access to safe water, basic sanitation and health care and three meals a day
Funnily enough those are inextricably linked to climate change, in the grand scheme of things.
I prefer "NGOs" or "non-profit organisations" or suchlike that have a broader feel to them, and less of the begging, forelock tugging, volunteerism about them.
I'm waiting for the day world leaders decide to disarm completely and turn all their armies into peace corps which are sent around the world (armed with the latest technology of course) to combat drought, poverty, housing shortages, and easily solved medical problems starting in the countries most affected.
Some say I'm a dreamer or a
old hippies perhaps burnt out on one too many acid trips.
Although I only had one proper acid trip and that was courtesy of The Bear.
Philosphers have egos, too- some of considerable dimension, some in another dimension entirely. ;)
Blame Jesus for that.
So the Nats are tinkering with Alternative Education. Wonder if their ranks just see red when that word appears anywhere near their field of influence.
Hence his argument for philosopher kings, which seems like a jolly good argument to me!
The argument may be good, but those philosopher kings seem a bit scarce at the moment.
And they would probably be banned from public office 'cause sitting on your arse wondering about the state of the world is bound to offend someone.
Especially Lawyers, accountants and everyone doing a degree hoping to land a cushy career in the public service 'cause they are supposed to be the only ones qualified enough to understand all that complex stuff needed to run govts etc.
if you showed me a Spanish sitcom, or some Japanese current affairs, or an Israeli crime drama, I wouldn't have the faintest idea what was going on.
But you'd be able to tell it was a "sitcom" or "current affairs" or "crime drama" (usually they have guns)
But if you show me some guys playing sport, even if the commentation is in foreign and I don't know the rules, I can probably follow 60%
That'd be because multi-linguistic abilities aren't required and the plot is simple.
So The Idiot Boy who Flew.
Are you by any chance referring to Thomas Aquinas?
Six o'clock closing was daft but there was only a few drunks visible staggering home after 6. Some would be carrying bowling bags with a couple of half gallon jars of draght beer to tide them over.
Lucky there were a lot less cars on the road back then 'cause of lot of drinkers got in their cars and drove home.
It was friday night and Dad would arrive home drunk expecting his tea on the table which he would eat in a grumpy drunk silence then sit in HIS chair and fall asleep. We stayed out of his way on that night.
Im sure his behaviour would dull my mothers heart just a little bit more every week as this routine continued.
I was glad when 6 o'clock closing was consigned to history.
I didnt realise Rick Ellis sees himself as some kind of telexecutive Froddo Baggins.
We are on a "journey" toward the "digital television experience".
or something like that he kind of enthused last night.
Jeez Rick turn it up mate that kind of corporatespeak may work when in the corridors of power but, you know, on the tele it just makes you look like a cock.
And "at the end of the day" ? (A pet hate)
So no further discussion is necessary the Oracle has spoken.
That CEO of Orcon seems like a decent bloke tho'
nothing can mask the seething resentment that remains skin-deep among the public against beneficiaries.
Somehow I dont think this is any kind of unique phenomenon.
Nothing can mask the seething resentment that remains skin-deep among the citizens against the indigenous.
or (think back in time, or different countries)
among the whites against the blacks.
or the healthy against the sick.
or men against women.
or Palestinians against the Israelis, and visaversa
or the Afghans against the English, Russians, Americans.
I could go on for a while, suffice to say.
The problems as always is in our own minds.
There is a way to address this but it will never been taken up 'cause it involves conscious effort, and going against our inherited and possibly genetic makeup and thinking before speaking.
And as the popular alternative blame or direct enmity toward someone else is so much easier.
I dont see much changing anytime soon.
Because that's what democracy is all about, right?
That, and when you get a chance to get yer grubby mitts on the levers of gummint, yer twiddle them to suit youse own pocket (and those of yer cohorts).
And hopefully create a larger underclass, thus creating a bigger target which makes it much easier to hit something when youse reflexively swing yer clodhoppers.
But what can I say, I 'm a pusher:
or entertainment reporter.
We've replaced war with a sport as a way for young men (cos it's always been about men) to prove themslves under pressure
Could be, or do young men like to put themselves under pressure?
That said, I think its an artificial pressure and has no relevance in day to day life.
Unless you plan on going to war at least once in every generation.
Whereas we used to lionize millitary leaders we now worship pop stars and pop sportsmen.
Whereas we should just appreciate their abilities in whatever chosen field of sporting endeavour they choose. But it doesnt make them a cut above the rest of humanity or a role model.
Sport is an entertainment and that to my mind is all.