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Bernard Corden
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Dear Phil, The majority of people will resume shopping but on credit.
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Maybe it is time to take seriously Theodor Adorno’s warning: “I consider the survival of National Socialism within democracy to be potentially more menacing than the survival of fascist tendencies against democracy.”
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Even the late Spike Milligan proclaimed he had a certificate that verified his sanity.
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Here are some additional interesting links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Cultures https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/renewolf-wp-data/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2010_11_04_OnoraONeill_lecture.mp3 https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/winston-churchill-on-the-arts/
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHFZBUTA4k
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Dear Garry, I was expecting a rendition of Fields of Athenry.
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When Don McLean was asked what on earth the lyrics in the song American Pie meant his response was: " It means I will never have to work again"
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Corruption is nature's way of restoring faith in democracy - Peter Ustinov Despite the Fitzgerald Inquiry one need only scrape the surface of the current Queensland state government. x
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When transhumanism, artificial intelligence, big data and suprasurveillance fails the next step is eugenics: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-return-of-eugenics O Brave New World
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"Every country has the government it deserves" - Joseph de Maistre
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I can recall passing through customs at O'Hare international airport in Chicago many years ago and was asked whether I was carrying any firearms. I replied, "No" and the official handed me his revolver and replied, "Take this, you might need it".
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Post 9/11, I was approaching the boarding lounge at Port Moresby's domestic air terminal when an elderly PNG lady in front of me sent the body scanning device crazy. The security guard searched her bilum and subsequently found a bush knife. He nonchalantly shrugged and waved the lady through.
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A quote from the late Aneurin Bevan and album title by the Manic Street Preachers resonates...…….."This is my truth, tell me yours"
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A fascinating article Chris that reflects and aligns with the work and commitment of Ernst Mandel to social democracy
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Dear William, it appears you are getting mixed up between Tony Benn and Aneurin Bevan, although they were both fine orators and always emptied the tearooms during questioning time. "A healthy loyalty is not passive and complacent but active and critical" - Harold Laski When words failed Bernadette McAliskey (nee Devlin) had a pretty useful right jab. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernadette_Devlin_McAliskey
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“We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and to define its finer values” - Tony Benn
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Back in 1969, the Australian government refused Wilfred Burchett entry into Australia to attend his father's funeral: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Burchett
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The symbolic white shoes have been furtively cropped from the photo. _________ Damn right they were white. Reviewed the original pic and could just spot the white uppers peeping out from under those bell-bottoms - KJ
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Well worth reading: https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/paying-the-price-for-defeating-chevron-an-interview-with-steven-donziger/
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Dear Phil, I suggest you stick with Jeffrey Archer.
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http://laebotanicgardens.com/history/raaf-dc-3/
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Here’s an update Plutocracy Index: Jeff Bezos (Amazon) 2010 net worth: $12 billion 2019 net worth: $112 billion Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) 2010 net worth: $4 billion 2019 net worth: $76 billion Larry Page (Google) 2010 net worth: $28 billion 2019 net worth: $61 billion 2010 US federal minimum wage: $7.25 2020 US federal minimum wage: $7.25
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"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." - Hannah Arendt
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How much of this is scientism using descriptive statistics and categorical data to develop policy as opposed to inferential statistics with hypothesis testing and measuring statistical significance? In many cases we are just counting how many sheep we have left and people are merely dehumanised. "One death is a tragedy and a million is a statistic" - Josef Stalin Paul Feyerabend and Thomas Kuhn have written extensively on the objectivity of science and Wilhelm Reich once proclaimed - "Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena" We invariably find how much we don't know and it leaves us with more questions than answers. "But in the grey of the morning my mid becomes confused between the dead and the sleeping and the road that I must choose" - A question of balance - The Moody Blues The album cover features a rather perplexed Albert Einstein. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Feyerabend https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kuhn
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The following report entitled 'The patronising disposition of unaccountable power' from the bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones, is well worth reading, especially regarding emergency response and pastoral care: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/655892/6_3860_HO_Hillsborough_Report_2017_FINAL_WEB_updated.pdf Aberfan - The mistake that cost a village its children by Ceri Jackson is also worth watching: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-150d11df-c541-44a9-9332-560a19828c47
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