29 Nov 2016

Lies,lies and more lies:- Post-Truth?

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"Post-truth world. It’s rubbish, of course. It presumes truth ever ruled.

Some say that after the election of Donald Trump, who told lie after lie to snare the American presidency, people are not expected to tell the truth anymore. Excuse me there either entering politics or are politicians, we know they tell porkies all the time.

(porkies meaning, lies we expect to hear)

This is silly. Rich well-connected people have always been allowed to tell lies. How do you think most of them got to be so rich and well-connected?

And ordinary, everyday people are still expected to tell the truth.

It’s just that with the advent of the internet and social media, it’s never been easier for all kinds of people to tell lies and have them believed and spread − like a virus − by millions, or even billions, of ordinary, everyday people.

This makes some rich, well-connected people very nervous, because now anyone can lie. And so it should!

They are losing control of the narrative. They are losing elections.

Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa

Strange but true...
South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa.
To avoid crime in Melbourne?

By Madeleine Morris
Yes South Sudanese parents in Australia are sending their children to boarding schools in Africa to escape rising youth crime rates.

South Sudanese parents in Australia sending kids to school in Africa to avoid crime
Concerned by rise in arrests of young people for carjackings, home invasions in Melbourne
Say there is too much freedom for children in Australia

Desperate parents say it is safer for their children to go to school in Kenya or Uganda than live in some Melbourne suburbs.

"It is very extreme, but there are many cases where that has really worked to the best of young people," said Kot Monoah, chair of the South Sudanese Community in Victoria.

The community has been rocked by a recent rise in arrests of its young people for carjacking and home invasions, and the emergence of the Apex gang, which is made up largely of South Sudanese youth.

Akec Mading sent her daughter and son to boarding school in Kampala after witnessing relatives' children get in trouble with the law and develop drug problems.

"I'm worried about the situation [for] kids here in Australia," she said.

28 Nov 2016

Fidel Castro presents some juicy conundrums

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He demanded justice yet permitted injustice. 

As a historical figure, Fidel Castro presents some juicy conundrums: justice and injustice, revolution and state power, citizens’ rights and state authority, artistic freedom and restriction, high literacy rates and censorship, communist economics and private enterprise, socialism and tourism.

He clamoured for sovereignty of his people while encouraging citizens to betray neighbours for counter-revolutionary activities. He spoke of brotherhood and fellowship yet roused the rabble to abuse those who tried to leave, calling them gusanos – worms.

He spoke out against the oppression of the imperialistas yet remained sanguine about oppression in his own state. He railed against colonialism and imperialism yet did not denounce the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

He demanded justice yet permitted injustice. Nelson Mandela publicly thanked Castro for his support in the anti-apartheid struggles and yet Castro condemned many political prisoners to sentences similar to Mandela’s.

Some things are indisputable, he built a great health care system and provided a good education system(though a little biased).

27 Nov 2016

Mobile phones are killing us???? Or taking over????

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Take your hand off it for a moment.
Written by S.W.T.Read
Based on an article by Garry Linnell

Please take your hand off it.
Hard to do, yes I know! The damn thing is the bane of my existence as well. It's like being the better half of an evil siamese twin. No matter where you go it's always with you, nagging, nudging, distracting and, even worse, playing with your mind.

The modern mobile phone has only been with us for little more than two decades but it has already become the first invention in more than 600 years that we carry with us everywhere.
An English professor of science and technology has pointed out, clothing and shoes were the first essentials of daily life and they were devised presumably very quickly.

However for something that has quickly become so ubiquitous and so necessary that a medical term – nomophobia – has been coined to describe the anxiety felt by a user who has lost their phone or is out of mobile range.

We still don't know with absolute certainty whether the device that has proved on countless occasions to be a life saver also has the ability to kill us.

Perhaps this is the first step towards turning us all into robots. First make us dependent then have them inserted into our bodies, like a drug we then feel as if we can't live without them, we are then programmed while we sleep.And then................

Enough, enough, they're only mobile phones aren't they?

10 Nov 2016

Here's what sealed America’s fate.

Naomi Klein
It was the rise of the Davos class that sealed America’s fate
Hillary Clinton’s embrace of neoliberalism was disastrous.
The only answer now is to take on the billionaires
‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.

This leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview – fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine – is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed our fate. If we learn nothing else, can we please learn from that mistake?

Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatisation, austerity and corporate trade, their living standards have declined precipitously. 
They have lost jobs. They have lost pensions. They have lost much of the safety net that used to make these losses less frightening. They see a future for their kids even worse than their precarious present.

At the same time, they have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests, and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous.

Success is a party to which they were not invited, and they know in their hearts that this rising wealth and power is somehow directly connected to their growing debts and powerlessness

America:- Good news!-- Assisted suicide now legal in some states after election.

In a particularly good piece of news for those still pinching themselves over the prospect of a Trump presidency, being able to take your life with the help of medical professionals is now legal in six states.
Colorado's Proposition 106 passed easily despite opposition from Catholic organizations, 9News reports. Patients deemed to have six months or less left to live will have the right to purchase medicine that will end their lives.
The Centennial State joins Oregon, Vermont, Montana, Washington and California in allowing assisted suicide.

8 Nov 2016

Have Australians been tortured? US of A election coverage should be banned.

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Our Australian media has had an election in America that has kept on giving, its filled our screens with non stop coverage that has forced us to study the grass growing and the paint drying.
We have been forced to rediscover walking and talking.

Meanwhile back on TV:

Well, stab my arse with a certified Clinton cookie cutter (it’s a real thing), but turns out that Australian citizens have no entitlement to vote in this week’s US election. You wouldn't think so when we have been swamped by the TV coverage.

Not entitled to vote how come? Led by our national media establishment to believe we’d been finally formalized as a 51st state.

Local passions for Cookie Clinto have been so purple and there were everyday claims of her goodness. By this time I’d supposed it was now my right to scrawl cock’n’balls on a ballot. No, it was all our media hype.

During our own Federal election, which was long enough, it was no match for the mix of American deceits, many of our journalists declared that they were bored with ours. Now they can't find words to describe America's.

We have suffered such irritation in the prelude to Tuesday’s foreign election we are thinking of suing the media!

No one, save for the factious Andrew Blot, has argued for the ascendancy of Trump.
Dozens of commentators have been eager to declare themselves With Her.