Keating wishes for Fraser

From former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, on the passing of
Mr Keating
former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser -

"The death of Malcolm Fraser underwrites a great loss to Australia.

"Notwithstanding a controversial Prime Ministership, in later years he harboured one abiding and important idea about Australia – its need and its right to be a strategically independent country.

"He detested what he saw as our strategic subservience to the United States and our willingness to be easily led from the path of a truly independent foreign policy.

"His public life also enshrined other important principles: no truck with race or colour and no tolerance for whispered notions of exclusivity tinged by race. 

"I always thought Malcolm would be around a lot longer. I must say, I wished he had been."
Mrs & Mr Fraser
More The Australian 20 March 2015 >>

Time? Each O'Clock #greenwich

A particular of the dimension of time is that time is humanly personal, as well as public, if not physical, but also, if not artificial.

Artificial because, for instance, daylight saving, is invented, applied and usefully applied by people. Likewise time zones, and calendars, charts of regular procedural allocations, and times for transports arrivals. So the multifarious representations of time to each of us seem not set by each of us, but others, or us in concert, but made up, and to convenience.

But personal, too, it seems a minute ago, was it that long, already, you look so much whatever, does our personal clock measure, a long day, a short night, it's Christmas, it's Easter, his time was up.

The science is that gravity bends time. We'll come back to this, in your service.

Poverty wages from corrupted politics

NYT editorial 14/03/2015 >> Over half a million workers in New York State subsist on the minimum wage of $8.75 an hour. That’s about $18,000 a year for those working 40 hours a week. Anyone who thinks that is generous should try spending just $350 a week on food, housing, gas and heat.

That exercise might also help Gov. Andrew Cuomo remember why he promised last year to push for a higher minimum wage and index it to inflation. In a video speech that helped him gain the endorsement of the Working Families Party in the last election, Mr. Cuomo supported raising the minimum to $10.10 an hour and indexing it.

He also said he favored allowing a local option for expensive places like New York City to set their minimums as much as 30 percent higher than the rest of the state.

Some of those important details seem to have slipped out of Mr. Cuomo’s latest minimum wage package. Yes, he is proposing an increase to $10.50 an hour by the end of 2016, with a modest increase to $11.50 for workers in New York City. (The state wage is now set to go to $9 an hour by the end of this year.)

Guides to living beyond 500 years

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  • Innocence
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  • Acceptance of the eternal
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  • Rejection of death
  • Regular sleep
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#ferguson Running down blacks for tax #slavery

A Justice Department investigation into the operations of the Ferguson Police Department found routine racial bias and a focus on generating revenue through municipal fines. But the patterns identified in the report are not limited to Ferguson; some other Missouri cities of 10,000 people or more look similar by several measures. MARCH 7, 2015 NYT >>

Not only do nearby cities work in the same ways as Ferguson, but they work with the same people. Ronald J. Brockmeyer, the municipal court judge in Ferguson whom the Justice Department report singled out for ticket-fixing, is a judge in another city and a prosecutor in three more. NYT 3/8/15 >>

Workers Crowns to assure revenue integrity

From Michael West

The very funding of our hospitals and schools is at stake here, our children's future, but the committee's modus operandi was more of a fireside chat than a grilling. 

It was apparently a matter for pride for the ATO that only one suspect was left on its "high-risk" list of corporate taxpayers (from 14 earlier).

We could point them to hundreds. 

All you have to do is look in the cash-flow statements to find the actual amount of income tax paid, often zero, versus billions in cash raked in and the billions in loans to related parties offshore. 

There are culprits everywhere.

Despite the licence of parliamentary privilege though, the commissioner declined to proffer the identity of this "one high-risk" and the senators didn't push him hard.

Courtesy to public officials and multinationals it seems ranks ahead of the threat to the very funding of our hospitals and schools, our children's future; as does the debate about whether the Triggs offer, or "discussion", amounted to an inducement, or not. More SMH 1/3/15 >>

MP criminals: Provost required #lnp

A New South Wales Liberal government state MP has admitted he pocketed a $10,000 "bribe" from one property developer and used it to pay his tax, as well as taking an envelope stuffed with cash from a second developer. More SMH 7 August 2014 >>