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20 July 2007 Thought for the Week:
- - - Geoffrey Dobbs in "On Planning the Earth IV," "Home" Journal, November 1990
ROMULUS IS NOT MY FATHER
by James Reed
If this interpretation is right, I say that this is utter nonsense. The post war migrants were fortunate indeed to have been let into this country. Most of them have done well in Australia. As well, I say: there is nothing specially sad about the tragedies described in "Romulus, My Father". Tragic for young Raimond, yes - but not exceptionally so. In my own family and circle of people I have known, I have experienced or know someone who has experienced, worse.
For example, my best friend had a son who was the type of son any man could wish for. He was happily married at age 24 with three young children and a beautiful wife. One day he was killed in a hit and run accident. The funeral was attended by an enormous number of people - most could not be seated. His young wife collapsed on her knees by his coffin and kissed it as she said goodbye. She raised the children alone. She never married and still mourns for her husband. The film "Titanic" made $1 billion out of those sort of emotions, but it is present in our own experiences.
I have known old timers who fought in most of the major battles of the 20th century. Men who were gassed in the trenches during World War I and suffered the trauma until they died. Men who cried out at night; men who could never get the sound of battle out of their ears. But they worked on, until their death, with no complaint, no psychologist and no film made about their suffering. I ask: who speaks for them? Who writes for them?
The story of the Anglo-Saxon suffering that built this nation on sweat and blood is being forgotten. Today all that counts in the literary world is the migrant experience. But, it needs to be "deconstructed", just as their intellectuals have "deconstructed" our life. If the aim of philosophy in the wider sense is to encourage the critical examination of core assumptions of our ideology, then Australia sorely needs "philosophy".
DID OUR DIGGERS DIE FOR THIS?
by James Reed
Criticisms of immigration seldom appear in our newspapers. Lionel Shriver "Turn of the Native," The Australian: Literary Review 6/6/07 pp.7-8) has come close to raising a concern : "[There] may be a psychological tipping point at which even initially kind, broad-minded populations start to feel overrun. When a Host country's people no longer feel visited but invaded, big, scary emotions come into play, emotions little different from those of a homeowner whose house is being burgled."
would add to this metaphor, that the "burglar" has long kicked the homeowner on
the street and the system, with its ideology of hatred of tradition stands ready
to punish any who object. Shriver cites an example from America of a ranging family
in New Mexico whose range has a border with Mexico. Each day 500 illegal immigrants
cross the land.
I fail to see how my suggested augmented metaphor is inappropriate. The situation is well known to officials who allow it to happen because one of the benefits of immigration is cheap labour for the furnaces of capitalism.
OUR SOCIAL DECLINE : PROSTITUTING YOUTH
This is a clear indication of the social decay of our society and our descent into a dark age. It makes a mockery of the economic reductionist claim that all is well with Australia because the economy is 'bubbling along'. These economists, clearly, seldom walk the streets after dark.
WATCHING BRITAIN BURN
by James Reed
An article in the UK International Express (26/6/07 pp.24-25) "Destination Slough" says that Slough in Berkshire is struggling to cope with a flood of immigrants. The sub-headline says: "As the government admits immigration is out of control, racial tensions grow in the Berkshire town where 80 languages are spoken and a quarter of the population have come from abroad." Books such as Mark Steyn's "America Alone: The End of the World As We know It" (2006) are right to see radical Islam as a major threat to the West. But it is only part of a major general immigration led disaster.
The UK Department of Education has just released figures showing that in London primary schools, 53.4 per cent of students do not use English as their main language. In secondary schools the figure drops slightly to 49.3 per cent. These sorts of statistics are replicated across the country. No nation can survive the type of chaos caused by the undermining of a common language.
the British government's commission on the future of a "Multiethnic Britain" has
rejected the concept of "Britishness" itself and advocates that British history
be "revised, rethought, or jettisoned". They call it multiculturalism, but we
should call it cultural genocide, the attack on our kind.
Hmmmm . THE POPE ABOUT TO UPSET THE JEWS?
Buchanan: An American Catholic, Mr.Buchanan had the following to say about the
"Return Of The Latin Mass, Traditionalists Triumph, Despite ADL". 9/7/07
HITLER, SYPHILIS AND THE HOLOCAUST
by Peter Ewe
David Irving conclusively refuted the claim that Hitler had contracted syphilis by 1940 (through a youthful encounter with a Jewish prostitute). The argument and evidence is given in David Irving's book, "The Secret Diaries of Hitler's Doctor". Hitler's doctor was Professor Theo Morell and he had tested Hitler who was tested negative for syphilis.
if syphilitic insanity was the cause of Hitler fuelling the blueprint for the
Holocaust, there is a problem. The received version of the Holocaust requires
Hitler being a morally responsible agent. If he was really insane, then he could
not have been morally responsible because moral responsibility presupposes voluntary
and sane action !
HOWARD WITH SECRET PLANS FOR TROOP WITHDRAWAL?
Is P.M. John Howard secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008? According to the Sunday Telegraph, 1/7/07 quoting an unnamed senior military source, described Howard's withdrawal plan as "one of the most closely guarded secrets in top levels of the bureaucracy."
newspaper said the drawdown of troops would focus on soldiers based in southern
Iraq on security duty with Iraqi soldiers. Australia has about 1,500 soldiers,
sailors and airmen in and around Iraq.
A spokesman for Howard referred to the prime minister's statement last week and said he did not want to give credence to the newspaper report.
$530 MILLION DAMAGES CLAIM - AND SO CLOSE TO FEDERAL ELECTION!
One of O.T's readers
just happened to pick this news snippet up. It was an article in The Age
"FEDERAL Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull, jailed businessman Rodney Adler
and a group of seven others will face the full force of a $530 million damages
claim arising from the collapse of insurer HIH after an attempt to nobble the
lawsuit failed. Mr Turnbull, business partner Russel Pillemer and his former employer,
investment bank Goldman Sachs Australia, had hoped they could ride on the coat-tails
of a pre-trial application by the bank and a pair of reinsurance companies that
attempted to reduce the size of the mammoth case. The trio had hoped to limit
the scope of the lawsuit by striking out two key claims from the three-limbed
Other defendants include a reinsurer controlled by the world's second-richest man, Warren Buffett, and former FAI finance director Tim Mainprize and chief operating officer Daniel Wilkie. They are accused of withholding information about FAI's financial health and failing to advise HIH about "illusory profits" in FAI's accounts. The reinsurance contracts enabled the company to turn losses into profits.
In the NSW Supreme Court
yesterday, Justice Clifford Einstein ruled that the case against them should remain
the same because they had failed to prove the case was "doomed to fail".
AUSTRALIAN HOUSEHOLDS DROWNING IN A SEA OF DEBT
According to the Housing Industry Association and the Australian Property Monitors company, Australian households are spending a record amount of money on interest payments as they try to keep on top of rising mortgage, credit card and general household debt Bigger property loans, multiple personal loans and surging credit card bills are sucking almost 12 per cent out of wages each week just to pay interest costs.
The ongoing lure of credit has pushed up total household debt to a record $1trillion for the first time and the total is still rising, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia. The latest debt figure, at May 30, is 13 per cent higher than May last year and the growth rate shows no sign of slowing. Credit card debt now stands at about $40 billion while investors have also racked up a massive S30 billion debt for margin lending.
account for 86 per cent
to the Housing Industry Association, housing affordability is getting worse in
Australia. "Home purchasers are borrowing more than ever, just to enter the housing
market," HIA senior executive director Chris Lament said last week.
The latest Government Census report
for 2006, released last week, found outright home ownership (no mortgage) had
fallen from 41 per cent 10 years ago to just 31 per cent now.
for Credit Cards:
and personal insolvencies increased 12 per cent in Australia during the past year
to 8113 people in the latest March quarter. Debt agreements, where creditors agree
to partially pay off a debt or pay over time, increased the most up 28 per cent
compared with a year ago.
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