5.4 Million Twitter Accounts Hacked. Phone Numbers & Email Addresses Sold on Dark Web.

5.4 Million Twitter Accounts Hacked. Phone Numbers & Email Addresses Sold on Dark Web.

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 03:33 AEST, 6 August 2022 | Updated: 03:51 AEST, 6 August 2022

Twitter patches flaw in its software that let a hacker named ‘devil’ steal phone numbers and email address from 5.4 million accounts that they sold for $30,000 each on the dark web

  • A bad actor accessed Twitter through a  zero-day vulnerability
  • A zero-day vulnerability is a software flaw that is unknown to the parties responsible for the site
  • The vulnerability allowed them to scrape information, including phone numbers and emails, and offer 5.4 million accounts for sale on the dark web

Twitter revealed the zero-day vulnerability that allowed a bad actor to compile a list of 5.4 million account profiles in December 2021 is now patched as of Friday.

A zero-day vulnerability is a software flaw that is unknown to the parties responsible for the site and is live an open window for those lurking in the backend of the website.

The vulnerability allowed the hacker known as ‘devil’ to scrape Twitter and collect phone numbers and emails associated with the millions of accounts that belonged to ‘celebrities, companies and random people,’ according to a post by the hacker on the dark web that says the collection was due to ‘Twitters incompetence.’ 

The fix comes too late, as the hacker already uploaded the data to the dark web and was selling the accounts for $30,000 each – it is not clear how many have been bought, BleepingComputer reports.

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Instagram Bans Caldron Pool Without Warning or Reason, Facebook Permanently Suspends Editor

The social media regime Meta has banned Caldron Pool from Instagram and permanently suspended the personal Facebook and Instagram accounts of the website’s founder and editor.

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, disabled the accounts yesterday without warning, noting a violation of the platforms ‘Community Standards.’

On appeal, Meta permanently disabled the accounts, saying “We have already reviewed this decision and it can’t be reversed.”

The company has long been accused of silencing political or religious voices that pose a risk to their narrative.

Repeat Offender

Last year, Facebook permanently banned LifeSiteNews after accusing the Christian, pro-life news website of publishing false information about C0VID-19.

The social media giant noted an article the group had published on April 10, 2021, which warned that the “C0VID-19 vaccine can be deadly for some.” The group were informed that Facebook deplatforms pages for publishing “vaccine discouraging information.”

Facebook similarly banned a sitting member of the Australian Parliament last year for supposedly spreading medical misinformation about CoVID-19.

Craig Kelly, the former Liberal Party member for Hughes, received a permanent suspension after he quoted several medical experts who advocated for early treatments “in concert with the vaccine.”

Paternalistic

Today’s suspensions once again highlight the fact that big tech corporations have assumed the role of the narrative gatekeepers. You’ll hear what they want you to hear. You will not see what they don’t want you to see.

They will treat you like children, incapable of thinking for yourself, because that’s what they want you to be. They want you to be ignorant and wholly dependent on them for your information. There can be only one narrative, and it’s theirs.

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Originally published at Caldron Pool.

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“God’s Model for Nations vs “The Great Reset”

“God’s Model for Nations vs “The Great Reset”

Instead of frittering away time and energy speculating about “The Great Reset” and fearing it, let us focus on the coming of the kingdom of God, preparing our hearts for the ultimate Reset, the new heavens and the new earth.

There’s been a great deal written lately about “The Great Reset”, much of it amounting to rather wild conspiracy theory speculation, and sadly much of that being among Christians identifying it with the coming of the Antichrist.

And it’s this I want to address directly. But first, some background.

For those unaware of what I’m referring to, “The Great Reset” is an idea and a plan for a renewal, if you like, of the way the world operates at the highest level of interaction between governments, business, and society at large. It is primarily the brainchild and creation of Klaus Schwab, the CEO of the World Economic Forum, and it was the slogan for their annual conference in Davos, Switzerland in 2021.

After it first emerged in embryonic form after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it has now appeared in a more fully fleshed out version, at least as far as novel ideas, without any historical precedent, can be fleshed out. Although, as with any well-intentioned idea (and I do believe that there are good intentions in it somewhere), the Devil is always found in the details.

I found a good analysis of those details as outlined by political scientist Ivan Wecke:

“The idea is that global capitalism should be transformed so that corporations no longer focus solely on serving shareholders but become custodians of society by creating value for customers, suppliers, employees, communities and other ‘stakeholders’. The way the WEF sees stakeholder capitalism being carried out is through a range of ‘multi-stakeholder partnerships’ bringing together the private sector, governments and civil society across all areas of global governance.

The idea of stakeholder capitalism and multi-stakeholder partnerships might sound warm and fuzzy, until we dig deeper and realise that this actually means giving corporations more power over society, and democratic institutions less…

… Instead of corporations serving many stakeholders, in the multi-stakeholder model of global governance, corporations are promoted to being official stakeholders in global decision-making, while governments are relegated to being one of many stakeholders. In practice, corporations become the main stakeholders, while governments take a backseat role, and civil society is mainly window dressing.”

Now, if you think about that situation for long enough, it all sounds alarming enough to justify the conspiracy theories. But I maintain there’s nothing further from the truth. Here’s why.

Massive Multi-National Corporations

In one sense, I’m not surprised at the notion of global corporations seeing themselves as global decision-makers and legislators. In fact, I believe it’s been a long time coming, as it’s something I’ve seen growing over the past 15 years or so.

The first time I was struck by the growing power and influence of these mega-corporations was when I watched the documentary about the 2001 collapse of the Enron Corporation, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”. I’ll never forget it being mentioned in the film that at the time of the company’s collapse, it had a market value that was equivalent to the GDP of the 50th ranked national economy in the world, which at the time was Egypt. So here was just one corporation in the energy sector in the Southwest of the United States with the economic clout of a sovereign nation of (at the time) nearly 70 million people!

Another significant factor is that in the ensuing years, we’ve seen examples of governments in a number of nations taking legislative measures to prevent large global corporations from dodging their tax responsibilities, with varying, and generally underwhelming, results. This has caused me to think that a time would come when there may even be a contentious flashpoint between the authority of governments acting on behalf of their citizens and the economic power of giant corporations to reject or ignore that authority.

Given time, it makes perfect sense that once these corporations know they can resist governments’ attempts to curb their avoidance of accountability, it’s then only a small step logically to see themselves as able to become sovereign authorities similar to sovereign nations.

This might well be that time. Having been a casual observer over these past years, it appears to me that it’s possible to view “The Great Reset” as a corporate “mailed fist in a velvet glove”, especially when Ivan Wecke’s interpretation above seems to me to be more than credible.

Faith vs Fear

So, on the strength of that, why am I not joining the conspiracy theorists if, as Wecke states, the evidence is “hiding in plain sight”? It’s because of what powers the conspiracy thinking: fear and distrust, which are the direct and Satanic opposites of those God has called us to: faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

If you truly love God “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30), then fear is impossible, as “perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love” (1 John 4:18).

Consequently, anything and everything that happens in the world around us will be filtered through our faith in God and our subsequent rest in His authority. Then if your complete faith is in God, and your hope is in His goodness and His good plan for His world, blind fear that leads to the empowerment of such conspiracies over your thinking is simply impossible.

So let’s be completely realistic here: there actually is a grand conspiracy at play, but it’s not the one dreamed up by Klaus Schwab, or anyone else for that matter. It’s the one that the Grand Conspirator has been working on since the Fall! And as far as his plan entails a power grab for total control of this world, at some stage he’s going to for a brief moment achieve that goal, but it’s in the brief achievement that his ultimate downfall is also achieved.

That’s what the Bible tells us very clearly, as this excellent article by the biblical scholar Dr Michael Brown shows us:

“Here’s big theme number one: In the end, God’s kingdom will triumph. In the end, righteousness will rule. As described in these famous words of Isaiah,

“In the last days the mountain of the LORD’S temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’

The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:2–4)…

… Here’s the next big theme: Until that time, we will see parallel extremes, with the darkness getting darker and the light getting brighter until the Lord returns. It will be as if the devil himself stops hiding in the shadows and unveils the full force of his wickedness while God Himself says, ‘Really? Now watch this!’”

So with all of that in mind, to even think for a moment that “the prince of this world” requires any kind of human agency to create a single world government of any kind of make-up? I find that ludicrous.

Authority in Christ

Even if there were a global cabal comprising the WEF, Bill Gates, George Soros, “Big Tech”, “Big Pharma”, all the “usual suspects” rounded up by conspiracy theorists when you mention “One World Government”, why, as Christians should we be surprised? Even more to the point, why, as Christians should we give them a moment’s thought? After all, can they fully succeed in anything because God didn’t see it coming? Can they, in fact, succeed in anything that God has said “No” to? Can they even be what Satan has in mind for his grand plan to rule the globe?

But some might say that the Bible gives us so many clues so that we can work them out and see these schemes coming and use them for their predictive value. I would call that a poor understanding of the purpose of these passages.

So why did God provide so many clues to future tribulations? So that we would be prepared by being so sold out to Him so that whatever level of persecution comes our way, we will not crumble under the pressure, because, as the saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed”.

In fact, the parts of the Bible which are seen to be predictive of severe tribulation are dwarfed by those which instruct us on how to live in a fallen world as ambassadors of God. And above all, prior to His Ascension, Jesus told His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to Me”. That means, as His ambassadors we have all of that authority delegated to us. And authority always trumps power!

As an example of this, look to the persecuted churches around the world, who live under the most extreme forms of torture and even martyrdom. Can you imagine Christians in North Korea obsessing over “the Great Reset”? Or Christians anywhere in the Islamic world wondering if George Soros or Bill Gates are the Antichrist-in-waiting? These Christians are the ones living through the worst fears of the conspiracy theorists and more, and yet they’re also the Christians reaping the greatest harvest of souls in history!

Should we not ask why? And should we not ponder on the possibility that God will one day allow the same to happen in the West? Why should we be spared what our persecuted brothers regard as an event no less expected than the sun rising and setting each day?

On this consideration alone, I say that any kind of attention given to these kinds of ideas, other than to be like “the sons of Issachar”, “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32), is an affront to both our suffering brothers and sisters and to the Lord!

In contrast is the futility of the conspiracy theorist. I’ve lost count of the number of times a conspiracy theorist on social media has condescendingly mocked my opinion and then said, “Wake up!” To that, I now say, “And do what? What are you doing with this information you claim to have awakened to? How is it driving your devotional life? What is it doing for your witness to the lost? Because all I see is the same people on the same social media platforms making the same conspiracy claims and nothing else! This makes you empty seed husks floating aimlessly on the breeze! And Satan loves it!”

There’s an irony in that. “The Great Reset”, which is identical to all other examples through history of Leftist utopian pipe dreams, offers no clear vision of what the outcome might look like. In the same way, none of these conspiracy theories offer up any kind of course of action to circumvent or even contest the conspiracies they claim to identify.

So let’s turn to what is effective.

What does operating in that uniquely powerful authority that comes from facing persecution and “understanding the times” do for us? What insight does it offer as an alternative to the fear-inducing conspiracy theories?

Hope!

We have hope because of the promises of the One who holds “all authority”, Who, once Satan is ultimately defeated, will receive everything that is His by right of that authority: “power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing” because He alone “sits on the throne” (Revelation 5:12-13).

This is why Paul tells us in Romans,

“… we celebrate in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
(Romans 5:2b-5 NASB)

Globalism vs Nations

Even in practical terms, we’ve seen in recent times the reality of what happens when globalist structures come into conflict with the innate nationalism that is instilled by God as part of our wider identity. First there was Brexit, now there is political instability in Italy which could see those opposed to the EU come to power, with the potential outcome that they follow Britain out of the EU.

Most recently we have the popular uprisings in the Netherlands and Sri Lanka. In the Netherlands, it’s because a European court ordered the Dutch Government to effectively get rid of a significant amount of its grazing herds because of greenhouse emissions, so effectively a pan-European group of unelected elites dictating to a sovereign national government. In response, the farming community has risen up in mass protest.

In Sri Lanka, it is primarily due to a mad, dogmatic dash towards “Net Zero” and a legislated move to fully organic farming methods. Together they have crippled the nation.

And that’s without me even making a single reference to Ukraine and Russia!

The bottom line in all of this is that nations are part of God’s plan for an ordered society. They are an extension of family into “tribe and tongue”. The only place we find any mention of a unified mankind that’s blessed in God’s plans, where “tribe and tongue” are subsumed into a larger whole, is in reference to the Body of Christ, His Bride.

In Galatians 3:28 Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. And at the end of the age, we see “… a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all the tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9 NASB).

For all these reasons, we need not be imprisoned by thoughts about those who would carry out wicked plans that contradict God’s, obsessing over what we believe the enemy is doing through human agency. Instead, we should be “prisoners of hope” (Zechariah 9:12).

In fact, Psalm 2 gives us the clearest possible picture of God’s response to such plans:

Why are the nations restless
And the peoples plotting in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers conspire together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let’s tear their shackles apart
And throw their ropes away from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

“I will announce the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have fathered You.
Ask it of Me, and I will certainly give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth as Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

(Psalm 2:1-9 NASB)

The first thing we notice is that this is all the national leaders conspiring together. In other words, a global alliance. And it’s the fact that they’re actually doing so that is the reason why it is “Against the Lord and against His Anointed”. Because this is the way they imagine they will be able to “… tear their shackles apart and throw their ropes away from us!” Power in unity.

But God shows His love, and his design for individual, autonomous sovereign nations which, together are the Son’s “inheritance”. And His judgement against any globalist aspirations, even if they were to come from a completely sincere desire to create a better world (yes, I know I’m using hyperbole, but it covers every possibility, including “The Great Reset”) is destruction of those aspirations: “You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.”

In fact, I heard the Spirit say to me while preparing this, “Let them declare what they want. They will not succeed. But a day is coming when I will declare my own ‘Great Reset’ that none can oppose.”

So, it’s time to give up that which only leads to fear and a negative focus on what certain people or groups might be doing that could bring about persecution against us. Instead, be like the Lord Jesus, Who on the night of His betrayal said of Satan and his plans, “The ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me.” (John 14:30 NRSV)

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Europe: Uncontrolled Immigration Destroying Women’s Rights

A book review of “Prey: Immigration, Islam and the erosion of women’s rights” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2021). The book describes the burgeoning crisis in Europe and outlines solutions to these horrendous problems created by leftist policies.

Note the spelling of ‘prey’ — this should not deter us from ‘praying’.mass Muslim immigration into Europe

Ayaan is an ex-Muslim immigrant from Somalia to the Netherlands. Her integration into European society has been most effective, rising to become a member of the Dutch parliament, where her outspoken views attracted death threats from radical Islamists. She now lives in the USA with her husband and children under continuous personal protection for the rest of her life.

This book is about mass migration, sexual violence, and the rights of women in Europe. It is about a colossal failure of the European political establishment. And it is about solutions, fake and real. (xi)

It is the result of meticulous research by Ayaan and her team, yet reads extremely well — it is by no means a tedious academic tome, though at 322 pages, it’s certainly not a quick read. There are four parts:

  • Part 1 – The unsafe streets
  • Part 2 – The European establishment abrogates responsibility for women’s safety
  • Part 3 – Clashing civilizations, revisited
  • Part 4 – Solutions, fake and real

Some inconvenient truths

The start of the book is hard to read, as the reality described is confronting. There were times when I felt physically sick reading, so persevere. Ayaan documents a vast number of statistics about the waves of migration and asylum seekers arriving into Europe in the last decade, with the crest of the wave happening in 2015, primarily caused by Middle Eastern and African conflicts. She also documents the statistics relating to sexual abuse, rapes, gang rapes and murders of women during this period, and the effects this has had on local communities right across Europe and the United Kingdom.

For example, Ayaan recounts what happened on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2015 in the German city of Cologne:

Around fifteen hundred men mostly newly arrived asylum seekers of Arab and North African backgrounds converged in the city centre… The men were drunk, unruly, and — as soon became clear — beyond the control of the police. They mobbed together and entrapped women in the square, sexually harassing and assaulting any they could get their hands on, often stealing their wallets and mobile phones in the process. In the following months, 661 women reported being victims of sexual attacks that night…

Many of the women described being separated from their husbands and male friends and pushed inside ‘hell circles’ of young migrant men. The men groped women and girls, no matter their age, appearance, or circumstances… (pp. 64-65)

The response from the police was astonishing. The Cologne police issued a statement that the evening had been ‘largely peaceful’! The mainstream media only reported the events of the ‘celebrations’ after an outpouring of actual reports surfaced on social media. Similar incidents, but smaller, had also occurred that same night in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, and Bielefeld.

A further illustration of the material from the start of the book:

The human cost of this great Völkerwanderung (migration of nations) is shockingly high. More than 10,000 migrants, intent on making it to Europe, drowned in the Mediterranean between 2015 and 2017. Others risk their lives stowing away in trucks or crossing the Alps on foot in freezing temperatures. Europe should not underestimate how much these people want to make it there. (p. 96)

It seems to me that Europe and the West in general have been blinded to the realities of the impact of mass migrations without effective integration for well over a decade now.

On 2 September 2015, The Guardian newspaper ran this headline: Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees. Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece.

I will never forget this news item and I suspect many of you will have had the same reaction. But we have not stitched the pieces of the puzzle together to create a clear irrefutable picture, that our policies and our politicians’ actions are not working.  The West has simply has its collective head in the sand.

The rise of the ‘populist-right’

Ayaan draws a distinct correlation between the rise in refugee and asylum applications into Europe with the rise of the populist, right-wing political parties that call for a curb on the numbers being accepted. She doesn’t seek to define ‘the populist-right’ but presents their phenomenon as a given, universally understood, but not to be followed. She sees the populists as being too close to radical racism that she believes would seek to ban all future refugees and asylum seekers and the deportation of those already there.

The book’s stance on the populist-right can be seen throughout. Ayaan seems to understand where their rise has come from, but nowhere does she suggest that their perspective should be seen as a solution. This dichotomy intrigued me right up to the final chapter, where she sets out her recipe for a lasting solution.

Before leaving the discussion of the populist-right, let me explore this phenomenon a little further. Google’s definition is illuminating:

Populist, noun:

a person, especially a politician, who strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups.

Ayaan believes that the populist-right has arisen in Europe as a backlash, or reaction, to the governing authorities’ inability to address the challenges being wreaked by the mass migration, particularly of young men from Muslim backgrounds and their lack of effective integration into their host’s society.

However, I suggest that the rise of the populist-right might be a reaction to the predominantly left-leaning governments, intent on the ‘appearance’ of correct living, that is not being discriminatory to ethnic and religious minorities, but markedly ‘ineffective’ at standing up for the hard-won freedoms, particularly for women, and their apparent willful ‘blindness’ to the erosion of western civilisation in general.

Perhaps there is another angle to consider as well. Traditionally, fifty years ago ‘the left’ stood for the working man, trade unions, and the man on the street. The ‘conservatives’ on the other hand, the right wing of politics, stood for the big end of town, corporations, ‘public schools’ (private schools), the middle class and higher, who held strongly to their Judeo-Christian roots.

I propose that in the last decade, the conservatives have moved ‘left’ as they have abandoned their strongly held Judeo-Christian values and the left has moved ‘right’. The conservatives, the new left, have become so enamoured with the ‘woke agenda’, they have failed to see the chaos and tragedy unfolding in their own communities. The traditional ‘left’ has abandoned their connection to the working man and the man in the street, and as a result, are also blind to the chaos and tragedies unfolding in their own city streets.

Therefore, no wonder the ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups, have begun to form populist political parties. I don’t think they are racist at all. I think they have eyes to see and intellects to think and they are not blinded by the elites of both the traditional left and right, who are both running headlong to the left. I propose that while Ayaan may not like the populists, I suspect the populists will have something to say about the ‘erosion of women’s rights’ because no one else has.

One last word on the populists. Why should we accept the Google definition? Why should our modern enlightened civilisation concede to the existence of ordinary people and established elite groups? Where’s the equity in that? Perhaps the populists have a point after all?

Why has Europe seen a stark erosion of women’s rights?

Firstly, Ayaan describes German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s impact on women’s rights in Germany and, like a chain reaction, throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Ayaan recounts:

It is one of the rich ironies of early-twenty-first-century history that the single decision that has done the most harm to European women in my lifetime was made by a woman. (p. 92)

On 21 August 2015, Angela suspended the Dublin Regulation that required refugees to apply for asylum at the first point of entry to the European Union (EU). This meant that the immigrants could now transit through country after country, not stopping in states that would likely refuse them, and in turn deem them rejected by the EU. The result is that they could, henceforth, arrive at the German border unhindered.

Then on 4 September 2015, Angela announced that there would be no upper limit on the number of asylum seekers who could be admitted into Germany. The result of Germany’s opened border resulted in the admission of ten thousand migrants a day that lasted for weeks. It was clear that the government had lost control.

Why did Angela Merkel open the floodgates? Reading Ayaan’s perspective, it seems to me that it was a combination of natural human generosity and empathy for the plight of the refugees coupled with a deep subconscious desire, on her part, to seek to assuage the ethnic cleansing of the Nazi regime in World War II.

Secondly, the book examines the European asylum laws. The European border agency, Frontex, claims that they returned 3,500 people in 2015, 5,000 in 2016 and 10,000 in 2017.

However, the return of rejected asylum seekers is usually the responsibility of the national governments rather than Frontex… In Germany in 2018, there were 236,000 people who had been ordered to leave… but fewer than 24,000 were deported. Another 31,000 attempted deportations were cancelled by German authorities. In Sweden, around one third of repatriations go ahead. In the first quarter of 2018, 3,000 people were due to be expelled… but only 1,000 of them were removed. (p. 100)

In many cases, the rejected asylum seeker goes into hiding and the border police don’t find them. It does not help that some municipalities provide financial aid for rejected applicants! A report from the UK National Crime Agency said:

that illegal migrants were not worried about being caught because, rightly or wrongly, they don’t fear being returned. And that is, I think, something that is a significant player in the issue here… In the minds of the facilitators (people smugglers) and in the minds of those people willing to take the journey, there is a very low risk that they will be returned. (p. 101)

Ayaan never suggests that all migrants have criminal tendencies, but she does quote ample statistical evidence that the majority of sexual abuse, rape and gang rape cases are associated with rejected asylum seekers who have not been returned.

Finally, Ayaan proposes that a further reason that Europe has seen a stark erosion of women’s rights is that Western civilisation has lost its connection with its roots, through its blind embrace of woke dogma that seeks to delete the past as it champions inclusivity for all. It also labels any who do not adhere wholeheartedly to this doctrine as those who should be vilified and rejected. Therefore, on the grounds of anti-discrimination, Europe must be accepting of all, no matter their motive, their background and their cultural mores.

Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist and prolific author, introduced me to a new perspective on woke dogma. He calls it the ‘principle of non-contradiction’:

In logic, the law of non-contradiction states that contradictory propositions cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time, e. g. the two propositions “p is the case” and “p is not the case” are mutually exclusive. Formally this is expressed as the tautology (Wikipedia).

Ayaan calls out the European and British authorities for their single-minded adherence to inclusivity and non-discrimination in regard to the immigration crisis and its impact on Western values and women’s rights and security in particular. She notes that as a consequence of their policies or their failure to manage their own policies, there are now numerous suburbs in European and British cities that are ‘no-go’ areas for women, in broad daylight as well as at night. Many institutions, bars and cafes in these areas are now conspicuous for their men-only clientele. Where has the principle of inclusivity and non-discrimination gone?

The Playbook of Denial

Ayaan opens Chapter 9 with this title, quoting psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ work on the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance:

I sometimes think that Europe is stuck at stage one. It is not only judges who make excuses for criminal behaviour by young migrant men; politicians, mayors, bureaucrats, journalists, academics, community spokespeople and refugee advocates all offer a variety of rationalizations and in some cases downright denials. (p. 123)

Regarding judicial leniency, the most common reason that an offender gets off scot-free is that they provide evidence that they were drunk at the time of the alleged offence and therefore they had diminished responsibility. This rationalisation is often coupled with the court’s inability to prove that sex was not consensual. Further, some judges even make allowances for migrant sex offences based on their evident lack of understanding of Western women’s sexual self-determination.

A Berlin judge in 2017 said:

Mrs. G. had refused the advances of the defendant, so he threw her onto a bed, wedged her head and shoulders between two metal struts, raped her for four hours while she screamed ‘Stop!” and scratched him. At some point she gave up the struggle. The assault was so vicious that she could not walk properly for two weeks. The court had no doubt that the victim had been raped. Nevertheless, the judge wondered if the 23-year-old Turkish defendant might have thought it was consensual… the judge acquitted him. (p. 116)

Another tactic in the playbook of denial is the manufacture of statistics, studies and surveys to debunk the reality on the ground. Ayaan shows that studies can be designed in such a way as to produce the conclusions the researchers are looking for. For example, one 2017 study of European attitudes towards immigration showed high stability and that attitudes are becoming slightly more favourable. The reality, however, is that the less well-educated, older and more conservative Europeans hold more negative views of migrants. In fact, the establishment can be described as being dismissive of honest academics as bigots.

Virtue-signalling politicians appeal to their people’s compassion and ask them to fulfil their moral duty to rescue migrants, vilifying those who dissent as immoral, inhumane and racist. For example, in September 2016 the mayors of New York, Paris and London issued a joint statement in the New York Times that pledged to:

continue to pursue an inclusive approach to (refugee) resettlement in order to combat the growing tide of xenophobic language around the globe. Such language will lead only to increased marginalization of our immigrant communities, without making us any safer. (p. 129)

It seems to me that this epitomises the principle of non-contraction perfectly. The politically correct virtue-signalling politician elites need to establish their moral superiority to lead their citizens into the ‘right way’. They are therefore duty bound to class anyone who does not follow their lead as aberrant and immoral. Then, they need to create the growing tide of xenophobic language around the world. So why not swing full circle and label the ‘dissenting, immoral and inhumane’ as the racists. What tautology!

Let’s turn this around. Those who are claiming the moral high ground, the left-leaning elites, are the true racists, guilty of gross discrimination and xenophobic language as they seek to bring division in the communities, they are elected by and responsible to lead. In fact, Ayaan is at pains to demonstrate that the ordinary people are the ones actually sacrificing time, resources and cash to support the new immigrants. The elites are far removed from the streets and don’t lift a finger, and don’t actually see the reality on the ground for themselves.

It is telling that the virtue-signalling politicians appeal against the use of xenophobic language, when Ayaan’s book is screaming for some serious attention to the erosion of women’s rights and their actual abuse, sexual abuse, rape, gang rape and murder. This hardly compares with the allegation of some bad language.

Chapter 9 concludes with the question: why do so many establishment institutions persist in their denial of the problem? Ayaan suggests it is simply self-interest.

The left-wing politicians have seen their traditional white, working-class voter base erode over the decades, so they have turned to the immigrants as a new source of votes. However, she concedes it is not all cynical electoral calculation. Rather, radical socialists in Germany have identified the migrant crisis as an opportunity to deal a blow to capitalism. Simultaneously, they have enthusiastically adopted refugee rights as an instrument in their project of universal liberation. Ayaan cites some as having embraced the idea of open borders as an almost revolutionary project. Indeed, the EU’s dream to unite Europe into a single confederation of states with open borders between member states, to rival the United States, has paved the way for their dream of universal liberation.

This playbook sounds remarkably like the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Great Reset Agenda of bringing universal equity between all nations and all nationalities, but only on the back of the death of capitalism under the rule of the One World Order coming from the WEF. This is the globalists’ dream.

Naturally, if universal equity is to be realised, then the cultural incongruence between the West’s Judeo-Christian values with burgeoning women’s rights and the ultraorthodox patriarchal Islamic Sharia Law — that locks up and veils girls and women for life, keeping them bound to arranged marriages, genital mutilation and child-rearing — needs urgent open debate and resolution. Encouraging and facilitating mass migration between these two cultures is an integral part of the left’s narrative, and any erosion of women’s rights in the West is simply a necessary side effect of their big picture.

A New Approach to Integration

Ayaan describes the innumerable migrant integration policies that have been enacted for decades in Europe and the United Kingdom. She reports the never-ending costs of these initiatives and questions why the politicians persist with them, in the face of mounting evidence of their failure to integrate, particularly the young men from Islamic backgrounds.

She also points out that the new migrants and refugees are taking an increasing slice of the social services budget even though they have made no contribution, unlike their host communities who have been made to contribute their whole working lives. In fact, many host citizens have seen a real cut in their own welfare in the last decade, as a consequence of governments’ attempts to balance their budgets in the light of the enormous waves of new arrivals, particularly in 2015 and 2016.

As I discussed above, Ayaan does not put any hope in the rise of the new populist political parties, fearing they would simply degenerate into radical racism as she believes they would seek to ban all future immigration and they would strengthen repatriation attempts of failed asylum seekers. No, this remarkable study of a clear and present danger to women’s rights and safety concludes with six radical proposals for a new approach to integration that Ayaan insists must receive close consideration by all parties concerned.

1. Repeal the existing asylum framework

The current Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was ratified in Geneva in 1951. Ayaan rightly indicates that it was not written for the complex world we have now and certainly not for the numbers currently involved.

The focus should not be on the nature of the environment refugees are fleeing, but rather on how likely they are to abide by the laws and values of their host society. She goes on to say:

People like me would have been better off being given an option to prove our ability to adapt instead of having to shoehorn our life stores into the Geneva Convention’s framework. Rather than leaving it to a bureaucratic lottery, migrants should therefore be selected on the basis of their likelihood of adapting and flourishing in the West. These would be individuals with the highest probability of entering the labor market, rather than the welfare state, those who genuinely wish to become Dutch, French, or British and live among, as opposed to just near their fellow citizens. (p. 259)

2. Address the Push Factors…

Unless western counties invest more intentionally in the security and economic conditions of the counties that push their people to the West, they will keep coming in ever bigger and bigger waves. Trade and development aid needs to be tied more meaningfully with the migration issue such as forcing these counties to accept repatriated migrants as a condition of trade deals.

Ayaan is not advocating for more military interventions, but rather the development of soft power. She would also like to see more than the current norm of 2% of GNP being channelled into bringing greater global harmony. She also advocates for greater investment in border protection to run parallel with these initiatives, or the West’s investment will be wasted on leaky borders.

3. … As Well as the Pull Factors

The Nobel laureate Milton Friedman said:

… you can have free immigration, or you can have a welfare state, but you can’t have both. (p. 262)

Ayaan points out that welfare states are national, not universal. Therefore, there must be meaningful limits on what outsiders can claim just because they managed to cross a border.

Alongside this factor, Ayaan proposes that each migrant should be required to sign an Integration Declaration that includes host society language proficiency and compulsory enculturation programs such as sex education for young people and young men in particular.

If, after two years, the new arrivals have not reached the threshold standards of their host society, they will be repatriated.

Ayaan quoted an example of what she had in mind by recounting the experience of one Muslim woman on an integration program in Austria. At the end of the discussion, this woman quietly lowered her head scarf.

To me, her subtle action symbolized what an integration course should do: provide exposure to the values of one’s new society and give them the confidence to adopt them for themselves. (p. 263)

4. Reinstate the Rule of Law

Europe’s criminal justice system is simply too lenient towards violent offenders. Ayaan has wrestled with the paradox of using illiberal means to achieve liberal ends, but the rule of law without its effective enforcement is merely misrule, an abdication of responsibility.

Ayaan also calls for special units dedicated to the protection of particularly vulnerable groups and minorities. All too often in this book, I was reading that the law enforcement officers were ill-equipped or lacked the necessary training to do an effective job, so their fail-safe was simply to turn a blind eye, playing right into the hands of the populist movement.

5. Listen to the Successful Immigrants

Ayaan acknowledges that she and other successful immigrants are the ones doing most to open up the debate. She points out that one clear battle that must be won is to bring the issues of the erosion of women’s rights into the public square for full, frank, and open debate.

The irony of the recent surge in the ‘#MeToo’ movement has not touched the cultural clash between Islam and Judeo-Christian perspectives; rather, it has simply focused on the relatively superficial discrimination against women in the Western workplace. She welcomes the movement, naturally, but is incredulous as to why it stops so far short, it actually does not cross the cultural divide at all.

Ayaan is adamant that Western democracies do all they can to robustly defend liberal values and enforce the rule of law, and that individual responsibility is crucial. All too often, the young Muslim men, perpetrators of crime, claim security within the collective of their own community, as would be the case in their homeland. Personal responsibility is an alien idea for them.

5. Provide Sex Education to All Children

Nazir Afzal is an outspoken former Crown prosecutor for the first grooming gang cases in the United Kingdom. He has spoken openly and frankly about the problems of the honour culture. Nazir noted that even after some successful prosecution of gang members, the convicted did not believe they had done anything wrong. He went to say:

They have strict families. They may have a forced or arranged marriage… They have never been educated; there is no sex education or relationship education for young men in many of these communities. They don’t know what a good relationship is or how to make one. So going up and touching someone, unlawfully and without consent, is something natural for them. (p. 266)

Currently, while sex education is mandated in most schools across Europe and the United Kingdom, parents are allowed to pull their children from these classes on cultural and religious grounds. Ayaan says, this has to stop. This pandering to the cultural mores of the immigrant’s homeland is doing nothing to foster effective integration in the West’s host nations.

Where to from here?

The book ends with an intriguing reminder to me, that even in my own lifetime, back in the nineteen fifties and sixties, in many Muslim nations in the Middle East and Africa, you could see men and women sitting together in public cafes and restaurants. The women would be dressed elegantly and certainly with no headscarf or hijab.

Yes, in my lifetime, the radical Islamists have swept through the Arab world restoring their interpretation of the Koran and subjugating their girls and women accordingly. Then, these nations have seen internal conflicts resulting in horrific civil wars that have displaced millions of Muslims to the West where they have spread their illiberal ideals of Sharia Law just as they have back home.

Meanwhile, the West has looked on in horror at the public stoning of unfaithful women in football stadiums in the Arab world never believing it could come to the West; but perhaps they will, unless, collectively, we do something to turn the tide.

So many on the left of politics have devoted their whole lives and resources to lift the downtrodden of the world, but they have been blinded to the tragedies unfolding back home.

This book, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, focuses on Europe and the United Kingdom, but it would be foolish to believe that North America and Australasia are not also in the firing line.

Here, in Australia, imagine a day when Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW, is only frequented by men, as women have realised that it would be suicide to strip down into a bikini and sunbathe in public?

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The Pandemic of Panic

The Pandemic of Panic

Dr Bo Wong reflects on how faith should guide and ground us in times of disruption and mass panic.

In 2003, I started working as a general practitioner (GP) in Tamworth when SARS appeared. It affected mainly China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Life in Tamworth went on as usual.

I think hand sanitiser became popular after SARS.

In 2009, H1N1 (swine flu) hit the world hard, I was working as a solo GP then. The Australian government distributed loads of Tamiflu (I think about half of it eventually ended up in the rubbish tip as it expired). We were told not to swab, just treat on suspicion, because the pathology services could not handle all the swab requests.

I got the flu from one of the patients. I had never been so sick before, with rigours and extreme lethargy; but I was still seeing patients. I do not remember if I wore a mask back in 2009. Many people were infected, but there was no panic buying and no quarantine in place. Life was relatively normal.

Why did we have panic buying with COVID-19?
Why do we fear COVID-19 so much?

I can think of four reasons:

  1. We know too far in advance and believe that worse is to come.
  2. We are relationally isolated, and there is a fear of missing out (FOMO).
  3. We hear reports of extreme measures taken by other governments, such as the Chinese and Italian governments.
  4. We have perpetual access to news, updates and stories via social media.

As we witnessed what was happening in China and other northern hemisphere countries, we knew that the virus would be likely to hit us hard during our winter months. Fear becomes unbearable when we are given time to wait for our turn to suffer.

People begin to do irrational things to cope with their fear. Anyone who believes that he/she only has this worldly life to live, will do anything to avoid discomfort, suffering and death.

We live in a society in which everyone lives for themselves. Many may think that if one runs out of toilet paper, one cannot expect anyone to help. This is because, for many, only superficial relationships exist, and such relationships are only for having fun together. In times of adversity, we may discover that we have no true friends. We therefore feel the need to stock up for ourselves as much as possible.

Even if we do not think of stocking up initially, when we see others doing so, we do not want to miss out. I asked a student why she bought so much toilet paper. She said when she saw other customers buying loads of toilet paper, she just had the urge to also get some for herself. Adversity like COVID-19 reveals the shaky foundation upon which we build our life philosophy and our society.

Contagion of Fear

A lot of overseas Chinese have connections to the twenty million Hubei residents who were locked inside their housing units for several weeks. (Some report sixty million people, but I think only twenty million or so were under the strictest of quarantine.)

I was in the area in 2019 conducting a wedding for a couple who were PhD students in Australia. It was very cold there in winter. I got to know the couple’s families, who have now all been under quarantine. They were not allowed to leave their houses at all. People relied on home deliveries for their survival. There were reports of many elderly individuals dying of hypothermia, starvation and lack of medical care. Overseas Chinese and other people who heard the horrible side effects of quarantine were therefore motivated by fear to stock up.

Social media provides the ideal interactive platform, especially in times of epidemics. Originally intended for instant connections, updates and news, social media has evolved to become a catalyst for the spread of rumours and sensationalism. An uploaded recording of panic buying in your nearby suburb or city, and the fear of missing out kicks in. The result? Masses heading to the local supermarkets to join the panic buying movement.

How then should we live as Christians and Doctors during pandemics?

I would go to 1 Corinthians 7:17 & 29-31 for instructions.

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him,
and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short.
From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
and those who mourn as though they were not mourning,
and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing,
and those who buy as though they had no goods,
and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it.
For the present form of this world is passing away.

If we are called as Christians, then live as Christians — loving God and loving others; taking up the cross daily and following Christ; being one with other believers; and caring for the needy.

If we are called as doctors, then live as doctors — caring for the sick; trying to minimise suffering; comforting the despondent; and teaching the ignorant.

When COVID-19 spread in our communities, and many people become sick, two facts constrained me to act as a Christian doctor. God’s love which has been poured into my heart, and a doctor’s duty that I have committed myself to in my heart. I may not be able to walk into harm’s way calmly (though I hope I would), but I would walk into it because of God’s love and God’s calling. I will keep reminding myself that on the Cross, Death has lost its sting. I will keep praying that Philippians 1:21 would become a reality: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Baruch, the scribe of Jeremiah, was affected by fear and great anxiety after he recorded all the calamities that were coming to his nation. He said, “Woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.” (Jeremiah 45:3-4) The LORD told Baruch not to seek great things for himself, but to see things from God’s point of view. When we focus on ourselves, we interpret everything for the benefit of our own happiness and comfort. God says there are much greater purposes for things that are happening around us. When our vision is limited to our own comfort and happiness, we miss seeing the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 7:30b says, “… and those who buy as though they had no goods.” It is not saying that we should buy up all the toilet paper because soon there will be no more stock available. Reading the whole passage from 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, it is clear that the Bible does not suggest that we should live as if our own comfort and happiness are our primary aims. To put it another way, it is saying that the present form of this world is passing away, we should therefore avoid following the ways of this world.

When we have only this life to live, when we only have ourselves to live for, it is natural to panic when this life is being threatened. If we do not panic, we must either be fools, or we have the blessed assurance of the hope of glory.

“To them (the saints) God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
~ Colossians 1:27

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Originally published in Luke’s Journal by the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia.
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Elon Musk Queries Journalist Over Allegations of Government-Driven Censorship on Twitter

Elon Musk Queries Journalist Over Allegations of Government-Driven Censorship on Twitter
By Gary Bai | July 7, 2022

Elon Musk's twitter account is seen on a smartphone in front of the Twitter logo, on April 15, 2022. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)

Elon Musk has called on an independent journalist to provide information on how the U.S. government is allegedly pressuring Twitter to suspend the journalist’s account for posting anti-vaccination content.

Musk asked Substack writer, Alex Berenson, in a July 6 post on Twitter, about Berenson’s allegation that the U.S. government had pressured Twitter to censor him for posting his opinion questioning the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Can you say more about this: ‘… pressures that the government may have placed on Twitter …’,” Musk said, referencing Berenson’s blog post about being suspended by Twitter.

“I wish I could,” Berenson said minutes later, responding to Musk, “but the settlement with [Twitter] prevents me from doing so. However, in the near future I hope and expect to have more to report.”

Berenson’s Twitter account was reinstated on July 6 after the social media platform “permanently” banned him over purportedly violating its COVID “misinformation” policy. This follows Berenson filing a lawsuit against Twitter in April.

In a blog post published July 6, Berenson elaborated that despite his inability to discuss his case now, he will be able to disclose further “in the near future.”

“You know what it took Twitter to admit it shouldn’t have done what it did? You do not, and I can’t tell you, because the statement is all I can say about the settlement,” Berenson wrote.

“The settlement does not end my investigation into the pressures that the government may have placed on Twitter to suspend my account. I will have more to say on that issue in the near future,” he wrote.

“I made a promise to readers last month, and I take my promises to readers seriously.”

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Alex Berenson speaks on censorship and freedom of speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2021. (CPAC/Screenshot via NTD)

‘Close Nexus’

What attracted Musk’s attention was Berenson’s claim that government entities were pressuring Twitter to suspend Berenson over vaccine claims.

“It doesn’t stop infection. Or transmission. Don’t think of it as a vaccine. Think of it—at best—as a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS. And we want to mandate it? Insanity,” Berenson wrote in a Twitter post in August last year, hours before Twitter suspended his account.

In Berenson’s  lawsuit against Twitter, he alleges that the social media platform “acted on behalf of the federal government in censoring and barring him from to its platform.”

The lawsuit also cited the “extraordinarily close nexus” between government officials’ call for censorship and Twitter’s corresponding immediate actions.

“Mr. Berenson’s relationship with Twitter changed dramatically over the course of one week in July 2021,” read Berensen’s complaint, filed on Dec. 20, 2021.

“On Sunday, July 11, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, called Mr. Berenson’s comments about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy  ‘horrifying,’” the complaint said.

“By Friday, President Biden himself piled on, blaming social media companies for ‘killing people’ on account of their failure to adequately censor content. Hours after President Biden’s comment, Twitter locked Mr. Berenson out of his account for the first time,” it said.

“On August 28, in the wake of even more calls for censorship from government officials, Twitter permanently suspended Mr. Berenson from its platform, citing ‘repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules.’ Mr. Berenson did not violate those rules. Twitter, on the other hand, broke its promises to Mr. Berenson as well as its policies, and violated his rights as it served the federal government’s censorship demands,” the court filing continued.

“This case raises significant questions about private power and the state of free speech in America.”

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Cancel Culture Reduces Women to a “Vibe”

Cancel Culture Reduces Women to a “Vibe”

The bullying of women: the social media mob took no time at all to ‘correct’ Macy Gray on her definition of a woman, forcing her to recant biological truth.

How powerful is cancel culture? Ask singer Macy Gray.

Just 72 hours after telling Sky News that a woman was “a human being with boobs and a vagina” the R&B singer told NBC that she had “learned so much” and now believed a woman to be “a vibe”.

So what happened between her chat with Piers Morgan on July 5 and her Today appearance on July 8?

Education!

Not an education in biology, but an education in cancel culture.

Swift Repercussions

Macy learned — no doubt from her management team — that her latest album, due out this month, would be an absolute flop if she didn’t change her views, and fast.

The Grammy Award winning singer casually strolled into the trans minefield on Tuesday when promoting her upcoming album on Sky television.

Macy Gray on Sky

When host Piers Morgan asked her what a woman was, Macy replied without hesitation, as if it was obvious:

“A human being with boobs and a vagina.

“As a woman, just because you go and change your parts doesn’t make you a woman, sorry. I know that for a fact.

“If you want me to call you a ‘her’, I will. Because that’s what you want, but that doesn’t make you a woman just because I call you a ‘her’ and just because you got a surgery.”

When Piers Morgan warned that Macy might cop a backlash for her comments, she replied firmly…

But it’s the truth!

The backlash Piers had warned about was fierce. And the truth Macy had espoused was quickly tossed overboard like so much excess baggage on a sinking boat.

Macy was slammed on social media. She was labelled ignorant, a bigot, and a transphobe.

The storm created by her assertion that women have boobs and a vagina was so great that it threatened to overshadow the launch of her album, ironically called Reset.

Reset indeed, you could hear the management team scream!

Bullied into Submission

Three days later, a contrite Macy Gray made her pilgrimage to NBC where she repented of her gender heresy and begged forgiveness for straying from the Woke narrative.

NBC Today show host Hoda Kotb, acting as chief confessor, gently guided a remorseful Macy Gray through the steps necessary to redeem a penitent sinner, er, music career.

“You were on the Piers Morgan Show and there was a question about trans women and this is what you said in part,” Hoda began.

Macy shifted uncomfortably in her seat and stared awkwardly at the floor as Hoda read aloud her offending comments.

Just because you go change your parts doesn’t make you a woman,” Hoda read.

Watching from home, you could almost feel the entire TV studio cringe.

Who would say such things, apart from a biologist or a person who had momentarily forgotten that they still have to make a living in today’s world?

Then Hoda invited Macy to…

“Just tell me where you are right now on that statement.”

This was Macy’s cue. The opportunity for a worldview reset to save her album Reset.

Macy was ready. She told Hoda:

“I think it takes a lot of courage to be yourself, to go out in the world and be honest about who you are. I think anyone who is in the LBGT community is a hero, and sets an example for all of us.”

The irony was thick.

Macy Gray was applauding the heroism of the trans community for their commitment to honesty even as she was performing a very public backflip in a desperate bid to not be destroyed by that same community for her honesty.

Gray confessed that she “said some things that didn’t go over well”, by which she meant that she said, “women have boobs and a vagina”.

“My intention was never to hurt anybody,” she lamented, by which we can only assume she was referring to women who did not have boobs and a vagina, by virtue of being men.

Lip Service

Macy was looking decidedly uncomfortable as she was saying all this. One cannot imagine why.

These confessions work to a formula so, having, apologised for the hurt caused, Macy moved on to the next stage, which was to confess her ignorance.

“I think it’s about education, conversation and us getting to a point where we understand each other. And I’ve learned a lot through this.

So I think that was one of the reasons it might have happened, a huge learning experience for me… I’ve learned so much.”

It couldn’t be easy to go on national television at age 54 and say that you had no idea what a woman was until just five minutes ago. Especially when you are a woman yourself. And have a mother. And a daughter.

It’s a lack of education, you see. If only Macy had access to learnings — other than science and common sense and her own lying eyes — much earlier. There wouldn’t have been all this confusion about boobs and stuff.

But in the 72 hours since her transgression on Sky TV, Macy had been well and truly schooled in the definition of a woman, by which I mean Leftist narratives.

Throughout the interview, er confession, Macy continually fidgets and looks down at the floor. It is obvious that she simply wants to get this over with so that she can be allowed to resume her life.

Having apologised for the hurt and having confessed her own gross ignorance, all that remained was for her to go ahead and say the right thing.

The NBC host was there to help, gently prompting Macy Gray:

“So, has your perspective changed?”

Gray knew what needed to be done to atone for her sins.

“Being a woman is a vibe and it’s something I’m very proud of, and something that it is very precious to me.

“I think that if you in your heart feel that’s what you are, then that’s what you are regardless of what anybody says or thinks.”

Repentance is a Bible word that means to turn from your sins to God — literally to go in the opposite direction.

From “boobs and a vagina” to it’s “a vibe” was dramatic evidence of true repentance.

And so, with that confession, the NBC host was pleased to pronounce absolution…

“Thank you for clearing that up, because I think some people got confused and you realise through education, maybe you do feel differently about things. This is all coming as you have new music coming out. Tell me about this new record…”

Her sin now dealt with, Macy was free to re-enter polite society and get on with her life.

She did what she had to do.

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Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.
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