The rise and rise of a new tribalism.

The unifying of several unions into one “super-union” (if we are to believe the ruler’s squawkers ; The MSM) has come with a new wave of enthusiasm on the part of so many workers and their supporters, but with fear and trepidation …. and no doubt the already planning for its demise…by the capitalist class of right-wing government and the business community.

“United we stand .. Divided we fall!” ……

Is no accidental slogan of a new age of tribalism … it was written as a centre-piece truism in historical literature .. : “A house divided cannot stand” … : “The People united will never be defeated”.. there are many, many others which proclaim the universal truth of tribal loyalty and unity. The many indigenous peoples of so many lands know too well in this age of commodity exploitation and land stolen, that their one chance of universal survival, both cultural and physical is the continued “holding of hands” across the nation and across the picket-lines.

The unity by the Australian indigenous peoples in their presentation of the “Uluru Statement” shows their determination for a united treaty and not for a sell-out “Wild Rivers” style of recognition …. after all, what and whose is the “Sovereignty” that needs to be recognised that is already so bleedin’ obvious as the nose on ones face?

This need to reform and consolidate the numbers of unionised labour is an imperative for the equality of those workers who are the backbone of any nation and also for those too vulnerable or afraid to speak out against exploitation by unscrupulous “business people”. For without the unity of purpose and direction, we all are easy picking for the parasites and vultures in the “League of Capital” opportunists. The too easy promotion of “YOU : the individual” as the means to self-aggrandised “success” belies the awful truth of how easy it is to milk and make destitute those same deluded fools who, many times coming from a class of working trades that have little or no deep knowledge of capital investment speculation, throw their lot in with those smooth talking suits who entrap many working poor into bad or even quasi-criminal investments. Some of which even capitalise on making life even worse for their “tribal cousins” still casually or part-time employed.

The methodology of those middle-class manipulators to divide the tribal unity of whatever group, is to throw the seeds of doubt into those groups … seeking out the weakest minded or the wavering wannabe “effluents” to undermine and disrupt faith and trust. The main catch-cry we hear in these times is the half-truth that : “They’re all the same” or “It can’t be changed because it’s human nature . . . “ half-truths that rely on doubt, suspicion and paranoia to push the rest of their argument along; that it is all in vain as YOU ; the small individual will surely be let down as you are deserted by the leadership who is also only in it for the money.

What money!!? The filth of the capital class created many commissions and even royal commissions to try and pin charges of capital corruption against union leaders, political leaders and individuals in these last few years … to little or no avail..Of course, to use the old maxim .. : “They were thinking about their own behaviour but accusing others” .. They will not stop this continued onslaught against the tribes, be they union or ethnic minorities or even the original owners of country, they have a permanent agency in the Main-stream media traitors doing the dirty work for them .. even the national broadcaster has now joined their ranks and continually feeds the lies and distortions that paint the tribal groups as feral and unreliable … always displaying negatives like fist-waving, shouting and marching unionists … never the smiling faces of relieved families for the returned rightful wages or conditions or time off to be with the family and loved ones. Never the “rights at work” success stories, the “equal pay for equal work” success stories … never the successful communities of indigenous peoples and settled ethnic refugees, struggling against LNP govt’ promoted racism and bigotry .. struggling against MSM promoted racism and bigotry .. It is that sense and action of a age old tribalism that gives strength to community and holds a barrier against the continued onslaught of capital based assault.

Now .. more than ever, we as communities of like minded and interest people need to dispense with the divisive rhetoric of “They’re all the same” and unite under one collective form of tribalism and with our separate cultural identities combine in the one voice of trust in the collective numbers to change the ruling class that has stolen our nation and our governance and become one solid majority to force those who represent us to step in line to the demands and wishes of this new, united tribe of “The People” and do the will of the people.

The coming together of the “Me Too” united voices, the unity of the “Uluru Statement” and the joining together of the unions must be built upon, and not allow to be suffocated by a sabotaging MSM or capitalist conspiracy to break and disrupt. The latter day rising of social media has at last given a voice to the multitude .. sure and it can be sometimes a cacophony of accusative shouting and abuse … but that is the peripheral of what is most important .. : The clear, concise voice of the majority calling for a new unity and a new politics to govern this nation ….

Its voice will not be stilled any longer …. and united in voice we call to all … : “JOIN THE TRIBE! “

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“It’s not so much the money . . . “

Do you remember that most identifying line from the Australian classic movie : “Sunday Too Far Away” … surely one of the most culturally branded films to come out
of that glorious era. And the line that was most quoted from that film … :

“It wasn’t so much the money, it was the bloody insult!”

That story-line epitomised the staunch camaraderie of the shearers striking against the threat of a cut to their wages and the arrival of scab labour. There could be no better description of the mind-set of those times … and I remember the sixties and seventies strikes well … where workers would consider the insult to their status and hard-won conditions over any monetary considerations ..

But now, with this Barnaby affair and all the rest of the immoral rorting, we hear the reverse cry of .. :

“It’s not so much the insult, it’s the bloody money!”

Oh dear! … How the mighty have fallen .. and when Freethinker makes the observation that until the Aussie workers find themselves without food on the table etc. they will not know the need for revolution. And he rightfully blames the influence of the corporatizing of education … where the emphasis on financial considerations are preached over and above moral and ethical necessities …. I will include his relevant quotation from Noam Chomsky .. :

“The educational system in the US was a highly predictable victim of the neoliberal reaction, guided by the maxim of “private affluence and public squalor.” Funding for public education has sharply declined. As higher education is driven to a business model in accord with neoliberal doctrine, administrative bureaucracy has sharply increased at the expense of faculty and students. Cost-cutting leads to hyper-exploitation of the more vulnerable, creating a new precariat of graduate students and adjuncts surviving on a bare pittance, replacing tenured faculty.”
Noam Chomsky

One can almost trace a direct line from the beginnings of “monetary policy” philosophy back in the 80’s where Milton Friedman influenced the Thatcher / Reagan administrations on the supposed infallibility of his stupid theories .. and the over-flow of such idiocy, as with many foolish ideas, like those of Hayek and others, found their way to Australia and into academic instruction.

Not only has a cruel economic ‘bottom line’ social condition made its impression on our nation, we are now seeing the beginnings of such cruelty creeping like an allied infection into the architecture of the cities … If we can believe a report just recently on the ABC webpage … :

“But if, as urban sociologist Robert Park wrote, in making the city we make ourselves, one might wonder what collective self-conception has produced a city covered in metal spikes, illuminated by blue lights, buzzing with high-frequencies — paranoid, anxious and hostile, by design.
With his artwork, Semple aims to break down the barriers that impede social life. His latest campaign, calling on people to photograph and share examples of what he calls “design crimes”, is an attempt to document the impact this kind of design has on our urban landscape.
“Very slowly, bus stops get perches so you can’t really sit on them, spikes appear [and] there’s a lot more sound being used now,” Semple says.
“Some councils are actually playing frequencies that are targeted at young people’s ears and it stops teenagers congregating.
“When we talk about hostile design, hostile architecture, make no mistake — there are groups of people spending time, effort and money commissioning this stuff and designing it to be as brutal as possible against human beings.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-02/design-crimes-how-hostile-architecture-is-hurting-our-cities/9498912

This hard-arsed attitude to us and our very brothers and sisters has to stop! .. Along with the corruption of ethics and our social moral base … not calling for bans on sexuality, gambling or other everyday amusements, but at least some control on those who use such everyday humanist activities for base profit … particularly political profit! … let’s leave the salacious intrigues between consenting adults to consenting adults, but put barriers on those who use such as their profit accruing advantage … political or business. We have reached a point, surely, where things cannot be allowed to sink any lower! … For while individual citizens’ sleaze and decadent behaviour can survive within the darker corners of the mass of society, with only the occasional light being shone upon its decadent activities, these continual displays of corruption, rorting and public exhibitions by our highest representatives of civil governance of gross personal behaviour have to be brought to an end.

This is further example of why there must be consideration for a changing of the guard when it comes to that class of leadership. These representatives of the middle-classes that have held the reins of governance for so long have reached their “use-by date” and have to be superannuated out of civil leadership. Their methodology of economic solutions to social problems is dated, their methodology of education for self-indulgent individualist identity in a multi-ethnic community is dated, their “my way or the highway” policing of so many and varied ethnicities and indigenous groups is a harrowing nightmare as is their lock-down method for the solutions on refugees, immigration and temporary import labour … They are an anachronism .. a spent ideology and a spent force for imaginative governance … no longer, since the days of rule by aristocracy, are they the ‘solution” .. THEY are now the problem!

We can see a new style of governance coming to fruition in Sth Aust’ , with the emphasis by Jay Wetherill’s Labor government huge expansions in new , renewable energy technologies and other down to earth practicalities that have and will further boost community employment and involvement .. We are seeing the beginnings of a style of : “Street-level Governance”.. No longer can governance be the personal property of a “held at arms length” elitist strata of suits and private-schooled ponces, pontificating from elitist suburbs on how the poor and vulnerable should bow and scrape to their betters … work harder and longer in several part-time or casual jobs just to make ends meet … It won’t be long before we end up under this LNP govt’ with pensioners back to eating pet food just to survive!

We now have a drowning, panicking government that one is too scared to get near to lest one is dragged down in their madness to grasp on to any rescuing body to hold its head above the water-line. Never has there been a worse conglomeration of corporate corrupt ministers in charge of the nation. Time to take education, man-power management and corporate regulation from the entrepreneurial / speculative middle-classes and hand it to that strata most experienced in production and delivery of essential goods and services … The educated blue-collar working class.

Let us paraphrase that line from the movie .. ”It has never been so much about the money, but more about the f#cking insult!!”

Time to change the rules! … Time to change the ruling class!

The White and the Blue.

Something has gone awry. There must needs be time to consider … and if I can pinch a line or two..:

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer … ” .

Every time I listen to an interview by a journalist from the MSM. , mostly from the ABC. , with a politician or some other notable person , I am finding myself getting more and more frustrated at the direction and the (depending on the interviewee) aggression or the soft-soap tone of the journalist. I listen carefully to ascertain if it is just a prejudice on my part … I have done this for quite a while now, doubting my capacity for objective analysis …. But after seeing and hearing many interviews over the last few months, I have to make the judgement that those regular journalists who do the interviews ARE leaning in an obvious bias toward the conservative side of politics. Is this just opportunism or cowardice?

Also, from my own memory of events alongside the judgements brought down against the accused in these several recent “Royal Commissions”, along with the excellent listing of actual facts concerning the HIP.(Home Insulation Program) Royal Commission, that was published on The Independent Australia social media site, and was once again raised as a political issue in the recent “releases” of the “cabinet files”, I have to conclude that there is a “reservoir” of qualified professional people MSM are able to draw upon and who seem willing to let themselves be a “gun for hire” to deliver for the “payer” a judgement script straight from “head office”.

There also appears to be a willing participation from many higher education academics to just go along with or vehemently support that ideal of politics most destructive to expansive or less expensive education for the people … in face of the fact that their own education may have been as a result of the free tertiary education system in place at the time of their own advancement into higher learning .…. one has to wonder if they subconsciously deny even the success of their own capacity as an academic ? And , of course , there are the many lesser professions that are too willing to toss their lot in with whoever will accommodate their personal pecuniary peccadilloes …. one expects no better from these.

Which brings me to the nub of my argument .. and to pinch a line from the erstwhile Jason Hand .. :

”There’s too much White Collar and not enough Blue Singlet.”

And this is the problem .. and this is the thing that has gone awry .. and this is the falcon that no longer hears the falconer. Where it has become obvious to the suburbs that the political argy-bargy, the subtle exchanging of brown bags of money, the consideration for the “Privileged Parental Leave” as against the struggling single mother in the ‘burbs, the lawyers and the litigants, the judiciary and the journalists are become so far removed from the everyday concerns of us plebs that it is almost irrelevant to even bother thinking about equality for the low wage earners and pensioners …. and it is a shame. One has to wonder if many long-serving politicians are so “imbedded” with the life-style and remunerations, they have lost the “fire-in-the-belly” aggressiveness to strike at the heart of the problems.

And yet we curse those “stupid people” who voted one way or the other , without considering their position in the here and now … because, if we think about the above examples, where it seems the many “enlightened and highly educated in society” are – apparently – taking the money and running … why on earth would a low-income, lower educated downwardly mobile peon not reconsider their loyalties and simply follow ANY money? …. Why do we expect those with the least clout , the least capacity for risk, do what those of greater wealth and better position do not even stop to consider before tossing their lot in with the destroyers of social order for a grubby “thirty pieces of silver”?

And THAT is why the MSM. In conjunction with the LNP. has manipulated the policy interpretations and truthfulness of “promises” put forward by the LNP. before the last election. That is why I see those crappy “interrogations” of the PM. There is no doubt there is regret in the suburbs, there is anger bubbling under the surface so now we have “Malcolm the Magnificent” the “deliverer of justice” being cynically promoted … They are low .. but they know every trick in the book and they just tweak it here , tweak it there … But the biggest disappointment, is the lack of leadership from the higher strata of society … Those of the Judiciary. Of the Legal Fraternity and the Academic Fraternity … from the professions that have established networks that reach up into the high political circles … THEY need the example of integrity of another “Weary Dunlop”.. while WE already have many a “Joe Hill and Rosa Luxemburg” .. we need to witness some gumption from these people to set example and yes! .. to stand up and out and brazen it out to “cop it sweet” when the filth move against them .. as they have moved against individual workers ,and the unions .. for it is from such example the greater mass of citizenry take the lead and then the natural decency that is at the moment dormant in us all will break in a wave over these low-bred parasites that will have all our shoulders bent under their yoke and all our necks crushed under their jack-boots!

Damn their eyes!

Balthazar!

Balthazar is the second volume in Lawrence Durrell’s : “Alexandria Quartet”.. The exclamation mark is mine.

When I first read Durrell’s quartet a long time ago, I remember Balthazar being the most intriguing of all .. the reading of it left me with a feeling of sensuous delight in the language so astutely manipulated and managed .. For language as a written experience is,in my opinion one of the greatest and most acclaimed achievements of the arts of humanity .. and while painting as art is devilishly skilled, it is still a copy of many natural surroundings, likewise music is imitation of nature’s beasts and birds .. wind and storm and song the cry of an estranged soul familiar in tone and pitch to a rising tumult of mild zephyr to wild wind.

But to take an alphabet of letters that are assembled into accepted words and then to arrange those unfamiliar nouns, adjectives and verbs into sentences of not just legible script, but to frame them in descriptive design that can capture the sound and imagination of a reader to direct them down a road toward adventure, horror, love and desire demonstrates the dexterity of pure mental discipline to build, word by word, paragraph by paragraph that mood picture that we would wish to describe.
I have written many articles and stories .. some of which have appeared on this blog. Loving the fluidity of the written word, I find delight in just the sounds made in the pronunciation of those words .. I always have from a long, long time ago .. Some names of places have caught and held my awe in the wonder of place names .. :
Samarkand.
Where is Samarkand?
Is it cry of bird strangely,
Or is it man?
And Byzantium?
A pealing of great bells, where
The name; Pliny, is but a tinkle.
And Jerusalem, Jerusalem … syrup,
As sticky as a bruised sugar fig.
Dar-Es-Salaam … a command?
If so, then consider its neighbour;
Like the last whispered word
From an unsettling dream ….
…………. Zanzibar! ……….

So it came as a surprise to me a week or so ago when a young refugee, Samad Abdul, posted his story on this blog https://theaimn.com/my-best-friend/
Where he opened with this sentence .. : “ That’s such a moment of blessing when you are with your best friend but that’s such a horrible moment when friends get separated forever.”

And which brought a cavalcade of accusation and degradation upon the spirit of his plea and the generic hopes of so many desperate peoples wanting a feeling of that “moment of blessing”.. The disgrace that was inflicted upon that young man’s story through nothing more that I can see than a envy of his desire for a dreamt of future whereas those who would deny him are trapped in a mire of mediocrity and drudgery unforgiving but materially secure .. no longer do they seek , having become satisfied with such mediocrity, they are quick to condemn those who still hunger for life’s promises.

In the novel; Balthazar, the search for truth demands confronting some rather unsavoury imagery and realities..this demands an unflinching courage to stare at and stare down such in the face of sometimes social adversary. As the paragraph below says.. ; From the Marquis de Sade’s story of Justine :

“Yes, we insist upon these details, you veil them with a decency which removes all their edge of horror; there remains only what is useful to whoever wishes to become familiar with man;….Inhabited by absurd fears, they only discuss the puerilities with which every fool is familiar and dare not, by turning a bold hand to the human heart, offer its gigantic idiosyncrasies to our view.”

Backing up the young refugee’s article, I posted a story of another refugee from another time just last week : “Saying Goodbye to Ferrucchio”.. It also was in reality a love story .. A love story between the travails and sorrows of humanity that can come together in adversity and tragedy. We love as humans, we embrace as lovers, it is the continuity of life itself that neither work, duty or politics can stop .. So it was a kind of weird moment when I read of many twitterers demanding of the “Barnaby Affair” that we please make it so that ; “It is about the rorting, not the rooting!” .. weird … as if such salacious dollops of metaphorical body-fluids could be overlooked for the everyday garden variety of possible rorting behaviour.

And it was this hypocrisy where the story of the young refugee was met with accusations of misleading, deceit, possible lying and being requested to “prove” his legitimacy of persecution … and yet, in the Barnaby affair, we get the demand that we not ask about his private behaviour or life and do not inquire or require him to explain his tangled relationships … ”Leave his private life out of this!” we are admonished .. yet demand the most intricate details of the life of a refugee, any refugee from the time of their first fears of danger to how, what, when, where and why they fled their homeland .. and not ANY subsequent explanation by myself or others who had witnessed or experienced such fears could or would be accepted by these criothans of the self-elected “truth police” who in the face of so much detailed explanation stubbornly refused to shift ground.

‘Truth is what most contradicts itself in time.’ Said Lawrence Durrell .. I would add that “the telling of a truth gives strength and power to an argument, whereas a lie weakens the most legitimate claim”.

I’ll leave the last words in their sensual beauty to Mr. Durrell .. :

“ Profligacy and sentimentality … killing love by taking things easy … sleeping out a chagrin … This was Alexandria, the unconsciously poetical mother-city exemplified in the names and faces which made up her history.”

“Any concentration of the will displaces life and gives it bias in motion. Reality, he believed, was always trying to copy the imagination of man, from which it derived.”

But it is the blind, merciless cruelty that I find most offensive and disgusting, particularly from such whose greatest woe in life would be in equivalence to that which is lost by the refugee to the suffering of a mild toothache!

“Strong in the arms…”

There seems to be a kind of continuity in this latest mainstream media (MSM) “Sgt Schultz” plea over the Barnaby Joyce whole kit ‘n’ caboodle when they say in a plaintive squeal; “I know nuffink!” … which, considering social media’s eye-rolling acceptance of THAT reality, they suddenly now seem to be all over the situation like a nasty little beetroot rash on some-ones sweet little gash … with the Murdoch press as usual right in there tight as a “Vaseline’d” suppository! THEY know their place.

But this is not the first time we have seen this sudden mad “dash down the home straight” by the MSM to apply damage control on an out of THEIR control story that has been chased up, investigated by and followed through on social media. This latest grim scrimmage was first investigated (in my attention) by “Independent Australia” before the New England by-election, with an “on-site” attempt to discover who was the person driving Barnaby’s election ute around yelling out the grissly details of Barnaby’s indiscretions. Evidently also the social media group “True Crimes Weekly” can claim first dibs on the breaking of the story … and there it goes.

I am interested in just how long this situation by the MSM to deliberately avoid covering stories that could be embarrassing to the LNP has been going on. How deep does this MSM “stroll into Aphasia” go? Sure, there are places in the news areas where it is neither decent nor to the national interests to go, but then we have that moment (to name ONE!) back in 2016 when the ex Tech’ reporter for the ABC, Nick Ross, came out on Reddit with some revealing details of political interference by the LNP government to block what could be damaging reporting on the NBN. (See here on Google: The Nick Ross Tapes on Reddit?).

But we can go further back than that to when the board of the ABC was being stacked with Murdoch and LNP people … when Turnbull was communications minister under Tony Abbott, there was deliberate intention to undermine the ABC’s independence by infiltrating right-wing sympathisers into the heart of the National Broadcaster. (See Malcolm Turnbull distances himself from decision to appoint Janet Albrechtsen and Neil Brown to roles overseeing ABC and SBS board posts).

Back when Mark Scott was manager of the ABC, I recall that there was much discussion on the old “Café Whispers” blog about the outrage of anti/Labor bias that was being displayed on the ABC at the time … particularly by the news programs. We remember when Chris Uhlmann took over the political reporting on the 7.30 report .. From Wikipedia:

“In 2008, Uhlmann switched to television, and was political editor for The 7.30 Report, ABC News and ABC News 24. In December 2010, he was appointed as co-host of the ABC Television current affairs program, “7.30”. In 2012, the show was revamped again, with Uhlmann returning to the political editor role, and Leigh Sales hosting the program.

In 2013, Uhlmann stepped down as 7.30’s political editor. He announced that he would be working on a documentary about the Rudd and Gillard Governments for the ABC.”

And we all remember how THAT went … where Julia Gillard herself decided it was safer to go on the program to at least try to make the story as close to the truth as possible. THAT is how bad the reputation of the political reporting at the ABC had become and I still am doubtful as to why the relatively unknown and untested Uhlmann got the gig of news “anchor-man” over the much more experienced Michael Brissenden after Kerry O’Brien retired … until NOW!

With this latest mea culpa by the MSM that it didn’t want to delve into politicians private affairs (read: “Jeesus effing Keerist! How will we get out of reporting THIS LNP balls-up?) even when that politician was running for re-election after fumbling his citizenship status that only came out after an inquiry to the NZ Labor Party by an Australian Labor person … and then the whole series of collusion, obfuscation, cover-ups and distractions and even some accusations of fraudulent activities I mean tell us something we have NOT been covering for more than a year on social media and we have every right to ask:

“HOW LONG’S THIS BEEN GOING ON?”

It is now as obvious as a pimple on the point of a nose that the MSM in ALL sectors, in ALL cases involving the LNP, in ALL dimensions, has been operation as both protector and propagator of the conservative political parties in Australia.

We expected no better from the gormless commercial sector, where men in tu-tus macarena-dancing and Kochie and co are the highest level of serious reporting. But we do expect better from OUR ABC. And one is inclined to ask: With the employment crossover from the commercial media groups like Fairfax and Murdoch and co. to secure employment at the ABC, are we to also get the “contact infection” inherent like any virus from so many frivolous staff? Is the National Broadcaster now to be inundated with the idle-chatter connections between these “once-was” and their still in-situ brain-farts at the commercial media platforms?

We can see with the “Gormless Guthrie” syndrome that absolute chaos reigns where once was reliable quality and her brag of The ABC now only costing 4cents per day is accepted less as “frugal housekeeping” than as proof of a “miserly, penny-pinching, starvation budget of cutting out the heart of a once magnificent enterprise” !

Stupid!

And this is the universal fault with the Right-wing side of politics … all they know is; force of arms, force of opinion, force of policy, pressure and force, nothing more … no conversation, no conciliation, no admission of fault or guilt … just force of strength … hence the title at the start of this piece from a book of short stories by Eric Knight: “Sam Small Flies Again” … “Strong in the arms”.

“A Yorkshireman born
And a Yorkshireman bred,
Strong in the arms
And weak in the yead!”

But where that above ditty has: Yorkshireman, Read: Right-wing F#ck-wit!

A new year’s resolve..

As we venture into this new year, we enter the next phase of the LNP. Government’s plan to reverse the social order of our nation. We make no mistake to see the intention of right-wing ideology is not to appease, but to conquer and control economic, social and political policy direction of our country by the use of extreme measures that it has been carefully putting in place for the last year. Not for fear of terrorism were such centralized powers for search , monitor and police legislated … after all, how many acts of terrorism have we ever suffered in this country to justify such complete control over our actions? And even if there were, would we not rise above such an situation with the stoicism and courage that many nations do when confronted with any such act? .. after all, Australia is not so puny as a corporation born from one family’s twisted fortune. No, the right-wing has but one great fear .. : that it will lose control of the mechanisms that gain it both power and profit … after all, it was only for profit that Murdoch moved to put the LNP. in power in the first place..that much is obvious.

The first six months of this year will be an “attack period”. Attacks on our social welfare system, attacks on social media criticism, attacks on the environment and political discourse. Perhaps too..attacks on even our persons. The appointment of Peter Dutton to lead these attacks has been premeditated by “warming him up “ with his unrelenting, cold-hearted cruelty on asylum seekers. The gross hypocrisy of his claim of being cruel to be kind, by saving thousands from a watery grave, is exposed by the treatment AFTER ARRIVAL of those refugees he claims to have “saved from drowning” .. as if they must now be taught a lesson for NOT drowning! No, the lessons of “Precise targeting” learned from “experimenting” with asylum seekers, ie; identifying and denouncing the “economic refugees” , the “no longer in danger” peoples and or “ how far to persecute and prosecute before strategic retreat from absolute cruelty” tactics, will stand in good stead the master of the fates of any or all on some sort of welfare … after all, according to IPA. Philosophy .. ; ”They’re nearly ALL malingerers of some sort .. even those on an old-age pension .. who, if they had any gumption at all, would have in their working life put away enough to fund their own retirement … just like Gina or Rupert or Twiggy!” Rest assured, Dutto’ has plans .. oh yes! .. he has plans … for us.

Now WE must plan … we, in social media, must work on implementing a broad foundation platform of how to attack and render harmless the right-wing media which, as sure as sunrise , is going to try set the tempo for this second year of the govt’ agenda.

Murdoch knows he must either control or destroy the free democracy of social media .. It is starting to confidently over-ride the MSM. In both news delivery and in satire of the MSM., right-wing politicians and it’s reporters and big-shot players … Not only that, but it can now also lead in attack and parry and defence of ideals that appeal to a vast majority. Murdoch knows this ground, he has traversed it many times … the advantage we hold (at this moment) is technological advantage .. and the capability to use it. The old MSM. is hamstrung by an unwieldy “hard-copy” media machine and with it an anachronistic “see, hear, report, edit, print” timetable … social media has no such delays .. it happens, it is visualized on mobile devices or tweeted as it happens .. instant news!

THIS, is our weapon against the Murdoch juggernaut! Murdoch has only ONE power base .. ; his employees .. his journos’ .. Murdoch , himself has no capacity to report or deliver .. he has to rely solely on his employee journos’ .. take them out of the picture and he is lost .. it is the old story of the “for the want of a horse-shoe nail” .. it IS that simple.

I believe we have to invent a brand new mechanism of political involvement via social media . We cannot do this alone or in individual blogs .. we must try and involve the ALP/left-wing groups. To build a broad information volunteer base and access to a wide readership. It would perhaps be to the Labor Party’s advantage to have instant rapport with its support and to reach out to those lurking and seeking persuasion to come over from the dark side! The ALP. already has a presence on Twitter … although a sort of loose familiarity .. but it does twitter so much better than the LNP … after all social media communication is more suited to those who sympathise with social equality and those who like to reach out and “touch” each other.

We have to build chat “tag- teams”, where we have attack teams coming and going all the time to develop and push important topics along the conversation threads .. to keep certain important policies in the public eye and discussion .. not faking it, but delivering real issues to the front and centre of discussion AND having them discussed .. not letting important news or policy be blown about by too much idle chatter then getting lost in the hubbub of gossip or advertising. We need organized “tag-teams” to liaison between the parties and the boards, to attack individual MSM. Journos’ who propagandise for the LNP/ IPA./Murdoshians …. After all, we are beyond the point of “beginning”, but rather seeking to “complete” the construction of a new generation of political discourse with social media at the centre.

This year will be an attack year for the LNP. They will have to neutralise Labor’s social policies and put in place their market based options .. It will be a slash and burn year for them … Murdoch will have his creatures going flat-out in support .. His corporate future depends upon control of the media. They will probably use the Turnbull / Abbott duo in a “good cop / bad cop” set-up … However they do it, they have to have their policy in place by the end of the year so as to “butter” the voters up for the next election.

They have a plan, a strategy, we too must plan a counter attack and defence .. it must be loud, wide ranging and relentless … Like Guerilla combat, we must be able to melt back into the shadows and be ready to emerge with as much concentrated opinion that we can muster in as short a time as possible if we are to win this battle and we must be able to take it , via twitter, directly to the Floor of The House! .. : Instant outrage! … For it is a battle .. of ideology .. ; to lose is to see a century’s worth of social infrastructure and a lifetime’s achievement of environmental restructuring be wasted and destroyed. For these people know no life save the barbaric solution of rapine and looting what is not and has never been theirs to loot!

Can we do it? ………… ”Yes we can”.

An Affectation of Intellectualism.

You know, it had to come to this … this point in our conversations over the past year or so. We had to work our way here like trekkers toward the once avoidable peak .. knowing at some point there had to be a confrontation between the “tribal” and the “sophisticate” as to which of us would scale the last obstacle to gain that peak.

Well, here it is : The scholarly educated intellectual versus the life educated practical. Who is more fitted for leadership of the requirements of modern national governance?

And I have to thank Roswell for the inspiration .. :
“Where at first I picked that you were stirring people, I now, however, detect a bit of angst .”

A guild of self-assessing intellectuals that hold the monopoly on learned knowledge, but is more like an Emperor with no clothes. A class that leans on its qualifications for a kind of group-think legitimacy of what to believe.

Today (6th Feb’) is my birthday…Today I reach the enviable age of 67 years. Enviable because, unlike so many of the deceased we have recently read about in the news reports, I am (touch wood) still here on this earth, in reasonable good health and my keenness for good food and wine, plus some regular sexual activity is still “hangin’ in there! .. there is nothing else in life that matters.

Right, so much for the too much information section of this piece .. let us get down to business.

Now, I could come at those I am directing this accusation at by playing hard or soft … I could give a blunt assessment or I could try to persuade .. instead I will by-pass those I accuse and pitch my case to the broader audience who will peruse this missive out of curiosity .. To them I offer this thesis.

Example: Last winter, in between spells of rain, one could observe, as many of you would have observed, those little cones of ant-activity that raised bulwarks of granule’d mullock around their individual holes to protect them from flooding .. a sort of dike embankment … dozens of them all dotted about a small meterage, exactly the same. Except .. except two holes near the perimeter of these multitude of exacting cones, where an elongated dike of approx.’ 2 inches long had been constructed around both ant-holes as protection, leaving a clear walk-way connection between for ease of communication.

Let us digress now to consider what line of “thought” must have inspired such a divergence from what must be considered “the norm” for those two ant nests to strike such a different approach. At some point, there must have been a spark of observation within the collective that concluded that an expanded wall would be more efficient than the singular cone .. At some moment the practicality of such a construct became obvious .. and the rest, as they say, is recorded on my digital camera .. but in the world of the ant, surely such a singular action must have been a momentous event … to break with tradition to engineer a completely different structure and approach to flood protection would have to be equal to Archimedes’ “Eureka!” moment .. the application of a learned practicality overruling multi-millennia of habit and dogma .. and let us not presume there was any “intellectual” debate on the subject .. ants are known for their pragmatic approach to business at hand.

But in our human universe this is not unusual. Many, many times we change procedure, habit and mind after consideration of the practicality of a thing .. We move that pot-plant from too much sun or shade to a more favourable place .. we change from driving to the city to catching public transport .. we see that a vote for one particular party has benefit over the longer term than another .. we budget, plan and execute action based on the practicalities of experience, of life .. it’s not rocket science .. ”all ideas come from without, not from within”.
Closer to our own world of experience, I was having a discussion recently about gene theory and certain lines of defect that can be seen in livestock … horses in particular.

It is recorded in the family archives that one such horse era farmer thought he would branch out into Clydesdale breeding for the local farming industry and purchased a stallion for the then princely sum of 200 guineas .. I’m talking 1930’s .. a lot of money then …Well it is also recorded in the footnotes of that same archive that the stallion was “a failure” .. and it ends there in mystery. What it “failed “at must be presumed .. and it was this which generated the conversation about genes in livestock.

“The word may have got about that it was from a defective blood-line.” I suggested.
“Probably had a recessive gene defect.” My ‘friend’ concluded.

“Yes .. probably” I agreed “..and someone .. a farmer maybe, had spotted the fault in the structure of the animal”.

“Well .. they wouldn’t know THAT … they wouldn’t have even known about recessive gene theory around these parts in those days.”

“Yes, well, maybe they didn’t know about gene theory, but by jingo, they could pick a defective blood-line of breeding stock when they saw it … those old farmers.”

“But they wouldn’t know what was causing it and it doesn’t work in a consistent manner for them to have enough experience to pick out any recessive gene problem! … ” and so on and on we went .. me in defence of ‘on the ground’ stock husbandry experience over herd-testing and proving of gene integrity science.
In the end, we had to agree to disagree on certain conclusions as THEY were not prepared to allow that long experience of animal sale-yard observation was not conclusive of a capacity to pick a recurring genetic fault in a line of stock … while I was adamant that the human eye, unscholarly as it may be in the learned knowledge of gene theory science, nether the less is very, VERY astute in picking out defects in stance, muscular build, beauty of appearance and surety of walk .. and any male of a long line of testosterone driven observation can assure you of THAT accuracy!

So without dragging too many examples of the practical applications of learned experience into the argument, I would rest my case on the fact that if we apply the old maxim of which came first ; the chicken or the egg .. we can solve the riddle by using our knowledge of the exoteric experience against the esoteric belief … :

“ Exoteric refers to knowledge that is outside, and independent from, a person’s experience and can be ascertained by anyone (related to common sense). … It is distinguished from internal esoteric knowledge. “Exoteric” relates to external reality as opposed to a person’s thoughts or feelings “ (Wikipedia)
… and conclude that to get the fertilised egg in the first place, at least two chooks have to have a root!

So to conclude, while it may take a hundred essays on horse handling to change one scholars mind, such a challenge could be achieved quite quickly in the field with the application of one kick up the arse!

Now .. if you want to know how the Pyramids were built or how they raised those gigantic obelisks back in ancient Egypt, send me your email address and I’ll oblige with the details .. “You’re bluffing” I hear you say .. and I tell you I learned the first from the constructing and fitting of those old “box-frame” windows and the latter from watching a cabinet-maker handle from the rack those huge sheets of MDF board … after all .. It’s not rocket science!