Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Freedom of the Press Perv

A letter in today's Australian:
ANTHONY Dillon has expressed common sense on the topic of speech about race (“Don’t confuse the right to discuss race matters openly with racial hatred”, 2/6). There is no doubt that the phrase racial hatred has too often been unfairly invoked to the detriment of free speech on issues involving ethnicity. Moreover, defenders of vilification laws rarely acknowledge the importance of free speech and tend to sidestep analysis of the contexts in which speech on race has been unjustly suppressed.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic
The phrase racial hatred, when applied to Nigel Jackson is hardly unfair. As AIJAC noted some years ago
The new Canberra based political journal Australian National Review claims to be the "voice of mainstream conservatism in Australia" and carried Nigel Jackson as their feature columnist in their July 1996 edition. Nigel Jackson is no newcomer to the world of right wing politics. In fact he is one of the leading ideologues of the notorious Australian League of Rights, Australia's lead ing anti-Semitic and racist organisation.

Jackson's most recent work is The Case For David Irving. Published by Veritas Publishing Company, the League of Rights' West ern Australian publishing house, it provides a textual analysis of the international Jewish conspiracy against Mr Irving and how the Holocaust never occurred. Jackson writes "If we value our freedom, we must retain our right to criticise undue Jewish influence in our nation." A claim which he combines with numerous crackpot theories about scheming Jews, international Zionism and of course the old favourite "gas chamber fabrication."
If that sets alarm bells ringing, take a look at Mr Jackson's self published books of collected poetry. Jackson, a former English teacher at Carey Grammar, seems to have an unusual preoccupation with young girls and their sexuality. In The Hare and the Rowan, Mr Jackson dedicates one tract "To My Lesbia":

I spy your breasts from every coign,
A closer union they enjoin:
Your soft and sultry - jungled groin
Press upon my leaping loin.....
And let my thrusting manhood gain
Entry to your lover's lane.

In "Anticipation," dedicated For Eely, he writes:

Your breasts bud every season, and coy
Stubs spring often at your sweater tips;
My hot sculpture moulds with a firm joy
To plumb the wild geyser of your oiled lips.

or in "Ideal Hostess":

Her young breast tipsily lifting
with surprise
Their thickening tips;
Her dress about her hips.

If you want more, take a look at "Tech. Girl at School Swimming Sports," which common decency prevents us from reprinting. At least one parent wrote to the Principal of Carey Baptist Grammar complaining about the "unhealthy emphasis, urging on obsession, with matters sexual" of the HSC English master. Another wrote to the school complaining about his advocacy of racist views to students. Nigel is no longer at Carey, although you can catch him in the pages of the Australian National Review. Don't laugh. His column is called "Intellectual Freedom".

What a sad, sad little man.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bad Terrorist. No Virgins.

A bit of Karaoke before murdering some infidels...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Little Miss Oginy

So here's how it goes.

A sign calling Julia Gillard a witch? Outrage. Speeches in parliament citing a culture of misogyny and demanding Tony Abbott's head. For a sign held by a stranger at a demonstration.

So we should expect similar outrage over this charming placard from last-weekend's demonstration.

Somehow I don't expect Tanya Plibersek and the 'Handbag Hitsquad' getting too worked up about it.

See the idiots in the background wearing (or not) Guy Fawkes masks made famous in the movie V for Vendetta? I wonder if the anti-corporationey types know that every purchase of those masks is money straight to Time Warner, owner of the image.

Update: When "bestselling author" Antony Loewenstein was invited as a speaker to the demo, I was wondering if he'd manage to blame the Australian budget on a Zionist conspiracy. Antony didn't disappoint.
Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have furthered this trend because Labor assisted the groundwork, sharing the same neo-liberal agenda. These politicians mostly go to the same parties, attend the same think-tank events and romance the same reporters. It’s a cosy club that gets a warm reception in the US and Israeli embassies.
and any other Embassy hosting a party or think-tank event. The warm reception is called diplomacy. But a fiendish Zionist conspiracy is so much more exciting, isn't it?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sydney Punctuation Festival

Antony Loewenstein is speaking not once, but three times at the (taxpayer funded) Sydney "Writers" Festival.

Loewenstein's latest blog post promoting this is headlined "On the importance of Twitter as an author and journalist"

Twitter isn't an author or a journalist. Those are both careers which require a basic understanding of punctuation that Loewenstein lacks. When asked by the Sydney Morning Herald, Loewestein wrote, of Twitter:
It allows me to connect with people around the world who I wouldn’t normally speak to – journalists, activists, writers, dissidents, and because I write about issues in the Middle East or issues of immigration detention in Australia, I find invaluable information from writers to refugees to activists who don’t normally have a voice in mainstream media.
That's a single sentence.

Loewenstein adds:
I tweet a lot. But I do have a rule that I don't talk about my personal life, partner, family or where I'm going.
Probably because his own family regard Loewenstein as an embarrassment and nobody is interested in visits to Centrelink and Newtown coffee shops.

I wonder if Loewy's presentation three presentations to the Writers Festival will pack the room as hard as he did in his address to the "Australian Society of Authors" which even managed to clear the stage.

That shopping bag didn't buy a ticket.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Found in Translation

Antony Loewenstein is delighted that his (ahem) best-seller is available in the Arab World.
I’m told the book is available in most Arab countries.
Nearly one in every three Arabs is illiterate. It's a perfect fit!

Antony, famous for silencing any dissent on his blog boasts:
I’m happy that this title continues to generate debate in the Arab world where a dissident Jewish, atheist voice isn’t too often heard.
In some Arab countries, Jews are forbidden from entering the country. In others, they are simply massacred. No wonder they aren't heard from. There's not many atheists elsewhere who would simultaneously describe themselves as Jewish either.

As for the "debate" being generated by his book?
In 2013 my first book My Israel Question was translated and published in Arabic by the Lebanese-based publisher All Prints. The name was changed to Cases Against Israel.
The Arabs have answered his Israel Question well and truly. HIs original publishers Melbourne University Press apparently couldn't. 


Monday, March 10, 2014

Allah Einstein

A batshit-crazy learned Iranian cleric has claimed that Albert Einstein was a Muslim.
Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja'far Al-Sadiq, an eighth-century Shi'i imam. 
In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, "a process which was faster than the speed of light," he realized "this is the very same relativity movement that Einstein had understood."
Even his name sounds Muslim! It was obvious.

I guess this is one way to prop up the otherwise practically non-existent intellectual output from the Arab-Muslim world. The site's down at present but Masada2000 noted:
There are a mere 12 Million Jews in the entire world yet they have received 185 Nobel Prizes. 
The Muslims number 1.4 Billion, or 117 times the number of Jews! Based upon this 117:1 Muslim-to-Jewish ratio, one might expect the Muslims to have 24,920 Nobel Laureates.
They have nine! and one of them [Arafat] was a murderer
  They've just added a tenth. Albert Einstein.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Merciful Muslims

A Christian man was captured by Muslims in Syria. He was forced to recite the Shahada and convert to Islam. As a reward for this, they mercifully decided not to shoot him.
(Warning: Graphic content)

Smug, Aren't They?

A letter in today's Sydney Morning Herald
Herald readers have been too polite so far, but I’ll say it. Bogan-land is a borderless area occupied by Daily Telegraph readers. 
Alan Carruthers Artarmon
I'm not sure if Mr Carruthers has picked up a copy of the Tele in the last decade, but as someone who reads three newspapers daily, I can say that had he read today's he would have seen every single one of the letters therein were far more relevant to the readership than the banal attempts at wit filling space in the Silly.

Yes, ten years ago the Tele was typically full of spelling errors in the brief section that wasn't the sport of the form guide. However many remaining Herald readers seem to have missed the substantial decline in calibre of that publication over the years.

Meanwhile, startup lefty publication The Saturday Paper has (literally) plastered these signs all over the inner-city.

Murdoch runs newspapers without the vandalism of private property.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Space. The Final Fatwa.

Time Magazine reports:
A religious watchdog in the United Arab Emirates has issued a fatwa against traveling to Mars with Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp’s project Mars One.
So no Illudium Q-36 Explosive Infidel Modulator then.

The organization, General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE), has likened the voyage to committing suicide, something that is forbidden according to Islam.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You have Two Choices

Booked a flight on Jetstar recently. After scrolling through lots of unwanted 'upsells', car-hire, travel insurance, food onboard I was asked if I wanted to pay for the big one:
Please indicate if you would like to offset the carbon emissions for your trip before continuing 
The two options given were: "No thanks" and "Yes please". Very polite to be sure but missing a third option: "Absolutely not, are you kidding?"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Where do I Sign?

  • Permanent full-time position, salary package up to $91,640 pa
The Greens NSW (GNSW) is seeking an individual with a wide range of skills. The Executive Officer is a newly created position. It will be the most senior employed position in the NSW Greens. It is not a political position, or a party spokesperson position. It is an executive and managerial role.
Plus you get to hang out with Sarah Hanson-Young and talk about TV shows.