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WHAT IS NEWS? May 31, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Blogging in general, Duckspeak.
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To the extent that news media and blogs recycle news reports and opinion they are doing the same thing.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: VARIATIONS May 30, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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Clearly, the dogs satisfy their fundamental needs on their walks, and it is not obvious why it should be such fun.
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LAHORE TERROR BOMBING May 28, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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The bombing in Lahore that killed twenty-six people and wounded 250 when a van was driven into a police checkpoint outside a police station and an Inter-Services Intelligence office.
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INVOLVING CHINA May 27, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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Afghanistan, like for example Laos, should be entitled to its insignificance and anonymity.
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COLONIAL LEGACY May 25, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in LATIN AMERICA.
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The after effects of colonialism, despite there presence almost everywhere on the global political map, are often unappreciated as they are long lasting.
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CIVILIAN WAR DEATHS May 25, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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Modern wars inevitably create their toll of innocent civilian casualties.
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WHITE HOUSE SALESMAN May 24, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Forget the bully pulpit, in the age of saturation media and advertising, the US President is now the Salesman-in-Chief, more than the Commander-in-Chief, although he is that too.
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MARCH OF FOLLY May 24, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, US Politics.
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“War is the unfolding of miscalculations” – Barbara Tuchman.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: DISRUPTION May 23, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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This week had it share of disruption, not least by the wind and rain which meant the Sasha and Dexter did not get out much.
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NATIONALISM AND PACIFISM May 22, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism, Natural Environment, Peace, Social Environment.
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Does anybody believe in nationalism anymore?
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PAKISTAN REFUGEES May 21, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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The worst disasters arise from moral failures of human beings, and war has to be the principle example.
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CIVIL WAR ENDS IN SRI LANKA? May 19, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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I suspect that military victory without reconciliation is a recipe for further violence. How will the Tamil minority now be treated in Sri Lanka, and will they be fully and equally integrated into a multi-ethnic society?
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“PERMANENT WAR” May 19, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, US Politics.
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I thought it was the year 1984 redux, but not so. George Orwell had credited The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism to Emmanuel Goldstein. There had been an earlier analysis.

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INDIAN ELECTIONS May 18, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia.
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The governing party has been returned in results from the Indian Election. Such a vote of confidence might not have been expected given the effects of the global financial crisis and Mumbai terrorist attacks.
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A SIGNIFICANT APPOINTMENT May 17, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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The Afghan-Pakistan War is now Obama’s war.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – REVIEW OF THE FAMILIAR May 16, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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Daily events and circumstances are so familiar that pass almost without observation.
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UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTALISM May 15, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Philosophy.
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As human beings, despite our species intelligence that gives us the blessing and the curse of language, we are sometimes too prone to the allure of simplicity and certainty.
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UNCONSCIOUS CULTURE May 14, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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Is violence not just endemic to our culture and economy, but intrinsic to it?

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COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP May 13, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Discretion is doubtless the better part of valour.
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THE LAW OF WAR May 12, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Terrorism Issues.
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Now it seems the standards of the Australian Armed Forces are descending to the levels of others engaged in “guerrilla wars” in which the enemy cannot be clearly identified.
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