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Bernard Corden
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I had a publication from Geoff Smith, which I picked up at a Unitech field day at the Lae campus several years ago. It had some fabulous new tokpisin expressions: https://www.bookdepository.com/Growing-Up-with-Tok-Pisin-Geoff-P-Smith/9781903292068
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A must watch movie entitled "Woman at War", which is reviewed by Louis Proyect: https://louisproyect.org/2019/02/07/a-woman-at-war/
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Dear Phil, What about troglodyte?
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The following link provides access to a very interesting article and book by Peter Harrison: https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/16/the-wonders-of-modern-life-briefly-explained-an-anthropology-of-the-industrial-revolution/
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Dear Arthur, It is also worth looking at Occidental's performance during the Love Canal debacle in upstate New York. The same company was involved in the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster. Union Carbide have a pretty dubious record and were responsible for the Hawks Nest disaster at Mount Gawley in West Virginia back in the late 1920s. The same company was involved in the Bhopal disaster some six decades later. WR Grace were responsible for the desolation of Libby in Montana with the mining and manufacture of asbestos contaminated vermiculite.
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Yet another example of regulatory capture.
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"Corporations no longer have to lobby governments, they are the government" - Jim Hightower
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A senior executive with Glencore Xstrata is none other than Tony Hayward, who was leading BP during the Deepwater Horizon crisis. The Paradise Papers revealed that Glencore secretly loaned tens of millions of dollars to Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire, after it enlisted him to secure a controversial mining agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/03/glencore-subpoena-us-department-of-justice
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Sport is frequently used to galvanise the laity but it is worth reiterating the findings of Professor Phil Scraton during his noble campaign for justice on behalf of the Hillsborough Family Support Group following the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989. During the campaign the support group was required to hire meeting rooms from Liverpool Football Club, which was owned by the American Fenway Sports Group. The business of America is business. It is hardly surprising that Phil Scraton declined the offer of an OBE
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It is rather embarrassing that Australia has a vapid and fustian ("Let me be clear") potato-head running the country., especially during a crisis. However, the opposition leader is as equally shameful. We don't need a third political party in Australia but desperately require a second one.
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'The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class' by Professor Guy Standing is well worth reading: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-precariat-9781849664561/
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There is often no exploratory data analysis and the information is often a catacomb of descriptive statistics and merely counting not measuring without any hypothesis testing or evidence of statistical significance.
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It was Peter Drucker who exclaimed...…."What gets measured gets done" However what gets measured gets manipulated to align with the prevailing ideology.
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As I have stated previously, once the legal avenues are exhausted he will resort to the medical profession for assistance, which generates more questions than answers. Nixon did precisely the same with Watergate. "Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena" - Wilhelm Reich
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Here are some more humanitarian exploits from this allegedly noble piss tank: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29701767 "When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die" Jean-Paul Sartre
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I bet he never uttered that statement in front of the Jarrow marchers. The irreverent alcoholic said....."We will fight them on the beaches." Meanwhile he was planning his escape route to Canada.
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A country's economic success should be judged by its absence of poverty rather than the number of plutocratic billionaires it generates.
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Dear Phil - I can recall Mark Latham from his book 'The Canberra Bubble' stating that if you take the extreme opposite view you will be much nearer the truth. In places such as soulless Singapore, the entire social structure revolves around 'The Deal' and its hardly surprising that its most prominent feature at Marina Bay harbour is a casino. Moreover, the naming rights on its many ugly skyscrapers are often acquired by notorious business and financial services conglomerates. If I bothered shaking hands with any socially autistic scum-bucket from KPMG, Deloitte, PwC or EY, I would count my fingers afterwards and these are quite ethical compared to outfits such as UBS, Credit Suisse, Blackstone, Blackrock and KKR. "Even the birds are chained to the sky" - Bob Dylan
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It's also worth noting that Paul Howes and Noah Carroll have both ended up with KPMG, which was embroiled in the catastrophic collapse of Carillion in the UK. Indeed the labour MP Peter Kyle exclaimed that...…."He would not allow KPMG to do an audit on the contents of his fridge."
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The Heritage Foundation is more neoliberal than the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute or even Brookings. These and many other ruthless brigands along Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC embraced the Friedman Doctrine and free market fundamentalism of the former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Justice Lewis F Powell Jr and corporate lawyer with Phillip Morris via his infamous Powell Memorandum in the early 1970s. Several other acolytes included Bryce Harlow, a prominent lobbyist with Procter and Gamble and founding member of The Harlow Foundation, which was established in 1982 to advance business and government relations (regulatory capture) and reinforce its credo of....."Integrity in professional advocacy" which is merely Orwellian doublespeak...." War is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength." Additional partners in crime included William Baroody Sr., the late John D Harper (Alcoa) and the education director with the US Chamber of Commerce, Eugene B Sydnor. Another couple of corporate mercenaries include none other than George Schulz (Bechtel) and Dick Cheney (Halliburton). "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" - Bob Dylan "Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable" - Simone de Beauvoir
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Dear Phil - The late Bob Ellis lamented as much several years in his wonderful book entitled 'The Year It All Fell Down'. "One of the necessary accompaniments of capitalism in a democracy is political corruption" - Upton Sinclair
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The Maprik MP John Simon has some remarkable credentials and should consider running for the seats of South Brisbane or McConnel at the forthcoming Queensland state government election. He would provide some formidable opposition to Jackie Trad and Grace Grace.
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Dear Arthur, Your response reminds me of a reporter and an infamous interview with Humphrey Lyttleton. The reporter enquired about Lyttleton's pastime as an avid orthinologist (sic). Lyttleton responded...…."And you would be a word-botcher".
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Dear Keith - It's been quite a tough year for you. Please accept my condolences, Libby must have been quite a wonderful lady. "Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently" - Rosa Luxemburg
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Anthem for Doomed Youth What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? — Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires. What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. Wilfred Owen https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47393/anthem-for-doomed-youth
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