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29 February 2008 Thought for the Week:
SURE, WE WILL BE SORRY
by James Reed
The children in question were usually mixed race and it was argued, in danger. They were put into faster homes not because the government wanted to breed out the Aboriginal race (the children were often as much 'white' as 'black') but to save them. One critic spoke of the 'saved' generation, not the 'stolen' generation.
There has recently been one successful 'Stolen Generation' case where a plaintiff has been awarded $525,000 for false imprisonment, pain and suffering. Lawyers/academics and many in the "industry" are now pushing for a compensation scheme for the 'stolen generation' to save expenses and time. So much for legal proof!
Sure it will happen in the Obama-Rudd new world disorder, for the tune of billions. Russ says that we are not having such a national compensation fund in conjunction with the apology - but that's what he says now. It will be 'forced' on him by the lawyers. You will see.
Will the punters who vote for the major parties ever be sorry? Perhaps like the citizens of Rome who enjoyed the bread'n circuses of the games, they will never be 'sorry' about where they put their numbers on the ballot paper. Perhaps they will, like the dinosaurs, never know "the end" when it hits them.
MR. MAN - THE LEGEND ?
Apart from climate change footwork,
a "sorry" to the "stolen generation" - all in a political heart beat - what do
you think that this good Asian citizen has in store for us over the next three
years, or six years, or nine years? The numbers have the weight of a life sentence.
ROLL UP FOR THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TALK-FEST
And the 1,000 elites? These will be selected by a 10-member non-government committee. What I like about this is what seems to be the new Ruddy hand signal when you are at the helm". The Australian 4 February 2008, p.1 features Rudd with Professor Glyn Davis, vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne with both fists, lightly clasped, with the thumbs protruding. Is this the new sign of peace to replace the Churchill 'V' (which seems to now mean something rude)? Or is it some symbol from the ancient world?
I suppose if you hit anyone like that you would break your thumb, so it must be a peace symbol of sorts. There is no holding Rudd back, he's a real go-getter, full of body language. The white Obama or male Hillary?
FIRST SET UP THE REPUBLIC - THEN ABOLISH THE STATES
Source: David Flint's Opinion
Mr. Dale has let the cat out of the bag. We know the flag is the next cab off the rank for the republicans if they were ever to get some sort of republic. Mr. Dale confirms our suspicions that the States are next on the agenda. We suppose this will include the Senate: if you don't have States, how can you have a State House?
We should be grateful to Mr. Dale. The republican movement won't even tell Australians what changes they are planning to the Constitution. They just want a blank cheque. The fact is the republican agenda is clearly intended to make our country unrecognizable, something more like Argentina than the Commonwealth of Australia. Our Constitution, one of the world's most successful, is to be well and truly trashed. The exceptional work of our Founders, led by Sir Samuel Griffith, is to be undone.
Fixing the republic is almost too easy...
"President" sounds scary...
Dale thinks " president" sounds as if the republicans plan to set up an alternative
power base to the prime minister. But Mr. Dale - some republicans want precisely
that result. The problem is that the republicans are irreconcilably divided among
Mr. Dale's administrator would be chosen by the government. The Dale model is more of politicians' republic than the rejected 1999 model. Sorry Mr. Dale. Polling indicates this ultra politicians' republic is the most unpopular model.
Mr Dale says the next thing after getting a republic is to abolish the states. He thinks there's no better time now. A Morgan poll predicts Labor would get 62 per cent of the two party preferred vote. Why this should lead to an ultra politician's republic and the abolition of the States is not clear. We must assume Mr. Dale doesn't spend much time out of the Sydney-Canberra Melbourne triangle.
Further reading: "Freedom Wears a Crown," by John Farthing. Farthing examines three political systems. Marxism, the American Republic and Constitutional Monarchy. A limited number of copies are still available from Heritage Book Services and Veritas Publishing.
THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE UNITED STATES
by Brian Simpson
Professor Kotlifoff says that the US is fast going bankrupt and will be so unless there is radical reform of the financial system. By 'reform' Professor Kotlifoff means in conventional economic terms rather than social credit terms. Nevertheless his diagnosis of America's disease is revealing.
"fiscal gap" is "the present value difference between all future government expenditures,
including servicing official debt, and all future receipts." The US fiscal gap
is an incredible $65.9 trillion - five times US GDP and twice the size of national
The US is
temporarily kept afloat by Asian countries supplying capital to the US through
its current account surplus. But if China should sell its dollar-denominated reserves
then the US dollar nose-dives.
The only chance for the world is the social credit alternative of national financial self-reliance and the end of globalism.
THE COMING GLOBAL CRASH
by James Reed
Americans must meet the gangster bankers demands for sub-prime mortgage repayments,
American personal debt grows and the demand for Chinese consumer goods falls.
China's 'bubble quivers' (The Australian 31 January 2008, p.11) and could
This global financial crisis, as Dominque Moisi argued in The Scotsman 26 January 2008,may finish off the "open, global and transparent world" of Davos globalism and return us to the world of the nation state.
If we have any sense, we must champion the exposure of the "banker's racket" and the social credit alternative with rigour. Even the IMF has said that the fallout from the global financial crisis will be long lasting. Could at last, the end be in sight to all this madness? If so - bring on the financial crash! Then will begin our time of renewal and rebuilding from the ruins of this diseased and depressing dis-order.
KEATING SHOWS US HOW TO DELIVER A SALVO
by James Reed
Desperate for media attention former PM Paul Keating launched a vitriolic attack on Paddy McGuiness in the pages of The Australian Financial Review only days after McGuiness' death. Bill Hayden gave Paul a serve back, and so it goes on. The Australian even had an 'on-line' "Hayden Vs Keating." It all reminded me of one of those 'debates' we are given every few years about some politically correct topic like immigration and multiculturalism.
When Suharto, former brutal dictator of Indonesia died, Keating described him as a personal friend who "devoted himself entirely to the development of social conditions." Surely Paul is writing literature, both now and in the past? The Senate is "unrepresentative swill," and opponents are pigs, frauds, crooks, harlots, dogs returning to their own vomit, and so on. What a wit! What a speaker! What a foul mouth!
When Shakespeare penned those famous lines about the world being a stage and life
a play, he must have had clairvoyance and caught a future glimpse of Australian
political and intellectual life.
- KEATING'S 'PERSONAL' FRIEND ?
In his official biography, Suharto admitted that in 1983-1984 he had ordered "mysterious shooters" to kill between 2,000 and 3,000 thugs, thieves and robbers. This "shock therapy," as Suharto called the killings, earned him the nickname "Gali Pelarian Kemusuk" or "The Thug from Kemusuk."
Joining Thuggery and Profits
Throughout his rule, Suharto has been implicated in systemic corruption and cronyism that distorted Indonesia's economy. When the economy boomed in the 1970s, along with increased oil prices, Suharto ordered his U.S.-trained economic ministers to issue regulations that included deducting small amounts of money from the salaries of civil servants for charity. The "donation" was automatically channeled to his Supersemar Foundation and Dakab Foundation and some of the funds did help the poor, provide student scholarships and build mosques. Suharto's Dharmais Foundation established one of the biggest cancer hospitals in Jakarta.
But from the 1980s, the recipients of the charity also included Suharto and his cronies who invested the money in dozens of companies. Later, his economic ministers issued regulations that granted monopolies to favored companies. Liem won government contracts to supply wheat flour and cloves. Hasan won millions of forest concessions and won the nickname "Raja Hutan" or "King of the Jungle."
Aditjondro, who has tracked the family's fortune, wrote that Suharto established
at least 40 foundations since the 1950s. The family owned shares in large companies,
including in the cement and fertilizer industries, toll roads and oil palm plantations.
The middle son, Bambang Trihatmodjo, established ties with the army-owned Kartika Eka Paksi Foundation, and shared ownership with Hasan in his international timber corporations. Hasan's paper mill, PT Kiani Lestari, received funds from Suharto's foundations. The youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra, also linked up with a Hasan operation, Sempati Airlines. When Suharto's wife died in 1995, "Uncle Bob" became Suharto's main advisor on the children's businesses .
Regain The Wealth
But even from beyond the grave, Suharto wields influence and loyalty. When he died in January at 86, President Yudhoyono immediately cancelled a scheduled appearance at a UN conference on retaking states' stolen assets. Instead, he went to the Suhartos' mausoleum to preside over the patriarch's burial ceremony. Like most Indonesian leaders, Yudhoyono was a Suharto crony. And like his predecessors in office since 1989 -- B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, and Megawati Sukarnoputri -- he was unlikely to be able to retake the stolen assets." Hmmmm personal friend you say Paul?
IS THE WORLD HIS STAGE AND LIFE HIS DRAMA ?
may have written of the world being a stage and life a play, but 19th century
scholar George MacDonald took the concept further in "The Imagination: Its Function
and Its Culture" when he wrote:
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