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26 April, 2013 Thought for the Week:
"The coffin bearing the body of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been placed in a chapel in Britain's parliament before her funeral inside the crypt of the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, a cavernous vaulted place of worship first completed by King Edward I in 1297. Draped in the red, white and blue British flag. Lady Thatcher died after suffering a stroke on 8 April, 2013. She was 87."... ABC News
The coffin of Margaret Thatcher being placed in a chapel in Britain's parliament before her funeral, inside the crypt of the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, a cavernous vaulted place of worship first completed by King Edward I in 1297 was highly significant, but probably not for the reasons the conservative leaders intended.
This ‘cavernous vaulted place of worship’ was built just over 80 years after the tyrannical King John, was forced to sign the Great Charter – the Magna Carta. The spiritual driving force behind the Charter was Archbishop Stephen Langton and the Christian Church IN England. It is the spirit behind the words of that great Charter that has inspired freedom-loving English-speaking peoples the world over.
But sadly, the 21st century English people need to be reminded of their once great spiritual, cultural, and historical heritage – which they won’t find in modern party-politics. 21st century ‘conservatives’ are not imbued with that spirit
A NATIONAL SUMMIT "FUTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT"
A Summit to be convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria, is to be held in Melbourne 22-23 May 2013 (information available on MAV website). The summit is open to anyone with an interest in local government at a cost per person of $594.
One of the key speakers is Terry Moran, President Institute Public Administration Australia who was appointed Secretary of the Department Premier and Cabinet Victoria in 2000, who played a leading role in developing an ambitious National Reform Agenda. He went on to become Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Australia from March 2008 to 2011. Remember the Rudd government Social Inclusion policy?
THE FUTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
“Let us hear the truth,” wrote Alison Walpole to the Editor of the Wangaratta Chronicle 6th April 20013. “Many times I have written to your paper and the CEO of
the Rural City of Wangaratta, in an attempt to prompt discussion, and asked "What Is the Future of Local Government?" Whether from ignorance or intent there
has been almost no response from former elected Councillors.
The Wangaratta Rural City Council and Municipal Association Victoria both made submissions in support of recognition to the Federal Government Expert Panel into the Constitutional Recognition of Local Government.
The Victoria State Government
submission to this inquiry opposed recognition and presented an alternative solution to
financial difficulties. Victorian Land Titles are registered by the State Govt.
We the people have a right to information and right to be consulted.
- - signed: Alison G Walpole, Whorouly South Road, Whorouly South, Victoria
MODERN PARTY-POLITICS IS ITSELF DIVISIVE
Andrew Bolt (18 April 2013) on the ABC’s coverage of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral wrote:
Comment: I have long held the view that Andrew Bolt is the ‘Right’s’ voice for the divide and rule tactics used to keep the people at each other’s throats, and, in the process, divide the truth of the issue, situation, etc.
MARGARET THATCHER, NATION SNATCHER
by James Reed
Thatcher increased police powers and relaxed the conditions for police searches and seizures. Due process protections were weakened. She gave gun criminalization its first big push. The chattering class were all chattering about how she ended British socialism by cutting government spending and helping free enterprise.
Thatcher, in short, was a globalist, like Howard. She tightened laws about free speech concerning race. She said that there was “no such thing as society’ and she was determined to destroy traditional British society to prove it. She helped bring about European integration, and only in the end seemed to realize that it really meant the end of the rule of the local dictators in favour of EU dictatorship. But by then she had served her purpose and was replaced by the even worse.
“Thatcher, Thatcher, milk snatcher” they once sung. Replace the chant to “Thatcher, Thatcher, nation snatcher.”
PRINCE CHARLES: MY INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY UNIT’S STUDY
In a keynote address to “The Future of Food Conference” at Georgetown University, Washington DC. in 2011, H.R.H. Prince Charles asked the question:
The Prince suggested: “The reasons lie in the anomalies that exist
behind the scenes….
The well-known commentator on food matters Michael Pollan pointed out recently that, so far, the combined market for local and organic food, both in the United States and Europe, has only reached around 2 or 3 percent of total sales. And the reason, he says, is quite simple. It is the difficulty in making sustainable farming more profitable for producers and sustainable food more affordable for consumers.
With so much growing concern about this, my
International Sustainability Unit carried out a
study into why sustainable food production systems struggle to make a profit, and how it is
that intensively produced food costs less.
answer to that last question may seem obvious,
but my ISU study reveals a less apparent reason.
HOW DID THAT BOAT GET TO GERALDTON?... WE’RE BEING GAMED!
“We're being gamed on boat people” wrote Andrew Bolt, 17/04/13. He continued:
The following was passed on to On Target from a fact-loving friend:
His questions specifically were:
So the story of travelling Sri Lanka/Geraldton is absolute bull****, or perhaps they made a stopover in Indonesia or were resupplied en-route. And remember when they pulled into Geraldton they were only half way to their supposed destination – NZ.”
I AM CONFUSED BY THE TERM
by Betty Luks
Kevin Donnelley continued: “The day after Howard’s speech, the Prime Minister’s appointee to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority mounted the barricades rejecting the claim of bias. Chairman Barry McGaw argues that the new history curriculum “does not prejudice our Western and Judeo-Christian heritage. Their influences on Australian culture and our legal and political systems are clearly dealt with”.”
Kevin Donnelly insists the PM’s appointee and spokesman “is incorrect. On reading the curriculum, it is obvious those responsible are hostile towards the institutions, beliefs and grand narrative associated with Western civilisation that make this nation unique. While Australia’s culture and society have evolved over the years, our language, way of life and political and legal institutions have been inherited primarily from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales….”
While there is much within Dr. Donnelly’s article that an Anglo-Australian would agree with, the term “Judeo-Christian” raises many questions. One in particular is: what does he understand as the basic philosophical foundations of Judaism and how do those foundations compare with, or relate to, that of the Christian Faith? After all, he has a living, working model of Judaism to examine in the modern state of Israel.
How does the good doctor equate the treatment meted out to the ordinary Palestinian citizen, by the political and military regime of Israel, with the Founder of Christianity’s teachings?
Didn’t the Founder of the Christian Faith insist:
OSCAR WINNER AMONG THOSE CALLING FOR ISRAELI THEATRE BAN
Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson is among three dozen actors, directors and writers protesting the inclusion of an Israeli theatre company at an upcoming Shakespeare festival in England.
SOCIAL CREDIT: A MOVEMENT OF THE MIND AND SPIRIT
Recently I was sent a note, it read:
Upon his retirement in 1992 national director, Eric D. Butler wrote:
James Reed had this to say in “Faith and Economics”
For Douglas, unlike today's intellectual crop of trendy relativists and postmodernists (all truth is relative, there are no absolutes), there is a reality which is knowable objectively and exists outside of individual and social consciousness. In The Pursuit of Truth Douglas said:
A canon is an objective and discoverable reality:
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE 153 FISH
by Betty Luks
As John relates, the disciples had spent a fruitless night fishing. When the risen Christ came on the scene, He told them to throw their net out once more, and, it is recorded, Simon Peter dragged a net full of big fishes into shore. The catch numbered 153 fish. (John 21-1-19). The priest explained why he thought there were specifically 153 Fish and also drew on some of the early Church fathers’ thoughts, but, all in all, I was not satisfied.
When home, I headed for the book co-written by Prince Charles “Harmony: A New Way of Looking At the World” – and I have to say I was delighted.
The Prince sets the scene by referring to what happened “amid the complex turmoil in Europe in the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries." In particular the Prince points to “the advent of the Scientific Revolution in the seventeenth century and
the emergence of the Age of Reason in the eighteenth century…” whereby modern man’s understanding “of the way the world was seen before that time is somewhat
He continued: “In my experience, once somebody sees this in action, particularly the extraordinary correspondences that exist between the patterns made by the orbiting planets and the forms found in Nature, they tend to grasp the central point I have been trying to make for so long, which is, essentially, that the art and architecture that flowed from this geometry are not merely clever. There is a profound symbolism at work that is as relevant today as it has always been.”
The Prince explored this sacred art “as they came to life during two more recent high points in civilization, one Islamic, one medieval Christian, both of which sought to create a three-dimensional expression of the profound insight their rediscovery of the grammar of harmony had attained.”
Harmony, Balance and Unity lies at the very heart of Life itself:
Every culture of the past has understood their importance and has used them to underpin the structure of their most important sacred buildings and many secular ones too. These principles also inform their religious symbolism and open up a clear experience of a deeply anchored view of the cosmos and of humanity's spiritual role within creation. It is this traditional insight that I firmly believe could be of such help in our own troubled and philosophically impoverished times. If that seems fanciful, then I would urge you to read on. The meaning that the symbolism of these buildings conveys is far more than information, but to understand it we have to experience it - to know it as a comprehensive scheme.
The sacred geometric symbols and what they represent:
Underlying Structure of Reality:
In other words, when we are asked to “consider the lilies of the field” we are asked to watch the growing (the ‘forming’ and ‘being’) of the lily. It toils not, and it spins not; yet night and day it grows, and with a beauty with which the most splendid monarch of the East was never adorned. The lily expands its blossom and fills the air with fragrance and yet this beauty is short lived. Here is the link to one of the websites illustrating the sacred geometry
VACATIONING IN A PARADISE DISASTER – SHADES OF THE N.W.O.?
The following article comes from Henry Makow’s website, “Vacationing in a Paradise Disaster” April 15, 2013. He writes:
I have the impression that the bankers are squeezing Jamaica like Greece et al. Two people have mentioned a big IMF loan. I heard a radio talk show on the shuttle-bus to Negril. The people are restive and the government is using brutal police repression. Gunmen stole $15 million in fuel from a Shell Refinery last week. It sounds like a war zone. Guess who the government represents? Is this a harbinger of our future in the New World Order?
Vacation in Paradise: It's weird vacationing in paradise and finding it inhabited by people engaged in a desperate struggle for survival. It's hard to ignore them because they are constantly trying to befriend you and help you or sell you something. They are trying to keep their dignity and stay on the right side of the law while relieving you of money. They don't rob you. Not in the usual sense. They overcharge you or shortchange you.
I have been in Jamaica 48 hrs and have been ripped off 6-8 times. Right away, the currency exchange shortchanges you. Then, the taxi monopoly at the airport wants to charge $15 for a 5 minute ride. The cashier at the restaurant shortchanged me and was embarrassed when I caught her. When she gave correct change, I left it as a tip.
I felt like I was being eaten by piranhas, bones picked clean. They must see tourists as woolly sheep to be fleeced. (To be fair, the shuttle bus and hotels have been scrupulously honest. My hotel in Negril is good value and full. Jamaican cooking is honest too. They take a lot of care.) But everyone wants to sell you something. I wonder how we would behave in similar circumstances? Would we be able to hold on to our dignity?
Some have a solicitous vibe to convey their desperation for a tip. I'm taking an expensive vacation among people who can't feed their children. The tourist spots in Montego Bay and Negril feel like Cairo. No one there. Yes, the planes land full of tourists. Where do they go? All inclusive resorts? Montego Bay has no long public beach. The "tourist strip" is a tawdry affair. The street is lined with souvenir shops. The sidewalk is narrow. The occasional tourist is besieged by hustlers. Where's the charm?
Moved to Negril Sunday and have a room on the seven-mile-long beach. Paradise. The town still has vestiges of natural charm. 30 celcius and sunshine every day. Woolly Sheep: I carry a limited amount of cash. It's the only way to avoid paying x3 the real amount. "This is all I've got," I say. They usually take it for sunglasses or a sun hat. At the bank, a young boy and an old crippled man vied to open the ATM door for me. When I emerged I gave $1 to the boy. "I haven't eaten," said the old man. "I'm sorry," I callously wave him off. "I can't give money to everyone who asks." Later I wondered why I chose the boy. I thought they were together but they were in competition. What if he was hungry? I can't feed everybody.
There was a great live show next door Sunday night. Nobody there but me and Kevin, a beach vendor smoking a joint, and a prostitute. Kevin tells me the economy is bad. He invites me to witness the poverty inland. I decline. " It's painful to see," I tell him. "I can see it here." Before long, he invites me to donate for refreshments and attend a "grave digging" (funeral) to be held Wednesday 15 miles from here. It's for a beloved member of the beach community who died in a car crash two weeks ago.
I agree. I can feed a few. Might as well attend a "grave-digging" and get my mind off my own problems, I think. But I later change my mind about going. One of Kevin's friends snickered when I was being introduced. I don't want sympathy to deceive me. Instead, I'm going to do a Google street view of this beautiful beach in my mind. No matter how ugly the world might become, this slice of heaven will be in my mind.
Comment: Jamaica is suffering 'austerity' by the IMF sharks. The pattern is standard. This is how Globalism works: in the little countries, costs for necessary imports shoot up, so the local population is sucked into a bottomless pit cycle of debt. There is a blackout on this on American mainstream and most 'alternative news'. Once the jewel of the Caribbean, the IMF and it's economic hit men have been undermining the Jamaican economy since the mid 1970's. By 2012 they had them down for the count when they gave them another $1.7 Billion dollars under the usual usurious terms. Last week (Apr 9th 2013) ABC news announced the IMF has 'rescued' Jamaica again with another loan of $958 million - just to keep the lights for four more years.
"Bailouts" aren't good news. It means the prey can't break free of the python that's swallowing it. The IMF's agenda isn't to help countries recover or prosper, they're purpose is to destroy national sovereignty and independence, creating Global Feudalism. As you can see there's no benefit in this for the average Joe - it only means your chances of being mugged or shorted become a standard part of a vacation.
In more depth: How the IMF Destroyed Jamaica
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