Thursday, May 31, 2007

Why not?

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1996 American psychonaut, Timothy Leary (b. 1920) crossed over. His last words, his son Zachary said, were "Why not?" and "Yeah".

Following the psychedelic author's cremation, 7 grams of his ashes were launched into space. Stored in the 9-by-12-inch canister with Leary are ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, space physicist Gerard O'Neill, rocket scientist Krafft Ehricke and others.

In the months before his death from inoperable prostate cancer, Leary wrote a book called Design for Dying. The book was an attempt to show people a new way of viewing death and dying ...

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Lawson packs his swag


The statue of Henry Lawson that has been in Sydney's Botanic Gardens for 76 years is being moved to Canberra for an exhibition, to return in three months. Multimedia show.

Henry Lawson's overdue holiday

Faces in the Street, my novel about Henry Lawson

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The White Tiger

The following poem by Hafiz was generously transcribed at my request by Graeme Dunstan. On the morning of Chris Green’s farewell I phoned Graeme and told him I was hunting for a verse to read at Chris’s wake.

“What animal did he remind you of?” asked Graeme. “A white tiger?”

My reply: “Yes! How could you possibly have known that? You’ve never even met him.”

“Then I have a poem for you,” said Graeme, “but you will have to replace ‘wild deer’ with ‘white tiger’”. I rushed to meet Graeme five minutes later near my place, at Bellingen Cemetery where he had spent the night in his van – the Peace Bus – and I borrowed my friend’s book of Persian poems for the day.

I have taken the liberty of changing ‘wild deer’ with ‘white tiger’.

Khidr is the Persian green man – the Green Man. Simurgh is a Persian fabulous, benevolent, mythical flying creature.



White tiger, my friend
who has travelled with me for years,
how is it now with us
crossing this vast plain separately?

Where we are going has not changed,
but without each other's company
the journey grows more frightening.

I keep asking everywhere, "Who
can take the white tiger's place?
Khidr?" Is that Guide of guides
approaching! I hear footsteps.

But he separated us before, turning joy into grief.
maybe he will change it back! …

One day there was a rare spirit
sitting by the side of the road.

A traveller who was determined
to reach the great Simurgh bird
walked by.

"Have you been given some sign
that sends you this way? No-one has known,
till now, which way ahead.

The sun puts its bag of fire
in one of the scalepans,

What have you found to balance with that?"
The traveller had no answer.

Was it Khidr sitting beside the road asking?
Wait here till he comes again.
Sit by this spring and weep,
remembering those you've loved
that have died. Say your sadness
like summer rain. Merge into the river made of such tribute.

Hold tight to the stem of the rose you have been given.
Learn what such a friend is worth.
Write that in the margin and memorize it.

The strategy of this earth
is to pull companions apart.

But what I wrote here
does not flow from anything material.

This poetry mixes soul with mind.
It's a seed held in music
as in warm ground.

The fragrance you take in, listening
comes from a peaceful presence, not
the white tiger who left me here alone!

Hafiz of Shiraz (1320-89)
translation by Coleman Banks
The Hand of Poetry - Five Mystic Poets of Persia
Omega Publications 1993

Mort d’Arthur

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted


542 CE According to tradition, King Arthur of England, who might or might not ever have existed, died on this day.


According to legend, Arthur was the son of King Uther Pendragon and Igerna, wife of Corlois, Duke of Cornwall, who Uther had cuckolded. They later married when Corlois died in battle. It is unlikely Arthur really existed, and he is not found in chronicles before Norman times, five centuries after his supposed death.

On the death of Uther, Arthur became king. He went to war against the Anglo-Saxons, whom he defeated with great slaughter in a place called Mount Badon. He then went on to defeat the Scots and Picts, then conquered Ireland, Iceland, Gothland and the Orcades, followed by Denmark, Norway and Gaul. He supposedly defeated the Gallic governor Flollo at Paris, after nine years of trying to subdue the Gauls ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Oak-apple Day, England

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
Oak-apple Day (Royal Oak Day; Shick-shack Day; Nettle Day), England

Not only is May 29 the birthday (1630) of King Charles II of England (1630 - '85), it is the day when he entered London at the Restoration of the monarchy in England in 1660), putting an end to Puritan rule.

Today was commanded by an Act of Parliament in 1664 to be observed as a day of thanksgiving, and a special service (expunged in 1859) was put in the Book of Common Prayer. English people wore sprigs of oak with gilded oak-apples (oak galls caused by larvae of the wasps Amphibolips confluenta, Biorhiza pallida and others) on that day.

It remembers Charles II's concealment with Major Careless (or Major or Colonel Carlos, sources vary) in the ‘Royal Oak’ (thus escaping the Roundhead army) at Boscobel, near Shifnal, Salop, after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651. As Commonwealth troops approached Boscobel House, searching for Royalists, the King and Careless spent a day hidden in the Royal Oak in the grounds, and the next day hid in a priest hole at the house. After this, Giffard and the Pendrills were able to smuggle the King and Carlos to France ...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Purification of Pythia, ancient Greece

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
From about 1400 BCE, the shrine at Delphi, Greece, was sacred, probably to Gaia, the mother earth goddess, or to a snake goddess. So important was it as a sacred site, it came to be described as Omphalos, the 'navel', or centre of the world. Later, it became sanctified to Apollo (son of Zeus, and god of the sun, light, youth, beauty, and prophecy), perhaps signifying a shift from matriarchal to patriarchal society, though this is uncertain and still a matter of academic enquiry and debate.

Delphi gained its name from the dolphin, and Apollo was said to have visited the place as one of those sea mammals that barely survive today’s polluted Ionian sea. Snakes were part of Delphic lore until c. 800 BCE when Apollo was said to have slain the serpent that guarded the sanctuary, establishing the oracle anew. (Thus, Apollo became one of the many dragon-slayers of mythology: St George, St Martha and Hercules among them.)

The serpent’s name was Python, and had been made from mud and slime by Gaia. At first the oracle priestess (sometimes two in shifts) could only be consulted on one day a year. She might have become entranced, by a drug perhaps; she answered questions in hexameter verse.

The priestess, Pythia (Sybil), seated on a tripod above a crack in the earth, went into a trance while chewing laurel leaves. The temple priests formulated the oracle from the glossolalia ('speaking in tongues', as it is sometimes known in the Christian tradition) which the priestess spoke in her ecstasy. Every four years (the third of each Olympiad), the Pythian Games were held in honour of the priestess, the winners receiving a laurel wreath from the city of Tempe; Apollo himself had instituted these games so the world would never forget his great feat in slaying Python.

The leaders of ancient Greece relied on the Delphic oracle for her prognostications and clairvoyance. King Croesus once simultaneously asked seven oracles "What is the King of Lydia doing now?" Only the Delphic oracle answered correctly that he was cooking a tortoise and a lamb in a pot of bronze.

Jelle Zeilinga De Boer, a geologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA, reported in Geology, August, 2001, that ethylene, rising up through fissures in the rock beneath the shrine, was probably the sweet-smelling vapour that put the priestess in her trance ...

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The Secret

My doctor said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around my house to see things I started and hadn't finished; and, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Cardonay , a bole of Baileys, a butle of Kehuha, a pockage of Tim Toms , tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valum scriptins, the res of the Chesescke, some saltins an a bax a cholates.

Yu haf no idr who gud I fel.

*Peas sen dis orn to dem yu fee ar in ned ov inr pece

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Johnny at the end


Johnny at the end
Originally uploaded by Pip_Wilson.
Poor old Johnny Gould died last night. He was Leader of the Pack of the four Gouldians who share my house and enrich my life. This is him on the floor of my living room a few hours before he died. I don't know why it happened. It was cold, but the other Gouldians in my house are just fine. He was the first bird I ever owned, and was only about two years old. I didn't bury him; I placed him under the mulberry tree for Nature to take its course.

In the dawn hours he used to do great courtship dances with Lizzie in my shower while I shaved. I won't forget Johnny and his lust.

See ya, Johnny Gould. You meant a lot to me.

1967 Indigenous Australians referendum

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1967 Decades overdue, an Australian referendum allowed the Federal Parliament to legislate for Indigenous Australians, and Aboriginal Australians were given the vote. In the referendum 90 per cent of Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution which discriminated against indigenous Australians.

The referendum also gave the Australian Federal Government the power to make laws on behalf of indigenous Australians. Technically it was a vote on the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967, which after being approved in the referendum became law on August 10 of the same year.

No progress for Australia's remote Aborigines - minister

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

We stopped the cyanide train!

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Click to embiggen newspaper clipping.

Never doubt the power of one, or two, three or four. Four or five of us stopped the cyanide train, with no money, but with candles, cups of tea and home-made banners.

I worked for more than five years in PR (public relations), and I'm here to tell you that the mega-corporations and their PR consultants are far more afraid of you than you can ever be of them. What can you do in your locality, and in the world? What are we afraid of? Go for it! Find websites that will help you with ideas. You can google, right? Start googling. Start changing the world.

Read the latest report of the Urunga rail blockade action here.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Great Gig in the Sky for Chris Green

This Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) masterpiece ('Great Gig in the Sky', appropriate for my musician mate) was sung yesterday at Chris Green's funeral, brilliantly by a friend of Chris's named Beth. We will all miss Chris's porch music gatherings on his veranda -- the 'Porchestra' as it was called.
"I'm not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don't mind. Why should I be a-frightened of dying? There's no reason for it. You've got to go sometime." - Pink Floyd.
I and many others wail for the Green man, whose last 18 months were a suffering:



For Chris Green (May 26, 2006) – Pip Wilson

It’s not easy bean a human bean, for life can be a bitch
As I often find when bludgers knock me just for bein’ rich.
It’s not easy when a camel kicks you in the bloody spleen –
And I’m bloody sick and tired of it!
And it’s not easy bein’ Green.

It ain’t no fun to be an Eskimo when they spell it with a ‘q’.
It’s a bugger being in prison when the alimony’s due.
It’s not easy being a lentil tossed into a soup tureen.
It’s hard to be a bonza bloke!
And it’s not easy bein’ Green.

I tell you it’s hard to be a gentleman when the world is bloody mean.
Any king would feel that keenly, more especially his queen.
Being debonair is hard to do when it’s a deviation from the mean.
It’s even hard to wash your underpants!
And it’s not easy bein’ Green.

I mean it’s hard to wash your underpants in the kitchen bloody sink.
That’s what I meant. Because it makes your sheila cranky and the crockerary stink.
That’s why I recommend some kind of washing thingo type of machine.
Ah, it’s a burden being brilliant!
And can be a bummer bein’ Green.

You know it’s hard to be about 60 and it’s hard to be 16.
Yeahhh, and it’s hard to be a sheila like that one I nearly rooted once, Charlene.
Cause in about another 30 years or so her back’ll hurt like mine, know what I mean?
It’s hard to have enormous jugs.
And it was never easy bein’ Green.

I know a bloke in Sydney-town, up there on Bungan Head.
He lords it over all the world with the rantin’s in his ’ead.
He’s got a bonza missus, she’s so patient and serene.
He’s plugged into every-bloody-thing except a dialysis machine.
He’s a funny cove, does a good cabaret comedy routine,
Sort of a cross between Humphrey Bogart and Humphrey McQueen.
So he’s not very funny … but then neither are the Mujahideen
But that didn’t stop them getting Oscars on the silver screen …

He hasn’t got a cracker and he hasn’t got a bean.
Another shitty day in paradise …
Nuh! -- it ain’t easy bein’ Green.

Manufacturing Consent

The classic Canadian documentary Manufacturing Consent based on the Noam Chomsky/Edward Herman book by the same name. Explores the the propaganda model of the media.

Captain Thunderbolt

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

1870 Captain Thunderbolt (Frederick Ward), the notorious Australian bushranger, was allegedly shot dead by Constable AB Walker. Thunderbolt had been the scourge of inns and mail coaches around Bourke and Uralla, New South Wales, and had done at least 80 robberies netting him £20,000. Many of these ill-gotten gains, however, were in the form of cheques and half notes, pretty useless to a highwayman out in the Armidale tablelands wilderness.

A number of years ago I sometimes used to stay on Cockatoo Island, in Sydney Harbour. The house I stayed in had once been the mansion of the governor of the notorious Cockatoo Island Prison that existed during the convict days of Australia – like a mini-Alcatraz or Robbin Island. In the old sandstone prison yard I have seen the iron rings on the walls, with which prisoners were restrained as they were scourged with the cat o’ nine tails, a leather whip sometimes made more fearsome by the addition of small pieces of sharp lead at the end of nine knotted thongs. Cockatoo has only recently been opened to public tours so visitors can get a feel for what a terrible living tomb it was.

On September 11, 1863, Fred Ward and Frederick Britten were the only prisoners ever to escape from the hell of that place, which they did by covering their heads with boxes and swimming a kilometre or so to land. Some say that Thunderbolt was shot dead on May 25, 1870, but a respectable theory has it that Thunderbolt lived a long life and died in a Sydney boarding house in the 1920s ...

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Al Gore writes on The Assault on Reason

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Al Gore writes on The Assault on Reason

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Australians: Your vote stopped?

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Australia: "The Federal Government has passed extraordinary legislation that will close the rolls for new voters at 8pm on the very night the election is officially called - known as issuing a writ. Last Federal Election, the AEC received a total of 423,975 enrolment cards in the week between the announcement and the close of rolls. 78,816 of those were new enrolments. But this time people won't get that chance.

Closing the rolls early will make it especially difficult for certain groups, such as Australians overseas. The legislation also contains other problematic elements. Confused? There are a lot of questions raised by these changes, so to help you wade through them GetUp has prepared answers to the common questions."
GetUp

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Rust on Repton rail bridge - cyanide freight disaster waiting to happen

Imagine what could happen on a bridge like this if a goods train carrying tons of cyanide collapsed because of this bridge. The Repton rail bridge is several miles downstream from where I live. This is repeated all around Australia. More info available at Cyanide Watch.

I'm a member of the Rainbow Region flickr group for North-eastern New South Wales.

Cyanide Watch train blockade


Cyanide Watch train blockade 1
Originally uploaded by Pip_Wilson.
Graeme Dunstan, Captain of PeaceBus.com, speaks to a reporter and people who just came by to see what we were up to. Tonight we put on the blockade of the cyanide-carrying freight train, at Urunga, and the action was a success because they delayed the train by several hours on account of our protest.. More info available at Cyanide Watch.

I'm a member of the Rainbow Region flickr group for North-eastern New South Wales.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Vale Chris Green


Om shanti. My mate Chris Green died last night. Chris produced more than 300 Wilson's Almanac Book of Days programs for radio, at no charge, and, despite the hard work, we had a lot of fun and camaraderie in the studio doing them. Very quickly we became like old friends and our friendship continued to grow and deepen. Thank you, mate.

Chris was a barrister, a brilliant and versatile musician, a 'people person' who attracted loyalty, admiration and affection from untold numbers of people -- and he had one of the sharpest intellects I have ever known. One of Nature's gentlemen, Chris will be sorely missed by his beautiful wife, Jenny, and so many people who are grieving today. Om shanti shanti shanti.

There will be no Almanac activity for a mourning period.

Urunga cyanide freight train blockade

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Urunga, near Bellingen, northern NSW. Thursday 6pm.

Please pass it on ASAP. Click poster to enlarge, then print. More information at Peacebus.com

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Friday, May 18, 2007

The mystery of Aimee Semple McPherson

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1926 USA: The famous and eccentric American evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson (1890 - 1944), disappeared while visiting a Venice, California beach.

Authorities later discovered that radio announcer Kenneth Ormiston, a friend of McPherson, had also vanished, and evidence was strong that the two had set up a ‘love nest’. After 32 days (on June 23), McPherson stumbled out of the desert in Agua Prieta, Mexico, just across the border from Douglas, Arizona with a tale of having been kidnapped by persons unknown ...

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Breath powered USB charger

Are you breathing? Do you have a gadget that can be charged via a USB port? Well if you answered yes to both, then you are in luck ...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Take Two: the criminal justice system revisited

"In 1991 Tim Anderson was acquitted of charges related to a bombing outside a political conference in Sydney, in 1978.

"In 1992 he published a book (Take Two, Bantam, Sydney) about his arrests, court cases, and prison experiences, over the previous thirteen years. Take Two is now out of print, but its full text is reproduced here, along with a 2002 update."
Source

I particularly find Chapter 8, 'Denning Goes on the Dog', interesting. In prison parlance, 'to go on the dog', or 'to be a dog', means to be a police informer. Ray Denning in about 1980 was famous in Australia as a prison escapee who audaciously challenged the corrupt prisons system of New South Wales. However, he ended up back in jail, going on the dog and helping police to frame Anderson with the Hilton bombing. All a very sad but interesting story.

How Rudy Giuliani turned sudden fame into sudden fortune

Here's a fascinating Washington Post article about how Rudy Giuliani capitalized on the increased fame he got after 9/11, and turned it into tens of millions of dollars with some pretty dodgy deals.

Hat tip to Glenn J.

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The pill guy

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1817 Sixty-five-year-old Samuel Jessup died at Heckington, England.

He was such a hypochondriac that in 21 years, from 1791 to 1816 he took an estimated 226,934 pills. In the last five years of his life he was taking them at the rate of 78 per day ...

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Help save this kangaroo

Please send to Canadian and Australian friends.

Access to YouTube, MySpace cut for US soldiers


General says 13 sites will be blocked for military worldwide (land of the free, blah blah blah).

I've been expecting this for a couple of years now. I'm only surprised they haven't blocked Blogger, flickr and Google Video ... or have they? They don't list all the banned sites.

Thanks, Diana for the tip-off.

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John Howard on Trial


My mate, Leo Bradney-George (pictured above), who has been spending some time at my place this week, recently put on a very successful theatrical production, 'John Howard on Trial', here in my home town of Bellingen.

Leo and his collaborators in this musical, satirical, comedic stage show have generously made it available for anyone else to put on in their own town or suburb, copyright free. If you're interested, see the website, John Howard on Trial. Below is one of the clips you can see at that site (by the way, the two barristers below are actually barristers in real life -- which saved money on costumes!):



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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Two big albums on one day

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1966 Two extremely influential rock albums were released on the same day: Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.

Blonde on Blonde is a folk rock album, generally believed to be the rock and roll genre's first double album. Pet Sounds, long regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, has been hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music ...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Che Guevara, Stalinist butcher

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1928 Che Guevara (Ernesto Guevara; d. October 9, 1967), Argentinian-born Stalinist revolutionary who fought with Fidel Castro in Cuba, and in Bolivia; commonly extolled as a hero despite his authoritarian and bloodthirsty ideology and crimes against humanity.

Guevara's first position in the ruthless Communist Cuban dictatorship was that of comandante of La Cabana fortress in Havana. There he had jurisdiction over the notorious 'war criminals' trials, which allegedly resulted in the execution of 600 civilian and military officials.

Many individuals imprisoned at La Cabana, such as poet and human rights activist Armando Valladares, who worked in the new revolutionary government, allege that Guevara took particular and personal interest in the interrogation, torture, and execution of prisoners ...

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Rebecca Riots

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1839 The Rebecca Riots began, Efailwen, Wales.

Led by a huge man named Thomas Rees, a group of men dressed in women's clothing, calling themselves the Merched Beca (‘Daughters of Rebecca’), burned down a hated toll-gate at Efailwen (Yr Efail Wen), Carmarthenshire, Wales. A few weeks later they destroyed the tollgate at Maesgwynne.

The Rebecca Riots, as they were known, were direct actions by poor Welsh tenant farmers and farm workers against turnpikes – gates set across roads to prevent passage until a toll had been paid. Until that time, most tollkeepers had allowed locals to pass through for free, but now Thomas Bullin, a wealthy turnpike owner, made sure that all who passed through, paid.

There had been a bad crop that year, as well as a rapid increase in population and the imposition of a money economy upon a rural society dominated by a small landowning class. The tolls were the last straw ...

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Jason Garfield is a juggling maestro

Many Almaniacs will have seen the famous video of juggler Chris Bliss brilliantly juggling three balls to part of The Beatles' Abbey Road, Side B.

Now see the master, Jason Garfield (who likes to parody jugglers), do the same trip with five balls. His goal is to diss Bliss. I'm not sure that's entirely fair, as the brilliant Mr Garfield has a sports view of juggling, and Bliss is juggling art here.

Garfield is incomparable as a juggler, but I still think Bliss's artistic interpretation is superb, regardless of how many balls he has in the air. However ...



See also Anthony Gatto.

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Severn Suzuki, 1992

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"Severn Cullis-Suzuki is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. Born in 1979 to writer and former Harvard University instructor Dr. Tara Elizabeth Cullis and famed Canadian geneticist and environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki, Cullis-Suzuki received a B. Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University in 2002. She has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility."
Wikipedia

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Like a vine on a wire


Like a vine on a wire
Originally uploaded by Pip_Wilson.
Just found out the old camera that nobody could get to work is AOK after all. So I gave it to my daughter, and meanwhile I'm learning how to use this new Canon Powershot A450, which seems better for close-ups but maybe not quite as good as the Olympus for long distance.

This vine is on a fence wire about 100 metres from my house.

Regrets, Blair's had a few


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Good old Wolfie

"In the tense days after World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz admitted his mistake in arranging a generous payment package for his girlfriend, angry employees launched an impromptu campaign. Blue ribbons started cropping up on lapels, taped to doors and as an image in e-mails — a symbol of support for the bank's ideals of good governance and transparency.

"The curls of fabric were seen by many of the more than 7,000 staffers in Washington as a silent but clear call for their leader to resign.

"Then Wolfowitz himself was seen wearing one ..."

Friday, May 11, 2007

Yes Men on Bhopal

Another brilliant Yes Men action, this time on the Bhopal tragedy and Dow Chemicals' dodging the consequences of their culpability:



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Cyanide blockade at Chullora, Sydney

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Peacebus captain Graeme Dunstan writes about a successful anti-cyanide action at suburban Chullora in Sydney's south-west.

Stay tuned at peacebus.com and here at the Blogmanac for blockades and other actions to come.

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Eisheilige (ice saints), southern Germany (May 11 - 15)

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
The presence of these 'Strong Lords' brings unseasonably cold and/or wet weather – a reversion to the days of Winter, or an opposite to an 'Indian Summer'. These are the 4th- and 5th-Century saints Mamertius (feast day May 11), Pancratius (Pancras), Servatus (Gervatius; Servatius), Boniface of Tarsus (Bonifatius), and 'Cold Sophie' (Sophia von Rom). These Christian names are versions of the Swabian presiding spirits of these days ...

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Prison for Blair-Bush memo leak

London - "A judge on Thursday sentenced a British civil servant to six months for leaking a classified memo about a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush, in breach of the Official Secrets Act. A lawmaker's aide was sentenced to three months.

"David Keogh, 50, a government communications officer, was found guilty of 'making a damaging disclosure' by passing on the secret memo about April 2004 talks between the two leaders in which Bush purportedly referred to bombing the Arab television station Al-Jazeera."
News24

I dips me lid to David Keogh, who bravely did the right thing in the face of criminal governments.

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Legacy of Tony Blair

Tony Bliar, at long last, is to quit No. 10, leaving a wonderful legacy -- the destabilization of Iraq and the deaths of upwards of a million men, women and children, with never a reasonable excuse given for all his lies. May the world never see his like again.


Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war. That is a prize beyond value.
Tony Bliar, 1997

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Ron Paul makes Net waves

Libertarian Republican, Ron Paul, who would be President of the USA, is the Number 1 search on Technorati today.

Paul has always voted against the USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and the Iraq War. His platform is also limited government and free enterprise. In other words, you can be against a particular war and still be very weird and scary.

"ABC News were swamped with furious e mails and calls over the weekend after they deliberately scrubbed Ron Paul from their online poll, ensuring no one could vote for him. After he was reinstated, the Congressman received thousands of votes and won the poll at a canter."
Information Liberation

More at Youtube

In guilty plea, OxyContin maker to pay $US600 million

[Shades of Heroin, a brand name created by the Bayer company for a product which, about a century ago, Bayer told doctors was a non-addictive substitute for the morphine to which millions of people worldwide were addicted, due to its common use in cough medicines:]

USA: "The company that makes the narcotic painkiller OxyContin and three current and former executives pleaded guilty today in federal court here to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused ...

"But both experienced drug abusers and novices, including teenagers, soon discovered that chewing an OxyContin tablet or crushing one and then snorting the powder or injecting it with a needle produced a high as powerful as heroin. By 2000, parts of the United States, particularly rural areas, began to see skyrocketing rates of addiction and crime related to use of the drug ...

"Between 1995 and 2001, OxyContin brought in $2.8 billion in revenue for Purdue Pharma, a closely held company based in Stamford, Conn."
NY Times

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Yes Men on biz opportunities for global warming

A nice piece of Yes Man situationism:



The Yes Men

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Green Day covers Lennon for Amnesty's Darfur Campaign

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"In association with Warners Bros. Records, Green Day today released their cover of the John Lennon classic 'Working Class Hero', proceeds of which will go to support Amnesty International's campaign to stop the violence in Darfur.

"The full album, Instant Karma: the Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur will be available on June 12th, and will include Lennon tracks covered by best-selling artists - including U2, R.E.M., Christina Aguilera, the Black Eyed Peas and Snow Patrol.

"With hundreds of thousands already killed and another 2.5 million civilians forced to flee their homes, the U.S. government considers the atrocities in Darfur genocide. The need is great, but we believe if we each take one small action, collectively, we can end the violence. Start today by downloading a track."
Amnesty International (USA)

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