Scabs riot outside Victorian CFMEU headquarters; organisers attacked

Protestors from the pro-death movement held a violent protest outside the Victorian offices of the CFMMEU’s construction division today, violently bashing in the John Cummins Building’s front door and assaulting much of the union’s leadership who were trying to calm protesters. This protest is the latest in a number of unsanctioned “unionist” protests by the (largely overlapping) anti-vax and anti-mandate movements.

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Serial neo-Nazi pest finally in jail (update: he got out again)

A couple of days ago, Melbourne neo-Nazi Neil Erikson, former media coordinator of the fascist outfit United Patriots Front and founder of at least fifteen spin-off organisations, was jailed for ten weeks by the Victorian Magistrates’ Court for his part in a horrific invasion of the queer-friendly Melbourne Metropolitan Community Church. He carried out the vile trespass in a livestream with fellow provocateur Claudia Benitez (better known by her alias Dia Beltran) in May 2019. Erikson and Beltran entered the church, where Erikson started accusing those inside, predominantly queer people, of being heathens and shouting homophobic slurs.

This post looks back at some of his previous hate crimes against both Christian churches with whom he disagrees and Muslims in public.

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ASIO pours cold water on Dutton’s false equivalency

As expected, in their submission to the parliamentary inquiry into political extremism, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation had almost nothing to say about left-wing violence and plenty to say about right-wing violence.

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Banning Trump putschists from Twitter is not “censorship”

This is the first part in what I plan to be a two part series on free association on the Internet. No guarantees on that second part though.

Last week, Donald Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol building with the intent of overturning the result of the election he undoubtedly lost. In response, the major social media networks and platform holders banned Mr Trump and perhaps millions of his supporters on the grounds that it had become clear that Trump et al. would defend the indefensible and possibly incite more violence.

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Sticker-Fearing

This article was originally posted on skymann.net in 2016. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Halal certification is the practise of inspecting food items to make sure that they fit within the Islamic dietary requirements, usually resulting in a sticker featuring the phrase Halal in Arabic script (حلال) . This practice is completely voluntary on the part of the food corporations sending their products to these clearing-houses and completely outrageous to the far right.

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The Worst Possible Responses to the Paris Attacks

This article was originally posted on skymann.net in 2015. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

A rant in article form.

As French and Belgian authorities continue raids across Western Europe against Daesh sympathisers in the aftermath of the deplorable atrocities in Paris that killed at least 130 people (AFP), it is important to call out the bullshit. These are the worst responses to the recent attacks.

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