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Keeping up appearances while their nation burns

Caption: This is not Sweden. This is not happening. Don’t believe your lying eyes

In 1835 the pacifistic Moriori people of the Chatham Islands off New Zealand were invaded by hundreds of Maori using a hijacked British ship. The Moriori, who had been safely isolated from their cousins on the New Zealand mainland for centuries, had a rigidly non-violent culture. Even when the Maori landed and immediately set about slaughtering and cannibalising them, a council of Moriori elders decided to abide by their pacifist ideals.

The result was thorough and extraordinarily brutal genocide.

What happened to the Moriori was a case of what Jim Goad calls “virtue-signalling to death”. History is being repeated today in Sweden.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Is Shifty shafted?

Caption: The Daily Telegraph brutally summed up Shorten’s predicament

As I wrote months ago, Labor were playing a dangerous game with the dual citizenship constitutional crisis. Lighting political fires under your opponents’ feet is all well and good, but fires have a way of getting out of control.

While a raft of Coalition and Greens MPs were forced to resign or re-contest their seats, Labor steadfastly denied that any of their crew were under a cloud, despite one openly admitting that she was still a dual citizen. Bill Shorten repeatedly refused to refer any Labor members to the High Court, on little more than his personal assurance that they had no case to answer.

Well, now the High Court has disagreed and Shorten’s credibility (such as it was) is blown to pieces. Quote

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Leaving the plantation becomes a stampede

Caption: Lucy Gichuhi: Nobody’s victim

Candace Owens and Kanye West have set “liberal” heads exploding. The activist and the rapper have become the figureheads of a long and growing movement of black voters in the U.S. “abandoning the Democrat plantation”.

Especially since the Trump election, a largely ignored group of black voices have argued that “liberals” treat blacks in the U.S. like pets, while often pursuing policies that directly harm blacks. But when Kanye tweeted approval of “Red-Pilled Black” conservative commentator Owens, he set off what Owens calls an “ideological civil war”.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Another flimflam academic

Caption: At least this magnificent red kite wasn’t killed by one of those nasty coal power stations

You know, I do feel a bit guilty about sticking the boots into Tim Flannery. I was acquainted with him many years ago, and he is in fact quite a likeable fellow and a brilliant scientist in his field. Unfortunately, like many academics (and journalists), he is prone to the delusion that he’s some kind of all-purpose expert.

As an audience member on Q and A once said, “So now you’re an expert on energy policy: what are you going to be an expert on, next?”

But Flannery is not alone in his delusions of academic grandeur. Economist Ross Garnaut fancies himself the last word in Climatology, and now an Arts postdoc is apparently an expert on nation-scale energy production and distribution. Quote:

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Now the Greens hate eco-tourism

Caption: It’s theme-park style environmental disasters like this that the Greens are determined to keep out of Tasmania. Photo: Matthew Newton/Australian Geographic

As I wrote recently, the Greens are a party of perpetual begrudgement: never happy, never satisfied. Even when they get what they want, all they can do is complain.

For years the Greens have touted the wonders of eco-tourism. Now that eco-tourism is actually beginning to boom in Tasmania, Greens have suddenly decided that they hate it. Quote:

A mounting backlash to Tasmania’s green tourism boom has prompted warnings that cruise ship access and charter flights will have to be limited and charges for visiting national parks hiked.

Veteran conservationist and former Greens leader Bob Brown is among those claiming unfettered tourism and “green shoe” ­developers have come to rival logging as a key threat to Tasmania’s wild places. End of quote.

The truth is that the Greens simply hate anything and everything that threatens to make money for this state. They’re also miserable, snobbish elitists. Quote:

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Is nothing safe from the Long March?

Caption: This lot of reactionaries obviously need a drag queen and a Muslim or two, to teach ’em a lesson about diversity

Like country folk the world over, rural Australians have long memories and enduring pride in their institutions. Built on venerable traditions of community and neighbourliness, these institutions have long resisted the relentless onset of modernism. But now it seems their days, too, are numbered.

For many years I was a volunteer firefighter with my local Country Fire Authority brigade, one of rural Australia’s most respected organisations. That hasn’t stopped the socialist Andrews government, beholden to the powerful Urban Firefighters Union, from mounting a sustained assault on the CFA.

Now another of Australia’s most beloved rural institutions is under siege from the city-based “progressive left”. Quote:

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Cry-bullies enforcing cultural ignorance

Caption: This is the sign of modern intellectual and cultural cowardice

What links are there between Aboriginal Australians and the Vikings of the 8th century?

The answer is, of course, none at all. But that hasn’t stopped Australia’s largest public museum organisation from caving into the superstitions of urbanised Australian Aboriginals.Quote:

Viking bones have been removed from an exhibit at Melbourne Museum after it received advice it could offend indigenous Australians.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Another grand socialist experiment goes bung

Caption: Why don’t they just say, “Give us your money”?

As Margaret Thatcher once said, the problem with socialist schemes is that “They always run out of other people’s money”.

Not that it daunts our intrepid socialists. Embodying the maxim about stupidity and doing the same thing and expecting different results, socialists endlessly dream up new ways of frittering away other people’s money.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Workers’ party no more

Old Labor and New: One of these things is not like the other

In 2015 the right-leaning United Voice union released a YouTube ad that was a devastating critique of the direction the Labor party were taking.

The ad showed a typical suburban couple who build a house, which they invest with their values and their hard-earned cash. But their house is gradually taken over by a freeloading mob of lawyers, activists, minority groups and a troupe of clowns called ‘political staffers’. When differences arise, the rest vote to kick out the working couple who built the house, while demanding that they keep paying the bills.

The ad warns that this is what’s happening to “your political party… a trade unionist’s house”, and that it was time for workers to reclaim their house.

Within hours, the Labor party forced United Voice to take the ad down.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

Incite Politics

The Utter Spoon Race 2018

We've known for a long time that the ABC is a lobster-pot of the unemployable, the unremarkable and the indefensible, but really, how often do we honour the poor old luvvies for their collective mooching off the taxpayer? It takes true genius to slave away at something as deadeningly unfunny as Tonightly with Tom Ballard, or the middle-aged antics of The Chaser. Not to mention the synchronous head-nodding of Insiders. That kind of tireless devotion to taxpayer-funded mediocrity deserves special recognition.

Luckily, like the Melbourne Cup, there is one day of the year in which . . .

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