The Cost of War

With the renewed push by the leaders (owners) of the USA and the UK to keep the theater of war open in Iraq we must consider how much wars cost us. The British Air Force destroyed a truck with alleged links to ISIS using Brimstone missiles during an “armed reconnaissance mission”. The cost of a Brimstone missile is about £150,000. The Pentagon spent approximately $7 million t$10 million per day since July 2014 to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Some may not even know that there is a war in Syria.

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Military officials try to justify this aerial warfare by comparing the costs of it to that of the ground warfare. This may remind us of the language used during the early days of the Vietnam war which eventually developed into an all out war using everything even submarines. We still bear the costs of that war: civilian casualties, destroyed villages, veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, victims of Agent Orange and so on. Who could put a price tag on all that suffering? …

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Bandage over insult

I had enough of a lot of things!!!

I had enough of people who kick and thread on others then believe it is enough to burp out an “apology” to make it right. They believe that the “sorry band aid” will cover the deepest wounds they inflict, with their razor sharp tongues and ill intentions. The wounds which so precisely severed the arteries of the others, by founding the gaps between the plates of the armour of others, covering their weakness, doubts and pain. How could one believe that by aiming for a soft spot and meaning the worst for the other they could get away from that battle actually stronger, not just feeling a false taste of a fleeting “victory”???

Bandage

I had enough of people pretending to know nothing to manipulate others. I had enough of not regarding the other to say “please”, instead of “can you?” or “it would be great if” …

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National Security 2

I do not feel safe. I think we need to spend a whole lot more resources to make me feel safe. I acknowledge that there are inherent dangers in the XXI. century, but I believe my fears are well founded. It is a matter of security. It is the matter of security of the area where we live, our values and our freedoms. It is not national security, it is a matter of Community Security. These things are not compatible.

Community Security

Source: Sentient Monkey

Thinking in artificially created groups or inorganic organisations (aka international or transnational corporations) will surely endanger Community Security. Even the idea of national security will most certainly create barriers between various groups of humans. National security will create “us” and “them”, where “us” must always outgun “them”. …

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Reverse Whale Watching 3

Your eyes are straining over the endless ocean as you are watching, scanning waves after waves, looking at the rips and tides. You are hoping for rain or fog. You are hoping it will get dark early, but this time of the year it is almost never dark. You are hoping for the sky to fall.

Dorsal fin near a killing beach in the Faroe Islands

You want to see nothing. You want to see the empty ocean and not the familiar shapes of dorsal fins …

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A forced hand

You may be concerned about the pending destruction of the world heritage Tasmanian forests. You may be affected by the images of trees being cut down and killed or animals being burned alive because of the industrial firebombing. You may share your views on social media, you may sign a petition. You may want to do more and donate at website of the Bob Brown Foundation. You may even write a letter or an email to Prime Minister Tony Abbott who expressed his frustration about too many of Australia’s forest are locked up in national park hence inaccessible to industrialist, his campaign supporters.

Soul, Mind, Fist

You may attend a demonstration in major city. You may invite your family and friends to that protest. But what if you want to do more? …

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How to “retain” your sanity

We have seen dolphins die. In the same time hundreds and thousands of people died all over this marvelous planet. Some died because of hunger, some were killed by the most extreme form of “research” called war. We could not stop any of this from happening. We were there to do what we could and that we did.

Heart Mind Sanity

I do not know what else you have seen in your life. I have seen people in all sort of situations, some of the were not moving any more, they were dead. …

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How to stop a punch? 2

I am bamboozled by the stupidity of the response we conjured up to alcohol (a drug) fueled violence and the resistance of the drug (alcohol) dealers. The drug dealers are saying early lockouts, the cutting of trading ours will be ineffective, but it will wither away their profit. They are saying it is not their fault, they are only cashing in on this so called “culture” of binge drinking. They merely supplying what is in demand.

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And they are right, they are telling a partial truth… …

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Child Abuse 1

The other day I went to Dr Earth in Newtown to buy some healthy food and I saw something surprising there: a proof of child abuse. It is a surprising place to find evidence of such a heinous act, but that what’s happened to me. I was looking for some fluoride-free toothpaste when I saw it. I was stunned, surprised and disappointed. It was not healthy, in fact it was downright scary.

Child abuse

It appears that we have been conditioned enough by the corporate media and advertisement that we do not recognise seemingly obvious child abuse. …

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I would like to make a complaint 2

How many times have we uttered these words to express dissatisfaction with a product or a service? How many times we tried to resolve the issue some other way? We can look for a resolution, an alternative. We could try to turn a blind eye over a shortcoming or a defect. But sometimes we need to do more…

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At 09.12 on 11 December 2013 I dialed 0262799244, the phone number of the Japanese Embassy in Canberra. I asked to speak with the cultural attache or some other person about the killing and enslavement of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The lady who answered the call said she would take my complaint. She did not need to ask if I was calling for information, updates or any other reason. She knew I was calling to complain.

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Blood Red Clouds over Taiji

I am in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. I dreamed of this country as I grew up. I read books and saw movies about it. I studied their history, culture, martial arts and found many similarities between theirs and, among others, the Huns. I discovered that their thinkers have reached the same conclusions about the nature of existence, much like Krishnamurti, Ekhardt Tolle, Carlos Castaneda and others all over the planet. In the Hagakure, the Book of the Samurai one can read that, “There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there is nothing left to do, and nothing else to pursue”.

A Risso dolphin's last moments @ Taiji, 09:58 hrs on 5 November 2013

These words are just as universal as unconditional love and can be felt by every human being even if only for a short time. These link us together, while our actions keep us apart… …

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