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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 that a nation's people, that is, you, me, -- us -- considered collectively, would derive some benefits from a nation's natural resources. Surely a nation's resources are for the benefit of all? I mean really for the benefit of all!
From a Christian perspective, God didn't provide the resources just for the 'self-chosen few' -- to exploit only for their own benefit. "God sends the rain on the just and the unjust…" -- it is for the benefit of all.
Such a policy of distributing the benefits depends on neither the "left" wing nor the "right" wing of politics - neither wing has a long-term resolution. But, it can be resolved through a nation's financial system by way of financial distribution -- as is the case with the Alaskan dividend cheques sent out annually to all citizens of that state from the oil revenues.
Further Reading: The Cost of Education

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
Because our needs and choices are as varied as the number of citizens of a nation, the best way of giving the people the right to choose what they want, is through the financial system; by way of a National Dividend for each and every citizen. That is the beauty of the financial system. A money vote is a vote of personal choice.

Bolivians vote for government to exert greater control over foreign companies
According to The Australian, 20th July, 2004, the Bolivian people voted "overwhelmingly" in a "critical referendum" for their Government to exert greater control over US and other foreign gas companies. The referendum called for a 1996 law to be repealed whereby foreign energy companies were given a virtual 'carte blanche' right to exploit Bolivia's vast and virtually untapped natural gas resources. Of those who voted, 92 per cent supported a proposal for Bolivia to take back ownership of natural gas at the wellhead, meaning oil companies would be paid for pumping the fuel but would not own it.

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.
(If they mean by nationalise, that it is brought under centralised socialist government control of production and distribution, then this looks like another case of the "left" and the "right" coming together to keep the resources under dictatorial control -- this time "left" wing socialism. It is in fact another case of the tweedle-dumb of socialism, and the tweedle-dumber of monopoly-capitalism 'dogs', teaming up, to keep the people herded under a centralised system of control -- no matter by what name.)
Bolivia's 150 billion cubic metres of gas reserves are worth between $US70 billion (AUS$96 billion) and US$210 billion.

DIVIDEND'S FOR ALL BOLIVIANS?

A matter of distribution for 'Bolivia Unlimited'

Clifford Hugh Douglas and the productive potential:
"Unless wrecked by catastrophe the world is on the threshold of an era in which the claims upon food, clothes, housing and the amenities of civilisation must of necessity rest upon a new basis. Work, or employment, as we phrase it, is not to be in future the main claim upon these things, since the provision of universal economic employment will become quite automatically an impossibility…
The problem is not a problem of employment, and any solution which depends on the reemployment of a considerable proportion of the unemployed population in economic production must in its nature be both unscientific and unsound. It is one of distribution, and the question of employment is one which in the future, to a large extent, each individual will have to solve for himself, just as the rich man solves it.
Now, orderly distribution is almost invariably accompanied by something which can be called a ticket system. When you exchange a thin bit of paper issued by the Bank of England for a thicker bit of paper issued by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company you are only exchanging one kind of ticket for another.
The Bank of England ticket entitles you to a certain amount of any goods and services; the railway company's ticket entitles you to a certain amount and quality of transportation. So that distribution is wrapped up with this question of the right to issue and to own tickets.
When any suggestion is made to increase the quantity of money tickets, it is met by a cry of "inflation," and it is suggested that inflation and ruin are one and the same thing.

Inflation robs us all
For this reason, it is very important to understand exactly what is the correct definition of inflation, which is not an increase of money, but an increase of money accompanied by a rise of prices thus robbing everyone of a portion of his wages. Curiously enough, numbers of professional economists and bankers who stigmatised my own proposals as disguised inflation, whatever they mean by that, are now asking for undisguised inflation, with the object of raising prices.
So far as I can see, the only requirement on which insistence is made from orthodox sources at the present time in regard to inflation is that it shall be accompanied by the creation of a still further debt to the banks. However that may be, it is essential that the issue of a considerably greater amount of purchasing power should not be accompanied by an increase of prices, and should, if possible, be accompanied by a fall of prices.

The Just Price
This is quite possible, but it is necessary at the same time to see that the producer of goods does not make a loss as a result of a fall in prices, and thus become discouraged from producing. That is half of the problem, but the other half is concerned with the fact that production will increasingly be a matter of machine production, and we require to put purchasing power, or tickets, or whatever you like to call this thing that we now refer to as "money", into the hands of large numbers of people who are not in employment, and we require to do this without taking it from the people who are in employment.
We are quite familiar with the necessary mechanism for this purpose - it is the dividend system.

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:
"The biggest story of the Iraq war is not about missing weapons of mass destruction, or about deep-cover CIA officers getting their covers blown by vengeful White House agents, or even about 896 dead American soldiers. These have been covered to one degree or another, and then summarily dismissed, by the American mainstream news media. The biggest story of the Iraq war has not enjoyed any coverage in America, though it has been exploding across the international news media for several weeks now.
The biggest story of the Iraq war is about the torture of Iraqi children.
A German TV magazine called 'Report Mainz' recently aired accusations from the International Red Cross, to the effect that over 100 children are imprisoned in U.S.- controlled detention centres, including Abu Ghraib. "Between January and May of this year, we've registered 107 children, during 19 visits in 6 different detention locations," said Red Cross representative Florian Westphal in the report. The report also outlined eyewitness testimony of the abuse of these children.

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 a prisoner.
Seymour Hersh, the New Yorker reporter who first broke the story of torture at Abu Ghraib, recently spoke at an ACLU convention. He has seen the pictures and the videotapes the American media has not yet shown. "The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking," said Hersh. "And this is your government at war."
Hersh described the prison scene as, "a series of massive crimes, criminal activity by the president and the vice president, by this administration anyway," and that there has been, "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher."

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 on Earth".
In it, U.S. News says, "The abuses took place, the files show, in a chaotic and dangerous environment made even more so by the constant pressure from Washington to squeeze intelligence from detainees. Riots, prisoner escapes, shootings, corrupt Iraqi guards, unsanitary conditions, rampant sexual misbehaviour, bug-infested food, prisoner beatings and humiliations, and almost-daily mortar shellings from Iraqi insurgents--according to the annex to General Taguba's report, that pretty much sums up life at Abu Ghraib." According to coalition intelligence officers cited in a Red Cross report from last May, between 70% to 90% of Iraqi detainees held in these prisons were arrested "by mistake." That means they were innocent.

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.
Brig. Gen Janis Karpinski, former commander of Abu Ghraib and now scapegoat for the abuses, says the truth about where the orders came from would be revealed in the trials of the accused soldiers. Memos ordering the abuse of prisoners were signed off on by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. The Justice Department and Mr. Bush's senior legal advisor went out of their way to craft arguments justifying this, claiming that torture isn't really torture and that the President is basically above the law.

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.
Where is the American news media? (Where is the Australian news media?…ed) Where are the pictures? Who is responsible for this abomination? Torturing children in the name of freedom? Is this what we have become?" (emphasis added …ed)


DID ISRAEL SET ABOUT CREATING THE AL-QAEDA MYTH?

"How Israel created the myth of Al-Qaeda", by Seymour Hersh, a New Yorker journalist. http://sydney.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=42775
The following article by Seymour Hirsh is quite thought provoking. Who knows, thirty years from now when 'classified information' is released a future generation might learn the truth of the matter. In the meantime, in these days of government and media 'spin-doctoring', propaganda, outright lies, half-truths, and censorship, we report on it for the record.
It has been said that truth is stranger than fiction… has Seymour Hersh uncovered some facts, some truths, which to most would appear 'fiction'?
Could this be partly the reason why New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clarke was so angry and upset about the Israelis infiltrating her land -- and the subsequent jailing of the two Israeli spies? If they are in New Zealand, you can be doubly sure they are in Australia!

Seymour Hersh writes:
"These Israeli citizens came into Iraq disguised as Arab or Kurdish civilians, businessmen. Maybe "contractors"? Under contract with the Pentagon's neocon office? Your tax dollars at work? How much of their work is blamed on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi? How much of Israel's terrorism is blamed on "Al-Qaeda"?
I have investigated the development of the "mujahideen" and here is my conclusion
In the 80s, Israel supervised the recruitment of Arab Afghan "mujahideen" supposedly to fight against Russia. They became cannon fodder and refugees before they ended up in Guantanamo. Their real purpose was to help Israel create a useful myth: Al-Qaeda! The Arab mujahideen were rather harmless as recent revelations from Guantanamo have shown. Israeli and Jewish-American intelligence specialists were trusted by the CIA -- Israelis being "allies" and experts on the Middle East -- to recruit the Arab "mujahideen" to be used by the US against Russia. Israelis disguised as Arab or Pakistani missionaries (tablighis) even ran the recruitment centres. Israelis playing Muslim missionaries (tablighis) were caught in India and Israel rushed to retrieve them.

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.
Neither Bin Laden nor the Arab refugees he took care of were of any military significance. The Afghans themselves were the real efficient mujahideen because they knew the territory and the tribal structure. The Afghans actually saw the Arabs as nuisance. Arabs say "nothing comes out of a pot except what's in it." When the neocon liars speak about Arab/Islamic terrorism and Al-Qaeda, they are in fact talking about what they themselves are doing. They are talking about Israeli covert activities. No Arabs are involved. Israeli commandos move around using forged or stolen Arab ID's and -- if necessary -- they wear masks to hide their real identities, such as in beheading videos. Israelis continue to fake whatever it takes to prove that the "war on terror," i.e. the war on Arabs has to continue.
Listen to them more carefully. Zionists in our midst have been telling us the truth all along. Just replace "Arab" with "Israeli," replace "Al-Qaeda" with "Mossad," etc." (emphasis added…ed)


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 FUND

The 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.
But Ms Broad said the new system would prove itself. "Whilst there is some reaction right now, we believe that in the long run this will provide a fairer electoral system," she said.
Ms Broad said the government had provided an independent process for the review."

One of our prolific letter writers in the region, Ron Fischer, responded:
Dear Editor,
The remarks of the Mayor of Moorabool Shire (Cr. John Cutler) berating the State Government over electoral commission changes apply to all levels of "democracy" in this country. (The Courier July 14) It is simply dictatorship from the centre - the bigger the town the bigger the clout.
In part this clout arises from the "one vote - one value" rural people have acquiesced to over a period of decades. Federally the majority of votes are in Melbourne and Sydney, so the majority of Members come from those two cities. The majority of Ministers and Cabinet members naturally also hail from them.
Statewise, Melbourne controls us. In the Shire of Moorabool, Bacchus Marsh has the clout as Cr. Cutler points out. This problem with the shires and rural cities was foreseen at amalgamation under the Kennett (Liberal) Government when rural areas, with different needs, were lumped in with urban areas. Now the Labor Government is consolidating the Kennett initiative.
The dictatorial attitude of governments is highlighted by Candy Broad's remark, "Whilst there is some reaction right now, we believe that in the long run this will provide a fairer system."
Ron Fischer, Ballarat, Vic. 14th July, 2004.


VALE MR. TONY MAURICE

We 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' CLUB

Dates 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 WEEKEND

The 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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