Tuesday, 27 June 2017
If you watch this video in the hysteria that is currently Trump's US, then you'll be panicked and appalled. He talks in a way that's it's the West vs China, or more particularity the US vs China (under Trump that is). You have to take what he says with a grain of salt if you're looking at it from our Australian perspective. We're in the middle, both politically and geographically.
Yes we need to change our foreign political donations to political parties here. The Chinese have obviously taken advantage of it recently. But honestly the way this US guy talks here it's like the Chinese are the reds under the beds. Get a grip!
Particularly now that Trump is the loony tunes US president. Would Australia like to deal with a nutter country bend on turning itself into some kind of theocracy lead by Trump in perpetual war, or with a country where the leaders are all atheists and don't care less about some mythical sky man? Who would any reasonable person trust more in such a circumstance?
The fact remains Australia does huge business with China, our biggest trading partner. That can only be beneficial as long as it's fair trade. China is not Australia's enemy. They have their system, we have ours. Both have lead to the abuse of human rights, like Australia's offshore detention centres for example. Who are we to point the finger and say we're so much better?
Trade, peace, and understanding of each other is always better than confrontation. Friends can co-operate and work to a more humanitarian goal together. Enemies cannot.
Big headlines from New Zealand today about a convicted rapist who was married in a maximum security jail to his former lawyer.
Corrections Minister Louise Upston is "revolted" disgraced former lawyer Davina Murray is allowed into prison to marry her former client, convicted rapist and murderer Liam Reid.Whatever your opinion is, the fact remains that it's within NZ law for inmates to marry in jail.
The pair tied the knot at Auckland's maximum security unit at Paremoremo Prison today - six years after Murray was caught smuggling an iPhone, cigarettes and a lighter to Reid in prison.
"I just find it revolting," says Ms Upston. "I find that particular marriage absolutely distasteful, and I think most New Zealanders would too."
Murray was acting as Reid's lawyer after he was sentenced to a minimum of 26 years for the 2007 murder and rape of Christchurch woman Emma Agnew.
Sources have told Newshub that Reid's best man was a convicted killer and sex offender, and a drug smuggler was among the guests.
It's understood that the prison chaplain officiated the ceremony, and the prison kitchen provided catering at the expense of the bridal party.
"I'm thinking of Emma Agnew's family because they won't ever get to see her get married," says Ms Upston.
"For her family, it will be an absolutely tragic day for them because they know they will never see their daughter get married." ninemsn
So what you may say? Surely that's not the case here? Well it is:
Corrective Services NSW believes that incarcerated persons should not be deprived of the right to enter into marriage. Marriage may take place unless there is a legal restriction. Marriage in correctional centres will not entitle the inmate or spouse to any additional privileges other than those available to other inmates. The General Manager may decide not to give approval to a marriage taking place in the centre if the guidelines are not satisfied by the parties involved. Corrective Services NSWYet David and I, never jailed, good citizens worked for many years, I even bought up my daughter whilst caring for my late wife before the end, cannot get married in Australia. Even after ten years of polling saying that Australians are fine with us doing so.
What a disgrace, what a failure this gov has been in stalling the inevitable. Outrageous.
Monday, 26 June 2017
The festering sore that the Lieberals have made for themselves over marriage equality has continued to ooze, with Christopher Pyne making an apparent statement behind closed doors to the party faithful that marriage equality could happen "sooner than everyone thinks". Also saying friends of the Lieberals in Canberra were "working on getting marriage equality laws passed".
Well it didn't take long for the howls of heretic! from the back bench were sent forth, from the usual source Abbott. His words were particularly galling considering all the broken promises the Abbott/Turnbull gov has made and how many Australians have had their faith in the party breached by said broken promises.
“We took a policy to the election — it was a very clear policy — that there would be no change without a plebiscite,” Mr Abbott told Sydney radio station 2GB this morning.
“To dump the plebiscite, to do anything without a plebiscite, would be a breach of faith with the people.” The Advertiser
Not to be out done Treasurer Scott Morrison chimed in that it didn't matter about LGBT human rights because the gov wasn't talking about them.
“We’re not actually talking about it — we’re talking about power prices, passing the Budget, schools funding going up by $23 billion,” Mr Morrison said when quizzed about the reports on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program this morning. The AdvertiserHonestly, why is this such an important issue to Abbott and his churchie mates? What does it matter to him if David and I get married? It's none of his business. He has no more right to stop us being married than I'd have had to stop him and his wife getting married.
So once again we have Turnbull without a spine trying to please the lunar right and refusing to allow his party a free parliamentary vote.
The courts have said it's the job of parliament. The senate has said it's the job of parliament. Nobody except the Lieberal far right and Turnbull says our human rights should be decided by asking the rest of Australians if we can have them.
Would straight people want to have to go through that to be married?
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Saturday, 24 June 2017
OK, although I never got school certificate in English in New Zealand, I was able to migrate to Australia (in 1985) without having to undergo some kind of humiliating citizenship test in the early 1990's.
It didn't exist back then, as it was only after the Howard gov nightmare came in to power in the late 1990's when they came up with this racist bullshit. One of the questions in those early tests was about cricketer Bradman FFS who had died many decades before. Were new citizens supposed to worship Australian sporting heroes?
The new citizenship test, courtesy of the Abbott/Turmbull gov demands language skills beyond what many Australians would be capable themselves. Labor is opposing this.
Australia has the highest immigrant population per capita in the world, much higher than even the US. Those migrants helped build this country and were a part of it being the most successful multicultural country on earth.
I myself don't mind if they have a bit of trouble with English. Their intentions to hard work and contribution are just the same as mine was when I came here from New Zealand in 1985.
17 minutes of complete hilarity. I honestly could not stop laughing. Particularly at the tribulation buckets of slop. Yum :s
Remember this was the Jim and Tammy Bakker thing that got busted for fraud and sent Jim to jail over it. Well he's out now and just look at the results......
I can't believe people actually believe him. Who are these stupid nutters? OMG they can vote and all!
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This is the one off energy payment to pensioners that Xenophon was bribed with by the gov. In exchange for what you may ask? Just that little thing of $50billion tax cuts to businesses that don't need it.
As we're a couple it's $125 for both of us. They've paid me half and David will get the other.
So that's it folks. This is supposed to make those tax cuts to the well off just fine and dandy.
Meanwhile I hear electricity prices in NSW are going to increase from July 1st by about 17% or something ridiculous, because there's no stable energy policy coming from Canberra. Well apart from worshiping coal in parliament.
So I look at that payment and think what a rip off. Xenophon may as well just join the Lieberal party and be done with it.
They get $billions they don't need. We sick and old and poor, the most in need, get a few token crumbs from their table. This must be trickle down....?
What has become of this country? We have just about the lowest pension rates in the OECD, then get chucked crumbs whilst the well off make laws to give themselves riches. Whilst they try and dismantle our Medicare public health system. We might as well be Africa:
Friday, 23 June 2017
Most discrimination cases involving an HIV+ person in Australia happen in the health profession, I learned a few years back. For example a while back I attended the local hospital here after splitting my forehead open falling out of the bath onto the toilet (with the lid up). Blood everywhere. I waited in Emergency with David to be treated, and David overheard a nurse at the front counter when he was going out for a smoke: "I'm not going near him, he's infectious". Lovely :s
Likewise, stigma against HIV is unfortunately very high in the gay community itself. "Are you clean?" is a regular question asked of a possible hookup. The below video people read out conversations from Grindr.
BTW years ago somebody asked me that question in a sex club "Are you clean?" I actually didn't know what he was talking about at the time, so I said "Yes I've just had a shower". Fuck even I get astounded at my own naivety at times. Ha ha ha....
After publicly criticising the Victorian court of appeals and refusing to apologise to the court for doing so, the three gov ministers involved have about faced and issued a public and groveling apology to the court. Albeit a very late one.
The court has accepted the unreserved apology and will no longer proceed with contempt of court charges. However the court is anything but impressed with the three:
"We have realised we should have offered an unconditional apology to the court.WTF were they thinking? All three are qualified lawyers FFS They could have bought down their own gov by their stupidity, arrogance, and stubbornness. The fact that it took two court hearings and the serious threat to the gov to get them to apologise says volumes about their character. They honestly seemed to think they were above the law.
"We offer that apology now and unreservedly withdraw all comments.
"It's clear just how inaccurate our understanding was."
The court accepted their apology and will not refer the ministers for contempt of court, but Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said the comments were "fundamentally wrong" and that the delay in apologising was "regrettable and aggravated the contempt".
Chief Justice Warren said the court was "gravely concerned" there was a prima facie case that the ministers and The Australian had committed contempt. She described the hearing last week as "stern", noted that the ministers had sent the comments to the journalist who wrote the article unsolicited, and that they had publicly confirmed they stood by the comments within 48 hours of the first hearing.
"There is one matter we emphasise," she said.
"The court has accepted in this instance the apologies and retractions proffered. It should not have come to this, namely two court hearings.
"But for the apologies and retractions we would have referred the groups, namely the ministers and The Australian ... for prosecution for contempt of Court." The Age
And WTF was Turnbull thinking in supporting his ministers in their public criticism of the court? Did he too think him and his gov were above the law?
We all know of course Tudge's view of the law with Centrelink, leaking private information about Centrelink clients to the media to support robodebt, under very questionable circumstances of the legality of doing so.
Probably for the first time ever, I find myself in 100% agreement with @GregHuntMP. #auspol pic.twitter.com/39L8YMVTle— John Wren (@JohnWren1950) June 23, 2017
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Well I guess it's a change from straights wanting gays to stop having sex, which has been the case in conservative churches for zonks. Strange that straights would now accuse us of the same thing but in reverse. I suspect they're projecting.....
I note in the picture they all have beards to protect themselves from gayness.
So the loony tunes nationalist youth party of Istanbul is all a fluster over an upcoming Pride march there and have vowed to stop it any way they can. Despite the fact that there's been years of Pride marches there before. The reasons for this severe hostility to the LGBT are explained by them thus:
Speaking on June 19 during a news program aired on the minor Cultural TV (KRT TV) station, Mican complained that LGBT individuals had “started to organize in every neighborhood … destroying the unity of the family.”OMG! They're onto us!
“Their project is to create a structure in every neighborhood. We are warning our intelligence agencies. This is part of a project by capitalist, communist and imperialist powers. By popularizing homosexuality, they want to destroy the unity of family, stop reproduction, end relations between wives and husbands, and prevent children born in such relations from growing up to be propitious to their land and country,” he said.
“This is dynamite to the foundation of the family structure. They have especially started to work on the neighborhood level,” Mircan added.
“Under no circumstances will we allow them to march. I call on the Turkish people: These structures are very dangerous. We need to prevent this immorality or it will expand very seriously,” he also said. Daily News Turkey
Whilst we continue to wait for Turnbull to stand up to his back bench that's holding the entire country to ransom of their outdated notions, yesterday was the ten year anniversary of the main stream media announcing majority support by Australians for marriage equality.
Nothing has changed in those ten years. Poll after poll has shown more and more support for gay people to be married. How out of touch can the Lieberal party be to ignore that in favour of their own religious beliefs? They're supposed to be there to serve the people, not shove their religion down our throats.
Gay marriage now has majority support in Australia, according to new research findings that suggest a huge shift in mainstream opinion.
Nearly three in four people say they want gay couples to have the same legal rights as de facto heterosexual partners in areas such as health care and superannuation.
In 2004, both major parties rushed to declare their support for outlawing gay marriage.
The findings will put pressure on the Federal Government as it considers a report from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission urging greater equality for same-sex couples.
A Galaxy poll, commissioned by the progressive political movement GetUp! and obtained by The Age, surveyed 1100 people last weekend.
It found that 57 per cent of Australians agreed that gay couples should be allowed to get married, with 37 per cent opposed.
The poll suggests a 20-point jump in support since 2004, when Newspoll found 38 per cent in favour and 44 per cent against. The Age 2007
The verdict is in on the senate inquiry into robodebt, the inquiry recommending that the whole system be shut down until it's huge problems are fixed. The list of recommendations is here. There are 21 of them. Recommendation 20 is of particular interest, as in normal proceedings the creditor owed money has to leave you enough to live on. The full senate report is here.
Everyone is in agreement with this, apart from the gov of course, stubbornly insisting it's OK. Of particular concern to GetUp is that from July 1st robodebt will be targeting old aged pensioners and people on the disability support pension surviving on bugger all. GetUp has set up a web page here where you can blast your Lieberal MP or senator over robodebt.
Other organisations are equally concerned that the gov wants to continue with this flawed and unfair system.
The inquiry began hearings in March, and its chair, Greens senator Rachel Siewert, said it had exposed serious flaws in the system.
“The evidence presented to the committee as it travelled across the country was compelling, consistent, and showed a program that was putting huge pressure on some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” Siewert said after the report’s release.
“Procedural fairness is lacking in every stage of the robo-debt program; whether it be the forcing of people to reach back through their paperwork from six years ago, sending debt letters to the wrong address and/or not engaging with concerned recipients, or averaging out of income data, often producing incorrect results.”
The Department of Human Services used the inquiry to highlight the changes it had made to the system, which it said had largely resolved the problems. But others say the changes don’t go far enough.
The Australian Council of Social Service chief executive, Cassandra Goldie, said on Wednesday said the system is unworkable and must be abolished.
“Since its adoption 12 months ago, robo-debt has issued thousands of debt notices in error to parents, people with disabilities, carers and those seeking paid work, resulting in people slapped with Centrelink debts they do not owe or debts higher than what they owe,” Goldie said. “It has been a devastating abuse of government power that has caused extensive harm, particularly among people who are the most vulnerable in our community,” she said.
Anglicare Australia released a similar statement on Wednesday, saying the system has unfairly shifted the onus of disproving debts onto vulnerable Australians.
Its executive director, Kasy Chambers, urged the government to pay heed to the significant evidence the inquiry heard about the hardship caused by the system.
“The shift in the onus of proof onto recipients, the barriers to people trying to fix these problems through the Centrelink system, and the growing stigmatisation of welfare, is a step towards the criminalisation of poverty and disadvantage,” Chambers said.
“Let’s suspend this failing system and work together to design one that works for people – not just the government,” she said. The Guardian
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
I've always liked Moby. This new music video is really pissing off all the Trumpets, so all I can say is watch and share :)
Vice has this video of the Chechen gay gulags they have operating there. Of course the Chechen regime denies completely any such thing. Note the grinning faces of the soldiers when asked if any such order had been given to arrest and torture gays.
Shocking and heart wrenching. The views and attitudes expressed by the Chechnyans against gays are so ignorant and anachronistic as to indeed be from the stone age.
Shocking and heart wrenching. The views and attitudes expressed by the Chechnyans against gays are so ignorant and anachronistic as to indeed be from the stone age.
Yet another reason why the christians don't want us to be married. According to a christian paramedic in South Africa, gay marriage caused bush fires. Apparently it was all too much for his loving invisible sky man who lost it and wrathed all over the place in the form of bush fires. Didn't realise David and I had that much wrathing power.....
Can you remember last year when Knysna was made up in pink and 12 homosexual marriages took place on one day?He got suspended after the Facebook post and has deleted his account.
It was only after the election of the Dutch Reformed Church when they approved gay homosexual marriage.
It was all over the newspapers. It dared god.
They mustn’t cry now about the fire.
God doesn’t let himself be mocked. Independent