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Dog Blog: Invasion Day Week February 3, 2016

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Invasion Day came and went for another year. It might be an exercise in historical reflection, but it never seems to deliver. For example, considering last year, if given a chance, Phil would probably say his jousting days are done. The only memory I have this year is of the sound of lawn mowers – a more apt metaphor.

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Invasion Day: Ignoring History January 28, 2016

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History, we are told is written by the victors. If history is not is not accurate it has little value as memory. Propaganda can be very serviceable. Means have a habit of presaging ends. Orchestrated delusion, or at least failure to address the truth of the past, or worst to embrace ignorance, does not serve the larger of cause of humanity.

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Dog Blog: Small Steps January 25, 2016

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After his operation relating to his Aural Haematoma, Dexter is required to wear what our friend Ursula calls “an Elizabethan Collar”.

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Patrice Lumumba : Assassinated Leader January 22, 2016

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There was a time when the Congo dominated the news when the country gained independence in 1960. The assassination of the first elected prime minister, Patice  Lumumba always seemed puzzling.

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Dog Blog: January Jaunts January 17, 2016

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I was in a newsagent, buying the Saturday paper, and made a general comment regarding the recent usual weather. I was surprised by the response, implicitly of climate change denial. The weather is not a subject for small talk any more.

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Dog Blog: Three Days in January January 10, 2016

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The new year has opened with rain, which is far better than the alternative. The weather, as always, is a mystery that looms over us. The experience of climate is more elusive, dependent as it is, on memory.

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Where are we going? January 6, 2016

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Ben Eltham, in his review of last year, argues that politicians in Australia have been to the larger, often underlying drivers of events. ( I am taking liberties with my arguments.)

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Dog Blog: Another Double Entry December 31, 2015

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Hard to believe now that it was Christmas Eve this time last week. While Dexter and Hannah are going out, I am not keeping up a weekly report.

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El Nino and Rain in South America December 31, 2015

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It was a puzzle to me as how El Nino would be attributed as the cause for the heavy rain and flooding in Northern Argentina, Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. So I posed the question at Skeptical Science with responses: How did El Nino bring on these heavy rains?.

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Dog Blog Again: Looking Around December 14, 2015

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Sometimes Dexter and Hannah may look back, and sometimes when they do something I am ready to catch that moment. Most of the time we are moving on, getting to where we are going without reflection.

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Dual Dog Blog: Summer Starts December 10, 2015

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I do not seem able to complete on time the weekly presentation of photos. It was always going to be a more difficult task with the passage of time. Now, there are emergent signs that I am no longer physically capable of completing the walks. Let’s hope that conclusion is inaccurate.

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Death in the US Working Class December 5, 2015

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Normally these people in the American way are given a racial classification, and described as working.

The presumption made is that neo-liberalism is new. The cruelty and structural violence has much in common with the conditions created for British underclass in the 19th Century. The Basingstoke Union Workhouse in 1881 describes the inmates. Unlike then, migration is not an option.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG:Ten Steps at a Time . . . November 23, 2015

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Upon reflection, it may be noted that mistakes can be a part of learning. In regard to this title it is obvious that I over did it.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Take Five November 15, 2015

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The record is plain. This past week, Dexter and Hannah stepped out five times.They took there deprivation, as far as can be observed, in good grace. When we did take out chances, when we came back there were leeches everywhere suggesting the original screening between the their toes was less than effective.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Sun, Rain and Leeches November 10, 2015

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Even on a weekly basis, it is hard to get track of weather variability. Of course climate change is a statistical variation. The Bureau of Meteorology suggests warmer maximum and minimum temperatures. We will experience whatever happens.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Catching Sunlight and Shadows November 3, 2015

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This title suggests colours. You could say it represents yellow and black. The reference does not stop with Dexter and Hannah. Other things going, especially on Sunday morning. The Rugby World Cup final was between the Wallabies and the All Blacks. As it happens, I saw an actual wallaby in Samson’s, the horse, paddock.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Heading Out Again October 25, 2015

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Dexter and Hannah were out again last week. The early warm weather seems to have “woken up” the snakes.

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Kunduz Hospital: Just Another War Crime October 21, 2015

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On Saturday, 3 October 2015, the US apparently with deliberation attacked a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan (like most places there they have intriguing histories). This event, although egregious, is part of a pattern of international criminal impunity.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: On My Selecltion October 18, 2015

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As always there are quite a few issues with the title. Of course, it is not a selection in quite the Dad and Dave sense. Still this suburban block abutting the bush is a home for Dexter and Hannah.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Within One Week October 11, 2015

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The creek dried up at the crossing this week. It was flowing, then we had some exceptionally hot days for this early in October.
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