The Ugly Result Of Mass Hysteria.

Originally posted on ramio1983:

As i woke up in the early morning of the 17th of September i switched on my TV and saw “Breaking News” basically on all television stations here in Australia. Words scrolled underneath about “overnight terror raids” in my city of Sydney. Images of sirens flashing and men handcuffed and restrained whilst on their knees. Their faces blurred with only their distinguishable features being their thick beards. As i went to work i saw peoples faces glued to the television sets, making comments among one another and certainly i saw the fear creeping up to their eyes after hearing about these ISIS supporters planning a random beheading in the streets of Sydney, and after what happened in the streets of London, for a moment i understood their concerns.

One of the terror raids convicted (and later freed)

One of the terror raids convicted (and later freed)

Yet three days after the attack and these horrifying images being plastered all…

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Craig Kelly MP – working for his electorate by rubbishing the ABC and pandering to Islamophobes

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Craig Kelly is the Liberal Federal MP for the seat of Hughes.

When this story and picture surfaced of a man allegedly bashed by police during a  raid on his home connected to Operation Hammerhead, Craig joined in the jeers from his anti-Muslim Facebook fans with a swipe at the ABC for *gasp* reporting the news.

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We don’t have much evidence that Craig is very bright so we will tell him that bashing suspects is NOT correct police procedure. In some rare instances an officer may need to act against an alleged suspect to protect the lives of themselves, their colleagues or someone else at a crime scene.

This was not the case in this instance.

We are not aware either that this man has been charged with any crimes.

What Craig should have done before opening his mouth was to request an investigation by his State colleagues. After all he has more clout with Police Minister Stuart Ayres than we do.

We are also told that the Police Commissioner would regard such allegations as serious and is keen to emphasise that unprofessional conduct by the police is not sanctioned.

It is the job of the ABC to report news, not to make life more relaxed and comfortable for the current shambolic Federal government. And we know that the ABC sometimes goes overboard in brown-nosing the current government in an effort to silence its yammering critics, all of whom are besties of the Coalition.

But we hope the voters in Hughes remember at the next Federal election that their current member prefers cosying up and having a laugh with his rabid Facebook cronies as well as rubbishing the national broadcaster rather than actually doing any electorate work.

And who are the real terrorists in the community again?

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Received by a Muslim family in Sydney

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We think that other Muslims have received these threats as well.

This is typical of the behaviour of cowardly far right hate groups like the various flavours of ADL.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has stated that he does not want Muslims targeted by bigots.

Sending anonymous threats by post or using electronic media to threaten or harass people is illegal.

So if anyone receives any threats either in the mail, by telephone, via e mail or via social media, or who are abused or threatened  in the street by these low-life, take government advice  and go to your local police and report it.

You will receive an event number which is a record of your complaint.

When you have done so let your local State MP know and give them the event number.

Remember you have the support of all fair-minded and tolerant Australians.

Of riff raff, thugs, nutjobs and stolen flags

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However community leader Dr Jamal Rifi says the mosque had no intention of supporting the Islamic State.

“Probably this flag should not have been put for an auction,” Dr Rifi says.

“But the people made this a couple of months ago, well before the atrocities of the barbaric state. It was a gesture mainly to raise some funds for the Markaz Imam Ahmad mosque in Liverpool. In no way did they want to show any support for the barbaric state and in no way was it endorsing their atrocities.”

Dr Rifi says the flag has significance to all Muslims, and does not belong exclusively to the Islamic State.

“It is a flag that all Muslims aspire to because it is the first flag that flew with the name that there is no God but God, and the Prophet is the messenger of God.”

“It is a generic term. It is Shahada, which is the first pillar of all Muslims and it’s been hijacked by the Islamic State the same way the cross has been hijacked by the Ku Klux Klan and we should look at it in its entirety. This does not belong to them, it belongs to all of us.”

We can sympathise with Muslim community leader Dr Jamal Rifi when he condemns the misuse of the Shahada flag by the ratbag riff raff nutjob thugs of IS.

Because in this country we have the Eureka Flag, the symbol of the Eureka Stockade and long the banner of the labour movement,  which has been similarly hijacked and misused by ratbag riff raff nutjob thugs from “patriotic” far right organisations with ties to neo-Nazis.

Now NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird wants to ban the Shahada flag

So Mike, are you going to stop all those far right groups from trashing our Eureka flag? Or is it only important when you get a chance to sink the boot into the Muslim community?

 

The Muslims want their ancient Shahada flag back. And we want our Eureka flag back.

 

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Forget foreign fighters, we grow them in Straya mate

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Remember back in 2011 when ASIO itself identified the major terrorist threat to Australia?

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Nothing has changed

Forget ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Provos or anyone else.

So want to see a bunch of pathetic wannabe terrorists, just as sick and warped in intent but laughably incompetent in execution?

Here’s the ADL.

The main activity of the  ADL seems to be attempts at  intelligence gathering.

We know intelligence mentioned in the same breath as ADL is an oxymoron but we note that the various ADLs (there are many: they have fungoid characteristics) love to take pictures and share them.

They also like to steal pictures from unsuspecting Facebook and Twitter users, and to drool over pictures stolen by their fellow rejects.

 

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 And here’s what passes for ideology amidst the Keyboard Cadres.

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Oh and here’s Trevor. Scary right?.

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Trevor Smith – believed to be an early hominid dug up by prehistorians somewhere nasty. Or an oxy moron.

And just to remind you, here’s some more about their obsessive stalking and here’s the 7:30 story on these wackos.

Reconciliation and decolonisation in suicide prevention

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Guest post from Dameyon Bonson

The founder of LGBTI Indigenous Australian social network Black Rainbow, Dameyon Bonson, pens his thoughts on the lack of solid mental health data available among LGBTI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

QUITE tragically, as you are reading these first few words there is a high probability somebody will attempt to end their life by suicide. There is even a higher probability that that somebody is part of the LGBTI community, particularly if they are at the point of self-realisation and disclosure. If that person is an Indigenous Australian, the probability amplifies yet again.

How do I know this? Because that’s what the evidence suggests. LGBTI people are said to have the highest rates of self-harm and suicide of any population in Australia. Same-sex attracted Australians are said to exhibit up to 14-times-higher rates of suicide attempts than their heterosexual peers. Yet, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 996 suicides reported across Australia between 2001 and 2010 among Indigenous peoples. We are told that 1.6 per cent of all Australians die by suicide but for Indigenous peoples, this rate is more than 4.2 per cent, or one in every 24.

As mentioned, the evidence only suggests this because we are coalescing the data from two different groups and hypothesising the maths. In other words we aren’t really sure.

However, when we aggregate the data for the Kimberley region and take one particular town during 2012, there were 40 young people who died by suicide. That’s nearly 100 times the national average. Now, I’m not suggesting that these young people were members of the LGBTI community. However, when the social determinants affecting Aboriginal people are seen as a causation of suicidality, the question does have to be asked, what is the amplified risk if they are LGBTI?

To explore what happens when the Indigenous and LGBTI world comes together, intersectionality theory is a way of understanding and uncovering any potential health inequalities. It is also a great way to highlight those previously unknown, caused by a kaleidoscope of social inequalities, whether it be race, gender, class, and/or sexuality.

For the LGBTI community, homophobia, either perceived or actual, is a precursor to one’s level of psychological distress. And if, as suggested, same-sex attracted Australians are up to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, then homophobia, transphobia, cisgenderism, biphobia, sexism, and hetereosexist behaviours play a big part in how well someone lives, and someone dying.

For Indigenous Australians, other factors are at play and overlaid. These include racism, social location, socioeconomic disparities and intergenerational trauma. The psychological distress caused by these determinants can lead to complex mental health and drug and alcohol issues, such as manifestations of violence toward oneself (self-harm) or others: domestic, family and lateral violence.

So I have raised and discussed the issues and attempted to converse about the tragedy of suicide in the least sensational or emotive way. So where to from here? I’d like to know, because I don’t have the answers. However, I do have some starting points. First, I’m going go start by sharing with you a quote. A quote that is often referred to as the Lila Watson quote: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Participating with the view of being part of the liberation of Indigenous people is the single most overlooked and fundamental principle of genuinely inclusive work. Being part of the liberation is also knowing when you are required and a good indication of that is when you have been asked. Don’t let an over-zealous sense of entitlement to charity or benevolence be your motivation. Also pay attention to the research. Cultural continuity is a protective factor to suicide.

The great Writing Themselves In series, Growing Up Queer report and the current research by Dr Delaney Skerritt provides opportunity for us, as Indigenous researchers and members of the Indigenous LGBTI community, to come up with strengthening solutions. The time is ripe for those who are willing to come on this journey with us, to support us and share your resources with us. I personally believe that the issues facing the Indigenous LGBTI community, once identified and workshopped to discover actions to respond, can be added as an amendment or appendant to national strategies and health plans. Structures already exist for us to coexist within. And if the collaborative work is underpinned by liberation, an enhanced sense of reconciliation can truly happen within the LGBTI community.

Dameyon Bonson is an Indigenous researcher and consultant, mental health researcher and convenor of Black Rainbow Australia. Follow him on Twitter: @db_1974

You can also follow Black Rainbow on Twitter or like their Facebook page.

Support is available for anyone who may need it. Phone Qlife 1800 184 527, Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.

**This article first appeared in the August issue of the Star Observer.

Racist rants – it’s Perth’s turn

Sadly despite the successful apprehension and prosecution of racist abusers  and the increased willingness of normal members of the public to make a stand against these abusers we still get stories like these surfacing.

Unfortunately both stories are from Perth this time. Curiously too, the attacks were both from people from ethnic minorities.

The first involves a series of unhinged racist tweets made to West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui by Vinh Nguyen.

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Read more:  Man charged over racist tweets to Nic Natanui

 

The second was a train ranter who targeted a young  Asian woman

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Morrison’s moral burden

Originally posted on Urban Wronski Writes:

Scott Morrison’s performances on television are disturbing, disgraceful and delusional. Even for a member of the Abbott Cabinet, his performances exceed all reasonable standards of propriety. Granted, he has yet to follow the barking Christopher Pyne in the use of the “grub” word but as a Minister of the Crown, he is an alarming spectacle. Is he mad? Is he a deluded, paranoid megalomaniac? Does he suffer an extreme narcissistic personality disorder? The jury is still out. It could be all of these. And more. This week, however, Morrison revealed a vital clue. He has a great moral burden.

Now a great moral burden in itself would cripple many of our best-adjusted. But tip this into the mix of other the other toxic ingredients in the noxious brew that is Morrison’s peculiar psychopathology and you can expect a monstrous horror show to result.    

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Scott Morrison fails the test, outed as a bully

Just when you thought the asylum seeker issue could not get any worse, we had the embarassing spectacle of the $800 Knob himself, the oleaginously and publicly pious Scott Morrison, very average former head of Tourism Australia, currently in charge of the network of concentration camps which house asylum seekers who arrive by boat, fronting the AHRC (Australian Human Rights Commission) with his Department secretary as willing spear-carrier, to take on one of the most formidable and forensic lawyers in Australia, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the AHRC.

Watch the video of the AHRC hearing into children in detention here

And you can read The World Today‘s transcript here.

A New Matilda reader also took a transcript.

Public hearing ACT – National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

Minister Scott Morrison and Department secretary Martin Bowles are involved from time segment 7:30 (full context starting at time segment 1:24:54).

The section related to the end sentence in this New Matilda article is:

Triggs: “…I’ve been there three times, you cannot get into any of the sections without going through armed guards, etc etc”
Bowles: “we do not have armed guards”
Triggs: “…I don’t need to (garbled)…”
Bowles: “we do not have armed guards”
Triggs: “…to describe them as not prisons…”
Bowles: “we do not have armed guards President, I’d like you to acknowledge that”
Triggs: “I’m not sure, but I’m, I’m, um, aahhhh”
Bowles: “I’d like you to acknowledge that, we do not have armed guards”
Triggs: “I will check that with my clients then because some of those guards are armed…”
Bowles: “well I, again, again President, I would like you to check that and I would like you to retract that”
Triggs: “well I ah”
Morrison: “I’d just like to understand what the president is suggesting”
Triggs: “The point I’m making is…”

Triggs: “…on any analysis that is either locked detention or a prison”
Morrison: “well Madam President you would’ve been to many gaols and prisons…”
Triggs: “indeed”
Morrison: “…and are you suggesting that Long Bay Gaol is the same as a pool fenced Alternative Place Of Detention at Phosphate Hill on Christmas Island”?
Triggs: “…………um, I would like to move on but basically I have been a practicing lawyer since I was 22 years old so I know a prison when I see it”
Morrison: “Madam President, I’ve just asked you, you’ve said that these places are prisons, now you’ve been in prisons, so you’re telling me that the Phosphate Hill Compound on Christmas Island is the same as Long Bay Gaol?”
Triggs: “I’m not saying they’re equivalent, I’m saying that the, the, prison facilities…”
Morrison: “Well, we can move on then I think Madam President”
Triggs: “Ok…”

So Morrison doesn’t believe that immigration detention is not imprisonment? And bluster-master Morrison thinks it is OK to talk over the top of one of the country’s most respected public servants?

Then he’d better try our random vision test. Ten mixed photographs of prisons and detention facilities. Can you spot the difference?

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We cannot. Morrison deludes himself yet again.