Welcome back to the latest episode of The Rebel Beat podcast!
Our special guest on the show this month is Dio Ganhdih! Dio Ganhdih is a queer Indigenous MC, with roots in Awkwesasne Mohawk territory, and now based in NYC. She’s part of the epic Revolutions Per Minute family, and spits absolute fire on the mic. Check her out!
In our Turn It Up segment, we look at artists who are standing alongside Palestinians, both in Palestine and in the diaspora. Check out the initiative of Montreal-based artists in solidarity with Palestinian refugee Omar Ben-Ali. www.tadamon.ca/omar
And finally, Kareem Samara from Firebrand Records is taking over the Firebrand social medias this week to talk everything Palestine & BDS related. Follow along as you rock to the brand new EXCLUSIVE premiere of the single “Nil’in” by Kareem, Ryan Harvey, and Shireen Lillith.
A police officer who has been jailed for killing his baby son with a single punch is still a serving member of the Queensland Police Service (QPS). Colin David Randall was suspended when he was charged two years ago but cannot be discharged or dismissed from the QPS until a formal process takes place. The Queensland Police Union (QPU) said it regarded Randall’s offence as the “most serious of crimes” and it would not be representing him in any proceedings. But union spokesman Ian Leavers defended the process to discharge an officer, saying criminal proceedings must be dealt with before employment could be terminated. “It’s just the way natural justice has to be done,” Mr Leavers said. “This is the most serious of crimes, it has been dealt with by the court and Mr Randall has not been represented by the QPU. “I have no doubt the Queensland Police Service will act very swiftly.” Randall was sentenced to nine years in jail on Friday. He cannot apply for parole until he has served five years. Randall “forcefully punched the defenceless 10-week-old” so hard it caused fatal abdominal injuries, in an attack at the family home at Victoria Point on Brisbane’s bayside in 2014. Justice Peter Davis said Randall lied for four years about what happened, claiming the injuries were the result of CPR.
The Australian Federal Police will be able to ask anyone for ID and eject them from the airport as part of a 2018 budget announcement that will also see the introduction of advanced X-ray and body scanning machines across the country. Malcolm Turnbull said the new powers were necessary for “dangerous times”, and that the terror attacks in Indonesia in recent days were a reminder that the threat still existed. Under existing laws, police can only demand ID if they have reasonable grounds to suspect someone is involved in criminal activity. Peter Dutton said the fact that “There’s certain conditions that need to be met at the moment before police can ask for that identification… is an absurdity. So we’re addressing an anomaly and a deficiency in the law.” The new rules are indicative of a “slow march of authoritarianism” that must be resisted. “Demanding people produce documents on the spot is a hallmark of police states.” “Random ID checks risk damaging social cohesion and increasing the risk of extremism in some communities while offering no clear benefits. Right now are there people with beards and dark skin concerned they’re going to be targeted to show identification at the airport,” Dr Coyne said.
Mark gave me a Louise Hay book to read last night to help me find enlightenment 🤗 and clarity. Like everyones’ Mum mine had Louise Hay books. Like most feel good things people give me I ruin them with anarchist critical thinking. This caused some late night controversy with the 1312 Crew .. I opened the Chapter on relationships and read that the relationships we have with others and inanimate objects are reflections of relationships we have with ourselves. And our parents……… Maybe a little bit. But the real woo appeared when I read that if I have a workmate who is a dickhead it’s because I attracted that into my life. Because I think all cops are bastards I should ‘look within’…. And it’s because I have a belief that cops are bastards that they are…. All Cops Are Bastards but not because I think they are but because they are the armed wing of the state and think they are above the law. They blindly enforce laws which were written to oppress poor people, such as laws against feeding the homeless. So since I’m an anarchist and hate everything I set out to ruin Louise Hay. I typed Louise Hay into a search engine and added critique a word I frequently add if I think something is a bit waack. Louise Hay promoted the dangerous idea that you could cure any dis-ease dis-ease see what she did there. One can cure any disease or by extension anything problem one has through positive thinking. I came across an article called Louise Hay is a dangerous Quack. There’s a number of claims in this article which I have independently verified through a double blind independent peer reviewed study which is more than can be said about Hay’s claims.
Louise Hay’s ideas come from a fanatical Christian Science Cult. She was a religious science practitioner. Not qualified to instruct people how to heal serious diseases such as cancer.
She actually claims to have cured her own “incurable” cervical cancer, with forgiveness, coupled with therapy, nutrition, reflexology, and occasional colonic enemas. But people question whether or not she actually had cancer. When asked if her treating doctors could speak to her miracle recovery she claimed they had all died. The cause of her cancer? She concluded that its cause was her unwillingness to let go of resentment over her childhood abuse and rape.
Although spruiking the cure for all maladies she had a face lift. One affirmation she could have tried is …um…. ‘As I grow older my face will look younger’.
In her book Heal Your Body A-Z Hay claimed one could cure every imaginable illness through positive thinking.
She made millions telling others that they can use thoughts to cure conditions like leprosy, AIDS, cancer, seizures, stroke, and even being comatose.
The take home message of her metaphysical pseudo-science is that people who suffer have brought it on themselves. This quote I like.
To these desperate people Louise Hay offered open if judgmental arms; emotional group encounters known as Hayrides; teddy bears to cuddle; mirrors in which you could affirm your worth no matter how bad your Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions; a simulacrum of science; and spiritually nutty notions. Certainly some people found in Hay the support, recognition, and nurture that they couldn’t find elsewhere. But others were wounded by Hay’s subversively pernicious judgment, rooted as it was in a tragically fatuous view of the body that made the medieval science of humours look like third-year Harvard Medical School. The last thing people with AIDS needed to hear was that they had caused their own illness. Some of Hay’s disciples, believing they had failed to follow her dicta well enough, died ashamed, dis-empowered, and betrayed. Many AIDS survivors and caregivers have testified to the tragic personal cost of Hay’s philosophy, and what some have called her brutal dismissal of actual people with AIDS, including the poor and people of color, as well as her willingness to profit personally through the pain of the sick, the psychically unsettled, and the terminally ill. Activist and filmmaker Peter Fitzgerald saw Hay in action with his desperately ill comrades. After her death he said, “I understand that she provided hope at very dark times to a great many people, I also know all too well that her clay feet were deeply mired in the guilt of being an AIDS profiteer, a disloyal friend and purveyor of false hope. Namaste, bitch.”
This is a long read by one of the inhabitants of the Zad, about the the fortnight rollercoaster of rural riots that has just taken place to evict the liberated territory of the zad. It’s been incredibly intense and hard to find a moment to write, but we did our best. This is simply one viewpoint, there are over 1000 people on the zone at the moment and every one of them could tell a different story. Thank you for all the friends and comrades who helped by sharing their stories, rebel spirits and lemon juice against the tear gas.
The Revenge against the Commons of the zad or Why France’s biggest police operation since May 68 is prepared to kill for Macron’s Neoliberal Nightmare.
“We must bring into being the world we want to defend. These cracks where people find each other to build a beautiful future are important…