Monday, 16 October 2017

Latest desperate add by ACL against marriage equality (video)


Despite the fact that all their other adds have been roundly condemned as scare mongering of what might happen if David and I marry (fear of gay "consequences") the Australian christian Lobby still hasn't changed tactics. They still go on that if David and I marry there will be some kind of "radical" sex education in schools.

I have a daughter soon to be 27. David doesn't have kids. We have nothing to do with sex education in schools. Nothing

BTW, this latest video has comments disabled. What about freedom of speech then?

 

Lest we forget....

During this time of the postal survey with all the bigot christians now feeling the right to hate the fuck out of us LGBT online, it's time to remember what christianity did to us  in WW2. We've been called everything under the sun in Australia in recent years because of our ongoing struggle for equality, by people who profess christianity. And yes we've even been called Nazi's, by Lyle Shelton as the head of the Australian christian Lobby and the late cartoonist Bill Leak.

However we should remember that the Nazi's got the support of German christians. Nazis even went to church and considered themselves as christian. Most of German christianity got on board with Hitler and his concentration camps. Gays were rounded up and imprisoned in said concentration camps and killed.

How ironic it is now that those who profess christianity such as the Australian christian Lobby are now accusing us of being like Nazis :s 
A growing body of scholarly research, some based on careful analysis of Nazi records, is clarifying this complex history.[2] It reveals a convoluted pattern of religious and moral failure in which atheism and the nonreligious played little role, except as victims of the Nazis and their allies. In contrast, Christianity had the capacity to stop Nazism before it came to power, and to reduce or moderate its practices afterwards, but repeatedly failed to do so because the principal churches were complicit with—indeed, in the pay of—the Nazis. 


Most German Christians supported the Reich; many continued to do so in the face of mounting evidence that the dictatorship was depraved and murderously cruel. Elsewhere in Europe the story was often the same. Only with Christianity’s forbearance and frequent cooperation could fascistic movements gain majority support in Christian nations. European fascism was the fruit of a Christian culture. Millions of Christians actively supported these notorious regimes. Thousands participated in their atrocities. Church and State  

The late Bill Leak legacy

Lyle Shelton reluctant to tell me if he's still a National party member?


Lyle Shelton keeps popping up on my Twitter feed with outrage against his posts by all and sundry. I however have decided a different tact and every time he show's up I reply to him asking the below question. 

It's a fair enough question. Has Shelton resigned from the National party in becoming head of the Australian Christian Lobby? One would assume so. Simple Question. So far he's not responded. Maybe he's just very busy and hasn't time to look at all the Twitter comments on his posts? That would seem a bit remiss to me.

He was of course a political advisor to Barnaby Joyce for a time after losing the 2006 state election seat of Toowoomba.

 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

NZ TV show mocks antigay marriage haters in Australia (video)


The Project show in New Zealand has taken the piss at all the Shelton type Australian doomsayers that fear the "consequences" of David and I marrying. New Zealand is of course known for it's extremely dry tongue in cheek humour. 

 

Friday, 13 October 2017

No voters protest a same sex couple's relationship outside their home (video)


More love from the christians....

Just when you thought Shelton supporters couldn't get any lower, there's this. It's hard to believe that anyone would go to such ridiculous lengths to express their opposition to marriage equality. Respectful debate my ass. This is intimidation and bullying.

I must again thank Turnbull for this. The sooner this postal survey is over the better.

 

I'm going to be a grandfather :)


Got a visit from my daughter today who gave the news that she's a few weeks pregnant and I was going to be a grandfather. She's only 27 next month so I don't see any problems at all with the pregnancy. I congratulated her and said the best thing about being a grandfather is you can hand the baby back when they need changing :)

So how's that? I'll be a grandfather at 56.  

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Now Turnbull gov is coming after middle income "Howard battlers" (video)


Whilst those unfortunate enough as I have had to rely on a welfare pittance to survive below the poverty line, the gov has gone about demonising us as welfare cheats bludging off taxpayers. Many in agreement with that are middle income people who work very hard for their money (as I did for 30 years full time before I became ill) who get sucked in to the gov rhetoric that those on welfare are just bludging off the system whilst they go to work to pay for it.

Simplistic logic but it works for a lot of people. The notion that working people shouldn't stand idly by whilst the gov puts the boot in to the most vulnerable Australians seems to escape them. 

However what also seems to have escaped them is that if the gov can rip $4 billion dollars out of the poorest Australians, and they don't stand up for them, who is the gov going to go after next? If they get away with it with us, who's to say who'll they'll try it on with next?

Well it turns out that now the gov has done just that. They're now kicking Howard's battlers. As with us on welfare being gouged $4 billion as the gov wants $50 billion in tax cuts for corporations that pay fuck all tax anyway, the so called Howard Battlers will bear the highest brunt of that in tax increases.

I feel like saying I told you so.

 

Lyle Shelton was a National party candidate - 2006 QLD state election

Campaign headquarters, 2006
The link between the Australian Christian Lobby and the Liberal/National Coalition is now complete. Lyle Shelton going so far as to run as a candidate in Toowoomba in the 2006 Queensland state election. After failing at that he spent time being a political advisor to Barnaby Joyce. No wonder the Lieberals give him a voice on the national stage, despite the ACL in 2016 having only 11 full time staff.

Amazing what a bit of digging can turn up. First there was this synopsis of Shelton's life advertising his last month's speaking engagement at "Life City Church" against marriage equality: 
About Lyle Shelton
A journalist by profession, Lyle began his career working for regional and farming newspapers in Queensland. He was later appointed Group Commodities Editor for Rural Press Limited, based in Melbourne, Victoria. After six years in journalism, Lyle returned to his home town of Toowoomba to serve as youth pastor at Toowoomba City Church.


In 2000, he was elected to the Toowoomba City Council and was re-elected in 2004. He contested to the 2006 Queensland State election as a candidate for the National Party but was not successful. After a short stint as a political advisor to Queensland Senators Ron Boswell and Barnaby Joyce, Lyle was approached to apply for the position of Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby. In 2007 he and his family moved to Canberra where he served in this position for the next six years. In 2013 he was appointed Managing Director of ACL. Lyle is married to Wendy and they have four children. Life City Church
I'd heard bits and pieces about him being a National party candidate, so I dug further. He contested the Toowoomba seat in the 2006 state election. Above is a picture outside his campaign headquarters which I found on Flickr.

Also, the ABC Queensland election site for 2006 has a description of both candidates:
Main Candidates 
Sitting Labor MP Kerry Shine was a local solicitor before his election to Parliament. He was the Labor candidate in this normally unwinnable seat in 1998, and probably did not expect to win at his second attempt in 2001, and may even have been surprised to increase his margin by more than 5% in 2004. His National Party opponent is Toowoomba City Councillor Lyle Shelton, who was serving his second term on the Council until forced to stand down by the Beattie government's law that prevents sitting councillors holding their seats while running for state Parliament. He played a prominent part in the 'No' case at the recent Toowoomba sewage re-cycling referendum. ABC
So there you have it. Lyle Shelton was a card carrying member and candidate of the QLD National party. I do wonder after that, is Shelton still a member of the National Party? Whatever the case is, he's definitely not an independent voice but a stooge of the far right in the gov. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Europe takes the piss on US gun addiction (viral video)


After Las Vegas's gun massacre the consensus here is pretty much, well it's just going to keep happening over there because they won't change their laws. Seriously, if a classroom of school kids being shot at doesn't change anything then nothing will. As usual the sale of guns went up after Las Vegas.

This European video (Dutch but the skit is English) I suspect is more out of frustration that we keep seeing fellow human beings shot down senselessly over there, particularly those of us after Pulse who are LGBT. Everyone offers meaningless "thoughts and prayers" but nothing ever changes. WTF is wrong with US people? It's like they've got some ideological disease.

Of course Australia hasn't had a gun Massacre for over 20 years, since the gun laws were changed after Port Author. 

 

Abbott - internet is "video entertainment system" not deserving $50billion (video 2010)


I've posted this before but as the internet gets progressively worse with huge demand for streaming video such as Netflix, it's worth looking back to 2010 when Abbott was then opposition leader to the Labor gov. Labor was then rolling out fibre to the premises with a high end capacity for 1Gbps across Australia. 

Abbott in this video describes the internet as nothing more than a "video  entertainment system" not worthy of spending $50 billion on. He even goes on to say it'd be better spent on things that he and Turnbull have slashed funding for drastically, particularly hospitals. (He's also on record as describing social media as nothing more than "electronic graffiti"). 

So instead of a cheap minimum 100Mbps with fibre to the premises (as is now being rolled out across the Tasman in New Zealand) the opposition came up with something that maybe would just cope with the internet in 2010. Today this is what they're still rolling out now in 2017. Those unfortunate enough to get the outdated fibre to the node are stuck with slow speeds of only 25Mbps, if that. 

The Lieberal ignorance of technology will cost billions to fix over time. And it will have to be fixed. What many are getting would be barely able to cope with the internet in 2010, let alone today. This is why the Australian internet infrastructure build has turned in to what has been described as a "national tragedy".

What's more the Turnbull plan has already blown out to over $50 billion anyway, what Labor had budgeted with fibre to the premises. In fact Turnbull has had to buy so much copper to fix the old phone system infrastructure that there's debate about whether he's increased the world price of copper in doing so.

 

Anglican church created to redefine marriage, gives $1 million to No campaign

Link

Hypocrisy alert!

Not to mention the irony. The Anglican church was created in England so a British king (Henry the 8th) could marry outside of the hallowed Catholic church. King Henry basically gave the Catholic church the finger and created his own church and got married in it; the Anglican church. Effectively changing the religious definition of marriage.
The leader of a church that was only created so that King Henry VIII could remarry to another woman without having to cut his wife’s head off, have today declared they are not in support of changing the legal definition of marriage in Australia. 


 The Coalition for Marriage has confirmed the No campaign received a $1 million donation from the Anglican Diocese of Sydney to help fund the case against same sex marriage – which would result in a drastic addition of three new words to The Marriage Act. 


 The donation was publicly announced by Archbishop Glenn Davies in his address to the 51st Synod earlier today — a meeting of all the churches in the Sydney Diocese — but was made about a month ago – around about the same time Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was being criticised by Christian politicians for publicly backing the rights of 70% of his staff who are currently unable to get married. Betooda Advocate   

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

"Love is in the air" - John Paul Young, Taylor Square SSM concert (video)


The other day they had a marriage equality concert in the heart of gay Sydney Taylor Square. John Paul Young was there and sang "Love is in the air".

 

US far right involved in Australian postal survey for No side - invasion of privacy concerns

Clients of uCampaign
How is that even legal? How can a foreign power be allowed to exert influence over a domestic Australian survey run by the Bureau of Statistics? Americans are crying foul about Russian influence in their presidential election, but now the Yanks are doing the same thing to Australia. The app released even uses miles and yards instead of kilometres and metres.

Fuck off Yanks and mind your own bloody business! Keep your nose out of our elections. It's bad enough that ever Australian far right loony gets to "have their say" on our lives, let alone those fuckwits in the US too.

An email sent from the Equality campaign explains:
We’ve known for a while now that the ‘no’ campaign has some big backers from the right in the USA. But last week we had it confirmed.


The 'no' campaign have launched their ‘Freedom Team’ app. According to the Sydney Morning Herald the app was developed for them by “American company Political Social Media LLC, trading as uCampaign, which built apps for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Brexit's "Vote Leave" and the powerful National Rifle Association.” [1] The app prompts ‘no’ supporters to visit the homes of undecided voters.


The ‘no’ campaign have already received help from right wing sources in the USA. Republican-linked US pollster WPA Intelligence has been targeting households with robocalls which the Australian Market and Social Research Society described as “push polling” for the ‘no’ campaign.


All of this can’t have been cheap.


Let me level with you. We don’t have this kind of backing. We never expected to – but we also didn’t think the ‘no’ side would be linked so heavily to the American right.


The ‘no’ campaign have been 100% negative and have tried to talk about anything but marriage equality, while our YES campaign has been 100% positive and talked about a fairer Australia.


We don’t need to match the ‘no’ campaign. But we do need to make sure our campaign can reach those YES supporters who haven’t yet posted their YES.


We’re doing that through highly effective online advertising aimed at getting YES supporters who haven’t posted yet posted their form to get their YES vote in the mail.


Can you help us continue to message these voters?
You can donate to the equality campaign here

The Sydney Morning Herald has more. If you thought a random text message was invasive, get a load of this. If this isn't an invasion of anyone's privacy then I don't know what is:
Among the features of the "Freedom Team" app, launched Wednesday evening, is a tool that maps the home addresses of people whom the Coalition for Marriage says have not yet engaged with the campaign. 


 "The app will provide turn by turn directions to your nearest neighbour who is yet to hear from the campaign," the Coalition told supporters in an email. "And it will give you talking points for when you get to the door." 


The design means people's home addresses are supplied to thousands of potential doorknockers. After visiting the home, users can mark the resident as "not home", "refused", "bad info" or "survey", indicating they have been interviewed. 


 It was not clear how the list of addresses was generated. The Coalition for Marriage said the data it used came from the Australian census and the government's freely available Geocoded National Address File. 


The app was clunky when tested on Thursday. Fairfax Media was able to mark a resident as "not home" or "refused" without actually traveling to the address, although the app required the user to be within 18 yards (16 metres) of the home to actually commence a "survey" (the app measures distance in imperial units including yards and miles). 

 As with uCampaign's products in the US, the Freedom Team app attempts to "gamify" the campaign by creating a social network and allocating "action points" to users for each activity or referral they undertake. Sydney Morning Herald
  What's more, they're using the archaic old US imperial system of miles and yards. Miles and yards? Only in America, not Australia. This imported app has no place in our country or our democracy. Imagine if this was a federal election and this was happening. There'd rightly be an uproar. Why is it OK to do it in a survey of Australians about our lives?

Cat Pride :)

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Here they all are, our little cat pride luxuriating together on the beloved pink blanket.

Zac is close to his little mate Cloe who he's really taken under his paw (two left cats). Natasha seems to have taken it on herself to teach Casper and keep him in line. He's got a few biffs on the head with her paw now and then.

We found out Natasha is younger than we thought. David rang the vet where she was fixed and microchiped and it turns out she's only a bit under 14. Said to David that's a big miscalculation, 4 years :s  

MP Matt Canavan confronted by gay man over SSM - Q&A (video)


Gov minister Matt Canavan (who's still waiting for the high court to rule if he's even eligible to be in parliament because he's a dual citizen) appeared on last night's Q&A and was confronted by a gay man over the whole marriage equality survey. In particular his comment that gays should "grow a spine" in the debate.

Of course he had the usual argument from the No camp of being persecuted and censored by the Yes people, sheesh. Then he said said how terrible it was that LGBT people dared to point out the high rates of suicide among young LGBT, feigning outrage that people lives could be used to gain political points. Needless to say he didn't do the No side any favours.

Perhaps the best point was made near the very end by the gay audience member:
But Canavan’s comments didn’t hold much sway with the questioner, who went on to ask why we needed to conduct the postal survey – rather than a parliamentary vote – in the first place.


“We’ve lived in a democracy for more than a hundred years,” he said. “Why does this one ‘debate’ as you call it… need a different brand of democracy to any other law that we’ve ever passed?” Junkee
Of course we all know the answer to that.....