Milo Yiannopoulos lashes out over snub on Australian TV networks

Milo Yiannopoulos lashes out over snub on Australian TV networks, by Pia Akerman.

Yiannopoulos launched his ­attack on the eve of a national speaking tour that will include a talk at Parliament House. Hundreds are expected at protests in Sydney and Melbourne.

Security is tight for the former Breitbart senior editor after an ­appearance at the University of California’s Berkeley campus this year sparked violent protests, with anti-fascists smashing windows and starting fires.

Yiannopoulos, who will arrive in Australia tomorrow, said the country was on “the frontline in the war for Western civilisation” but had been let down by media organisations censoring right-wing views.

“Waleed Aly won’t have me on his TV show because he’s too scared,” he said. “These are some of the highest-paid, highest-­profile, bravest supposedly journalists in the Australian media establishment … the Australian media who are chicken shit and say they will have me on (then) they realise I’m not an idiot and won’t have me on in the studio.

“I have more respect for the people out in the street protesting, making their voices heard.”

Yiannopoulos said satellite ­interviews with Aly on Network Ten’s The Project and Karl Stefanovic on Nine’s Today had been cancelled at late notice.

Milo Yiannopoulos lands in Australia, by AAP.

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has branded former prime minister Julia Gillard “a prick” as he prepares to embark on his speaking tour of Australia.

The self-described “one man wrecking crew” and “internet supervillain” hurled the insult — along with plenty of others towards feminists and those on the left-wing of politics — during his first news conference on Australian shores today.

After attacking several Australian journalists for cancelling interviews with him, he admitted he was a fan of former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott but not of Australia’s first female prime minister.

“I liked that guy Tony Abbott, I thought he was cool because he was ballsy … he was up against Julia Gillard who seemed like a complete prick,” Yiannopoulos told reporters. …

But he still weighed into plenty of political issues, calling on federal politicians debating same-sex marriage laws not to let them pass because there is no constitutional protection for freedom of religious expression and conscience like in the US.

“And I say that as a married gay person,” he said. …

Yiannopoulos has sold 10,000 tickets for his speaking tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.

The venues are being kept secret until 24 hours before he appears for the two- hour shows, with Yiannopoulos claiming if he reveals the locations journalists will “invent” stories about protests. …

Yiannopoulos said he was “flattered” by the attempt to have him banned from parliament, but accused the Greens of “casting out the right of free speech”. “I just try to describe the world as I see it … wrapped up in good jokes,” he said.

I have come to stay forever – not to work

I have come to stay forever – not to work, by Speisa.

An asylum seeker from Somalia, says in an interview with Lithuanian journalists that he has come to Germany to live well on taxpayer-funded grants for the rest of his life, without having to work. As soon as he has received a German citizenship he also plans to bring his whole “little family” of ten people, he says.

Journalists from Lithuania’s largest news portal Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuanian Morning) visited an asylum center in Munich. The 1,200 asylum seekers were from Libya, Somalia and Sudan.

The Lithuanian journalists were astonished when they realized that some of the Somalis they interviewed were quite open about their desire to avoid having to work. “A Somali told me that he had decided to stay in Munich because of the generous contributions and good public services.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

US Black Self-Sabotage: How long will leftists’ educational destruction of black youngsters be tolerated?

US Black Self-Sabotage: How long will leftists’ educational destruction of black youngsters be tolerated? By Walter Williams.

The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful. Let’s look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state’s mathematics exam. In six other high schools, only 1 percent tested proficient in math. In raw numbers, 3,804 Baltimore students took the state’s math test, and 14 tested proficient. Citywide, only 15 percent of Baltimore students passed the state’s English test.

Last spring, graduation exercises were held at one Baltimore high school, 90 percent of whose students received the lowest possible math score. Just one student came even close to being proficient. Parents and family members applauded the conferring of diplomas. Some of the students won achievement awards and college scholarships. Baltimore is by no means unique. It’s a small part of the ongoing education disaster for black students across the nation. Baltimore schools are not underfunded. Of the nation’s 100 largest school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil.

Baltimore’s black students receive diplomas that attest that they can function at a 12th-grade level when in fact they may not be able to do so at a seventh- or eighth-grade level. These students and their families have little reason to suspect that their diplomas are fraudulent. Thus, if they cannot land a good job, cannot pass a civil service exam, get poor grades in college and flunk out of college, they will attribute their plight to racism. After all, they have a high school diploma, just as a white person has a high school diploma. In their minds, the only explanation for being treated differently is racism.

Let’s look at math. If one graduates from high school without a minimum proficiency in algebra and geometry, he is likely to find whole fields and professions hermetically sealed off to him for life. In many fields and professions, a minimum level of math proficiency is taken for granted.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

‘Who are the traffickers? They are Africans’: Macron loses his cool at Burkina Faso Q&A

‘Who are the traffickers? They are Africans’: Macron loses his cool at Burkina Faso Q&A, by RT.

While on a four-day trip to promote a relationship reset between his country and Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron lost his temper when discussing human trafficking. …

Touching on France’s colonial past, Macron told delegates at the University of Ouagadougou on Tuesday that “crimes of European colonization are indisputable.” On reports of slave auctions in Libya, Macron proposed a joint Euro-African initiative to eradicate people smuggling. However, a highly animated Macron left his audience of students in little doubt that the problem should be tackled by local authorities.

“In Libya, we’re engaged in diplomatic relations to find a political solution,” he said, raising his voice. Macron then implied that Africans should look closer to home for a solution, claiming that local people are the chief traffickers.

“Who are the traffickers? Ask yourselves – being the African youth – that question. You are unbelievable. Who are the traffickers? They are Africans, my friends. They are Africans. Ask yourselves the question.

“It’s not the French who are the traffickers, it’s the Africans. So everyone should understand the responsibility, and we’ve started to do that, to dismantle them. But stop the argument saying, ‘It’s someone else.’

“Show me a French, Belgian, German person, who carried out trafficking between Nigeria and Libya. This person doesn’t exist,” Macron added. “So, these days in Africa, there are Africans who make other Africans slaves, this is the reality. And there are Europeans who benefit from this misery in Europe, it’s unacceptable. In both cases, these are crimes. We are fighting both cases.”

The tense exchange is unlikely to have endeared the French president to some of his critics, since he appeared to stray from his original line that he is “from a generation where we do not come to tell Africa what to do.”

Macron is sometimes refreshingly non-PC, here holding up another obvious truth.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Has feminism jumped the shark?

Has feminism jumped the shark? By Mark Powell.

In the much loved and long-running television series Happy Days, when the Fonz literally jumped a shark that a whole new trope was born. It’s a reminder that even the best social movement, let alone TV show, reaches a critical point where they cross over from social relevance to logical absurdity. …

The recent article by Annette Sharp … encourages women to completely stop having children so they can advance their careers and so realise the ‘feminist dream.’ This piece, in particular, has me seriously questioning whether feminism has reached a similar nadir. …

Sharp continues, “Only by talking up the rewards of education, hard work, travel, opportunity and professional promotion over the traditional values of love, marriage and motherhood can we hope to achieve the feminist dream or, in truth, empower our daughters one day to realise it.” So, the virtues of “love, marriage and motherhood” should be viewed as being less important than “education… travel… and professional promotion”?

That’s ok, We can just import more third worlders to replace the children they didn’t have. What’s the difference? Allahu Akbar.

Where are the cultural Marxists taking us?

But herein lies the underlying problem with feminism. It doesn’t want women to be feminine, but exactly the same as men. And as such, it results in promoting a hatred towards women since, ironically, it wants a woman to become like a man in every way possible. …

Modern feminism has become analogous to the worst expression of Marxist capitalism, asking people to understand themselves and their value only in terms of what they can economically produce. This is one of the reasons why Marxism is not only so unrealistic, but also so profoundly destructive to the human psyche. Because it seeks to strip people of their innate sense of human dignity in relation to their family, religion, nation and every other social relationship to that of ‘class solidarity.’ …

The current vision presented by feminism is hopelessly short-sighted and inadequate. Who cares if you’ve become the CEO of a leading company if there is no one there to share it with when you come home? What difference does it make if you are not investing yourself into your own flesh and blood? For when we finally retire or pass away, who benefits from all that you’ve accomplished… the company… the government?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Traditional marriage is tossed aside, but Uluru is the new sacred

Traditional marriage is tossed aside, but Uluru is the new sacred, by Tony Letford.

The majority of Australians have now indicated their support for the principle of same-sex marriage and the Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to make it legal for men to marry other men. This is something which was inconceivable as little as two decades ago. Such is the pace of change in our world. …

I cannot help noticing that, as the right of Christians to define sacred duties and obligations declines, those of other ‘religious’ groups are increasing.

Quite recently the leaders of the Anangu people, the custodians of Uluru, decided to ban people from climbing to the top of the world’s most famous monolith.

This was explained in a recent article in the online newsletter the Conversation as follows: ‘The climb is a men’s sacred area. The men have closed it. It has cultural significance that includes certain restrictions and so this is as much as we can say. If you ask, you know they can’t tell you, except to say it has been closed for cultural reasons.’ …

The question then arises as to why the Anangu men have the right to define what is sacred to them while the Christian clergy are facing the steady attrition of their right to define what they hold to be sacred …

The recent debate about the sanctity of the confession as an essential element in Catholic religious belief is another example of where we see a double standard operating. On the one hand we see a deeply held belief in the inviolate right of the priest not to reveal information he is offered in the confession box coming under increasing attack while on the other, we see an increasing willingness of government officials to allow Aboriginal community groups to claim rights to control access to public areas on secret religious grounds.

The Hindmarsh Island Bridge affair which ran and ran throughout the 1990s is a case in point. A group of activists opposed to the construction of a bridge to Hindmarsh Island in South Australia, concocted a story that ‘secret sacred women’s business’ meant that the bridge should not be built. Millions were spent on a Royal Commission and several court cases to get to the truth. In the end a bridge was built but not before people were bankrupted and political careers were ruined.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

How Far Will Sean Hannity Go?

How Far Will Sean Hannity Go? By Matthew Shaer from the NYT.

The Fox News host is willing to defend Trump at all costs — and is reaching more than 13 million people a day. …

Hannity rarely sleeps more than four hours a night, a trait he shares with his friend President Trump …

The opening monologue [is] a six-to-seven-minute riff that he sees as the most important part of the show. …

Hannity has been a talk-radio host for three decades — he has been on television a comparatively meager 23 years — and his posture was relaxed, his normally helmeted-for-TV hair swept into a hand-combed side part. He bickered amiably with his longtime executive producer …  and when I took a seat behind McLaughlin, Hannity hissed into the talk-back channel, placing a finger over his lips: “Shhh, guys. That’s a New York Times writer. Nobody be themselves.”

A recent show:

On the other side of the glass of the studio booth, her legs hidden beneath an American-flag blanket, Lauren Scirocco, the associate producer, was screening potential callers. “The Sean Hannity Show” receives more than 1,000 calls per line per minute, and Scirocco told me she has learned, with practice, to swiftly differentiate the cranks from the callers who might be able to engage with the host. …

A few hours later, I found Hannity in his greenroom at Fox News headquarters, dressed like a mismatched Ken doll: Up top, a suit jacket and shirt and tie, and down below, where the camera lens wouldn’t find them, jeans and loafers. In the dim light, a heavy coating of foundation and blush gave his face a garish glow. “I know, I know,” he laughed, catching me staring. “I don’t like it either.” …

“I’m an advocacy journalist, or an opinion journalist.” … The quintessential Hannity program, whether on radio or television, tends to hinge on one or more of the host’s abiding preoccupations: reverence for the military and law enforcement; nostalgia for an America that Hannity feels is slipping away; disdain for the mainstream media; and since the last presidential election, unyielding support for the agenda of Donald Trump. Berry, the senior executive producer of “Hannity,” told me that in shaping the TV show, he and Hannity try to imagine the kind of thing that would appeal to Berry’s family in Oklahoma. “I’m not thinking, Hey, will this make me popular in New York City or in the Hamptons,” Berry says. “Our audience is regular people.”

Hannity rarely grants interviews to mainstream reporters, whom he calls “disgustingly biased, ideological and corrupt.” But he also suffers from a suspicion that his critics willfully misunderstand his motivations. …

The “Access Hollywood” tapes in 2016, in which Trump bragged that women so deferred to rich men that he could grab them by their genitals:

the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape last year, in which Trump bragged of grabbing women by their genitals. At the time, many political commentators on the right were treating the video as fatal to Trump’s presidential bid; a handful of party figures called on Trump to step aside and put his running mate, Mike Pence, on the top of the ticket. Hannity went in the opposite direction, allowing that what he called the “locker room” comments were wrong, but framing the tape as a politically motivated distraction. “King David had 500 concubines, for crying out loud!” he joked to one panelist. Later, he suggested on Twitter that it was Bill Clinton who should be investigated for sexual misconduct.

It was a pivotal moment for Hannity and for Trump, and it sealed the bond between the two men. “If you look back at those traumas,” Rivera told me, “you’ll see that Hannity steadied the whole of conservative politics during those crucial times. And I think he plays much the same role now. He’s firm in his support of the president, and woe unto you if you don’t see things the same way. He’s a shield.”

Hannity is important to the Republicans:

Hannity and Trump remain extraordinarily close and speak to each other regularly. President George W. Bush once called Hannity, too, “but Hannity’s and Trump’s personalities are much more in line,” a friend of Hannity’s told me, “and they’ve both come from the media world.” In their conversations, the friend continued, Hannity served as sounding board: “Hannity’s a numbers guy, Trump’s a numbers guy. He thinks there’s nothing worse than bad numbers, and he knows Hannity’s got his finger on the pulse.” …

“If I’m trying to figure out how to communicate to the American people,” Hannity’s longtime confidant Newt Gingrich told me, “there are very few people who have a better understanding of the broad base, a better intuitive understanding of the kind of folks who elected Trump. He at least matches or surpasses Rush [Limbaugh] in that understanding.” …

In recent weeks, Hannity has launched ferocious assaults on Republicans he sees as insufficiently supportive of the president’s agenda, from Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, whom Hannity, echoing Trump, has called “weak.” …

In our conversations, Hannity insisted that he hadn’t changed at all; it was the Republicans who had left him. “Reagan talked about bold color differences, no pale pastels,” he said, “and I can’t distinguish between the Republicans and the Democrats right now.” Some Republicans, he argued, “deserve to lose.”

Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief strategist for Trump, told me Hannity is “the single most important voice for the ‘deplorables,’ ” as Trump backers often style themselves. But to his critics, Hannity’s approach is at best dismaying and at worst emblematic of the corrosive, fact-free, “at-any-costs” partisanship that helped propel Donald Trump to power. …

As the primaries gave way to the general election, Hannity and Trump’s campaign staff were in touch on an almost-daily basis. “Occasionally, we’d talk on Sean’s show knowing Trump was watching,” Gingrich told me. “The two most effective ways of communicating with Trump are ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Hannity.’ ” …

In November, Alvin Chang, a writer for Vox, crunched data from two years of Hannity TV transcripts and concluded that Hannity was, in his mentions of topics like “the deep state” and the uranium deal, the media’s “top conspiracy theorist.” In our conversations, Hannity rejected the label, calling it a “typical left-wing attack. My whole career I’ve pursued the truth and have been proven right time after time while my colleagues are often dead wrong.” And to watch Hannity regularly is to observe how distant the host is from a figure like the Infowars proprietor Alex Jones. Jones endorses theories; Hannity almost never does, leaving that job to his guests. It is a dance that has the effect of nourishing the more wild-eyed beliefs of his fans while providing Hannity a degree of plausible deniability.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Australian Senate passes marriage bill with no amendments

Australian Senate passes marriage bill with no amendments, by Greg Brown.

The Dean Smith bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed through the Senate with no amendments.

The bill won the support of the upper house by 43 votes to 12. It will be put to the House of Representatives next week where it will need to win the support of the majority of MPs to become law.

Liberal senator Dean Smith was the final speaker on the third reading of the bill he sponsored, declaring the bill got the “balance correct”.

“The lack of substantive amendments indicates we got the balance correct. The bill expresses a faith in the current architecture of Australia’s religious protections. The architecture is precise,” Senator Smith said. …

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has accused Malcolm Turnbull of showing a “complete lack of leadership” as conservative Coalition MPs show dismay at the likelihood the Dean Smith bill will be passed through the parliament with no amendments. …

He said there was no point in trying to move amendments in the lower house because the numbers were stacked against MPs who want further religious exemptions. …

Queensland MP Scott Buchholz and senator Ian Macdonald yesterday criticised the Prime Minister for lacking an “inner mongrel”, saying he had failed to take on Labor with more “passion and aggression”. …

Liberal frontbencher Zed Seselja last night accused colleagues of conspiring with the Greens and Labor to undermine the rights of parents and freedom of speech.

“Labor, Greens and a handful of Liberals are undermining freedom of speech, religion and parental rights in Australia by voting down these amendments,” he said.

Our way or the highway. Our civilization is being destroyed, brick by brick, on the way to returning to the pre-Christian ethos of might makes right.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping, by Steve McAlpine.

While you were sleeping or watching Netflix last night, the Australian Government sold religious freedoms in this country down the river. …

After all of the promises made that nothing would be changed once gay people were allowed to marry, – that we could all get on with living our privatised lives -, those promises have been shown up to be exactly what they were. Lies.

But it was always going to be the case. Last night in the Senate, as The Australian newspaper reports, the future for dissenters was plain for all to see:

Comprehensively defeated…. The Labor Party and The Greens must be beside themselves over this. Wildest dreams come true!

I totally get points one and two. I didn’t expect anything different on those, and can’t really see an argument around them. But to refuse protection around “relevant beliefs” about marriage? That opens the door to all sorts of activism, and it will cost religious groups dearly.

But it’s that idea that the Parliament does not see fit to protect people with a traditional view of marriage from having action taken against them by governments and other agencies that is particularly unfortunate. You can hear the knives sharpening already, can’t you?

I remember Tim Wilson, one of the leading conservative MPs in our country, who is both gay and actively promoted the Yes campaign, saying to me that religious leaders in this country would lose both the same sex marriage vote and religious freedom. He was right. I just didn’t know that he was happy for both to be the case. …

Inevitably there will be a backlash against Christians:

It will hit the well-heeled of us where it hurts, our jobs, professions and livelihoods. A well regarded Christian surgeon approached me the other day to say that already in his field the pressure is on for him to sign up to certain ethical statements, and that if he does not, it could one day end his career.

He asked me if, like when the Nazis came to one’s door, we too could lie for the greater good. He wasn’t thinking that was a good idea, just wondering how to negotiate the future that has arrived quicker than he’d expected. …

True, we still have relative freedoms compared to Christians around the world … There’s nothing ho-hum about losing those freedoms. They do matter. They were hard fought for over a long period of time in the West by Christianity itself, and for the sake of others too. And now they’re being whittled away in next to no time.

The great irony is that the culture that so enjoyed the fruit of this gospel for so long is, bit by bit, dismantling the very structures that enabled it to flourish in the first place.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

North Korea fires missile that shows it can hit ‘everywhere in the world’

North Korea fires missile that shows it can hit ‘everywhere in the world’, by Zachary Cohen.

Pyongyang launched a Hwasong-14 missile in the early hours of Wednesday morning local time that flew higher, and demonstrated a longer range, than any of its previous tests.

It was the first missile fired in almost two months, and came despite Trump’s repeated warnings, delivered again during this trip to South Korea earlier this month in a direct message to North Korea: “do not try us.”

The missile launched Wednesday spent around 53 minutes in the air, reaching a height of up to 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles), before splashing down in waters around 210 kilometers (130 miles) west of Japan’s Aomori prefecture, according to authorities in Japan and South Korea.

Hours after the launch, Trump sounded more restrained, telling reporters Tuesday at the White House that the US “will handle” the situation. “We will take care of it,” the President said, adding later that North Korea “is a situation that we will handle.”

Mattis, who was with Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, outlined how much tougher that situation has become. The test missile, he said, went “higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken” and demonstrates that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un now has the ability to hit “everywhere in the world basically.”

“The bottom line is, it’s a continued effort to build a threat — a ballistic missile threat that endangers world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States,” Mattis concluded.

Bitcoin hits US $10,000!

Bitcoin hits US $10,000! Congratulations bitcoin, beating an ounce of gold to the fabled $10k mark.

And three days later (today) it hit US$10,000.

Only tulips rose faster and further:

The problem with bitcoin is that while adoption is surging, it is still amongst a tiny section of the population – primarily the tech community and millennials. There are varied estimates but is believed that some 0.01% of the world’s population holds a bitcoin wallet (not even bitcoin as many have wallets and accounts but have not bought).

Fresh people and fresh money are moving in fast:

Data compiled by Alistair Milne, the Monaco-based manager of the Altana Digital Currency Fund, showed US bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase added 300,000 users between Wednesday and Sunday, during the US Thanksgiving holiday. The total number of Coinbase users globally now stands at 13.3 million.

Energy use is crazy — wait ’til the Greens hear about this:

While Bitcoin Mining is only currently consuming 0.13% of the world’s electricity output, it’s growing incredibly quickly. …

On current growth rates, Bitcoin will consume 100% of the world’s electricity by 2020.

The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.

The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly. By Kurt Schlicter.

Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you need to be ready to do.

You are normal, and therefore a heretic. You refuse to bow to their idols, to subscribe to their twisted catechisms, to praise their false gods. This is unforgivable. You must burn.

Crazy talk? Just ask them. Go ahead. Go on social media. Find a leftist – it’s easy. Just say something positive about America or Jesus and they’ll come swarming like locusts. Engage them and very quickly they will drop their masks and tell you what they really think. I know. I keep a rapidly expanding file of Twitter leftist death wish screenshots.

They will tell you that Christians are idiots and vets are scum.

That normals are subhumans whose role is to labor as serfs to subsidize the progressive elite and its clients.

That you should die to make way for the New Progressive Man/Woman/Other.

Understand that when they call Donald Trump “illegitimate,” what they are really saying is that our desire to govern ourselves is illegitimate. Their beef isn’t with him – it’s with us, the normal people who dared rise up and demand their right to participate in the rule of this country and this culture.

They hate you, because by defying them you have prevented them from living up to the dictates of their false religion. Our rebelliousness has denied them the state of grace they seek, exercising their divine right to dictate every aspect of our puny lives. Their sick faith gives meaning to these secular weirdos, giving them something that fills their empty lives with a messianic fervor to go out and conquer and convert the heathens.

And the heathens are us.

Sounds odd, but there may just be a grain of truth in this. Read the whole thing.

Western Authorities Anticipate Christmas Market Terror Attacks

Western Authorities Anticipate Christmas Market Terror Attacks, by Patrick Poole.

But gift-wrapping traffic bollards and painting concrete barriers to look like Legos barely conceal the new grim reality.