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Bernard Corden
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The gas masks were obviously made by Cape PLC at its Barking factory in East London and chrysotile or white asbestos was used for its filters, which was imported from the EGNEP mine in the Cape Province of South Africa. The term Barking Cough is still in common usage throughout the east end and its often said that Cape PLC did more harm than the Luftwaffe. The exhaust fans at its manufacturing plant discharged adjacent to the local primary school. The mesothelioma rate in East London is one of the highest in the UK along with Armley in Leeds, which was the site of the Turner and Newall asbestos factory. Cape PLC is still operating and was recently rewarded with several major contracts during construction of the coal seam gas projects in Queensland, the Inpex project in Darwin and the Gorgon and Wheatstone projects in the Carnarvon Basin in WA. "No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin." - Aneurin Bevan
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I can vividly recall the comments from Al Haig during his tenure as US Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan over Diego Garcia and the injustice to the Chagos Islanders: "Just give me the word and I'll turn that tiny little island into a fucking parking lot" Who are the terrorists?
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There is no longer any left or right in Australian politics. It is top versus bottom. Government of the people, by the people, for the people has degenerated into government versus the people. Despite royal commissions and parliamentary inquires regulatory capture has ensured big business is the government. "The only thing in the middle of the road is a yellow streak and dead armadillos" - Jim Hightower
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The LNP did not win the last election.....Those who vote decide nothing, those who count the vote decide everything. Another interesting fact, have a look who opened the Hillsong headquarters at Baulkham Hills in 2002. It was none other than John Hunt is a Coward.
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Dear Phil - Fletcher, Birmingham, Tehan, Abetz, Littleproud, Cormann and the Subiaco fishwife are all the same but, with an equally dreadful opposition, an obedience to the orthodoxy is evident and catabolic casino capitalism prevails. It will only get worse as beggars with smartphones search for seasonally adjusted discounts on winter tents outside our railway stations.
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The concept of gross negligence, recklessness and manslaughter charges is fraught with complex legal technicalities covering the burden of proof. Indeed the act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty. After almost 30 years a jury in the recent trial of the Hillsborough police commander was unable to reach a verdict and a retrial is imminent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/hillsborough-trial-verdict-david-duckenfield-graham-mackrell-court-a8852536.html The late Captain Peter Sharp and several others were acquitted of charges following the MV Rabaul Queen disaster: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-31/rabaul-queen-case-court-dismisses-manslaughter-charges/8759398 Civil action against Bureau Veritas and Meyer Werft, the German shipbuilder, in a French court recently proved unsuccessful because lawyers were unable to prove "intentional fault" following the 1994 MS Estonia passenger ferry disaster, which resulted in the deaths of almost 900 passengers: https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/french-court-rejects-estonia-ferry-disaster-claim/ar-AAEA3zj The following link provides a summary of five key cases in the UK: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/8330905/History-of-corporate-manslaughter-five-key-cases.html Another lawyer's picnic as the bereaved families are left chasing smoke. "When the rich wage war it's the poor who die" - Jean-Paul Sartre "Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable" - Simone de Beauvoir
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Red Indians were often told to go back to where they came from and many did, only to be convicted of trespassing.
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Our sanctimonious evangelist wouldn't know concrete from cannabis and as many indigenous Australians can attest, you do not have to be behind bars to feel incarcerated. The maxim from Victor Hugo resonates....."He who opens a school door, closes a prison"
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Q. What is the difference between an Australian wedding and an Australian funeral? A. There is one less drunk at an Australian funeral.
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"The proper study of mankind is books" -Aldous Huxley Count me in
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"The proper study of mankind is books" - Aldous Huxley Signed: 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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