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So the other day the Anglican leaders got together and wrote a letter to all Canberra politicians demanding that the right to discriminate against gays should be preserved in law. What's more they had the principal's of 34 Anglican schools sign the letter to give it more weight.


Among past students of the Anglican schools there was outrage. 
The Anglican Synod last week sent all federal MPs a letter signed by the principals of 34 of its schools. It said while schools would not expel gay students or staff in practice, they wanted to preserve the right to employ people who "support the ethos of the school".


The letter prompted a backlash from alumni. Ex-students from Abbotsleigh and St Catherine's in Waverley are circulating petitions, while there is also disquiet among graduates of schools such as St Andrew's, Shore and Roseville College.


 A petition begun by St Luke's graduate Max Loomes has attracted more than 2000 signatures from graduates of many of the schools involved in the letter, such as Barker College, Blue Mountains Grammar, Shore, Arden Anglican School and The Kings School.


"We call on you to retract your open letter and not judge your staff by their sexual orientation but by the quality of their work," the open letter said. Most signatories were past students, although about 10 per cent were worried parents, Mr Loomes said.


The Abbotsleigh petition argues it does not matter whether the schools would actually act against gay staff and students. "As alumni, we are concerned that this public display of intolerance could have devastating effects on the girls to whom Abbotsleigh owes a duty of care."


 Felicity Wilson, who graduated from Abbotsleigh in 2009, is also planning a peaceful march from Abbotsleigh to Barker College on November 10, to promote equality in schools and to raise money for struggling teenagers.


"They can say all they like about hiring within their values, but they are supporting a specific law that condones specific discrimination," she said. Sydney Morning Herald
But perhaps the most telling thing is the way one school principle equated gays with the insane. 
"I am particularly averse however to the notion that the government may dictate to us whom we can and cannot employ," he said. 


"My aversion relates to my experience over 20 years ago as a government school principal, where the Department of Education forced particular teachers on the school I led. I came to the conclusion that some of them were actually clinically insane. 


 "They were not effective teachers. They did damage to the interests of children." Sydney Morning Herald
And there it is, the homophobia
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It happened last night. David had his drink in front of the PC on the coffee table, I have no idea why it was there like an accident waiting to happen. It was a full glass. He bumped it with the back of his hand and just about the entire contents went on the keyboard and overflowed to underneath.

There was much shouting and hysteria as I went on a mercy dash to the kitchen for tea towels. But alas despite the frenzied mopping up the PC soon turned itself off. Mopped the keyboard some more and put the PC on top of the still warm oven to dry out. It would start and get to the login thing but the keyboard was soaked and you couldn't log in.

 This morning it was even worse. Nothing on the screen at all. I think it's likely the sugar in the coke. Despite the drying out of the actual liquid there'd be a sugar residue remain, which I'm guessing conducts electricity. The PC would have to be pulled to bits and cleaned by a professional for any chance of it working again. In other words it's fucked.

Much wailing and gnashing of teeth by David. Luckily though my ancient old one is still working as a media player under the big telly, so I pulled that out for him to use. Told him you have to have quite a bit of patience with it because of it's age.

It was also lucky that the great PC flooding happened just at the time when I'd got money out of Super. I've ordered a new one Through Kogan which will arrive in a day or two.

Meanwhile the ancient PC is giving him a bit of grief. You see David is one of those people that sets passwords up for everything and tells his PC to remember them. So in a couple of weeks he's completely forgotten all his passwords. Add to that that I stripped the software on it back to the bare minimum so as the poor old thing wouldn't be straining to play videos.

First thing he wanted to do was download a couple of shows. The bittorent downloader was gone as I'd uninstalled it. I downloaded and installed it again for him to download. David is a very outgoing person and just has no patience with things like that.

Next he wanted to log into Farcebook. Of course he had no idea what his password was. So he had to do the email thing "Forget your password?" to log back in to Farcebook.

Then he had no idea what his email password was, so he had to get an SMS code to log into his email. By this time I was getting pretty gobsmacked, but kept a calm face as I guided him through it all. He was getting an SMS code to get into his email to get the reset password thing to log into Facebook! It all succeeded in the end but that process took nearly half an hour. *sheesh*

A bit of advice for people like David who get their PC to save their passwords; don't. Even if you have to write them down in a secret place or something, key in the passwords every time yourself. For email, regular sites, everything. That way you're very unlikely to forget them if you spill a whole glass of coke on your PC! 
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David and I can't afford going to the movies, but this is released on Friday in the US and Nov 8th here in Australia. Perhaps the local cinema would be much cheaper so we'll look into that. Really don't want to wait for a decent torrent to show up before seeing it.  

Anyway, this is the new trailer of Boy Erased just before it's release at the cinemas.

BOY ERASED - Official Trailer #2 [HD] - In Select Theaters This Friday - YouTube
BOY ERASED - StopErasing.com PSA - In Select Theaters November 2nd - YouTube
 
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Brazil has elected an ultra right extremist for president, who infamously said he'd rather have a dead son than a gay son. He says gay's won't find peace and that he's proud of being a homophobe.

Brazil is already the most dangerous country in the world for gay people.

Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro — a self proclaimed "proud" homophobic who said he'd prefer a dead son to a gay son and that he would not pay a woman the same salary as a man, has won the Brazilian presidential election #TheDrum pic.twitter.com/SDYNJwrDor
— ABC The Drum (@ABCthedrum) October 29, 2018
 
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The latest Newspoll came out this morning and it was terrible news for the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison (ATM) gov. The poll was 54/46 to Labor. 

However the Murdoch media has been concentrating on the preferred prime minister meaningless figure citing that Morrison was ahead in being preferred PM. Apart from going into negative territory for the first time in his brief reign (meaning more people don't like him than do) he's also now only 8 points ahead of opposition Labor's Bill Shorton as preferred PM. 

I dunno how many opposition leaders in the last 50 years went into a federal election as being Preferred PM. Gov's in my memory since 1985 (when I came here from NZ) rarely have an Opposition leader as "preferred PM" in polling, leading up to a federal election in which they take office.

In view of that, I say again that Mad Morrison is only 8 points ahead as preferred PM. With no honeymoon on becoming PM because everyone considers him an arrogant, conceited, smirking, Pentecostal prick (which he really really is BTW), even incumbency isn't going to save this gov's pathetic ass.

This Newspoll is an unfettered disaster. I've never posted anything on this blog from Andrew bolt: far right extremist nutter, who's so far to the right that he can't actually understand anything left at all. One of the most influential right wing media personalities in Australia.

Now Bolt has declared to the far right world of Australia (ie the Liberal Party Base) that it's all over for the gov after this poll. Bolt and Richardson, called "big guns" in the article, both agree that this gov is finished.
One half of the Big Guns Andrew Bolt tells Deborah Knight “it’s all over” for the Morrison government. 


“What they need to do now is go out with dignity, not doing anything now so they look back with shame once they’re in opposition. 


 “I just think they’re in a bit of trouble, real trouble, now. 


“The story now for the rest of the term is of decline, decline of the Morrison government.” 


And Graham Richardson agrees. “He’s right. 


 “I don’t think there’s any mistaking what’s happening. 


 “That poll is not simply bad, it is a complete disaster.” 2GB


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Very close representation of blurred vision at the onset of a migraine
Long time readers here will know that I have a problem with migraine headaches. They're not nearly as severe as they were in my teens when I first got them, but they can still be a real bother.

Mostly all I get now is blurred vision to start off with, followed by a bad headache and feeling really sick/nauseous. So it's not like I need to be hospitalised or screaming in pain at home in bed.

However the frequency the last two days has been really bad. Have had six episodes in 5 days of the blurry vision leading to the headache. One day it happened twice. In such instances I've just had to stop whatever I'm doing, take two or three Panadol, and then go and lie down in bed for a while with the curtains pulled.

After about 45 minutes it all subsides and I'm OK. Well sort of as I can still be really sick. Lucky I've been at home when it's happened and can do that, instead of down the shops.

I find it really strange though that suddenly out of nowhere I'm getting this cluster. The same sort of thing happens to my daughters husband. He gets migraines but only at certain times of the year. Being much younger than me his are very severe, poor guy.

I guess I should drag myself to the doctor for another visit and get a prescription for those migraine pills. You have to take them at the start when you're vision gets blurry to stop the migraine. I think they would be better than  relying on a few Panadol. 

I found this video that, although isn't exactly like what a migraine sufferer experience's is very bloody close. 

What Does a Migraine Feel Like? - The Excedrin® Migraine Experience - YouTube
 
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We've had a lot of trouble with the neighbours immediately next door to us for some time now. The other month their 4 year old little girl stood at their doorway and told David "You're not good people". A while back during a disagreement the mother told us "We know what sort of people you are". 

They were refugees from Bangladesh claiming persecution for their religion. They moved in about 5 years ago and have since become Australian citizens, as well as having their little girl. Lately she's pregnant with their second child.

Beginning of this year they went back to Bangladesh for nearly three months (strange to go back to a country you've got asylum from) without telling any of the neighbours. Stupidly, they left their internet WiFi on (it was viewable on our PC"s), the side windows partially opened about ten cm, and after a while the mail was overflowing into the driveway out of their letterbox. We and two other neighbours after nearly 3 months decided to ring the police in case something had happened to them.

The cops came the next day in full force, headed by detectives. They easily gained access to the place as the bathroom window wasn't even locked. It all looked very suspicious the detectives said and that if was them they'd have rung the cops too. But they found nobody in there. Ironically they arrived back the very next day.

During the course of this the cops rang the real estate and found out the leaseholder wasn't the couple and their kid living there, but a reverend guy from Bangladesh who hadn't lived their for years. Turns out he'd been the leaseholder for zonks and was using the place to bring in relatives from Bangladesh as "refugees". They were living there illegally and had no leaseholder rights. Busted!

In NSW it's illegal to sublet a rental property unless prior arrangement is made with the landlord. As it turned out the landlord had no idea, but evidently when finally finding out must have terminated the lease with the reverend. Thus the reverend and them were evicted. They must of had to move in a hurry given the contents of the flat that they chucked on the street.

They were also in breach of the reverend's lease by having three people living in there. At one time they had their nephew as well from Bangladesh making 4 people. He came over and worked multiple jobs despite his visa only allowing 20 hours per week. He left after about a year, they said he didn't like it here and went back to Bangladesh, but we suspect he was deported after breaking the conditions of his Visa.

The place is a small divided area of the house David and I live in. You literally couldn't swing a cat in there. Only one bedroom more like the size of a small sun room than a bedroom. Tiny lounge and kitchen, bathroom so small only a shower could fit in it with no bath. The lease agreement with the reverend obviously wouldn't have been for 4 people, so again the reverend was in violation of his lease. It's a one person place really, sort of in between a bedsitter and a one bedroom. 

We heard the landlord "couldn't believe" that they had three people in there. Their little girl had a small bed in the lounge room. The nephew also slept in the lounge room when he was there. In the past before they moved in there there were 5 people living there before them.

We couldn't believe that the landlord didn't know for all those years. Even before I moved in 11 years ago. That's how long the reverend has been getting away with it.

On top of that the wife this time was just a fuckin bitch. Late 20's pretty much around my daughter's age. She went off about everything to us. Imagine how we felt when we found out they weren't even leaseholders. 

We pay for a carpark (even though my car went years ago) which we leave for guests coming to visit. They got a car and started parking there, and we objected. She went bananas (even though they don't pay for a carpark), took photos of it and complained to the real estate about us. Turned out he couldn't drive anyway, knocked over the common area washing line trying to get out of the parking lot, had to pay for it, and parked on the street after that. Dunno how he got his P plates but it certainly wasn't legit.

We have a separate little old laundry shed out the back next to our back door where our washing machine is. They were also storing a whole bunch of their crap in there which sometimes I nearly tripped over getting to the machine. When David moved in, after a while he noticed that it was our hot water going into the shed. He and his ex used to run a body corporate, so he knows what he's talking about. That meant that it was our shed not theirs. Much to their displeasure we therefore told them to remove it from our rental area. The bitch wasn't at all happy, later on asserting that we were "bullying" them.

In between the washing shed and back door was a little area that before David moved in was full of junk from them. We threw it all out and David made a cactus garden of multiple pots. He's very good at it, very artistic, looks marvelous now. She was pissed off again telling me that David had "taken over" the area. There was just no pleasing her.

Truth is they hated us for being gay. When they first got to know us they thought we were brothers :s After they found out we were gay they changed.

Not long ago, the husband told David "We know that Peter's daughter is the leaseholder". WTF? Were they trying to have one over us so we wouldn't stir any more shit about them having no lease? Don't dob us in or we'll dob you in? *sheesh* I spent about 6 months constantly at David's place after we first met and wasn't seen much here during that time. When David moved in it was like "I'm back". I'd never seen them before as the others had moved out and them in during those 6 months. So I guess they concluded that I moved in after my daughter, who'd been here all the time.

When David told me I was laughing about it, went and got the lease from 2007 and read through it laughing. Lease agreement between.... oh look it's me! Oh look one car space! Oh look "washing facilities"! David took it, knocked on their door, and showed it to the husband. He stood there and read it from top to bottom in detail, like he didn't really believe what he was seeing.

Now they're gone. Hooray!!

Just a note to finish. I've always supported refugees having a right to come here. I even helped one of the previous tenants get Australian citizenship by writing a character reference for him and his wife. This post isn't meant to detract from that. Am deeply disturbed and offended by the major parties the refugee crisis they have created in offshore detention.

At the same time Australia has people like this playing the system and giving them all a bad name. Refugees fleeing genuine persecution are being done no favours by people like this. People who are intent on doing things illegally rather than follow Australian law, and think they have every right to do so. 
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Murdoch calling us a burden in The Australian 2015
Mad Morrison as treasurer in last years budget was touting savings of $61 million over 5 years by cracking down on people who were supposedly ripping off the system by claiming the Disability Support Pension (DSP). 

However these grand supposed savings have come to nought with the whole crackdown being abandoned because it found there was in fact hardly anyone who was claiming the DSP who was ineligible to do so. A mere less than 2% in fact, making the clampdown administrative process more expensive than any savings gained.

As someone who's been on the DSP since 2012, I honestly have no idea how anyone could be granted it when they're ineligible for it. You have to go through so much to get the thing in the first place it seems beyond bizarre that a faker could succeed.  

Then there's what would be the absolute drama of being a vulnerable sick person having to go through the mental torture of proving all over again that you do indeed qualify for the DSP. Do they honestly think that someone would chose to go into likely poverty and jump through all those Centrelink hoops in an evil plot to steal a pittance to survive on? It's just nonsensical.

So next time you hear some RWNJ banging on about us evil DSP'ers ripping off the system, you can tell them it's just not true. Any so called crackdown on us is just pointless nitpicking and entrenches the narrative that we're all a bunch of scam artists.
The federal government has scrapped a policy to review the medical condition of 90,000 people on the disability support pension (DSP) after less than 2% people were found to be ineligible. 


 During the 2016-17 budget, the government said plans to conduct a medical review of 30,000 DSP recipients a year for three years would result in 2,300 people having their benefits cancelled each year, with 1,800 moved onto a lower Newstart allowance payment. 


 The measure was forecast to save the budget $61.2m over five years but amid worse-than-expected initial results a government-controlled parliamentary committee last year said the reviews could end up costing more than it saved. 


On Thursday, the Department of Social Services revealed the crackdown had been scrapped – but did not reveal if the review had incurred a net loss. 


Officials said of the 30,056 reviews that had begun, 28,784 had been finalised, and only 555 people were found to be no longer eligible for the DSP – a success rate of less than 2%. 


 “In May, I indicated that the department was monitoring that process … and the government has decided not to continue with that measure,” the department secretary, Kathryn Campbell, told the hearing. 


The decision was made earlier this month. 


Campbell said assessments were still ongoing that tested DSP recipients’ income and assets. The Guardian 
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Philip Ruddock was head of the religious freedom review

The ABC's Question And Answer show on Monday nights often has a "bonus question" that they put on YouTube after running out of time on the broadcast program. Sometimes those questions not seen except online can be one of the most interesting in the whole show, as is this one.


We all know in Australia how the leaking of a part of the Philip Ruddock (above) religious freedom review caused Mad Morrison all sorts of problems when he at first backed the existing right of religious schools in some states to expel gay students because of their sexuality. There was such an uproar that within a couple of days Mad Morrison completely back flipped and promised federal legislation to make this illegal Australia wide. That "urgent" legislation however has still not been presented to the parliament.

The next logical question following that was why should gay teachers be discriminated against by religious schools, where it's still fine in parts of Australia (NSW a prime example) to either not hire a teacher or sack them because they're gay.  After all, what would a gay student think about seeing a teacher in the religious school fired by the school because the teacher was gay? Obviously it follows that the school fired the teacher because the school considered that there was something wrong with the teacher; their sexuality. 

What would that do to a vulnerable teenager? When all their friends knew why the teacher was fired, would they then look at the gay student like there must be something wrong with him too? Would that instigate a situation of bullying against the gay student by homophobic bully's in the school? What would the gay student's life be like after that knowing the school was against them at the highest level?

So now that the Australian public is aware of this discrimination, has soundly supported the LGBT in the (unnecessary) postal survey, is it right that religious schools who receive gov funding to continue to be allowed to discriminate against LGBT teachers in 2018? Is state funded discrimination still OK in a modern secular Australia, where 30% of all Australians don't identify with any religion at all?

Q&A Bonus Question: Religious Freedom and Schools - YouTube
 
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