A £70,000 salary to drive a lorry? University can truck off… I’m telling my kids to swap school for life on the open road

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Britain’s shortage of HGV drivers is pushing wages sky high. Why then should you put your kids through uni, given it can cost around £50,000 for three years and they’ll learn nothing that will lead to a job in the real world?

Have you ever seen a nine-year-old boy smiling happily as he looks over the steering wheel of a supersized truck, blasting down the highway?

No? Not yet maybe, my fellow parents, but give it time. And forget medicine, architecture or the law for your offspring. Nah. Truck that. Driving a lorry is where it’s at these days, as truck drivers can make £70,000 a year! There is also, apparently, the incentive of a £2,000 ‘golden hello’ payment. 

You what? Seventy grand a year, for driving a lorry? That’s enough income for a big middle- class house out in the suburbs, a pair of new BMWs parked on the drive, summer breaks at the family apartment on the Algarve, a week’s skiing in the Alps every winter, and all that. The good life.

And, honestly, if I share this nugget of news with my little boy, he’ll quit primary school right now and immediately try to get his heavy goods vehicle (HGV) licence. He’d love life out on the open road, so long as he could stop for ice cream and shoot his Nerf gun rubber darts at other drivers at those motorway truck stops. 

The human arse is his favourite target – I have the red marks to prove it – and most truckers offer a big, saggy and easy bullseye for him to aim at. It’s a bit like the legendary ‘builder’s bum’ (Google it, if you’ve never had the pleasure of a real-life view).

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Yes, headhunters are apparently searching greasy spoon cafes and truck stops and such like, looking for drivers to deliver goods to supermarket chains such as Sainsburys and Tesco.

Then those goods may well be unloaded by shelf stackers earning the minimum wage, many of them with university degrees in subjects of absolutely no utility whatsoever. Those kids spent three years studying social pseudo-sciences or gender studies or whatever, and learnt how to DO precisely truck all.

Government intervention is desperately needed to solve the shortage of truckers, the boss of the Co-operative supermarket group says. “This won’t be solved in isolation, this is a global issue where the supply chain has completely broken down,” Steve Murrells told Reuters. “You can’t solve [a shortage of] 90,000 HGV drivers in isolation, it needs a structural change.”

Well, here’s a solution. You can drive some trucks at the age of 18. So, quit school, boys and girls, right now – and get yourselves down to the driving school and study for your HGV licence. Your country needs you. Supermarket shelves are empty because the nation is short of truckers. 

And, of course, you can learn the trucking song from Not The Nine O’Clock News… surely they MUST teach that as part of any HGV course? “I like trucking, I like trucking, I like trucking and I like to truck.” The star of that video, Rowan ‘Mr Bean’ Atkinson is a true petrolhead and actually does have his HGV licence, as does actor Liam Neeson, director James Cameron, boxer Chris Eubank and athlete Kelly Holmes. So, you’d also be in good celebrity company.

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This trucking story reminded me of a conversation I had with a colleague a while ago. His son had just been born and he was already arranging to put money aside each month for his kid’s future education. 

“What if he just wants to be a hairdresser?” I asked. My mate just scowled and kind of looked confused – he had obviously never discussed such an insane concept with his wife. His kid was going to uni. No discussion, no argument. 

That was 13 years ago, and because of the massive cost of higher education, my mate still isn’t sure whether there’s enough cash in the kitty for his son, especially seeing as his daughter came along a couple of years later and truly messed with his maths. Over 50% of British kids go to university nowadays, to go and study their own belly buttons and not much else.

And hey, parents, even the most expensive ‘ultimate’ package for your kid to get their HGV licence starts at just £4,350. That’s bobbins, way less than three years at university. According to the Times Higher Education magazine, the average living costs alone per year for uni are £4,914. Tuition fees are £9,250. Every year. 

Plus a degree in, for example, the ever-popular media studies won’t necessarily lead to a job in the media. I have been an unhappy boss who hired journalists in the past, and one of those degrees on a CV never helped get anyone a job – not on my watch. All that university teaches kids these days is how to be woke. 

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I often wonder what my grandfather would think of it all. He worked six days a week underground – as a coal miner. And he earned enough to feed his family in their council house and grab a few beers with his mates on a Saturday afternoon down the working men’s club, but that was about it. 

I’m pretty sure he’d be in that queue right now at the HGV school, if he knew he could earn £70k a year. And if they could lower the age to get a licence to nine, then his great-grandson would be in the queue alongside him. He’d be trucking mad not to.

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Johnny Cash – Second Honeymoon Lyrics

Second Honeymoon

I walked up to the desk and asked the man about a room
I asked about the bridal suite, I told him I’m the groom
Then I took the elevator to the floor I was assigned
I fumbled with the key the way I did that other time
Inside I thought of all the things that started in this room
But I’m alone on our second honeymoon

I hear the happy people laughing in the street below

But the loneliness I feel tonight I hope you never know

The life that was a happy song has ended much too soon
And I’m alone on our second honeymoon

I look around the room and see you standing everywhere
The fragrance of your bridal flowers seems to fill the air
The blushing bride that gave me such a free and eager kiss
Two loving arms around me as you offered wedded bliss
We’d said that we’d return to live it over in this room
But I’m alone on our second honeymoon

Kapena – Just One Look Lyrics

Yeah, oh, baby, you look so fine
Alright, you lookin’ so fine
That could be mine

Just one look and I know so far, far, far
It’s love with you
And I found out how I truly feel, feel, feel
To have your love, oh, oh, oh, oh

And you will, will be mine, mine, mine
Forever and always, oh, oh, oh, oh
Just one look and I knew, knew, knew
That you were my only love, oh oh-oh oh

I thought I was dreamin’ but I was wrong, yeah
Oh, but I’m gonna keep on schemin’
Till I can make you, make you my own

So you see, how I really care, care, care
Without you I’m nothin’, no, oh, no, oh
Just one look and I knew, knew, knew
I’ll get you someday, yes, I will, baby, baby

Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took

I thought I was dreamin’ but I was wrong, yeah
And I’m gonna keep on schemin’
Till I can make you, make you my own

So you see, how I really care, care, care
Without you I’m nothin’, no, oh, no, oh

Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took

Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took

Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took
Just one look, that’s all it took

Our Lady Peace – I Loved You All Along Lyrics

I walked around my good intentions
And found that there were none
I blame my father for the wasted years
We hardly talked
I never thought I would forget this hate
Then a phone call made me realize I’m wrong

And if I don’t make it
Know that I’ve loved you all along
Just like sunny days that
We ignore because
We’re all dumb and jaded
And I hope to God I figure out what’s wrong

I walked around my room
Not thinking
Sinking in this box
I blame myself for being too much like somebody else
I never thought that I’d just bend this way
Then a phone call made me realize I’m wrong

And if I don’t make it

Know that I loved you all along
Just like sunny days that
We ignore because
We’re all dumb and jaded
And I hope to God I figure out what’s wrong
And I hope to God I figure out what’s wrong
I hope to God I figure out what’s wrong

If I don’t make it
Know that I loved you all along
Just like sunny days that
We ignore because
We’re all dumb and jaded
And I hope to God I figure out what’s wrong

And if I don’t make it
Know that I loved you all along
Just like sunny days that
We ignore because
We’re all dumb and jaded
And I hope to God I figure out…

Tarot – Never Forever Lyrics

Ever constant change, timefilled space
Spacefilled time just hits right through your face

A moving picture, flame explodes and it dies
Is there a secret truth behind the veil of lies

Fly with the wind full of sigh

Fly away and let out your cry
Never forever

Through countless futures, a point to leave to the past
You know that pain, like love, they just never last

Winger – Without The Night Lyrics

Watch the sun go down, it’s just my luck again
I can hear the sound of your voice haunting me again
But just the sound is not enough, I try to wait, but I’m not that tough
It’s hard to do when I need you here, it seems like forever
Chorus:
Without the night, this would be so much easier
Without the night reminding me of the pain
Without the night, I could keep my heart from believin’
I’d be fine without the night
I remember you used to say, how much you’ve been through
And laugh how easy the pain can break your heart in two

All for love, you’ve given up, you try to wait, but you’re not that tough
Too many times when you need me near, it seems like forever
chorus – without the night
(Solo)
All for love, I’ve given up, I try to wait, but I’m not that tough
Too many times when I need you here, it seems like forever
chorus repeats 2x…
I’ll be fine without the night
——————————————————————————

Soulja Boy – Stop Then Snap Lyrics

Stop Snap Then Wiggle Wit It Snap
Stop Snap Then Wiggle Wit It Snap
Stop Snap Then Wiggle Wit It Snap
Stop Snap Cuz Soulja Boy Told Ya

[X8]
Do The Motorcycle Snap

[Verse 1:]
Posted At Tha Store Me And My Folk
Buddy Talkin Crazy But He Jus Dont Kno
Gipp In The Building And We Screamin Out We Up
They Aint Got No Money Sh** Gettem Outta Her
First Side Hype Im On Top Of The Charts
Charts Hit The Finish Line For A Playa In The Start
Still On The Scene Still Holdin Green
And Ya Kno We Can Meet If Ya Boi Disagree

[Chorus]

[Verse 2:]
I Got Eyes In The Streets So I Kno Who Be Talkin

Half Of The Nights Soulja Boi Sleep Walkin
Patrone But Im Grown So I Stay On That Ex
I Stay Wit A Black Fitted Cap On My Head
Im Always Ridin Always Surprisin
Summer Time Hit And Im Goin To That Island
Im Jus Grindin Its Me Bein Me
Dont Get Served But U Heard In The Streets

[Chorus]

[Verse 3:]
I Got Money On My Mind
Mind On My Money
I See Them Laughin But It Aint Nuttin Funny
Im Gettin Out The Work Tryna Stash 6 0
They Kno Who I B Cuz My Name On My Clothes
Hat To The Back Already On My Stand
Soulja Boy Gon Do The Dance
First Ya Snap Then Wiggle Then Rock
Hit The Motorcycle Then Stop

David Hodges – Glory To God Lyrics

On another cloudless night
The winter air reminds me
Of the bitter cold of life
And how it leaves me wanting

And in my thunder from the sky
All of heaven finds me
Full of wonder and surprise
With Your glory surrounding

For life has been born this night
Heaven and earth will rejoice
My hope has been brought to life
We sing with the angels

Worthy worthy is the Lamb
Worthy of all of the honor
Son of God and Son of Man
Shining Your light in the darkness
Giving Your life so that love will reign again
Glory to God on high
Glory to God on high

The creator of our life
Carried by creation
So may every tongue and drive
Join in celebration now
Our God has not forgotten us
Sending His son to restore
All the love a father has for us

We sing with the angels

Worthy worthy is the lamb
Worthy of all of the honor
Son of God and son of man
Shining your light in the darkness
Giving your life so that love will reign again
Glory to God on high
Glory to God on high

The Prince of Peace, the mighty God, Emmanuel, our Shepherd and Keeper
The bread of life, the one true vine, and the Savior of my soul

Worthy worthy is the Lamb
Worthy of all of the honor
Son of God and Son of Man

You are worthy, worthy is the Lamb
Worthy of all of the honor
Son of God and Son of Man
Shining Your light in the darkness
Giving Your life so that love will reign again
Glory to God on high
Glory to God on high
Glory to God on high
Glory to God on high

Usain Bolt’s Album Outperforms Vybz Kartel & Spice, Debuts In Top 10 Billboard

Usain Bolt released his joint debut album Country Yutes with his manager and dancehall artist NJ, and it secured its place on the Billboard chart. Is this enough to finally earn him some respect in the dancehall community?

While Usain Bolt is one of the most famous people in the world, at home, he is often underestimated. In spite of the impact that he has made on the world, history, and popular culture, he has had his fair share of fights from his fellow Jamaican natives, especially when trying to branch out into something new, like music.

Bolt made a household name for himself worldwide as a track athlete and later ventured into other sports like football (soccer) which he played professionally. This venture garnered some scrutiny from critics, but Usain’s biggest pushback yet came about when he decided to join the dancehall music community as a producer, artist, and label executive.

This season, Usain Bolt is unapologetically celebrating a top 10 album on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in a position ranked higher than the latest albums from some of dancehall’s greatest contenders. The album Country Yutes was released by Usain Bolt and NJ under Usain’s own label, A-Team Lifestyle. Has this achievement earned him not just the bragging rights that come with it but also his badge of honor and sense of belonging to a community that has routinely given him the cold shoulder? A community that he has shown a lot of love on the world stage even before launching his musical aspirations.

OVO-signed dancehall artiste Popcaan made headlines at the top of the year when one of his first posts on Instagram was an attempt to convince Usain Bolt that his money would be better spent elsewhere following the release of his single “Living The Dream” with his manager and longtime friend NJ. Poppy was less than impressed with the song and music video that boasted Usain’s name and likeness but not his vocals, and he urged the former athlete to invest his resources and platform into better talents.

Usain Bolt & NJ in the studio / Courtesy photo

The obvious slight toward Usain’s artist and childhood friend NJ sparked some controversy and set social media alight with the riveting conversation of who’s right. While many defended Usain Bolt’s prerogative to do what he pleases as a successful, well-off sports figure and businessman, others agreed with Popcaan’s perceived justifiable statement that there are other artists far more worth the effort. This was a slap in the face for Usain, who, together with his best friend NJ, worked their way up from nothing and is finally seeing the fruits of their labor. Ironically, the title in question, “Living The Dream,” was a depiction of that very platitude as the track discussed a poor kid’s come-up.

Fast forward to eight months later, and Usain Bolt releases the album first teased by him and NJ at the beginning of the year titled Country Yutes. Critics would have still had their doubts, but they could not thwart the newly minted producer’s efforts to make this project a success.

Bolt remained conservative when nudged for a response to Popcaan’s earlier criticism as if hoping to make the work speak for itself, and he may have finally accomplished that feat.

Usain and NJ’s first Billboard debut outperformed dancehall’s elites in first-week sales which is undoubtedly something to be proud of despite the traditionally low sales the genre produced in the US market. This week, the album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, placing the new kids on the block among the few freshmen to achieve this.

An overview of the metric reveals that Vybz Kartel’s most recent album Born Fi Dis, which granted, had little promotion and, as usual, no big label backing, landed the No. 9 position a few weeks ago when it debuted on the Billboard chart, three steps away from Country Yutes. Usain should, of course, feel humbled by the accomplishment after getting support from the widely considered King of dancehall on Instagram in the thick of the controversy with Popcaan. At the time, Vybz Kartel commented on a video of Usain and his lady Kasi Bennett in the studio bopping to the songwriting, “a who dat #usainboltel?”

The dancehall mogul also tried to quell the beef by addressing it in a post where he said, “Big up Popcaan and Usain Bolt nuh argument nuh inna it #DancehallForever.”

Usain Bolt and NJ’s Country Yutes album also outdid the opening sales for the latest efforts from both Vybz Kartel and his throne-mate, Spice – the artist considered the Queen of dancehall. Spice finally released her debut album 10 in August after a decade-long wait, as the title implies. The dancehall star, like Bolt, also earned the No. 6 spot on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. However, Bolt’s first-week sales totaled 1807 in the US, of which 1651 were pure sales. Spice’s 10, which was released by VP Records, earned 1447 in sales in the US in its opening week, including 676 in pure sales, according to MRC Data. As for Vybz Kartel, he opened with 1290 equivalent album units sold and 605 in pure sales. It is worth mentioning that on the other side of the spectrum, Kartel’s and Spice’s streaming activity far outweighed Usain’s 148,821 in audio streams and 2,244 in video streams.

Vybz Kartel‘s reign can be attributed to a pure fanfare and indelible foothold in the dancehall industry, so to watch his career successfully fueled by this sole endearment truly is incredible. That being said, it is impossible to take anything away from him, the lone wolf who incessantly dominates, and due to his solo efforts, his latest charting in many respects can be seen as a greater achievement than any other aforementioned. Interestingly enough, it is this fact that makes any comparability with his accomplishments a win in itself. So the fact that Usain and NJ’s Country Yutes outranked Kartel’s Born Fi Dis on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart says nothing about Vybz Kartel’s unparalleled domination but much about Usain’s tenacity in the face of rejection.

Popcaan was never alone in his opinion of Usain’s efforts and platform being wasted on NJ, but the dancehall producer’s confidence in his venture never wavered. Naysayers seemed to motivate him even more, while his own self-confidence and faith in his team did the rest. Usain is now thanking his fans, the ones who did nothing but encourage him from the start, for helping him to nab his first top 10 album on Billboard. “Thank you my Peeps #CY #Reggae @billboard #Humbled,” he wrote on Twitter earlier this week alongside a screenshot of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart highlighting his 6th place position. Has the former star athlete’s latest accolade allowed him to prove himself? Perhaps he has at the very least shown naysayers why his investment is not at all yielding bad debt.

Realistically, critics will continue to dissect his achievements, leveraging his latest music chart performance with his famous name.

Some will argue that Usain has still not done enough to earn his respect in dancehall since his star-power carries so much weight and makes it difficult to separate that variable from his wins as a dancehall producer. There is, however, still a segment of his audience that will appreciate his accomplishment for what it is. To some, Usain Bolt and NJ were the underdogs, and to others, they started out with an advantage. Despite the ingredients, the finished product has attained something deserving of recognition which would suffice to anyone in their shoes right now.

Congratulations to Usain Bolt and NJ on their debut album’s success.

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James Blake – Foot Forward Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It was built, in a day
So I fell, in a day
What do you expect?
What do you expect, what do you expect, what do you expect?
At best, we’re a stretch
And a leash, won’t hold my neck
I’m a mess
What do you expect, what do you expect, what do you expect?

[Chorus]
And it’s okay and I will be replaced
Bitter of the taste
But it’s not that bad
It’s okay, there’s nothing to display
Happiness today, we weren’t so sad

[Verse 2]
Keep your breathe, keep my tests
Who was next, who was next?
I hope that you’ve learnt
I’m not at my bеst
But I put my best foot forward
Foot forward, foot forward
I put my best foot forward
Foot forward, foot forward
What elsе can I do?
Foot forward, foot forward
I put my best foot forward
Foot forward, foot forward

[Chorus]
It’s okay and I will be replaced
Bitter of the taste
But it’s not that bad
It’s okay there’s nothing to display
Happiness today, we weren’t so sad

Tion Wayne – 4 Life Lyrics

[Intro: Afro B & Tion Wayne]
Yeah, ah oou
Afro B
Come on, come on
Boom

[Hook: Afro B & Tion Wayne]
Bad gyal in the function
It be only you that I’m wantin’ (Yeah)
Don’t come with asssumptions
You’d be my wife for life
Bad gyal in the function (Yeah)
It be only you that I’m wantin’ (Come on, come on, yeah)
Don’t come with asssumptions (Yo, T-Wayne from the)
You’d be my wife for life

[Verse 1: Tion Wayne, Tion Wayne & Afro B]
Where you hurtin’? Shoppin’ abroad
Fuck a Birkin, she want a [?]
I know your favourite position’s in charge
I see you twerkin’, Nicki Minaj
Me, I’m a German
Whippin’ excursion, money earnin’
She want a thug, I’m the wickedest version
Baby, how your bum look bigger in person?
Remembеr BB, my CD’s was kinda slow
Now it’s CC or GG we can go
Hella greazy, ain’t еasy until we blow
I know I’m cheeky but really
Where you wanna go? We can go there
See now I buy you homes not just Moncler
I know I’m on the block page, don’t be scared
Always trouble on the roads, anytime you gon’ clear

[Hook: Afro B]
Bad gyal in the function
It be only you that I’m wantin’ (Yeah)
Don’t come with asssumptions
You’d be my wife for life
Bad gyal in the function (Yeah)
It be only you that I’m wantin’ (Yeah)
Don’t come with asssumptions
You’d be my wife for life

[Post-Hook: Afro B]
Gyal you know I say “I’ll take your side”
And you know I say “Me never leave my wife”
Gyal you know I say “I’ll take your side”
And you know I say “Me never leave my wife”

[Verse 2: Tion Wayne]
She see more than just a roadman
Yo, if you gon’ bruck her up the whole bank for you
She don’t associate with no man
But I ain’t toxic, this is girl romance
Ay, girl you reap what you sow
To let me go, would you lie under oath?
Hoes will never get my time on a roast
I thought she’ll love if my rhymes didn’t know
I’ll never know

[Hook: Afro B]
Bad gyal in the function
It be only you that I’m wantin’ (Yeah)
Don’t come with asssumptions
You’d be my wife for life
Bad gyal in the function (Yeah)
It be only you that I’m wantin’ (Yeah)
Don’t come with asssumptions
You’d be my wife for life

[Post-Hook: Afro B]
Gyal you know I say “I’ll take your side”
And you know I say “Me never leave my wife”
Gyal you know I say “I’ll take your side”
And you know I say “Me never leave my wife”

Tion Wayne – Loyal Lyrics

[Chorus: NSG]
Can’t be loyal to no ho, only my bros
Been a long time since I’ve been broke
Why you only holler when I got a show?
I can tell who’s a friend or a foe
Now [?] on a Sunday
Baby girl, I don’t do dates
For you, girl, I might switch ways

[Verse 1: NSG]
She all for the chain
[?] mandem [?]
And we did it from the pavement
Thought the feds [?] ways
Too many snakes [?]
We make it rain, we change the forecast
They want us dead, pree the vultures
Gyally love the [?] of the culture

[Verse 2: NSG]
Baby girl, your body shaped good, no need no BBL
Be fuckin’, got you bustin’ like a BB gun
When we done, I tell you, “I don’t need no other onе”
It’s the [?], YSL, [?] over the cliеntal
I put it all on the line for my family
You ain’t ridin’ for me, I’m with the gang now

[Chorus: NSG & Tion Wayne]
Can’t be loyal to no ho, only my bros
Been a long time since I’ve been broke (C’mon, c’mon)
Why you only holler when I got a show?
I can tell who’s a friend or a foe (Uh-huh)
Now [?] on a Sunday
Baby girl, I don’t do dates (C’mon, c’mon)
For you, girl, I might switch ways (Yo, T Wayne from the, yo)

[Verse 3: Tion Wayne]
We was on the landing, countin’ for a toaster
And now Simon Cowell use my broker
When I was out here, rollin’ with my poker
I made ’em stay inside, way before corona
Deep stroka, Wizzy make it leak again
Now I’m the owner, she don’t wanna leave my ends
How you loyal to a ho, but then you leave your friend?
We was runnin’ London before Sadiq and them
Her pussy meat for them, man are real raw African, peek for them
Her bum real, real challengin’, watch cost caravan
T Wayne, runner from the plug
Man, I went uni and I saw jugs
But I want ’cause, man a man a bodman
Touch my one’s, and you could order one [?]
For my bros, I catch case
For my bros, I catch case

[Chorus: NSG]
Can’t be loyal to no ho, only my bros
Been a long time since I’ve been broke
Why you only holler when I got a show?
I can tell who’s a friend or a foe
Now [?] on a Sunday
Baby girl, I don’t do dates
For you, girl, I might switch ways

[Verse 4: NSG]
Been a while now, been a minute
I was in the mud, they weren’t with me
Connect the dots, finesse them boys
His credit score just dropped to [?]
He build my line, but first off all
Cool it off, it was [?]
Cool it off, ‘fore it gets so long
Prove them wrong without movin’ wrong

[Verse 5: NSG]
Call me guys, they be tellin’ lies for me
But my money long, so my tool came cheap
Better know it ain’t cheap if it’s on me
She heard my voice, all of a sudden, she a freak
I don’t do dates, fuckin’ with a screw-face
Better know this gwallah comin’ with the replay
You know my money never goes on [walls?]
I’m movin’ that ’cause I’m sold

[Chorus: NSG]
Can’t be loyal to no ho, only my bros
Been a long time since I’ve been broke
Why you only holler when I got a show?
I can tell who’s a friend or a foe
Now [?] on a Sunday
Baby girl, I don’t do dates
For you, girl, I might switch ways

[Verse 6: NSG]
Before [Star?] Gang, shawty was no-show
I had no money, I had no hope
PTSD from duckin’ ya phone
Now blessing come in with no phone
Everything man do, man, I regret
Everything gyal man fuck, I can’t regret
Any man will try, that will regret
I’ll be loyal ’til I can’t breathe anymore

[Chorus: NSG]
Can’t be loyal to no ho, only my bros
Been a long time since I’ve been broke
Why you only holler when I got a show?
I can tell who’s a friend or a foe
Now [?] on a Sunday
Baby girl, I don’t do dates
For you, girl, I might switch ways

Tion Wayne – Spend a Bag Lyrics

[Intro: Tion Wayne]
Uh-huh, yeah
Come on, come on, yeah
Tion Wayne from the, yeah

[Verse 1: Tion Wayne]
African
Brown and thick like Megan Thee Stallion
My dark skin jawn love nothin’ but travellin’
Car in sport and she whip it like Edmonton
Chanel bags, LV on the norm’
Rolls or the Maybach, we just sit and it turn
It’s the Rolex now, before the drill, it was on
If a man talk shit, then we’ll fill him with corn
Uh-huh, yeah
Nothin’ but shoppin’
What you know about c-c-coppin’ the foreign?
For that bag, say I saw ’em, God bless you with somethin’
Used to back the firearm, man, them days were rotten
Man, we came from shuttin’
True, we came from nothin’, it was hard for the M
In the Range, I’m cuttin’, you’re a boss ’til the end
Other girls up in the dance, lookin’ for rent
She would never sit on her arse ’cause she a ten

[Chorus: 6LACK, Tion Wayne]
Spoil you, babe
Do you good, you know I love you mad
You should know that I
Like your style, I love your vibe (Uh-huh)
I choose you, they wonder why (Come on, come on)
Tell no lies, I wanna test you up, bless you up

[Verse 2: Tion Wayne]
She my drug, she like the dealers
Think you my weakness
When I’m vexed, send you texts, you keep my secrets
Touch my chest, wanna sex, you likkle sweetness
Like the rest, big rookie
No respect for your ex, how could he?
Run up a check, shop in West, then nookie
Matchin’ sets when we jet for a Woolie
Deserve all my love, fuck the word and the blogs
Heard that I trust, won’t converse with the cops
Can’t let her leave, I won’t reverse on the talk
Preserve all my love, hurts when it cuts
How to love all the time?
I’m emotionally closed, open up when I rhyme
She my African queen, backbone, she my spine
Man, she just wanna come and spend some quality time
Uh-huh, yeah, yeah

[Chorus: 6LACK]
Spoil you, babe
Do you good, you know I love you mad
You should know that I
Like your style, I love your vibe
I choose you, they wonder why
Tell no lies, I wanna test you up, bless you up

[Verse 3: 6LACK]
Okay, walk like a model, shake like a bottle
Love you like I love me, that might be the motto
Drape you in that down, who gon’ love you like I can?
Money be the language, hopin’ you comprehend
Might just spend a bag on you
Brag on you, priceless, I could never put a tag on you
Showin’ off, put it down
Max out, new accounts

[Chorus: 6LACK]
Spoil you, babe
Do you good, you know I love you mad
You should know that I
Like your style, I love your vibe
I choose you, they wonder why
Tell no lies, I wanna test you up, bless you up

Tion Wayne – West End Lyrics

[Intro: Young Adz & Tion Wayne]
Be my best friend, racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end (C’mon, c’mon), fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you
Yeah, T Wayne from the, yo (Yeah)

[Verse 1: Tion Wayne]
It’s like you love to make it all the bop, you’re with the drama (Yeah)
Every time I’m vex, you’re my answer (You’re my answer)
I know I’m, due a lot of karma
I ain’t Peter Parker, but my ting better than Rihanna (Than RiRi)
She don’t know we stеppin’ with some killers (Uh-huh, uh-huh)
Love it whеn we sex up in the mirrors (Uh)
Pop down, couldn’t buy you slippers (Yeah)
But she don’t even care about no figures
It’s long (Yeah), she don’t want me gone
Things I did for the funds
To get you Saint Laurent
I accept that I’m wrong
But when you hear this song, love me now, love me strong
And love me when I’m gone (When I’m gone)
Big plans, we ain’t ever needin’ anything (Yeah)
Me and you will have proper ease, developin’ (C’mon, c’mon)
Bougie, and your ambition is evident
You’re a boss but let me help with everyting (With everyting)

[Chorus: Young Adz]
I said, can you be my best friend?
Racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end
Fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you, and yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? Yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? And yeah

[Verse 2: Dirtbike LB]
I treat your pussy like a goldmine, girl
When I pull up, you look so fly, girl (Girl, you looks so fly)
Gold zippers with the gold YSL
Tryna figure if I know myself (If I know my)
Stay strong while I settle our differences
Pay attention, girl, I’m wrong, now I’m listenin’
Hundred racks’ll make a nigga wanna live again
I put this house in your name ’cause you’re different
I was servin’ on the curb for my fiends (For my fiends)
Now I’m fuckin’ with a girl from my dreams
I been sleepin in the Burj, more peace (More peace)
I been tryna figure out what you need
She the main one
I ain’t switchin’ up, I’m with the same one
It’s the city where you try and live your life or you take one
That’s my driller, he ain’t scared to take his shot like he’s Neymar (Uh)
I just sent my other hitter to Jamaica

[Chorus: Young Adz]
I said, can you be my best friend?
Racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end
Fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you, and yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? Yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? And yeah
I said, can you be my best friend?
Racks in the west end
I’ma take a flight with you
I need more, tea for the west end
Fuck all your best friends
Girl, I got my eyes on you, and yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? Yeah
Mi say, gyal, come here now
Can you be my best friend? And yeah

Tion Wayne – Where Were They Lyrics

[Intro]
Out on a lick, were the days when I had the old house and the whip?
TheElements
No pan [?], gotta face it you was just out with a chick
Face it, grr, mm-mm, AoD, yo, ba-ba, yo

[Verse 1]
She sick of this life, I choose that gun ’cause it could’ve been live on news (Mm-mm)
Spend five-foot bands for them yutes
In the 9, I’m movin’ like Vladimir Puts
Bro said he ain’t riding with troops
Just one man, fuck that, grip it, and shoot
I could’ve called gang but I refuse, ’cause ten man gliding so we’re just loose (Boom)
Even though I’m up, ain’t shit changed
Man will line you up, no skin fade
[?], boy, you know the back was insane (Mad)
It’s funny how things changed (Woo)
Gyal said I wouldn’t be shit, now she wanna come in my whip
Saw the Rollie, now, she’s on my dick
Spend ten this week but I want more (Money)
West End’s too bait, on the shop floor (Ight)
[?], only time I go Louis (Ight)
Put the whole shop like bonjour (Bonjour)
Told babes, “No time for your contour” (Boom)
Probably had food out the front door (Ight)
But now I had money in offshore, got the taxman all unsure

[Bridge]
Man came up with waps, no shankin’
Quick handtings, hold man for ransom
My last star was a mad ting, sad ting
Beef my set, no chat, just bang him (Boom)
Talk, no action, tryna fly straight, I’m glad that’s happenin’
Man army, no talk, I’m crashin’, car, Grand Auto fashion

[Chorus]
Where were they when I was out on a lick?
Where were they when I was had the old ass in the whip?
Where were they? No pen, [?]
Gotta face it, you was just out with a chick (Boom)
All my life had to hustle and [?]
All my teachers told me I wouldn’t be shit
Where were they when I couldn’t get kicks?
Now the streets with me, man, I make a man dip

[Verse 2]
I was makin’ man dip, seen the thirty round, fast
When my brother get stick, he would grip it and blast
[?] dip it and stick it in until it [?]
Now we whip it, and squeeze it, and flip it in park
Every time they put me in bars, punch man for the enhance
Mama told me, “Listen in class,” but in the streets, I’m Michelin-starred
Man, fiddlin’, hittin’ him, makin’ man dance
I was fidgitin’, stickin’ him, ’til I [get charged?]
I not ever gonna stop when the [?]
One million, million, tryna live large
Where were they? But days can’t blame me
There were days when the [?]
All this talk but your chat don’t faze me
All you do is act like Patrick Swayze

[Chorus]
Where were they when I was out on a lick?
Where were they when I was had the old ass in the whip?
Where were they? No pen, [?]
Gotta face it, you was just out with a chick (Boom)
All my life had to hustle and [?]
All my teachers told me I wouldn’t be shit
Where were they when I couldn’t get kicks?
Now the streets with me, man, I make a man dip

[Outro]
Where were they when I was out on a lick?
Where were they when I was had the old ass in the whip?
Where were they? No pen, [?]
Gotta face it, you was just out with a chick (Boom)
All my life had to hustle and [?]
All my teachers told me I wouldn’t be shit
Where were they when I couldn’t get kicks?
Now the streets with me, man, I make a man dip

Dax – Propaganda Lyrics

[Intro: Dax]
Don’t lose yourself
LexNour
All I see is propaganda
In the world
All I see is propaganda

[Chorus: Dax]
Uh
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda

[Verse 1: Dax]
Yeah, united we stand, divided we fall (Uh)
New Year’s Eve, they’ve been droppin’ the ball (Uh)
Independent, how we dentin’ the game
We don’t write to the sound of applause (We don’t)
Hidden truths, dotted lines, ain’t never signed
Stood and remained a boss (A boss)
In a world that is full of facades
Where if you speak, you get nailed to a cross
I won’t be silеnt, I am outspoken
I am the product of pain, so when you see my namе
Know fame could never break
Down a brain, that is already broken
Every wound is a pain devotion
They fill words as I purge emotion
Scabs tear as I drop hits
That bleed lies from demonic omens
The system decides what we spend and we buy
While most of our time is spend in bed (Yeah)
And dreams we have all stay inside
We sleep and wake, then live with regret (Oh man)
The price of life is half the cost
The price of fame could cost your head (Your head!)
If infamy is what you seek
And propaganda’s what you spread

[Chorus: Dax]
Uh
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda

[Verse 2: Tom MacDonald]
Look what they did, indoctrinated
They convinced us all that everything we say is racist, and blood will change it
That’s what happens, y’all need balance, y’all need blacks and
Whites and lefts and rights to stop the madness, they planned it (They did)
It’s Trump or Biden, we all been divided, riot in our streets (Yeah)
Elections always been rigged, I ain’t surprised if somebody cheats
All I see is pentagrams of the propaganda, but our priority’s a vaccine (Yeah)
It ain’t hard for wolves to find a flock when the sheep are fast asleep (Wake up)
Too many people lack character, too many journalists scarin’ ya
Too many pencils attemptin’ to rewrite the Constitution, they probably gon’ tear it up
I love the country, but I don’t trust the people takin’ care of us
We went to bed with the American dream, we woke up in Night-merica

[Chorus: Dax]
Uh
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda
And all I see is propaganda, propaganda

Azealia Banks – Tarantula Lyrics

Waif like and blind
Frail is your body
A conscience re-designed to be childlike and bitter
Childlike and bitter

Waif like and blind
Frail is your body
A conscience re-designed to be childlike and bitter

The gaunt visage you try to hide
While walking past mirrors

You have erased yourself
You’ve learned to hate yourself
Oh, what a time to be alive
Burning from the inside, cremated from the inside out
I walk across the ceiling at night, I see you through all eight of my eyes
I’ll zip-line, venom inside
Blood boils you awake, and you’re paralyzed

He’s tried so many times
He’s tried so many fucking times
To take my life away
But he’ll be the first to die tonight
He’ll be the first to die tonight
Night, night, night, night
You’ll be the next to die tonight

Your ashes are bitter
Cremated from the inside out
Cremated in the inside

I walk across the ceiling at night
I see you and him through all eight eyes
While you are sleeping
While you are sleeping, my dear

I’ll zip-line and I’m inside
Blood boils you awake and you’re paralyzed
A witness of your own d-demise
You’ll be the first to die tonight
A dead groom and a corpse bride
You’ll be the first to die tonight
I promise, my dear

Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) Lyrics

[Verse 1]
He said, “Let’s get out of this town
Drive out of the city, away from the crowds”
I thought, “Heaven can’t help me now”
Nothing lasts forever
But this is gonna take me down

[Pre-Chorus]
He’s so tall and handsome as hell
He’s so bad, but he does it so well
I can see the end as it begins
My one condition is

[Chorus]
Say you’ll remember me
Standin’ in a nice dress
Starin’ at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just in your
Wildest dreams, ah, ha
Wildest dreams, ah, ha

[Verse 2]
I said, “No one has to know what wе do”
His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room
And his voicе is a familiar sound
Nothin’ lasts forever
But this is gettin’ good now

[Pre-Chorus]
He’s so tall and handsome as hell
He’s so bad, but he does it so well
And when we’ve had our very last kiss
My last request it is

[Chorus]
Say you’ll remember me
Standin’ in a nice dress
Starin’ at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just in your
Wildest dreams, ah, ha (Ha, ha)
Wildest dreams, ah, ha

[Bridge]
You’ll see me in hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burnin’ it down
Someday, when you leave me
I bet these memories
Follow you around
You’ll see me in hindsight
Tangled up with you all night
Burnin’ (Burnin’) it (It) down (Down)
Someday, when you leave me
I bet these memories
Follow (Follow) you (You) around (Around)
(Follow you around)

[Chorus]
Say you’ll remember me
Standing in a nice dress
Starin’ at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just pretend
Say you’ll remember me
Standin’ in a nice dress
Starin’ at the sunset, babe
Red lips and rosy cheeks
Say you’ll see me again
Even if it’s just in your (Just pretend, just pretend)
Wildest dreams, ah, ha (Ah-ah)
In your wildest dreams, ah, ha
Even if it’s just in your
In your wildest dreams, ah, ha
In your wildest dreams, ah, ha

Iggy Azalea & Alice Chater – N.Y.E. Lyrics

[Intro]
(Scalez)
(AJ ruin everything, he in here)

[Chorus: Alice Chater]
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball

[Verse 1: Iggy Azalea]
New Year, I hope to move on
From all you hoes, I move from
All the men that talk big
Your dick is small like your goals
Big lies come out your big mouth
Dance ’round the truth like a TikTok
You found new ways to get lost
Go hard, just like my wrist watch
Fireworks ain’t the same now
Running game and it’s played out
Hate the fact you an asshole
Confetti falling the blackhole
Shed a tear and it’s tattooed
You don’t like me, well, that’s cool
I don’t like you either, wasn’t nice to meet you

[Chorus: Alice Chater]
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball

[Verse 2: Iggy Azalea]
Yeah
Last night feel like my past life
Red eye, just like my last flight
Stressed out, I stuck my neck out
Goodbye, I’m ’bout to head out
Raise glass, let’s have a toast
Celebrate your demise
My resolution for this brand new year
Leave your ass behind
Uh, one problem I don’t need
Play the game, don’t coach me
Made a name, I won’t leave
Greater stage for nosebleeds, that’s facts
Deal with that, you text my line and I took a nap
Left you, I’m not coming back
Go cry on the internet, bitch

[Chorus: Alice Chater]
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball

[Bridge: Alice Chater]
Hopes up
Three, two and one
Countdown, until we’re done
Hopes up
Three, two and one
Countdown, until we’re done

[Chorus: Alice Chater]
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball
You’re just like New Year’s Eve
Disappointing me
Feeling fucking great
Why you gotta give me something to celebrate?
Then take that away
Babe, you’re dropping the ball

DISCO BALMA Lyrics and Video Song – Asees Kaur, Mellow D

Nan nan naa naa
Nan na na na na
Nan nan naa naa
Na na na disco balma

Chamkile goggle laga ke
Pairon mein paayal saja ke
Saath karenge aaj disco balma
Ho disco balma

Chamkile goggle laga ke
Pairon mein paayal saja ke
Saath karenge aaj disco balma
Ho disco balma

Youtube ke gaane chala ke
Police ko thaane bitha ke
Saath karenge aaj disco balma

Tu floor pe na aaya
Main wait kar kar thak gayi
Tune kitna tadpaya
No more sajjna aur nahi

Gaalon pe glitter laga ke
Gucci ka ittar laga ke
Saath karenge aaj disco balma
Oh disco balma

Chamkile goggle laga ke
Pairon mein paayal saza ke
Saath karenge aaj disco balma
Oh disco balma

Ae step on the floor
Floor floor floor floor
Yeh hai disco
Move with the flow
Flow flow flow flow
Yeh hai disco

Tu share location karna
Tujhe pick main kar lun sajjna
Aaj nach nach dil mein bharna
Sun ho oh oh oh

Jaldi thodi tu karna
Club full ho jaana warna
Phir main tainu nahi chhadna
Let’s go oh oh oh

Tu thumka na lagaya
Main tappe pa pa thak gayi
Tune itna tadpaya
No more sajjna aur nahi

Retro koyi beat chala ke
Ik dooje mein hosh ganwa ke
Sath karenge aaj disco balma
Disco balma

Chamkile goggle laga ke
Pairon mein payal saza ke
Sath karenge aaj disco balma
Ho disco balma

Nan nan naa naa
Nan na na na na
Nan nan naa naa
Na na na disco balma

QURBAAN Lyrics and Video Song – Stebin Ben, Asad Khan

Jannat sa lagta mujhko ab yeh jahaan hai
Jab se tu tohfa mujhko rabb se mila
Main mohabbat kahun ya ibadat isse
Ab sukoon mere dil ko tujhi se mile

Saanson se teri khushbu si aayi hai
Zulfon ne teri neendein churayi hai
Mujhko banaya aisa deewana
Ke main deta hoon teri hi sada

Main qurbaan, main qurbaan
Teri ik jhalak pe main qurbaan re
Mera kalma mera kalma
Tere naam se shuru hota hai

Main qurbaan, main qurbaan
Teri ik jhalak pe main qurbaan re
Mera kalma mera kalma
Tere naam se shuru hota hai

Banti sanwarti jo badlon mein
Aisi kahani teri meri hai
Aisa mukkamal ishq lage hai
Jaise hai raazi khuda

Main qurbaan main qurban
Teri ik jhalak pe main qurbaan re
Mera kalma mera kalma
Tere naam se shuru hota hai

Main qurban main kurbaan
Teri ik jhalak pe main qurbaan re
Mera kalma mera kalma
Tere naam se shuru hota hai

Teri panahein agar mil gayi toh
Teri ibadat karne lagenge
Tujhko hi maanga har pal dua mein
Ab toh kubool farmaan

Main qurban main kurbaan
Teri ik jhalak pe main qurbaan re
Mera kalma mera kalma
Tere naam se shuru hota hai

Main qurbaan main qurban
Teri ik jhalak pe main qurbaan re
Mera kalma mera kalma
Tere naam se shuru hota hai

Aussie court case shows how trans rights have destroyed the family and spread irrationalism

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By Graham Hryce, an Australian journalist and former media lawyer, whose work has been published in The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Sunday Mail, the Spectator and Quadrant.

Parents were once thought to know what’s best for their children. That now seems to be the state’s role, after a couple were described as “abusive and neglectful” by a magistrate for trying to stop their daughter transitioning.

An extremely interesting and important case came before the Western Australia (WA) Supreme Court this week, involving an appeal by parents opposing the wishes of their child, who identifies as transgender and sought to undergo a sex-change procedure.

The child is female and, aged 15, sought to transition to a transgender male – a standard procedure offered by the Perth Children’s Hospital. When her parents refused to agree to this, she threatened to commit suicide and was taken into care by the WA Department of Communities. Legal proceedings then commenced against the parents, and they were found by a Children’s Court magistrate to have acted in an “abusive and neglectful” manner towards their daughter.

In one sense, the appeal is moot, because, once the child turns 18, she will be able to avail herself of the transitioning procedure irrespective of her parents’ views. The parents, however, brought the appeal as a matter of principle because they believe they have been treated unjustly.

The Western Australia government – which funds and promotes a Child and Adolescent Gender Diversity Service – is defending the magistrate’s decision, and the appeal is to be heard by Western Australia’s Chief Justice, Peter Quinlan. Justice Quinlan is noted for his so-called ‘progressive’ views, which he regularly expounds in lengthy extrajudicial speeches – a fashionable pastime engaged in by many judges in Western societies these days. Last month, for example, he delivered a speech on what he described as the “pervasive and insidious current of sexual harassment and gendered discrimination in our culture and in our workplaces”.

It even included a personal mea culpa. “In the decades in which I have been part of the legal profession, there have been countless examples in which I witnessed or heard about harassment or discrimination but was too ignorant, wilfully blind or simply afraid to stick my head above the parapet to call out what, as a lawyer, I should have been ethically bound to name and condemn,” said the judge.

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Irrespective of the outcome of the appeal, it is important to attempt to understand how these parents came to be in the predicament in which they find themselves. Forty years ago, it would have been utterly unimaginable. Today, however, it is becoming commonplace in many Western societies, as the ideology of transgender rights takes hold and is uncritically implemented and enforced by governments.

In the United States, for example, one of the first acts of the Biden administration was to introduce comprehensive legislation dealing with ‘transgender rights’. And there is currently legislation before the Victorian state parliament in Australia that makes it a criminal offence for parents to counsel their children against gender reassignment.

Three key aspects of the Western Australian parents’ situation are particularly noteworthy. First, their fate is possible only in a society in which the family has been destroyed as an autonomous institution – a process that has been proceeding apace since the early 20th century. The family was a core institution of bourgeois society in the 19th century – and it operated independently, governed by values very different from those of the marketplace and dominant political ideologies. The historian Christopher Lasch detailed the decline of the bourgeois family in his book ‘Haven in a Heartless World’ – a very apt description of its original role and function.

In the 19th-century family, parents had sole responsibility for the care, education and upbringing of their children, and the law gave them virtually unlimited authority to perform these tasks. With the decline of the traditional family, the state and its ever-expanding army of social workers, health professionals and counsellors have now taken over the functions formerly performed by parents, and parental authority has, in effect, been abolished. This is precisely the situation the Western Australian parents find themselves in. Not only have they been denied the right to care for and protect their daughter – as they see it, and according to their personal values – but their child has been taken away from them by the state.

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Second, as with many other formerly autonomous institutions – universities, the courts, churches and cultural institutions – the family and children have been dragged into the realm of the marketplace, where they are compelled to comply with the political ideologies of the globalised elites that now govern most Western societies. This  process – mistakenly described by conservative intellectuals as ‘the culture wars’ and mischaracterised by them as a left-wing phenomenon – has intensified over the past 40 years to a degree that it is now probably irreversible.

So, why have the parents in Western Australia been branded as “abusive and neglectful”? Because they had the audacity to challenge a fashionable, state-sponsored dominant ideology: that of so-called ‘transgender rights’. And for this transgression they have suffered the obligatory punishment meted out to those who act in such a manner: they have been parentally ‘cancelled’.

The third aspect of what has occurred is perhaps the most troubling. It would be bad enough if the fashionable ideology under which these parents have been persecuted was reasonable and rational. But it is not – it is patently unreasonable and frankly irrational. The fact is that most of the ideologies of the globalised elites – including catastrophic climate change, critical race theory and #MeToo feminism – are inherently irrational. They are nothing more than self-indulgent forms of moral posturing that are intrinsically incapable of solving the problems that they purport to cure. (If anyone doubts that proposition, they should ask themselves whether critical race theory has improved race relations in America recently, or whether #MeToo feminism has improved relations between the sexes).

These ideologies developed progressively and ever more irrationally from the late 1960s onwards in order to protect a Western globalised economic order that refused to meaningfully reform itself. Posing falsely as radical doctrines, they are deeply conservative at their core, replacing class and social categories with biological categories according to which privileges and ersatz ‘freedoms’ are handed out to favoured groups, while leaving economic inequalities and real social problems untouched. Progress is defined biologically rather than socially and economically. The irrationality of these doctrines is, of course, intensified by the categorical refusal of their adherents to permit any criticism of them to be made.

It isn’t easy for individuals to challenge state-sanctioned dominant ideologies, even at the best of times – and it is particularly difficult to do so in most Western societies these days. Being ‘cancelled’ is not a pleasant experience. Nevertheless, it is important that such challenges are made – and the parents in Western Australia are to be commended for the courageous stand they have taken against the formidable array of ideological and institutional forces confronting them.  

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Tara Reade: ‘He told me to remove my swimsuit, I complied because he was a policeman. I was only 13 and scared frozen’

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By Tara Reade, author, poet, actor and former Senate aide, author of Left Out: When the Truth Doesn’t Fit In. Follow her on Twitter @readealexandra

America’s rape culture has been thriving for years, as the broken and corrupt system that is supposed to provide justice to victims protects predators. I was very young when I learned that sometimes, monsters have badges.

My parents divorced when I was just 13 years old and I was sent to live with my father in an upscale community in Minnesota.

My only freedom that summer when I stayed with him was to walk to the 7-11 convenience store with my friends after swimming. It was a sterile, safe, suburban neighborhood with regular police patrols. 

One day, I was walking to the store alone. A police car slowed down and the officer rolled down his window to talk with me. “Hey,” he said firmly, “have you seen a blue Mustang come through here?” I shook my head and felt nervous. He stopped and said “Get in.” 

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I got in the back and he drove me around to a secluded part of the park, saying nothing. At the park, I felt the muggy heat relieved by his air-conditioning. I smelled like chlorine and sunblock from the pool. I held my Dr Pepper smackers lip gloss and turned it in my hand. He said flatly, looking over his sunglasses: “Get in the front seat. I need you to answer some questions.” 

His radio burst into static, then it went quiet. He pushed some dials and said, “You look like the accomplice to a stolen car.”

I felt tears coming. “I don’t even drive,” I answered illogically. 

He said: “It will be OK, just a couple questions, then I will take you home.“

I sat quietly as he radioed in something and a code. Then he turned and put his hand down his own pants. He stared at me and asked me to raise my sundress up. I had my swimsuit on and he asked me to remove it. I complied because he was a policeman, and you do what they say. He then stared between my legs not touching me, just himself. This went on for several minutes.

I felt dizzy and scared frozen with my legs apart. He directed me to spread my legs further and arch up. I did everything he asked. My legs shook with fear. “Yes, like that,” he said while continuing to stare.

He did not touch me and continued to breathe hard with his hand working inside his pants. He stopped abruptly.

“Go in the back seat,” he said. I put my swimsuit on awkwardly and he unlocked the door. I got out and climbed into the back seat, numb with fear. He drove silently to the 7-11 with only his radio static with voices. At the 7-11 he let me out, went into the shop and bought me a red frozen slurpee coke soda. 

I walked home shakily, trying to understand what happened. I threw out the drink and never had a slurpee again.

At this point, I was not developed and still a stranger to many interactions with boys except holding hands and a feverish dare kiss on the playground. This was confusing and strange. He was a man. I had only heard about sex in a vague way. I told no one.

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The next day at the neighborhood pool, an older girl came up to me who usually never spoke to me. “You OK?” she asked. I sat with my Archie comic book and my soda under the umbrella, swatting gnats.

“Yes,” I replied. 

“I saw him take you. Stay away from him, OK? He is a creep,” she told me.

I nodded, knowing who she meant. She seemed way older even though she was just 15. She gave me a Pez candy and sat down next to me. I felt elated because an older girl was talking to me. We stared at the boys doing cannonballs in the pool. 

“I just pretended it was a…” she trailed off and ended abruptly. She took an angry sip of her drink. I looked at her, nodding but not understanding. She showed me her Seventeen magazine and said she was going to her first concert. 

I don’t know what happened to her with the police officer. The following fall, after leaving for my mother’s house, I heard from friends that the cop who gave young girls rides to the park and then bought them frozen slurpees was no longer there. 

That summer, I learned that sometimes monsters have badges.

It takes warriors to expose monsters 

In America, the monsters roam freely and wield power. I learned that young but still with the naive belief that there were systems to protect us. I was wrong: the systems were in place to protect those monsters.

Last week, several truths came out. 

Actress and activist Rose McGowan shook up the recall election by accusing the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom of trying to bribe her – on behalf of Weinstein’s lawyer, David Boies – not to go public with sexual abuse accusations against Weinstein. 

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David Boies is no joke. He is known to be a ruthless, pitbull attorney. 

Like attorney Alan Dershowitz, who went after Epstein victims to smear them, Boies went after Weinstein victims to destroy them, in particular Rose McGowan. As Ronan Farrow revealed in his book ‘Catch and Kill’, he even employed former Israeli Mossad spies. 

Who was so desperate for silence around the Weinstein movie mogul besides his lawyer? The Clintons and other powerful Democrats. Rose McGowan is fighting back and suing David Boies and Black Cube (the Israeli surveillance firm) in federal court under the RICO Act.

“David Boies wants to know what it would take to make you happy…”@rosemcgowan tells me that Gavin Newsom’s wife Jennifer called her on behalf of Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer six months before the Weinstein scandal broke to make the story go away. pic.twitter.com/IG99Pb6tvl

— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) September 9, 2021

David Boies has his dirty tentacles in a lot of pies, including now representing several alleged Epstein victims. It is almost comic-book-level villainy to imagine that the lawyer who worked with Weinstein is now representing the Epstein human trafficking victims. David Boies was not only Weinstein’s lawyer but his friend, and he has many political friends now under scrutiny.

The bullying between the Epstein survivors online has reached such a fevered pitch that it creates an environment where possible victims are silenced.

By representing them, Boies has a perfect opportunity for witness tampering and, possibly, silencing any links to the political powerful. We will most likely never know the truth as the elite circle their powerful wagons to silence their ugly illegal behavior.

The American narrative is so steeped in propaganda that no one knows who the good guys are anymore.

Earlier this week, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and three other gymnasts testified before the Senate about sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced former team doctor, Larry Nassar, and about the FBI not only failing them but retraumatizing them. America’s federal law protection abandoned children to a sexual predator and allowed more to get abused. 

“They allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year and this inaction directly allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue,” Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney told the Senate. “What is the point of reporting abuse if our own FBI agents are going to take it upon themselves to bury that report in a drawer?”

Here is the full McKayla Maroney opening statement. It’s hard to watch but necessary. Powerful. "They had legal, legitimate evidence of child abuse and did nothing." pic.twitter.com/uSbOVOGq17

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 15, 2021

Maroney came forward to the FBI in 2015 and they ignored it. As a result, dozens of other children were abused. 

“All we needed was one adult to do the right thing,” said another survivor, gymnast Aly Raisman. 

These young women who were children when sexually assaulted had a trusting relationship with a physician who violated them, and they then went to law enforcement for help only to be denied. Both authority figures violated their trust and colluded to silence them rather than hold Nassar accountable for his crimes.

It took their collective voice and determination to be heard and to stop the abuse.

The fake shock by the Senate and hypocritical statements about the gymnasts’ harrowing ordeal and purposeful botching by the FBI is noted by American citizens. 

It is no wonder that public trust is at an all-time low. The crushing American system failure for sexual assault survivors is due to the fact that we rely on broken, corrupt institutions like the FBI, like the Congress, to provide justice that in the end only protect the predators. 

This is rape culture in America, and it thrives in shame, fear and silence. It will take warriors like Rose McGowan, the other Weinstein survivors, the Epstein survivors, the Nassar crimes survivors, the Cuomo survivors, and myself to expose these monsters one by one, and those who are complicit around them.

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Suffering from Covid-19 ‘cave syndrome’? Don’t panic! There’s a simple solution

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Lockdowns, deaths, new variants, masks and incessant handwashing: is it any wonder many of us are suffering from a Covid aftershock of anxiety called ‘cave syndrome’? Well, there’s a simple cure: get out more.

Awesome. There’s a name for how millions of people are feeling right now. And, for once, it’s a moniker that actually describes perfectly what it’s all about: cave syndrome. 

Are you hanging onto your masks even if you don’t have to? Are you sitting outside in the beer garden even if it’s raining? Do you break out in a cold sweat when you hear the words ‘new variant’? If someone coughs or sneezes anywhere nearby, do you hold your breath and run for home as fast as you possibly can? For that matter, wouldn’t you pretty much just prefer to stay home anyway – forever? 

Yup. You’ve got it then: cave syndrome. 

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Isn’t that just so much better than the name of the damn thing that causes this syndrome? Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it? 

Maybe the boffins could also have come up with a better name for the disease the virus causes. Instead of Covid-19, why not call it ‘Bat Skum’, ‘The Wuhan Wallop’, ‘Stay-indoors Disease (SiD)’ or maybe ‘Oh, For F***’s Sake (OFFS)’. 

This brand-new ‘cave syndrome’ term was coined by Florida psychiatrist Arthur Bregman, who has seen ever more patients stressed out to the max about the mere fact of getting back to ‘normal’ as the pandemic begins to fade. 

Though this weird new problem was a bit like agoraphobia (feeling trapped, basically) and seasonal affective disorder (it’s winter – what a bummer), there wasn’t a name for this new manifestation of anxiety.

“I soon realized that almost half my patients were struggling with ‘leaving the cave’ and that it was a syndrome,” Bregman told MEL Magazine. “The lightbulb came on, and I decided to call this behavior ‘cave syndrome.’”

Going to work, especially, is causing loads of people to consider seeking a sick note, says Bregman. That’s hardly a surprise – it’s like the first day back at school looming in the imminent future after a long summer holiday.

So, Covid-19 may well have come from bats, but it now seems many of us also like to live in caves. Instead of listening to water drip and ghostly echoes in total darkness, our caves come with a flickering light box and food deliveries – though, soon enough, Netflix has run out of anything new, as has HBO and Disney+. Some of us even had to switch on BBC One or BBC Two for the first time in years.

Guys and gals, there’s nothing left to watch – you’ve seen everything! And how many pizzas can you eat? We’re evolving into a species of chain-smoking, beer-swilling, porn-consuming slobs. Even the pet dog’s getting porky.

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A side-effect of Covid-19 has not – not yet, anyway – emerged that has given folk the urge to hang upside down, bat-like, by their feet, but give it time. There could be several more pandemic after-shocks before it’s finally over.

We’ve all spent 18 months or so hiding from the invisible Covid monster, so it’s little wonder plenty of us are stumbling back into the light feeling a bit apprehensive. Lockdowns, no summer holiday, smothering our faces with masks and incessantly washing our hands, tests for work and tests for travel and… tests, tests, tests!

Still, though, look on the bright side. You know that awful family lunch you want to avoid, or those after-work drinks with people from work you just don’t like? Now you’ve got the perfect excuse: “I can’t make it – sorry. I’ve got cave syndrome.”

There’s only one cure for cave syndrome, however: you have to get your ever-widening arse up off the sofa, put on your shoes, get yourself outside and, preferably, find some human company. 

“Being outside in nature has been associated with reduced rumination and activation in the subgenual prefrontal cortex,” Dorlee Michaeli, a psychotherapist, told MEL Magazine. That boffin babble actually hurts my brain, but apparently she means the bit that deals with rewards and emotions. 

“Sufficient exposure to natural light helps people cope with anxiety,” she added, “by warding off seasonal affective disorder, improving sleep, as well as reducing rumination and decreasing cortisol.”

The problem with this caveman-syndrome thing is that it springs from valid concerns about actually catching the dreaded disease. But life has to go on! Even if you wear a nice black cloak on that sofa, you’re not, by nature, a bat. And what about the flu? What about a bit of space debris squashing you as you make your way to the pub? Life is a risk – that’s kinda part of the deal.

“The longer a patient stays sheltered away,” said Dr Bregman, “the harder it is to encourage them to venture out, so don’t wait …”

Off you go – outdoors! It’ll be alright, honest! 

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The so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ against Assad has been liberated – the West’s campaign to topple him is all but over

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After three years of a fragile ceasefire and a campaign of assassinations of Syrian government ‘loyalists’ by embedded fundamentalist armed groups, the Syrian flag has once more been raised in Daraa Al Balad.

Western media persists in portraying the emergence of extremist armed groups in Daraa, south of Damascus, as the “cradle of the revolution” to overthrow the Syrian government. The reality is that Daraa was the touchpaper lit by hardline Libyan mercenaries imported into the city prior to 2011. 

From Daraa, the “revolutionary” flames fanned by the US, UK and Israeli-led coalition headquartered in Jordan, funded by Gulf-state blood money, would engulf Syria for ten long years. In Daraa, the CIA/MI6-backed Muslim Brotherhood extremist gangs fronted the orchestrated uprising, power multiplied by Libyan arms and terrorist factions and given credibility by the colonial media complex spearheaded by the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. 

Attempt to absorb extremist military into Russian-controlled armed brigades backfires

In 2018, an uneasy truce was brokered by the Russian reconciliation teams, and the illegal armed groups that remained in Daraa Al Balad, the hub of the violent US-sponsored insurgency, were persuaded to surrender their heavy weapons but allowed to keep their light arms as part of the peace deal. Russia effectively attempted to bring these brutal armed groups into line by absorbing them into Russian-founded and controlled armed divisions. According to armed-group-aligned media outlets, a former Free Syrian Army leader, Ahmed Al-Awda was given command of the 8th Brigade, “a subdivision of the Russian-founded Fifth Corps.” 

However, this was perhaps a miscalculation by Russia in its desire to bring fighting on the southern front to a swift conclusion. The armed groups that had committed multiple war crimes and atrocities against Syrian civilians and anti-terrorism armed forces had no intention of relinquishing their campaign of retaliatory crimes against anyone they considered to be loyal to the Syrian government and state. A vicious offensive was unleashed by these extremist gangs formerly associated with terrorist Al Qaeda and ISIS factions in the southern region. 

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Since mid-2019, even the EU-funded Syrian Observatory for ‘Human Rights’ reported on more than 1,136 attacks and assassinations that claimed the lives of 774 Syrians, including 12 women and 22 children, by gunfire, IED detonations, as well as suicide car and motorcycle attacks. The gangs also fought among themselves, assassinating rival gang leaders and members. In July 2021, civilians including a child were killed and injured when the armed gangs shelled the National Hospital in Daraa, having clearly replenished their heavy-weapons arsenal. 

The presence of UK Special Forces in the region was an indication that the armed groups were still being trained in the use of IEDs for anti-government operations by the British – in March 2020, RAF Chinook helicopters based in Cyprus were scrambled to rescue an SAS soldier injured in an IED explosion “deep inside the warzone” in southern Syria. 

I met Adham Alkarad, commander of the Engineering and Missile Division of the FSA, in September 2018 after a precarious visit to Daraa, while the ink was not yet dry on the Russian-brokered agreement. Alkarad cornered me as a British journalist, assuming I was sympathetic to the cause, and informed me that they would never capitulate and that, even with light weapons, they would continue their violent US coalition-backed-crusade to topple the Syrian government and to wipe out “loyalists” who condemned the armed group’s presence in Daraa. 

Alkarad told me back then that the protests would continue and that he would contact the BBC and CNN directly to elicit their coverage and support. Alkarad designed the 500kg Omar Rocket that caused horrifying damage to civilian infrastructure and military targets during the reign of terror in Daraa. Alkarad was himself assassinated by unknown gunmen in October 2020. 

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Damascus loses patience with armed extremism and regains control of Daraa Al Balad

After months of negotiations, siege and military clashes between Damascus and the armed groups in Daraa, a final ceasefire was achieved on August 31, with Russia taking a less prominent role in the settlement. One week before this agreement was reached, King Abdullah II of Jordan had met with President Putin in Moscow to prioritise the resolution of the Daraa security issues. 

On September 9, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained the agreement brokered to resolve the Daraa province tensions. It is interesting that this explanation was given during a joint press conference with Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yair Lapid. The original 2018 Russian deal with the armed groups had offered Israel guarantees that Iran and Hezbollah would be kept a safe distance from Israeli borders with Syria. 

Lavrov effectively announced that the province would be handed back to the legitimate Syrian Arab Army forces and that extremist militants should again surrender their heavy weapons. Negotiations were underway about the withdrawal destination for the armed groups, as their remaining in Daraa was “unlikely.” 

This is a blow for Israel, whose continued violations of Lebanese airspace and unlawful aggression against Syria have been largely unimpeded by retaliatory armed response and barely reported-on by the Western corporate media. This might change with Damascus back in the southern driving seat and the shift in power that will almost certainly open the door to an Iranian and Hezbollah military presence closer to the Israel/Syria borders as a deterrent against Israeli offensives.   


Syrian Arab Army soldiers, 15th Division, in Daraa Al Balad. © Vanessa Beeley

Certainly, when I entered Daraa Al Balad on September 12, we saw Russian and Syrian flags flying side by side, but in the square itself it was the Syrian flag that took pride of place. From conversations that I had with civilians, it was clear the ‘peace’ was still raw and volatile. Syrian soldiers from the 15th Division spoke to me about the prospects for lasting resolution and were optimistic. A flare-up between armed group members and Syrian soldiers was defused respectfully while we were there. Children I spoke to told me they were glad to be finally going back to school. It is too early to predict the outcome of this agreement, but it is clear that there will be no compromise over Daraa and its surrounding countryside being back under the control of Damascus and the Syrian military until peace is fully restored and relations normalised between state and citizenry. 

What does this power shift mean for Damascus and the US Coalition including Israel? 

It is important to review the Daraa events in the context of emerging geopolitical alliances and concessions, in order to grasp the significance of what has just happened in southern Syria. 

On September 13, the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennet, visited Egypt for the first time in a decade, ostensibly to discuss Israel/Palestine relations with President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. Egypt is moving towards normalisation of relations with Turkey, strained since the toppling of Muslim Brotherhood’s man in Cairo, President Mohammed Mursi, in 2013. The Egyptian Consul General in Damascus has intimated that conditions for a full recovery of Egyptian-Turkish bilateral relations is the withdrawal of Turkey from Syrian territory. 

Perhaps the most significant concession to Damascus in the aftermath of Daraa has been made by the US itself. Desperate to avoid Hezbollah being hailed as the champion of the Lebanese people after they secured oil supplies from Iran via Syria, the US Ambassador to Lebanon intervened to partially lift sanctions on Syria in order to facilitate the transfer of natural gas and electricity from Egypt to Lebanon via pipelines between Jordan and southern Syria. Parts of the pipelines in Syria are in need of repair as they traverse Daraa towards Homs and then to Tripoli in northern Lebanon. 

#Syria's Minister of Energy estimated the cost of rehabilitating destroyed pipelines: $10 million and four months of work.https://t.co/B6VBHfHxQO

— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) September 7, 2021

This not only informs us why Daraa was pivotal to US energy and resource-theft plans in Syria, but also shows us the intelligence of the Damascus moves to secure Daraa at this pivotal point in the regional chess game. The US has had its hand forced by a nation that has resisted its proxy military intervention for ten years and by Syria’s most steadfast allies in Lebanon. 

Jordan has for some time been trying to break free of its colonial chains and to normalise trade relations with neighbouring Syria. The breakthrough came in September 2021, when Syria was included in a four-way meeting hosted by Jordan and including Lebanon and Egypt, to focus on the logistics of Egyptian gas and electricity supply to energy-deprived Lebanon. This was the first visit of Syrian officials to Jordan since 2011–- the start of the dirty CIA/MI6-led war against Syria. 

The final blow to US Coalition and Israeli/Turkish neocolonialist agendas in Syria came with the President Assad, President Putin summit on September 16 in Moscow. During a 90-minute closed session, the two leaders discussed military, political and economic priorities that included the Daraa province return to Syrian state control and the potential full and final liberation of Idlib in the north-west from Turkish direct and proxy terrorist occupation. 

This summit, and the Syrian/Russian slamming of both Turkish and US illegal occupation and annexation of Syrian territory, does not bode well for the NATO member state regime-change project that has been an expensive, abject failure since its initiation in 2011. 

The consequences of the Daraa resolution will be far-reaching for Israel, Turkey and the CIA/MI6 project to control the Syrian central economic hub in the Middle East. Damascus, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have stolen the march on their enemies, despite the pressure Syria is under from the multi-spectrum war waged against it for ten years and it remains to be seen how the US Coalition will try to scramble back from this ignominious defeat and avoid admitting they have been forced to take a first step in normalising relations with President Assad. 

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US-UK-Australia submarine deal is a dangerous joke which will only worsen geopolitical crisis with China

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Australia struggles to keep its current six diesel-powered submarines operational; it now wants to build eight nuclear-powered submarines, despite having neither the trained manpower nor the nuclear infrastructure necessary.

This is a story of geopolitically driven military procurement gone mad.

Australia is an island nation whose very survival is dependent upon its ability to access strategic sea lines of communication (SLOCs) so that critical commerce links can operate on a sustained basis. In short, if any nation or group of nations were to cut off Australia’s sea links to the rest of the world, the country would eventually wither away and die.

Despite its impressive land mass, Australia is a relatively small nation, with a population of just under 26 million (making it 55th in world rankings) with a GDP of US$1.3 trillion (13th in the world.) The 2021 defense budget had Australia spending 2.1% of its GDP, or around AU$44.6 billion. Just under AU$16 billion of this was spent on the Australian Navy, which is comprised of nearly 50 commissioned vessels and over 16,000 personnel.

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Among the types of vessels Australia relies upon for its naval defense is the Collins-class guided missile submarine, a modification of the Swedish Vastergotland class of diesel-electric submarines. Australia purchased six of the Collins-class submarines between 1996 and 2003. The Collins-class submarine uses three diesel engines to charge giant batteries that enable the submarine to operate in near-silence, a dangerous advantage in modern naval warfare. Indeed, a Collins-class submarine was able to penetrate the defenses of a US aircraft carrier during an exercise in 2000, positioning itself for a ‘kill’. This incident was not a unique occurrence for the Collins-class submarine, whose silent operations make it one of the most dangerous classes of submarines in terms of naval warfare deployed today.

There are many problems with the Collins-class submarine, however. Design flaws and a shortage of spare parts impacted the operational availability of the submarines, costing Australians hundreds of millions of dollars in maintenance costs per year. And while each submarine was crewed by a force of some 60 specially trained personnel, there were only enough crew to operate three to four of the submarines at one time.

The Collins-class submarines are expected to end their service lives prior to 2030. The Australian government opted for a replacement submarine based upon an existing French nuclear submarine but replacing the nuclear propulsion system with a quieter diesel configuration. 

Twelve of these submarines were planned to be built at a cost of between AU$40 billion and AU$50 billion. By 2021, however, these cost projections had exploded to over AU$90 billion to build and another AU$145 billion to maintain over their life cycle. Moreover, the first submarine would not be available until around 2034, requiring the Australian Navy to undertake a costly life-extension program for its existing Collins-class submarines.

Enter the United States. The US is currently fixated on the need to militarily confront China in the Pacific region but finds itself at a disadvantage when it comes to capability and regional support. While the US has leaned on the United Kingdom to increase its naval commitment to the Pacific, resulting in the high-profile deployment of major warships, getting Australia on board the counter-China campaign is seen as a major plus in terms of the credibility of any US-led naval deterrent. 

Recognizing the potential afforded by Australia’s procurement debacle regarding the follow-on to the Collins-class submarine, President Joe Biden, together with British Prime Minister Boris Johnston, threw Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison a political lifeline, enabling Australia to cancel its expensive Collins-class follow-on project, and instead replace it with a yet-undetermined nuclear-powered submarine design to be developed with the US and UK over the course of the next 18 months.

Australia was quick to accept the offer.

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The beauty of the US-UK proposal is that there are no messy details attached – how much the program will cost, how Australia will operate advanced nuclear power systems when it has no indigenous nuclear power experience to draw upon, and, perhaps most importantly, how Australia plans on manning eight large submarines when it can barely field four crews for its existing Collins-class fleet?

Moreover, beyond the US-dictated operational premise of “challenging the Chinese,” the record is silent on how the acquisition of large nuclear-powered submarines will advance Australian national security. It is the silence and maneuverability which made the Collins-class submarine such a potentially lethal weapon. Any Australian fleet equipped with nuclear submarines will find it difficult to operate in the shallow waters that define the majority of the SLOCs they will be required to defend. Moreover, the noise and bulkier configuration of a nuclear-powered submarine will mean any future Australian force will be far less capable when it comes to killing a modern naval opponent, and far more likely to be detected and destroyed.

The reality is the US-UK offer to provide Australia with nuclear submarines is little more than domestic politics projected onto a theoretical geopolitical map of the US’ making. Australia was facing a fiscal crisis due to the exploding budget associated with the French-designed replacement for the Collins-class submarine, one that could threaten to bring down the government of Scott Morrison. Boris Johnston remains desperate for a platform from which he can project an image of UK geopolitical relevance. And Biden is in desperate need of being able to do the same for an American constituency reeling after the humiliation of losing a 20-year conflict in Afghanistan.

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But the fact remains that the US has no meaningful military counter to China, the UK is not capable of sustaining any credible military presence in the Pacific, and Australia cannot afford to acquire and operate a force of eight nuclear-powered attack submarines. The Australian nuclear submarine project is a dangerous joke that only further exacerbates the existing geopolitical crisis with China by injecting a military dimension which will never see the light of day. 

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As a doctor, here’s my opinion on Nicki Minaj, swollen testicles and vaccine hesitancy – she’s not talking boll**ks

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By R. M. Huffman, a physician, author, and observer of culture.

Rap star Nicki Minaj made the headlines for telling her millions of fans to make informed, personal decisions over whether to have the Covid jab or not. Why all the fury, when patient autonomy is a founding principle of medicine?

Minaj didn’t attend this year’s Met Gala because of the red-carpet event’s Covid-19 vaccine requirement but, even though she missed the big ball, she still made international news… when she tweeted about her cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles.

“My cousin in Trinidad,” she explained, “won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”

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A wave of heated criticism immediately followed, quickly growing into a testy exchange between the Super Bass artist and British provocateur Piers Morgan, who accused Minaj of “peddling lies” after England’s top medical adviser Chris Whitty insisted the rap star ought to be “ashamed” and that her sordid secondhand tale was a “myth” and “clearly ridiculous.” Anthony Fauci, Whitty’s American counterpart, echoed from across the pond, saying, “There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen.” The health minister of Nicki’s native Trinidad weighed in as well, insisting that she had made a “false claim.”

(Interestingly, an uncommon but dramatic presentation of scrotal swelling can also be caused by a parasitic infection of the lymph system, resulting in a disease called filarial elephantiasis. One of its treatments? The “horse dewormer” of recent infamy, ivermectin.)

Before you, like thousands of would-be diagnosticians trained at Google University, dismiss her story as inflammatory boll**ks, let’s take a moment to examine her claim, and the advice that follows, objectively.

The Covid vaccines, and in particular those produced by Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, have become infamous for their rare, but potentially fatal, thrombotic side effects, so much so that the J&J jab was put on hold by the FDA and other nations earlier this year. Disparaging nicknames like “clot shot” or “stroke poke” are over dramatic, certainly, but they weren’t coined in a vacuum.

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Keeping in mind that particular vaccine complication, let’s now consider that spontaneous clotting of the venous plexus draining the testes is a rare, but known, medical entity, and can present as a swollen, tender testicle.

Would a presentation exactly like Minaj described be a common occurrence? No, certainly not. Is it possible? According to easily accessible data and case reports, the answer must be yes, which naturally obliges us to ask: why would Whitty, Fauci, and other “experts” declare so unequivocally that she must be lying? Why could they fail to imagine a clinical scenario that any layman with an internet connection and a search engine can easily uncover in minutes?

What’s more, the poor ex-groom of Nicki’s story wouldn’t be the only fellow lamenting those same sad vaccine complications. Current data from the UK’s Yellow Card system show that dozens of men have complained about erectile dysfunction, impotence, scrotal pain and swelling after receiving their vaccination pricks. While this self-reporting only confirms suspicion, not causation, it clearly demonstrates that Nicki Minaj is innocent of the dishonesty of which Professor Whitty, who apparently is unaware of his own government’s reporting scheme, and others have accused her.

Ironically, this avalanche of high-level denunciation is precisely what the platinum recording artist warned against at the end of her tweet, pleading to be allowed to be “comfortable with [her] decision, not bullied.” Judging by her tweets, Minaj isn’t ‘anti-vax,’ neither in general nor particularly to the Covid vaccines. She simply has reservations, and why wouldn’t she?

We’ve been assured, without caveat, that these vaccines are completely safe.

That isn’t true. Complications do exist, albeit affecting small numbers, and healthy people have died from getting the vaccines.

We’ve been assured, in no uncertain terms, that these vaccines are 100% effective.

That’s becoming less and less evident every day, and now pharmaceutical companies are begging the FDA for approval of their booster shots.

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Nicki Minaj has become the de-facto spokeswoman for millions of people around the world who simply want more information about these novel medical interventions. Far from being uninformed, anti-science, brainwashed, or whatever other aspersions are cast their way by, yes, bullies, these people understand the data, but aren’t yet satisfied. The artist has a platform reaching millions of people and a financial safety net woven from more Billboard 100 hits than any woman in history; most who share her cautious view on Covid vaccination don’t have those assets (although she did suggest her position is more common among her celebrity peers than is widely known). Her stance has inspired fans to action, protesting vaccine mandates at the CDC, alarmed by the prospect of either being pressured into accepting a medical intervention with which they’re uncomfortable or facing the threat of being sacked from their jobs.

These vaccines, while enormously beneficial in the vast majority of instances in safely imparting symptomatic relief to those who’ve chosen to get them, simply aren’t good enough, safe enough, or effective enough to justify a “jab or job” mandate.

Patient autonomy is a foundational principle of Western medicine. Physicians and health professionals have always respected patients’ decisions in their own care, even when those decisions are objectively, demonstratively harmful. Why have we decided to stop that now?

In encouraging her fans to make the informed, prayerful individual choice that they feel is best for themselves, Nicki Minaj has proven to be a more reasonable voice than medical authorities like Chris Whitty and Anthony Fauci, who don’t seem to want the citizens of their countries to have a choice at all.

That’s pretty nuts.

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That no one will resign for killing Kabul children shows American empire’s true face

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While finally admitting the “righteous” drone strike against ISIS-K terrorists actually killed civilians and children, the Pentagon won’t punish anyone, because these things aren’t considered war crimes when the US does it.

General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, offered “profound condolences” on Friday to the families of 10 people – seven of them children – killed in the August 29 drone strike in Kabul. It was ordered in “earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces,” but “it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology,” he said.

McKenzie then did what the Pentagon does best: he put up a powerpoint presentation, explaining how US “intelligence” came to the conclusion that 43-year-old aid worker Zemari Ahmadi going to and from work in his white Toyota was really an Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) terrorist plotting a car-bombing of the Kabul airport. 

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What he did not do, however, is resign or promise anyone else involved in this atrocity would do the same – or even be reprimanded, counseled, or otherwise disciplined. One might think someone ought to, considering that they killed children. 

When DC chickenhawks and military leaders feel the need to look "tough", foreign civilians pay the price with their lives. https://t.co/ARmEAbOxI5

— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) September 17, 2021

That’s not how the Pentagon works, though. For two weeks, the US military lied about the drone strike, and the corporate press ran with it. 

McKenzie’s CENTCOM initially claimed that the vehicle was an “imminent threat” to the airport and the ongoing airlift, and that there were no civilian casualties. Then they said there might have been civilian casualties, but blamed that on the supposed secondary explosions. 

“We know that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused additional casualties,” CENTCOM spokesman Captain Bill Urban said on August 29. 

Literally none of this was true.

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According to a New York Times investigation published on September 10, what the US thought was a suspicious compound turned out to be the office of a US-funded food charity, where Ahmadi had worked for 14 years. The suspicious bags and containers loaded into his white Toyota? Laptop cases and jugs of water he was bringing home. 

Ahmadi had even applied for a visa to emigrate into the US, as one of the “special immigrants” the Kabul airlift was ostensibly trying to evacuate. Someone gave the order, however, and a Hellfire missile obliterated him, his car, and seven children that came to greet him. 

Seven kids, who ran out excitedly into the courtyard to meet their dad / uncle when he got home from work. https://t.co/bjfFNswMX6

— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) September 17, 2021

The last US flight out of Kabul departed just before midnight on August 30. President Joe Biden addressed the nation the following day, calling the airlift an “extraordinary success.” The day after, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley faced reporters at the Pentagon, patting themselves on the back for a job well done. 

Asked about the drone strike, Milley described it as “righteous” and said it killed an ISIS-K “facilitator.”

“Were the others killed? Yes. Who are they? We don’t know,” he said, seeming more interested in talking about his own anger and pain over the war that just ended. 

On September 1, General Milley called it a “righteous strike” despite evidence at the time that the strike killed civilians He even claimed the strike killed an ISIS-K facilitatorNow U.S. Central Command says 10 civilians and 0 ISIS-K members were killed pic.twitter.com/CzYQ7ssrIL

— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) September 17, 2021

Twelve days later, on Monday after the Times investigation was made public, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was still insisting that the Kabul strike had prevented an “imminent attack” against the airport and the US forces there. It wasn’t until Friday afternoon, when Washington traditionally releases all the bad news, that McKenzie popped up on the screen at the Pentagon briefing room and delivered his “oops.”

Except this isn’t an “oops.” It’s a war crime. They killed children.

Ahmadi and the children were killed because the White House had to look tough after the August 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed 13 US troops and 170 Afghans, and demonstrate “over the horizon” capabilities it claimed to have. McKenzie had to look like the withdrawal wasn’t a humiliation. Milley had to look competent – just like when he reassured China in January that “the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK,” while working with the Democrats to sideline President Donald Trump and prepare DC for Biden, according to a book widely quoted on Tuesday. 

Resign? Of course not. Besides, Milley said he did nothing wrong, and Biden declared “complete confidence” in him.

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Thing is, Joe and Ken and Mark and everyone else involved up and down that chain of command killed children.

Worse yet, they had to have known it right away. Local media reported the civilian casualties immediately, followed by outlets like CNN. RT interviewed the survivors days before the Times investigation was published. Is anyone seriously suggesting the New York Times had the resources and capability that the infinitely better-funded Pentagon and the CIA did not? Or were they too busy studying critical race theory and purging domestic “deplorables” to pay attention to which white Toyota they were blowing up in Kabul? Don’t they all look alike, anyway?

They. Killed. Children.

It’s not even the first time, either. According to the ‘Drone Papers’ published in October 2015 and detailing US drone strikes in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere, up to 90% of casualties at one point were innocents – but the military classified them as terrorists anyway. 

The man who revealed this, Daniel Hale, was sent to prison for 45 months back in July.

Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison a few months ago for leaking documents that showed 90% of drone strike victims were not the intended targets https://t.co/m6oLEgHTRF

— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 17, 2021

The man who blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, John Kiriakou, likewise ended up behind bars. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is still stuck in an English oubliette, a decade after exposing US war crimes in Iraq. Meanwhile, the generals and politicians who murder children and commit other war crimes – they get medals and promotions, fawning book accounts, lush retirements in “defense” industries. And power, of course.

That’s how the empire works. Always has been, even as its child-murdering leaders talk about “defending democracy” and “rules-based international order” and “human rights for women and girls.” 

Tell that to two-year-old Malika Ahmadi and Sumaya Yousoufi, whom you killed on August 29 in Kabul. I hope their ghosts haunt you for the rest of your miserable lives.

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Why have British police treated eco activists with kid gloves, when they’ve clamped down so hard on lockdown protesters?

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Astonishing footage of police officers seemingly facilitating an environmental ‘protest’ that brought a motorway to a halt is all the proof you need that law-breaking eco activists are held to a different standard in the UK.

As you watch a policewoman talk to a group of environmental protesters blocking the M25, Britain’s busiest motorway, you might draw the conclusion that she was addressing a group of naughty 11-year-olds out on a camping trip.

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However, the police seem to be disinterested in the plight of working people. Instead, they appear to be giving a nod and a wink to the protesters sitting on the road and blocking people from getting on with their lives.

It is as if the police are saying ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘girls will be girls.’ Until I watched this scene, I had never heard a police officer tell a group of law breakers, “if you need any assistance just let me know.” Adopting a tone of reassurance, the policewoman communicates empathy and, with a smile, informs the protesters that she and her colleagues “will try to sort you out the right way.” 

Evidently, the priority of this group of police officers is to make Insulate Britain campaigners feel comfortable rather than get on with the job of opening the road to traffic.

In another scene, the police actively help the sit-down protest get off to its start. Officers stop cars on the M25 to allow protesters to sit down and block rush hour traffic.

It is clear that the police and the criminal justice system have come to the conclusion that, when it comes to environmental protest, the breaking of the law is not regarded as a big deal. That is why members of Extinction Rebellion seem to be regarded by the police as well-intentioned and precocious children rather than as what they are: zealous and intolerant law breakers who have little regard for the well-being of their fellow citizens.

It is important to realise that the activities of Extinction Rebellion or Insulate Britain have little in common with the genuine act of protest. Participating in an Insulate Britain or Extinction Rebellion demonstration is a risk-free activity. Unlike genuine protesters who get arrested and face long jail sentences, members of Insulate Britain are held for a few hours and given a telling off. 

In many circumstances, genuine protesters understand that their activity can get them into serious trouble. In some cases, they can get beaten up and in others they risk losing their employment. But, at least in the UK, the police have decided to treat environmental protesters as a protected species. The contrast between how they handled Extinction Rebellion and anti-lockdown and anti-vax protesters is striking.  

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Protesters against the lockdown were rarely treated with respect by the police. On the contrary, they faced the wrath of the criminal justice system. 

Contrast this attitude with the way that the Metropolitan Police responded last month to Extinction Rebellion’s announcement that it would initiate two weeks of climate protest across London. The Metropolitan Police felt it had a duty to show that it understood the motives of Extinction Rebellion activists and publicly affirmed that theirs was an“important cause.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist responded to the threat of disrupting London during the August Bank Holiday by stating, “We understand why this is such an important cause, no one is oblivious to that, what we don’t want is for people who are protesting to impact on the rights of others.”

When a leading figure in the Met goes out of his way to legitimise the activities of a group of people who want to bring life in London to a standstill, it’s obvious that they will be treated with kid gloves.

The British establishment regards Extinction Rebellion and other environmental activists as among their own. When they are arrested and taken to court, these activists seem to be held to a different standard than ordinary law-breakers. 

It is not yet clear how much more freedom climate activists will be given to break the law and impose misery on the lives of the public. The footage of officers collaborating with the M25 protesters has forced Home Secretary Priti Patel to finally react, and she has ordered the police to get tough and prevent the continued disruption of traffic on the M25.

But don’t hold your breath. Given the attitude that prevails in the British establishment, zealous environmental activists will likely continue to be given a free pass. As long as their action is only directed at working people trying to get on with their lives, the police will continue to treat them with the affection shown to one’s own children.

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NAHI JAANA Lyrics and Video Song – Sachin Sanghvi

Main tujhko dekhun toh
Jaane kya ho jata hai
Baatein sau karni hai
Par honthon pe taala lag jata hai

Ho kuch bhi kahe bin aankhon se lekin
Saari tu batein kare haaye
Chhalke jo aise pyaar tera yeh
Dil bekaabu kare

Nahi jaana nahi jaana
Nahi jaana nahi jaana re
Ek pal bhi mujhe
Tanha chhod ke maahi

Nahi reh paana nahi reh paana
Haaye tere bina nahi reh paana
Ek pal bhi juda main tujhse oh maahi

Ho ab jo jiya main ghar hai kiya re
Tu chhodna na kabhi
Chahe na de kiraya na kuch girvi
Maaf tujhe hain sabhi

Chaahe main jitna dekhun tumhe
Par jee yeh bharta nahi
Aisi moosibat hain samne par
Dil is’se ladta nahi o

Itna sa vaada mujhse tu karle
Dil na todna mera kabhi
Phir chahe na de kiraya
Na kuch girvi
Maaf tujhe hai sabhi

Nahi jaana nahi jaana
Nahi jaana nahi jaana re
Ek pal bhi mujhe
Tanha chhod ke maahi

Nahi reh paana nahi reh paana
Haaye tere bina nahi reh paana
Ek pal bhi juda main tujhse oh maahi

Nahi jaana nahi jaana
Nahi jaana nahi jaana re
Ek pal bhi mujhe
Tanha chhod ke maahi

Nahi reh paana nahi reh paana
Haaye tere bina nahi reh paana
Ek pal bhi juda main tujhse oh maahi