August 20th 2011

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COVER STORY: Political paralysis as markets implode

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The albatross around the government's neck

EDITORIAL: Rudd's ego drives UN Security Council bid

QUEENSLAND: Flood inquiry reports confusion and delays

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Labor's Right topples another party leader

EUTHANASIA: Providing legal cover for doctors who kill


DEFENCE: Avoiding another Collins-class submarine fiasco

OPINION: Where is Australia going and why?

OBITUARY: Farewell to Resistance heroine Nancy Wake

TURKEY: Turkish army purge spells end of Kemalism

EUROPEAN UNION: Still no end in sight for Europe's debt crisis

UNITED STATES: Same-sex marriage agenda to subvert marital fidelity

VICTORIA: Dear Ted Baillieu: an open letter to a friend


BOOK REVIEW The West possessed

BOOK REVIEW The real history of piracy

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British riots – where responsibility lies

What we are seeing, in the sluggish and unprepared reaction of the police and political class to these events, compounded by their serial failure to grasp from previous such disturbances just what is going on here, is a catastrophic combination of professional inertia and incompetence, serial eyes off the ball, paralysing political correctness, an apparent reluctance to identify, name and deal with subversive activity, a capital’s police force in systemic disarray, a criminal justice system that has become an insulting joke, a refusal from the top to draw clear lines in the sand and to exercise moral and political leadership, a pandering instead to mob rule, tyro politicians who have never had a grown-up job and couldn’t run the proverbial whelk-stall let alone get a grip on a culture teetering on the edge of the cliff, a third-rate civil service machine that no longer can be relied on to keep the show on the road, a culture of narcissistic selfishness on an epic scale and a general breakdown in education, morality and elementary codes of civilised behaviour, much of it deliberately willed on for the past three decades by a grossly irresponsible and politically motivated intelligentsia that set out to smash the West.

And now London is being smashed as a result.

Extract from Melanie Phillips, “London descends into agony”, Melanie’s blog, August 8, 2011.


Anders Behring Breivik on mind-altering drugs

The entry for July 3rd makes it plain that this unlovely creep was taking anabolic steroids and a stimulant (similar in effect to amphetamine) called Ephedrine, in his case mixed with caffeine.

Follow these references up and you find a great deal about a substance he calls Winstrol, also known as Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid derived from testosterone and favoured by some body-builders as it doesn’t lead to weight-gain.

Our mass murderer has settled on this as his steroid of choice after much experimentation with others.

I think it fair to say that the use of anabolic steroids is correlated (I know correlation doesn’t count with the cannabis crew, but you can’t please everybody) with aggression and violence.

In the weird language of psychiatry, in which I am unwilling to trade, it is correlated with “hypomania”, which grandly describes a rather worrying state of mind for anyone to be in while carrying a gun and a lot of ammunition.

Ephedrine, meanwhile, is said to be associated with delusions, paranoia, hostility, panic and agitation.

Extract from Peter Hitchens, “All the hallmarks of what?”, Daily Mail (UK), July 25, 2011.


New York Times exploits Norway massacre to attack conservatives

The New York Times [recently] ran an editorial arguing that Anders Behring Breivik was “influenced by public debate and the extent to which that debate makes ideas acceptable”. The “broader” issue, says the Times, is that “inflammatory political rhetoric is increasingly tolerated”. …

Its editorial states that there is a “disturbing, and growing, intolerance across Europe for Muslims and other immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East”.

Where is the evidence for that? Which European countries have closed their borders to Muslim refugees? Which European countries have passed the equivalent of Jim Crow laws? Which European mass-murderers have targeted innocent Muslims?

The answer is none, but of course innocent Muslims have been slaughtered — and continue to be slaughtered — by Iran’s rulers, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas and Tehran-backed Shia militias in Iraq.

Do the maths: Muslims, more often than Christians, Jews or Hindus, are the victims of Islamic militants.

Extract from Clifford May, “Who’s to blame for terrorism?”, National Review (New York), August 4, 2011.


War declared on crisis pregnancy centres

First in Baltimore and then in New York City, municipal governments passed laws intended to shut down or curtail the work of crisis pregnancy centres in their cities.

The crisis pregnancy centres have been among the most important platforms for saving unborn human lives and reasserting human dignity.

This is especially true in more recent years, as many of these centres have begun using sophisticated ultrasound imaging technologies in order to show pregnant women the unborn babies within them.

These centres are staffed by brave workers and an army of volunteers who are committed to counsel women against killing their unborn babies.

The ultrasound images have been massively important in this counselling process. Once the woman sees the unborn life within her, the chances of that baby surviving to live birth are tremendously enhanced.

As one abortion rights activist famously declared, “The foetus beat us.” When the foetus is seen for what it really is, the mother has a much harder time deciding to abort it. …

Crisis pregnancy centres deserve the support of all who cherish the sanctity of life, the defence of the unborn, and the right of free speech. As defenders of life, crisis pregnancy centres should be committed to nothing less than comprehensive truth-telling.

It is the Culture of Death, not the Culture of Life, that fears the truth.

Extract from Dr Albert Mohler, “The Culture of Death grows desperate”, Albert Mohler’s blog, August 5, 2011.

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