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May 19, 2021

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

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Independent councillor to represent Byron’s water security

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Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Butler Street Reserve checked for PFAS pollution

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Many people believe the war in Afghanistan is a legitimate defence against foreign extremists who attacked the Pentagon on 9/11. It’s not exactly clear who we’re killing over there, but if you believe politicians and the corporate media, it’s terrorists and insurgents and unlawful combatants, in other words, people who look like civilians, not soldiers.

But the target population of the terror war is not just abroad, it’s also here, in Australia, and around the western world, from the US to the UK, from New Zealand to the Netherlands. We are the target of the interminable war on terror. The citizens of the West are under attack from the parasitic, war-profiteering plutocracy.

And it’s no secret. A study entitled ‘The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation’, published in the Marine Corps Gazette, October 1989, and available online, claimed that future warfare will be ‘widely dispersed and largely undefined. The difference between war and peace will be blurred to the vanishing point. There will be no definable battlefields or fronts. The distinction between civilian and military may disappear.’

Furthermore, ‘Psychological operations may become the dominant weapon in the form of media/information intervention. Practitioners will be adept at manipulating the media to alter domestic and world opinion. A major target will be the population’s support of the war. Television news may become a more powerful weapon than armoured divisions.’

And this is where we’re at, folks, bombarded daily with the psychological toxins of pro-war, pro-torture propaganda and police-state brutality, conditioned to believe we’re at war abroad, when in fact we’re attacked from within.

Thus the most potent and empowering form of resistance these days involves ignoring newspapers and leaving the radio and TV turned off.

John Scrivener, Main Arm


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