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Brendan O’Neill: Abolish Australian Human Rights Commission

Brendan O'Neill in Australia defending free speech

UK writer and activist, Brendan O’Neil, editor of Spiked Online, in The Australian:

IMAGINE if there were a women’s rights organisation that said women should stay in the kitchen and leave the world of work to men.

Or a gay rights group that argued homosexuality was sinful. We would think that was weird, right?

Well, it is no more weird than having a human rights commission that has devoted itself not to the expansion of freedom but to the strangling of it, to the straitjacketing of liberty in the name of protecting people from offence and defending public morals.

Australia’s Human Rights Commission must be one of the worst cases of Orwellian doublespeak in the modern world.

… this vast bureaucratic outfit that is funded by government to the tune of $25 million a year does far more to thwart freedom than it does to promote it.

… Without the freedom to speak our minds, publish our ideas and hawk our ideologies, everything from the right to vote to artistic rights becomes meaningless, ­impossible even.

… in the debate about section 18C, in this key ideological clash over whether the state should have the authority to tell individuals what they can think and say, most of the HRC has come down on the side of the state control rather than the individual liberty.

via Abolish the Human Rights Commission, and return us to the Enlightenment’s positive values | The Australian.

 

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Jeff Lord on piss-weak Establishment Right losers

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

A brilliant six-page article by Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator contrasting the Ronald Reagan mentality with the Establishment Right mentality.

Excerpts …

If, went the idea, Communists could somehow take control of the most powerful communications tool in all of America the Communist world movement would have scored the coup of coups.

Hollywood films had a weekly audience of half a billion people around the world. A Communist takeover of Hollywood and its filmmaking capacity would be second only to taking over the U.S. government itself.

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So let’s return to present day America. The America where John Sununu and the GOP Establishment are out there targeting Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, the Tea Party and more.

… What is the central difference between the GOP Establishment and those (and others) named above?

 … after decades of left-wing devotion to the hijacking of America, to the idea of transforming it, there are still Republicans and even some conservatives who don’t understand the nature of either their opponents or their opponents’ objectives.

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Highly recommended reading.

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Honda Hands video: Let’s see what curiosity can do

A beautiful and intriguing 2 minute animation ad by Honda.

The AdsGarage writes:

For its 65th anniversary, Honda released this fabulous commercial showcasing all there achievement from the 24th of September 1948 till today.

A bolt reaching the hands of that Honda engineer (I guess) is transformed from motorcycles to cars, to people movers, supercars, boats and even four-wheel farm bikes and jets.

It is a very clever way of showing, in a 1:56 minutes video, all the industries that those Honda engineers were able to tackle so far.

The ad is done by Wieden + Kennedy London the company responsible for the 2003 Honda “Cog” commercial that has been named the best car commercials of all time by AutoExpress. This all-new spot called Hands is even more entertaining and might aswell dethrone the old one. The two commercials are linked below. Enjoy!

If you want to see some more magnificent advertisements — cinematic and commercial masterpieces — created by Wieden + Kennedy CLICK HERE.

Try the “Best Job” video made for Proctor & Gamble for starters.

Actually, here it is:

 

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Kevin Rudd: Australia and China have only SLIGHT DIFFERENCES in political values

Speaking (and thinking?) in Chinese in November 2010, Kevin Rudd (who’s just been re-appointed as Prime Minister of Australia) states that Australia and China have “slight differences in our political values”.

 

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PRODOS Film Study Group: Geoffrey Blainey on Captain Cook and His Rivals

For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members

PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP

Proudly presents

With thanks to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A filmed talk by Australian historian extraordinaire.

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Geoffrey Blainey

on

Captain Cook and His Rivals
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(Plus several short films about The Endeavour replica)

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Firewall: What We Believe (with Bill Whittle)

Israel – the only western country in the most volatile region of the world

For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members

PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP

Proudly presents

With the kind permission of
Jeremy Boreing & Declaration Entertainment

A filmed talk in which

Bill Whittle

Narrates all seven “video essays” of

Firewall: What We Believe

Topics: Small Government & Private Enterprise; Elitism; Wealth Creation;
Natural Law; Immigration; Gun Rights; American Exceptionalism

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Niall Ferguson on the Six “Killer Apps” of Western Civilization

Spice Girls and British Flag

For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members

PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP

Proudly presents

With the kind permission of
Intelligence Squared

A filmed talks in which

DR NIALL FERGUSON

EXPLORES

THE SIX “KILLER APPS” OF
WESTERN CIVILIZATION

competition + science + democracy +
medicine + consumerism + Protestant work ethic

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2 latest articles on the Australian film society movement

My two recent articles about the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and the Australian Council of Film Societies:

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PRODOS Film Society 2010 program

List of films the PRODOS Film Society (Melbourne, Australia) will be including in its 2010 programme: HERE (2 MB PDF file)

The PRODOS Film Society is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies. Our constitution is HERE.

Our purpose is to present and study movies that promote and explore free market thinking, capitalist ideals, the history of ideas, the life and work of creative heroes.

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PRODOS meetings 2009

Listed @ http://www.meetup.com/prodos/calendar/past_list/

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