Re: Hal Duell Posted July 30, 2017 at 6:40 am. “For …

Comment on Review, don’t celebrate Pine Gap: Alice peace group by Paul Parker.

Re: Hal Duell Posted July 30, 2017 at 6:40 am.
“For the last several years I have found the international news a riveting display of diplomacy and duplicity.”
Perhaps this should read read: For the last several years I have found the international news a riveting display of diplomacy, duplicity and stupidity for when facts are just ignored?
Jonathan Pilbrow presents an argument for NT group of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN).
Whether facts are accepted or not is up to us readers.
Sometimes presented facts are not the issue.
Often the issues are not yes/no ones, but probabilities that need to be expressed in percentages, whether on balance consequences from the decision are reasonable.
Is participation in the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap reasonable to compensate for risks?
Do risks to Alice Springs outweigh benefits to the wider Australia ?
Such decisions are complicated enough, partly due Australia’s reluctance towards information being easier to access, compared to elsewhere, for example the USA.
Freely distributed information on the internet is changing this.
Consider also how presenters, media and political, still may include or exclude facts deemed inconvenient. Most presenters publish facts relevant to their proposition’s topic or issue, excluding facts deemed not relevant.
Reince Priebus, former White House communications chief, appeared reject inconvenient facts and ignoring challenges by media reporters.
Priebus adhered to the Goebbels’ principle, regarding truth as a great enemy. Such lies can only be maintained for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
When facts are inconvenient, we need to challenge them to learn.
The real challenge is our accepting the need to keep learning is something many avoid like infectious plagues.

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Those with mobiles already can use video-links.
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