Tag: Change

Old Dog Thoughts- 94 Malaysian PM says Australia will change. Conservative media have said it won’t since the 50s. It has and it will.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 4/11/19; Morrison promises to shut Democracy down; Mahathir see Australia becoming more Asian LNP doesn’t; Nothing has Changed;

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, as protest movements worldwide show – Keiser Report — RT Business News

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, as protest movements worldwide show – Keiser Report

“They were rebelling against the price of the gasoline – it was the starting point. And then it built up on inequality,” he said, adding that behind the “spectacular frontline” where people clashed with police, there were “clusters of people talking mostly about tax inequality.” And this “free talk” means there’s greater public discontent brewing.

“People talking is always the sign of genuine insurgency movements. In the midst of the protest it felt like the French revolution must have been like this. I don’t know if it’s conscious in the people’s heads. There is this mix of politics, vulgarity, anger, something that is not controllable and it could go either way,” he said.

Given the extent of the public anger, Moreira believes the measures the French government has taken to calm the protests will not be enough in the long run, and the entire economic system must undergo drastic changes.

via Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, as protest movements worldwide show – Keiser Report — RT Business News

America’s Drug War Is Ruining the World | The Nation

Hit by a surge of heroin abuse during the 1980s, Portugal’s government first reacted with repression that, as everywhere else on the planet, did little to stanch rising drug abuse, crime, and infection. Gradually, a network of medical professionals across the country adopted harm-reduction measures that would provide a striking record of proven success. After two decades of this ad hoc trial, in 2001 Portugal decriminalized the possession of all illegal drugs, replacing incarceration with counseling and producing a sustained drop in HIV and hepatitis infections.

via America’s Drug War Is Ruining the World | The Nation

Feeding the Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Under Australia’s two party preferred political system we see alternate parties denigrated by the left and right to keep them suppressed. Two party preferred, not three party preferred is the war cry. We see alternate political parties denigrating the left and right to try to carve their way into a position of political power. From where I stand, political parties are not working for democracy, they are working for themselves and once again, the financial elite. So, it’s time to change the system.

What choices do we have? Where do we turn to establish a democracy for the people by the people? If it’s not political parties, what is it? I think now is the time for a monumental social experiment. We are definitely in the mood and we are well on the way so, let’s keep pushing and flood the parliament with independents. Give independents the balance of power in both houses of parliament and we are in with a chance of knocking off elitist rule and establishing our democratic birth right.

via Feeding the Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Who decides which stories are told? It’s the men in charge – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Back of woman's head in a lit up dressing room.

Cultural leadership not about replicating the past

But cultural leadership is not just replicating the past — it is about trying to imagine and create something new.

And it’s the scale of what we are missing as a consequence that is so breathtaking.

Yes, it’s the talent, experience, sensibilities and the insights of half the population. It’s also the creation of characters and narratives that fail to resonate with half the audience.

And above all, it’s the chance to turn that map of our identity into something where we can all see something of ourselves, to capture more of the texture and variety of who we are as a people, and how that is changing and being enhanced constantly.

via Who decides which stories are told? It’s the men in charge – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Day to Day Politics: Are they all raving lunatics? Bloody conservative bullshit. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

For me, the changes brought about by the advancement of science and technology have been astonishing. As a progressive, I crave change that is worthy and is advantageous for the betterment of society and the world that we inhabit.

I believe that our lives should be subject to constant reflection, otherwise the way forward is locked into the constraints of today’s thoughts.

You cannot change what happens. Particularly when you have no control over it. What you do have control over is the way in which you respond.

via Day to Day Politics: Are they all raving lunatics? Bloody conservative bullshit. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian

Absence of climate and energy policy has left Australia lagging dangerously behind, missing out on investment and facing major electricity disruptions.

Source: The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian

‘We have America on our side’: How times have changed for Vietnam – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

For Vietnam, surrounded by the ever-constant threat of Chinese paternalism, the American war now seems like a historical anomaly.

Source: ‘We have America on our side’: How times have changed for Vietnam – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Time to imagine: From ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a system of our own — RT Op-Edge

Since the founding of the United States, generations have been inculcated with the belief that capitalism is the only acceptable method of economic organization. Isn’t it time for a radical change of thinking?

Source: Time to imagine: From ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a system of our own — RT Op-Edge

Love, sex and the burden of shame on the Arab woman: changing the narrative – Your Middle East

A monster lives among the Arabs. Its sole purpose is to terrify people from love and sex. No one has seen it, but we’ve all heard it. The monster whispers at t

Source: Love, sex and the burden of shame on the Arab woman: changing the narrative – Your Middle East

Does the diplomatic thaw mean the end of old Havana? Cuban urban architect Miguel Coyula discusses the potential cultural impact of likely foreign investment in the capital.

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Cuba has been shielded by urban development for more than 50 years, largely as a result of a trade embargo imposed by the US.

Most of the capital Havana was built in the first half of the 20th century, and the city’s unspoiled, historic urban character – often described as being frozen in time – is not only beloved by the Cuban people but also closely interlinked with the nation’s identity.

When you talk to people, … and you ask them, Why are you visiting Havana? The common answer is, I want to see it now. … I want to see the real Havana. … So they share the fear that Havana could be gone and all this magic could be gone.

Miguel Coyula, urban architect

But now, Cuba finds itself in uncharted territory.

Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark travels to Havana as the country prepares to normalise relations with the US, encountering a mix of optimism, nervousness and concern about what the impact will be.

He speaks to Miguel Coyula, an urban architect, who is consumed by the question of whether his Havana will survive. Can it handle the potential onslaught of tourists and investments that are lining up? And should everyone who wants to come to Cuba be allowed to?

Coyula discusses the crossroads that Cuba finds itself at – will the country’s rich culture, which includes a tradition of ballet and opera, and its urban identity become something unrecognisable, or will it be preserved through improvement?

He talks about how the embargo acted as an unexpected filter for the kind of tourists who visited over the last five decades and takes us through the streets of Havana to point out how small investments have already started changing the face of the city.

Picture this: Why image is everything for our politicians: Abbott promised to change so he needs photoshop plastic surgery to do it. Who is going to do it a Murdoch photographer. Bet your sweet bippy he hasn’t lost his job.

Unvarnished and strategic: Tony Abbott with US President Barack Obama.

Picture this: Why image is everything for our politicians.

From The Age : Stephanie Peatling,

” Prime Minister  Tony Abbott has appointed a new personal photographer:”

News Corp photographer .