Deadly Conclusion

At what point do we stop pretending that extreme right-wing ideology does not lead to death?

The killers of the Queensland police officers and the helpful in recent hours shocked us all. But even more shocking is to watch the media try to shift the blame.

From job dissatisfaction to a love triangle to drug consumption to mental illness, all have been canvassed as a reason for the murders.

Reports of the perpetrator being a member of numerous extremist rightwing online groups, involved in conspiracy theories of the kind perpetuated by extremist right-wing commentators in the mainstream media and held as normal even by some politicians, seem to be ignored in the plethora of excuses. We are being led to believe this was a good citizen reacting violently to social pressures while suffering mental illness.

People with mental illness, in my opinion, have a right to be outraged by this media assumption.

In fact, those most at risk of harm from people with mental health issues are THEMSELVES!!!! They are more likely to self-harm or kill themselves than hurt other people. Read that sentence again and imbed it into your mind. Recall it every damned time some media person or other lowlife tries to use mental illness as an out for white domestic terrorists.

We ask for fair and accurate reporting, We are not getting that.

I also ask; When will we accept the inevitable conclusion to years of broadcasting and sharing hate, social division, white self-pity and demonisation of social progress and to perpetrating the extreme rightwing ideology which justifies and gives permission for murder? When will these issues be seriously discussed by our media? When was the last time you turned on your media device to see the MSM tackling this issue.

What politicians, whom we cannot name because Australia’s libel laws protect them, trade division for votes? Who goes on tv sitting next to white extremists, or coddles hate-merchants or offers comfort to racist, sexist bigots? They have the ‘freedom of speech’ to do it, after all. But eventually, someone with a social gripe enters a mosque and kills worshippers, they go to a school and kill children, They spree kill people at a concert, they storm a political building to overthrow an election result, they go to an island where the leftwing Labour Party is having a youth camp where they hunt down and shoot teenagers, and they ambush cops.

We have a lesson to learn and a society to repair.

Merry Christmas, but not for some.

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51 thoughts on “Deadly Conclusion

  1. I agree totally with everything you say.

    There’s no hindsight involved either because, as you point out, we are all well aware of massacres occurring in other countries.

    We might never know how many threats have been already been thwarted by security agencies but, with all layers of the internet apparently easily accessible and searchable for those who know how, I hope we’ll never have another Port Arthur or Wieambilla.


  2. I first looked into sovereign citizens over 10 years ago, after being asked by one of my son’s friends to do some research for him. This friend thought declaring himself a sov cit would allow him to avoid paying taxes. As it turned out the ATO does not allow Australians suffering from this delusion to get away with anything – if they try they find themselves in court and always end up losing. I was aware of their existence before then, but I was horrified by what I found out.

    Even back then they were killing people in the US and had an odd connection to fringe churches and racism.

    To think the AFP and ASIO didn’t think they were a threat is horrifying. It took a fatal execution of two members of a state police force to do that, and those deaths could have been avoided if only those in charge had bothered to do the necessary work.

    Like most such movements this one has been imported from the US. Australian followers are too dumb to realise that Australians do not tolerate groups like this.

    Read this for a full description of what these loons believe –

  3. I’d be happy to see many more masks & to remove them in care homes is disastrous. Unfortunately, & as others have noted, I think society as a whole is over Covid & as a group is prepared to take its chances. What this means for the elderly & exposed? Well, they can take their chances too…

    • I’m staying home as much as possible – easy when you are old and live alone. I go out only for medical appointments and to visit family.

      No one takes Covid seriously any more, as you say the masses are over it. The media are no help – they continually push the message that “Covid is over”.

      It is a deadly disease, the long-term consequences are barely understood. The more we learn the more terrified we should be, but here we are in the middle of a new wave and our governments, state and federal, carry on ignoring Covid.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

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    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Mark David

    Megan Herbert

    Mark Knight

    From the US

  5. This Pollyanna “Head in the Sand” attitude to Covid is very worrying.
    We are sickening the population, there are already 35,000 Australians out of workforce with long covid, school children are getting multiple covid infections and are more susceptible to other infections.

    Western prosperity was built on nurturing a well fed, well educated, healthy population post 1945. Our attitudes and social systems assume everyone is healthy and the disabled and chronically ill are shunted to one side.

    Worked OKish when sidelining 5% – 15% of the population – the sort of environment that allowed Robodebt to be conceived and executed. But if 30% of population is too ill to work what does society look like

  6. Robodebt could only occur when the field staff were in the states and policy makers were in Canberra. The Canberra policy makers had never worked in the field or last worked in the field decades ago

  7. “If you read this and don’t seethe with anger, there’s something wrong with you. How can a modern society tolerate stuff like this?”

    Well, I’m seething, and also sickened. How can the Christian religion, based on love, tolerance and kindness if you read the words of Jesus, be so warped?

    My answer has to be toxic masculinity – all these faux “Christian” cults have one thing in common – a desire to control and repress women. Even St Paul was inclined that way with his insistence women were to remain silent in church. He would not even allow women to cut their hair. Rats to that! No wonder he seems to have never married – no sane woman would have him.

  8. Ending Dutton’s daft mantra about “What do we do when the sun isn’t shining”.

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    Energy minister Chris Bowen says the batteries – shared between four states – will increase capacity tenfold to help stabilise the grid

  9. I do not condone the pitch invasion nor the violence of those soccer fans.

    There are better ways to express anger, more productive ways. They could go on a fan-strike and not attend games or buy merchandis or stage silent protests with placards at matches.

    However the reasons for football fan’s (soccer) anger are understandable.

    Since the national competition began, the teams to top the competition played at their home state venues. Exactly how they decided which side plays at home I have not researched. But if your team got in the finals you had a chance to see them play at home.

    Football Australia, being $$$ greedy pigs, signed a deal to play the finals in Sydney for a number of years. They are disregarding and disrespecting the ground level fans who actually keep the game alive.

    (BTW The FA got $A20million in prizemoney for Australia getting into the Round of 16vof the 2022 World Cup.)

    I predict more discontent. I hope it does not escalate ro violence but rather extensive peaceful protests by fans over this sell-out of football’s base.

    AFL may always play their finals on Melbourne at the MCG by soccer fans expect better from Football Australia.

    P.S. This violent action was completely predictable. As well as the thugs involved in the violence, the wankers in the FA administration who took this deal should be kicked out of the game.

  10. A newly elected Labor member of federal Parliament said that don’t need to confront Murdoch because Newscorpse has lost its influence as seen in the state and federal election results.

    I think the current breed of Liberals is patently unelectable but I also think media ownership laws need strengthening and penalties should apply for publishing lies as in New Zealand and Canada.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Peter Broelman

    Cathy Wilcox

    Jim Pavlidis


    From the US

  12. Excellent article from Rex Patrick for Michael West Media on our daft purchase of US subs,

    If only Albo would read it and then change his mind on the need for nuclear subs! This “all the way with the USA” thinking needs to change immediately. Unfortunately Marles is not the only one drinking the US Kool-Aid – Albo has swallowed gallons of the stuff as well.

    • Sadly ‘Charles Marles’ is one of a large group of ‘USA! USA! USA! USA!’ bastards in Labor. 😦 😦 😦 Straya , proudly tugging its forelock to the hegemon de jour since forever.

    • Oh and a coincidence that so many of the bastards who white anted Rudd’s attempts to take action on climate change are also “Rah Rah USA” wallies ? I think not.

  13. These Hillsong men certainly stick together!

    Andrew Scipione’s devotion to Hillsong is well known.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    David Pope

    Matt Golding

    Cathy Wilcox

    Dionne Gain

    John Shakespeare

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  15. Oh, for fex sakes! There are thousand football {soccer) games played every week in Australia. One pitch invasion, as disgraceful as it was, and the media goes on as if there was an insurrection on the streets and every football fan needs to go around in sackcloth and ashes.

    Apparently, the excellent results of the Socceroos at the World Cup, being knocked out by the eventual winner, have all gone to sh!t and never happened because a meme about soccer violence can be run around the track again.

    It is patently ridiculous. The perpetrators will be prosecuted. They will be banned from matches. If anyone thinks Aussie Rules is free of crowd violence, then they are dreaming. But that product which generates so much money for the media and sponsors will never have its flaws exposed to the light of day.

    Here is the reason why. Look at the positions of Football/Soccer against Australian Football in this list of Participation Rates of sports for children.

    Swimming (33%); Football/soccer (13.8%); Gymnastics (10.5%); Recreational dancing (8.9%); Basketball (7.3%); Australian football (6.5%); Tennis (6.1%); Netball (5.7%); Cricket (3.9%); Athletics/jogging/running (3.8%); Rugby league (3.5%); Karate (2.6%); Touch football (2.4%); DanceSport (2.2%); Rugby Union (2.1%).

    For adult sporting/ recreational participation. the top one is Recreational walking.

    AFL is way down the list. AFL is a sport Australians watch, not one that they do. It is also a good money earner for gambling businesses.

    And with apologies for using a ‘What-about-ism, there is this: the elephant in the room that no-one will look at. Domestic Violence peaks during major sporting events, such as in finals.

    Report all the soccer violence that happens but report on the whole picture of violence in sport.

    I am a long-time Football/soccer fan.

    • This is why I take no interest in professional sport of any kind – the gambling, the violence that often lurks just under the surface and the attitude of so many professional sports “stars” who seem to think they can do no wrong because they are so-called “celebrities”. That goes for women as well as men.

      Being “good at sport” is not a cause for celebration. In my time as a teacher I knew that kids who excelled at cultural pursuits like music, drama, dance and art had their achievements ignored while those who excelled at sport were feted. The adoration of sports “stars”is instilled in our children from a very early age.

      Religion used to be considered by Karl Marx as “the opiate of the masses” but now it has been replaced by professional sport.

    • I understand. I watched sport with my Mum, and the gambling really put me off of it. They have gambling advertising all through sport match telecasts and programs to the point it is ruined. The one thing I like about soccer, during each 45 minute half, no advertising is allowed. The USA, when they hosted the World Cup, wanted 1/4s instead of 1/2s to get more advertising. They were told where to go!

    • I get the impression that those young men went to the game to cause a riot
      There were 134 police expecting trouble
      In the UK well heeled middle class men go the soccer matches armed with stanley knives,

      Plenty of kids play soccer in preference to rugby and Aussie rules but if soccer hooliganism isn’t curbed parents will find another team sport for their kids to participate in

      In 1970 I went to a Hawthorn home game at Glenferrie Oval where men urinated into beer cans. Needless to say my generation encouraged their sons into soccer rather than Aussie rules.

      Today Aussie rules has cleaned up its act and there is no hesitation taking kids to the game if you can afford seats

    • great!

      Those gas wells leak and burst into flame, just the thing a dry land forest like the Pilliga needs in the next drought.

      We have all seen photos of gas flares on days of TOTAL FIRE BAN

  16. The study and development of the sports crowd violence prevention is from the wish to stamp out football violence around the world. Crowd control, psychology, transportation, policing, developing values in youth, un-aligning clubs with political movements, finding and banning perpetrators, fining clubs whose spectators play-up, CCTV, etc etc all come from this. There are university courses in various schools devoted to this subject.

    Anything that we know about keeping large crowds of humans safe and peaceful most probably comes from football-related research.

    No other sport has done so much to address human behaviour, and every other sport or activity benefits from it.

    Sport is our last bastion of tribalism, outside of war. Football is the biggest single sport in the world. ‘Clean it up′? It has been cleaning up since the major incidents, stadium disasters and hooliganism of the 20th Century.

    There is much handwringing of that pitch invasion, but already investigations will be underway to see why this could happen.

    Perhaps the perps should have been kicked out during the game, as soon as they showed belligerence. Or more security personnel called in during the second half, with the teams escorted from the ground immediately on the final whistle.

    The FA must have known that fans woukd be furious over the decision to stage all finals in Sydney. We’re alerts for extra measures sent out?

    Were trouble makers who were known to the clubs given special attention and warnings?

    The media again only gets a 10th of the real story at best.

    How about we acknowledge the hundreds of millions of football participants, not just players, who enjoy it every day without incident.

    • My sister says that her 1/2 Sri Lankan catholic educated son-in-law is the biggest racist
      The boyfriend who went to Brighton Grammar was the biggest racist I ever went out with

  17. Also, in Europe racist, sexist, fascist groups congregated in certain football clubs and used violence as a means of displaying their beliefs.

    FIFA, although with a stream of crooks in their ranks, down through the national associations and clubs have been trying to break the hold of these scum and evict them.

    The politics of world football is another research and policy field all of its own.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    Donald Trump certainly knows how to set a precedent, says Farrah Tomazin about the former president’s latest legal problems.
    What the criminal referral of Trump means – a constitutional law expert explains the January 6 committee action.
    Bruce Wolpe wonders if Trump could get a surprise bump from an indictment.
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  19. This chap seems to have ‘nailed it’ .
    “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” — Oscar Ameringer

  20. There is hope. How it should be done, when a self-entitled barsterd tries to wreck a democracy. USA, take note!

    Democracy preserved in Peru

    Embattled Peruvian President, Pedro Castillo, responded to moves in congress to impeach him on 7 December by declaring a state of emergency and trying to dissolve the congress. In a stunning sequence of events, congress members stayed put, several of Castillo’s ministers repudiated his actions and the military announced its loyalty to the Constitution rather than the President.

    Congress immediately impeached Castillo by 101 votes to six and swore in his deputy, Dina Boluarte, as Peru’s first female President. Castillo was arrested before reaching safety in a foreign embassy.

    The speed with which this happened – a matter of hours – contrasts with America’s experience where sanctioning Donald Trump for multiple concerted attempts to overthrow the Constitution and re-install himself as president is taking years.,17085

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