Friday, October 17, 2014

Fri Oct 17th Todays News

Culture wars
The doormat called Hillary gave a $225000 speech calling on cheaper education. A 'free' Leunig calendar has been cut from SMH and AGE and so an anti semite has a smaller voice. Shameful Flanagan feels shame at living in Australia. Flanagan is a fan of a jew hater who likes to shoot at dark skinned people, David Hicks. Betty Farelly bespeaks a powerful weapon against terrorism .. terror of artists, and young girls reading books. Marchers fight each other as the organisation March Australia dissociates from two whom have been unable to work with volunteers without fighting. Palmer's wife is a PUP candidate for a Queensland seat. A leftwing poet calls women 'whores' before degenerating further in emails. Mia Freedman apologises for calling gays and lesbians pedophiles. ABC appoints a panel of stoats to judge rabbits on the issue of science presentation in the ABC. An Idiot Australian journalist joins Pravda.

Great Moments in Science
Ebola is native to Africa, but funeral customs lend themselves to transmitting Ebola. Ebola is spread through body fluids, mucous, sweat, tears and so on. The body cleaning rituals and love touches are sufficiently intimate to spread Ebola through families attending a corpse, as has been seen. That has to change to control the epidemic. And it is going to upset a lot of people. Meanwhile, seven months ago Malaysian air flight MH370 disappeared, and a NASA trained scientist feels they can access historical satellite data and follow the vapour trail. Authorities haven't footed the bill yet. Neither have they located the craft. The data could be sensitive, crossing several nations with military issues. 

from 2013
ALP vs Labor is a bit like spy vs spy in Mad Magazine. The media tends to fold on the dotted lines to show what might seem reasonable to a poorly educated, highly ignorant person. But remove the media filter and a tragically hilarious image emerges with leading identities with hands in honey pots and pork barrels, highly critical members forgetting to wear clothing and not having the power of invisibility. Former members wanting to speak out when they were silent when they had power. Media examine Abbott's expenses but have ignored Williamson's corruption. But it isn't limited to Williamson. But by divorcing Williamson, his ex wife manufactures money .. or turns nurses upside down and shakes them so change falls out of their pockets. 

One tragedy called policy under the ALP was to drown desperate people who had been instructed to pay pirates if they wanted a good life in Australia. Former foreign minister Bob Carr doesn't even say sorry while suggesting he made a mistake. One blessing for the ALP is that they have an endless supply of fools. 

US has arrived at a budget deal. Press are lauding Obama for not blinking, but he does not come out well from this. Obama was the one who failed to walk to a negotiating table on any occasion. This will not be forgotten next year at election. 

ABC Fact checkers are making up detail on Carbon pricing around the world. And what is the fact surrounding Plibersek and sexism? 

Global warming, or a mistake as a new data point from Texas reads 71 degrees celsius? If it isn't weeded out, it will 'inform' the next IPCC report. Meaning more middle class people can call themselves victims. ABC will probably give themselves an award for inflating a mistake of their facts. 

It is a standard remedy of parliament that when a politician's platform is untenable they resign. The ALP don't. I did in '07, from teaching. I challenge anyone to say why I shouldn't now resume teaching again? Or be compensated. Mr O'Farrell, Mr Abbott, can you hear me? 
This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at

Or the US President at
or or

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Frank Severino and Dot Nguyen. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
1253 – Ivo of Kermartin, French priest and saint (d. 1303)
1725 – John Wilkes, English radical, journalist, and politician. (d. 1797)
1912 – Pope John Paul I (d. 1978)
1915 – Arthur Miller, American playwright (d. 2005)
1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress and dancer (d. 1987)
1920 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)
1938 – Evel Knievel, American motorcycle stuntman (d. 2007)
1942 – Gary Puckett, American singer-songwriter (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap)
1946 – Cameron Mackintosh, English theater producer
1972 – Eminem, American rapper, producer, and actor (D12Outsidaz, and Bad Meets Evil)
1974 – Matthew Macfadyen, English actor
1992 – Nanami Sakuraba, Japanese gravure idol, actress and singer
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia
The letter will be delivered. A bright star appears. We have a lake. The ground shakes in anticipation. There is tragedy as a journalist is killed while investigating, when he was supposed to have been killed after? Time to party. 


Tim Blair – Friday, October 17, 2014 (12:07pm)

If this doesn’t make you smile, then you have no soul.


Tim Blair – Friday, October 17, 2014 (12:01pm)

Barking Betty Farrelly, the bicycle lane blockwart, applauds Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Clover Moore’s Sydney sits in Abbott’s Australia like an oasis of spring growth in a slag-heap. 
The entire rest of Australia, outside of inner Sydney, is a “slag heap”? Nice. 
While Abbott snubs United Nations climate talks, scraps the carbon price and deliberately undermines renewables, the city has reduced its emissions by 21 per cent, retrofitted much of its building stock, installed LED streetlights throughout, pioneered trigeneration and, despite relentless derision, built bike-lanes.
Measured by achievement, Clover is hands down the best mayor this city has had. 
As it happens, “hands down” was the position achieved by Moore the last time she rode a bike to work. Farrelly is particularly infuriated by the Daily Telegraph‘s mockery of Moore’s enormous spin doctor team, which she compares to – wait for it – an Islamic State beheading: 
Seeing the image of Clover’s spiky head inside a tumble washer that was the Telegraph cover on the day Stephen Sotloff’s ghastly beheading was announced, suggests something still more primitive. 
Only to Farrelly, who continues: 
Cycle lanes, trigen, artworks all bespeak education. And as Malala Yousafzai muses, “extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” 
So let’s deploy artworks and a battalion of book-reading girls to Syria and Iraq. Those extremists won’t stand a chance.


Tim Blair – Friday, October 17, 2014 (11:07am)

The March Australia movement recently commenced its self-destruction
March Australia hereby announces its total disassociation from the individuals known as Matthew Donovan and Tim Jones, who have played no active role since April 2014, but are both currently claiming to be spokespersons for our movement. Both Mr. Donovan and Mr. Jones have been removed due to their inability to work cooperatively with other volunteers, a basic requirement for participation in a people’s movement. 
If leftists can’t even walk down the street without fighting amongst themselves, perhaps they should try something simpler, like sitting around in groups. No, wait; they’ve already tried that and it also ended in failure. Meanwhile, another bunch of Australian progressives are at war with their comrades.


Tim Blair – Friday, October 17, 2014 (11:04am)

Behold the Left’s moral perversion: 
Author Richard Flanagan has wasted no time since winning one of the world’s best literary prizes, slamming Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his environmental policies, saying he was “ashamed” to live in Australia. 
Flanagan thinks the current government “seems committed to destroying what we have that’s unique in the world”. Just as well he already spends so much of his time elsewhere: 
Flanagan collected $80,000 for winning the prize … Flanagan, who becomes the third Australian to win the Man Booker Prize, accepted the award from the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in London. 
Maybe it will ease Flanagan’s shame if he pays back the grants. Or, even better, he could arrange for David Hicks to present the award in a second ceremony. Flanagan is ashamed of sensible environmental policies, but he’s a huge fanof a Jew-hater who shoots at brown-skinned people.


Tim Blair – Friday, October 17, 2014 (10:52am)

An expensive speech demands cheap education: 
Hillary Clinton called for businesses to collaborate with universities to make higher education more affordable in a $225,000 speech Monday night at the annual University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation dinner.
“Higher education shouldn’t be a privilege for those able to afford it,” Clinton told a crowd of approximately 900 people. 
(Via David T.)

It’s Palmer’s party, OK

Andrew Bolt October 17 2014 (9:22am)

It’s really a family franchise:
CLIVE Palmer’s wife is planning to run for the Palmer United Party at the Queensland election next year. 

Anna Palmer hopes to hopes to take on Alex Douglas, who quit as Queensland leader of the Palmer United Party in August, claiming it was plagued by a jobs for the boys culture.
The context:
(T)he Palmer United Party ... constitution makes it plain that this is a political party with a unique base. Its rules — and the identities of the family appointees who run its committees — highlight the PUP as an entity owned and ruled by the patriarch with the support of relatives…
The foundation members are ... Clive Frederick Palmer, Clive Theodore Mensink (nephew), Blair Brewster (nephew), Martin Brewster (nephew), Michael Palmer (son) and Anna Palmer (wife). It takes a majority of the foundation members to expel a member; four could do it over a family dinner.
Power within PUP can be traced to the party’s “Interim Executive Committee’’, which is, perhaps unsurprisingly in a family business, made up of the same six relatives who are the foundation members.
The chairman is Palmer, the national treasurer is his wife Anna; his son Michael makes do with the title of president. 

Racist abuse isn’t “whimsical”

Andrew Bolt October 17 2014 (9:17am)

I don’t think this ”whimsical linguistic game” is at all whimsical, although it might well be a game:

A SYDNEY university professor is embroiled in a “sickening” racist and sexist row after allegedly branding Aboriginals “human rubbish tips” and describing women as “whores”.
Poetry professor Barry Spurr, who recently contributed to a government review of the national curriculum, refers to Prime Minister Tony Abbott as an “Abo lover” — and says one day the world will be taken over by “Mussies and Chinky-Poos"…
The emails, allegedly sent ­between September 2012 and this year to senior academics and University of Sydney colleagues, were published yesterday on the New Matilda website, prompting widespread condemnation.
Prof Spurr’s attack wasn’t just confined to the multiculturalism in Australia. He allegedly called one of the world’s greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela, a “darkie”, Desmond Tutu a “witch doctor” and referred to contemporary Brits as the “scum of the earth”.
In January this year, according to New Matilda, he wrote that “Abo Lover Abbott and [Australian of the Year] Adam Goodes” were Siamese twins that would have to be surgically separated.
He also used the terms “fatsoes” and “bogans” in his emails.
The professor was part of a review into the national curriculum that argued indigenous literature was too prominent. He was one of 15 subject experts commissioned by the independent review…
Prof Spurr defended his email exchanges, telling New Matilda they were intended to mock the “very extreme language” used.
“The comments you refer to are largely to one recipient with whom I have had a whimsical linguistic game for many years of trying to outdo one another in ­extreme statements,” he said.
I believe even a professor should be entitled in private emails - even in public ones - to express himself pungently, and even to go to town on “fatsoes” and especially “bogans”. He’s also entitled to question the sanctimonious symbolism of our new race industry. Indeed, he should be entitled to say what he damn well likes in private emails to friends.
But those emails are now public, like it or not, and the racist abuse is deeply unpleasant. I do think this badly damages Spurr’s credibility when pontificating on how the curriculum deals with Indigenous issues, and could damage the credibility of his teaching at university, too, depending on the subjects taught and, indeed, the ethnic and religious background of his students.
Mind you, I’d say the same of the abusive Leftists preaching politics at, say, journalism students, but it seems those academics are still deemed capable of teaching impartially to students who do not share their strident views.
Is it too much to ask for consistency here?
More news from the Offence Wars:
Commentator Mia Freedman has apologised for comparing gay and lesbian people to paedophiles on Network Ten’s The Project.
Freedman, who founded the website Mamamia, was criticised on social media for the comments she made while supporting the idea of a national paedophile register.
‘We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated?” she said.
I don’t believe for a moment Freedman believes pedophiles are all gays. I do believe some people get off on denouncing others for what they must suspect was an innocent mis-speak, if a rather startling one.  

Another ABC panel guaranteed to say there’s no bias

Andrew Bolt October 17 2014 (8:38am)

Global warming - propaganda

I didn’t think ABC chairman Jim Spigelman was sincere when he promised last year to review possible bias in the ABC’s coverage of “science” - a euphemism for global warming:
THE ABC will establish an external panel to oversee science coverage as the pilot for oversight of journalists in a range of specialist fields.
According to ABC board chair James Spigelman, the panel will establish indicators “against which the ABC can evaluate science content delivered across its platforms”.... The panel will ”have regard to the corporation’s duty to ensure news and information is accurate and impartial, according to the recognised standards of objective journalism”.
Tony Thomas confirms my suspicions:

On the biggest scientific issue of all, the trillion-dollar catastrophic global warming conjecture, the ABC’s top science staffer Robyn Williams in 2007 suggested we are in for 100m sea level rises this century. Last August, the Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science thought it an excellent idea to give catastropharian fabulist Naomi Oreskes the run of his microphone. A fearmonger almost without equal, she seized the taxpayer-funded moment to warn that our puppies and kittens would be killed by global warming by 2023.
Well, all this ABC science tosh is going to be a thing of the past, at least according to the ABC. To that end it has set up a slightly independent “ABC Science Reference Panel”, which has been meeting this year in fulfilment of a promise made by ABC Chair Jim Spigelman back in mid-2013…
Chair:  The ABC’s Board Member, No 1 ABC fan and bumbling climate-change eco-warrior Professor Fiona Stanley AC. For more about Stanley, see below.
… and the members (drum-roll, please!):
Jonathan Holmes, the former Czar of Smug on ABC’s Media Watch (2008-13), who wrote in The Age last July that it was nonsense for former ABC Chair Maurice Newman to insist there has been no global warming since the mid-Nineties. That halt, the one Holmes declines to acknowledge, has now extended to 18 years, but charts and graphs and satellite readings, not to mention the IPCC’s po-faced admission that warming hasn’t lived up to its dire expectations, cuts no mustard with Holmes. No, as he wrote, “the climate scientists I know tell me it is drivel”, and for Holmes no more evidence is needed.
Adam Spencer, maths geek, ex-ABC Triple J comedian, ex-host ABC Quantum, FAQ, Sleek Geeks, and Breakfast on ABC Sydney Radio 702 (until last December). Affronted by climate sceptic Lord Monckton’s views during a July, 2011, interview, Spencer hung up on him.
Dr Jim Peacock AC, Federal Government Chief Scientist 2006-2008, and ex-chair of the Academy of Science. His appointment must be some sort of ABC mistake, as Peacock has been favours nuclear power and genetically modified foods.
Julie Weber, Science Teacher of the Year 2013, Australian Science Teachers Association. She looks OK.
Linden Ashcroft, program manager at Earthwatch Australia. She believes in the IPCC climate models, 111 out of 114 of which run too hot.
Matthew Bird, PhD candidate, paediatrics, University of Melbourne. Seems OK.
Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor University of Queensland and CSIRO boardmember with a background in biochemistry/genetics.  Høj this month heaped lavish praise of UQ colleague and much-quoted catastropharian Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg for defending the Great Barrier Reef against climate change. On the plus side, Høj was awarded a medal for services to the wine industry, so can’t be all bad.
Peter Yates AM, Chair RiAus (Royal Institution of Australia, a science promotion not-for-profit) and Australian Science Media Centre. A corporate heavyweight (PBL, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, Crown, Foxtel, Nine, you-name-it).  Fireworks possible if Stanley, Spencer and Holmes try to patronise him, although an intimate familiarity with Robyn Williams may have inured him to supercilious smirking. Williams serves as Yates’ deputy chair at RiAus.
So on the panel are noted global warming catastrophists, including the chairwoman, but not a single known sceptic.
The fix is in. 

Why is the ABC still promoting crazy Bancroft-Hinchey?

Andrew Bolt October 17 2014 (7:43am)

Pravda is now a Russian nationalist on-line newspaper of zero credibililty and small readership, peddling mad claims that AIDS is a hoax, skulls have been found on Mars, war-criminal Slobodan Milosovic was the victim of the ”The World’s Greatest Travesty of Justice”, ”Poland Wants Germany to Attack Russia Again” and MH17 was possibly shot down in a bungled NATO plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin.
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey is just the kind of idiot who’d type for the cash of such an outfit. He makes preposterous claims to have once been a successful song-writer behind three Eurovision entries - claims he now says were just written by a drunk mate. He also thinks the US hanged a fake Saddam Hussein, a dictator Bancroft-Hinchey claims was just “trying to govern [Iraq], his task made impossible just because he refused to allow the Americans access to control his economy”.
There is not the slightest reason to take Pravda seriously, let alone the obscure, delusional and conspiracy-minded Bancroft-Hinchey. Yet many media outlets turned him instantly into the voice of the Kremlin and a noted political commentator when he said this:
SO, Australian Prime Minister wants to shirt-front Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, does he? It is difficult to find a more blatant example of childishness, incompetence for the position, criminal intent, downright nastiness and an indication of a disturbed mind crying out for therapy. Don’t the Australian people deserve better?…
Stop fidgeting, stop playing with Willy and answer the Goddam question. Where is your evidence that Russia downed the aircraft [MH17]?
Does the fact that some journalists perhaps enjoyed having Abbott vilified explain why Bancroft-Hinchey, the fake Eurovision hero from Britain, is now elevated into the Russian oracle?
Astonishingly, the ABC this morning is still elevating Bancroft-Hinchey, giving the donkey an audience on Radio National Breakfast.
Haters gotta hate. By why must we taxpayers subsidise them?
Yes, the ABC challenged Bancroft-Hinchey on his opinions on Abbott, but it did not challenge his implied standing as a serious commentator. He is a nobody. A zero. A crank. His only claim to fame is that he hates Abbott.
In a not-unrelated phenomenon, Bruce Haig used to be a diplomat, paid to represent Australia to the world.
Now it seems to me, at least, that he’s representing authoritarians to Australia:
ABC’s The Drum, Tuesday:

BRUCE Haig: Putin’s going to come to Australia, if he comes to Australia, he’ll come fully prepared to dress down Abbott. Putin’s the leader of a very powerful country, Abbott is not. And Abbott in fact has made a fool of himself and he hasn’t got any moral ground to say this. This is a country that has got children incarcerated behind razor wire. Russia doesn’t have that.
Er, Russia doesn’t have asylum-seekers in detention because they are fleeing from the country, not to it. Carl Schreck, Radio Free Europe, Wednesday:

US asylum applications from Russian nationals have jumped 15 per cent for the second straight year, a rise that asylum-seekers and attorneys attribute to Russians fleeing their homeland due to fears of persecution and anti-gay violence ... While anti-gay sentiment and legislation in Russia has been a key driver in the rise of Russian asylum-seekers in the United States, Russians are also leaving the country due to fears of political persecution ...
A few other problems with Russia? Amnesty International Russia Report, last year:

NEW laws restricting the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association were introduced. Human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers continued to face harassment, while investigations into violent attacks were ineffective. Torture and other ill-treatment remained widespread and were seldom effectively prosecuted. Trials did not meet international standards of fairness ... security operations launched in (North Caucasus) were marred by systematic human rights violations with near-total impunity for the perpetrators.

How ebola took off

Andrew Bolt October 17 2014 (7:15am)

Ebola is a virus transmitted through bodily secretions. Someone with ebola bleeds from every orifice, suffers extreme diarrheoa and projectile vomits.
Local West African funeral customs just made things worse:
Some West Africans believe that the day you die is one of the most important days of your life. The final farewell can be a hands-on, affectionate ritual in which the body is washed and dressed, and in some villages carried through the community, where friends and relatives will share a favorite beverage by putting the cup to the lips of the deceased before taking a drink.

A brief study indicated that once a person died, his or her paternal aunt (father’s sister) was called to wash and prepare the body for burial. If the father did not have a sister, an older woman in the victim’s patriline was asked to prepare the body. Generally, the woman removed the clothes from the body, washed the body, and dressed the deceased in a favorite outfit. At the funeral, all family members ritually washed their hands in a common bowl, and during open casket all were welcome to come up to deceased person and give a final touch on the face or elsewhere (called a love touch).
And how slow was the United Nations - again:
The WHO, an arm of the United Nations, is responsible for coordinating international action in a crisis like this, but it has suffered budget cuts, has lost many of its brightest minds and was slow to sound a global alarm on Ebola. Not until Aug. 8, 4 1/2 months into the epidemic, did the organization declare a global emergency.
President Barack Obama is giving misleading assurances - while failing to ensure hospitals have fail-safe procedures for treating victims:
The president stressed that Ebola is not spread as the flu is, by way of sneezes or coughs. The virus is only spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who was infected and is exhibiting symptoms of the virus, which include a fever and vomiting.
In fact:
LEIGH SALES: So if I were to get on a plane and I was sitting next to somebody or say even just on that plane were somebody who had Ebola, what would be my chance of getting it? Lets say I’ve gotten up and I’ve gone to the bathroom, they’ve maybe also gone to the bathroom, we’ve both touched the overhead bins or whatever - what are my chances of getting it?
GRANT HILL-CAWTHORNE [Sydney Institute of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity]: So, they’re still relatively small. We have no real way of quantifying it in an exact percentage. But from everything that we know, if a person is at the stage when they’re actually producing lots of fluid, so if they’ve got vomiting or diarrhoea, there is obviously the risk that the bathroom could be contaminated or that the local area could be contaminated. In the case of a plane, if you had someone who was producing lots of of bodily fluids, you would want to investigate the people in the same row as them, who used the same bathroom and things like that. So it really depends on what the actual symptoms of that patient are.
Labor’s crazy politicking on ebola is politically driven and reckless. It seems Labor wants the Government to send over medical teams without being able to guarantee life-saving treatment is available should any become inflected, and without being sure we can protect Australians completely on their return.
Dennis Shanahan:
TANYA Plibersek is using fear of Ebola coming to Australia, compassion about thousands of deaths in west Africa and growing global alarm to differentiate Bill Shorten’s Labor from Tony Abbott on national security…
Plibersek is also appeasing large parts of the party, MPs and members, who feel that since the Islamic State threat emerged the Opposition Leader, and his left-wing deputy, have been too close to the Prime Minister on military action in Iraq…
Ebola provides Labor with a chance to criticise the government for not doing enough to help west Africans and to accuse Abbott of not being prepared to handle an emergency in Australia.
And trust the foul Greens, as ever, to play the race card:

TOM IGGULDEN: The Greens are accusing the Government of a cruel political calculation.
RICHARD DI NATALE, GREENS SENATOR: Because there are no votes in poor, black Africans dying.
Tanya Plibersek is exposed in a debate with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on the Today show. Watch here. It is outrageous for Labor to peddle these deceptions. 





that person had better be God, because otherwise it might seem, well, creepy ..

.. and slam the door ..
Congratulations to Tony Hadchiti on being returned as President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) comfortably defeating Labor's Candidate, Fairfield Councillor George Barcha. ZT















=== Posts from last year ===


The Turkish-Israeli relationship became so poisonous early last year that the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to have disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.

Knowledgeable sources describe the Turkish action as a “significant” loss of intelligence and “an effort to slap the Israelis.” The incident, disclosed here for the first time, illustrates the bitter, multi-dimensional spy wars that lie behind the current negotiations between Iran and Western nations over a deal to limit the Iranian nuclear program. A Turkish Embassy spokesman had no comment.===

A Jewish man wears a kippa at an academic gathering (illustrative image: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Almost a quarter of respondents in a major survey of Jews from nine European countries said they avoid visiting places and wearing symbols that identify them as Jews for fear of anti-Semitism.
 That is not how I want my world to be. My auntie is quite elderly now, she studied psychology as a mature age student and recalls that there are three inherited characteristics of personality .. emotionality, activity and perseverance .. and she reckons Jewish people score highly in all three so Jewish culture promotes discipline within family because the children .. and adults are very active, persistent and strongly emotional .. just a theory .. but she has to explain how her mum had three children who shook the world in their fields .. and whose grand children do the same .. - ed

The EU knowingly and purposefully provides substantial direct financial assistance to settlements in occupied territory – in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, that is.

GIANT Turkish flag is seen displayed on the side of a mountain near Nicosia in Turk-occupied Cyprus
GIANT Turkish flag is seen displayed on the side of a mountain near Nicosia in Turk-occupied Cyprus Photo: reuters
A delegation of European Union officials arrived in Israel this week to discuss the European Commission’s proposed regulations for discretionary funding to Israeli entities.
Under guidelines prepared earlier this summer, euros would not be allowed to go to Israeli entities located cross the Green Line – or to those that have any operations there. All Israeli entities applying for funding would have to submit a declaration that they do not have such operations.

Europe claims that such a move – unparalleled in its dealings with any other country – is mandated by international law. The EU does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories, and thus has an obligation to keep its money from going there. Those who celebrated the move said that Israel is finally paying the international price for its occupation.
Yet it turns out that despite the guidelines, the EU still knowingly and purposefully provides substantial direct financial assistance to settlements in occupied territory – in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, that is. So the EU funds the occupation of an EU member state. Turkey’s invasion and occupation of Cyprus in 1974 was condemned the UN Security Council, and the EU’s official policy is that the Turkish occupation is illegitimate, and Turkey must completely withdraw. The EU does not recognize the Turkish government in Northern Cyprus.



Has anyone else noted the similarity in today's top two Middle East news headlines – the telephone call between the Iranian and American presidents and the passage of U.N. Security Council Resoluton 2118 that calls for the "expeditious destruction" of Syrian chemical weapons? In both cases:
  • A long-ruling tyrant (Ali Khamene'i, Bashar al-Assad,) is reaching out to the West.
  • Those tyrants are furiously signaling an apparent reform (a smiling Hassan Rouhani, Assad acknowledging his chemical weapons and agreeing to turn them over).
  • "Who us, WMD?" they ask. "No interest at all in them."



They Own It




I've reported them, but FB approves of them. - ed





<Total bullshit ! So why are Israeli beaches full of Arabs ? 

This is just left wing Anti Semitic propaganda and anyone believing this left-wing apartheid-swinging garbage knows nothing about Israel or the people in it.

This is being promoted by the Australian Libertarian Society on their facebook page.>===





MARIA Kang started a fitness blog almost a decade ago but you probably didn't hear about her until this week.
And when her name did make it on to your radar, it was probably accompanied by words like "judgmental", "fat-shamer" and "bully".
Without meaning to, the LA-based mother-of-three sparked a war on Facebook when she posted a photo of herself dressed in fitness gear, showing off her super-toned abs, surrounded by her three little boys.
Harmless enough under normal circumstances, but at the top of the photograph, Kang asks What's your excuse?

Does this woman deserve to be hated?
I have none. - ed

Today's sun look so different! Sun at 4pm


Creepy town #weird #haze #bushfire #sky

Craig Kelly

Every day the divided and dysfunctional Labor Party opposes the repeal of the carbon tax is another day that the Labor Party supports higher electricity prices for Australian families and businesses.

Its time Labor respected the will of the Australian people.

‘Praise be to God!’: Congressional stenographer reportedly kicked off House floor [audio, video, Vine] ==>

Larry Pickering

Intelligent crooks are rarely caught, it is the dumb ones who invariably fall victim to their own stupidity. A small story I found in the New York Times told of notorious Somalian pirate, kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan (nicknamed Bigmouth) who was demanding Western millions for the return of ships and oil tankers the size of aircraft carriers and their crews.

Belgian authorities, who had suffered piracy at the hands of Bigmouth, had had enough of this bloke and came up with a novel approach to capture him.

They did some investigating to find out exactly what made Bigmouth tick. They discovered it was vanity. He saw himself as a Somalian hero, a Capt. Jack Sparrow, a revered swashbuckling pirate who bravely plied the Gulf of Aden in the pursuit of notoriety and riches.

What happened next was almost predictable.

The authorities offered him the leading role in a blockbuster Hollywood movie bearing his name: “Captain Hassan, Pirate King”.

Bigmouth must have come in his kaftan because he and his crew members, who were also offered parts, rushed to Brussells to sign contracts.

Of course they were arrested on arrival.

Belgian ingenuity has meant that the incidence of piracy off the Somali coastal has dropped by 75% and the UN reports that not one successful attempt has been made in the past year.

Perhaps craftiness is mightier than the cutlass.


HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: On October 16, 1793, the 37-year-old former queen of France was put to death just hours after being convicted of treason. On the 220th anniversary of her execution, learn 10 surprising facts about Marie Antoinette.

Michele Bachmann'
President Obama’s position of no negotiation took us to the brink of government default to advance his political agenda over the best interests of the American people. Republicans were the adults in the room, offering compromise after compromise and urging the President to come to the table and do what’s right for our country.

President Obama may have won an immediate political battle for his radical agenda but it comes at a great cost to the economy, to our health care system, and to the American people. It means we will continue on the same trajectory towards economic decline, skyrocketing national debt, and greater government intrusion in our health care.

After an embarrassing two weeks of Obamacare failures, I hope President Obama will soon realize that forcing every American to purchase a health insurance policy that they don’t want at a price they can’t afford from a website that doesn’t work is not a sustainable course of action.

I could not vote for this bill as it does nothing to give relief to the countless Americans hurting under Obamacare, nor does it address our out of control spending and $17 trillion national debt.



Sarah Palin
Todd and I were proud to stand with Mark Levin and other bold, patriotic warriors in support of Steve Lonegan in the New Jersey Senate race! Mayor Lonegan fought the good fight, and he and his supporters have not “finished the race,” they’ve just begun! The press has now called the race for Barack Obama’s celebrity stand-in, Cory Booker, but rest assured that Steve fought gallantly for every vote that would have led to American solvency and exceptionalism. Steve is a lucky guy to have a strong New Jersey wife and two great daughters who supported him through this campaign. We so enjoyed getting to know them, as their passion and love for this country inspired us. Looking at Steve’s life story should remind all of us to never be afraid to climb a mountain, no matter how high. Steve energized commonsense conservatives all across the country. And though it’s sad, it’s not surprising to see the far left lapdog media finally cover this race tonight (once their chosen one was deemed the victor, but not previously when voters deserved to hear of Lonegan’s successful small-government record and intentions to defend our republic).

Tonight’s press coverage of the status quo antics in Washington, D.C. energize us further. Tonight’s New Jersey race was a win for Barack Obama, and the Senate deal in D.C. was a loss for the American people replete with more back-room deals, billion dollar corrupt earmark kickbacks, and weak leadership unwilling to stand up for the people who sent them to Washington. What happened in D.C. tonight reminds us of how hard we must fight in 2014 to return to a government of the people, by the people, for the people. These politicians work for us, and yet a new poll accurately reflects that just 13% of us feel as though this country that we love is on the right track. The way forward is to elect leaders who will listen to us; and if they don’t, we must hold them accountable on election day – no matter what party. Let’s commit to continue to be in the trenches fighting for those who stand on principle over politics, despite the odds.

Friends, do not be discouraged by the shenanigans of D.C.’s permanent political class today. Be energized. We’re going to shake things up in 2014. Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.

- Sarah Palin


Zaya Toma'
My thoughs and prayers are with my friends and their families as well as everyone else that lives in the Wollondilly and Camden shires who are affected by the bush fires. There are gale force winds and really high tempratures. God bless the fire fighters putting their lives at risk to save others.


I vow to limit myself to a few slices .. ed

The Theme: It's Halloween and you're in a horror movie. Choosing the first 9 people in your chat box.


Cries like a baby: Ty Tyrell
The one who trips while running in the woods: Don Kramer
First to go missing: William Tan
Murdered saving you: Timothy Ly
Survives by faking death: Wilson Tanman
Has a solid survival plan nobody listens to: Eric Kalemen
Spends all the time looking for Twinkies: Zaya Toma
Gets turned into a zombie: John Tran
Is really the killer: Aprille Love

Labor MPs lash Roxon attack on ‘bastard’ Rudd
Labor MPs have lashed former colleague Nicola Roxon for “reheating” the divisions that riddled the party under the Rudd and Gillard governments.

In a wide-ranging speech on Wednesday night, the former attorney general labelled Kevin Rudd a "bastard" and a destabilising influence, urging the former prime minister to leave parliament for the good of the party.

Ms Roxon, who was one of Julia Gillard’s closest political allies and who also served as health minister, said Mr Rudd had a vicious tongue and temper and had treated brilliant people terribly.She would have said exactly the same better before the election .. but she has contempt for voters. - ed
<How to lose your freedom, become unemployable, and lose your right to one easy lesson. Do some not *get* Homeland Security is real, and TSA hasn't been taking shit for a dozen years now? Can't bring 3 ounces of shampoo on board, let alone a dry ice b*mb. We take off shoes, get full-body x-rayed--can't mention a word that starts and ends with a "b" in an airport without being tackled (I don't even risk it and say, "Bob")--but this guy sets off a dry ice prank at an airport! Is there a factory producing these people? (No shortage.) Guy--if you know you're going to prison after a prank--at least get video for YouTube! Well, he's probably already got a neck tattoo...he'll fit right in.>
<How Labor will write its own suicide note if it tries to block Abbott's carbon tax repeal.>



When life gives you lemons, at this point make margaritas. Caving on debt could drive one to drink.

This photo of my son and nephew ran in our local newspaper about 15 years ago. I’m betting dollars to doughnuts our president skipped this universal childhood lesson in Economics 101, and perhaps that explains his problem understanding the tragedy to befall us as America drowns in debt. Running a lemonade stand teaches you to progress by the sweat of your brow and live within your means. It taught these boys that it was unacceptable and self-defeating to keep coming back to mama for more money for ingredients needed to concoct a product to sell to the public. Obviously more debt means less progress and opportunity to expand. Anyone who has run a business knows more debt equals less profit, and less profit means less ability to grow operations, employ more people, and even hold your head high above shortsighted economic decisions that history proves lead to failure.

All these lessons about the kids’ lemonade stand and economic freedom apply to our families’ budgets, our businesses, and most certainly our government. We cannot borrow our way to prosperity. We’re in a deep hole; quit digging. We cannot ignore the economic realities of bankruptcy.

President Obama is giddily enthused now about growing more debt, but just a few years prior when he was still a senator, he scolded America, proclaiming: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.…Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.” And on July 3, 2008, he declared, “driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars to $9 trillion is irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” If it was irresponsible and unpatriotic at $5 trillion, what is it at $17 trillion?

Was he lying then or now?

Mr. President, boys and girls all across our great nation would no doubt share their lessons learned about the danger of debt. It’s our posterity you've made insecure when you doubled our national debt since taking office, which violates the preamble of our Constitution which speaks of securing “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” How can we secure our liberty when we’re hopelessly in debt to foreign nations? You said today that the cool thing about being President is you can “pick up the phone and call anyone in the world and they’ll answer.” Call Track and Payton. I’m sure your NSA and IRS have their numbers.

For more on the wisdom of children and their lemonade stands, see this video:

Sarah Palin

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Who do you share your deepest secrets with? Most people only share their inner thoughts with those who are closest to them. People they trust. People they’ve gone through experiences with. Do you know who God share’s His secrets with? This passage goes on to say, “Who can know a man’s thoughts except his own spirit?” In other words, God’s Spirit knows His thoughts. As believers, His Spirit lives inside of us, revealing to us the heart and thoughts of God Himself.
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’ But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9–10)

God wants you to know what He thinks about you. He wants you to know about the plans He has for you. He wants to show you things you’ve never seen, heard about or even imagined. As a believer in Jesus, you are His child, but you are also His friend. He wants you as His closest companion. He wants to walk with you, talk with and share with you. What a wonderful, amazing thought — we can know God’s thoughts because we are one with Him. Open your heart and allow Him to share His deep secrets with you today.God bless you.
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?(Romans 8:31)
Think about that for a moment. The same God who created the heavens and earth, the one who spoke the universe into existence and knows everything about you, He is on your side and wants the best for you. I love today’s verse because it is a great reminder that when God is for you, no one can win against you. Not the pain of your past. Not any mistake you’ve made. Not the forces of hell, your worst enemy, a bad economy, a difficult housing market or anything else on this earth.

Scripture tells us that God is gracious, patient and loving, that He is forgiving and doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. Scripture tells us that God is for us, and if God is for us, who can be against us? With God on your side, you are headed for victory,God bless you.


Autumn on the Stanislaus River

Pastor Rick Warren
Strength is developed by struggle and suffering, not success.

Just finished rehearsing to present the#WorshipAlbumOfTheYear in Nashville tonight at the 44th GMA Dove Awards.
2013 Nominees are "All Sons and Daughters:Live", "Burning Lights" (Chris Tomlin) , "Let The Future Begin" (Passion), "Worth It All" (Meredith Andrews), and "White Flag" (Passion). 
All 5 albums are Spirit-inspired and quite moving. I'm glad I wasn't responsible for having to choose between my friends!

Cool! Saddleback students using #ClashOfClansgame to invite players to church. Check this out:



Sick at home with the traditional Fall Season cold bug, feeling uckeee... decided to bide my time working through some old storm chase images with some new post processing techniques.

Here's the story:

May 31, 2010. Just a little South East of Boise City in the panhandle of Oklahoma. To my left, outside of this picture frame, a Mothership was spinning and getting ready to drop another tornado. The air was hot and thick and electrically charged. The chances to see anything happen on this day were slim, but the warm humid air colliding with the dry cold air had something else in mind.
 — atOklahoma!







“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine."
John 21:12
In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus. "Come and dine," implies the same table, the same meat; aye, and sometimes it means to sit side by side, and lean our head upon the Saviour's bosom. It is being brought into the banqueting-house, where waves the banner of redeeming love. "Come and dine," gives us a vision of union with Jesus, because the only food that we can feast upon when we dine with Jesus is himself. Oh, what union is this! It is a depth which reason cannot fathom, that we thus feed upon Jesus. "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." It is also an invitation to enjoy fellowship with the saints. Christians may differ on a variety of points, but they have all one spiritual appetite; and if we cannot all feel alike, we can all feed alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At the table of fellowship with Jesus we are one bread and one cup. As the loving cup goes round we pledge one another heartily therein. Get nearer to Jesus, and you will find yourself linked more and more in spirit to all who are like yourself, supported by the same heavenly manna. If we were more near to Jesus we should be more near to one another. We likewise see in these words the source of strength for every Christian. To look at Christ is to live, but for strength to serve him you must "come and dine." We labour under much unnecessary weakness on account of neglecting this precept of the Master. We none of us need to put ourselves on low diet; on the contrary, we should fatten on the marrow and fatness of the gospel that we may accumulate strength therein, and urge every power to its full tension in the Master's service. Thus, then, if you would realize nearness to Jesus, union with Jesus, love to his people and strength from Jesus, "come and dine" with him by faith.


"With thee is the fountain of life."
Psalm 36:9
There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this? Perhaps it is because we have been living too much without him, and he therefore takes away everything upon which we have been in the habit of depending, that he may drive us to himself. It is a blessed thing to live at the fountain head. While our skin- bottles are full, we are content, like Hagar and Ishmael, to go into the wilderness; but when those are dry, nothing will serve us but "Thou God seest me." We are like the prodigal, we love the swine-troughs and forget our Father's house. Remember, we can make swine-troughs and husks even out of the forms of religion; they are blessed things, but we may put them in God's place, and then they are of no value. Anything becomes an idol when it keeps us away from God: even the brazen serpent is to be despised as "Nehushtan," if we worship it instead of God. The prodigal was never safer than when he was driven to his father's bosom, because he could find sustenance nowhere else. Our Lord favours us with a famine in the land that it may make us seek after himself the more. The best position for a Christian is living wholly and directly on God's grace--still abiding where he stood at first--"Having nothing, and yet possessing all things." Let us never for a moment think that our standing is in our sanctification, our mortification, our graces, or our feelings, but know that because Christ offered a full atonement, therefore we are saved; for we are complete in him. Having nothing of our own to trust to, but resting upon the merits of Jesus--his passion and holy life furnish us with the only sure ground of confidence. Beloved, when we are brought to a thirsting condition, we are sure to turn to the fountain of life with eagerness.

Today's reading: Isaiah 47-49, 1 Thessalonians 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 47-49

1 “Go down, sit in the dust,
Virgin Daughter Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
queen city of the Babylonians.
No more will you be called
tender or delicate.
2 Take millstones and grind flour;
take off your veil.
Lift up your skirts, bare your legs,
and wade through the streams.
3 Your nakedness will be exposed
and your shame uncovered.
I will take vengeance;
I will spare no one.”
4 Our Redeemer—the LORD Almighty is his name—
is the Holy One of Israel.
5 “Sit in silence, go into darkness,
queen city of the Babylonians;
no more will you be called
queen of kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people
and desecrated my inheritance;
I gave them into your hand,
and you showed them no mercy.
Even on the aged
you laid a very heavy yoke.
7 You said, ‘I am forever—
the eternal queen!’
But you did not consider these things
or reflect on what might happen.

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Thessalonians 4

Living to Please God
1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody....
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