Monday, 26 September 2016

Gov doesn't budge on plebiscite - video


Predictably the Turnbull gov has refused to compromise on the marriage equality plebiscite, with both Labor and the Lieberals blaming each other.

Labor says the plebiscite has been set up to fail, which sounds pretty right to me. That it's been put together by those in the gov who don't want to see us gays getting married.So much so in fact that Labor says talking to Brandis was like talking to George Christensen.

 

"Condoms are too modern" - Mike Pence, US running mate of Trump


This guy could end up being the deputy president of the US FFS.

He's on record as saying condoms are too modern, I think because he wants abstinence instead of young people actually having sex (*gasp*). So the logic is that condoms promote sex, therefore they're too modern. Far out.
Pence told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that it was “a sad day” because Powell had suggested condoms over abstinence: 

Well, Wolf, I think it was — given the enormous stature that Colin Powell rightly has, not only in America but in the world community — it was a sad day. I don’t think any administration has had a worse day since boxers and briefs on MTV. And the truth is that Colin Powell had an opportunity here to reaffirm this president’s commitment to abstinence as the best choice for our young people, and he chose not to do that in the first instance, but — and so I think it’s very sad. 

The other part is that, frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases, and in that sense, Wolf, this was — the secretary of state may be inadvertently misleading millions of young people and endangering lives. 

Pence then went on to suggest that condoms are “too modern,” and too “liberal,” for him: 

The problem is it was too modern of an answer, Wolf. It was — it truly was a modern, liberal answer to a problem that parents like me are facing all over America, and frankly, all over the world. patheos
 BTW the article also mentions that he let HIV spread in Indiana because he wouldn't allow injecting rooms.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Hanson tells gays to leave the country


I guess we're added to Pauline Hanson's list of undesirables. First it was the Asians way back the first time around some years back, now it's the Muslims, and of course now teh gays as well. I think she's running out of minorities.

Appearing on gay radio station JOY 94.9, Hanson lectures Australia that if gays want to get married they can piss off to somewhere else where it's OK to do so.
“I don’t care what other countries around the world are doing,” she said. “I don’t care what’s happening around the world. If you feel so strongly about it, well then I’m sure you can move to that country and then you can have the marriage.”

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Asked about the potential harm the public debate might do to the mental well-being of LGBTQI Australians, Hanson replied that “I think you are actually blowing that out of proportion to make that an excuse why you shouldn’t have a plebiscite.” 

“I don’t believe there’s going to be hate. I think it would be a balanced debate,” said Hanson. Apparently no one told her that the radio station she was talking to had to be evacuated this week because someone sent in a bomb threat. Junkee  

Bank caught opening fake accounts to charge fees on - US


The US bank Wells Fargo has been fined a record $185million for opening fake accounts so as to charge fees on them. What a bunch of out and out crooks! Is anyone going to go to jail over this? Certainly those caught out here ripping Centrelink off would end up in jail over fraud.

Buit perhaps more relevant, if Wells Fargo can get away with this since 2011 on such a grand scale, what might the banks be up to in Australia? 
For years, Wells Fargo employees secretly issued credit cards without a customer’s consent. They created fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services. They set up sham accounts that customers learned about only after they started accumulating fees. 

On Thursday, these illegal banking practices cost Wells Fargo $185 million in fines, including a $100 million penalty from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the largest such penalty the agency has issued. 

Federal banking regulators said the practices, which date back to 2011, reflected serious flaws in the internal culture and oversight at Wells Fargo, one of the nation’s largest banks. The bank has fired at least 5,300 employees who were involved. 

In all, Wells Fargo employees opened roughly 1.5 million bank accounts and applied for 565,000 credit cards that may not have been authorized by customers, the regulators said in a news conference. The bank has 40 million retail customers. 

Some customers noticed the deception when they were charged unexpected fees, received credit or debit cards in the mail that they did not request, or started hearing from debt collectors about accounts they did not recognize. But most of the sham accounts went unnoticed, as employees would routinely close them shortly after opening them. Wells has agreed to refund about $2.6 million in fees that may have been inappropriately charged. New York Times  

Saturday, 24 September 2016

UN head criticises "weak" religious discrimination against LGBT

 
Departing United Nations head Ban Ki-moon, has given an extraordinarily direct swipe at discrimination based on religion and culture. He asks those who do so if their religion is so weak that you have to deny people their human rights to preserve it?

I couldn't have put it better myself :)
“Every year, hundreds are killed, thousands are badly hurt, and millions live their lives under a shadow of discrimination and disapproval. That is an outrage. 

“Many Governments refuse to acknowledge human rights abuses against LGBT people – or accept responsibility for ending them. 

“Several countries are bucking the tide of history with draconian new punishments for being gay – or even just talking about being gay. 

“I especially worry for children and youth who are bullied at school, thrown out of their homes or living on the streets. 

“These abuses will only end when countries take concrete steps to protect people: new laws, policies and programmes. This takes leadership and a commitment to work with affected communities.” 

He added: “I ask those who use religious or cultural arguments to deprive LGBT people of their human rights: what do you gain by making others less equal? 

“Is your religion or culture so weak that the only way you can sustain it is by denying others their basic rights? Pink News   

Mandela Foundation objects to his image used in Lieberal anti-gay leaflets

3 Lieberal party members behind these leaflets
Update: Nelson Mandela Foundation lashes out at Liberals over same-sex marriage smear sheet. Sydney Morning Herald 

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has objected to the anti-gay leaflets that have been put out by 3 members of the Lieberal party. Mandela wasn't against gay marriage at all.
It has come to the attention of the Nelson Mandela Foundation that the words and image of Nelson Mandela are being used to infer that he was opposed to same sex marriage. The Nelson Mandela Foundation would like to correct this misrepresentation. 

As South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela signed into law a constitution that stood for the rights of all. 

Chapter 9 of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa says: 

“The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.” In addition, “No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone” on these grounds. 

Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since the Civil Union Act came into force on 30 November 2006. 

We object to the misuse of the legacy of someone who worked precisely for the recognition of such rights. Nelson Mandela Foundation  

Friday, 23 September 2016

Australia's demonisation of Muslims - First Dog on the Moon :)


Talk to a gay person about a plebiscite & why we don't want it


How would anyone feel having their family and the love of their life debated across the country? Human rights, family and love for a spouse is just too personal for debate.

Lieberals behind anti-gay flyers linking Safe Schools & gay marriage

Put out by "Children's Future", an organisation set up by 3 Lieberals

Members of the Lieberal party who are also part of the Lunar right of the party, have been discovered to be the ones behind anti-gay leaflets. The leaflets lied by linking marriage equality to Safe Schools, saying that if marriage equality happened then all children would be forced to attend the Safe Schools program, with it being compulsory.

So much for respectful and civil debate.
Children's Future was registered on July 29 this year at the address of Benbow and Pike chartered accountants. One of the partners of Benbow and Pike is Gerard Abrams, a member of the Abrams family that is active in the Liberal Party's hard right in the Hills. 

The second Children's Future director is Robert Williams, 31, a member of the Cheltenham branch who was a preselector in Berowra in the recent process that saw Julian Leeser replace the outgoing veteran Philip Ruddock in that seat. 

He said he would not comment. 

The third director is a Paul Woodbury who is understood to be related to Matthew Woodbury, a furniture retailer and influential member of the Catholic right. A senior Liberal described the group as "too far right for the right". Sydney Morning Herald

 
 

"Witches are advising US leaders!" - Christians


It's the Jim Bakker show folks!

He talks to some guy that used to be in the US armed forces, but who is now a senior fellow of the Family Research Council (yes the very same Family Research Council that Josh Duggar was part of). He says he's personally met witches that advise the US leadership.

Through the whole thing they're talking about "christian persecution" in the US. Yes, they actually think they are persecuted in the US. But we all know how much christian fundamentalist's just love all that persecution stuff.

 

New short film - "American Male"


This film (6 minutes long) examines the male gender stereotype, as a muscled young guy goes through the day telling himself through the day what he must do to fit into this role. What it is to be straight.

He fits in but in the end he's nothing more than a walking set of cues. Lines to recite and ways to act to be straight, he becomes empty of himself.

"The path of least resistance" was an interesting phrase used in the film.

 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Bill Leak gay Nazi cartoon has gone international

Towleroad.

Yep, and this even isn't in a plebiscite campaign. Just some of the very "respectful" comments going around here from the far right loony's. 

Calling the LGBT Nazi's, stinks of the so lame argument from the right wingnuts who are outraged by this new christian persecution us Nazi gays are apparently putting on them :s  You know, those white middle aged catholic Canberra warriors of the right way to live, aghast at people different than them who think differently. The humanity!

It also stinks of the Australian Christian Lobby, of which Lyle Shelton called gays Nazis.

So anyway, the cartoon is so offensive that it's gone international, with the well watched and visited US site Towleroad. reporting on the story.

Albeit it's posted in a round up post, people overseas are seeing this.

 

Bono rips into Trump - CBS interview :)

Bono reaction to a Trump question
U2 has a long relationship with the US, with many of their songs and tours representing the love affair they have with the country.

Here he says Trump is the worst idea the US has ever had, and that Trump is messing with the idea of what the US is about. 

 

Why South Africa banned US hate pastor Steven Anderson :)

US hate pastor Steven Anderson

Update: He was deported from Botswana. 

An interesting view from South Africa of US hate pastor Steven Anderson. Leading up to South Africa banning him from entry (even to transfer at an airport) the article shows a different view of intolerance than Anderson would be used to in the US.

Most notably of late Anderson was one of the hate pastors at the time that were thankful gays were killed in Orlando, preaching that there were now “50 less paedophiles in this world”.
Johannesburg - The Department of Home Affairs on Monday said it would be attaching “serious conditions” to the homophobic United States pastor, Steven Anderson, when he visits South Africa later this month for a “Soul-Winning Mission”. 

This comes after the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) petitioned Home Affairs to ban Anderson from entering the country. 

Anderson, who is widely known for his anti-gay sentiments on social media, is scheduled to preach in Johannesburg on 18 September.

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“As a democratic state, we will not fold our arms in the face of intolerance, hate speech, and human-right violations of any kind,” Gigaba said. 

“Therefore, we will not tolerate untoward behaviour, whether directed at the LGBTI community, or at any other national group on our soil. There are options to follow, and steps to be taken, in the event this situation arises.” IOL   
South Africa went on to ban Anderson from entering the country.

Discrimination case has escalated to Victimisation as well


A lady from the anti-discrimination board rang yesterday and had a long talk about the discrimination complaint against the Oxford Hotel, and the homphobic thug they had for a bouncer that night a while back. 

On discussing with us the case has escalated. I've addressed our emials as from both of us in correspondence with them, so it's not just me making the complaint it's both of us. 

Also David has now been banned from 4 premises over it including the Oxford Hotel, where the event happened. I suspect the security company is the same one at all 4 premises. They wouldn't let him in at one pub is how we found this out. Bouncer told him these other venues had him banned (including The Oxford) and so had the pub we were trying to enter. Also to talk with management about it. 

Which I did via email telling this new pub that they were involving themselves in a complaint that is presently being investigated by the anti-discrimination board against the Oxford Hotel. Management completely backed down and said he was really only banned for that night because he was "intoxicated". A lie but I was pleased to know that he wasn't banned indefinitely as the bouncer first said. Victory.

So the lady in the phone yesterday from the anti-discrimination board was very interested in this further event in the case against the Oxford. After talking about it with me for some time she decided that the complaint should now be expanded to include Victimisation.

That's quite an escalation. Doubling the complaints, and adding another violation of the law to the complaint :)

Good job. Nobody should be treated like were were that night, particularly by an inner city Sydney pub. A pub that proclaims gay friendliness and makes bazillions at Mardi Gras time, should not have a six foot tall thug homophobe bouncer at it's main entrance door. After all, they're the ones ultimately responsible for what happened by having such a dense knuckle dragging anger filled moron there.