Week ending 10.11.06

Well it has certainly been a busy week in American politics as the American people showed Bush their displeasure about the war.

Rumsfeld fired for the war
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is to stand down, after anger over the war in Iraq led to bruising losses for Republicans in mid-term elections. President George W Bush said that he and Mr Rumsfeld had agreed that a “fresh perspective” was needed in Iraq.

Former CIA Director Robert Gates has been nominated to replace Mr Rumsfeld. The Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the polls, and the Senate balance of power hangs on a tight race in just one state, Virginia.

Finally the American people have risen up and said “No more”. Now we just have to see whether the Representatives and the Senate can stand up to the man who has openly declared himself to be a “War President”.

Perhaps they will even repeal some of the laws that have eroded away the rights of the common person, not just in America, but all over the world.

Australian business are being told by American advisers that if they have any business negotiations in the US, to get themselves a good lobbyist.

Freedom Bill
In the UK, The Liberal Democrats are to call for a mass repeal of parliamentary acts passed by Labour since 1997. A “freedom bill” will set out plans to abolish ID cards, control orders for terror suspects and to end extradition to the US “without proper evidence”.

The Lib Dems will also pledge to end the storage of DNA details of people never charged or convicted of crimes. Party leader Sir Menzies Campbell is to say Labour is addicted to making laws and has created “legislative madness”.

Finally the world is coming to its senses.

Finally the people in power are listening to the people, and we are telling them that we want our civil liberties back.

Hopefully this bill will galvanise the Americans into repealing to more intrusive of their laws, and the Democratic majority in the states will force us to reassess our own laws, brought in to make the US happy.

Air-phone
Dubai-based Emirates will become the first airline to allow passengers to make mobile phone calls on its flights.It has signed a deal with Aeromobile to provide the technology that allows mobiles to be safely used on board.

Emirates expects to launch the service on one of its Boeing 777 planes as early as January next year. The news comes just months after Ryanair announced it planned to launch a similar service in mid-2007 – subject to regulatory approval.

Can you imagine what rate you will be charged, especially on Rayanair. They charge for everything on their flights.

I am surprised that Oxygen is not a chargeable optional on their flights

He ain’t heavy
A hillwalker has climbed Scotland’s highest mountain carrying a life-size cardboard cut-out of his brother. After Gordon Ross, 29, contracted Leukaemia he was unable to join his brother Darren, 32, on the 4,400ft Ben Nevis climb – an ambition they shared.

So instead, Darren lugged the effigy up the mountain to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which saved his brother’s life.

How that is dedication. The only other heroic thing he could have done would have been to physically carry his brother up the mountain.

Me, I would have carried the smallest picture I could find to keep the weight down. I wonder if he left the life size picture up there. That would certainly give other climbers a bit of a shock.

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Not much of interest this week either in the news or in my life generally

North Korea was in the news this week because they have successfully tested a nuclear weapon underground. Australia was one of the first countries to condemn this action and call for the UN to impose sanctions against them.

This made me laugh because Australians have been so focused on the relatively small possibility that they may be the subject of a guerrilla attack from a fundamental Muslim cell that it completely forgot about the very real threat of nuclear attack from its neighbours.

Australia has been overestimating its importance on the world stage in its fight against, what George Bush has incorrectly termed ‘terrorism’, well now they have something real to think about.

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Any time that I am at a business function, and I have been speaking to someone for a few minutes, I am often asked “Are you American?”

I was originally flabbergasted by the idea that Australians could not distinguish a refined British accent form the incoherent drawl of the Australian volume. However I have given the matter some more thought and have concluded that it is an issue of exposure.

I believe that Australians are not familiar with the concept of a Black Briton. They know all about Aborigines from first hand experience and they are becoming more familiar with Africans due to immigration, but they only need to look at me to see that I do not fit into any of those categories. Therefore they associate me with the only other category they can think of which is their exposure to American television, and their black actors.

There are also several large American corporations here in Australia, so they probably have limited exposure to Black American business men, and few Black British businessmen.

They completely ignore what they can hear, and try to make sense of what they can see.

This is not an issue for the well travelled or better educated Australians, however for the others I must be an education for them.

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It was also a good week for political debate and fortunately I was stuck in a hotel room in Brisbane with cable to watch it all.

Bill Clinton was interviewed by Larry King on CNN in an interesting discussion on his presidency and, amongst other things, his choices not to go to war.

Tony Blair also gave his last Party conference speech televised by BBC World. He seemed relaxed and even cracked jokes about the British electorate, but this did not disguise the fact that he is still trying flog the dead horse that is the identity card agenda.

Gordon Brown set out his stall for the PM’s job and Cherie Blair was said to be overheard saying that aspects of his speech were all lies, thus undoing all the bridge building that Brown’s speech had imitated.

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I was also asked to justify my article last week about The Pope’s comments about Islam, in which I stated that the modern day missionary conquers countries with food aid rather that with the rifles of old.

The below reference gives you a brief indication of the work carried out by missionaries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christian_Missions .

Only recently there were concerns about the motives behind some faith based food aid organisations. http://www.iwpr.net/?p=rca&s=f&o=174903&apc_state=henirca2003

My argument was not about the good works of the missionaries, it was about the fact that the Christian faith is also steeped in the blood of  those it would call its enemies, and that even in this day an age, they make an conscience effort to convert those that they would call heathens.

In fact the Pope met with Muslim leader this week to further attempt to defuse the ongoing outrage about his comments last week, upon which my article was based.

If you have a considered opinion, then have your say. Send me an email with your comments and I will publish your arguments.

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It was also a good week for political debate and fortunately I was stuck in a hotel room in Brisbane with cable to watch it all.

Bill Clinton was interviewed by Larry King on CNN in an interesting discussion on his presidency and, amongst other things, his choices not to go to war.

Tony Blair also gave his last Party conference speech televised by BBC World. He seemed relaxed and even cracked jokes about the British electorate, but this did not disguise the fact that he is still trying flog the dead horse that is the identity card agenda.

Gordon Brown set out his stall for the PM’s job and Cherie Blair was said to be overheard saying that aspects of his speech were all lies, thus undoing all the bridge building that Brown’s speech had imitated.

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I was also asked to justify my article last week about The Pope’s comments about Islam, in which I stated that the modern day missionary conquers countries with food aid rather that with the rifles of old.

The below reference gives you a brief indication of the work carried out by missionaries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christian_Missions .

Only recently there were concerns about the motives behind some faith based food aid organisations. http://www.iwpr.net/?p=rca&s=f&o=174903&apc_state=henirca2003

My argument was not about the good works of the missionaries, it was about the fact that the Christian faith is also steeped in the blood of  those it would call its enemies, and that even in this day an age, they make an conscience effort to convert those that they would call heathens.

In fact the Pope met with Muslim leader this week to further attempt to defuse the ongoing outrage about his comments last week, upon which my article was based.

If you have a considered opinion, then have your say. Send me an email with your comments and I will publish your arguments.

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Happy reading

I caught an interesting story this week from the UK where a man who had recently had a penis donated after his own had been amputated after an accident, asked for it to be removed due to physiological issues.

The man was given the 10 inch member after his own had been so badly damaged that he could no longer use it to urinate.

Only two weeks after the successful operation, he requested that the fully functional member be removed due to the physiological damage it was causing to him and his wife.

I guess that it would be like watching another man making love to his wife, and if the wife enjoyed it more than before then that has got to hurt too.

Mind you, what a way to live on after death.

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I also saw that parents who are opposed to the introduction of healthy meals at a South Yorkshire school have held a meeting with its deputy head teacher.

Some parents of Rawmarsh Comprehensive pupils have been taking orders for fish and chips and delivering it through the fence at the Rotherham school.

What are these parents thinking?

What did Jamie Oliver go through in order to force the government to spend more money on healthier foods in schools, only to have it thrown back into his face, and the faces of their increasingly overweight and unfit children.

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I saw this on the BBC website:

People will be able to buy their postage online, without any stamps, for the first time under a new initiative from the Royal Mail. Customers will be able to pay for their postage by credit card over the internet for first-class, second-class and international deliveries.

Each item of mail will be given a special barcode at a post office before being posted in the normal way.

Royal Mail said the scheme would improve choice for its customers. The free service will be available 24 hours a day and it is hoped it will reduce queues in post offices. Postage purchased online will cost no more than a normal stamp.

Royal Mail, whose monopoly on postal deliveries ended at the start of the year, said it believed the service would appeal particularly to home workers and to people who sell goods via eBay and other auction sites.

This is a fantastic idea. No more waiting around in post offices, waiting for the old man in front to get his pension whilst trying to pass the time of day in conversation with an already very busy teller.

Let us see whether Australia takes this idea on board

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I saw the honest, and surprisingly brutal, article on the BBC website

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5362960.stm

The article is about the inevitable decline of the MOBO awards into the pit of big recording label commercialism

The surprise is that the article was on the BBC. Well done, life in the old dog yet

Another week has passed us by another week has brought us news.

The biggest news in Australia was the death of Steve Irwin, who was the Crocodile Hunter.

The reaction of Australia has been on par with the death of Princess Diana’s. He has been afforded a state funeral and a mass of well wishers are making a pilgrimage to his zoo.

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I noticed in the UK Tony Blair has been fending off the internal fighting for his position.

If I was Gordon Brown, I would be very careful of being seen as the one who is ousting the PM. That does not always go down very well with the voters.

We have a similar situation here in Australia with Howard and Costello. The internal bickering has made Costello appear too immature to assume the position of PM. Has Gordon done the same and “pissed on his chips”?

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I also saw this interesting ‘Star Trek timeline on the BBC which I thought that I would point out.

What is also interesting are the surrounding articles about the fan sites. One of them is ‘Hidden Frontier’. Some people just have too much time on their hands, but speaking as someone who also publishes to the web, I respect their efforts.

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Happy reading

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~ by jeditopcat on 8 November, 2008.

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