The Secret Country Again Wages War on Its Own People » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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Pilger on the appauling treatment of first Australians by successive white lens governments for the sake of ‘saving’ them.  Now the call is ‘fiscal savings and poor lifestyle choices’ accompanied by silence around the real MO of further pilaging the nation’s underground wealth.

I am the “1 in 4” – The tide is changing on the Rats and Stats of Religion

A female Closterocerus coffeellae, a wasp collected in Colombia, looks drab against a white background and shines against black. Researchers at Lund University  in Sweden have discovered that the insect species – hymenoptera wasps and diptera flies – they've been studying for decades reflect light off their wings in rainbow-like patterns. The effect is a bit like oil on water, but these patterns are permanent, suggesting they may play a role in insect communication. The wings of the flies and wasps are transparent, but they reflect about 20 percent of the light that hits them, the researchers found. It's this light that creates the shining patterns, just like a thin film of soap or oil on water creates a rainbow-colored glare. http://www.livescience.com/37254-awesome-pictures.html

A female Closterocerus coffeellae, a wasp collected in Colombia, looks drab against a white background and shines against black. Researchers at Lund University
in Sweden have discovered that the insect species – hymenoptera wasps and diptera flies – they’ve been studying for decades reflect light off their wings in rainbow-like patterns. The effect is a bit like oil on water, but these patterns are permanent, suggesting they may play a role in insect communication. The wings of the flies and wasps are transparent, but they reflect about 20 percent of the light that hits them, the researchers found. It’s this light that creates the shining patterns, just like a thin film of soap or oil on water creates a rainbow-colored glare.
http://www.livescience.com/37254-awesome-pictures.html

The photo above symbolises the awe-inspiring nature of what science can explain and the reason I write this post. The beautiful contrast of colour against the black background inspires me to shine in times or darkness…. but lets see.

Given the latest rush on religious flavours and fervour spurred on by dubious MSM and political persuasions I have been very irritated. I know there are many of us out there who, while having more than a passing interest in what people believe, and who consider spiritual paths that may help us towards more enlightened viewpoints, harbour little or no religious affinity.

I just read a post:  The Rise (or Return?) of the Post-Secularists (see here) about an article published in the American Sociological review based on data from the General Social Survey of American households and their attitudes towards religion and science as well as questions about their familiarity with both.

I also heard an ABC radio program this morning where they discussed recently funded efforts by our illustrious leader to fill Australian children with religion, where an Anglican minister ticked all the ‘post secular’ boxes mentioned in the above post. He superficially blended and blurred religion and science in a hybrid view that the writer of the blogpost called ‘a patchwork world view that is comfortable’ and ‘intellectually dishonest’. Very neo-lib really.

Current questions in Australia around replacing social workers or welfare officers in schools with ‘pastoral care’ workers and dubious religious instructors is concerning as is the constantly repeated statement from our government that we ‘share the values of the US’. They obviously feel the pressure of the rising tide of ‘no religion’ in this country alongside their fear of the ‘other’ that is Islam. (despite Abbott’s repeated mantra that his ‘death cult’ label bears no resemblance to Islam, Muslims still scare his Opus Dei pants off.)

I decided to check some stats at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The question on religion included in all Australian Censuses is optional.

ABS reports The non-response rate was 8.6% in 2011 (11.2% in 2006). The recorded total population in the 2011 census was 21,507,700 people.

The 2011 Census used the question on religion among others listed below to “provide a picture of Australia’s cultural profile”.

  • In which country was the person born?
  • Was the person’s father born in Australia or overseas?
  • Was the person’s mother born in Australia or overseas?
  • If born overseas – what year did the person first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?
  • What is the person’s ancestry? (Provide up to two ancestries only).
  • Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
  • Does the person speak a language other than English at home?
  • How well does the person speak English?
  • What is the person’s religion?

Of the 91.4% who answered this question, 61% of people identified as Christian, 23% of them born overseas. That’s 13, 150,600 of us.

The ‘type’ of Christianity shows 86% identify as Catholic or Protestant. (% rounded)

Those who identified a religion other than Christianity including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, and ‘other’ non Christian faiths (I am sure some of those include Jedi!) Make up around 0.8% of our total population, 1,546,300 people. (Interesting that the term Islamism was not used, maybe next time!)

The largest cohort is the Buddhists at 2.5% (69% born overseas). Islam, 2.2% (62% born overseas) Hindu 1.3% (84% born overseas) Judaism 0.5% (49% born overseas) and ‘other’ 0.8% (57.2% born overseas). Hinduism experienced the fastest growth since 2001, increasing by 189% to 275,500, followed by Islam (increased by 69% to 476,300) and Buddhism (increased by 48% to 529,000 people).

The most interesting category ‘No Religion’ is 22.3% (22.5% born overseas). That’s 4,796,800 people from the 2011 stats population of 21,507,700 (total includes includes atheism agnosticism and what ABS describe as ‘inadequately described religions and people who did not state a religion”.)

An article on the ABS site Cultural Diversity in Australia – reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/2071.0main+features902012-2013 provides;

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people reporting a non-Christian faith increased considerably, from around 0.9 million to 1.5 million, accounting for 7.2% of the total population in 2011 (up from 4.9% in 2001)……….. The number of people reporting ‘No Religion’ also increased more strongly, from 15% of the population in 2001 to 22% in 2011. This is most evident amongst younger people, with 28% of people aged 15-34 reporting they had no religious affiliation. (my emphasis)…….

Another observation from the same article states;

Recent arrivals were less likely than longer-standing migrants to report an affiliation to Catholicism (18% and 26% respectively) and Anglicanism (7% and 13% respectively). In contrast, a higher proportion of recent arrivals reported Hinduism (10.0% compared to 3.0%), Islam (8.4% compared to 4.7%) and Buddhism (7.7% compared to 6.6%). These differences reflect the larger number of new arrivals from non-European countries. New arrivals were also more likely than longer-standing migrants to report ‘No Religion’ (24% compared to 19%).

Given we are told by our successive governments (since we shed shackles from the British Empire merely to replace them with those of the US Empire) tell us “we share the same values with the US.” what is the situation there?

Interestingly the US census site states;

Public Law 94-521 prohibits us from asking a question on religious affiliation on a mandatory basis; therefore, the Bureau of the Census is not the source for information on religion.”

But with a topic so high on the agenda you can bet that this is not a secret to the US government authorities. So what can we find out?

Around 320,289,000 people currently live in the US. In 2008 there were 228,182,000 estimated adults in the population. A document titled “Self-Described Religious Identification of Adult Population” on the census site provides the following 2008 information on this estimated adult population. The data includes the proviso that,

figures are based on projections from surveys conducted on the mainland states. Because of the subjective nature of replies to open-ended questions, these categories are the most unstable as they do not refer to clearly identifiable denominations as much as underlying feelings about religion. Thus they may be the most subject to fluctuation overtime. Estimates for subpopulations smaller than 75,000 adults are aggregated to minimize sampling errors.”

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0075.pdf

178,342,000 people identified as Christian from so many denominations I will not bother listing them. That’s 78% (again I have rounded my percentages)

2,680,000 identified as Jewish (1.2%) It must be said this appears to in terms of following Judaism.

1,349,000 identified as Muslim (0.6%)

1,189.000 as Buddhist (0.5%)

582,000 as Hindu (0.3%)

34,169,000 No religion specified (includes Athiests, agnostics, humanists and ‘other’) (15%)

11,815,000 refused to answer the question. (5.2%)

Comparative Australian US statistics on responses;

RELIGION AUSTRALIA (2011) USA (2008)
CHRISTIAN 61% 78%
NO RELIGION 22.3% 15%
BUDDHISM 2.5% 0.5%
ISLAM 2.2% 0.6%
HINDUISM 1.3% 0.3%
JUDAISM 0.5% 1.2%

NO ANSWER

8.6% 5.2%

TOTAL

98.4% 97.4%

Discrepancies in totals not being 100% explained by alternative religions, rounding up or down the figures to decimal points.

Some significant points about the figures from Australia. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features30Nov+2013

Education

  • People who had studied Physics and Astronomy had the highest rates of reporting no religion (46%), and people who had studied Philosophy and Religious Studies had the lowest rates (9%).
  • People who studied creative arts (37%) and sciences (36%) were the most likely to report no religion, while those who had studied education (21%) or health (22%) were the least likely.

Trend over time

  • From 1971, reporting no religion has increased at an average of 3.9 percentage points per decade, with the sharpest increase (6.8 percentage points) between 2001 and 2011.

Age

  • Younger people make up a high proportion of those reporting no religion (around half who did so being less than 30 years old).
  • Older people in Australia are considerably more likely than younger Australians to report a religion: only 10% of people aged 65 years and over reported no religion in 2011
  • When there was a difference between what was reported for children and their parents, it was more evident in families where a child reported no religion but neither of their parents did
  • Around the age of 15, rates of reporting no religion start rising, reaching their highest point between the ages of 22 and 24.

City/rural/remote

  • Rates of reporting no religion were not particularly affected by whether someone lived in a major city or regional or remote Australia, however people living in very remote areas were less likely to report no religion (19% compared with 22% on average for the rest of Australia

Place of birth

  • Australians born in China had the highest rates of reporting no religion (63%), followed by those born in Japan (53%) and Macau (45%).

Relaionships

  • Of people aged 15 years and over in couple relationships, those with no religion were more likely to be in a de facto relationship (29%) than those who reported a religion (12%).
  • People in same sex-couples were just as likely to report a religion as not (47% reporting a religion, and 48% reporting no religion).


It would seem in Australia increasing numbers of people identify as having no religion. Nearly 1 in 4 of us. Around half of these being under 30. The numbers of people identifying as ‘Christian’ has declined from 95% in 1911 to 68% in 2011 while the proportion of Australians in non-Christian religions continues to rise.

Australia is not alone in the trend towards no religion.

  • New Zealand’s latest Census data showed a rise from 30% in 2001 to 35% in 2006
  • England and Wales went from 15% in 2001 to 25% in 2011
  • Canadian rates rose from 16% to 24% over the same time.
  • Ireland’s 2011 census shows people who identify as having no religion are now 2nd largest grouping behind Catholics, with the number increasing more than four-fold since 1991 to 6%
  • While the US do not include religion in their Census, the General Social Survey shows the rate of American adults reporting no religion to be 20% in 2012 compared with 14% in 2000. (see also http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/03/12/non-believers/ )

To conclude

I now feel more vindicated in my thoughts about increasing numbers of ‘non-believers’.

To think;

  • The 1 in 4 get little say in this country, particularly on policy direction.
  • We didn’t vote for a religion although neo-conservatism is steeped in it.
  • The values held here are not necessarily the same as those across the Pacific (we just need a big brother now mother is dying and so so far away). An obvious one is that of the right to bear arms…..which I would think is fairly significant.

I’m tired of hearing about how we should respect people’s religion (which really means don’t ask questions or debate), when the same respect is not held nor supported towards my godless belief (thankfully on the increase through the growing number of young educated people and people who couldn’t care less).

First Dog on the Moon- Handy Guide to ‘anachronistic display of hereditary priviledge’ on Orstraylia Day.

Says it all………………………..

http://www.theguardian.com/profile/first-dog-on-the-moon

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/23/for-services-to-having-lots-of-money-australia-day-honours-list-announced?CMP=ema_632

First Dog on the Moon - Australia Invasion Day

IS and the Yezidi

So what is going on for the Yezidi in Sinjar? Why did this massive ‘problem’ fall off the radar after US decision to bomb IS in Iraq and Syria? What do the 200 girls taken by Boko Haram have that the Yezidi don’t in order to make their situation stay on a public radar? Does  our  media  only care about Christians and Jews?

I subscribe to Syria Comment and received this post yesterday. It is a fascinating 26 minute youtube video of an interview with Mathew Barber where Joshua Landis probes the circumstances in Sinjar for the Yezidi with IS fighters and discusses the situation in Mosul for Christians confronted by IS. The nonsensical framed hierarchy of religious fundamentalism is discussed with a focus on the simplistic term of being “of the book”.

Take some time with this its worth it. All you people with free downloads and unlimited spare a thought for those of us who pay exorbitant rates for bytes and think yourself privileged! For others get to a free wi-fi spot now.

 

Brief Post Script: On worthy blogging, ‘pain blindness’, bloody Tony Abbott and his Nazi friends

I have had some time away from my blog to consider where it is going and where it is taking me. Someone said they other day if my blog was about Arabs or Israeli’s they were ‘over that shit’ and we should just ‘nuke them all’ because things would ‘always be fucked over there.

I defended my postings saying the problem I was confronting was this sense that people who were comfortable didn’t care about most things happening outside their own lives until it directly effected them.

They recognised this was the case but maintained their position on ‘nuke em!’.

I then pointed out that mainstream information was pap and lies designed to deceive and maintain that ‘dumbed down’ zone.

They agreed and said they were sick of hearing about IS. They asked if I was writing about Putin.  I told them I had some posts on the Ukraine situation, and said my work was not solely on the Middle East. ( I must remember to put something on Abbot’s disgusting ‘matey’ bullshit with Poroshenko yesterday but maybe it’s enough to give you a link to read Stephen Lendman’s article on Global Research Dec 7th in new window, here. )

I told them I also had some music, I had posted political cartoons that might not be seen oversees and some posts relating to issues for Aboriginals and that I was not solely writing about the Middle East.

I was basically told I was wasting my time because most people didn’t want to read this stuff, especially if it was too long.

Point taken, and stored for further reflection. Like many bloggers I am not writing for ‘followers’ I am writing because I have an interest in  questioning dominant discourse – especially bleedingly obvious lies and propaganda. But the black holes are equally intriguing if not more so.

‘Compassion fatigue’ was a term used to describe the withdrawal of people particularly in the ‘helping professions’ from the pain of others tragic tales. I think that was a very generous term when it was globally used to define populations.

The term I prefer to use is ‘Pain Blind’.

I would still like to catch some ‘pain blind’ readers if I can to provide them with something to think about.

I have also made some blogging decisions;

  • Only re-blog if;

a) Its interesting and not something readily available.

b) Put some of yourself into the repost, why you like it what it says to you etc.

  • Hone your writing skills.
  • Master categories and tags.
  • Chose your battles, write soundly.

 

Abbott: “The goal of the terrorists is to scare us out of being ourselves.” (with apologies to Jello Biafra)

“The goal of the terrorists is to scare us out of being ourselves.”

Toe Knee Ah...Butt's famous budgie smugglers "The Australian way of life" newmatilda.com

Toe Knee Ah…Butt’s being himself in his famous ‘budgie smugglers’- “The Australian way of life”
newmatilda.com

Australia’s PM, Toe Knee Ah Butt’s statement on National Security to Parliament today paid homage to the protection of all that is ‘normal.’ Abbott spoke of the ‘delicate balance between freedom and security’ and provided us the the following simplistic equation-

SECURITY = INCONVENIENCE

This ‘inconvenience’ which wasn’t  discussed, would allow us to ‘live normally’ under the basic freedom of being able to “walk the streets unharmed, and sleep safely in our beds at night”. Terrorists, he said, do not want ordinary Australians to live normally, “The goal of the terrorist is to scare us out of being ourselves.” Abbott identified that we had ‘not sought involvement in what many Australians will believe is a conflict ‘far away’ but that this was ‘a conflict that had reached out to us’. It had reached out through the 60 fighting Aussies in Syria and Iraq, the 20 who had returned and the 100 (or so) supporting people in Australia He referenced the recent ‘security raids’ in Sydney and Brisbane and identified that 800 police and security services operatives undertook 30 raids and charged 1 person with ‘serious terrorist offences’. He advised that they had uncovered an ISIL plot where ‘operatives in Syria urged their contacts in Australia to plot insurgence here. He then said they had been ‘instructed’ that ‘a knife, a camera and a victim’ was all that was required to do that. Abbott said $630 million had gone to Federal Police, ASIO, ASIS, ONA, additional biometric screens at airports, and increased ‘borderforce personel’. Be nice if it went to Aboriginal Health, Public Housing, Domestic Violence and Child Protection The new counter terrorism legislation yet to be tabled is promoted as ‘centred on the problem of foreign fighters’. Abbott called the Middle East (yes all of it) a “witches brew of complexity and danger” (sorry but I think the witches brew thing is really off, there he goes speaking disparagingly about women again, any witch worth her salt would have done a better job!) The brew thing would also explain his governments approach to boats of asylum seekers. Tomorrow he’s off to the US to represent us internationally at the special session of the United Nations Security Council in New York chaired by Obama to discuss the IS issue. ‘The Conversation’ report today by Michelle Grattan  (open in new window here) states that Abbott said 80 nations were effected by the issue of foreign fighters. 80 Nations effected? How? Much was made of the ‘bipartisan agreement’ between the Liberal and Labour parties on the involvement (anyone surprised?) and that leaders of both parties had recently farewelled the pre-deployment group of Australian planes and special forces to the Middle East. It is clear from ‘The Conversation’ article that Labour do however have ‘some concerns’ about the proposed legislation. “Shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus said the opposition has not yet offered to support the legislation. AAP/Lukas Coch Labor will await the bill and the public consultation on it before making a final decision,” he told The Conversation. But he stressed that Labor would work “co-operatively with the government”. The bill will give the foreign minister power to proscribe certain places to which people are not allowed to travel without a legitimate reason.” It will also prohibit advocacy of terrorism. Brandis said he believed the proscribed localities should be “quite narrowly described” rather than being a whole country. “A town or even a village might be the subject of such a declaration.” He denied that the provision against encouraging terrorism was focused on Islamic preachers.This is a law of general application, it is not directed at any section of the community.” It was not about prohibiting people from engaging in political commentary or commentary about international affairs.There is all the difference in the world between expressing opinions and urging violence.” Abbott went a bit further than Brandis’ ‘proscribed localities’ today he named that it would be “an offense to be in a designated area…..for example Raqqa” (al-Raqqa) and that Telco metadata would be able to be made available to police and security agencies. (He never mentioned travelling overseas to kill children in Palestine with the IDF!) He said it was….

  • the Australian instinct to assume the best of everyone” (and send them back to where they came from)
  • to welcome newcomers” (and tow their boats back out to sea)

What bullshit! At least Shorten raised the issue of taking in more Syrian and Iraqi refugees, but that’s all he did. Lets hope they do their job with the legislation. I believe  Senate crossbencher David Leyonhjelm’s concerns the ‘new’ provision was there to allow Australian Security Intelligence Organisation agents to torture suspects managed to get them to insert that  it would be illegal to do so…(whoops forgot that one) Numerous Laws covering inciting or encouraging violence and terrorism already exist. You are welcome to peruse the numerous terrorism related laws at your leisure. (Austlii link here in new window) More legislation is before Parliament for strengthened anti-terrorism powers including amendments drawn up to include the parliamentary intelligence committee’s 17 recommendations for greater parliamentary and executive oversight of those additional powers. Attorney General Brandis (there is no such thing as Occupied Palestinian Territories) was reported in ‘The Conversation’ as advising that Abbott asked police and ASIO whether they needed further powers. ASIO was satisfied with the legislation the AFP wanted to expedite obtaining ‘urgent’ control orders issued by courts (to allow imposition of certain restrictions and requirements such as wearing a tracking device. AFP apply to the court for issue with AG consent. “The government wants the agency powers legislation through this fortnight and the foreign fighters legislation passed in coming weeks. Does that mean they can go back and arrest the guys they had to let go after the 800 police and security personnel raided those 30 properties and could only charge 1 man? I recall when additional Domestic Violence Legislation was introduced in NSW in the late 80’s it was clear police already had powers to arrest and charge they just chose not to, a prominent Feminist lawyer, Jocelyn Scutt said we really did not need new laws, what we needed was police to do their job. The one thing new legislation did do was raise public awareness of the issues. Perhaps this has the same ring about it but its purpose is raising the public fear. Its the Abbott government that keeps people awake at night not the thought of terrorists. Lets see if he turns on going into Syria after his US visit this week.

For good measure I have included my lyrics rendition of Jello Biafra’s Dead Kennedys song Holiday in Cambodia, just because the Abbott al-Raqqa thing made me do it!

I mean no offence to the suffering people of al-Raqqa who, by the way also sit at the edge of the Zionist territorial dream of “the Nile to the Euphrates”.

“Holiday In al-Raqqa”

So you’ve finished school
For a year or two
And you’re on the welfare trail
You got no car
Think you wont go far
If you stay you know you’ll fail

 

The racists hate
And discriminate
In this country you called yours
Your not wanted?  Take a tour
The Brothers will understand
In the Caliphate Promised land

 

It’s time to taste what you don’t fear
Caliphate will help you here
Brace yourself, my dear………..Brace yourself my dear

 

It’s a holiday in al-Raqqa
It’s tough, kid, but that’s life
It’s a holiday in al-Raqqa
Don’t have to pack a wife

 

You’re a star, praise Allah
In your brand new car
You want everyone to act like you
Brothers by your side
On the road to paradise
Now the whole world is scared of YOU

 

They’ll  work you hard
With a gun on your back
Get a Humvee for your wheels
And a kid for a wife
Kaffir’s head with a knife
Sell the oil from a truck, make your deals

 

Now you can go
where people are one
Now you can go
where they get things done
What, you need, my son….what , you need my son

 

Is a holiday in al-Raqqa
Where people dress in black
A holiday in al-Raqqa
Kill Kaffir or crack

 

Caliphate, caliphate, caliphate, [etc]

 

And it’s a holiday in al-Raqqa
Where your name is mud
A holiday in al-Raqqa
Where the streets all drip with blood.

 

See Jello’s real version below and sing along punks!

Palestinian Music for now

From Vox site with some information that I would dispute – namely that “Officially, there is no internationally recognized line between Israel and Palestine; the borders are considered to be disputed, and have been for decades” VOX there is a border it depends to which official you are referring. In the unanimously supported UN Resolution 242 of 22 Nov 1967 “emphasising the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war..”

states in part and accordance with Article 2 of the Charter of the UN:

1. Affirms that the fulfilment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

(i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;

(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;

 Above, from the wealth of Palestinian hip-hop is the group DAM, whose name is both an acronym for Da Arabian MCs and the Arabic verb for “to last forever.” The group has been around since the late 1990s and are from the Israeli city of Lod, Israeli citizens who are part of the country’s Arab minority. The Arab Israeli experience, typically one of solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and a sense that Arab-Israelis are far from equal in the Jewish state, comes through in their music, which is highly political and deals with themes of disenfranchisement and dispossession in the great tradition of American hip-hop.

Christiane Amanpour interviewed DAM about their music last year. Above is their song “I Don’t Have Freedom,” full English lyrics of which are here, from their 2007 album Dedication. Sample line: “We’ve been like this more than 50 years / Living as prisoners behind the bars of paragraphs /Of agreements that change nothing.”

and this video via RAP NEWS

Published on Apr 24, 2014

“RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE [S02:E04]. Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.”

More to come under my Music tag

HAKA “KA MATE KA MATE” New Zealand v USA

It is an inspiring few minutes at any time to watch a Haka being performed.

The recent New Zealand basketball team version when they played the USA is priceless. I am always inspired by the sound, vision and passion of a haka, usually I see it against Australia and we’re very used to our south Pacific bro’s ‘dance’ but this one has that extra of coming unexpected. The looks on the USA players say so much, they seem intrigued and in a bewildered wonderment at the chant.

Even though the NZ team lost to USA at this point the USA appeared the real loser.

The Afro-American team members will have mostly lost any African or even Caribbean cultural heritage they have in their backgrounds, subsumed by the modern ‘culture’ of the US.

Even though culturally speaking for the Maori that haka is relatively new, the tribal meaning and connection remains in the performance. The fact that as a nation New Zealand has a treaty (Waitangi) with its indigenous population ensures a respect that garners collaborative approaches in many areas of New Zealand policy. Something sadly also missing in Australian history (see last  link below for Yothu Yindi Video ‘Treaty’)

The US is not united and even though Team USA won the game with panache and basketball superiority, my feelings went out particularly to the Afro-American team members who, for a brief moment seemed to recognise something from their past that they had lost.

Ka mate Ka mate

Ka mate Ka mate                                       It is death It is death
Ka ora Ka ora                                             It is life It is life
Ka mate Ka mate                                       It is death It is death
Ka ora Ka ora                                             It is life It is life
Tenei Te Tangata Puhuruhuru               This is the hairy man
Nana i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra             Caused the sun to shine again for me
Upane Upane                                            Up the ladder Up the ladder
Upane Kaupane                                        Up to the top
Whiti te ra                                                  The sun shines! 

Maori Lyrics translated to English see site here  

and from the All Blacks Rugby website some brief background to the Ka Mate chant (see here ) a section appears below.

“KA MATE 

The famous haka; Ka Mate Ka Mate, was composed by Ngati Toa Chieftain Te Rauparaha around 1820, with the story of its composition being well known within the oral histories of Ngati Toa and Ngati Tuwharetoa, the two iwi (tribes) most associated with its origins.

During a time of conflict Te Rauparaha was being pursued by warriors of a rival iwi, and was hidden by Te Wharerangi of Tuwharetoa in a kumara (native sweet potato) pit, with Te Wharerangi’s wife Te Rangikoaea being directed to sit on top. Guided by their Tohunga (scholar/priest) the warriors searched for Te Rauparaha and as they drew near he muttered “Ka Mate Ka Mate” (It is death, it is death).

Concealed from the Tohunga by the spiritual powers of both food and the woman above, Te Rauparaha was not discovered, and as the searchers passed overhead he muttered “Ka ora Ka ora” (It is life, it is life). When the warriors finally departed Te Rauparaha was able to climb up out of the kumara pit chanting “Tenei te tangata puhuruhuru nana nei i tiki mai whaka whiti te ra”. There are many interpretations of these words and “tangata puhuruhuru” may be a reference to the hairy man (Te Wharerangi), but Ngati Toa oral tradition holds that Te Rauparaha was giving credit to the spiritual power of Te Rangikoaea as he ascended (Upane, Kaupane) from the darkness of the pit into the light of the sun (Whiti te ra! Hi!)

Then there’s the All Blacks additional Haka, ‘Kapa O Pango’ translated simply as ‘team in black’.

Rather than replace the traditional haka, Ka Mate, Kapa O Pango sits alongside it as a new addition to the All Blacks’ tradition. Kapa O Pango is performed from time to time at the team’s discretion………….. A year in the making, Kapa O Pango was written for the team by Derek Lardelli, an expert in tikanga Maori (Maori culture and customs) of the Ngati Porou iwi. Its words and actions celebrate the land of New Zealand, the silver fern and its warriors in black.

Kapa O Panngo                                      Let me go back to my first gasp of breath
kia whakata hoki au i ahau                  Let my life force return to the earth
hi aue, hi                                                                        

ko aotearoa e ngunguru nei                   It is New Zealand that thunders now
au! au! aue ha!                                           And it is my time! It is my moment!
ko Kapa O e ngunguru nei                      The passion ignites! This defines us as the All Blacks
au! au! aue ha!                                           And it is my time! It is my moment!  
i ahaha                                                        The anticipation explodes!
ka tu te ihiihi                                               Feel the power              
ka tu te wanawana                                     Our dominance rises                   
ki runga i te rangi e tu iho nei, tu iho nei Our supremacy emerges To be placed on high
ponga ra!                                                       Silver fern!
Kapa O Pango!                                             All Blacks!
ponga ra!                                                      Silver fern!               
Kapa O Pango!                                             All Blacks!
aue hi!                                                            aue hi!

RESPECT! to New Zealand for the Treaty

HOT AIR

HOT AIR (my own poetry 25.08.2014)

Hot air,

No justice here.

Invaders think, while hot air blows from their bodily orifices,

Corporate orifices

and front yard cursed reverse vac blowers,

Think how good their lives would be,

if debt wasn’t theirs,

their wives weren’t theirs,

and the greasy pole to more, slid up not down.

Cursed gravity

If leaves didn’t drop in the wind?

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Meanwhile in the falling darkness…..

The world of the night people, invaded, stolen, lost

Children’s absent parents float in volatile substances

Minds emptied of culture, responsibility and hope,

Poisoned bodies,

Damp the hunger, feed the pain….. of emptiness and loss.

Far from the fallen people, leaf blowers

Cut limbs from trees “In case they fall”,

The cyclone safety pack ‘tough’ pioneers.

Rich in a life.

and far from the fallen people……………………

The hot air still blows.

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Apologies if I have offended but it was a perfect picture to accompany my latest ‘poet piece’ . Many thanks to filmmaker Anthony Cooney {“Leaf Blower  Massacre” and “Leaf Blower Massacre 2″}.  

Apparently;

“The first film was released as a short subject last year, but received such enthusiasm from the independent horror community that Cooney and co-writers Josh Stephenson and Michael Wade Johnson decided to move forward with a full-length production.”