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REAL CHANGE AT LAST August 31, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in East Asia.
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One party government has finally ended in Japan.This news was not surprising. Perhaps the landslide was. The new Government has won 308 of the 480 seats in the lower house of the Diet.
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A DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE? August 30, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Humankind/Planet Earth, Peace.
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World government may appear to some to be problematic, and to represent a loss of national prerogative.
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PERILS OF DEMOCRACY August 30, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Philosophy, US Politics.
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We have all been entertained by the “tea parties” held in town halls exemplifying the US version of America and American Democracy. So what is wrong with a little astro-turf public relations organizing by people acting against their own self interests?
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: FIRE ALONG THE TRACK August 29, 2009

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Living near the bush, fire is a major concern. Coming back with Sasha and Dexter from our walk a mountain biker told me there was a stack of cleared branches and scrub was on fire.
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RIGHTS AND DISCRIMINATION August 27, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Human Rights.
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The United Nations Special Rapportuer on human rights and the fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples reports that the Northern Territory Intervention is discriminatory.
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CAMELOT ENDS August 26, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, US Politics.
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Senator Ted Kennedy died today. Now the promise and dream of Camelot is over, a new narrative might unfold, a new story be told.
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KIDNEY DISEASE AND PREDNISONE August 26, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Life Experience.
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My kidney disease, glomerulonephritis (MPGN Type I), has progressively become worse since December 2006.
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TALIBAN AS “THE ENEMY” August 26, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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Did you notice that through that process of transmogrification of propaganda, the Taliban have been converted into the enemy?
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MERCY FOR A “TERRORIST” August 25, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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Can a convicted terrorist be given compassion? The answer is yes if we recognize that people with labels, such as criminals, are human beings.
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ECHOES OF IRAN August 24, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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The main contender to Kaizai is claiming widespread voter fraud in the Afghanistan election.
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AFGHAN ELECTIONS August 23, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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Many commentators in the propaganda media are telling us that the elections in Afghanistan have been a conditional success.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG:KEEPING GOING August 22, 2009

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The planet moves along its’ path, one day merges into the next, and gradually the new season begins to make an appearance but Sasha and Dexter look forward to the next walk and somehow we keep going.
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SCOTLAND THE BRAVE? August 21, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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Scottish law, it seems, requires that “justice be served, but mercy be shown”.
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“ET TU OBAMA?” August 20, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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There is a sense of betrayal among “social democrats” that Obama is not delivering the policy outcomes they voted for. Professor David Michael Green gives voice to this frustration at Counterpunch.
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WHY AFGHANISTAN? August 18, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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President Barack Obama has provided the rationale for the occupation of Afghanistan.
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A NEW WORLD? August 17, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
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Do the United States have a soul, a spiritual core? The health care debate, which to some is a stalking horse for other fantasies, seems to be foundering on the rock of superficial genetic division, of racial identity. Can the angels of our better nature fly?
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HELLO COLOMBIA! August 17, 2009

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Will the Obama war machine request Australian or the newly militant NATO assistance for the beefed up war in Columbia? Far-fetched? So probably not.
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POLITICAL BEHAVIOR August 16, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Peace, US Politics.
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The extraordinary thing about the behavior on display in the Congressional town hall meetings, is the failure of people to identify and align political interests.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: TOMORROW COMES August 15, 2009

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And these days too quickly for me, but Sasha and Dexter seem content to concentrate on the moment.

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PRESIDENTIAL RUN OFF IN AFGHANISTAN August 14, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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The Afghan electoral system mirrors Paris and Managua, and it now looks that Karzai will have to contest a run off if the polls are to believed.
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