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DRUG LOVE official video

Here is the new Drug Love video. This is the second video from my debut Ep DESTROY WHAT YOU THINK IS DIFFERENT!
I wanted to go for a more arty feel on this one. Hope you like it as much as I do.


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Snapshot of a nation: what the census reveals about us

Population 21,507,717. Male 10,634,013. Female 10,873,704.
Median age 37
Families 5.68 million. Average children per family 1.9.
All private dwellings 9.11m. Average people per household 2.6.
Median weekly household income $1234.
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1800. Median weekly rent $285.
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7.
Registered marriage 7,647,042 or 49.2%.
33,714 same-sex couples. 4.6 million heterosexual couples.
De facto marriage 1,476,369 or 9.5%.
Not married 6,413,399 or 41.3%.
Top five countries of birth — Australia, England, New Zealand, China, India.

Just how multicultural a nation we are has been reinforced today in new census data that shows that almost one in four Australians was born overseas.

The latest snapshot of the country reveals a population of just over 21.5 million on census night last year – and 24.6 per cent of them were born overseas, up from 22.2 per cent in 2006, while 43.1 per cent of people have at least one parent who migrated here.

The United Kingdom is our leading source of overseas-born residents, followed by New Zealand, China and India.

Mandarin is now the second most common language spoken at home after English, while Hinduism has experienced the largest proportional growth of the three most common non-Christian religious affiliations.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the snapshot of Australia today from information collected in the census on August 9 last year.

The number of Australians identifying as indigenous has risen 20.5 per cent since 2006, with their median age 21, which is 16 years younger than the national median age.

It found the proportion of people who reported no religious affiliation has increased from 18.7 per cent in 2006 to 22.3 per cent in 2011. But the number of Hindus has almost doubled to 276,000.

Housing across Australia has also had some significant changes in the past five years, with median weekly household rents up to $285 from $191 in 2006. That is an increase of 49.2 per cent.

Median monthly household mortgage repayments also jumped from $1300 in 2006 to $1800 in 2011, an increase of 38.5 per cent.

The average number of people living in each household remained unchanged in the past five years at 2.6 people per household.

However the proportion of married Australians fell from 49.6 per cent in 2006 to 48.7 per cent in 2011.

The population of Australia has risen to 21.5 million at the time of the census, up 8.3 per cent from from 19.8 million at the 2006 census.

The median age across Australia is 37, which is unchanged from the 2006 census.

The number of single-mother households nationally has dropped slightly since the last census.

In 2006, 83.1 per cent of single or lone parent households were headed by a mother, but in 2011, that number slipped to 82.4 per cent.

There are more single dads with children at home, with the proportion rising to 17.6 per cent, up from 16.9 per cent in 2006.

The census is conducted every five years to gather information on populations for electoral purposes and to guide government spending on new infrastructure, community services and facilities such as schools, hospitals and roads.

This is the 16th census taken in Australia over the past 100 years with about 9.8 million households surveyed on August 9 last year.

Author MEGAN LEVY – The Age – June 21, 2012

All or Nothing Kid video – sneaky preview!

Hey here is a sneaky sample of AONK video!
We’re excited and you should be too.

Gay Life in IRAN: their prosecution, arrest & torture

Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees shares these cases of persecution and hate crimes perpetrated by authorities of the Iran, Islamic Republic against gay/queer men. The following cases provide a glimpse into the horrifying, outrageous, and distressing conditions Iranian queers are condemned to live under. For security reasosn, the real name of the survivors, in most cases, were not used. Please contact IRQO if you require more information about any case.

In December 2008, Ali, who is 30, escaped from Iran to Turkey. He was caught when he was having sex with a man by his father, who was a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. As a result, he lost his job, and he and his family were threatened with death. He was arrested several times in Iran, the last time was in the summer of 2007 while he was on vacation in the north of Iran, and the Islamic Guard detained him simply because he was wearing a T-shirt and jeans and had spiky hair. He doesn’t feel safe even in Turkey because the father of the man he had sex with is in the Revolutionary Guard and has the ability to find him there and have him killed so he can cover up the scandal of his queer son. In an interview with us, he said: “I didn’t do anything. I’m just a gay man who was born in a country in which my existence was forbidden, just for being gay, just for having a special feeling which is not that of a majority of society. I love guys. It is my right to be free, but I have to live in exile for it. I need help.”

On May 10, 2007, eighty-seven queer men were arrested and beaten by the police at a birthday party in Esfahan. Around 10 p.m., the police force first entered the second floor of the home where the family members were gathered and arrested some of them and a child. The family members were released the day after. The police then went to the third floor where the party guests were gathered, turned off the lights, shot ‘fake gunshots,’ forced everyone to lie on the ground, began beating them and walked over them. Then the police dragged either head-bags or their blouses over the guests’ heads, forced them to go to the street and pushed them with a baton into a military car. While the car had a normal capacity of 15-20 people, the police stuffed all 87 men into one vehicle. The people who were witnessing the event on the street reported that the clothes of the arrested men were torn and their faces were bleeding. One of the guests jumped out of the third floor window and needed operation on his two broken legs as a result. Based on information received, they were transferred to the Esfahan Dastgerd jail and were exposed to severe pressure and torture. Of the 87 men arrested, 60 were released unconditionally in the weeks following their arrest while 27 were later released on bail. They are not believed to have had access to lawyers or their families. Farhad, the 19-year-old man for whom the birthday party was held, was condemned to pay 150,000,000 Tomans (about 170,000 USD) as bail. A judge reportedly said that those detained following the private party will be charged with consumption of alcohol and “homosexual conduct” (hamjensgarai) even though there was no evidence to prove that these men were gay or were engaging in same-sex relations. It is important to note that when storming the house, the police forces were equipped with cameras and were accompanied by four clergymen, making them effectively ready to satisfy the legal requirement of four “righteous men” to prove the act of sodomy. No evidence could be collected, however, to prove the crime of “lavat” because at the time of the invasion, no one was engaging in any sexual conduct. The situation could have been different, though. This incident is just one of the many examples that show the extent to which the walls of homes are transparent and the halls of justice are opaque in Iran. It also shows the extent to which respect for privacy and personal dignity is fragile in Iran. (http://www.irqo.net/IRQO/English/news.htm)

IRQR acquired information about the above-mentioned incident through its queer members in Iran. After some of our members contacted us by phone to report the situation, they were contacted by intelligence agents (Setad-e Khabari-e Ettelaat) and were brought into their office. They were accused of working for foreign organizations and asked to explain why there was once an Italian man at one of their parties. When they denied the accusation, they were told that the intelligence agency has information about all of them and were presented with albums that contained the pictures and contact information of all their gay friends. They were asked to pay significant amounts of money in order to be released. Following their release, several of the arrested men left the country for security reasons. These incidents illustrate the extent to which members of the queer community, their telephone conversations and their relationships are monitored and controlled.

In April 2007, two gay men, 26-year-old Farsad and 24-year-old Farnam, received 80 lashes for giving a small party in their house, and were told that they would receive further lashes later for having an “improper” relationship. Farsad and Farnam moved together into an apartment in the winter of 2007 to start their life as a couple. They invited a small group of their friends to celebrate their union. Just fifteen minutes after the party began; the police broke into their house and arrested everyone. The arrestees were beaten brutally and were then transported to a police detention center. They spent the entire New Year holidays in a prison cell. “We were beaten to the point that my spine hurt permanently; I still feel the pain caused by the fists pounding my face,” Farsad says. They were accused of advocating decadence, homosexuality and prostitution. Because they were arrested together, the authorities insisted on more details about their relationship. During the police interrogation, they were asked, “Did you have sexual intercourse with each other?” They did not admit to this, and eventually they were sentenced for having an improper relationship, for which they received a sentence of 80 lashes. All other guests were released conditionally and they were ordered to remain in the city and not contact each other. Two weeks before the execution of their sentence, the party attendees were arrested again and were sentenced to 60 lashes each, all received the same day. Farsad and Farnam were told that the 80 lashes were just for holding the party, and that their sentence for the improper relationship would be executed later. (http://www.irqo.net/IRQO/English/news.htm)

At the age of 21, Farsad set up a weblog in order to meet people like himself. The police found his address through his IP information and arrested him. He spent three weeks in solitary confinement and he was accused of obscenity, advocating decadent values and homosexuality. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison. After completing his sentence, he suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress with symptoms so debilitating that forced him to get hospitalized. Then his diary was found by his stepfather, who demanded Farsad denounce his homosexuality. When Farsad resisted, his step-father took him to Qom (a holy city in Iran and a centre for ayatollahs) to be seen by the grand ayatollahs. He spent several nights in custody, and was humiliated by the security forces there. They threatened him with stoning unless he denounced his homosexuality. Traumatized by the threats, he was taken to see a grand ayatollah. Before him, he signed his confession and forgiveness plea. He was then returned to Tehran, where he received 95 lashes before being released. Almost as an afterthought, he was questioned by the supreme leader’s office in the university where he was studying and was expelled from school as well. (http://www.irqo.net/IRQO/English/news.htm)

A documentary called “Out in Iran” was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Canada in February 2007. The documentary, which was filmed in Iran, provides the world’s first look at life inside Iran’s persecuted gay community. The director meets an astonishing group of courageous people with heartbreaking stories. One of these people is Hooman, a gay man who has been the victim of abuse, torture, rape and unlawful arrests. The Basiji forces have attacked him several times and have abused him physically and sexually. He has been warned not to inform the authorities, for this would only cause him to receive more severe punishments.

Before the release of the documentary “Out in Iran”, one of the young gay men interviewed in the documentary, named Mani, was forced to escape from the country. Mani’s employer at the pharmaceutical firm where he worked at found out that he was gay and that he had participated in the documentary and reported him to the police. The police recognized that Mani was the person who had recently done interviews with the BBC and CBC and raided his home to arrest him. Mani, however, was not home then. Recognizing the dangerous nature of the situation, Mani took refuge at a friend’s house temporarily and planned to leave the country immediately. His father ordered his bank account to be frozen in an attempt to prevent him from fleeing the country. Mani finally left Iran with our help. (http://www.irqo.net/IRQO/English/news.htm)

Since the documentary “Out in Iran” was broadcast in February 2007, we have received reports from Iran about the abuse and torture of at least one of the young gay men whose face was shown in the documentary. The young man, named Farzan, has been identified by the Basiji forces and has been repeatedly beaten and bullied by them. He has been threatened with more severe punishments if he decides to report his case. His family members have also become aware of his sexual orientation and have since put him under extraordinary pressure and restrictions. These incidents show the great political and social forces that are at work to keep Iranian queer people an invisible and oppressed population.

Hossein, 22, escaped from Iran to Canada in September 2006, where he has been languishing while awaiting official refugee status and the granting of asylum by Canadian government. He is a musician who used to perform at various celebrations, including weddings and parties. These gatherings were often raided, but usually the host would pay the authorities a bribe, and that would end the matter. He had his first relationship at age 12 with the son of a neighbor. It lasted two years. In September 2006, he was playing along with other musicians at a private gay party in a home. The party was raided, and the police attacked us viciously. One person was beaten so badly that Hossein later learned that he had died from it. He was beaten for ten minutes and lost consciousness for about 10 hours. He was later arrested while he was in hospital. Eventually his mother and a friend of him came to the hospital. The latter dressed in the uniform of a sergeant in the disciplinary forces and pretending to relieve the soldier who was guarding his room. He put on a hospital worker’s uniform and was able to escape. After he was smuggled into Canada, his family’s home was raided, and his mother and father arrested for three days on charges of helping him escape for being gay. His father was detained and tortured for a year and later died.

In November 2005, an 18-year-old boy from Agah Bisheh, a village in the province of Rasht, was set on fire by his father. Outraged and saddened with the news of his son’s homosexuality, the father first poured gasoline on his son and then on himself in order to save his family’s “honour.” While the 18-year-old boy died from severe burns, the father survived with burns on his hands and face. This is just one more example to show how, in Iran, the state, society and family are often united in creating an atmosphere of uncertainty, fear and danger for Iranian queers.

In March 2005, a gay man, named Sam, was arrested after he had been lured though online chat rooms to meet a man who had turned out to be a police agent. He was taken to a Basiji Base, and was severely beaten and tortured there. After several hours of physical and mental torture, he was asked to write an undertaking not to ever enter a chat room again lest he would be entitled to the most severe punishments. He was threatened with execution. While being beaten and whipped, he was forced into signing a form and putting his fingerprint on it. He was repeatedly insulted with foul words. After two nights, he was taken to a deserted area and was left alone there. He was saved by a van driver who took him to the city. Being fearful for his life and unable to tell his family members and friends about the incident, he left Iran for Pakistan immediately and applied for refugee status. (http://www.irqo.net/IRQO/English/news.htm)

In June 2004, undercover police agents in Shiraz arranged meetings with men through Internet chat rooms and then arrested them. Amir was again arrested and held in detention for a week. During this period, he was repeatedly tortured. The judicial authorities in Shiraz sentenced him to 175 lashes, 100 of which were administered immediately. Following his arrest, security officials subjected Amir to regular surveillance and periodic arrests. From July 2005 until he fled the country later in the year, police threatened Amir with imminent execution.(http://www.globalgayz.com/iran-news05.html#article12; http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/11/21/iran12072.htm; www.globalgayz.com/iran-news05.html#article13)

In September 2003, police arrested a group of men at a private gathering in one of their homes in Shiraz and held them in detention for several days. According to Amir, one of the men arrested, police tortured them to obtain confessions. The judiciary charged five of the defendants with “participation in a corrupt gathering” and fined them. (http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/11/21/iran12072.htm)

Source: http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/mhWGbSg1Ng

Jail sentence for French Niqabi

Defiant or standing up for her rights?

A 32-year old mother is set to become the first woman imprisoned by the French government following its introduction of the niqab ban in April. Hind Ahmas, courageously flying the flag for women’s freedom, was first arrested on 11th April in Paris. She refused to pay the £100 fine and abide by the court’s sentence that she spend 15 days learning citizenship. ‘There is no possibility of me removing the veil,’ Ahmas said ‘I’m not taking it off. The judge needs citizenship lessons, not me.’

Ahmas was not even allowed into her own trial, due to the veil and now faces up to two years in prison and a £27,000 fine.

She has launched a pressure group ‘Do Not Touch my Constitution’ along with Kenza Drider a fellow niqabi who is running for president in Spring.

Since France announced its ban in April, Belgium has swiftly followed suit. Women wearing niqab there, do not face fines, rather automatic seven day prison sentences. In Italy, the right wing Northern League have resurrected a 1975 law against face coverings resulting in the issuing of fines in the North. The Italian government is currently drafting anti-niqab legislation, as is Denmark and Austria. The Netherlands and Switzerland are actively pushing for bans and it has been debated although sidelined in Britain.

Whilst the furor over the ban was intense earlier this year, dialogue has since died down. Muslim bloggers and newspapers were active in their responses and much discussion ensued on forums by email. A website was created in Britain to better educate the public about the niqab. Yet the ummah seems to have fallen silent. Are there no men or women prepared to stand up for the rights of Hind Ahmas? Must our best hopes rest on the shoulders of Rachid Nekkaz, the French Algerian businessman financially supporting fined women, but who does not actually believe in the need to wear niqab.

Since the ban, Muslim women have been increasingly stigmatised and abused in French society. An Open Society Foundation report which surveyed 32 French women following the ban, described many cases of verbal and sometimes physical abuse on the street as a direct result of wearing it. It also definitively concluded that women had freely chosen to wear it, often in opposition to family and friends.

Kenza Drider described her experiences: “I still go out in my car, on foot, to the shops, to collect my kids. I’m insulted about three to four times a day,” she says. Most say, “Go home”; some say, “We’ll kill you.” One said: “We’ll do to you what we did to the Jews.” In the worst attack, before the law came in, a man tried to run her down in his car.

Not only is freedom to practice religion enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but any violation of those rights is a clear Islamic indication for action, whether that be political participation or makinghijrah.

The speed at which bans are spreading across Europe, suggests that unless this tide of discrimination is nipped in the bud, through education and demonstrations, there is a real risk that matters could get out of control. It is up to the wider Muslim community to unite and organize from now so that we have the ground covered for successive crises.

What started with niqab, may develop into hijab, before eroding the fundamental principles of Islam. Hijab bans in schools and universities are already in place in Tunisia and Turkey. Quite frankly, it is embarrassing how we have limited Muslim women from making their own choices even in our own backyard.

Luckily Sarkozy’s anti-niqab legislation, failed to improve his popularity ratings. What remains to be seen is whether his little trick will be one of the most successful means to unite what has hitherto been a somewhat dividedummah.

by Iman Khalaf
Source: MuslimMatters.Org

a renewed focus on war with Iran

In the 14th century there were two pandemics. One was the Black Death, the other was the commercialisation of warfare. Mercenaries had always existed, but under Edward III they became the mainstay of the English army for the first 20 years of what became the Hundred Years War.

Then, when Edward signed the Treaty of Bretigny in 1360 and told his soldiers to stop fighting and go home, many of them didn’t have any homes to go to. They were used to fighting, and that’s how they made their money. So they simply formed themselves into freelance armies, aptly called ”free companies”, that proceeded around France pillaging, killing and raping.

One of these armies was called the Great Company. It totalled, by one estimate, 16,000 soldiers, larger than any existing national army. Eventually it descended on Pope Innocent VI, in Avignon, and held him to ransom. The pope made the mistake of paying off the mercenaries with huge amounts of cash, which only encouraged them to carry on marauding. He also suggested they move on into Italy, where his arch-enemies, the Visconti, ran Milan. This they did, under the banner of the Marquis of Monferrato, again subsidised by the pope.

The nightmare had begun. Huge armies of brigands rampaging through Europe was a disaster second only to the plague. It seemed as if the genie had been let out of the bottle and there was no way of putting him back in. Warfare had suddenly turned into a profitable business; the Italian city states became impoverished as taxpayers’ money was used to buy off the free companies. And since those who made money out of the business of war naturally wished to go on making money out of it, warfare had no foreseeable end.

Wind forward 650 years or so. The US, under George W. Bush, decided to privatise the invasion of Iraq by employing ”contractors” such as the Blackwater company, now renamed Xe Services. In 2003 Blackwater won a $US27 million no-bid contract for guarding Paul Bremer, then head of the Coalition Provisional Authority. For protecting officials in conflict zones since 2004, the company has received more than $US320 million. This year the Obama government contracted to pay Xe Services a quarter of a billion dollars for security work in Afghanistan. This is just one of many companies making its profits out of warfare.

In 2000 the Project for the New American Century published a report, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, whose declared aim was to increase the spending on defence from 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent or 3.8 per cent of American gross domestic product. In fact it is now running at 4.7 per cent of GDP. Britain spent about $US57 billion a year on defence, or 2.5 per cent of GDP, while Australia spends just under $20 billion, or 2 per cent of GDP.

Just like the taxpayers of mediaeval Italian city-states, we are having our money siphoned off into the business of war. Any responsible company needs to make profits for its shareholders. In the 14th century the shareholders in the free companies were the soldiers themselves. If the company wasn’t being employed by someone to make war on someone else, the shareholders had to forgo their dividends. So they looked around to create markets for themselves.

Sir John Hawkwood’s White Company would offer its services to the pope or to the city of Florence. If either turned his offer down, Hawkwood would simply make an offer to their enemies. As Francis Stonor Saunders writes in her wonderful book Hawkwood: Diabolical Englishman: ”The value of the companies was the purely negative one of maintaining the balance of military power between the cities.” Just like the Cold War.

In 1989 I picked up an in-house magazine for the arms industry. Its editorial was headed ”Thank God for Saddam”. It explained that, since the collapse of communism and end of the Cold War, the order books of the arms industry had been empty. But now there was a new enemy, the industry could look forward to a bonanza. The invasion of Iraq was built around a lie: Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, but the defence industry needed an enemy, and the politicians duly supplied one.

And now the same war drums, encouraged by the storming of the British embassy last week, are beating for an attack on Iran. Seymour Hersh, in The New Yorker last month, wrote: ”All of the low enriched uranium now known to be produced inside Iran is accounted for.” The recent International Atomic Energy Agency report, which provoked such outcry against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he continued, contained nothing that proved that Iran was developing nuclear weapons.

In the 14th century it was the church that lived in symbiosis with the military. Nowadays it is the politicians. The US government spent a staggering $US687 billion on ”defence” last year. Think what could be done with that money if it were put into hospitals, schools or to pay off foreclosed mortgages.

The retiring US president Dwight D. Eisenhower famously took the opportunity of his farewell to the nation address in 1961 to warn his fellow countrymen of the danger in allowing too close a relationship between politicians and the defence industry.

Written by Terry Jones DEC 08 2011 THE AGE

war by the numbers

War by the Numbers

American military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan operations.
Military women killed.
American contractors killed.
Service members in either country as of Aug. 25, 2011.
Foreign coalition forces killed.
Iraqi and Afghan security forces killed.
Minimum number of Iraqi civilians killed, including by other Iraqis, according to Iraq Body Count.
172 million
Meals Ready to Eat (M.R.E.’s) sent to personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Monthly pay for an Army private, with $225 additional for combat.
Detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, since 2002.
Percentage of former Guantánamo detainees who returned to terrorist activity.
Former Guantánamo detainees who have been tried in the United States.

New York Times

Statistical research by Charles V. Bagli, Jack Begg, Alain Delaquérière, Sam Dolnick, Sydney Ember, Lisa W. Foderaro, Dabrali Jimenez, Anemona Hartocollis, Sam Robertys, Toby Lyles, Patrick McGeehan, Sheelagh McNeill, Lisa Schwartz, Scott Shane, Jack Styczynski, Benjamin Weiser.

THE COST OF WAR: 10 years on in Afghanistan…

Ten years on from sending troops to Afghanistan, it is time to reflect on the costs of war. Both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were supposed to make the world a safer place. Yet, ASIO noted, the risk of terrorist attacks on Australians has increased due to Australia’s close alliance with the United States and participation in the war on terror.

The 29 Australians killed in Afghanistan and the more than 900 receiving compensation for injuries sustained in the war are but a small fraction of the costs of the war. The New York Times cites more than 100,000 civilians dead in Iraq, and the independent US-based Costs of War project estimates between 12,000 and 14,000 civilians dead in Afghanistan. Nearly 19,000 members of the Iraqi and Afghani security forces have been killed, and over 7,000 coalition troops have returned home in coffins.

Australia’s war expenditure has been over $9 billion. ($2.4 billion in Iraq, $7 billion in Afghanistan and counting). We have thus turned our back on many programmes that would have saved or improved lives, rather than cost them. In stark contrast, Australia’s international development assistance budget allocation for health in 2010 was $173 million over four years – less than $45 million a year. Currently in Afghanistan it is unclear what is being achieved in the long term.

Author: Margaret Beavis
Medical Association for the Prevention of War
Margaret Beavis is a Melbourne GP and Vice President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War.

All or Nothing Kid video is almost done

Just a very quick update! Husny and video director Danny Steel have been hard at work editing the ALL OR NOTHING KID video! All we can say is that we are very excited and nervous at the same time. Visit Husny’s facebook page to get a sneak peek at some of the video stills. BURQA MONROE! She’s HAWT and very saucy :D!


So Mr Norris aka “Tok” has been sending us samples of IMPERIALISM one of the up tempo tracks from Husny’s EP and can we just say it is SLAMMING!! The kicks and drums have been maxed out to full capacity and lets just say Husny got way excited and jumped in his car with the stereo full blast and started pumping it out of his car as if he was in Broadmeadows. Err no Husny.. not good.

The point is we are happy with it and its all one step closer to being finished so Husny cant wait to start performing the new material live! Thats right peeps. LIVE awww yeaaah!

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