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The battle for Victoria Street, Kings Cross – Fifty Years on

By Wendy Bacon: Michael West Media Why is there more homeless today, per capita, but fewer squatters? Fifty years on, Wendy Bacon looks back on the landmark protests of Victoria Street, Kings Cross. Fifty years ago this month, hundreds of people gathered… Continue Reading →

The Year in Review: March, 2023

Freedom Loving Australians Celebrate: Dictator Dan Resigns

By John Stapleton There are few moments in Australian history more glorious than the resignation of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, otherwise known as Dictator Dan. At last, at long, long last, the widely despised Premier of Victoria, the man responsible… Continue Reading →

Agent Orange: The Long Reckoning. The Long Read.

The pain of America’s endless wars linger long after the generals and opportunists and political grifters depart the battlefield. Vietnam is the classic example. No one even bothers to pretend that the war was morally or strategically justified in any… Continue Reading →

Succession on the Tibetan plateau: The battle over the Dalai Lama’s Reincarnation?

John Powers, The University of Melbourne In China, a group of atheists (the Chinese Communist Party) has long dictated how the country’s religious groups should practice their faiths. Chinese Christians are told to reject salvation by faith and the Resurrection;… Continue Reading →

Chapter 13: SOS Australia: The New World Order. Extract from Australia Breaks Apart. Publication Date 12 June, 2023.

With Monica Smit of Reignite Democracy Australia John Stapleton addresses the madness of the past few years elegantly and with an urgent clarity that puts most commentators – and all politicians and bureaucrats – to shame. Steve Waterson, Senior Editor,… Continue Reading →

The Tonga volcano eruption caused a ‘super bubble’ in Earth’s ionosphere, disrupting satellite navigation

Brett Carter, RMIT University; Rezy Pradipta, Boston College, and Suelynn Choy With technology increasingly embedded in our everyday lives, it is becoming more important to understand space weather and its impacts on tech. When one hears “space weather”, one typically… Continue Reading →

Western News Media Exists To Administer Propaganda: No More True than in Australia

By Caitlin Johnstone The single most overlooked and under-appreciated aspect of our society is the way domestic propaganda is used to shape the way mainstream westerners perceive and think about their world. Typically the only time you’ll ever hear the… Continue Reading →

Convoy to Canberra One Year On: The Spirit Rises

By John Stapleton The government, as they so desperately tried to do, dismissed the Convoy to Canberra at their peril. You could not have had a more genuine, more organic or more passionate gathering of Australians from all walks of… Continue Reading →

A Royal Commission into Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison? He sold off the Farm, in Secret

By Michael West: Michael West Media. Scott Morrison approved tens of billions in foreign takeover deals after secretly being appointed Treasurer last year, compromising Australia’s national interest. Sydney Airport, electricity giants AusNet and Spark Infrastructure. All gone.  Revelations that former… Continue Reading →

The Great Reset of Australia’s Medical Establishment: The Rise and Rise of the Australian Medical Professionals Society

With Dr Phillip M. Altman, Senior Clinical Trial and Drug Regulatory Affairs Consultant. The massive demonstrations we have seen on the streets, which the government did their best to suppress, to ignore, and to persuade the media not to cover,… Continue Reading →

Neuralink microchip ‘ready for humans in six months’, says Elon Musk

TOTT NEWS Neuralink has submitted paperwork to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of implanted brain microchips in humans. The Symbiosis Approaches. Ready for Humans While the world’s richest person distracts the world with Twitter discussions, behind… Continue Reading →

The Evidence is Out There: There Is No Excuse for Ignorance. The Grand Jury Of The Court of Public Opinion.

“After months of deaths and vaccine injuries, no one can plead ignorance.” Now even one of the great censors and distorters of our time, the Google owned YouTube, is running at least some of the episodes of this forensic picking… Continue Reading →

Prison Island: Extract from the Upcoming book Australia Breaks Apart

By John Stapleton. The Long Read. Chapter One. PRISON ISLAND This massive edifice of evil was too complex, and, really, too elegant, to assign to just human awfulness and human inventiveness. It suggested a spiritual dimension of evil. This evil… Continue Reading →

65,000 Years At Kakadu

Anna Florin, University of Cambridge; Andrew Fairbairn and Chris Clarkson, The University of Queensland. For 65,000 years, Bininj – the local Kundjeihmi word for Aboriginal people – have returned to Madjedbebe rock shelter on Mirarr Country in the Kakadu region… Continue Reading →

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

Extract: Benjamin Stevenson. Badged as: THE AUSTRALIAN NOVEL THAT WILL HAVE EVERYONE TALKING IN 2022! Praise has been extremely high. Amazon reports: Following a heated auction in Hollywood, film/TV rights were sold to HBO. Major rights deals have been completed… Continue Reading →

New Research detects pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other Active Volcanoes

David Dempsey, University of Canterbury, Alberto Ardid, University of Canterbury, and Shane Cronin, University of Auckland. Scientifically and emotively, we think every volcano has its own “personality”. However, we’ve discovered that volcanoes share behaviour traits – and this could form… Continue Reading →

My Personal Walden Pond: Currumbin Alley

Featuring the Photography of Russell Shakespeare interspersed with Quotes from Henry David Thoreau. Russell Shakespeare is a documentary photographer who has been covering Australian stories for more than three decades. When not working professionally, he photographs his local neighbourhood. Currumbin… Continue Reading →

Pure: Timothy Mo’s Neglected Masterpiece

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Timothy Mo, who as the son of wealthy Hong Kong Chinese attended Oxford, is a superbly gifted writer but a difficult man who has long fought with his publishers. Once a favourite of the English literary set, he fell out of favour. In later life he has produced a masterwork, Pure. Mo had always wondered why a dynamic art form such as fiction had failed to confront the single most pressing issue of the age, the minds and motivations of Muslim fundamentalists. With a tide of jihad sweeping the world, the question became ever more pressing. In Pure Timothy Mo uses the device of character. He pits an ice addicted yaba addled Bangkok lady boy, a freelance entertainment journalist called Snooky, “Snooky was lonely because she was smart”, into the world of mujaheddin training camps in southern Thailand. Co-opted as a spy, there she grows a beard, participates in forays into the world of jihad in Indonesia, and reports to her minder, caught between the hidden, complex worlds of intelligence operatives and Muslim jihadists. Thanks to fights with his publishers, this book has never received the attention it deserves. Simply put: Pure is a must read, a neglected masterpiece.

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The Zoran Strain: The Best of 2021.

Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project Australian politicians and our media are, relentlessly and without shame, creating Covid hate figures out of innocent people whose crime is simply getting on with their lives.  They are doing this to deflect and to… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Journalist John Stapleton on the Government’s COVID Response. The Best of 2021.

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Tensions are high in the Sydney region as the population looks towards its tenth week in lockdown, without any clear understanding of when it will be coming out of the home confinement it’s… Continue Reading →

Australia Marches for Freedom – September 2021 | Coverage

By Ethan Nash: TOTT News. Tens of thousands of Australians have marched across the country for the principles of democracy, freedom, medical choice and objection to segregation. Freedom protesters staged unified protests across Australia yesterday, delivering messages of resistance to… Continue Reading →

Pregnant Male Seahorses Support up to 1,000 Growing Babies by Forming a Placenta

Jessica Suzanne Dudley, Macquarie University and Camilla Whittington, University of Sydney. Supplying oxygen to their growing offspring and removing carbon dioxide is a major challenge for every pregnant animal. Humans deal with this problem by developing a placenta, but in… Continue Reading →

‘You Bloody Fool!’: Australia’s Talking Birds

By Anastasia Dalziell, University of Wollongong and Justin A. Welbergen, Western Sydney University Recently, two native Australian birds have stolen the limelight with their impressive vocal imitations. A superb lyrebird called Echo at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo has produced a painfully… Continue Reading →

Protests Planned Australia Wide

Last September we saw some of the most violent demonstrations and mass arrests ever seen in Australia. A year on, the protests have got larger, the heavy handed police response has made us the laughing stock of the world, and… Continue Reading →

Can the Taliban detox from Afghanistan’s opium economy?

By John Coyne with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute As the world continues to watch heartbreaking scenes from Kabul, many are bracing for the far-reaching ramifications of its fall. The impact of the Taliban takeover on the global heroin trade… Continue Reading →

Secrecy and Power in Australia’s National Security State

By Keiran Hardy, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Nicola McGarrity. Australia has long been regarded as a leading liberal democracy, but our global reputationis declining. Extensive lawmaking in response to terrorism, combined with an entrenchedculture of government secrecy, has put our democracy… Continue Reading →

Is Salman Rushdie’s decision to publish on Substack the Death of the novel?

Julian Novitz, Swinburne University of Technology. Email newsletters might be associated with the ghost towns of old personal email addresses for many: relentlessly accumulating unopened updates from organisations, stores and services signed up to and forgotten in the distant past…. Continue Reading →

Political Dynamite: JobKeeper for billionaires a campaign wrecker for Morrison, Frydenberg

By Michael West, founder of Michael West Media. Big business doesn’t vote, small business does. That’s the dilemma for Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg as they try to keep JobKeeper secret heading into the election. Michael West reports.  There is rising discontent… Continue Reading →

Sick Baby Trapped by Cruel Border Bureaucracy

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The Queensland Government hit a new low this week, refusing to let a family with a sick child drive home from Sydney to quarantine at their isolated rural property, 250 kilometres west of… Continue Reading →

Gladys Berejiklian: NSW Premier of the Lockdown State Political Wolf in Liberal Clothing

By Paul Collits SOME years ago, I essayed that Malcolm Turnbull was, for the Liberal Party, the Manchurian Candidate par excellence.  Readers may recall the 1962 film classic in which a prisoner of war was brainwashed by communists into becoming… Continue Reading →

Is The NSW Government Becoming a Hobessian ‘Leviathan’?

By Mark Powell Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, announced at her most recent press conference that the government is working on a “proof of vaccination app”. This will in effect take the place of the current QR… Continue Reading →

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