The Age fires Michael Leunig for contradicting the covid narrative


Freedom of the press also apparently includes the right to suppress news you do not want anyone to hear. This, however, is astounding: The Age cartoonist Michael Leunig axed after anti-Dan Andrews cartoon. The story is from The Oz.

Leunig was axed from his prized Monday editorial page position by The Age, after it dumped a cartoon in which he compared Daniel Andrews’ threat of “vaccine mandates” for Victoria to the famous Tiananmen Square vision of “Tank Man”, the Beijing dissenter who defiantly faced off against the Chinese government’s tanks in 1989.

Leunig cartoon

“Gay feels this type of cartoon is not in line with public sentiment, and The Age’s readership, who it does seem are largely in favour of the Andrews Covid narrative. But my job is to challenge the status quo, and that has always been the job of the cartoonist.”

That is, Age readers refuse ever to see or read anything that contradicts what they already prefer to believe. It is obviously the editor’s responsibility to ensure this never happens. Leunig, however, has a different view.

“If what Gay says is right, I don’t much want to work for the sorts of readers who are so censorious. It seems that at The Age in particular, you can’t go near the Covid story except in a way that’s supportive of the Victorian government’s handling of it. And if you’re not supportive, that’s reason enough for you to be cancelled.”

Speaking of Dan Andrews, and also from The Oz. 

Johannes Leak Commentary page cartoon for 25-10-2021

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Good thing he doesn’t work for The Age.

Putin is worried the West is becoming like Russia in 1917

Maybe he’s just trying to be funny, but he did say it: Putin Warns Wokeness Is Destroying The West: It Happened In Russia, It’s Evil, It Destroys Values.

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed during a speech on Thursday the far-left woke ideology that he said is causing societal ills throughout the Western world, saying that it is no different than what happened in Russia during the 1917 revolution….

“We see with bemusement the paralysis unfolding in countries that have grown accustomed to viewing themselves as the flagships of progress,” Putin said during an event where he spoke for a few hours. “Of course, it’s none of our business or what is happening, the social and cultural shocks that are happening in some countries in the Western countries, some believe that aggressive blotting out of whole pages of your own history, the affirmative action in the interest of minorities, and the requirement to renounce the traditional interpretation of such basic values as mother, father, family, and the distinction between sexes are a milestone … a renewal of society.”

Putin said that Western nations had a right to do whatever they wanted to do but that “the overwhelming majority of Russian society” rejected these new ways of thinking.

And if you have any doubts about how serious he was, read it through. His level of disgust with what is going on is near on identical to my own.

A communist takeover of the United States

If you would like to understand what is taking place in the United States, these two virtually adjacent stories at Lucianne.com will provide you with most of what you need to know. First this:

SNAP (food stamps) benefits have largest
increase in history
 
Washington—The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history. Families in October have seen the average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance is indefinite to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries. The aid boost was first reported by The New York Times and the details were confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture. They were formally announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The aid boost is being packaged as a major revision
 
And then this:
 
Biden burying businesses under red tape;
more rules on the way
 
President Biden accelerated the regulatory state on his first day in office by ordering agencies to consider aspirational but vaguely defined goals and benefits when imposing new rules on businesses large and small. The order greenlighting regulations even when the benefits “are difficult or impossible to quantify” sent shudders down the spines of CEOs. They fear business growth will be smothered in pursuit of vague objectives such as “human dignity” and “the interests of future generations.” “It is the most aggressive thing I’ve ever seen by an administration,” said Doug Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a right-leaning economic think tank. “It’s one thing to put out
 
The American economy is disappearing under the weight of impossible regulations while welfare is replacing work as the means for paying the bills. This is socialism American style. And if you wish to understand the dynamic, let me again suggest you have a look at my article in Quadrant on The True Meaning of Conservative Thought.
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The socialist takeover of the American economy

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What we are getting is an economy that will be shaped and driven by government decisions rather than by business decisions. The size of the public sector will increase relative to the private sector, but that is the very aim of what is being done. Taxes replace business revenue as the means to finance these decisions. Just expect real personal incomes to fall, but economic statistics to show a continual improvement in the pseudo-outcomes GDP and employment data provide. The rise in prices will be about the only stat that will remain available to show something is wrong, because there will be no disguising the fall in living standards that is to come.

And where America leads, others in “the free world” are sure to follow.

Even this is not peak absurd but surely it’s getting close


Sometimes the things you read are so absurd that they just cannot be true. From Biden Banking Nominee Scrubs Karl Marx Paper From Résumé. Try to find something more outrageously insane than this:

President Joe Biden’s pick for the nation’s top banking regulator, who received a scholarship named for Vladimir Lenin, scrubbed her résumé of a reference to a thesis she wrote on Karl Marx while a student at Moscow State University.

They even tell you what the thesis was so it’s not even hidden from those who made the decision.

Omarova, who Biden tapped to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, listed a paper titled “Karl Marx’s Economic Analysis and the Theory of Revolution in The Capital” on her résumé as recently as 2017.

Who better to regulate the American banking system than a Marxist communist graduate of Moscow State University?

Liars every one of them

Daniel Andrews walking from his car to Parliament without a mask.

If Covid really were a deadly disease that might strike anyone down at any time, no one would forget to do everything they can to prevent infection. The reality is that pretty well everyone in our governing class understands that it is pretty well all a pretence with virtually no danger whatsoever to their lives and health. There is some, but it’s minimal. You are far more likely to be in a fatal car crash than to die from Covid. 

So the picture is from this story: Premier Daniel Andrews probed by police over possible mask breach. They take us for fools, and in that they may be onto something. Like with this in the US: ‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib is branded a hypocrite for dancing MASKLESS at indoor wedding in ‘substantial’ transmission area after scolding anti-masker Sen. Rand Paul.

Same woman who was overheard explicitly stating it is only a joke: ‘Squad’ Member Rashida Tlaib Admits Masks Are Political Theater, ‘Just Wearing It’ For Cameras. Just like at Obama’s 60th birthday party: THEY LAUGH AT YOU: Obama and Liberal Elites Spotted Maskless at His Swank Birthday Gala on Martha’s Vineyard as Rest of the Country Hunkers Down in Pandemic.

Everyone knows this is true: List Of 30 Studies Showing Face Masks Are Useless Against COVID-19. But you will do as you are told, so Daniel Andrews will face a $400 fine.

Are we stupid, or are we stupid!

Dennis Prager discusses Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party

Dennis Prager: For everyone who keeps asking me why do so many Jews always vote Democrat….

Some of the most powerful forces in the Democrat Party (the reason for the $3.5 trillion spending bill) are indistinguishable in their hatred for Israel from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Iranian regime. Does this disturb American Jewish Democrats? 
 
Not nearly as much as Donald Trump disturbed them. Most American Jews loathed Trump despite the facts that he was the most pro-Israel president since Harry Truman; that his daughter and grandchildren are religious Jews; and that he engineered the Abraham Accords, a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and Israel, which was followed by normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel and between Morocco and Israel.
 
Most American Jews believe the Democrat Party is a good and moral party and that the Republican Party is immoral and perhaps even evil.
 
This view is entirely emotional, which is why it is difficult to imagine it changing. 
 
Most American Jews identify Republicans with the right and they assume “the right” means “fascist” or even “Nazi.”
 
Most American Jews identify Republicans with the rich and powerful and the Democrat Party with the poor and downtrodden, even though the rich and powerful are overwhelmingly Democrats.
 
Most American Jews identify the Democrat Party with secularism and the Republican Party with religion (religious Christians and Orthodox Jews). And they are as committed to secularism as Christians are to Christ.
 
Most American Jews have signed on to just about every secular substitute for Judeo-Christian religions: feminism, environmentalism, “anti-racism,” humanism, socialism. Jews, I have often noted, may well be the most religious people in the world — but for the great majority of them, Judaism is not their religion. And the Democrat Party is the party of all these secular religions.

Recalling the Black Lives Matter protests in Melbourne last year

These are images from Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter protests. How different things were, and no police in sight. June 6, 2020 at the height of the Covid panic.

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Protesters are seen during a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne on 6 June.

That was then. This is now:

With this as a reminder of what the difference really is.