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3 March 2012 Thought for the Week:
A spokesman for the Daily Mail said:
"This case is a reminder, at a time when newspapers are under attack for invading privacy, that the rich and powerful regularly use the law to prevent legitimate scrutiny of their activities. Had the Mail lost this case, it could have incurred costs of more than one million pounds.
"Not many news organisations, however committed they are to free speech, can afford to risk a loss of that magnitude. As Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry considers the balance between privacy and freedom of expression, the chilling effect on free speech that court cases like this one exert needs to be borne in mind."
FINANCE INDIRECTLY CONTROLS POLICY – GOVERNMENTS DON'T
“Think You’ve Got Cash In The Bank? Think Again – Barnaby is Right” writes Professor Steve Keen on his website - http://barnabyisright.com/tag/steve-keen/ quoting Senator Barnaby Joyce’s warning: “If you do not manage debt, debt manages you.”
Yes, as Professor Keen now understands, banks create ‘credit’ out of thin air – but they have been doing it for longer than he realises.
The 21st century financial/debt system can be traced back to the setting up of the Bank of England in 1694.
The World’s Huge Productive Capacity
“Then his attention was attracted to a persistent propaganda that was being conducted to the effect that "we must produce more." And he began to think what would happen when the whole of this intensive production was diverted in peacetime. The persistent propaganda gained in volume, to be supplemented by a new cry that they were a poor, poor nation, and only hard work would save them from destruction. So he wrote his first article on the delusion of super production, in which he showed that, if things were as represented, then the more that was produced the bigger the problem was going to become.
“He also knew for a fact that Britain and the United States and he believed Canada also, were chock full of the newest producing plant. Then came Major Douglas' predicted feverish boom, accompanied by a spectacular rise in prices, followed immediately by an equally spectacular slump and sudden mass unemployment. All those wonderful industrial plants began to be broken up and the owners to go into bankruptcy. (Sound familiar – and similar - to what is happening in 2012?...ed)
"It was not true in 1919 that Britain was a poor, poor country”, emphatically asserted Major Douglas. "I know from my own technical knowledge, that there is no production problem as such in the world at all." Also, “there is something wrong with administration. Socialism is no remedy but only an administrative panacea. The only way that administration comes into the picture is that it does not control policy. But finance does.
Emphasising the position, Major Douglas said that you have on the one hand, a demonstrated capacity to produce and deliver goods and services, which is far in excess of any possible demands so long as you don't produce that overwhelming consumer - war. Yet on the other side there was an increasing clamour for the bare necessities of life in many places.
BANKERS ARE THE DICTATORS OF THE WEST: Robert Fisk wrote of what he understood, and while he didn’t give us the whole picture, for me the important point he made was that these people saw themselves as the owners of the world. “The banks and the rating agencies have become the dictators of the West. Like the Mubaraks and Ben Alis, the banks believed – and still believe – they are owners of their countries…”
Dr. Frances Hutchinson drew a mental diagram of the pyramidal structure now taking world-wide shape in her DVD series “Breaking New ground” (Available from Heritage Bookshop Services): Roughly 85% of the world’s population are forced into the bottom level, indirectly (through the banking/financial system and governments’ policies) by the world’s (top of the pyramid) 2% elite, while at the second level, the administrators (including governments) carry out the policies dictated from above.
The Veil Between the Two Worlds Lifted – Momentarily
The Swiss-based hedge-fund manager had launched a libel battle against the Daily Mail over his trips to Moscow and Siberia with Lord (then Mr) Mandelson and a Russian oligarch. He claimed an article painted him as a ‘puppet-master’ willing to exploit his friendship with the former Labour spin doctor to impress his business associate, metals magnate Oleg Deripaska. But he lost the case, and photographs of him, Lord Mandelson and Deripaska at an aluminium smelting plant, were ruled by the judge, along with other evidence, to disprove Rothschild's claim that the visit has no business-related purpose.
Mr Rothschild's counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC, told the court that while his client had invited Lord Mandelson and another friend, Sebastian Taylor, to accompany him on the short trip, no business had been discussed and no deals had been facilitated. Mr Rothschild said the former Labour minister's presence was "purely recreational".
The Daily Mail article claimed that Mr Rothschild acted like a "puppet master", inviting Lord Mandelson to a dinner in Moscow to "impress". It was alleged that Lord Mandelson's presence was required to assure both parties that EU aluminum import tariffs would not rise in the near future. But the libel trial was told that Lord Mandelson did not attend the dinner at the Cantinetta Antinori restaurant, instead holding an informal meeting with a Russian minister in one of the restaurant's private rooms.
But the story doesn’t end there. The question is raised as to whether British jobs were lost as a result of the ‘business trip’. An “article was published on guardian.co.uk at 10.12 GMT on Friday 10 February 2012 . ... engaged in improper discussions with Mr Deripaska about aluminium." ... and that this had caused the loss of 300 British jobs,..."
STARING INTO THE ABYSS: THE DESPAIRING GREEK PEOPLE
From Wallace Klinck of Canada:
“When Eleni Nikolaidou agreed to help a university research project, she was asked to plough through 6,000 newspapers from World War II. Life was so difficult for the Greeks under Nazi occupation, she discovered, that papers printed ‘Recipes for Hunger’ on their front pages to help readers survive the deprivations of a dark chapter in history. These included recipes for fried radishes and greens scavenged from parks, along with tips such as grating an aubergine on top of boiled rice to give the look of meat.
Less noticeable is the quiet desperation of dignified people who turn off heating despite the cold and share dwindling savings with jobless relatives. Or the workers unable to afford fares home and the children fainting in school from hunger.
It is three years since the financial tsunami struck Greece with dreadful force, exposing the most shocking example of a country living beyond its means. (That statement ‘living beyond their means’ needs defining. Does the writer mean their physical means or their financial means? …ed) Three years of savage austerity — of sudden new taxes, salary cuts, job losses, rising prices and falling demand (all examples of financial means...ed) — have left the nation shattered and its citizens locked in a spiral of despair. ‘There are so many similarities between these periods,’ said Nikolaidou. ‘Of course, it was the Germans then, and once again the Germans are the dominant figures in our crisis now.’
Greeks seem torn between outrage at their venal politicians, anxiety over the future and the fierce anger they direct at Germany for demanding tough measures as the price of a European Union bailout to allow their country to continue to function. The imposition of the latest package of conditions by the German-dominated EU and International Monetary Fund provoked riots last weekend, while newspapers made ugly references to the Nazis, and politicians talked of living under a ‘German jackboot’ as Europe’s festering wounds burst open.
Greece’s EU-imposed, unelected government has backed another devastating cutback in their economy — slashing the minimum wage, savaging welfare payments, sacking one-fifth of state workers — but many fear this is just one more chapter in a long-running tragedy. It is only eight months since a previous package of austerity measures was supposed to solve everything….” Further reading found here…
Wallace Klinck writes: I have forwarded to the Independent Members of the Greek National Parliament, which in total comprises approximately 300 elected representatives, a number of Social Credit documents and websites”. (What about On Target readers doing the same?...ed)
PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
by Chris Knight
I do not agree. The attempt to make a barren discipline like philosophy relevant to life and interesting is a notable achievement, and de Botton has done this. His latest book shows that even atheists can learn the wisdom of living from religious traditions. That is far from a surprising thesis when one thinks calmly about it because religious traditions distil wisdom of living and thoughts about the meaning of human life that often took centuries to produce.
“INSIDE JOB”: THE FACES OF THE CROOKS
by James Reed
WILL ABBOTT CHANGE POLICY DIRECTION?
by Betty Luks
I think the principle is summed up in the Liberal Party’s 17 Statements of Belief drafted in 1949. I DID SAY the 1949 Liberal Party Statement of Belief:
No 12. We believe that National Financial and Economic power and policy are not to be designed to control men’s lives, but to create a climate in which men may be enabled to work out their own salvation in their own way.
Now who has Tony Abbott appointed to lead us ‘out of the political/financial wilderness and into the promised land’?
Wikipedia tells us: Mr. Sinodinos' career background is that of Banker/Public Servant:
Do you, gentle reader, think Tony has discovered a 21st century Moses, who will lead us into the promised land - or has Tony chosen another financial systems man who can't think any other way?
HARDWIRED TO CARE FOR OUR OWN TRIBE, INDEED!
by James Reed
Agreed: and let us hope that our social group can wake up before the inevitable disaster engulfs it.
OH DON’T BE RACIST, THE DICTATORS OF THE WORLD ARE WATCHING!
by James Reed
North Korea! Pat, do you really think that the North Koreans care two hoots about Australian Aborigines, anti-discrimination and even Australia? And with China’s cultural genocide policy towards Tibet will any of this matter to them?
IMMIGRATION’S CULTURAL WAR
by James Reed
But Melbourne Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has said that such mass migration has resulted in competition for jobs and housing and pressure on family living standards. (“Intake of Skilled Migration Putting Pressure on Australian Families, says Melbourne MP”, The Herald Sun, December 21, 2011).
FIGHT TO REPEAL ‘HATE SPEECH’ LAWS IN CANADA
A bill to repeal part of Canada’s most contentious hate speech provisions, which has brought together unusual allies, is one step closer to becoming law. Conservative MP Brian Storseth’s private member’s bill that would repeal the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s power over hate messages disseminated online is likely to survive its next test.
The bill is scheduled to be voted on for a second time on Wednesday, and while it is a private member’s bill, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson endorsed the proposed legislation last November. It will still have to be voted on once more in the House of Commons and pass through the Senate before it becomes law, but the progress is encouraging for its diverse supporters.
“This is a dead bill,” said Marc Lemire, one of the people to face a complaint under the Canadian Human Rights Act. “It shouldn’t be on the books and it will be a fine day in Canada when it is finally removed.” Section 13 of the Act makes it discriminatory to spread online messages that could expose an identifiable person or persons to hatred or contempt. Lemire said the current legislation allows interest groups a risk-free way of attacking political opponents by censoring free speech, something he believes isn’t necessary or good for democratic society. “We don’t need the government looking over our shoulder looking at what we say and whether it is correct or not,” he said.
A well-known and outspoken figure in Canada’s far right, Lemire had a Section 13 complaint filed against him in 2006 for posting anti-Semitic and anti-gay material on websites. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that Lemire did violate the Act, but found the section unconstitutional. The case is now before the Federal Court of Canada and Lemire has found an unlikely ally in his fight to see the bill repealed, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
It’s an organization known for defending human rights, equality and diversity, The CCLA’s general counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers said it is important liberty and equality are protected for everyone. “When you lose freedom of expression you lose the ability of having the outside voice being forcefully heard,” said Des Rosiers. “The good thing with freedom is you have so many different people who have an interest in it,” said Lemire of the unlikely alliance.
The problem with Section 13, according to Des Rosiers, is the definition of hate messages is too broad and blurs the line between hate and vigorous disagreement. “Every group that is a little bit concerned about censorship looks at this and says the possibility of this being abused to counter some critical speech is wide,” she said. “You can easily get into full-fledged censorships.” Further reading ...
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Victorian State Lunch and Seminar: Saturday 17th March 2012. Commencing at 11.00am. Speakers are: Mr. Don Auchterlonie and National Director Louis Cook. To "Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesy Queen Elizabeth II".
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