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Society of Friends

Truth about 666, the beast and the seal of beast

wow, i hope u meet some people that will be able to relate with you, on a good note, your topic really caught my attention, which i think many other people will also agree. so youl meet people with the same experiences  (Aug 6, 2007 | post #8)

Big Fish

The HAPPY and PEACEFUL forum...

no, it would be the total utopian forum. the introverts club, defends those who don't conform to the messages which drive the average mainstream audience into conforming with the normal inklings. The introverts, find their own societies, create their own worlds. really it just about defending those who wish not to conform.  (Aug 6, 2007 | post #66)

Big Fish

The HAPPY and PEACEFUL forum...

Sure! join! and then we shall take over the world  (Aug 6, 2007 | post #65)

Adolescents and Pre-Teens

Teenagers who have OC syndrome!

What is it with young teenagers today and this new phenomenom to be like a teenagers from the OC. The tv show has inspired a sort of bratt demenour. what have we created? Has anyone else experienced this sort of behaviour from their teenage children, insiting on having the latest mobile every 6 months, wear designer clothes to school, talk really princess like.... there are so many other things that i can't think of. Stephen Geagea President Australian / American Social Introvert Club. Asic  (Aug 5, 2007 | post #1)

Big Fish

The HAPPY and PEACEFUL forum...

Are you like....like...lik e..trying to be an OC - wannabe? like...i totally think you're contrabuttions are like totally intellectual....li ke...like...who the hell cares about "your life" like, wow you really sound like a little princess....like.. ..like...wow, you really sound like you have such a great life...like...like ...i really wish i was like you like...like...lie. ... no seriously i wanna ...like...thank you right now cause you just inspired me to come-up with another post.  (Aug 5, 2007 | post #62)

Big Fish

The HAPPY and PEACEFUL forum...

Sure! i am trying to start an introvert club, uniting all the social introverts togther " ...And then we can take over the world..." JOIN THE SOCIAL INTROVERT CLUB  (Aug 5, 2007 | post #61)

Australia

Racism in Australia

Federal and New South Wales state politicians have been claiming that the request by BDO organisers is an over-reaction and that the issue is simply one of law and order. Kick out the thugs, not the flag. After the Cronulla riots John Howard made a distinction between the thugs at Cronulla and “real” Australians. In a similar vein, NSW premier Morris Iemma claimed that the BDO organisers needed to target the thugs and not stop other concert-goers from showing their pride in Australia. Acts of violence which use our flag as their emblem may not be common, but they are certainly designed to send a message to non-Anglo groups in our community about who belongs and who doesn’t. It’s a message which determines who gets to feel safe and who lives with fear. A set of waves approached and the group of surfers dispersed. While I was disgusted at some of the comments made, I was also stoked at the healthy form of the debate. I couldn’t help thinking that the young surfers were being true to the flag at that moment, using it to enact a form of democracy. By simply framing the issues of Cronulla and the BDO as issues of law and order our politicians have once again missed the point. They have failed to listen to Australian youth’s concerns about a deeper set of social, political, and cultural problems that are besetting them at this time - questions of globalisation, transnational terrorism, deregulation of industries, and multiculturalism. The organisers of the BDO are doing better than the politicians. They have responded to concerns from their patrons’ real concerns about safety stemming from last year. The organisers also paid attention to Australian youth’s concerns about Aboriginal rights, and changed the date so as not to offend Indigenous Australians sadness at the fact that Australia Day also implicitly commemorates their colonisation. Perhaps, rather than trying to score cheap political points by having a go at the BDO organisers and their patrons, Australia’s politicians could use Australia Day to try listening to them.  (Aug 1, 2007 | post #1508)

Australia

Racism in Australia

Waves went by unridden as the argument continued into a discussion of what the Australian flag represents. The pro flag-waver said that the flag symbolised mateship and a fair go for all. He added that when he took part in the riot last year all he’d been trying to get across was the issue of “respect” for the “Australian way of life”. He saw the attacks on anyone who appeared to be of Middle-Eastern descent as an endorsement of John Howard’s view that we needed to protect Australia from the “threats” of multiculturalism, immigration and the global war on terror. The other bloke disagreed angrily, and said he hated such localism. In surfing culture "localism " is the process of dominating your territory. Localism is about imposing your own cultural laws on others. It’s not just about making sure you and your mates get the best waves – it’s about protecting “your” beach and “your” women from “outsiders”. To avoid violent confrontations local surfers claim that if you give respect you will get it. But any surfer knows that’s not really true. The respect is one way because the local way is considered the authentic or authoritative way to do things. Other ways are not really respected, they’re only tolerated. Political philosopher Preston King argues that: “There is something intolerable about the concept of tolerance and that if we concede a power to tolerate we logically concede the power to be intolerant.” Localism’s version of respect sets locals up as legislators and guardians of their own laws, and perpetuates a very narrow sense of how things can be done. One of the youths said he would never kiss the flag, he didn’t agree with John Howard’s policies on Aboriginal rights and refugees. The other surfer screwed up his face and called him unAustralian. He threatened to punch him if he ever rubbished the flag again. Cultural Studies researcher Adam Gall from the University of Sydney explains that flag waving is a test of loyalty. By waving a flag at another the flag-waver demands “proof” of unquestioning loyalty to what they think the nation is and “Australian values”. If a person “respects” the flag they get to move about freely and safely. But if a person feels negative about aspects of the Australian state and does not respond as they are supposed to, the flag-waver finds their “proof” that they are unAustralian and disrespectful.  (Aug 1, 2007 | post #1507)

Australia

Racism in Australia

I was out at Cronulla, Sydney. While waiting for a wave I overheard some young surfers talking. At first the discussion was friendly, but then it got ugly. One of the youths began yelling at the other. They were arguing over whether or not they should wear a T-shirt painted with the Aussie flag on Australia Day. One of the youths claimed his mate was being unAustralian and politically correct, like the organisers of the Big Day Out. The organisers of this rock festival have asked patrons to leave their flags at home. They are concerned by what happened at last year’s event, which came only weeks after the Cronulla riots in 2005. One of the surfers said he had gone to the Sydney BDO in 2006, and encountered nationalistic overtones. People he saw were wearing shirts and temporary tattoos saying “Aussie Pride”. One poor bloke was viciously assaulted because he refused to kiss a flag carried by a pack of drunk thugs. The other surfer laughed.  (Aug 1, 2007 | post #1506)

Australia

injustice for investors

Compensating victims 7.8 Criminal fines are channelled to the State’s general consolidated revenue. The rationale for this arrangement is that society at large is the ultimate victim of corporate crime, and hence, the State the appropriate beneficiary.12 As such, it may be argued that the monetary fine does little to alleviate the financial harm caused to victims of corporate crime. On the other hand, the equity fine is intended to go to a fund to provide compensation to victims.13 The satisfaction of the ancillary sentencing goal of compensating the victim constitutes an advantage of equity fines over cash penalties. 7.9 Additionally, equity fines are capable of ensuring that the punishment fits the crime through specific targeting of compensation. Although penalty shares would typically go to a specially established victim compensation fund, it has been suggested that, in appropriate cases, share interests could go to other bodies designated by statute as alternative beneficiaries. For example, depending on the nature of the offence, shares could be issued to a suitable consumer protection organisation, or environmental organisation. Of course, this benefit is not dependent on the fine being levied in shares – the proceeds of a monetary fine could easily be distributed in the same way. However, by establishing a specific fund for victims of crime, it is more likely that the bulk of the penalty exacted will actually go towards the restitution of victims, rather than the State’s general consolidated revenue. 7.10 There are however, several potential problems with the diversion of penalty shares to bodies other than a State-administered fund. First, it is possible that the channelling of fines to worthy causes may detract from the punitive nature of the penalty. Secondly, if worthy causes are the beneficiaries of penalties, courts might lessen the amount payable on the ground that the defendant’s culpability is somehow ameliorated by this “good deed”.14 have investors ever been able to get their money back on bad investors asic takes companies into recievership and liquidates them, yet when do they ever repay the investors never yet they sell of millions of assests. how does asic justify this does it ever recieve media attention can it be legal to sell assets to a company when the legal suit has not even made a verdict as to guilty or not guilty?  (Aug 1, 2007 | post #1)

Australia

Australia still suspects Indian doctor

the australian government needs to justify it's actions against cancelling his visa, the evidence in yesterdays press release was apparantly acording to the AbC nothing new. with all the mediocracy in this state which saturates our newspapers how can we believe in anything we see on the news these days, Australias stance on terror, is nothing but a huge excuse to excercise it's power to exhaust more taxes on average citizens so that they pay more taxes. !!!!! what a joke  (Aug 1, 2007 | post #1)

US News

Fight over kids health program heats up

i agree Stephen Geagea ASIC Australian Social inner Health club making the private public  (Jul 31, 2007 | post #2)

US News

Supreme Court Chief Taken to Hospital

does anyone seriously have any pity for the supreme court judges at all? Stephen Geagea ASIC Australian Social Innerhealth Club  (Jul 31, 2007 | post #69)

Psychology

Why is Michael Jackson weird?

wow i never knew jacko was a church of johavah. Stephen Geagea ASIC Australian Social Inner-health Club  (Jul 31, 2007 | post #441)

Psychology

Psychologists to review stance on gays

i don't understand, the sooner we accept that gay people don't have a predisposition to sexual agenda passed through conditional environment, the sooner we can recognise them as equall citizens, Stephen Geagea  (Jul 31, 2007 | post #1001)