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Friday, 14th December 2018

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... if they disagree we'll just stick "phobic" on the end of it

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Xenophobic, homophobic, theophobic, islamophobic, etc and if those stigmatic titles don’t make you back off, there’s the old reliable favourites “racist”, “misogynist” and “bigot”. All are attack words in the armoury of the Left and they sure beat the hell out of constructing a reasoned argument to challenge an alternative view.

Phobia is a fear of something, so I can’t be homophobic (“homo” means “same” and I’m not fearful of the same) that simply doesn’t make sense. 

I can’t be Islamophobic because I’m certainly not fearful of Islam. I’d like to ban it and I’d like to bulldoze a few mosques. I’d also like to get hold of a military helicopter (which I’m still licensed to fly) and strafe those bloody Islamic State bastards to kingdom come. 

That’s not a phobia is it? It’s more like a blind rage I reckon.

I can’t think of one thing the Left has managed to do successfully, it consistently fails because its heart rules its head. But the Left now finds itself silenced and lost in a fog of ambiguity; things are becoming too complicated for its simplistic ideology and it's interesting watching how it wrestles with some glaring contradictions.

The Left supports women’s rights but remains silent on Islamic genital mutilation and female subjugation. 

It supports the global warming mantra but is silent when the Himalayas don’t melt, seas don’t rise, Antarctic ice increases, and temperatures remain the same.

It supports the downtrodden but opposes our attempt to repel the Islamic State. 

It denounces Christian paedophilia but is silent on Islamic paedophilia. 

Well, I’m a devout atheist (and an agnostic) but at the risk of appearing Islamophobic, here’s the difference between Islamic and Christian paedophilia: 

We try to stamp out paedophilia within our Christian institutions while Islam glorifies the vile practice embedded within its Sharia law. Again not a word of protest from the Left.

Christian parishioners don’t march with placards demanding the right to practise paedophilia but Islamic adherents march to protest their right to practise despicable Sharia law in which paedophilia is embedded.

Christian parishioners don’t protest in our streets demanding we adopt Christianity under the threat of decapitation. Is this not so, or am I missing something here?

I see the Hillsong Church suffering exposure in the Royal Commission, but not the Lakemba Mosque. 

I see Cardinal George Pell publicly disgraced but not Sheikh Hilalay.

Christ said a lot of good things but he also said some bloody stupid things like, “the meek shall inherit the earth”. 

That’s not the way it works... are you listening Tony Abbott?


You just passed judgement on the entire male population of Afghanistan. Indeed of every Muslim male on the planet. It beggar's belief.

Typical figures worldwide for refugees. Humanitarian aid is not cheap. Still can't see how it inconveniences you personally. Ringer, given the opportunity, would you employ an Afghan?

I assume the 'preferred treatment' you are referring to is the Centrelink issue. Did you find the source of your quote? But I get what you're saying. "Australians are good, Muslims are bad, they should not be allowed here". The fact that some people, any people, commit vile acts is never a valid reason to discriminate against all of them on the basis of religion or whatever, it's simple minded and dangerous logic. If there are 250 suspected child brides let the authorities deal with it, I'd be focusing my attention on the other thousands of happy children who live here in peace and safety, I'd be proud as an Australian that my country could provide this for them, at next to no inconvenience to me or you personally.

Thanks mate, 600-700 is terrible figure, a single case would be one too many. I tried to find more accurate numbers but they are all very unreliable. It's not practised by all Muslims, mostly African and Egyptian nations I think. Interesting that Melbourne Women's hospital brings in imams to explain to the women that the practice is not actually required by Islam.

I couldn't be bothered looking for stats on dole bludgers, we both know they exist. Muslim, Christian, Atheist and Presbyterian dole bludgers may or may not have contributed to the country. And having a parent who has paid tax is not a requirement for eligibility.

A single child bride is one too many, your figure of 250 is disturbing.

Your Centrelink quote re polygamy payments seems to come from a report by Ann Black and Kerrie Sadiq, not Centrelink, I may be wrong. Where did you find it? The only thing I found to support it was in Australian Family law legislation, there are provisos for aboriginal polygamy. Maybe this is the loophole those 20 muslim guys found?

Expert on Islam? Absolutely not!

They are denied centreline payments for multiple partners already. There have been about 20 documented cases of Muslims that abused centrelink that I could find. They don’t all do it, not by a long shot. How many white dole bludgers do you reckon are out there?

If there isn’t already crackdown on young girls being sent over, then as soon as possible I’d hope. How many per week do you think are being sent over?

They don’t castrate females, but what they do do is unthinkable. How many of these are performed in Australia on a weekly basis do you reckon?

That misogyny rant by Gillard was the most disgusting display of lying, and gutter tactics and it defined what sort of grub Julia was and is.

History will show that "Doing a Julia" Equates to.... (Lying your Fucking Arse Off.) Never in the history of this Country have we had to endure such unethical, lowest standards by a piece of filth that became PM due to deception. That tart did a deal with the Greens & the so called Independents, prior to the election. We should introduce a day where it is permissible to urinate on her... unless she was on fire.

They think differently alright, they believe that your hard earned is for distribution - to themselves firstly, their mates next, etc, etc. That's the Marxist way.

Larry, mostly agree. A DEVOUT ATHEIST even an AGNOSTIC ? , you'll have to make up your mind mate. An Atheist is one who says there is NO God but since you are finite you can't actually rule out God's existence. An Agnostic on the other hand is one who doesn't know. Therefore Agnosticism is the only legitimate alternative to Belief ! I wouldn't dismiss Jesus' sermon on the mount, He certainly was "meek", after all He came as the Lamb of God. He certainly was not weak or timid however. Who amongst us would willingly endure what He did to save a friend. John 3:16." For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." He has and will inherit the earth, best be ready.

Missing the point mate, I never said I wanted Sharia law. All I'm pointing out is that you are judging the many by the few. In any case, what I said is most certainly not bullshit.

Argentina and Wall Street’s Vulture Funds: “Economic Terrorism” and the Western Financial System

“Today you pretend making a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but in fact you’re their allies,”

Those are the frank words by Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, the Argentinian President, spoken in a calm and secure voice at the UN General Assembly last Friday, 3 October 2014.

Similarly, she referred to the western financial system as economic terrorism, as in vultures – the vulture funds that thanks to New York judge Griesa have put Argentina – a solvent country, willing and capable of paying their debt, in default. He ruled that the vulture funds, Griesa’s clients and paymasters, needed to be paid in full, i.e. 100%, equal to US$ 1.5 billion, when close to 93% of all creditors agreed on a restructured reimbursement rate of about 20%.

Without any international right to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country, Griesa would allow the vultures reaping in a profit margin well in excess of 1,000%. — Paul Singer, king of the ‘vulture capitalists’, knows no merci. He is in bed with Wall Street and Griesa – and with whomever other financial hooligans who share his greedy endeavors. Greed is their prayer. It’s knocked around the world. Exploits poor nations, makes them poorer, and keeps them dependent on the powers of money, being well aware that the poor are too weak to defend themselves.

Except for Argentina. Her able President Cristina Fernandez, speaks not only for her country, when she talks about victims of economic and financial terrorism, but for all those African, Latin American and Asian countries which are oppressed by the killing boots of Wall Street and the IMF. It cannot be said often enough – the IMF is a mere extended arm of the US Treasury and the FED.

Vulture capitalism exerted by these usual villains and the European Central Bank, a mere puppet of Wall Street and led by a former Wall Street banker, are responsible for the economic collapse of the western economy. They have driven countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain – and lately also Ukraine – into misery.

They have stolen their social safety nets, pensions, employment, housing, education, health care, water supply and other public infrastructure – by privatizing public capital for their private benefits. They could do so thanks to the connivance of corrupt leaders they first put in place with sham elections – or no elections at all.

Case in point is Greece, where the Parliament decided to dismiss the socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou, who attempted to launch a referendum in December 2011, asking the people whether they wanted the troika’s (IMF, ECB, European Commission) imposed second ‘rescue’ package of € 130 billion (after a first one on € 110 billion) that would drastically increase Greece’s sovereign debt and force literally a killer austerity program upon its people. At the onset of the manufactured crisis, in May 2008, Greece’s debt to GDP ratio was a manageable 105%. In 2014 the ratio is 175%.

Under the structural adjustment program social health care was basically abolished. Many cancer and other chronically ill patients were deprived of their free medical attendance, unemployed and destitute could not afford to pay full price for their medication and treatment – and quietly died.

Under extreme pressure from Germany and France – the infamous tandem Sarkozy / Merkel called Papandreou to meeting in Nice at the beginning of November 2011, literally ordering him to withdraw the referendum – or else. Papandreou went home, canceled the referendum on 3 November and resigned. He was promptly replaced by Parliament – without a public vote – by the neoliberal Lucas Papademos, former deputy head of the ECB and – a former Goldman Sachs executive, who allowed the dance of debt and destruction to continue.

Argentina would not allow such financial terrorism on its shores – not since they dared to counter the economically suffocating peso-dollar parity in 2001, allowing the country to start breathing and growing again; a highly distributive GDP growth allowing to cut poverty from above 60% in 2001to below 10% today.

The same escape from the western kleptomania was – and still is – open to Greece and all those southern European countries in the fangs of greed capitalism. But their leaders and finance ministers are goose stepping to the financial marching orders of Washington’s money masters, Wall Street, FED and IMF.

Ms. Fernandez did not mince her words. She also talked openly about western military terrorism, “You killed many innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan under the name of war against terrorism,” or as the new refrain goes – “Making war for Peace”. She referred to the West in general and to Washington in particular, for whom war and conflicts, weapons sales, is a means of economic survival, as the US economy depends to more than 50% on the military / security industrial complex and related industries and services.

Shamefully, many western leaders and representatives left the assembly hall when Ms. Fernandez spoke, of fear they may be associated with her views if they listened to her calling a spade a spade. Perhaps they feared the ridiculous western sanctions, if they don’t behave. It is sad to see spineless world leaders; so-called leaders (sic), who bend over backwards to please the powers that utterly exploit them, stealing their natural resources, putting their people and the environment in peril.

A terrorist is whoever does not conform to the western doctrine, whoever insists on national sovereignty – whoever defends their national interests over the voracious interference of Washington and its European puppets – and their killing bulldozer, NATO.

The UN should make it an obligation and expression of mutual respect that every country leader and representative attending the UN General Assembly must listen to all the speeches. Each country has a message to give – a message that in one way or another concerns all of us, as we are all connected as humans in a solidary union, regardless of political alliances.

The latest economic terrorism inflicted on Russia by the US supported Wall Street et al financial cabal is the down manipulation of the ruble vs the US dollar and other ‘western’ currencies. The ruble has lost 22% of its value since the beginning of 2014 and 15% in the last quarter alone. Call it ‘sanctions’ – if you will – for not bending to the political demands of Washington on Ukraine. The western MSM would like you to believe it has to do with the chaos and continuous murderous atrocities in Ukraine’s Donbass area, for which – of course – Russia is made the culprit, not Kiev’s gang of thugs, a Nazi government, created and funded by Obama and his western puppets.

Russia is now forced to buy dollars and Euros – what they least want and need – to stabilize her currency, the ruble. Buying dollars – playing even more into the sledgehammer of the empire – is certainly the last thing Russia wants to do. Currency manipulation is only possible due to the predatory US dollar system, where all international transactions have to be channeled through Wall Street and cleared through the privately owned BIS – Bank for International Settlements, whose owners are a similar lot of financial shenanigans as are those owning the FED. The expected outcome is a devalued ruble, shunned by investors.Little do they know that this usual western shortsightedness is but accelerating the process of Russia and China issuing a new combined currency, delinked form the dollar-euro fiat money and its SWIFT exchange system. In fact, it has already begun. The Central Bank of China has recently offered a hand to the EU, inviting the Euro as one of several currencies that will no longer need the western clearing system for transactions with China.President Fernandez puts the finger right on the wound when she refers to the entire western monetary system as vulture economics. She knows that such an economy is bound to falter and be replaced – gradually as may be – by one that is based on fairness, integrity and that respects nations’ sovereignty.

Peter Koenig is an economist and former World Bank staff. He worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, the Voice of Russia, now Ria Novosti, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe.

Bullshit Brim. Muslims are a threat to the very basis of our Australian society. Requiring food producers to pay for and conform to Halal is a start. Stopping ham and bacon pork meats being sold to school tuckshops is another. Fit in or F***k off. We did not ask this mob to come here nor do we want them to force change on our societies values or customs. Want Sharia law go back to the ME.

I made no assumptions, merely observations.

The idea of a caliphate is not a part of mainstream Islamic thought. There is more chance of a Christian theocracy in Australia than a Muslim one.

Your assumption that all Muslims subvert women's rights is simply untrue.

Your assumption that all Muslims do not fit in to Australian law and culture is also untrue.

Islamophobia is "Hatred or fear of Muslims or of their politics and culture" or "Dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force."

Like all phobias it constitutes a prejudice arising from a false preconception and prevents objective consideration of a situation.

Well EVERY Branch of Every Religion has one thing in common;
They ALL believe that wWe are living in "The END of Days" or "The End Times"
And I would prefer to think there is going to be a Better World Tomorrow than Oblivion.
How could Man have come so far only to wind up as Ash on a Cinder Planet in Space?

How do you know you aren't described NUTS by these same people who think differently to what you do ?

Yes, it's a bit sally, is it seafood?

Would NUTS be a more suitable description?

Come over here and suck a bit of wood. That tastes like tree Well yeeess.

How about ; "Out of this world" , that is so much more quaint .

Sure, NUTS is a more suitable description.