@ Alex Nelson. Posted August 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm Yes, …

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@ Alex Nelson. Posted August 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm
Yes, Alex: you say that everything old is new again and King Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun. Tesla, a natural born philanthropist, a bit like Flynn of the Inland, was the victim of greed and in Edison’s case, envy.
Brecht wrote about greed and envy as two of the seven deadly sins, so it’s no wonder, as you say, that things are no different to today.
As a somewhat voracious reader of history, I am rarely surprised at how evident the seven deadly sins were when history was first recorded.
King David, Solomon’s father, wrote of them in many of the psalms from a few thousand years before Christ.
Your comment that “history seems to be going full circle” is an interesting one.
Human beings are stuck in an ancient rut where the seven deadly sins populate and tall poppies grow.
It’s only during times of grave crisis or natural disaster that we display our finer qualities of cooperation and mateship.
I think of Aesop’s fable about the town mouse and the country mouse.
Political ideologies have grappled with human affairs since time immemorial and my own opinion is that war is the result of our inability to get on with each other.
“Nobody’s perfect” is more than a throwaway cliche: It’s a telling truth, but perhaps, one day, a crisis will come that will reflect our true state and history, as we know it, will end.
Until then, we will most likely stumble along from crisis to crisis in a pax Romana taxpayer’s picnic, condemned to repeating it.
Have a nice day.

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@ Trevor Shiell: It’s my understanding that Nikola Tesla, who developed Alternating Current (AC) over Edison’s Direct Current (DC) in the late nineteenth century in New York, proposed an equivalent of wifi electricity by charging the existing planetary stationary wave system, but was hamstrung by the financier J. P. Morgan because it could not be metered.

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I took the Victoria Hotel tour in Goondiwindi recently, led by an eighty year old local who said that much of the old town had been knocked down by “multinationals” who didn’t care about its heritage.
“They just threw the old tin on the back of a truck and took it to the tip,” he said.
I stayed at the Victoria around 1990 as a break from the swag. It was a grand old building with a main street verandah in the Australian tradition, but fell into disrepair until a few years ago when the Council colluded with a local to bring it back.
Because of the memories, I took the tour, but the town hardly resembled the way it was 30 years ago. Kinda lost its soul. Grows cotton now for export to China mostly, where they make the clothes and ship ém back.
It’s easy to understand how multinationals and mall makers can knock heritage down, but not so easy when your own government does it.
There’s a plaque on a rock near Anzac Oval dedicated to George Wilkinson who managed Wallis Fogarty’s store in Alice in the early days.
If you look carefully, you can see lots of heritage around there.
Beats me why the NAAG can’t be build somewhere else.
The CBD is chockers as it is, whether functioning or not. This is a country town like Goondiwindi, not Las Vegas, yet.
It’s easy to lose a town’s soul, if you’re not careful.

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The NT Government released a press release on September 3 announcing that it was inquiring into takeaway liquor licensing regulations in the Alice Springs region after conducting an inquiry in the Barkly.
Reducing harmful levels of alcohol consumption in the NT is not “going to send people packing”.
On the contrary, I suggest that it will increase the quality of life for everyone.
The problem is easy access to alcohol and takeaway has been the biggest culprit for decades.
There is no silver bullet: The BDR and a Floor Price are part of the goal of reducing the amount of excessive alcohol consumed and the cost to the public across many portfolios, including tourism, which suggests that a figure of 99% responsible consumers is inflated.
If 1% of the population can do so much damage, and it is a generational trauma, then the status quo needs changing.
Lulling people into complacency and allowing the alcohol industry to self-regulate while alcohol-related trauma continues is irresponsible.
A nanny state would do nothing about it.
Intervention is necessary.

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@ Albert Diano: Thanks for your engagement, Albert.
I encouraged “Local Centralian” to engage with Alex Nelson’s post because Alex is making a similar point to yours.
I have made the point that nurturing and encouraging (financially) the jewels of community museums and other galleries in Alice is part of establishing a stable tourist economy, with benefits for the CBD and visitation accommodation alternatives for the growing Baby Boomer domestic market, versus the high end air fares on which the government’s proposal is based.
I suggest that more cross-engagement with thematic posting would be useful in debating the points made, with thanks to the Editor for his patronage.

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@ Local1. It’s called a thematic funding window or bucket of money in the vernacular.
In Mexico, photographic exhibitions are combined with music. How revolutionary! Should be exported to the colonies.

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“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far …” (Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles. 1979).

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