August 2006 Thought for the Week:
historical fact of major importance now plainly visible to those who can watch
what is happening 'as from a telstar in space and time' - a moral viewpoint -
is that the 'New World Order'
is utterly unattainable, there can be no such
thing. What passes by that name is what we now have, a world disorder, an age
of conflict without precedent in recorded history
By 'moral viewpoint' we
mean what Carl Jung means with the expression 'a religious attitude to life';
and this we would define as follows: It is an attitude founded on the unassailable
belief that all existence is subject to immutable laws of cause and effect, and
that hence there can be no order in the world except that which arises out of
compliance with such immutable laws; moreover, that such immutable laws are encoded
in human nature as everywhere else in the universe. From which it follows that
wherever there is persistent disorder, there have been violations of laws applicable
to human nature, especially such as arise out of a misuse of power."
- Ivor Benson, Behind the News January, 1993.
THE INSANE BRUTALITY OF THE STATE OF
by Kathleen Christison:
Christison is a former CIA political analyst and has worked on Middle East issues
for 30 years. She is the author of "Perceptions of Palestine," and "The Wound
Atrocities in the Promised
Words fail; ordinary terms are inadequate to describe the horrors
Israel daily perpetrates, and has perpetrated for years, against the Palestinians.
The tragedy of Gaza has been described a hundred times over, as have the tragedies
of 1948, of Qibya, of Sabra and Shatila, of Jenin -- 60 years of atrocity perpetrated
in the name of Judaism.
But the horror generally falls on deaf ears in most
of Israel, in the U.S. political arena, in the mainstream U.S. (and Australian
media. Those who are horrified -- and there are many -- cannot penetrate the shield
of impassivity that protects the political and media elite in Israel, even more
so in the U.S., and increasingly now in Canada and Europe, from seeing, from caring.
But it needs to be said now, loudly: those who devise and carry out Israeli
policies have made Israel into a monster, and it has come time for all of us -
all Israelis, all Jews who allow Israel to speak for them, all Americans who do
nothing to end U.S. support for Israel and its murderous policies - to recognize
that we stain ourselves morally by continuing to sit by while Israel carries out
its atrocities against the Palestinians.
nation that mandates the primacy of one ethnicity or religion over all others
will eventually become psychologically dysfunctional. Narcissistically obsessed
with its own image, it must strive to maintain its racial superiority at all costs
and will inevitably come to view any resistance to this imagined superiority as
an existential threat. Indeed, any other people automatically becomes an existential
threat simply by virtue of its own existence.
As it seeks to protect itself
against phantom threats, the racist state becomes increasingly paranoid, its society
closed and insular, intellectually limited. Setbacks enrage it; humiliations madden
it. The state lashes out in a crazed effort, lacking any sense of proportion,
to reassure itself of its strength.
played out in Nazi Germany as it sought to maintain a mythical Aryan superiority.
It is playing out now in Israel. "This society no longer recognizes any boundaries,
geographical or moral," wrote Israeli intellectual and anti-Zionist activist Michel
Warschawski in his 2004 book "Towards an Open Tomb: The Crisis of Israeli Society".
Israel knows no limits and is lashing out as it finds that its attempt to
beat the Palestinians into submission and swallow Palestine whole is being thwarted
by a resilient, dignified Palestinian people who refuse to submit quietly and
give up resisting Israel's arrogance.
We in the United States have become
inured to tragedy inflicted by Israel, and we easily fall for the spin that automatically,
by some trick of the imagination, converts Israeli atrocities to examples of how
Israel is victimized.
§ But a military establishment
that drops a 500-pound bomb on a residential apartment building in the middle
of the night and kills 14 sleeping civilians, as happened in Gaza four years ago,
is not a military that operates by civilized rules.
§ A military establishment
that drops a 500-pound bomb on a house in the middle of the night and kills a
man and his wife and seven of their children, as happened in Gaza four days ago,
is not the military of a moral country.
§ A society that can brush off as
unimportant an army officer's brutal murder of a 13-year-old girl on the claim
that she threatened soldiers at a military post -- one of nearly 700 Palestinian
children murdered by Israelis since the intifada began -- is not a society with
§ A government that imprisons a 15-year-old girl -- one of several
hundred children in Israeli detention -- for the crime of pushing and running
away from a male soldier trying to do a body search as she entered a mosque is
not a government with any moral bearings.
(This story, not the kind that ever
appears in the U.S. media, was reported in the London Sunday Times. The
girl was shot three times as she ran away and was convicted to 18 months in prison
after she came out of a coma.)
Israel note increasingly that Israel is self-destructing, nearing a catastrophe
of its own making. Israeli journalist Gideon Levy talks of a society in "moral
Michel Warschawski writes of an "Israeli madness" and "insane brutality,"
a "putrefaction" of civilized society, that have set Israel on a suicidal course.
He foresees the end of the Zionist enterprise; Israel is a "gang of hoodlums,"
he says, a state "that makes a mockery of legality and of civil morality. A state
run in contempt of justice loses the strength to survive."
notes bitterly, Israel no longer knows any moral boundaries - if it ever did.
Those who continue to support Israel, who make excuses for it as it descends into
corruption, have lost their moral compass. https://www.ziopedia.org/content/view/730/1/
ISRAEL TO GET U.S.
'BUNKER BUSTER' BOMBSCiting U.S. officials,
the New York Times reported that the Bush administration was rushing a
delivery of satellite- and laser-guided bombs (100 GBU-28 bombs, capable of penetrating
some 20 feet (7 metres) of concrete) to Israel in response to an Israeli request
connected to the Lebanon offensive.
The report did not give details on the
munitions in question but said they were part of a sale the Pentagon approved
Source: CorpWatch: "Bunker Buster" bombs are manufactured by Raytheon
LET 'EM EAT
by James Reed
world's largest retail company must pay US$200M to workers who were illegally
denied lunch breaks (source The Independent on-line edition, 25/12/05).
The Californian decision refutes denials by the company that it has been cutting
corners to keep labour costs down. This case is the first the company has lost.
Around 40 other cases are in the legal pipeline alleging that the stores violate
US labour laws, not paying overtime to workers, denying lunch breaks and so on.
Critics of the Wal-Mart superstore concept see such stores as eroding communities
and underpaying workers. Many employees rely upon government food stamps to survive
because wages are so low.
This is the sort
of world which the elites have offered as a counter to social credit philosophies.
The social dividend, based upon the enormous technological productivity of modern
society, (and the cultural heritage) would have supplied to all citizens a living
wage/dividend which would ensure freedom of the individual.
There can be no
effective democracy where people are reduced to mere mechanisms in a global machine.
American capitalism, with the cardboard box
lifestyle of the working poor is an example of the antithesis of social credit.
So too was the Soviet-style government controlled labour camps and so is the Asiatic
sweatshop of today.
These systems all are founded upon the exploitation and
degradation of the individual. By contrast, social credit is about the elevation
and dignity of the individual.
THE WORLD IS NOT A WORD
by Brian Simpson
I dropped out of philosophy as an elective at university, but I do recall from
some lectures that I managed to stay awake in, that "postmodernists" - the latest
trendy literary version of the Left - believe that there can be no objective truth.
All understanding is mediated in a sea of language and language is purely
arbitrary construction. Reality is screened from our understanding by language.
However, recent research published in the influential "Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences" by Elizabeth Brannan of Duke University questions this.
a study of infants it was found that babies have a grasp of mathematics. Other
research has indicated that non-verbal creatures such as monkeys also have an
internal representation of numbers. So language doesn't determine thought: rather
it is thought that determines language. Postmodernism is the philosophy underlying
much of Australia's secondary school English and literary studies.
is a philosophy as false, as distorted - and as dangerous as its cousin Marxism.
THE NEW AGE CURRICULUM
by James Reed
Much of my critical energies
are focused upon criticising writers and material published in The Australian,
Australia's only national (not to be confused with the term "nationalist") newspaper.
the paper over the last twelve months has done well in exposing the dumbing down
that is occurring in the Australian education system due to outcomes based education,
put in place by left0-wing education elites.
Thus The Australian of
16 June 2006 reports of a Western Australian year 12 science exam which quotes
from a new age philosopher that humans are causing the "greatest mass extinction"
on earth. The comment is from a philosopher, not a biologist.
Australia one primary school even allows children to design their own learning
plan. The justification is that although children need mathematics and language
skills, they need to learn about "how to learn" because they will be changing
jobs several times in their career lifetimes.
is crazy logic: surely one gets sound basics first then you permit autonomy of
learning. Most children don't have this capacity for autonomy. Most high school
students and a sizable number of university students lack it. It is too demanding
and advanced - a recipe for failure. That is why increasing numbers of parents
are choosing home schooling to save their children's minds from ideological contamination.
A DOWNER ON CHINA
by David Whiteside
Foreign Minister Alexander
Downer is best known for not knowing what was going on in the AWB wheat scandal
and for obstructing the UN inquiry into the affair (while simultaneously not knowing
what was going on).
Downer though has been dancing with the stars on the world
stage (such as Condoleezza Rice) in cautioning the hawks in the Bush administration
that see China as a threat. Threat? What threat?
message is that we don't support a policy of containment of China," he said (The
Australian, 16/3/06, p.1) The power of China should be "harnessed to the advantage
of the region."
How exactly this was to be
done was not detailed. It never is. Australia's elites cannot see past the short
term dollar gains from China. At least America's elites are slightly more critical,
with concerns about China's human rights violations, its genocidal activities
in Tibet and its sinister military expansion.
to the rhetoric of kow-towing Australian business leaders and politicians one
would almost surprised to learn that China is still ruled by a non-democratic
Communist regime. China has no respect for intellectual property and its firms
produce cheap counterfeit goods that have cost the Western nations, especially
the US, billions of dollars a year.
The Chinese pegged the yuan to the US
dollar at an artificially low rate so that they could exploit US Free Trade policies
and flood the US with cheap goods which they dumped on the market, causing a sky
rocketing effect in the US trade deficit. China plays economic hardball all the
time and doesn't believe in Western free trade myths.
is the nation which Alexander Downer does not want contained. No doubt he and
his followers look forward to China becoming the dominant power of the 21st century.
They are now set to sell uranium to the Chinese military giant in an act of foolishness
that the Western world will record with dismay. Beware of the coming tyranny.
Israel sells important military technology to China, and the US
establishment does not blink an eyelid. Plagiarism and the rip-off of intellectual
property and "reverse engineering" is common in China (The Australian 21/6/06,
Chen Jin "father of the Chinese computer chip" appears to have ripped
the product off from a foreign firm. High tech property rights are typically ignored
by the Chinese in a "win at all costs" strategy. Academic fraud is a way of life:
a study of 180 Ph.D. candidates in science found that 60 per cent of them plagiarized
and 60 per cent also paid bribes to have their work published.
plagiarism exists because of corruption running all the way through Chinese society.
If we have trouble with American culture, and its multitudes of corruption, what
will be Chinese dominated world of the future be like?
If we continue to feed,
economically, the Chinese dragon, we will certainly find out, as its subjects.
"RACISM" AND THE RULE
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
District Court Acting Chief Judge Tony Skoien has agreed to move the trial of
an Aboriginal man accused of leading the Palm Island riots, because he was presented
with a study which allegedly showed that the locals were a bunch of racists who
could not beat down their prejudices to give a Palm Island Aboriginal a fair trial.
("Racism leads to Palm Riot Trial Shift," The Weekend Australian 15-16/7/06,
Note that if a person in the community has a criticism of Palm Island
Aborigines, under this new methodology, the criticism is by definition racist.
Never is there a concern to examine whether there could be a basis, even in part,
to these opinions.
The law requires justice
to be blind:
Further, even if some opinions were "racist", an opinion
poll has been used by a court of law to rule out an entire community of peers
from constituting a jury and for classifying an entire population as "racist".
Townsville activists and lawyers have now called for a quota of Aboriginal
people in all criminal trials involving Aboriginal defendants. (The Australian
Presumably this will lead to, ultimately, a quota for gays,
if the offender is homosexual. But what if the offender is of mixed race (Asian/Aboriginal),
gay, physically disabled, Islamic, dwarf (i.e., height challenged), aged, female,
Would that mean that only Australian academics would be able to
sit on a jury? Raced-based juries have been rejected in the United States and
they should not be implemented here. The rule of law requires that justice be
blind - and a randomly selected jury insures that.
VALLEY OF THE WOLVES
Now here is a movie that you probably won't be hiring from the
local video shop while you buy the milk; "Valley of the Wolves" is a
$6 million Turkish production about the Iraqi war. It has been greeted with howls
of protest for being "anti-Semitic".
A surgeon is shown removing organs from
Iraqi prisoners á la Nazi death camp doctor Joseph Mengele. American GIs are portrayed
murdering innocent guests at a wedding party. The film is a box office smash in
Turkey and in Germany over 130,000 people, mainly young Muslims, have flocked
to see the film. The audiences often stand and chant, "Allah is great" at regular
intervals, especially when an American is killed.
The film's distributor
in Germany, Alin Sahin, has said to the Daily Telegraph (27 February 2006):
"When a cartoon insults two billion Muslims it is considered freedom of opinion,
but when an action film takes on the Americans it is considered demagoguery. Something
is wrong." Indeed, something is very wrong indeed.
Wakim, founder of the Australian Arabic Council and a former multicultural affairs
commissioner ("Blind to Humanity from the Race-Tinted Glasses," The Australian
20/6/06, p.14) says that logic has a limited role when dealing with "racism".
is Pauline Hanson wanting to stop the "Asian Invasion" and broadcaster Alan Jones
calling to reclaim Cronulla Beach from Lebanese gangs, I infer from comments in
his article, and the context of the remarks. Racism is dealt with things that
go to the heart such as the facilitation of relationships. And, one "of the most
compelling mediums for addressing such fears is the medium that has capitalized
on Islamophobia in the first place: Hollywood films."
Schindler's List is a counter to any anti-Semitic propaganda and Rabbit-Proof
Fence for those critical of indigenous Australians.
Mr. Wakim says that we
"have yet to see similar epics on Arab or Muslim characters whose true stories
will stir our hearts." I look forward to his comments on "Valley of the Wolves".
FUTURE WAR, TODAY
Kevin Mitnick, a computer hacker had no difficulty breaking into
government computers in the US. A sixteen-year-old Austrian hacker a little time
ago, shut down the computers of Eastern Europe.
The US government today employs
virtually an army of computer hackers to break into the computer systems of Islamic
terrorists, to destroy their systems, plant bugs and viruses or change information.
In turn, perhaps now or into the future, Islamic terrorists or maybe even
disturbed computer geniuses may attack the entire financial and industrial infrastructure
of society and shut down society itself.
seeing a television documentary on this where an Indian hacker said that his main
goal in hacking was to "cause a meltdown of the internet." In a globally connected
techno-world, such an attack would result in social chaos.
given us many useful and amazing things, but it has also given the capacity for
creating havoc to those who should never have such power.
JOBS BEFORE BABIES' BREAST-FEEDING
Breast feeding is best for babies and is necessary for maximum
IQ development. It is far superior to all substitutes. However Endeavour Forum
(No.123 July 2006, p.6) reports that a scientific study published in Acta Paediatrica
has found that mother's employment is preventing even the initiation of breast
feeding. Caren Lanting (et al) concludes "Employment is generally considered a
factor that has a negative impact on breast-feeding initiation."
And her study
of Dutch infants found that the maintenance of women's work also negatively affected
breast-feeding practices. The Endeavour Forum article concludes:
country after country, it appears clear that maternal employment means infants
are denied the benefits of breast feeding."
Editor's comment - by their
fruits you will know them:
What should be stated loud and clear is that
no matter what Liberal or Labour politicians continue to 'mouth off', whatever
fine-sounding 'motherhood statements' they keep parroting - ad nauseam - the fruit
of the policies of both parties demonstrate they are anti-family.
don't say outright they want women in the workforce, thus making it more difficult
for the women to have babies and give those babies the best start in life; or
that they want the babies who are born to be sent to 'day-care' nurseries as soon
as possible, to be indoctrinated with the latest sociological propaganda.
don't say that, but look carefully at what their policies force our young
women and mothers to do!
In an age of super-abundant-production, women/mothers
are forced into the workforce, no matter how menial or unnecessary the job, through
the finance/economic policies of the present government (and the Opposition's
policies are no better).
Let's see governments
put in place policies that will enable our women to have babies and enjoy motherhood.
Let's see them support the mothers who want to give their babies the very
best chances in early-childhood especially the so important mothers' role of breast-feeding.
Let's see government support families - full stop!
WHEN IS A 'WAR CRIME' NOT A 'WAR CRIME'?
it is conducted by young 'Australian-Israeli' men with dual citizenship who freely
travel from America, the U.K. and Australia to Israel and take up arms for - what
is to Australians - a foreign country.
FAIR GO FOR DAVID HICKS
We have received a request from an "independent,
not-for-profit community campaigning group", who "use new technology to empower
Australians to have their say on important national issues".
The group is
named "GetUp" and one of their targets is the basic rights of Australian David
Hicks who has been incarcerated in that hellhole at Guantanamo Bay.
Standing up for the basic right to a fair trial is what GetUp's
campaign to repatriate Australian David Hicks is all about.
The tide is turning
and tens of thousands of us are making waves: nearly 40,000 people have signed
the letter of demand so far. With this support, we've been busy ramping up the
pressure on the Australian Government, and we wanted to share how the actions
of so many GetUp members are being noticed around the world.
GetUp published full-page advertisements in major national and metropolitan newspapers
calling on the Government to take action. We then assembled a press conference
with a diverse alliance of community leaders to voice why they believe David Hicks
should be brought home.
These events received widespread local, national and
international media coverage. At the press conference, Catholic Bishop Kevin Manning
said: "When Australia fails to act to guarantee the human rights of one of its
citizens, then we are all diminished."
Major Michael Mori, David Hicks' US
military lawyer has posted a 'blog' on GetUp's website outlining why he believes
his client has been abandoned by the Australian Government.
For those On
Target readers who want to register their signatures on the petition presented
to the present government go to: www.getup.org.au/campaign/DefendAustralianRights
RALLY IN MELBOURNE
- RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE ACT:
The COALITION FOR FREE
SPEECH (Victoria) will hold a rally at:
§ Parliament House, Spring
§ Tuesday 8th August 2006. Be there! What time? 12.30
§ for Repeal of the Religious sections in the Victorian "Racial
and Religious Tolerance Act.
More details: www.coalitionforfreespeech.com