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U.S. military industries in Australia

Raytheon and Australia - Raytheon Kills

RaytheonRaytheon with its current merger with United Technologies becomes the 2nd biggest arms manufacturer globally - and is the biggest in Australia. Their influence - like that of other military-industrials - is increased by the "revolving door" of generals and government bureaucrats into and out of their doors.

New US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper was recently and for 7 years a chief lobbyist for Raytheon. In 2018 alone, 645 senior government officials went to work at arms dealers.

This isn't new to Trump's US - it goes back decades and happens in Australia too (think Chris Pyne). When your only customers are governments, influence-peddling is critical. This is why excuses for the Yemen war slaughter like Raytheon's "we're only following government policy" don't wash - they shape policy all the time. And always in favor of preparing for and of going to war - it's good business.

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Capitalism And Collectibles

by Lyn Longo

5/8/19

I have three grand children; 7, 6 and 3. My purse and I have suffered significantly from the skillfully crafted stimulation of the “Collector Gene.”

First was the “Beanie Boo” passion. These large doe eyed soft toys come in hundreds of forms, all with appealing names, bright colours, representing popular animals and oh so collectable. Manufacturers cleverly release a few new designs at a time and “retire” popular older ones making them scarce and valuable. It is astounding how much the adults will pay to ensure their indulged offspring has the artificially created rare toy.

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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Shirley Winton

Climate Crisis and U.S. Wars - Stop Australia's Involvement!

21 September, 2019.

Shirley Winton

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network – Victoria & Spirit of Eureka - Victoria

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network welcomes you all today to this rally on the International Day of Peace.

We acknowledge that we’re on the stolen lands of the First Nations people, the Wurundjeri people who have never ceded their sovereignty.  We pay our respects to First Nations People’s elders, past, present and emerging, and their culture.   We support the struggles for self-determination and sovereignty.

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Sustainability and Capitalism Cannot Coexist

What is the logic behind this statement?

Capitalism is an economic system whose sole basis for existence is to make a profit for those who invest in the process of production. Goods are produced and sold to purchasers who either require those products or have been convinced that they should have them. They are sold at such a price that will return a profit to the producer. If these goods were to be sold at less than the cost of production, the manufacturer would no longer continue to produce these products. Capitalism is not a social service. In order to make products, materials are required as inputs. The materials ultimately come from nature.

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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Daniel Myszka

Speech for the International Day of Peace

21 September

Daniel Myszka

A worker

Greetings, friends and comrades. Thank you all for joining me here today. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and to pay respect to its elders, both past and present.

As I’m sure you are all aware, today is the International Day of Peace as sanctioned by the United Nations. It is a day in which the peoples of all nations come together in the celebration of peace and the rejection of war and conflict. However, sadly, today is far from a peaceful day, as countless conflicts continue to rage on around the world right now as we speak.

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