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9 April 2004. Thought for the Week: "The people who are most discouraged and made despondent by the barbarity and stupidity of human behaviour at this time are those who think highly of Homo Sapiens as a product of evolution, and who still cling to an optimistic belief in the civilising influence of progress and enlightenment. To them, the appalling outbursts of bestial ferocity in the Totalitarian States, and the obstinate selfishness and stupid greed of Capitalist Society, are not merely shocking and alarming. For them, these things are the utter negation of everything in which they have believed. It is as though the bottom had dropped out of their universe. The whole thing looks like a denial of all reason, and they feel as if they and the world had gone mad together."
Dorothy L. Sayers in "Creed or Chaos," 4th May, 1940.
THE 'SOCIALIST' AND 'CAPITALIST' SPIRITSJournalists will keep pushing the idea that Socialism/Marxism and what today could be referred to as Super-Capitalism are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum, as did The Age's journalist Virginia Trioli in her report of the Melbourne launch of the Sydney-based "Lowy Institute for International Policy;" a 'think tank' foundation, set up and funded by "Australia's second-richest man, Westfield chief Frank Lowy." (Melbourne Age 27th March, 2004.)
The reporter was obviously impressed with the gathering of the high-powered movers and shakers of Melbourne which included such notables as mining magnate Hugh Morgan, Commonwealth Games' chief Ron Walker, even former ACCC head Allan Fels as well as Ian McFarlane of the Reserve Bank.
She writes: "A night such as this is a portrait of the careful and measured way in which the powerbrokers of Melbourne listen to each other and are heard; how they measure the weight of an issue and find their place in it "
Victoria's premier Steve Bracks was invited to pay homage to the illustrious gathering with a speech the reporter described as a: ".. new apotheosis of banality."
Can we sum up the interests this gathering of movers and shakers represented at this meeting? Easily. International finance-banking, business, law, politics - what Ivor Benson referred to as 'the new imperium' (see below).
If the reader will look closely at the categories of people represented, he will note that not one category actually produces real wealth himself!
They are all part of C.H. Douglas' "black-coated theorist's brigade". They have never grown a carrot, they have never tended the soil around an apple tree - they have never produced a useful article in all their lives. But through the social convention of Super-Capitalism's financial system they have gained unto themselves the power to direct (and reward or punish) the producers of real wealth - the real producer-capitalists.
The Lowy Institute, funded solely by Frank Lowy, Sydney billionaire-capitalist, "asserts itself as independent, which at first blush seems an impossible claim," writes Miss Trioli, but " the makeup of its apparently left and right-leaning staff tempers that scepticism."
Some of our Victorian readers should free this reporter of the erroneous idea that Socialists and Capitalists can't work together and don't share long-term goals.
THE 'CAPITALIST SPIRIT' - system,
expediency and calculation
Business is business - system, expediency
and calculation their guide
Eric Butler in "The Enemy Within
the Empire," traces the movements of the same forces
into England and eventually Australia. Easily identified when
one knows what to look for.
IN THIS AGE OF CONFLICT
The following paragraph from a book by
three university historians, published in 1949, will serve
as a starting point for an exploration of what they describe
as "this age of conflict":
The change which occurred in the realm
of intellect is this:
Super-Capitalism and Socialism may have
their differences and their oppositions of interest but these
are unimportant when compared with what they have in common.
What did Virginia Trioli write of the Frank Lowy meeting in
We see the dialectical charade being
played out in our Parliaments every day
BLAIR GOVERNMENT SELLS WEAPONS OF MASS TORTURE TO ISRAELJournalist and author John Pilger has disclosed (New Statesman 19th March 2003):
The "Blair government has secretly authorised the sale of vast quantities of arms and terror equipment to Israel. These include leg-irons, electric shock belts and chemical and biological agents. No matter that Israel has defied more United Nations resolutions than any other state since the founding of the world body. Last October, the UN General Assembly voted by 144 to four to condemn the wall that Israel has cut through the heart of the West Bank, annexing the best agricultural land, including the aquifer system that provides most of the Palestinians' water. Israel, as usual, ignored the world."
GLOBAL WARMING PREDATES INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINEHuman activity -- according to a report by a UN panel -- made the 1990s the warmest decade in a very long time. Furthermore, the report implies that human activity has been the only source of climate variability over the past millennia.
However, according to David R. Legates -- Director of the Center for Climatic Research at University of Delaware and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute -- the UN IPCC report rests on a seriously flawed analysis of global temperatures.
In a new study, Legates and his colleagues, Harvard astrophysicists Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon, found strong evidence for significant temperature variation over the past thousand years. "After examining more than 240 individual proxy records analyzed by nearly 1000 researchers, we concluded that taken individually, proxy records offer strong support for the widespread existence of both a Medieval Warm Period (~A.D. 800 to 1300) and a Little Ice Age (~A.D. 1400 to 1850)," writes Legates in a new op-ed for Tech Central Station.
Legates, Baliunas and Soon also found several flaws in the influential study, by University of Virginia scientist Michael Mann, that argued that global mean temperatures were flat for the past millennium but then rose sharply over the last century -- like the shape of a hockey stick.
"Mann's curve shows a 0.95ºC warming during the 20th Century -- a figure that grossly exceeds the IPCC assessment of a 0.6ºC warming during the same time period," Legates writes. "Mann's claim that the 1990s were the warmest decade becomes completely unfounded if the IPCC figure is used instead (as Mann had used on some of his earlier graphs). Mann's claim is also unfounded if his own proxy reconstruction or the satellite-based temperature record (which shows only a slight warming during the late 1900s) is used."
In addition, some of Mann's results could not be reproduced and relied on insufficient or inappropriate proxy sources. (For example, four of the twelve proxy sources he used to construct a temperature curve for the Northern Hemisphere were taken from the Southern Hemisphere.)
Concludes Legates: "We must take a closer look at the science of the 'hockey stick' and, in this case, ask the question, 'How much of the warming of the 20th Century was 'man-induced' and how much of it is 'Mann-induced'?"
See "A Scientific Stick Check," by David R. Legates (Tech Central Station, 23/3/04) https://www.independent.org/tii/news/040323Legates.html
BASIC FUNDThanks to the generous giving of our readers and supporters the Basic Fund's total is climbing.
The figure has reached $19,306.60 and I know there has been sacrificial giving in that which has been gratefully received. Nearly a third of the way.
SENATE INQUIRY INTO A REPUBLIC
The Australian Monarchist League is to
be commended for the sterling work they are doing to keep
everyone informed of the latest moves in the 'push for a republic'.
We encourage our readers and supporters, where possible to
work together with them on this most important issue.
Mr. Benwell adds, "I am preparing
further briefing notes, this time relative to the Public Hearings,
and will email these once completed. With every good wish,
Report the Inquiry website has discontinued
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Not enough debt-free money 'to go
It is unproductive for Labor supporters
to blame the Howard Government or for Coalition supporters
to blame the State Governments.
The masks are crumbling. Debt cannot
be expanded ad infinitum. With all humility and sympathy
for your interest in Gillies Street, I ask you Clive, what
aspect of public funding would you deny in order to have Gillies
ECONOMIC RULES FOR HORSES, NOT FOR HORSEPOWER!Just two days later Ron Fischer had the following letter published:
"Sure, I believe that the federal Government should spend more money on tertiary education. (The Courier January 20). I also think our hospital needs more funding. There are many signs of poverty there. And while they're at it, they should replace the nineteenth century bridges that still exist, albeit precariously in our rural areas. Don't forget the deer Park bypass and the toxic waste dump, and the crumbling streets and footpaths of Ballarat, and ---, and --.
Oppositions that claim the government, no matter which arty nominates the Premier or Prime Minister, isn't spending enough on this or that should be challenged to say where they would deny funding in order to fund that or this. Either that or revamp the economic rules so that what is physically possible becomes financially possible."
Yours truly, Ron Fischer, Ballarat
ENJOY THE REAL WORLD
Stress, discord, violence are the fruits
of economic turmoil. Good health and energy produce zest for
walking and shopping. Curiosity takes the mind beyond horizons.
We all need to read, write, talk, sing, recite and keep alert
the marbles of the mind.
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBThe next gathering of the CSC will be held on Monday 5th April, 2004 at the Public Schools' club, 207 East Terrace (cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. A two-course Dinner, $18 per person, will be served from approx. 6.30pm. Guest speaker on "Sex Education in the Schools", is Mr. David d'Lima, J.P., B.Th., Dip. Ed. David, a member of Festival of Light, has served in a full-time 'faith' capacity since 1994.
Children in South Australian State Schools have been exposed to morally bankrupt sex education for many years. But in 2003 a far worse attack upon their welfare surfaced when 15 State Schools began trialling the controversial "Share" sex education curriculum. David will reveal why many parents were outraged by the package and why the Labor Government has been forced to reconsider its approach.
Bookings to be in by Thursday 1st April by phoning: 8296 4704. The message will be taped by the Mayo Tape Library as usual. Readers of On Target can obtain a copy of the address by ordering from Mayo Tapes, Box 6, Hahndorf, South Australia 5245.
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