Straya Day


I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while there are children being held in detention centres. Not because they committed a crime but because they came looking for help. Because their parents sent them in desperation, hoping they may have a safe life.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while my fellow Strayan men are killing our womenfolk at a rate of at least one a week. Yet we were terrified of one insane gunman who used terrorism as a cover for his madness.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while we have a Government which refuses to recognise the very real threat of Climate Change. Instead they choose to promote policies which increase the effects of this Global disaster.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while we hold asylum seekers in brutal concentration camps on the pretext of “saving others from drowning”. Not while we conveniently forget that it is NOT a crime to seek asylum.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while we sing a Nation Anthem which tells us that we have “Boundless Plains to Share” and we refuse to share it with anyone. Not while our national actions are those of a scaredy-cat two year old!

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while we have a Prime Minister who cannot recognise misogyny when he looks in the mirror each morning. Yet he arrogates the Ministry of Women to himself.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while we still have barely recognised that there were human beings living on this continent before arrogant European usurpers arrived.  But not enough to recognise them in our National Constitution.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while the loudest proclaimers of our National Day are drunken bogans, yahoos and layabouts. Not while our education system is being gutted and our National Pride is in our ignorance.

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Not while those who choose to ostentatiously celebrate this day with the national flag flying from their souped up foreign car windows. Not while they wear our National Flag as underpants or cut down and defaces as bikinis. Not while they use fake Australian flags as towels or pool mattresses. And certainly not while all of those items are imported!

Bogan's Heaven

I won’t be celebrating Straya Day this year.

Especially as our Nation is being transformed into a poor Billionaire’s version of the American nightmare.

I will be quietly remembering.

When mateship meant something, when being an Australian was something to be proud of, when Australians strove for excellence.

I will be quietly remembering.

When we had a fair welfare system to help those down on their luck, not a punitive government office and large prisons. When we had a Nation, not an economy. When we were people, not economic units.

I will be quietly remembering.

When we were Australians.

 

Rant on Abusers and Bullies


I wrote this last night for Facebook. It a rant about the abuse in institutions, specifically military institutions, in Australia. My “overseas” readers may or may not, find parallels in their own countries.

 

Sometimes I have incorrect thoughts and wild, unsubstantiated imaginings. This is one of them. So you have been warned.

Back in the 70’s there was a rather insensitive game played in football and cricket clubs. It was claimed that one person in twenty was gay and the game was to try to work out who it was in any group, team or club.

I am playing a similar game at the moment.hat

Different criteria. This time it is “Who are/were the abusers at the various Military training and intake facilities?” Information released today indicate that over a thousand abusers are still in the ADF. There would be many more who have left the military. Yet there seems to be little action on historic offending.

My “game” involves trying to spot the abusers in their post-military occupations.

How many ex-military are there in the assorted police forces or spy agencies in Australia? How many have gone into teaching, into social services, into the Public Service?

With the knowledge that a person is ex-military, we will now look at him/her with a little suspicion and that is unfair on the majority of ex-servicemen.

Yet, statistically, some of them WERE abusers and bullies.

With our ex-military now occupying positions throughout society, up to and including the Governor-General,  I wonder just how many of our elected representatives or appointed vice-regals throughout the country are ex-servicemen or women.

I’ll let YOU ask the next obvious question.

No Fracking Way!


Please stop polluting my water

Please stop polluting my food

Please stop poisoning me.

Or else I shall have to stop saying “Please”!

fracking

SHOUTY and SWEARY and OUTRAGED


We are taught from birth that we should

be polite and thoughtful of other’s feelings.

But there comes a time.

When being polite is cowardice

When being thoughtful of other’s feelings is acquiescence to wrong-doing

With reports of anotheroff-shore detention centre being prepared for  Asylum Seekers, this time in one of our poorest neighbours, Cambodia. that time has come for me.

TIME TO BE SHOUTY and SWEARY and OUTRAGED!

THE BIG NEWS IS THAT

NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE A RUGBY MATCH!

THAT LIFE WILL BE HARD FOR US BECAUSE OF THE GREED OF THE BILLIONAIRES!

THAT ‘CUNT‘ HAS BECOME PARLIAMENTARY LANGUAGE!

MEANWHILE

CHILDREN ARE BEING KEPT IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS

MORE THAN 3,000 FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS ARE DYING AND COMMITTING SUICIDE AND BEING DRIVEN INSANE  TODAY BECAUSE MY COUNTRY IS FILLED WITH BLOODY RACIST COWARDS.

COWARDS WHO WOULD RATHER LET PEOPLE DIE THAN HELP THEM.

ALL WITH FUCKING CHRISTIAN GOODWILL BECAUSE MOST OF THOSE BASTARD RACISTS WHO WOULD STOP THE BOATS PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS.

JESUS, WHOEVER HE WAS,

WOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEM!

OFF-SHORE PROCESSING DOES NOT STOP THE BOATS.

OFF-SHORE PROCESSING DOES NOT STOP THE DEATHS.

IT IS TIME WE AUSTRALIANS STOPPED LIVING IN THE WHITE AUSTRALIA POLICY YEARS

ACCEPT THAT WE CAUSED THE WAR WHICH IS SENDING SOME THESE PEOPLE HERE

ACCEPT THAT MANY ARE SIMPLY FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES.

IT IS TIME TO REALISE THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN THE BORDER PROTECTION FORCE, EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN SERCO OR G4S OR TRANSFIELD, EVERY POLITICIAN WHO ENABLES THEIR INHUMANE ACTIONS

IS GUILTY OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

EVERY PERSON WHO DIES UNDER THIS BORDER PROTECTION FARCE IS A DEATH ON THE CONSCIENCE OF THIS COUNTRY AND ON THE CONSCIENCE OF EVERY AUSTRALIAN.

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FOR FUCKS SAKE, PEOPLE!

.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OUR BLOODY “AUSSIE FAIR GO”?

DID WE SELL IT TO THE KLU KLUX KLAN?

NO, I’M NOT VERY COHERENT. I AM FUCKING OUTRAGED

MY COUNTRY, MY GOVERNMENT IS KILLING PEOPLE IN MY NAME.

GROW UP AUSTRALIA AND ACCEPT THESE SCARED, FRIGHTENED PEOPLE.

.

PLEASE

 

 I was also SHOUTY and SWEARY and OUTRAGED back on  

Three Mothers


My Mum’s Mum

Pretty hot for someone born in 1898
This was before she embarked on her 50+ year marriage.

Mum's Mum

 Mum and Me

In wartime austerity

She taught me to love words

Hand coloured by Len McLennan

Mum of my children

Still as feisty as she always was!

That was a wicked glint in the eye!

mum o' my kids

Today is Mother’s Day in Australia

The Ugliness of Modern


I was going to add the word ‘Architecture’ to the title. Then I thought about this building.

In Milligan St, Perth

ugly

A Lego building. Hundreds of replicated blocks stacked on top of and beside each other.

Ashamed of the complete lack of any redeeming features, the assemblers decided that a couple of rectangular splashes of colour would help soften this very geometric, masculine edifice.

When that failed they decided to add some feminine curves. In cold stainless steel.

That failed as well.

The effect is that of a flaccid penis.

I Need More!


2009-04-25-magic-coffee

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