Tucker Carlson is Antifa

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The Base: Exporting Accelerationist Terror [via The Lads Society]

A problem for the Australian antifa, and indeed for anti-fascist groups in Europe and the US, is that few people and organisations they oppose here have much to do with Nazism. ~ Chip Le Grand, Antifa Australia goes for the jugular, The Australian, December 9, 2017

Huh.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre has just published an exposé on neo-Nazi terror group The Base and its links to Australian neo-Nazis, specifically ‘The Lads Society’:

The materials show that the group made significant inroads into parts of Australia’s far right, and in particular the Lads Society, a white nationalist group that once invited Brenton Tarrant, the Australian who murdered 51 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, to be a member.

A few notes:

• ‘The Lads Society’ was born out of defunct fascist groupsucule the ‘United Patriots Front’, an ultimately unstable coalition of neo-Nazis and Christian fun-da-mentalists. The UPF was a Facebook creation, which terminated after the corporation closed its Facebook page in mid-2017. I wrote extensively on the subject of the UPF, including in The Guardian in November 2015 (The UPF and Reclaim Australia aren’t ‘concerned parents’ or a bad joke: ‘Don’t get sucked in by the hijinks of far-right activists: active neo-Nazis are welcome and hold leadership positions in a movement gaining in appeal’). In its infinite wisdom, a few weeks ago Facebook terminated my page on the basis of my alleged ‘support’ for figures associated with the UPF(!).

• Other local members of the far-right to have championed RaHoWa!, GTKRWN, #SiegeCulture and so on have included writers for David Hiscox’s blog XYZ. Doing so was considered kosher by Facebook, and the XYZ page was only terminated after the XYZ boys published a ‘satirical’ article about Waleed Aly of Channel 10’s ‘The Project’.

• The SPLC notes that:

The false belief that a conspiracy exists to carry out “white genocide,” or to effect a “great replacement” of white Americans through mass immigration, is widely prevalent across the racist far right, from outright neo-Nazis, to so-called “identitarian” groups, to influential Republican officials. Many white nationalists hold, again falsely, that this “genocide” or “replacement” has been orchestrated by Jews.

‘The Great Replacement’ is what the Christchurch mass-murderer titled his manifesto and was also a theory propounded by Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, who ‘Christian conservative’ Dave Pellowe brought to Australia for a speaking tour in 2018. Their tour was widely celebrated on various Murdoch media properties and, after a brief ‘retirement’, a little more than a year after the Christchurch massacre Southern has returned to Australia and been warmly embraced by the same parties. Indeed, Southern will be joining a glittering array of stars — including former Labor leader turned NSW PHONy Senator Mark Latham — at the ‘Conservative Political Action Conference’ in Sydney in November.

What’s a few dead Muslims between frens eh?

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #031 w Shalini Kantayya on Coded Bias : August 13, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Shalini Kantayya [Twitter], the director of Coded Bias, a terrific documentary currently screening at MIFF 68 1/2.

CODED BIAS explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

Shalini is a filmmaker and activist whose previous work includes A Drop of Life and Catching the Sun.

See/hear also :

SXSW Review: Coded Bias is an Alarming Look at How False Algorithms are Impeding Civil Rights, John Fink, The Film Stage, March 15, 2020 | ‘Coded Bias’: Film Review, Valerie Complex, Variety, February 12, 2020

Joy Buolamwini /// Algorithmic Justice League | Cathy O’Neill /// Weapons of Math Destruction | Big Brother Watch (UK) | Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Teach Us about Digital Technology, Lizzie O’Shea, Verso, 2019 | Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Safiya Umoja Noble, NYU Press, 2018

Documents reveal AFP’s use of controversial facial recognition technology Clearview AI, Ariel Bogle, ABC, July 13, 2020 | Robodebt was an algorithmic weapon of calculated political cruelty, Asher Wolf, The Canberra Times, June 1, 2020 | #NotMyDebt : ‘a website built and run by a handful of volunteers from all around Australia, some with debts and some without, united by our deep concern about the injustice of Centrelink’s robo-debt fiasco and the impact it’s having on the lives of ordinary citizens’ /// Robodebt FAQs (Gordon Legal)

4.30pm, Thursday, August 13, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #030 w Alex DiBranco on Male Supremacism, Terror & The Right : August 6, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Alex DiBranco [Twitter], the founder and executive director of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, which provides in-depth research and timely analysis of misogynist mobilization, ideology, and violence to support media, activists, and other researchers. Alex has written a number of articles for Political Research Associates (most recently on the subject of The First Anti-Feminist Massacre: A Reckoning with Misogynist Terrorism on the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Mass Shooting), was interviewed by The Humanist in October last year and last month for NBC on the subject of Roy Den Hollander, ‘the men’s rights lawyer suspected of killing the son of a federal judge and wounding her husband … a self-described “anti-feminist” who wrote thousands of online posts and self-published a 1,700-word book describing his unabashed hatred of women’. See also : Inside the Violent and Misogynistic World of Roy Den Hollander, Nicole Hong, Mihir Zaveri and William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times, July 26, 2020.

See also : “Old Man Yells at Facebook” (July 31, 2020) | Here’s How Muslim Women In Australia Have Been Targeted By The Far Right (‘It’s not only sexism and it’s not only racism, and it’s not only Islamophobia, but it’s an amplification of all those phenomena’), Gina Rushton and Mark Di Stefano, Buzzfeed, March 26, 2019 | Quotations From Chairman Blair Cottrell (July 27, 2015).

4.30pm, Thursday, August 6, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Bonus! Yeminem

Avi Yemini’s ex-wife reveals personal toll of his assault and harassment
Jon Andrews
Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader
July 30, 2019

The former wife of far-right activist Avi Yemini has broken down in court as she read out her victim impact statement after he was sentenced on unlawful assault and harassment charges.

His former wife wept as she described how Yemini, real first name Avraham, had “broken her spirit”, and “destroyed her self-worth” with his “torment”.

She said she “lived in a state of uncertainty”, felt anxious all the time and had panic attacks, and had to regularly see a counsellor.

Yemini showed no emotion as he was convicted and fined on charges of unlawful assault, using a carriage service to harass on three occasions and breaching a personal safety order at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The 33-year-old from Berwick had earlier pleaded guilty to throwing a chopping board that hit his victim on her head while she prepared dinner in their Caulfield North home, and texting her vile and explicit messages.

The chopping board incident, which left her with a lump on her forehead, happened in March 2016, while the three harassing messages, which included calling her a “P.O.S” and a “c***”, occurred between July 2017 and November 2018.

The breach order relates to another person and not his former wife after Yemini failed to take down an online video as ordered by the court.

Yemini’s former wife said she had tried to leave him eight times but couldn’t go through with it.

“It was like I didn’t exist as a human being, I was just a vessel for his hatred”, she said.

“He terrorised me. I can’t imagine how it will be possible for me to have a relationship in the future.”

She said he also blamed her for the assault.

“What I will never forget is that he didn’t flinch when it happened”, she said.

“He didn’t ask if I was okay. He just walked by; I was left to tend to my own injuries and finish making the dinner.”

The former Israel Defence Force soldier has a large Facebook following under his page Avi Yemini Unbanned and has tens of thousands of fans on Twitter.

Yemini’s defence lawyer Deborah Mandie said he had already been “destroyed” in the media even though he was a “cleanskin” with no priors.

“The digital material has been absolutely brutal about my client”, Ms Mandie said.

“It’s become almost a meme, humiliating my client over and over. This is part of the punishment he is wearing for the matter.”

At a previous hearing Ms Mandie said Yemini didn’t intend to hit his wife with the chopping board, and it was an isolated incident across 10 years of a volatile relationship.

Magistrate Charles Tan said Yemini may have “paid a price” through the publicity surrounding the case, but he was there to sentence on the charges, not the community reaction.

He said Yemini’s former wife’s own words showed she felt distressed, humiliated and terrified by Yemini’s actions, and they could “not be described as of a trivial nature”.

“It was offending against a female in her own home, involving her suffering an injury”, Mr Tan said.

He thanked her for her bravery in reading our her statement, which she said she wanted to be made public.

Yemini was convicted and fined a total of $3600.

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“Old Man Yells at Facebook”

I’ve unpublished my Facebook page for the time being. This follows my having published a post containing words and/or images the corporation has designated as expressing support for ‘dangerous individuals or organisations’; the ‘dangerous individual’ in this case possibly being convicted racist Neil Erikson. Or, possibly (but likely not), an image containing Erikson and several others (including Andrew Nolch) making the ‘OK’ gesture. Thus:





For those of you coming in late … I published these images in response to a Supreme Court decision yesterday ([2020] VSCA 195) dismissing an appeal by Andrew Nolch against a sentence imposed upon him for vandalising the memorial to Eurydice Dixon. The vandalism was celebrated by some of Nolch’s frens, including Erikson, who in November 2018 accompanied Nolch to court to support his appeal against his original conviction and sentencing (and also claimed to be providing Nolch with legal advice). As yesterday’s judgement puts it: For reasons that are by no means apparent, the applicant appealed the sentence imposed by the magistrate to the County Court. As suggested by the Court in argument, this was an act of sheer stupidity on his part.

The stoopid is, of course, relentless: Nolch is now in prison to serve a five months sentence while Erikson — having previously been convicted of, inter alia, stalking a rabbi and racial vilification — heads back to court later this year to face charges of having disrupted (along with YouTube sensation Claudia Benitez AKA ‘Dia Beltran’) a Christian religious meeting in Hawthorn and a Muslim prayer service in Federation Square. (A warrant for his arrest has been issued in NSW for having also allegedly disrupted a Christian prayer service in Gosford.)

Back to the judgement:

The crime of damaging property can be committed for a variety of reasons, including revenge or unthinking vandalism. In the present case, it is clear that the applicant’s was a calculated and deliberate act designed to cause great offence, annoyance and hurt to the community at large. So much increases the objective gravity of his offending. Thus, in his record on interview, when asked his ‘motivation’, he said:

I wanted to see if it could make the news. I wanted to –I –I basically wanted to see a giant dick –them report a giant dick on –in a news report, pretty much, I just thought it would be funny to be like, ‘Memorial vandalised with giant dick’, and then, like, just to see the dick on the screen, I just thought that’d be funny. I sort of wanted to see if I could do it, like, if I could, like, break the law. … And I kinda wanted to annoy feminists, like, I wanted –like, I –I have nothing against the –the person who passed away and their family, like, I don’t even know ‘em, so it’s, like, if they got offended and stuff it’s, like –I -look, I –I didn’t wanna offend them, like, I –I just –like, I just thought that would have to come with doing the graffiti, you know what I mean…. And so –so, yeah, I just wanted feminists to be like, ‘Oh, some guy drew a big dick, oh, what the hell?’ just –like, it was just, like, a –a troll sort of thing and —…To annoy them. But it is kinda weird ‘cause, like, I don’t really like feminists and stuff and I thought this before I did it, I was 1ike, ‘Well, this is gunna annoy them and make them even more think that the crime was a man hating thing’, and I was kinda like, ‘What am I even doing this?’ you know what I mean, but something just made me wanna do it and see if I can do it and –yeah.

In our view, apart from the plea of guilty and its purely utilitarian benefit, save for his lack of prior convictions there was little to mitigate the applicant’s original offending, which, given his motives, was an objectively serious example of the offence of damaging property.

Speaking of male supremacy, an upcoming episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! features an interview with Alex DiBranco, the executive director of The Institute for Research on Male Supremacism.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #029 w Kaz Ross on China, Falun Gong & SovCits : July 30, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to (Dr) Kaz Ross [Twitter] about China, the CCP, Falun Gong, the extreme-right, sovereign citizens and more. Kaz is a Lecturer and the Coordinator in Asian Studies, in Global Cultures & Languages, in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania, and has recently had published ‘Living people’: who are the sovereign citizens, or SovCits, and why do they believe they have immunity from the law? (The Conversation, July 28, 2020) and has previously written CPAC: Conservative lightning rod, or ‘alt-right white extremism’? (The Big Smoke, August 9, 2019) and was interviewed on ‘Mornings with Leon Compton’ on ABC Hobart about the attempted fashy infiltration of the NSW Young Nationals on November 1, 2018.

See also : 闯 Chuang — a journal and blog analyzing the ongoing development of capitalism in China and the revolts of those crushed beneath it | 7+ Times Avi Yemini consorted with Neo-Nazis, AJDS, June 11, 2018 | Queensland student Drew Pavlou’s suspension reduced but will remain out of university until 2021, The Guardian (AAP), July 13, 2020 | The (Australian) Anarchists on Chinese Labor (1887) (August 17, 2014).

*Please note there’s an extended conversation with Kaz on the podcats version of the episode.

4.30pm, Thursday, July 30, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #028 w Elise Thomas on QAnon, conspiracies & teh intarwebs : July 23, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Elise Thomas [Twitter] about QAnon, conspiracies and teh intarwebs. Elise is a freelance journalist, researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre and an analyst at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Some of Elise’s recent publications include: Coronavirus denial spreading on social media, The Strategist, April 15, 2020 | Far-right groups and conspiracy theories are being brought together through the internet, ABC, February 27, 2020 | Qanon Deploys ‘Information Warfare’ to Influence the 2020 Election, Wired, February 17, 2020.

See/hear also : Yeah Nah Pasaran! #020 w Tom Tanuki on conspiracies, lockdowns, protests & Coronavirus : May 28, 2020 /// ‘BurnedSpy34’ (AKA Tim Stewart) is one of Scott Morrison’s #BFFs and a leading QAnon promoter: Revealed: the QAnon conspiracy theorist who is friends with Australian PM Scott Morrison, Christopher Knaus and Josh Taylor, The Guardian, October 5, 2019.

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July 25 – The International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners (#j25antifa)

Hey just a brief note to remind youse that July 25 is The International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners. For more information, please see the blog.

See also : A few notes on #J25Antifa … (July 25, 2017).

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #027 w Samantha Kutner on Proud Boys : July 16, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Samantha Kutner [Twitter] — a Dancer, Research Consultant & Fellow at the the Khalifa Ihler Institute — about Proud Boys, Countering Violent Extremism, (de-)radicalisation and Secrets & Whispers. Samantha’s recent work includes ‘Swiping Right: The Allure of Hyper Masculinity and Cryptofascism for Men Who Join the Proud Boys’ (The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, May 26, 2020) & The Hate-Map.

See / hear also : Donald Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence is even worse than it looks, Chris Cillizza, CNN, July 13, 2020 | Are the Proud Boys Done or Are They Just Getting Started?, EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone, August 15, 2019 (‘As the 2020 election approaches, there could be an increase in violence from the far-right group, says a researcher tracking the spread of the Proud Boys’) | Andy Ngo [is a threat to our community, provides kill lists to Atomwaffen and] hangs up in the middle of a podcast, March 21, 2020 | I Don’t Speak German, Episode 20: Gavin, Goad, and Edgelord Comedy (with Samantha Kutner), June 5, 2019 | Damien Costas Presents : Gavin McInnes & Tommy Robinson Live in Australia (December 2018) (November 21, 2018).

Above : Piss Boys denounce the ‘Invasion Day’ rally in Melbourne, January 2020 (the manbabies skedaddled before the arrival of tens of thousands of marchers).

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #026 w Nina Jankowicz on Information Wars : July 9, 2020

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Nina Jankowicz [Twitter], the disinformation fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars and the author of a new book out this week, How To Lose The Information War (I.B. Tauris, 2020):

Since the start of the Trump era, the United States and the Western world has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: what can the West do about it?

Central and Eastern European states, however, have been aware of the threat for years. Nina Jankowicz has advised these governments on the front lines of the information war. The lessons she learnt from that fight, and from her attempts to get US congress to act, make for essential reading.

Nina also recently had published Facebook Groups Are Destroying America (‘They’re built for privacy and community—and that’s what makes them dangerous’), Wired, June 17, 2020.

See also : Anatomy of a Russian ‘Troll Factory’ News Site, Aric Toler, bellingcat, June 8, 2018 | News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900–1945, Heidi Tworek, Harvard University Press, 2019.

4.30pm, Thursday, July 9, 2020 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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