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Random Note — The ABC, public decency and Caroline Overington

It’s not about finger wagging or the nanny state. And it’s most definitely not about free speech as she tries to frame it. It’s about basic standards and decency in public and particularly on the public airwaves. Its about time and place. We can all be pretty sweary at times but I suggest most people cringe when it comes to the public airwaves.

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Random Note — Ungovernable shit-holes. Why, of course. Why didn’t I think of that? What could possibly go wrong?

Having made their own countries ungovernable kleptocracies and shit-holes they want to franchise the concept to the rest of the world. Thanks but no thanks. What’s worse there are those in the West who think that this is a good idea and want to help them. “..Around half of people in Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, and South Africa, and three quarters of those questioned in Ghana and Nigeria, want to immigrate to the U.S. or Europe, according to a study by Pew Research Centre published Thursday. Researchers found that it is not just poverty or terror (notably committed by Boko Haram [Islamic State] in Nigeria and al-Qaeda in West Africa) that is driving mass migration, but because Africans want to imitate their friends and relatives who have already successfully illegally immigrated to Europe…”

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Random Note — Virtue signalling, debating and white privilege (whatever that is)

What we’re dealing with is nothing less than cultural Marxism, red in tooth and claw. The agenda is not only about creating a diffuse and diverse debating environment and embedding a permanent, ongoing, rolling apology for skin colour, but about totally vandalising, trashing, wrecking and hobbling those institutions not already marched through in the cultural Marxist long march. Today it’s nurses. Tomorrow it’ll be ambos and fire and rescue and other first responders. From there it will snowball and sweep all before it including our judicial officers, politicians and other public figures and institutions declaring their white privilege and incorporating it into the opening and closing proceedings of every thing from parliament and major sporting events like football grand finals, right through to suburban school assemblies and speech nights to sit alongside the fony, Ernie Dingo inspired, Welcome to Country

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Random Note — Renewables

It’s become something of a cheap, throwaway and clichéd description but those that adhere to the fiction and fantasy of renewables being the great panacea for their climate change neurosis have been overtaken by some form of Stockholm Syndrome. The lead weight of their green and renewable ideology out weighs and clouds their ability to think clearly and rationally and in the face of all the empirical evidence, undertake the most basic, on the spot, mental cost benefit analysis. The reason is because to do so would expose them to facts contrary to their beliefs and that just cant be allowed. For example Australia accounts for just 1.5 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. And according to the International Energy Agency and the Climate Council of Australia, the national RET resulted in just 0.0004 per cent less emissions a year on average from 2001 to 2014.” The tragic gullibility of the believers has resulted in succumbing to the same mass hysteria and groupthink that drove 900 followers of cult leader Jim Jones to sip the Kool Aid in the mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana in 1978.

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Random Note — Population

Are we a zombie economy just blithely staggering along relying on perpetual population growth to fuel, drive and turbo charge the economy? Is that it? Is that all there is? The sum total that stands between economic success and failure? The one aspect of infrastructure that I have hardly heard mentioned at all is the water supply. Sydney for example is serviced by Warragamba Dam which was completed in 1960 when Sydney’s population was just over 2.1 million. Today Sydney’s population has more than doubled to 5.3 million but our water supply as remained as it was in 1960. At some point demand will exceed supply. That will be further exacerbated by a major drought. We’ve seen this movie before and the Kurnell desal plant is not going to be able to take up the slack for 5 million inhabitants living in the Sydney basin.

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On Tariffs, Hold the Hysteria — John Hinderaker, Powerline blog

President George W. Bush imposed tariffs of up to 30% on steel in 2002. They remained in effect for more than a year. And Ronald Reagan restricted imports of steel in 1984, and later imposed a 100% tariff on some Japanese electronic products. And it isn’t as though tariffs and import quotas have become extinct. Imported clothing is subject to tariffs averaging 10% to 15%. This is all about President Trump, of course. If Trump came out for a big increase in the minimum wage, the Washington Post would suddenly realize that it would increase unemployment among minority youths.

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High Horse Notes — Giles Auty, Spectator

Karl Marx had a particular hatred of Catholicism which he correctly perceived as the bulwark of Western civilisation most likely to thwart his plans. As Paul Kengor states appropriately in his recent book Takedown: from communists to progressives how the Left has sabotaged family and marriage: ‘Communism begins where atheism begins. They were all interconnected: communism, atheism, abolition of religion, abolition of marriage, abolition of the family – all peas in the same pod. It is my belief that anyone with even half a brain could not have voted for SSM if they had read Kengor’s excellent book before voting. Luckily for us, however, true intellectuals still exist in our world who can cut through the all-enveloping moral haze created by post-modernism, neo-Marxism and all its other basically communist derivatives.

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