Lest We Also Forget

Lest we also forget the 1200 brave women from twelve nations, including combatant nations, who gathered at The Hague in April 1915 to consider how to stop the slaughter already well under way, though still to get much worse. Post-war they formed the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Their resolutions fed into the League of Nations and thence into the United Nations. Would that we had heeded the wisdom they distilled, in the face of derision, hostility and dismissal.

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[Don’t forget to migrate to the new website, where the above link will take you.]

BetterNature is moving!

Better Nature is moving! To BetterNatureBooks.net.au .

Logo(It will still be a Blog site too.) It’s time for a stand-alone website that enables more features. (It’s still a WordPress-based site, but not via the freebie wordpress.com.)

So please visit the new site.

Remember to change your bookmark to BetterNatureBooks.net.au .

And please remember to ‘Follow’ the new site, so you’ll be notified of new posts.

All prior content will remain on the old site for the time being, but new content will only be added to the new site (from 31 Oct 2018).

It’s possible that some links on the new site still point back to this site (you can tell by the different header picture). If you find any you could let me know at geoffd at netspeed dot com dot au. Or if there are any other glitches or feedback.

At some future time the content on the old site will be removed, and only the link to the new site will remain.

Interview: Renegade Economists (3CR)

I attended the New Economy Network Australia conference in Melbourne recently (19-21 Oct). There I met in person Karl Fitzgerald who does a spot call Renegade Economists on radio 3CR , and with whom I’d done an interview a few years ago. We didn’t manage an interview at the conference, but did one by phone a couple of days later.

I found NENA to be a very diverse group very engaged with each other. They even listened to my pitch about The Little Green Economics Book and bought copies. There are so many people and groups doing good things, my impression is that NENA is likely to spread rapidly and link us into a more powerful movement. It was just their third annual conference.

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Extending Human Lifespans

[Couldn’t get any takers for this. Too long, not newsworthy, and The Monthly doesn’t contemplate responses, being in the business of glitterary packaging of its generally substantive pieces.]

The feature article in the September issue of The Monthly, The Fountain of Youth by Ceridwen Dovey, describes Professor David Sinclair of Harvard and UNSW and his biotechnological research into ageing mechanisms and how they might be slowed, stopped or even reversed.

The topic raises profound issues, but unfortunately Dovey’s account is more paean than critical evaluation. There are multiple and diverse concerns, and they are aggravated by academic competitiveness, a not-uncommon technocratic narrowness, the power of global finance, and the potent interaction of those forces.

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Book launch reminder: Desperately Seeking the Fair Go

Reminder, launch of Desperately Seeking the Fair Go. For anyone in the ACT region.

We know how to make Australia a better place and it’s not that hard.

Thursday September 20th, 6 pm

RSVP
Paperchain bookstore, or phone 6295 6723

34 Franklin St Manuka ACT

This is an immensely positive book … a potential ignition point for the revolution we must have if our descendants are to survive the twenty first century” – Emeritus Prof Bob Douglas, AO

Once, Australia was a world leader, resilient, bold, socially progressive.

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The Far-Right ABC

[This was written ten days ago and I thought it was dead and gone. But lo, my reliable Independent Australia eventually got around to it. By the way it’s worth seeing the video of George Lakoff there, if you have 35 minutes to spare. He elaborates the ‘strict father’ and ‘nurturing parent’ world views that lie behind ‘conservative’ and ‘progressive’ attitudes.]

Steve Bannon

The ABC is pandering more and more flagrantly to the Far Right.

Monday 3rd of September was a good night for the Far Right on the ABC. There was a 45-minute exclusive platform for Steve Bannon, alt-Right champion and Trump booster,  in an interview on the Four Corners program. Later Q&A, which regularly includes at least one Far Right panel member, had three out of five, including – spare us – radio shock jock Alan Jones, as if he needs another megaphone.

This while the ABC is re-running a version of “It’s your ABC” featuring nostalgic clips of the Bananas in Pajamas and the lovely Noni of Playschool. Only it’s not our ABC any more. It has been the Liberal Party’s ABC for some time.

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