31 Jul 2014

How in the world did we allow this to happen? Now we cannot see it happening!!

What conflict is this? Guess?

“How in the world did we allow this to happen?” This is the question that was asked after the second world war when the world found out about the horrors handed out to Jews and others.
Now we have a variation to the question "why are we allowing this to happen now". No they are not  hidden atrocities, these things are happening right in front of us, the world powers.
We see children born to the same trauma, a country that has been under siege for seven years, not unlike the Warsaw Ghetto.
Fishermen are shot at when they chase fish at sea, trade is blocked and travel is nearly impossible. Water is contaminated. Hospital supplies are lacking. The economy is kept in controlled collapse, everything is rationed. Everything that enters, from calories to world literature is controlled.
Now we have a situation where, for every loss of life on one side there is collective retribution taken by the party with the most power. This is very similar to the retributions taken in WWII and we the world was so shocked when it learned the truth.
This is not a real war its more like an insurgency, sure there is an argument for self-defense, however this appears to be a punitive expedition aimed at maintaining the siege and illegal military occupation.
Civilians, hospitals and residential blocks bear the brunt of the attack because the only “military” aim of onslaught is to cower inhabitants into complete submission.
The body count, be it children or the elderly is just collateral damage. One party's body seems to be worth thirty times another.
Could it be that this dominant country's aim is to force the inhabitants out of this area so that they can annex the vacant territory, one wonders?
We were disgusted by the horrors revealed after WWII and the apartheid era and yet the world stands by with its head firmly placed up its anus.

30 Jul 2014

Judge Goldstone backtracks on his own report. He now sounds like an Israeli mouthpiece!

Israeli Media------------The worlds public

There is nothing angelic or saint like about Hamas or Israel in this present one sided conflict.

The Goldstone Report: Israeli's who are rejoicing over Goldstone's denial of Isreali wrongdoings is after he agreed with the original report have not bothered to read the UN reports.
In the worst case, they have read the reports and have chosen to keep them out of the public eye.
UN reports state that despite 36 Israel Defense Forces investigations of the grave incidents mentioned in the Goldstone report, only one indictment has been filed.
Also, both reports reach the conclusion that "given the seriousness of the allegations, the military investigations thus far appear to have produced very little."
For example, the UN team of experts expresses special concern with regard to an incident of using Palestinian children for purposes of checking suspicious objects.
 Statements from the committee that they make with regret, say the investigations have gone on very slowly and without transparency for two years, which "could seriously impair their effectiveness and, therefore, the prospects of ultimately achieving accountability and justice.
It seems we can attack Hamas for their wrong doings all we like but cannot say anything about Israel because we will be called Jew haters.

25 Jul 2014

Australian government. "A back flip or plain common sense"

Has tony Abbott found his heart.
Commonsense prevails it seems if this story is correct.
From the Guardian Australia
The Australian border protection vessel carrying 157 Tamil asylum seekers is on its way to the Australian territory of the Cocos Islands, where the department of immigration plans to transfer the asylum seekers to immigration detention on the Australian mainland. 
The whereabouts of the boat and the welfare of those on board have been closely guarded secrets with only senior personnel of Australia’s hardline border protection regime Operation Sovereign Borders briefed on its location.
Senior sources have told Guardian Australia of the government’s plans. It is understood that the government plans to take the asylum seekers to Curtin detention centre in Western Australia, not Christmas Island. The customs vessel carrying the asylum seekers will land on the Cocos Islands on Saturday.
The decision to move those on board to detention in Australia comes amid an ongoing high court case into the legality of their detention under the Maritime Powers Act.


Israel of course has the right to defend its self, however the use of force with little regard for who the casualties will be is not what we expect from a modern democracy.

Hamas's hiding places according to Israel are everywhere so they bomb everything just in case the enemy is there?

It seems that Israel is using world war two German tactics to get at Hamas by killing 20 or more Palestinians for every Israeli that is killed.

This may not be a planned ratio but it appears to many of its allies that this is the result of their over zealous resolve to destroy Hamas at any cost.

Palestinian civilian causalities are apparently considered acceptable collateral damage even if they be children, elderly or doctors and nurses.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.
B'Tselem's appeal against the decision was rejected on Wednesday. It intends to petition Israel's supreme court on Sunday in an effort to get the ban overturned.

Below is a rough list of locations hit by Israel so far.

They hid at the El-Wafa hospital.
They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.
They hid at the beach, where children played football.
They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad.
They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya.
They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah.
They hid in Rafah and Khan Younis.
They hid in the home of the Qassan family.
They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein.
They hid in the village of Khuzaa.
They hid in the thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.
They hid in 84 schools and 23 medical facilities.
They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.
They hid in the ambulances trying to retrieve the injured.
They hid themselves in 24 corpses, buried under rubble.
They hid themselves in a young woman in pink household slippers, sprawled on the pavement, taken down while fleeing.
They hid themselves in two brothers, eight and four, lying in the intensive burn care unit in Al-Shifa.
They hid themselves in the little boy whose parts were carried away by his father in a plastic shopping bag.
They hid themselves in the “incomparable chaos of bodies” arriving at Gaza hospitals.
They hid themselves in an elderly woman, lying in a pool of blood on a stone floor.
Hamas, they tell us, is cowardly and cynical, well I think this is the kettle calling the pot black.
They say that once you behave like your enemy you become your own enemy. Israel is looking in a looking glass and can't see what sort of image it is creating.

23 Jul 2014

Joe Hockey(Shrek) may be more like "DARTH VADER"

'Shrek' THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT may not be the soft and cuddly green giant we thought him to be, in his authorised biography Joe Hockey appears to be more like a Darth Vader "one who would happily call in the Storm Troopers to get his way"

His apparent belief in using a club to balance the budget belies our understanding of the man, myself along with many others thought that Tony Abbott was the hard head of the right wing Coalition and Joe the jolly empathetic one.

We now know that the jolly green giant is not so jolly in real life, he fooled us all with the likable persona he presented on 'Sunrise', underneath we apparently have a blind banker who cares for nothing but the bottom line and seems be immune to the damage it may cause to the average Joe.

No this particular Joe, that is"Joe Hockey" is very far from being average, his empathy it seems was manufactured to create the jolly green giant image but now we can see the real Joe.

Now I have had a lot of fun labelling Tony Abbott as the big bad bogeyman in this extreme right wing soup, now I have to add another larger green ingredient to the mix.

Whoa! My belief in GREEN has taken a heavy hit, I must meditate for some time to accept the fact that there are good and bad GREENS.

20 Jul 2014

Hemp/Cannabis: Australian politicians are suffering hallucinations when it comes to growing non-hallucinogenic hemp, it is nonsensical.

Joseph Banks
He saw potential years ago

The politics of pot continue to cloud the debate about hemp seed food in Australia despite the national food standards authority finding the product is safe to eat and a health food.
Helping farmers to diversify and grow is supposed to be the government's priority, yet they are not giving them a level playing field.

Most developed countries grow hemp for food and fibre yet Australia is stunting the growth of our farmers because they, the politicians can't tell the difference between POT and commercial hemp

In Australia before there were steam and diesel engines, there were canvas sails and ropes made out of hemp and clothing was made from hemp.

In England, they had difficulty sourcing sufficient hemp in Europe because of treaties between continental powers, and at one stage Napoleon tried to blockade hemp shipments from reaching England as part of his tactics.

The War of Independence was a blow to hemp supplies, so when there was discussion of a colony, the potential for hemp production was explored.

Remember that, at this time, rope and sail were as important as oil is today.

Joseph Banks encouraged the growing of hemp by colonies and had noticed and named the New Zealand Flax plant (Phormium Tenax) on his voyage with Cook. It was used by the Maoris for cloth, twine and rope, and Banks was intrigued by its possibilities.

Now we are in the year 2014 and we are handicapping its production, why because of politics, farmers aren't wanting to grow POT they just want to do what they do, grow food and fibre.

The political parties federally and in the states can't break the nexus in their minds between the different types of cannabis, they think its all pot.

18 Jul 2014

The Muslim world is as far from liberal democracy as ever. Our intervention meant very little.

After a trillion dollars of intervention by the west what did we leave?

We can now to say the agonies now being experienced from Lebanon to the borders of Pakistan and India are self-inflicted and "Muslim on Muslim", however they have all have been stirred by by western meddling.

We have sent our youngest and bravest to these lands in the name of freedom and they have given their lives willingly for what they believed was a good cause, a great cause according to our political masters.
What have we achieved with our Invading armies, occupations, drone bombings, we have given extremists the most potent recruiting tools they could have wished for, we have given sustenance to  the extremists and fired the young with misguided belief systems.

They must rank as blunders of the highest order and the most counter-productive military adventures of recent times.
Those westerners who exulted in the Arab spring now seem naive visionaries.

The uprisings may have toppled some secular bullies, often with the aid of western arms, but the resulting chaos delivered fanatical authority as the only focus of order and intellectual coherence.
All that the west can sensibly now do is look on with pain and sympathy.

The "Blood-curdling" invitations to young Australians and others to go out and fight should be not be downplayed.

Religious wars are always the worst, but they are also the hardest to end and outsiders rarely have a lasting effect, history should teach us one thing, outsiders add little meaning to these episodes.

Young people in Australia don't be taken in by the rhetoric of fanatics, if you wish to do good in this world, do good in Australia first we need you here, helping us to make this an even better Australia. 

Australians dead in Ukraine. Putin's gift of sophisticated ground to air missiles to untrained rebel military in the Ukraine has back fired and killed the innocent!

Rebels shoot down civilian aircraft.
Don't give children gown-up toys
Shooting a civilian plane down in an international air corridor is unforgivable, however if you give these sort of  toys to very angry delinquent children what can you expect.

I would be amazed if the rebels were even aware that there was an international air corridor, perhaps they were given these toys with just enough the basic training to launch them.

They are very angry people and seeing a plane any plane was enough for them, it could have been a plane from any country including Russia, they acted because anything in the air according to their warped logic was an enemy.

If these are indeed Mr Putin's gifts as most observers believe then he must take some of the blame for this tragedy.

Russia has egged the rebels on for months and given them support, now they must realize that they have lost any control they may have had over this group.

Russia's name has been badly tarnished by this outrageous act and Putin has egg all over his face. The only way Russia can save face is to distance it's self completely from this group.


17 Jul 2014

The expansion of security powers could go to far.

You don't need a steam roller to iron a shirt

Australian journalists could face jail for reporting leaked revelations about certain spy operations,  “its outrageous” , leading criminal lawyers have warned.

Australian Lawyers Alliance spokesman Greg Barns said a separate provision in the legislation could be used to prosecute and jail journalists who reported on information they received about special intelligence operations.

This is a clear shoot the messenger situation, it  opens the door to charge journalists.
The offences relating to the unauthorised disclosure of information are outlined in section 35P of the national security legislation amendment bill, which was presented to the Senate is set to face parliamentary debate after the winter recess.
The explanatory memorandum to the bill said the offence applied to “disclosures by any person, including participants in an SIO [special intelligence operation], other persons to whom information about an SIO has been communicated in an official capacity, "and persons who are the recipients of an unauthorised disclosure of information, should they engage in any subsequent disclosure”.
Barns said: “I thought the Snowden clause [in the bill] was bad enough but this takes the Snowden clause and makes it a Snowden/Assange/Guardian/New York Times clause.”They could all be prosecuted under this clause.

Talking about clauses, what of Santa Claus, if someone leaked the present list could that constitute a felony "and persons who are the recipients of an unauthorised disclosure of information, should they engage in any subsequent disclosure”. 
“It’s an unprecedented clause which would capture the likes of Wikileaks, the Guardian, the New York Times, and any other media organisation that reports on such material.”

This clause takes us a step to far, the consequences are a threat to freedom of speech and the public's right to know what their government is doing in their name.

I'm not suggesting that there is a need for ramped up surveillance but much care is needed in drafting such legislation. I am hopeful that common sense will prevail otherwise we are on a slippery slope.

16 Jul 2014

Abbott tells us News Ltd had nothing to do with him being PM

Delusional , Dumb or blind

Former prime minister John Howard had the Australian newspaper to thank for his elevation to the nation's top job, Tony Abbott says.
Tony Abbott our current prime minister says the News Corp publication, or any of its state-based stablemates had nothing to do with his own success as he championed the masthead's objectivity on its 50th birthday.
Perhaps Tony can't read, I thought it would have been picked up earlier, mind you he could be blind. There must be some excuse for making such a blindly obvious inaccurate statement about  News Ltd being objective. I know what it is, he only reads the sports pages??
Abbott also said the contemporary publication was "one of the world's very best".
Yes Tony I totally agree, it was a great paper when it first started but boy has it changed. It started out being objective and balanced now it's just a hack paper dancing to its owners tune, even the few people who read it are being continuously bombarded by biased information.
Tony tells us that he wants to "kill" the urban myth that News Corp papers are mouthpieces for boss Rupert Murdoch.
Sorry Tony, the paper dances to Rupert's tone and so do you, although I don't think you realise it.
"The Australian has borne his ideals but not his fingerprints: it has been his gift to our nation," Abbott told an audience which included past and present politicians, sporting greats and business leaders.
I'm afraid Tony your forensic science is not very good because Rupert's finger prints are all over it mate.
The newspaper barracks for causes rather than political parties, promotes issues not individuals and tells both sides of a story, the prime minister said.
I'm cacking myself, I cannot believe this last line.

Palmer could save Abbott by toning down harsh measures, if not this could be a one term government.

Jack Waterford is highly respected journalist and this article is worth reading.

Palmer could save Abbott yet:

'via Blog this'

15 Jul 2014

Capitalism and blind privatization needs reform. People are being ignored.

"You should listen these wheels work well"

Is the system broken or spoiled by the blind belief that the free market can fix everything.

Privatisation isn't working. We were promised a shareholding democracy, competition, falling costs and better services. Most people's experience has been the opposite. Energy to water, rail and public services, the reality is we have private monopolies, subsidies, exorbitant prices, under-investment and blatant profiteering.
Private cartels run rings round the regulators. Consumers and politicians are compromised by commercial secrecy and contractual complexity.

Workers have their pay and conditions slashed. Control of essential services has passed to corporate giants based overseas, however these companies are themselves often state-owned – they're just owned by another state, not Australian.
Every report has shown privatised services are more expensive and inefficient than their publicly owned counterparts. It's not surprising that a large majority of the public, who have never supported a single privatisation, don't trust the privateers or don't want them running their services.

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