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Terror in the modern world

Terror seems to pervade every news bulletin, every newspaper and every social media feed. So when did the world get so bleak and is it really as bad as it all seems?

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Loud Noise Full Episode 23rd April

The full episode of Loud Noise for the 23rd of April, featuring a real-world solution to Australia's immigration problem, a look at the bleak world of news, and all the usual sound effects, songs and general nonsense.

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The Immigration Nation - Australia

This week in Australia was yet another tumultuous one, as the debate raged on about the government's stance on immigration, visas, citizenship, Tony Abbott, and why that Stewie Griffin in the flesh shock jock, Alan Jones wants a piece of the Turnbull pie.

But clearly, resoundingly, the main argument is that of immigration. Asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, good for nothing ne'er do wells, cockroaches, however it is that you choose to view them, the fact of the matter remains; that no matter what policies are enacted to limit and prohibit their entry into Australia, until the world becomes a place that doesn't create death, suffering, and displacement over who controls pipelines, there will always be more. And they will want to come here.

Will Koulouris explains...

Across the Twitterverse

This one goes out to all those brave keyboard warriors, risking social media exile while fighting the good fight.

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Australia - Immigration Nation

 (#2 in the written in fifteen minutes or less series - because taking longer would be #boring)

By Will Koulouris

This week in Australia was yet another tumultuous one, as the debate raged on about the government's stance on immigration, visas, citizenship, Tony Abbott, and why that Stewie Griffin in the flesh shock jock, Alan Jones wants a piece of the Turnbull pie.

But clearly, resoundingly, the main argument is that of immigration. Asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, good for nothing ne'er do wells, cockroaches, however it is that you choose to view them, the fact of the matter remains; that no matter what policies are enacted to limit and prohibit their entry into Australia, until the world becomes a place that doesn't create death, suffering, and displacement over who controls pipelines, there will always be more. And they will want to come here.

So this week, this typical kind of week in Australian politics, Malcolm Turnbull announced sweeping so-called changes to the 457 visa system, which he purportedly abolished only to replace it with a split yet incredibly similar program (take that Paul Ryan), and changes to the citizenship process, which as usual were met with shrieking disdain from the left side of politics, and muted "hear hears" from the right.

 

 

 

 

But in all the changes, in all the pomp and circumstance that surrounded them, the continual left and right narrative shaping and noise, the forgotten parts are the actual end outcomes of our immigration system as a whole, and the end outcomes for those who would be a part of the process.

Quite simply, the immigration, and to some extent migration system as it currently is in Australia is inherently flawed.

Now, you have the hard left who are champing at the bit to completely open up the doors to all and sundry, foregoing any form of thorough security clearances, ignoring the fact that this would inspire many economic refugees, and the people smugglers who facilitate their arrival, and basically lead to poorer outcomes for not only Australia, but the countries from which they arrive.

Why? Because lets take any country from the Middle East as an example, yes, granted, western policies have left a few countries there war torn and ravaged, but as many on the same hard left will tell you, the people who are coming here are good people, doctors, engineers, educated people who just want a better life for themselves.

So would it not stand to reason that by taking the best and brightest out of one country and bringing them to another, it would result in a win for Australia, but by the same token, a loss for their country of origin?

Those same members of the hard, and even close to centre left, would therefore be better served by actually going to these regions, finding the most at risk and in need of assistance individuals, those who are truly suffering at the yolk of "evil" oppressors, be they native or from the West, and bringing them here, rather than draining from the region those who are the best equipped to return some form of normalcy and provide services.

But let's not forget the right side of the fence, who also manage to get this issue so wrong. Their idea of immigration is having that nice boy Abdul from that trendy little foreign place serving them their mezze plate, but he might have looked for a few too many seconds at their daughter while he put it down.

Or maybe, it's Ahmed who started working at the construction site down the road, and that bastard took their job, but it isn't like they could work at this point in time, or bothered applying because of you know, stress or something, but these bloody so-and-so's are taking all the jobs from Australians. Bastards.

Forgetting of course, that basically everyone, and I mean everyone, at one point or another came to this country from somewhere else. But for one reason or another, conveniently forget that fact and cite that their culture would be at threat by any form of foreign invasion, or intake.

Now, I won't get into the culture issue of Australia, as much as it would be very entertaining to do so, but it remains that narratives that are being shaped on both sides by agenda and identity driven politics, and media, and money, are making it incredibly difficult for there to be a resolution that appeases everybody.

If you, or they, or anyone really wanted to have the best possible outcome for everybody in terms of immigration, all you would need to do is take the whole broken situation, and much like a puzzle, put the pieces back together so that everybody who has an issue is sated to the extent that they would be happy with the outcome, along with having the best possible outcome for those that come here. Which, I have conveniently done. So here it is.

First, we categorically deny entry to anyone who comes here via any other means than officially. Harsh you say? But wait. We actively go to countries that have at-risk and oppressed citizenries and find candidates that are good, honest people, that otherwise would lack the means to pay a people smuggler and wish to come to Australia for a new life.

Then, upon arrival, each individual or family is placed in a rural area with a host family, ideally a farm (because it might surprise you to find out, but hopefully it doesn't, that many people in these countries are quite adept at working the land), where they can then have what I like to call a triple-win scenario.

They will assimilate much faster, in terms of immersion into Australia, they will also then be able to share their culture with their hosts, thus building bridges of understanding with those in rural areas, and finally they will be able to help rural communities with what they are lacking the most, labour.

In my proposal, this would be for a period of two years, after which they would be eligible for citizenship. They would obviously be getting paid by the farmer, which could be subsidized by tax breaks of some sort.

But wait, what about the services? True, these refugees may indeed require specialised services, but this would then only further facilitate the decentralization process that the government is so keen to roll out, while at the same time avoiding situations where you just throw people into certain areas of Sydney, and hope for the best.

Furthermore, we are a country with vast tracts of land, fertile land, so the opportunities to grow these rural communities by providing for small loans, upon the completion of their two years, to allow the newly minted Australians to set up their own businesses, their own lives, would be endless.

And by doing so, there would then be a new Australian family who would be able to "pay it forward", taking refugees from a country or region different from their own, and thus repeating the process of mutual understanding and assimilation, whilst still being able to share their own culture, and ultimately leading to more tolerant outcomes for everybody.

Why the focus on rural areas?

Well, apart from the fact that it is an easy fix to both the immigration and housing affordability problem in the major centres (well a partial fix), and the fact that the average age of a farmer in Australia is pushing past 60 years old, agriculture isn't just a sector that requires new blood to keep rural Australia alive, but also to feed those of us who aren't rushing to get out on the land to feed ourselves.

Whatever side of the fence you sit on, understand this. The narratives that you are fed by politicians and the media aren't ever going to lead to equitable situations. The irrational left with their progressive and economically unviable nonsense, and the intolerant right with their pitchfork carrying vitriol, both have it wrong.

There is a middle ground to immigration, but to get there, we all need to stop with the garbage that we espouse to make ourselves feel good about ourselves, and get a few likes on facebook, and rather, think about how we can actually help those who are unable to help themselves, and share in what is, our truly lucky country.

Australia, our immigration nation.

 

 

 

Power - America v China

America and China are both world powers with a lot of political, military and economic clout. But how they choose to wield this power now and in the future will impact every person on the planet - so who's doing it better?

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Part Time Bomber - by Donald Trump

Part Time Bomber - by Donald Trump

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I called y'all up to let y'all know
I'm changing tact, I'm going rogue
Tomahawks explode...I'm a part time bomber

Syrians at threat...ill take the fight
And turn their darkness into bright
My name is Trump, the part time bomber

Even though Assad would never be so crass
Well go in...and siphon up that gas
We are enemies by day...and thieves by night
Neo-cons - will join me in the fight

Now Putin comes, and says to me
Why'd you attack, why'd you cross me
He should have known, Trumps a part time bomber

Big oil cries emergency
Natural gas pipeline cant be
I'll till the field for you, ima part time bomber

Even though Assad would never be so crass
Well go in...and siphon up that gas
It makes no damn sense what Syria has done
But it suits us, and now he's on the run

Even though Assad would never be so crass
Well go in...and siphon up that gas
We are enemies by day...and thieves by night
Neo-cons - will join me in the fight

So now I have something to confess
We set this up, the whole damn mess
So I could be Trump, the part time bomber

So now the Dems, who were deranged
Can have all of their Putin blame
Because Trump has played the game
Of a part time bomber

America the brave, part time bomber
Eating dinner with the Xi, part time bomber.

Pauline Hanson - Political Centrelink

The first of a new series by Loud Noise: "Written in 15 minutes or less..." (because spending more than 15 minutes to write something, is boring)

Pauline Hanson. Long one of the most divisive figures in Australian politics, has managed to rebirth like Lazarus, and much like the alleged rapist in Kings Cross, burst from prison on the front foot to reclaim the status that she once held.

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Loud Noise Full Episode 9th April

The full episode of Loud Noise for the 9th of April, featuring the power struggle between China and the US, the bombing of Syria, Pauline Hanson as Australia's political Centrelink and the usual noise, songs and nonsense to fill up the bits in between.

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Pauline Hanson - Political Centrelink

The first of a new series by Loud Noise: "Written in 15 minutes or less..." (because spending more than 15 minutes to write something, is boring)

 

By Will Koulouris

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Pauline Hanson. Long one of the most divisive figures in Australian politics, has managed to rebirth like Lazarus, and much like the alleged rapist in Kings Cross, burst from prison on the front foot to reclaim the status that she once held.

And as she has, the mainstream media has played its role in fuelling her recent ascent, devoting column inch after column inch, TV block after TV block, to covering the random attention grabbing statements that fly out of her mouth as though they were designed precisely for that purpose. To goad an ever hungry media construct into providing what she needs the most. Coverage.

And it has worked, it most definitely has worked, which attests to why I am telling you about her right now. But it is more than that. While the media, and the pundits, and the academics, and anyone else with an opinion, will pine, and opine, and find themselves whipped into a fluster about what she is saying, they are missing the point entirely.

Because Pauline Hanson is not what they make her out to be, in fact, she isn't even what she thinks she is, or anyone else for that matter.

Now, when you think about the state of the country as it is right now, you could draw your attention to the trivial. The ongoing 18C debates, the who said what about who, and how that makes you feel, debate. You could. You would probably be from an inner-city affluent area, having never ventured out into the suburbs, let alone the proper real-deal boonies, but of course, you could.

You could sit and whine about cultural appropriation, take a stab at the ever-present patriarchy, grunt and groan about men, white people, black people, green, yellow, blue, and goats for all it matters. But then, you would be missing the point.

The real issue, the issue that has always been the issue, the issue that those Zuccotti Park'ers had dead to rights, but had no way to deal with, is that of who has the money. The power.

What purpose does it serve going after those from low-socio economic environments who are looking for someone to blame, and deriding them even further by calling them racists, and bogans and all manner of things, when the real issue, the truest issue, is that which is probably staring you in the face when you look into the mirror.

Now, in Australia, we have a welfare system which is second to none, and the bane of many. In reality, the welfare that we provide those who are the poorest is basically a means of ensuring there is no obvious serf class, no favelas, no reason for armed revolt, as foolish as that may sound. Centrelink is a means of control, of ensuring a docility amongst the downtrodden many. Hence why a third of our budget is afforded to the welfare system.

But here's the thing, much like Centrelink is the means of the masses in a financial sense, Pauline Hanson is the Centrelink of the masses politically.

Yes, Pauline Hanson is political Centrelink. And while both sides of the aisle may not have come up with such an insightful metaphor if I may say so myself, they both know it.

To many, she provides a voice that they feel is being ignored. Long marginalised by those in power, with income equality further and further drifting to be but a distant memory of a time long ago, the voice that she provides is one of the little man, the downtrodden, he - or she - without a seat at the table, let alone an invitation to the building. Unless of course they are cleaning it afterwards.

This is the real problem, we are all so happy to gloss over the conditions that create this environment for our own personal gain, and yet when they do occur, we are all so quick with our buzzwords and denigration of people who don't agree with us.

So many times, too numerous to count, I have been in situations where throngs of liberati will gather to espouse the same tired bullshit about themselves, the "working" man; to whine about how they can't afford a house in this environment, how they can't have, do, or get something, and yet, they are living in the inner city, dress exceptionally well, go to work in fancy organisations, and have, by global standards, what can be described as a well beyond average life.

And these same people, and for the sake of this narrative this is Sydney, have never ventured to Fairfield, or Bankstown, or Lakemba, or Blacktown, or Campbelltown, or Mount Druitt, or any-damn-where, where the struggle isn't what "I" can't get, but rather, how can "I" feed my kids today.

This is not limited to Sydney, by all means not, and in particular, in Queensland where Hanson enjoys her widest following, there are admittedly a lot more people of the anglo variety, but for the purposes of this assessment, it matters not.

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Because the people she speaks to aren't just those who are bound by a particular race, rather the ties that bind are those of economic slavery.

While countries like China are investing huge sums of money to build their burgeoning middle class, to drag people out of poverty, here in Australia we have chosen to follow the American lead of getting as much as we can for ourselves, as fast as we can - which in itself isn't the worst thing - but we have also imported the hypocrisy and judgment that pervades the narrative, which is just outright ludicrous.

We are the reason that a Pauline Hanson thrives. The assumption that anyone who supports her is an idiot, a scumbag, a racist, malingering grub. That we of the intelligentsia are so far removed and above any prejudice. Living in echo chambers, protected by bubbles, and policed by political correctness.

The path this country is trotting down now, has an endgame that is devoid of logic. To advance, to truly advance as a society, fierce and open debate is required.

Debate that isn't about blocking out any dissent, losing the right to free speech, free thought. But rather, having the best bloody argument and being able to come to a consensus where we all get a little bit of what we want, rather than a privileged few.

Because then, and only then, will the likes of Pauline Hanson, the political Centrelink of the masses, no longer be necessary.

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