23 May 2009

Quietly Reading

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One of the great pleasures in my life is sitting quietly with book of my own choosing, without any interruptions, and without feeling that I should be doing something else.

In a busy life, reading can sometime give rise to feelings of guilt. When I worked in the media, part of my job was to read through the newspapers for particular snippets of information. If someone came into the office while I was doing so, did they think I was being lazy or that I did not have enough to do?

22 May 2009

News Media for Peace

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Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and into our own, the news media has often been a propaganda tool for vested interests. I have worked in the news media myself, so I am aware of the social and educational backgrounds of mainstream editors, their social networks, and their links with politicians and political ideologies.

It comes as no surprise to me that the media, in general, ignores the predictions of pundits they do not already know. Journalists like to have a file of "useful" contacts. Unknown people are only useful, usually, in "human interest" stories involving something unusual, terrible or amusing.

18 May 2009

Via's Budget Reply

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Mr Swan, the Australian Government's treasurer, has recently told us how much treasure is available to serve the needs of the Australian public and their needy neighbours for at least the next twelve months. The amount of treasure, Mr Swan says, has dwindled over the last year mainly because people in other countries are not buying as many bits of Australia that have been dug out of the ground here.

15 May 2009

The Basics and Brilliant Chips

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A familiar tune by George Gershwin with new lyrics by Via:

Summertime... and on credit it's easy.
Wish for something,
And your debt goes sky high.

(With apologies to everyone who loves Porgy and Bess)

08 May 2009

Living Quietly, Deeply, Simply

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The art of being a social entrepreneur is to achieve as much as possible, for people and the planet, for as little cost to yourself, others and the environment. There is no need for expensive advertising campaigns, complicated bureaucratic structures or manipulative marketing strategies. All that is required these days is the ability to lead by example, communicate courteously through the Internet, and have something important to say.

07 May 2009

Peacefully unco-operative

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I often wonder why people use the word "fight" when referring to crime, disease and injustice. Would it not be better to think in terms of being peacefully unco-operative?