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MARX AND MILLS September 30, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics.
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Wither representative democracy? The crass behavior of the former State Labor Government and the criminal behavior of some players at the local level, in particular property developers, led to the sacking of the Wollongong City Council, and the introduction of the notion of community democracy – “democracy in the deep sense”.
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TALKING ABOUT TORTURE September 30, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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Jane Mayer was on PM this evening talking about her recent book and in general about the US adoption of torture with presenter Mark Colvin. With luck this will be the promised extended discussion:

DEBATE AND OTHER DEBACLES September 29, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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The puzzle is how to describe the American Republics, if indeed, it remains a republic. The banana republics were located in Central America in which the external control of the one cash crop would give effective control over the country.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – YESTERDAY September 27, 2008

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Friday night was yesterday. Today, after listening to the presidential debate in Mississippi there is a shadow hanging over me. Photos fade, but the past is not so easily lost.

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FIRST RESPONSE September 27, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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On listening to the presidential debate in Mississippi between Obama and McCain my first reaction was utter frustration. Stupidity and ignorance reigns.

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THE NEXT PRESIDENT. . . September 26, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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It is the 25 September 2010. The President of the United States, John S McCain has suddenly died. The nation is in shock. The Government is in crisis. Vice President Palin has been sworn in on the flight from Phoenix to Washington this morning by the Chief Justice, John Roberts.
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BUY IN, OR BAILOUT? September 25, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Don’t listen to the people because they do not know anything right, but we control the media and that is the way and path of power.
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A PATH WITHOUT HEART September 24, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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One way of considering the options before the US voters in November is to consider theĀ  choice as a selection of different paths. Carlos Castaneda in The Teaching of Don Juan, suggested that there were many spiritual paths that could be followed, and they might be equally good, but the question, and the only question, to pose was: Do they have a heart? Political paths being different, the most important question might be: What is the quality of the mind?
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WALKING TO TOMORROW September 23, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Environment.
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The challenge before the world is whether there is a collective ability to walk and chew gum, as Lyndon Johnson memorably said (or was reinterpreted as saying). The problem is not so much juggling as setting priorities.
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THE CHARACTER ISSUE September 22, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Suppose a candidate is under consideration for a responsible position, in which they would make decisions afflecting other people, would not then the “Character issue” be a top of the mind consideration for the selection committee?
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CAN WIN/LOSE WORK? September 21, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Environment, Humankind/Planet Earth, Peace.
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Rabbi Michael Lerner reaches a conclusion that has relevance to people outside the USA as well.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – SPRING IS HERE September 20, 2008

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Spring has taken time to arrive, and then today it felt it. The warmer weather has finally arrived.

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CRISIS OR CATASTROPHE? September 19, 2008

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Economics is something I am reluctant to comment upon, but the question that can be posed is the current state of affairs emanating from Wall Street a crisis or a catastrophe?
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ALL LIFE IS ONE (PART TWO) September 18, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Life Experience, Peace.
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The question has been put to me: What is consciousness? I am completely insensible when it comes to answering such questions, other than in this case to suggest that consciousness is awareness combined with language. “Insensible” as you might gather is a refinement, but failure to answer is a frustration nonetheless.
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MUDFLATS AT ANCHORAGE RALLY September 16, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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For people who just rely on the MSM (and nowadays who actually are they?) you might have missed Mudflats report on a rally organized by women in Anchorage. I know Anchorage is not the boondocks, and they are plugged into the wider world, but Sarah Palin does presume to talk for all Alaskans.
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WHAT IF McCAIN WINS? September 16, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Glenn Greeenwald has some thoughts on the same question. He suggests the following:

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NEW TURNING POINT? September 16, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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Brendan Nelson has taken the bull by the horns, and opened his position to a party room ballot. What is with the bravado? Malcolm Turnbull, back from overseas today, has thrown his name into the ring.
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WHAT IF OBAMA CRASHES? September 15, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Some see the slow motion train wreck in motion ever since Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight. Advising any politician in any country or at any time to stand on principle is probably expecting too much and should not be offered gratuitiously.
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THE STAGE IS SET September 13, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Miscellaneous.
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Let’s forget about Johannesburg, as you do, and think about Brisbane this evening, as you might. Who is going to win? I haven’t a clue. But will the Wallabies and the All Blacks live up to expectations?
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AOTEAROA OFF TO VOTE September 13, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in The Neighbours.
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Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced that the country would go to the polls on 8 November. She left the announcement as the last topic in her press conference. One questioner asked if it was related to the American Presidential election, which was an interesting comment.
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