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PEACE DIVIDEND July 30, 2013

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The economic benefits of peace are seldom described. War as has been long recognized is good for profits.  Wars, including foreign interventions and invasions, are particularly good for generating refugees, who then become the victims, which we blame, in essence because we mostly imagine they are not like us, despite being human.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: “COME ON” July 27, 2013

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I am often calling both Dexter and Hannah saying, “Come on”, “Hurry”. When we go out this request is reversed. Dexter might be indicating something like “Get a move on”. Things change when they stop to have a closer investigation of the scents that interest them.
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MIGRATION SMUGGLING AND A MILITARY EMERGENCY July 25, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, The Neighbours.
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Tony Abbott is onto to something. Then again I don’t get the feedback from the focus groups. I think it side-splitting, one of the funniest things I have ever heard.

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THE REFUGEE PROBLEM July 22, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Human Rights.
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Much, if not all, the debate on refugees and more broadly those seeking asylum escapes me because I am not familiar with the basic facts. Why is it, that the refugee/asylum seeking problem is both so recent and so intractable?
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: TIME PASSAGES July 20, 2013

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Where did the other time go. I don’t know. Dexter and Hannah went out following the familiar paths four times this past week.
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THEOLOGY AND NATURE July 17, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Global Warming (climate change), Humankind/Planet Earth, Nonviolence.
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As we, and those human beings who follow us, confront climate change,  not solely as a scientific theory, but as a lived experience, we may require a new ordering in the world.
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IMPERIAL BULLY July 14, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Humankind/Planet Earth, Internet Age.
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The way that power is exercised by the United States Government, brought into stark relief by the revelation of international and national secret surveillance, equally is a focus for the claim that country is, and might be a democracy.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: LOST MEMORIES July 13, 2013

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It was one of those weeks. Without the photos that we took along the way I would have no memory of what happened. Obviously, we are luckier than we appreciate.
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BUSH FIRES AND CLIMATE CHANGE July 12, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Global Warming (climate change).
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Last January was a wake up call, but I did not realize the full extent of its warning. The fire danger rating was catastrophic,  but I did not appreciate what that implied. We can expect bush fires, but are we ready for them?
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TRAITORS ALL July 7, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Internet Age, Modern History.
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Interesting to reflect in an age of supposed traitors and a fugitive (but not from justice) that on this day 478 years ago another alleged traitor, Thomas More, was beheaded. All martyrs, despite their differences have some similarities
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: WALKING July 6, 2013

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So perhaps I get some benefits from walking the dogs, and not just Dexter and Hannah. Or perhaps Hannah  gets the benefits from running. That excludes Dexter, since I don’t let him off – to avoid more walking on my part and his getting on the road.

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DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION, OR NOT? July 4, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Middle East, North Africa.
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Public protest has developed in countries where dissatisfaction was unexpected, at least by those in power, notably in Turkey and Brazil. In recent days, the protests and counter protests in Egypt, if only because of the their size, have gained attention.
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFERENDUM July 2, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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Tony Abbott has effectively withdrawn support from the Local Government Referendum, which means that bipartisan support reflected by the voting in Parliament has been withdrawn, and thus it is likely to fail.
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