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Sunday, 07 February


The strange case of Julian Assange continues..... North Coast Voices

Julian Assange has reportedly been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 12 June 2012, a total of 1,328 days since he sought asylum there.

The legal matter which triggered his request for asylum remains unresolved to date.

On 5 February 2016 the Office of High CommissionerHuman Rights, United Nations, issued this statement:

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Deems the deprivation of liberty of Mr. Julian Assange as arbitrary


This infantile individual has followers in Australia? North Coast Voices

This is the world according to very infantile Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh creator of Return of Kings:

“1. Men and women are genetically different, both physically and mentally. Sex roles evolved in all mammals. Humans are not exempt.
2. Men will opt out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them.


The selling of Marco Rubio Catallaxy Files

We don’t vote in American elections so it is all academic in a way. But it is worth having some sense of who’s doing what and where things are heading. A Malcolm-led Liberal Party may be the best there is across the world, so think about that. This is Mickey Kaus on The Rubio Menace which more or less says the same as I did in my post yesterday on Rubio Would be a Disaster. This might bring out the extent to which the American election cycle is a charade which, given the unstoppable success of Hillary, we knew already. This is Rubio who has taken up the mantle that was supposed to fall to Jeb Bush.

Bush is explicit about his support for mass immigration and amnesty. Rubio has now effectively wormed his way into a position where championing mass immigration and amnesty would involve breaking what seems to be an explicit policy pledge. But anyone who has followed Rubio knows that’s exactly what he’ll do. a) He’s done it before, having opposed amnesty when seeking his Senate seat only to become its front man on arriving in Washington; b) He dissembled when necessary to push the Gang of 8 bill, why not dissemble now? c) The GOP establishment thinks that’s exaclty what he’ll do; d) His retreat from the Gang of 8 has been grudging and weaselly, always giving as little ground as he thinks he can get away with until he discovers he has to give a little more; e) He still hasn’t repudiated the bill, let alone apologized for it; and most important, f) actually achieving an Enforcement First solution would mean standing up to the Democrats, who will demand quick legalization, and the bulk of the GOP Congressional caucus, who will be happy to settle for a fig-leaf of enforcement they can try to sell th...

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Saturday, 06 February


Are Daryush Valizadeh's adversaries closet vegans? Independent Australia

Are Daryush Valizadeh's adversaries closet vegans?Jordan Lees discusses the similarities between the rape-culture philosophy of Daryush "Roosh V" Valizadeh and the acceptance of "rape racks", castration and the unceremonious mass slaughter of non-human animals. read now...


Screen Themes — Heroes of Tomorrow vs Rick & Morty Independent Australia

Screen Themes — Heroes of Tomorrow vs Rick & MortyIt’s time for some small screen action as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out a couple of sci-fi influenced TV shows, the comic-book superhero team-up Legends of Tomorrow and the hilarious but somewhat inappropriate for children Rick & Morty. read now...


Malcolm Turnbull: The shiny charlatan Independent Australia

Malcolm Turnbull: The shiny charlatanMalcolm Turnbull is happy to send children to concentration camps and happily interferes in the ABC. Australia, meet the new boss — just like the old boss, except shinier. read now...


Rubio would be a disaster Catallaxy Files

The Republican establishment is now backing Marco Rubio to the hilt against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I actually saw Rubio speak in Las Vegas the day before Trump and I could not believe how weak and ineffectual he came across. The words were all right, but the lack of conviction was palpable. No one came away fired up about his prospects, unlike my experience when I had listened to Rand Paul (the year before) or Donald Trump. Hillary will eat Rubio for lunch.

But what makes Rubio likely poison is his lack of creds on border protection. This was published just two months ago, in December, The Ugly Truth About Marco Rubio And His Gang-of-Eight Amnesty Bill and represents a very strong attitude among Republicans:

Rubio was a Jeb Bush acolyte who embraced the Tea Party and ran for senator in Florida against Charlie Crist. Crist was the popular sitting governor in the state and Rubio was thought to be a huge underdog. However, the grassroots embraced Rubio. Just to give you an example, very early on I organized a coalition that endorsed Rubio and encouraged people not to give money to the NRSC over its endorsement of Crist. I even called for NRSC chairman John Cornyn to RESIGN over his decision to get involved in the race on Crist’s behalf.

Back then, Rubio was talking very tough on immigration by necessity. Although Rubio is significantly more conservative than Crist, the conservative base would have never rallied to his side if he had supported amnesty; he would have lost in a landslide. In other words, Rubio’s anti-amnesty position was one of the central promises of his campaign. In fact, Rubio slammed Charlie Crist for being pro-amnesty and very specifically said he opposed giving illegal aliens citizenship. Back then, Marco Rubio sounded like Jeff Sessions on immigration. . . ....


Massive animal die-offs: This is your climate on fossil fuels Independent Australia

Massive animal die-offs: This is your climate on fossil fuelsMassive animal die-offs from butterflies to whales are being experienced around the world fuelled by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). Dahr Jamail from Truth Out reports. read now...


From canaries to harsegroppers, it's all the fun of the advanced digital media platform fair, thanks to the reptiles of Oz ... loon pond

The pond always feels better starting the weekend with a Pope cartoon - there's a gallery of papal humour here -  and if you want to relax more, you can always "please clap", and watch another episode of The Unblackening here with Larry Wilmore.

Other more dedicated folk must be the canaries sent down into the reptile Oz coalmine to check on the state of things, and the pond was delighted to discover that the chief stenographer who replaced the chief stenographer is doing his manly duty ...

Oh you winsome, beguiling hagiographer you ... a shot in the arm, as opposed to a shot in the toe.

Meanwhile, the old fogies are tremendously excited at having found some young fogies ... 



Are Cardinal George Pell & the Vatican flipping the bird at Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse? North Coast Voices

Is Cardinal George Pell really so ill he genuinely cannot travel? Or is it a smoke screen allowing him to hide from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse?

Only his doctors would know with any certainty, because his very active life in Rome gives no indication.

What Pell and the Vatican are saying.....

The Guardian, 28 January 2016:

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, is still too unwell to fly and will address a philanthropic Catholic organisation in the US on Thursday via video link from Rome.

It comes days before Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse is d...


Quote of the Week North Coast Voices

Abbott  was born in England in the 1950s and he is still a creature of it. He represents a narrow strand in Australian culture which is in many ways more British than Australian, and that is part of the reason why he was unsuccessful.
[Author Aaron Patrick in The NewDaily, 29 January 2016]

Friday, 05 February


Justice for the Bombers UPDATED Catallaxy Files

Update: Wait – don’t sign just yet. The petition is being redrafted to be compliant with Senate submissions. The draftee is working closely with, at least, one of the named Senators on the petition.

You don’t have to be an Essendon supporter to recognise an injustice. So please give some thought to signing this petition.

We believe these players were denied:

  • The presumption of innocence 
  • The right to an independent Hearing
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to privacy and confidentiality 
  • The right not to be tried twice for the same offence
  • The right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays
  • The right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court

We believe:

  1. None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of these players have given the appearance of objectivity in the selection of evidence.
  2. None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of players, perhaps with the exception of the AFL Tribunal, have given any regard to whether evidence could be regarded as expert or scientific. In fact, some supporting evidence needed to be discounted on the grounds of relevance.
  3. The sporting and governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of the players ran their own agenda in order to achieve a preconceived outcome.  As a result, the outcome that was reached contains numerous factual errors and is based on suppositions which in many cases are unsupported.    
  4. As a consequence of 1, 2, and 3, we believe the prosecution of the case was built on inexact proofs, indefinite testimony, and indirect inferences that do...

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