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10 December 2004. Thought for the Week: "Many intelligent people feel that "Planning" is something which is self-evidently "scientific" and sound. They employ the principle in their daily life, it is helpful, and they believe it to be the antithesis of haphazard incompetence. Of course, in connection with their own affairs, they are often right.
But the Planning in regard to which Dr Dobbs writes involves many factors which are quite unfamiliar to those outside a small circle of experts.
All plans are the static incarnation of ideas. In nearly every case they block other plans. In small matters this may not be very important but in Government plans it may be decisive.
Many large Plans are made without consideration or knowledge of effects, such as soil erosion, which may take years to ensue. The physical world is a congeries of balances; not a small water-course locates itself without a reason. And these physical balances have social and political effects, as any student of recent history can observe for himself. For these and other far-reaching reasons, it is necessary to recognise that size introduces an unfamiliar quality into the idea of a Plan "
Foreword by Clifford Hugh Douglas to Geoffrey Dobbs' "On Planning the Earth," 1950.
WATER 'WARS' OR WATER CONTROLS?
by Betty Luks
The Adelaide Advertiser sets it out for us: "Targets set on Water Use Cuts". "We have been threatened -- REDUCE water use by 25 per cent in 20 years or face the consequences of a dramatically changed lifestyle. Bans on watering gardens in summer and filling swimming pools, and limiting industrial development are just some of the examples of changed rules during a water crisis If new water use habits are not implemented now, there will not be enough water to go around by 2025."
Let's repeat that
Three targets set for 2005
The proposals include changes to future
council development plans to achieve water-efficient urban
design, and a voluntary water audit scheme for households,
parks, gardens, sporting grounds and other community organisations.
A voluntary water audit? HOW? After all, an audit means: an
inspection of accounting procedures and records by a trained
But what was so astounding in the light
of a predicted water scarcity was to read the S.A. government
plans to increase the population.
What a contradiction!
South Australians have voluntarily reduced
their water use over the last year and they are now to be
pressured to reduce it even further. If there is wanton waste,
then no responsible person would object to constructive policies
or a little pressure to reduce that waste. But is this the
real agenda the state government has in mind? Is it really
to ensure the present population's water supply? I think not!
IMMIGRATION INCREASE FOR 'THE MARKET'We have consistently warned the so-called business 'leaders' and politicians of this nation, driven by the twin ideologies of economic rationalism and financial whoredom, have high on their agenda, increased immigration to this country. The figure of 50 million has been quoted by chief executive of Visy Industries, John White and is on public record.
Visy Industries and the ANZ Bank both have vested interests in a greater population and control of our water systems. Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson (Countryman, West Australia 5/2/04) crowed over the announcement Visy Industries and the ANZ Bank intend to invest $10 million a year for 10 years in Australia's developing "water allocation and management system." Please mark those underlined words.
STEVE BRACKS WANTS TO IMPORT MORE CHINESE WORKERS
Victorians should be interested in their
premier's announcement he would support the use of Chinese
workers to fill vacancies at Ballarat's MaxiTRANS. (Ballarat
Mr Bracks said the State Government was willing to work alongside MaxiTRANS to fast track any visa applications. "We'll do what we can but remember there's Federal Government regulation as well," Mr Bracks said. "But we'll make our best efforts to make sure it move as quickly as possible." Employment and Youth Affairs Minister Jacinta Allen said the Victorian Government had sponsored more than 1,000 skilled migrants to fill job shortages in Victoria in 2003-04 -- a 400 per cent increase from two years ago. She said her office would be in touch with MaxiTRAN to see what assistance it could offer.
PEDIGREE OF THE IDEAS TRACED TO THE ASIA SOCIETY
Can we expect John Howard to block the push for a population of 50 million as they continue the centralisation and control over our natural resources? People forget, that old fox Howard has been in politics for many a year and his record is there for all to see.
In O.T. May 1997, David Thompson wrote:
But while the casino opening might have been a spectacular circus, it was really only a sideshow, compared with the main event in Sydney. While Premier Kennett and the glitterati were performing in Melbourne, Prime Minister Howard was attending the launch of the Asia Society in Australia, in Sydney. While Howard's attack on Hanson was anticipated, the real significance was the vehicle he used - the Asia Society. Where did it come from, and what is the Asia Society?
'Asia Society' forerunner to Trilateral
There are already several Asia study
groups in Australia, like Asialink. Why establish yet another?
Because the Asia Society has a political programme, organised
40 years ago by the Rockefellers in the United States. It
would be amazing if Mr. Howard was unaware of this.
It is significant that there is no reference anywhere to any trade union representative attending the launch. How will the Asia Society help John Howard's "battlers", whom he loves to mention? How will the working Australian benefit from becoming further enmeshed with "Asia"? It is now becoming clear that many of the largest "Australian" companies have shifted their loyalties from "Australia' to "Australasia". The truth is that companies like BHP, although they like the propaganda fillip of being known as "the big Australian", are not really "Australian" companies at all. They are multinationals. They are fully prepared to contribute to closer connections with Asia, through the "American" (Trilateral) network. Their objective is increased profits, but the price of increased profits is the erosion of Australian sovereignty, the international centralisation of political power, and the disappearance of the Australian nation-state." (emphasis added ed).
WATER WARS: PRIVATISATION, POLLUTION AND PROFIT
What has the water issue in Australia got to do with the grass roots protests in the Ukraine we are now witnessing on our TV screens? It is this. If we don't recognise that we must also fight for our rights while we are relatively free, then we will have to fight when the battles will be much more brutal and harder to win.
Indian physicist Vandana Shiva has exposed the erosion of communal water rights in her own land and what we can expect if we don't take a stand now.
"Many of the most important conflicts of our time are not wars of race, religion, culture or nation -- although they are 'dressed up' as such, they are wars for the earth's resources. These wars are both paradigm wars -- conflicts over how we perceive and experience water -- and traditional wars, fought with guns and grenades.
Water war - culture war
This was a clash between two cultures:
a culture that sees water as sacred and treats its provision
as a duty for the preservation of life and another that sees
water as a commodity, and its ownership and trade as fundamental
corporate rights. The culture of commodification is at war
with diverse cultures of sharing, of receiving and giving
water as a free gift. The non-sustainable, non-renewable,
and polluting plastic culture is at war with civilizations
based on soil and mud and the cultures of renewal and rejuvenation.
Paradigm wars over water are taking place in every society, East and West, North and South. In this sense, water wars are global wars, with diverse cultures and ecosystems, sharing the universal ethic of water as an ecological necessity, pitted against a corporate culture of privatisation, greed, and enclosures of the water commons. On one side of these ecological contests and paradigm wars are millions of species and billions of people seeking enough water for sustenance. On the other side are a handful of global corporations, dominated by Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, Vivendi Environment, and Bechtel and assisted by global institutions like the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and G-7 governments.
Alongside these paradigm wars are actual wars over water between regions, within countries, and within communities. Whether it is in Punjab or in Palestine, political violence often arises from conflicts over scarce but vital water resources. In some conflicts, the role of water is explicit, as is the case with Syria and Turkey, or with Egypt and Ethiopia.
But many political conflicts over
resources are hidden or suppressed
However, the conflict, which centred on development disagreements including strategies of the use and distribution of Punjab's rivers, was characterized as an issue of Sikh separatism. A water war was presented as a religious war. Such misrepresentations of water wars divert much-needed political energy from sustainable and just solutions to water sharing.
Something similar has happened with the land and water conflicts between the Palestinians and Israelis. Conflicts over natural resources have been presented as primarily religious conflicts between Muslims and Jews. Over the past two decades, I have witnessed conflicts over development and conflicts over natural resources mutate into communal conflicts, culminating in extremism and terrorism.
My book Violence of the Green Revolution was an attempt to understand the ecology of terrorism. The lessons I have drawn from the growing but diverse expressions of fundamentalism and terrorism are the following: Non-democratic economic systems that centralize control over decision-making and resources and displace people from productive employment and livelihoods create a culture of insecurity. Every policy decision is translated into the politics of "we" and "they." "We" have been unjustly treated, while "they" have gained privileges.
Destruction of resource rights and erosion of democratic control of natural resources, the economy, and means of production undermine cultural identity. With identity no longer coming from the positive experience of being a farmer, a craftsperson, a teacher, or a nurse, culture is reduced to a negative shell where one identity is in competition with the "other" over scarce resources that define economic and political power.
Genuine democracy undermined
The double fascism of globalism
DUTCH LAWMAKER URGES HALT TO IMMIGRATION
Anthony Deutsch Associated Press, 19/11/04. The Hague, Netherlands
"One of the most popular politicians in the Netherlands said the country's democracy is under threat and called for a five-year halt to non-Western immigration in the wake of the killing of a Dutch filmmaker by a suspected Muslim radical. "We are a Dutch democratic society. We have our own norms and values," lawmaker Geert Wilders told The Associated Press in an interview.
In his first interview with the foreign media since the slaying of filmmaker Theo van Gogh on 2nd November, Wilders said his own life has been repeatedly threatened. He said he has begun living under state protection and has even had to stay away from his own home. Wilders split with the free-market coalition partner Liberal Party two months ago because it backed the candidacy of predominantly Muslim Turkey for the European Union. He formed his own conservative party, the Wilders Group, which has one seat in the 150-member parliament. But a recent poll suggested his anti-immigrant message was reverberating through the electorate, and he would win 24 seats if elections were held today -- up from 19 seats before Van Gogh's murder.
In Brussels, Belgium, European Union leaders met Friday to discuss immigration, one of Europe's most pressing and sensitive issues. EU justice and interior ministers agreed to demand that new immigrants learn the language of their adopted countries and adhere to "European values" to guide them toward better integration. Even as the number of immigrants arriving in Europe falls due to tougher policies, led by a sharp drop in the Netherlands, Wilders said closing the borders isn't enough. Newcomers should be forced to integrate."
US uses banned weapon ...but was Tony Blair told? Sunday Mirror, UK 28/11/04
"US troops are secretly using outlawed napalm gas to wipe out remaining insurgents in and around Fallujah. News that President George W. Bush has sanctioned the use of napalm, a deadly cocktail of polystyrene and jet fuel banned by the United Nations in 1980, will stun governments around the world. And last night Tony Blair was dragged into the row as furious Labour MPs demanded he face the Commons over it. Reports claim that innocent civilians have died in napalm attacks, which turn victims into human fireballs as the gel bonds flames to flesh.
Outraged critics have also demanded that
Mr Blair threatens to withdraw British troops from Iraq unless
the US abandons one of the world's most reviled weapons. Halifax
Labour MP Alice Mahon said: "I am calling on Mr Blair
to make an emergency statement to the Commons to explain why
this is happening. It begs the question: 'Did we know about
this hideous weapon's use in Iraq?'" Since the American
assault on Fallujah there have been reports of "melted"
corpses, which appeared to have napalm injuries. Last August
the US was forced to admit using the gas in Iraq.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - EDUCATION
Sir, "One of your members rang me about your article on education, "Yet another inquiry into the education system". Congratulations to the writer, for Joyce along with many others including myself, has been fighting this battle for the last 15 years.
May I say a little about myself? Educated during the depression and WWII; one of five supported by a sole parent who lefty her drunken husband. We all then were prime cases of socio-economic status which is touted today as one of the reasons for children's failure in school. My Mother scrubbed floors and washed for others and did nothing - not a thing - to advance our education re learning to read or doing homework. I must say she was well-read and well-spoken and so the level of speech in the home was high. But she did not have to help any of us to learn to read. One sister had brain damage but she learned to read and to write.
When I began teaching in 1950 I knew next to nothing about how to teach children to read but worked from the Government written and printed Preparatory Readers. Each lesson constituted a week's work of phonic teaching, word-building and reading. The children - even the slowest - learned and did well because the phonic primers were written by experienced infants' teachers and introduced grammar and punctuation in increments. Never did I have to send work home for parents to help their child read!
In the mid 1950s Fred Schonell arrived from England to show the Queensland colonials how to teach children to read. He just happened to bring along the Happy Venture Readers (plus workbooks) which he had co-authored with Phillis Flouerden. At about the same time, the Australian Council for Educational Research published an anonymous article, deriding phonic primers, promoting Look-and-Say and promising (amongst other things) NO FAILURES. You know the rest.
Having been a successful teacher of infants in their second year, I found that I could no longer achieve the results I had been used to when forced to use Look-and-Say (and later Cuisinaire Rods for number work). Things went from bad to worse until 1987 when ELIC (Read-by-reading AND write-by-writing) was foisted upon teachers. Those who didn't agree with the method were not allowed to teach infants.
I resigned in 1988 and began reading and studying in order to find out why I was no longer a good teacher. I stopped blaming myself and concentrated on the changes in method and the materials that supported them. Reading of basic psychology and of brain research has shown me WHY modern methods do not and cannot work for most and only succeed in a limited way through forcing quantity rather than quality on the child. Children are still struggling to read the words on the page even in secondary school; thus comprehension is limited.
All this business of children learning
in different ways is just another smoke-screen. Unless the
brain becomes the main focus of any inquiry, results won't
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'THE HUB' TO CLOSE OVER CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR BREAKPlease note the Melbourne Office will be closed from Friday, 17th December 2004 and will reopen Monday, 10th January, 2005, thus allowing our hard-working team to have their well-earned annual break. Now is the time to send for your holiday reading -- get your book orders in right away.
IMPORTANT BOOKS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY READING
"A Race Against Time: Racial heresies for the 21st Century," edited by George McDaniel. What does the future hold for the West? Must our Civilisation give way before the waves of Third World newcomers? It is increasingly clear that race and civilisation cannot be separated; that only the people who created a culture can sustain it. Price: $45.00 includes postage.
"Killing Hope: US Military &
CIA Interventions since WW II," by William Blum.
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