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QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP July 31, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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We are facing a global existential crisis from the implications and ramifications of global warming, and among the democratic nation states there seems to be a dearth of political leadership.
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NOW THAT IS A THOUGHT! July 30, 2009

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David Michael Green is a professor of political science at Hofstra University in New York, and his articles appear in Common Dreams. In his most recent article he expresses surprise at the failure of Obama’s use of the bully pulpit.
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BRITISH POLL ON AFGHANISTAN July 29, 2009

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Imagine asking the public what they think of the commitment of troops to Afghanistan. It is almost as unimaginable as asking the Federal Parliament to hold a conscious vote on any military deployment.
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“THE KILLER SYNDROME” July 28, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Peace.
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Soldiers are trained to kill, and if the reports are accurate in Iraq the American Army has been very indiscriminate about who they kill. That may the effective policy rather than the official intention.
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PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE July 26, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment.
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There are many more that the comparison published in The Observer, via The Raw Story. The photos were taken by spy satellites, and it is alleged their publication was prevented by the Bush Admninstration. They are certainly dramatic.
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A CULTURE OF NONVIOLENCE July 26, 2009

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There are at least three conditions necessary for a nonviolent movement to be successful.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG:NOTHING CHANGES July 25, 2009

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John Lennon sang, “nothing is going to change my world”. The meaning of the lyric may depend on how “nothing” is understood.
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PERPETUAL WAR STUNT July 24, 2009

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The ABC program, The Chaser’s War on Everything, is somewhat like the USA, and by implication Australia: it is permanently at war.
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SOLAR ECLIPSE July 23, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in East Asia, South Asia.
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The sun came back and people cheered. A very sensible thing to do. Where would we be without the energy and light from the sun?
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“EARTH DEMOCRACY” July 22, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Peace.
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We are confronted with existential crisis, which is both climatic and economic, so it it necessary to pragmatic and purposeful, rather than passive and pessimistic.
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MAN ON THE MOON July 20, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
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We used to look up at the full moon and try to see the man in the moon. Other cultures had more interesting ideas. I suspect that no longer happens. Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong took a small step and stood on the moon.
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CONSUMPTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE July 19, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment, Social Environment.
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How far do we want to drive toward the edge of the cliff before we stop. Technology is simply the application of science to meet social and human needs.
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JAKARTA BOMBING July 19, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in The Neighbours.
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In due course, I suppose the people who planned and executed the bombing of the hotels in Jakarta will be either be identified or claim responsibility.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: AMBULATING ALONG July 17, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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There is no flow about walking the dogs. There are stops all over the place.
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TSUNAMI THAT WASN’T July 17, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment, Social Environment.
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There was a possibility that the earthquake in Fiordland in the South Island of New Zealand may have caused a tsunami. The models used by the Bureau of Meteorology predicted larger effects than occurred.
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CELEBRITY DEATH July 16, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment.
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The treatment of Michael Jackson’s death puzzled me. He was a popular entertainer of some note. People die every day, and as far as I know Jacko did not do anything for anybody else – I may be wrong about that.
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DYNAMICS OF POLITICAL CHANGE July 15, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in European Politics, Natural Environment.
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So what causes fundamental political change, and are revolutions, such as the French Revolution fundamental political change, or merely changes in the holders of political power?
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CORRELATION OR CAUSE? July 14, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment.
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Senator Field, Family First, doubts that the Earth is getting warmer, and that greenhouse gases, in particular carbon dioxide, are the principle agencies for the increase in temperature.
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MERCURIAL MONSOON July 13, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Natural Environment, South Asia.
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Two-thirds of the earth’s population depend on the Asian Monsoon to supply water for agriculture and drinking. In India there is alarm that the rains have not arrived, and the implicit question of whether the delay is an effect of global warming.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: GOING HOME July 11, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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Sasha and Dexter have memories longer than the road that stretches ahead. So they are going home.
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