Populism Politics : The Defeat of Reason

This is one of the most terrible days I can remember of my almost 70 years alive. I have long been disturbed by the dumbing-down of the population and the impact of neoliberal economics and globalisation on our own and other nations. We have seen the 1% reach ownership of over 50% of the World’s wealth and their piece of the pie continues to grow. At the same time, in…

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LNP Plebiscite Defeated in Senate

Now, inevitably, the conservative, privileged backed, LNP government will claim that the ALP and the Greens are the ones who have prevented the opportunity for marriage equality. In reality, there was never need for a plebiscite, which would not have been binding on the Parliament anyway but would still have required a parliamentary vote. All that is needed to provide marriage equality for Australians is for a change to be…

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Women: We need more to run for office.

We need PEOPLE in public office. Men have predominated in most of these roles. Some have been empathetic, compassionate, intelligent, and genuinely sought to improve the lot of all. Far more have been narcissistic, prejudiced, ideologically static, and about self-interest, Of the women who *have* achieved rolls of status and power, we have had a similar mix. We have seen the bad in such as Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir and…

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Socially Manufactured Hate

Small minded, insular and ignorant people will probably always exist. Certainly, their numbers will not decrease unless and until we are led by honest, caring and selfless leaders who model integrity and explain the opportunity offered by differences in cultural traits and mores. We also need to recognise that schooling is *not* education and that the “3 r’s”, whilst providing a functional basis for life, do little to instil a…

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LNP derision of ABC is succeeding.

I dislike the use of expletive-ridden abuse and hateful criticism on social media. However, Chris Uhlman does not report objectively, far too often offering extremely superficial, flawed, and even apparently intentionally biased views. Virginia Trioli is guilty of a similar inability to report objectively, as are many others. Chris Uhlman,Virginia Trioli, and others will, of course, have their own take on issues and they are entitled to do so. However,…

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They shoot horses don’t they?

I am totally depressed at the depth of world poverty and, even worse, the lack of compassion and caring shown by so many who have so much. I detest our materialistic, consumer orientated, profit before people society. I am disgusted by the unethical and immoral behaviour of so many of our politicians, including those at senior levels. I am horrified by the hatred and aggression levelled at those in society…

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DONATE as though you were 5 times richer!

For the next 5 days, CARE has sponsors who will match your DONATION to make it worth 5 (FIVE) times what you give. Please get on board and DONATE. CARE is a top-rated organisation by Charity Navigator (Leading evaluation agency for charities) and at least 90% of its donations actually fund PROGRAMS rather than administration, publicity or fund-raising. If you have little, as do I, this is a chance to…

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Politicians v Electorate: The Political Divide.

Our political system is in an extreme state of disrepair. There is no doubt that many of our politicians are not only self-serving and self-indulgent but corrupt as well. The collective of those elected to office is replete with individuals who have little or no regard for the average citizen and apparently also have little or no conscience. They show no shame when caught out in lavishly indulging themselves on…

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Global Collaboration Day

Are you involved in education, in any capacity? If so, why not read about and see how you can participate in Global Collaboration Day 2016? It should be a great opportunity for the global learning community to share. Find out more: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/ Global Collaboration Day is a celebration for students, educators, and organizations as we promote the need for connecting all schools! Source: Global Collaboration Day – Welcome to Global…

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