June 7th 2008

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EDITORIAL: Will money solve the problems of indigenous Australians?

COVER STORY: UK green light for creation of human-animal hybrids

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Rudd Labor Government wobbles for the first time

OVERSEAS TRADE: US farm bill buries talk of free trade in agriculture

TRADE PRACTICES ACT: Will Liberals back Labor or small business?

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Has financial deregulation finally been discredited?

VICTORIA: Vic. court hands gambling decision back to council

CENSORSHIP: Student union bans pro-life activities

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Post-abortive women: from silence to lawsuits

CULTURE: Our topsy-turvy world: on kangaroo culls and child porn

CHILDHOOD: Are violent video games harmless entertainment?

HUMAN RIGHTS: The Olympics and China's organ-harvesting shame

OPINION: Democracy in disconnect: joining the dots

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Urban environments to human scale / War on the family / How we lost the Cold War

Chickens coming home to roost (letter)

Obligation to tackle global warming (letter)

Farmers and carbon tax (letter)

Railway opportunities beckon (letter)


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Urban environments to human scale

Until recently, European architects have either connived at the evisceration of our cities or actively promoted it. Relying on the spurious rhetoric of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, they endorsed the totalitarian projects of the political elite, whose goal after the war was not to restore the cities but to clear away the "slums".

By "slums," they meant the harmonious classical streets of affordable houses, seeded with local industries, corner shops, schools, and places of worship, that had made it possible for real communities to flourish in the center of our towns....

Modernist buildings are health catastrophes: sealed environments, dependent on a constant input of energy, and subject to the "sick-building syndrome" that arises when nobody can open a window or let in a breath of fresh air.

Moreover, such buildings use no architectural vocabulary, so that one cannot "read" them as one does classical buildings. The passerby experiences this as a kind of rudeness. Modernist buildings exclude dialogue, and the void that they create around themselves is not a public space but a desertification.

— from Roger Scruton, "Cities for living", City Journal (New York), Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2008.

URL: www.city-journal.org


War on the family

Procreation is killing the planet, and traditional religion is to blame, global-warming cultists insist....

In a commentary in the April 21 edition of USA Today ("Might our religion be killing us?"), Oliver "Buzz" Thomas quotes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — a tool of the global village idiots at the United Nations — to the effect that global warming, caused by CO2 emissions, will lead to "drought, starvation and species extinction".

The culprits are religions that oppose birth control and abortion and instruct us regarding fructification and multiplication. Thomas even names names: "Now, consider the Roman Catholic Church's continued opposition to modern birth control or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' (i.e., Mormons) encouragement of large families.... Many Orthodox Jews and some Muslims also eschew birth control."

Only "some Muslims"? Bet Planned Parenthood isn't doing a land-office business in Mecca.

These benighted faiths are literally drowning us in kids, causing CO2-levels to rise, the hole in the ozone-layer to grow, and polar bears to float away on break-away chunks of the rapidly shrinking Arctic ice cap.

But, what can you expect from churches mired in a literal reading of Scriptures? Thomas asks. "I recognise that religious organisations tend to be conservative institutions. Their continued opposition to equal rights for women and gays is a good example."

By failing to ordain women and opposing abortion and homosexual marriage, conservative denominations prove their resistance to progress and human rights, Buzz sneers....

Global warming is the left's perfect storm — a force to demolish faith, family and freedom. There's no area of our lives that can't be invaded — taxed, controlled, regulated or obliterated — in the name of serving and protecting the planet.

In particular, the left cringes at the thought of Catholics, evangelicals, Orthodox Jews and Mormons having lots of children — passing their misogynistic, homophobic, species-centric, suicidally archaic worldview to the next generation.

— from Don Feder, "Global warming — Left's latest excuse for the war on the family", Cold Steel Caucus Report (US), May 9, 2008.

URL: www.donfeder.com/articles/0805%20GloWarmAntiFam.htm


How we lost the Cold War

"Crypto-Marxism" — crypto meaning "hidden" — is a useful word to describe what's happened in the last 20 years. Because as soon as the Soviet Union crumbled, a host of barely disguised post-Marxist ideologies grabbed the microphones: the Green Movement, now furiously peddling global warming fraud; ... the unbelievably corrupt, bigoted and self-serving United Nations; and all over the academic world, an explosion of anti-Western and anti-democratic fads like Post-Modernism, Multi-Culturalism, Deconstructionism, Feminism, anti-Zionism, Black Liberation Theology and other repackaged Marx imitations. It was a triumph of image-making and marketing.

Today, crypto-Marxism dominates our political discourse. It's wild — just as if Nazi goose-stepping had became a popular sport after World War II, instead of the hula-hoop. The Nazis were horrific in their 13 years in power. The Marxists had seventy years in the Soviet Union, and managed to kill 100 million people according to Marxist historians themselves. But here we are, twenty years later, and all that is deliberately wiped from our minds....

Today the New York Times makes a boutique specialty out of writing loving obits for flaming Old Reds, when they finally sputter out and die.... The crumbling of the Soviet Empire simply made it possible for the Left to walk away from Darth Vader and the Evil Empire. Soviet Union? Never heard of it.

As Rush Limbaugh often says, conservatives stopped teaching when the Soviet Union fell. Marxists, on the other hand, just accelerated their propaganda. Privately they mourned the "idealistic" experiment of the Soviet Union — never confessing their own, whole-hearted participation in unrelenting evil.

Note to conservatives: You don't win a war until the histories are written.

Roll up your sleeves and go to it. There's work to do.

— from James Lewis, "How crypto-Marxism won the Cold War", American Thinker, May 23, 2008.

URL: www.americanthinker.com/2008/05/how_cryptomarxism_won_the_cold.html

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