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26 January 2007 Thought for the Week:
to remember that in the Western World the roots of our individual rights and freedoms
and the recognition of the rule of law had their origins in Christianity. It was
the Christian Church which first proclaimed that no one was above the law. The
Franciscans in the 15th century were the first to elaborate legal theories of
God-given rights and that individual rights derived from a natural order sustained
by God's immutable laws of reason."
-- Charles Francis QC: "What is Wrong with a Charter of Rights," Festival of Light Resource Paper, May 2006.
CHINA THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
by James Reed
Rowan Callick, China correspondent for The Australian, ("China Growth Creates a Great Dividing Wall," 11/9/06, p.28), wrote: "China's economic development is not, as many predicted it would, also ushering in social or political development.At present, the reverse is happening; the rich, many of them Communist Party cadres are becoming fabulously so while the poor are living lives of Dickensian squalor, and any signs of dissent are being suppressed more vigorously than since the Tiananmen crackdown of 1989."
Chinese families often awake to find that their houses have been designated for destruction because they are in the way of some development project. The families are usually relocated to some remote area.
'Justice' in China:
Life is cheap in China and the rights of ordinary people, few and far between. Nothing is to get in the way of China's quest to be "No.1" - top of the globalist pop charts.
Callick concluded his article with these words: "It is important though that investors and others should not be deluded into believing that economic activity can be morally neutral."
A COLONY OF CHINA
As well, the anticipated number of Chinese students is projected to fall. Hence this plan. In my opinion it is the same sort of cargo mentality that we have seen Australian elites adopt before with the Japanese. (Who remembers the proposed Adelaide Multifunction Polis? ed)
Rather than nurture the education of our own people, as part of the colonising logic of globalism our universities seem to exist only to serve the elites of Asia. I look forward to the Asian 'cash cow' students staying home in their, probably better universities; I look forward to an end of this madness.
The universities have forsaken their task as being lights of truth to society and are littler more than vast corporate high schools. Better that they close and taxpayer's money is channelled into alternative mechanisms of education.
Jasper Becker has argued in an on-line article: "China: Imperfect Memory to Global Impurity" that China is not behaving like a good global citizen with its new found wealth. Not only does China sell arms to anyone who will buy them but China uses economic and diplomatic mechanisms to protect the nations that are among the world's worst violators of human rights.
China is one such violator, but the Communist Party of China has never confronted its evil past. As Becker puts it: "Beijing has never had to apologise for occupying Tibet; attacking India, Burma and Vietnam; creating Pol Pot's Cambodia; bankrolling Enver Hoxha's Albania; and fuelling devastating insurgencies across Southeast Asia and Africa."
China lies about its history in official statements and has fabricated historical events such as the 1935 battle to cross the Luding bridge (there being no such battle). Mao launched the cultural revolution, Becker argues, to kill his colleagues who knew the history of his own lies.
This is the nation which the elites are working so hard to make us a colony of. China is a nation which expects us to play by the free trade rules, while itself having a multitude on non-tariff barriers and no intellectual property rights. Guess what they have is store for us in the future. Source: >www.openDemocracy.net,23/08/06<
OH! WHERE HAVE MY LITTLE ANTI-TANK ROCKET LAUNCHERS GONE?
Just before Christmass, a story circulated in the press that Defence Minister Brendan Nelson ordered an audit of the army's anti-tank rocket launchers, due to the fact that some may have been stolen. Ponder this: This discovery did not make front page news - the cricket and other bread and circuses were competing for space. But never fear, the counter-terrorism police were working with the Middle Eastern Crime Squad, all of whom were looking for 8 or 9 of these advanced weapons of destruction.
One would have thought, at the time, no air flight could be considered safe! The Lucas Heights nuclear facility could have been a target, what about the Sydney Harbour Bridge? And who knows what else? Obviously the authorities didn't want to panic the people at that time of year when the message was to "shop 'til y'u drop" - but, if there really is a war on terrorism, wasn't the response a little on the slack side? An audit should have been completed before the story hit the headlines on 23 December. And, as a matter of public safety, the people should have been informed of possible threats. Strange indeed are the ways of our authorities and their 'war on terror'.
who know me personally wouldn't say I was a rocket scientist (let alone a police
detective), so if I could guess these places were possible targets, surely at
Christmass time there was a very real threat to public safety?
Did the rocket launcher fall off the back of a truck (maybe along with the leaked email about taxing our rainwater tanks), or was it stolen? If it was stolen, who forgot to put the padlock on the tin shed, where, no doubt, these dangerous weapons are kept?
Stop Press No2:
Be alert but not alarmed:
TAMWORTH, SUDANESE FAMILIES & POLITICAL DEMOCRACY
by Betty Luks
What! storms Big-Sister, who are they
to dare to contradict the policies (orders) issued from Canberra? "Now hear this,
we can't have that" she proclaims as she orders her bureaucratic 'top-dogs' to
round up the town's recalcitrants for a public meeting. "What's required are re-education
programmes, then they will see 'reason'."
from your sleep:
first step on a long road:
with the pollies in Canberra:
Of course, the long-term answers for these people begin back in their country of origin. Why are they fleeing in the first place? The bureaucrats will be spending millions of taxpayers' hard-earned dollars (whilst justifying their own jobs) - why not spend that money back in Sudan?
And don't be conned by the claim Australia is a 'democracy'. Until we have political democracy (what the people want) we are simply spouting schmaltzy jingoism.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE - BIG-BROTHER WANTS TO TAX TANK RAINWATERFirst the idea is floated, it is called 'a fishing expedition'. Then they wait. If not too many take the bait, they take the next step in the plan. No fiery reactions from the People, then the next step is taken, and so on until someone like John Howard 'takes the matter in hand' - such as the GST - and another nail in our coffin is hammered in. The Sunday Herald Sun, 14/1/07, would have us believe "The Victorian Government is outraged at a leaked federal proposal to tax rainwater collected from roofs. The idea was revealed in a leaked email seen by the newspaper tells us the "State fuming over 'rainwater tax' plan." In fact, "Acting Premier John Thwaites (Victoria) yesterday warned that if water was privatised - as proposed by some federal Liberals - a tax on rainwater in tanks would follow." What gumph! This Labor politician knows full well what are the plans by the Overworld of the Elites for Australia's precious water. The rainwater tax 'leak' is nothing compared to the diabolical plans for control of our water supplies.
UNBUNDLING WATER FROM LAND
Posted on Online Opinion, 15 January, 2007 Susan Hawthorne outlined the greater plan for WATER in this country:
" On January 1, 2007, water trading came into force in Australia. What does this mean and why should we be worried?
Water and land:
Separation is a long-used method of big business, big science and big government, those who are purveyors and beneficiaries of global markets. Separation is the first action of colonisers who take the land and the resources from the original inhabitants
The players have shifted. Instead of monarchies and Indigenous peoples, we now have corporate governments and governing corporations. Each is pocketing what the other does best: governments pocket money from corporations and corporations pocket political power. How does this apply to water? Governments are about to allow trading of water rights. It used to be that land users bordering rivers had use rights over water from the river. Water was allocated, sometimes unfairly, but the water could only be used by the landowner or the land user.
What is about to happen is that the water, through laws that unbundle land and water, can be separated from the land. This means that water not used by the landowner or the land user can be sold to another party who does not own or use land bordering the river.
shift in national law has been accompanied by changes to state laws.
It no longer matters whether one votes Labor of Liberal, since both parties are eagerly participating in these separations.
As water is separated from land, the reciprocal relationship between the two will be snapped (as if chopping the fingers out of the glove). When that happens, environmental degradation will occur on the one hand and those with the most money will profit on the other.
The international context:
developed to export water from Adelaide!!!
companies active in Iraq:
US Free Trade Agreement AUSFTA)
General Agreement on Trade
in Services (GATS):
it is possible for governments before ratifying the agreement to name "exclusions".
The GATS text identifies a host of ways in which water can be considered a service:
In the second
round offer made by Australia in May 2005 there are exclusions on "the provision
of water for human use, including water collection, purification and distribution
through mains" (AFTINET June 2005).
corporations 'in for the kill'
I highlighted at the time was:
The water on our planet is one of
the crucial ingredients that makes life possible: Without water none of us can
survive more than a few days. Access to water should not be a tradeable resource.
you think Howard's move on saving the Murray Darling Basin is important, look
closer, read the small print, look out for separations. They are markers of far
worse things to come.
Water is absolutely essential to Life, no one group should have control over it. It belongs to ALL the people.
PILGRIMAGE TO BETHLEHEM
Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly led a delegation of the British Catholic
Conference on a pilgrimage entitled 'Journey to Bethlehem' on Friday the 12th
The British delegation joined the heads of the Churches of Jerusalem, world Church leaders and the local mayors in a Bethlehem city parade that gathered more than 800 Christian children from thirty parishes across Palestine: Bethlehem and its sister cities of Beit Jala and Beit Sahour, Jerusalem, Abboud, Nablus, Ramallah and elsewhere. The procession also included Christian children from the Israeli city of Nazareth which has a large Palestinian Christian community. For many children, the pilgrimage was their first trip to Bethlehem - a city only a few miles from their home towns.
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