Politics

I’m not sorry

February 16, 2008 · 1 comment

During the week just gone, Australia had its 'Sorry Day', where the government apologised to the Aborigines for the treatment they experienced generations ago. I can certainly understand the need for the Australian government to be seen saying sorry for something the government was responsible for generations ago, and I see it as a positive step forward for reconciliation.

However, the problem I have is apologising for something that's not the fault of the current generation. There's two forms of 'sorry'. One is 'I'm sorry you experienced something tragic. I know I can never know what it's like for you as a result of what happened.' The other is 'I'm sorry that I caused you great suffering.' The first is valid for Australia's 'sorry day', while the second is not. The current government is not responsible for the actions of its predecessors 40-50 years ago.

Unfortunately, the Aboriginal people seem to be split in their desires for reconciliation or compensation. Some just want to move forward, acknowledging the mistakes of the past, and working towards the future. Others don't think that's enough, and want more. A lot more. These are the people who are preferring to believe that 'I'm sorry' means 'I'm responsible', and the court cases are already beginning.

Within 24 hours of the 'I'm sorry' day ending, I heard news reports that one group of Aboriginals are planning on taking the government to court so sue for compensation, as they're 'victims' of the current government. Another Aboriginal woman wants to take the leader of the Opposition party to court because he used examples of past Aboriginal tragedy as outlined in a book. Her example was referred to by him, and since he never asked her permission to read something that's in the public record anyway, she now claims she feels 'violated' all over again.

I can see opportunists coming out of the ground. People are naturally greedy, and they will grab every opportunity they can to get money from a situation. The government did what they could to ensure they were not claiming liability for something that happened 40+ years ago, but some people just don't care. They'll screw others for everything they can, whenever and wherever they can.

It's pretty disappointing. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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The bird flu hoax

October 25, 2005 · 2 comments

Further to the bird flu entry here, there's another article here that talks about the bird flu hoax.

Interestingly, the intelligence analysis by Stratfor has these particular comments…

An uncomfortable but undeniable fact is that there are a great many people and institutions in this world that have a vested interest in feeding the bird flu scare.

My own research into this has found the following information:

  • Gilead developed Tamiflu in 1996 and used F. Hoffman-La Roche for global development and marketing in exchange for royalties (link)
  • US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was made Chairman of Gilead in 1997 (link)
  • In 2003, Roche begins increasing Tamiflu production "in preparation for massive orders", with up to $2 billion from the US government (particularly the US Department of Defense, of which Rumsfeld is head of) (link)
  • It wasn't until December 2004 that WHO issued a warning "that bird flu will trigger an international pandemic that could kill up to 7 million people" (link). (I'm curious as to how the US government knew there would be a 'bird flu pandemic' and order Tamiflu a year before the World Health Organisation started warning people.)
  • 2005, and the US government advises that "a super flu could kill up to" 2 million Americans. The Bush administration advises it's spent a year updating its plan on how to fight the next flu pandemic. Again, this update apparently started a full year after Roche began preparing for massive orders…. (link).

People around the world start going into panic mode. International governments begin stocking up on their supply of Tamiflu (link). Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defense and also Chairman of Gilead, the creator of Tamiflu, rakes in the money from his shares in Gilead. I'm sure it's a coincidence that the US Department of Defense, of which Rumsfeld is head of, is behind most of the movement within America of causing panic about the bird flu, and stocking up on supplies to combat it.

Let's revisit what Stratfor's intelligence analysis says:

An uncomfortable but undeniable fact is that there are a great many people and institutions in this world that have a vested interest in feeding the bird flu scare.

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Israel blocks Palestinian bird flu safeguards

22 October 2005

I've always been appalled by how Israel can so blatantly disregard all forms of humanity with their treatment of Palestinians, and the latest such incident is even more shocking to me. The Israelis are blocking material into Palestine that will help the Palestinians locate and treat the bird flu that's of such a threat these […]

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Beginner’s Guide to American Politics

18 October 2005

Thanks to this site: Your president is George W. Bush. He lives in the White House. He doesn't actually do anything except act as a figurehead for American politics, which is kind of embarrassing. I know we all could think of someone a lot more impressive to show as our leader, but American voters screwed […]

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The criminalisation of politics

17 October 2005

There's an excellent post here at Daily Kos, about the Republicans defending the President and his advisors, all of whom are implicated in treasonous acts against the country. An excellent quote here: There's something beyond mere politics in all of this. Politics, one would hope, is not sufficient reason to damage the country. This is […]

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Disaster readiness – US vs Pakistan

13 October 2005

I'm curious. With all of America's security and rescue preparations over the past 4 years, how is it that Pakistan was able to get military and civilian personnel on the ground, and rescue operations well underway, within 24 hours of the earthquake that hit without warning, and the US was unable to do the same […]

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Harriet Miers’ Supreme Court nomination due to religious beliefs

12 October 2005

If you go here, you'll see George Bush stated that Harriet Miers' religion was the reason he nominated her for the Supreme Court. Since when has a person's religious beliefs outweighed the requirements for legal qualifications and experience? Obviously in George Bush's world, a person's religious beliefs are more important than their adherence to the […]

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Republicans don’t want investigation

14 September 2005

Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. The US Senate voted on a bid to establish an independent, bipartisan panel whose purpose was to investigate where failures occurred across the Federal, state and local governments, in regards to Hurricane Katrina. All the Democrats voted for it. Every single Republican voted against it. Why don't they want it investigated? What […]

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George Bush, the puppet

6 September 2005

I've heard that President George Bush is proud of the fact that he never watches tv or reads the papers, and all his news and information is given to him by his advisors. I've also heard that there were at least 2 photo ops in or around New Orleans where aid facilities were set up […]

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Timeline of New Orleans debacle

6 September 2005

I'm supplying here a comparison of two disasters. First the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, followed by the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina, 2005. The New Orleans timeline has been gathered by me from multiple sources on the internet. San Francisco Earthquake April 18 1906 The earthquake struck at 5:13 AM. By 7 AM federal troops […]

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