Noel Pearson praises Pauline Hanson’s defence of Julian Assange

Noel Pearson praises Pauline Hanson’s defence of Julian Assange, by Scott Henry.

Noel Pearson has heaped praise on Pauline Hanson and suggested the One Nation leader could well become “a great champion’’ for indigenous Australians.

Mr Pearson, an adviser to the Cape York Partnership and co-chair of Good to Great Schools Australia, says Senator Hanson is a political figure who stands up for the “powerless, forgotten people, whether asylum seekers, indigenous people or those left behind by globalisation’’.

In an opinion article for News Corp newspapers, Mr Pearson applauds her “principled call’’ for a presidential pardon for Julian Assange which he says shines “an important light on the selective standards of many Australians and particularly the freedom-loving right of Australian politics’’.

Earlier this month Senator Hanson announced she would petition the Australian and American governments to work on the immediate release of “political prisoner” Mr Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for four years fearing extradition to Sweden then the US.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia: ‘Angry white male’ not abusive, says Human Rights Commission

Australia: ‘Angry white male’ not abusive, says Human Rights Commission, by Hedley Thomas.

The Human Rights Commission has given short shrift to a section 18C complaint by Senator David Leyonhjelm after he was described by a journalist as an “angry white male” with “the empathy of a ­Besser block”.

Senator Leyonhjelm, who has said he was not offended by Fairfax Media political reporter Mark Kenny’s August 9 article, filed the complaint to highlight what he ­regards as the absurdity of a law that makes it unlawful to offend or cause hurt feelings.

His complaint stated that as he had been referred to as gormless, a rank apologist for the resentment industry, boorish, supercilious, a hate-speech apologist, wacky, a self-promoting misanthrope and a practitioner of infantile reasoning, with these characteristics linked to him being an “angry white male”, Kenny had breached section 18C.

Senator Leyonhjelm complained that the article was “reasonably likely” to offend or insult some white males. …

In a detailed reply to the commission, Senator Leyonhjelm urged it to continue investigating and asked whether it would be inclined to dismiss the complaint if the article were about “angry black female certitude”.

He said the commission was misinterpreting 18C “in an effort to avoid my case becoming a test as to whether the law means what it says, and whether it seeks to ­prevent racist speech against white people as well as those who have historically been its victims”.

“The legislation outlaws insulting and offending on the basis of colour, not blackness. I am not aware of evidence suggesting that white people and black people, on average, have different susceptibilities to insults and offence.”

How unsatisfactory that we need a government body to produce a ruling on whether abusing someone as an “angry white male” contradicts some government prohibition on speech. And even more absurd that this speech is ok, while similar epitaphs directed at those other than white males are unlawful. Anti-freedom and anti-white.

Cologne Police Consider Helicopters and ‘Women Retreats’ to Fight Migrant Sex Attacks

Cologne Police Consider Helicopters and ‘Women Retreats’ to Fight Migrant Sex Attacks, by Liam Deacon.

After more than 1,000 women were mugged, sexually assaulted, and raped by migrants last New Year’s Eve, the city of Cologne is considering using helicopters, registering all newcomers, and setting up “women retreats” to keep females safe this year. …

During the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne city centre, hundreds of sexual assaults (including groping and at least five rapes) were reported.

Witnesses described the attackers as “North African or Arab origin”. It later emerged that most suspects came from Algeria, Morocco, or Iraq, that many were claiming asylum in Germany, and 70 per cent of had been in the country for less than a year.

Local media later apologised for ‘covering up’ and initially failing to report on the attacks. Leaked documents and e-mails showed the police were also under pressure to keep quiet about the migrant attacks.

PC parties all over the West are trying to inflict this on their native white populations, as a consequence of their “no borders” push and importing more Muslims.

hat-tip Charles

Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives: Wouldn’t you avoid an evil person who was deliberately destroying the planet?

Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives: Wouldn’t you avoid an evil person who was deliberately destroying the planet? By Dennis Prager.

Many Hillary Clinton voters have ceased communicating with friends, and even family members, who voted for Donald Trump. It is so common that the New York Times published a front-page article on the subject headlined “Political Divide Splits Relationships — and Thanksgiving, Too.” …

The Times acknowledges that this phenomenon is one-sided, saying, “Democrats have dug in their heels, and in some cases are refusing to sit across the table from relatives who voted for President-elect Donald J. Trump.” …

Yet virtually no conservatives cut off contact with friends, let alone parents, who supported Clinton. …

Reasons left-wingers cut Trump voters from their lives:

1. Just like our universities shut out conservative ideas and speakers, more and more individuals on the left now shut out conservative friends and relatives as well as conservative ideas.

2. Many, if not most, leftists have been indoctrinated with leftism their entire lives. … There are far more conservatives who read articles, who listen to and watch left-wing broadcasts, and who have studied under left-wing teachers than there are people on the left who have read, listened to, or watched anything of the Right or who have taken classes with conservative instructors. As a result, those on the left really believe that those on the right are all SIXHIRB: sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, and bigoted. Not to mention misogynistic and transphobic.

3. Most left-wing positions are emotion-based. That’s a major reason people who hold leftist views will sever relations with people they previously cared for or even loved. Their emotions (in this case, irrational fear and hatred) simply overwhelm them.

4. Since Karl Marx, leftists have loved ideas more than people. All Trump voters who have been cut off by children, in-laws, and lifelong friends now know how true that is.

5. People on the right think that most people on the left are wrong; people on the left think that most people on the right are evil. Decades of labeling conservative positions as “hateful” and labeling conservative individuals as “sexist,” “intolerant,” “xenophobic,” “homophobic,” “racist,” and “bigoted” have had their desired effect.

6. The Left associates human decency not so much with personal integrity as with having correct — i.e. progressive — political positions. Therefore, if you don’t hold progressive positions, you lack decency. Ask your left-wing friends if they’d rather their high-school son or daughter cheat on tests or support Trump.

7. Most individuals on the left are irreligious, so the commandment “Honor your father and your mother” means nothing to those who have cut off relations with parents because they voted for Trump.

8. Unlike conservatives, politics gives most leftists’ lives meaning. Climate change is a good example. For leftists, fighting carbon emissions means saving human existence on earth. Now, how often does anyone get a chance to literally save the world? Therefore, to most leftists, if you voted for Trump, you have both negated their reason for living and are literally destroying the planet. Why would they have Thanksgiving or Christmas with such a person?

9. The Left tends toward the totalitarian. And every totalitarian ideology seeks to weaken the bonds between children and parents. The Left seeks to dilute parental authority and replace it with school authority and government authority. So when your children sever their bond with you because you voted for Trump, they are acting like the good totalitarians the Left has molded.

10. While there are kind and mean individuals on both sides of the political spectrum, as a result of all of the above, there are more mean people on the left than on the right. What other word than “mean” would anyone use to describe a daughter who banished her parents from their grandchildren’s lives because of their vote?

Indeed this happened in my family here in Australia, several years ago, in response to political correctness. Some family members put their politics before family, and we don’t see them any more. And others just cannot help but bring up politics and drift into nasty name calling every single time we see them — which of course is now much less frequent.

This gun can take down a drone from over a mile away

This gun can take down a drone from over a mile away, by Thomas McMullan.

The DroneGun is essentially a fancy-looking jammer that interferes with the drone’s signals, from distances of up to 1.2 miles. Instead of making a drone explode, the 13lbs (6kg) piece of kit forces the flier to land. It can also trigger the drone’s “return home” function – useful for authorities that want to track the person behind the drone’s controls.

Over the past year, Japanese police have deployed a crime-fighting drone squad – equipped with big nets – while London’s Met has hinted that it would be interested in copying tactics by Dutch police, using live eagles to hunt and take down drones. In October last year, The Guardian reported on a “death ray”, developed by a set of British technology firms, which can knock pesky unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) out of the sky by targeting their radio frequency.

If the Electoral College Voted for Hillary

If the Electoral College Voted for Hillary, by Martin Armstrong. Here is an interesting point of view, from a long-term serious commentator.

The proposal that the Electoral College should have voted for Hillary, thereby undermining the Constitutional structure of state v federal rights, was very serious. It demonstrates just how corrupt her followers can be willing to destroy everything to force their way upon the whole.  …

This type of insurrection could have brought the United States to the boiling point of civil war. The likelihood of such a proposal is not very high. …

A civil war along the traditional left/right split is not out of the question:

The Marxist v Liberty division in the United States is scary because such confrontations have ALWAYS led to millions of deaths. I would fight to the death against a Marxist takeover to retain freedom for my family and myself even though my days are less. As Patrick Henry said: “Give me Liberty; or give me Death.” This would be the only thing worth fighting for.

When you look into the eyes of such people in power, all you see is a cold lifeless soul filled with hate who despise anyone in the private sector for they see you as the privileged they never were. They are typically the worst of the worst. The people looking to get even with the world for their own lack of talent.

Maybe split the US into two countries?

The only fair solution in such a monumental confrontation sought by the youth is to split the United States as Rome split during the 3rd century. The blue states should have Hillary and the red states Trump; let the two philosophies of freedom and servitude separate forever for in the end it will be a confrontation of bloodshed. I for one certainly do not want to live under a socialist dictatorship in servitude, which is precisely what the protesting youth are seeking and do not comprehend what they are surrendering.

Fleeing the hateful mob:

Those seeking a secure future may be pushed to leave America or suppressed into economic servitude in the very manner as Ayn Rand wrote of Russia in “Atlas Shrugged.” I for one would get my family out of here on the very first flight. I would not wait and assume it would all work out. The Jews who assumed it would eventually be OK died in the concentration camps. These people protesting are filled with hatred. NEVER underestimate such a feeling in a mob.

They are ignorant of the corruption ushered in by the Clintons who unleashed the banks and handed them student loans to subjugate the youth into economic servitude. They want to rage against Trump, and fail to understand who even put them where they are today.

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule, by RT.

Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands. …

Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is seeking to restore “justice.”

This is serious. Russia is fighting on the side of Assad, and Turkey against. Turkish troops first entered Syria in August, but only to fight ISIS and prevent three de facto autonomous Kurdish areas joining up into one enclave south of the Turkish border.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S.

Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S., by Nelson Schwartz.

From the earliest days of his campaign, Donald J. Trump made keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States his signature economic issue, and the decision by Carrier, the big air-conditioner company, to move 2,000 of them from Indiana to Mexico was a tailor-made talking point for him on the stump.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump and Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor and the vice-president elect, plan to appear at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant to announce they’ve struck a deal with the company to keep roughly half of the jobs in the state, according to officials with the transition team as well as Carrier.

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed, by University of Bristol.

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery.

A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. …

Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, said: “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.” …

Despite their low-power, relative to current battery technologies, the life-time of these diamond batteries could revolutionise the powering of devices over long timescales. Using carbon-14 the battery would take 5,730 years to reach 50 per cent power, which is about as long as human civilization has existed. …

Dr Neil Fox from the School of Chemistry explained: “Carbon-14 was chosen as a source material because it emits a short-range radiation, which is quickly absorbed by any solid material. This would make it dangerous to ingest or touch with your naked skin, but safely held within diamond, no short-range radiation can escape. In fact, diamond is the hardest substance known to man, there is literally nothing we could use that could offer more protection.” …

Professor Scott added: “We envision these batteries to be used in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace conventional batteries. Obvious applications would be in low-power electrical devices where long life of the energy source is needed, such as pacemakers, satellites, high-altitude drones or even spacecraft.

Betsy DeVos, the cuckservative’s choice for Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos, the cuckservative’s choice for Secretary of Education, by Lion of the Blogosphere.

What I know about her: born super-rich, married super-rich, Christian, devotes herself to cuckservative educational causes like school vouchers and charter schools.

Because Republicans deny HBD nearly as much as Democrats, vouchers and charter schools will not solve the real problems of education because politicians deny what the real problems are. (Republicans accept the liberal premise that there are no differences in genetic learning potential between students, and the most important problem to be solved in education is the black-white achievement “gap.”)

Those who try to measure the “success” of the vouchers and charter schools will try to determine if test scores have improved for poor, minority and “disadvantaged” kids, and I guarantee you that scores on the highly g-loaded reading and math tests will not improve. If anything, the public schools, with their emphasis on endless drilling for the tests, have maxed out any possible score increases for these kids, and higher quality instruction would probably result in lower scores. …

However, vouchers solve the political problem of the left indoctrinating our kids at their schools.

The simplest thing we could do to vastly improve the quality of public education is to separate the intelligent children from the less intelligent children. But liberals are adamantly opposed to this because they say it’s racist. And it’s not something that the cuckservatives are behind either, because the cuckservative’s greatest fear is being called a “racist.” …

Is “cuckservative” an acceptable word now?

I guess the word is too convenient to describe the type of conservative who is wedded to “free enterprise” and Christian right stuff, while being desperate to demonstrate to liberals and the mainstream media that they are good guys, not racists or misogynists.

Why the GOP is now officially a Trump working class party

Why the GOP is now officially a Trump working class party, by Stephen Moore.

I stirred up some controversy last week, when I told a conference of several dozen House Republicans that the GOP is now officially a Trump working class party. For better or worse, I said at the gathering inside the Capitol Dome the baton has now officially been passed from the Reagan era to the new Trump era. The members didn’t quite faint over my apostasy, but the shock was palpable. …

What caught the ire of some of my conservative friends was my statement that “just as Reagan converted the GOP into a conservative party, with his victory this year, Trump has converted the GOP into a populist America First party.” …

First, let me lay to rest the idea that this was a backhanded slam against Reagan’s legacy. Hardly. I worked for the Gipper. He rebuilt the American economy and caused a quarter century-long boom in wealth creation and prosperity nearly unrivaled in American history. He won the Cold War and vanquished the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union. He belongs on Mount Rushmore. …

The elites in both parties have never understood Trumpism and often are contemptuous of the intellect and lifestyles of the Trump loyalists.

Conservatives should go back and read Jude Wanniski’s classic The Way the World Works. Jude reminds us over and over the lesson of history that there is great collective wisdom in the decisions made by the American voters. It’s not often wise to second guess them but rather to listen to what they are saying.

A lot of good things come with the Trump package. Probably three conservative justices on the Supreme Court, the biggest tax cut and assault against regulatory overreach since the Reagan era, spending cuts, Obamacare repeal, enterprise zones for inner cities, vouchers for kids in failing schools, and so on. But it’s a package deal, folks. If you want purity, vote for Ron Paul for president again, and see where that gets you.

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party: Appealing to the Fringes

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party: Appealing to the Fringes, by Joel Kotkin

The Democratic Party’s current festival of re-examination is both necessary and justified. They have just lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in recent memory. Lockstep media support and a much larger war chest were not enough to save them from losing not only the presidency, but also in state races across the country. …

After losing by so much to Reagan, the Democrats set out to appeal to the middle class mainstream of of America:

This contrasts with the 1990s, when a group of party activists consciously rebuilt the party to appeal to middle-class Americans. Groups like the Democratic Leadership Council — for whose think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, I worked for several years — pushed notions of personal responsibility, welfare reform, tough crime policies and economic growth that, embraced by Bill Clinton, expanded the party’s base in the Midwest, the Appalachians and even the Southeast.

But under Obama they instead pursued a strategy of a coalition of the fringes. And they are digging deeper now.

Such a shift to the middle is unlikely today. Progressives generally see Hillary Clinton’s loss as largely a rejection of her husband’s neoliberal policies and want to push the party further to the left.

This parallels developments in the United Kingdom, where, following their defeat in 2015, the Labour Party promoted a far-left figure, Jeremy Corbyn, as its leader. This was driven by grassroots progressives — deeply green, multiculturalist and openly socialist. …

Democrats face a similar dilemma. Driven by their dominant academic and media “thought police,” any shift to the middle on issues like crime, climate change or regulation now seems unimaginable. Self-described progressives who now dominate the party generally adhere to a series of policies — from open borders to draconian climate change policies — that are unlikely to play well outside the coastal enclaves. …

So it is no surprise, then, that the hyperregulatory and redistributionist agendas epitomized by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are now ascendant.

This pattern is exacerbated by the party’s increasing indifference to economic growth, in large part, due to their embrace of draconian climate change policies. Climate change policies, as now constituted, tend to suppress higher-wage, blue-collar employment. …

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party also turns on militant multiculturalism. This agenda is shaped, as in Britain, by a disjointed concert of grievance groups, ranging from gender activists to those who claim to represent Latinos, African Americans, Asians, Muslims and others, whose alienation has been exacerbated by Trump’s triumph. … This identity politics, some liberals note, has driven many whites into a defensive crouch and pushed them toward the Republicans. …

Inside the progressive echo chamber, many still believe that an alliance of minorities, gender activists and millennials will make their victory inevitable. This can be seen in the tendency of Democrats, just as there is a palpable rise in crime, to invite the militant Black Lives Matter movement into their tent.

Trump and Enforcement of the Immigration Laws

Trump and Enforcement of the Immigration Laws, by Andrew McCarthy.

Trump emissaries assert that the president-elect will step up border enforcement and prioritize the deportation of criminal aliens – i.e., those who’ve committed serious and/or repetitious state and federal crimes, not just immigration-law violations. Trump detractors, including Democratic mayors of major cities, respond with indignant vows to protect “undocumented” members of their communities who are living peaceful, essentially law-abiding lives.

If you’re thinking the Democratic response is not, well, responsive, you’re onto the game. The immigrants they make a grand show of protecting are exactly the people not being targeted by the Trump camp’s deportation plans. If Democrats oppose Trump on his own terms, they risk being revealed as champions of criminals preying on Americans. So the Left is going demagogue – turning a “right versus wrong” issue into “us versus them.” …

Most Americans have had it up-to-here with the rote “living in the shadows” twaddle they hear from apologists for illegal aliens. If you don’t want to live in the shadows, don’t enter or remain in a foreign country in violation of its laws – go home. If you choose to remain, your outlaw plight is of your own making. We are under no obligation to rethink your status. We are not looking for a mass round-up of illegal aliens, but don’t mistake compassion and common sense for an entitlement.