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BAD NEWS FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO May 30, 2010

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In their breaking news email, The Los Angeles Times reports that BP have failed to plug the oil surge in the Gulf of Mexico.
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SMEDLEY D BUTLER’S TESTIMONY May 29, 2010

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The statement was made in 1935. The veracity and accuracy of the claims cannot be confirmed here, but if true the testimony is interesting, and more than mildly so, since it goes to the issue of the use of American arms and Corporate profits.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – WALK ON BY May 28, 2010

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While not in the least our doing we had an eventful week. We went from fire to flood. In truth it was not much of a fire, and not much of a flood, although houses were evacuated. Variety is the spice of life, or so it is said.
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BREAKING THE GAZA BLOCKADE? May 28, 2010

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Various ships from mostly European countries, and importantly Turkey, will rendezvous in the Mediterranean carrying medical supplies and other provisions in an attempt to break the blockade imposed on the 1.5
million people of Gaza by Israel.
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FIVE MINUTES May 27, 2010

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There was a certain amount of excitement around these parts today. The State Emergency Services and Police evacuated some houses, the local primary school and child care centre since they were in the path of the possible flood plain.
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“WAR IS PEACE” May 25, 2010

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War is not inconsequential, nor for that matter is peace. Permanent war is the mentality of the world of 1984, and is probably waged for the reasons Orwell proposed.
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DIPLOMATIC EXPULSION May 24, 2010

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I think the crime involved warranted breaking off diplomatic relations with Israel. When nation states take to producing false passports of another country they are taking liberties to say the least. Has or can Israel deny the charge?
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WHAT IS TO BE DONE? May 23, 2010

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We are all simultaneously witnesses to our times, the legatees of the past, and the guardians of the future. Too grandiose do you think? The grounds of disconnection are many and vast.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG:TURN THE PAGE May 22, 2010

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The promised digging and excavating arrived late in the week and blocked our pathway to our usual places. So we took to the narrow tracks created by mountain bikes and became lost.
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EXIT DAVID CAMPBELL May 21, 2010

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Earlier this evening, I was sitting with a small group of people, when Ray received a call to say that David Campbell, the NSW Minister for Transport, had resigned. It turns he was filmed coming out of a gay sex club in Kensington.
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CHANGES TO THE GLOBAL A LIST May 20, 2010

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Given the rank criminality of the US as world player, as illustrated by the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and subsequent events, it is encouraging that other players are taking the stage. There needs to be an international rule of law.
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SOCIALISM, CAPITALISM AND CORPORATISM May 18, 2010

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Processes are often disconnected from events, and the outcome is incomprehension. Aside from carelessness, why is that sufficient care was not taken to avoid the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
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FALL OF THE EURO May 18, 2010

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The individual members of the Eurozone do not have floating currencies, but collectively they do, and is it not the case that is a good thing?
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NAKBAH: THE DISPOSSESSION OF PALESTINE May 17, 2010

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There have been other instances where the oppressed have transformed into the oppressors. The case of Israel is a particularly poignant example. Yesterday marked the 62nd anniversary of Nakbah.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: MOVING ON May 15, 2010

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As the earth moves on its elliptical path around the sun, the days shorten and the evenings set in earlier are cooler.
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CLOSER TO HOME May 14, 2010

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We are geographically closer to the southern and eastern parts of the Eurasian landmass, in which political events are occurring. Over to the east across the the Pacific there is South America, from which the Philippine islands were colonized by Europeans.
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“IF YOU ARE GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO” May 13, 2010

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. . . be sure to wear a flower in your hair.” Apparently the music has moved on since then. And who might Lady Gaga be? The flash mob, labor and anti-discrimination protest was choreographed and not interrupted by the threats of authority.
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THE END OF DEREGULATION IDEOLOGY? May 12, 2010

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Hope springs eternal. As James Madison observed, “If men were angels, government would not be necessary”. In this view regulation is the business of government. Corporate government has other priorities.
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UK ELECTORAL CHANGE May 11, 2010

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There is a river to be crossed that will change the way in which British politics works, and it is the Liberal Democrats what will have make the transition carrying the Labor Party and assorted others with them.
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POLITICAL DECISION MAKING May 10, 2010

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The British election result has thrown up a set of choices for the Liberal Democrat leader, with the overhanging question as to whether Nick Clegg is up to the test, which it achieve PR, or at least a fairer voting system.
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