The cause of future events #auspol #usa

Who would have guessed this picture would be placed here?

We're familiar with what is sensibly known as cause and effect. Cut butter, two blocks. Brick over mortar over brick, wall. Imagination brings artifice. 

We head forward, we may think, for many good objectively reckonable notions about the progress and utility of each our lives. By our any each, even most secretly innerly held intent, even those we may sometimes heed without rationality available to express, move our lives along, the track, the avenue, the ocean, the sky, the earth.

Another perspective may as well be to estimate events, in our lives, in our histories, and beyond particularly, by considering what is the outcome of events, and determine that that collection of outcomes - the future - is guided by what is temporally beyond that future.

So perhaps one might say that what guides the future is what is beyond that future.

Brothels are bigger with Baird #CasinoMike

The NSW Liberal-National Party in a corrupt, briberous and deceitful civil administration, is scoffing at donations laws, preferring to divert the revenues from their purposes. 

Reasonable critics are abused as "whingers" by Baird planning minister robot Rob Stokes. 

Another flakey whitey thief, Victor Dominello, is telling you that threatening your freehold is good for you. 

Mark Speakman reckons shooting brumbies in the Snowies is good for the environment, while he's chopping down more trees in the 'burbs. 

And every drop of fuel squeezes a couple of half tenths of a cent via the ethanol backdoor into Baird business profits. 

Brothels are bigger with Baird. 

So is gambling. 

Liquor, well, so long as you've got a Baird licence. 

Nobody gets a pay rise. 

Taxes are up. 

These fellows are slavers.

Planets' rivalries presage South China Sea War #usmc

Tonight, and in these coming months, looking overhead on the clear night, all around Earth except beyond the Arctic Circle, you have a fine view of passages of the markers of the eternals in personam, our Earthlings' sibling planets, particularly in order from the west, bright and brilliant Jupiter, some way then particularly ruddy Mars, then over the star nearly as ruddy Antares - the ruby of Scorpius - to the also rosily hued Saturn, she of many beguiling presentations.

Here's a quick look >> Sydney sky

You have to know the personalities of these players' markers: Jupiter, Imperial Father; Mars, Jealous War; Saturn, Enchanting Changeling. And Antares, named so that she is distinguished from Mars. 

To understand the cause of the coming war in the South China Sea, you would have noticed that Mars in past months has readily moved west past and beyond Antares, his twain twin, out of Scorpio apparently heading towards Virgo, entitling the naive to believe in pursuit of the slower westward pace of majestic Jupiter.

In this time, from farther east, steaming towards the underside of Scorpio, bright rosy Saturn has progressed and now appears intent on spending some time having herself compared with ever stellar Antares. The board is two dimensional.

But more recently Mars has turned back towards Scorpio. He seems determined to arrest Saturn's pretension of familiarity with her proximity to Antares. 

A jealous Mars begets war.

That would explain the also recent retour of Jupiter, moving to watch closer the game. Saturn has shifting skirts and volume. Mars blazes.

None of these arguments were true #iraq #howard

Former prime minister John Howard's justification this week on why we went to war against Iraq in 2003 obfuscates some issues.

I was the secretary to the federal parliamentary intelligence committee from 2002 until 2007.

It was then called the ASIO, ASIS and Defence Signals Directorate committee - which drafted the report Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Howard refers to this committee in his speech justifying our involvement in the war.

The reason there was so much argument about the existence of such weapons before the war in Iraq 10 years ago was that to go to war on any other pretext would have been a breach of international law.

As Howard said at the time: ''I couldn't justify on its own a military invasion of Iraq to change the regime. I've never advocated that. Central to the threat is Iraq's possession of chemical and biological weapons and its pursuit of nuclear capability."

So the question is what the government knew or was told about that capability and whether the government ''lied'' about the danger that Iraq posed.

At the time, Howard and his ministers asserted that the threat to the world from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was both great and immediate.

On February 4, 2003, he said Saddam Hussein had an ''arsenal'' and a ''stockpile'' and the ''illegal importation of proscribed goods ha[s] increased dramatically in the past few years".

''Iraq had a massive program for developing offensive biological weapons - one of the largest and most advanced in the world.''

On March 18, 2003, foreign minister Alexander Downer told the House of Representatives: ''The strategy of containment [UN sanctions] simply has not worked and now poses an unacceptable risk.''

In his speeches at the time, Howard said: ''Iraq has a usable chemical and biological weapons capability which has included recent production of chemical and biological agents; Iraq continues to work on developing nuclear weapons. All key aspects - research and development, production and weaponisation - of Iraq's offensive biological weapons program are active and most elements are larger and more advanced than they were before the Gulf War in 1991.''

None of the government's arguments were supported by the intelligence presented to it by its own agencies. None of these arguments were true.