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24 January 2014 Thought for the Week:
"It is yet another Civilized Power, with its banner of the Prince of Peace in one hand and its loot-basket and its butcher-knife in the other. Is there no salvation for us but to adopt Civilization and lift ourselves down to its level?" - - Mark Twain, 1835-1910
AUSTRALIA DAY 26 JANUARY 2014
by Betty Luks: As just one ordinary Australian I want to celebrate and give thanks on this Australia Day – for all the blessings that are ours – whether it be God’s abundant providence and/or the grit and determination of those who went before us – thereby leaving we Australians of this 21st century with a bountiful inheritance. Yes, I know there are many who do not share in the bountiful inheritance but that is a problem for we of 21st century Australia to resolve.
When Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson in 1788, 751 convicts and their children disembarked, along with 252 marines and their families. They made the eight-month voyage from England, where the social conditions had made life for the ordinary person very difficult with much poverty and increasing crime rates. People could be deported for crimes such as vagrancy (being homeless and landless) or robbery of goods less than a shilling (about $50 today), while stealing goods worth more than a shilling meant death by hanging. Between 1788 and 1868, 165,000 convicts were transported to Australia and for the first few decades formed the majority of the population of the colonies.
Michael Flynn, ‘Dickensian Characters: Real and Imagined Convicts’ (Convict Love Tokens Wakefield Press 1998) thought that the fictional character Magwitch in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations “probably owes something to the story of a real convict named Joseph Smith (c1773-1856) who sailed on one of the hell ships of the Second Fleet in 1790 and later spoke bitterly of the starvation and sadistic mistreatment he had suffered.) An 1845 interview with Smith by the philanthropist Caroline Chisholm was included in Samuel Sidney’s widely read book The Three Colonies of Australia 1852.” The 1967 Australian paper $5 note (reverse) featured Caroline Chisholm.
MY CHOICE FOR AUSTRALIANS OF THE YEAR: BESS AND DAVID PRICE
In Black and White: Australians All at the Crossroads Bess and David ask: “Good Culture Bad Culture, where do we go from here? We believe that we belong to not only different cultures, but literally the most different on Earth, or at least our parents did. We have both adapted enough to keep our marriage together for more than three decades. That has been a mighty but very worthwhile struggle; Bess enough to acquire a bachelor degree and to be elected to Parliament”.
They both firmly believe: “Thanks to modern genetics and evolutionary psychology we know that racism based on physical difference is so as to be a form of mental illness. We need not be afraid, the cultural differences that form our world-views, challenge every day of our lives. What we look like doesn’t matter at all, what we think and value matters critically…
Around one-third of the population of the Northern Territory is Indigenous. The problems faced by one-third of us face us all. We cannot solve them without calmly and rationally debating the issues and identifying that which is preventing us from dealing with them properly. There must be open debate and a willingness to find some truths worth expressing and defending. We have to rid ourselves of both racism and political correctness - neither of which is interested in truth. They are two sides of the same coin…”
There are echoes of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s words in what Bess and David are saying: Joseph Pearce interviewed Solzhenitsyn for his biography of the great man, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul In Exile (HarperCollins Publisher 1999) and wrote that Solzhenitsyn did not believe a nation should be based on race – but in Rebuilding Russia he does lay out the need for a Russian Federation allowing all the ethnic groups within the Russian Federation their own cultural identities and freedoms, etc., but it has to be lived on a higher plane of consciousness as Solzhenitsyn explains.
It is to the eternal verities we must look to: “Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest of worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher. Material laws alone do not explain our life or give it direction. The laws of physics and physiology will never reveal the indisputable manner in which the Creator constantly, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the energy of existence; when this assistance leaves us, we die. In the life of our entire planet, the divine spirit moves with no less force…”
Our Old Law Has No Tools To Solve the Problems – Bess Price “Things are much worse now than the old days because of the grog, the drugs and the awful welfare dependency that is sucking the life out of us. There are elements of our culture that are really good and should be kept, but we should be prepared to do what everybody else in the world has done and change our ways to solve the new problems we have now and that our old law has no tools to solve…” https://alor.org/Volume49/Vol49No21.htm
The long-term answers to resolving this terrible situation?
The Border Mail: Was the Council ‘Sack Act’ Valid?
This year is memorable for the attention drawn by the federal election to the case for the appointment of an electoral ombudsman. Nationally the media drew attention to the need for a new election for the Senate in West Australia and a recount of votes for the Queensland federal seat of Fairfax. This was won by Clive Palmer MP who presented a policy for electoral reform. Across the nation in many electorates, including lndi, concern has been expressed about the administration of pre-poll voting, postal voting and supervision of vote counting.
The Australian Electoral Commission is not accountable to anyone but the Governor General once that official issues the writ which authorises it to hold an election or referendum. An independent ombudsman for parliamentary elections in Australia is an urgent necessity. On October 15, 2013 G R Brouwer, Ombudsman Victoria, under the Ombudsman Act 1973 presented a section 25(2) report to the Victorian Parliament concerning the constitutional validity of aspects of Victoria’s new integrity legislation. The report questions the whole of the Integrity Accountability Legislation Amendment Act 2012 not approved at a referendum and this is invalid. Legal opinion is given that this should be legally challenged through to the High Court.
My question is - is the Victorian Local Government (Rural City of Wangaratta) Act
2013, which was used to dismiss our elected council, valid? After reading this act I question if it is a “template or blueprint” of an act that can be used to abolish all elected local governments in Victoria?
ICC RECEIVES ‘DEVASTATING’ DOSSIER ON BRITISH WAR CRIMES:
The League has republished Felicity Arbuthnot’s articles before and her words after visiting hospitalised victims of the Iraq war are engraved on many minds: “I left the ward, leaned against a wall and prayed that the ground would open and swallow me. I wrote at the time, "I now know it is actually possible to die of shame." - - Felicity Arbuthnot, Iraq, 1991
Devastating Dossier on British War crimes by Felicity Arbuthnot, 15 January, 2014: A “devastating” two hundred and fifty page document: “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008″, has been “presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain’s leading defence figures facing prosecution for “systematic” war crimes” the (London) Independent on Sunday has revealed.(i)
Shocking allegations have been compiled from the testimonies of four hundred Iraqis: ‘representing “thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” The document, lodged with the International Criminal Court at the Hague on Saturday (11th January 2013) “calls for an investigation into the alleged war crimes, under Article 15 of the Rome Statute” and is the result of some years of work by Birmingham based Public Interest Lawyers and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR.). The submission: “is the most detailed ever submitted to the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor on war crimes allegedly committed by British forces in Iraq.”
In 2006 the ICC opined that:
The two law bodies claim: “there is evidence of brutality combined with cruelty and forms of sadism, including sexual abuse, and sexual and religious humiliation”, with widespread use of “hooding”, prisoners forced in to excruciating: “stress positions, sleep deprivation, noise bombardment and deprivation of food and water.”
All such techniques were banned under the government of Edward Heath in 1972, after being used in Northern Ireland. Claims are that these legally outlawed techniques were used: “in a variety of different UK facilities (in Iraq) … from 2003 to 2008.” (Incidentally, after September 2007, the British stated that only had a small military contingency remained, assisting in training Iraqis.)
The Independent quotes Professor William Schabas, human rights law expert: “What this application does is throw down the challenge to the court to show there are no double standards. There is definitely a case for an investigation by the ICC.” He suggested that “there’s no doubt” of war crimes committed by British forces in Iraq. “People should be worried.” (i) Article link here...
IF GOLF REVEALS CHARACTER, THEN WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT OBAMA?
by Chris Knight: Golf, it has been said, does not build character, but reveals it. So, what does President Barak Hussein Obama’s golf skills reveal about him? This “obsessive” golfer plays slow, real slow, sometimes taking six hours to complete a round. The average golf plodder takes about four hours. (The Australian 6 January 2014, p.7). As well as this Obama watches a lot of crass TV shows and reads popular books. No evidence of advanced text on US constitutional law being written in his “ample leisure time”. However all of this makes sense if we see Obama as not being there to solve America’s problems and to build it up once more but rather to tear it down. Obama really does believe in equality: that all of humanity will be equal on the bottom!
THE ILLOGIC OF RICARDO’S COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE
by James Reed: With the closure coming of the Australian car industry some are asking: there must be something we can make. (The Australian 13 December 2013, p.10) Jewish economist David Ricardo (1772-1823) justified ‘free trade’ by the comparative advantage argument: countries should trade that which they think they can produce relatively more efficiently. The argument had many, usually unstated assumptions, such as no capital and/or labour mobility. But I have wondered since my teenage years – what if a country, say Australia, has a relative efficiency in nothing? The logic of Ricardo’s argument is that our economy dies. That, to me, is a reductio ad absurdum of globalism and free trade.
“Grain Advice Stays Secret” headlines in Stock Journal, 16 January 2014:
TIMELY REMINDER: ANTHONY TROLLOPE’S ‘THE WAY WE LIVE NOW’
EVER-GROWING DISPARITY BETWEEN FINANCIAL INCOMES AND PRICES
From Wallace Klinck, Canada: I do not know who the writer of the article “Cumulative Effects of Resource Development” is, but he most certainly is correct in his analysis. People can go on debating these various social, economic and environmental issues, ad nauseum and eternally, and the problems will only multiply, so long as we maintain a financial costing system that creates an ever-growing disparity between available financial incomes and ultimate financial prices.
We are compelled under such circumstances both to become increasingly financially indebted by need for a growing mortgage on future production and incomes, but also, evermore subject to an inexorable pressure to produce increasingly so that we can generate financial incomes allowing us to access goods, physically paid for, and currently emanating, from the production line.
There is no actual need for booms and busts bringing alternate “prosperity” and “depression”. Prosperity should mean an abundance of real consumer wealth with falling financial prices, and an increasing opportunity for leisure - with growing economic security for all citizens. Under current circumstances, attempting to distribute all financial income through “employment” is both impossible and sheer folly. As a society, we should always be able to do anything physically and psychologically possible and desired, i.e., whatever is physically possible should always be financially possible. The financial system is simply accountancy and we must provide an accurate system of accountancy which reflects, rather than controls, chosen human activity. Attempting to carry on, by means of accelerating financial debt and incomes derived from increasing waste, is hardly an intelligent way for a so-called “civilization" to conduct its affairs.
CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
by Peter Ewart 13 January, 2014 (Article link here) We see it all around us. Northern British Columbia is undergoing huge changes in terms of natural resource development. As Greg Halseth and Marleen Morris of the Community Development Institute at UNBC point out, the scale of the changes are comparable to the industrial transformation that happened after the Second World War in British Columbia where, like today, natural resource mega-projects and initiatives played a key role.
What kind of natural resource development is taking place today in northern BC? The list is a long one. Mining (coal, metals, minerals), oil & gas (conventional and unconventional such as that derived from fracking), proposed Site C dam, run of river projects, wind and solar power projects, transmission lines, seismic lines, pipelines, proposed LNG plants, forestry harvesting and processing, recreational tourism, and so on.
But what are the cumulative effects and impacts of all of these developments on the environment, communities and health of the people who live here? That was the topic of a two-day event organized in Prince George on January 10 & 11 by UNBC and funded by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Speakers included representatives from First Nations organizations, municipal government, and three UNBC research institutes: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESI); Health Research Institute (HRI); and Community Development Institute (CDI).
Resource development can, of course, bring a wide range of positive things such as jobs, higher incomes, and vital economic development for communities in the region. But there can also be unanticipated, sometimes negative impacts, as a result of “cumulative effects” that creep up unnoticed or unaddressed.
Speakers at the two-day meeting dramatically brought home the importance of these “cumulative effects” by displaying maps of specific territories in northern BC. For example, in one instance, a researcher showed a topographical photo of a forested area in the north east region which, on the surface, looked relatively undisturbed. Then he laid down a grid showing forestry cutblocks where clearcutting had once taken place. This was followed by another grid showing logging, as well as oil & gas roads. Then grids showing well sites, seismic lines, transmission lines, pipeline corridors, and other industrial projects.
But this development can also have cumulative effects and impacts on communities and the health of individuals.
For example, resource development can mean jobs for First Nations communities, but also can result in major disruption of their land base and traditional occupations like hunting and fishing. As a First Nations speaker from Fort Nelson pointed out, one of the cumulative impacts of oil and gas activity is that her people no longer feel welcome on their own land, one of the reasons being that private security guards from oil and gas companies stop them and demand identification. In addition, they no longer drink the water in the bush or utilize plants for traditional medicine because of the pollutants from shale gas, fracking and other industrial activity.
Resource dependent communities often experience dramatic boom and bust cycles that result in cumulative effects and impacts. These can take on different forms whether the community is undergoing a boom (housing shortage, pressure on health and other infrastructure) or bust (unemployment, poverty, loss of tax base, shut down of services). Problems are exacerbated because communities have few avenues to access the large amount of resource revenues generated through royalties, stumpage, rents and taxes, as control of these revenues lies with the provincial government.
One of the ideas coming out of the two-day meeting was the need for researchers, governments, communities, resource workers and corporations to collaborate and take a more holistic approach to addressing the effects of natural resource development in the north.
The environment, communities, and health of residents are not areas to be “siloed” off from one another, but must be looked at in their interaction and combined cumulative effects. This approach aims to mitigate the impact of these cumulative effects and minimize their unanticipated outcomes so that the mistakes and disasters of the past can be avoided.
For its part, the provincial government has undertaken some pilot projects looking at cumulative effects in certain areas of the province. However, from what the government has said so far, some questions are left hanging:
Peter Ewart columnist and writer based in Prince George, British Columbia. He can be reached at: email@example.com
THE UN TELLS THE U.S. ‘TO BE MORE LIKE CHINA’
Craig Rucker, CFACT:
Imagine the UN telling the U.S. to be more like China.
President Obama held a summit meeting with the Chinese Premier in California not long ago. In CFACT's analysis we quoted China Scholar David Shambaugh who wrote:
"China is, in essence, a very narrow-minded, self-interested, realist state, seeking only to maximize its own national interests and power. It cares little for global governance and enforcing global standards of behaviour."
CHRIS ESSEX TO VISIT AUSTRALIA – GUEST OF GALILEO MOVEMENT
From Case Smit, Director, Galileo Movement.
It is planned to bring to Australia one of the world’s leading educators on climate issues, Prof. Chris Essex, to make some public presentations and speak to journalists and politicians in small groups so that they receive factual information from an expert source. Prof. Essex is Chairman of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Climate of the World Federation of Scientists, and Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario London, Canada.
One point of focus would be to have our presenter highlight the developments on climate change since the Abbott government assumed office last July. These, we believe, provide additional strong support for changing existing government policies.
The cost of this project has been budgeted at $100,000 and your generous support is requested to achieve this level of funding.
THE MACHINE STOPS Series
by Arnis Luks:
I have been asked to provide details about the Moringe tree, or, as it is sometimes called, ‘the
MORINGA TREE, MORINGA OLEIFERA, IS CALLED MOTHER'S BEST FRIEND
It is an extremely fast-growing tree. Roy Danforth in Zaire wrote: "The trees grow more rapidly than papaya, with one three month old tree reaching 8 feet. I never knew there would be such a tree." The tree in our organic garden grew to about 15 feet in 9 months, and had been cut back twice to make it branch out more. It is well to prune trees frequently when they are young or they will become lanky and difficult to harvest. Where people begin breaking off tender tips to cook when trees are about 4 or 5 feet tall, the trees become bushier. There is more good news. The edible parts are exceptionally nutritious!
Frank Martin says in Survival and Subsistence in the Tropics that "among the leafy vegetables, one stands out as particularly good, the horseradish tree. The leaves are outstanding as a source of vitamin A and, when raw, vitamin C. They are a good source of B vitamins and among the best plant sources of minerals. The calcium content is very high for a plant. Phosphorous is low, as it should be. The content of iron is very good (it is reportedly prescribed for anaemia in the Philippines). They are an excellent source of protein and a very low source of fat and carbohydrates. Thus the leaves are one of the best plant foods that can be found."
In his Edible Leaves of the Tropics he adds that the leaves are incomparable as a source of the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine, which are often in short supply. It responds well to mulch, water and fertilizer. It is set back when our water table stays for long at an inch or two below the surface. We planted one right in the middle of our vegetable garden for its light shade. The branches are much too brittle to support someone climbing the tree. It is not harmed by frost, but can be killed to the ground by freezes. It quickly sends out new growth from the trunk when cut, or from the ground when frozen. Living fences can be continually cut back to a few feet.
ABC Gardening Australia have a Fact Sheet to download Presenter: Josh Byrne, 23/04/2005:
“If you wanted to invent a tree you’d battle to come up with one as versatile as the drumstick tree Moringa Oleifera. Originating from northern India, the leaves, flowers, pods and roots are edible. And it's the drumstick-like pod shape that gives the tree its name…”
Ebay would have supplier contacts for those who want to purchase seeds to grow.
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