The Poetry of D.H. Rumsfeld – Recent works by the secretary of defense. – A fabulous collection taken straight from the DOD website

On the Slate website Hart Seely has collected some of the truly classic poems of our time – they are taken from briefings listed on the Dept of Defense website. The Unknown As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do … Continue reading The Poetry of D.H. Rumsfeld – Recent works by the secretary of defense. – A fabulous collection taken straight from the DOD website

Palestinian question – an interesting insight

Just recently came across an old transcript of an interview with Martin van Creveld (one of my favourite military writers – he wrote good books on command in war and technology of war). He gives a really interesting perspective on the problems Israel is having in Gaza, strangely enough things have not improved any since this 2002 interview. Foreign Correspondent – 20/03/2002: Interview with Martin … Continue reading Palestinian question – an interesting insight

International Aid = False Hope for Africa?

Another interesting snippet re international aid and Africa: Tech Central Station – False Hope “Thus, the international aid system has essentially served to reward policies that slow down development, whatever the initial intentions of its advocates. Under such circumstances, the implementation of the rule of law in Africa, necessary to wealth production, has been postponed indefinitely. Aid actually received by the poor is a very … Continue reading International Aid = False Hope for Africa?

Interview: For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!

“The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem.” Source: SPIEGEL Interview with African Economics Expert: News: July 4, 2005 This interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel Kenyan economist … Continue reading Interview: For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid!

Article: Educator claims critical thought stifled in our schools

The World Today – Educator claims critical thought stifled in our schools: ABC Radio, The World Today, Wed, 9-Feb-2005, Reporter: David Mark In the Spring edition of The Journal of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English Associate Professor Wayne Sawyer, from the University of Western Sydney, asked whether English teachers were encouraging critical thought in their students . He argued that the 2004 Federal … Continue reading Article: Educator claims critical thought stifled in our schools

Conservatives Fight Back – “Beware the Entertaining ‘Food Police’ “

The conservatives fight back against Supersize Me – there is a new web site that dissects & attempts to demolish Spurlock’s arguments against McDonald’s: The “Food Police” are back, this time in a comedy entitled Super Size Me, produced by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock is a former TV show producer best known for his work creating the gross-out TV show “I Bet You Will” in … Continue reading Conservatives Fight Back – “Beware the Entertaining ‘Food Police’ “

Only 26 more sleeps until the election is over!

It is with a grateful heart that I realise that it is only 26 more sleeps until the Australian election is over. Perhaps to liven things up during the campaign they should make the contenders put on sumo wrestling suits & fight instead of the extremely dull debate they had last night. The sheer tedium of the media presence of John Howard and Mark Latham … Continue reading Only 26 more sleeps until the election is over!