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Judgement Day will Come

I see the fires’s dull dangerous glowIt flickers like the anger in my soulA burning rage at the failed leadersThe tentacles of grief grasp our heartsFor the destruction of our olive landLike the wreathes of smoke curling upEach fire the… Continue Reading →

Like Lemmings to a Cliff – The Media; Climate

As the political temperature over climate and fires has risen this week, the media has rushed to apportion blame for both fires and the rising crescendo of outrage at the inaction of conservative (and some Labor) governments across Australia –… Continue Reading →

Murder by any other name – When will we start calling climate science denying politicians what they are: murderers!!

The Bahamas. This is not an accident (Photo Our News Travis Carroll) Are Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, Bolsonaro, Boris Johnson and a myriad other leaders, former leaders (Abbott), and ministers (Proudfoot, Taylor etc) murderers? In my book, yes. When you… Continue Reading →

Looking for Napoleon – inside the French mind

From these small misunderstandings history is made. The 100 years war. Waterloo. Nuclear testing in the Pacific. The Wogs begin at Calais. La Perfide Albion (Albion being an old  name for England). Even today many French people view the English as being perfidious and Brexit does little to change that.

Why I hate Australia (and why it’s not even a place)!

Most people think of Australia as a place. But I don’t. You know. “Where are you from?” Australia. But Australia is not a place, it’s simply an idea. A concept. A set values. We may think of Australia as tangible…. Continue Reading →

A lie is better than the truth in our society

We increasingly live in an Orwellian age where speaking out can have a high cost. Historically that has also been true – we need only think of the Nazis, Stalinism, the Inquisition, Pol Pot. But Governments have never been more capable of monitoring our every move. Our employers monitor our Facebook posts. Every phone has a built in recording device.

The premium on truth has never been higher. And nowhere more so than in politics and political parties. For the Greens, which claim higher standards, the challenge has never been greater. We need internal systems that promote honest discussion rather than suppressing them; that provide clear and independent complaints processes. We need to take the beam out of our own eye. Because blind loyalty is a curse for organisations, and one that leads to corruption and incompetence.

The Generosity of Strangers in Strange Lands

It’s clear that Australians whose daily out outpouring of bile against Muslims, refugees and strangers, in general, have never experienced the generosity, warmth and welcome of strangers in strange lands. Had they done so it is hard to believe that… Continue Reading →

Rugby League – the world’s most boring “sport” – inane, unintelligent and misogynistic

Rugby League! Is it the world’s most stupid game? And how easy it is to dislike!! Leaving aside the misogyny, the hyped-up macho culture, the boys’ own stupidity (Oh I hate Queensland!!), the serial idiocy of its players and the… Continue Reading →

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