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  1. GhostFaceKilla

    Bringing back [AC-DC] for Battlefield 3?

    Ok. [AC-DC] is/was a semi 'official' clan solely for registered Atomic forum users, with a focus on a strong pub server prescence and scrimming. It has competed in things such as the GameArena ladder as well. It is above all a social clan that was supportive in assisting members to have fun online. It was originally established back in the days of Battlefield 1942 and the Desert Combat Mod - Hence - Atomic Clan - Desert Combat ( AC-DC ). Yes some of us like the band acdc. And no most of us are not swinging bisexuals (though I cant speak for all past members . . . ). We did have a culture of respect and an absolute zero tolerance policy on fuktard and generallly un sportmanlike behaviour. There is a zero tolerance policy on all cheating/hacking. We frown severly on blatant clitching and exploiting especially (such as the famous ability to be able to get inside the walls of some building in BF2 and kill everyone with out being killed). Do something of that magnitude this you will be named and shamed and kicked. However we do recognise that some glitches and exploits are in the game - and they are not exploits as such - they are are just those special bits of the map that you find that may give you a very slight advantage (usually against noobier players). Thats battlefield for you. And we understand that its ok to go into an empty server occasionaly and muck about trying out new weapons and so forth. There is no bot mode in BF3 allowing you to practice before going online. IF you would like to get involved please post indicating what you think your level of committment would be. Are you interested in doing forum admin/moderating? Are you interested in tactics? Do you think you could be a clan Officer or an official sqaud leader and so forth? Do you have any ideas on what you would like to see in the website? Also maybe note what type of class/kit you like to play. Are you a good armour user? can you fly? Please note as well - do not send any emails to me - it is never checked. You can PM me. Update: there is now a dedicated Atomic Defence Corps Platoon in BF3 that has been established. ----- http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/#!...55240999108777/ It would be a good idea in your BF3 profile page to also note your Atomic forum tag as well just to make things a little easier to identify people. Make sure you send out friend requests to the people in the Platoon! _____ The four most basic and essential criteria to wear the [AC-DC] tags are: 1. Be a registered member of the Atomic Forums. 2. Post in this thread that you want to be involved. 3. Dont be a dickhead when wearing the tags (you will be removed from the roll call). 4. Say nice things about Atomic when you can. MEMBER LIST - Roll Call Last Updated 02/03/12 PLEASE - if you can please post updating your Battlefield 3 GAME name so I can add it to this list and make tracking much easier. 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If I have forgotten you then please send me a PM ;-) If you a NEW to Atomic please feel free to get involved! Its a great chance for you to hang out and be social and get to promote a community you are part of. You are welcome! And you get to wear cool tags [ACDC]. Note the 100% zero tolernace policy on any form of hacking/cheating :-) Have you got ideas for a new logo/design? Then feel free to start desiging something and posting it up for discussion!!
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    Your fondest Atomic memories

    Im really sad about Atomic. The magazine meant so much to me and I have been buying it pretty much since issue 1. It was exactly what I wanted - great tech reviews and generally great writing and some absolutely fantastic articles over the years. Atomic the magazine never ever talked down to its reader - it pushed the boundaries just enough and you always ended up learning about something new. The magazine had respect for its readers. It really felt that I was part of that. personally I think that David has done a wonderful job recently. I really cant fault him. Its a real shame that I havent met him yet but maybe one day. A man of integrity which reflected on the magazine. Publishing sux at the moment and the niche computing market sux further (for a number of reasons) and I dont think any staff at Atomic should feel that they have done anything wrong. I am glad that I was part of the last golden age of hardcore PC gaming and tech. The forum has always been a place for me to drop into and just listen in and most often learn. You could be who you wanted - no one really cared. You could be yourself. I think the mods have pretty much always done a great job. On the one or two times I have ever been pulled up it was always without fail for a valid reason. I took it, acknowledged it and learnt from it. It made me a better person. Thank you. I have some great memories of Atomic. I think just knowing that there is a place where you can vent is great even if you never do. But theres been some great laughs. Some explosive disscussions (Leonid?) and a whole lot of learning. And its always been great when you can provide a solution to some elses tech problem. Which was always part of Atomic - a place people can supoort each other. And a big thank you to those who have helped me. Im a gamer at heart - my special memories will always be with the Atomicans I have played with over the years especially in AC-DC and through BF2 and most recently through BF3 (which I will reinstall soon). So many to mention but you know who you are. So many laughs. BF2 particularly was an absolute blast and I can honestly say that some of the best game experiences of my life ever where playing BF2 with ACDC. Similarly some totally hilarious sesisons with BF3. Much respect. Anyway thats all I want to say. Atomic IMHO was the best enthusiast PC magazine in the country. But it was born in a different time. It was a time of real LANS in a friends garage till the sun came up. Of learning to overclock out of necessity because tech was so damm expensive and because each new game was pushing the boundaries of what was possible. Of learning to case mod again because you had too - cases came with one fan and terrible cooling options. Games came in big boxes with big manuals that rivalled War and Peace. They were great to read on the toilet. I coudl go on. Anyway. Lots of love to all. And all the best for the future.
  3. GhostFaceKilla

    A big "Welcome!" to new PC & Tech Authority forum members

    Dont mind me. I am the figment of someone elses imagination.
  4. fixed Actually, if you spend some time reading all those books in the university library, you'd know that Kemalist politics would be regressive if applied to the West. The world does not need Kemal Attaturk. Just the Islamic world and a few highly fundamentalist Christian countries like Uganda. You need to stop thinking in black/white etc. Attaturk was a man very much of his time and context. Yet for his time and his context he was truly revolutionary. He was a man of extraordinary courage, conviction, faith and humilty. In short he was one of those rare individuals that was able to articulate a vision that was based in reason and respect. What would he say to day about the state of things? Thats what we need. People who have a vision based in respect for others and respect for reason and who can articulate that vision and inspire others around them to be better. So yes . . . the world needs more people like that.
  5. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Right so again my dear Emeritus Professor of Lying... given that Israel is a modern democratic society and the fact that non_Israeli Palestinians are not citizens of Israel, would it be fair to say that there is no apartheid whatsoever in any aspect of Israel, including in the occupation which is bound by the laws of the Fourth Geneva Convention to uphold the laws of the occupied peoples? Im sorry which part dont you agree with? No seriously. EVERYONE else is wrong and Isreals interpretation is correct? The international community considers the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories illegal under international law,[1][2][3][4][5] but Israel maintains that they are consistent with international law[6] because it does not agree that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the territories occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War, due to lack of a legal sovereign of these territories.[7] The United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Court of Justice and the High Contracting Parties to the Convention have all affirmed that the Fourth Geneva Convention does apply.[8][9] What you dont seem to get is that some of are hoping that a Palestinain state can emerge that has strong institutional building blocks that can resist extremisim and work in a spirit of cooperation with its neighbours. It is a realistic hope for peace and reason to prevail. All that is coming from your end is hate, anger, aggression, violence and vitriol. As they say, if your not part of the solution then your part ofd the problem.
  6. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    No you haven't. You've provided links to people saying they've heard a mate say that an Israeli minister was admiring certain aspects of the system. So now your calling the Prime Minister of another country a liar as well? Have you no shame? Everyone is a liar. Trouble is mate you ignore everything anybody else puts up. Heres some bits from - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_and_th...ote-Falk2011-48 - that you were too arrogant to read too. Just for some balance. ---- According to former Italian Prime Minister Massimo d'Alema, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had described to him "at length" that he felt the "bantustan model" was the most appropriate solution to the conflict in the West Bank.[205] The term “Bantustan” historically refers to the separate territorial areas designated as homelands under the South African apartheid State. Adam and Moodley explain that Israeli officials such as Sharon and Ehud Barak used the analogy "self-servingly in their exhortations and rationalizations" and that they have repeatedly deplored the occupation and seeming 'South Africanization', yet "have done everything to entrench it".[6] Shulamit Aloni, who served as Minister for Education under Yitzhak Rabin, discussed Israeli practices in the West Bank in an article published in the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot. Aloni wrote that "Jewish self-righteousness is taken for granted among ourselves to such an extent that we fail to see what’s right in front of our eyes. It’s simply inconceivable that the ultimate victims, the Jews, can carry out evil deeds. Nevertheless, the state of Israel practises its own, quite violent, form of Apartheid with the native Palestinian population. The US Jewish Establishment’s onslaught on former President Jimmy Carter is based on him daring to tell the truth which is known to all: through its army, the government of Israel practises a brutal form of Apartheid in the territory it occupies."[206] Yossi Sarid, who served as environment minister under Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, writing in Haaretz stated that "the white Afrikaners, too, had reasons for their segregation policy; they, too, felt threatened — a great evil was at their door, and they were frightened, out to defend themselves. Unfortunately, however, all good reasons for apartheid are bad reasons; apartheid always has a reason, and it never has a justification. And what acts like apartheid, is run like apartheid and harasses like apartheid, is not a duck - it is apartheid."[9] Jamal Zahalka, an Israeli-Arab member of the Knesset argued that an apartheid system has already taken shape in that the West Bank and Gaza Strip are separated into "cantons" and Palestinians are required to carry permits to travel between them.[207] Azmi Bishara, a former Knesset member, argued that the Palestinian situation had been caused by "colonialist apartheid."[208] Michael Ben-Yair, attorney-general of Israel from 1993 to 1996 referred to Israel establishing "an apartheid regime in the occupied territories" in an essay published in Haaretz.[209] Some Israelis have compared the separation plan to apartheid, such as political scientist, Meron Benvenisti,[140] and journalist, Amira Hass.[210] Ami Ayalon, a former admiral, claiming it "ha[d] some apartheid characteristics."[211] A major 2002 study of Israeli settlement practices by the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem concluded: "Israel has created in the Occupied Territories a regime of separation based on discrimination, applying two separate systems of law in the same area and basing the rights of individuals on their nationality. This regime is the only one of its kind in the world, and is reminiscent of distasteful regimes from the past, such as the apartheid regime in South Africa." A more recent B'Tselem publication on the road system Israel has established in the West Bank concluded that it "bears striking similarities to the racist Apartheid regime," and even "entails a greater degree of arbitrariness than was the case with the regime that existed in South Africa."[212] Academic and political activist Uri Davis, an Israeli citizen who describes himself as "a Palestinian Hebrew national of Jewish origin, anti-Zionist, registered as Muslim and a citizen of an apartheid state — the State of Israel."[213] has written several books on the subject, including Israel: An Apartheid State in 1987.[38] Daphna Golan-Agnon, co-founder of B'Tselem and founding director of Bat Shalom writes in her 2002 book Next Year in Jerusalem, "I'm not sure if the use of the term apartheid helps us to understand the discrimination against Palestinians in Israel or the oppression against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. I'm not sure the discussion about how we are like or unlike South Africa helps move us forward to a solution. But the comparison reminds us that hundreds of laws do not make discrimination just and that the international community, the same international community we want to belong to, did not permit the perpetuation of apartheid. And it doesn't matter how we explain it and how many articles are written by Israeli scholars and lawyers—there are two groups living in this small piece of land, and one enjoys rights and liberty while the other does not."[214] In October 2000, a group of Israeli Jews living in London signed a statement, initiated by Moshé Machover, describing Israel's policies in the occupied territories as apartheid.[215] In a later essay, Machover, co-founder of Matzpen, the Israeli Socialist Organization and professor of philosophy in London, warned against "an unthinking use of this misleading analogy between Israeli policy and that of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa." Accepting that "the two have many features in common", Machover concluded that Zionism, which aimed to "eliminate, exterminate or expel" Palestinians, rather than to exploit them, "is far worse than apartheid. Apartheid can be reversed. Ethnic cleansing is immeasurably harder to reverse; at least not in the short or medium term."[216] Retired Israeli judge and legal commentator for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth Boaz Okon wrote in June 2010 that events in Israel, when taken together, constituted apartheid and fascism. Okon used as examples segregated schools and streets, a "minute" proportion of Israeli Arabs employed in the civil service, censorship, limits on foreign workers having children in Israel and the monitoring of cell phones, email and Internet usage.[217] Danny Rubinstein, a columnist at Ha'aretz reportedly likened Israel to apartheid South Africa during a United Nations conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on 30 August 2007, stating: "Israel today was an apartheid State with four different Palestinian groups: those in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israeli Palestinians, each of which had a different status."[218] In an article in Haaretz in October 2010, Israeli journalist and academic Zvi Bar'el wrote that "Israel's apartheid movement is coming out of the woodwork and is taking on a formal, legal shape. It is moving from voluntary apartheid, which hides its ugliness through justifications of "cultural differences" and "historic neglect" which only requires a little funding and a couple of more sewage pipes to make everything right — to a purposeful, open, obligatory apartheid, which no longer requires any justification."[219] Israeli poet, author and journalist Yitzhak Laor wrote in 2009 that Israel had a form of apartheid with a supporting system "more ruthless" than that seen in South Africa. He argued that the "lie" of the system being temporary makes it harder to oppose, and that because the existing situation has the political support of Israeli voters the US government will not oppose it with conviction.[220] Professor Daniel Blatman[221] of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has said that the aim legislation passed in the Knesset around 2009-2011 was a gradual establishment of an apartheid state in Israel, and future separation of Jews and non-Jews "on a racial basis". He drew parallels to the establishment of the apartheid regime in South Africa, and also racial separation laws passed by the Nazis. According to Blatman in all cases, individual laws were argued for using reasoned arguments but the overall effect of the legislation was racist.[222] In 2011 Alon Liel, former director general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Israel, compared legislation under consideration in the Knesset to laws of apartheid-era South Africa. The legislation under consideration would, if passed, place limits on NGOs operating in Israel, in effect restricting funding from foreign sources to Israeli human rights groups. According to Liel, this legislation was reminiscent of the South African "Affected Organisations Act", and was aimed at organizations "fighting to preserve what remains of Israeli democracy".[223] In June 2012, Liel expressed his support for a cultural boycott of Israel, as a means of pressure to bring about "Palestinian independence, not an Israeli apartheid state".[224] In August 2010, Israeli-born academic Ran Greenstein, based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, argued that Israel (referring to the single differentiated regime governing both pre-1967 and post-1967 territories) is a form of 'apartheid of a special type', displaying systematic exclusion of Palestinians on an ethnic - not racial - basis, and yet is different in some respects from the original South African model of apartheid. The differences have to do with the use of indigenous labor power by settlers (much more common in South Africa than in Israel), and the more rigid identity boundaries between groups in Israel. Consequently, this type of apartheid displays greater tendency towards physical exclusion of indigenous people (affecting to varying degrees Palestinian citizens, residents under occupation and refugees) than was the case for indigenous people under South African apartheid.[225] Israeli writer Uri Avnery said in a 2012 interview that in his view, Israel was an apartheid state. He said apartheid was "full" in the occupied territories and "growing" inside Israel's borders. According to Avnery, if it goes on, it will be "incontestably" full
  7. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    I hear what your saying - and just on that I work daily at the moment with Palestinian and Israeli Jewish Phd Law students - and we all get on and its very cool - they are all 'educated' (in the sense that they are all trained in a methodology of analysis) which makes a difference :-) There are a number of exciting projects going on at the moment dealing with state and relationship building in the West Bank particularly ( to do with legal education which is my current research area) established through UNSW. I did provide evidence of some of this stuff and was unfortunately called a liar - depsite the evidence. Oh well. I did say to Tinbane that evidence (at least to have something to focus on and talk about) never matters with some people . . . But ultimately I am interested in the actual building blocks of a society - its institutions for example and how they are constituted and who controls them and how. Secondly I am interested in comparing and contrasting - and seeking objectivity. At the end of the day what you need to interpret the world around you is a context or schema. The benefit of actually engaging with those members is simply to see directly how those instituions actually operate in practice. For example there is nothing intrinsically bad about a wall - except for the imagery it conveys - the wall is judged by how it affects people lives. I dont need to be at the wall to see this (modern technology yay). Furthermore If I was there then my opinion is weak anyway as I am not of that context and risk interpreting the situation from a preconcieved cultural context I bring with me. So 'being there' especially when trying to be objective about the 'big picture' is not always the best things. Oh and I accept totally that there is far more freedom in Israel. Israel is for all intents and purposes a modern 'democratic' society - its Basic Laws have regualraly been interported by the Israeli Supreme Court in a very liberal manner. Totally (it of course has its problems much like Australia - Pluralism can be difficult) . But again there is the question of those Palestinians . . . . and what the hell to do.
  8. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    That's a funny statement to make from a guy who claims to love rights and freedoms but wants to give Hamas control of 7 million people. And I reference this as an example yet again of how not to operate - For example I have never ever said this statement - I want to "give Hamas control of 7 million people". He just made it up to shift discussoin away from a substantive human matter . . . . Hilarious. Of course what he wont say is that my love of freedom extends to protecting this persons right to speak - and I will defend that even if I dissagree with him.
  9. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Just one quick comment which may not have been clear (its difficult because some posters dont actually address issues in a specific manner and instead go off on tangents with out addressing the issue presented) - but any refernce s I have made to any notion of an 'apartheid' structure refers to the situation in the Occupied Territories - I am not talking about the situation within Israel (though racisim is prevalent in some parts). I am afraid that one of the posters here is yet vagain showing his ability to reda something glancingly without actually reflecting on what they are reading ( I have noted this a couple of time in regards to quotes he has thrown up - he says they say one thing yet they actually say something very different - which he then ignores). In line with this the poster posted this: ---- 1. A Bantustan is a geographical region. 2. A Bantustan is a "self-governing" territory 3. A Bantustan contains a racially segregated society apart from the "host" nation. 4. A Bantustan contains people the "host" nation does not want in its own borders for racial reasons. All of the above must be true in the context of the Bantustan model. Nothing Israel has ever proposed has ever been based on the above. ---- Trouble is, all 4 of these apply to Gaza and the West Bank :-) I provided links to Isreali Prime ministers and politicians talking about how this model was the best for Israell and how they admired aspects of the SA aprthaeid system. I provided my opinion - which deomnstrated knowledge, objectivity and understanding of the subtley and nuances of the political world in which we live. I have never ever taken a 'side'. Trouble is we have someone running around ranting basically calling anyone that he doesnt agree with (or more correctly who doesnt agree with him) an "idiot" and a "liar" and all the rest of it. Doesnt matter if your Jewish yourself, or have two PhD's, have written 12 books, are held in the highest regard academically, it doesst matter if you have addressed US Congress or the UN General Assembly and work at the highest diplomatic post possible. It doesnt matter that you have studied and dedicated years of your life to law, politcis and conflict studies. It doesnt matter if you are called upon to advise Prime Ministers. Etc, etc etc. Nope. Read yourself people - I have provided plenty of links. Just read honestly. Im out.
  10. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    False logic. I dont need to live through a nuclear war to know I dont want to live through a nuclear war :-) I presented information. Which you should read. In it entirety. With an open mind. Then reflect critically. This is all I ask :-)
  11. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Thats called arrogance. I thought you were better than that.
  12. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Naive? Well firtsly, I never said Israel was an apartheid state. What I did say, is that Israel was influneced by the South African system as a way to manage their own affairs. I stand by that comment 100%. Which aspects they adopted in part or whole or in which manner I did not disscuss. A key aspect of this was the Bantustan model model I disscussed above - that this was an aspect of Israeli polictical thinking is now undisputed - have a look at this as a primer :-) http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/featu...-s-hope-1.10275 Secondly - well this is actually a massice area of disscussion so I would consdider you naive if you have never actually thought about it. The fact is that numerous UN investigations have identified aspects of the Israel/Palestine situation as having apartheid aspects. In fact langauge used has included 'ethnic cleansing'. In March 2011, Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights described the continued illegal settlements and forced eviction of Palestinains as a form of 'ethnic cleansing' (which I have alluded to before - the policy is to have a majority of Jews in these areas over time). There is an extraordinary amount of information here on the issue http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_and_th...ote-Falk2011-48 - it really is quite comphrehensive and well worth looking at if you want to understand the issue and make up your own mind. Especially consider that the leading text in the field is cited regularly. Especially consider the amonut of commens that come from Israeli sources :-) As it is there are far more people who accept the analogy than oppose it at least on rational grounds. Including the key UN players. Many of these views are rationally based. However in my opinion I think the situation between Isreal and the Palestinians is "unique" - in some ways I have more in common with some of the critics of the analogy - the rational ones I mean - they dont agree that Israel is a apartrheid state in the classic sense and reject that term as being applicable. It doesnt mean that they dont have serious issues with the situation of course, nor do they deny that Isreal was influenced by how other countries dealt with their ethnic "problems". But they dont call it an 'apartheid state'. I agree - to a point. On close analysis I believe that there are many aspects that are similar to an 'apartheid state' and many of these aspects are generally invisible to the casual observer (I guess this is where being in my lofty academic tower is of some assistance?). These are often based around process and administrative matters for example - the real way to look at how things 'are'. But that doesnt make it an apartheid state in the classic sense that we automatically associate. What I do contend however, and this is almost non controversial is that, as I have stated, Israel was influenced by aspects of the South African apartheid state - it took what it wanted from a number of different system and adapted this to their own specic needs based upon their own sense of place (for example the Jews have always seen themselves as having more moral legitimacy that the whites in South Africa). It is somewhat alarming then that so many Israeli politicians themselves have openly talked about Israel being based on apartheid. Naive?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_and_th...ote-Falk2011-48 Have a read. With an open mind. Then think.
  13. GhostFaceKilla

    Post pic's of yourself.

    lovely just lovely :-) Your wife's beautiful and you look great together. Lucky man.
  14. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    From todays Sydney Morning Herald discussing what some of us already know and feared. http://www.smh.com.au/world/israel-moves-o...1201-2annr.html and from the NY times with more info and links: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/mi...rss&src=igw Isreal is continuing with 'illegal settlements' within 3 hours of the UN vote. The have been strongly rebuked about this including from their own supporters in the US for example. The action has ben described by all as provocative and a hinderance to peace and developing a viable 2 state solution. Isreal had previously threatened publicly that they would undermine the PA if they went ahead with the UN vote. As has been noted repeatedly, the issue of the illegal settlements encroaching onto Palestinian teritory is of considerable importance. For a basic overview of the settlement issue see this from Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/07/26/...E56P0C720090726 Of interest check the UK's policy position in regards to this and some other aspects of Isreali policy (from the Officla UK Foriegn office website) : http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/global-issues/men...onal-community/ Another perpsective of the geopolitical aspects from the BBC - the issue is land and water - and there is a suggestion that the lands currently under occupation were always lands that were claimed by the original Zionist movement - when these werent originally given they saw an oppurtunity to take them by war. Great article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11101797 which leads to this: As has beeen recognised the policy of Israel is too continue with these settlements in order to over time ensure that in the current occupied territories there will in fact be a majority of Jews vis the Arabs thereby hindering further any Palestinain claims. So - the first round has to go to the PA here - Israel responded with further provocative action. Then some terrorist will respond and then Isreal can say "I told you so?". Lets see. But so far a very very poor start from Israel. And if yet again people dont consider the action illegal - well unfortunately the rest of the world does not agree. Israel doesnt consider it illegal because it is selective as to how it has interpreted international law at least in this matter :-) The international community considers the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories illegal under international law, but Israel maintains that they are consistent with international law because it does not agree that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the territories occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War, due to lack of a legal sovereign of these territories. The United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Court of Justice and the High Contracting Parties to the Convention have all affirmed that the Fourth Geneva Convention does apply http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International...eli_settlements ------ I have noted a couple of time how Isreali policiticans were influenced by aspects of the Apartheid structure in South Africa. Not just in the building of walls, and seperate roads and restrictions of movement and so forth but in how to organise the people that they were attempting to control in the most effeicient manner. The method that underpins the philosophy of Isreal is based on this - Bantustan - have a look :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantustan For an really intersting academic piece on this see Hunter, Jane, 'Isreal and the Bantustans' (1986) 15(3) Journal of Palestine Studies 543. then go and do some more searching about Bantustan, apartheid and Israel :-)
  15. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Just finished watching this. Dont really know what the fuss is about him. He seems to have a hit a chord with a particular crowd, but I dont find that he ever says anything insightful or unique. He just critiques religion a lot.And goes on a few horribly balanced rants sometimes And is a comedian. Oh well. Unfortunately the poster of the video describes the peace process as "futility" which unfortunately defines a preconcieved view of things. Personally the point is to UNDERSTAND what the problems on both sides are and then move forward. I do not see futility. Futility only exists if you stay in the present once identifying a problem Just a couple of quick observations - GAZA is not the West Bank. There are massive differences between the two areas. Its unfortunate that when people focus on the violence in Gaza led by Hammas Terrorists they in advertently tar all Palestinains. This is itself a problem - the Palestinian leadership is not as strong and stable as it needs to be. There are some reasons for this I believe, however it has also been a feature of the conflict for a long time. My other issue with Condell and he does this here is that in his attempt at consciously producing sound bites of an acceptable size for to be consumed by out hipster adhd generation he glosses over significant things too quickly meaning that intentionally or not some of his stuff comes out as bordeline 'propaganda' - delivered in a fervour which is ironically almost religious. For example he completely ignores the issue of illegal land settlement in the West Bank, preferring to focus exclusively on removing settlement from Gaza as somehow being representative. Furthermore when focusing on the hardline Hammas approach with negitioans he completely disregarded the equally hardline Israeli appraoch for example with respects of the settlemenst loicated throughout the West Bank. In such a video we witness Condell having what is ostensibly a rant about islamists but which in fact comes out as a propaganda pro Israel piece precisley because in that neck of the woods religion and politics are so intertwined. Is it a problem? Yes. Nevertheless at a 'base' level he is correct. Hammas are a significant concern. Totally. My response though is that I seee Hammas as a SYMPTOM rather than the actual problem. And if Condell actually reflected on the role of religion in society and under what conditions extremism is born then he too may want to reconsider his rant in this video.
  16. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Just on this I agree and I have noted this. They really have to step up as it where. My concern is interrelated - firstly that peoples expectations for a timeline for 'obvious' change may not be realistic. Just the issue of border integrity alone is an issue that is currently in the hands of Israel. Similarly most of the administartive capacity is Israeli based in some way shape or form on Israeli policy needs. Israel still directly controls through military or civil capacities 60% of the West Bank. The suggestion that Palestinains currently or have ever had full autonomy is not correct. The model of administarive structure and function that Israel has adopted through out the occupied territories was based on the South African apartheid system after all. So I plead that we all be realistic at least. So my point is that for our argument that the PA must act "in a rational and proper" manner is from the outset dependent on the amount of intervention that other countries have in the area. So we have to create an unambiguous situation where the oppurtunities are available - and I mean real oppurtunities. Further more we have an obligation I think to support positive state building - so rather than be critical and do nothing and just wait for things to fall apart because of ongoing intervention and the like so we can sit back and say 'I told you so" we must actually positively support the process. As I noted above the benefit for the PA now is access to procedural safegaurds and oversight. It is access to 'process'. But if we are now going to stall any attempt by the PA to actually take advantage of that procees knowledge and implement it (as Israel was threatening) then WE have failed. And THAT is what will now be on display for everyone to see. But yes - the PA must absolutely move forward. Just a note - I think there is a bit of a missconception form some as to my perspective - I am not pro or anti Palestine or pro or anti Israel. I dont actually have a preconcieved 'view'. What I am is pro 'freedom'. I believe in due process. I believe in the value of comprimise. I believe in honesty. I dislike the smell of injustice and human servitude. What I do get concerned about is precisely people who present a completely one sided, biased, and bigotted view of things. People who interpret everything through a distorted lense or irrationality, hate and anger. And will then retort to expression of violence and aggression to reinforce that. I have never once denied that Palestinians ORthat Israeli Jews have committed acts of terrorism for example - but my focus is on tryting to understand what the possible implications of this for any 'peace' process. This is what we mean by diplomacy. The emphasis always is on trying to objectivley as best you can understand a situation - especially the nature of the human experience. Harder for some than you may think. Just thought I would highlight this as an example ofr how not to engage in disscussion. What we have is a classic example of a person attempting to play the man and not the ball. There is absolutely no attempt to actually enagage with the substance of the quote. The person the quote is from is abused and insulted (despite being one of the greatest intellectuals of the modern world) and ridiculed. The argument is then shifted completely away from the substance of the quote to other matters to attempt to disscredit the quote and author - again without ever once actually engaging with the content of the quote. Furthermore the actual poster of the quote is further insulted again without actually acknowledging the actual substabnce of the quote. Just for reference here is the quote again. Any one else see the irony of that persons response when compared with the substance of the quote ? :-) "It is a shame that critics of Israeli policies are seen as either anti-Semites or self-hating Jews. It's grotesque. If an Italian criticized Italian policies, would he be seen as a self-hating Italian?" http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/02/magazine/02QUESTIONS.html
  17. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    cont in link http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world...o-1226527261421 Yep its good news but the PA will need to keep making an effort. There is yet again overwhelmingly recognition that the Palestinain people have at the very least a moral claimto self determination (I am well aware that a poster on this forum will immediately start discrediting this but I am not engaging with them). Please ignore that person ranting about 'the UN cant create a state' and so forth. That person has a particularly narrow view of what a state is and how a body or organisation can operate within the international community, and is not capable of understanding the subtlety and nuance of international law and diplomacy. Witnessed by his abuse and cries of liar liar. Of course the PA must step up. But as I have noted a number of times (with expected abuse fornm the particular poster) there are many in the West Bank for example who are working towards the establishment of modern legal and administartive codes. Palestinains currently have a a confusing array of laws and regulations adopted from a number of jurisdictions including aspects Sharia law in some areas , which is a nightmare to navigate and confusing for legislators - chuck in Israeli military and civil law and its a dogs breakfast. But things are being done by many who are moving on from hate and bigotry. Lets hope it is not all for naught. The biggest advanatge of this vote and the upgrade in status is that the PA will now have acceess to specific PROCEDURAL processes to help in dispute resolution - these process are far generally adjudged far more independently and Transperantly than the current negotiation arrangemnt in place. This was actually one of Israels biggest concerns - that the PA now has - to some degreee - some procedural SAFEGUARDS which they did not have before. It now has further access to a forum in which to present its perspective. The practical effect is that helps equalise the playing field. The Palestinains have generaly been in a weaker position in many negotiations with Israel. This of course works both ways - the PA wil now also be examined far more closely. Nevertheless this is an improtant learning exercise for the PA. Concerns? Well Israel threatened to destabilise things if the vote went ahead. They then toned that down but are now again using inflammatory language. The Palestinain Authority must continue to resist violence and work towards just institutions and providing services for its people. One challenege is money - the PA is still owed milions in promised humanitarian and financial aid from the United States which was withheld by them last year when the idea of a vote in the UN was first put up. Also much of the tax revenue raised by the PA is actually held by Israel in a kind of 'trust'. This money (Palestinain money) is then doled out to the PA on terms. Little things like this mean that Palestinians are very vulnerable. The threat of remvong money to force Palestinains to comply with sonething that Isreal or the US want has been a rergular theme of 'diplomacy' between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel and the US must recognise that the best way to prevent violence and instability is by providing people with meaningful lives. If you starve people what do you expect? It must recoignise that supporting the building of institutions that support justice is a key ingredient in peace for the entire region. It must recognise that it is people sense of dignity that must be addressed to combat terrorism. I could go on - you get the picture. This may take time and there may be initial negative reactions. But we need to start properly. The concern I have with Israel is that pretty much all government policy in any area is geared around a military solution (wihether defence or offence). I have discussed this before. The implciation is that Israel will have to shift its policy focus AND its policy RATIONALE. Just like for the Palestinains there are going to be MANY Israeli Jews who will be bitterly and vocally and perhaps violently opposed to this. I see in the future the possibility that Palestine will become a symbol and example of peace in the Arab world. I thinks its important to think positive. I wish the PA all the best. Having met some senior legal and politcial science academics from the West Bank and a number of students (dismissed as lies from a particular poster though provided with evidence) I know that there is a growing eductaed class that are absolutely committed to creating an effective constitutional state that recognises diplomacy justice and peace as fundamnetal traits of the new Palestine. I am of course buyoed in my optimism that thankfuly there are many Jews throughout the world who are also committed to comprimise and mving forward and not maintaing the hate and animosity. A final comment - in 2003 in an interview with the New York Times Noam Chomsky (who is Jewish) said this: "It is a shame that critics of Israeli policies are seen as either anti-Semites or self-hating Jews. It's grotesque. If an Italian criticized Italian policies, would he be seen as a self-hating Italian?" http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/02/magazine/02QUESTIONS.html Something for people to reflect on.
  18. GhostFaceKilla

    Video games are addictive

    Guys we shouldnt really be focusing on someones appearance - I find it mildly offensive to call someone a 'horror head'. Personally I find her quite attractive though this is completely irrelevant to the quality of her work.
  19. GhostFaceKilla

    Israel Vs Gaza

    Just some more background for those who may be interested - from todays Sydney Morning Herald via the Guardian. The article again highlights some points I have referred to in some of my posts here including the dissorgination of the Arab side around 1947 (and continuing to an extent to this day), the issue of Israeli settlement in the West Bank and the fact that despite all the rhetoric of 'statehood' Palestine is not recognised as a 'state' in the conventional sense as it is not indpendent and its borders are in dispute - Israel refers to most of Palestine as 'disputed territory' whereas Palestine and the rest of the world refer to Palestine as an occupied State. If Israel actually recognised Palestine as an independent state then Prima faceie their settlements for example are completely illegal. The other qustion I have posed and which is mentioned here, is whether the situation for Isarel and the Zionist movement would have been different without the holocaust. Interstingly Israel is worried about Palestine becoming a member of the International Crminal Court as this would expose Israel to charges of War Crimes. This has come up before. If Israel is 'innocent' what do they have to fear? Though of course as has been mentioned this may hinder future diplomacy. It may have to be a case of accept the past and move on. http://www.smh.com.au/world/un-history-sti...1129-2agyl.html ---- UN history still raw for Palestinians November 29 – when the UN general assembly is due to vote on the status of Palestinian membership – is one of the most resonant dates in the annals of the Arab-Israeli conflict. No one involved in the frenetic diplomacy surrounding the decision can be unaware that it was on that day in 1947 that the fledgling world body voted to partition the Holy Land into Jewish and Arab states. The timing was chosen by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, because of that echo. Jubilation in Jewish areas of Palestine was matched by dismay and anger on the Arab side. Back then the UN's temporary headquarters in New York witnessed a vote that deserves the overused adjective "historic". Intense lobbying by the Zionist movement and the US cajoled waverers such as Haiti and Paraguay into the majority of 33, the two-thirds required. Pressure and propaganda were rife. Thirteen members, including Arab and Muslim states, were opposed. The 10 countries that abstained included Britain, which had just decided to abandon its 30-year mandate over Palestine. Curiously, and for different reasons, the Britain may abstain again on Thursday, triggering outrage from MPs and human rights groups. In 1947 support for the Zionist cause was driven by a combination of western remorse over the six million dead of the Holocaust and early cold war strategic calculations by the Soviet Union. The Arab side was disorganised and divided. Jubilation in Jewish areas of Palestine was matched by dismay and anger on the Arab side. The Arab League warned of terrible consequences. Sixty-five years ago the outcome of the vote was uncertain. It was followed at once by the outbreak of the first stage of the war that in 1948 secured Israel's independence and caused the Palestinian Nakba – the "catastrophe" – whose human and political consequences persist, through half a dozen more wars, to this day. The result of Thursday's vote is not in doubt: 132 of the UN's 193 member states have already recognised a putative state of Palestine. The US is against. What remains to be decided is what Britain, a permanent member of the security council, will do. France has pledged to vote yes, Germany no, thus splitting the EU vote. Russia and China are in the yes camp. The Palestinians enjoy wide international support these days. The recent fighting in Gaza was a painful reminder of the huge risks of impasse. But pragmatic considerations are at work too. Britain will vote yes only if the Palestinians refrain from seeking membership of the International Criminal Court, which Israel fears would lead to war crimes charges. The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, told MPs on Tuesday that while Britain supported the ICC, the greater risk was making future negotiations on a two-state solution impossible. The US and Israel warn that UN membership for Palestine will prejudge the outcome of future peace talks and have hinted at retaliation. But there have been no substantive negotiations for years, in part because Israel has refused to stop building settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem – and the US has failed to challenge Israel. Mr Abbas looks desperately weak compared with his rivals in Hamas, triumphant after eight days of firing rockets from blockaded Gaza into Israel's heartland. Western governments understand that he badly needs their support. UN status would certainly have profound symbolic significance. "The Palestinian appeal to the UN is meant to make us a non-member state, thereby upgrading our status from that of "disputed territory" – which is how we are widely perceived by Israel – to that of an occupied state," Mr Abbas has said. It would go far beyond Yasser Arafat's unilateral declaration of independence in 1988. The big question is whether this November 29 will do anything to help resolve the conflict – and deserve to go down in history again. ------------- Please note the INTENSE amonut of pressure, propaganda and 'threats' from Israel and the US in regards to this vote which makes a mockery of Israel claim that it is committed to Palestinian statehood. It further highlights Israels relauctnace to enage in real peace negotiations without a pre existsing agenda - i.e. - do what we say or we wont participate in peace talks. Israel has done this many many times - I noted this in regards to Israel pressuring the UN to pass a resolution repeal an earlier resolution stating that Zionismn was a racist and discriminatory ideology as a precomdtion for being 'involved' in peace talks. In the current case they even threatened to overturn the Palestinain leadership if the vote was successful - again making a mockery of the idea of an independent state. Note again the discussion about the illegal settlements. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/2...atehood-un-vote As an example of how the US puts pressure on the UN to vote a certain way - the US has threatened recently to cut off funds from UN bodies that recognise Palestine as an independent state and thus eligible for membership of various UN organisations. What many people dont know is thatvin the US this is LAW introduced in the 1990's after intense pressure from Israel - basically the law says that any UN body that recognises Palestine will have its funding from the US removed: http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-cuts-un-fun...1101-1mtty.html As I have mentioned before (and been abused and called a liar despite evidence) many Palestinains are committed to building institutions and a community mindset that are based on 'the rule of law' . This will of course take time. But at least some Palestinains are making the effort. It is my belief that supporting them in building institutions and systems of law based on Western models with some aspects of Western vales will provide strong foundations to resist and deter religious extremism. Such extremisim can only survive in a climate of oppression, fear and hopelessness. -----
  20. GhostFaceKilla

    Naturopathy

    Yep this was the actual issue. The child had previously contracted whooping cough which had prompted the father (rightly in my perspective) to seek real medical advice for his child. The subtext is that the mother was (potentially) negligent vis the childs health in relying on homeopathy. If efficacy of homeopathic "vaccination" could be demonstrated, then this court order would not have gone ahead. Thats a big part of it yes.
  21. GhostFaceKilla

    Naturopathy

    From todays Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/home...1127-2a5uo.html ----------- Homeopathy regime is rejected as judge tells parents to immunise child A JUDGE has ordered a couple to immunise their eight-year-old daughter according to government health guidelines, in a rebuke to the homeopathic regime pursued by the mother. But the father will shoulder the cost of doing so. The mother had sought in a injunction in the Family Court to stop the father and his partner from immunising the child without her written permission. She made the application after discovering that her daughter's stepmother had secretly taken the child to a medical centre to have her immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, HIB, measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal C. Advertisement Previously, the mother had been arranging homeopathic vaccines. She told the court that she adhered to a ''simple and healthy way of life'', that included eating organic food, using non-toxic cleaning products and sending the child to a Rudolph Steiner school where the toys were made from natural products such as wool, wax and silk. Most parents at the school focused on ''building up the immune system of the child through homeopathics'', she told the court. But when the girl was five, she contracted whooping cough, and the father and his new partner became concerned that she was not vaccinated, possibly placing their new baby at risk. The stepmother then took her to the medical centre for a course of traditional immunisations, with the support of the child's father, but without the mother's consent or knowledge. This upset the mother, in part because it engendered feelings of disempowerment, but also because she feared the health risks of traditional immunisation. She told the court: ''The homeoprophylaxis regime is more than adequate for her needs, provides her with immunity against childhood diseases and does so in a far safer and more risk averse way.'' A doctor in homeopathic medicine told the court that homeopathic vaccination was safe and effective, whereas traditional vaccination had short- and long-term risks, including a link to ADHD and autism. But Justice Bennett accepted the evidence of a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, who said there was insufficient evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathic immunisation to justify its replacement of traditional immunisation. The links to ADHD and autism had been disproved by studies in Scandinavia, France and the United States, the doctor said. Justice Bennett said the risks associated with traditional immunisation did not outweigh the risks of infection. ''It appears to me that the efficacy of homeopathic vaccines in preventing infectious diseases has not been adequately scientifically demonstrated,'' she said. However, the mother has lodged an appeal. The case is one of several before the courts that involve differing philosophies over childhood vaccination. The Federal Magistrates Court was asked to intervene between two parents disputing whether their daughter should be immunised in 2010, resulting in an order for the child to undergo the immunisation program recommended by the federal Health Department. ----------------------------
  22. GhostFaceKilla

    Best place to be in an apocalypse

    My problem with establishing an appropriate hold up place is knowing when to move to it. If the shit hits the fan you may have trouble getting to any pre established spot (such as in a rural environment 50 Kms away from a major cente), particularly if you are like me smack bang in the middle of an highly urban area. It is not realistic for me to have a property 100 kms away stocked to the 9's with 2 years of supplies and so forth. I also think that living off the land is completely unrealistic depending on the type of catastrophe. If your in a nuclear or other nbc situation most of your game will have died as well or be severely poisoned, and the ground will not be able to be used to grow crops for years and without proper pre maintenance. The emphasis on my bug-out/initial survival approach has shifted to surviving in the environemnt I am currently in - in this case an urban area. Part of this strategy is ensuring I have the resources to move away from this area only after the initial reaction if it is at all reaonable to do so (weigh costs and benefits). Of course if the shit hits the fan then there are very good reasons why you should move from high density urban areas - public health and disease is one example. But you must anticipate that you will need to survive in this environemnt until things stabilse enough for you to move freely and safely to an area that is more relatively secure. Katrina showed us that you would be better if staying away from any 'official' services at least for the first 2 weeks assuming your prepared. Thats what you need to focus on - being able to be self sufficient(and provide for your self defence) in your current environemnt for the initial period. You cannot rely on others for at least 2 - 4 weeks in a realistic catastrophe situation not involving all out NBC warfare. You also cant be moving around. The truth is as well that a NBC attack on Sydney for example would probably wipe me out in the first seconds. After that a place that is more secure will be highly dependent on what type of threat you are facing including whether it is long term or short term and your current supplies and equipment situation. It would need to have the following things - 1. water, 2. materials for shelter and fuel, 3. the potential for game and crops if feasible - locations near the ocean or waterways with fish would be good, 4. a degree of concealment 5. a way to escape from.
  23. GhostFaceKilla

    Naturopathy

    Excellent. His Zombie reference was inspired.
  24. GhostFaceKilla

    Video games are addictive

    That paper was orginally published back in May 2011. I think what is important is the authors focus on the concept of 'attentional bias' as a mean to help explain the nature of the issue. As I get access to all these journals for free because I am an academic at a University I would be happy to email anyone a full copy of the article in the interests of the community - if you are studying at a Uni you would probably be able to get a copy for free yourself through your libraries e-journal collection. Note that this is an acdemic paper and thus full of jargon and method etc and you may not get anymore out of reading the full version over the abstract. Send me a PM with an email address and I will send a copy over if wanted :)
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