A lot of what Campbell Newman is up to reminds me of how despots rise to power. Hitler didn't seize office at the point of a gun, he was duly elected. I know everybody uses Hitler. I've swapped the words "The Nazis" for "The Party". I've got reams on this, but I'll spare you the rest. Here's what I've tweeted: - Tweeting edited excerpts from "Hitler’s Successful Rise to Power and its Effects on the German Judiciary" By Adrienne Yerdon. "By understanding & contorting law Hitler achieved political control &.. reorganized the German judiciary, all under a blanket of legitimacy" "Party sought passage of.. the Enabling Acts, empowering the government to dispense constitution for 4 years while issuing laws, unchecked" "The Party confronted a divided, politically weakened... legal profession with no means to disagree" Easy for regulation and reformation" "Duty was now defined as being a servant to the State. A series of Letters began in circulation. Their purpose was to instruct jurists... " Point made? Especially with today's news: "Judge Adjourns Bikie Hearing Over Concern At Campbell Newman Remarks" When Magistrates suspend legal proceedings because of direct interference from a State Premier, Queensland has veered far too close to becoming a police state. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/30/judge-adjourns-newman-bikie-commentsl
Anne Kirkbride, the actress who plays Deirdre Barlow is a confirmed smoker, and does not apologise for continuing the habit, despite having had cancer. Fine, that is her choice, but why does Coronation Street show her smoking during her scenes? It merely confirms to me that tobacco money funds TV and movies.
Hillary Clinton sounded positively hurt. How could those Libyan rebels have turned on the US like that? I mean, the rebels in Star Wars were the good guys, right? Is there anyone in the US political system who knows about how the world ACTUALLY works East of, say, Maine?
Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his address to the UN via video link is thought-provoking and revealing. There's no doubt in my mind that the US wants him locked up not through any desire to impart justice, but just to take him off the world stage, effectively silencing him, as Bradley Manning has been silenced (note that Assange's mention of the imprisoned American soldier is the only one in recent months). The US has no problem breaking, bending, re-interpreting or even ignoring the rule of law whenever it likes, either at home OR overseas. The only reason Assange is still alive is that any hit on him would unavoidably be tied to the US, and therefore Obama personally.Assange Talks Turkey. And Armenia, Ecuador, Sierra Leone, etc...