Thursday, November 21, 2013

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ABC pays 1 percenters to tell their viewers what to think. Now that has been revealed, the boss of the ABC wants an investigation. The ABC boss, who feels it is balanced to drown poor people who are desperate for asylum so long as the ALP appears compassionate, who is also willing to reveal any secret to embarrass the Libs even if it isn't about them, is paid twice as much as the ASIO boss who works impartially to protect all Australians. When you look at the 'talent' supporting the ALP, you can see they need lots of help. Young people should not drink any alcohol. Older people should not drink much alcohol. But what reason can be given for how ALP decides on policy? Chatham house rules doesn't quite cover it. 
Race hate laws aren't working. Kudos to the Jewish council of Australia on their statement regarding the Armenian genocide, but also that council is wrong to support these bad race laws. The laws don't protect Jewish peoples from harm, but do protect terrorists from criticism. The persecution of Bolt was a travesty of justice. 
Some people despair over how Australia is playing England at the Cricket. But I feel the criticism is unfair. At the end of day one of the first test, it is difficult to see how Australia could have played better.   Don't hate them .. they are playing their best. We no longer have world class openers like Dyson or Wood. If our bowlers were more talented, they'd have been forced to retire. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns Simon Thai and Jimmy Thai. Born on the same day, and sharing that day, across the years, with



Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (5:57am)

Embarrassed ABC boss Mark Scott yesterday launched an investigation following revelations of highly-paid ABC staffers’ salaries.
“I think everyone would expect that payroll information should be confidential. It shouldn’t leak,” Scott, whose own $678,940 salary was revealed in the leak, told ABC Radio.
“I’m very concerned about that and an investigation has been launched this morning into how that information could have got out.”
The leak exposed at least 43 ABC presenters, bureaucrats and reporters being paid more than $210,100 per year – placing them in the top one per cent of Australian wage earners. Managing director Scott’s salary puts him close to thetop 0.1 per cent of wage earners.
The average wage for Australians who fund the ABC through their taxes is around $70,000.

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Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (5:08am)

Reader Dean is offended by this site’s views on Melbourne academic and performance artist Dr Stuart Grant
Tim, i think if you are going to piublicly ridicule and humilate peple on your blog you should at least have the courage to publish your own picture on your blog.  i see your head kicking mate in melbourne ran the same story and allowed his vicisous hate filled minions to perform the most appallingcharatecter asssinations on this man., just as yours have done -unfetted here. Well done to you both.  The new Liberlal paradign is clealry one where no one is safe and their unshackled media attack dogs will bully and intimidate even innocent civilians, presumably in this case beacuse he is an academic but most likely because he is different to you and your ignorant readers, you really should be proud of yourself. i’m not sure if you have kids but its a wonderful example to them of just how bullying , intimidation and ridiclue happens in real life and how a multi national media organistaion can be used for the same means. i shall be complaing to the APC, they will probabaly do sweet F all but you have to start somewhere, or where does all this end, really? Once again, congratulations. this acadmeic who has done little more than share with us how he likes to spend his sunday afternoons is clearly an enemy of the New Liberal state and should have been outed. well done to you sir.
Beautifully put.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (5:00am)

On the beat with the Dungog police
The young person was consuming alcohol and was in possession of several bottles of beer.
Police from Dungog and Clarence Town directed the young person to dispose of the beer which he did so.
After disposing of the beer the young person laid down in the gutter and attempted to consume the disposed of beer, instead obtaining a large mouthful of dirt and gravel.
He was issued infringement notices for possessing and consuming alcohol in a public place. 
(Via leading wine and gravel writer Prick with a Fork)


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (4:52am)

• If you’re employed in the private sector, your salary is of primary interest only to the people who pay that salary: your bosses, shareholders and the like. If someone in the private sector chooses to give Kyle Sandilands $2 million, for example, it doesn’t impact on the rest of Australia at all.
• If you’re employed by the ABC, your salary is paid by taxpayers, and is therefore of interest to those taxpayers. They are, if you like, the shareholders in this arrangement. Compulsory shareholders who can’t sell their stock. In any case, they’d quite like to know where their money is going, particularly when it comes to a $1 billion broadcaster that blows nearly half its annual funding on wages for boring culture-twisting leftists.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (4:38am)

The perfect job for a leaky ex-Prime Minister: 
Mr Rudd was appointed to the Chatham House panel of senior advisers in January.
Chatham, based in London and home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, describes itself as “a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas”.
It is famous for its ‘Chatham House rules’ under which influential figures brief journalists and others on sensitive issues without fear of being identified. 


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (4:34am)

It turns out that sea otters also suffer from aftertaste face.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (4:30am)

Ahead of today’s First Test in Brisbane, enjoy highlights from the First Test in Brisbane back in 1974. Note Jeff Thomson’s batting, beginning from 14.05. This was Thomson’s comeback match, following a wicketless debut two years earlier, so you’d expect him to be at least slightly anxious. He was, after all, playing for his career.
Yet Thomson is calm to the point of amusement, even returning the ball to the umpire after being run out. And then he opens the bowling …


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 21, 2013 (4:14am)

Remember when a couple of Australian swimmers were photographed with firearms in the US? The harmless incident led to nationwide media panic, an Olympic investigation and a memorable reader photo gallery.
Well, let’s see what happens to the Mercedes Formula One team next March when they attempt to enter Australia. Judging by previous alarm levels, they’ll be arrested at the airport.


Let’s see if this response is correctly reported in the Sydney Morning Herald

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (1:49pm)

I have just provided this quote and this quote only - on the record - to Sydney Morning Herald reporter Peter Munro.

The last time I spoke to you, you misquoted me. Why would I talk to you again?
Munro rang with two stupid questions, the second of which I correctly predicted to him before he asked it - because I knew how the Herald mindset worked. If the salaries of the ABC’s stars were published, why shouldn’t I reveal my own?
The answer is so very, very obvious, even to ABC staff, you marvel at the mindset of a newspaper which wants it answered by me. 

Why is Mark Scott paid twice as much as our spy chief?

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (1:05pm)


Tanya Plibersek struggles with the idea of “team”

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (11:13am)

Labor leader Bill Shorten yesterday:

What the government and the opposition must continue to do is to unite in our commitment to improving and repairing this relationship in a timely way… That is why our position continues to be one of support for the government… I reiterate on behalf of Labor: we want the government to be successful in rebuilding the relationship and trust with Indonesia. We will support the government in its efforts. This is indeed a Team Australia moment.
Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek today:

I think the key difference is that before the election the now Government, the then opposition, made some injudicious comments about their policies and they came into government with a relationship that was already under stress.
The Coalition said a number of things about buying back the boats, turning back the boats and so on that the Indonesians were concerned about because the Coalition was making announcements about things that would happen on Indonesian soil and in Indonesian waters without ever having discussed it with the Indonesians. Tony Abbott on his first trip to Indonesia locked Indonesian journalists out of a press conference. So you see the level of media coverage in Indonesia at the moment isn’t helped by the fact that Tony Abbott offended the whole of the Indonesian press corp on his first visit there.
Plibersek is just too much of a hater. 

Send our global warming delegates some popcorn. Their chewing upsets the right people

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (9:49am)

I am proud of our Australian delegation, derailing the great gravy train in Warsaw: 

Poor countries pulled out of the United Nations climate talks during a fight over transferring wealth from richer countries to fight global warming.
The G77 and China bloc led 132 poor countries in a walk out during talks about “loss and damage” compensation for the consequences of global warming… Poor countries have demanded that the developed world give them $100 billion annually by 2020 ...

Australian diplomats have also thrown a wrench into the negotiations, as poor countries and activists accused them of not taking the talks seriously. The country did not even send high-ranking officials to the UN summit, saying that they would be busy repealing the country’s contentious carbon tax. 
They wore T-shirts and gorged on snacks throughout the negotiation. That gives some indication of the manner they are behaving in,” said a spokeswoman for the Climate Action Network.
Eating snacks in climate talks must be like chewing gum in church.
Please send food parcels to our climate negotiators now. This must be encouraged.
(Thanks to reader stevef.) 

Abbott-haters betrayed their own country

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (9:38am)

MediaPolitics - federal

WHAT self-serving, malevolent shysters - deliberately damaging Australia and blaming Tony Abbott for it.
Who are these hypocrites who betray Australia, peddle a traitor’s leaks and demand we surrender to Indonesia, just to destroy a Prime Minister they hate?
(Read full article here.

The enemies of free speech keep odd company

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (9:23am)

A gathering of the enemies of free speech - each claiming to speak for more people, ethnically or religiously segregated, than they in fact represent: 

Tony Abbott is facing a fight against Australia’s indigenous, Jewish, Arab, Chinese, Greek, Armenian, Lebanese and Muslim populations, who have united in urging the government not to proceed with announced plans to abolish or weaken race hate laws.
As his first legislative act, Attorney-General George Brandis wants to introduce a bill to change sections of the Racial Discrimination Act that protect ethnic groups against hate speech. He especially dislikes provisions that make it unlawful to offend or insult people on the basis of their race…
The head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Peter Wertheim, said he could not recall ‘’any other issue on which there has been such unity of purpose and strength of feeling across such a diverse group of communities’’.
‘’We have read with growing concern that the federal government has plans to remove or water down the protections against racial vilification,’’ reads the statement signed by the heads of groups including the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Arab Council Australia, Chinese Australian Forum, Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Australian Hellenic Council, Lebanese Muslim Association and the Armenian National Council of Australia.
The Lebanese Muslim Association wants laws against vilification?
You mean this Lebanese Muslim Association?

NO action will be taken against Australia’s top Muslim cleric for likening scantily-dressed women to uncovered meat and saying they’re responsible for sexual attacks…
Tom Zrika, from the Lebanese Muslim Association, which runs the Lakemba Mosque, said the Muslim leaders who met to discuss the Sheik’s fate were satisfied with the Sheik’s explanation of his comments…
“The board is satisfied with the notion that certain statements made by the mufti was misinterpreted."…
After emerging from Friday prayers at Lakemba Mosque today, Sheik al-Hilali was asked by a media pack whether he would quit over a speech in which he said scantily-dressed women invited rape.
“After we clean the world of the White House first,” the sheik said. 
Supporters of the sheik cheered and applauded loudly at the comments, which were directed firmly at US President George W Bush…
This Lebanese Muslim Association?: 

[Hilali’s] latest foray into the headlines concerns the destination of thousands of dollars in donations from the Sydney-based Lebanese Muslim Association, intended to aid victims of the recent war between Lebanon and Israel.
Now significant questions have been raised concerning the whereabouts of that money, together with allegations that it may have partly ended up in the hands of terrorist organisations. This has understandably altered the interest of the Federal Police, and forced the Lebanese Muslim Association to repay $10,000 to donors that was misappropriated to a Lebanese radio station operated by propagandist Bilal Shaaban, head of the Islamic Unity Movement - well known for his support of suicide bombers and insurgents.
As always Hilali will no doubt deny any wrongdoing, and although the Lebanese Muslim Association has responded swiftly, this latest scandal begs the question, yet again, as to why Hilali remains in his post…
A quick inventory of Hilali’s infractions is more than enough.
“September 11th is God’s work against oppressors”, he said… On the Egyptian television show Cairo Today, Hilali branded Australians inveterate liars and again excused convicted gang rapists. On women as victimisers: “When it comes to adultery, it’s 90 per cent the woman’s responsibility. Why? Because a woman owns the weapon of seduction.” 
Go back to 1988 and we recall his infamous accusation that Jews are the root cause of all wars.
A race-hate law that has been used against me but not Hilali is clearly misfiring, it seems to me, and the kind of people who want to keep it cannot be trusted. 

No, not 97 per cent. Try 52

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (9:15am)

Global warming - general

Anthony Watts on a survey which asked members of the American Meteorogical Society if they believed there was global warming, and what they blamed for it:

Just 52 percent of survey respondents answered Yes: Mostly human. The other 48 percent either questioned whether global warming is happening or would not ascribe human activity as the primary cause.

Maybe Mark Scott isn’t the national security expert he thinks. UPDATE: Or the diplomat

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (9:00am)

ABC managing director Mark Scott explains why his ABC decided to publish stolen intelligence information marked “top secret”:

Yes, I appreciate that the release of some of this material might be embarrassing and ... might cause some difficulties with the Australian-Indonesian relationship in the short term.
“Might” merely be “embarrassing” and cause just “some difficulties”? Mark Scott’s talent as a judge of our national security interests may not be as good as he fancies it to be:

INDONESIA has delivered a stinging rebuke over the electronic spying scandal, suspending all intelligence exchanges, joint military exercises and naval co-operation on people-smuggling until Tony Abbott explains the Australian espionage and undertakes it will not happen again.
How many Australian lives has national security expert Mark Scott and his ABC put at risk? 

MORE than 300 convicted terrorists will be released from Indonesian prisons in the next 12 months, posing a renewed terror threat to both Australians and Indonesians at a time when the spy scandal threatens to derail intelligence co-operation between the two countries.
I cannot believe this man, who believes the salary of Tony Jones is a bigger state secret than how our spies work in Indonesia.

Remember how Mark Scott argued that Labor should leave the Australia Network, broadcasting into Indonesia, in the ABC’s hands because the ABC was better at “diplomacy” than, say, News Corp? 

[A] public broadcaster, like the ABC, gives us the best possible means – with Radio Australia and Australia Network – of representing Australia’s international interests through broadcasting…
It’s worth asking if the entrepreneurial talent, daring and risk that give you an edge in commercial media are also the right credentials for the world of public diplomacy....
I am confident that, when Australia’s reputation is at stake, international broadcasting by an energetic, independent public broadcaster owned by the Australian people, is the right way to continue. 
And I am confident that the job of advancing Australia’s international interests is in not just the most efficient and effective, but the safest possible hands.
Really? The ABC that revealed to Indonesia we tapped the President’s phone and which attacks our own Prime Minister for being an oaf who won’t say sorry is “advancing Australia’s international interests”? Is an organisation which has our public diplomacy in “the safest possible hands”?
Strip the Australia Network from the ABC, as was recommended by a tender process twice overturned by Labor. And then get really serious about the ABC’s failure to live by its charter.
Greg Sheridan: 
You could make the case that no institution through the years has done more to damage the Australia-Indonesia relationship than the ABC.
Paul Sheehan:
ABC managing director Mark Scott had a clear choice. It was self-evident that revealing these phone taps would poison the relationship with Indonesia, damage Australia’s intelligence-gathering, humiliate President Yudhoyono, compromise Australian security arrangements, and ripple out to Australia’s education market in Indonesia.
He decided to go all-in with The Guardian. His decision was consistent with, on his watch, the ABC’s institutional hostility to Coalition policies on asylum-seekers, and its decisions such as appointing Russell Skelton as chief fact-checker despite his public record of anti-Coalition partisanship. The ABC has got what it wanted. It will now pursue the story with zeal.
(Thanks to readers Gab, Ian and Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Boat people are doing what to young men, Pamela?

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (9:00am)

Refugee advocate Pamela Curr demands we stop sending boat people to Nauru and Manus Island - especially people like the young woman above who may be - but probably isn’t - an “unaccompanied minor”

Ms Curr says there have been sexual assaults reported in other detention centres.
“There’s always that risk,” she said.
“We know from young men, unaccompanied minors who are sent to Manus, that they made allegations of being raped. We don’t know what is going to happen to this girl.”
Er, Pamela, can you at least agree that boat people likely to rape young men might not be the kind of people we should admit?
I kind of think you haven’t actually done much for your case.
(Thanks to reader Correllio.)  

Our giant state-owned media has just crushed another private competitor

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (8:37am)


THE Abbott Government has wanted to dodge the fight it must have with the ABC.
It can’t afford the blood right now. It needs to establish its power and trust. And there’s Malcolm Turnbull, of course, the ABC favourite who stands guard as Communications Minister.
(Read full article here.) 

State media should not smother private

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (8:34am)

The very same argument applies to our ABC:

The BBC is too powerful for its own good and should be dramatically slimmed down, one of its top stars argued today.
David Dimbleby – who has been at the Corporation for more than 50 years – called on the director-general to hand out the licence fee to its commercial rivals to create ‘more variety’ in TV and radio output. 
He said the BBC should ‘cut out some of the gardening and the cookery’ on TV, merge BBC4 with BBC2, and reduce its online presence to prevent it ‘crushing’ local newspapers. 
(Thanks to reader Jono.) 

Indonesia should argue these leaks are as false as the last

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (8:26am)

Just two years ago other leaks outraged the Indonesians:

INDONESIA demanded, and received, an expression of regret from the US ambassador in Jakarta yesterday as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono emphatically denied allegations in US diplomatic cables that he and his family were implicated in corruption.
The allegations, revealed in The Age yesterday and based on cables obtained by WikiLeaks, created a media storm in Indonesia as the country’s foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, hauled in US ambassador Scot Marciel to formally lodge a ‘’strong protest’’…
Dr Yudhoyono, meanwhile, said The Age had breached the ‘’universal journalism code of ethics’’ by publishing details of the cables without asking him for comment beforehand. ‘’The President is absolutely not happy with the false coverage, full of lies, run in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age,’’ according to a statement ‘’sent on behalf of the President’’ by his senior spokesman, Daniel Sparingga… 
The cables from the US embassy in Jakarta, sent between 2004 and 2010, contained a series of startling but unverified allegations about the conduct of Dr Yudhoyono, his wife and family. Among the allegations were that Dr Yudhoyono ordered a corruption investigation into political powerbroker Taufik Kiemas be dropped and that he received funds from controversial businessman Tomy Winata via a middleman.
Which suggests a neat face-saver. Surely Indonesia can argue that leaked intelligence is notoriously inaccurate, and leaks suggesting we spied on the President’s phone are as improbable as leaks suggesting the President is implicated in corruption.
(Reader Miles.) 

Fact checking the ABC Fact Check’s flight of fancy

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (8:18am)

Reader Mick fact checks the ABC’s fact checkers and does a better job - for free:
The latest (false) revelation by Fact Check is as follows...
The claim: Christopher Pyne says a VIP Boeing business jet flight from Perth to Canberra taken by a group of WA Liberal MPs was probably cheaper than a commercial flight. The verdict: Commercial fares would have cost a maximum of $56,260 whereas the cost of sending the VIP jet to Perth would have been a minimum of $140,483.
In summary, our ever astute tax payer funded Fact Checkers arrived at the $140,483 cost of using the VIP jet by the following means (all costs being calculated on a round trip of 8.25 flying hours):

Fuel and airport fees - $28,462
Cost of leasing the aircraft - $66,215
Cost of maintaining the aircraft - $45,806
They also pointed out that the final figure did not include the cost of the crew and catering. Total cost for the 8.25 hour journey - $140,483
But these are false claims for the following reasons:
1.  The aircraft are not leased by the hour, or by the day even, so the leasing costs are the same whether the aircraft is in the air or on the ground.
2.  The same goes for the maintenance.  Although maintenance is in part determined by flying hours, it also includes periodic servicing, Even when an aircraft sits idle it has to be maintained on a regular basis.
3.  And the RAF aircrew also get paid whether or not they are not flying.
Which only leaves the catering as an additional cost, which is hardly going to break the bank for the price of a cup of tea and a cracker. Meaning that the true cost of transporting the MPs, with their families, from Perth to Canberra and back by the VIP jet was $28,462 for fuel and airport fees, plus tea and crackers.  Which, as Christopher Pyne pointed out, is far cheaper than the $56,260 as calculated by the ABC Fact Checker for domestic flights. 
In addition this reveals yet another contradiction of concerns by the ABC.  Only this week the ABC have expressed concerns that a leased property sits empty while PM resides at the police academy when he is in Canberra.  But, they would prefer that the VIP aircraft leased at a cost of $4,871,867 pa sit idle and while politicians use domestic flights instead?
The hypocrites at the ABC would attack the Coalition either way, Mick. It’s not the principle but the side. 

Time we admitted bringing in people from war zones is risky

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (8:08am)

Bringing in refugees from Lebanon, then a Middle Eastern war zone, meant bringing problems such as unemployment, crime, radicalism and welfarism.
I’m not convinced that bringing in refugees from Afghanistan, a Middle Eastern war zone, will result is something significantly better. 7.30 reports: 
Police believe an Afghan faction inside the notorious Brothers 4 Life gang is responsible for a recent outbreak of bloody and indiscriminate gun violence in Sydney.
The leader of the breakaway faction is an Afghanistan-born 30-year-old whose family sought asylum in Australia.
He cannot be identified due to a court order. However, in the past four years he has beaten three murder charges, including the shooting death of a boxer Bassam Chami in 2006.
7.30 understands the new gang boss is an ally of Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy, Australia’s highest security prisoner.
Hamzy is serving at least 36 years in jail for crimes including murder, and has converted to radical Islam behind bars…
However, with the emergence of a new faction taking over Brothers 4 Life, this time originating within the Afghan community, the threat appears far from over, with the gang moving in on valuable drug territory across Sydney… Foot soldiers recruited by the gang in recent times include Mobin Mirzaei, Wahed Karimi, Serkehl Rokzayi, from Sydney’s Afghan community.
The three were arrested earlier this month and charged with the shooting of two rival Brothers 4 Life members…
Mohamed Azamy, of the Afghan Community Support Association, says he is worried about the increasing violence and the growing number of young Afghan Australians turning to gang and bikie crime, and that the Afghan community has also been a target of violent extortions and shootings. 
“The community is afraid, the family is afraid of the future of the kids or involvement with the gangs, and they being targeted in different ways,” said Mr Azamy, who is building the first mosque for Sydney’s growing Afghan community.
I am far from convinced that our refugee program is working in Australia’s best interests.
Is it too rude to mention this news, too?
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky—who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq—prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones,  known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints. “We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.
(Thanks to readers David and Roman.) 

We pay for ABC salaries, and the laughs when they are revealed

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (7:22am)

ABC chief Mark Scott is flustered by the leaking of his stars’ publicly-funded salaries: 

Compounding the ABC’s humiliation, managing director Scott yesterday morning accidentally phoned News Corp senior journalist David Penberthy to discuss the broadcaster’s response to the salary leak.
Believing he was in fact speaking with ABC CEO David Pendleton ($362,838) Scott quickly outlined the ABC’s plans to counter the “nightmare” revelations before Penberthy alerted the ABC boss to his error. “This conversation never happened,” Scott replied, hanging up on the Adelaide Sunday Mail editor. “Yes, it happened,” Penberthy said yesterday. “I really feel a bit sorry for the guy.”
You can understand that fluster. After all, some ABC staff are so angry over what they are paid in comparison to others that they might even leave and work for… er...:
Other ABC personalities lashed out at perceived inequities exposed in the wages list. In an email to online newsletter Crikey, ABC Radio National presenter Phillip Adams said he was “not happy” to discover how little he was paid compared to other ABC staffers. “Seems I’m heavily discounted. Half price. Will be discussing it with ‘upstairs’,” Adams fumed.
One problem with this huffing and threatening, Phillip. For it to work you really have to point out there is a market for your services. Another station only too eager to have you mumbling to your far-Left friends.
Other stars have a different gripe - that this list didn’t include their last pay rise:

Scott, who this week faced criticism about the ABC’s reporting of Australian security secrets, complained yesterday that the wages list was “out of date”. This was confirmed by Melbourne ABC radio presenter Jon Faine, who is listed as earning $285,249. Faine pointed out that he has since negotiated a new contract for $300,000.
Faine was just making a point about the inaccuracy of the Australian’s report, you understand.  It is purely coincidence that in doing so he revealed he was not in fact paid nearly $5000 less than his Sydney counterpart, Richard Glover, but $5000 more. Faine would hate for you to conclude he’s vain.

Tim Blair marvels at the money being paid to the stars of a pro-Labor and pro-Greens broadcaster with a “social conscience”:
The ABC has long campaigned on wage-related issues. A search of the billion-dollar broadcaster’s tax-funded site returns nearly 5000 matches for stories about the gap between rich and poor, and more than 6000 matches for items on income inequality.
The ABC claims it must pay such high wages because its stars could earn even more with the ABC’s commercial rivals:
Mr Scott later told ABC Radio Melbourne host Jon Faine ($285,249): ”Private sector media executives looking down that list will not believe the salary rates of the ABC compared to what’s paid in commercial radio and television land. I’m concerned that this gives people like [Nine chief] David Gyngell a list, a target, and it hurts the ABC’s ability to attract and retain talent.”
Really? So if Faine were not paid $300,000 by $250,000, we’d see him hosting Channel 9’s breakfast show? Really?  If Richard Glover were paid not $290,000 but $250,000, he would be hosting A Current Affair

As a Prince, Charles makes a rotten scientist

Andrew Bolt November 21 2013 (7:11am)

What Prince Charles claims the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says about cyclones like the one that hit the Philippines:
The devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines should surely have been a poignant and telling reminder of the intimacy and interdependence of man’s relationship with the natural world… As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report so clearly tells us, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events has increased, and is set further to increase, in many parts of the world, as a direct result of anthropogenic climate change.
What the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report actually says:
In summary, this assessment does not revise the SREX conclusion of low confidence that any reported long-term (centennial) increases in tropical cyclone activity are robust… In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low… Over periods of a century or more, evidence suggests slight decreases in the frequency of tropical cyclones making landfall in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific… Little evidence exists of any longer-term trend in other ocean basins.
The IPCC report suggests the very opposite of what Prince Charles claims. Why is he misrepresenting the science?
More scandalous fear-mongering in the Sydney Morning Herald, misrepresenting the science. Gillen D’Arcy Wood gloats:
Haiyan is just the beginning of the new extreme weather regime our planet is entering, where storm surges routinely cut a swath through coastal populations, and regional economies get hammered… Now we get a lesson in climate science and our high- risk gamble with carbon waste…
Closer to the US, how soon will we no longer be mere spectators of disaster news, but feel the creeping chill of our own vulnerability to an imminent Super Sandy or Super Katrina?… [A] world of hundredfold Haiyans and exhausted human beings—is too gruesome to contemplate.
A word to Wood, trembling in the United States. Relax:
This is the quietest season for Atlantic hurricanes since 1982… As many as 11 hurricanes were predicted, but only 2 have formed… The long-term drought of major hurricanes hitting the U.S. also continues: It’s been eight years since a Category 3 or stronger hurricane has made landfall on U.S. shores, according to the hurricane center. The last was Hurricane Wilma, which battered Florida in October 2005.
That Fairfax papers continue to publish such utter tripe of Wood’s, against the science, is shameful.
(Thanks to reader Big Ted.)  

Dastyari didn’t need to whisper

Andrew Bolt November 20 2013 (9:36pm)

 Dastyari is actually right, though, despite Penny Wong and Doug Cameron trying to shush him:
NSW Labor Senator Sam Dastyari has been caught on film criticising Nathan Rees over his affair, saying his state Labor colleague should have kept his “d*** in his pants’’.
The comment was broadcast across offices in federal parliament and the internet during a break in an estimates hearing about economic policy. Senator Dastyari was speaking to fellow NSW Senator Doug Cameron at the time. 
Zaya Toma
It will be fifty years since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated tomorrow. The only President to ask his citizens to "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" President Kennedy will forever be remembered as a hero, his leadership and calm under pressure prevented a nuclear Holocaust, he ensured equal civil rights for African American's one hundred years after the emancipation proclamation and he established the goal of the manned mission to the moon. He did this all in four years. God bless President Kennedy and may he rest in peace.
Meh, his good points are overstated. He was rich and died too young. Had he lived, he would not be so well thought of. Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist sympathiser who wanted to kill. The accident that occurred while Oswald made his attempt will never be fully known, but was tragically successful. But those words you quote are stirring. I have never known a Democrat to live by them. - ed
Do Good People Turn Evil?
Half a century ago, Holocaust perpetrator Adolph Eichmann was on trial. The prosecutor called him “a new kind of killer, the kind that exercises his bloody craft behind a desk.” Reporting on the
I have no doubt people are raised badly today. Not all people, but many who set the example are badly raised. Having read Elizabeth Kim's 10000 Sorrows, I'm hesitant to unduly praise Christian or Confucian values .. but there is much to be said in praise of those things the media despises. - ed

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A progressive racist bigot - ed
A Fairfax piece that does not make me want to poke my eyes out with metal chopsticks. In the defence of Westies - Sydney/Melbourne thing

Sums things up quite well to the civil war. Thus avoiding any reference to Dems endorsing slavery and exploiting blacks .. ed

"When they phone and say 'can you play Queen Elizabeth I in the 50th Anniversary special', you HAVE to say yes!"

Watch the lovely Joanna Page talking about her role in 'The Day of the Doctor':
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"Those who live in gratitude, see beauty even in the smallest gift, they see life as a miracle opening up before them.”
I've been so poor .. people refuse my gifts - ed
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I just read an idiotic comment on some website arguing that undocumented people should be called "criminal immigrants" rather than "illegal immigrants." It is unlikely that any of my FB friends share this view, but in the event that you do, please let me clarify something for you. There is a difference between breaking a law and being a criminal. If you drive to the local gas station without your seatbelt on, you have broken a law. But you are clearly NOT a criminal. It is stupid to cling to the bloody-minded insistence that people who enter the country in violation of US immigration laws are criminals. Criminals repeatedly and with malicious intent violate the law. Quit misusing the damned word.

Under the Obama administration, the criminal immigrant (alien) category has become the top priority for deportation. Very few undocumented immigrants are in this category.>
I like migrants. I like people from diverse places around the world sharing their hopes and dreams. I like great baseball played by the best in the world. I get it why people don't like the piracy and deaths which underpin the people trade. Calling people who want a better life names is not helpful. Put a stop to the needless deaths and misery. I feel the problem is exacerbated by a bad administration. - ed
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Today, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Carbon Tax.

This was an important vote for Australian families – because the repeal of the Carbon Tax will create a stronger economy with more jobs and will save families $550 a year on average.

It is now up to the Senate to respect the will of the people and vote to scrap this job-destroying tax.
Energy Source Mortality Rate (deaths/trillionkWhr)

Coal – global average 170,000 (50% global electricity)
Coal – China 280,000 (75% China’s electricity)
Coal – U.S. 15,000 (44% U.S. electricity)
Oil 36,000 (36% of energy, 8% of electricity)
Natural Gas 4,000 (20% global electricity)
Biofuel/Biomass 24,000 (21% global energy)
Solar (rooftop) 440 (< 1% global electricity)
Wind 150 (~ 1% global electricity)
Hydro – global average 1,400 (15% global electricity)
Nuclear – global average 90 (17% global electricity w/Chern&Fukush)
Coal is by far the biggest killer. Nuclear is the safest energy source.
Dolf Rannie Johnson Here are the world wide numbers:
Renewables kill . . . . .~2,000,000 per year.
Fossil fuels kill . . . . . ~1,300,000 per year.

Including all the accidents etc., on average,
Nuclear Power kills . . . . . . . <300 per="" span="" year.="">
And this accounts for the high estimates of the LNT model.

Played with pride and conviction, displayed with a love respecting deep friendship truly healing and uplifting. - ed
Adults in government stand up for their country's pride and security. The do not barrack for foreign powers, risk their citizens' lives and hope that their government fails to secure their borders because they hate their Prime Minister personally.
"It's a knick-knack, Patty Whack, give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."
For a change, a "diplomatic incident" to be proud of, Australia!



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icello, and the revolution itself may have been very different.

And you probably don’t even know this man’s name.

Read more about this incredible American hero below and order a copy of my new book #MiraclesandMassacres for 12 incredible stories of American history you won’t believe you’ve never heard.>


This made-up number just makes the White House look even more foolish..>


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Evangelist Billy Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, his spokesman says.
Thank you for your faithful service, Billy. - ed

The novella Futility, written in 1898 by U.S. writer Morgan Robertson, shows some eerie similarities to the famed story of the sinking of the Titanic, the Associated Press reports. Just how many similarities? Let’s take a look:

Name: In Futility, the 
boat is described as the largest ship of its day and was called the Titan.

Size: The ships were practically the same size, with the Titanic measuring only 25 meters longer.

Date: Both ships, described as “unsinkable,” hit an iceberg and went under in mid-April.

Speed: Both were capable of speeds over 20 knots.

Safety: Despite having thousands of passengers on board, both ships carried the bare legal minimum number of lifeboats.

Read more: Author 'Predicts' Titanic Sinking 14 Years Earlier |
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Land mines severely injured 4 people, including a 4-year-old child, who were picking herbs in Shan State this week. " [] According to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, more than 3,300 individuals have been affected by landmines in Burma between 1999 and 2012 with deaths totaling more than 300." Burma's people will only be safe from landmines once conflict is resolved, and this resolution depends on the government's genuine support of national reconciliation, political dialogue, and respect for land & human rights.

This video shows how civil society groups & other actors inside & outside of#Burma are partnering to address the widespread use of land mines.

Where the Great Wall of China meets the sea.
.. just like Age of Empires .. ed




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A big Texas thanks to Rafael Cruz, Senator Ted Cruz’s father, for hosting us last night with other SarahPAC supporters. It’s inspiring to hear Rafael’s full-throated defense of American exceptionalism. As an American of Cuban descent, Rafael has witnessed first hand what it means to live without freedom, and that has made him an eloquent and motivated American patriot. God bless him and all the SarahPAC supporters we met yesterday. Together we're working to restore our exceptional nation!

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#Psalms has the truth we need for healthy emotions and #Proverbs has the truth we need for healthy relationships.
Lust is about satisfaction. Love is about sacrificing, serving, surrendering, sharing, supporting, and even suffering for others. Most love songs are actually lust songs.
If you risk building bridges of love to reach unbelievers you WILL be walked on! But it'll be by believers who misjudge you. The cost is worth the joy you'll have in heaven for bringing friends to Jesus.

Peer-reviewed study finds that Elevated CO2 Reduces disease but increases growth in Eucalyptus. Well, fancy that!

"Dear Mr President, I am writing to express my profound regret at the tapping of your personal phone which occurred in 2009. As I was not Prime Minister at the time, I am unable to explain the precise motivation for this most unfortunate incident. For this reason, I have instructed Mr Kevin Rudd to be escorted to Jakarta under armed guard to provide a full and frank explanation. As a word of caution, I would only take off the duct tape for no more than 5 minutes and only when he is responding to direct questions. Once again, we reiterate our deep respect for your country's sovereignty and look forward to working with you on improved intelligence-sharing protocols for the mutual benefit of both our countries. Yours, Tony".>


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Kaia* was eleven years old when she was assaulted and raped on the way to school. A teacher took her to the hospital, but the police demanded bribes for even taking down a statement.

So Kaia did something incredibly brave. She sued the police for failing to protect her. What's even more incredible is what happened next.

In Kenya where Kaia lives, a woman or girl is raped every 30 minutes. Police there routinely turn a blind eye, further isolating terrified young survivors and reinforcing the notion that rape is ok.

Kaia and ten other young survivors challenged that. On the day of the case, ignoring threats to their safety and a blockade from court security, they marched from their shelter to the courthouse, chanting “Haki yangu” — Kiswahili for “I demand my rights.” And then the judge issued his ruling: The girls had won! 

The amazing advocates and human rights lawyers that worked with Kaia are ready to bring similar lawsuits against police forces across Africa and beyond, but they need funding to do it. We won't process pledges until we reach our goal, but if just 30,000 of us pledge a small amount now, we can repeat this game-changing victory in other countries, remind police that rape is a crime, and take a powerful step forward against the global war on women: 

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When Kaia’s story began, she looked set to become just another of the countless victims of child rape ignored by the police. But Kenyan child rights advocate Mercy Chidi and Canadian human rights lawyer Fiona Sampson joined forces to challenge this injustice in the courts.

The plan was hatched in Kenya by a group of colleagues from Canada, Kenya, Malawi and Ghana -- it seemed like a long shot to sue the police force for failing to act, but they stuck with it and took risks... and made legal history. The work has just begun: like any win, it takes time, effort and money to make sure the ruling sticks, and to use it as a springboard to wipe out violence against women. 

If we raise enough, here's how we could turn a huge victory for Kenya into a win for countries across Africa and even the rest of the world: 
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As citizens, we often appeal to political leaders and other officials to get serious about protecting women's rights. It's important to keep doing that, but when they fail to hear their consciences, we need to appeal to their interests, and take them to court. That sends a powerful message: not only that there are new consequences for their crimes, but that the era of unchallenged misogyny in the culture of our societies is coming to end. 

With hope,

Ricken, Maria Paz, Emma, Oli, Nick, Allison, Luca and the rest of the Avaaz team

* Kaia is a pseudonym, but her story is real. She is not pictured here.

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In Kenya, a Victory for girls and rights (The New York Times)

Canadians force Kenyan police to answer for ‘inexcusably’ neglecting reports of sexual abuse against girls (National Post)

Chance meeting led to justice for rape victims (Toronto Star)

African women the worst off - report (iOl News)

Africa: Violence Against Women Is Epidemic (AllAfrica)

India’s Rape Crisis Undermines the Country (The Daily Beast)

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony tomorrow at 9:30 AM ET on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  This time the committee will hear from Secretary of State John Kerry.
Because Secretary Kerry is testifying, the press will give more attention than usual to CRPD, and it will unfortunately give Secretary Kerry a bigger soapbox as he continues to share inaccurate information about what the treaty does, and how it will impact our freedoms. 
You can help ensure we get out our opposition to CRPD by tweeting and posting a message to your Facebook page. 
  • Here is a sample Facebook post : I oppose the UN Disabilities Treaty (CRPD) because it threatens U.S. sovereignty and parental rights. If ratified, it would effectively put us under international law when it comes to parenting our special needs children. On the surface CRPD may appear to protect those with disabilities, but in reality it  gives the government the power, with direction from the U.N., to decide what's best for our children.  That's wrong and not something we should see in this country. Tell your US Senators to defeat it!
During the hearing tomorrow, Secretary Kerry will likely say a lot of what he said last summer when he recorded a video talking about why CRPD must get ratified. Many of his statements in that video were misleading. 
Secretary Kerry claims that this treaty will protect disabled Americans - students, travelers, veterans and others - while traveling overseas.  That is not true.  This treaty does nothing to require other countries do anything in their treatment of disabled Americans.  Even Secretary Kerry acknowledges that the treaty has no mandates within it.
By passing this treaty, the Senate would give the opportunity for the government, and not the parents, to be responsible for determining what is in the best interest for the caring of a disabled child. 
As the parents of a child with special needs, Karen and I find this treaty completely unacceptable. We love Bella and know what is best for her and will continue to make decisions regarding her care. In the past, we have had "professionals" make recommendations for Bella's care that would have actually hurt her. Had they had legal power, they could have overruled us as parents and shortened her life.
What Mr. Kerry also overlooks is that our Constitution takes treaties very seriously. In fact, in Article VI, Clause 2, of the Constitution, it says, "[A]ll Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."
Bottom line - if we pass a UN Treaty, it could very well become the law of our land
And that's why we have to fight this treaty every chance we get. 
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Dear David,

Moments ago, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Carbon Tax.

This was an important vote for Australian families – because the repeal of the Carbon Tax will create a stronger economy with more jobs and will save families $550 a year on average.

The people have voted against the Carbon Tax and now the House of Representatives has joined them.

The repeal of the Carbon Tax will now go to the Senate.  It will be up to the Senate to respect the will of the people and vote to scrap this job-destroying tax.

If Labor decides to vote against the repeal in the Senate, it will be clear proof that Labor hasn't changed under Bill Shorten.

I want the repeal of the Carbon Tax to be passed by Christmas – and to give Australian families and businesses the help they need.


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1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor is not in vain.” I spend most of the weeks of the year preparing to preach multiple services on the weekend, plus writing and all of the other speaking opportunities that come along. I have to continually come up with material that is fresh and powerful and practical and witty and useful in people’s lives, and that’s a burden, but I manage to stay motivated.
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“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2 NIV
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"O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul."
Lamentations 3:58
Observe how positively the prophet speaks. He doth not say, "I hope, I trust, I sometimes think, that God hath pleaded the causes of my soul;" but he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. "Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul." Let us, by the aid of the gracious Comforter, shake off those doubts and fears which so much mar our peace and comfort. Be this our prayer, that we may have done with the harsh croaking voice of surmise and suspicion, and may be able to speak with the clear, melodious voice of full assurance. Notice how gratefully the prophet speaks, ascribing all the glory to God alone! You perceive there is not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He doth not ascribe his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is "thou"--"O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life." A grateful spirit should ever be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after deliverances we should prepare a song for our God. Earth should be a temple filled with the songs of grateful saints, and every day should be a censor smoking with the sweet incense of thanksgiving. How joyful Jeremiah seems to be while he records the Lord's mercy. How triumphantly he lifts up the strain! He has been in the low dungeon, and is even now no other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book which is called "Lamentations," clear as the song of Miriam when she dashed her fingers against the tabor, shrill as the note of Deborah when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremy going up to heaven--"Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life." O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord's lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.


"The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks."
Proverbs 30:26
Conscious of their own natural defencelessness, the conies resort to burrows in the rocks, and are secure from their enemies. My heart, be willing to gather a lesson from these feeble folk. Thou art as weak and as exposed to peril as the timid cony; be as wise to seek a shelter. My best security is within the munitions of an immutable Jehovah, where his unalterable promises stand like giant walls of rock. It will be well with thee, my heart, if thou canst always hide thyself in the bulwarks of his glorious attributes, all of which are guarantees of safety for those who put their trust in him. Blessed be the name of the Lord, I have so done, and have found myself like David in Adullam, safe from the cruelty of my enemy; I have not now to find out the blessedness of the man who puts his trust in the Lord, for long ago, when Satan and my sins pursued me, I fled to the cleft of the rock Christ Jesus, and in his riven side I found a delightful resting-place. My heart, run to him anew tonight, whatever thy present grief may be; Jesus feels for thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee. No monarch in his impregnable fortress is more secure than the cony in his rocky burrow. The master of ten thousand chariots is not one whit better protected than the little dweller in the mountain's cleft. In Jesus the weak are strong, and the defenceless safe; they could not be more strong if they were giants, or more safe if they were in heaven. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. More they cannot need, and need not wish. The conies cannot build a castle, but they avail themselves of what is there already: I cannot make myself a refuge, but Jesus has provided it, his Father has given it, his Spirit has revealed it, and lo, again tonight I enter it, and am safe from every foe.

Today's reading: Ezekiel 14-15, James 2 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 14-15

Idolaters Condemned
1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. 2 Then the word of the LORD came to me:3 “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? 4 Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the LORD will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry. 5 I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’
6 “Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

Today's New Testament reading: James 2

Favoritism Forbidden
1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
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