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The quality, goodness and guarantee of availability of food
Just to the North of Australia lies a series of islands known as Indonesia, known to Australians as a place of booze and drug filled ‘spring break’ style getaways, and one of the worst places to get on the wrong side of the law.
Having Just had it’s election for president, only the second time a democratic election for the office was announced, for the very first time a non-elite candidate was run and apparently won with 53% of the vote.
A political new comer to the national political scene Joko Widodo (Jokowi) cut his teeth as Governor of Jakarta and previously as Mayor of Solo.
Some commentators as saying he is too close to the much more experienced and politically connected former President Megawati Sukanoputri, and may be unduly influenced by her and her circle.
His presidential election opponent Probowo Subianto ( a more typical Indonesian military strong man president archetype) has called for a recount in a largely symbolic (and slightly sour grapes) move, though the result is unlikely to change.
Joko Widodo made his fortune in the furniture export business, and had flagged infrastructure and heath as major areas for improvement for Indonesia’s 240 Million People.
240 Million people on your doorstep have a new political direction.
48 million of them didn’t eat enough today either.
A sweet little info clip from the guardian.
For people of most nation states martial law and a military coup is terrifying prospect,
but for Thailand it seems to be a standard part of the political process in recent decades.
This should help explain why we feel so angry about Tony Abbott.
Before election day (the big date) he was saying “It’s OK if we just hold hands and cuddle”.
On budget day (the next morning) we were feeling violated.
Q: Is Tony Abbott earning $4 per minute?
A: Yes. Tony Abbott is earning more than $4 per minute.
Q: How did you work that out?
A: I’m pretty smart with maths and stuff.
Q: How did you get so smart?
A: Luck of the draw and avoiding Facebook and TV.
If a typical individual could learn how to do your job in two weeks or less, you are at serious risk.
While the protests against the “Best Budget Ever” are keeping people busy this autumn, spare an afternoon for the worthwhile fight against Monsanto ! This Saturday , 2pm at the State Library:
“Rod Quantok will be hosting the event, David Holmgren, an Australian environmental designer, ecological educator and writer, will be our special guest speaker. We also have an impressive list of other speakers who will share their expertise and knowledge with you. To top it off, you can get groovy with the sounds of The Formidable Vegetable Sounds System and Divina Providencia. It’s going to be a fantastic day, kid friendly and designed for families and communities!”
Best of all, the OM Free Kitchen will be making a special appearance at this event ,with the usual smorgasboard of soups, vegetable pasta , edible weeds, homebaked cakes and real Chai tea!
Guess what Australia, you are 30 years behind New Zealand!
A wave of shocked silence followed by jeers echos across the country…
Australians all angrily ask “What are we behind in?”
“Apart from Rugby Union and occasionally Netball we are not behind New Zealand!”
Only if it was so unimportant as sport, you might see whats really going on. You have been blinded by bread and circuses, or perhaps beer and footy.
Split Enz, from New Zealand in 1981, with a song written by Neil Finn, unfortunately history does repeat.
New Zealand, for decades, has been a social policy test tube for the western world. A small, largely isolated population that reeled from the Neo- con ‘shock doctrine’ of Chicago school economists.
Even more surprising was the fact that this hard core Neo-con agenda was run by the New Zealand’s Labour party, a political outfit more or less akin to the ALP in political ideology and electoral significance.
Well it would have been akin to the ALP, if it wasn’t for a few key individuals who drew inspiration from Thatcher and Regan who were in office at the time in UK and USA respectively.
Would you like to look into a somewhat tame version of what is happening now in Australian Politics with the Abbott/Hockey budget?
Have a glance at these somewhat surreal crystal balls, telling you a potential future for Australia from New Zealand’s troubled past.
If you do not watch these films, you only have yourself to blame when further nasty surprises happen!
Its worth pointing out that despite this film being made more than 12 years after the neo- con ravage and upheaval in NZ, it was effectively banned from NZ television until 2003, nearly 20 years after the events it portrayed. You might ask why, and that’s the exact question the New Zealand Government didn’t want its citizens asking. Citizens who were now being treated as units of economic production.
Another film by the same director (Alistair Barry) about the same events from a slightly different and more enlightened perspective, explores how the Reserve Bank of New Zealand was behind many of the initiatives. Curiously the director said his main inspiration for making the movies was he had so much footage that simply made him angry, and he had to understand why it make him angry, and what was actually driving the economic and social carnage witnessed.
Both of the films heavily feature television archives, which many New Zealanders would have seen as part of news broadcasts at the time of the events, some clips appear in both films because of the significant to both stories and the political history described.
Split Enz I walk away; 1984, from their last album.
Perhaps Split Enz saw the (economic) writing on the wall, splitting up in 1984 and temporarily moving to Los Angeles before morphing into ‘The Mullanes’ and finally ‘Crowded House’ and moving back ‘home’ to Australia.
The opening credits of this video sadly will not put to bed any lingering debate over whether Crowded House was Kiwi band or and Aussie band, as Hester had joined Split Enz before the remainder of Split Enz became ‘Crowded House’.
The best compromise to this sometimes confused friendly debate is best settled with this: Crowded House was a Melbourne band that formed in the USA from the remains of a New Zealand band.
Welcome to the confusion and dislocation of the shock doctrine and globalization.
And finally Crowded House ‘Weather with you’ from 1992. When the rapacious globalist corporations come, they bring the weather (and its not good weather).
If you don’t think it can happen here, this week should have been a wake up call, Chile was taken by surprise in 1973, as was New Zealand in 1984, will Australia wake up and get wise in 2014?
History does repeat.
What was once a purely New Zealand phenomenon can easily become completely ingrained in Australia, be it music or political ideology.
RIP Paul Hester
Any one even vaguely aware of politics has this week heard of the federal budget. As almost everyone is saying ” Wow, I’m really gonna get screwed”. It seems to be the type of budget that hurts everyone and those already struggling the most. Even members of the former Howard liberal government are calling it crazy.
It is a budget to fix a deficit that does not exist, to create a pretext to funnel more money to the corporate puppet masters.
Here at occupy we were telling you about the problem of corporate influence in politics years ago and this is exactly what we were warning you about.
This budget is treason pure and simple, fortunately the Australian Constitution gives us remedy.
So this week with the money that isn’t wasted on wars and war toys a possibly habitable planet was discovered.
Humanity has a ‘Carl Sagan’ moment get wide eyed in wonder and then puts it head back to the grind.
So in the constellation of Cygnus is a Red Dwarf star (M dwarf) called kepler 186 and its 5th planet rotates around this star about 1/3 of the distance we rotate around our sun. But that is about as accurate as saying somewhere in Australia I dropped a bottle top with my phone number written on it. Any way this planet is believed to be in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, not to cold, not too hot, and is thought to have the right temperature for liquid water and therefore life. The panet has been in that position for a few billion years so life would have had time to evolve, if thats how life really comes about.
Downside: its 490 light years away, even a laser beam (or radio wave) pulsing data to and from such a place would take 490 years to make a one way journey. If you
thought your internet was slow I assure you this would be a lot worse. So other than a wormhole or faster than light speed travel we are not getting there anytime soon
This is all really great, a real testament to science to find such a thing.
But just think what would we do if we sat in our space ship in orbit of this world. Surely we could land and make conquest of the place, but is that the right thing
to do? Think of the scientific discoveries that could be made just to study the place. Would we think of the plants and animals there as simply food and raw
materials? A place for collecting trophies and trinkets for exorbitant resale on earth.
That’s not just Marble, it’s Kepler Marble; very expensive…
What if there were sentient creatures there? Would we simply shove them aside like previous conquest of new worlds? We have discovered new worlds before and look how it ended for those who were on the new world when it was ‘discovered’. North America was ‘new world’, Central America was a ‘new world’, South America was a ‘new world’, Australia was a ‘new world’ (though not specifically called that). Imagine a ten ton mining truck squashing a small animal unknown to science, and then realize it can happen here too, the fact it happens somewhere else makes it no more less of a tragedy.
So while we might find a ‘new world’ we are hardly ready to go there without being remarkable destructive, so perhaps Kepler 186f is safe for now from a world not quite ready to deal with its own problems.