Koalas and our Govt agency lack of science = No Koalas 

So it’s “business as usual and it’s unlikely koalas will have a positive future, while management is not required or encouraged to change”. 

Like having the dodo on the Mauritian national emblem! Guess what? It is.


EPA performance survey and a mountain koala (?) – http://wp.me/p24xF1-n2

News from the frontlines

Blackadder: [after noticing a portion of his newspaper has been cut out] Baldrick, why has half the front page been cut out?

Baldrick: I don’t know.
Blackadder: You do know, don’t you?
Baldrick: Yes.
Blackadder: You’ve been cutting out the cuttings about the elusive ‘Shadow’ to put in your highwayman’s scrapbook, haven’t you?
Baldrick: Oh, I can’t help it, Mr B.! His life is so dark and shadowy, and full of fear and trepidation!
Blackadder: So is going to the toilet in the middle of the night, but you don’t keep a scrapbook on it!
Baldrick: I do.

“Relax,” the mug reads. “You’re on GTMO time.”

It’s Xmas day and this time in 2003, 13 years ago my husband was languishing in an Australian refugee detention facility.

I was suffering from other people’s suffering. More specifically the insane concept that anyone would be expected to survive ‘intact’ the injustice of ‘arbitary indefinite detention’ on my watch. 

13 years later one of humanity’s dirtiest injustices the deep scar of the West’s War on Terror remains a blot on the Cuban landscape and a living example of man’s inhumanity to man.

Obama promised to close it. He also promised….. well here’s what he said to AIPAC in 2008 when he won the candidacy for the Dems…

I had grown up without a sense of roots. My father was black; he was from Kenya, and he left us when I was 2. My mother was white; she was from Kansas, and I’d moved with her to Indonesia and then back to Hawaii. In many ways, I didn’t know where I came from. So I was drawn to the belief that you could sustain a spiritual, emotional and cultural identity. And I deeply understood the Zionist idea — that there is always a homeland at the center of our story.

The Zionists he spoke of have strengthened their grip over Palestinians everywhere but nowhere stronger than in the Gaza they created in 1967 as an indefinite prison for over 1.7 million people under an inhumane Israeli blockade. 45% of them now under 14years with 41% of 15-24year olds unemployed.

Back to Obama’s speech to AIPAC in 2008….

As president, I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. And I won’t wait until the waning days of my presidency. I will take an active role, and make a personal commitment to do all I can to advance the cause of peace from the start of my administration.

Anyway we all know he did SFA on proressing either this piece of political rhetoric or his I will close GiTMo bullshit.

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38840-christmas-at-guantanamo-proof-that-anything-can-be-normalized

I am thankful for the xmas decorations and joyful return of East Alleppo to Syrian Army, thankful that Putin is not Boris Yeltsen though he’s no Fidel, thankful that I can be peacefully off work with my husband for 4 days. 

I remain hopeful that his family will return to their home in Syria and rebuild their lives as refugees in the one of the few Arab countries other than Ghadaffi’s Libya .. 

m.youtube.com/?reload=14&rdm=2cwbjl1i2#/watch?v=LjNAGyMCEik
..that showed it was not a lackie to Western ideology.
Anyway …Gaddafis gone, the sociopath that said “we came, we saw – he died” is in the political wilderness, we still lock up refugees, GiTMO is still running and Obama is struggling not to look as bad as his predecessor in his last days by ‘generously’ not offering the usual veto on yet another empty UN resolution on Israeli land grabbing.

Have a quiet Xmas. 😨 and a little gift that speaks to everyone who still has a soft romantic side.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IAsXMlkwXgs

Farrago in the Age of Uncertainty

It has been a while.Feeling the need to do more than retweet and have disjointed conversations that are misread or misunderstood. 

I miss deep connection and honesty of seeing, listening, reflecting and sharing.

There is so much we dont know and so little we understand. Is it so hard to admit, to accept our own vulnerability? 

The march of the pigs is in full swing. Is it time to choose? If so is mediocrity a choice? 

Never.

But of course that needs quickly deconstructing so you wont get me wrong. I mean make an effort…dig get yourself dirty

From the comfort of the couch, people who should spend some time on the couch (to explore their own issues) spit vile aggression and righteous certainty about other peoples reality. They do this from the safety of anonymity through fingers on a keyboard in the prison that is lack of empathy. 

Empathy does not come from taking vicarious pleasure and feeling no pain.

I will not slide into that abyss.

Does this mean your opinions should be kept to yourself? I dont think so. How else do we grow wiser and not just growing to a point where learning becomes tedious and pushing the envelope too hard. 

Share opinions, listen feel learn. This life is complex. Opinions that deny this are dangerous. Let them he said but call them out for what they are-way too simplistic.

The simple – Us and them, black and white, good and bad, love and hate encourages the same antagonism as the academic reduction of complexity and chaos to false dichotomy. Easy to understand but no understanding.

I wont play. I am too tired and life is too short. Take me to the fractyl and I will leap in empty handed.

My word of the day – farraginary.

                        

The curious case of Greater Kurdistan & Rojava

https://willyloman.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/russia-sells-out-syria-proposes-federalization-of-the-country-and-busting-off-a-piece-for-greater-kurdistan-rojava

Thanks to Scott Crieghton for his work. Yes he’s been following these machinations for some time and also thanks via willyloman.wordpress.com to the work of pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.au

Great work and sound research.

Urge Obama to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier


http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/general/8811/ 

How Leonard Peltier has unjustly spent forty years in prison — and why it’s time to change that

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The above links provide background to my letter to Obama. May be a waste of time to ask but I can say that I have again tried to do my tiny part to turn around this disgraceful miscarriage of justice propogated by the state against an indigenous citizen of the US.

Some might think I should focus at home and do more for our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples. In answer to that legitimate call. I act on this daily, as a non-indigenous migrant to their country, often to the point where inclusion of recognition of first peoples or acknowledement of their disproportionate numbers in ‘care’ or detention has me derided as including ‘party political broadcast’ in my written work.

Back to Leonard Peltier…

My e-mail 

I am writing to urge you to grant Leonard Peltier’s application for clemency on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of truth.

Leonard Peltier was convicted of a serious crime about which legitimate questions exist about the evidence on which the trial was based and the fairness of the proceedings that led to Leonard Peltier’s trial and conviction. Parole examiners have thus far failed to take account of the mitigating factors in the case.

Some concerns include;

1. Coercion of an alleged eye-witness who said she had seen Leonard Peltier shoot the agents who later retracted her testimony, and was not allowed by the court to be called as a defense witness at his trial. 

2. Voracity of evidence linking Leonard Peltier to the shootings

3. Prosecution’s withholding of evidence that might have assisted Leonard Peltier’s defense, including potentially key ballistics evidence.

Given the above and that all available hroutes for real justice have been exhausted and that; 

       *Leonard Peltier’s next parole hearing is scheduled for  2024;

       * Leonard Peltier has spent 40 years in prison

 Justice would best be served by releasing Leonard Peltier from prison.

I am also very concerned by reports of Leonard Peltier’s deteriorating health. I urge you to ensure that he is given access to appropriate medical treatment and is moved to a facility that can address his medical needs as a matter of urgency until he is granted release.

Something I personally wish to add is that the existance of a Mr X who has apparently admitted the crime but not to relevant authorities provides a most possible claim of events. This man in the vehicle likely sighted by the two murdered agants may well now be deceased. I also assume past FBI agents will not now come forward with contrary details to the Peltier prosecution. 

What does your heart say about this? You have a chance to be a better man than Clinton who denied Leonard Peltier the fclemency he deserves. Do the principles you hold allow you to be truly just in your final days as President of the leader of not only your country but of a world that believes truth should prevail?

Please reconsider a Presidential Clemency for Leonard Peltier.

Media Release 20/9/16: APAN calls on Members of Parliament to protest Netanyahu Visit

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The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to express its dismay over her decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia next year.

In an open letter to the Foreign Minister, APAN President George Browning noted the particularly unfortunate timing of the visit.

“Next year the Palestinians of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem will mark their 50th year living as non-citizens in their own country under a regime of apartheid that systematically denies their human rights.

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