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Everyone getting bored with this Cambridge Analytica bullshit? Our local ABC rebroadcast the BBC report with all the secret footage in which the CEO of Cambridge Analytica disclosed their outrageous methodology such as setting up a politician with a prostitute and disseminating fake news. What? I mean like that’s as worn out a strategy as the story Marcus Inventicus spread around the Forum that Caesar sucked Brutus’ dick. Accepting bribe money? Any politician silly enough to take a brown paper bag under a restaurant table deserves to be jailed. I mean like what is the world coming to? In the past the secret service would set up a whistleblower, honest politician, journalist with the murder of a housewife, have him commit suicide by shooting himself twice in the head and at the very least if sex it must be, make it an under-age boy. No don’t shake your head in disbelief, ‘they’ tried that on a well-known journalist right here in the land of a fair-go and meat pies.

Anyways, the good news is some are seeking in their small way to address the important issues facing life on Earth including the mother and two kids who turned up at the local supermarket on the rather extraordinary electric bicycle below. Not sure if a front-hub motor is a good choice in this case but design considerations aside – it’s top marks for doing something real for the kids’ future.

Electric bike with added seats for kids.

Wasn’t quick enough getting the camera out to snap bike, mum and kids together which believe me, is a shame…

And photos in the alleyway. Not a new idea but first time I’ve seen this in Katoomba. Can’t attribute as the artist didn’t leave a business card on the wall.

Old family style photos stuck on brick wall in Katoomba. Old family style photos stuck on brick wall in Katoomba. Old family style photos stuck on brick wall in Katoomba. Old family style photos stuck on brick wall in Katoomba.

Life goes on.

Stupid MTB Ride and Drop Bears at the railway station.

Set out yesterday to camp by the creek half way along the Andersons Fire Trail which is classified as ‘difficult’ by Parks and Wildlife and that for riders on proper bikes with a better than average level of fitness. I must be the only person to have ever attempted it pulling a trailer over-loaded with camera and camping gear and am happy to say that I made it to the end. Would not do it again.

Bike and trailer at the start of Andersons

Determined at the start of the Anderson trail.

The first half of the trail is fairly flat and pleasant before you get to the smoking-brakes downhill to the creek.

Anderson's trail with gum trees, bike and trailer.

First half is a nice, easy ride.

Bike, trailer and creek.

Camped overnight by the creek before the climb out in the morning.

Had a pretty good night camped out by the creek and then this morning it was the climb out. Literally kilometers of steep uphill.

Just when you make it up one these very steep uphills hoping it to be the last really steep- Yeah!! and there’s another and this goes on for kilometers.

Even the ant hills are big around here.

Made it up to Woodford where I stopped by Bruce’s cafe before heading for the station to catch a train back up to Katoomba. Had to wait over an hour and so had time to check out the more interesting posters on the station walls.

All about space / time for travelers on State Rail.

 

The Blue Mountains with its high cliffs is a popular suicide spot. My advise if you think life is not worth living is go do something really stupid like get into independent journalism, row a boat to New Zealand or do Andersons pulling forty kilos of shit on a trailer. Hey, you gonna die anyway so give it a go!

 

This one is about ‘Drop Bears’ the scientific name of which is Thylarctos Plummetus. The poster warns tourists they are at greater risk of attack than native-born Australians and that a way to ward off attack is to swear Vegemite (or toothpaste) behind your ears. Information courtesy of Australian Geographic and Transport New South Wales.

 

OK – innovative ways State Rail keep people amused whilst waiting for the oft late train.

Below are a few pics of Aboriginal rock carvings I took on my last ride down The Oaks trail (Woodford to Glenbrook). For those who ride the trail and haven’t seen them, they are at the top of the first big hill and on your right if heading in the Glenbrook direction. At the top of the hill you will see where Parks and Wildlife have placed rocks to stop  people driving onto the flat rocks and the carvings are near the trail edge and not back in the bushes where I’ve often unsuccessfully looked for them.

Aboriginal Rock carvings on The Oaks trail.

 

Near the rock carvings are these marks that to me look like groves made from sharpening stone tools and weapons.

Blessings.

Correcting past ‘errors’ in comics and animation.

Interesting this controversy surrounding the Simpson’s ‘Apu’ character who is now described as a nasty racial stereotype. Not sure about that claim given close to all the convenience stores and discount petrol stations I know are owned and operated by Indians with limited English and understanding of western culture. Apu is an exaggeration more than a stereotype. But who cares, soon all entertainment will feature lots of special effects and non-white males and females running around for no apparent reason (as in Fury Road) asserting their empowerment in combat against we-are-no- sure-what but looks like vicious white males in BDSM drag. The concept of narrative dead and buried forever. Talented scriptwriters may as well update their resumes and all that possibly because the intended audience has limited ability to follow a complex narrative from establishment to resolution and so there is no point in writing one. One situation of empowerment to the next and punctuated by a crash and explosion will suffice thank you very much.

Anyways… this situation may not be limited to cinema as I found looking over some old comic strips and how they have evolved over the past say fifty years. ‘Alix’ created by Belgian Jacques Martin in the late forties is a case in point. His stories set in antiquity, ‘Alix’ for those who are unfamiliar with Belgian/French comics, is a young blond blue eyed hero who native of Gaul and separated from his parents is sold into slavery and by some miracle becomes this teenage, highly idealistic, pure of mind and body, brave, heroic, Roman super-hero.

cover alix l'intrepide

Alix cover that always reminded me of depictions of Alexander the Great who coincidently had a friend with a name similar to Enak.

Like Tintin he is faultless, has limited needs and no wants, no quirky personal characteristics, no irrational likes or dislikes and as such is a flat character and the dehumanized impossible standard to which all boys of the time were expected to aspire.  Aside from also been good providers for wife and family and good soldiers for the nation.

tintin and snowy

Basically Tintin is a flat character.

page from Tintin in Tibet

In ‘real life’ Chang and George Remi or ‘Herge’ (the creator of Tintin) met at the Brussels Royal Art Academy where Chang was a student.

The only problem being today with Alix and some suspect with Tintin as well, is a homosexual subtext which may tell us more about the authors than their characters. Tintin and the Chinese orphan boy Chang and Alix’s sidekick Enak who is a younger, pretty and coincidently orphaned Egyptian prince. Whether these two inclusions are hinting at an inner and undisclosed aspect of their creators’ self will be debated forever and a day and would not be a problem in these times of gay marriage and gender uncertainty were it not for the fact that well – Enak, as he originally appears, is not in the currently approved age range for a sexual partner of a person of Alix’s apparent age.

alix and enak as originally created

Enak as he first appears and drawn by Jacques Martin.

alix and enak in the sphinx d'or

A later version of Enak in which he has grown a bit maybe because of the excessive age gap suggested by the difference in height in the original drawings. See picture below.

alix and enak as originally created

If in this picture Alix is in his mid to late teens then Enak is?

Translation is Enak to woman “Do not touch me! I am big enough to wash myself!”

jacques Martin himself emphatically denied there was anything other than pure, innocent and idealistic friendship between Alix and Enak and the only reason Alix has a male and not a female sidekick is that law regulating children’s books in the late forties forbade him from depicting Alix with what could be construed as a girlfriend. It follows then that what could be construed as a boyfriend was perfectly OK.

 

What’s the word? Kitsch?

Drawing of Alix and Enak naked

Enak looks upon his hero with adoring eyes.

Still the aura of homosexuality, as in sexual attraction, remains but it is not necessarily homosexuality as defined by today’s LGBTQI persons but rather is closer to what Plato had in mind when writing his Socratic dialogues and Phaedrus in particular. I know people believe Platonic love is love with no sex but that was not exactly what he meant and in Republic (from memory and I could be confusing his books) he suggests the way to make soldiers (adult males) fight harder in battle is to reward the bravest with first choice of the boys and for sure the idea was not that brave soldier and boy would sit under a shady tree and discuss rhetoric. I think the relationship between Alix and Enak Martin was trying to describe was closer to what the Greeks called ‘arete’, meaning excellence in all things, body and mind, and that male-on-male attraction was an expression of excellence. The Japanese samurai had a similar cult of male excellence and one which also crossed the boarder into areas that today are problematic. Actually I read somewhere that bonking boys was considered by the samurai as a ‘virtue’ a bit like in Sufi Islam the contemplation of a beautiful boy was as a ‘prayer to God’. Some – LOL – must have been extremely pious.

Japanese print with samurai and boy.

Japanese ‘Shunga’ (erotic art) depicting a samurai with his young wakashu (young male lover).

I think in these times when the simple idea of male excellence is verboten and relationships between races and genders have to always be equal and unambiguous, the writers and artists who took over the ‘Alix’ franchise were handed a problem difficult to fix. One solution they adopted if we look at the picture below was to make Enak bigger and stronger and Alix weaker and more submissive. Clearly Enak in this picture is giving thought to whatever it is Alix is putting to him but is not convinced.

An Enak now the same size and strength as Alix.

A more recent version of Enak in which he is roughly as big as Alix and therefore leveling out the relationship.

Maybe all this correction didn’t work because the latest variation on the Alix and Enak theme is a gray-haired Alix and as for Enak? Well – he is dead. Problem solved and everyone happy .

cover of comic strip 'Alix Senator'.

Problem solved? No more Alix the blond, blue-eyed hero and no more Enak the pretty, dark skinned boyfriend.

Page from comic strip Alix Senator

The kid Alix is telling off in the last frame of this page is the son of the deceased Enak. Can we expect more ambiguity?

OK – finally and as if all this was not sufficiently confused already, a page we are unlikely to ever see again in any comic strip book that can be brought at the local store.

orgy scene from Alix and Enak comic book

Enak unable to resist sucking on Alix’s grapes?

 

 

 

A few pics, little boy found and mtb rides.

Really nothing much worth mentioning in my miserable existence but around the world there’s plenty worth mentioning but for sure everyone is sick and tired of hearing bad news. Especially when its human caused and so entirely avoidable. Syria, more killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli Defense Force, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo and all the other disasters happening around the world. Oh yes – and the latest on climate change? It was April Fools day yesterday and so caution needs to be exercised but reportedly there is a plan to spray a sun-filtering film over threatened areas of the Great Barrier Reef to reduce coral beaching. If a joke it is a bad one. Good news is that a three-year-old boy who disappeared from a camp site near the rural town of Mudgee (West side of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales) was found yesterday safe and sound despite 18 hours alone, lost and terrified in the woods. The heart-melt part of the story is that the little boy said to police he asked a Kangaroo to take him home. In the end it was a police helicopter ride rather than a ride in a roo’s pouch which for sure he enjoyed just as much.

Had another attack on the art website which I will rebuild one day, too busy with that project I won’t mention for the moment, and the primitive nature of these attacks – brute force attacks – would indicate they are the work of criminals who attack all and any site  in the hope that people are stupid enough to have ‘admin’ as user name and ‘password’ or ‘qwerty’ or ‘123456’ as password. Yes folks, there are people so stupid they would indeed make things that easy for hackers. BTW I did manage to log with the cyber crime people the previous attack and the security people I use have advised there has been a spate of hack attempts on WordPress sites.

Otherwise, been out on the mountain bike and did the usual 20 kilometers of highway followed by 30 of dirt trail on Friday. Saturday i did another 40 or so kilometer combination of road and track. I’m trying to build up endurance which is the main issue for older and very young riders especially when the weather is abnormally hot for the time of year – 35 degrees Celsius at the bottom of Friday’s ride down to Glenbrook. On the way I found an English family stopped mid uphill on the Oaks trail and who were obviously not well prepared. Dad was pushing the kid’s bikes to the top, Mum was sheltering with two boys in the shade of trees and the daughter I found crouching under a rock shelf a bit further up.  Chatting with the mother and making sure they were OK and didn’t also need the services of a rescue helicopter, she told me it was their first visit to Australia and that they had no idea of the difficulty and length of the trail. Her face dropped when I told her they had roughly another 15 kilometers to go and a few more big hills but on the balance of down and up hill and at the point they were, they were better off continuing down than trying to go back up. Later and taking a break with feet in the cool water of Glenbrook creek a few other riders who arrived at the end of the trail said the Poms were all alive and progressing slowly. Moral of the story is do your research before taking small children on a happy bike ride in the woods even if it’s just on the outskirts of Sydney.

Below are a few pics I took the next day at Hanging Rock.

Hanging Rock and Grose Valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

Hanging Rock and its a long way down to the bottom of the valley but some young persons find it a perfect place to ‘death swing’. Look up ‘ blue mountains hanging rock death swing’ on youtube. There have been a few fatalities..

Hanging Rock with the Grose Valley in the background, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

The haze in the background is oil from the gum tree leaves which often perceived as blue in color is why the area is called the “Blue Mountains’.

Cliff edge looking over the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

End of the Hanging Rock trail is a cliff edge view of the Grose Valley.

Blessings to all.

Idiots galore and hack attempt on the art website.

Long time since my last post and planning it to be video and shot in a beautiful location. Soon.

Otherwise and update on what going on, I’m making good progress on a project which I won’t describe because becoming a bit superstitious and believe it’s best not to tell anyone details of a project until it’s completed. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with getting the reward before the work is done or whatever.

Idiots galore. Check out the picture below taken a few days ago when I was out doing my usual 50 km mountain bike ride. Some idiot has been lighting fires along the Oaks trail and at regular intervals which is a clear indication of intent to start the mother of all bush fires. You have to wonder sometimes if these criminal idiots stop to think about the possible consequences? As in people and animals burnt alive and damage to the environment. Often these people are kids who are known to be firebugs, people with a grudge against the world or deranged firefighters in need of hero worship.

 

Burnt bush along The Oaks trail, Blue Mountains, new South Wales, Australia. Photo Paul Nyssen.

The other thing I want to mention is – and the person(s) responsible could well be reading this – that yet another attempt was made to hack my art website. The attempt failed but I have the IP addresses and will pass on the information to the cyber crime people when their online reporting system will let me do so. I get an error message every time I try to fill out the reporting form and am waiting for their tech people to get back to me with a solution to this problem. The last time an art website of mine was hacked they loaded it up with child abuse material and when I managed with great difficulty to regain access to the site’s admin panel and clean out the filth in the following days I started receiving emails with attached zip files from persons with IP addresses that placed them in Australia and the United States. Needless to specify what was in the zip files… That was in 2009 and the games have continued since then and this latest attempt is most likely the same persons having yet another try. Anyway – if the attempt cannot be logged with the government cyber crime agency it is logged with the private cyber security organization who have successfully and once again foiled an attack on my websites.

 

 

 

 

CO2 levels on planet Earth now between 395 and 500 parts per million.

Check out the screen capture below which shows that today Friday 16-02-2018 an area of our planet hit 500 ppm CO2. The New York region. The lowest levels I found were 395 ppm and only in a few very remote places. So the global range is now 395 to 500 ppm. This is locked in and will not change for a long time even if we stopped all emissions today and so all we have to do is look back to the last time the planet’s atmosphere had these levels to determine what will, without any doubt, be the result. You have to keep in mind the system is like a big heavy railway carriage a worker is trying to move using a lever, getting the carriage moving will take a lot of effort and the initial movement will be slow but very quickly it will gather speed and start moving down the tracks with little extra input from the worker. The only way to safely stop it would be to stand aside and let it run out of kinetic energy. In a similar way the atmosphere is slow to react to changes in its chemistry but once change starts and it has quiet dramatically, it will flip to another state of balance but, because emissions continue there is no possibility of a next state of balance until the source of greenhouse gases is eliminated (civilization). It so to speak will just keep flipping.

screen capture of earth nul school website climate viewer page that shows the New York area at 500 parts per million CO2

New York area now near or at 500 ppm CO2.

Data source: earth null school.

What is now locked in for sure at this present range is the mid Pliocene climate of about 3.6 million years ago when the Arctic was ice free as was the west Antarctic (see picture below) and sea levels were 25 METRES (82 Feet) higher than today. If you live in a coastal town or city and its very likely you do, go down to the sea edge at high tide and imagine where the beach will be in the not too distant future. Rate of melt is still subject to difference of opinion but some such as James Hansen have found it will be much faster than first estimated.

Antarctic continent in the mid Pliocene. Wester area is ice free and sea levels 25 metres above today.

Mid Pliocene Antarctic with western side of the continent ice free and sea levels 25 metres above today.

Data source:http://geology.er.usgs.gov/eespteam/prism/index.html

If money matters – the cost of global ‘natural’ disasters in 2017 was 306 billion US dollars according to insurance company Swiss Re who do the maths ever six months. That is about double the 188 billion of 2016.

 

God becomes Satan.

This is one of those subjects that could be a thirty thousand word essay or a single line. Been reading poems by William Blake and Allen Ginsberg’s comments on aspects of those poems. Most interestingly that God becomes Satan.

Blake devised a human universe in which four elements had to exist in balance. He gave each element a name; Urizen is ‘reason’, Tharmas is the ‘body’, Luvah is ‘emotion’ and finally Urthona ‘imagination’. Blake believed balance between all four must be maintained and if not the result would be chaos and conflict. Too much ‘body’ would result in a brutish unfeeling society and too much imagination, well we can imagine not much would get done and there would be chaos and probably conflict as well. Too much Luvah (emotion) and you end up with the Middle East or a South American communist revolution. A South American dictatorship would be an excess of Urizen (reason). The country is threatened by a communist take over so and in the minds of the existing power holders, any means used to eradicate the threat to democracy and the free market economy is simply the unfortunate price to be paid. Needless to say and consistent with Newton’s third law, the motion towards a cruel dictatorship does not stop until an opposite and at least equal force re-establishes a democratic system of government. Not usually the case if the communists win because and as history has shown the outcome of a successful far-left revolution is a swing to dictatorship by the far left. Clearly all systems based on ‘reason’ alone will end in dictatorship and the process by which a well-meaning revolutionary leader becomes a cruel dictator is that like Urizen, she or he desires more power, more territory, dominion and has an ego-centric desire for total control of nature. (Ginsberg)

Urizen is what we see in many western debates today in that Urizen is an abstract intellect that makes abstract judgments, limiting emotion and imagination. Books are again being banned, even comic strips, paintings are taken down in the name of good morals and allegedly to encourage intellectual debate. In the case of the Manchester gallery the take down itself is described as a work of art and if so, then it is a work of art signed by Urizen himself in which there is no color, no form, no imagination, no emotion and no humanity. (See my previous post on the Manchester gallery take down).

The demise of Urizen is that from God he becomes a Satan whose vision is opaque. He has eyes but can’t see what is in front of him and as such Urizen is unprolific, he can’t write poetry and can’t create anything other than that which is already in the realm of accepted and approved human experience. God or Jehovah as Ginsberg wrote has become a centralized power, lord of a materialistic world, imprisoning the mind and the imagination to moral law, bounding them down in the ropes of ignorant reason.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

Anyways – not really worth talking about freedoms, etc when we maybe have only a few more decades of civilization left.  Could be more but the collapse is now unavoidable short of God recalling all human brains for replacement with one’s that do not contain the “after me the flood’ virus.

In life there is not much happening and honestly I do get sick of nothing happening. It’s like life has come to an end. I’d welcome it were it the case but keep trying to put one foot ahead of the other, plodding on, reviewing and consolidating projects into one that has better chance of completion and trying to remain optimistic and engaged with a society I’ve come to regard with no small amount of contempt. I know that sounds awful but what can you believe of a society that has become so self-centered anything related  to materialistic well-being and amusement is more important than its children’s future? A society so cruel that justice has become public revenge, cowardly to the point of being unable to maintain the rights and freedoms previous generations paid for in blood.

Blessings.

Black and white photograph of Ken doll bound in wire and Kings Cross strip club in the background.Not sure whether I posted this before – it’s a picture that deals with changing concepts of gender and sexual orientations. The strip club in the background is typical of last century with it’s true and only function being reaffirming strict heterosexuality and the  female as the only socially acceptable sexual fantasy. It has as such become an icon of conservatism. What would Ken – Barbie’s boyfriend and male ideal – be in our times? Maybe a bitch boy in a LGBTQI BDSM club?

 

 

Holidays in Antarctica – it’s today (in places) hotter than Saint Tropez.

Notice the ripped into shreds pattern of both the Arctic and Antarctic jet streams.Here’s a good one – today 08/02/2018 at 14.30 Eastern Standard Time (EST) which is my time zone parts of Antarctica (5.4 C at 77.5 S / 134.7 W) are hotter than Saint Tropez (2.1 C at 43.26 N / 6.6 E) The reason in both cases is wobbly Arctic and Antarctic jet streams and for sure your friendly weather person on the television will just explain it away with a ‘high here’ and a ‘low there’ without telling you the high and lows are the result of troughs and ridges in ripped apart jet streams. Five degrees Celsius as low as 1000 hPa is fast melting ice.
Of course, it is summer in the southern hemisphere and winter in the north but 2 degrees in Saint Trop is exceptionally cold, I should know I used to go there regularly, and positive temperatures in the Antarctic is ridiculously serious. Five degrees is when the kids here in the mountains strip down to T shirts and a temperature at which explorers such as Scott do not die frozen in their tents after eating the sledge dogs. It might take a long time on a human scale but the Antarctic continent will one day be barren dry rock sitting at the southern tip of a planet where life has long gone extinct.

The green areas are above zero and as you can see and on the Antarctic continent some areas are at 5 degrees Celsius or more. This is chewing away at the ice.

Saint Tropez near freezing.

The blue is zero or below zero temperatures and you can see how a trough in the jet stream has dragged this cold air all the way down to the billionaires’ play ground.

Wobbly jet streams drawing cold air over Europe. north America and Asia and warm, moist air over Antarctica.

Wobbly, wobbly, wind and trouble It’s hard to relate this mess to what was once known as the Arctic and Antarctic Jet Streams.

Trollops in the pond picture taken down from Manchester Gallery walls.

Laugh out Loud – you might have read about how the painting below was taken down from the walls of the Manchester gallery as “exploitive of women”. The official excuse given by curator Clare Gallaway was that the act of taking it down was in itself a work of art designed to start a conversation. About what – whether the picture exploits women or not? Missed completely is the fact the painting if anything is dismissive of women and certainly not exploitive because the artist does obviously not consider women worth exploiting.

Hylas and the Nymphs - Waterhouse 1896. painting of Hylas a young male been seduced into jumping into a pond full of pubescent Nymphs.

Silly boy.

OK – let’s start from the beginning. What we have is a young male been drawn into a pond full of little trollops. Notice how all the females appear stamped out of the same mould with very little variation between them and that they are at an age where they are visibly becoming women but are not quiet there and so are representative of the feminine that is neither mother nor wife and barely sexual partner. Feminine stripped of individuality, seductive maybe but mostly useless because any meaningful relationship is impossible.
Now, the male, Hylas is depicted as a beautiful youth on the cusp of full manhood, a strong individual he is clad in a clinging robe that describes his body near as well as would nakedness and were that not enough indication of his potential as a sexual partner, the robe is held in place by a bright red sash – so you the viewer can’t miss it. One good tug and the gymnastics are on. Sex is present in this painting but it’s sex that does not involve the Nymphs. Hylas’ lover and sexual partner is absent from this picture.

The back-story tells us Hylas was ‘a servant’ of Heracles and I think it safe to say ‘servant’ in this context means younger lover. The poet Theocritus wrote about the love between Hylas and Heracles in the 3rd century BC. Hylas was so beautiful the Nymphs collectively fell in love with him and devised a plan to get him for their own immoral purposes. They seduce him, kidnap him, Heracles looks for him but eventually gives up. The painting shows the silly boy been drawn into the trollop pond and his destruction.
Morality? Young beautiful men should stay with their man lovers until ready to marry and not allow themselves to be seduced by loose little trollops.

1898 the year this painting was created was the time of Oscar Wilde’s trial and incarceration and this painting fits well into that era of what we call gay rights now but then was more social movement seeking acceptance of relationships between same-gender youth and adults. What they called Greek love. The debate was widespread throughout Europe between the elite, artists and writers and other intellectuals. This painting could easily be seen as part of that debate and have nothing at all to do with ‘exploitation of women’ as understood today. I find it incomprehensible that a woman who is curator of a major public gallery could misread a painting to the point of giving it a completely false interpretation. Or did she? By taking the painting down and framing the debate as one about the alleged past exploitation of women she draws public attention away from the actual meaning of Waterhouse’s work.

Here we go again

Welcome back. End of my lazy period. LOL

Notice the little widget on the side – it gives you the amount of heat added to the Earth’s atmosphere in Hiroshima bombs. Four per second. We’re sending our children to hell. Depressing and have to say the more I learn about climate change and the more I see the extent of inaction the more depressed and angry I get. At some stage we will need a Nuremberg style tribunal for climate change deniers and with sentences that reflect the gravity of the crime of facilitating the sixth great extinction.
The other thing that would make you throw your arms up in despair is the outbreak of stupidity of politicians and special interest groups who while paying lip service to climate change act in a manner indicating they either don’t get or don’t believe in how serious it is. If you check out the website and policies of the Australian Greens for example you will find they are more concerned with social engineering and social justice than they are survival of species. I’ve heard they know they have issues with too many of their members being refugees from defunct far-left parties and people with single agendas such as LGBTQI and Indigenous rights, not forgetting feminism, and who have little if any knowledge of the science and urgency of climate change. To be effective the Greens would need to become a mainstream party with a sizable portion of seats in the federal lower house but they are never going to achieve that pushing for example a toxic form of feminism the majority of women themselves reject as being more about hating men and pathologizing little boys than seeking equality between genders. Funny that a party such as the Greens would overlook the fact many women are mothers who don’t hate their sons. But anyway, I digress. Could this obsession with the politics of the contents of underpants suggest a reason why we as a species are unable to prevent our own destruction? Sex, money and power are the wants of the individual. We have since the beginning of the industrial revolution reinforced in people’s minds the belief that the purpose of life is having more or at least the same as others. This I believe is the reason we now can no longer react to a collective threat; we would need in the context of climate change to agree to have less so the collective can survive but I can’t see that happening until after the point of no return is crossed if individualism remains the dominant philosophy of life. A collective problem will always be ‘someone else’s problem’ if resolving it means I would have to leave my self-worth parked in the garage.

Otherwise – working on a new page or two as mentioned before and including one for people wanting to join in the fun of mountain bike riding in the Blue Mountains.