Wednesday 20th of February 2019

real males shave with sandpaper and polish their angry brains with shit...


An ever more vocal group of angry men is rising in an Australia where women, protesters and dissidents should be seen and not heard, writes John Passant.

ANOTHER ANGRY MAN has killed two members of his family. But it is all about "misandry", isn’t it?

Because all those angry women out there killing their partners and kids are just ignored by the feminist media oligopolies and the left-wing lesbians running the ABC. Or, could it be, women don’t often kill their partners or ex-partners?

It is usually men who kill their partners, ex-partners and other members of their family, not women. And yes, not all men (who else is tired of this misogynist response?) but a man is many times more likely to kill their partner or ex-partner than a woman is.  

As reported by Jane Gilmore in the Sydney Morning Herald:

 … men commit more than 80 per cent of murders between couples who have a history of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority of those men had a history of abusing the women they ultimately killed.

In the 20 per cent of murders committed by women, over two-thirds were women killing men who had been abusing them. Of the 152 murders examined by the report only two cases were found where a woman killed a man she had a history of abusing.

Women live in fear. Men just need to ask the women in their lives how often they feel scared.

Misandry does not explain any of this unless you live in a warped world where men are threatened by women who want to be equal, and safe. Some men do live in that men’s rights, or even "incel", world. Others, like Senator David Leyonhjelm, live vicariously with them and off them to harvest their votes. That is part of the reason the "honourable" Senator told Sarah Hanson-Young during a Senate debate on protecting women, that she should "stop shagging men".

When the Prime Minister called on Leyonhjelm the "libertarian" – a contrarian posing as a libertarian – to apologise, he refused. Not only that, Leyonhjelm called Turnbull a "pussy" for suggesting he apologise. As Donald Trump helped make clear, "pussy" is slang for vagina. Leyonhjelm also called Turnbull a "soft-cock".

The Grand Wizard of Misogyny described Turnbull in genitalic terms. A pussy is, in incel world, weak. A soft-cock is impotent. Turnbull is effeminate. Leyonhjelm’s approach is not an accident since the essence of misogyny is that "real" men are strong and women are weak. So-called "strong" men, of course, can also be killers. They own "their" women and "their" kids.

Ownership of women springs from the bowels of capitalist society and the vital role women play in the reproduction of capitalism through childbearing and rearing.

There is a systemic problem in our society. The giant penis that men’s (far) right activist Andrew Nolch painted on the makeshift memorial to comedian Eurydice Dixon is another example of this systemic problem. Dixon was raped and murdered on her way home from a comedy gig. Nolch said it was the most anti-feminist thing he could do.

Women are the enemy. They are raped and murdered by men, and then they are blamed for their own rape and deaths or ridiculed. In the case I mentioned earlier of the 68-year-old father who killed his two teenage kids, the mother and the court custody system are to blame if you read the comments on men’s (far) right activist and even mainstream sites. Men are the victim, women and the court system (which Pauline Hanson wants to change) are to blame.

There is something else in all of this. Leyonhjelm’s slut-shaming of Hanson-Young is an attempt to shut her down. He wants to stop her from talking, from advocating for women and from making the point that it is overwhelmingly men who kill or attack their partners or ex-partners. It is men who rape women.

Similarly, governments want to stop us learning about the reality of the brutalisation of women and children and men on Manus Island and Nauru. The release of information about that reality has been criminalised. The Nauruan Government, with the Turnbull Government cheering quietly from behind the scenes, has stopped the truth-telling ABC from attending the Pacific Forum on Nauru in early September.

The current Government has charged Witness K and his lawyer for revealing the truth about Australia bugging the East Timor cabinet. Prime Minister Turnbull and Opposition Leader Shorten have joined forces to pass draconian new legislation which could see protesters gaoled for the crime of their protests being effective.

The men’s far right want to return us to a world where women are men’s possessions, to do with what they want. The Government wants to suppress the voices of real journalists, protesters, dissidents and whistleblowers.

The message is clear. Women, protesters and dissidents should be seen and not heard. The suppression of women is the suppression of all of us. It is systemic. For the liberation of women, for freedom of expression, we need system change. The women’s liberation movement of the 60s and 70s shows a way forward. Don’t be too polite girls, don’t be too polite.

Let’s make Leyohnhjelmosaurus extinct and, in doing that, open up a space for freedom, for all of us.


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Hume agrees Leyonhjelm took things too far. "David Leyonhjelm is the most harmless individual," she says. "I don’t think he demonstrated particularly good judgment on this one. You shouldn’t talk about other people’s personal lives. I don’t care whether you’re male or female. Sarah was foolish to put it all on Hansard. She shouldn’t have made it a big deal."


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Leyonhjelm isn't a "harmless individual"... He is a POLITICIAN !

"I’m surrounded by staff who can’t punctuate and who put capital letters in the wrong places..."


the not reported murders...


Dr Jill Tomlinson, a researcher on the Counting Dead Women project at feminist organisation Destroy The Joint, says the three murders over the weekend are similar to dozens of cases she comes across each year — cases where a female victim is murdered by a man who knew her, and where there are few details about the crime itself.

"There are many deaths where unfortunately we don't come across the names of the individual, and where the media reports are very short," she told the ABC's daily news podcast The Signal.

"The reports just mention that there was a woman's body that was found outside of somewhere, and somebody is helping the police with their inquiries, and in those circumstances, there will be very few Australians who actually hear of the woman's death, and it doesn't register in the consciousness."

'Reporting shaped by what's achievable'

Paul Bibby, is a freelance journalist and lecturer at Griffith University who used to cover courts for The Sydney Morning Herald, said a big factor in whether murders like those over the weekend were covered was how interested other media outlets were in the stories, what pictures were available, and what other stories beyond court were happening at the same time.

He said media organisations operated with limited resources, and editors prioritised stories that audiences would read and share.

"It's also, I think, a question of just purely what a journalist can manage on that day," he told The Signal.

"With tighter and tighter deadlines and fewer and fewer resources across the news media, a big factor in what's covered is simply sufficing — so simply picking something that I can get done to file by the time I need to file it, and to meet the expectations of my editor or producer."

Mr Bibby also thinks news editors and reporters had a limited interest in some kinds of domestic violence cases because their readers, viewers and listeners found them overwhelming, which might explain why some murders got relatively little coverage.


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the three stooges...


From Mungo:


OUR OLDER READERS – the really old ones – may remember The Three Stooges, Larry, Curly and Moe.

These deliberately offensive American deplorables bumbled and bashed their way through a series of short movies designed to fill in the gaps at the newsreels, popular at the time.

They were supposed to be funny and perhaps trans-Pacific audiences may have found them so but in Australia, they were more annoying than anything else — an irritation until the real cartoons, the authentic Looney Tunes, came around.

The Stooges were seriously unloved and unlovable, but they were hard to ignore — rather like their fresh incarnations as David, Pauline and Mark. The Australian Parliament has allowed them to be born again.

We are referring, of course, to Mark Latham and his two latter-day mentors — Senators David Leyonhjelm and Pauline Hanson, whose combined nastiness has recently devolved into a kind of 1950s cheap routine, which has elements of farce, certainly, but of the most distasteful kind.

Whether it is Leyonhjelm’s misogynist bravado, Hanson’s incoherent xenophobia or Latham’s serial vendettas, our modern Stooges are determined to keep their own slapstick melodrama in the public gaze long after it has passed its used-by date.

And they are joined in the hip: having ratted on his Labor Party, Latham joined Leyonhjelm’s Liberal Democrats, only to desert him to campaign for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, for which he is said to be contemplating a political comeback.

He is polishing his credentials by parroting PM Malcolm Turnbull on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (liar, liar, pants on fire) and making as many other enemies as possible. Hanson and the publicly-shunned Leyonhjelm are apparently cool about that — after all, we Stooges have to stand together. But why they would want to do so is less clear.

Despite their blunders and brutalities, none of the three is irrevocably stupid. Latham was considered both a protégé and a prodigy by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who promoted him as party leader — he overcame the reservations of admired elders like John Faulkner to persuade his colleagues that Latham could and should be prime minister. And there was a time – admittedly a fairly brief one – when it appeared Whitlam could be right; Latham looked smart, politically savvy and above all, a rusted-on Laborite — until he self-immolated.


Mungo MacCallum is a veteran journalist who worked for many years in the Canberra Press Gallery. This article was published on 'Pearls and Irritations

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What persuaded the Laborites about Latham was his thesis on Capital. He wrote, possibly first as a university thesis then expanded into a complex study of the way Capital was in need of a toilet brush clean: Civilising Global Capital was the title of the work... What has transpired since is that Latham seems not to understand a single word of what he wrote, possibly parroting a lot of other clever economists, in his own jargon, adding some present rudeness to his hubris. Here is the blurb for this book:


The Australian people are again looking to Labor for the next generation of public policy ideas and reforms. This is why Mark Latham's book is so valuable. It is a fresh and thoughtful assessment of the means by which Labor might renew its program for social democracy.' - Gough Whitlam

Global capital treats us all with ruthless efficiency. We are either consumers, factors of production, or a deadweight loss. Our human aspirations - individual and social - are feeling the pressure of globalisation.

Globalisation has left parties and politicians struggling for solutions. The political Right has not been able to show, once the active role of government is withdrawn, how individual liberty alone can answer the insecurity and remorseless inequity of an open economy. The choice between market freedom, with its army of working poor, and the failings and unsustainable costs of the welfare state, is barely a choice at all. It simply points to the need for a third way. 

Internationally, parties of the Left are responding by reasserting the public values and policies of a good and compassionate society. The choices made by the ALP and other social democratic causes will determine, perhaps permanently, whether these goals remain feasible.

In this book, Mark Latham declares as irrelevant the old politics of the Left/Right divide. He embraces a different set of values and policies - social responsibility, equality of opportunity and merited reward, public mutuality and the wholesale devolution of governance. Fresh solutions to the problems of unemployment, economic sovereignty, tax and welfare are available to us. Latham shows why they are needed, and how they might work.

Civilising Global Capitalism offers a rich and cohesive store of ideas to reconcile the global economy with the values of a decent society. To read it is to take part in the regeneration of Australia s social democracy.


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Mark Latham's failure to inspire beyond piles of shit placed along his trajectory can be explained. You can do this yourself with a shovel. As far as the other two stooges, they believe in their hubris, as long as it sustains their income... 

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