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11 February 2011 Thought for the Week:
"A man must first of all understand certain things. He has thousands of false ideas and false conceptions, chiefly about himself, and he must get rid of some of them before beginning to acquire anything new. Otherwise the new will be built on a wrong foundation and the result will be worse than before.
- - G.I. Gurdjieff
STAND UP TO BE COUNTED – OR GET TO BLAZES OUT OF THE PICTURE
from Lynn Stanfield to his local politician:
From Dalby, Queensland Mon, 31 Jan 2011:
Take Qld Transport: In Dalby district:
2. Some farmers, who were crossing a road with a tractor to feed starving, flooded stock were pulled up, the tractor measured, and they were booked because it was slightly wide. Not only that, they were forced to leave the tractor and go to town to get an over-wide permit before they could move it back into the farm. This happened on an already closed road where the farmer was the only person around. Except for the idiots! These are not rumours. They are facts.
3. This morning, I was booked for driving down a closed road to check livestock which were reported to be out on the road, and, at the same time, pick up my employee who had walked over the bridge to come to work. My house happens to be 50 metres past the ‘road closed’ sign, so apparently I cannot even go in and out my gate. I tried to reason amicably with two idiots. Of course I got more than a little agitated when they refused to let me down the road to my farm. As a result, they pulled a tape recorder, so I made sure it recorded their stupidity. I even had to insist they returned my driver’s licence. I'll definitely win the court battle as my employee witnessed the whole affair. But what a waste of time and resources.
4. Over the last 3 weeks, there have been Qld. Transport officers stationed outside our farm, booking innocent locals. For about 8 days, two blokes sat in a vehicle with the engine idling and hazard lights on 24/7. That would be 3 shifts, plus motel and other costs. Now most of these blokes were reasonable people. I had to chat with them every time I went out my gate. Some were idiots like my experience this morning. But the real idiots in this case are the people who sent them out here to guard an obviously flooded and closed road and never bothered to check when the water went down; just left them there. We, the taxpayers, pay them to be there and also pay fines for trying to get on with our lives in tough times.
5. I wrote the above in the hour before I went to Brisbane to help clean up the mess in our flooded premises there. While in Brisbane, I was told a true story about the truck drivers delivering food to Gympie. As happens in times of desperate need, trucks rolled out of the Brisbane warehouses stacked with as much as they could get in. After all, the media was screaming for food for Gympie. Queensland Transport then intercepted the trucks and fined the drivers for overloading. What Senior Idiot in Qld Transport decided he could solve Queensland’s financial crisis by fining drivers? They sent dozens of men out to embarrass the Government when they could have been helping people in need.
6. Also, did you hear about the farmer who was ferrying food and other essentials for himself and neighbours across the flooded Condamine? Well, the SES and Police decided it was their job. Apparently it is illegal for us farmers to even launch our boats to help ourselves or rescue our livestock. So they sent him home after warning him that if he continued to help, they would prosecute.
As he was putting his boat back on his trailer on the other side of the river, he heard horns blowing and looked back to where he had been sent away from.
Many, many great deeds by the vast majority of the people:
LIBERAL COSMOPOLITANISM AND THE CONSTITUTION
by Ian Wilson LL.B.
The Courts have proceeded by rejecting “originalism” or “interpretivism”; the view that judges must decide cases in accordance with the intention of the framers, where possible. This constitutional philosophy places restraints upon judges who otherwise would go on a “frolic” on their own and decide cases on the basis of their own personal preferences.
Progressivism in constitutional law, ultimately degenerates into Liberal cosmopolitan politics, where judges attempt to interpret and reconstruct the common law to fit the political prejudices of the day. These ideologies are almost always flawed being the foul products of the left. But even so, being new and trendy the doctrines are not sound and wise like principles which have stood the test of time. Originalism gives us a conservative compass point in the shifting world of legal opinions and is to preferred to the neurotic values of the Left.
MY DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE ATTITUDE OF SOME MALES
by Betty Luks
The grandmothers of the Third World, training in Sanjit Roy’s Barefoot College and taking the knowledge back to their own communities, have provided us with a fine example of what can be done.
Labor’s Solar Panel Scam: Lou Cook of Nurmurkah, Victoria sent us the following report:
If I install solar panels then I want the power generated available without relying on the grid system but the promised subsidy did not extend that far... all MUST be dependent on the centralised system. So much for GREEN POWER and government help!
THE MODERN ‘ENCLOSURE’ TRICKS - SIMPLY HISTORY REPEATED
Australians who are being driven off their lands by modern governments using various ‘legal means’ would do well to look back to what happened to the farm labourers of the 18th and 19th centuries as a result of the English Enclosure Acts. The landless starving were forced into the towns and cities, thus becoming the wage-slaves to the machines of the Industrial Revolution. H.J. Massingham in “The Tree of Life” likens the 18th and 19th century Enclosures to the agrarian reforms of the Roman Empire.
In her Introduction to Massingham’s book, Frances Hutchinson notes: “With the enclosure system, the worldly powers brought about a fundamental alteration in the relationship between the land and society, substituting money for spiritual values in virtually all aspects of social and agricultural relationships. Instead of taking a tithe of the produce of the land, or taking forced tribute in military service, the powers took the very land itself…
If you want a share of the produce of the land which I am creating, you must work for me for money, so that you can buy what you need to survive. Remember, 'If any should not work, neither should he eat'." In this way, the village 'goodman' – the peasant farmer and craftsman - became the hired labourer working for his master, Money.
Jesus is quite clear about the difference between a man who is his own master, answerable only to God, and a hired labourer who does the will of his master only because he is paid to do so. "I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business; I call you friends because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father" (John 15:15). Furthermore, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matthew 6:24. Luke 16:13). Yet the modern financial system asserts that working for money is at least as important as serving God. The implications of this changed relationship are enormous…
Abdication of responsibilities:
other hand, when the reward is that of doing the Master's will, the labour
becomes its own reward. A money reward on top would make no sense at all. In the modern economy we have the curious notion that one can
work as an academic, scientist, theologian or any other salaried servant of
the commercial and political powers and retain one's integrity.
Further reading: “The Tree of Life” by H.J. M. Massingham $35.00 plus postage from Heritage Bookshop Services.
And then read: “The Story of the Commonwealth Bank”
by James Reed
It is difficult to think of something with which I disagree more. I see Davis’ claim as nonsense on stilts and I think the evidence supports my view of the intellectual corruption of the universities over that of Davis. Even a liberal such as Anthony Kronman in “Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life” (Yale University Press, 2007), delivers a stinging refutation.
There is no open mind in the Australian university on any of the important topics discussed by this organisation. In fact, most Australia universities use internet censoring software that block access to all right wing and nationalist sites (“race hate”). Even martial arts sites are blocked (“weapon”). How can this indicate a celebration of freedom? The university as Davis describes it is long dead, a victim of corporate greed from the right and political correctness from the left.
ANTI-RACISM, APARTHEID AND RAPE
by Brian Simpson
Richard Spencer concluded: “Apparently, the most prosperous and ordered country in Sub/Saharan Africa – one in which poor Blacks from across the continent are trying to emigrate into – represents a great “trauma” for Black South Africans”. One wonders if white sociologists will continue to say that Apartheid is the cause, long after Apartheid has been forgotten and a younger generation of rapists, rape.
AFTER THE FLOOD, PROFITS FLOOD IN
by James Reed
THE MENTAL TRAP OF THE LEFT/RIGHT CONFRONTATION
by Betty Luks
But surely it is time Americans recognised and provided genuine answers to the following question: If in this age of technology and automation, where computerised-machines are churning out all the production the nation’s people could possibly need WITHOUT THE NEED OF ALL AVAILABLE HUMAN LABOUR – how are those WITHOUT PAID EMPLOYMENT going to gain access to that abundance?
I realise conservative Americans don’t want to become enmeshed in the socialist-bureaucratic web but they are going to have to rethink their position in the light of the advances within the economic/production systems. For too long their answer was to export, export, export – but for the last century that has led to wars, wars and more wars. In fact, American systems have fed the military/industrial monster for far too long.
The following article reveals the left/right mental bind:
According to public opinion polls, support for repeal remains strong among the American people despite Obama's prediction that once his favourite bill was enacted into law we would like it. In addition, 200 distinguished economics experts, mostly professors of economics, signed a letter predicting that an implementation of ObamaCare will be a barrier to job growth, inflict us with a crushing debt burden, and is not real health care reform.”
Isn’t it time Mrs Schafley spelt out what is real health care reform for all Americans – not just for those who have work or those who have other sources of financial means? Are there not enough medical doctors or facilities? Or maybe America is short of farmers or manufacturers? What is the problem?
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