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19 January 2007 Thought for the Week:
I recall in their yellow jackets a famous collection in England called the Left Book Club. You would be amazed at the gullibility that's expressed. We foreign journalists in Moscow used to amuse ourselves, as a matter of fact, by competing with one another as to who could wish upon one of these intelligentsia visitors to the USSR the most outrageous fantasy. We would tell them, for instance, that the shortage of milk in Moscow was entirely due to the fact that all milk was given to nursing mothers - things like that. If they put it in the articles they subsequently wrote, then you'd score a point. One story I floated myself, for which I received considerable acclaim, was that the huge queues outside food shops came about because the Soviet workers were so ardent in building Socialism that they just wouldn't rest, and the only way the government could get them to rest for even two or three hours was organizing a queue for them to stand in.
I laugh at it all now, but at the time you can imagine what a shock it was to someone like myself, who had been brought up to regard liberal intellectuals as the samuri, the absolute elite, of the human race, to find that they could be taken in by deceptions which a half-witted boy would see through in an instant.
I never got over that; it always remained in my mind as something that could never be erased. I could never henceforth regard the intelligentsia as other than credulous fools who nonetheless became the media's prophetic voices, their heirs and successors remaining so still. That's when I began to think seriously about the great liberal death wish "
- - Malcolm Muggeridge in "The Great Liberal Death Wish," July, 1979.
DO PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THE DISASTER THAT LIES WAITING?
Even fewer of us have dared to look outside of the train, down the track. If they did they would see that in the soon-to-be-reached distance, the track runs out. All then is precipice. But the driver rockets the train at ever-greater speeds, like there is no tomorrow - because without a Great Awakening, there is none.
A fascinating article in Time magazine (4/12/06) sheds some light on why few people look outside of the window of the train to see if the track ahead is clear. The human brain is "prehistoric", built to deal with primitive attacks from, say, wild predators rather than complex long-term threats.
behaviour is dominated by hormonal "flight-or-fright" responses from the amygdala,
a region in the brain that controls such responses.
However, it is not impossible and that is why we press on regardless here.
BAGDAD IS THE FUTURE
Blair believes that this vision is "absolutely correct" but is somewhat dismayed by the slowness of progress in what Bush has called a struggle "between freedom and democracy on the one hand and terrorism and sectarianism on the other." Democracy? Terrorism? According to New Statesman 20/11/06, over 7,000 prisoners have been captured in the "war on terror" but only 700 of the "lucky" ones ended up in Guantanamo Bay.
Without any reason, proof or accusation, thousands have wounded up in secret CIA gaols and concentration camps. Torture is all part of the deal, and in some camps in Uzbekistan, prisoners have been boiled alive - so by inference some "war on terror" prisoners have probably met the same fate. All in a day's work in spreading democracy.
Andrew Bacevich, "Bagdad Chaos is Beyond Control" The Australian 6/12/06 p.14, argues just that. Iraq was an artificial creation, a creation of the British after WW I. Irreconcilable cultural and religious schisms will inevitably erupt.
Conflict between the Sunni and Shia could spark a larger regional war according to Bush's own Iraq Study Group. Conflict in Iraq between the Sunni and Shia could then spread from Iraq and destabilise neighbouring countries. The report says: "Such a broader sectarian conflict could open a Pandora's box of problems - including the radicalisation of peoples, mass movements and regime changes - that could take decades to play out."
The multiracial/multicultural "experiment" is a failure - or if the name of the game is to bring down a nation - a success. The future for the West begins with Bagdad.
ISRAEL PLANS NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN
Published by The Sunday Times U.K 7/1/07 by Uzi Mahnaimi in New York and Sarah Baxter in Washington:
It is once more claimed: Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons. Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", according to several Israeli military sources.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.
Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open "tunnels" into the targets. "Mini-nukes" would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian
nuclear project will be demolished," said one of the sources.
and American officials have met several times to consider military action:
are reminded of the words of James Petras as quoted by Israel Shamir (New Times
Survey January 2007):
MICHAEL COLLINS PIPER REPORTS ON THE HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE
As I surveyed the people aboard that plane going to Tehran (from Frankfurt, Germany, my connection point from Washington, DC), I realized in my own mind, for the first time, that these were people who might soon be dead: innocent victims of a reign of fire from the sky (a very real Holocaust) either from American bombers or Israeli bombers or both.
These Iranian people, living their
lives, travelling freely back and forth from their country to others, are in the
gunsights of America's George Bush and his Zionist allies in Washington and Tel
"If those rabbis, supposedly 'men of God,' want to wage war against these Iranians," I thought, "then let them do it. But they had better stop pestering Americans to fight another needless war for Israel."
The realization that these living, breathing human beings from all walks of life - these Iranians - were the targets of the wrath of those war-crazed rabbis stayed with me throughout my entire time in Iran, a great burden for me as an American, knowing that the president of the United States is more in line with the thinking of those 1,000 war-mongering "religious" leaders than he is with the vast numbers of peace-loving Americans.
The Holocaust Conference:
RUDDERLESS RUDD REPLACES THE BIGGEST LOSER
by James Reed
politics is a lot like that programme. Now we have Kevin Rudd telling us "I'm
running the show" (The Australian 5/12/06 p.1).
PRINCE CHARLES' RIGHT TO PRIVACY
David Flint's Opinion Column:
The view that public figures have a right to a private life is under attack, and not only in the more disreputable London press. (In a recent unauthorized biography of a well known and influential Australian broadcaster, an ABC journalist put up the most convoluted and untenable arguments to justify the invasion of the broadcaster's private life, including the publication of rumour. The book was reviewed in The Australian and Online Opinion on 31 October 2006 and mentioned on the ACM site on 8 November, 2006. )
As we noted on the ACM site on 30
June 2004, the London newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, is one newspaper which
does not respect the privacy of members of the Royal Family. It paid a valet sixty
thousand pounds to tell a scandalous story against Prince Charles which was, predictably,
repeated around the world.
in 2005, The Mail on Sunday published extracts from the Prince's private
journal, "The Handover of Hong Kong, or the Great Chinese Takeaway" which related
to the 1997 transfer of Hong Kong to the Peoples' Republic of China.
on 21 December, 2006, the England and Wales Court of Appeal has handed down its
decision in Associated Newspapers Ltd v Prince of Wales. (For one who is occasionally
guilty of not detecting spelling errors, there is an amusing one in the internet
law report. I leave readers to discover that.)
This was an appeal by the newspaper against a decision in the High Court earlier in 2006. The original hearing created headlines around the world. The case was not without surprises. One was when The Mail introduced, as its principal witness, Mr. Mark Bolland. He had not only been the Director of the Press Complaints Commission, but he had then worked as the Prince's deputy private secretary for five years. The newspaper relied on his evidence to support its spurious argument that publication of the journals was in the public interest. This is of course the standard refuge of a prying press.
Since leaving the Prince's
employ, Mr Bolland has revealed private matters concerning his employment to the
press, including at least one hostile opinion piece. But as we noted on the ACM
site on 22 February, 2006, Mr.Bolland had obviously been employed by the Prince
because of his skill in dealing with the press. He would surely have understood
that part of his role was to protect the Prince from intrusions into his and his
family's privacy, a matter which had been of frequent concern at the Press Complaints
Mr. Bolland claimed the Prince of Wales sees himself as a "dissident" working
against prevailing political consensus, whose self-appointed "campaigning role"
was "constitutionally controversial" and had not "so far as I am aware, been endorsed
either by the Queen or by Parliament." He says it was "regarded with concern by
and articles are cleared beforehand with the relevant Government department. He
does, from time to time, express views privately to Government ministers. He has
followed the practice that such views can be expressed by the monarch and by privy
The Mail on Sunday
receives stolen property:
A former employee - dismissed for other reasons - had made copies of some extracts from the journals. Thinking them amusing and worth publishing one day, she took them home. With a view to selling them, she asked a friend to approach The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper had been given "about 50 pages." But her lawyer then warned her not to sell. So her friend asked The Mail to return them but the newspaper had refused. Not only did The Mail receive stolen property, it refused to return it.
view expressed on the ACM site was that it was inconceivable that The Mail
on Sunday's palpably sham defence of acting in the public interest could possibly
stand. So we were delighted to report on 18 March, 2006 that the High Court judge
Mr. Justice Blackburne had ruled, the day before, that the Mail on Sunday had
broken the law in publishing the extracts.
appalling aspects about the case:
case for privacy 'unanswerable':
Court cited the trial judge's reference to the Prince's "private space: the right
to be able to commit his private thoughts to writing and keep them private, the
more so as he is inescapably a public figure who is subject to constant and intense
The fact that the journals were stolen by an employee under a duty to keep the contents confidential weighed heavily in favour of Prince Charles. The judges said that without this the Princes' case for privacy was "unanswerable"; with it his case was "overwhelming."
Sir Michael Peat, Principal Private Secretary
to the Prince of Wales, said:
Mail on Sunday said, predictably and pathetically, that the ruling of the
appellate judges is a "worrying threat to the freedom of the Press and to the
public's right to know".
FROM LEN THE CLEANERIn 2004, China provided over 68,000 of the 322,000 foreign student enrolments in Australia - an increase of more than 17 percent over the previous year. Tourism links are also expanding rapidly, with arrivals from China in 2002-03 exceeding 220,000.
By 2013, China is expected to be our largest source of foreign tourists, with visitor numbers predicted to rise to one million.
AS PREDICTED THEY GET OFF THE HOOK
by James Reed:
We live in a world where there are no moral standards in the market - only customers.
FEAR THE FINANCIAL PARASITES
by James Reed:
governor of the Reserve Bank sees them as posing a threat to the economy. But
"scary beasts" and "parasites" are all part and parcel of the Rocky Horror Show
of International Finance.
Social Credit is a medicine that would eliminate the parasitic nature of Capitalism and create a new market system based upon anti-monopoly principles of a decentralised economy.
THE FUTURE IS NOW
by James Reed:
The splitting of the human race will arise from sexual selection after a technologically dependent human race in 10,000 years time faces a loss of basic human emotions. This scenario would make a good novel - in fact H.G. Wells wrote about it in 1895 in his novel "The Time Machine".
But sociologically, it is not really science fiction: our cancerous economic system is already working to eliminate human qualities such as racial differences and to make the underclass goblin-like.
The elites are desperately trying to make the world of "The Time Machine" and "Lord of the Ring" reality. Don't let it end that way.
ANOTHER MYTH BITES THE DUST
by James Reed:
Lines writes: "At a rainforest symposium in Cairns in l987, Ian Lowe, head of science policy at Griffith University argued that there are general principles of resource management that hunter-gatherer societies embody, and from which we can learn if we have the perceptiveness and the humility to do so."
Lines does not say this, this myth has been used by radical leftists as part of
their attack upon traditional Australia.
Lines points out that this is racial thinking which logically dooms conservationism! A nice argument that should have been published long ago - but better late than never.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
can be assured that a toxic dump will be established somewhere in Melbourne. Don't
bet on it. A safer bet would be that it will occur somewhere in rural Victoria.
It will also be in an electorate Labor is not interested in. Thus, Nowingi cannot
be ruled out.
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