‘slimvirgin’, ‘wikipedia working for government agendas’, ‘government departments having sole editing rights to public articles on events’, ‘wikipedia 911 cover ups’ (be careful with that one though, there’s a lot of crazy conspiracy nuts out there, but any rational minded person can weed this out), among many others.

Don’t waste your life helping Wikipedia until they take out the trash. Ignore their director’s appeals for money, give to the red cross, give to your local homeless shelters, hell, give to the local pound, do something that matters in your community and in your world.

Leave encyclopedian pursuits to encyclopedians, real ones, ones who spend their life learning and conducting the documentation of such things. Buy a membership to Encyclopedia Britannica, it’s cheap and supports real academics not crackpot internet users with hidden agendas.

Most of all, I ask all of you reading this, to please, PLEASE replicate this appeal and place it anywhere it can gain attention and maybe get some traction amongst existing wikipedians who could push for justice for the tens of thousands of us arbitrarily life banned for no good reason.

Regards,

Dr. A. Swadling
Director of CIRO Project
University of Sydney

Posted: December 19th, 2011
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Doctors & Scientists Demand Alternative Medicine Be Given the Boot (Read if you’re into this crap.)

I’m SO glad to see this that I literally tracked down and emailed thanks to the people involved in the petition. For idiots who believe in this rubbish, check out whatstheharm.net and see just how many tens of thousands of people alt. med. kills, maims or ruins. If alternative medicine worked it wouldn’t be alternative, we have  a word for things that work, medicine. I understand that a lot of folks are superstitious, but they’re so ignorant they don’t even realise chiropractic is a cult of opening chakras to let your chi flow, and NOT physiotherapists, further they started with some quack who claimed to cure a blind man with it and it’s trained like a pyramid scheme for registration.

Investigate whether your health insurance or other insurance companies ALLOW you to seek alternative medicine on their dollar, if they do, drop them and tell them why; don’t pay for ignorant dullards who live in the dark ages to waste your funds and your insurance firms funds on quackery. People who offer alt. med. are con men, and are disgusting, terrible people who should be thrown in gaol as they are plain and simply criminals. People who talk about alt. med. or promote it or are ‘open minded’ but too stupid to go to scholar.google.com and read scientific evaluations are just as bad, their negligence proliferates this nonsense and causes significant damage the world over.

My pet hate is chinese traditional medicine. Everyone’s all OH DEY BIN DOIN DIS SINCE 48 MILN YERZ AGO. Sure, they have. And their average life expectancy is 1/3rd of yours. And their lack of real medicine is fucking well why. Also, keep in mind the Chinese government has a propaganda unit that scour the internet, especially places like wiki, forcing and enforcing their claims on EVERY technology ever invented. The muslims are hot on the heals with a lot of islamofascists pushing their agendas and trying to claim they invented it first when half the time it’s some fat little balding Italian geezer or something far less glamorous.

tl;dr — Fuck alternative medicine and anyone who believes in it, you are cancer in human society and my shot gun is the chemo.

 

AUSTRALIA’S top doctors want university courses in acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathy scrapped, claiming they are a misuse of public money and encourage quackery.

Thirty-four of Australia’s top doctors, medical researchers and scientists have signed a petition challenging universities that “give undeserved credibility to ‘alternative’ therapies”.

Signatories include Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton and University of NSW Medicine Professor John Dwyer, who is also the founder of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance.

Doctors penned an open letter after Central Queensland University announced it would offer a new chiropractic course next year.

They argue it is necessary to protect consumers from the dangers of scientifically unproven practices.

“We have shared with each other our concern about the increasing numbers of universities that are allowing non-evidence based ‘pseudo’ disciplines to be offered to their students,” they wrote.

“It is difficult to counter the massive amount of misleading, often fraudulent, information provided to consumers … the task becomes harder when tertiary institutes give to unacceptable practices an undeserved imprimatur by including them among the courses they offer for study.”

Professor Alastair MacLennan from the University of Adelaide said the group made its concerns public to rally support.

“We condemn the ‘teaching’ of unproven beliefs such as homeopathy, naturopathy and iridology in public institutions,” Professor MacLennan said, describing the practices as shonky.

Professor Marcello Costa of Flinders University said it was a misuse of public dollars.

“It is disturbing to see a centre of learning, of supposed excellence, teaching and perpetuating health practices based on beliefs in principles that are totally unscientific,” he said.

“It encourages the spread of quackery within the health system, misuses the public’s health dollars, encourages unnecessary ‘treatments’ and may delay effective treatment when true disease is present.”

The letter comes as Sydney University published a report showing acupuncture failed to assist disability or improve quality of life in patients suffering whiplash.

The study, published this week in Spine, found acupuncture slightly improved pain scores but had no clinical importance.

 

Posted: December 13th, 2011
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WHO Almost Wipes out Polio, But Islam Thinks it’s a Conspiracy!

Yes, two anti-religious posts in a row. But it just happens that in the last few days I’ve stumbled across two examples of why religion can be cancerous. The WHO has been on the brink of destroying polio forever, but due to religious leaders (the same ones that are being put in power as the middle east ‘overthrow tyrants’ for batshit insane panels of tyrants like ‘the muslim brotherhood’  (What a name eh? Not only will they discriminate who can help govern by faith, but by gender, all in one bigoted party, ironically they’re the people the ‘west’ have aided to come to power.) decided that clearly polio vaccines are a western plot to steralize non-white people and spread aids.

The following article excerpt is from Time, cited in part for commentary purpose (within the DMCA scope): –

In Nigeria’s arid north these days, it may as well be 2003 all over again. This month, news began to circulate that a recent polio outbreak in the predominantly Muslim region was triggered by a vaccine designed to eliminate it, and it is jarring already raw nerves in the historically volatile setting.

In the summer of 2003, Muslim clerics and disgruntled northern politicians banned polio vaccinations in the area, claiming that the drugs were a Western ploy to spread HIV and sterilize Muslim girls. The year-long mass boycott of the vaccine sparked a rash of new infections, and the virus jumped to about a dozen other countries — a devastating rollback for a polio eradication campaign that seemed finally on the verge of success.

Health workers in Nigeria fear they’re on the verge again — of collapse. When the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control revealed in early October that 69 Nigerian children had been paralyzed by polio virus since 2005 — and had contracted the illness through exposure to the live virus found in the oral vaccine drop — it was the nightmare situation public health workers had been dreading: the rare vaccine-related outbreak that could spark renewed paranoia and permanently halt eradication efforts.

In the teeming mercantile metropolis of Kano, northern Nigeria’s largest city of some 10 million and the epicenter of the 2003 boycott, glittering mosques rise above streets lined with green steel plates bearing scrawled quotes from the Koran, while women hurry past tucked into their hijabs and veils. There’s no doubt that Kano is deeply entrenched in Islamic fundamentalism. “Religion is really big here,” says Aminu Isa, 32, a taxi driver. “Anything about Islam and the typical Kano man is ready to lose his head.”

Anti-Western sentiments run deep here too, fueled lately by a battle between the Nigerian government and U.S. drugmaker Pfizer. In an $8.5 billion lawsuit filed against the company, the Nigerian government says Pfizer caused the deaths of 11 children in Kano as a result of unauthorized clinical trials of an experimental antibiotic for meningitis in 1996 — charges that Pfizer denies, but which Islamic leaders have exploited as proof of a conspiracy.

Here, Western education is also seen as a pointedly Christian concept — an apostasy — and literacy levels are virtually nonexistent. “By the time Western education came to Nigeria,” says Musa Salisu, 47, an advocate for polio victims in Kano, “most northerners said to anybody agreeing to learn English, ‘When you die, you’ll enter hellfire.’”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1675423,00.html#ixzz1fRzOi71Y

 

Posted: December 3rd, 2011
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Neutrino’s Faster than Light? Nope, you’re just doing it wrong!

A lot of pseudo intellectual journalists harped on the story I’m sure you all heard about a Faster than Light (FTL) measurement. It caused a bit of a stir in the scientific community, but the general response was an overt skepticism and dismissive attitude which many people didn’t understand. I’ve been asked this question enough times that I’ll hash out a general example of why it’s more probable that they were measuring things wrong to get the results they mentioned, and why FTL is still not proven (or possibly how Einstein is still right!)

Regarding Supernova 1987A: Astrophysicists had long theorized that when a star explodes, most of its energy is released as neutrinos—low-mass, subatomic particles that fly through planets like bullets through tissue paper. Part of the theory is that in the early phase of this type of explosion, the only ob- servable evidence is a shower of such particles; it then takes another few hours for the inferno to emerge as visible light. As a result, scien- tists predicted that when a star went supernova near us, we’d detect the neutrinos about three hours before we’d see the burst in the visible spectrum. (The Long Tail by Chris Anderson p58)

Many people have cited 1987A as an example of FTL, which is an inaccurate representation. Whilst it would appear that if the neutrinos arrived hours before the light of the supernova it seems that FTL is possible, and even probable.

The short answer is that the neutrinos must have got a lead on the light. When supernovae occur, neutrinos AND photons are created at the core of the stars gravity well and start pouring out into space, but the other layers of the star are still in the way. Neutrinos fly through anything, they’re applied physics’ answer to ninjas, so they reach deep space far sooner. Photons however can be blocked, deflected, redirected, et cetera, even by the gaseous material getting blown away from the star so it appears it takes a few hours for the photons to begin to emit through or get through anything blocking it’s path. Logical? Very. It’s that difference that gives neutrinos a head start.

If neutrinos DID travel faster than light, there would have been a significantly different time span in arrivals in SN 1987A, which occured more than 150,000 light years away; which would mean neutrinos had a significant amount of time to overtake photons if they would or could. If the recent claims of FTL neutrinos were accurate, then the neutrinos from this event would have arrived SIX YEARS earlier than the photons did.

This doesn’t mean FTL is impossible, but it is highly improbable. If the above logic holds then the measurement is wrong; if the measurement is right however there could be something else more complicated than we can empirically measure at present occurring.

That being said, scientists rarely look for the neutrinos from supernova, they turn to already in use detectors to measure it, but in the cast of 1987A there was a sharp peak 2-3 hours before the photons arrived at at least three different detectors. Although given the infrequency of detection of these particles the ‘event’ overall was a reception of ten to fifteen registers per detector, which could be coincidental even if the neutrinos and photons were released at the same time alluding to them having a head start. This becomes even more convoluted when we factor in that it may have been a case of confirmation bias; they saw the supernova, then checked neutrino register logs and noted the spike after the fact and assumed the two are related!

Another thing to make the issue even more complicated is that the OPERA result would only suggest a 5-6 year time delay if neutrino ejection or emission speed were a constant, that meaning that all neutrinos travel at the same speed regardless of the event that emits them, where the distribution of difference between 1987A and the OPERA measurement are several magnitudes higher in energy dispersement, implying a difference in speed for all other massive particles too.

So, what’s the bottom line? It’s probable that c is still a constant, and that FTL is highly improbable.

Posted: November 29th, 2011
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France should Confiscate the Statue of Liberty from the USA!

Yes, another inflammatory title, if you’re American you’re probably having a knee jerk reaction and defensively furrowing your brow reading this post wanting to go all USA world police on my arse, with an R, you see, because I speak English. I am, however, not seppo bashing, I am just doing my usual misleading topic to engage the audience I want to reach to make THEM think about something that affects them and may help their quality of life.

In this instance, the statue of liberty should be confiscated from the US and returned at the end of the year if good behaviour and better grades (ie: behaviour has a U, your English sucks!) then you MAY get it back. First and foremost, before reading my argument, I want to tell you what I want you to do. I want you to think about this, I want you to talk about this to three other people, perhaps even link this to them. I want you to spend 120 seconds to defend your liberty, the ‘freedom’ you so gladly instill on backwater middle eastern countries and tearing over sixty nations apart in the past thirty years.

I want you to write one email to your member or parliament, senator, or whatever representative comes up when you google your states government officers. It will take you less than 120 seconds, because you can cut and paste this URL and pass it on to them, letting them know you agree with this post and will vote accordingly. THEN! I want you to remember this, I know all American’s have a VERY short memory, I mean Bush did get voted in for two terms, even after being the most protested man in human history, more than Hitler! So try REALLY hard to keep this one in your goldfish brains. Next time an election is up, I want you to google the parties up on offer and GLANCE at their POLICIES. Policies are what you vote for people on, voting isn’t like football, you don’t go for the team your dad does, or your mates do. You vote based on your INTELLECTUAL evaluation of candidacies for the betterment of your country for your people. I know there’s some big words there, but still, hang in there kiddo, we’re almost there.

Your nation is full of infringements of liberty and lacks fundamental human rights and freedoms the rest of the world, especially Europe, Canada, Australia, etc still retain even though we have the same batshit insane September 11 based ‘anti-terrorism’ laws which give far too much power to law enforcement.

In the United States, during even a routine traffic stop, the police may place handcuffs on you, make you lay face down, make you stand somewhere, do something, or otherwise lose your freedom of movement. This is being placed under arrest. The second someone lays their hand on you and you feel you are no longer free to move of your own will, that right there is arrest. So, before you’re even SUSPECTED of anything criminal, they can arrest you.

Guilty until proven innocent? I think so.

The Patriot Act (one and two) allows the arbitrary kidnapping of US civillians without warrant, without having to inform them what they are charged with, without due process, without habeus corpus, with absolutely no human rights retained; and they are slipped off to countries with no human rights for ‘interrogation’. Keep going kids, you’re almost at the level of a 12 year old politically conscious Norwegian kid.

Human nature dictates that self-preservation surpasses all requisite needs of civility. Running from the police, evading arrest, destruction of evidence, and impeding a police investigation is the DUTY of every person arrested or persued by the police for self-preservation. It is a fundamental normality that every person wishes to live their life without infringement upon their liberty, and even criminals have a hard coded genetic urge to survive and live and enjoy their lives.

To criminalize these actions or deeds is to criminalize human nature, an unavoidable instinctive reaction in panic, fight or flight, et cetera. It is impossible to avoid such events, and it is purely the nature of the beast that such things occur. It is patently absurd, ignorant, and pure arrogance to claim otherwise, let alone to allow it to be the SOLE CHARGE that people are brought up on.

If the police chase you, and you’ve done nothing wrong to give them suspicion to chase you (therefore their chasing you isn’t warranted) in the United States THIS alone is a criminal offence, and you then get arrested just for not wanting to be arbitrarily arrested (or ‘detained’, or ‘cuffed for their safety while they ‘talk’ to you’) and have your entire day and possibly life derailed by some skin head chubby angry divorcee with nothing better to do than try and inflate his or her ego by dicking other people around.

We’ve all watched Cops, we know it happens, hell it even happens where I live sometimes; I personally have been dicked around by the police in all states except Western Australia and the Territories where the police are amazingly civil and polite and legitimately feel like they’re there to help you. I’m a nobody, an everyman, therefore an easy mark who will cop it, pay the fine, not fight the matter, and give them their figures that their entire budgets are based off (a whole other rant about how that sort of setup encourages bullying and corruption rather than protection of the innocent)!

And don’t even get me started on stings, or entrapment, let alone the fact television shows are made up entirely of corporate muppets staging such entrapments and causing criminality then liasing with the police to have them storm in and arrest people who otherwise without encouragement and baiting may not have committed a crime to begin with.

Or arresting you if you refuse to sign a traffic citation, which would be signed under duress of threat of imprisonment anyway, thus would be void even if signed; so that’s just a whole other circle jerk of assinine logic and poor understanding of the law enforced by your police and judges right there. Hell, your law enforcement think so little of you they make you place an inked hand or finger print on the back of citations, just as the English did in India to scare illiterate peasants that they could ‘track them down’ and made them ink a palm print on the back of contracts instead of signing them. I shit you not, google the history of fingerprints. You’re an illiterate Indian peasant to them, and you take it like a bitch and love every minute of it.

Now, that is the short and sweet argument I wanted to put forward, the inflammatory title line and my attempt at being abrasive is purely to make sure you’re somewhat bitter whilst reading this post, and now you should (provided you’re not mentally handicapped) realise that I just dropped some pretty profound wisdom on you, for your sake, for the sake of your family, and for the sake of your children; and in a round about way I am providing you with the right to arms you lost that was purely in place to overthrow tyranny and injustice when encountered.

I’ve armed you with an outsiders view, and the weapons of mass destruction I’ve tucked under your belt are your votes. Your government MUST fear you, they MUST know that if they do not provide what you demand you WILL sack them. You control this, and only you right now are responsible in my eyes for where your nation heads. Don’t vote another Bush in, don’t forget to vote, vote hard, on policy, and make fucking sure the pricks give you back your freedom!

Then and ONLY then will I have words with France and see if they’ll give you back your confiscated statue. Peace. <3

Posted: November 20th, 2011
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Are Women More Morally Ambiguous Than Men?

After my recent post about True Blood being softcore girl-porn, I started to think really hard. I often joke about maninism and the sexual revolution to equalise a female dominated workforce, society and world, but scarily as people often point out, my jovial expose’s and comparatives are actually based more in fact than fiction.

This got me to wondering about moral ambiguity of entertainment. I have, throughout my life, noted far more objectification of men by women than women by men. The generic smutty office worker, 20-40, slightly chubby from a desk job, always posting photos of themselves on facebook with a glass of wine in hand because that’s totally hip atm, that demographic springs to mind. And before we continue, keep in mind that I’ve never had trouble getting female attention, and whilst I hate both genders equally I hope that my introspection can help a few of you out there. Also keep in mind that whilst this is written for a primarily female audience, every element can logically and deductively be boiled down to applying to men too, so you have no excuse if you have a penis not to walk away from this article with some new ideas.

When you go to Sydney’s gay and lesbian mardi gras, the VAST majority of people present are women, out for a perve on all the naked gay men, even all the gay guys I know point out that there’s 500 horny women for every gay man on parade. When you watch TV there’s all this pseudo-pornographic romantic tripe all over the tube, from Twilight to True Blood, all vampire and werewolf related shit now has taken on a perverse Riceian sexuality. It’s very common place to notice women publicly harassing boys, I know I get heckled at least once a week by a car load of females on a Friday or Saturday night, sometimes more, and I find it extremely awkward.

What happened to workmen on a work site making lewd comments and whistles at women? Guys don’t dare, because they’ll be slapped with a sexual harassment charge in a heartbeat. But boys look at porn right? Well, yes and no. The purpose of it is far more clinical than women realise, there’s no emotiveness behind it, it’d be comparable to a woman using a sex toy to jack off. Men are sex crazed, right? Well, besides the genetic dispensation to have a higher sexual urge than women, I often find that if the truth is told women are at least equal to men in that regards.

Whether it’s slutty dolls and 10 year olds gyrating their hips like some latina singer on MTV through to the office dwelling sex crazed wine toting weirdos, there is a very distinct societal change developing which seems to have spun off from the 60′s to 80′s female empowerment movement and now those people are in positions of influence they’re pushing forwards some very morally vacuous agendas.

At the end of the day you’ve definitely got to recognise that all the above behaviour is pushed by marketing and advertising, whether you like it or not, you’re going to do as you’re told and become consumption machines and eat up what you’re told is the current trend. And yet, if you take a step back, and evaluate things, extrapolated from all this nonsense there are serious moral foundations in society being broken down and destroyed.

If you academic.google around you’ll actually find that infidelity in relationships is falling well and truly into the female side of the relationship being more likely to, and with Dolly, Cosmo, etc and other softcore pornographic magazines with content that would get it an RC rating over here if it weren’t passed off as sexual education you can see where a lot of these trends are coming from.

To add insult to injury, there is a very, very strong emphasis as of the last two decades on mens body shapes. I’m not talking mad pumped up jacked in on roids type of body, but there is DEFINITELY more pressure on men to conform to Calvin Klien models than there is on women to conform to Barbie, and both conformity agendas being pushed tend to be perpetrated by women, and womens industries, especially women in media.

I first hand know of many relationships which involve partners who freely admit they find X type of demographic of men to their partners who are completely nothing like they demographic they’re talking about, and they do it in a way that they think window shopping in this manner is normal, but would flip their shit if the male in the relationship even accidentally glanced at a female, or even more hilariously, they’d rage senselessly at the guy if a girl flirted with them as though it’s the mans fault.

Another big element in this issue is mens desperation. By being completely cuntstruck and desperate, you kowtow to whatever you’re given and cop it on the chin, when there is definitely an abundance of other potential partners out there. It’s male competativeness and need that drives them to try and compete by absolutely throwing away any self-respect or dignity they may have and tolerating things they really shouldn’t just to try and seal the deal with a specific female as opposed to turning their head and realising there’s 3 billion other women in the world.

This could also reflect peoples complete and utter lack of understanding of their ‘level’ in the dating world. I will admit men have a very low bar, which again proves my statement that men are desperate fucks. Women on the other hand would rather be 50 year old virgins who watch above mentioned pseudo-porn for girls and live in fantasy worlds jerking off over dirty 50 year old mexican drug fucked skeezy filmstars like Johnny Depp instead of appreciating what they have right in front of them. I know of quite a few girls who’re in their 20′s and never had a boyfriend but do all of the above and even when a reasonably attractive man approaches them they write them off as fugly and treat them like crap.

I’ve never had a problem finding or keeping women, I’m decent enough aesthetically, but more often than not my personality is the keeper aspect, so I can say the above without the vitriol and jaded mentality of some balding hairy fat drop kick virgin who lives in his mothers basement. I’m not butthurt or angry at womankind, and as I stated above it’s well and truly mens faults just as much, but the bottom line is; women are generally more intelligent than men, so if I make this realisation why haven’t they?

I’m also sick of seeing female sexual predators, it disgusts me how many women 10-50 years older than Justin Beiber are OBSESSED with him. I swear to god, if there was a female version (although there never is, see, boy singers, boy bands, and even girl bands are all angled towards a female market) and men significantly older than her illegal ass were all saying what some of these creeps say online you KNOW the police would be arresting and charging them and locking them away; but do these creepy middle aged kiddy fiddling pedophile housewives get any punitive measures? Of course not, they’re women.

The frustrating part is the ambiguity of culpability. I’m rather biased, and I honestly think that men are all to blame, because they’ll sell their own mother into slavery for a bit of T&A, but I do think I am naive in thinking so and am aware that arguments towards women being equally or more so at fault are possibilities. I just hate men more than women though, so I tend to lean towards that.

On the flipside, it would be far easier for women to take the moral high road, or rather, regain it, over their dicked counterparts given that their decline is a very recent trend that is somehow fuelled by female liberty falsly at best.

Gaggles of women together pushing peer pressure that your boyfriend or husband is ‘controlling’ or dominating your life or what not is usually a good example of the fickleness of dealing with this type of shit. Some men are controlling. But all female friends who don’t get along 100% with your boy will definitely say he’s controlling. It’s like crying wolf, which makes objective evaluation so difficult.

One sure fire way to not hurt your boy is to treat him exactly as he treats you. You don’t see him rubbing in your face that he finds chicks with EE tits attractive and only EE attractive, then shuns and complains about how flat chested someone with DD tits are, when all the while you’re sitting there with a C wondering why he’s hurting you like that. So don’t do the same and objectify other men, hell, if you’re looking at other men then your relationship isn’t working out, move on, for his and your sake.

If he does start looking at women, call him out on it, but don’t go mental, you’ll just seem insecure and psychotic. Bringing up issues like that is a delicate matter, you can repress things then eventually explode, but you can also harp on it too much and appear nuts, so find a balance. Most importantly though, remind him he’s not single.

Many people will be all hurr durr well there’s nothing wrong with looking it’s natural, but then they’ll sever the testes of their boy if they caught them doing that but think it’s fine if they do. Hypocrisy is rife in relationships in general, so the real trick is to manage a good level of communication and minimise the hypocrisy, there will always be some though. But you have to accept first and foremost that what is ‘natural’ isn’t always ‘right’ and can quite often be wrong. It’s not natural for men to be monogamous creatures, even in animals where assumed monogamy is part of their mating you will VERY often find the male straying, the reasoning falls down to genetic immortality, males are given a compulsion to go out and spread their genetics in any way they can.

One element that explains this in a laymans scientific manner, before I get back onto a collection of protips from my readings this evening, from my life experience, and from discussions with friends is, the genetic primal desire to propogate. If you have an island with 1 woman and 99 men you will have 1 child every 9 months. If you have an island with 99 women and 1 man you will have 99 children every 9 months; so the genetics to sleep around and spread your genetic material far and wide is more prevalent in society purely because people WITH that disposition to begin with have bred significantly more than monogamous men and thus more men are biased towards wandering. So be thankful if your boy doesn’t wander too often!

If you often do things without each other it’s important to be transparant. Tell each other where you’re going, who you’ll be with, keep in touch while you’re gone, that’s just common courtesy. If something happens while you’re out, say, other boys hit on you, or worse you approach them, tell your boy rather than risk someone else telling him. Witholding information is the same as lying, also manipulating what you say like a New York city contracts law solicitor is even more painful to a guy, say it straight, don’t try to mitigate.

Always tell each other stuff straight up and honestly, try to avoid situations where you will flat deny things when being called out, because most times men will do that as a trap, they already know the answer to the questions they’re going to ask; they just want to test the level of your loyalty and honesty with them by seeing what YOU say to them about the matter. This is one I and every guy I know has done many times before, and it’s something commonly referred to as ‘the girlfriend trap’, ironically not because you’re trapping a girlfriend, but because it’s a relationship control dynamic that was most commonly employed by teenage girlfriends you’ve probably had over the years to trap YOU, and you as an adult will ashamedly employ it yourself.

When trying to work through a problem do it textually, it gives you time to think and takes a lot of heat out of the situation, but DON’T ever exacerbate it by trying to defend yourself. Say your man catches you checking out beefy muscled guys all the time, whatever you do don’t send them an email being all so what, I’m attracted to muscley guys, but it’s not like they have to be Hulk Hogan or elements that pretty much just reinforce the guys fear that you’re enforcing a body image on him and if he doesn’t meet that you’ll continue to window shop, it says to him “Oh my expectations aren’t ridiculous, although you think they are because you’re not a beefcake, but gee it’s not like I’m asking you to be a WWE RAW competitor, just built like all the guys I look at,” which is still saying he’s not what you want.

Definitely don’t say that that’s not all you look for in a guy either, because if the issue is he keeps noticing you looking at guys of that demographic then what you’re doing is saying “I don’t look for built guys only, I want more than that.” which translates to a guy as “You catch me only looking at built guys, but I feel bad because I am being shallow, but don’t really care and will continue to window shop.” If you were happy with him, you wouldn’t be window shopping, just as he doesn’t because he’s happy with you, and you know how unstable you’d get if you kept catching him checking out girls with something that is more genetic than by choice, as the example of being a beefcake is.

Definitely don’t say that you look at a boys face first when you’ve been busted by him checking out male prawns (rip the head off before you eat it) or webcamming with guys who’ve got incredible deal breaker mugs on them or worse still pretend personality matters, when lust has no other element to it aside from physical attraction. Remind yourself why you’re with who you’re with, and if you don’t find them physically attractive, or have lost interest, in fairness to them, go elsewhere instead.

If you find yourself attracted to other people, then there’s definitely something wrong with the way you feel with your partner. If you have requirements out of the ordinary and seek attention from other men, again, there’s definitely something wrong that you need to work out before it grows like a cancer and consumes the psyche of your partner (assuming they’re innocent and you’ve just lost interest out of selfish reasons, it’s cruel to put them through that shit). Don’t gush about the million reasons you love them more when it’s a lust issue, it just adds insult to injury because if they have ALL that going on, and some dude just has a good six pack, that’s telling people that you’ll give up ALL that, or risk ALL that for a ugly dolt with a six pack and basically does confirm you’re shallow.

One element a lot of girls don’t realise is, they place unrealistic expectations on men’s body images. Take abs for example, you have to have a very dangerously low body fat level to attain them, and still have to spend a fair bit of time staying super fit to keep them, but you’ll only get that ‘ripped’ look if you’re in that lucky 5-10% of the worlds population who have the genetic disposition to be super lean. So while your gaggle of girlfriends are flicking the bean over ripped boys in your smut mags, keep in mind that what you’re doing is the male equivilent of boys lusting over girls with stupidly massive breasts and tiny waists and other unattainable elements that only a minority of the worlds females genetically possess.

Another definite no-no is to tell them that they’re just paranoid, then cite lies or witholds you’ve stated in the past as truths and demand they believe you; you need to prove yourself to them just as you would expect them to. Change your behaviour, remove elements that you shouldn’t have had in the first place (such as window shopping) and most definitely drastically alter the way you interact with them, become more proactive, show them that you lust over them as much as you love them, especially in situations where you’ve been caught out lusting over other men, even from a distance.

Never play hard to get, it’s cute for about five minutes, but it’s not normal. Also always initiate physical intimacy, even more than he does, especially if you have in the past with other partners, AND especially if he knows this, otherwise you’ll give the kid a complex and insult him on so many levels he’ll probably psychologically withdraw and you’ll suddenly find you just don’t have sex anymore or haven’t for months. Make him feel special, if he makes you feel special, make him feel even more special. Count how many times he compliments you, makes you smile, makes you feel good about yourself, or .. well, you catch the drift, and double it. If both of you try and outdo each other then you’ll be in a sickeningly happy relationship for a very long time.

Never, ever, ever blow off his needs for something selfish. Don’t ditch him to go out and get pissed with your mates, never exclude him from something like that. Never blow him off and give your attention to another male. Whatever you do, don’t do drugs, stay in school, oh … wait. Well, no, I guess that’s valid. I guess the bottom line is, do unto others … we all know that one, just put it into practice more. Most of all, if you hurt him, chase him, and don’t stop until you’ve made it better beyond any possible doubt.

God, I could keep going for hours but I think I’ll leave it there. I hope at least some of this rant has given some of you a bit of food for thought.

Posted: July 16th, 2011
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@NSWRTA is Killing Motorsports / Rally in My State

I hope the RTA read their Twitter feeds, most organisations have a PR team that datamine online for references to them. This is a pressing issue I have tried to raise with them in writing, which they usually reply with generic cut and pastes of stuff entirely unrelated to the issue raised.

HOW are they killing it? They are under the misconception that motorsports vehicles are all dedicated and not used on roads, this is wrong. GQ16 Schedule R first paragraph points out something across most disciplines.

1. Each vehicle must be registered for use on public roads with an appropriate government authority, or be subject of a vehicle permit issued by an appropriate government authority, which authorises the vehicle’s use on public roads and must be covered by a policy of third party insurance. The engine and chassis numbers must agree with those shown on the certificate of registration or permit.

All motorsports vehicles generally also have to have six point racing harnesses and six point roll over protection systems (roll cages) with side intrusion struts. These are EXPLICITLY ILLEGAL FOR USE ON ROADS in NSW and Victoria, our more fascist states for my international readers.

I have been preparing a rally vehicle for getting back into the discipline, and every step of the way I have been confronted with LAWL ILLEGAL from the RTA and police. Half the time even if it’s legal, the police will disagree and sticker you then you have to fight the matter with the RTA and Police for the next three months all the while unable to use the vehicle.

With CAMS and the FIA enforcing safety requirements to protect their drivers, and the RTA forcing us to not use any safety equipment aside from a lap and sash seat belt, we’re caught between a rock and a hard place.

To make matters worse the RTA will not aknowledge European safety standards, which are significantly superior to Australia’s ADR. The purpose for this is, companies then have to pay huge license and testing fees to the RTA, who will then issue them with an ADR certification. The problem with this is, we’re a VERY small country and for most corporations we have too many problems to make us financially viable as a market to enter.

This means we have outdated … well, everything, and most stuff you CAN get here is imported by individuals and sold at anywhere up to a 1000% mark up (ROPS system from OMP, the rolls royce of safety for my Fiesta RS, 280 euro, in Australia $6,800) so we struggle even just to get the gear to participate in the sport.

The importance of motorsports in road safety is intrinsic. Safety gear used in the sport often comes into general public use 20-30 years after it features in something like Formula 1. Motorsports give people a vent to blow off steam and enjoy their cars in a safe, controlled and education-drive environment. It encourages people to appreciate the safety required at speed, and the skill that is integral to driving effectively.

Australia has always been behind the times in this regards though, in the 60′s and 70′s mag wheels were illegal because they were ‘dangerous and deadly’, tint was illegal until the late 70′s, and one way tint (similar to bus advertisements that cover the windows, etc) was illegal up until the 2000′s. Lap and sash belts were even illegal until the 60′s. So it’s no surprise really.

The problem is, we bleed skilled sportsmen like mad. We had the best sporting shooters in the world, and won all the olympic gold medals, but after changes to laws all our sporting shooters who used to bring home the gold like crazy have all moved to the US. Our motorsports guys, especially privateers who don’t have multi-million dollar budgets (which is often where some of the biggest champion drivers emerge) are fleeing the country like mad.

So, I appeal to you all should you have a moment to pop off an email to complaints@rta.nsw.gov.au and let them know you think they stink, link to this article, and let’s hope perhaps they wisen up. At present Vic Roads are also bringing in even more insane road rules, and the federal government are looking at unified road laws across all states and territories which are so strict and stringent that you’re going to get a lot more ‘hoon’s lashing out in frustration that they don’t have anywhere else to blow off steam and enjoy the thrill of racing.

Outlawing safety equipment, not recognising external authorities superior standards, and generally killing one of the worlds most loved sports off in our country is NOT a good representation of what the RTA should be doing in the best interest of all Australians. In fact, it is utterly absurd.

I won’t hold my breath on any reform, however.

Posted: July 12th, 2011
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True Blood Fans are Skanks, and Other Generalizations

I love how underage girls or slutty bitches with boyfriends/husbands gush about and have marathons of True Blood, which I’ve just discovered is pretty much plotless male nudity and soft core porn.

I, like all males, have no interest in it and assumed it was just more Twifaggotry and wrote it off. But more and more people I know have spoken about how awesome it is, many are young and most have boyfriends hell many have husbands.

What I didn’t know is it’s the largest instance of mass hypocrisy and a more contemporary example of sexism against men and objectification of men, along with image crushing emotional scarring that men have forced on them more than women do in modern society.

I noticed that the demographic of fandom into this new Rice-esque vampirism of faggoty Calvin Klein models and very normal almost unthreatening female characters had caught the attention of many girls who I’d probably categorize as the type of sexist chauvinistic pig that deserves euthanasia if not at least being desexed, but I didn’t quite twig as to how prevalent it is.

The kinds of constantly single (gee, wonder why) or walking STD factories that host these marathons also rope in girls who I’d expect far better from, especially given their age or marital status.

Now I’m far from a prude, but it’s the mass hyporpcrisy and trend towards overt sexism against men about this that is really illuminated by current societal norms moving towards the hypersexualisation of females.

I don’t know a single female who wouldn’t flip their shit and get angry at their partner if they were watching porn, overtly, and didn’t give a fuck if their partner knew but hoped that the ambiguity of the brand name of porn will hide that what they’re doing is going over friends places for porn fests.

If a guy did that, he’d find himself single REALLY fast.

Then we have the flip side, women raging about body image stress from models and the like. Those models aren’t there for men to look at, they’re a clothes horse for women’s clothes for women to look at. If that gives them body issues perhaps they should take a look at the ‘expected normality’ imposed on men.

I’ve always been fit, and I’m in no means insecure, but recently having Gaines an easy 10kgs due to medication I’m on I was looking for other fit men on the same meds to see what they did and what their experiences were.

What I found was, more men are insecure to the point of emotional harm, than women in any demographic circle I’ve frequented, and more have serious depression based from this as a curvy girl is ‘womanly’ and the enduring concept of women being comforting baby pooping factories allows chub, but the image of a man has slowly drifted to steroid built protein shake and no solid food intake men al la the film “300″.

The body image of women, not addressing the super skinny but more the mean example of female image is actually something most females achieve by eating healthy and being active a couple of days a week.

The body image of men requires hormone level sabotaging, starving to below 4% body fat, living off protein shakes and exercising an hour a day with an added two hours two days a week. And that’s the regime I used just to get abdominal definition in my hey day.

Then we have the whole issue of men being judged by women, partners, friends, or even ransoms if they so much as look at porn in the privacy of their own home, not some publicly advertised smutfest of a bunch of hipster sluts like a True Blood marathon by any means.

See, men are a visual creature, women are emotional. Men are the hypersexual of the species like most male animals as in nature courting is more a case of fighting the competition off, physically overpowering and raping the female, especially after a few seasons where they know that if a boy jumps them they have the displeasure of having to carry, bare and raise their young.

Women lack these fundamental psychological and genetic dispensations and this current trend seems enforced by peer pressure, and when you follow that social network to the queen bee enforcing the peer pressure it’s always some massively Americanized Hollywood obsessed twat who eats up what the consumerist market tells her to.

This decade we’ve also seen the emergence of equality in alcoholism, longish behavior, and boarding on competitive immorality from the female gender as the male. These are all new things that I would argue objectively are alien both culturally and socially, and something that is entirely foreign to Australia on top of all that. It’s purely American culture reflecting out to other nations, and it’s entirely built by the current Gen Y obsession with conformity to what they are told by any Tom Dick and Harry is normal, and if you’re to stop and question it clearly you’re a prude, or take things too seriously, or heaven forbid, you’re having a rant, not objectively analyzing what appears to be societal decay happening giving us all a front row seat to the show.

So next time you see some chick ranting about True Blood whilst having a “OMG I LUV @MYBF SO MUCH” in her bio, pop -him- a tweet and educate him, let him know clearly her love is subjective and she doesn’t have a problem lusting after other men behind his back, even worse, doing it overtly so all her friends and those on her feed are completely aware that she doesn’t give a fuck and is proud that she spends her weekends lusting over other men behind his back, which is possibly the biggest insult as it’s public humiliation and disrespect except most men wouldn’t twig on this or even realize.

You’d feel obligated to do the same if a guy on your list kept going on about say, some inconspicuous bar he and his friends go on about as totally awesome and go to often as a group while accidentally leaving out the part that it’s a strip joint and he goes there to lust over other women while his loving girlfriend is oblivious and sitting at home. You’d not only out him but give him a good smack about the head for it.

The cancerous effect that mass consumerism at a cost to societal cohesiveness has wrought may seem not to be too drastic, but I challenge you to look below the surface at ‘ladette’ culture, female alcoholism, and the statistical surpassment of men being the more likely to cheat being flipped on it’s head. I challenge you to ask the hard questions, and ignore the victim defense of clearly women are being exploited by being convinced this is normal or even acceptable behavior. It takes two to tango.

The ladette culture as a whole I should add comes in different guises, I know many hipster wanks who are ladettes in regards to thinking it’s fine to go clubbing without their boyfriends purely because they want to play up, flirt with other men, get with other men, or overtly lust over and ‘like looking at’ other men and think that’s absolutely fine. I feel sorry for men in such relationships, especially if they legitimately love their partner and are given the mushroom treatment about any of the above information.

I definitely feel sorry if they’re scared to talk about it openly, when in reality the pressure all this puts on relationships and especially the men in them (keep in mind men have societal pressure to not be sad, depressed, suicidal, hurt, jealous, offended, or feeling insecure or disrespected as that’s ‘being a pussy’ and heaven forbid if they talk about it) causes more harm than any other social pressure, effect, disease or disorder especially on men’s psychological well being and even health.

We deserve better.

Posted: July 9th, 2011
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A Man in the Sky Told Me to Mutilate Little Boys and Girls Genitals

Catchy title hey? But be realistic, 1/3rd of the worlds population are saying this when following their faith and consider it ACCEPTABLE.

I thought I’d introduce you all to a podcast on iTunes I have been listening to recently; it breaks from the normal boring preachy atheist that causes me to troll them and call atheism a religion.

In one edition it even touches on female genital mutilation, although falls short of male genital mutilation which to date has very few scientific arguments (less in this century than any other), but is more a culture of “If I am, my son should be,” thus passing on an abusive act which somewhere stemmed from pseudoscience, paranoia, or a pact with some fictional deity.

That being said, I want to go on record to Jews and Muslims out there. Any ‘god’ that says hey to follow me you have to live by a lifestyle akin to a bunch of old wives tails, oh, and you have to slice half your knob off … dude, you just run, ok?

You do not stay and chat, you do not humor it, you run because clearly it’s batshit insane and evil.

If your god created us perfect, why would you take a scalpel to little boys and girls? Fuck mutilators, fuck religious zealots.

So, take a moment to sit down and have a listen through:

Reasonable Doubts Podcast
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40 Ratings

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iTunes for Mac and Windows
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Posted: July 7th, 2011
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Nico Botha of Moola Bulla Station’s Threat to Kill 200 Cattle a Day in Live Export Debarcle, and My Confrontation of his Flawed Logic (Because I’m Awesome) AND HOW YOU CAN HELP STOP THE CULL.

It hit the news earlier today that a moron by the name of Nico Botha was having a whinge that he can’t afford to feed his cattle. For my international readers, basically kosher / halal slaughter over here has had a rocky road with frequent ‘surprise’ finds that it’s cruel and sadistic and in no way a humane way to slaughter animals.

Whilst captive bolt method has degraded since the above lobby groups have pushed that it be a legal requirement it does not cause brain death instantly (claiming that spreads BSE, allegedly), but rather knocks the animal out and doesn’t pierce the cranium this method is still far less horrific than the video footage Australia got to see a while back.

Back in 1998 a halal slaughter house in Melbourne was shut down after video footage was leaked out, but more recently the footage exposed to the Australian public was from Indonesia and the level of depravity depicted was on par with what I’ve seen conducted WITHIN Australia as far as halal and kosher slaughter goes but it was the first time Australian’s had seen the meat industry in all it’s glory.

Don’t get me wrong, no preconceptions required here, I’m not a tree hugger, a hippie, or a vegetarian. I see the economical and ecological viability and requirements around me and adopt them as ethical business practice however. Therein lay my frustrations with Nico Botha and his ilk. The type of person who through negligence of their own part then plays off to the media as an ‘Aussie battler’ out to make a fair crust when in reality their own stupidity looks to be their downfall, yet ultimately they file a claim and underwriters fix it all whilst they get to trap off at the press and be used as a political lynch pin or bargaining chip.

As reported today on News.com.au:

Nico Botha owns Moola Bulla station in Western Australia and he told heraldsun.com.au he will start to cull cattle tomorrow because he can’t keep feeding them.

“Rather than let them starve to death over two or three months, I’m going to shoot them quickly,” Mr Botha said.

“My property is over-grazed and I have got too many cattle, I have to look forward to the next year or two.”

Mr Botha slammed Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig for failing to work through the problems properly and for leaving cattle stranded.

“It’s going to be far worse, now animals are going to die in their thousands in paddocks and nobody cares about that.”

A ban on live exports to Indonesia was put in place after horrific images of cows being tortured and harassed before slaughter were broadcast on the ABC.
These farmers were all given hefty compensation packages, which I cannot FATHOM as in any way warranted given that they’re all multi-millionairs in a multi-billion dollar industry where not a single cattle farmer I’ve met, having grown up in a rather rural environment and spending time on an extreme-rural family property as a teen, has ever been poor. They run large plantations, with a mass of staff, and have enough margin to weather the 8 year drought we just sustained.
Given the drought has broken and business is booming for the agri-tech section of our economy again they without doubt have enough sense to manage their businesses in a manner to ensure they won’t be floored simply by not being allowed to send off a bunch of cattle to be slaughtered by religious zealots for crazies back home to consume knowing the animal was sacrificed to their diametrically opposed yet theoretically identical sky fairies.
I mean, c’mon, only a half wit would plan his business profit margins and overheads so tight they rely purely on one minority contract, right? Wrong. Nico Botha, one such half wit, proved that common sense isn’t all that common. Either that or he’s pushing an agenda, and using guilt and threats of ‘horrible wasted deaths’ in paddocks ‘starving to death’ unless he ‘just shoots them’ of a number that scarily is precisely 200 per day until the embargo is lifted. I’d probably put my money on him being a conniving agenda pusher more than a half wit.
I decided that, given my tolerance for idiocy is always at an all time low, I ought to call this bloke up and question his logic. So, to google I went, ‘contact details Moola Bulla Station, Western Australia’ I entered. Out came not one, but two numbers for his office enquiries centre of his property, (08) 9168 8910 and (08) 9168 8911 along with fax and email facilities, far more high tech than my families rural property.
The following is the conversation I held with him, verbatim. Whilst it’s not as sensationalistic as many of you would probably hope, I figured I should give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he is a half wit and be nice and give him some honest advice on how to float his business just to watch him dismiss it and prove to me that he’s merely on the take and wanting to use guilt to achieve a goal, being more hand outs and the embargo being lifted regardless of the ethics or morals involved.

“Moola Bulla,”
“Hello, may I speak to Nico Botha please?”
“Speaking,”
“Hello Nico, I saw your recent issues in the news, I hear you’re in rough times financially?”
“Yep,” said almost hopeful, as though I’m some carrion media mogul about to throw him money.
“I just wanted to congratulate you first on purchasing Australia’s largest cattle farm back in ’07, for $25 million you got it at a steal, especially given it coincided with the drought breaking, business must be boomi.. oh wait, no. It’s not, that’s right.”
“What?”
“Well, you see, I can’t help but question your logic and paralel it to say, slave masters in the Southern States of the US demanding that the average tax payer refund them for slaves they had to let go, when they knew full well that they were dealing in an industry that was unethical in numerous ways and had been abolished in most other nations, surely they saw this coming as much as meat industry farmers.”
“What?”
“Okay, I’ll try something easier. Did Nike complain and demand money from Governments when they suddenly were astounded to find out the sweatshop labor they employed used forced child labor? If you can’t afford to stay in business because of one contract that has a history of being up in the air ethically, as well as being banned outright in many European nations, surely dropping your cattle in paddocks or starving them to death is kind of cutting off your nose to spite your face isn’t it mate?”
“What am I meant to do? They put me out of business, I can’t feed my cattle.”
“Well for starters you could just slaughter them humanely and sell them on the Australian market like all other meat producers have been doing since colonization, but I find it far fetched you demand money from REAL Aussie battlers whilst pleading poverty. I don’t think Nike had the audacity to try that one.”
“But what am I meant to do?”
“I just told you mate, sell locally. You got caught out, you made a dangerous investment, you lost, thems the breaks. Get a loan, talk to a business advisor and financial planner and make your business profitable ethically, you’ll sleep better at night.”
*Nico, shamed by this logic, terminates the call; because putting a hand out and demanding is easier than working for a dollar.

Nico doesn’t want you to know his multi-million dollar property is one of the largest in the nation, is adjacent to a high class golf course, Halls Creek Airport, and a thoroughbred race course. He didn’t want to have a bar of logic, because it’s far easier to use empty threats to scare them city folks into line with horrible acts committed to animals. The brutal reality is, the animals are bred to be slaughtered, they’re going to die, the only thing controlled is the manner in which they die so let him have at it with a rifle and then watch him file false insurance claims for business loss (which he happens to have with GE, something the media in their lack of research missed (it’s amazing what you can find through google, and how many country folk talk big on forums)) and get the big money he wants rather than support the economy of the ‘Aussie battler’ he’s trying to steal the image of for the media to kowtow to.

Ironically, Moola Bulla station was also historically involved in the slaughter of aboriginies; I’m sure the occupants back then were hands out when they realised their gamble on exploiting the ‘black fellah’ hadn’t paid off also.

Whilst I have a feeling it’d be falling on deaf ears, here’s the blokes details should you wish to reach him:

(08) 9168 8910
(08) 9168 8911

Although if you want to make a difference, I suggest writing to (but be sure to ring them first and foremost and demand that a stop be put to Nico’s threat of a cull):

Senator Joseph Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Australian Labor Party

Parliament Contact:
Phone:     (02) 6277 7520
Fax:     (02) 6273 4120

Waterfront Place,
1 Eagle Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

GPO Box 2477
Brisbane Qld 4001

Phone:     (07) 3229 4477
Fax:     (07) 3229 4140
Toll Free:     1300 301 944

I would recommend in doing so you strongly suggest perhaps the Senator see to it that Nico is held liable for negligent managing of a business involving livestock, negligent management of property, and cruelty to animals through the afforementioned negligence. Nico volunteered that his property is ‘over-grazed’ (given it’s size this is highly unlikely and if true is a clear sign of property mismanagement bordering on ecological disaster on a small scale), and that he has ‘too many cattle’, again a clear proof that he was wilful in his negligence for the purchase, breeding or obtainment of so many head of cattle.

The RSCPA can be contacted on:

(08) 9209 9300 or
1300 CRUELTY
(1300 278 3589)

For legal reasons the RSPCA cannot accept anonymous complaints, however details will be kept confidential.
Provide them with a link to this article.

One can only hope should indigenous rights ever be respected that the indigenous peoples of that area take him to the Lands and Environment court for ameliorative waste as another avenue to stop this obvious half-wit from using what’s left of his brain to cause even more ecological harm, not to mention ethical and moralistic furor.

Posted: July 5th, 2011
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Abdul Tiba of Guildford St, Coolaroo & Kassab Krazies, Want Airfare Back to Lebanon? I’ll help!

Abdul Tiba, a crazy man with a crazy beard, talked tough today to the media. He’s a refugee from Lebanon, and while most of my readers know I’m a softy for the fugees as we’re all immigrants for the most part, this guy’s so fucked up I’ll pay for his airfare to get the fuck out of our country and stay out and take his crazy warmongering with him.

While playing the victim card, he identifies himself as the ‘head of’ a family involved in a so far bloodless fued that has caused several shootings and one bombing over the past week.

On Fairfax Radio, and cross posted on News.com.au he went on to state “No one helps me in this country, no police, not any community, no St Vincents (de Paul), no one … I tell them I want to protect my family. No one cares about this. They want to give me all the responsibility for this and I don’t know nothing. I give them my statement but still no one cares in this country.”

Heaven forbid if a man has responsibility. Especially over caring for his family. Especially while waging war on another family. I’m sure he’ll play ignorant, but I’m pretty sure families just don’t outright try and kill each other for no reason; even more so in a nation where gun laws are so pedantic even our Olympic shooters are fleeding to other nations, losing us dozens of gold medals because of it.

Of course he won’t stand up, take responsibility, and disarm his kin who’re running around in revenge attacks either. That’s too much responsibility for him to handle.

In other gems he went on air with, “I’ve been sleeping in the car. They give me two days in a motel like a fucking gypsy,” nothing like a bit of racial vilification to add to his charm.

And in the best nonsensical passage of drivel I’ve read or even heard: “I’ve had enough of this stress. Australia country they bring on 2006 from Lebanon all the citizenship, they spend 20 million thousand dollars but no one can spend $1000 to save my family. I tell them I want to go back, I don’t want to stay in this shit country like that.”

The fued is between the Kassab family and the Tiba family, and of course Mr Bigbeard-littleresponsibility has no clue why it’s happening or why his house in Guildford Street, Coolaroo is being targeted.

“If I know I tell the police. I don’t know,” Mr Tiba said on Monday to Fairfax journalists. Police have said they have spoken to the families but have received no co-operation, so it seems they’re adamant to duke it out and put innocent lives at stake for some petty blood fued, yesterday at 3pm in Glenroy, on a busy street, they did just that by carrying out a drive by shooting.

For my international readers, I have to stress, this just doesn’t happen here, and it’s only a minority of a minority who carry out such foolish acts.

News.com.au stated that a house in nearby Jacana was shot at last Thursday and again on Monday morning, followed by a car chase that ended in more shots being fired at a playground. They also stated that Mr Tiba’s house has been shot at twice, had a home-made bomb thrown through the window and been rammed by a truck and so far no one has been injured in the incidents.

So, without further ado, I wish to offer to buy the lot of them tickets back to Lebanon, where a lot of refugees originated during their civil war and other violence in the Middle East, most of which are thankful to be here while a minority brought the attitudes of warmongering hate fuelled stupidity across with them (kind of makes you wonder if we accidentally let in people who started the grief over there and not the victims of it per se!).

Again, to international readers, I just wish to stress that shit like this doesn’t happen here, this is a first for our country. And by no means tar all refugees by the same brush, as these two families are a special kind of fuckwit. The kind that clearly comes from thousands of years of incestuous inbreeding, drinking sea water, and eating strange mushrooms down the end of the yard, mixed with liberal dashings of head droppings as children.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/abdul-tiba-head-of-feud-family-says-australia-is-a-s-countryand-police-cant-protect-him/story-e6frfkx0-1226084204186#ixzz1Qdnh847M
Posted: June 29th, 2011
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Car Impounding, and Criminal Policing Practices (Or, why we NEED a Bill of Rights) @sapolicenews @nswpolice

Today I broke 9,000,000 viewers per week. I figure to mark this occasion I ought to have a nice satisfying little rant about the patent nonsensical inequality in this nation, and illustrate (given that most of you are internationals) just how hideously deranged the Australian concept of rights are. What set this off was an article about police confiscating cars from people. The people were ‘hoons’ who arguably ‘had it coming’, but the question is … is that a right and just reasoning for civil injustice? The objective and logical answer is no.

In two states that I know of, police often confiscate things from the populus, like disgruntled school teachers. I once had a utility / dive knife (2″ blade, tiny) secured to a dive belt confiscated that was locked in the boot of my car by Manly Police (known as notoriously pathological and unstable authoratarian nutjobs to most Sydney siders) that was given to me by my dead father on my 13th birthday as a reward for my first successful scuba. I explained it had priceless emotional value to me, and they said the alternative is a huge fine, I stated even if it’s a few grand, give me the fine. They took the knife.

Needless to say, there’s a lot of very over the top policing practices in Australia, a nation with a crime rate one tenth that of Britain where police (aside from being polite, nice, and there to help the community and capable of being approached and chatted to, whereas here (specifically NSW) the police have a chip on their shoulder, won’t talk to you (unless you’re female, as one colleage just pointed out to me), and wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire) are unarmed and … well, normal. Here they drive high performance luxury cars (which if you live near Reservoir Road, in Prospect, you’ll quite often see them doing burn outs at the old drive through when they think no one is watching) that cost a packet, and carry melee weapons, chemical weapons, electroshock weapons, and firearms.

This all probably stems from the ‘us and them’ mentality of Australia originally being a penal colony, the police here really do think they’re NYPD and that we’re all gangbanging black guys who need a good Rodney King’ing to teach us our station in life. The attitude is unbelievable, especially when it comes to civil rights matters. Hell, in NSW they try and strong-arm protestors into believing they need police permission to protest and that police can tell them how long for, what they can and can’t do, whether they’re allowed to use bull-horns, or even carry signs. It really is an ugly, ugly thing to behold, as an international (British citizen) who’s toured the world many times over and encountered enough to make this ugly sore on human rights insult me personally to such a degree, moreso the fact that Australian citizens tolerate it, albeit are brainwashed into thinking it’s a good thing.

Maybe they’re just not a 18-35 year old white middle class male (who tend to cop a lot of harassment because the police know they’ll cop it on the chin, and pay any subsequent fines like a good bitch and not take it to court), and especially not indigenous (who have a notorious track record of instances of police abusing move on and profanity laws to persecute them if they ‘get smart’). You’ll always have that posse who’d argue to my prior parenthetical comment that it ‘serves them right for getting smart’, but I’m sorry to say, such an argument is fundamentally flawed; it’s their perogative to express their freedom in whatever way they choose and it’s the police REQUIREMENT that they remain patient and not be tossers. Except in Australia.

In the last five or so years laws to allow them to impound vehicles have come into play. Recently, in Adelaide (South Australia, for my international readers) five Nissan Skylines were impounded, a mere google shows multiple POLICE WEBSITES lauding that ‘hoons’ will ‘lose their cars for good’ under new ‘hoon laws’. This isn’t going to solve the problem by any means, as education is the only reform possible, but merely impact financially on people and clog up the courts, let alone the occasional innocent victim being wronged so harshly by the government given the price of vehicles over here.

POLICE have impounded five Nissan Skylines after a video of six cars racing through Adelaide’s Heysen Tunnel was posted on YouTube.

Five men, aged 21 to 34, also face a range of driving offences in relation to the race in May when the cars reached speeds of up to 143km/h in a 90km/h zone.

Police used the YouTube video, along with closed circuit camera vision, to identify five of the six cars.

A light-coloured Skyline is the only car outstanding.

Officer in charge of traffic support Linda Fellows said the cars would be impounded for 28 days.

“Police will take every opportunity to investigate dangerous driving behaviour and take people off the roads if they can’t obey the rules and drive responsibly,” Superintendent Fellows said.

“We have a rising road toll and it’s actions like this that can result in further carnage and road trauma.

“Police will not tolerate the public being put at risk by the reckless and irresponsible actions of a few.”

Whilst their agenda seems idealistic, and perhaps a bit on the goose stepping storm trooper line, the apalling part is that this is arguably constitutional and thus even more of an alarming proof that we NEED a bill of rights in Australia, there are three RIGHTS which the Constitution guarantees against the Commonwealth – religious freedom, trial by jury, and “just terms” compensation. (A referendum proposal to amend the Constitution to clarify these rights and to make them good also against the States was defeated in 1988.) As will be seen, guaranteed access to the High Court can itself amount to an important right. And the guarantee of free trade and commerce was for a time interpreted as something like an individual right.

The Constitution however clearly gives the Commonwealth power “with respect to … the acquisition of property on just terms” in Section 51(xxxi). By contrast, the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution contains a prohibition: “nor shall private property be taken … without just compensation”. The differences between acquisition and taking, and between terms and compensation, combined with the fact that the Australian provision is expressed as a positive grant of power coupled with a limitation, have been read so as to weaken the Australian guarantee relative to the American one.

The use of the term “acquisition” has been abused by the government so as to require that the Commonwealth (or some other party for a Commonwealth purpose) actually acquire possessory or proprietary rights over the property in question, or at least some benefit so that the mere extinguishment of a person’s proprietary rights by the Commonwealth (or a prohibition on effectively exercising them) is insufficient to amount to an acquisition1. And “just terms” has been taken to mean something less than “just compensation”; in particular, it does not necessarily require payment to the owner of the value of the property when it was compulsorily acquired2. The Australian film The Castle addresses this issue also.

These issues are very disheartening as a person who has had much life experience and done the rounds and seen what the rest of the world experience and live with. It honestly often makes me question how I can be a dual citizen, live here, let alone pay taxes to finance such lunacy. But the worst part of Australia, if you ask me, is their cattle-like complacency with their rights being stripped from them.

From internet censorship, through to a duly elected Prime Minister (the leader of our national, like the US President) having a bloodless coup d’etat run against him because he was negotiating a fair 50/50 split to our resources and minerals with mining giants, only to have the leader of the coup (or rather the muppet who was given the nod by the mining giants and those protecting their interests) RE-ELECTED (albeit the votes stated she didn’t win, but they claimed they did and then got a few independent senators to share power) as Prime Minister.

That makes Australia’s first Prime Minister an anti-democratic dog who has screwed us out of trillions of dollars, ironically she may face the axe soon because she’s bringing in an environmental tax that will make our ecology significantly stronger, our overall health increase, and make us billions from high poluuters but cost families $50 a year or so. So she cost us trillions, but because she’s going to cost us $50 a year but make us billions, she’s out. I mean, what the fuck?

Okay, that’s the end of my rant. But seriously, be thankful you live in a sane nation. Unless you’re an American. 😛

Posted: June 29th, 2011
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Science Cured my Hiccups, Please Retweet and Save Lives!

As most of you know, I’m a very cynical and scientific / critical thinker. I know alternative medicine is bullshit because if it worked it wouldn’t be alternative. I can also tell an old wives tale when I see one. However recently, for the first time in a decade, I got the hiccups. Fifteen minutes in I was bitching on Twitter and to friends via SMS. Half an hour in I was getting light headed. Forty five minutes in my throat was burning from reflux and I wanted to spew and was trying to find my handgun.

At that point I began going through a list of all the ‘cures’ for hiccups, most were stupid and clearly wouldn’t have worked having much the same scientific or medical grounding as praying does to curing cancer. If you’re shaking your head and saying prayer has any powers besides placebo effect, get the fuck off my website, you’re far too gone as a human being and have delved deep into the heart of moronicism.

I shortlisted a dozen old wives tale type cures that seemed to have SOME potential scientific application. Just as people tend to have different ideas about what causes hiccups, they also disagree on ways to stop them. Almost everyone knows at least one way to treat hiccups. Some families swear by their method, and refuse to believe that any others work.

Common cures for the hiccups include drinking a glass of water in some way. Some people swear by gulping, others insist on small sips, and some require that you tilt your head upside down and drink from the opposite side of the glass to make the hiccups go away.

No cure was found. By well over the hour mark I was seriously getting frustrated and angry about it when I realised I should be searching scholar.google not just google. So, first link of a scientific / medical paper on hiccups listed one method that had pure logical based purposes (I won’t go into specifics to save you the tl;dr) and I gave it a shot.

Literally IMMEDIATELY my hiccups were gone.

What was this magical method? Inhale deeply, filling your lungs, raising your arms above your head (laterally, ie: put your arms out like you’re JC on the cross, as you inhale, raise them above your head) then hold your breath and take as many little gaspy inhalations you can to stretch your diphragm and lungs that little bit more and count to ten.

It worked instantly, straight up, 100% effectively for me. But as this was my first bout in a decade I’m unsure if I’ll get the chance to test this out again anytime soon, but I have the utmost faith in it’s medical theory and grounding. So, when you get them next, do this to cure them, and shoot an @bashpr0mpt Tweet at me letting me know it worked.

Now, go back to Twitter if you found this blog post link there, and click Retweet. Let’s get this information out there so other poor bastards aren’t suffering for an hour feeling like idiots in the middle of the night unable to sleep; and also save them doing the stupid things I humored just to be able to say “I tried everything.” which clearly didn’t work.

If you don’t retweet this, I hope you get ball cancer and die. If you don’t have balls, I hope you get pregnant, have a kid, and it has balls, and they get ball cancer and die. If you don’t have balls but can’t get pregnant, well, you’re already punished enough. 😛

Posted: June 22nd, 2011
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Insurance Companies @AAMI @Bingle @NRMA Are Sexist

You can pay 10%-25% more for your insurance with the above insurers (I’m sure others are equally guilty) based purely on gender, if you’re male, you lose out.

I always find it ironic when sexism loldrama hits the tabloidal news over here, with claims women get paid significantly less than men and get treated worse, when in reality … well.

I propose anyone who believes that shit should run a little test. Hop on say, an MMORPG, roll a female character and a male. See which one gets given free shit, leveled, helped out, aided and entertained all day every day. You can play that game from begining to end game as a male and never actually even get a single word from another player.

As a male, I’m kind of fucked off at all this bullshit. I often promote mannimism, a reversal of feminism, trying to oppose outright sexism against men as the worthless sex.

If you support this ideal, follow @maninism on Twitter right now and let’s get something happening about it.

Posted: June 21st, 2011
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