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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: “TAKING A BREATHER” April 27, 2013

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Sometimes I go down to the fruit shop, about half a kilometer away, with a back pack, and walk back carrying about 12.5 kilograms. I broke out into a sweat last time, so it seems I am doing more work than on the dog walks.
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CONSPIRACY AND BLOWBACK April 27, 2013

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The Boston Marathon bombing has given rise to inevitable conspiracy theories. Inevitable, because the internet provides greater opportunity to call into question the official story as it unfolds, and because there is an entrenched suspicion of government in general in the US, and in particular of the “leviathan security state”. However, the pressing issue is of motivation, and what it is that gives rise to barbaric and cruel behavior.
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THE REPUBLIC: PROSPECT AND RETROSPECT April 23, 2013

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It is strange to reflect now that the decisive issue, a major turning point, in the the republican debate during the Referendum was whether the head of state was to be appointed by the parliament or the people.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: ALL IN VAIN? April 20, 2013

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Sometimes with a struggle, the dogs got out again this week. For them all the outings are not in vain. It is the sort of thing as nature’s scavengers and hunters they would be doing.¬†

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DOTS AND THEIR CONNECTIONS? April 19, 2013

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Three events have captured my attention this week. Firstly there was the bombing in Boston, then the “State” funeral for Margaret Thatcher, and the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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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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INDIVIDUALISM AND SOCIETY April 14, 2013

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The relationship between neo-liberalism and neo-conservativism is puzzling. Such a relationship between these doctrines did not exist in the Nineteenth Century.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: “KEEP ON WALKING” April 12, 2013

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And for me it is a good idea to look back, to take avoiding action if that is required.
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MARGARET THATCHER’ S FREEDOM LEGACY April 10, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Global Electoral Politics, Modern History, Social Environment.
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Not that I know much, if anything about economics, but it seems to me that there was the Thatcherite rhetoric and an underlying economic problem of stagflation that was not supposed to happen and the recipe was monetarism(1).

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ANOTHER CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS? April 8, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, East Asia, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard sounded in her address to Asian leaders¬†particularly bellicose, as in “fire your best shot”.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: DOWN TO EARTH April 6, 2013

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The weather was mixed over the week. So there were a couple of days Dexter and Hannah missed going out. As usual they took those omissions in their stride, and did not cast aspersions.
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TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE AGREEMENT April 3, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Social Environment.
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The national media in Australia across the spectrum has been covering the implications and ramifications of the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, especially those matters relating to internet access and copyright.
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“POWER STUPEFIES”? April 1, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Israel-Palestine, Modern History.
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Veteran journalist, Uri Avnery at Counterpoint, attributes idiocy specifically to the behavior of the Israeli Government in the case of the Mavi Marmara and makes the wider case.
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