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“THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN” October 30, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Global Warming (climate change), US Politics.
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Days before US General Election, as the rulers allocate more money of war and empire to make the country strong and respected, and as a storm of unprecedented size and ferocity takes form off the eastern seaboard, it seems appropriate to reflect on the “mandate of heaven”.
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INSIDE THE BANK BAILOUT October 28, 2012

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Bill Moyers interview with Neil Barofsky is extraordinary. Neil Barofsky is the former Inspector General of the Bush Administration’s Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: LOOKING FOR A SIGN. October 27, 2012

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At the point at which Dexter and Hannah cross, there is no water in the creek. Something remarkable was observed this week. The expectation was that this year was very try, but somehow it changed in a way that has not previously been observed.
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CLAIMING ENTITLEMENT October 26, 2012

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Unlike previous Foreign Ministers, Bob Carr, has deemed to be int he national interest to take his wife on his sorties abroad.
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BROKEN DEBATE, BROKEN DEMOCRACY October 24, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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As we enter the final strait, the horse race aspect of the US Presidential Election takes centre stage. As seen from the corporate media, particularly television, it is a two-horse race.
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COAL STREAM GAS PROTEST October 21, 2012

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The leaflet is still in the letterbox. The snail  got to it. I confirmed with a neighbour I had the right time and date. Then off we went expecting the usual local demo involving speeches and so forth.
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“HISTORIC” MINDANAO PEACE AGREEMENT October 21, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Peace, South East Asia.
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Peace agreements too often founder with the opposing parties returning to violence.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: CATCHING TIME October 20, 2012

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A simile to fill the vacuum has time as running through our hands like sand. Photos capture moments. They fade, if only in the memory. Often they are unrelated to context.

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A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP October 17, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Terrorism Issues.
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Australia’s close relationship with the United States predates the Second World War with, as examples, the adoption of telegraph and railways systems, but since  that time become of  close and often unquestioning support.
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GETTING OUT THE VOTE October 15, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, US Politics.
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It may be very understandable that low information voters, and given the three levels of government that may be in wider net than usually described, should act like consumers relying on brand imagery and identification. It would depend on context.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: REFLECTIONS October 13, 2012

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The rain requested came this week with thunder, lightning and unseasonable cold. The rain was needed.
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ASSASSINATION ON THE SCHOOL BUS October 12, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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A group of assassins boarded a school bus in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, terrifying the students on board before identifying and shooting 14 year old Malala Yousafzai and two other school girls.
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VENEZUELA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION October 10, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in LATIN AMERICA.
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Hugo Chavez was returned with 54% of the vote in two-way contest, which might be seen as a fairly solid result, especially since holding power since 1998, except for an aborted coup.
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SPEAKER SLIPS AWAY October 9, 2012

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I suppose it was on the cards. No doubt there was some influence at work beyond the debate in the House of Reps today, but for the record Peter Slipper has now resigned as Speaker.
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PAKISTANI DRONE PROTEST October 8, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
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Imran Khan and the drone protest convoy, including members from Code Pink, made it to the border of Warizistan, before being turned back by the army.  He described the convoy at 15 miles long.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: CATCH THE WIND October 6, 2012

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I should know better, and it is a case of not learning from experience, yet I take too much for granted.
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OBAMA AND THE DEBATE October 5, 2012

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Grace Meyer sets out the position:
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THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE October 4, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics, US Politics.
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Americans will vote in November in the presidential election, but it will be the vote in the Electoral College in December that will decide who will be the next president.
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STANDING, IF NOT WALKING October 2, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Environment, Human Rights, Israel-Palestine.
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This commentary from Rabbi Arthur Waskow is interesting on several grounds.
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