Category Archives: Law & Government

Lone Wolf

So now all the islamic apologists are out in droves, trying to explain that the “lone wolf” who orchestrated the Sydney Siege was not an islamic terrorist, but a mentally deranged man. Although you can be both, and arguable most terrorists these days are.

Even “political commentator” Russel Brand weighed in on the topic, claiming that Man Haron Monis could not have been a terrorist because he had no objectives ( other than terrorizing Western people in the name of islam, presumably ?)

I guess, if his Facebook page and website were still available we would be able to find out what his objectives were, as he seemed to have a lot of grievances, especially with the West which granted him asylum when he fled his own country after committing fraud.

Listening to him in a radio interview which he gave only a few months ago, he actually sounded calm and rational to me. Add to this that he was granted bail for what potentially could be severe offenses and the fact that he even had a gun license , the authorities clearly did not think he was dangerous or deranged.

The muslim community claims he was an ostracized outcast, so who were his 14 000Facebook fans? Presumably other “Lone Wolves” ?

Sorry, not buying it. I hate to paraphrase Andrew Bolt, but where are the Buddhist, Hindus, Bahai, Sikh or Rastafarian terrorists? (Just to mention a few peaceful non-western religions)

As for the “I’ll ride with you” campaign, sure I’ll ride with you, as long as you don’t mind that I wear my own religious attire, the red cape with the big black pentagram on it, the one that would get me executed if I wore it in Saudi Arabia .

Recognise that its a trap

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It sounds like a good idea, lets all be friends on an equal footing all with the same rights. Certainly sounds fair, but we all didn’t get here at about the same time, by the same means , or in the same circumstances. Some of us have root going back thousands of years to the dawn of civilization, some just got off a gunboat 8 generations ago and acted like it too.

 

Think of it like this:

 

You are having a family party at your home, rather quiet, just the family.Then all of a sudden hundreds of people burst through the front door and literally start going mad, they tear up the garden and start selling your possessions and even start selling tickets to even more people that start coming. You keep telling them to all leave and that the house is yours and you didn’t invite any of them and they have no permission to be there. every time you complain the gatecrashers say you don’t have a ticket so what you say doesn’t matter. The people selling the tickets realize your complaints are hurting ticket sales so they offer you tickets for free just to shut you up.  The ticket is red and has a big white R on it. Do you accept the ticket? Do you realize accepting the ticket will really hurt you chances of a damages law suit against the gate crashers

 

See why its a trap?

See why its a trap?

Yes that’s right by accepting the R ticket you will be agreeing that you are just another gatecrasher and have so land-rights or any special historical connection to the land.

 

Yes it is a racist rights and real estate robbery, its signing up to be robbed.

Come on, lets be smart, if Tony Abbott really wants this it has to be bad for us, that logic works 9 time out of 10 regardless of what the topic is.

 

Get a treaty not a second class citizenship.

Banks terrorize Australian farmers viral letter

Apparently this is an open letter from a Queensland based vet that has gone viral. I can see why it has everything were were trying to say at occupy written all over it. The 1930’s are back, grapes of wrath style with greedy banks turfing out farmers for a profit.

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Warning: Banks may attempt to foreclose on you even if you have never missed a payment, it’s all about what ever suits the banks profit margin, not about law,  due process or rights.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2867951/I-ve-never-ashamed-Australian-life-Farmer-pens-emotive-letter-comparing-banks-terrorists-treatment-drought-stricken-farmers-s-gone-viral.html#ixzz3LYOKhsRz

 

Politicians of Australia, the people are speaking – and you need to listen.
The team of people who are supporting David – who is flat out working and operating on horses right now – took a call from one of Australia’s most respected and best loved former political leaders this morning who said:
THAT VETS LETTER HAS BECOME A DEFINING MOMENT IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY..”

read it yourself….

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE:

Dear Men and Women of Australia,

There are two photographs on this page, and while they might look like father and daughter, they are separated by two nations, one ocean and some seventy years.

Yet incredibly, they are both part of the same tragedy, the kind that leaves deep and irreparable scars on a nation and its people for a lifetime.

The young woman who was born in 1907. The elderly man who was born twenty seven years later in 1934.

The photograph of the woman was taken in the Great Depression of 1936 when the man was a two year old boy.

Her name was Florence Owens Thompson and she was a 32 year old mother of seven who was photographed sitting homeless in a tent. The image was published across the newspapers of America and it managed to enrage the nation, because people could not believe that Americans could be treated in such a way.

It forced President Roosevelt to act, to step up and become a leader for his times: he launched soup kitchens, work gangs, programs for the homeless, dams and roads and railways were built – and he gave his people hope.

John Steinbeck later wrote a book called The Grapes of Wrath which became an American literary Icon. It was about a drought that made the farmers penniless – and how the banks had forced them off their land so they could sell it on to the big powerful corporations. What happened to the farmers of Oklahoma ultimately carved a deep and shameful scar across the American identity that was felt throughout the Twentieth Century.

The second photograph on this page is of Charlie Phillott, now 80, an elderly farmer from the ruggedly beautiful Carisbrooke Station at Winton. He has owned his station since 1960, nurtured it and loved it like a part of his own flesh. He is a grand old gentleman, one of the much loved and honoured fathers of his community.

Not so long ago, the ANZ bank came and drove him off his beloved station because the drought had devalued his land and they told him he was considered an unviable risk. Yet Charlie Phillott has never once missed a single mortgage payment.

Today this dignified Grand Old Man of the West is living like some hunted down refugee in Winton, shocked and humiliated and penniless. And most of all, Charlie Phillott is ashamed, because as a member of the Great Generation – those fine and decent and ethical men and women who built this country – he believes that what happened to him was somehow his own fault. And the ANZ Bank certainly wanted to make sure they made him feel like that.

Last Friday my wife Heather and I flew up with Alan Jones to attend the Farmers Last Stand drought and debt meeting in Winton. And after what I saw being done to our own people, I have never been more ashamed to be Australian in my life.

What is happening out there is little more than corporate terrorism: our own Australian people are being bullied, threatened and abused by both banks and mining companies until they are forced off their own land.

So we must ask: is this simply to move the people off their land and free up it up for mining by foreign mining companies or make suddenly newly empty farms available for purchase by Chinese buyers? As outrageous as it might seem, all the evidence flooding in seems to suggest that this is exactly what is going on.

What is the role of Government in all of this? Why have both the State and Federal Government stood back and allowed such a dreadful travesty to happen to our own people? Where was Campbell Newman on this issue? Where was Prime Minister Abbott? The answer is nowhere to be seen.

For the last few months, the Prime Minister has warned us against the threats of terrorism to our nation. We have been alerted to ISIS and its clear and present danger to the Australian people.

Abbott has despatched Australian military forces into the Middle East in an effort to destroy this threat to our own safety and security. This mobilization of our military forces has come at a massive and unbudgeted expense to the average Australian taxpayer which the Prime Minister estimates to be around half a billion dollars each year.

We are told that terrorism is dangerous not only because of the threat to human life but also because it displaces populations and creates the massive human cost of refugees.

Yet not one single newspaper or politician in this land has exposed the fact that the worst form of terrorism that is happening right now is going on inside the very heartland of our own nation as banks and foreign mining companies are deliberately and cruelly forcing our own Australian farmers off the land.

What we saw in the main hall of the Winton Shire Council on Friday simply defied all description: a room filled with hundreds of broken and battered refuges from our own country. It was a scene more tragic and traumatic than a dozen desperate funerals all laced onto the one stage.

Right now, all over the inland of both Queensland and NSW, there is nothing but social and financial carnage on a scale that has never before been witnessed in this nation.

It was 41 degrees when we touched down at the Winton airport, and when you fly in low over this landscape it is simply Apocalyptic: there has not been a drop of rain in Winton for two years and there is not a sheep, a cow, a kangaroo, an emu or a bird in sight. Even the trees in the very belly of the creeks are dying.

There is little doubt that this is a natural disaster of incredible magnitude – and yet nobody – neither state nor the federal government – is willing to declare it as such.

The suicide rate has now reached such epic proportions right across the inland: not just the farmer who takes the walk “ up the paddock” and does away with himself but also their children and their wives. Once again, it has barely been covered by the media, a dreadful masquerade that has assisted by the reticence and shame of honourable farming families caught in these tragic situations.

My wife is one of the toughest women I know. Her family went into North West of Queensland as pioneers one hundred years ago: this is her blood country and these are her people . Yet when she stood up to speak to this crowd on Friday she suddenly broke down: she told me later that when she looked into the eyes of her own people, what she saw was enough to break her heart

And yet not one of us knew it was this bad, this much of a national tragedy. The truth is that these days, the Australian media basically doesn’t give a damn. They have been muzzled and shut down by governments and foreign mining companies to the extent that they are no longer willing to write the real story. So the responsibility is now left to people like us, to social media – and you, the Australian people.

And so the banks have been free to play their games and completely terrorise these people at their leisure. The drought has devalued the land and the banks have seen their opportunity to strike. It was exactly the excuse that they needed to clean up and make a fortune, because once the rains come – as they always do – this land will be worth four to ten times the price.

In fact, when farmers have asked for the payout figures, the banks have been either deeply reluctant or not capable of providing the mortgage trail because they have on-sold the mortgage – just like sub-prime agriculture.

This problem isn’t simply happening in Winton, but rather right across the entire inland across Queensland and NSW. The banks have been bringing in the police to evict Australian famers and their families from their farms, many of them multigenerational. One farmer matter of factly told us it took “oh, about 7 police” to evict him from his first farm and “maybe about twelve” to evict him from his second farm which had been in his family for many generations. You think they are kidding you. Then you see the expression in their eyes.

And there was something far worse in the room on Friday: the fear of speaking out against the banks: when we asked people to tell us who had done this to them, they would immediately start to shake and cry and look away: They have been silenced to protect the good corporate image of their tormentors called the banks. What in God’s name have the bastard banks been allowed to do to our people?

This is a travesty against the rights and the human dignity of every Australian

So it’s only fair that we start to name a few of major banks involved: The ANZ is a major culprit (they made $7 billion profit last year). Then there is Rabo – which is an international agricultural bank – the NAB, Bank West and Westpac (who paid CEO Gail Kelly a yearly salary of some $12 million). They are all equally guilty. For any that we have missed, rest assured they will be publicly exposed as well

But here’s the thing: when these people are forced off their farms, they have nowhere to go. There are no refugee services waiting, such is the case for those who attempt to enter the sovereign borders of this nation. The farmers simply drive to the nearest town – that’s if the banks haven’t stripped their cars off them as well – and they try and find somewhere to sleep. Some are sleeping on the backs of trucks in swags. There is basically no home or accommodation made available to take them. They camp out, shocked and broken and penniless – and they are living on weet bix and noodles. If there is someone that can lend a family enough money to buy food, they will: otherwise they are left completely alone.

And consider this: not one of them has asked for help. Not one. They just do the best they can, ashamed and broken and brainwashed by the banks to believe that everything that has happened is completely their own fault

There is not one single word of this from a politicians lips, with the exception of the incredibly courageous father and son team of Bob and Robbie Katter, who organised the Farmers Last Stand meeting. The Katter family have been in the North since the 1890’s, and nobody who sat in that hall last Friday could question their love and commitment to their own people.

There is barely a mention of any of this as well in the newspapers, with the exception of as brief splash of publicity that followed our visit.

The Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce attended the meeting in a bitter blue-funk kind of mood that saw him mostly hunched over and staring at the floor. He had given $100 million of financial assistance in a lousy deal where the Government will borrow at 2.75% and loan it back at 3.21%.

The last thing these people need is another loan: they need a Redevelopment Bank to refinance their own loans: issuing a loan to pay off a loan is nothing more than financial suicide.

The reality is that Joyce cannot get support from what he calls “the shits in Cabinet” to create a desperately needed Redevelopment Bank so that these farmers can get cheap loans to tide them through to the end of the drought.

Our sources suggest that those “shits in Cabinet” include Malcolm Turnbull – Minister for Communications and the uber-cool trendy city-centric Liberal in the black leather jacket:, Andrew Robb – Minster for Trade and Investment and the man behind the free trade deal, the man who suddenly acquired three trendy Sydney restaurants almost overnight, the man who seems to suddenly desperate to sell off our farms to China – and one Greg Hunt, Environment Minister and the man who is instantly approving almost every single mining project that is put in front of him.

At the conclusion of the meeting, we stood and met some of the people in the crowd. My wife talked to women who would hug her for dear life, and when they walked away people would suddenly murmur “oh, she was forced off last week” or “they are being forced off tomorrow” . Not one of them mentioned it to us. They had too much pride.

The Australian people need to be both informed and desperately outraged about what is being done to our own people. This is about every right that was once held dear to us: human rights, property rights, civil rights. And most all, our right to freedom of speech. All of that has been taken away from these people – and the rest of us need to understand that we are probably next.

In the last four weeks the Newman Government has removed all farmers rights to protest to a mine and given mining companies the rights to take all the water they want from the Great Artesian Basin – and at no cost to them at all.

And all of this has happened under the watch of both Premier Newman and Prime Minister Abbott.

Until Friday, we used to think of Winton as the home of Waltzing Matilda: it was written at a local station and first performed in the North Gregory Hotel. I think it was Don McLean who wrote, “something touched me deep inside…the day the music died”… in his song American Pie, and for us, last Friday was the day music died.

We will never be able to sing Waltzing Matilda again until we see some justice for these people, and all the farmers of the inland.

This is no longer the Australia we once knew: no longer our country, no longer our people, no longer the decent caring leaders we once remembered.

Right now, the banks, the mining mates, the corrupt politicians and all the ‘mongrels in suits’ have won – and the Australian people don’t have a clue what has been done to them.

Like the American Depression and the iconic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, there is a terrible, gaping wound that has been carved across the heartland of this nation.

We need to fully grasp that, and to understand that our people – dignified, decent and honourable old men like Charlie Phillott – have been deliberately terrorized, brutalised – and sold out.

In one sense, Charlie Phillott has become the symbol overnight of every decent Australian: the simple right to live out our lives on the land we love – and the land we are still free to call our own. At least until some dangerously persuaded corrupted trendy liberal theorist decided to strip all that away.

The truth is, no Australian was ever consulted about whether or not they wanted to see their land mined into oblivion or see our precious water poisoned and given away for free, whether they wanted to be driven off their land by the greed of banking executives who saw the chance to make a profit by wiping out the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us.

No Australian was ever consulted about whether or not we wanted to see our beloved homeland sold on the cheap to greedy faceless foreigners just because some slimy two-faced minister managed to convince a weakened prime minster to meekly carry out his bidding.

Nobody has asked us. We the People. Not once.

So if we are ever going to do something, then we’d better realise that its now only two minutes to midnight – so we’d better move fast.

Regards

David

Please share this as widely as you can across Australia. You are now the only truthful means we have to spread the message.
Contact politicians, contact newspapers, radio and television stations. Demand that your voice is heard.

PHOTOS:
Charlie Phillott (left) The Australian December 2014:
Florence Owens Thompson (Dorthea Lange) March 1936 (originally photographed in b&w and retouched)

audio link

 

http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/80496#kCg13BYbUvq0fK4P.01

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/OVHRepro?fref=photo

 

UPDATE:

Less than 48 hours after this message started to go viral, it was announced that ANZ would stop forced sell offs of drought affected farms.

The Sexodus part 1

Men have basically decided the rules (written and unwritten) around women, relationships and society just don’t suit them any more and are simply refusing to play. While it may seem like a fad or a phase, there are serious structural problems causing this and serious consequences including the complete collapse of society. For anyone who disbelieves the significance of this consider what would happen if women simply refused to (or were unable to) get pregnant; extinction in a generation.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/12/04/The-Sexodus-Part-1-The-Men-Giving-Up-On-Women-And-Checking-Out-Of-Society

 

 

Major drivers:

 

Dating sucks for men:

Women with either brand your confident approach as talk rape or you shy approach as creepy.

Women are encouraged to classify a wide range of male behaviors as abusive.

Women making an accusation against men are glorified regardless of whether the claim is legitimate.

Women can accuse you of rape and you will find yourself guilty until proven innocent and punished before evidence is produced.

 

Work sucks for men:

Men have been competing against women in the workplace for decades now, with such a large labour pool and shrinking jobs, wages and conditions, it is not easy.

Sure its hard for everybody to make a living, but men have the added pressure to make enough to at least partially support a wife and children.

Given the relatively low reward in getting married, men are simply not making the effort to climb the career ladder, some opt out of work completely.

 

Marriage sucks for men:

Divorce rates are high.

Access to your children post divorce is precarious.

You are likely being forced to pay for someone else’s children that you raised as you own.

Divorce is in most cases initiated by the woman.

 

The future?

Of course much of this is driven by feminism, but feminism’s greatest enemy is just around the corner, the sexbot.

The technology solution to women being taught to to be so antagonistic to men, is to simply recreate the desired parts of the woman sans the politically correct societal destroying baggage.

For those that think this is a fantasy observe the following analytic:

 

Fleshlight- a male sex toy begins to replace dating

Fleshlight- a male sex toy begins to replace dating

 

 

Akai Gurley family rebuke Rev Al Sharpton

It seems now that any African American dies in the vicinity of a police officer a series of media vultures are circling ready to pick over the body and begin bleating propaganda.

http://madamenoire.com/494560/family-akai-gurley-killed-rookie-nypd-officer-tell-rev-al-sharpton-stay-away-funeral-made-spokesperson-family/

 

Who made you the spokesperson of our family?

We just want to bury our nephew with dignity and respect.”

-Hertencia Petersen, Akai Gurley’s aunt.

 

Details about this death are very brief at this stage, too brief to pass judgement in any direction. But none the less, Rev Al  Sharpton wanted to grandstand over the death for media and political capital.

So lets state a few things to begin with to attain some perspective. The 2nd amendment of the US constitution promises the right to bear arms, many US citizens choose to exercise this right. The wording of the amendment makes it very clear the purpose of this amendment was to preserve freedom of the people from tyranny.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Of course no right is free or without cost or sacrifice.

As the result of a population who routinely carry hand guns as a matter of course there will be accidents. In the USA there are 2000 accidental gun deaths per year. An example of a pure accident is this: A woman walks into a bar with a revolver in her hand bag, she drops the hand bag on the bar and the revolver goes off, the bullet shoots through the bag and hits the bartender in the forehead killing him instantly.  Completely unintentional, completely unpredictable, utterly freak accident.

 

While gun ownership is very high in the USA, the use of guns in murders is proportionally quite low because most people who use guns know the odds of winning handgun fight are about 50%. Risking your life on a the flip of a coin is insane; even in Russian roulette you have an 85% chance of winning.  While the person you are pointing a handgun at may not be armed, many bystanders probably are armed and will be exonerated in a court for defensive homicide.

More guns per capital generally mean less murder.

More guns per capital generally mean less murder.

 

But this dead leads us to another controversial concept, should the police even have guns at all, maybe we would be better served by an armed population and unarmed police. Police were initially unarmed when police forces were first established.

Guns are safer when police don't have them and civilians do have them.

Guns are safer when police don’t have them and civilians do have them.

 

While a pure accident is a possibility, there are several other factors, an inexperienced cop seeing two figures approach, a poorly light area, a black neighborhood, mistaken identity, at this stage who knows if there was malice or racism as factors. What we do know is a young man is dead, his life ended, and another young man has a huge cloud hanging over the rest of his life. So it is a double tragedy, one that you would probably never hear of because it does not allow itself to be ‘shoehorned’ into fit a specific political agenda.

There is only one thing worse than losing an innocent loved one, and this is politicians feeding on your loss and  grief for their own benefit.

 

 

 

Legal concept: Ex causa turpi

We actually do some research here, and we found this which is quite good. Ex causa turpi (non oritur actio).

Basically it means to go to court and have the court rule in your favor you must not have been acting badly at the time. If you were acting badly the court may (and probably will) simply throw out your case.

ex causa turpi

This is why video evidence of cops (or other scum bags) doing the wrong thing is so important, any case they may wish to bring against you is automatically ruined on proof of ‘Ex causa turpi’. Imagine a police officer trespasses on your land (ignoring the many ‘no trespassing’ notices you have displayed) and you beat him with a stick when he refuses to leave, as he was trespassing, he has no cause of action in court. you probably don’t have a case either, but winning against cops in court is almost impossible anyway, so you were better off dealing out your ‘hillbilly justice’ anyway.

A powerful and simple tool to eliminate vexatious actions.

Niggers ‘chimp out’ for the right to steal in Ferguson MO

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OK I said it Nigger. Nigger, Nigger, Nigger… That’s what they want to call them selves, but if anyone else says it they are racist or prejudiced, even other blacks.

So lets face it Nigger is not strictly defined by race or ethnicity, its actually defined by a value system that promotes theft, thuggery, violence, drug dealing, drug dependence, ignorance, misogyny, tyranny and squalor, basically Marxism for the very stupid.

Of course you can contribute to society if you chose to and put in some effort and learn a useful skill. In the accounting of life you can chose to be an asset or a liability, too many people are choosing to be a liability.

1378044393810So you can be black and be smart and/or successful, but you probably need to pull your pants up, pay for things at the store, and earn money rather than stealing it.

So lets spell it out really clearly:

1) A large frame man (Man A) steals a box of cigars from a store using threats of violence.

2) (Man A) Punches a man (Man B) in the face while man B is sitting in his car.

3) Man B stops further up the road and gets out of his  car.

4)  Man B is stunned and partially blinded in one eye from the punch, Man B is afraid Man A will try to steal his gun and then kill him.

5) Man A charges at Man B, Man B yells at Man A to stop, Man A keeps charging.

6) Man B starts shooting at Man A, because that is the only way he can preserve his own life.

7) Man A receives multiple guns shots the last one or two being fatal.

So who is at fault here, Man A or Man B?

If you say Man B is at fault you clearly aren’t looking at the facts, and it is you who is prejudiced.

So true.

So true.

Ferguson MO protest riots tagged

So the Niggers start rioting and looting, attempting to create a race war and blame all the non-Niggers for it. Marxist are all over it, but as usual are backing the wrong horse.

Police brutality and excessive force are sadly common, I have seen plenty of it first hand, but this was not an example of it. This was an example of a man defending himself against a murderous thug.

Thugs please be fore-warned: I will defend my self using everything at my disposal to defend my life, So don’t be surprised when you get your ass handed to you.

 

Fall Of The Wall 25th Anniversary

 

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To those of us who grew up in a divided Germany today is a special day, marking the 25th anniversary fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the fall of East Germany. The Eastern bloc under communism fell apart in 1989,  and a great change swept through Europe. East Germans were celebrating the freedom to travel, the right to free speech and being finally able to buy bananas!

Nowhere was the presence of the border felt more acutely than in the divided city itself. Not only were there two cities, East and West Berlin, but the capitalist West Berlin for 27 years became a symbol for freedom, an island in the sea of communism, kept alive by the Allied countries (The USA, France and Britain) and Enormous subsidies from West Germany.

I was born the day before JFK gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in front of the wall in 1963, but of course I was too young to care. Nor, in fact, did I ever care very much growing up, as the divided Germany was simply “normality”. Lucky for me I was born in the West.  From the time I was very young traveling to West Berlin by car became a regular event, as my paternal grandparents lived there. Border controls were the norm in Europe then (Pre EU), but in most of the countries border guards quickly glanced at your passport and waved you through.  Not so when traveling through East Germany, or the DDR, as we called it.  The DDR guards would look intently at your photo, then stare at you, the look at the photo again, then stare at you , several times, until they were sure you were not one of their own, trying to escape. There were spot checks, where they took apart half your car in order to look for hidden escapees.

I was a child, it was the way things were. And it was only a small taste of how East Germans were controlled by the Stasi for most of their lives, afraid of being caught saying the wrong thing, not being able to trust your neighbours in a country , where towards the end 25% of the population were government spies and people were thrown into jail for years for minor activism, which we take for granted.

In my late teens I became a little bit more interested in what was happening “on the other side”, My father and I spent a memorable day in East Berlin in the winter of 1980, where we tried our best to spend the 50 Deutsch Mark we were forced to exchange. I remember mostly, how dark it was: Gloomy. When we returned to West Berlin at night, the city lights just hit me. West Berlin was designed to be  a thorn in the side of the East, a constant reminder that it wasn’t going away:  loud, brightly lit and with no closing time for pubs , nightclubs and restaurants.

But in hindsight I can say that while the other side may have felt the constant pulse of the lively West Berlin, we also felt the gloom that was coming from the East which gave West Berlin a certain existentialist and melancholic tinge, forever immortalized in Wim Wenders incredible movie “Der Himmel ueber Berlin” (Wings Of Desire)

I was already living in Australia when the wall came down, the end result of  Gorbachev s” glasnost” “perestroika ”  and a peaceful people’s revolution.  The story of the Berlin Wall serves a reminder that change can happen and often happens quite suddenly, when enough factors come together to make a political situation no longer bearable.

There is no doubt, that we in the West are enjoying more freedom than the people who were imprisoned in East Germany, but we can never take these freedoms for granted, as the powers that be are happy to take them from us whenever we are not looking. While the fall of communism in 1989 was a good thing, many places, including Australia now suffer from the disease of corporatism, where it is not elected governments that run the country but corrupt politicians ruled by the Super-Wealthy and their corporations.

“We the people will need to see beyond the illusion,(created by those currently in power) that institutions like the courts and parliament, are the conduits through which justice and progressive change will be facilitated, they are merely mechanisms by which those who have hi- jacked the system,(so as to pursue their nefarious agenda) can do so unabated and limit any possibility of change to the current top down status quo.

Addressing this WILL require taking it PERSONALLY and not seeking permission to drive change from the grass roots upwards.”

(Thank you Ant Frau Poligy)https://www.facebook.com/ant.elevision?fref=t

In 1989 East Germans began to fight back and soon realized that if you are determined AND   have the numbers you are unstoppable.

 

IPAN open letter to the PM and Defence Minister regarding treatment of Swan Island Peace Convergence activists

IPAN open letter to the PM and Defence Minister regarding treatment of Swan Island Peace Convergence activists

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Wednesday 29th October 2014

Open letter to the Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott and the Defence Minister Mr David Johnston

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) bring together over 50 community based peace and justice organisations across Australia.

We wish to express our grave concern regarding the alleged actions of SAS personnel, towards a small group of peaceful protesters at Swan Island military base on the 2nd October.

It is our understanding the Swan Island Peace Convergence group has protested Australian involvement in foreign wars over the past 5 years with protesters treated lawfully and peacefully by the ADF and the Victorian Police Force.

We in the IPAN are concerned that the tactics used this time, which include hooding, stripping of clothing, physical and verbal violence from ADF personnel reflect the Australian government’s current policies which restrict civil liberties on the basis of the threat of terrorism to Australian citizens.

The actions of the ADF personnel are reminiscent of the treatment of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 by US troops, and indeed correlate with a number of inquiries into treatment of civilians by ADF personnel during Australian military engagement in Afghanistan.

We ask, are our young men and women in the ADF being trained to commit war crimes?

When viewed in the context of the government’s decision to send Australian forces into Iraq for the 3rd time we express our concern that the people of our country are being constrained in their democratic rights to protest this engagement as it potentially grows into a major war.

The members of IPAN request that findings of the investigation by the Department of Defence into the actions of members of the ADF at Swan Island be made public.

Signed:

Annette Brownlie on behalf of the  Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Medical Assn. for the Prevention of War

Lorel Thomas-Victorian Peace and Social Justice Network of Quakers.

Nick Deane- Marrickville Peace Group

Mr Norm Bullen- Just Peace Qld

Dr Chris Haw-Physicians against War

Georgia Murphy-SafeGround.

Peter Arndt Executive Officer-Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane

Professor Alison Broinowski

Joan Jenkins-Bunbury Peace Group.

Australian Anti-Bases Coalition- Denis Doherty

Peter Murphy – Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition

Graeme Dunstan-Peacebus

Jim Green- Friends of the Earth

Beverley Polzin- Quaker

Stephen Darley-Campaign Against Foreign Military Bases (SA)

Peter D Jones, Tasmania Quaker Peace & Justice Committee (Hobart)

Philippine Australia Solidarity Assn

Philippine Caucus for Peace

Kathy Damm- Qld Quakers

Frances Kendall-Just Peace

Ruth Russell WILPF

Willy Bach- Standfast

Dale Hess

Rosemary Morrow Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute

Bevan Ramsden- Newcastle Peace Group

Romina Beitseen

John Hughes- Early Works

Rev Simon Moyle

Rev Alan Matheson AM

Joan Kitchen

Michael Henry- Just Peace

Shirley Winton- Spirit of Eureka Vic

Prof Richard Tanter

Daniel Brown Rite of Strings

Annie Didcott WILPF ACT

Bob Briton-General Secretary Communist Party of Australia

David Bradbury- Frontline Films

Roger Keyes- Adelaide Quaker meeting

Ann Rees- Adelaide Quaker meeting

Dr Janet Bodycomb MAPW Vic

Ross Battison Vic

Michael Hamel-Green- MAPW

Julie Marlow- Australian Anti-bases Coalition

Paul Malone

Margaret OÇallaghan

Hannah Middleton- Independent Activist

Anne Lane -Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace

The Hon Sandra Kanck

Boyette Jurcales- Ban the Bases

Father Claude Mostowik- Pax Christi

Maureen McKeown

Kay Mc Padden

Irene Gale AM

Margaret Jacobs- Member of Women in Black

Pip Hinman

May Kotsakis – Philippines Australia Solidarity Association.

Berlin Guerrero – Philippine Caucus for Peace

George Kotsakis – Migrante Australia

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

PO Box 573 Coorparoo Brisbane 4151 Ph: 0431597256

Greens political body snatch of Gough Whitlam

While trying to make the case that Gough Whitlam’s  policy success are thanks to the Greens, (which did not exist at the time and Whitlam was never a member of) The greens have produce this rather shameful poster.

The Greens attempt to claim credit for Whitlam's policies.

The Greens attempt to claim credit for Whitlam’s policies.

 

This really speaks volumes about the Greens, totally opportunistic, with gutter level morality and absolutely no sense of tact.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-22/simms-a-legacy-belongs-to-all-progressives/5833112

In this spirit of this shameful act on the memory of  a man dead but not even buried yet, we put the shoe on the other fott and give to the greens another great progressive, Joe Hockey.

Joe Hockey progressive champion of students.

Joe Hockey progressive champion of students.

 

Most interestingly during the media frenzy around the passing of Whitlam there has been little mention of the constitutional crisis at the time of his sacking, because that would bring up the fact Australia has a constitution, and people might actually start asking questions about the limits of governmental powers it imposes.  Fortunately the Greens will never attempt to claim credit for our work.

 

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