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The Perception of Excellence

August 10, 2017 - 12:01 -- Admin

An interesting thing came to my attention over the last weekend. I was assisting my partner at an equestrian event where she competed in several classes with her two horses. She is a good rider, and I have been her strapper for around a dozen years, so both herself and even more so, myself, have…

“Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work

August 10, 2017 - 11:47 -- Admin

During the 2013 election campaign, Joe Hockey was asked “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?” He responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not… I’m not afraid to accept responsibility…

Promises of Incineration: The Nuclear Playground Gets Busy

August 9, 2017 - 14:44 -- Admin

“I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says” (Senator John McCain on President Donald J. Trump, Aug 8, 2017). Moral equivalence is the enemy of the noble and the exceptional, and the screeching rhetoric currently being fired across the diplomatic bows of Pyongyang and Washington…

Scenario 2 in Indo Pacific Futures 2051: Living with Strong Steady States

August 9, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

Denis Bright continues discussion of three scenarios for the future of Australia’s international relations in 2051.   Scenario 2 is the steady state view of international relations. Incremental changes have occurred as the US shares its strategic influence with other responsible middle powers like Australia, China, India, Japan and Indonesia. The old Australia-US Alliance has…

Pinochet: the dictator of death

August 9, 2017 - 12:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred ‘Henry’ Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich – two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as “a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming…

Why China NOT Being Democratic Is Not A Bad Thing, And Why Being Anti-China Impacts Negatively On Race Relations In Australia

August 8, 2017 - 16:14 -- Admin

You may be wondering why I am writing about this topic, considering how contentious and controversial this topic/question is. But I think it needs to be discussed because there seems to be people who have some weird preconceived notions about China and how it is so “non-democratic” and how this is somehow bad. I mean, we know…