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» 19/03/2011 1:19:47 PM I worked as a CRT and on several short term contracts in schools in Melbourne, rural Victo.....
» 6/05/2007 11:12:14 AM Horus: Like I've said though, their religion is a failed ideology. It simply doesn't work .....
» 6/05/2007 2:10:24 AM "Muslim men have to cover there beutiful wives and daughters to stop there own men fr.....
» 6/05/2007 1:21:24 AM Johnj: Who says I speed? I try to stick as close to dead on the speed limit as I can. I se.....
» 4/05/2007 6:36:45 PM Johnj: I didn't claim it was the sole cause of congestion, or even one of the major causes.....
» 4/05/2007 12:49:03 PM "It is now clear that most Australians are no longer in a state of denial, that they .....
» 4/05/2007 12:31:55 PM Maybe these are only small measures, but I think they might be effective: 1. Enforce the .....
» 4/05/2007 12:17:10 PM Heffernan is indeed a dill, but as mentioned, he's usually willing to wear the backlash, s.....
» 1/05/2007 9:40:59 AM I don't think the average male (myself included) could give a rodent's earlobe whether Jen.....
» 1/05/2007 9:36:38 AM The bit about having sex with goats and donkeys doesn't make much sense as those (and all .....
» 30/04/2007 1:45:48 PM Peppy: I realise you wrote that. However, I was referring to your comment of: "symbol.....
» 29/04/2007 7:24:58 PM "You have a good point also in the mention of celebrating various scientific luminari.....
» 29/04/2007 7:09:02 PM bushbred: Interesting hypothetical. However, I don't think the U.S. had much choice in all.....
» 28/04/2007 5:02:12 PM Tristan: Many of your points in response to me or aqvarivs may indeed be right, and in som.....
» 28/04/2007 4:50:15 PM aqvarivs: I think unless you're interested in getting into some really specialised form of.....
» 27/04/2007 6:03:35 PM Country Gal: If that's your impression of WW1, then you need to (re-)read some history. Th.....
» 27/04/2007 5:52:21 PM BOAZ: It wasn't Charlemagne who won the Battle of Poitiers (a.k.a. Battle of Tours), it wa.....
» 27/04/2007 3:33:43 PM aqvarivs: Have you read "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" yet? I would suggest it's not that .....
» 25/04/2007 12:53:14 AM FrankGol: Well, I don't know. Tell me how someone growing up in grinding poverty in Vietna.....
» 24/04/2007 5:50:15 PM The author claims we have a market economy. We don't. Doesn't he notice that only the tip .....
» 24/04/2007 5:27:43 PM What I always find a bit amusing is references to someone or something being undemocratic......
» 24/04/2007 3:46:57 PM TRTL: Thanks for clearing up that misunderstanding. I'm personally quite ambivalent about.....
» 24/04/2007 3:35:18 PM Frank: Yet they always have money for alcohol, tobacco or gambling, not to mention take aw.....
» 22/04/2007 7:55:10 PM ena: Yet states that have concealed weapon laws and so on have very, very low rates of gun.....
» 22/04/2007 7:34:59 PM ena: With very, very few exceptions, anyone can afford to send their kids to a private sch.....
» 22/04/2007 7:25:55 PM Philip: Of course, and I'm not arguing for Israel, Zionism or the Jewish religion (or any .....
» 19/04/2007 11:34:29 PM Statistically, these sorts of massacres account for a tiny percentage of gun deaths and it.....
» 19/04/2007 11:01:05 PM bushred: So, what you're saying is Winston Churchill wanted his generals to know about his.....
» 19/04/2007 10:26:19 PM Philip Tang: Frankly, I don't care what happens to the ratbags, so long as they don't affe.....
» 19/04/2007 10:10:03 PM Col: Oh no, you can't tell that story, not with that moral anyway! That would destroy the .....
» 17/04/2007 5:58:08 PM bushbred: John Howard doesn't speak for me on a lot of things, including apologising to Ab.....
» 17/04/2007 5:30:32 PM Horus: That's something a few European nations need to wake up about. The liberal Dutch (a.....
» 17/04/2007 5:23:43 PM "Reckon its about time most of you right-wingers who by your intellect give reminder .....
» 17/04/2007 5:14:46 PM ena: If you seriously think Milton Friedman would be advocating government funded and cont.....
» 17/04/2007 4:56:58 PM Pericles: Actually, we don't live in a market economy. Government has an impact upon housi.....
» 15/04/2007 1:59:17 AM I think it depends upon a lot of things. Perhaps, at some macro level, a lot of things are.....
» 15/04/2007 1:39:00 AM BOAZ: My problem in this is not Islam as such. That's not to say that I have any respect f.....
» 15/04/2007 1:18:17 AM ena: Where we will ultimately disagree is that I do not believe that I am my brother's kee.....
» 13/04/2007 9:55:15 PM Quick response: Good points about China. My thoughts on the matter are as follows. Whilst.....
» 13/04/2007 9:33:31 PM The reason Maori culture plays a greater role in New Zealand culture than Aboriginal cultu.....
» 13/04/2007 8:38:18 PM Is Mise: Thank you......
» 13/04/2007 8:35:40 PM Oligarch: I wasn't claiming that Europe as a whole was multicultural now, merely that it w.....
» 13/04/2007 8:24:55 PM Liz: Point taken about Catholic school charity. I wasn't aware of that. "I am sure y.....
» 12/04/2007 12:36:25 AM What I find difficult in this situation is two things. Firstly, I do believe that eventual.....
» 12/04/2007 12:19:04 AM carreyn1: I agree with you to an extent, but at least as much of it isn't the fault of gov.....
» 12/04/2007 12:07:32 AM It depends on your world view. In his book, "The Prince", Machiavelli wrote, &qu.....
» 12/04/2007 12:02:35 AM I think that at the moment, for most people, Islam remains an abstraction, and that a lot .....
» 11/04/2007 11:40:33 PM Liz: My experiences have been that there is considerable anti-private school attitudes wit.....
» 11/04/2007 11:21:52 PM Bronwyn: In the end, it comes down to personal experience though. You've had good personal.....
» 11/04/2007 2:36:26 AM sharkfin: What? Where did you learn history? World War 1 started in Sarajevo (in the provi.....
» 11/04/2007 2:26:25 AM BOAZ: Clearly, you've missed the point entirely. As an alumnus of the University of Melbou.....
» 11/04/2007 1:39:34 AM Here's what we should be doing: preparing for the coming resource crisis/war. We need to .....
» 11/04/2007 1:20:47 AM The horse has already bolted and we're not going to get it back inside the gate. There are.....
» 10/04/2007 1:14:23 AM tao: There's no point in debating intellectually. You claim that you have looked really de.....
» 10/04/2007 12:34:56 AM Keiran: Obviously, babies aren't free. I meant in a philosophical sense, ie. that our righ.....
» 10/04/2007 12:25:48 AM Bronwyn: It is a failed social experiment perhaps for the reasons you list, but also becau.....
» 8/04/2007 10:54:33 AM sharkfin: I'll repost something from another thread. I wrote: It's amazing that in this .....
» 8/04/2007 10:50:29 AM palimpsest: It's amazing that in this post-9/11 world, with this whole so-called "War.....
» 8/04/2007 10:42:55 AM "...but when push comes to shove Howard will be able to sell a flawed Yank democracy .....
» 8/04/2007 10:23:00 AM tao: Once again, we get back to the fact that you're convinced there's a monolithic vision.....
» 8/04/2007 10:06:52 AM Keiran: In a sense, I don't believe in anything because I know idealism (in this case, lib.....
» 6/04/2007 11:34:59 AM tao: To address your point about workers owning the means of production, I would say the f.....
» 6/04/2007 11:05:23 AM ybgirp: You're missing the point entirely. Politics and political opinions are rarely blac.....
» 6/04/2007 10:53:52 AM C J Morgan: I was simply stating my (declared subjective) attraction to particular looks. .....
» 5/04/2007 7:02:15 PM I find it interesting that when people want to claim superiority of our system over other .....
» 5/04/2007 6:19:36 PM ybgirp: I believe in a separation of church and state also, but there are two things to be.....
» 5/04/2007 6:05:44 PM Rick0: I think it depends. From my time in Europe, I can personally say that there's not o.....
» 5/04/2007 12:04:55 AM tao: Try applying the same analysis to capitalism. You insist capitalism is a certain way.....
» 4/04/2007 11:35:18 PM ybgirp: Whether or not there has been a decline in democracy, and whether there has or has.....
» 4/04/2007 11:08:02 PM Graham Y: Thanks for the link, but I essentially posted the same information in my post th.....
» 4/04/2007 10:09:55 AM tao: Not to mention invasions of a whole bunch of eastern European countries, the Korean p.....
» 4/04/2007 12:20:52 AM C J Morgan: I agree about the genetic arguments against a notion of race. When people talk.....
» 4/04/2007 12:05:43 AM Philip: Fine, but Caesar also didn't tax people at a marginal rate of 45% + Medicare, or e.....
» 3/04/2007 11:57:39 PM tao: I'm actually just interested in taking the piss out of idealists more than anything b.....
» 3/04/2007 9:58:18 PM Anyone being proud of "their" race has always seemed a little odd to me. It's no.....
» 3/04/2007 9:42:15 PM "You do not have to live in a schoolís catchment area to go to it. You are free to go.....
» 2/04/2007 10:01:51 PM Earlier, I was thinking about an article I read in one of the Melbourne newspapers last ye.....
» 2/04/2007 6:18:33 PM You make egocentrism sound like a bad thing! I have no qualms about stating that one of my.....
» 2/04/2007 5:42:23 PM I suspect that if there were ever measures to introduce a reduction in funding to private .....
» 2/04/2007 5:18:44 PM There is another, highly attractive option I believe: war. Historically, it's proven both .....
» 2/04/2007 5:04:53 PM The irony in all of this of course is that if English weren't a compulsory subject, few pe.....
» 2/04/2007 4:41:51 PM The Coalition have lost and they won't turn it around. In a sense, I'll be glad, but in an.....
» 1/04/2007 8:31:47 PM On another matter, I think I should have used the term "self interest" instead o.....
» 1/04/2007 8:27:31 PM tao: I was going to post a big, long response, but I thought I'd just summarise it like th.....
» 1/04/2007 7:33:22 PM Liam: Maybe you've been to different private schools than I have. Christianity isn't reall.....
» 1/04/2007 7:49:41 AM Liz: Wow, you're amazingly generous towards the private system. I don't think it's typical.....
» 31/03/2007 4:55:46 PM You're all barking up the wrong tree. Stick all the little buggers up chimneys again. That.....
» 31/03/2007 4:40:30 PM BROCK: Do you have any statistics from studies showing that government educated children e.....
» 31/03/2007 4:36:22 PM Insider: Do you think we have democracy in this country? Let me rephrase that. Do you thin.....
» 31/03/2007 4:17:16 PM tao: I'm still not going to answer the question about the inevitability of Stalinism from .....
» 31/03/2007 8:59:05 AM tao: The reason you have to keep arguing in circles is twofold. Firstly, you continue to .....
» 29/03/2007 1:24:45 PM Pericles: Good points. For those wondering about why in many non-Western cultures, darker.....
» 29/03/2007 7:10:14 AM tao: I've never said that capitalism is a perfect system. It, like all systems, has its fl.....
» 28/03/2007 11:01:59 PM tao: You get real, you're as up yourself as I am. Firstly, you're assuming there's a pie .....
» 28/03/2007 5:50:20 PM TRTL: Something I forgot is that I don't agree entirely that people see themselves as bein.....
» 27/03/2007 11:06:42 PM No, but I have used the Smetana system of typing......
» 27/03/2007 10:57:00 PM TRTL: I don't really have much to say in response to your past three posts that I didn't a.....
» 27/03/2007 10:45:09 AM Rob: I think every political ideology has within it the seed of its own destruction. The p.....
» 27/03/2007 10:16:48 AM petal: In the majority of cases, people aren't being subsidised to send their kids to priv.....
» 26/03/2007 5:46:07 PM TRTL: I'd like to say something further about the financial position of people in this cou.....
» 26/03/2007 5:30:36 PM TRTL: Yes, you're right in a predictive sense, though I don't think your solution will act.....
» 26/03/2007 2:21:50 PM AmandaB: What's the reason? I don't want to send my children (when I have them) through t.....
» 26/03/2007 2:11:54 PM TRTL: I think you're right on many things. However, I believe conflict is inevitable. Peop.....
» 26/03/2007 10:02:28 AM waterboy and Bugsy: Nice one! tao: I guess we disagree about the fundamentals of human na.....
» 23/03/2007 8:30:58 PM billie: I found the British system even more terrifying than our own! I'm off to Japan to .....
» 23/03/2007 7:57:43 PM tao: Once again, four whole posts (and presumably very close to 1,400 words) and you still.....
» 22/03/2007 11:23:33 AM "...thus reinforcing the belief in areas like Beaumaris, that state schools are child.....
» 22/03/2007 8:08:45 AM I don't believe in altruism. The U.S. is not the only country that pursues its own nation.....
» 22/03/2007 7:46:57 AM The U.N. only appeals to those with nothing to lose and everything to gain, at least in th.....
» 22/03/2007 7:26:45 AM JSP1488: Precisely! It's worse than that though. Many Poles actually fought in both the F.....
» 22/03/2007 7:14:40 AM VK3AUU: Thanks for the link. Interesting site. Consider the following article: http://www.....
» 22/03/2007 6:44:14 AM westernred: Many of the APS schools (which I suppose would be considered the elite schools.....
» 21/03/2007 10:44:52 AM BROCK: I think you missed my point about diversification. The reason people wouldn't/shoul.....
» 21/03/2007 6:56:14 AM I guess we can admit that they're (almost) all a bunch of parasites, but hands up here who.....
» 21/03/2007 6:39:32 AM tao: I'm still waiting for you to answer TRTL's question. That's what I was getting at wit.....
» 21/03/2007 6:12:19 AM Guy V: So, I have a few questions. 1. To what extent are these problems caused by factors.....
» 21/03/2007 6:03:10 AM westernred: Are you saying that welfare is unacceptable for one group of people but not an.....
» 20/03/2007 2:31:17 PM westernred and saintfletcher: Withdrawing funding from private schools misses two points. .....
» 20/03/2007 2:14:53 PM Guy V: You make some commonly expressed points, many of which I agree with partially, if n.....
» 20/03/2007 12:32:34 PM sainfletcher: Actually, what would be even easier would be if you rounded all these unskil.....
» 20/03/2007 12:19:38 PM "We should spend our time on looking after Australian,both locals and indigienous ins.....
» 20/03/2007 12:02:21 PM "I also happen to agree with him when he says he would prefer a government doesn't go.....
» 19/03/2007 11:40:29 AM This deliberative polling method sounds really interesting, more like the direct democracy.....
» 19/03/2007 11:06:51 AM TRTL: The IR legislation has been a boon for small business, whereas decent employers of s.....
» 19/03/2007 10:40:11 AM tao: A constructive discussion is never going to happen because you claim to have a monopo.....
» 18/03/2007 12:51:32 PM TRTL: Sorry, after just re-reading this thread, I only just noticed your post to me on the.....
» 18/03/2007 11:50:26 AM I did find this though: http://www.ozpolitics.info/blog/politics-test Here are my results.....
» 18/03/2007 11:35:42 AM The link didn't work......
» 18/03/2007 11:32:19 AM I think it's important to differentiate between scientists and artists. Most people in thi.....
» 18/03/2007 11:21:40 AM tao: Your base argument is disingenuous because you want to condemn any other ideology's w.....
» 18/03/2007 10:42:28 AM I think it's interesting that people harp on about pornography and prostitution. If we get.....
» 16/03/2007 10:37:56 PM tao: I'd say you are as cynical, dismissive and all-hating as me, whilst also claiming to .....
» 16/03/2007 9:14:34 PM /waits for Boaz to respond with a quote from the Bible. /waits for tao to parrot Marx. /wa.....
» 16/03/2007 4:34:44 PM What a weak, whiny society we have become. It may put a lot of noses out of joint, but may.....
» 16/03/2007 4:02:40 PM People get the governments they deserve. Clearly, if people didn't want corrupt politician.....
» 15/03/2007 2:51:11 PM "Historically, the Chinese have had no ambitions to enlarge their borders or put up p.....
» 15/03/2007 2:30:26 PM What the culture has become is seemingly everyone demanding as their right a handout from .....
» 15/03/2007 2:19:29 PM Socialism has helped the "working class" so well in...umm...umm...hang on, it wi.....
» 15/03/2007 2:04:54 PM JamesH: Of course, in theory, one should distinguish between the ideals of a political or .....
» 14/03/2007 4:47:23 PM Some people complain about a laissez faire approach to everything from the economy to adve.....
» 14/03/2007 3:29:18 PM I agree with the article. With so many quality candidates to choose from, it would be down.....
» 14/03/2007 2:26:58 PM At the risk of sounding trite, people get the governments they deserve. They also get the .....
» 14/03/2007 2:09:13 PM Didn't Nietzsche make an ironic observation about English socialists wanting to replace Go.....
» 21/09/2006 6:51:58 PM "You are a waste of time upstart Tao, no-one wants to listen to your dribble." .....
» 21/09/2006 3:18:22 PM Alan: Right on. Nahum: I can't help but notice the irony of picking Charlemagne as ".....
» 21/09/2006 2:37:43 PM What exactly is the point of people "signing on" to our values anyway? Surely no.....
» 21/09/2006 2:09:39 PM relda: I'm strongly opposed to a strong state of any kind, secular or theocratic. However,.....
» 21/09/2006 1:48:49 PM "Of course, many of us university students felt like clapping our hands when the Ayot.....
» 21/09/2006 1:39:07 PM "When will Australian mothers revolt against the refusal by education bureaucrats to .....
» 20/09/2006 1:42:35 PM Oliver: You're right. My question was somewhat rhetorical. stickman: I understand what yo.....
» 19/09/2006 10:36:17 PM Israel: 0 Hezbollah: 0 The Rest of the World: 0 Global Terrorism: 1 A Handful of Oligarchs.....
» 19/09/2006 10:03:00 PM I normally don't agree with tao on much, but you other two are a comedy act. Obviously, no.....
» 19/09/2006 9:35:23 PM tao: It's odd to say something outweighs the right to free speech and not mean censorship,.....
» 19/09/2006 8:56:32 PM Leigh: Oddly, I find myself in complete agreement with you for once......
» 18/09/2006 1:43:56 PM BOAZ_David: I don't think the J curve you mention will hurt the west. Sure, Islam is growi.....
» 18/09/2006 1:21:35 PM Oliver: I'm not familiar with Veblen, sorry. I just know that for western Europe, feudalis.....
» 18/09/2006 12:45:04 PM Cornflower: I think you're right on the mark, and it's one of many reasons why, when I hav.....
» 18/09/2006 11:44:22 AM It's ridiculous that the Pope should apologise, and I'm not even Catholic! Does anyone in .....
» 18/09/2006 11:26:25 AM Kevin: I guess we'll have to agree to disagree because I don't believe the internet will u.....
» 18/09/2006 11:11:32 AM Oliver: I mainly agree with you. Are you saying Germany went from a feudal society to adva.....
» 15/09/2006 8:40:39 AM Kevin: Gandhi, Buddha, Mohammed, Christ, Marx...pick your favourite prophet, but not one o.....
» 14/09/2006 9:00:04 PM "Soon there probably will be no such things as politicians - there will simply be on-.....
» 14/09/2006 8:42:34 PM "I didnít see fleurette calling for censorship, however nothing excuses the newspaper.....
» 14/09/2006 6:19:22 PM What about the costs of being a man? Although a lot of women talk of equality, just see ho.....
» 14/09/2006 5:54:55 PM The alchemist: I don't vote. I'm not even registered. Democracy is the tyranny of the mass.....
» 14/09/2006 5:40:17 PM fleurette: Perhaps the cartoons were making the point that right from its outset, under Mo.....
» 14/09/2006 5:09:00 PM WayneSmith: You're totally missing my point, which is that we don't know one way or the ot.....
» 14/09/2006 4:28:56 PM BOAZ: Did you read my comments on Nietzsche though? If you had, you would notice that a) N.....
» 13/09/2006 9:47:04 PM WayneSmith: There's a heap of conjecture and jumping to conclusions in your posts. Firstl.....
» 13/09/2006 5:26:24 PM Other avenues might differ, but I'm not sure the Dip. Ed. necessarily attracts people who .....
» 13/09/2006 4:46:02 PM An aside on Nietzsche and God... His thoughts on God were a lot more complex than most pe.....
» 13/09/2006 4:13:09 PM "If world war 3 breaks out and the line is drawn in the sand your true friends will b.....
» 13/09/2006 4:01:45 PM keith: This isn't a Monthy Python sketch is it? "What have the Romans ever done for u.....
» 13/09/2006 8:26:55 AM keith: Thanks for pointing out our non-Judeo-Christian heritage, which is, as you note, la.....
» 12/09/2006 8:23:22 AM Ludwig: If you looked at the population projections, you'd see that our population is actu.....
» 12/09/2006 8:09:19 AM "Correct me if Iím wrong, this is just off the top of my head, but hasnít Australia p.....
» 11/09/2006 10:15:51 PM "It is particularly instructive that we consider a zookeeper and a racing driver to b.....
» 11/09/2006 9:03:09 PM BOAZ: I don't put as much stock in the power of Islam as you do. All this notion of a clas.....
» 11/09/2006 8:46:05 PM "But does he have a point, or is this a good example of why the Anglican Communion ar.....
» 11/09/2006 8:38:00 PM I think it's inevitable that drug laws will change in this country. Besides, enough people.....
» 11/09/2006 8:21:33 PM What interests me is how history is going to regard our current period. I used to look bac.....
» 11/09/2006 7:45:42 PM Ludwig: Australia's population isn't growing rapidly though. At least two different source.....
» 7/09/2006 5:31:53 PM Wildcat: People everywhere? Could you be a bit more specific? I'm not saying there hasn't .....
» 7/09/2006 5:21:07 PM R0bert: What you're doing should be the way of the future. It makes a lot of sense. It see.....
» 6/09/2006 8:18:34 AM Ludwig: Australia's population isn't growing out of control. We have birth rates below sus.....
» 6/09/2006 7:59:58 AM "I found it really helpful when I was entering my own professional life in the early .....
» 5/09/2006 8:13:17 AM Ludwig: Whether people like it or not, we're not going to stop human population growth. Ev.....
» 4/09/2006 9:53:38 PM I honestly don't know how we are going to deal with this problem without massively re-desi.....
» 4/09/2006 9:30:40 PM I agree with most people to some degree. Let's not look through rose coloured glasses thou.....
» 4/09/2006 9:01:06 PM Elvis isn't dead......
» 1/09/2006 11:18:25 PM Sylvia: So you're saying the system is a bit of a charade? Have I interpreted you correctl.....
» 1/09/2006 8:41:38 AM Sylvia: Your argument was invalid as a defence for any form of democracy for the reasons I.....
» 1/09/2006 8:00:46 AM Ludwig: I see what you're saying, but I think it's two-sided. On the one hand, yes it's le.....
» 31/08/2006 7:54:30 PM trade: Speak for yourself! I am not an animal, I am a human being! Bruce: I agree with yo.....
» 31/08/2006 7:17:39 PM Sylvia: It's not an attempt at a strawman. It's a very important philsophical problem. If.....
» 31/08/2006 6:05:14 PM Liz: Interesting article, and I think I agree with you a lot (including acknowledging that.....
» 31/08/2006 5:24:04 PM matt: I think corrupt governments are a very big part of the problem, although there seems.....
» 31/08/2006 5:11:08 PM My understanding was that theoretically, petrol tax is supposed to go towards the roads (a.....
» 31/08/2006 4:57:35 PM Sylvia: It sounds like an argument for fascism. Just who out there in society is really ca.....
» 31/08/2006 4:47:18 PM Kalin: I disgaree. Maybe the system is fundamentally flawed and needs to be changed. Likew.....
» 30/08/2006 5:05:16 PM Chalottejade: Well, I'll try to offer an explanation from a libertarian perspective, thoug.....
» 30/08/2006 4:29:18 PM Ludwig: I think it's a matter of what one's objectives are from a political system. Direct.....
» 30/08/2006 3:58:04 PM Yuyutsu: You won't ride a bike because you don't want someone telling you to wear a helmet.....
» 30/08/2006 3:50:27 PM Ludwig: I agree with your last line, but I guess we just differ on everything else (althou.....
» 29/08/2006 6:03:53 PM Ludwig: It depends upon the parameters. If we changed human nature a whole lot of models c.....
» 29/08/2006 5:42:03 PM Ludwig: I'm not saying that non-urban areas are all rosy. Many aren't. There is the potent.....
» 29/08/2006 5:15:51 PM Ludwig: Well, I have major problems with a system of strong central governance because it .....
» 29/08/2006 4:48:42 PM Flemmo: One might well ask how it's possible to tell if anyone, anywhere is telling the tr.....
» 29/08/2006 4:43:34 PM alpha: I think that's a bit simplistic. The god of the Old Testament is/was a violent, hat.....
» 28/08/2006 5:15:56 PM Scout: I didn't say you did mention me with regard to the lowest common denominator (you w.....
» 28/08/2006 11:37:32 AM The big issue I have with democracy of any form (and it's why I don't vote) is that it's l.....
» 28/08/2006 11:23:13 AM Ludwig: I think the problem is actually democracy itself, which is a tyranny of the masses.....
» 28/08/2006 11:01:28 AM BOAZ: Just a couple of random points on what you've written. Yes, it's strange how stand .....
» 28/08/2006 10:05:12 AM Ludwig: I guess I have more faith in individuals and their abilities to regulate themselve.....
» 25/08/2006 8:32:50 AM I think you're probably right to an extent, though I'm not sure if it will be that extreme.....
» 24/08/2006 9:11:08 PM BOAZ: You go boy! I often disagree with you, and I don't come from the same religious pers.....
» 24/08/2006 5:33:53 PM Scout: With your elitist talk of lowest common denominator, you started the point scoring .....
» 24/08/2006 4:50:40 PM Ludwig: Well, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. Ideologically, I do think this.....
» 24/08/2006 7:47:58 AM bushbred: Again though, having some sort of equal regional representation (or worse, relat.....
» 23/08/2006 4:25:03 PM rorted: If they're independent of public scrutiny via ratings, yet they're getting public .....
» 23/08/2006 4:04:31 PM wobbles: I was talking about a world post-oil where alternative energy sources (eg. biodie.....
» 23/08/2006 3:46:43 PM Ludwig: I'm not so sure the government is best able to handle the problem, or even that it.....
» 22/08/2006 9:24:04 PM Scout: Firstly, I'm actually in favour of full privatisation, though I think you and I wil.....
» 22/08/2006 9:04:14 PM bushbred: Okay, so America has had dreams of empire of late (actually, it goes a lot furth.....
» 22/08/2006 9:41:18 AM Sage: You cynic! Notice I'm not disagreeing with you though. OP: Was Mark Latham really a.....
» 22/08/2006 9:24:06 AM Ludwig: You're probably right about requiring even increases in petrol prices to keep the .....
» 22/08/2006 9:02:50 AM Spider: My point about the ratings is that whilst most of the populace doesn't watch ABC o.....
» 21/08/2006 8:47:30 PM Increasing petrol prices are hurting me, like most other people, in the short term. Howeve.....
» 21/08/2006 8:26:32 PM bushbred: I know you think the U.N. is a fantastic organisation, whereas I see it as a cor.....
» 15/08/2006 5:41:12 PM billie: I'm not diagreeing with you entirely -- I do think this country needs to sort itse.....
» 14/08/2006 10:52:43 PM Frank: Despite often repeating what my point was, you insinuated that I wasn't making one;.....
» 14/08/2006 6:47:08 PM KimB: I'm not saying that we could continue to live our present lifestyles, but I think we.....
» 14/08/2006 6:24:03 PM FrankGol: You want data, yet when I provide data, you're not happy with it. Without being .....
» 13/08/2006 11:34:15 PM Firstly, people are worried about a post-peak oil civilisational collapse, or at least a s.....
» 10/08/2006 3:38:55 PM billie: Many of these problems are self-inflicted in this country. Firstly, great numbers.....
» 10/08/2006 11:10:22 AM kang: All well and good to consider giving up occupied land as a good thing. Under normal .....
» 10/08/2006 10:55:07 AM Religion certainly doesn't cause all wars, and it certainly isn't the source of all of man.....
» 10/08/2006 10:43:07 AM FrankGol: Any such discussion must turn to anecdotes because there is very little data. Wh.....
» 10/08/2006 9:57:08 AM billie: Hang on a second. I'm not sure where you're getting your figures about teachers wo.....
» 8/08/2006 12:04:27 AM The trouble with avoiding anecdotal evidence (and in my job I've been to dozens of schools.....
» 7/08/2006 11:31:47 PM FrankGol: Okay, you and your family know such things, but who in the general populace does.....
» 7/08/2006 10:37:22 PM In the words of Ace Ventura, "that's gotta hurt!".....
» 7/08/2006 10:39:13 AM Bazz: Of course! So what you're saying is that, in a twist on the old joke, it doesn't mat.....
» 7/08/2006 9:20:40 AM BOAZ_David: The thing I find hard to handle from you is not that you quote great slabs of .....
» 7/08/2006 12:00:11 AM FrankGol: So you would claim that the education system is effective at educating people? .....
» 6/08/2006 10:27:33 PM I'm actually a little stunned about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the education s.....
» 6/08/2006 9:59:53 PM gusi: I realise Europe has a higher population density than Australia, so land is in short.....
» 4/08/2006 11:36:35 AM David: Firstly, I think it's not just the right who are afraid of people asking too many q.....
» 3/08/2006 6:01:44 PM The proof of the pudding would be whether kids who receive this sort of approach to educat.....
» 3/08/2006 5:46:54 PM freddy: What's that mobility worth though if you're taxed into oblivion by the government .....
» 3/08/2006 5:07:51 PM I think in many ways, it's apples and oranges. Just from my own experiences of travelling,.....
» 3/08/2006 8:00:40 AM Kvasir: You raise an interesting point. For a while now, I've come to believe that within .....
» 1/08/2006 5:52:04 PM bushbred: You haven't addressed my points about why we really need a fourth level of gover.....
» 31/07/2006 7:18:04 PM Hasbeen: Only 7.5% tax? You're killing me here! I can only dream of such things. What I wa.....
» 31/07/2006 6:34:37 PM "If an elected US official messes with democratic principles or US folks heads - they.....
» 29/07/2006 2:26:12 PM bushbred: Yet to whom is the UN accountable? If it were to be representative by a country'.....
» 29/07/2006 1:50:00 PM TurnRightThenLeft: Sorry for not responding in the lass comment, but I was running out of .....
» 27/07/2006 7:47:44 PM ena: There's the middle class and there's the middle class. Tchnically, a family on a comb.....
» 27/07/2006 6:16:45 PM Sage: I'd accuse you of being a cynic, but then that would make me one too! The UN, like a.....
» 27/07/2006 5:58:35 PM Gekko: I think the whole point about Australian patriotism is that it allows the cultural .....
» 27/07/2006 5:30:10 PM "It would be nice if the motives of the meeting were such but they are not. it will b.....
» 26/07/2006 8:28:18 PM ena: I think you're defining things extremely narrowly. Firstly, the socio-economic backgr.....
» 26/07/2006 6:26:56 PM TurnRightThenLeft: You said, "These variety of choices aren't the biggies, but they d.....
» 25/07/2006 5:46:36 PM Faustino: Yikes! Who'd want to go against the orthodox view and suggest that Africa's woes.....
» 25/07/2006 5:20:37 PM The last paragraph of the article is ridiculous. It may certainly be true that obsessing o.....
» 25/07/2006 11:58:33 AM Carl: 99% of the time, O'Reilly, like most in the media, is either an idiot or self-servin.....
» 21/07/2006 11:41:09 AM I think this article may be quite relevant to the independent school sector where it may b.....
» 20/07/2006 4:24:06 PM Snout: I think you're spot on about helping women to help reduce world population growth, .....
» 20/07/2006 3:46:39 PM Look, the Democrats may be sellout ratbags on the edge of extinction, but that doesn't sto.....
» 13/07/2006 3:47:27 PM Ludwig: Europeans survived the Great Depression and they also survived World War 2 (and th.....
» 12/07/2006 8:36:24 AM Big Red: The worst countries for human rights and corruption are the ones with the stronge.....
» 11/07/2006 11:29:49 PM "When are we going to get any level of Government that is fair dinkum, fully accounta.....
» 11/07/2006 11:16:46 PM I think the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Will people have to be smarter, m.....
» 11/07/2006 6:09:18 PM Philo: Democracy is like two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner. Regardless, I.....
» 10/07/2006 11:08:34 PM Big Red: I think perhaps only 0.01% who are exceptional scientists, philosophers, composer.....
» 10/07/2006 10:26:10 AM redneck: I'm not saying that Christianity was a problem historically, I'm saying it's stil.....
» 9/07/2006 10:11:01 PM Keiran: I thought you brought up some very interesting points. In their day, Shakespeare a.....
» 9/07/2006 9:28:25 PM Melbuniartsstudent: I suggest you secretly tape one of these tutorials where you are ridic.....
» 9/07/2006 9:14:16 PM james: I'm saying it's a great deal more complicated than some morally righteous westerner.....
» 6/07/2006 8:38:37 PM kang: The Arab (and broader Muslim) world isn't going to do squat except go back to squabb.....
» 6/07/2006 6:50:05 PM Frankly, I'm appalled, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Everywhere I go now, I see.....
» 6/07/2006 5:51:37 PM hedgehog: Yours being such reasoned and measured responses. The great irony I find here i.....
» 5/07/2006 9:41:38 PM Elizabeth: How bloody sanctimonious. Firstly, people who want to fire a gun don't necessa.....
» 5/07/2006 8:47:15 PM "I know I would prefer to be in control of my future, rather than an anonymous union .....
» 4/07/2006 9:06:39 AM BOAZ: I understand (and even sympathise to a degree with) what you are saying. However, I'.....
» 3/07/2006 5:23:32 PM "The destructive forces threatening the planet are not difficult to identify. All des.....
» 3/07/2006 4:51:57 PM "I have long wondered what the terms left and right wing mean, other than lazy thinki.....
» 2/07/2006 1:27:06 PM I think the simplest question to ask here is, "if it's 'our' ABC, why do so few peopl.....
» 7/06/2006 1:11:33 PM coach: If you really believe that, then the only logical solution is an outright and all o.....
» 7/06/2006 11:16:06 AM Personally, I think the whole threat of militant Islam is completely unnecessary. I'm no f.....
» 4/06/2006 10:07:32 PM There are good and bad, hard working and lazy in every generation, although it's worth bea.....
» 4/06/2006 9:40:30 PM Strewth: Modern South Africa being a model of race relations and good government to this d.....
» 29/05/2006 12:31:19 PM tao: I don't know that the demonstrations necessarily change anything. I lived in London d.....
» 28/05/2006 8:44:10 PM I'm actually not convinced that big business' interests and the interests of the average p.....
» 26/05/2006 11:47:35 AM Horus: I think it's quite possible that as someone said (perhaps it was you? I haven't che.....
» 26/05/2006 11:36:56 AM I read that article you suggested, but I couldn't help thinking of the book "The Disp.....
» 26/05/2006 11:36:06 AM tao: If you can claim that a sort of corporate feudalism or outright slavery is the inevit.....
» 25/05/2006 9:58:10 PM Given the incredible contribution (in fact, it's downright amazing how much they are overa.....
» 24/05/2006 9:37:05 PM tao: Obviously we're not going to agree on much at all and we're going to run around in ci.....
» 24/05/2006 5:22:37 PM tao: I said barter was one of many forms it took. Money, gold, whatever, is just a conveni.....
» 23/05/2006 10:56:23 AM tao: I don't know what (if any) society's endpoint will be. Hopefully, I'd say simply capi.....
» 22/05/2006 9:23:37 PM "Things like fidelity, expected contributions (employment, housework, yardwork etc), .....
» 22/05/2006 9:05:02 PM Kenny: I think you've misunderstood me, but I think that's my fault for not elaborating. .....
» 22/05/2006 1:35:13 PM The Chinese and Indians must be laughing themselves silly at all this relativistic nonsens.....
» 22/05/2006 10:12:08 AM daggett: I'm no fan of Howard and the Liberal Party because they are politicians who want .....
» 22/05/2006 9:46:23 AM Not here. I don't even vote (as in I'm not even registered) because I don't believe in dem.....
» 21/05/2006 9:06:05 PM floatinglili: I suspect your experiences are actually relatively common. Unfortunately, ma.....
» 21/05/2006 8:45:08 PM DLC: I hope you'll notice the irony of someone telling you what form of English to speak (.....
» 17/05/2006 4:02:30 PM daggett: The free market doesn't necessarily imply the things you assign to it. What it do.....
» 17/05/2006 8:34:50 AM tao: Yeah, yeah, get rid of capitalism. Wake up and move into the twenty first century. I.....
» 16/05/2006 4:12:00 PM Whilst I certainly don't like the bureaucracy in this country, I am certainly not in suppo.....
» 16/05/2006 8:25:38 AM A lot of people forget (or ignore) that the company belongs to the boss (or bosses, includ.....
» 14/05/2006 5:34:47 PM Strewth: No, you missed my point in my second paragraph that the charges levelled against .....
» 14/05/2006 5:01:37 PM So can anyone really see a happy outcome from this problem? It seems to me that cutting ba.....
» 14/05/2006 4:59:29 PM RobbyH: A huge part of the problem I think is the preferential voting system. I also think.....
» 14/05/2006 4:52:20 PM It's all very well to talk about restricting the population or being protectionist of jobs.....
» 12/05/2006 10:10:28 AM I'm really ambivalent about the new I.R. laws. On the one hand, I think there will be some.....
» 12/05/2006 9:52:55 AM It just seems to me that cities like Sydney and Melbourne are far too big for their own go.....
» 12/05/2006 9:15:04 AM Strewth: I have no problems admitting my prejudices regarding the Jews and their neighbour.....
» 11/05/2006 8:35:16 AM Strewth: For their own strange reasons, Jews do feel an intense connection to Israel as th.....
» 11/05/2006 8:10:03 AM Arjay: I'm not sure that having snouts in the trough can ever be a good thing, though it m.....
» 10/05/2006 1:13:16 PM I think there's probably a basis for all sides to claim the land as their own. Obviously, .....
» 9/05/2006 11:12:09 PM onemack: That's a shame. I can understand where you're coming from, but maybe you just nee.....
» 9/05/2006 4:26:02 PM I dislike a lot of what has passed for culture and thought since the beginning of the twen.....
» 9/05/2006 3:54:38 PM RobbyH: These days I'm so disinfranchised with everything and everyone. I don't know who o.....
» 8/05/2006 11:29:45 AM Remco: I agree with you. The rural sector has a massive sense of entilement. They're more .....
» 8/05/2006 11:16:34 AM RobbyH: Personally, I don't think it's the lower class that gets shafted, it's the middle .....
» 8/05/2006 10:59:59 AM G.T.: Firstly, whilst I think I might know why you're still trying to debate this twit, I .....
» 4/05/2006 10:12:46 PM It's always great when some people play the man and not the ball, especially when they're .....
» 4/05/2006 3:36:42 PM As has already been pointed out, it's easy to be an opposition party (especially a minor o.....
» 4/05/2006 3:11:56 PM BIC: Yeah, it sounds lovely doesn't it, but your objections are pretty glaring oversights .....
» 3/05/2006 1:07:01 PM What's gone wrong in this country over the past few decades? It used to be that the averag.....
» 3/05/2006 12:37:51 PM Johnj: You seem familiar with the situation, but I suspect you're being wound up and/or hi.....
» 3/05/2006 12:03:31 AM Patty: I honestly wonder what benefit (other than providing free baby sitting) high school.....
» 2/05/2006 11:38:47 PM Pericles: In your hypothetical situation of a car accident, obviously, people make silly m.....
» 2/05/2006 11:13:41 PM Opinionated2: Maybe the systems are radically different here, but I worked in a government.....
» 2/05/2006 12:44:09 PM Opinionated2: You won't get an argument out of me about the Iraq War. I was living in Lond.....
» 1/05/2006 11:39:17 PM I agree that the reality is that school and university are both about getting the marks to.....
» 1/05/2006 11:17:56 PM Amoranthus: Again, it depends upon whether or not a Bill of Rights would actually be respe.....
» 1/05/2006 10:51:50 PM Johnj: I'm not arguing for quasi-government intervention either, which is what the IMF is......
» 1/05/2006 10:36:08 PM Pericles: Don't put words in my mouth, so to speak. I didn't mention anything about geneti.....
» 30/04/2006 11:45:57 PM Opinionated2: Who'd pay for it though? Australians are all for a socialised system so long.....
» 30/04/2006 10:23:42 PM Opinionated2: 1. & 2. Why should parents who put their kids into the private system have .....
» 30/04/2006 9:59:17 PM Johnj: I'm opposed to corporate welfare, rural welfare, etc. I'd also like to point out t.....
» 30/04/2006 9:40:28 PM sajo & Johnj: Again, no one is responsible for himself or herself? A friend of mine used .....
» 30/04/2006 9:24:38 PM sajo: Excuses, excuses. I'm a vegan. I'm very much a part of a fringe group, but I deal wi.....
» 28/04/2006 12:55:38 PM Sage: Well put. plerdsus: I agree almost entirely. The only concern I have is one mention.....
» 27/04/2006 10:20:29 PM I too wonder why people have children if they don't or won't raise them themselves. Anyho.....
» 27/04/2006 7:28:57 PM Johnj: I agree with what you're saying in theory, it's just that practically, I'm extremel.....
» 27/04/2006 7:15:45 PM Rainier: Theoretically, technology should make knowledge more accessible. Of course, back .....
» 27/04/2006 6:56:31 PM sajo: I'm not knocking you, and in fact I agree with you in many ways. All I'm saying is t.....
» 27/04/2006 10:36:02 AM sajo: I think it's true to an extent that it's hard to recognise being overweight for most.....
» 26/04/2006 5:00:47 PM Firstly, the idea by the author that Australia can't compete with American or European uni.....
» 26/04/2006 4:26:50 PM Otokonoko: Well, it depends really. The Bill of Rights in the U.S. (Amendments I - X to th.....
» 26/04/2006 4:04:21 PM "No one will force the issue, because we are now a society of, its not my responsibil.....
» 26/04/2006 3:30:41 PM GeorgeT: I dare say it has something to do with taking responsibility for one's actions/li.....

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