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Saturday, 21st April 2018

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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.

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You would think that religion would be dead by now, given its degree of self harm. But in some quarters it is thriving, despite child abuse, murderous rampages, two-State quandaries, re-siting of embassies, jihadism, a fruit loop Pope, endless Arab Springs/Winters, and governments without morals!

Why then are we celebrating ancient Pagan rabbit-and-egg Spring festivities that have no relationship to Christ? Well, it’s something to do with how we were raised. Christians are as unchangeable as are Muslims and that’s why the Catholic Church wants your children until they are seven and you can do with them what you want after that, they will remain Catholic. 

They will have been "branded", told they were “baptised” before they could say the word, and there’s not a damned thing they can do about it! I mean the Catholic Church isn’t interested in running cake shops, but running schools is indispensable to the cause of fashioning young minds in Catholic concrete.

Christ died on a cross, yes okay, but as for the rest of the tale I have no time for the supernatural and although you Christians try to reform me, I promise I won’t try to reform you… mainly because I don’t think Christianity is a bad thing. Nonsense maybe, but a stencil upon which people can conduct their lives. And it has to be better than Islam, because to worship something, anything, is a human need.

Christianity is a pretty dodgy glue that helps societies to adhere to a set of principles. Many will say it’s the Ten Commandments, but that’s definitely not true. 

  The Jews needed something other than money to worship when Moses shot through

The Ten Commandments were given to Moses and written by the finger of "his God" on two stone tablets, on top of a volcanic Mount Sinai, as the story goes, but these commandments were intended only for the very naughty Jews… they were Mosaic laws and have little relationship to Christ who came along eons later.

Nonetheless, Mohammed was a Johnny-come-lately when compared to Abraham’s ancient Jews, who needed to worship something. I mean every time Moses turned his back they built very expensive, solid gold statues to worship.

   Under Mosaic law heaven becomes irrelevant as no-one today would qualify for entry:

Thou shalt not worship any false image! Okay, I guess that includes the Shroud of Turin, (which was carbon-dated to the 15th century) and Collingwood!

Thou shalt keep the Sabbath holy! Gord, is that a Sunday or a Saturday... 'cos Saturday is definitely out if the Swans are playing!

Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God's name in vain! OMG, Moses didn't consider texting acronyms!

Honour your mother and father! Hmmm, your mother and father are never home to honour!

Thou shalt not kill! That counts out all the Germans, Turks, Italians, Yanks and Ruskies (and a few billion Muslims who were never going to make it anyway!)

Thou shalt not commit adultery! Crumbs, poor Barnaby... and anyway, what if your co-adultering staff member is partial to a harmless friendly bonk?

Thou shalt not steal! That counts out the Government, the CBA, the ATO, unions, the Gold Coast City Council and all energy and insurance companies.

Thou shalt not covet your neighbour’s wife! Blimey, what if the little hotty sun bakes topless?

Crikey, "Heaven" must be a near-vacant allotment of ugly sheilas and bonkers blokes!

Christian teachings were a bit different. No eye-for-an-eye laws for the Gentiles, it was “turn the other cheek” stuff and He actually told us to “love our neighbours”... so Moses and Christ were a bit conflicted when it came to the naughty bit rules!

I was indoctrinated as a kid in a very strict religion but it was never my thing as it made me think in a straight jacket so I decided to flick it at eight. The trouble was that, until I was 21, every time I uttered the F bomb I was ducking for cover from an imagined bolt of lightning. 

But to be honest, it seems our level of decadence increases as a corollary with the diminution of Christianity. So a belief in the supernatural clearly has some redeeming features. 

But not for me, although I still buy Easter eggs and put up a Christmas tree for the kids to decorate every year. Yet none of us actually understands what the hell we are celebrating when we honour Pagan rituals like the Goddess of Spring, Oestra (Easter) and the mid-Winter festival of Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) ...and the blinking tooth fairy.

But who cares, it all seems to give us a feeling of righteous warmth... 

                                                 which it actually shouldn’t.    



Comments

It is a shame to see an intelligent man beat himself up over the Old Testament. The book describes in large part ancient World living. A World completely alien to the modern World that we now live in that began with the reformer Jesus Christ. Jesus replaced the Ten Commandments with two...Love the LORD your God...Mat 22:38 and love your neighbour as yourself...Mk 12:31.The only celebration Jersus commanded was the bread and wine to remember his suffering and death. As far as supernatural goes, Science can't explain what causes gravity in the here and now let alone know about anything supernatural. And the people who shake their fist at Christmas and Easter are the venaly religious...who have ruined it for all of Gods Creation.

Be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, Larry. Our increasingly godless age has not seemed to have improved our relations with each other. Youngsters are yearning for “meaning” & are terribly vulnerable to cultural Marxism in our institutions. Suggest you have a read of what Prof. Jordan Peterson has to say about what the great archetypal stories can still hold for us.

channel 7 Brisbane News won't use the kill word in describing death

“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis I? Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Argentina’s “Dirty War”
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by Michel Chossudovsky
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March 13, 2013
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[see update on the Secret Memorandum]
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The Vatican conclave has elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I
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Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?
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In 1973, he had been appointed “Provincial” of Argentina for the Society of Jesus.
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In this capacity, Bergoglio was the highest ranking Jesuit in Argentina during the military dictatorship led by General Jorge Videla (1976-1983).
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He later became bishop and archbishop of Buenos Aires. Pope John Paul II elevated him to the title of cardinal in 2001
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When the military junta relinquished power in 1983, the duly elected president Raúl Alfonsín set up a Truth Commission pertaining to the crimes underlying the “Dirty War” (La Guerra Sucia).
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The military junta had been supported covertly by Washington.
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US. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger played a behind the scenes role in the 1976 military coup.
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Kissinger’s top deputy on Latin America, William Rogers, told him two days after the coup that “we’ve got to expect a fair amount of repression, probably a good deal of blood, in Argentina before too long.” … (National Security Archive, March 23, 2006)...........
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.....................In 2005, human rights lawyer Myriam Bregman filed a criminal suit against Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, accusing him of conspiring with the military junta in the 1976 kidnapping of two Jesuit priests.
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Several years later, the survivors of the “Dirty War” openly accused Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of complicity in the kidnapping of priests Francisco Jalics y Orlando Yorio as well six members of their parish, (El Mundo, 8 November 2010) ...................
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http://www.globalresearch.ca/washingtons-pope-who-is-francis-i-cardinal-jorge-mario-bergoglio-and-argentinas-dirty-war

Peter Beattie did a pretty good impersonation of Mr Bean last night at the opening of the climate deranged games , what is Mr Flannery's latest spin on why it is raining water instead of his dust that we had been promised by this university trained Australian of the year for services to environmental misinformation .

MR POPULAR.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7vVocoLbRo

7 is devoting 2 channels to the games. Surely one is enough.

New Post Up.

I love him.

The head of Porton Down appears to have contradicted claims by Boris Johnson about the poisoning of a former spy, Sergei Skripal.

In an interview, the foreign secretary secretary talked about the scientific analysis of the Novichok nerve agent that was used. And he seemingly confirmed that the Porton Down defence research laboratory had “no doubt” that the substance was made in Russia.

However, Porton Down’s chief executive has now said that scientists have “not identified the precise source”.
https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/did-boris-johnson-lie-about-porton-downs-evidence-against-russia

Perth council are at a loss as to why tourists are avoiding Perth like the plague. it wouldn't be that Perth is the ice capital of Australia and the Abo's are out of control bashing tourists in the CBD. Duh!

PM defends opening ceremony, advising Aussies not to read social media comments criticising focus on indigenous culture.

Boris Johnson Lied About Skripal ON VIDEO, Putting His Job as Foreign Secretary at Risk
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Boris Johnson put his post in jeopardy after apparently lying about Russia being proven as the source of a nerve agent used in the Skripals’ poisoning. On Tuesday, the Porton Down lab said that they hadn’t identified the source. The Foreign Secretary’s statement, which is being widely shared on social media, features him telling Germany’s state broadcaster that scientists from the Porton Down laboratory were“categorical” about the Russian origin of the substance used in the alleged nerve attack.
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Read more
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https://russia-insider.com/en/boris-johnson-lied-about-skripal-video-putting-his-job-foreign-secretary-risk/ri22974?ct=t(Russia_Insider_Daily_Headlines11_21_2014)&mc_cid=a306b832b2&mc_eid=1a64001347

PM defends opening ceremony, advising Aussies not to read social media comments criticising focus on indigenous culture.

Listened to Tide Hadley with P Dutton just finished, as I see Duttons reply on loyalty is that he,s prepared to sink with the Turds mob Minus the turd and bigtits enconshed into the lodge, ITS ALL about THEM NOT what we want going on his weak reply and seeing I know him I have the same loyalty to him as he has to the conservative voting public SFA and fuckall to him.

For the Aborigine, We,as white Europeans, were, in effect their Saviors.....If the next mob to come along had taken charge of Australia.... The only reference to the Australian aboriginals would only be found in the Museum......Now they are fully taxpayer funded with over 37 Billion a Year, and we find them in Centrelink instead asking for MORE.....Who were the lucky ones?...But still they bitch.....

'When you look into my eyes, you'll see STRUGGLE'. What a complete FUKWIT. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5577515/Salim-Mehajer-haircut-facial-just-hours-release-Silverwater-prison.html

Posted earlier on the subject of expensive wind and solar electricity.

paisley Thu 5 Apr 2018 08:35:46 am
Interesting information on power generation costs from The Institute of Energy Research USA -------

If environmentalists are so concerned about population growth; why do they seem to unanimously support the use of wind and solar power? The answer is because these forms of energy are more expensive than fossil fuels; which means it's unlikely they could soon catalyse population growth in the same way nuclear fusion could. For example; the Institute for Energy Research found that solar power is three times more expensive than power generated from existing natural gas or nuclear plants, against existing coal generators 2.4 times more expensive.(Wind four times more expensive.)

If nuclear fusion becomes the world's most important power source in the twenty-first century; you can expect the climate change crisis to quickly evaporate. In its place; the Population Bomb fear-mongering of the 1970s will once again rear its horrifying head.


Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/why_the_environmental_left_is_secretly_petrified_by_truly_renewable_energy.html#ixzz5BieC3UJl

And they are closing down our coal power plants, and are wondering why our power costs are going through the ceiling.

Further to my post on the energy report from the states, Terry this morning confirms the USA
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Terry McCrann: The lack of wind power proves our former PM correct about renewables
Terry McCrann, Herald Sun
April 4, 2018 8:45pm

TONY Abbott is not only exactly, 100 per cent, right, on the substance of a second issue of absolutely fundamental importance to the daily lives and best interests of every single Australian, he also got his timing exquisitely right.
No, I am not referring to the forthcoming “Abbott Memorial Newspoll” — although that coincidence was not exactly a negative — but that his demand for coal-fired (what I call, real) power generation came as the wind chose not to blow.

This morning it chose not to blow right across both South Australia and Victoria. According to our official market operator AEMO, around midday South Australia — whose former premier dunce Jay Weather-dill believed it could get all its power from wind, provided “batteries were included” — was getting just 4MW from wind “and other”.

True, at the same time, the amount being generated by wind in neighbouring Victoria tripled — yes, tripled. From 1MW to 3MW.


For most of the morning Victoria’s wind generation had fluctuated between zero and 1MW.

So at midday, all the wind turbines across those two states were supplying all of 7MW of the 6000MW or so being demanded at the time in the two states. Thank goodness, Victoria has — so far — only closed one of its brown coal-fired generators.

One of the Fin Review’s collection of sock-puppets — in this case, of the main-chancing, public teat-sucking, wind industry — Ben Potter, recently trumpeted that over summer all forms of renewables produced more aggregate power than brown coal.

Well, duh, that’s hardly surprising: if you close the biggest brown-coal station, Hazelwood, and force distributors to take every MW of wind produced ahead of reliable coal-fired power, you get such an outcome.

But for most of today into the early evening all the wind and solar in Australia was adding less than 500MW (at least the wind was blowing in NSW). Victoria’s real, mostly brown-coal, generators were producing 10-times that.

Indeed, even with the wind blowing in NSW (and Tasmania), wind “and other” contributed barely about 2 per cent of the power being generated in the five eastern states through the day.

SA and Victoria also literally paid the price.

Abbott is exactly right: we have to have new coal-fired stations. But the real need is to sweep away the multibillion-dollar-a-year subsidies being paid to wind farmers. Then, the private sector would build them. (See copy of my earlier blog under replies.)

This idiot Weatherill should be locked up. the “ill “part in his name is for sure “Sick in the head.”

I turned over to seven for a bit last night Charlie was talking so went to bed ,anything exciting happened their