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Bernard Corden
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Which side did the sports minister take?
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Dear Robert, I refuse to subscribe to Facebook but Vincent P Ambane Kumura has some fabulous old photos and videos of Bundi and the Brahmin Mission on his Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/vincent.kumura
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" It is so much easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled" - Mark Twain
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I attended the same school as Wilfrid Owen. The school motto was Doctus in se semper divitius habet - A wise man always has riches within himself. Birkenhead Institute in Whetstone Lane has long since gone and was amalgamated with the Grange Secondary School at Tollemache Road near Bidston in Birkenhead North End, a stone's throw from Laird Street, where the immortal Dixie Dean was born. The comprehensive school was demolished and replaced by a housing estate, which features a Wilfred Owen Way.
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"It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it"- John Pilger: http://johnpilger.com/ Australia's track record, especially with Wilfred Burchett is not crash hot.
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"Soon if we are not prudent we will be watching each other starve to death on expensive television sets" - Aneurin Bevan.
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ABC and SBS television has degenerated into a formulaic propaganda machine and is no better than commercial television. Risk has moved from a collectivist to individualist paradigm throughout most western cultures. This commitment to methodological individualism increasingly objectifies risk and disregards many of its cultural, metaphysical or social psychological aspects. Moreover, extirpating a language has a profound impact on cultural change and during any coup d’état control of media outlets remains a priority. The rapid expanse of communications technopoly with antisocial media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook is incalculably narcissistic with sinister totalitarian objectives. It merely expedites the process of surrendering culture to technology. "How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t" - Shakespeare: The Tempest. "Hell is other people" - Jean-Paul Sartre
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This is a fabulous piece of transdisciplinary thinking and discernment about risk. All too often the contemporary approaches ignore the inherently subjective nature of risk. The reification of risk via an inordinate focus on structuralism, objectivism and positivism eventually entangles the process with many of the impurities it attempts to resolve. It often disregards that risk is socially constructed. Not many petroleum engineers would bother reading the work of Mary Douglas.
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Dear Paul, It reminds me of the time Bob Hawke went on an official state visit to Ottawa and the streets were festooned with NZ flags: http://whitlamdismissal.com/1994/11/11/australia-needs-a-new-flag.html
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After Aberfan, the incumbent Labour government established a disaster fund for the bereaved families, who had to fight to obtain money from the fund to pay for their children's gravestones. Meanwhile, the government plundered money from the fund to have the remaining slag heaps moved from around the valley. Death certificates were issued from the fish and chip shop down the road from the ramshackle chapel, which was used as a makeshift mortuary. The Blair government later reimbursed the kismet but only at the 1966 value and purely because Aberfan was in a marginal electorate. Hillsborough was even more inhumane. Police officers tucked into a fast food dinner of fried chicken and chips during the interrogation of bereaved families as the victims lay nearby in zipped up body bags. The coroner ordered blood alcohol tests to be conducted on the victims, many of whom were teenagers. Meanwhile, senior offices retreated to the local Niagara sports and social club and got plastered. The fourth estate were scavenging like hyenas and a scoop soon emerged of embattled police officers attempting to control a tanked up Scouse rabble......A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get it pants on. Government and disasters, give me a break they are socially autistic mercenaries. The only person who ever went into the UK Houses of Parliament with good intent was Guy Fawkes.
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Following disasters and industrial diseases the victims and their dependents often discover that the theatre of law has little to do with the quest for truth or realisation of justice and the only parole for the bereaved is death or dementia. Aberfan, Hillsborough, Piper Alpha, The Radium Girls, Upper Big Branch and more recently Grenfell Tower provide ample substantive evidence along with the victims of asbestosis and coal workers pneumoconiosis. The former Massey Energy CEO who spent 12 months in the slammer following the Upper Big Branch disaster in West Virginia is hoping to win a seat in the US senate: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/15/don-blankenship-on-humility-and-the-limits-of-free-speech-in-west-virginia/ These socially autistic mercenaries are even worse than Soso who is alleged to have used the aphorism... one death is a tragedy and a million is a statistic.
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An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern - Tony Benn
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If ever we need to evaluate the corrosive impact of transhumanism even the traditional bilum is now woven with a pocket to accommodate iProsthetic smartphones......"How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t" - Shakespeare (The Tempest Act 5, Scene 1).
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Rules and models destroy genius and art - William Hazlitt The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity, even a dead fish can go with the flow - Jim Hightower All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
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It is so much easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled - Mark Twain
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Maybe the former SunRice (Trukai) and Murray Goulburn executive leaders Gary Helou and Brad Hingle are involved. The function of leadership is to create more leaders, not followers - Ralph Nader
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Rather like the new empty hospital in Yes Minister: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyf97LAjjcY
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Several good reads from the deschoolers: https://selforganizedseminar.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/freire_pedagogy_oppresed1.pdf http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/DESCHOOLING.pdf http://debate.uvm.edu/asnider/Ivan_Illich/Ivan_Illich_Disabling_Professions.pdf
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Wilfred Burchett when reporting the truth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Korean and Vietnam was vilified and subjected to inhumane treatment from the Australian and US governments. His passport went missing in 1955 and he lived in exile for many years and was refused entry to Australia to attend his father's funeral. His son George has written several articles on Counterpunch quite recently: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/19/how-the-cia-tried-to-bribe-wilfred-burchett/ https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/19/the-bug-offensive/ The late Philip Knightley's book The First Casualty is well worth reading. In an era of universal deceit telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act - George Orwell There are at least two sides to every story.
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The following link to Wicked Problems from the Australian Public Service is quite an interesting read: http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/archive/publications-archive/tackling-wicked-problems
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Along with Twitter it is destroying language and creating a culture of individualism. Andrew Keen has written extensively on the subject and his books The Cult of the Amateur and The Internet is not the Answer are quite thought provoking: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Keen
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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Evelyn Beatrice Hall from The Friends of Voltaire (1906)
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$25,000 would not keep our foreign minister clothed or account for the accommodation and other expenses at Airways.
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Anything to do with the pharmaceutical industry will eventually involve material and cognitive regulatory capture and corruption. The compensation offered to thalidomide victims by United Distillers was derisory in relation to profit from sales of spirits. Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre discloses how rotten the industry is. It is much worse than horse racing, professional boxing, greyhound racing, cycling, athletics, soccer, energy markets, aged care, franchising, financial services, waste recycling........... Take soccer franchising and Brisbane Roar. During their peak they could not afford to pay the guy who laundered the team playing strip. Then look who is running the entire competition, the mere surnames should sound alarm bells and limit the need for any further investigation. A quick glance at the advertising hoardings around the stadiums reifies the miasma. Then look at RFG, Domino's Pizza and 7-11 and franchising arrangements with the likes of Tony Alford, Alicia Atkinson, Jack Cowin, Don Meij and Russell Withers and the late Bev Barlow. Jack Cowin recently stated that penalty rates were a thing of the past. Whilst evading the taxman and contributing to the obesity epidemic it may have escaped his meticulous attention to detail but Abe Lincoln abolished slavery back in 1865 and indentured servitude, peonage and blackbirding are illegal in Australia. Don Meij the Domino Pizza CEO claimed $21 million in salary and benefits in 2016, which is $11000 per hour. Domino Pizza delivery drivers were expected to embrace pay cuts of $2 per hour. Do the math, it is even more rotten in Australia.
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Dear Phil, The work of Ferdinand Tonnies from 1925 and discerning between community (Gemeinschaft) and society (Gesellschaft) is worth a read. Gemeinschaft is characteristic of small scale localised communities where social bonds are personal and direct with strong shared values and beliefs, much like the wantok system. Gesellschaft refers to complex impersonal societies. The work of Martin Buber (I-Thou) is particularly interesting, especially concerning leadership and ethics and challenging the leadership hero myth, which disregards the contribution of followers and often ignores the intricate leader-follower relationship. The Chicago School of Economics with its long march of unfettered neoliberalism and individualism merely extirpates much of the post war social reform from true leaders such as Aneurin Bevan, Bessie Bradddock et al.
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