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4 February 2005. Thought for the Week: False Witness: It cannot have escaped notice that economic systems, and perhaps even more economic reforms, are increasingly associated with questions of, or criticisms in regard to, religion.
There are several suggested, derivations of the word "religion," but the most probable, and indeed the most generally accepted, is that it is derived from the Latin word "religare," meaning "to bind back" or otherwise "to relate" -- in the sense of "establishing a relationship between." That is to say, religion is truth, and I think all right-minded persons could agree with the Theosophists in their fundamental postulate that there is no religion higher than truth.
Now it is a very curious fact that almost every aspect of economics and politics, as they are active in the world today, is a denial of religion in this fundamental sense.
The financiers' continuous cry for "confidence" of the description given by the small boy in regard to faith, as belief in "what you know ain't so," is only one instance of it. The painting of such things as war, in colours intended to dissociate it as far as possible from its true description as mass murder and general lunacy, is another. The constant insistence upon an unemployment problem as though the object of life in the world was grinding and continuous work is a third. And the instinctive identification of a better economic, political and social system with the emergence of truth is an intuition of fundamental significance…"
Clifford Hugh Douglas in "The Fig Tree" September, 1937.

BECOMING LIKE THE USA

by James Reed
Recently, Liberal MP and Member for the Gold Coast Steve Ciobo, unveiled a plan at a Young Liberal and National Convention in Hobart to slash welfare cash for the long-term unemployed and 'stay-at-home' mothers. Ciobo seems to think that most unemployed people and stay-at-home mums spend their cash on cigarettes, drugs and booze, for although he says in one breath that he is not advocating welfare cuts, he is reported to hold that "slashing welfare cash would encourage more people into the workforce." (Advertiser, 19/1/05).

Instead of cash the unemployed will receive food stamps. There will be an early phasing out of parenting payments to stay-at-home mums. Thus, instead of providing the nurturing that our lost and endangered youth sorely need, more mums will be thrown back into the Monopoly-Capitalist's machine while kids are left to fend for themselves.
Australia's fertility rate is now about 1.7 babies per woman, far below replacement level.
An article in the Weekend Australian Financial Review, 15-16/1/05, "We Just Need More Babies," traced the birth dearth across the Western World and concluded: "All nations are facing their own extinction but at different rates. As the world travels along this path towards oblivion, the demographic clashes of countries in their death throes will only get worse."
The proposal by Ciobo will only speed up Australia's demographic oblivion.

As for the cold hearted treatment of the unemployed: yes, there are dole bludgers. However, most unemployed are victims of the globalised financial-economic system which has eliminated many of the jobs that these people once did. To add insult to injury Monopoly-Capitalists are now pushing for a comprehensive guest labour system, where cheap Asian labour is flown in to fill the jobs that Australians could do.
Thus the shortage of tradesmen is being met, not by training the unemployed in skills such as welding, but by flying in Chinese welders ("Workers flown in from China," The Age 21/12/04).
Fruit pickers are also seeking cheap Chinese labour ("Growers seek Chinese Labour," Australian Financial Review, 29/12/04-3/1/05) and our information technology industry out-sources to India ("50,000 Bank Jobs may go to India," The Australian 18/1/05).
To simply pull the welfare net out from under people without a radical change of policy, ensuring them access to a share of the massive production of this nation, will create massive social dislocation and crime -- just as is seen in societies like the United States which have similar social 'welfare' systems.


THE RETURN OF THE 'BEAST'

by James Reed
Back in 1987 the Hawke government's Australia Card proposal was defeated by soundly co-ordinated grass-roots action. James Riley in The Australian, 21/1/05, "Privacy 'risk' in national ID plan" reveals that the Attorney-General's Department is finalising a new high-tech document verification scheme (DVC) which, unlike the single number identifier of the Australia Card, will now make use of technological advances. Biometric data, including fingerprints and facial features (e.g., iris identification) could be incorporated.
The proposal has met light-weight criticism from groups such as the Australian Privacy Foundation. In essence, this is an even more sinister version of the Australia Card updated from 1987.
That a single number as such is not used is irrelevant because biological data effectively substitutes for this. This card is only one set away from the frightening world described in George Orwell's 1984 and Revelations. This is a matter which should concern all Australians.

SCHEMING JUNTA OF NEO-CON SPIVS, SHAMANS AND WAR MONGERS

Mike Carlton of the Sydney Morning Herald 21/1/05, summed up the US Presidential Inauguration extravaganza in terms many would relate to in "The Empire of Vulgarity".
He wrote, "George Bush's second inaugural extravaganza was every bit as repugnant as I had expected. A vulgar orgy of triumphalism probably unmatched since Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French in Notre Dame in 1804."

As for George Bush and those with whom he surrounds himself, Mike really 'let his words rip':
"The little Corsican corporal had a few decent victories to his escutcheon. Lodi, Marengo, that sort of thing. Not so this strutting Texan mountebank, with his chimpanzee smirk and his born-again banalities delivered in that constipated syntax that sounds the way cold cheeseburgers look, and his grinning plastic wife, and his scheming junta of neo-con spivs, shamans, flatterers and armchair warmongers, and his sinuous evasions and his brazen lies, and his sleight of hand theft from the American poor, and his rape of the environment, and his lethal conviction that the world must submit to his Pax Americana or be bombed into charcoal."

And Mike Carlton's disgust in the whole sorry Iraqi affair also triggered a response - the terrible waste of lives of the young American and British soldiers (thankfully, only one Australian). Dying horrible deaths, or being hideously wounded and maimed for life, so these human leeches (who don't go to war themselves, nor send their children or grandchildren to do the fighting for them) can gain more and more control of the world's resources, and/or add a few more profit-dollars to their balance sheets as a direct result of the war.

With malice toward none, with charity for all
Mike Carlton continued: "Difficult to know what was more repellent: the estimated $US40 million cost of this jamboree (most of it stumped up by Republican fat-cats buying future presidential favours), or the sheer crassness of its excess when American boys are dying in the quagmire of Bush's very own Iraq war. Other wartime presidents sought restraint. Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address in 1865 - "with malice toward none, with charity for all" - is the shortest ever. And he had pretty much won the Civil War by that time."
Carlton sees the present President of the United States of America as having learned nothing and "the dumbest and nastiest president since the scandalous Warren Harding died in 1923…"


THE WAR IN IRAQ

by Betty Luks
There are readers of this journal who have a problem with our writing against the war in Iraq. They think we are being disloyal to our own service men and women. Not so! I come from a family with a tradition of service to their own people. With a threat of invasion, they would 'answer the call' as they have always done. But in this war we are not using our young service men and women against an invader. We are the invaders!

Readers must ask themselves: Who benefits from this war?
Last October 2004, staff writers Joseph Neff and Jay Price of The News & Observer shone a tiny beam of light into the dark secrets of just 'who does benefit' from this present war.

Cost details secret
"The News & Observer obtained the Blackwater documents while reporting on the fate of four Blackwater contractors ambushed and killed in Fallujah in March: Jerry Zovko, Scott Helvenston, Wesley Batalona and Michael Teague.
In the days after the men were killed, the images of the mob abusing the contractors' bodies and dragging them through the streets drew worldwide outrage. The incident also spotlighted the growing role of private military contractors. What wasn't clear at the time was how complex a structure lay beneath a simple decision: to use private contractors in Iraq.

Jerry Zovko's contract with Blackwater USA looked straightforward
"He would earn $600 a day guarding convoys that carried food for U.S. troops in Iraq. But that cost -- $180,000 a year -- was just the first instalment of what taxpayers were asked to pay for Zovko's work. Blackwater, based in Moyock, N.C., and three other companies would add to the bill, and to their profits.
Several Blackwater contracts obtained by The News & Observer open a small window into the multibillion-dollar world of private military contractors in Iraq. The contracts show how costs can add up when the government uses private military contractors to perform tasks once handled by the Army.

Here's how it worked in Zovko's case
Blackwater added a 36 percent mark-up, plus its overhead costs, and sent the bill to a Kuwaiti company that ordinarily runs hotels. That company, Regency Hotel, tacked on its costs for buying vehicles and weapons and a profit and sent an invoice to a German food services company called ESS that cooked meals for the troops. ESS added its costs and profit and sent its bill to Halliburton, which also added overhead and a profit and presented the final bill to the Pentagon.

It's nearly impossible to say whether the cost for Zovko doubled, tripled or quadrupled. Congressional investigators and defence auditors have had to fight the primary contractor, Halliburton, for details of the spending. The companies say the subcontracts are confidential and won't discuss them. About 20,000 private security contractors are now in Iraq, escorting convoys, protecting diplomats, training the Iraqi army and maintaining weapons…"

And we haven't even touched on the awesome 'weapons of mass destruction' (WMD), that is the fire power being used by the Americans and when they invaded Iraq! Whew! Just imagine the profits flowing into the coffers of the spivs and the arms industries, the suppliers of the WMD!


WAR EXPENDITURE DWARFS HUMANITARIAN AID

It took a tragedy of gigantic proportions to bring the truth into focus. The amount of money spent by such 'civilised' nations as the USA and the UK bringing death and destruction to the peoples' of the world is vastly greater than is spent by them on aiding the victims of war and natural disasters. George Monbiot brought the matter to his readers' attention in The Guardian early January, 2005.

On New Year's Day, characters in a TV sitcom signalled their support for a campaign to "Make Poverty History" by the wearing of white armbands on camera, and to bring the point home; during an interval, a scene of two young African children recently orphaned was aired to further play on the viewers' emotions. Later there was media discussion of a homeless man seen in a bank queue, so overcome with concern for the disaster victims, he emptied his pockets of all he had.
"The timing," wrote Monbiot, "was perfect." And the people of Britain gave generously to the appeals.
But for him one obvious question kept recurring: "Why must the relief of suffering, in this unprecedentedly prosperous world, rely on the whims of citizens and the appeals of pop stars and comedians? Why, when extreme poverty could be made history with a minor redeployment of public finances, must the poor world still wait for homeless people in the rich world to empty their pockets?

"The obvious answer is that governments have other priorities. And the one that leaps to mind is war. If the money they have promised to the victims of the tsunami still falls far short of the amounts required, it is partly because the contingency fund upon which they draw in times of crisis has been spent on blowing people to bits in Iraq.

US official aid to disaster victims equivalent to one and half day's spending in Iraq
"The US government has so far pledged $350m to the victims of the tsunami, and the UK government £50m ($96m).
The US has spent $148 billion on the Iraq war and the UK £6bn ($11.5bn). The war has been running for 656 days. This means that the money pledged for the tsunami disaster by the United States is the equivalent of one and a half day's spending in Iraq.

UK official aid equivalent to five and a half days spending in Iraq
"The money the UK has given equates to five and a half days of our involvement in the war. It looks still worse when you compare the cost of the war to the total foreign aid budget. The UK has spent almost twice as much on creating suffering in Iraq as it spends annually on relieving it elsewhere. The United States gives just over $16bn in foreign aid: less than one ninth of the money it has burnt so far in Iraq.

The War is 'for the good' of the Iraqis
The figures for war and aid are worth comparing because, when all the other excuses for the invasion of Iraq were stripped away, both governments explained that it was being waged for the good of the Iraqis. Let us, for a moment, take this claim at face value. Let us suppose that the invasion and occupation of Iraq had nothing to do with power, domestic politics or oil, but were, in fact, components of a monumental aid programme. And let us, with reckless generosity, assume that more people in Iraq have gained as a result of this aid programme than lost.
To justify the war, even under these wildly unsafe assumptions, George Bush and Tony Blair would have to show that the money they spent was a cost-efficient means of relieving human suffering. As it was sufficient to have made a measurable improvement in the lives of all the 2.8 billion people living in absolute poverty, and as there are only 25 million people in Iraq, this is simply not possible.

Even if you ignore every other issue - such as the trifling matter of mass killing - the opportunity costs of the Iraq war categorise it as a humanitarian disaster. Indeed, such calculations suggest that, on cost grounds alone, a humanitarian war is a contradiction in terms.

Distinguish between helping and killing people
"But our leaders appear to have lost the ability to distinguish between helping people and killing them. The tone of Blair's New Year message was almost identical to that of his tear-jerking insistence that we understand the Iraqi people must be bombed for their own good. The US marines who have now been dispatched to Sri Lanka to help the rescue operation were, just a few weeks ago, murdering the civilians (for this, remember, is an illegal war), smashing the homes and evicting the entire population of the Iraqi city of Falluja.

Even within the official aid budgets the two aims are confused
$8.9bn of the aid money the US spends is used for military assistance, anti-drugs operations, counter-terrorism and the Iraq relief and reconstruction fund (otherwise known as the Halliburton benevolent trust). For Bush and Blair, the tsunami relief operation and the Iraq war are both episodes in the same narrative of salvation. The civilised world rides out to rescue foreigners from their darkness.
While they spend the money we gave them to relieve suffering on slaughtering the poor, the world must rely for disaster relief on the homeless man emptying his pockets. If our leaders were as generous in helping people as they are in killing them, no one would ever go hungry."

IT'S THE SYSTEM GEORGE
From the foregoing statement it is clear Mr. George Monbiot believes it is the role of the state to determine, collect, control and direct where our taxes should go - hence his call for the leaders to generously help people of other lands, rather than use our taxes for wars of aggression.
While most sane people would be opposed to the wars of aggression, his suggestion for solving the problems rings alarm bells with me. Why, he might even believe in a world tax system which would do away with the nation states -- a system the One-Worlders have had on their drawing boards for many a year.

The people of the western world, who once highly valued their freedoms, have come a long way down the collectivist, authoritarian road. Geoffrey Dobbs warned us in The Just Tax the critical stage in our retreat from freedom was reached with the setting up of the Welfare State. Much of the freedom our peoples once enjoyed was bought by hard-bargaining between our predecessors and their rulers. When they agreed to a tax rate on gabled houses in return for the right of trial by jury instead of by combat, they got something specific and worth having for their money, and it was in this spirit that Parliament functioned in those early days.

NEITHER SOCIALSM NOR MONOPOLY-CAPITALISM WORKS

George Monbiot is right to highlight the outrageous situation of a nation spending more money on destroying people than it does on assisting them, but he is going to have to rethink his ideas that the help can and will come through totalitarian governments. Socialism has been tried and failed and we are now living with the bitter fruits of Monopoly Capitalism using political Socialism to further centralise its power in the western world.

Clifford Hugh Douglas exposed the truth of the corrupt, fraudulent and oppressive financial system the whole world now labours and groans under, and showed us a way out. It is a way between Socialism and Monopoly Capitalism and is known as Social Credit.

In a Social Credit email discussion group Jeremy Lee noted
"In the capitalist religion… poverty for some and bankruptcy for others are the signs of a flourishing economy! The survival of the fittest is the essence of Monopoly Capitalism. The Welfare State is simply a tiresome but necessary measure to stop the people revolting!…
But, imagine (we are now in the age of) "an automated economy, where only a fraction of the population would have "earned purchasing power" through wages or salaries. A price on an article would be beyond the reach of those not needed in the productive system, whether discounted or not.
Hence as Douglas insisted all those years ago… "there is the need for a 'dividend for all', for the worker and those who are not needed in the productive system. And as a right! It is their share of the social inheritance, an inheritance which belongs to all!


'MULTIKULTURAL UTOPIA' IN NEED OF REALITY CHECK

by Betty Luks
So, we've celebrated 'Australia' Day once again, and the politicians and multiculturalists are busily congratulating themselves and each other; patting themselves on the back for such a marvellous media-hyped-up 'celebration'. Bravo! All that hoo-hah!! All those fireworks!!!

Now for some reality checks
I kept on file a pre-Christmas report (19/12/04) from the Netherlands for just such an occasion. The UK's Sunday Express' correspondent, David Paul warned from Amsterdam there were some sobering lessons for Britain to take note of, as many "fearful Dutch families turn their backs on a multicultural society."
He wrote: "Beside a giant Christmas tree in Amsterdam's Dam Square last night a Rastafarian was cheerfully selling lumps of cannabis to passers-by. A few hundred yards away dozens of almost naked girls from all around the world were standing in floodlit shop windows selling their bodies to any man with £30 in his wallet.
"Drugs and sex openly on sale are familiar scenes to anyone who has visited Amsterdam, whose residents have long adhered to the maxim "Leven en laten leven" or "Live and let live".
But beneath the surface, Dutch society, hailed for many years as a model of liberalism and racial tolerance, is in crisis. And there are some disturbing lessons in the alarming breakdown in the social order of a European nation just a one-hour flight from London or Manchester.

Religious and ethnic violence has erupted
"Rising religious and ethnic violence has erupted across Holland, with attacks on immigrants and revenge attacks by them in response. In just one week last month, more than 20 mosques, churches, Islamic and Christian schools were either petrol bombed or vandalised.
Half a dozen Dutch politicians accused of being "enemies of Islam" have received death threats. Two are deemed to be in such danger they are living in police safe houses and the Speaker of the Dutch parliament, Jozias van Aartsen, has said: 'Holy war has come to the Netherlands.'

It is the educated middle class who are fleeing
"Holland's educated, white middle class fear for the future, despite having an income per head that is higher than in any major country in Europe, and they are leaving their homeland in droves. Last year, more people left The Netherlands than arrived as migrants or asylum seekers, for the first time since the end of the Second World War. In the first six months of this year, the net loss to Holland's population was 13,313 people.

Those leaving are engineers, nurses, computer experts, lawyers, accountants and businessmen. They have had enough of the multiculturalism of Holland and are heading for the wide open - and, though few will publicly admit it, almost exclusively white-populated - lands of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. (They will get another culture shock if they migrate to Sydney or Melbourne…ed)

Dutch artist and TV personality Theo Van Gogh, great-grandnephew of the painter Vincent Van Gogh, was cycling to work through the centre of Amsterdam when a Muslim extremist shot him eight times. As Van Gogh pleaded for his life, his attacker tried to chop off his head with a knife. The murder had seemingly been provoked by a film Mr Van Gogh had made, highlighting the treatment of women under Islam.
After Van Gogh was murdered there were revenge attacks on mosques and Muslim schools. It has developed into a hate campaign. Van Gogh's murder followed the May 2002 assassination of Holland's firebrand homosexual politician Pim Fortuyn. He was shot by a left-wing activist after denouncing the Netherlands' 30-year "experiment" with multiculturalism as a "disastrous error".

Mr Fortuyn launched a mass movement he said was to defend Holland's tolerant way of life from the radical Muslim clerics based in his country, who are often subsidised by Dutch taxpayers. He was killed just nine days before an election that might well have seen him become Prime Minister.
One woman planning to migrate with her family was quoted as saying: "In Holland and elsewhere in Europe there is an Us and Them mentality. I think this is happening in England and Germany as well."


ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB

The Adelaide Conservative Speakers' Club will hold its February meeting on Monday, 7th February. The venue, as usual, is the Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace (Cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. The two-course dinner will commence near to 6.45pm and the Main Address at 7.45pm. It will be a "Have Your Say" night and time will be allotted depending on the number wanting to take part. You can 'take the floor' to put your point of view across, to educate us or to entertain us. Let's make the first meeting for the new year a resounding success; make every effort to bring some new people to enjoy the company at the dinner, and the speakers' addresses. Inform Doug and Jean of your wish to "Have a Say" so that the time frames can be planned when you phone in your dinner bookings. Phone: 8296 4704. Bookings for the Dinner to be in by Thursday, 3rd February.

ADVANCE NOTICE FOR VICTORIA'S 2005 STATE LUNCH AND SEMINAR

Victorian supporters make note in your diary of the coming Victorian State Lunch/Seminar. It will be held on Saturday, 19th March 2005. The venue will be The Central Hotel, No 1 Princes Highway, Beaconsfield Vic. The charge will be $28.00 per person and RSVP's will be requested to be in by 10/3/05.
The Hotel is on the old Princes Highway, just 5 minutes walk from the Beaconsfield Railway Station. Full details of the program will be announced in later editions of "On Target".

INVERELL FORUM 2005 - MARCH 11-14

There are some great speakers lined up including Jeremy Lee, Eve Hillary, Senator Len Harris and Tony Pitt. For further information contact: Inverell Forum Inc., P.O. Box 987, Inverell NSW 2360 or Phone: 02 6723 2351 or Fax: 02 6723 2364

HELP SAVE TELSTRA - WHAT HAS TO BE DONE

· Inform your federal politicians, both Representatives and Senators, you do not want him/her to vote for sale of Telstra.
· Insist Senators represent their State on this matter not a political party.
· Contact all Local Government and State Government representatives, including the Premier, and ask them to support the campaign to retain Telstra for the people.
· Write to as many media outlets as possible informing the readers of what is happening and asking readers to join in the campaign.
· Write to local business leaders and community groups seeking their involvement in the campaign.
Send for your supply of "Telstra" flyers. Addresses on back page of Bulletin.
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