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Postings from Brisbane, Australia by John Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.) — former member of the Australia-Soviet Friendship Society, former anarcho-capitalist and former member of the British Conservative party.

Most academics are lockstep Leftists so readers do sometimes doubt that I have the qualifications mentioned above. Photocopies of my academic and military certificates are however all viewable here

I am a born-and-bred Queenslander

Two of my ancestors were convicts so my family has been in Australia for a long time. As well as that, all four of my grandparents were born in the State where I was born and still live: Queensland. And I am even a member of the world’s second-most condemned minority: WASPs (the most condemned is of course the Jews — which may be why I tend to like Jews). So I think I am as Australian as you can get. I certainly feel that way. I like all things that are iconically Australian: meat pies, Vegemite, Henry Lawson etc. I particularly pride myself on my familiarity with the great Australian slanguage. I draw the line at Iced Vo-Vos and betting on the neddies, however. So if I cannot comment insightfully on Australian affairs, who could?

An apology for my vocabulary

A good-looking Australian woman — Melissa King

Evelyn Rae, a conservative Australian political commentator

Sahara Ray is undoubtedly a good-looking woman. Since she is Australian-born there is even a possibility that we may be distantly related

An Australian Mona Lisa (Nikki Gogan)

An attractive Ginge — with freckles

Margo Robbie — a beautiful australian

My son Joe at ANU

One of the happiest pictures ever — Cleo Smith, aged 4

Would you believe that there once was a politician whose nickname was “Honest”?

“Honest” Frank Nicklin M.M. was a war hero, a banana farmer and later the conservative Premier of my home State of Queensland in the ’60s. He was even popular with the bureaucracy and gave the State a remarkably tranquil 10 years during his time in office. Sad that there are so few like him.

A great little kid

In November 2007, a four-year-old boy was found playing in a croc-infested Territory creek after sneaking off pig hunting alone with four dogs and a puppy. The toddler was found five-and-a-half hours after he set off from his parents’ house playing in a creek with the puppy. Amazingly, Daniel Woditj also swam two creeks known to be inhabited by crocs during his adventurous romp. Mr Knight said that after walking for several kilometres, Daniel came to a creek and swam across it. Four of his dogs “bailed up” at the creek but the youngster continued on undaunted with his puppy to a second creek. Mr Knight said Daniel swam the second croc-infested creek and walked on for several more kilometres. “Captain is a hard bushman and Daniel is following in his footsteps. They breed them tough out bush.”

A great Australian: His eminence George Pell. Pictured in devout company before his translation to Rome

Australia’s original inhabitants were a race of pygmies, some of whom survived into modern times in the mountainous regions of the Atherton tableland in far North Queensland. See also here. Below is a picture of one of them taken in 2007, when she was 105 years old and 3’7″ tall

For overseas readers: The “ALP” is the Australian Labor Party — Australia’s major Leftist party. The “Liberal” party is Australia’s major conservative political party.

In most Australian States there are two conservative political parties, the city-based Liberal party and the rural-based National party. But in Queensland those two parties are amalgamated as the LNP.

Again for overseas readers: Like the USA, Germany and India, Australia has State governments as well as the Federal government. So it may be useful to know the usual abbreviations for the Australian States: QLD (Queensland), NSW (New South Wales), WA (Western Australia), VIC (Victoria), TAS (Tasmania), SA (South Australia).

For American readers: A “pensioner” is a retired person living on Social Security

“Digger” is an honorific term for an Australian soldier

A “ratbag” is Australian slang for a person obsessed with improbable ideas

Another lesson in Australian: When an Australian calls someone a “big-noter”, he is saying that the person is a chronic and rather pathetic seeker of admiration — as in someone who often pulls out “big notes” (e.g. $100.00 bills) to pay for things, thus endeavouring to create the impression that he is rich. The term describes the mentality rather than the actual behavior with money and it aptly describes many Leftists. When they purport to show “compassion” by advocating things that cost themselves nothing (e.g. advocating more taxes on “the rich” to help “the poor”), an Australian might say that the Leftist is “big-noting himself”. There is an example of the usage here. The term conveys contempt. There is a wise description of Australians generally here

Another bit of Australian: Any bad writing or messy anything was once often described as being “like a pakapoo ticket”. In origin this phrase refers to a ticket written with Chinese characters – and thus inscrutably confusing to Western eyes. These tickets were part of a Chinese gambling game called “pakapoo”.

On all my blogs, I express my view of what is important primarily by the readings that I select for posting. I do however on occasions add personal comments in italicized form at the beginning of an article.

I am rather pleased to report that I am a lifelong conservative. Out of intellectual curiosity, I did in my youth join organizations from right across the political spectrum so I am certainly not closed-minded and am very familiar with the full spectrum of political thinking. Nonetheless, I did not have to undergo the lurch from Left to Right that so many people undergo. At age 13 I used my pocket-money to subscribe to the “Reader’s Digest” — the main conservative organ available in small town Australia of the 1950s. I have learnt much since but am pleased and amused to note that history has since confirmed most of what I thought at that early age.

I imagine that the the RD is still sending mailouts to my 1950s address!

I am an army man. Although my service in the Australian army was chiefly noted for its un-notability, I DID join voluntarily in the Vietnam era, I DID reach the rank of Sergeant, and I DID volunteer for a posting in Vietnam. So I think I may be forgiven for saying something that most army men think but which most don’t say because they think it is too obvious: The profession of arms is the noblest profession of all because it is the only profession where you offer to lay down your life in performing your duties. Our men fought so that people could say and think what they like but I myself always treat military men with great respect — respect which in my view is simply their due.

The kneejerk response of the Green/Left to people who challenge them is to say that the challenger is in the pay of “Big Oil”, “Big Business”, “Big Pharma”, “Exxon-Mobil”, “The Pioneer Fund” or some other entity that they see, in their childish way, as a boogeyman. So I think it might be useful for me to point out that I have NEVER received one cent from anybody by way of support for what I write. As a retired person, I live entirely on my own investments. I do not work for anybody and I am not beholden to anybody. And I have NO investments in oil companies or mining companies

Although I have been an atheist for all my adult life, I have no hesitation in saying that the single book which has influenced me most is the New Testament. And my Scripture blog will show that I know whereof I speak.

The Rt. Rev. Phil Case (Moderator of the Presbyterian church in Queensland) is a Pharisee, a hypocrite, an abomination and a “whited sepulchre”.

English-born Australian novellist, Patrick White was a great favourite in literary circles. He even won a Nobel prize. But I and many others I have spoken to find his novels very turgid and boring. Despite my interest in history, I could only get through about a third of his historical novel Voss before I gave up. So why has he been so popular in literary circles? Easy. He was a miserable old Leftist coot, and, incidentally, a homosexual. And literary people are mostly Leftists with similar levels of anger and alienation from mainstream society. They enjoy his jaundiced outlook, his dissatisfaction, rage and anger.

A delightful story about a great Australian conservative

A great Australian wit exemplified

Bureaucracy: “One of the constant laments of doctors and nurses working with NSW Health is the incredible and increasing bureaucracy,” she said. “It is completely obstructive to providing a service.”

Revered Labour Party leader Gough Whitlam was a very erudite man so he cannot have been unaware of the similarities of his famous phrase “the Party, the platform, the people” with an earlier slogan: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer”. It’s basically the same slogan in reverse order.

Julia Gillard, a failed feminist flop. She was given the job of Prime Minister of Australia but her feminist preaching was so unpopular that she was booted out of the job by her own Leftist party. Her signature “achievements” were the carbon tax and the mining tax, both of which were repealed by the next government.

The “White Australia Policy: “The Immigration Restriction Act was not about white supremacy, racism, or the belief that whites were higher up the evolutionary tree than the coloured races. Rather, it was designed to STOP the racist exploitation of non-whites (all of whom would have been illiterate peasants practicing religions and cultures anathema to progressive democracy) being conscripted into a life of semi-slavery in a coolie-worked plantation economy for the benefit of the absolute monarchs, hereditary aristocracy and the super-wealthy companies and share-holders of the northern hemisphere.


Alternative (Monthly) archives for this blog


“Tongue Tied”

“Dissecting Leftism” (Backup here)

“Australian Politics”

“Education Watch International”

“Political Correctness Watch”

“Greenie Watch”

Western Heart


“Marx & Engels in their own words”

“A scripture blog”


“Some memoirs”

To be continued ….

Coral reef compendium.

Queensland Police

Australian Police News

Paralipomena (3)

Of Interest

Dagmar Schellenberger
My alternative Wikipedia


“Food & Health Skeptic”

“Eye on Britain”

“Immigration Watch International”.

“Leftists as Elitists”

Socialized Medicine


QANTAS — A dying octopus

BRIAN LEITER (Ladderman)

Obama Watch

Obama Watch (2)

Dissecting Leftism — Large font site

Michael Darby

Paralipomena (2)

AGL — A bumbling monster

Telstra/Bigpond follies

Optus bungling

Vodafrauds (vodafone)

Bank of Queensland blues

There are also two blogspot blogs which record what I think are my main recent articles here and here. Similar content can be more conveniently accessed via my subject-indexed list of short articles here or here (I rarely write long articles these days)

Some more useful links

Longer Academic Papers by John Ray
Johnray link
Academic home page
Academic Backup Page
General Backup for John Ray’s writings
General Backup 2
My alternative Wikipedia
Alternative archives for this site

Selected reading



Rightism defined
Leftist Churches
Leftist Racism
Fascism is Leftist
Hitler a socialist
What are Leftists
Psychology of Left
Status Quo?
Leftism is authoritarian
James on Leftism
Irbe on Leftism
Beltt on Leftism

Van Hiel
Pyszczynski et al.

Cautionary blogs about big Australian organizations:




St. George bank

Bank of Queensland

Queensland Police

Australian police news

QANTAS, a dying octopus

(My frequent reads are starred)

10 o’clock scholar
American Thinker
Anthropology & Econ
Baby Troll
Bad Eagle
Belmont Club*
Betsy’s Page
Bill Keezer
Bleeding Brain
Bob McCarty
Booker Rising
Brian Leiter scrutinized
Brothers Judd*
Brussels Journal
Candle in dark
Classical Values
Clayton Cramer*
Climate audit
Climate science
Colby Cosh
Cold Fury
Common-sense & Wonder*
Conservative Grapevine
Conservative Oasis
Conservative Voice
Conservatives Anonymous
Critical Mass
Daily Caller
Dead Cat Bounce
Dean’s World
Dhimmi Watch
Discover the networks
Dodge Blog
Dr Helen
Dr Sanity
Ed Driscoll
Eddy Rants
Electric Venom
Enter Stage Right
Eugene Undergound
Evangelical Ecologist
Fighting in the Shade
Fourth Rail
Free Patriot
Gates of Vienna
Gay and Right
Gene Expression*
Ghost of Flea
Global warming & Climate
Gold Dog
Grumpy Old Sod
Hack Wilson
Hall of Record
Heretical Ideas
Hitler’s Leftism
Hugh Hewitt
Hummers & Cigarettes
Intellectual Conservative
Interested Participant
Jihad Watch
Jim Kalb
Junk Food science
Junk Science
Just One Minute
Knowledge is Power
Ladybird Deed
La Shawn
Lone Wacko
Lubos Motl
Main Street Radical
Margaret Thatcher Foundation
Market Center
Maverick Philosopher
Medicine World
Michelle Malkin
Moderate Voice
National Center
National Scene
Neo Con Blogger
Never Yet Melted
New Zeal
Northeastern Intelligence Network
Not PC
On the Right Side
Parable Man
Pedestrian Infidel
Poli Pundit
Prof Bainbridge
Promethean Antagonist
Random Observations
Rand Simberg
Random Jottings
Red State
Rhymes with Right
Right Nation
Right Thinking
Right Wing news
Ron Hebron
SCSU Scholars*
Sharp Blades
Sharp Knife
Should Know
Silent Running
Smallest Minority
Squander 2
Steve Sailer
Stop the ACLU
Stuart Buck
Talking Head
Tim Worstall
Truth and consequences
Two-Four Net
Urban Conservative
Urgent Agenda
Vdare blog
View from Right
Viking Pundit
Vodka Pundit
Watt’s up with that
Western Standard
Bill Whittle
What If
Winds of Change
World of Reason

Education Blogs

Early Childhood Education
Education Bug
Joanne Jacobs*
Marc Miyake*

Economics Blogs

Adam Smith
Arnold Kling
Chicago Boyz
Cafe Hayek
Environmental Economics
Jane Galt
S. Karlson
D. Luskin
Marginal Revolution
Mises Inst.

Australian Blogs

A E Brain
Brookes News
Fortress Australia
Kev Gillett
Hissink File
Oz Conservative
Tim Blair
Cyclone’s Sketchblog


Anglo Austrian
Burning our Money
Campaign Against Political Correctness
England Project
Norm Geras
House of Dumb
Limbic Nutrition
Majority Rights*
Melanie Phillips
NHS Doctor
Oliver Kamm
Sean Gabb
Sterling Times
Englishman’s Castle


Freedom & Whisky
A Place to Stand


Steven Plaut
Think Israel

NOTE: The archives provided by blogspot below are rather inconvenient. They break each month up into small bits. If you want to scan whole months at a time, the backup archives will suit better. See here or here

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