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15 June 2007 Thought for the Week:
"The Ethics of Elfland: This is the first principle of democracy: that the essential things in men are the things they hold in common, not the things they hold separately. And the second principle is merely this: that the political instinct or desire is one of these things they hold in common . It is, on the contrary, a thing analogous to writing one's own love-letters or blowing one's own nose.
These things we want a man to do for himself, even if he does them badly. I am not here arguing the truth of any of these conceptions; I know that some moderns are asking to have their wives chosen by scientists, and they may soon be asking, for all I know, to have their noses blown by nurses.
I merely say that mankind does recognize these universal human functions, and that democracy classes government among them.
In short, the democratic faith is this: that the most terribly important things must be left to ordinary men themselves - the mating of sexes, the rearing of the young, the laws of the state. This is democracy: and in this I have always believed "
- - G.K. Chesterton in "Orthodoxy," 1908, reprinted 1995
'LOADED' PROPOSED CITIZENSHIP TEST
by Betty Luks
David Flint wrote in his Opinion Column
No. 15 is: Australia's values are based on the ...
David Flint wrote:
Flint makes a very important point here:
a little paranoid?
It is time some of these politicians
traced, in more detail, the genuine roots of Australia's history and heritage.
WE SHOULD BECOME AS CHILDREN
The title for this year's senior Essay competition is, "Describe the role of the referee in sport and then compare this with the role of the Governor-General in the Government of Australia".
The young lady researched the
"Referee Associations" and discovered they have reserve powers the same as the
Governor-General. To quote her entry:
codifying those circumstances and you have another disaster. This is all the
more interesting as a game is essentially a conflict over a prescribed period
of time with a limit to the duration of the conflict, differing from the political
conflict which is continuous. But both conflicts will ever have unforeseen circumstances.
CARBON CREDITS & MALCOLM'S JUNK SCIENCE
by Ted Paterson
The NSW government has legislated that the producers of energy in NSW must decrease their output of carbons or 'buy' carbon credits. Their method of buying carbon credits is to pay the cost of providing CFL globes at no cost in exchange for signatures from householders certifying that the CFLs have been received. They are being given out willy-nilly and also when the man comes to change our bulbs he brings his own, consequently, we have enough CFLs to last the next ten years. They come in almost plain packets with no warning re mercury!
The signed forms are then returned to the electricity concern as proof that they have done that amount to cut down electricity consumption and the company handing out these CFLs willy-nilly then becomes entitled to Carbon Credit brownie points thus satisfying the NSW legislation.
It is agreed by 'all concerned' that the cost of electricity will rise because of this vast expenditure, but as it is all part of saving the planet the costs are justified. And don't forget the rational is 'as electricity becomes more expensive the people will use less'.
What a really brilliant scheme! Perhaps if we are serious about 'saving the planet' we should revert to kerosene lamps. Oops, they pollute also. Okay then, we'll all go to bed at sundown, or, perhaps we may be able to get a little light by sitting really close to our electric radiator?
Only a fraction of the bulbs distributed will actually be used; when something is free people tend to collect as many as are available, the actual amount of electricity saved will not relate to the immediate saving in the same ratio of bulbs distributed.
mentioned earlier, we have [been given] enough CFLs to last for about ten years
or more. We are told they have a much longer life than the incandescent light
environmental officer mentioned above, also told me that a special disposal unit
will be established, I think by the Shire Council, to deal with old CFLs as replacements
OUR DISGRACEFUL UNIVERSITIES
Centralised universities run on market principles are incompatible with a culture of intellectual freedom and questioning. Consequently, from the end of the 1980s, the universities - if that is possible - became even worse than they had been. Dissenters are not tolerated and there are few remaining dissenters, if any. Thus there are no immigration critics, critics in any comprehensive sense, of immigration and multiculturalism on any Australian campus. That says it all.
The federal government is now going to use "controversial" constitutional powers to remove the States' power over the universities and centralise them some more. Howard's gang is crowing about the High Court of Australia's recent centralist decision on workplace relations and is confident that this Court will perform true to form. This of course will ultimately finish off the universities but at this late stage of decay we should welcome the death throes of these horrible politically correct institutions of intellectual toxic sludge.
At this late stage our ailing culture would be better off if the liberal economic rationalists did finally destroy them. Then we can plan to build anew.
Garrett in the past had campaigned strongly against the US presence of US bases in Australia and now must deal with Australia's agreement to host a further US joint communications facility. Well, what's wrong with that?
Garrett after all is a politician now, no different from the rest of them. In the past he may have danced like a robot on stage - now he really is one.
RACE AND COSMETICS
by Brian Simpson
Prosecutors have argued that "BBR" is a code for excluding Arab, Asian and African people. I detest cosmetic ads because of the false images of beauty given to women. As an ageing, sensitive satirist, I look forward to ads with corpulent women (not slim ones) of all different hues and colours, selling cosmetics. I heard one lady tell another at the university the other day: bring it on girl friend!
ASSAULT ON USS LIBERTY - 'DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE'
Stephen M. St. John, Founding Associate Member, USS Liberty Veterans Association:
This day also marks two years since the USS Liberty Veterans Association formally presented its report War Crimes Committed Against U. S. Military Personnel, June 8, 1967 to the Secretary of the Army in his capacity as Executive Agent for the Secretary of Defense. (See https://www.ussliberty.org) Thus far there has been no reply to this administrative gambit; even so, the LVA continues to hope that the US Congress will eventually do the right thing and, according to its mandate "To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations," conduct a full and impartial investigation to settle the matter once and for all.
Too 'hot a potato'
for AIPAC-driven politicians?
When US Bankruptcy Court Judge A. Jay Cristol's 2002 book "The Liberty Incident," denigrated the Liberty survivors and their petitions for redress of their grievances, the legal counsel of the Court of Inquiry felt compelled to break his decades-long silence and formally repudiated the court's falsified findings as well as the judge and his book. Captain Ward Boston also alleged that President Johnson ordered the cover-up, and that this immoral command was carried out by Admiral John McCain, the father of the senator from Arizona. Senator McCain endorsed the judge's book.
The USS Liberty incident and cover-up constitute a hot political potato especially for AIPAC-driven politicians who shun petitions to take up the cause of the Liberty survivors. One wonders how any member of Congress could give a cold shoulder to the Liberty crew and still be fit for the duty of care of our twenty year olds in far-flung places like Iraq and the Persian Gulf. After all, Zionist Neoconservatives maintain that aircraft carriers are old fashioned and expendable and a costly drag in their quest for world domination. Is this why carriers have been placed within range of Iran's supersonic anti-ship missiles? Is this how warmongers break eggs for their omelettes?
Public Relations trumping over Truth
The USS Liberty
was a state-of-the-art electromagnetic surveillance ("spy") ship that could not
only overhear all electronic signals in the airwaves but also record them for
the National Security Agency.
THE VIKINGS VERSUS MUHAMMAD
by Ian Wilson LL.B:
Of course in refusing to "influence the media" he also added a condemnation of attempts to "demonise people because of religious beliefs." The boycotts of Danish goods and the closing by various Arab nations of their embassies in Copenhagen continued. On 3 February 2006, 150 Muslims stormed the Danish Embassy in Jakarta, burning the Danish flag. Malaysian Muslims chanted "destroy our enemies" outside the Danish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The cartoons were published in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands so the controversy spread across Europe.
The Australian of 1/2/06 p.9 published a photograph of the "offending cartoons." A Muslim, armed with a magnifying glass would be sure to be offended. Technically under the Victorian Race and Religious Tolerance Act a complaint could be made on just this issue, although I think that the newspaper could launch a successful public interest defence.
Muslim militants, including Islamic Jihad, Fatah and Hezbollah groups have threatened to murder Western citizens in retaliation. Palestinian gunmen searched Gaza hotels for citizens of the countries where the newspapers had published the cartoons - to murder. The Editorial of The Weekend Australian of 4-5/2/06 p.16 defended the cartoon-publishing on freedom of speech grounds: "the right to offend within the law is fundamental to free speech." Tell that to David Irving or Ernst Zundel.
The elites have themselves supported race hate laws which have eroded our freedom of speech. In the name of "tolerance" and "multiracialism" people who are incompatible with our cultural mix have been brought in as political pawns, to ethnically dilute us. Then, when the inevitable racial conflict erupts, the elites hide behind "Enlightenment values".
Let it be the elites who face the wrath of Islam the fruits of their own creation - multiculturalism. The banner of the intellectual's hatred for the West is now carried forward by their cultural agents.
'SCOOTER' LIBBY CONVICTED AND SENTENCED
Readers will remember Lewis 'Scooter' Libby was brought before the Court for 'blowing the cover' of CIA agent Valerie Plame. The news is U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton sentenced Iraq war architect I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby to two and one-half years imprisonment along with a hefty fine.
has been suggested George Bush could pardon Libby before his term of office as
President finishes. Joseph C. Wilson IV, Valerie Plame's husband, said a pardon
by President Bush would be improper.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
There have been a number of letters in response to James Reed's article on Bob Santamaria and Archbishop Mannix - for and against. I have taken points of interest from a few of the letters and made comments.
ABC AND THE GLOBAL WARMING DEBATE
The ABC's recorded message is that it will be announced very shortly when the BBC's "Great Global Warming Swindle" programme goes to air. You are advised to watch your local TV Guide for announcements.
Those who have already watched the DVD know the BBC programme charges 'climate change' is a natural phenomenon and it is the sun that affects the earth's climate rather than mankind's puny activities. The Global Warming Swindle has a political agenda behind it. Of course!
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