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WAR AGAINST THE HUMAN FUTURE June 13, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Humankind/Planet Earth, US Politics.
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This is a provocative suggestion. However, for governments to allow the cutting down forests, the source of oxygen,thus destroying ecosystems we cannot recreate, and particularly refusing to take effective actions on climate change the case is clear.
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HOMELESSNESS May 19, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Human Rights, US Politics.
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Now that border fascism has been brought home by the cruelty of the Federal Budget, as could have been predicted, the question and ramifications of homelessness might merit consideration.
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PRAYER AND “TERRORISM” February 3, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Internet Age, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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I found the story of the Ballarat mosque on Facebook. It was put up by the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In its way it is an illustration of how in the era of developing modern communications, the local and global merge.
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WHO KILLED JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY? December 3, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, US Politics.
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Bob Ellis recently claimed in his provocative way Lee Harvey Oswald did not have a motive to kill President Kennedy.
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JFK ASSASSINATION : 50 YEARS AGO November 22, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, US Politics.
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The speculation, surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, now fifty years ago, is not surprising.
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SHUTDOWN TO SHUTDOWN October 18, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.
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Antipathy to government is one thing, but taking it to almost the limit is another.

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THE MANNING TRIAL August 1, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Internet Age, US Politics.
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Bradley Manning’s military espionage trial has now entered the sentencing stage. He has gone from being recognized in court as “the accused” to “the defendant”. This phase of the trial is expected to last some months.
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NO DEFENCE? June 13, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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Obviously, I don’t know much about law, but I thought everyone was entitled to present a defence, and regardless of circumstances there was to be a presumption of innocence. Furthermore, the accused’s ultimate fate was at the discretion of the jury. Apparently, none of this applies in the case of Edward Snowden, who supplied information on pervasive information collection by the US Government.
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FAIR TRIALS AND US PATRIOTS June 11, 2013

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Using terms such as show trial, as Julian Assange has done, Chris Hedges refers to the trial process as “a judicial lynching”. in relation to the military trial of Bradley Manning could be understood as emotional thinking. 
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BRADLEY MANNING: “SHOW TRIAL” June 5, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq Policy, US Politics.
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Soon the Obama Presidency with will enter the twilight zone as a lame duck administration. This will be a very subtle change, and many will not notice the difference.

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LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM April 17, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Social Environment, US Politics.
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It is now fifty years since Martin Luther King wrote his letter from a Birmingham Jail. He writes, “You are quite right to call for negotiation. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor”.
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MASKED DEMOCRACY March 12, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, US Politics.
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The case for the unrepresentative nature of  US democracy seems overwhelming. Could not the same observation be equally made in Australia?

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WORK WITHOUT ALIENATION? March 6, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment, US Politics.
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The United States, which by its own exertion makes its the specimen for examination under the laboratory slide, is a land of overriding ideologies, since its inception as a democracy institutionalized in the form of the classical architecture of slavery.
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DIALECTIC AND DEMOCRACY March 3, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, US Politics.
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Last week Bradley Manning made a statement to the Military Hearing, after a period of incarceration now exceeding three thousand days, with incidental torture along the way. So much for the presumption of a speedy trial.
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PROPAGANDA AND POLICY February 20, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Duckspeak, Peace, US Politics.
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Under Gillard, and presumably the same practice will be followed by an Abbott-led Government, Australian Foreign policy has been outsourced to the US Administration.
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MLK’s LEGACY January 22, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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Yesterday the United States jointly commemorated Martin Luther King’s day and the inauguration of the President and Vice President. Obama will leave a historical footnote as the first African-American to be both elected and re-elected as President.
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RATIONAL DISCUSSION AND GUNS January 18, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Social Environment, US Politics.
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What is it about guns that causes some people to cling to them and not apparently recognize how dangerous they can be to others and to gun owners themselves?
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SLAVERY IN FOCUS January 16, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, US Politics.
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The history of slavery is outside my immediate compass since I do not watch contemporary films.

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KILLING OF CHILDREN December 17, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, US Politics.
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Why is it that the killing of children in Connecticut seems more immediate to me than the killing of children in Waziristan? In terms of physical distance, Waziristan is closer.
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US VOTER TURNOUT November 12, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics, US Politics.
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Apparently less than 60% of eligible voters chose, or were able, to vote in the US. While a figure approaching 126 million plus people voting is considerable, yet it does not represent the potential voters out of a total population of 315 million people.
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