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09 March 2018


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Philip Fitzpatrick

Marx referred to the peasants as lumpen proletariat and discounted them entirely as irrelevant to anything. They are, in fact, the cannon fodder that revolutionary movements use. And, as you say, his big mistake was not recognising the power of the middle class. 80% of PNG is made up of lumpen proletariat. Most of the middle class in PNG unfortunately don't give a shit about what's going on.

Bernard Corden

Here is a link to an interesting article entitled 'Colonising the Western Mind' by Jason Hirthler at Counterpunch:

Garry Roche

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) website has interesting information on “induced earthquakes”.

It is acknowledged that mining activity in the state of Oklahoma (USA) has led to an increase in minor earthquakes.

While hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has often been blamed for the increase, the Survey states that is the wastewater disposal subsequent to the fracking that causes most of the earthquakes.

Wastewater disposal is a process whereby large quantities of wastewater are injected into wells deep below the earth’s surface. For detailed information see:

Philip Fitzpatrick

Robert Mugabe is quoted as saying that people who are starving and impoverished are the easiest to govern - advice Peter O'Neill and his mates seem to have taken to heart judging by their policies.

Benn's observation might also explain the education policies of the Nasty Party in Oz.

One of Karl Marx's big errors. It's the middle class that governments have to be afraid of, not the proletariat. The ones who challenge governments are likely to be the thinkers, the planners, the professionals and the writers who see right through elite trickery. The poor bloody peasants, ill educated and exploited, are too busy putting bread on the table - KJ

William Dunlop

Exxon Mobil quite recently rejoined to recreate what was disbanded by American legislation at the turn of the 20th century - J D Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Read Ida M Tarbell's 'The History of Standard Oil Company'.

Bernard Corden

An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern - Tony Benn

Paul Oates

Here we go again. If it's not the masalai or the sanguma man it's the outsider or one you have a grudge against that quickly becomes the cause of your discomfort.

Given the amazing situation where the PNG PM tours the area and sympathises with the victims and the reported lack of any real returns from the natural gas extraction actually arriving at the kunai roots, it's a typical PNG credibility gap that doesn't seem to put two and two together yet again.

Clearly the reported lack of preparedness for these common natural disasters and the apparent inability of the PNG government to respond has nothing to do with the promised resources and riches that are reportedly being syphoned off at the top end of the PNG government.

One can can but wonder if in fact it's a good defence by those who actually are receiving the resource riches to blame the disaster on anything that cannot be easily proven. Exxon needs to start a PR campaign before this misinformation starts to snowball.

Clearly the real issues here are a lack of general education in these rural areas and the proper use of much needed resources.

Where is the PNG media aren't voicing the real situation?

Obviously it's far easier to keep the rural people in a state of ignorance as they can then be easily led astray and manipulated until the next general election.

The credibility gap is the real issue. Why is it those in the know and understand these issues aren't actually getting any traction or support?

Answer? Because it suits those in charge.

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