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The all sneer no substance academic

After recent exchanges with University of Canberra Academic Jason Wilson, I have formed the view that there is a wide gulf between his own esteem of his knowledge and intellect and the far less impressive reality.

There is no doubt that Wilson fancies himself – this is evident from his sneering during twitter debates and his presumptuous claim to know more about the Middle East than the experienced journalists at The Australian.

One of our debates concerned whether the terrorist threat in Australia was real or whether it was just a beat up. Strangely, Wilson believed that the number of non-terror related homicides was relevant to this question:

Never mind the terrorist threat. Look at the number of men killing their partners!

Never mind the terrorist threat. Look at the number of men killing their partners!

So according to Wilson’s logic, we should not be concerned about men killing their partners either, because this number is dwarfed by the number of people who die every year in motor vehicle accidents.

Moreover, there are a couple of other problems with Wilson’s argument, as I pointed out:

To pointiout the social effects of terrorism is to engage in nationalist fantasies.

“To point out the social effects of terrorism is to engage in nationalist fantasies.”

According to Jason Wilson, there is no unity in Australian society. For a fellow who deems himself to have a very sound knowledge of international affairs, this appears to show that Wilson does not understand that compared to many other countries, Australia is one of the most harmonious.

However, in spite of his pompous demeanor, the exchange shows that Wilson does not really think through the issues at all. It is plain that he has not considered that some terrorist attacks have killed thousands, and that a successful terrorist attack in Australia could well drive a wedge between mainstream Australian society and certain parts of the Muslim community. His only response is to accuse me of believing in a “nationalist fantasy”.

Finally, just today Wilson accused me of making up the fact that he supported some form of media regulation. Whilst I could not find the tweet where Wilson indicated as such to me, I was able to find an article he wrote for the Drum in 2012. Whilst the article does not endorse the  recommendations of the Finkelstein Report, the following comments reveal that Wilson does consider a free media market to be unsatisfactory and would support some form of media regulation:

It’s a shame that most of the Finkelstein Independent Media Inquiry Report will go unread by many of those who are damning it…. The problems it identifies are real enough, and pressing.

Australia has the worst concentration of media ownership in the developed world – no other country has, or likely would have, allowed things to get to this point… There are no truly effective remedies for ordinary people with few resources, whom the news media prints lies about, whose privacy is invaded, or whose careers are ruined by baseless reporting.

It is a shame that, rather than seeing the online space as cacophonous and unruly, Finkelstein didn’t instead offer ways in which diversity and sustainability might be promoted for a better media future.

As you can see, I did not “make it up”. I was right. Wilson does want media regulation.

If clothes maketh the man ……

 (by Ray Dixon ~ fashion blogger to the manosphere)

Then Barack ‘Beige’ Obama just lost the war against the Islamic State before it even started.

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The ABC reports on Obama’s lack of a cunning plan:

US president Barack Obama says he has asked officials to prepare a range of military options for confronting Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and foreshadowed recruiting international partners for potential military action.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”

We don’t have a strategy yet.

 But I think that report could have also read:

US president Barack Obama says he has asked his wife Michelle to prepare a range of suit options before he confronts Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and has foreshadowed recruiting international clothing designers for potential (and suitable) apparel.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”

“I don’t have a decent suit yet.

 I suggest he tries khaki.

 

Home is where the heart is and calling Australia home

 The woman was taken to Mascot Police Station / Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia

The woman was taken to Mascot Police Station / Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia

While Ray and Jeff want to play down any instance of Islamic maleficence we just keep hearing reports about the most extreme followers of that faith who have been welcomed into this country taking up the gun and the bomb in the name of Allah, Like the Brisbane woman arrested and charged yesterday:

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Lets be real here   the base of the problem with the local would be Jihadis is multifaceted, firstly under the credo of  multiculturalism immigrants are encouraged to maintain the strongest ties with their originating culture and homeland, secondly they are discouraged from making any critique of that culture, finally modern communication means that its hard to truly separate and distance oneself from the dysfunction and conflicts in your homeland. What this boils down to is that most recent immigrants may be here, in Australia in body but in spirit they well and truly remain in their country of origin. This is especially so when you come from a language and culture tradition that is so different from that which is current in Australia.

Home is where the heart is the aphorism tells us, and if you are committed to fighting and possibly dying for a country other than Australia do you really have the right to “call Australia home”? The report tells us that upwards of 100 Australian citizens are fighting in the Syrian civil war and I can'[t help thinking that those who are doing so should be stripped of their Australian citizenship and prohibited from ever re-entering this country.

Cheers Comrades

Let Allah sort out the bad from the bader

Let Allah sort  the bad from the baddest

 

Some thoughts about mooted changes to Media ownership law in Australia

 

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People are creatures of habit and it is only that so many people are habituated to buying the news papers that any are still being sold at all. Just take any kind of commute on public transport and consider how many people are reading a paper and how many are staring at a screen instead. Some certainly may be playing games or even watching video but I expect that they will be out numbering those who are still reading dead tree editions of the MSM.

Then there is the things in the paper that people buy them for, most papers are not exclusively about politics and current affairs anyway, so some readers will be buying the paper for its coverage of sport, lifestyle or even just for the crossword puzzles.  My point is that the political classes (in particular those from the left ) just look at the raw sales figured and they think that every reader of the Herald Sun is in the thrall of Rupert Murdoch and that the owners dictate to their readers directing their opinions. The reality is that all media entities write to their audience. If they don’t their audience wither away quite quickly.  With the coming of the internet this is even more how things work Online entities are even more in an endless quest for readers so you have to play to what your readers want rather than thinking that you can manipulate their thinking. I have been writing a blog for nearly a decade now and I have noticed just how quickly particular readers flit in and out its the same now with the way that people read things online from the likes of Murdoch, Fairfax or even the Guardian People don’t just get their news from one source any more no matter what the subject is they will read what several sources say about it and then make up their mind. This behaviour is the same when it comes to broadcast TV people flit form one channel to another seeking different perspectives. My argument is simple, if the media  consumers have changed their habits then perhaps there is something in the notion that media diversity laws from the last century should perhaps reflect those changes as well.

Cheers Comrades

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Dual citizenship and Jihad

Who can be ignorant of the ongoing civil war in Syria? As our blessed leader observed its a case of the bad guys fighting other bad guys and sadly in these days of easy international travel some of those bad guys just happen to hold Australian passports. The question is should we move to strip them of their Australian citizenship for doing so?

Late last year Broadmeadows bricklayer Yusuf Toprakkaya, 30, was killed fighting for the rebels. He had changed his name to Abdul al-Walid al-Australi, similar to our first suicide bomber, Abu Asma al Australi, a nasty piece of work from Brisbane who drove a truck and 12 tonnes of explosives at an airport checkpoint in eastern Syria, killing 35.

These two men and the three other “Australians” who have died with them were criminals. As are the other 200 still fighting in Syria.

Then Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus spelled that out at the time, their offences including breaking the Foreign Incursions Act, the Criminal Code Act (by assisting a proscribed terrorist group) and the arms sanctions imposed by us on Syria. They face serious charges when and if they return “home”.

But we should go a step further. It is a privilege to be issued an Australian passport, although I have no quibble with Australians holding passports for another country. I do so myself.

But “Australians” who use their second passport as a ticket to go to war in another country – like the Serbians “Aussies” who went to Kosovo in the late 1990s to kill Albanians – should have their Australian citizenship revoked.

Even respected criminal lawyer, Rob Stary, who has represented terror suspects and is known for his generous estimate of some fellows you’d rather not live near, believes some offenders should forfeit their citizenship. He sees Benbrika as an example and believes we should be able to revoke such criminals’ citizenship.

“I wouldn’t have a blanket provision that once you are an Australian citizen, you are immune to deportation or revocation of citizenship,” Stary said.

It’s one thing to “turn back the boats” of desperate asylum seekers as the Liberal Government vowed to do in opposition, but what about those who have already entered: the now Australian Muslims who want to conduct Islam’s centuries-long civil war between Shia and Sunni wheresoever it erupts?

The 200 Australians fighting in Syria have mostly been associating with groups that are proxies for al-Qaeda. Brainwashed and radicalised, they are the last “Australians” we need.

We shouldn’t worry that they have Australian wives, or Australian children. We should worry about ourselves. Their Australian passports should be cancelled.

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I think that if stripping them of citizenship were to render them stateless it would be easy to say a very resounding “no” to taking away their right to be an Aussie but in this day and age when dual citizenship is the rule rather than exception they would still have citizenship of their country of origin so that would not be an issue. Or should it continue to be the case that once they have aquired citizenship that nothing should ever  take it from them?

What do ya reckon Comrades?

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Letting Allah decide in Syria

Sadly far too many of the compassionate left tend to think that when the people rise up in revolt against a despot the rebels must by definition be fighting the good fight and there for they should be worthy of both moral endorsement and material support.Back in the real world those of us who are more sensible realise that often its really a pissing contest between the despicable and the utterly contemptible.Thus I have been entirely unmoved and rather uninterested in the  whole “Arab spring” thing in general and the war in Syria in particular. When it comes to the endless killing in places like Iraq where we are seeing the centuries old schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims played out in the form endless bombings,and other acts of violence. The civil war in neighbouring Syria is another page form the same book and I tend to think that the desire to stop the blood shed there is virtuous however the reality is that any cessation of hostilities is hardly likely to have any permanence . Put simply you don’t resolve centuries old animosities with socialist good intentions. So I found my self in agreement with, of all people , Sarah Palin:

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Palin is right here when it comes to these internecine conflicts we should just let these idiots kill each other and let their god sort out who is right in the after life.  With any luck they will wipe each other all out in an orgy of religious fervour. My concern about this war is the number of Australians of Syrian extraction who hop on a -plane and go “home” to fight against Assad. This strikes me  as being the clear problem with notions of dual citizenship. I think that any Australian duel citizens who play soldiers in the war  overseas they should have to show cause why they should not be  stripped of their Australian citizenship especially if they have been fighting for an ideology that is antithetical to our secular democracy .

Cheers Comrades

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