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A Brief History of the Middle East

Foreword. I started out to write a brief history. I failed. It turned into a lengthy document which is still only a superficial history. I hope you can persevere and come to the end of the post with a better understanding of the web that is the Middle East. I should also acknowledge vox.com. Some […]

Drought Relief

What we in the city don’t know about the drought

Morality and Perspective

This may sound like an esoteric subject but bear with me. I would like to start with a question. Is it morally OK to deceive people for your own advantage? Your initial response is probably to say “No”. To deceive someone for your own advantage is not morally justifiable. Keep that thought in mind. I […]

Wadda’ yu want

What do we want from our politicians? What forces drive them. Which of those do we want to be dominant?

The Big Issue

Roll the roulette wheel! The time has come again to elect the government. Red or black? Place your chips and gamble away your future. What is important? “The economy.” shouts one side. “Health and education.” say the other. Who to believe? I have a problem. Nobody has mentioned what is important to me. I will […]

Media. What you need or what you want

Mick Jagger and I have a disagreement. He said: “You can’t always get what you want but you get what you need.” I say: “You can’t always get what you need but you get what you want.” I am talking about news and information. Do we get the facts we need or do we get […]

Fighting the wrong fight

I had an experience a few months back that got me thinking. Imagine this. American doctor. Plastic surgeon from down south. Strongly believes in God but not in man made climate change. Says we are being arrogant if we believe we can change God’s will regarding the climate. It seems climate change can not exist […]

Anglicans not radical enough

For those of you who do not live in Sydney, we have had a letter signed by the heads of 34 Anglican schools and published as an open letter in newspapers. It all relates to anti-discrimination laws being proposed. Current laws allow discrimination against LGBTI students and staff. The new laws would remove that discrimination. […]

Rating the modern world

One of the most sophisticated civilisations of the 1500’s, the Incas, managed to survive with only three rules.  “Ama Sua. Ama Llulla. Ama Quella” : Don’t lie Don’t steal Don’t be lazy In other cultures, the Christian religions came up with the ten commandments. There were expressed in two subsets. One subset is about how to live […]

Over budget and over time

It seems the standard summary of every government infrastructure project. is “Over time and over budget”. How can they get it so wrong we ask? Well, this is an area I know about. Years of being a project manager have taught me a few things about budget creep and missed deadlines. To explain it I […]