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Australia: Second Highest Medicated People

Some surprising statistics were released late in 2019, before COVID-19 took hold. They revealed that Australians are the second highest medicated people for anxiety in the world. Australia has a lot going for it as a society, compared to other countries, so you have to wonder why this is the case. Is it down to the individual Australian psyche? Or does it have to do with the institutional structures we find ourselves in?

2020 Eureka Australia Medal

About 2,000 people every year receive Queen’s Birthday and Invasion Day honours, awarded by a private organisation. They comprise a hierarchy of gongs! At the top you have the Companion of the Order of Australia medal. Tony Abbott, no less, received this honour last week. This is the man who tried to privatise Medicare. You also have philanthropists in the mix, those tax-evading individuals granting charity to the 'deserving poor', along with has-been's and media celebrities.

Republican Platform: No change

The most interesting part of this is that the Trump campaign had tried to move to a simpler, more streamlined platform, which is something I'm broadly in favor of for the Democratic Party.

"Party officials and senior Trump campaign aides had previously discussed ways to pare down the 58-page document to a single note card or abbreviated list of principles, but the effort broke down after several conservative groups registered complaints with the White House....

Meeting on Morrison's Terms

Yesterday the Australian Scott Morrison said that those attended the Black Lives Matter protests should be charged.

"Mr Morrison has previously urged Australians not to attend the mass protests against Indigenous incarceration rates and deaths in custody, citing the risk of COVID-19."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-11/black-lives-matter-protests-morri...

Breakdown of the Racial Divide

What we are witnessing in the USA is a classical uprising that has crossed ethnic, social and cultural barriers. Ever increasing numbers of people have gotten out onto the streets and it hasn’t taken long for many Australians to realise that the situation in the USA is not just specific to that country but applicable here as well.

Mabo Day 2020

MABO DAY - Wednesday 3rd June - 28th Anniversary

There is no such entity as 'The Collective'

The noun "collective” is shorthand for "worker collective” and specifically refers to a group of workers who run a cooperative business* together without hierarchy. Such entities may also be referred to as "anarchal coops” in order to distinguish them from hierarchal coops. Collectivism is when such entities form the backbone (although not necessarily the entirety) of a gift economy, within the wider anarchist economy.

[This is using the term "business” in the loosest possible sense, given anarchal coops are inherently non-profit making.]

Impelled to Have Contracts

Here's the list of things that most people in the West are more or less of impelled to have contracts for, just in order to lead a normal life. Haven't included anything that can easily be eschewed without inviting unnecessary risk, inconvenience, or hardship:

Banking
Debit/credit card
Electricity
Home contents insurance
Cell phone
Internet

I am subscribed to 9 such contractual arrangements, covering all 6 of those categories (multiple banking ones).

The Ethical Eating Of Sentient Life. Is It Possible?

For the following questions, I am using the phrase "sentient-free diet" to mean food intake that is not based on the premature killing of living animals. By "sentient" I mean the etymologically correct term, capable of feeling (capable of thinking is sapience). Such a diet can include vegetarians, vegans, and even people who eat carrion.

What are the best ethical reason *against* a sentient-free diet or similar? For example, the argument eating grains is worse as industrial grain productions cause the violent deaths of lots of little rodents.

Any Sufficiently Advanced Neglect is Indistinguishable from Malice

"We alerted the world on January the 5th. Systems around the world, including the U.S., began to activate their incident management systems on January the 6th."
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/15/835179442/we-alerte...

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