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  1. What about Trump and the US military alliances. Has his determination to get the US allies in NATO and Asia to kick in their fair share of the costs of military backup caused those Nations to pull back from the alliances? I cannot vouch for the political leaning of the producers of this video, but its content is worth discussing. Amazingly, the only alliance that seems to be holding is the ANZUS Treaty.
  2. Anger of Murdoch's tactics has finally reached boiling point. Parliament is being petitioned to set up a Royal Commission to investigate how the Murdoch empire is running this country. Some of you may not like who is speaking about getting this investigation up and running, but there is some bipartisan support for exposing the King maker for what he is.
  3. I try to publish my opinions where the intelligent members of society gather. Places like this.
  4. I don't think it's a case of swimming against the tide. I think it's a case of picking at which stage the ebb and flow have reached.
  5. George Santayana was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist who first stated that, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". This is often paraphrased as, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it". I've just finished reading Donald Horne's 1964 essay, "The Lucky Country", and have come away with the dismal realisation that during the past 55 years, nothing has changed in the Australian society, either politically or industrially. What was called the "colonial cringe" still exists, maybe with less reference to Great Britain, but cringe we still do in the presence of advancing Nations in Asia, the Sub-Continent, and even New Zealand across the Ditch. Whenever has there been a sustained political agenda that wasn't torpedoed by State's factionalism from both Conservatives and Non-Conservatives? The Whitlam years were a flash in the pan during which some advances were made, but the agenda was soon reined in with a return to colonial subservience. The Conservatives made a return to the Squatocracy of the 19th Century by entering into trade deals that relied on digging up the country and shipping it off across the seas, only to bring it back as manufactured goods. They stifled investment in manufacturing here that could have taken advantage of the lower costs of transporting our own raw materials to processing plants. What happened to Australian intellectualism? Australia is the only "First World" country where the production and consumption of the many forms of literature ( and here I will include light drama made for TV broadcast, such as the drama series of the 1980's) is reduced to the triviality of "reality" shows based on imported concepts. Our newspapers and services generally continue this attention to triviality. What political content they have confines itself to attacks on politicians themselves, rather than promoting discussion of political ideas. Our education system is a failure. While it is necessary for pre-teens to be taught the 3-R's, once they reach their teens emphasis should be put in developing their innate skills, whether these be in the manual arts, the ability to think, or to engage in music, dance and the other "Arts". I'm not suggesting a return to 19th Century industrial conditions where the Elite took the cream and left the whey for the masses. There is as much need in society for the trolley boy as there is for the philosopher. So much opportunity for creating wealth from processing our raw materials, be they animal, vegetable or mineral, has been lost because short-term thinking has lead to these assets being sold away to foreign industrial empires. Not even our faithful support of joint manufacturing agreements with foreign corporations has prevent those corporations from cutting the ties that bind when the corporations see a better bottom line from exploiting the economies of developing countries. Australia has really taken on the features of a banana republic. We toil to produce raw materials for other Nations who add value to them. We promote the uniqueness of our flora, fauna and landscapes to the people of those Nations who profit from adding value to our raw materials, and in this promotion we make ourselves kowtowing servants, fulfilling their food and accommodation needs as they spend a week or two seeing the sights cocooned in their coaches and never meeting the Australian people they are moving through. Horne's title for his book was meant to be ironic, but, as usual, lack of intelligence amongst the media of the day saw it to mean "recipients of unplanned good fortune". The title was a jab at the fact that "Luck" has nothing to do with the application of skill. You can be lucky and win the lottery. You can be lucky an pull off a jackpot. But it takes skill and intelligence to develop and idea into something from which you can profit, either socially or financially. For the past 55 years Australia has relied on luck to maintain itself. Innovation and development of ideas has been ignored. Now our luck is running out. COVID has killed everything associated with our promotion of the continent's uniqueness. China's development of its own natural resources has put our coal and iron ore market at risk. Australia's political alliances have resulted in China reducing some of its purchases of food stuffs. Perhaps our luck will turn with the effects of Brexit as the markets in Great Britain become open as they were before the Common Market closed them to us. But once again, we see Great Britain as a market for raw materials, and we must accept their manufactured goods as payment in return. The time has come for Australia to throw off its acceptance of being a colonial outpost of the rest of the World. It's time to plant some genetically modified Tall Poppies who will make our financial institutions open up to risk capital for the construction of manufacturing facilities, and to support education and skills development in all their forms. It's time for us to tell those who seek political positions that they are employed by Society, and Society is well and truly fed up with their antics. It is unfortunate that the only way the people of Australia can sack the whole Parliament is by getting such a motion passed by Parliament. Now there's a Catch-22 for you. .
  6. I suppose this is why we are happy to support Microsoft. It might almost be monopolistic, but at least that monopoly is doing things for Mankind. Is it wrong that it should be well rewarded for its efforts?
  7. POLLS SHOW BIDEN AHEAD! Well, that's what the media is reporting, but don't forget that there is only one poll that matters -the one on 3rd November. Is the Trump team using the same game plan that got him into The Office in 2016? Is it relying on one thing that we have here - compulsory voting. All the Trump team has to do is fire up its Party's supporters with the thought that Biden could win unless they get themselves to the polling booths, and at the same time promote those polls that say Biden is a shoo-in so that his mob don't bother voting. The plan worked in 2016 and I doubt if the American voters are a wake up to it. Forget about Russia, North Korea and Iran interfering with the election. The US media is hard at work, virtually legally, making up the minds of the US electorate.
  8. I support the idea that it is WWI vintage simply due to the use of cast iron. It could even be from the late 19th Century. Hit the link that Onetrack posted. I'm really interested in the result.
  9. I've had a look at all sorts of Zeiss optical equipment but can't find anything the same. Why don't you ask them? info.au@zeiss.com Phone: 1300 365 470
  10. Well, it's definitely not a thing for taking things out of horses' hooves.
  11. Fountain tomato sauce 9% Australian and we export tomatoes.
  12. Since it is monocular, it can't have been used for mapping from aerial photographs. The ability to move the plate in the X and Y axes, as well as a means to adjust focus in the Z axis, makes me think that it is a device for closely examining single prints. Are there any serial numbers or model numbers?
  13. Yes, the British did assume control of most of the outer Japanese conquered countries, probably because they had the military organisation close by in India and Malaya. The French did not have a military force in late 1945 to go in and take back their pre-war colonies. MacArthur was the one who did the posturing in the south-west Pacific. He really did the dirty on the Commonwealth forces, leaving them to do the clean-up work on the Japanese forces isolated by the Allies dominance of sea routes.
  14. Here's another example of how American posturing and politics brought death and destruction to thousands in South-East Asia after WWII. General Douglas MacArthur's arrogant attitude to all but American military forces lead to the failure to nip off Ho Che Min at the very beginning of his campaign to make Vietnam a country ruled by its own people and not some European or other Asian nation. Had the British forces in Vietnam after the surrender of the Japanese been properly reinforced and retained a little longer, then all the wars in Vietnam from 1950 to 1975 would most likely have been avoided. Here's an interesting short documentary on Britain's involvement with post-WWII Vietnam.
  15. Little Donny has complained about the condition of the final TV Debate that means that, while each debater is speaking for two minutes in response to the question, the other debater will have his microphone muted. Donny is not so worried about not being able to speak over Biden. He's worried that he will have to listen to someone else speaking for two minutes and then try to remember what was said. It doesn't help that he has already told the female moderator that she should go home and have a baby.
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