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30 July 2004. Thought for the Week: "It would be fair to say that it (the capitalistic system) is fundamentally a system which enables people to combine together under a suitable organisation, so that by combining together they can achieve results which the same number of people acting separately could not achieve.
To put the matter in technical language, the capitalistic system is a system of organisation designed to use real capital, by which I do not mean money, but tools, land, scientific knowledge, administrative ability, and many other things, so as to produce something which we call the "unearned increment of association." Socialists have made a colossal mistake in arguing about the distribution of what they have called the "product of labour." The produce of labour is becoming increasingly unimportant as compared with the unearned increment of association, (that is, with the people combining together and) the product of the machine .
The failure of the present economic system is not in production, it is in distribution."
The Nature of the Present Crisis and Its Solution" by C.H. Douglas, 1932.
BRAVO FOR THE BOLIVIANS!
by Betty Luks
One would have thought in this age of political democracy, people would give serious thought to the much more important right of the people's economic democracy -- especially in this age of technology and automation. If more and more machines have taken the place of more and more human labour (energy), isn't it time there was an equitable distribution of the products of the machines, by means other than employment or the taxes of the employed?
Giving the People the right to choose
Bolivians vote for government to exert
greater control over foreign companies
The President of Bolivia, Carlos Mesa announced he would introduce legislation that would let Bolivia charge royalties of 50 per cent of the value of all gas exports extracted by foreign companies compared to the current 18 per cent. A closer reading of the article does reveal 42 per cent of the people stayed away after major unions called for a boycott of the referendum, but in the last resort, the people of the nation want a better deal - for themselves -- from the exploitation of the nation's natural resources.
An amalgam of labour unions, coca growers
and native peoples have demanded that the President Carlos
Mesa nationalise all of Bolivia's gas. They have vowed to
bring the country to its knees if the wells, owned by multinationals,
are not expropriated.
DIVIDEND'S FOR ALL BOLIVIANS?
A matter of distribution for 'Bolivia Unlimited'
Clifford Hugh Douglas and the productive
Inflation robs us all
The Just Price
Further Reading "Great Britain Limited"
TORTURERS OF CHILDREN? IS THAT WHAT WE HAVE BECOME?
Asks William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o
u t | Perspective, Tuesday 20 July 2004:
Staff Sergeant Samuel Provance, who was
stationed at Abu Ghraib, said that interrogating officers
had gotten their hands on a 15 or 16-year old girl. Military
police only stopped the interrogation when the girl was half
undressed. A separate incident described a 16-year-old being
soaked with water, driven through the cold, smeared with mud,
and then presented before his weeping father, who was also
Reports of abuses at Abu Ghraib and other
American prisons have been public knowledge since the release
of the Taguba Report. Recently, however, some 106 annexes
to the report, previously classified, have also been released.
U.S. News and World Report detailed the sum of what
is contained in these annexes in an article titled: "Hell
The orders to treat prisoners in this
fashion were not manufactured by the few "bad apples"
we have heard about, but came from up on high.
Hersh insists the American news media has an obligation to report on this situation. Photographic and videotape evidence of this torture is currently in the hands of the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the U.S. Congress and the White House. It must be released. We invaded a country based upon the false claim that Iraq was allied with al Qaeda. We invaded a country based on the false claim that there were weapons of mass destruction which needed to be destroyed. We promised freedom and democracy, and instead installed a CIA-trained strongman named Allawi who has all but created a dictatorship in Iraq, and who has been accused of killing Iraqi prisoners by his own hand. American soldiers have died so we could do this.
We took thousands of innocent civilians off the streets in Iraq and threw them into hellhole prisons, where they were beaten, raped, and killed. This story has faded from public view because no new pictures of the abuses have come out in the last several weeks. Those pictures are out there, and they show the rape and torture of children. The international media is reporting on it.
Coalition ally Norway may be preparing
to flee Iraq because of the allegations regarding these children.
DID ISRAEL SET ABOUT CREATING THE AL-QAEDA MYTH?
"How Israel created the myth of
Al-Qaeda", by Seymour Hersh, a New Yorker journalist.
Seymour Hersh writes:
The Arab "mujahideen" themselves
were inefficient and almost useless. I have heard from the
relatives of many who died in vain in clumsy incidents in
Afghanistan. All the Zionists wanted was a story, a myth that
would enable them to create another myth: "Al-Qaeda."
The Zionists needed this myth as an excuse for their long-term
plans for the "war on terror," a war to destabilze
the Middle East and pit the world against Muslims.
A REIGN OF TERROR -- BY ANOTHER NAME?by Ahmed Janabi
Aljazeera, 30th March 2004.
"Occupied Iraq is suffering a new brain drain as intellectuals flood out of the country to avoid unemployment and an organised killing campaign. In recent months assassinations have targeted engineers, pharmacologists, officers and lawyers. More than 1,000 leading Iraqi professionals and intellectuals have been assassinated since last April, among them such prominent figures as Dr. Muhammad al-Rawi, the President of Baghdad University. The identity of the assailants remains a mystery and none have been caught. But families and colleagues of victims believe that Iraqi parties with foreign affiliations have an interest in wiping out Iraq's intellectual elite.
Media reports suggest that more than 3,000 Iraqi academics and high-profile professionals have left Iraq recently, not to mention the thousands of Iraqis who are travelling out of the country every day in search of work and safety. "Iraqis used to leave Iraq during the 13-year United Nations sanctions for better work opportunities, but they are leaving now to avoid being assassinated by unknown well-organised death squads," said political analyst and politics professor Dhafir Salman.
Usama al-Ani, Director of the Research and Development Department in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research said top Iraqi scientists have been targeted by foreign parties. "I believe Iraqi scientists are being targeted by foreign powers, most probably Israel".
Apart from the terror campaign, measures taken by the post occupation authorities have contributed to Iraq's brain drain. "I would like to ask the de-Baathification committee why they are so happy that many thousands of Baathists have been sacked from Iraq's governmental departments and educational institutions?" Salman asks.
Do they think they have done well?" Of course not. They have sacked Iraq's elite professionals; who will replace them" Where will the replacements come from? After all, these people are Iraqis, is this in line with the national reconciliation they are talking about? Before the war on Iraq, United States and United Kingdom officials repeatedly accused the Iraqi government of triggering the exodus of four million educated Iraqis. But under the occupation the rate of emigration has increased.
"Iraqi universities have lost 1,315 scientists who hold M.A. and Ph.D. degrees," al-Ani said. "This number constitutes eight per cent of the 15,500 Iraqi academics. Up until now, 30 per cent of those who were sacked as a result of the campaign have left Iraq."
Iraq is rich in intellectuals, largely as a result of Saddam Hussein's policy of sending tens of thousands of Iraqi students abroad to gain post graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines. The practice fell into abeyance when United Nations Sanctions were imposed in 1990, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. In the country itself, where education has been free since the abolition of the monarchy since 1958, most of the 20 universities in Iraq also awarded post-graduate degrees."
BASIC FUNDThe figure of $45,611.60 has now been reached. That figure is most encouraging to us. It will be just great when we can say we have reached the target we are aiming for. Please keep the contributions coming in, and a sincere 'thank you' to those who have already sent in theirs.
FURTHER CENTRALISATION CONTINUES
Karen McCann of the Ballarat Courier , 14th July 2004 reports the Local Councillors of Moorabool Shire, Victoria are reeling from the latest blow by the centralisers as they continue their policy of herding Local Councils into "regions". If some hold out hope those in Opposition will 'stem the flow' - we suggest you don't hold your breath. Council amalgamations commenced under a Liberal government - and the tightening of the noose continues under Labor. The people need a rude awakening for them to be startled into putting up some sort of fight against the centralisers.
"MOORABOOL Shire Mayor John Cutler said the shire was still coming to grips with last week's blow over the major revamp of its electoral wards. Cr Cutler said three councillors who had threatened to resign over the "debacle" were re-thinking whether they would stand at November's council elections. Cr Cutler, who had previously announced he would not stand again, said councillors had been left shocked at Local Government Minister Candy Broad's decision to green light changes proposed under a Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) review. "At this point in time everybody is taking a breath and considering their positions," he said.
Under the changes, Moorabool will move to seven councillors elected from four wards, with three single-member wards and one four-member ward. Corangamite and Pyrenees Shires have also criticised changes to their electoral wards. Cr Cutler said with four councillors representing Bacchus Marsh and three representing the remainder of the shire, councillors at the west end would face an uphill battle. "They really have to question their ability to have an impact or a say," he said.
The Victorian Local Governance Association has welcomed the review despite expressing concerns at the VEC's analysis and a failure to increase the number of councillors while the Municipal Association of Victoria has declined to comment on the outcome. Ms Broad this week ruled out a review of the Moorabool decision and defended the government's stand. Cr Cutler said he felt "disheartened and disillusioned". "I just wish that the State Government would let local government govern and get on with their business," he said.
Cr Cutler called on the government to
let individual councils determine how many councillors they
want. Meanwhile, an Opposition spokesman has supported the
VEC for "doing its job" but criticised the State
Government's actions. "If experienced local councillors
are threatening to resign ... this will be disastrous because
you can't buy the sort of commonsense that many councillors,
who have been around for a while, bring to the sort of issues
that crop up in local government," he said.
One of our prolific letter writers in
the region, Ron Fischer, responded:
VALE MR. TONY MAURICEWe sadly report on the recent passing of Mr. Tony Maurice, a long time social crediter, of Robertson, NSW. Sincerest sympathies go to his wife Brooke and Family from us all. We know members of The Christian Alternative Movement would want us to express, on their behalf, their deepest sympathies to Brooke Maurice and Family. CAM was formed during meetings at the Maurice home - quite a number of years ago.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBDates for your diary:
Thursday, July 29th - Dr. Edmund Dafesh, "Iraq Today".
Thursday, August 26th - Annual General Meeting & Roy Gustard's, "Books Worth Reading".
Thursday 30th September, 2004. Guest speaker will be Mr. David Hooper.
Subject: "Origins of the British Monarchy".
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service. Should you want a certain book, it can be ordered through the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259, or Phone: (02) 4358 3634.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDThe 36th Annual Seminar, Dinner and Action Conference will be held over 21-22nd August 2004. The venue for both days will be The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide.
Seminar: "A Realignment to the Real World". Admittance: $13.50 per person.
Saturday, 21st August, 2004. Registration from 12.30pm. Commence 1.30pm.
Speakers: Mr. David Brockschmidt, "What in the world is happening to the Welfare Groups?"-- Mr. Brian Waters, "Building Local Economies & Renewing Communities" -- and Mrs. Betty Luks, "Let's Start to get Our Priorities Right".
Frank Bawden Memorial Dinner: Saturday 21st, to be seated by 6.30pm.
Please note: The correct charge for the 3-course Dinner is $27.50 per person.
Bar facilities available.
Divine Service & Sunday Action Conference: From 10.00am. The Action Conference will commence with a Divine Service followed by individual reports. Come prepared to have some input.
Lunch can be provided -- please make your booking: $12.00 per person.
The messages will be taped by Mayo Tapes and available for sale. A wide selection of books, audios and videos will be available for sale. Come early and browse.
South Australians: Contact Doug and Jean Holmes for further details, phone: 08 8296 4704
BOOKS FROM THE MAILING SERVICES
MODERN PALESTINE: ONE LAND, TWO PEOPLE by Ilan Pappe: A teacher at Haifa University in Israel, Mr. Pappe is well known for his revisionist interpretation of Israel's history and as a critic of its policies towards the Palestinians. This story of Palestine takes the reader back to the Ottomans in the early 1800s, the reign of Muhammad Ali, traces the arrival of the early Zionists through the British mandate at the beginning of the 20th Century, the continues on to establishment of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent wars and conflicts. At centre stage are those who have lived through these times. It is a story of co-existence and co-operation as well as oppression, occupation and exile. Price: $45.50 includes postage.
TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE by Tim Priest and Richard Basham: Former policeman Tim Priest came to our attention through an article he wrote for Quadrant Jan.-Feb. 2004, "The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia". His wrote of his own experience 'on the beat' which confirmed that the rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney will have an impact on our society unlike anything yet seen. But the corruption and decay is much deeper than that and along with co-author Richard Basham he exposes the truth about the New South Wales Police Service in "To Protect and to Serve". The 'spin doctors' are not just working amongst politicians, they are in all institutions and systems, as this book helps to reveal. The authors claim that with crime spiralling out of control, plummeting morale among the rank and file, the police service in NSW is on the point of collapse. Truly a 'wake up call' for us all. Price: $40.00 posted.
WAR CYCLES / PEACE CYCLES by Richard Kelly Hoskins: Richard Kelly Hoskins joined the Wall Street firm of Francis I. DuPont in 1959 and was trained in all facets of the brokerage business, with special emphasis on portfolio work. In 1973 he started a newsletter initially sent to customers whose portfolios he managed. His book, War Cycles-Peace Cycles came about as a result of requests for more and more information on the history of money, the Money Changers and banking. He is the 10th generation in the U.S. and his family has participated in every war cycle with its blood letting, and every peace cycle with its misery, since 1615. He brings all his experiences to bear, along with his Christian perspective, to write on this important subject. Price: $27.50 includes postage.
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