Wednesday 20th of February 2019

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by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 19:07

Watching America? Have a look at the Onion.

Give the ad a few seconds, till you are forwarded to the main page.

Reading the archives is very much recommended.

by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 18:43

I think I answered that above.

by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 18:42

I am very much alive, and I consider the word 'bastard' as a compliment in this case!

What I simply mean is that I don't like to be edited. And it seems that a lot of emphasis is laid on 'editing', just because Margo has a vision of running the site like a newspaper. I don't need another 'Murdoch.' I want to say what I think - nothing more, nothing less.

by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 16:40
I hope this site achieves the aims of all the good people behind its creation. The opportunity to discuss issues openly without the bias inherent in commercial news services should be liberating. In The Age today Pamela Bone talks about the invasion of Iraq. She does a good job of explaining the pro-war case in terms of the outcomes for the Iraqi people and it being the least evil option. My problem with the debate as presented in the media is the pro-democracy versus isolationist framework. Many of the powerful motivators including the US neo-conservative ideology, access to Iraqi oil and the fact that the US supported Saddam for 20 of his 30 years are never mentioned. Pamela Bone says we should "move on." I agree with her that people of goodwill wish for the best outcome for the Iraqi people. But in reality, that outcome (if it happens) is only a byproduct of US stategic policy, not the prime focus. The US are quite happy to "bomb people back to the stone-age" and spray depleted uranium all around to achieve their aims. The three western leaders were prepared to tell what they knew were probably lies to justify that invasion because they had another strategic agenda. This is a big problem for democracy - these politicians think that the ends justify the means. If you have to lie to your electorate, restrict existing democratic freedom and kill people in another country to achieve a policy outcome, perhaps you have the wrong policy.
by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 15:28

The question is - is there any site or sites that can help us?

This satirical take on Australia & our importance to the world, is a) hilarious & b) accurate.

by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 14:39
The pre-emptive strike policy now makes it necessary to rename Department of Defence to Department of Attack. What is the purpose of this Department? Why does it continue to grow? What are the threats if any? Why not scrap the Department and channel the funds towards peaceful projects. Why do the boys need the toys? The existence of an armed force just makes it tempting for fascists like Howard to use it. Why participate in an arms race? Even a superpower can not afford to invade a single country like Iraq. My current interest is to get Australia out of the phoney Missile Defence System. It has no relevance to Australia, it is fatally flawed and we should follow Canada's leadership and just say NO. They can not even hit a missile with an inbuilt tracking device. It is costing about $10 billion per year to develop. And (luckily) it has no forseeable targets. Make peace not war.
by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 11:36

I'm not sure what you mean, Wolf. Could you please expand a little? Thanks.

Smile, you b*stard! You're still alive, aren't you?

by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 10:53
Which part of the vision do you not share, Wolf?
by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-03-25 09:21

I want to pick up on the use of "DNA."

As a person involved in protein chemistry it always surprises me that we always talk about DNA as if it were the only and all encompassing blueprint for life as it happens. It is not, and although the instruction for making proteins does emanate from DNA, that's all they are - the instructions. The interesting stuff, at least at the molecular level happens AFTER the proteins have been expressed and made - they interact and things happen differently post transcription. A bit like politics really I suppose. The original instructions get modified, things mature, change.

Bill.

by Anonymous on Thu, 2005-03-24 19:56

Actually I think, you should not use the words "Our vision" cos that is not true.

It's YOUR vision, and even so I am only a member for a few days. That has become very clear to me!

Guess YOU need to change to make this site work. It's not us who will bend to your will!