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Mythbusters: ten sorry excuses exploded

by Chris Graham
There’s nothing like a little ‘sorry’ debate to get white Australia all red and puffy. Here’s a punter’s guide to exploding 10 of the more virulent myths surrounding a national apology to members of the Stolen Generations:

It was done by a previous generation.
Not correct. Of all the Stolen Generations myths, this is the biggest. If it were “previous generations”, then surely there’d be no-one left to apologize to? The facts are that the removal of Aboriginal children continued well into the 1960s and early 1970s. It’s worth noting it was absolutely raging during the late 1950s, when a small, lispy man named John Howard was serving as president of the NSW Young Liberals.

Saying sorry won’t deliver better results in health, housing or education.
Here’s a surprising revelation for you — saying sorry is not supposed to deliver health, housing and education. Equally, saying sorry won’t prevent governments from delivering health, housing and education. This particular objection is perhaps the dumbest of them all and is run by conservatives like Warren Mundine, Noel Pearson and The Australian. Its fundamental flaw is that it relies on the premise that Australia is so backward as a nation we can’t deliver practical outcomes while simultaneously delivering symbolic gestures. In other words, we can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

I will not be made to feel guilt and shame for something I didn’t do.
In the case of younger Australians who were not alive during the removal practices, the word ‘Sorry’ does not have to be an expression of shame or guilt. It can be an expression of empathy, as in ‘I’m sorry to hear your mum died’ or ‘I’m sorry you got hurt in that car accident’. Personally, I was born in 1972 when government started to abandon the removal policies. I don’t feel shame at my personal actions, but I do feel shame at the actions of my country. As for older Australians, many claim ‘I had nothing to do with it’. Well, that’s part of the problem – bad things happen when good people stay silent. The point is not that older Australians participated in the removal process, but that they did nothing to stop it. Saying ‘But I didn’t know it was happening’ is certainly more than sufficient to keep you out of a court of law, but it’s not enough to excuse you from a collective national apology. If you’re still confused on this front, you might recall that several years ago, John Howard apologized to Vietnam Veterans for their treatment when they returned from the war. Again, having been born in 1972, I didn’t mistreat Vietnam Veterans. But I had absolutely no problem with the PM saying sorry to them on my behalf, because I am sorry (and I ashamed for my nation) that they were treated so poorly.

Some Aboriginal leaders have said an apology is not important.
Sure, but almost every one of them (hi Warren, hi Noel!) are not members of the Stolen Generations. Their views on whether or not an apology is warranted are no more or less relevant than your or my view… because none of us are victims.

Aboriginal people can’t even agree on an apology.
Wow, Aboriginal people have this amazing thing called ‘independent thought’. The facts are that some members of the Stolen Generations don’t want an apology. That’s their right. But the overwhelming majority do. That’s also their right.

It costs us nothing.
Contrary to popular opinion, a national apology will have no legal affect on the capacity of members of the Stolen Generations to seek compensation. As a nation, an apology costs us nothing. Period.

I didn’t do it!
No, you didn’t. But you certainly benefited from it. Just as all Australians today, even some black Australians (hi Noel, hi Warren!) have directly benefited from the theft of Aboriginal land, all Australians have benefited from the removal of Aboriginal children. Why? Because almost all children who were removed to government institutions were then forced to work for the government or private citizens for little or no pay. In America, they called that process slavery. In Australia, we called it ‘apprenticeships’.
In December 2006, both the federal parliament released a report supported by the ALP and the Liberals acknowledging the stolen wages scandal.

The people who performed the removals were good people who did a bad thing.

Big f-cking deal. Good people do bad things all the time, but that doesn’t mean they’re excused from apologising.

It won’t affect white Australia, so why worry?

The removals practice AND the use of this issue by John Howard as a race wedge is a stain on white Australia’s recent past. Just as Aboriginal people need an apology to move on, white Australia needs to apologise to move on.

Saying sorry won’t change the past.
Sadly, it won’t. But it will have a massive impact on the future. That’s the whole point. A real apology will mean an enormous amount to Aboriginal people. I still can’t fathom what sort of a nation would deny them one.
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Filed under: Cultural_Studies, Education, Environment, Media_Alternate, Politics

Not a coup but convenient Murder

I wanted to blog something about the pathetic media coverage praising Rudd07 and his apology to the stolen generations. Why is this such a watershed occasion? Nothing will change, we are all owned by greed and money and no semantics will change that. While an apology may soothe your conscience and make you proud to be an Australian for the first time in your life, don’t forget that Australia has troops in Northern Territory to protect children from indigenous peadophiles, Afghanistan to fight the evil Taliban, in the Middle East to bring democracy to Iraq and of course East Timor to maintain political stability. Yeah Right, and pigs fly!

Filed under: Conspiracy, Education, Media_Alternate, Politics

Newman Energy Machine

In the video below, the “Energizer Bunny” battery not only runs the 7,500-LB Newman motor, but it keeps right on running it — not just for a minute, but for an hour!
This technology is proof that the strength of the motor’s magnetic field is dependent upon the VOLTAGE — NOT the CURRENT!
And during the course of an hour, the batteries don’t even heat up!
Conventional technology would say that such is not possible.
Yet, the Newman Energy Machine can accomplish that … and much more.
In fact, the technology can be used to provide abundant, non-polluting,
inexpensive electromagnetic energy to power the world.

No more fossil-fuel-related pollution.
No more skyrocketing energy costs.
No more global warming caused by the use of hydrocarbon fuels.
No more nuclear reactor wastes.
No more coal-burning power plants.

This technology will provide abundant, inexpensive, non-polluting energy
to power homes, factories, automobiles, ships, planes, appliances …
in short, the entire world can utilize this revolutionary technology.

Filed under: Education, Environment, Media_Alternate

The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia

by Jan Svankmayer
The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia begins with the scene of an exploding building, and then deals with such precisely epoch-making political events as the “Liberation from Fascism” in 1945, the “February affair” in 1948, the “thaw” after the mid-1950s, the “Prague Spring” in 1968, the “normalization” after 1969 and the “Velvet Revolution” in 1989. The last event thus represents the “death” of Stalinism in the film. Stalinism imported from the Soviet Union became the state’s political system in 1948, when the Communist Party came to power under the leadership of Klement Gottwald. In the film this event is depicted in an exceedingly impressive manner: a stone bust of Stalin is laid on an operating table, and a surgeon cuts open its face to reveal innards from which is plucked a second smaller bust of Gottwald, covered in blood. Gottwald’s bust is slapped and the first cry of a newborn baby resounds. This “birth” of Gottwald is accompanied by the implantation of Stalinism. In the film the bust of the Czech Communist Party leader is seen actually making a Stalinist speech, during which historic documentary footage of cheering crowds is intercut. The images in this sequence imply that both Gottwald and, apparently, his countrymen enthusiastically embraced the adoption of Soviet Stalinism for the Czech nation, a political change that determined the course of Czech history for the next forty years: the four decades covered in episodes that follow in the film. more

Filed under: Conspiracy, Cultural_Studies, Media_Alternate, Politics

Partners in Crime

Hillary Uncensored
The first documentary released on America’s most powerful woman is a one hour expose of the illegalities linked to Hillary Clinton’s election to the Senate, with then President Bill Clinton’s collusion, and her role
in the massive cover-up that has hid her misconduct from the public
through her re-election in 2006. Exclusive home videos, photos and documents obtained by Hillary’s largest donor, Hollywood businessman Peter Paul, make this a unique historical record of the questionable, if not illegal, practices engaged in by Hillary Clinton to establish her political base for her juggernaut to the White House.

Filed under: Conspiracy, Media_Alternate, Politics, Video

Fascist America

– in 10 easy steps Guardian Tuesday April 24, 2007
From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all. Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.

Filed under: Conspiracy, Education, Media_Alternate, Media_Production, Politics

Run your car with water

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Filed under: Conspiracy, Education, Media_Alternate, Video

Vatican Assassins

The purpose of the expose’ of the Twentieth Century is to prove the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, ordered by the Jesuit General and executed by Pope Paul VI, was carried out by “the American Pope”, Francis Cardinal Spellman. Spellman, being the Archbishop of New York, was “the American Military Vicar” and therefore used his most obedient soldiers – certain Knights of Malta, Shriner Freemasons, Knights of Columbus and Mafia Dons – in carrying out his orders from Rome.

For challenging the Pope’s Temporal Power, in attempting to thwart Rome’s grand design against the peoples of the world, John F. Kennedy, America’s first Roman Catholic President, was brutally murdered in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, by the soldiers of Francis Cardinal Spellman within the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, Military Intelligence and the Mafia.

On September 11, 2001 this same Intelligence Network, overseen by New York Archbishop Edward Cardinal Egan being under the supervision of Jesuit General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, attacked and destroyed the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center and partially destroyed the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. These acts of high treason against the American People have now justified our present Crusade against Islam, surnamed “the war against terrorism”, and heartily endorsed by the Pope’s Masonic Jewish Zionists to the detriment of the beloved, racially Jewish People in Israel. This “war on terrorism” is to the exclusion of notorious Jesuit-trained terrorists and mass murderers such as Fidel Castro of communist Cuba and Gerry Adams of Ireland’s Irish Republican Army. Why?
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Filed under: Conspiracy, Cultural_Studies, Education, Media_Alternate, Politics

The Red Symphony

by Henry Makow

Incredible and bizarre as it sounds, humanity is indeed the victim of a diabolical conspiracy. War, depression and genocide in the past century were not accidental or inevitable but the result of malevolent design. Shocking evidence is a 1938 Stalinist police (NKVD) interrogation of a founder of the Communist International, Christian G. Rakovsky, who was facing execution for plotting to overthrow Stalin. The 50-page transcript of his interrogation, dubbed “The Red Symphony,” was not meant to become public. It confirms that the Rothschild-Illuminati planned to use Communism to establish a world dictatorship of the super rich. This is perhaps the most explosive political document in modern history. It reveals why the Illuminati created Hitler and then sought to destroy him, and why Stalin made a pact with Hitler in 1939.

Christian Rakovsky was a veteran Communist insider. Born Chaim Rakeover in 1873, he studied medicine in France before becoming a revolutionary. He was the leader of a terror group that attacked government officials. In 1919, Lenin put him in charge of the Soviet Ukraine government. He successfully kept the area for the Bolsheviks during the Civil War. Stalin appointed him Russian ambassador to Paris in 1925. Rakovsky belonged to the powerful Trotskyite faction that took their orders from the Rothschilds. Many of this group were shot in Stalin’s 1937 Communist Party purge. more

Filed under: 911, Conspiracy, Education, Environment, Media_Alternate, Politics

SAY No to Monsanto

It’s not surprising to see that the majority of comments praise Mr Rann for not endorsing GM foods. For those very few people who think that we are being robbed for not keeping up with vital technological advances and that there is no proof to the dangers of GM crops: maybe you should do some research that goes beyond Murdoch news. Recently I had the pleasure to see a talk by the famous and well researched Dr Arden Anderson, who clearly outlined significant health issues, not to mention the fact that concerned growers in Canada are warning Australia as to the dangers in going GM.

GM Potatoes Cause Serious Health Damage
Eight years after being conducted, a secret feeding study of Monsanto GM potatoes was finally published which showed that the potatoes caused ‘considerable damage to the organs of the rats in the study’. Dr Irina Ermakova of the Russian Academy of Science said that the GM potatoes were ‘toxic’ to lab rats and ‘cannot be used in the nourishment of people’. Only three animal feeding studies on GM potatoes have been carried out – and they all show negative health effects. Even so, official scientists are still in denial about the emerging scientific evidence on harm and uncertainty of GM crops.
Monsanto Forced to Withdraw GMO Food Safety Claim
The South African Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ordered Monsanto to stop advertising genetically modified foods as being “safe,” ruling that the claims were “unsubstantiated.” At issue was an ad that ran in February in a South African magazine. In February a 1998 Monsanto study conducted in Russia was made public linking genetically engineered potatoes to intestinal cancer.
Moscow Proposes Banning GMO Food in Russia
City legislators and the mayor of Moscow are pushing for a national ban on genetically modified food; “The draft bill bans the production of GM plants used for food, sale of GM food to children under 16 and at hospitals. The army and navy are also banned from purchasing GM food. The legislation binds producers to indicate the amount of genetically modified components on the packaging irrespective of the GM share in the product.”

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