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23 October 2009 Thought for the Week:

[“The Constitution and the Bill of Rights means precisely what we want it to mean”: US Supreme Court 1973]

The government’s panel has predictably recommended the adoption of a Human Rights charter. As with the 1993 Republic Advisory Committee and the 2020 Summit governance panel, only those believed to be supportive of the desired conclusions were appointed.

When the Summit panel voted, one of the one hundred persons appointed actually turned out to be opposed to a republic. Since one other member abstained, the government endorsed proposal only received 98% support. This is the sort of result we used to see in the Soviet Union. By contrast the choice of the appointed delegates to the 1998 Constitutional Convention - apart from the parliamentary delegates - was clearly based on merit and the need for balance. The result was that the prime minister chose delegates most of whom were opposed to his position.

In any event, the proposed human rights charter will make such vast changes to the role of parliament and the courts that it should first be submitted to the people for approval. This is so whether or not this is constitutionally necessary.

- - David Flint, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.  


THE LAWYER 'S BILL OF RIGHTS

by Ian Wilson LL.B.
The Brennan report on a Human Rights Act, has been true to all predictions and has recommended, among other things, that the High Court of Australia be able to issue “declarations of incompatibility” of federal laws.
All proposed and all past laws would be subject to their judicial scrutiny. Immediately the human rights lobby was chanting that the people have spoken, let’s get on with it – even though the entire process was dominated by the human rights lobby. The ordinary people are, as usual, oblivious to this new threat to their freedom.

The argument that a statutory charter of rights would transfer power from parliament to the courts is correct. If parliament is bad, the courts are worse, being in essence non-democratic institutions. In principle parliament can be influenced by the people, if they fight hard enough, but not the judiciary. They are literally, a law unto themselves. That is why a Statutory charter of rights in the form of the Brennan report, must be fought. The rule of lawyers, is indeed the rule of tyranny.  


RED FACES, BLACK FACES: HEY, HEY IT 'S RACISM

by James Reed
The Hey, Hey It’s Saturday TV skit involving six performers putting on black face makeup (actually one had a white face) and fake Afro-wigs, enabled the chattering classes to proclaim the “racism” of Australians. Yet opinion polls in Australia found that most Australians did not believe that the skit was racist.
After all, the performers featured a Sri-Lankan-Australian, an Indian-Australian, a Greek-Australian, and Irish-Italian-Australian and a Lebanese-Australian. What a slice of multicultural Australia!

I don’t want to rock the boat, but I do think that the skit was “racist” as that term is now defined. Racist, just like black rap music is racist. Or the movies that treat blonde Nordic women as sex toys for coloured men, or the movies that portray blonde men as Nazis, racists or ‘red necks’. Or, blonde jokes that degrade Nordic people.

Yes, let us talk about “racism” and consider Australia’s post World War II immigration policy which has largely been a form of anti-Anglo Saxon demographic warfare. Hey, hey, isn’t that genocide?


LIGHT A CANDLE FOR COMMON SENSE INSTEAD

The email doing the rounds features a picture of the cutest little girl. The text asks that the email be kept circulating in memory of anyone struck down with, or being struck down with, cancer. A worthy thought, but I like the extra message added to the original. It reads:

“Sure its cute but.... Light a candle for common sense as this is what has died!

Her nappy is bleached with dioxide, her Johnston and Johnston baby bath solution has dioxide in it, her sunblock has parabens, her food has preservatives, colours, msg etc.
Her milk comes from a cow who grazes on GE modified grass and is heated in a microwave in a plastic bottle! Her cloths are washed with harsh cleaners and dried in a dryer.
Her home is made of products full of chemicals, cleaned with chemicals and the air freshner is pumping out more chemicals.
Her Vit D is down because her mother thinks the sun is bad for her and she is kept so clean she can’t build good natural immunity.
Her dad is outside spraying the weeds and it’s drifting through the window.
She has been vaccinated with vaccines containing aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde etc, and she will get more when she is older such as flu and Gardasil, both unproven and dangerous.

Before she has even grown boobs she will spend many hours in front of the TV, her house is buzzing with electromagnetic radiation, she will drink fluoridated water, have mercury fillings, used a deodorant with aluminum in it, drink diet coke and other dangerous 'diet' products, she will be told to avoid foods with healthy fats and oils, she will be told that supplements are dangerous, she will carry a cell phone on her and spend hours on the computer.
If she becomes unwell from all of this she will be given 'fix it' drugs that have severe side effects or have surgery to remove those bad old tonsils, or appendix, etc. Breast cancer is only one of a whole book of things that she will suffer from in her future.

“There is no cure for breast cancer”....
this is a misconception that makes drug companies very rich. And the very companies who make all the dangerous products will put pretty pink ribbons on their products to show their support for breast cancer!

We the consumers have the power, we can demand (with our spending money) unbleached nappies and personal products right through to pure foods and water. Do your bit in looking after yourself, dependents, others, the planet and she will have a good chance of not getting breast cancer.

Know this information but don't live in fear of it, laugh a lot, connect with people and don't suppress emotions. Be responsible for yourself and don't expect others to look after you, don't pay for your ill health and then pay to be 'fixed'.
Instead pay for good health, spend more on 'green' products, wellness knowledge, wellness professionals and take the time to research everything that will keep you and her safe.

Feel gratitude and bless your choices everyday rather than give your choices away to those who profit from your laziness.”


AGE DOES NOT WORRY THEM, NOR TIME ERASE THEIR VENGEFULNESS

An 87-year-old Perth man has lost his latest legal fight to stop his extradition to Hungary to face war crimes. The Hungarian Government wants Charles Zentai extradited to Hungary to face a charge of murdering a Jewish teenager in Budapest in 1944. Mr Zentai denies the charge and has been fighting the extradition application for the past four and a half years.

The full bench of the Federal Court has upheld a magistrate's decision that he is eligible for extradition. However it allowed a 14-day stay of proceedings to allow Mr Zentai and his lawyers time to determine if they want to go to the High Court.
While the court's judgement means Mr Zentai could be extradited, the final decision on his fate lies with the Minister for Home Affairs.
Source: ABC Online: Zentai loses extradition fight


THE 'FAITH OF AN ANGLICAN BISHOP

by Betty Luks
I just happened to catch John Cleary’s religious program on ABC Radio recently. The discussion was on Victoria’s Equal Opportunity laws. The Anglican Bishop of Gippsland opposes the 'discrimination law' exceptions some Christian groups want to retain. The Bishop also wrote an Opinion article for The Age, criticising the churches that wanted to retain exceptions to Victoria's equal opportunity law and he promoted the laws.

The Bishop used the parable of the Good Samaritan to strengthen his argument. He used the parable as an example to criticize those churches and religious organisations that chose to employ fellow Christians. He was most unhappy that they ‘discriminated’ and thought they should be happy to employ anyone at all, no matter the race, culture or religion.
What concerns me is ‘the faith’ the Bishop appeals to in his promotion of Christians accepting the concepts behind ‘equal opportunity’ laws. The pedigree of the ideas behind ‘equal opportunity’ laws can be traced back to cultural Marxism.

Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s – and to God the things that are God’s:
Whatever happened to the Christian principle of consent? What does the Bishop have to say – if anything – about the encroachment of Caesar into fields that are none of his business?
Why is it that so many of our clergy cannot see and understand that Christian liturgies and sacraments and are of spiritual value to us only if they express and strengthen the Christian faith in us? If the result, in practical terms, of participation in the sacraments is indistinguishable from that of agnostic Humanism or atheistic Socialism, why bother about them?

Surely the Bishop of Gippsland should be seeking answers and/or resolutions to important political issues in obedience to Christian principles?

Richard O’Sullivan KC wrote that when we look back into history it is as well to remember that “Behind the forms of the great conflict (i.e. between Papacy and Empire [in the middle ages]) we have to recognise the appearance in the consciousness of the civilised world of principles new and immensely significant. For behind it all there lies a development of the conception of individuality or personality which was unknown to the ancient world...
Men have been compelled to recognise that the individual religious and moral experience transcends the authority of the political and even of the religious society, and that the religious society as embodying this spiritual experience cannot tolerate the control of the State," pp.8-9.1

1. “'Carlyle, op. cit., Vol. III, 6-9. (Mediaeval Political Theory I) Cited in “Christian Philosophy in the Common Law” by Richard O’Sullivan KC.


THE BANKING MAFIA IN CHARGE OF 'SAVING US ?

by Betty Luks
The Online Opinion (8 October 2009) article by Megan Bowman, lecturer in International Law and Business Law at Victoria University, Melbourne is typical of the ‘climate change’ alarmist material the public is being fed. Compare what this lady has to say with the revelations from the “Rolling Stone” magazine article, “Giant Vampire Squid Wrapped Around the Face of Humanity” - portions of which appeared in The New Times Survey, August 2009 and part of which are now repeated for On Target readers:

The Online Opinion heading reads: “Banking on climate change” and continues:
“The horror-stricken faces of shareholders and stock traders from Wall Street to Tokyo are etched indelibly in our minds. Less than 12 months ago, young professionals, seasoned entrepreneurs and retirees all stood together watching stocks plummet - their investments and life savings disappearing before their eyes. This was the wake-up call that the global financial crisis had arrived.

At the same time, alarm bells have been deafening about the rapid deterioration of our natural climate. Global warming is also upon us. We feel it in the air, we watch it on the news: fires, floods, heatwaves, droughts, death. Polar caps are melting, the world is changing. Yet where are the wild-eyed stares? The horror, the outrage? The global climate crisis is a reality for every person, just like the global financial crisis.

Our salvation in the global climate crisis could lie in visionary business practices of the very people responsible for the global financial crisis. The finance sector - particularly banking, investment and insurance - has the power to offer incentives for greenhouse gas emission reductions, to move the global economy to low-carbon and, literally, to save our skins. The solution to the global climate crisis is disarmingly simple: more efficient energy conversion of current energy sources as well as widespread creation and uptake of renewable energies.

But the real question is how to implement this. Between the role of the individual (“I’ll drive my car less”) and the role of the nation state (“let’s talk”) lies a role for the finance sector in mobilising climate change mitigation. In industry circles, harnessing the power and influence of financiers to reverse global warming - much like harnessing the power of the sea or the sun - is getting airtime as a real solution to global warming.

How can the finance sector be our weapon of mass salvation? The answer is that bankers are in a unique position to restrict financing of heavy greenhouse gas-polluting projects and to fund renewable energy and innovative technology. They also have positional power to influence the carbon-emitting behaviour of corporate clients, consumers and competitors. By cutting off their funding greenhouse gas-emitting projects can be restricted and the transition to a low-carbon economy can gather momentum.

In Europe and the US, leading financial institutions are using their power to do exactly this. Dresdner Bank and JP Morgan subject high greenhouse gas-emitting companies to the kind of scrutiny that can result in restricted or no funding for polluting projects. Other investment bankers such as the Allianz Group have developed expertise in the field of renewable energy investments and financing.

Yet enlightened banking practices are far from industry-wide. Two key strategies to mobilise the power of banks throughout the world are the “Equator Principles” and the “Climate Principles” - environmental and social development benchmarks in global project financing.
In Australia, Westpac was a founding signatory and the first Australian bank to adopt the “Equator Principles”, and ANZ has since signed on. Although financing data for Westpac and ANZ reveals that most projects get the green light, these banks have taken on much more responsibility by signing on to these principles. As quasi-environmental agencies they must monitor compliance with sound practices and advise clients on mitigation and management strategies.

The Climate Principles are a different story. They aim to accelerate a low-carbon economy by assessing client projects for climate risks, and monitoring and evaluating options to mitigate emissions. The Climate Principles were launched last year, but no Australian banks have signed up. They need to get on board. Australia needs more business leadership from our banks - especially the “big four”, whose reputations have suffered during the global financial crisis due to highly-criticised lending practices and failure to fully pass on interest rate cuts.

The inconvenient truth is that the world’s governments lack leadership and vision on the climate change crisis. Even though new reduction targets were set at the recent G8 meeting, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was caught on-camera commenting that he has no confidence in the Copenhagen negotiations. And most of us agree. There’s too many stakeholders, too much political jockeying, too uncertain a timeline; it’s all too hard.

In government hands, our chances to genuinely reduce global warming are slipping through our fingers. The private finance sector cannot replace the law-making roles of government, but its power and expertise to mitigate climate change is a grand opportunity to make good." (emphasis added…ed)

“Giant Vampire Squid Wrapped Around the Face of Humanity”
Let me remind the reader of what the “Rolling Stone” magazine article - – had to say:

“…“It's a gangster state, running on gangster economics, and even prices can't be trusted anymore; there are hidden taxes in every buck you pay". From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression - and they're about to do it again…
The bank's unprecedented reach and power have enabled it to turn all of America into a giant pump-and-dump scam, manipulating whole economic sectors for years at a time, moving the dice game as this or that market collapses, and all the time gorging itself on the unseen costs that are breaking families everywhere - high gas prices, rising consumer-credit rates, half-eaten pension funds, mass layoffs, future taxes to pay off bailouts.

All that money that you're losing, it's going somewhere, and in both a literal and a figurative sense, Goldman Sachs is where it's going: The bank is a huge, highly sophisticated engine for converting the useful, deployed wealth of society into the least useful, most wasteful and insoluble substance on Earth - pure profit for rich individuals.
They achieve this using the same playbook over and over again. The formula is relatively simple: Goldman positions itself in the middle of a speculative bubble, selling investments they know are crap. Then they hoover up vast sums from the middle and lower floors of society with the aid of a crippled and corrupt state that allows it to rewrite the rules in exchange for the relative pennies the bank throws at political patronage...

Bubble # Six – Global Warming
…As envisioned by Goldman. The fight to stop global warming will become “a carbon market” US $1 TRILLION a year! Gone are Hank Paulson and Neel Kashkari; in their place are Treasury chief of staff Mark Patterson and CFTC chief Gary Gensler, both former Goldmanites. (Gensler was the firm's co-head of finance)
And instead of credit derivatives or oil futures or mortgage-backed CDOs, the new game in town, the next bubble, is in carbon credits - a booming trillion-dollar market that barely even exists yet, but will if the Democratic Party that it gave $4,452,585 to in the last election manages to push into existence a groundbreaking new commodities bubble, disguised as an "environmental plan," called cap-and-trade.

Carbon Credit simply a repeat of commodities-market casino:
The new carbon-credit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino that's been kind to Goldman, except it has one delicious new wrinkle: If the plan goes forward as expected, the rise in prices will be government-mandated. Goldman won't even have to rig the game. It will be rigged in advance.

Here's how it works:
If the bill passes; there will be limits for coal plants, utilities, natural-gas distributors and numerous other industries on the amount of carbon emissions (a.k.a. greenhouse gases) they can produce per year. If the companies go over their allotment, they will be able to buy "allocations" or credits from other companies that have managed to produce fewer emissions. President Obama conservatively estimates that about $646 billions worth of carbon credits will be auctioned in the first seven years; one of his top economic aides speculates that the real number might be twice or even three times that amount.

The feature of this plan that has special appeal to speculators is that the "cap" on carbon will be continually lowered by the government, which means that carbon credits will become more and more scarce with each passing year. Which means that this is a brand-new commodities market where the main commodity to be traded is guaranteed to rise in price over time. The volume of this new market will be upwards of a trillion dollars annually; for comparison's sake, the annual combined revenues of an electricity suppliers in the U.S. total $320 billion.

Goldman wants this bill. The plan is:
(1) to get in on the ground floor of paradigm-shifting legislation,
(2) make sure that they're the profit-making slice of that paradigm and
(3) make sure the slice is a big slice.

Goldman started pushing hard for cap-and-trade long ago, but things really ramped up last year when the firm spent $3.5 million to lobby climate issues. (One of their lobbyists at the time was none other than Patterson, now Treasury chief of staff.) Back in 2005, when Hank Paulson was chief of Goldman, he personally helped author the bank's environmental policy, a document that contains some surprising elements for a firm that in all other areas has been consistently opposed to any sort of government regulation. Paulson's report argued that "voluntary action alone cannot solve the climate-change problem."

A few years later, the bank's carbon chief, Ken Newcombe, insisted that cap-and-trade alone won't be enough to fix the climate problem and called for further public investments in research and development. Which is convenient, considering that 'Goldman made early investments in wind power (it bought a subsidiary called Horizon Wind Energy), renewable diesel (it is an investor in a firm called Changing World Technologies) and solar power (it partnered with BP Solar), exactly the kind of deals that will prosper if the government forces energy producers to use cleaner energy. As Paulson said at the time, "We're not making those investments to lose money."

The bank owns a 10 percent stake in the Chicago Climate Exchange, where the carbon credits will be traded. Moreover, Goldman owns a minority stake in Blue Source LLC, a Utah-based firm that sells carbon credits of the type that will be in great demand if the bill passes.
Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, who is intimately involved with the planning of cap-and-trade, started up a company called Generation Investment Management with three former bigwigs from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, David Blood, Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris. Their business? Investing in carbon offsets. There's also a $500 million Green Growth Fund set up by a Goldmanite to invest in green-tech ... the list goes on and on. Goldman is ahead of the headlines again, just waiting for someone to make it rain in the right spot. Will this market be bigger than the energy-futures market?

"Oh, it'll dwarf it," says a former staffer on the House energy committee… "If it's going to be a tax, I would prefer that Washington set the tax and collect it," says Michael Masters, the hedge fund director who spoke out against oil-futures speculation. "But we're saying that Wall Street can set the tax, and Wall Street can collect the tax. That's the last thing in the world I want. It's just asinine."

Cap-and-trade is going to happen. Or, if it doesn't, something like it will. The moral is the same as for all the other bubbles that Goldman helped create, from 1929 to 2009. In almost every case, the very same bank that behaved recklessly for years, weighing down the system with toxic loans and predatory debt, and accomplishing nothing but massive bonuses for a few bosses, has been rewarded with mountains of virtually free money and government guarantees - while the actual victims in this mess, ordinary taxpayers, are the ones paying for it.

It's not always easy to accept the reality of what we now routinely allow these people to get away with; there's a kind of collective denial that kicks-in when a country goes through what America has gone through lately, when a people lose as much prestige and status as we have in the past few years…

But this is it. This is the world we live in now. And in this world, some of us have to play by the rules, while others get a note from the principal excusing them from homework till the end of time, plus 10 billion free dollars in a paper bag to buy lunch. It's a gangster state, running on gangster economics, and even prices can't be trusted anymore; there are hidden taxes in every buck you pay. And maybe we can't stop it, but we should at least know where it's all going.

The Big Takeover:
The global economic crisis isn't about money - it's about power… The mistake most people make in looking at the financial crisis is thinking of it in terms of money, a habit that might lead you to look at the unfolding mess as a huge bonus-killing downer for the Wall Street class.
But if you look at it in purely Machiavellian terms, what you see is a colossal power grab that threatens to turn the federal government into a kind of giant Enron — a huge, impenetrable black box filled with self-dealing insiders whose scheme is the securing of individual profits at the expense of an ocean of unwitting involuntary shareholders, previously known as taxpayers…"

STOP PRESS: Bear Stearns ex-managers on trial…
Two former managers at investment bank Bear Stearns are appearing in court in New York facing fraud charges. Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin, who managed two failed hedge funds that collapsed in June 2007, could be jailed for 20 years if convicted.
They deny allegations that they knew of the funds' problems but did not inform investors, who lost $1.4bn (£709m). They are among the first financial executives to face charges since the global financial crisis began.


The hedge funds bet on the high-risk sub-prime mortgage market in the US before they collapsed. Their closure was one of the first signs of the problems in the sub-prime market, which triggered a massive loss of confidence in financial markets. Both men deny charges of fraud and conspiracy, while Mr Cioffi has denied an additional charge of insider trading. Proceedings in Brooklyn federal court have begun with the selection of the jury getting under way. Opening arguments are expected later in the week.

Sub-prime 'worry'
The BBC's Michelle Fleury in New York says prosecutors intend to use the two men's own words against them, thanks to e-mails obtained by investigators and quoted in the indictment. These include an e-mail that Mr Cioffi sent to Mr Tannin in March 2007 in which he states: "The worry for me is that sub-prime losses will be far worse than anything people have modelled."


According to the papers, the two men subsequently told senior Bear Stearns personnel that the funds were "in good shape and would continue to be successful". Sub-prime mortgages, which are loans issued to people with a poor credit history, were repackaged as securities and sold across the globe.
The collapse of these hedge funds preceded Bear Stearns' own demise in 2008. It was later bought by JP Morgan, with the backing of the US Federal Reserve.

Bear Stearns was one of the most high-profile victims of the credit crunch, which was triggered by bank losses linked to the US housing market.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/business/8304236.stm  


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