A Cop’s Suicide: Part 18 of Gumshoe’s Royal Commission Series

A wedding scene from New York City

Editor’s Note: This “story” will appear in Mary Maxwell’s new book about the child-abuse Royal Commission:

I wish I hadn’t killed myself, but nobody would listen. If I were alive today, the situation would be a lot easier.

When I was a boy, I used to eavesdrop on Dad and Uncle Ted talking about being “on the job”; this would fill my belly with fire and my heart with excitement. All I ever wanted to do was to wear the badge. That day eventually came, in the winter of 1979, shortly after my 21st birthday. I finished my cadet training and at last I was in uniform, just like Dad.

For the most part I loved my job.

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What’s Up at Risdon? Who’s This New Judge in Tassie?

Cherri Bonney’s last attempted visit to Risdon was in 2016

by Cherri Bonney

Last Friday – we are told by a “little birdie” — there was a mini-riot at Risdon. And for good cause. A prisoner was prevented at the last minute from attending his mother’s funeral. You only have one mother and she only has one funeral, you know. The man was devastated. This is partly because he had been told he could go. Indeed a nice suit for him to wear was dropped off by his family at the prison at 3pm the previous day.

Police were on standby (what, not on stand-down?) as it was said that a guard – pardonez moi, a “custodial officer” – may have been injured, and $50, 000 worth of damage done, by a ruckus of frustrated prisoners over this event.

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Crossing the Nullarbor, Perth to Adelaide

Ms PhillipsMs Phillips and her photos of wildflowers in Geralton WA

by Yasmine Phillips

It brings new meaning to the wide open road, but there is much more to the drive across Australia than simply a bitumen highway through arid shrubland.

Last week I was told to “jump in a car and get to Melbourne” for Fremantle’s historic Grand Final appearance.

The focus was supposed to be on football but, along the way, photographer Dan Wilkins and I saw a side of Australia not many get to see.

Hordes of pensioners towing caravans, backpackers in search of a great Australian adventure, truckies hauling road trains going about their daily business it’s a transient community in the middle of the desert.

And after driving the 3500km I’m more informed on what to do next time.

So if you’re thinking of heading east across the bitumen, here are 10 things you need to know about a trip across the Nullarbor.

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What’ll It Be, Justice McClellan: Forest or Trees? Part 17 of Gumshoe’s Royal Commission Series


by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is not ready to finalize its mission, but it does show signs of winding down. As I reported on April 1, the Commission is holding some “overview” panel discussions.

Those are outstandingly good – such as the one on ripple effects of child abuse — but will there be an overview of major insights into the power behind the abuse? Is the Commission able to see the forest — or just the trees?

I have been an armchair participant in this Royal Commission for 18 months and hereby offer my overview. It is strictly about the “Forest.”

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A Vial of Bull Semen (Kissinger Eulogizes Rockefeller)

Bullfighter Enrique Ponce prays in the chapel before ‘work’

by Mary W Maxwell

The Washington Post must think we have all passed through the portal of the surreal, judging by its having printed, without comment, Kissinger’s panegyric on Rockefeller.

I will present it all here without the slightest interruption, and follow it with a Commentary.

Obituary for David Rockefeller (1915-2017) by Henry Kissinger (b 1923), former Secretary of State (1973-1977), in The Washington Post,  March 30, 2017.

In an egalitarian society such as America, the inheritance of great wealth presents a complex challenge.

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A New Legal Test: Conditioned Response Index for Brainwashing: CRIB

watchesJust keep watching my watch. You will feel sleeeeeeepy….

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

The “fallout” from the Fringe play (“A Moot Court Trial for Martin Bryant”) continues to be amazing. A fellow has just e-mailed me to say since I did such a good job of defending Bryant, he would like to know if I could defend John Howard on charges of war crimes.

I’m not making this up; I lack the imagination to think of such a question. Anyway I replied that yes I could attempt it, on the grounds that the PM was brainwashed and therefore not responsible. (And don’t you just love having prime minsters who are brainwashed and therefore not responsible, perhaps for anything? Don’t you love it!)

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Brainstorming the Issues: Part 16 of Gumshoe’s Royal Commission Series

detention centreNot Australia! This is a juvenile detention centre in Florida 

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

For the last few days, the RC into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been doing “Cast Study 57.” It’s not really a case study – that’s just the way they catalogue their massive material. Rather it seems to be a general discussion of “How can we improve the lives of kids?’

This Royal Commission began in 2013 and has been extended to 2017. I am not sure when they will quit or how good their recommendations will be. Mostly the whole thing has been wonderful. The counsel assisting, this week, is Gail Furness and she never utters a word of bureaucratese, thank God.

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Eileen Rockefeller, a Bereaved Daughter

EileenShe comes from a wealthy family. Eileen Rockefeller

by Mary W Maxwell

Editor’s note: This was first published on September 8, 2013 with the title “Eileen Rockefeller for Senator”

Where can you find a book today that is full of positives about interpersonal love and the beauties of nature, and that is written by someone who has struggled to survive?

Here is that book: Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself. It is a beautiful volume that should win prizes, qua book. The writing is balanced and elegant. The author, Eileen Growald, nee Rockefeller, has a gift for story-telling, and gives us many vignettes that are real page-turners.

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Anne Hamilton Byrne, Sarah Moore, and “The Family”

Anne Hamilton-ByrneAnne Hamilton-Byrne, born 1920

by Mary W Maxwell

“The Family,” a new movie, is currently playing in Australia. There is a trailer for it on Youtube. What a strange story about a cult that dates back to the 1960s. Let me lay out some facts. I got most of them from writings by Sarah Moore, one of the children who grew up at Eildon, Victoria. Luckily for us she wrote a book in 1995, published by Penguin, called Unseen, Unheard, Unknown.

Sarah was born in 1969 and left the troubled home in 1987 at age 17. She then entered medical school and upon graduation did charity work in Burma, and came back and practiced medicine in Melbourne. She died at age 46 last year. Anne Hamilton Byrne is in palliative care.

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Béchamp’s Microzymas and Human Disease, Part 2: The Cancer Microbe

tissue sectionTissue section of Hodgkin’s disease (lymphoma) of the lung showing a  cell with intracellular
granules and coccoid forms (microzymas?) Gram stain, x1000, in oil.

by Alan Cantwell, M.D. Copyright 2017

Editor’s note: Part I was about the origin of life and the Béchamp-Pasteur clash:  In the attempt to “classify” laboratory-grown bacteria as the lowest forms of life known in the late nineteenth century, there was no consideration given to any possible “connection” between any of the various species of bacteria.

The dogma was that a coccus remained a coccus; a rod remained a rod; and there was no interplay between them. There was also no “crossing over” from one species to another, and the research by the pleomorphists which suggested otherwise was ignored. [Read more…]

Béchamp’s Microzymas and Human Disease, Part 1: The Origin of Life

bechamp and cantwell(L) Antoine Bechamp      (R) Alan Cantwell

by Alan Cantwell, M.D., © 2017

Editor’s note: this was published last week at Rense.com.  A century and a half ago, Antoine Béchamp (1816-1908) declared that the microzyma is the essential unit of life. As a medical doctor, microscopist, and cytologist (a specialist in the study of cells), he observed tiny, round granular bodies within the cells that glistened as tiny sparkles of refracted light.

He was not the first to see the granules, but he was the first to suspect these “little bodies” might hold the key to the origin of life. Other scientists who observed these forms named them “scintillating corpuscles” and “molecular granulations.” Béchamp explored the nature and function of these granules that are contained within all human cells.

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Covert Operations of the US. Are They Legal?

trump Shortly after inauguration, President Trump visits Langley

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In the March 18 article at Gumshoe, “What Matters More: Impunity Or Immunity?” I mentioned two cases of CIA’s purported right to do something illegal: to import drugs as a way of getting ransom money for hostages (“the Iran/Contra affair”) and engaging in real estate scams to fund black ops.

Now I’d like to look more generally at the legitimacy, or lack of legitimacy, of governmental secret operations. I have never researched ASIO, but in the US a famous inspection of the CIA was carried out by Senator Frank Church, in 1975. This made information accessible, thank God. Covert groups are inherently inaccessible.

Senator Church’s interest was that of a parent. I’m referring to the fact that Congress had given birth to the CIA, by statute. Frank knew his rights and responsibilities as a Daddy, so to speak.

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