Rape – Why do men sexually assault women?

This  The actions behind the Dutch backpacker’s brave escape are sadly familiar  is an unfortunate article for at least two reasons: firstly that the reality of rape and attempted rape gave cause for it to be written at all, and secondly because its extensive generalisation tends to reinforce the notion of females as victims and males as grossly deviant and prone to sexual assault of women, often accompanied by aggression…

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Cashless Society Concerns

The ubiquity of credit cards is already bad enough.  How the Unions allowed employers to move to direct deposit of wages was the thin edge of the wedge.  These two factors have been major contributors, in my opinion, to the growth of personal debt and a false view of worth allied to a materialistic, “have it now” society that encourages debt, even revels in it, to the benefit of the…

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The World’s top criminals, psychopaths and megalomaniacs of 2016

I can’t say it any better than has Sarah Gill.  This piece should ignite the ire of every caring, compassionate, clear-thinking, knowledgeable and intelligent This piece should ignite the ire of every caring, compassionate, clear-thinking, knowledgeable and intelligent person on this planet. Over the last day or two, I’ve been reading woeful commentary and postings which express deep concern for Queen Elizabeth II having a cold. The concern is that,…

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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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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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Bigotry In The Name Of God: The Case Against Religious Exemptions – New Matilda

Religion and its representatives and adherents remains predominantly regarded as respectable individuals of good character, compassionate in attitude, peaceful in mood and caring and non-judgmental about others who are less fortunate in their lives. We all know that this picture is extremely flawed. It may certainly apply to some of the religious and adherents of many religions do indeed thrive on doing good works and helping those that are disadvantaged….

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Post-Karadzic Bosnia and Herzegovina: The End of the Criminal Justice Era | International Center for Transitional Justice

I fully understand that this proposition may be dismissed as naïve in view of the current reality shaped not only by Karadzic’s crimes but also by the violent plunder that has over the last 20 years created a Hydra of intertwined political, criminal and business interests. Likewise, an increasingly chaotic regional and broader geopolitical context is far from conducive to the political will necessary for such changes, to say nothing…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

What is sanity? What is mentally well? One of the confounding aspects of the label “mentally ill” and the stigma attached to it is that we can’t, with any certainty, answer these questions. The reality is that we are speaking of difference, and much of humanity fears difference. The result is that we deride it, isolate it and, paradoxically, give a group label to those who exhibit it, as “crazy”…

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