Holier than Thou

A few days ago a homeless man was arrested after he punched a baby in the face. The “news” outlets such as the Telegraph and 7 sensationalised the incident in no time, as the “public has the right to know”. So we are being told a version of the “news” using language to affect our most guttural instincts, to provoke anger, self-righteousness and the feeling that we are better than the alleged perpetrator, because we are different.

Psychotic

Source: Céline Barthonnat

Indeed we are different. We walk past people like Nicholas Bolas on the street every day, while frustratedly punching mobile devices. We just do not pay attention to them at the moment. …

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We are number two in the world

In an almost empty parliament something happened today. Where members casually entertain each other with “hear, hear” or some poisonous comment while they praise their party and ridicule the other with empty slogans and tirades, someone said a few weighty words. Words unheard of, unspoken before yet now spoken on behalf of the voiceless. Just one lonely man, with only a handful to witness.

Say What Needs to Be Said

Today MP Mark Pearson representing the Animal Justice Party (AJP), the second party on the whole of the Earth to be elected on the platform of animal rights and welfare, said those words in the NSW Legislative Council. …

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Affordable law-breaking

Robert Blake, after spending $10 million on his defence against a murder charge, famously said, You’re innocent until proven broke”. This observation permeates the Western legal system, in which the only winners are (certainly not the victim) are the lawyers who always get paid. This is not to say that every lawyer is bad or that they do not do some great pro bono work, but the fact that the legal system is so complicated that you need full time guides who dedicate their time finding shortcuts, using (sometime black) magic to achieve strange outcomes.

Breaking the Law

It used to be a right to be tried by a jury, by the ordinary members of the community, for even the smallest law breaking. But since there are so many laws that is no surprise there are so many law breakers. Laws supposed to reflect the morality and the ethical standards of society, but we can see that laws are really slow to follow our evolving consciousness …

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An act of indecency

An act of indecency is something a right-minded person would consider to be contrary to community standards of decency or, to put it another way, something that offends against the currently accepted standards of decency or contrary to ordinary standards of the morality of a respectable person. These are definitions from various court cases or common law. So (almost) anyone on the street should be able tell you if something is indecent.

Indecent

Australian law prohibits the commission of acts of indecency and a person committing an act of indecency can be even sent to jail. Examples of this is when somebody exposes their genitalia on the train to others or sends a naked photograph to someone else. Although these are not the most serious offences we certainly do not want to be a victims of them. But seemingly unconsciously we are victims of acts of indecency every day and those guilty of it go unpunished. …

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Royal and ungodly lies

We have all seen it on tv and in the papers. Besides the heart wrenching moments of violence, we had to endure the lies and manipulations, the advertisements and the hate-mongering in the media. We may be angry or sad, we may feel that we must do something, but we must be careful. The truth does not come from Jones, Hadley (on this side of the ocean) or O’Reilly (on the other side of the ocean) or from the other Murdoch hench(wo)men, no matter how convincing they may sound.

Say What Needs to Be Said

Source: Wikipedia & Deshamodeh@deviantart

You may feel angry about Monis and what he did, but look around and find the real issues. Monis was highly likely mentally ill, he should have been in a mental health institution getting help. Unfortunately the NSW governments in their eternal (inhumane) wisdom decided to cut the funding to the mental health sector …

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Defense Forces Invading Other Countries

In light of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Pamela Anderson and others raising funds for the Israeli Defense Force we need to examine what is going on during the war of words. The Israeli Defense Force so far invaded and occupied the West Bank, much of the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip and according to the UN the occupation is illegal. It also led to the death of thousands of Palestinians with even more losing their houses and livelihood. In the meantime the Australian Defense Force is continuing to be involved in the air strikes in Northern Iraq and other areas. A bit far from Australia one might think.

Say What Needs to Be Said

Of course the flavour of the last two decade were to blame everything on terrorism. Of course government sponsored terrorism may be OK, as long as it was authorised by a man in a suit, even if it is the approval or even the knowledge of the country that man in the suit claims to rule or lead. The French secret service sunk the Rainbow Warrior, the CIA owned up to the bombing of Cubana Flight 455 …

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Corporations killed Jesus

In a certain holy book a beautiful (and perhaps fictitious) person was killed and while he was being nailed to a cross he only felt compassion and love for the people who were killing him. On another occasion Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple and accused them of turning the temple into a den of thieves, through their commercial activities. According to some he may have even used a whip. Today Jesus would be shot dead by an assassin hired by the big banks & corporations and the government would legalise his murder and would call Jesus a terrorist, who caused job losses.

Giotto: Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple

Sounds funny? Not when you look at today’s news. …

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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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