Thank you Adam. It takes a lot of courage but because of people like you lives will be saved in the future. Can't wait for a time when people have a 'meal roster' when a parent has mental illness like they do for physical illness. It will be a sign of acceptance... - Lynne
Helen Razer appears to suggest that apathy is the solution to all of life's problems. I get very annoyed at disability porn asking me to pray for the horribly disfigured person or to click if I hate cancer and that the poster knows who the 90% of people who won't forward the link. These are futile gestures.
However those who sign online petitions on real issues with real results are more likely to attend a meeting, engage with others, write to a politician all of which can make a real difference. The No McDonald's in Tecoma campaign has been one example which is on Facebook which has garnered funding and support far beyond that area.
The lack of nuance in the article is in itself as futile as the click fest that is condemned. Political and social activism does bring about change and facebook and online campaigns are now part of real processes. - Fair Go
Reminds me of John Howard boasting about our 'free trade' agreement with the US. The legislation (some 500 pages of it) was written by US lawyers - not by us - and then the Australian parliament was given only a week to scrutinise it. And what did we get? Draconian penalties for Aussies over US copyright and of course we pay much more for US electronics, music, movies and software.
These ham-fisted morons running Australia now are so ideologically driven that I doubt they even care about the implications of the TPP. That's the scary thing about ideologists - they never care about details or due diligence but instead have an insane unwavering belief in what feels 'right' to them or their personal choice of invisible deity. They also have the dangerous self-serving belief that since they deem themselves 'born to rule' then whatever they do must logically be right. And hey, if they wreck everything for all of us, then what's the big deal? Just repent!
Bunch of nutters, they are, who lied their way into office (like they ever believed we had a debt emergency) and are now trying to transfer the country's wealth into the pockets of the smallest number of billionaires (many of them overseas) possible, while making up so-called 'policy' on the run to give the impression (eagerly published by News Ltd in return for hobbling the NBN and the ABC) that they are concerned for our best interests. - Mark
[…] Even better; it has been set to music and there is a choir in Oregon USA rehearsing it for international release if they can get the rights. A lullaby no doubt. http://thehoopla.com.au/misogyny-speech-song/ […] - the return of the feminist agenda
In Australia, fries aren't fries, they're chips! And many of the ingredients in Macca’s 'fries' are hazardous to human health, including those which are genetically modified (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil), hydrogenated (soybean oil), chemically preserved and antifoaming (THBQ, citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane), and artificially colored (sodium acid pyrophosphate). Courtesy of: http://www.undergroundhealth.com/mcdonalds-reveals-17-foul-ingredients-in-their-french-fries-including-gmos/ - Martin
Corinne, what happens if this ratification takes place after the new Senate is sworn in and the LNP holds the balance of power? Will the team be expected to fall in line behind it's leader and sit there nodding their approval, regardless of their personal opinions? I have to say I am often bamboozled by the functioning of politics. I am trying to get a better grasp on it, but am astounded how one group of mainly middle class, middle aged men, feel they can speak for every citizen in this land and make decisions that could be so detrimental to its majority. I guess 'bamboozled' is what Abbot and his mates are banking on. I truly despair. - Kt
I understand this at such a deep level. Bless you for your recovery Adam. Would love to discuss the ways I have observed to make a significant contribution to the healing and treatment of those who suffer from mental illness...
www.madamebovardia.com. - Bridget
Good on you Adam. I have suffered depression at work and know how hard it is. Thank you for sharing your story. - leigh
You seem to have just given a whole world of people the permission to discuss mental illness more openly. What a gutsy gift-giver are you. Thank you, I hope all the comments here show the tide of support you have.
Cass O'Connor. - Cass O'Connor
So Johnsie, the detention camps are just to be brushed off as nothing. The inmates as nobodies. Shut your eyes and it will all go away.
That the Labor government pursued the same policy is deplorable but not surprising considering its history.
Over a hundred years ago, Edmund Barton quoted Charles Pearson in the Parliament.
"The day will come, and perhaps is not far distant, when the European observer will look round to see the globe circled with a continuous zone of the black and yellow races, no longer too weak for aggression or under tutelage, but independent, or practically so, in government, monopolising the trade of their own regions, and circumscribing the industry of the Europeans; when Chinamen and the natives of Hindustan, the states of Central and South America ... are represented by fleets in the European seas, invited to international conferences and welcomed as allies in quarrels of the civilised world. The citizens of these countries will then be taken up into the social relations of the white races, will throng the English turf or the salons of Paris, and will be admitted to inter-marriage. It is idle to say that if all this should come to pass our pride of place will not be humiliated ... We shall wake to find ourselves elbowed and hustled, and perhaps even thrust aside by peoples whom we looked down upon as servile and thought of as bound always to minister to our needs. The solitary consolation will be that the changes have been inevitable."
Charles Pearson also had this to say. ... 'the conservative apathy of men partially shut out from the world and, coming to believe that the trodden way is the best', was far more to be feared than 'any revolutionary fervour for sudden and great changes'.
Some more facts.
Fascists are always racist. Sometimes it's overt and sometimes it's based on a cultural argument. Once it was anti-semtiism. Now it's anti-Islam.
Fascists pay respect to the traditional establishment - Queen and country, the established church.
Fascists are capitalists - the authoritarian and paternalistic variety.
Remind you of anyone we know? - Rhoda
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