In Australia, there is no shortage of Far Right headbangers:
“The Australian Protectionist Party firebrand joins a growing number of controversial far-right candidates chasing the xenophobic vote at next month’s council elections.
Australia First, the anti-immigration party hoping to fill the political void left by One Nation, is running 23 candidates across western and south Sydney and the Blue Mountains, up from 15 at the last council poll.
The party’s website takes aim at the Channel Ten program The Shire and its sprinkling of ethnic characters, labelling it ”media contrived assimilation”. Several candidates attempt to link urban sprawl and rate increases to immigration.
The artist Sergio Redegalli, who painted the controversial ”Say no to burqas” sign outside his Newtown workshop, is making a first-time bid for Marrickville Council as an independent.
Mr Folkes, 42, an industrial painter from Rozelle, wants Leichhardt council declared a ”sharia-free zone” and would scrap council grants to multicultural groups.
”There is a vacuum in politics at the moment. We believe that a lot of people, in time, will definitely vote for us,” he said.
History indicates that day is a long way off. Mr Folkes attracted 289 votes, or 0.6 per cent of the vote, when he ran as an independent for the seat of Balmain last year.
A University of Western Sydney immigration expert, Kevin Dunn, said only 12 per cent of Australians held negative views towards cultural diversity and that anti-immigration candidates typically polled badly.
But their agendas could influence council decisions on issues such as building mosques or religious schools, especially during times of national unrest over boat arrivals.”
Niall Ferguson, taken apart in As a Harvard Alum, I Apologize.
Tom Doran at Huff Post looks at Assange’s case in a new way, replete with plenty of sarcasm and lack of taste, a bit like Assange supporters:
“Did the Perpetrator Ever Direct Any Really Awesome Movies?
If YES, congratulations! You weren’t raped. Now, this one can present difficulties to some. When you’re a powerful Hollywood director and use your influence to get a 13-year-old girl alone with you, then ply her with drugs and forcibly sodomize her, you might think a description like, off the top of my head, “scumbag rapist” would be appropriate. But let me ask you something: Have you ever played a rape victim in a movie? Well, have you? I thought not. That’s why you should respect the superior wisdom of Whoopi Goldberg.
If NO, proceed to the next question.
Does the perpetrator really, really hate the United States government?
If YES, congratulations! You weren’t raped. In fact, I think it’s rather impertinent of you to raise the question, don’t you? Don’t you know how many innocent people are being killed by drone strikes? Don’t you know about Bradley Manning? Don’t you know about all the other, much more reassuring subjects we could change this one to? Julian Assange is a visionary who speaks truth to power. He has bigger things on his mind. That’s why, during his address from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, he didn’t mention you or your accusations once. Why are you so offended? I’m just saying you don’t matter.
If NO, then tough luck. You were raped. Well, probably, but don’t worry. Courts always take the side of the accuser, they’re well-known for it. In fact, your chances of attaining a conviction are… Oh. Well, you really should have thought of that before being born a woman.
Good luck! “
Behind the Paralympics makes depressing reading.
I thought Ellie Mae O’Hagan’s comment to be insightful and worrying:
” I wrote this on @owenjones84′s facebook page about the last few days re #Assange and I think I want to share it on Twitlonger, even though it will invite yet more abuse:
What has disturbed me most is the speed at which certain Assange supporters have so easily lapsed into using the worst types of rape myths. They accuse the women of having suspect motives, of being sluts and liars, and that they’re more mendacious and prone to lying than those who accuse others of any other type of crime.
And what’s more worrying is that these supporters do it apparently with no awareness of the fact that their slurs against these women aren’t just unique to this case, but are the same slurs that are trotted out every goddamn time a woman accuses a man of rape. Just look at the DSK of Ched Evans cases for further proof of that.
I am deeply concerned and depressed that there seems to be a certain branch of the left (yes, mostly male) that sees misogyny, not as a deep-rooted form of oppression which must be opposed by both men and women, but as a tool to further their own arguments in support of certain politics and the figureheads attached to them. “What this woman is saying doesn’t chime with my world view. Thank God misogyny allows me to totally invalidate it!”
After getting literally hundreds of abusive and misogynistic messages over the last few days, I started feeling totally hopeless about the struggle of feminists. But perversely, it is almost a source of luck that I have been on the receiving end of misogyny in my life (in fact, last weekend I ended up running into a garage for cover because I was being followed by a man down the street who kept shouting at me to stop – thank God he wasn’t a prominent left-wing activist eh, or I might have been asking for it). My own personal experiences have taught me that this is a fight feminists must continue, no matter how exhausting it gets. “
The Vagenda Magazine has a rewarding post on Competitive Rape Defining, useful if you ever meet George Galloway.
Edinburgh Fringe women strike back.
Norm on the Kipah walk.
Who could forget Legal myths about the Assange extradition. I have come to the conclusion that discussing these issues with Assange supporters (and I have tried, many times) is about as successful as trying stick a wet Kipper to the outside of an in-flight Boeing 747 using spit and sawdust as adhesive.
Not for getting this well argued, Why doesn’t Sweden interview Assange in London?
A Green and driving a Jag.
The F word blog’s weekly round up is instructive.
Dawn H Foster’s reflection is very powerful:
“It’s depressing, but it’s more depressing when you realise these people are taking these beliefs back to the bedroom. And when they’re having their views validated by friends, and others online, and detectives in rape units falsify evidence to collapse cases, and senators believe you can only get pregnant through rape if you enjoyed it, it can’t end well. “
Meanwhile in Ecuador:
“QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — In granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last week, Ecuador’s foreign minister described a generous national policy of accepting political refugees. But that generosity may have its limits.
Aliaksandr Barankov, a former financial crimes investigator from Belarus, is in imminent danger of losing that status and being sent home, where he says he is afraid he will be killed because he has denounced corruption at the highest levels of government.”
Craig Murray, conspiracy theorist and a very strange bloke, has just named on of Assange’s victims on BBC Newsnight. What a despicable little shit he is. I shall remind him on that everyday on his Twitter account, @CraigMurrayOrg.
Finally, when some apologist for rape, or an Assange supporter, says to you “He did nothing, much.” please refer him (and it will normally be a bloke) to this Guardian page from 2011.