A funny image is doing the rounds of emails and Facebook. I remember my mum often telling me that rich and poor alike, we end up in the same hole when we die. Dead. I think she meant that rich or poor, we die "equal".
The image is a neat summation of this.
Allies look to end of Assad...
With this serious title and a serious editorial about our serious Prime Minster of the time, written by a serious Dennis Shanahan, the serious political editor at The serious Australian from the serious stable of a serious Mr Murdoch, one can only believe to be seriously misled. Without giving a proper rationale, we want "Assad to go". All we get in the Shanahan article, apart from Mr Abbott wanting to destroy Daesh, is a repeated quote from the great man Abbott: "baddies versus baddies" — and look, the Assad regime is a dreadful regime... Is it? Is it worse than the Saudis?
Though prosecutors are considering charges that could potentially jail a comedian for three years for insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured left), Merkel said Germany would continue to protect artistic freedom.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written between 1776 and 1789 in several volumes by Edward Gibbon (1737-1794). It is very educational and controversial about the role of religion in the Roman downfall — still in our own century in which the American Empire is ruling over most of the planet. Considering that 85 per cent of US citizens believe in god, one should worry, but the theory is complex and contradictory. Gibbon studied this well.
Supporters of destabilizing regime change can't accept responsibility for the chaos they help create:
Despite the popularity of The Fierce People, Chagnon’s findings have been severely criticized by others who have extensive experience of the Yanomami. Many anthropologists, doctors and missionaries that have worked over many decades with the Yanomami simply do not recognize Chagnon’s characterizations, and profoundly disagree with his depiction of the tribe.
In the response to the rampant fraud in the Australian financial services sector over decades, leading baby-faced Liberal head-kicker & knuckle-dragger Steve “slit your throat anytime” Ciobo, said this week:
It is becoming a game of cat and mouse between the builders of Australia's largest motorway project, WestConnex, and residents of Sydney's inner west.
And it is leaving residents opposed to the project quickly finding themselves on the wrong side of the fence in suburban streets.
Wilson Parking seems to be burdened by uncannily high costs.
On the car-parks it manages, Wilson has only averaged a profit of 5 per cent over 14 years. For all the business risk, on its published numbers, it would have done better to have its money on term deposit at the bank.
"The profit and income tax paid appears to defy economic reality,' says Jeff Knapp. "Why would any entity conduct a billion dollar business if it can only scrape out a 4 per cent or 5 per cent return before tax?"