Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Dutton wins cabinet support for postal plebiscite vote (video)

What is wrong with these people? Listening to Dopey Dutton like he knows what's good for LGBT people? The guy is a moron.

So it appears Dopey Dutton has won support from fellow cabinet ministers of the gov for a postal plebiscite. Yes, they're still stuck in their plebiscite world. A plebiscite that will be wrong for pretty much all the same reasons as the other plebiscite idea was wrong.

But this will be worse. It won't be a fair vote. There's a reason why Australia Post's revenue has fallen in recent years; nobody mails letters anymore. Well certainly not many young people, which would represent a large number of yes voters. Hardly a fair opinion poll (which is what a plebiscite is). 

But as usual with the Lieberals, it's all about their party and not the LGBT. So we get a far right bitter and twisted middle aged white christian gov zealot deciding what's good for us LGBT. That in itself is an injustice to us. Pathetic.

The parliamentary party is united in wanting the issue dealt with asap. Since a free vote would likely split the party, that is not an option. A ‘proper’ plebiscite remains impossible while the Senate and LGBTI campaigners maintain their opposition. That leaves a postal vote as the only possible way forward. This is the argument that Dutton appears to have won.

 His supporters are unmoved by the deficiencies of a postal vote: they can spruik it as a ‘plebiscite’ and claim they have kept their promises. It will still not bind MPs to vote in line with the result. It won’t be compulsory. And younger voters are less likely to return a postal ballot than older people, suppressing the Yes vote. Worst of all, we won’t know exactly what we’re voting for: at this stage, there’s no bill. Whichever way it goes – and it will be designed as far as possible to hand the No side a win – the losers won’t accept the outcome.

 None of which matters to the delcons such as Abbott, Abetz, or even Dutton himself. After all, since we LGBTI blocked the plebiscite proper, we only have ourselves to blame for ending up with a worse mechanism, they say. The only way to stop the postal plebiscite at this stage is to convince the delcons they will lose. More polls will not do it: the Australian Equality Campaign unveiling a multi-million dollar warchest, for example, might just about meet the case!

 There is no need to take the issue back to the party room on August 8, though they almost certainly will, “to give everyone a say”: it will likely pass with a sigh of relief. Just to make sure, it’ll be another “stacked” joint meeting, including the Nationals. Talk is moving from “if” to “when”, with nothing remaining but the announcement. The Stirrer

Undetectable HIV viral load = no passing on of virus (major Aussie study)

This is the reason why those in communities at risk of HIV should get tested regularly, for no cost to themselves, and no stigma fear, to eventually eradicate the HIV virus from humanity.

And if said people are tested and found to be HIV positive, then getting them on the HIV meds is beneficial to the whole community. It means they become essentially non-infectious. Meaning it's impossible for them to pass on the HIV virus even with unprotected sex.

I would have to add that gays have been at the forefront of dealing with the HIV virus. Unlike Western Australia mining regions. Blaming gays is amis. HIV doesn't discriminate. How many of those hetro minors get tested every 3 months for HIV?

From 2011: 
AIDS risk changing

Dr Douglas says that while Australia has continued to perform well in controlling the spread of HIV in the community, the profile of those at risk is changing. "We still have very low rates of infection, they are increasing slightly but compared to other countries that haven't done as well as Australia, we are doing really well."

"But rates are increasing and things have changed a bit." "In this country it used to be almost exclusively a disease of men who have sex with men."

"Now we are seeing it amongst heterosexual couples and that is people travelling to high prevalence countries, as well people from high prevalence countries coming into Australia with HIV."

"We've got to respond in a different way to this change and one of the things we're doing is to have this ball to raise general awareness amongst people that it is now not just exclusively a disease of men who have sex with men or people who use drugs." ABC

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

PM Howard had 5 conscience votes in 11yr gov - Dean Smith on marriage equality

WA Lieberal Dean Smith (soon to present a private members bill on marriage equality to parliament) has set his sights on Dopey Duttons claim over the weekend that a postal plebiscite was a sensible way to "resolve" the marriage equality issue. Yes it's happening again; the Lieberals are tearing themselves apart over a simple issue as whether the likes of David and I can have the same human rights as the rest of Australians. Fuck, how hard can it be? It's like pulling teeth FFS.

Dutton's assertion that a plebiscite would "resolve" the issue is a lie. All it is is a non-binding opinion poll. Conservative MP's have already said they'd still vote no even if a plebiscite said yes. That's hardly "resolving". The fact remains that we could have marriage equality very shortly if Turnbull allowed his party a free vote on the issue as the numbers are there to pass it.

Speaking of which, Smith has also pointed out that prime minister John Howard had 5 free/conscience votes over the eleven years of his gov. That's nearly one conscience vote every couple of years on average. So why not now then? Why this obsession with a plebiscite?

"Plebiscites are actually the radical way of resolving policy issues in the Australian democratic practice. We have had two binding plebiscites, in 1916 and 1917; they were acrimonious and they divided communities. For me, as a traditional conservative, I look at that and I think to myself 'why didn't we ever experiment with them again again?'. Because our forefathers decided they were not the way to decide issues. More than that, postal plebiscites, national plebiscites are corrosive, corrosive to our parliamentary democracy," Senator Smith said.

 Mr Dutton on the weekend said a postal plebiscite was "the most sensible approach" to resolve same-sex marriage without breaking the Coalition's election commitments.

 "I think that is a much cleaner process than people running off to support private members' motions or a Labor stunt within the House of Representatives," he said. His push was then backed by Mr Abbott.


"If we were to channel John Howard's experience as prime minister, in those 11 years as prime minister, prime minister John Howard stewarded five conscience votes through the parliament, five conscience votes on issues like stem call research and therapeutic cloning. So I would argue that this is in fact the common practice, the traditional practice, in terms of resolving what are contentious issues."

 Senator Smith said same-sex marriage was similar and Coalition MPs deserved a free vote to deal with it.

 "We are seeking a free vote, a conscience vote, because that is the best practice in terms of how we deal with contentious issues."

 Continuing to require MPs to vote along party lines would be a "failure" of the parliamentary Liberal Party, he said. Sydney Morning Herald

GetUp launches major push for marriage equality

GetUp has launched a major push in the electorates of on the fence Lieberals, as the private members bill by West Australian Lieberal Dean Smith is to be put forward when parliament resumes shortly.

They are crowd funding this latest effort and you can contribute here if you so desire.
 We have a rare opportunity to win marriage equality. But we only have a short amount of time to take action. Can you chip in to supercharge this campaign to get marriage equality over the line?

 WA Senator Dean Smith has put forward a bill and rumour has it that Liberal MPs are willing to cross the floor, meaning the bill has the numbers to pass. We need to throw everything we have at this fight.

 Opponents of marriage equality have deep pockets and extraordinary access to far-right members of the Liberal party. They've stalled dozens of attempts to change the discriminatory law. We need to speak the politician's language and get them where it hurts -- in their electorates.

 GetUp has identified a handful of MPs that are on the fence on marriage equality -- we can demonstrate how toxic a vote against marriage equality is, and add more votes to our column. In these key electorates we will phone bank, unleash targeted sophisticated digital advertising, name and shame the MPs in outdoor posters and invest in video storytelling to put the lives of LGBT people front and centre of this political fight.

 Marriage equality is the law in 22 countries around the world. It's largely accepted as inevitable here in Australia -- even the conservatives want to make sure that this issue isn't losing them votes at the next election.

 We truly believe that we can win this vote and GetUp is throwing everything at it. But we have less than a month until the bill is introduced, can you help make this huge? Contribute here

Monday, 24 July 2017

Star Trek discovery will have first gays ever in a Star Trek series (video)

First black and white kiss on US television, Kirk and Ohura
In the groundbreaking tradition of Star Trek, the new series Discovery will have a gay couple for the first time in a Star Trek series.

It's worth noting that George Takai wanted gays in the original Star Trek, but Gene Roddenberry was against it as it would likely have meant the end of the show. Even the first kiss on TV between a black and white person was highly controversial in the US, and I think from memory that episode wasn't aired in some southern US states. The groundbreaking kiss was between Kirk and Ohura.

Watch the announcement about Discovery below.

Turnbull humiliated on live TV over marriage equality (video)

Turnbull left speechless, gives awkward smile

I have no idea why Turnbull was on The Project (a light hearted news show) but it did mean he was out in the real world away from his party. Where everybody knows that he is the only reason why we don't have marriage equality today in Australia, and they aren't afraid to stick it to him about it.

This is the reality of the marriage equality nightmare the Lieberals have made for themselves. It's one thing to preach to the faithful or repeat endlessly in front of the camera their doctrine of plebiscite or nothing. It's quite another for the public to be openly laughing at you about how ridiculous it is.

Fact is we're not going away. Love is a very powerful thing to be fighting for. A light hearted bit of banter on a news show isn't going to cut it over denying us our human rights.

Liberal party Doctor blames HIV on "man's love"

HIV doesn't discriminate, yet this appears to have escaped a doctor in Bendigo, who is also a recruiter for the Liberals.

Yet another connection between the party and extremist far right christianity.

In a wide-ranging speech that argued against abortion, dying with dignity and marriage equality, Dr Stratov also spoke about his experience treating patients with HIV, explaining lapsed moral judgment was to blame for the disease’s spread.

 “I studied a disease called HIV; thirty-five million people have died from that disease because they all decided they were going to make man’s love, not God’s love,” Dr Stratov, also a former Family First state election candidate, said.

 “Look at what’s happened to them.”

 Victorian AIDS Council chief executive officer Simon Ruth, whose organisation runs Bendigo-based HIV service VACountry, said the medic’s claim was symptomatic of the stigma faced by the LGBTI community and people living with HIV.

The blood-borne virus could affect anyone, Mr Ruth said.

 "Gay, straight, men, women, trans and gender diverse communities, and people of every race and religion – including 2.6 million children worldwide,” he said.

 “HIV does not discriminate and to have a registered medical practitioner assert otherwise is repugnant.” Bendigo Advertiser

Sunday, 23 July 2017

I got instagram spammed on twitter :s pissed off

Bloody hell! What a pain. I'm really pissed off.

So I clicked the link, silly me as I'm usually very cautious of doing that. But it just looked like a legit twitter notification. Well it was really, it was the link on the twitter message that did the damage. 

Suddenly all my twitter followers got the same message as me, like I'd written the message to them and sent it. People asking why I sent it in reply, or saying it my account was compromised. I made me feel really bad that I'd been so stupid. One person even said it crashed their PC. 

The link though didn't seem to go anywhere except to the main Instagram sign in page. WTF was the point of it all then? Just to piss off people? Why do idiots sit around dreaming up this bullshit? What do they even gain from it?

I'm not even on Instagram!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Amazing latest pictures from Mars (video)

*click to enlarge
Brilliant collage of latest pictures coming from Mars. I found the most startly ones were from the surface taken by the rover.

Half world HIV patients now on meds - first time

A milestone has been reached in the fight against HIV/AIDS, with now half of those infected with HIV across the world now taking medication to treat the virus. 

The flow on effects are obvious, with treatment stopping HIV spreading. However concerns remain over the ongoing ability of health care systems in some countries to keep up the funding for HIV treatments, particularly with Trump's US considering slashing UN contributions that fund the HIV health care.

As always cutting funding to HIV/AIDS programs is a false economy, with the cost of treating new infections down the track being much more expensive. HIV drugs are expensive, and you have to take them for life to survive. However they make it very hard for the HIV virus to be passed on. The whole idea of ending HIV is to get everyone on meds and massively reduce new infections. Even the bean counters should understand that. 
For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday.

 AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual counts from countries.

 Experts applauded the progress, but questioned if the billions spent in the past two decades should have brought more impressive results. The U.N. report was released in Paris where an AIDS meeting begins this weekend.

 “When you think about the money that’s been spent on AIDS, it could have been better,” said Sophie Harman, a senior lecturer in global health politics at Queen Mary University in London.

 She said more resources might have gone to strengthening health systems in poor countries.

 “The real test will come in five to 10 years once the funding goes down,” Harman said, warning that some countries might not be able to sustain the U.N.-funded AIDS programs on their own.

 The Trump administration has proposed a 31 percent cut in contributions to the U.N. starting in October. AP

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Low NBN speeds due to high charges from NBN to ISP's (video)

Continuing the infrastructure disaster that the Lieberals have turned the National Broadband Network into (to the detriment of their election chances) we now have reports that people transferring to the NBN after it's rolled out to their premises are finding no difference in speed as when they were on the simple ADSL.

What a Lieberal disaster. What a lemon.

We BTW in the middle of eastern Sydney are still on ADSL2+, with no sign of the NBN roll-out until late next year. The internet is getting slowly worse and worse here as Sydney residents sign up more and more for streaming pay TV. It constantly drops out and we have to reconnect by rebooting the modem/router thingo. Often this will happen in the middle of my posting here and I have to save the post to Word and reboot everything. That's how bad it is.

Yet the new whiz bang NBN sounds no better.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Lyle Shelton (ACL) was political advisor to Barnaby Joyce

It's been very obvious in recent times the links between the federal Lieberals and far right loony tunes christian groups. We've had Scott Morrison speaking at the Australian Christian Lobby conference last year in Sydney, along with Tony Abbott speaking at Alliance Defending Freedom in New York. Notably both organisations are vehemently ant-gay.

Well another link has emerged between the Lieberals and the Australian Christian Lobby extremists. Thanks to an announcement of the ACL leader Lyle Shelton in a country news outlet about an upcoming visit, it has come to light that Shelton spent time as a political advisor to our current deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce.

After a role as political advisor to Queensland senators Ron Boswell and Barnaby Joyce, Mr Shelton became the Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby for six years. He was appointed managing director in 2013.

 The dinner — to be held on Monday, July 24 — will cover a range of topics, including the controversial issue of marriage equality.

 Mr Shelton will chat about the implications of allowing marriage equality in other countries such as Canada and Sweden, and the potential consequences should it be allowed in Australia.

 Safe schools, freedom of speech and transgenderism will also be topics of discussion. SOUTHERN RIVERINA NEWS

Monday, 17 July 2017

George Takei - YouTube statement on Chechnia gay genocide

Civilised people can surely not stand by as the Chechnia gov proceeds with genocide against a minority. In this case it's gays. In the past it's been Jews (along with gays mind you). 

Once they go after one minority, which one is next?

Latest HD pictures from Pluto - New Horizons spacecraft (video)

Absolutely stunning. It boggles my mind that these images are coming back in such clarity and colour from the very outer reaches of our solar system. What a testament to man's ingenuity. 

I watched it in HD BTW, even though it stopped and started with Turnbull's internet it's not the sort of video that that would bother you.

Don't let go - Greg Guild (music video)

Australian singer Greg Gould (who's gay) and got his start on Australia's got talent, has a latest song about the difficulties of homophobia in a gay relationship.

David really likes this one as it expresses the way his mother hasn't ever accepted him being gay.