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  1. In the following weeks, Phantis will introduce a new type of membership: Premium Membership

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    The following members are as of now Premium Members (in alpha order):

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  2. 21 hours ago, paokara777 said:

    Yeah, i get your angle on this however I don't think it is reasonable to condemn the Prime Minister of a country for discouraging criminal acts.

    Words matter. Words coming from the leader of a nation carry even more weight. His choice of words is not coincidental.

    It is this choice of words that I find myopic in terms of leading a country. Short term political gains that erode a nation's long-term social cohesion.

  3. 7 hours ago, paokara777 said:

    He wasn't calling the protest unaustralian, just the way they went about it.

    Again, if a group of people have the right to protest, they either do it in a legal or illegal manner. There's nothing that says one choice is more 'Australian' than the other. The choice is strictly between 'legal' or 'illegal'


    7 hours ago, paokara777 said:

    Regarding people not thinking like me are not part of the same reality, first when did i say that?

    This is exactly what you said. The term you used is 'Wake up' and urges people to move from the stage of sleep (subconscious) to that of consciousness (reality). Read for yourself.


    On 4/24/2019 at 9:49 AM, paokara777 said:

    Why does everyone in here bash everything except ultra-liberalism ? Wake up

    7 hours ago, paokara777 said:

    If there is a mass of people swinging Right, then aren't they also "the people" ? or can only the liberal left be labeled "the people" ?

    The term 'the People' is not a descriptor of numbers. Rather, it implies individuals that are members of the working class in a society and each are on equal standing with their peers.

    By definition, right-wing politics hold that certain social orders and hierarchies are inevitable, natural, normal, or desirable. Hierarchy and inequality may be viewed as natural results of traditional social differences or the competition in market economies.

    Labor unions are considered 'the voice of the people' - whereas collective bargaining is pursued in order to maintain and improve the living standards of their members. Unions restrain the unfettered operation of capitalism by bargaining for such things as shorter hours and higher wages.

    Since - as described above - right-wing politics espouse hierarchy and inequality they oppose (in general) labor unions in pursuit of higher gains for the owners of the means of capital production.

    So, if labor unions are 'the People' and right-wing politics oppose labor unions, can we conclude that right-wing politics can never become 'the People'?

    Of course one can seek to attach the term to a quantitative measure of more than one person (i.e. two persons = the people) in an effort to make words and terms appear to have no meaning whatsoever.

    Through the years, civil society has tended to be seen as liberal: supportive of human rights, democratic reform and the protection of minorities. Often, it is still these "progressive" causes that appeal to younger activists and voters.


    Don't both sides of the spectrum deserve a say?
    Isn't that the very essence of democracy?


    Certainly. I agree with you on this.

  4. 3 hours ago, paokara777 said:

    The un-Australian thing Scomo was talking about was them chaining themselves to machinery in farms to prevent farmers from doing their job. 

    I would call that illegal trespassing and have them arrested. Still, I don't see how a label like 'un-Australian' could be used for anything else other than divisive purposes.

    3 hours ago, paokara777 said:

    Why does everyone in here bash everything except ultra-liberalism ? Wake up

    Funny how you think that people that don't think like you, are not part of the same reality. The sooner one comes to terms that there could be multiple opinions on some issues, the better it is for all. Through discussion, new ideas emerge, and the world moves past labels and divisive stigma.

    "Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike." - Plato

  5. On 4/21/2019 at 9:44 PM, Alphonse said:

    It is un-Australian, we keep hearing about vegetarians and their choice, they don't need to keep raming it down our throats

    Wow. Calling something un-Australian because it does not agree with one's culinary preferences, or does freedom of speech only apply to online forums and social media?

    Even the fact that Mr. Morrison now all of a sudden can label those that disagree with him as un-Australian, should make any citizen of the country crap in their pants.

    Of course, Australia does not have explicit freedom of speech in any constitutional or statutory declaration of rights, with the exception of political speech which is protected from criminal prosecution at common law per Australian Capital Television Pty Ltd v Commonwealth.

    As I said, I'm not that familiar with Australian politics, but I know a duck when I see one.

  6. So, I'm trying to find some easy and practical way to create good looking tables in the Wiki. Basically, I think we need to start looking at how to create templates and utilize extensions.

    Do you guys know anything about templates. I have to admit, that I haven't worked on the Wiki in a while, and I sort of forgot my way around.

    When it comes to extensions, I'd like you input regarding a couple of them. Take a look at these:

    I will install all three and you can test them out. Let me know if I can help or answer any questions.

  7. 21 minutes ago, Tzatziki said:

     it is a no brainer that the info be made available, and such persons be encouraged to come forward. 

    U.S. prosecutors unsealed an indictment accusing him of conspiring with Chelsea Manning to hack a Defense Department computer network in 2010 to obtain secret documents that WikiLeaks hoped to publish. That attempt was unsuccessful. The US Justice Department is playing it smart and is going after him for theft of secrets (more charges might follow). Press advocates are not stepping behind Assange.

    What makes you believe that Assange was doing stuff for the 'greater good'? After all, Assange appeared to be a tool of Russian meddling to support Donald Trump, or was that part of the 'greater good' also?

  8. The Ecuadorian Embassy removed Julian Assange and handed him to British police. Assange faces a charge in the U.S. and will possibly be extradited.

    Is Julian Assange and WikiLeaks part of the Free Press or just an activist group that might be held accountable for actions that ran counter to laws?

    The Washington Post seems to think that Julian Assange needs to be held accountable for his actions. Read an opinion by the WP Editorial Board: Julian Assange is not a free-press hero. And he is long overdue for personal accountability.

    I agree with this opinion and would like to further discuss.

    If you think otherwise, please state and defend your opinion.

  9. This is from BBC:

    Vegan protests: 'Un-Australian' activists arrested, PM Morrison says

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has criticised animal rights activists as "shameful and un-Australian" after dozens were arrested in nationwide protests.

    While - I have to admit - I'm note sure where PM Scott Morrison stands on issues, It looks to me like taking out a page from the Orange Orangutan's (Donald Trump) book. Divide the country in an effort to conquer. Pitch one group of people against another and start creating a condition that is hostile to people sharing values. Probably now is a good time to break up labor unions also?

    It seems that everywhere one turns, it's a right wing full frontal attack to the voice of the people.

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