Archive for the ‘Censorship’ Category

Critical faculties and evidence irrelevant now
September 30, 2011

The example is only a small one really but illustrates the decision by countless thousands of privileged individuals to forsake reason, to listen only to the voices that suit.

Julian Burnside is a lawyer, “prominent” apparently. Apparently, too, he doesn’t like Tony Abbott, leader of the federal opposition:

In [various] Twitter posts, Mr Burnside described Mr Abbott as a “dangerous man with no moral compass” who would lead Australia “back to the dark ages”.

He said new book Tony Abbott: A Man’s Man, by Susan Mitchell, was “a terrifying portrait of a truly dangerous, unprincipled person: a liar and a hypocrite”.

Pathetic. Anybody wonder why politicians are widely despised and why some of us loathe their self-righteous critics.

Years ago many observed Bush Derangement Syndrome. That, in 2008, extended to Palin Derangement Syndrome. In Australia, we may rightly pity those with Abbott Derangement Syndrome. Like this nation’s chief scientist, Burnside tolerates no opposition; like the government led by Julia Gillard, he tolerates no dissent.

Update: There’s more: see, for example Andrew Bolt. Inconveniently, Tom Dusevic, described as National Chief Reporter for the Australian and reporting Susan Mitchell’s book, included this paragraph:

A spokesman for Mr Abbott said: “Susan Mitchell has not sought to interview Tony as part of her research. The book is so inaccurate and over the top that if it appeared on the ALP website people would dismiss it as lacking all credibility.”

No Interview! No attempt to interview.Yet another person of privilege not deigning to speak with the object of her loathing.

Then there’s the publisher proclaiming a “blistering critique”. How can one claim to have blistered the blighter if you’ve not spoken with him? The long march through the insiotutions continues without rest. The hatred for persons of difference is absolute. The pathology increasingly self-evident. And as the Herald-Sun‘s Andrew Bolt might have said and the Catholic Archbishop of Paris did say during the German occupation of France from May 1940: prudence must dictate our words and actions.*

*See Vesna Drapac, War and Religion: Catholics in the Churches of Occupied Paris.  Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1998, passim.

 

 

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Christophobia, never herd of it—Oz
September 28, 2011

In Australia much glee at the courtroom defeat of columnist and blogger Andrew Bolt on the basis of provisions of the Racial Hatred Act 1995. These, Gary Johns of the IPA recalls, “were strongly opposed by the Coalition on the grounds that it might impinge free speech”. And so, apparently, it has proved.

Meanwhile, as you might say, out in the real world, regimes surely the envy of the nascent totalitarianism of the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens, show them how to do it properly. Thus:

An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity. . . .

Nadarkhani is the latest Christian cleric to be imprisoned in Iran for his religious beliefs. According to Elam Ministries, a United Kingdom-based organization that serves Christian churches in Iran, there was a significant increase in the number of Christians arrested solely for practicing their faith between June 2010 and January 2011. A total of 202 arrests occurred during that six-month period, including 33 people who remained in prison as of January, Elam reported. . . .

Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New York and an analyst for Fox News Channel, said Nadarkhani’s case is “unmistakable evidence” that Iran is executing Christians simply because they refuse to become Muslims.

Morris continued: “Will President Obama, and the free world, allow the United Nations to continue in its cowardly silence on this matter?”

The answer to that is a resounding “Yes”. So much behaviour occurs of the iranian type, both judicial and extra-judicial, and all of it tolerated by the mostly dead West whose own contempt for the person is revealed day by day in manic technocracy and cultural oblivion. Free speech in Australia: Bolt never had a chance, nor any one who follows.

Update: From Fresno, California: Teacher penalizes students for saying “bless you”:

A Northern California teacher says he doesn’t want to hear a common courtesy in his classroom.

He’s even lowering students’ grades if they say “bless you” after someone sneezes.

Steve Cuckovich says the practice is disrespectful and disruptive. He’s banned saying “bless you” in his high school health class in Vacaville.

He even knocked 25 points from one student’s grade for saying the phrase in class.

Cuckovich says the policy has nothing to do with religion, but says the phrase is just a outdated practice and disrupts class time.

“When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body,” Cuckovich said. “So they were saying, ‘god bless you’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, I said what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense anymore.”

After parents complained about students losing points for saying “bless you”, Cuckovich says he decided to stop the practice.

However, the teacher says he will just find another way to discipline students for saying “bless you” in class.

“Cowardly silence” has its roots in many things, not least the asinine behaviour of some school teachers.

Public not wanted
July 18, 2011

More evidence of official censorship.

Thus: CERN: “Don’t interpret the CLOUD experiment results”.

And this, also from Watts Up With That:

In an interesting opinion piece in The New York Times entitled “On Experts and Global Warming,” Gary Gutting, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, argues that the non-experts must accept the findings of the expert authorities in climate science.

Anthony Watts then proceeds to demolish this particular argument for collectivist uniformity. Kevin Rudd, you may recall, when Prime Minister likened the official position on climate change (apd) to that of Galileo. (JoNova rightly observed that official science is the establishment.) Given that peculiar instance of absurdity he, too, might care to read of genuine scientific endeavour. Not very likely, true, given his choice to side with lying propaganda and parliamentary despotism.

Meanwhile, A Look at the Australian Climate Network has examined The “Climate Data Derivatives” Market. This, in particular, examines the various sets of data available from the Bureau of meteorology, not least those manipulated to served a particular argument. In summary:

If an accountant were to use these same methods in preparing financial reports, he would surely go to jail for his efforts. And yet this obvious data manipulation seems to be the mainstay of modern “Climate Scientology”. It bears similarities to the financial manipulation that underlies the derivatives market in that the end product is almost unrecognisable from the data on which it is based. One wonders whether this “homogenised data” might better be labelled “Climate Data Derivatives”.

Whatever claims the BoM may have to operating an efficient weather station network, it is all for nothing when they let their data disappear into this cesspool of “homogenisation”.  As we can see from this small sample, none of the “homogenised” records bears any resemblance to the graphs produced from the presumably more realistic station data records. And when a whole century’s worth of “homogenised” data can be produced out of thin air, one has to ask – “what happened to the quality assurance procedures we were told about”.

Finally JoNova alerts us to “Election Now! National Rally Canberra + Tamworth event”.

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It’s just the beginning for reclaiming sovereignty from the federal parliamentary despots. Difficult, because Australia’s frankly feudal-cum-totalitarian media will either ignore or condemn any initiatives emerging from ordinary people.