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6
Jan

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PUSHES “MERCY-KILLING”: can they be stopped? do enough people care?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Death, Ethics, Politics

The Victorian government — determined to introduce legalised euthanasia — assure us there will be strict “safeguards”.
Do they really believe those safeguards will be adhered to long-term?
Anyway, safeguards aren’t the point.
The problem with mercy-killing is that it is killing.
It isn’t “letting the patient die”. Or “letting the patient refuse treatment”. Those things are legal already.
Any act or omission which intentionally causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder.
On the other hand, discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate.
Using painkillers to alleviate sufferings, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be acceptable if death is not the intention, but is only foreseen and tolerated.

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5
Jan

HOW BEST TO DEAL WITH THE METHAMPHETAMINE/”ICE” PROBLEM? do “experts” sometimes not know what they are talking about?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Justice, Lifestyle, Politics, Youth

The Federal Government’s Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine has received multiple submissions from multiple groups of “experts”.
A lot of these submissions make the same claims in more or less the same words. But do they make any sense?
The common theory seems to be that to discourage drugs — including methamphetamine (“ice”) — should be discouraged.
Why? Because (they say) using the law and the media and classrooms to deter methamphetamine use will do harm by causing “stigmatisation” and “discrimination”.
These expert groups include the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies, the National Drug Research Institute and the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia.
Not everyone would agree that stigmatisation does more harm that using drugs.
We don’t legalise rape, murder, shoplifting etc. because banning them could make thieves, rapists and thieves feel stigmatised.
Should we?
I don’t think so.

24
Nov

FORGIVENESS FOR ABORTION: the pope’s position gets a mixture of boos and hoorays.

by Arnold Jago in crime, Death, Family, Forgiving, Modern Church, Women

As from now the Pope says that all priests are able to give absolution (forgiveness) to persons involved in abortion.
Previously only certain priests had that authority.
He makes it clear that abortion was, is, and always will be, a grave sin.
But he’s trying to be a bit merciful in the way that grave sin is dealt with.
Anyway, let’s hope he wasn’t hoping to be thanked by the progressive types, including self-styled feminists.
For example, a lady journalist of the Sydney Morning Herald (22 November 2016) uses the headline “Women don’t need Pope Francis’ forgiveness for having abortions”.
But do they need God’s forgiveness?
That is the point.

23
Nov

SCHOOLIES ARE BAD NEWS: something should be done. too late, perhaps?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Education, Family, Youth

Many Australian school-leavers are currently in Queensland and elsewhere, unsupervised — lots of them drinking, brawling etc.
One (in Bali) is imprisoned for drug possession and could stay there for some time.
It’s a pity. These youngsters have had lots of somebody’s money spent on their “education”.
Aged mostly about 18, Australia’s laws permit them to drive vehicles, drink alcohol — even to vote!
Do our law-makers perhaps need a bit of remedial education?
Neuroscientists these days suggest that brain development isn’t complete until about age 25 – or even into the 30s.
Likewise vehicle-insurance companies. They should know – they’re the ones losing money when young clients kill or half-kill themselves. They charge 18-year old customers more than over-25s.
18-year olds should, in fact, seldom be out of the sight of their mummies and daddies.
Some kind of curfew might help, just in case the parents don’t do their job.

6
Nov

CARDINAL PELL STILL IN THE NEWS: there is a lesson here for everybody to learn.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Education, Lifestyle, Modern Church

Ballarat victims of priestly sexual abuse are calling on Cardinal Pell to “reaffirm his pledge” to help them.
A Mr Peter Benkiron says, “Cardinal Pell either knew about the abuse of children…or he knew nothing but still has a responsibility to protect future generations….” **
That’s true enough.
Everybody – all of us – have a responsibility to protect future generations.
The most urgent protection they need is protection from exposure to propaganda designed to persuade them that sexual deviations are normal and reasonable lifestyles to adopt.
Such recruitment is going on in many schools disguised as “anti-bullying” classes.
Cardinal Pell and all concerned citizens should spare no effort to have the “Safe Schools” indoctrination program ended ASAP.
( ** Ballarat COURIER, November 1)

24
Oct

CHINA AND AUSTRALIA’S CASINO INDUSTRY: not a good bun-fight to get involved in

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, crime, God, Money, Politics

Three Australian employees of Crown Resorts are in prison in China.
The Chinese government is currently cracking down on corruption.
President Xi Jinping is sick of foreign companies like Crown who provide a service assisting wealthy Chinese money-laundering crooks to thumb their noses at Chinese law.
It’s commonly conceded that “casinos breed crime” — perhaps equally true to say that casinos are crime.
Isn’t gambling intrinsically evil — fostering greed, envy, theft, parasitism and idolatry?
Idolatry being the worst — thumbing one’s nose at God.
As the Bible says, you cannot serve (idolise) both God and money. (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 6)
Small time gambling like a “flutter” on the Melbourne Cup or at the Bingo is generally considered fairly harmless.
But it isn’t.