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The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency. With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen. Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars. The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were there long before Sigmund Freud identified them.
In the Australian capital, there were many wreaths, so many uniformed, deodorised dignitaries distant from the cries of battle and the horror of engineered slaughter. There were the expected, the usual, the normal: the most medalled of them all, the Governor General, the various Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.
There was the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court making her appearance. There was even the ceremonial didgeridoo player. Various associations also featured: those dealing with the incapacitated; the matter of war widows, the issue of legacies. It seemed like a vast whos who of the military complex, which is exactly what it was.
The Australian response here is, in some ways, more tragic than most. Retained, generally white Ghurkhas for imperial causes (there were those of other races in the Australian armed forces at points), they flitted between theatres to be slaughtered at the behest of not-so-grand strategies that mangled the word freedom and confused it for politics. In battle, such a word has little meaning, about as significant, in fact, as a wreath. What matters is survival.
Across media networks, the word freedom was uttered as an automatic response, a genetically programmed insistence that the deaths of the Great War had been somehow necessary and, importantly, productive.
That disposition was sown by such figures as King George V, who had issued a request to the people of the British Empire to suspend ordinary activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom.
In 1997, the Australian Governor-General, Sir William Deane, proclaimed that November 11 be deemed Remembrance Day, insisting that a minutes silence be observed at 11 am on November 11 each year, a pause to reflect, more broadly, sacrifices made by the Australian armed forces.
Modern representatives of this view abound, and they are, unsurprisingly, effusive in the veterans organisations. There were the remarks, for instance, of Richard Embleton from the Geelong Returned and Services League, who reflected on the tens of thousands of wool poppies laid out before Melbournes Shrine of Remembrance. You only have to look around Australia [to see] how free we are and how important it is.
08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.
O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo
governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados,
incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova
Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no
centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.
O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes
On the 11th of November 1880, Ned Kelly, an Australian bushranger, was hanged in Melbourne. At the time of his death he was only 25 and already a legend. By some perceived as a criminal and villain, by others as a rebel or even an Australian equivalent of Robin Hood, Kelly was and still is one of the most controversial figures in the history of Australia.
He was sentenced to death for the murder of three policemen, numerous bank robberies and the murder of his estranged gang member, Aaron Sherritt. The list of his crimes was much longer, but he denied some of them and claimed to be the victim of false accusations. Always on a run with his fellow gang members, Kelly was captured eventually after the Glenrowan shootout on the 27th of June 1880. Prior to this event, the Kelly gang had equipped themselves in characteristic iron armour that repelled bullets; yet, it did not protect their legs. This turned out to be fatal in consequences, as Kelly was shot in the left foot, left leg, right hand, left arm and twice in the region of the groin (The Argus, 29 June 1880). His fellow gang members did not survive the shootout.
Ah, well, I suppose it has come to this (The Argus, 12 November 1880), were Kellys last words, with the rope already around his neck. But the words Kelly is best remembered for are included in his famous Jerilderie Letter, written to the police to clarify and justify various incidents leading him to becoming an outlaw. The letter made of him an illiterate (he dictated the letter to his friend) literary phenomenon. The language in the letter has got an unavoidable roughness to it, yet it is colourful and full of metaphors, testifying Kellys eloquence and intelligence.
Articles that, as far as I am concerned, confirm my desire to print local money are coming into my newsfeed thick and fast. This latest one, from the consciousness of sheep, claims the UK economy is as good as finished.
I dont agree with everything in it, but bear with me..
This article also ties in with the looming oil problems. Of course, with the North Sea oil fields depleting in double digits figures, and the UK being as good as out of coal and gas, its no wonder an English website would be expressing concern. Make no mistake though, with Australia importing well over 90% of all its liquid fuel requirements, we are in no better shape, really.
Inflation says the author results in the appearance of rising prices; but is actually the devaluation of money. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest mistakes of economics. Money has no value. Its for trading and spending. When we sold our house a couple of years ago, we were suddenly the owners of $400,000 instead of a house. Were we rich? I dont think so. not until we spent it on a farm, a couple of utes, a bunch of tools, building materials, livestock, soil improvers, earthworks, concrete and now most of the money is gone, I feel richer than ever, because I have the things I need to face our uncertain future. No Ill take that back, the future is certain, it will be bad!
There are, however, other reasons for rising prices [than money printing]. And unlike monetary inflation, these are self-correcting. For example, global oil prices have begun to break out of the $40-$60 goldilocks band in which consumers and energy companies can just about keep their heads above water. Most economists believe this to be dangerously inflationary. Indeed, almost all previous recessions are the result of monetary tightening (usually by raising interest rates) in response to an upward spike in oil prices. Since oil is used to manufacture and/or transport every item that we buy, if the price of oil increases, then the price of everything else must increase too.
But the price of oil is not increasing in response to money printing. Rather, it is the result of declining inventories which point to a global shortage of oil early in 2018 traders are currently bidding up the price on futures contracts to guarantee access to sufficient oil to meet anticipated demand. Since oil is considered inelastic (we have little choice but to pay for it) the assumption is that rising wholesale prices will be passed on to consumers, causing general inflation. Frank Shostak from the Mises Institute challenges this assumption:...
Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MORE INHUMANITY ON MANUS AS IMMIGRATION EMPTIES DRINKING WATER The Manus siege was tightened another notch this afternoon, (Friday 10 November) when PNG police and immigration officers entered Oscar and Delta compounds of the Manus detention, and began emptying the tanks and turning over the water bins being used by(...)
Energy efficiency: the foundation of the climate transition, REneweconomy, By Andrew McCallister on 10 November 2017 Im preparing for a trip to your fine nation later this month to speak at the National Energy Efficiency Conference in Melbourne, so Ive been reading up on Australian energy policy debate. Its been fascinating.
I still have a lot to learn about your energy system, but so far one thing stands out: the discussion in Australia seems overly focused on the transition underway on the supply side of the market.
Dont get me wrong the decarbonisation of the worlds energy supply is crucial, and you wont find a stronger advocate for renewables than me. Way back in the 1990s, I installed many small, remote PV and wind systems with my own two hands, and trained others to do the same.
More recently I ran two of Californias signature renewables programs the California Solar Initiative and Self-Generation Incentive Program.
However, focusing solely on the move to low carbon generation without pursuing demand side opportunities in an ambitious, systematic way actually makes the transition harder.
Energy efficiency and demand response are just as important to the energy tr...
By Dee McLachlan
Weinstein hired the Israeli firm Black Cube on October 24, 2016, to carry out the covert operation. Allegedly, this was internally called Operation Parachute by the operatives that included ex-Mossad agents.
Many years ago (before Gumshoe News) I met someone who said he was on the payroll of Deloittes the prestigious accounting firm in Melbourne. After a glass of vino he told me his job: to dig up dirt on people for their clients. He was an inves...
According to Florida Today, aircrews from Patrick Air Force Base medevaced an ill passenger from the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas yesterday.
The Grandeur was en route to to Baltimore, Maryland when the air force base was requested to assist in evacuating a passenger reportedly suffering from appendicitis on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The cruise ship was approximately 690 miles off of Cape Canaveral, according to the article. (Although the video information suggests that the ship was about 500 miles from Brevard County).
The long-range rescue "involved HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and 2 HC-130 aerial refueling aircraft" to reach the cruise ship vessel, according to representatives of the 920th Rescue group.
The U.S. Coast Guard was not involved in the operation, according to Coast Guard officials.
According to the article, the passenger was accompanied by his spouse aboard the rescue helicopter, and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center, in Melbourne Florida, where he reportedly is recovering,
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November 10, 2017 Update: How the Air Force Carried Out a Daring Rescue of an Ailing Cruise Ship Passenger.
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice via Florida Today.
You cant put a price tag on love.
At least, that is what one sorry thief realized after absconding with a Melbourne, Australia, familys 8-week-old puppy, Sasha.
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