Humanity In Crisis, Part 7: Mass Extinction and The Death of Bees

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by Dee McLachlan

As much of the Western world celebrates Easter Sunday, maybe it is time to reflect how religion (mainly Christianity) has done a disfavour to diversity on the planet — and thus our survival as a species.

In Genesis 1:26 — Then God said

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” [English Standard version]

Let man have dominion — authority, or rule over all life on earth? [Read more…]

Martin Bryant Birthday Series, Part 1: The Gene Gibson Acquittal

The late Johsh Warneke (1994-2010) with his mother, Ingrid Bishop

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Martin Bryant will turn 50 on May 7, 2017, hopefully not in prison. What? “Hopefully not in prison?” Are we living in fantasy world? No. We are living in a world where a person whose “guilty plea” was made under coercion or by deception, is shown the door of the jail.

That happened this week in Perth. Gene Gibson, after “serving” five years (don’t you love that expression) walked out of Casuarina maximum-security prison. “WA Police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan today said he ‘deeply regretted’ the part his officers had played in that miscarriage of justice adding that he was willing to meet with Mr Gibson personally to express his regret.”

(’Zat like Ray Groom, former premier of Tassie, saying “I’m deeply sorry that Bryant has been ‘serving’ 21 years for what was basically a false flag and I want to console him personally”?) [Read more…]

Blowing in the Wind!

Picture and caption from The Age regarding a story at Pacapunyal Base

by Cherri Bonney

One feature of Port Arthur and other prominent events that are used to promote an established agenda, is the way the public is expected to pass over certain items of information as if they were not problematic at all. All the crappy footage of a blonde shooter off in the distance was passed off as Martin Bryant.  Virtually nobody took stock and said, “Hang on, I can’t actually see this person’s face.”

It’s the same with the ASIO, fooling the public once again, (Oh I can’t stop laughing!) NOT!!    We can’t actually see the shooter’s face — though, these days, with all the ability to fake footage, perhaps it doesn’t matter. Still the government sure isn’t taking any chances.  [Read more…]

How Can We Live? Part 1, Starvation in Yemen

A child in hospital in Houdieda, a port city in western Yemen

by Mary W Maxwell

Don’t rate your children’s chances by your current position in the social system. All could change rather drastically before they reach adulthood. In fact, don’t even rate your own chances a decade hence according to what you’ve always been accustomed to. We are in a period of upheaval.

I’ve lived my life in what I consider to be unbelievable luxury – I have never wanted for food, shelter, clothing – or social events, education, security, music, etc. It all fell like manna from heaven into my life. No, wait, it didn’t fall. The system I lived in somehow saw to it that I would have all those things. [Read more…]

Lap Dog Politicians Fail Australia Yet Again

by James O’Neill*

One of the more profoundly depressing consequences of the aftermath of the American missile attack on the al Shayrat Syrian air base is having to acknowledge how terminally stupid our politicians are.  Either that, or they are so captivated by the dictates of United States foreign policy that they follow blindly in its wake, which is a different kind of stupidity.

Only the independent MP Andrew Wilkie (www.abc.net.au 12 April 2017) and Green spokesperson Scott Ludlum (media release 7 April 2017) have publicly questioned the dominant media narrative.

There are at least four alternative narratives available to explain what happened in what is alleged to be a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian village of Khan Sheikhoun. [Read more…]

Reversal of Fortune

by G5 ©

Peskov leaked through Novosti that Putin will meet Tillerson.

Putin awarded Tillerson The Order of Friendship in 2013 (concerning Exxon-Mobil pumping crude with Russian interests). It is on this basis — and the fact that it is in both Trump’s and Putin’s best interests, to maintain Putin in power.

If Putin is replaced by Zhirinovsky America is dead meat. Russia has just called in all reserve military and moved to a state of war footing — for the first time since 1961. [Read more…]

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?

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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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A Syrian Quarry Vs Trump Tower

Trump Tower

by Dee McLachlan

The president of the US lives in a tower glittering with gold, while the folk in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria live in simple homes. Good for them. The buildings and streets of the small town encircle the khan — the caravanserai — built in the the 14th century.

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Syria and The Plan For Its Destruction

One, two, three, FIRE (X 59)

by Dee McLachlan

How should we react to this double assault:

  1. Assad gets blamed for killing his own people “including babies” — a fairly unlikely scenario
  1. Trump “punishes” Assad, by – of course – killing more human beings.

When I first heard about the chemical attack, the 2007 Wesley Clark interview come immediately to mind. [Read more…]

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

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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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