The Trouble with Guns


When I was a little kid, my brothers and their mates sometimes mucked around with slug guns and air rifles in our backyard. It was a nice place, a big fishpond, a rockery and a big old camphor laurel tree with lots of shrubs and roses in beds my mother and father created. Down the back, near the incinerator where my father burnt used vials of drugs from his surgery and stinking x-ray films, there was an old chesterfield couch facing the fence waiting to be chopped up and incinerated by my father. My brothers had put a target up on the back fence and were having a crack at the bullseye, however after the first volley, up popped my granny, a slight trickle of blood running down her forehead. She’d been hiding away trying to get some peace no doubt from our unruly mob and placed herself right in the line of fire. She shouted at the murdering blackguards who were trying to kill her. A badly aimed shot had grazed her red frizzy head and my brothers then had the honour of having shot our granny. She survived though.

Granny had witnessed violence in Ireland, all through the Easter Uprising to The Troubles in the 1960s and further. Her brother had been in the Sinn Fein and another was suspected to have joined the IRA. There were tales of the Black and Tans and unspeakable violence. Guns were a part of life there and then, the violent history of revolution and resistance but that was then and this was 1960’s Australia. Guns were a form of entertainment. Shooting rabbits or roos was part of the cultural weft and weave, good country fun. Then came the madmen like Martin Bryant and Julian Knight. John Howard immediately introduced the National Firearms Agreement, restricting the private ownership of semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing. It was implemented with bipartisan support by the Commonwealth, states and territories and coming a short time after the Dunblane massacre, in Scotland, where 18 lives were lost.

These however tragic, are nothing compared to what the really big boys do. They do it fairly secretly, (like shitting in someone else’s toilet) except in the case of the arms expos, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that the industry amounts to well over 2 trillion dollars. Australia is a willing and active participant in the trade.

As long ago as the 1970s, Australia was exporting small arms to PNG which given the untidy nature of governance there resulted in the widespread proliferation of guns into private hands. Australia exports weapons and ‘dual use goods to African nations, particularly Zimbabwe in 2003-2004 amounting to $1 million worth of hardware but other countries as well. Many of these are repressive violators of human rights; Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji and the Philippines, Pakistan, Israel, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Now we have the UAE buying and using defence systems from the Australian firm EOC for use, at least in the bloody repression of the Yemenis. Why is the Australian government issuing export licences to these companies?

All weapons productions in Australia used to be government owned which afforded some checks and balances for at least the profit motive was hopefully not the motivating factor. No more. Now the arms trade in Australia is private, mostly multinational corporations like the French owned Thales group which is the world’s 10th largest defence contractor. What used to be defensive is now profit driven and clearly the motive for disingenuous dealing or blatant undermining of fragile societies and regimes is obvious. More conflict more money. More money more power. More power more …well, more everything.

As Australia and the rest of the world for that matter, move ever closer to a global totalitarian state it is critical to resist the urge to be ignorant of wrongdoing by the state especially in these dreadful matters. Guns and weapons have no recreational purpose. They are made to kill and maim.

When I.G. Farben manufactured Zyklon B through one of its subsidiaries, Tesch and Stabenow, it was first used as an insecticide. Essentially cyanide and prussic acid crystals, it became gas when exposed to air. It was very efficient, very effective and very cheap to produce. Profitable too. Used in the gas chambers, it was bought up by the Nazis in large quantities as a weapon of mass slaughter, to kill the Jews, Christians, Gypsies, disabled, homosexuals, dissidents and others. Millions of them.

After the war ended the directors of I.G. Farben denied any knowledge of the Nazi’s use of the chemical, however twenty three I.G. Farben directors were tried for war crimes, thirteen were convicted. Director Bruno Tesch and executive manager Karl Weinbacher (of Tesch and Stabenow) were found guilty and given the death sentence. Both were hung on May 16, 1946 but by 1951 all the others were released.

Both EOS and the Australian government deny knowledge of the UAE’s use of the weapons system against the Yemenis. It beggars belief that the Australian government continues to issue export licenses for these and other weapons pretending they are ignorant of their ultimate purpose. They kill and maim. That’s what guns and bombs do. They also have sophisticated systems that help them do it more efficiently cheaply and accurately. Very effective, very efficient and very profitable.

Thales is partly owned by the French government, so I assume we are supporting them in some way too and EOS is dominated by good ole beefy white Aussies, even an ex Senator in there (Kate Lundy), a few military types, oh yes and the UAE link, AbdulRahman who ‘ forged a solid career in the UAE Defence Industry’.

I don’t want any of my taxes to go towards killing or maiming anyone. I don’t want my government to do so either by issuing licenses or giving tax relief or any other tacit form of support or approval. I didn’t vote for you Scott Morrison but since you are such a strong believer in the gospel and the living presence of Jesus Christ,then perhaps you wouldn’t mind seeing to it that neither you nor the government knowingly allows the weapons or its supporting systems to be manufactured here and immediately cancels the export licenses of any of these companies.

The Trouble with Gurus

Secretly, I always wanted to be a guru. One of those guys who channel Source, spruik their lid-blowing wisdom and have rich brown eyes with a little twinkle at the corner. At some time, a dais with two comfortable chairs, a celebrity nodding with the audience laughing at every word or gesture. Maybe a stash of cash proving how wise they are. I keep spending mine. Not wise. First error.


Of course it is great for them to do what they do, actually despite the sarcasm, I have enjoyed the teachings of many. God knows how many I have read or listened to but I realised today something which has been slowly encroaching on my mind. Like a smell in the fridge; an old bowl of cauliflower cheese you were going to heat up for supper four or five days ago, or a piece of chicken festering in the meat tray poked at the back because you didn’t want to cook several nights in a row. It’s why I don’t get to be on the dais.

It goes like this.

Say for example I want to make a garden. I will work and structure the garden, buy the plants, the tools, fertilisers, blood and bone, dolomite lime, grass seeds, root cutting hormone, stakes…I have everything I need then the wheelbarrow gets lots of work. I have the vision, I have acquired the stuff, I do the work and make the garden. Then comes the waiting for each season. I am excited and do my plant calls to see how the babies are doing. I love them all with all my heart.

Things happen out of my control though like the frost and the ever present winds which are either from the north in the summer and fry everything and feel like the devil’s armpit. Or they’re from the south and are glacial. Last week we had three mornings of severe frost, minus three! I made paper and cardboard covers for the frost tender plants and checked them in the morning. All good. In two weeks we have had frost, warmth, winds and three inches of rain on one day alone. Mad. Now it is too cold and although there are lots of jobs to be done I don’t go out. I am sick of it.

I draw and paint. I have loved it. I had exhibitions in Europe and here in Australia. My work was lauded by a master painter in China and I was amazed. I really didn’t think the work deserved that kind of praise for goodness’ sake! Over the years I have accrued a large number of paints, inks, mediums, paper, brushes, canvases and stretchers, all kinds of stuff, folders of experimental work and sketches but also a LOT of empty sketch books. I collected the stuff but now don’t do. Was it just for a season? Maybe I have lost my mojo.

I write. Everyday. I love writing. Words are my soldiers, the literary army out on the parade ground to march out thoughts, ideas, clever phrases and fancies. I have known transcendental moments of deep connection with what Tolle would say was Presence which writing and even while painting but less so there as I was never satisfied with the result, the work never finished. Writing is different. It is finite. It has a beginning middle and end, easy to negotiate. I have written one novel and a book of poetry and short stories and have three other novels in process. Not progress, process. They sit there.

When I lived in India I had an idea to make retro dresses and kaftans from the gorgeous saris all around me. I bought over 70 saris and employed a tailor to make them. True, he messed some of them up; waistlines so long it seemed he’d envisioned dressing a dugong not a girl. I was raring to go and sold at some markets but ended up giving most of them away and now have three boxes of sari material in my cupboards.

My life is littered with examples like this and I can hear the words of my mother ringing clearly and sharply in my mind.

“Finish what you started!”

I try. Honestly with all my heart I try. I get the stuff I need and begin with the greatest of enthusiasm but it quickly wanes when it doesn’t take off and then I ditch it and move on hoping the next thing will take off. But in fact I don’t think I ever had anything particularly take off. Maybe my gourmet foods at the markets…certainly my kids. They are incredible runaway successes. But me?

I have never really known success. Just what kind of unicorn is that anyway?

How do people get to speak to thousands on a warmly lit dais? Who are these TED talkers? Who are these people with their own channel and hundreds of thousands of twitter followers? Is it skill, luck, talent, persistence, nepotism, charm, beauty or all of the above? Am I just lazy? Do I deeply fear success, rejection or just defeat? Is there something flawed in my thinking or my working? Am I not applying the Laws of Attraction properly? Has my desire for my meteoric rise been self defeating? Pride. Lust. Greed. Sloth. Envy. Gluttony. Wrath!!!!!!! No wonder I will never get a spot on The New Earth. Fuck it. Breathe…

The next Grand Solar Minimum, Cosmic Rays and Earth Changes (an introduction)

Excellent article on the Mad Weather Age.

Abrupt Earth Changes

What to expect in a Grand Solar Minimum. How does an increase in galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth’s climate and also tectonic activity?

Here is a simplified description of the basic mechanism:

A solar maximum is the period within the 11-year solar cycle of high solar magnetic field and high sunspot count. Sunspots are highly magnetic and visually dark spots or ‘holes’ in the photosphere of the sun, where solar flares can erupt.

A solar minimum is the low activity trough of the 11-year solar cycle (Schwabe Cycle). A Grand Solar Minimum is a period of several successive very low Schwabe Cycles, usually coinciding with phases of climate disruption and – in the long run -cooling. An example is the Maunder Minimum (c. 1645 and 1715) that coincided with the coldest phase of the Little Ice Age. The Little Ice Age, from which we have been emerging since c…

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Waiting for God-ohhhh…

Tomorrow I will know about the ‘fairy lights’ as my mate Sarah put it.

Back in Feb I was living and working in Thailand, in smoggy Chiang Mai, and was riding a motorbike daily into work. I had rented it from Wan, my Grab driver, and she and I were exchanging drivers late one Saturday night. I was buggered and grumpy because she had taken the bike from the car park where I had left it some 10 hours previously, but not told me. So she had to come and pick me up, drive me back to her place, swap riders and I would be on my way.

We both made mistakes.

I assumed, as I swung over the front to get on, that though the engine was still running, she was holding the handbrake. She assumed I wouldn’t hold the other front handle and throttle to balance. F=MA. Force equals mass by acceleration. It was shocking how fast and hard I got flicked by the fully throttled bike onto the gravel road and pulled along a bit. I remember my head hitting the road and feeling my neck kind of pop sideways. I also remember the huge bang my ribs took. I lay there for a minute, hearing the bike revving like mad then cutting out as Wan got to it and turned it off, carefully considering the various painful bits I was feeling. My neck was the biggest worry and I suddenly saw myself in a neck brace or like some Stephen Hawking tapping words out with a proboscis attached to my head for the keyboard. I sat up slowly and carefully. Wan was running towards me calling out’ “Are you alright?” I didn’t really know but I seemed in one piece. We picked up the bike and after checking on her bruised leg I drove home and did what I didn’t oughta. I knew I was feeling a bit shocked and a bit sore but I took a Valium and some Panadol and went to bed.

Next day it was straight to Chiang Mai Ram for me. Yep. Concussion and 3 fractured ribs. Well done miss. However the doctor did mention that I also seemed to have some kind of lesion in my lung or around the 7th rib so did I want a CT Scan.

“I don’t know. Do I need it?”

The Thai doctor smiled. “Up to you. You want, you have!”

“Yes but you are the professional, I am just the body. Do I need one?”

“Up to you.”

I told him I had a history of breast cancer.

“OK. We do closer x-ray.”

A few days later, already having in my mind what music I wanted played at my funeral and whether my ashes would be dumped off the rocks at the beach or scattered around a scarlet oak tree, I went along.

Doctor Flexi-thorn said.”Not here anymore. No problem now. Maybe just vascular lump.”

Ahhh that sounded better, well oddly vague, but meh, it seemed a typically Asian attitude.

So some weeks later when I resigned from my job and came back to Australia and had my scheduled follow up at the oncologist, I told her about the mysterious lesion found after the bike accident, she booked me in for a CT scan which led to a whole body scan and another CT scan and here I am tonight tapping out my thanatophobia, (my ever present fear of death and dying) in words few if any will read. I am worried this time though, as they have taken it so seriously. Yes the truth is that breast cancer treatment, well the radiation, causes bone cancer in far too many cases and when I saw the images of my chest on view at the nuclear medicine dept, I saw a few fairy lights on the image. The radioactive glucose they inject is drawn to hotspots of glucose loving things like tumours.


It is something else, osteoporosis? Perhaps it was just bony shit growing there from all those stupid multi vitamins and minerals I took for years to calm my thanatophobia. All those years worrying about dying and being ill! What a fucking WASTE of my life! Today I have been reflecting on all of that. I am the classic wastrel. I have been blessed with a number of talents. I paint and draw passably well, I sing pretty well, I played the piano pretty well for a time until I had no piano, I write fairly well, I love to cook and grow stuff, I love hard physical WORK like landscape gardening. I sew well and designed clothes. I was a reasonably good psychic (clearly not too good with myself!) I have had a couple of business that showed promise. I had a 20 year teaching gig which I never considered a career. It was something I did until the REAL career showed up. I have been avidly into health, medicine and some branches of science including psychology.  I adored travelling and meeting people, I am generous to others and interested in helping out. I consider myself a spiritual seeker,yet here I am on the threshold of finding out all the mysteries by dying and I feel totally pissed off with myself, because underneath it all I feel a failure. I feel I have only lived a bit of my life. I could have developed something deeply and thoroughly but instead I played with everything because once I could do a bit I dropped it knowing I could do the rest if I wanted to at a later point but that point never came back around. I have been a professional dilettante.

Tomorrow I find out about the results I hope, if my onco manages to call me. I am making a solemn promise to myself here…not a diet type promise that I know will break after a few days…but a real one. IF the results are good and I am clear I promise I will do one thing and do it well for the rest of my time.

Now…just what was that?

Cap’s Way

Cap lived according to the 3F’s. Fighting. Feeding. … and indulging in as much procreative activity as he could, well, till he met Alice.

He had a code of ham-fisted justice that was swift and hard. Some farmer near Merino had once whipped Cap’s old one-eyed Dad on the legs with a dog chain for something and Cap hunted this bloke out, thrashed the shit out of him in the middle of a paddock one time he and I had gone rabbit hunting. He’d asked me to go with him and after finding out where he wanted to go I’d thought it would be okay this time. Just hills, rabbits, him an’ me. No-one would go out with him any more because there was always a fight, always. But this time I thought it was safe. We were going off in the middle of bloody nowhere past Coleraine. So I’d said, “Yeah all right.”

It seemed fine. There were no houses, no cars, carts horses or chickens, there was no-one for bloody miles. Cap spotted some bunnies and said,

“Lance, you git on round the low side and I’ll come from the top.”

So off I went, really pleased, as it was all going so smooth. I found myself going through a small stand of gums down the bottom of the paddock where the creek runs thin and shallow in sandy pools and out to the clearing Cap was to meet me in. It was empty as the Sahara. No Cap. I waited a bit and then started up the slope. Near the top there was the sound of bone impacting flesh, grunts and a sort of soft whoooohk. I crested the hill just as this farmer who’d whipped Cap’s dad, copped  a beauty in the guts. He went down. There was blood all over his face, some came from his nose and some from a cut on the eyebrow.

“Ahhh shit! Bloody hell Cap!”

Cap was a bit puffed but not much. I’d seen him worse, like the time he’d flogged that big Irish bastard at Casterton. Cap straightened up running the back of his hand across his nose and leaned over the farmer.

“If yer want some more, y’bastard, jus’ call me.”

Then he swung away and picked up his gun and walked off calling me.

“Y’ comin’?”

I just stared at his straight back. I couldn’t believe it. Middle of bloody nowhere and trouble happened.

Still we got over two dozen bunnies and a bit more that day and Cap said Alice his wife, would be happy. I doubted it. All the women were sick to death of rabbit. To supplement the diet and income, Cap ran a huge veggie garden like his old Dad. Magnificent straight lines of everything you could think of. Carrots, beetroot, silverbeet, onions the size of babies heads, radishes, corn, peas, beans, lettuce. Everything. First it was all dug by hand, about two acres of it. Then after his dad bought a rotary hoe, Cap gave in and bought one too. He did anything he could to get the money for that rotary hoe. Cut wood, sold veggies  by the side of the road or wheelbarrowed them into Casterton every morning, shot rabbits, skinned them then sold the carcasses and skins, worked like a bloody dog. They were tough boys from that family. It seemed they were all in competition with their old man. Up the pub we used to ask each other which of Harry’s boys was the toughest, some said Frank, some George, some Cap, some swore old Harry was pretty much invincible.  I reckoned Cap was.

Harry their dad, came out from Yorkshire on an assisted passage and after he’d done his stint of compulsory laboring, came  to Casterton and cleared that block about three mile out of town. He built a nice little place for Mary and the boys to live. Did everything by hand, said it was the proper way to get a job done. Had more control. I don’t know, I couldn’t imagine how but he was bloody amazing. Harry got his one-eyed look back in Scarborough when he was about sixteen riding down a cobbled street on his bicycle. The front wheel hit a man hole cover that wasn’t on properly, he flew off, landed with his face impaled on a picket up through the roof of his mouth and into the eye socket.   Well, Harry pulled himself off the fence picket, got back on his bike and rode a few more blocks to the hospital. He was there for three months with the nurses packing the hole in his face with gauze every day. He looked a sight after that, his cheek bone was all shattered and his eyeball was about three inches down his face. Gruesome. But Mary must’ve seen the good side of his face first and married him. Cap told me once that Harry  his dad, had to leave England in a bit of a hurry as he’d had a run in with some Scotsman.

Harry was a gardener on an estate somewhere in the north of England and this big Jock kept giving him and everyone else trouble. Harry was a small man with big fists, they always seem the most dangerous types to me, and this Scot was big with bigger fists but a brain like a potato. The Scot kept hauling Harry away from the garden and shoving him in the dairy with the cows and he didn’t like it. His fists tingled but he knew he’d have no chance against this hairy haggis in the open because of his size. So one afternoon after they’d separated the last of the milk and cream, Harry went across and bolted the dairy door, from the inside.

“Hoo.” said Jock “What d’ye think y’ doin’?”

Harry looked at him, eye to eyes. “Ye great bastard, I’m goin’ to teach you a lesson!”

And in that dairy crowded with machinery, and vats and all, Harry bested the Scot. All the while the other men, were beating on the walls outside yelling,

“Are y’alright in there?” and “Open the fookin’ door!”

Then Harry came out alone with red fists and the men pulled back in surprise. One of them came forward and held his hand out to Harry to shake the red paw and said, “Weel the bugger had it comin’ to him.” But thereafter Harry could find no work nor peace and found out about this scheme to get to Australia.

So they already had it in them, getting’ into scrapes, all of those boys but Cap was the most relentless, always in trouble.

He had four children, the youngest, five year old Gordon with snowy white hair, was the light of his life, he was always hanging round his old man, making him laugh. Cap taught him how to box and sometimes took him to the Casterton Hotel sat him on a stool and gave him a lemonade. Not the girls though, not really, they could just as easily not have been around at all, or for that matter, his wife Alice. Young Snowy was everything to him. He adored that boy.

But Cap did everything in and around the house. What Cap didn’t do never got done. If he didn’t light the copper on Mondays, the washing moldered in the corner of the wash-house till the following Monday. If he didn’t take the kids to school, they ran off into the bush or down the creek. Geez, wild! I’ve seen those girls in fights that would’ve put a bloke to shame. He said he wanted more for them and by God he was prepared to work for it. Then one summer it was real dry, stinking hot and it all changed for him.

The day was a real mongrel. The tar on the roads was melting by ten o’clock that morning, I know ‘cause I was walking it on my way up to Cap’s house. I wished there was a fancy blue swimming pool or a creek to jump in myself. But the creeks were dry that year. When I got on up to the house I was sweating like a pig and looking out for a beer. I pushed open the wire screen door and went in calling out,

“Anyone got a drink for a thirsty man?”

Silence. I went out towards the veggie garden where Cap usually was this time of day.  Then I heard Alice and one of the girls screaming by the water tank. I started to run. From the other direction I saw Cap belting across the paddock and over the fence clearing it by inches, his oldest boy was a way behind, crying as he ran. Cap got to Mary and the tank before me and without a pause picked up the axe that lay just there, near the wood pile and swung it way back. It plunged into the galvanised iron tank with a small squealing sound and water sprayed out. Again and again he struck the tank wrenching the axe out of the metal with a harsh squeal. When I got there I picked up the splitter and did the same, water gushed out making quick rivers around us. Then, throwing down the axe he upped the ladder, jumped over the edge and disappeared through the manhole into the remaining water.  I’ll never forget that sound, reverberating in the tank. First a loud thumping splash then a howl, like a scream. Then he was calling me. “Lance. Lance…take him.”

I clambered up that ladder quick smart and looked in. Cap was standing in the shadow holding a small figure in his arms lifting him up to me, like an offering or something. Sunlight slanted through and fell upon young Gordon, gone white as a fish belly and cold.

Cap worked harder after that.  He got a six month government contract over at the quarry making gravel. He had to let himself over the edge of the cliff face and drill holes for the gelignite, prepare the detonators, haul himself back to the top and blow it all up. Down below men would crush the fallen bluestone into gravel for roads. Once he worked all day and all night, boom booom boom through till morning. I went out to see him and found him and his bike along the road to home, asleep under a tree.  He was knackered. When that finished he went shearing near Dubbo and there was no trouble there. He came home with nine months pay, spent nothing on himself, he’d done real well. But after he’d paid for all the wife had run up at the shops in his absence, he had nothing to show for it. She always looked flash. Cap never went away again. I’d often see him as I passed by the front paddock, there behind the rotary hoe leaning over it as though he was pushing the blasted thing by will power and gristle. They were bloody slow, heavy things back then.

Late one Sunday Alice went out to call him in for tea and saw him resting on the frame of the hoe but the motor wasn’t running, so she went through the gate towards him. Cap was dead, had been for a while because he was already starting to stiffen up. Been out there since six that morning most likely, working.

He never found it easy to relax but eventually we managed to straighten him out and he was no trouble in the end.

Greta Thunberg and the Greater Thunder

I mean…wtf? A child? This is a child used by the Whomeverthefucktheyare to promulgate their agenda. No doubt she, like most of her generation, is sincere. She is innocent and naive but above all she is brainwashed, used appallingly, cynically by the Whomeverthefucktheyare.

Let me be perfectly clear. There IS climate change, this is an incontrovertible truth but how has it come to be? This is not clear although others will scream and shout it is the criminals called humanity and obviously the gross devilish molecule-CO2.

I have done so much reading and research into this starting from the point of  watching Al Gore peddling his gospel of the new carbon age; An Inconvenient Truth with horror and incredulity that we were all going to end up a smoking pair of shoes through to a friend nudging me with, hey mate it isn’t CO2, which was an appalling ignorance as far as I was concerned, until I began the journey to where I am now.

As I was driving home from Geelong late this afternoon, I noticed four weirdly shaped pillars of deep orange stretching UP  from the horizon in a fat based pyramidal shape, then in a continuous line for about a quarter of the dome of the sky where they disappeared behind dark clouds. I have NEVER seen anything like it. I have heard, read and listened to a lot of material on chem-trailing which I first observed in Europe and then to a lesser extent here in Australia. White puffy lines crisscrossing the whole sky, a weft and weave, obscuring the blue and eventually leaving a dissipated slick of silvery grey. To be honest when at first I came across this, I thought of the cost; who is paying for this? Then, why would they? Who is doing it? Why would they be shitting in their own swimming pool? I mean, we all breathe the air, drink water, eat the fruit and sit under the same bodhi tree. It made no sense.

Then I came across the global cooling folks who pinned all climate changes onto the solar minimum with a weakening magnetosphere resulting in the influx of cosmic rays, trees dying from burgeoning UV C, rates of cancer skyrocketing, crop and food shortages, droughts, floods and cruel northern winters with record ice and snow, then also the uptick in volcanoes, earthquakes and jet streams out of whack.

I also stumbled across flat earthers, (praise be!) who believe the real sun is now obscured behind an artificial sun to hide the impending bypass of Planet X.

There are the Annunaki folks, the One Worlders, the WW3 folks, the CO2 is Death to Us All folks, there are the EMPCOE-ers, the Sun Nova’s and BBQs us, people, the Crustal Displacement folks, the We’re All Fucked from Fukushima folks, there are the Climate Deniers, the Climate Changers, it is Catastrophe Porn, an industry like carbon taxes, and so it goes on and on and on.

As does the universe. On and on.

Young Greta is like all young people rattled by adults de-stabilising her world view with fear and panic. She is frightened and has gripped the mettle of A Cause which I find quite sad, but not unsurprising, as she, like most of us, don’t know what the truth is. There is a vast veil, yes, a chiaroscuro drawn over the horizon of what is really happening. We are blind, deaf and led by giants who speak for us but not in our words nor in our language. Thus all we see are inexplicable pillars of orange in a sky clouded with dark doubts and dubious conclusions. We don’t know and cannot guess where we are heading; the Promised Land or just another forty years of wandering?

I don’t know, nor any longer, pretend to know pretty much anything. I dig holes for my trees in among volcanic rocks, which I hope will see a couple of generations of growth. I build up an extra stock of food- just in case. I get up at three a.m. to have a wee and look out the window at the stars wheeling across the same sky that saw my birth, my mother’s and ancestors births decades and generations ago. I get on with it but…yes but…I don’t plan for an old age. Then again, I never did.


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On Assange

As Australia is a member of the Five Eyes I am not surprised that there is silence here in Australia about Assange. It is as if the cover has been drawn over the patient and his toe already tagged ready for the mortuary of history.

There are so many crucial aspects to his case that should be exposed and he should not be treated as our politicians blandly declare,’the same as anyone else’. He is NOT like anyone else and thus his treatment should be different. Justice may be blind but is she also stupid? I hope not.

The most disturbing thing is the silence over the breach of the right to seek asylum. It is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and supported by the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.Under these agreements, a refugee is a person who is outside that person’s own country’s territory owing to fear of persecution on protected grounds, including race, caste, nationality, religion, political opinions and participation in any particular social group or social activities.You can see it refers to the principle of non-refoulement and the right to a fair trial. The blatant regression on these principles is gob-smacking, as is the silence on the part of the mainstream media in addressing it. Moreno is guilty of money laundering and other criminal acts, of which inviting the UK hounds to arrest Assange, in a deal with the UK, the US and the IMF for funds in return for Assange, is but one. Former President Correa declared that Moreno will go to jail for corruption, for having performed an unforgettable crime against humanity by setting up a deal with the US the IMF and the UK to have Assange arrested in return for cash; a Judas.

The UK District Judge Michael Snow said “Mr Assange’s behaviour is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests.” Shaw has by this, run his piratical flag up the legal mast already! Clearly the job of the UK is to deliver Assange to the US and he cannot expect the impartiality of the law there, or anywhere it seems.

There are incredibly important principles at play in all of this farce; the impending show trial of Julian Assange, whether in the UK, Sweden or the US. Firstly there are laws and treaties which are being broken (Refugee Law) secondly justice must be seen to be done and the secret trials that will undoubtedly ensue will breach that. Another is the revelation of facts by Wikileaks and Assange for the public interest and common good and this is the job of journalists, although it seems now that virtually everywhere the MSM has a policy of cut and paste from the organs of government or corporate sources. You read something in Der Spiegel and you’ll find the same article virtually intact in most other MSM publications.
Assange did something courageous and morally right, he went to primary sources and published un-redacted material revealing war crimes and human rights abuses on the part of the US, other governments and their agents. This is in the public interest to know. Assange in addition has the rights bestowed from Natural Law. This is another aspect generally ignored, and the Assange case also reinforces what Murray Rothbard argues; that “the very existence of a natural law discoverable by reason is a potentially powerful threat to the status quo and a standing reproach to the reign of blindly traditional custom or the arbitrary will of the State apparatus.” Assange is a threat to the State apparatus, thus he is pursued by them beyond what is just or fair. Another contravention then, of his natural rights, is his ‘non-saleability’. He was sold by Moreno and is being sold by the UK and implicitly by Australia as its silence is complicity.

We want a just society. We are a nation built around the notion of a ‘fair go’. Amartya Sen refers in The Idea of Justice, to the innate sense children have of what is fair and just. ‘the strong perception of manifest injustice applies to adult human beings as well (as children) . What moves us, reasonably enough, is not the realization that the world falls short of being completely just – which few of us expect – but that there are clearly remediable injustices around us which we want to eliminate.’ Assange was redressing injustice as he saw it and this is the pre-eminent attitude ALL journalists should have. If you don’t speak up for his rights as a journalist and a human being, despite his obvious personality flaws, or even mention the debate he has triggered, then who will? Will it be as Niemoller put in this quote.
‘First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.’