Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Must not suggest that it is mostly women who do the cooking

She became Britain’s most successful female Olympian of all-time after winning her fourth gold in Rio but Laura Trott was still subjected to casual sexism after her fiance, Jason Kenny, won his sixth gold medal.

Kenny, 28, drew level with Sir Chris Hoy on six golds after a sensational ride in the keirin final at the velodrome.

Trott, 24, made history earlier by becoming the first female Briton to win four gold medals at the Olympics and watched on as fiance Kenny equaled Hoy’s record.

However, Chris Boardman, who won a pursuit gold for Great Britain at the 1992 Olympics, sparked outrage in the aftermath of Kenny’s win, saying: ‘She’s [Trott] doing all the emotion for him – he’s [Kenny] looking at her wondering what’s for tea!’

Boardman quickly attempted to clarify his remarks on Twitter after the race by insisting it had nothing to do with Trott’s gender.

However, that didn’t stop hordes of people taking to Twitter to criticise the 47-year-old for his comments.

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Australian university:  You can freely say that conservatives are like Nazis but must not say that anti-Israel Arabs are like Nazis

SYDNEY University has been accused of “serious academic bias’’ after a student reported lecturers at the institution were likening current conservative politicians to Nazis.

Lecturers also compared Australia’s handling of refugees to the Nazis’ treatment of mentally ill people murdered in Germany in the 1940s.

According to free speech advocate Matthew Lesh, who is running a project with the Institute of Public Affairs to reveal bias on campus, universities are becoming “closed intellectual shops” where “only certain ideas are allowed to be expressed’’.

During a lecture this month about the treatment of gay people in Nazi Germany, students were told it was “something out of ... (Liberal Senator) Cory Bernardi’s handbook”.

A second-year student ended up pulling out of the subject, The Holocaust, History and Aftermath, after he was prevented from presenting his class assignment on modern instances of anti-Semitism.

The 22-year-old, who was afraid to be named for fear of reprisals, said he was told by the tutor not to explain how anti-Israel sentiment can be linked to anti-Semitism.

“I was halfway through my slides when the tutor told me to skip the rest of the presentation, saying ‘We don’t want people to get the wrong idea about you’,” the student said. “It was clear I was not allowed to discuss this, it was quite dogmatic.”

The student quit the subject and later received what he described as an unfairly low mark.

The free speech think-tank issued a report recently which found eight in 10 universities it examined had policies or had restricted free speech.

“Students should be free to express views, not be interrupted and punished,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the university said it did not seek to avoid politics in lectures.

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Monday, August 22, 2016


Racism or a realistic perception of danger?

A farmer in Saskatchewan lives near a "First Nations" (Canadian Indian) settlement and there has been a great deal of crime among the Indians concerned.  So when he saw a carload of Indians driving onto his farm, he fired first and asked questions later.  He was probably too impulsive but if you were in fear of being  violently attacked, you might shoot first too. 

The shooting was undoubtedly based on a perception of racial differences but it was also a realistic perception of racial differences.  So are we here dealing with realism rather than racism in any other sense?

That the farmer has been charged with murder has enraged many Saskatchewan whites who think he acted reasonably in self defence.  They back up that belief with many critical comments about Indians which justify the farmer's fear.  Are such comments "hate speech" or are they a reasonable comment on real differences?  A bit of both, perhaps

Comments like  “He should have shot all five of them (and) be given a medal” and “his only mistake was leaving three witnesses.” undoubtedly express hate but what has provoked that hate?  Two things mainly, dysfunctional Indian behaviour and coddling of Indians by the government. 

Government favoritism is undoubtedly a great way to poison white attitudes to Indians.  Racism begets racism. A new system in which Indians and whites are treated equally would undoubtedly do much to defuse tensions.  A perception of injustice would be removed and a perception of injustice is almost always a great source of anger. But such a reform will not happen while Pretty Boy runs Canada.  Odd how Leftists are great preachers of equality but are in fact major sources of unequal treatment.  Wouldn't it be great if Leftists had some real principles that they stuck by?



Much has been said and written in recent days about racism following the shooting death of a young man on the Northwestern Saskatchewan farm of Gerald Stanley, who stands charged with murder.

What happened that day to 22-year-old Colten Boushie was tragic; for his family, loved ones and community it is an unimaginable loss.

Racism against aboriginal people in this province is very real. It is part of a long and sad chapter of our history and culture.

As recently as the late 1990s, an interesting analysis of this was undertaken by Mr. Justice Ron Barclay of the Court of Queen’s Bench when asked to rule that prospective jurors in a murder trial could be questioned on their perceptions of an aboriginal accused.

He wrote: “Widespread anti-aboriginal racism is a grim reality in Canada and in Saskatchewan. It exists openly and blatantly in attitudes and actions of individuals.

“It exists privately in the fears, in the prejudices and stereotypes held by many people and it exists in our institutions. Furthermore, examination of racism as it impacts specifically on aboriginal people suggests they are prime victims of racial prejudice.”

What possessed a landowner to allegedly pull out a loaded gun? All the self-defence laws in the world will not excuse the use of lethal force for trespassing on land.

The context of life in rural Saskatchewan will be considered, where increasingly vandalism, thefts and occasionally grotesque acts of violence befall some farm families that are alone and living miles away from help.

The area around Colten’s hometown of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation is particularly notorious.

It is where the execution-style slaying of two men happened on a nearby farm in 1994; recently stolen cars from Wilkie appear on Red Pheasant; in 2005, a family at Cando, fed up after eight attacks in a year, said they were being driven off their farm after two Red Pheasant men and several youths trashed their farm, set vehicles ablaze and looted their house.

Racism happens when someone becomes a target not for what they did but for what they look like, or, in this case, where they live. The death of young Colten Boushie, in the wrong place at the wrong time, deserves answers.

There are many facts yet to be revealed. Allowing the courts, the rule of law and justice to prevail is the correct first step.

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British female Conservative politician says Burkinis Are "Hate Speech In A Piece Of Clothing"



From the August 17 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto

STUART VARNEY (GUEST HOST): How is this for not being politically correct, three more towns in France banning the Burkini. France's Prime Minister supporting these towns, he says the full-body swimsuit for Muslim women goes against French values. Louise, do you think the French are doing the right thing banning the Burkini?

LOUISE MENSCH: Stu, I really do. I think the bikini and the burqa and the full face niqab are grossly offensive garments that say terrible things about women's bodies. They say that a woman's ordinary body is immodest, I think it's basically hate speech in a piece of clothing. Would you allow somebody to go out into the streets and wear a big t-shirt saying "I hate Muslims?" When you wear those clothes, you're saying "I hate women," and it's that attitude that leads to honor killings of women. I'm glad France is doing this.....

MENSCH: I think you should exclude these kind of extremist garments from French culture, they go against French laws of secularism, which, by the way, apply in France to all religions. Furthermore, you don't need to wear this shroud to go swimming, and you can smuggle weapons.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016



Trump Fan Takes Drastic Measures to Protect Free Speech

A man in Colonie, New York, is taking drastic measures to protect his yard sign supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after he watched five prior signs get destroyed or stolen.

Homeowner and prominent local businessman Robert Marini decided to illuminate the sixth sign with a bank of lights, sink the sign’s base in concrete, and build a wall of barbed wire around it.

“I don’t have enough time in my life to go around stealing Bernie Sanders signs or Hillary Clinton signs. It’s not something that I even thought about doing,” Marini told the Times Union newspaper. “Everybody’s got a right to free speech, right? At least we think so in America today. But some people on the left don’t believe in that, so they just take what’s not theirs.”

Marini is positive that his Trump signs have been targeted by some local leftist who hates Trump. He points out that other signs in the area for Clinton or Sanders have never been touched. The proud Trump supporter also points out he is the only one in the area willing to put a Trump sign in his yard, so his support of the candidate is a high-profile event.

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Muslim hate speech sanctioned for once

Deutsche Welle (DW; German State Radio) ended its contact with Nagi Abbas, an Egyptian journalist in its Arabic section, on Friday following his controversial social media posts calling for the assault of activist Mahienour El-Masry.

The post was published by Abbas on Wednesday. It included insults about El-Masry and calls for people to attack her using acid, and to force feed her acid.

DW said that the journalist “called for an act that is punishable by law”. The German media institution said that before taking any decision, it conducted investigations into the matter, which included speaking to the journalist who did not deny the authenticity of the post.

The journalist was fired, DW added, and further legal measures are being taken.

El-Masry is lawyer and political activist who was just released from prison. After her release she wrote a Facebook post praising and saluting her prison inmates, where she mentioned “Aunt Samia Shanan”.

Abbas is a journalist who is specialised in Egyptian-European relations

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Friday, August 19, 2016



A Facebook post that destroyed a former deputy principal's life has now cost the poster $150,000

No free speech protection attaches to defamation

Before the Facebook post, former deputy principal Kenneth Rothe, 74, enjoyed his life running two small seaside motels with his wife and caring for his grandchildren.

Afterwards, Mr Rothe was the subject of a brutal bashing that left him hospitalised for six months and his family were so scared they moved interstate.

Now a NSW District Court judge has forced the man who wrote the defamatory Facebook post to pay $150,000 in damages.

"Pedophile [sic] warning:- Nambucca has been used as a relocation for these monsters – blue dolphin –nirvana hotel and above the Indian restaurant! …Bus stops are right out front of theses hotels for our children?"

Mr Rothe was the owner of the Blue Dolphin Motel and Nirvana Village Motel and a rental apartment in Nambucca Heads on the state's mid north coast.

He sometimes offered crisis accommodation for people fleeing family disputes but emphatically denied he ever housed ex-prisoners or paedophiles under any agreement.

A "devastated" and "distressed" Mr Rothe begged Mr Scott for a retraction and an apology but neither was given to him.

Instead his life was seriously threatened – twice.

Mr Rothe told the court that just before the first assault someone said to him, "Are you the Blue Dolphin paedophile?" 

People started making anonymous phone calls to the motel, some asking for sex, and the Nambucca Valley Crime Information Facebook page republished the allegations.

Judge Judith Gibson found that Mr Rothe was an upright member of the north coast community who ran his businesses in accordance with the law.

"This Facebook attack was made on him out of the blue, with no prior inquiry of any kind by any person," Judge Gibson said. "It has had a devastating effect on him," she said.

"It would be fair to say that the publication of the matter complained of has destroyed the plaintiff's wellbeing as well as his peace of mind."

Judge Gibson found there was no factual basis to Mr Scott's claims, he was an "unimpressive witness"  and he had made no attempt to verify the information he had heard from others prior to posting his rant.

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Must not say bad things about Gypsies

A Tory MP has sparked outrage after he compared a group of travellers to the feared conqueror - Genghis Khan.

Gary Streeter, 55, labelled the group as intruders and accused them of causing major disruption after setting up camp at a park on Sunday.

The travellers were evicted from the site in Plymouth, Devon, yesterday lunchtime.

But Mr Streeter, who represents South West Devon, has now launched a tirade against their way of life.  He said: 'The key to tackling this perennial problem is to remove travellers like these from the "vulnerable ethnic minority" status.

'They are as vulnerable as Genghis Khan, most of them are as ethnic as I am, and all have permanent homes elsewhere in the UK.

Mr Streeter has aired his feelings about the travelling community on several previous occasions, but his latest comments have caused anger among senior Labour councillors.

Philippa Davey, shadow cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said Mr Streeter’s views confirm research by Anglia Ruskin University, which found discrimination against gypsies and travellers is the 'last bastion of acceptable racism'.

She said: 'Of course the council should deal with unauthorised access to land, but comparing people to Genghis Khan and making sweeping judgements about very vulnerable groups of people is irresponsible.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016



Pink for girls is SEXIST!

Its return to TV screens has been hotly-anticipated by baking fans across Britain. But the Great British Bake Off has come under fire from keen-eyed viewers for being 'sexist' when unveiling the contestants for this year's competition.

Revealing the 12 candidates for the popular show's seventh series, BBC producers had the six men and six women pose with 'gender-related' frosting.

Posing for the camera, the men can be seen holding a bowl of 'manly' blue icing sugar, while the women pose alongside a pink topping.

Viewers have been quick to take to Twitter to complain about the 'sexist' and 'embarrassingly dated' move.

Lorna Stewart wrote: 'Pink icing for women, blue for men. Men in @BritishBakeOff obviously make much more manly icing. Grrrr blue. #GBBO'

Bethan Smith said: 'Hey @BritishBakeOff, why is the icing pink for a woman, blue for a man in the contestant pics? Seems a bit pigeonholing and backward! #GBBO'

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Must not describe any woman as pear-shaped



Gold’s Gym put their heads together this week when planning a new advertising campaign for their fitness centre.

‘This is no shape for a girl’ their Facebook post read, and by shape — they were talking about a pear.

The marketing mob at Gold’s Dreamland gym, which is based in a hospital in Egypt, were probably pretty chuffed with themselves when the image started to go viral. But the reason for the thousands of shares, comments and retweets wasn’t because of their catchy phrase.

No, people were pissed.

“Well I WAS a member of Golds but looks like I need to find a gym that doesn’t body shame and degrade women for their appearance,” one facebook user posted under the image.

“This is exactly why so many people hate their bodies. Stop spewing crap like this. You can encourage people to be healthy without the use of body shaming,” another added.

“If that’s all your PR came up with I’d fire them all.”

In response to the backlash, the gym issued an apology. But unfortunately, that just made matters worse.

The simple black box with the text ‘Our Apology’ created almost as much outrage as the original post of the pear. “Our apology, this post was not meant to offend anyone,” the Gym wrote next to the image.

As you’d expect, social media users didn’t buy the #sorrynotsorry approach. In fact, the back pedalling apology only added fuel to a pretty raging fire.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016



Viewers of CBC's Olympic coverage outraged after 'racist' announcer is caught on mic saying 14-year-old Chinese swimmer 'went out like stink, died like a pig'

Apparently intended as humorous but pretty unpleasant language to apply to an athlete doing her best

Canadian broadcaster CBC has been forced to apologize after one of its commentators said a 14-year-old female Chinese swimmer 'went out like stink' and 'died like a pig' during a race.

Commentator Byron MacDonald thought his mic was turned off when he started to dispense some of his own opinions at the end of the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final.

MacDonald, who was brought on board CBC's commentary team to provide 'color' could be heard saying: 'That little 14-year-old from China dropped the ball, baby. Too excited, went out like stink, died like a pig. Thanks for that.'

Chinese swimmer Ai Yanhan, 14, swam the second leg of the relay in 1:57.79 — 1.61 seconds slower than Canada's Taylor Ruck, allowing the Canadians to close the gap on China.

Viewers across Canada were quick to react online after being shocked by the tone and the language used

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When a cake is "violent"



Mia Freedman has written about being 'Facebook shamed' because of her son's birthday cake. The founder of Australian website MamaMia posted a video of the 'smash' birthday cake to her social media pages, only to find some mums weren't fans.

The cake, made by Sydney Smash Cakes, is filled with lollies and needs to be broken open like a pinata.

In the video, her eight-year-old son uses a large rolling pin to break open the chocolate shell encompassing the cake.

Then the clip shows a horde of boys hands grabbing at the sweets inside the cake, leaving nothing behind.

Some followers of hers on Facebook were not please with the cake, calling it 'violent' and claiming it made them stressed.

'Horrible..horrible...horrible!' Valerie D McCrae wrote. 'Violent attack on cake followed by greedy me me me grab for sweets! No wonder kids think manners are of no importance.'

However not everyone disliked the cake, with others comparing it to a pinata at a party and saying some mums were overreacting.

Freedman called the comments a 'heated debate' but didn't back down from her cake choice.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016



Racial stereotypes get something of a pass for once

A film about a hot dog's relationship with other foods - including a climax involving a food orgy - is causing uproar for alleged racial stereotypes.

Comedian Seth Rogen co-wrote the new animated adult comedy, Sausage Party, a spoof of the many Disney and Pixar films.

But the film has divided opinion over its content, with some praising the over-the-top racism and others on social media unhappy with the Sony flick.

In one example, the movie features some Nazi German sauerkraut dedicated to 'exterminating the juice'.

Actress Salma Hayek also reportedly does the voice for a lesbian Mexican taco while the film features a Native American bottle of Firewater which complains he had settled in a store first before being kicked out to the backroom.

An Arabic loaf of lavash longs for 77 bottles of extra-virgin olive oil awaiting him in the next life, Heat Street reports, adding that the film also includes an Irish potato who sings 'Danny Boy' and has a catchphrase 'Jesus! F**k!' 

While the film has been widely commented on for its racism - many tweets laughing at the jokes, others criticizing it - it has found support from left-wing newspaper The Guardian.

Film reviewer Jordan Hoffman declared that the 'whole thing is so tasty, you may just want seconds'.

'Racial stereotypes await on every aisle, which will undoubtedly be a third rail for some viewers,' he wrote.  'My attitude is that if you want to play in that sandbox, you have to be sure to insult everyone and, more importantly, make sure the jokes work.'

 'The movie is, in its own jokey way, celebrating the differences among nations and peoples while also reminding us that those differences are only skin deep.'

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Australian Libertarian Senator files racism complaint because he was called an 'angry white male'

Leftists frequently refer to "white males" in various contexts, apparently quite unaware that they are being racially discriminatory

Senator David Leyonhjelm has lodged a complaint under the Racial Discrimination Act for comments made about him by a journalist.

The Liberal Democrat senator, from New South Wales, submitted the complaint last week after a Fairfax media article was published referring to him as a 'boorish and gormless as a result of being an angry white male', reported the Daily Telegraph.

It is reportedly the first complaint of its kind for the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Under this section, it states it is unlawful to commit an act which would reasonably offend or insult someone because of their race, colour, national or ­ethnic origin.

In his complaint to the HRC Senator Leyonhjelm said his colour was one of the reasons the comments were made.

'Other characteristics referred to in the article include being a boorish supercilious know-all with the empathy of a Besser-Block, hate speech apologist, wacky, a self-promoting misanthrope and a practitioner of infantile reasoning,' he said.

'The comments are reasonably likely in all the circumstances to offend or insult some white males.'

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Museum defends displaying authentic Nazi flag saying it is a ‘legitimate part of history’



A museum has defended its decision to display an authentic World War II Nazi flag, despite accusations they are profiting off the fascist regime.

The large red swastika flag will be hung in New Zealand's Temuka Museum on Saturday for the building's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Museum members said the flag is 'a legitimate part of history', but the move has been met with an outpouring of backlash on social media, reports StuffNZ.

Temuka RSA manager Vicky Howey said she hoped the flag would attract some 'new blood' and 'get more bums on seats.'

Temuka Museum member Alan Patrick said the flag was 'a legitimate part of history' and it was a unique opportunity for people to see the flag.

The plan has divided social media, with some claiming the flag should never be displayed and others defending the move.

'This is not about history but about using shock and horror to make money,' wrote one commenter.

'A nazi flag should NEVER be flown or hung. The only place for a nazi flag is on the ground being trampled on.'

'So you'd rather bury your head in the sand and pretend it never happened?' wrote another.

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Coward is a VERY bad word

Hope Solo — the abrasive, Star Wars-surnamed goalkeeper of the US women’s soccer team — isn’t just any villain.

The two time gold medal-winning 35-year-old has regularly pushed the boundaries of what a star athlete can get away with as long as they’re winning. But her reaction to America’s penalty shootout defeat against Sweden in the quarterfinals in Rio — in which the overmatched Swedes adopted an often-used overly-defensive strategy — saw her lambasted like never before.

“I thought that we played a courageous game,” Solo said. “I thought we had many opportunities on goal. I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that.”

There aren’t many words in sport that carry the gravity of the word coward and Solo’s summary immediately drew criticism.

Former Olympic and World Cup team captain Julie Foudy, now an ESPN commentator, called Sweden’s conservative game plan “a tactic most outmatched teams take in soccer” and “tactically smart”.

She said her countrywoman’s rant was “ridiculous and classless, and it really doesn’t represent the house that we built with the US team”.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016


NBC commentator is accused of sexism after seeming to give credit for Hungarian swimmer's world record to her HUSBAND

When Hugarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu smashed the 400-meter individual medley world record by two seconds on Saturday, viewers criticized NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks for his 'sexist' commentary.

Cameras panned to Hosszu's husband and coach, Shane Tusup, and Hicks declared he was 'responsible' for turning her 'into a whole different swimmer.'

Critics slammed Hicks on social media for failing to give Hosszu credit for her work in the pool, but he responded on Sunday, saying: 'It is impossible to tell Katinka's story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane, and that's what I was trying to do.'

Tusup was shown animatedly cheering Hosszu on during the preliminary round as she narrowly missed beating the world record.

In the finals, however, she was ahead of the pack by several body lengths and came in with a time of 4:26.36, obliterating the world record of 4:28.43, set by Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen in 2012.

The commentator later acknowledged that with live TV,  'there are often times you look back and wished you had said things differently'.

But Hicks said he was painting as accurate a picture as he could of Hosszu and Shane Tusup's relationship.  Hicks said the swimmer herself credits Tusup for improving her training and bolstering her confidence, which was shattered when she lost the same event four years ago.

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A police force has to delete an 'offensive and insensitive' tweet about an invasion by two men pictured in Nazi uniform



Must not joke about anything Nazi.  The picture is of two re-enactors, not actual Nazis

The police officers who tweeted pictures of men dressed in Nazi uniforms in 'an act of stupidity and ignorance' may now face disciplinary action.

Officers used Greater Manchester Police's traffic account to post pictures of the men wearing SS uniforms standing next to a German military K├╝belwagen on the M62. Next to the images, they wrote: 'These two likely lads trying to invade.'

They have since deleted the tweet after it sparked a backlash online.

The force wrote on Twitter: 'It has been removed and we will speak to those involved. It was unacceptable.'

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Monday, August 08, 2016


Cotswolds hotel is accused of sexism after they advertised for a porter but said the post was 'not for ladies'

An exclusive Cotswolds hotel has been accused of sexism after advertising for a porter, but said the job was 'not a role for ladies'.  Whatley Manor, a five-star retreat near Malmesbury, Wiltshire, put up the controversial advert in the window of a nearby Post Office.

It read: 'We are seeking people with driving licenses to join the team of Front of House Porters.

'The work involves moving luggage, moving cars, tending fires, generally taking deliveries, keeping the reception area tidy.'

In brackets, it then adds: 'Sorry, it's just not a role for ladies.'

Bosses at the award-winning hotel, where rooms cost up to £1,500 a night, said the advert was not supposed to offend.

But it was been met with anger from people living around Malmesbury, including world champion bodybuilder, Charlene Harvey, 36, who slammed the hotel for assuming every woman is 'weak'.  'There are physiological differences between a man and a woman, but a woman can train and be just as strong as a man,' she said. She added: 'I didn't think they were allowed to do things like this anymore. In today's industry it's a bit out of place.'

Gill Salter, HR boss at Whatley Manor, said the advert was not supposed to be placed in the Post Office but in a local school.

The HR boss said: 'We didn't intend to discriminate or upset anybody and it is certainly not the normal advert we use. 'We were trying to make them understand that the role includes heavy lifting.'  She added: 'We just had someone struggling in with big boxes so strength was one of the issues.

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An incorrect hat



The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into whether wearing a depiction of the Gadsden flag to work should be considered racial harassment after a black employee at a privately owned business filed a complaint with the federal agency more than two years ago.

The complaint was filed by the black worker in January 2014 after he said one of his coworkers wore a hat depicting a coiled snake with the words “don’t tread on me” repeatedly since the fall of 2013. The complainant did not allege, however, that the employee wearing the hat ever said anything racist to him, the Daily Caller reported.

The complainant said that he made his concern known to his bosses, who then asked the employee to stop wearing the hat. The worker in question kept wearing the hat, however, resulting in the offended employee filing a formal complaint with the EEOC, which oversees issues of discrimination in the workplace.

The agency’s investigation into the matter is ongoing. A representative for the EEOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Sunday, August 07, 2016



Self-confessed feminist says women should take catcalling as a compliment

A WOMAN has admitted she enjoys being “catcalled” and doesn’t understand why others find it offensive.

Student and self-confessed feminist Charley Scoggins said she reckons females shouldn’t feel patronised, offended or degraded when they’re told they’ve got a “tight a*s” or a “juicy rack”.

However many people have criticised her comments on social media, warning her: “Normalising this harassment only serves to perpetuate the climate of rape culture.”

Writing in the UK student newspaper The Tab, Charley claimed she finds being catcalled “affirming” rather than uncomfortable, reports The Sun.

The 20-year-old said: “If I look as good as I feel, it’s great to hear that somebody, or a group of somebodies, agrees with me.”

Charley admitted it depended on the situation, explaining: “If I’m out on a run or a night out with the girls, and a group of lad-wannabes call out to us that we look hot, I don’t mind it.

“So in these situations the best thing to do is to laugh and move on, and feel a little boosted.”

Charley did criticise the “seedier side to catcalling”, writing: “If the situation is less lighthearted, and the men are calling out to you to get your t*ts out or to come home with them, then this is in no way OK.

“It’s vile, and I don’t see what they’re expecting from it. They should have seen enough rom coms with their ex-girlfriends to know that we don’t appreciate derogatory comments, but an actual conversation.

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Must not disrespect bisexuals

Christopher Biggins has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother House it was confirmed on Friday evening.

Despite being a favourite to win, a statement circulated by the Channel 5 show producers announced the 67-year-old TV presenter had left the house.

The news, which came just a few hours before the first eviction night, came as a surprise to many.

The statement read: 'Big Brother has taken the decision to remove Christopher Biggins from the Celebrity Big Brother house.

'Since entering Big Brother, he has made a number of comments capable of causing great offence to housemates and the viewing public.

'Big Brother does not tolerate offensive language capable of causing widespread offence. Christopher Biggins has left the house.'

It is not yet known what comments Biggins, a reality show regular who won the 2007 series of I'm A Celebrity, made to cause offence.

However, at the beginning of the week the entertainer ruffled a few feathers during a conversation about bisexuality with housemate Rene Graziano.

Biggins was seen questioning Renee about her feelings towards gay people, with the Mob Wives cast member responding: 'It's beautiful… it's who you are and I think it's natural, but I think today in society, I think they kind of force things on people and confuse you.'

Biggins replied: 'I think the worst type though, I'm afraid to say, is the bisexuals.'

And as Renee went further, adding that bisexuality 'upsets' her, Biggins continued: 'What it is, is people not wanting to admit they're gay… be honest, that's what you've got to be.'

Renee then responded: 'You can pick any one you want! But you have to pick a team.'

Frankie Grande, who is gay, agreed with the duo.

Biggins' comments sparked outrage on social media at the time, with one viewer tweeting: 'Disgusted at the attitudes of Renee and Biggins towards bisexuality.'

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Friday, August 05, 2016


Cartoon in leading Australian newspaper an attack on Aboriginal people, Indigenous leader says



I have had a lot of contact with Aborigines and think that the cartoon has a lot of truth in it -- not that truth matters to some, of course -- JR

A political cartoon portraying an Aboriginal man with a beer can and not remembering his son's name is an "attack" on Indigenous Australians, a community leader says.

The cartoon by Bill Leak was published by The Australian newspaper on Thursday, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day.

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency chief executive Muriel Bamblett said it depicted Aboriginal people as "not knowing about their children and not having any role in raising their children".

"You feel quite oppressed when these things happen, I think that we everyday have to battle with direct racism and indirect racism," she told 774 ABC Melbourne.

"In the media, I think they have a public responsibility. That's obviously one of the opportunities to get good messaging about Aboriginal people.

"But if you're constantly stereotyping us as second class then it's about profiling us as second-class citizens in our own country."

The Australian's editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker defended the paper's decision to publish the "confronting" cartoon.

He cited comments made by Indigenous leaders this week, including Noel Pearson on Lateline who said: "Blackfellas have got to take charge and take responsibility for their own children. That part of the message really struggles to get traction."

"Too often, too many people skirt around the root causes and tough issues. But not everyone. Bill Leak's confronting and insightful cartoons force people to examine the core issues in a way that sometimes reporting and analysis can fail to do."

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Golliwogs again



Australian politician Ricky Muir has come out in support of a Beechworth Sweet Co’s television advertisement that featured an animated toy golliwog, labelling a decision by the Advertising Standards Board to uphold a complaint against the ad as “political correctness gone mad.”

Muir posted a photo of him with his childhood toy golliwog named “Wally”, stating, “the sheer notion that somehow my childhood toy or mothers hobby is ‘racist’ is simply ridiculous”.

Speaking to SmartCompany, Muir says that the situation was “really political correctness gone mad” and that it was clear the advertisement was not intended to offend or hurt.

“The company had this in place for a very long time, it’s clear they mean no ill intent at all,” Muir says. “It’s very disappointing to see this very extreme measure be made.”

Muir believes that the Beechworth Sweet Co should appeal the decision by the Ad Standards Board, and also encourages the company to seek public support. “I’ve had lots of responses on social media, and many people agree that it’s nothing more than a doll and a fond childhood memory,” Muir says.

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Thursday, August 04, 2016



Mussolini's birthplace BANS shops from selling souvenirs with images of the Fascist dictator after complaints from tourists



Souvenirs that celebrate fascist dictator Benito Mussolini have been banned in the region where the former Italian prime minister was born.

Shop owners or vendors could be sent to jail if they continue to sell busts, coffee mugs, pins and even baby clothing that show the founder of the National Fascist Party, who ruled Italy until he was ousted in 1943.

Government officials in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, which includes the cities of Bologna and Parma, passed a motion banning the sale of souvenirs with fascist symbols.

Emilia-Romagna is the first region in Italy to implement such a ban. Anyone caught breaking the new law could be sent to jail for six months to two years, The Local reported.

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Italians are not nearly as bothered by Musso as Germans are by Hitler.  Musso had no concentration camps for instance. He just exiled opponents to one of Italy's outlying islands.  And he was the only Italian ruler before or since to get on top of the Mafia.


Must not seek attractive girls

All girls are equal, don't you know?

IT WAS supposed to be a lighthearted promotion to attract more female customers — but a “hot girls eat free” sign outside a Sydney pub has outraged local women who say it is misogynist, degrades women and is sending the wrong message to their daughters.

Petersham Inn licensee Bianca McDonald told the Inner West Courier she and her team came up with the idea as a “creative and funny” way to attract women patrons to the venue after she took over in late June.

But the move backfired, with a post on the Inner West Mums Facebook page attracting more than 100 comments about the offensive poster, which includes a beautiful woman seductively eating a slice of pizza.

“Totally appalled! That is absolutely outrageous in this day and age,” one woman wrote. “It’s offensive and wrong. How do I explain it to my two daughters?” wrote another.

Ms McDonald said she was disappointed the pub had only given away three “hot girls” meals so far and was considering moving the poster to the busier Parramatta Rd side.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016


Miss Teen USA Keeps Her Crown Despite Alleged Use of N-Word on Social Media

The newly crowned Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay of Texas is facing backlash over her alleged use of a racial slur on social media a few years ago.

Screenshots of tweets from what appeared to be Hay’s Twitter account in 2013 and 2014 show her using the N-word, but “the authenticity of that Twitter account could not be verified, and the tweets from that account are now private,” CNN reported.

Hay was crowned Miss Teen USA on Saturday. She addressed the controversy the next day with a statement, but did not directly reference the alleged slur.

“Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person," she said in a statement read on both her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

"I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person,” Hay added.

Despite calls for her to be dethroned, the Miss Universe Organization, which runs Miss Teen USA, appears to be standing by Kay.

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'Christian' is now an offensive word

The owners of a Christian bookstore in Knoxville, Tennessee, were dumbfounded after the News Sentinel rejected their ad because it included an offensive word — “Christian.”

Lois McGinnis and her family own Cedar Springs Christian Store. They recently decided to close a second location of the store so they decided to place an ad in the classified section of the newspaper, which is owned by Gannett.

The advertisement read: “Store closing sale — Cedar Springs Christian Store — Clinton Highway location — All merchandise, fixtures, slat walls must go. Sale through August 13, phone 865.947.XXX.”

Mrs. McGinnis placed the ad on July 26. It was supposed to run on July 28. But when she opened up the newspaper, the ad was nowhere to be found.  So Mrs. McGinnis phoned the newspaper and spoke with a classified ad employee.  “She said our ad did not run because it contained an offensive word,” she told me. “I asked what that offensive word was and she said the offensive word was ‘Christian.’”

She said the News Sentinel did not notify her in advance the ad had been rejected nor did they call to say they were refunding her money.

“We had no way of knowing they considered the word ‘Christian’ offensive until we tried to place this ad,” she told me.  “As Christians, this was a slap in the face to us,” she added.

Let’s just say the good, church-going folks of East Tennessee lit up the telephones — and it wasn’t too much long afterwards that the Knoxville News Sentinel addressed the issue.

It offered up one heaping helping of an apology “for any misunderstanding about the News Sentinel stance on Christianity.”

“We had a system failure, which resulted in a classified ad for Cedar Springs getting hung up in our front end system,” it wrote in a statement posted online.

A front end problem, eh?  “We corrected the technology issue in our system and the ad is now running for an extended period at no extra charge,” it added.

However, the newspaper’s explanation doesn’t seem to be placating its readers.  “Considering how liberal this paper is … I take the apology with a grain of salt,” one reader wrote on Facebook.

Another wrote, “Don’t be offended Cedar Springs Christian Stores… Nobody has read the Knoxville News Sentinel in over a decade anyway. Spend your advertising dollars elsewhere.”

Well, let’s hope the News Sentinel has fixed its front end problem — lest its readers give it a back end problem.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016


Must not say that women lack ambition

An executive chairman of advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi has been suspended from the firm after accusing women of lacking 'ambition'.

Kevin Roberts has been criticised after he said he did not believe that the lack of women in senior roles was a problem because they were 'happy' as they were.

Roberts, who is also head coach at the advertising agency's parent company Publicis Groupe, said that he did not spend 'any time' on the issue and the debate was 'all over'.

He said: 'So we are trying to impose our antiquated s*** on them, and they are going: 'Actually guys, you're missing the point, you don't understand: I'm way happier than you.'

He has since been placed on leave by Publicis Groupe for the comments and the firm have been forced to send out a letter to all staff re-affirming their policy on gender inclusion.

Mr Roberts' comments, in the interview with Business Insider, come as figures show that women make up 47 per cent of the advertising agency but strangely just 11 per cent of the industry creative directors are female.

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Must not fail to tell people the obvious

Lidl has recalled some of its yoghurt and peanuts because the packets don't warn customers that they contain milk and nuts.

The German low-cost supermarket chain has taken the eight-pack of Milbona Fruit Yoghurt and Alesto Honey Peanuts off its shelves in the UK.  People who have bought the items have been asked to return them to their nearest store to get refunded.

A statement from Lidl said: 'Lidl UK is recalling Milbona Fruit Yoghurt, 8 x 125g, Use by Date 18.08.16 only, due to milk not being declared in English on a small number of items.

'Lidl UK is recalling Alesto Honey Peanuts, 200g, Best Before Date 02.2017 only, due to peanuts not being declared in English on a small number of packets.'

The Food Standards Agency said that failure to warn customers in English 'makes the product a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or its constituents.' 

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Monday, August 01, 2016



Constance Wu hits out at 'whitewashed' Great Wall film in which Matt Damon plays soldier in ancient China

'Fresh Off The Boat' star Constance Wu has taken to Twitter to express her frustration with Hollywood 'whitewashing' set off by the casting of Matt Damon as the lead in the film 'The Great Wall'.

Wu says in her Twitter letter posted on Friday that films like 'The Great Wall' portray a 'white savior' complex, which belittles people of color.

'We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only white man can save the world.

'It's not based in actual fact. Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon.

'They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time,' she wrote.

She explains she's not blaming anyone involved with the film, least of all Damon, but saying that there needs to be an awareness in Hollywood for a perpetual leading role that shows white people saving or taking on the roles of people of color.

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The amusing thing is that the director of the film is Chinese --  Zhang Yimou.  So that is whom she is calling racist.  So it is a pretty silly whine on the whole.  And it is no wonder a known star was cast on this occasion.  A star gets in the audiences where an unknown Chinese actor would not

But I do agree with her to an extent.  I like to see characters played by actors who look the part.




Council BANS mural of scantily-clad Hillary Clinton


I reckon it flatters her

A local council in Melbourne has demanded a mural of Hillary Clinton in a swimsuit be removed, saying they had received complaints about the provocative artwork.

The mural of the US Presidential nominee wearing a skimpy stars and stripes-patterned monokini was painted on a wall in Footscray last weekend by street artist Lushsux.

Maribyrnong Council has requested the artwork be removed from the wall, reported the Herald Sun.

A friend looking after Lushsux's small business told the Herald Sun it was 'over the top' and 'political correctness gone 'haywire'.  'I can’t see any problem with someone expressing themselves with art,' Mitch said.

He said he believed the mural he painted of Clinton was the reason his Instagram account, which had 107,000 followers, was deactivated on Wednesday.

'Instagram and Facebook have a very clear bias when it comes to this in my opinion. I've painted Trump murals and had no problems.'

The Clinton mural was captioned 'stupid sexy Hillary' - a nod to the well known Simpsons scene which sees Homer utter the same thing about Ned Flanders after he appears wearing a similarly coloured snowsuit.

The artist told Daily Mail Australia earlier this week the picture was based off a popular Photoshop image circulating the internet, and had proved very popular with passers by.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016



Another incorrect logo



There was a time when they were the Lake Erie Warriors. It didn’t last very long.

The inaugural season of the National College Prospects Hockey League, a low level junior hockey league with teams in the U.S. and Ontario, was set to field the Warriors as one of their original eight franchises.

Then they unveiled their logo, a bright red-skinned, war-painted screaming Native American. It was extraordinarily culturally insensitive at best, if not outright racist on multiple accounts.

ESPN UniWatch writer Paul Lukas got hold of the new logo and set Twitter afire with recriminations for anyone who would dare field a team with such a logo.

To give the league organizers credit, the Warriors were quickly reconstituted as the Lake Erie Gulls. Apparently it wasn’t enough to just change the logo; they had to change the entire team name and brand to eliminate previous association with said logo.

There’s still not an official logo for the Gulls, per Erie Times-News writer Victor Fernandes and a very postmodern reporting exchange he had with league officials on, you guessed it, Twitter.

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Australia: Tricky to talk about the sexually confused

Who knew that "tranny" was wrong?

Today host Karl Stefanovic has apologised unreservedly for using the slur "tranny" while on-air on Thursday, calling himself "an ignorant tool".

Stefanovic was slammed by the LGBTQI community for using the term - considered a derogatory way to describe transgender women - while joking with colleagues.

The Today Show host apologises for using a transphobic slur and 'crossing a line'.

"I was an ignorant tool. And when I say 'ignorant', I really mean it. Yesterday I got it very wrong," he said on Friday morning.

The slur occurred on Thursday when Stefanovic and co-host Sylvia Jeffreys were interviewing Today reporter Christine Ahern, who was robbed by two transgender women while covering the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"By using the word 'tranny', I offended an awful lot of beautiful, sensitive people," he said. "I honestly didn't know the negative and deeply hurtful impact that word has, not only on members of the LGBTQI community, but on their family and on their friends.

The 41-year-old presenter - who in the past has used his public platform to call out sexism and xenophobia - said he was wrong in assuming the transgender community would laugh along with him.

Not-for-profit organisation GLAAD states that 'tranny' is a defamatory word used to "dehumanise transgender people and should not be used in mainstream media".

'Transvestite' is also considered an outdated term, often used in the past to describe cross-dressers, and should not be associated with transgender women.

"Like so many other words we used in the past, it's time to throw that one in the bin," Stefanovic continued.

"I have no understanding of what it's like to feel like you are born in the wrong body, to feel uncomfortable in your own skin or the extreme courage it takes to accept yourself and live the life you've always wanted to live."

Critics rounded on Stefanovic on Twitter on Thursday, telling the presenter they'd be happy to buy him a beer and educate him.

Encouraging viewers at home to join him in educating themselves, Stefanovic called for tolerance.

"Given the events of the last year, now more than ever we need to educate ourselves, laugh together and embrace each others differences and live with tolerance, compassion and most of all, love and respect for everyone."

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Friday, July 29, 2016


Some Green/Left hate speech

"There is no greater crime being perpetuated on future generations than that committed by those who deny climate change. The scientific consensus is so overwhelming that to argue against it is to perpetuate a dangerous fraud. Denial has become a yardstick by which intelligence can be tested. The term climate sceptic is now interchangeable with the term mindless fool"

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The author is Jarrod Gilbert, a New Zealand sociologist and I put up his whole article on Greenie Watch recently and pointed out how unsavoury and ill-informed it was.  As I sometimes do, I sent him a link to my criticisms.

Unusually, he replied.  He said: "The headline wasn’t mine and I certainly don’t think climate change denial should be criminalised. The article itself, I stand by."

He obviously had not looked again at the very first sentence of his article (see above), which called climate denial a crime.

So I sent him the excerpt above with the comment: "It's pure hate speech and very offensive to the millions who disagree with the orthodoxy"

And he even replied to that, but with a single word: "whatever".

In true Leftist style, he is unconcerned about being a hater.  "My hates are good" is no doubt his opinion of the matter.  Leftists are consumed by hate.  It's what they do. Their  "compassion" is just camouflage.




Must not speak the truth about Mrs Obama

Yet another white woman is out of a job after posting a disgustingly racist comment about First Lady Michelle Obama following her soul-stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night.

“Beautiful?? Seriously she is an ugly Black b****,” wrote home mortgage loan officer Lisa Greenwood in a now deleted tweet.

For the record, opting to use her real name on social media wasn’t the smartest move on Greenwood’s part, as Twitter users were quick to drag the mortgage loan officer for her distressful comment while notifying her employer, Home Point Financial, of the racist individual they had representing their company.

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The swooning praise heaped on Mrs Obama has always seemed to me unwarranted and nauseous. 



Thursday, July 28, 2016



Homeless people can NOT be "inconsiderate"

Misusing private property can be OK if you "need" to do it, apparently.  Getting close to Communism

A BANK has sparked outrage after it posted a sign in its window suggesting homeless people were “inconsiderate”. The Bank of Melbourne put a notice on the door of its Footscray branch, west of Melbourne’s CBD, informing customers it had to close the foyer with the ATMs.

“Due to an inconsiderate person using the foyer as a place to live and litter, we are having to close this part of the branch until further notice,” the sign said. “Bank of Melbourne customers are welcome to use the ATM at the corner of Hopkins and Nicholson St.”

Melbourne resident Gemma Cafarella took a picture of the sign and expressed her outrage with a post on Bank of Melbourne’s Facebook page. “You refer to an ‘inconsiderate’ person who has been so selfish as to be homeless. WOW,” she said.

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Cartoonists thought a Koran page was just scribble

Understandable

The makers of Fireman Sam have 'apologised unreservedly' after an episode showed a character standing on a page of the Koran.

Eagled-eyed viewers claim the episode 'Troubled Waters' of the children's television classic is Islamophobic because it showed bumbling character 'Elvis' disrespecting the Muslim holy book.

Channel 5, which aired the episode last month, has removed it from its online catch-up service. 

The scene begins when Elvis takes a tumble holding a tray of tea when he slides on a piece of paper on the floor.

Pages of scripture then fly up into the air as they, and the character, come crashing to the floor.

Twitter users identified the pages as from the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

'The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offense it may have caused.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Australia: People must be prevented from discussing homosexual marriage, apparently

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has urged the Federal Government to abandon plans for a public poll on same-sex marriage.

Mr Andrews has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urging him not to hold a plebiscite on legalising marriage for same-sex couples.

In the letter, Mr Andrews argued the plebiscite would legitimise hateful debate about LGBTIQ issues. He said there was no public poll before the Marriage Act was changed to specify that marriage was a union between a man and a woman. "In 2004 the law was changed to be fundamentally unequal, to be discriminatory, to be unfair, without a national plebiscite," Mr Andrews said.

He said the $160 million plebiscite would be wasteful. "But the cost is not best measured in numbers," Mr Andrews said. "The cost is best measured in the pain, the anguish, the sense of inequality, the sense of not being treated fairly.  "This will be a harmful, spiteful debate — it will give legitimacy to hurtful views, views that are essentially bigoted."

The Premier said he did not want to speculate about what would happen if the plebiscite occurred, and returned a vote against legalising same-sex marriage. But he would not say whether Victoria would go its own way in introducing marriage equality laws.

"I haven't ruled that out," Mr Andrews said. "We have a proud history in this state of changing the law and trying to be the progressive capital of our nation and that's not going to change."

Last month, Mr Turnbull said he was confident Australians had the maturity to have a respectful discussion about the issue.

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University of Iowa to Use ‘Preferred Pronouns’ When Addressing Students

Faculty and staff at the University of Iowa (UI) have been instructed to use "preferred names and gender pronouns” when addressing new and returning students – including "ze”, "zem”, "zir or hir”, "zirs or hirs”.

According to the Gender Neutral Pronoun Blog, ze/hir and its derivatives are just some of the "scores” of "invented pronouns” to use "when someone’s gender is unknown or when the individual is neither male or female.”

Other acceptable "preferred pronouns” at UI include using the grammatically incorrect plural "they” instead of the singular "she” or "he” when referring to one person.

"My pronouns are he, him and his,” UI president Bruce Harreld says in a July 6 video posted on YouTube announcing the new policy. "Don’t make assumptions. Help us make the University of Iowa as inclusive and affirming as possible.”

 "In 2013, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the U.S. to allow students to identify as transgender on their admission application,” Assistant Professor of Education Jodi Linley said in the video. "Now, in 2016, the University of Iowa will become one of the first universities in the nation to ask for students’ gender pronouns.”

"These changes give students an agency to tell us what name and pronouns to use in our communication and interaction with them,” Linley explained.

"Current students will be able to update their preferred name and gender pronouns in the MyUI system, and new applicants to the university will be able to tell us their preferred name, gender, and pronoun alongside their legal name and sex assigned at birth,” she said.

The UI community is advised to "just ask” about an individual’s "preferred pronoun” if they are uncertain which one to use.

"If you make a mistake, own it and move past it,” they were told in the video.

UI officials are also spending $30,000 to relabel 147 single-occupancy bathrooms with signs reading: "Anyone can use this restroom, regardless of gender identity or expression,” HeatStreet reported.

The university also intends to expand its "inclusion" policies beyond the campus.

Georgina Dodge, UI’s chief diversity officer, said that the university has begun a "partnership with the Tippie College of Business and the Downtown Business District to develop training and incentives for business owners and their employees to build skills for inclusion.”

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

British government BANS abbreviations of Latin origin from its websites in case they prove too confusing to non-English speakers

These abbreviations are as well known as many ordinary English words so are we going to ban all less common words?  To be consistent one would have to.  A Google search reveals 2 billion uses of "etc" while "Gender" returns only one billion.  So should we ban "gender" from use?  Could be a good idea, come to  think of it

Common Latin abbreviations will be removed from all government websites, in a move to help non-English speakers.

Terms including eg, ie and etc will no longer appear on Gov.UK sites, as there are 'better, clearer ways' of communicating the same meanings, while also helping those who 'didn't grow up speaking English'.

Gov.uk, created by the Government Digital Service (GDS), provides a single point of access to all Government departments and public bodies.

Explaining the decision, GDS content manager Persis Howe said: 'We promote the use of plain English on GOV.UK. 'We advocate simple, clear language. Terms like eg, ie and etc, while common, make reading difficult for some.

'Anyone who didn’t grow up speaking English may not be familiar with them. 'Even those with high literacy levels can be thrown if they are reading under stress or are in a hurry - like a lot of people are on the web. So we’re phasing them out.'

Such terms also cause problems for people who are visually impaired, because programs designed to read web pages pronounce them incorrectly.

She added: 'Most people who use these programs are used to their quirks, but it’s jarring to hear the wrong words.

'And while ‘eg’ gets read correctly by screen readers, there are better, clearer ways of introducing examples for all users.'

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UK: Crackdown on hate speech after Brexit vote: Perpetrators to face tougher sentences

If this were a crackdown on hate crime, it would be understandable -- but it seems it is not.  It is a crackdown on negative speech.  In which case we might ask if the same applies to Muslim hate speech, which is to be heard in mosques across the land with great frequency

A crackdown on hate crime will be unveiled by the Government this week after a surge in reported incidents since the EU referendum.

The 'anti-hate crime action plan' will include moves to give perpetrators tougher sentences, as well as provide £2.4 million for security measures at synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship.

New Home Secretary Amber Rudd said last night it was 'completely unacceptable' for people to suffer abuse or attacks because of their nationality or ethnic background.

She added: 'Hatred directed against any community, race or religion has no place whatsoever in our diverse society and it needs to be kicked to the kerb.

'We are Great Britain because we are united by values like democracy, free speech, mutual respect and opportunity for all.

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There's a defective brain somewhere here: Cracking down on speech in the name of free speech is on the very border of mental illness.



Monday, July 25, 2016


"Jungle" a risky word

Australia.  Football

Fox Sports commentator Steve Roach has come under fire for using the phrase 'jungle ball' to describe the style of play by the New Zealand Warriors during their match against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday.

The former Balmain Tigers player used the phrase mid-way through his commentary on the first half of the game, The Courier Mail reported.

He said it while he was praising the Warriors for forcing another repeat set with a grubber into the Raiders' in-goal area.

'They look pretty structured early on in this game of football, the Warriors,' Roach said.  'We’re used to seeing them play a little bit of jungle ball where they offload the footy at every opportunity, but they’ve been patient so far.'

Viewers were outraged by the comment, with many interpreting it to have a racist connotation.

One Twitter user said: 'Steve Roach - 'jungle ball' eh? Bit of casual racism from the sideline.'

Another commented: 'Who hired Roach again? Fair dinkum. Every time he commentates a Warriors game... 'jungle ball' gets a run.'

Roach reportedly wanted to reference how the Warriors are renowned for their ad-lib football.

He apologised later in the broadcast for his choice of words.

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Even blacks can get into trouble for using the n-word now!



A racial slur used on a Papa John’s pizza order has outraged Denver’s black community and has led to an apology from an embarrassed company.

The customer was a 17-year-old, who is black. His mother saw the order ticket and called Brother Jeff Fard, a community activist to ask for help, Fard told The Denver Post on Wednesday.

Papa John’s fired the employee who created the label on the order, said Peter Collins, senior director of the company’s public relations branch. The company also apologized to the teenager who ordered the pizza.

“This action is inexcusable and doesn’t reflect our company values.  After an internal investigation, we identified the cause of the issue and the employee is no longer a member of the Papa John’s team.  We sincerely apologize for the insensitive behavior of this individual,” Collins wrote in an e-mail to The Denver Post.

Collins also said the employee who wrote the word is African-American and claimed to know the customer from high school.

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