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Sun, 2012-06-03 11:22
Warnings on the Great Barrier Reef - to be ignored by Newman
Sun, 2012-06-03 14:21
Campbell Newman, not Sheila Newman (she is the good guy)
Sun, 2012-06-03 13:27
Petition to cut out useless letters from words
This was from Valerie Yule:
Petition to spellcheckers, press and public – a trial of help to readers and spellers
Sign the Petition if u agree with it! Tell your friends. It's at www.change.org/petitions/spellcheckers-the-press-the-public-trial-cutting-out-useless-letters-from-words
Look up my web pages home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas/spelling.htm Spelling and how it could be changed. home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas/spellresearch.htm.
We hav been doing this for many words - like oeconomy to economy, and daemon to demon - but spellcheckers ar stopping progress. Why not gardian, garantee, and probabl, for exampl home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas/intspel.htm?
And for fun - download as a pdf the Book of Spells & Misspells - home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas/spmisspells.htm.
And 2011, Yule, Valerie 'Recent developments which affect spelling. On the possibility of removing the unnecessary difficulties in English spelling, while leaving the basic appearance of English print intact.' English Today, 107, vol 27, No 3. Sept 2011, pp 62-67 journals.cambridge.org/repo_A839oLF6.
Dr Valerie Yule, M.A., Ph.D, Dip.Ed., M.B.Ps.S. Academic positions at Melbourne, Monash and Aberdeen Universities in departments of Psychology and Education; Teacher at all levels, from preschool to adult and migrant literacy and PhD supervision; Clinical child psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospitals, Melbourne and Aberdeen; Schools psychologist chiefly but not only in disadvantaged schools, Present research on imagination and literacy.
PostGrowthEra (not verified)
Sun, 2012-06-03 15:41
Senator Robert Kennedy spoke of the end of the growth
It's time to end the Ponzi-economic growth scheme. Our planet is under stress from declines, destruction, species losses and overpopulation. In the 19th century, John Stuart Mill wrote ‘Of the Stationary State’ of a post-growth economy. Thomas Malthus was writing on the relationship between exponential population growth and food supply in the 17th and 18th century. The present "food security" issues are all revealing the truth of Malthus' predictions. Post growth thinking was even around as far back as Aristotle’s time.
On 18 March 1968, RFK directly challenged growth and the use of GDP as a barometer of success for nations in his University of Kansas speech.
“Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product – if we judge the United States of America by that – that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
“Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”
A free-market growth economy has no parameters for the natural environment, ecological soundness, the wealth and well-being of individuals, of intrinsic values, of non-human species with no commercial value, or future generations. It's about profits, cash-flows, one global planet or market territory and devalues anything that makes our lives worthwhile.
Post Growth - the end of bigger, the start of better
Sun, 2012-06-03 16:26
Robert Francis Kennedy was a wonderful asset to humankind
Thanks for that.
This further enhances the admiration I have long had for both Robert Francis Kennedy (RFK) and his elder brother. They were both truly selfless, courageous and intelligent individuals. Both had the moral fortitude that drove them to turn on even those that less honourable politicians in their shoes would have felt indebted to, namely the gangsters that had helped get John F Kennedy elected in 1960. There had to have been ballot rigging on Nixon's side as well as JFK's in the 1960 presidential ballot, Otherwise, why didn't Nixon take his complaints further? On JFK's side it was organised on his behalf by his father, whilst he kept arm's length from it. Without that, he would have lost instead of winning narrowly.
Robert Kennedy and his brother could have chosen to feel indebted to those gangsters. Instead Robert, as Attorney General, launched the most effective campaign of prosecutions against criminals in the history of the US. It was as if JFK and RFK particularly felt the necessity to demonstrate that they would not be beholden to the corrupt influence of anybody.
However, I have one small concern about Robert Kennedy. In one sense of which I am aware, he did not provide a good example to the world. He had 11 children, which hardly sets a good example to a world with a population increasing as rapidly as it was in the 1960's. Still, I think given what he, Robert and Edward achieved (and what JFK junior might have achieved had he not been killed in that air crash of 1999), a few more Kennedys in the world today would easily do far more good than any harm caused by their increased ecological footprint.
Mon, 2012-06-04 13:37
World Environment Day - protect Mt St Leonards Yarra Valley
Thu, 2012-06-07 11:34
Logging Victoria's central Highlands - email to Tony Burke
Tue, 2012-06-05 20:54
Syrian Girl interviewed on Infowars
Also on Info Wars, YouTube.
From Info Wars of 21 May:
Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson is joined by Syrian Girl, an outspoken activist against NATO’s campaign to use Al-Qaeda terrorists as a means of destabilizing the Assad regime. In this interview, Syrian Girl reveals the true intentions behind NATO’s agenda in Syria as well as discussing other topics such as the charge that she is a pro-Assad mouthpiece, women in the truth movement, the Arab Spring and more.
See also: www.youtube.com/SyrianGirlPartisan linked to from Young Syrian patriot fights corporate media lies against her homeland of 10 May and other articles about Syria.
Wed, 2012-06-06 00:30
Murdoch's earlier crimes against democracy overlooked
This was posted to an Online Opinion forum in response to an article of 5 June by John Pilger, The Leveson Inquiry: what a lovely game.
It seems as if Rupert Murdoch's earlier crimes against democracy have been largely overlooked. They include his turning on the Labor Government of Gough Whitlam in 1974. Until then, many, including myself, considered the Murdoch press, particularly The Australian newspaper, to be a source of truth and enlightenment.
Suddenly in 1974 -- and I don't recall whether it was before or after the mid-term federal elections -- the Murdoch Press began carrying headline stories which blew up every minor indiscretion of members of the Labor government -- The Jim Cairns/Juni Morosi affair, Rex Connor's ill-advised attempt to raise money through Khemlani for the laudable goal of buying back Australian mineral wealth, etc.
The end result was the CIA engineered dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on 11 November 1975, and his defeat in the subsequent election campaign, largely rigged by Murdoch Press disinformation. Since then, a series of Governments, led by people more beholden to vested foreign interests than to Australia, have been elected and entrenched in office with help of the Murdoch press. These include Fraser, Hawke, Keating and Howard.
Wed, 2012-06-06 02:13
Is Murdoch being persecuted for having regained his conscience?
When I read Arjay's earlier post on Online Opinion, reprinted below, I responded with this post.
Having just read Arjay's insightful comment at the start of the discussion, it seems possible that Rupert may have found his conscience again after all these years.
So, the overlooking of Rupert Murdoch's earlier crimes against democracy in Australia, the US, the UK and elsewhere, and, instead, focusing on relatively trivial and more recent actions by employees of the Murdoch Press by the Leveson Inquiry may have been no accident.
In truth, as Canadian journalist Barrie Zwicker pointed out in "Towers of Deception" of 2007, more harm has been done in recent years to democracy and world peace by phony socialist groups and phony alternative news media than by pro-war corporate newsmedia (wherever the truth about the Murdoch media may lie).
The reason they do more harm is that they are trusted more by knowledgeable people. When lies used to justify war, such as the Official 9/11 conspiracy theory are peddled on their pages, informed and humane people are more likely to believe them.
An example is the ostensibly socialist UK group, Workers' Liberty which supported NATO's illegal war against Libya last year, in which more than 50,000 Libyans died and which is now supporting NATO's attempt to destabilise Syria with terrorist mass killers. See for yourself at http://workerslibety.org/world/syria and http://workersliberty.org/world/libya.
Those interested in knowing the truth about Libya and Syria should compare the lies linked to above with sites like http://globalresearch.ca and http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com
Arjay's Post on Online Opinion
I don't think that the Murdoch phone tapping is all that cut and dry. It was common knowledge that much of press media was involved in phone tapping,so why was Murdoch attacked so?
Fox News was the only mainstream media to host Judge Napolitano and "Freedom Watch". Fox was the only media outlet that put on ads by http://www.ae911truth.org asking for a proper investigation into 911.
Just recently the Napolitano show "Freedom Watch" was ended.I think Murdoch was trying to break from the insanity of this New World Order and he was being made an example of what happens to those who break ranks.
The elites are fighting amongst themselves as their plans for Global dominance are in disarray.
Sat, 2012-06-09 09:36
Dr Emerson - "Back to the 1950s"? We had cheap food then!
Anonymous (not verified)
Sat, 2012-06-09 18:24
Rubbery and permeable concept of sovereignty is to be feared
Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 2012-06-12 10:44
Letter in The Age - bloodthirsty Obama not worthy!
THE call by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay for an investigation into the legality of the US drone strikes is long overdue (''UN official urges Pakistan to query legality of drones'', The Saturday Age, 9/6). The drone strikes expose the evil, bloodthirsty side of President Barack Obama, who promised an end to the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, a just solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict and the building up of a peaceful world.
The Nobel peace prize was awarded to President Obama not for what he had done, but for his promises for peace. He betrayed his supporters in the United States and all around the world who longed for peace after years of bloodshed and misery. He has proven himself to be unworthy of this noble prize.
Bill Mathew, Parkville
Read more: Age Letters page of 12 June 2012.
When US President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, it was in recognition “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.
Contrary to his campaign promises, Obama has left most of the foundations of Bush's counterterrorism approach intact. While the language of the "war on terror" has been dropped, the mindset of the Bush approach – that America is forever at war, constantly on the offensive to kill "bad guys". President Obama has become personally involved in an elaborate internal process by which his administration decides who will be the next victim of America's drone strikes. The Oval Office normalized extrajudicial killing – as well as the dramatic escalation in drone strikes, which have now killed at least 2,400 people in Pakistan alone, since 2004 – represents a betrayal of President Obama's promise to make counterterrorism policies consistent with the US constitution.
Obama has opted for this quieter, less messy kind of war – the remote-controlled wars of the drone in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and even Libya last year. Obama acquiesced to an ever-expanding war zone by Predator drone, a remotely controlled, unmanned plane that hovers, undetected, two miles or so above the ground and then strikes with like an assassin in a darkened room.
Yet even as most Obama Administration officials are insistent that they can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a drone program, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former head of the CIA, has acknowledged its existence on numerous occasions.
The notion that the United States government should wage ongoing war in multiple countries while keeping it secret from its own citizens is noxious.
Tue, 2012-06-12 11:39
"Dingo" took Azaria Chamberlain - it's official
Tue, 2012-06-12 12:47
Glad Lindy finally exonerated, don't find dingo 'slurred'
Hans Brunner (not verified)
Wed, 2012-06-13 10:53
New! Dingo hair expert response to Coroner's Azaria decision
Wed, 2012-06-13 11:23
Dingoes are wildlife, and children don't mix
Wed, 2012-06-13 21:08
Respect wildlife rights to roam in their home range
"Authorities in Yellowstone National Park have linked a grizzly sow they captured last week to two fatal maulings this summer and killed the bear Sunday, the park announced Monday.
The grizzly's two cubs, which were captured Sept. 29, were placed in a wildlife facility in West Yellowstone, Mont.
Park officials said that adult bears do not adapt well to captivity, whereas cubs may.
Genetic testing indicated that the female bear was responsible for the death of hiker Brian Matayoshi of Torrance on July 6 and that the 250-pound sow was present at the scene of a fatal attack on hiker John Wallace in August.
In the July incident park officials determined that the sow had been defending her cubs when she attacked Matayoshi and his wife on the Wapiti lake Trail. In that case, even if authorities had immediately found the bear they would not have killed it, since it had no history of interaction with humans.
And, even though the grizzly was one of nine bears in the area where Wallace's body was found, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said the sow was euthanized to "eliminate the risk of future interaction with Yellowstone visitors and staff."
[Source: 'Yellowstone grizzly bear involved in attacks euthanized', 20111003, Greenspace, Los Angeles Times, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/grizzly-attack-yellowstone-national-park-.html]
This is hardly fair on the Grizzly. Tourist and wild animals do not mix. Wild animals in their native habitat have habitat rights that morally take precedent over human leisure. Humans have a choice where they roam - wildlife no longer does. Ban uncontrolled tourism where dingos have native habitat!
Snowy River Region
Anonymous (not verified)
Tue, 2012-06-12 12:14
Vote now on Rosebud pool project
Norm (not verified)
Sat, 2012-06-16 23:55
Woodland on Red Hill, Canberra targeted for housing?
Jill Quirk (not verified)
Sun, 2012-06-17 22:35
Geoff Mosley to speak on conservation
Wed, 2012-06-20 10:22
Gillard government creates the world's biggest marine reserves
Thu, 2012-06-21 12:14
Bid to end dugong hunting cruelty
Thu, 2012-06-21 21:54
Hacking limbs off turtle no different to human torture: heinous
Here is the ABC 730 Documentary - make up your own minds.
These are Ivan Milats of the Torres Strait!
When it comes to animal cruelty, Indigenous Rights are terra nulius.
These people are sadistic barbarians engaing in commercial trade of precious and endangerd wildlife for personal profit.
They are not pursuing traditional ways.
They are criminals.
730: 'Hunting rights hide horror for dugongs, turtles'
Snowy River Region
Sat, 2012-06-23 16:52
Jobs to be slashed in Victorian public service
Sat, 2012-06-23 16:55
Avaaz free family planning petition
Sat, 2012-06-23 21:23
Avaaz's stance on Syria is criminal, Avaaz should be shunned
Whilst I agree with the petition, my advice is to not sign and steer clear of Avaaz. Any organisation, which supports war against Syria by the same forces, which illegally waged war against Iraq in 1991 and 2003 and Libya last year, is criminal and should be shunned as the Syrian Girl asks in her broadcast. The death toll from those two wars is well over 1 million and may well exceed 2 million. Compared to that, even the crimes which Avaaz has invented or deceitfully attributed to the Assad Government, pale in to insignificance compared to that death toll. The following are excerpts from an e-mail I received from Avaaz on 18 February:
... as the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization "end[ed] the bloodbath" in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya?
Compare the deceit in the letter above with articles about Syria in Global Research. - Ed
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