“Patriarchy as a system has denied males access to full emotional well-being, which is not the same as feeling rewarded, successful, or powerful because of one’s capacity to assert control over others. To truly address male pain and male crisis we must as a nation be willing to expose the harsh reality that patriarchy has damaged men in the past and continues to damage them in the present. If patriarchy were truly rewarding to men, the violence and addiction in family life that is so all-pervasive would not exist.”
Understanding Patriarchy August 21, 2016
JOHN PILGER – WHY HILARY IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN TRUMP March 25, 2016
Tags: Hilary Clinton, Jeremy Corban, Obama, what's to become of us?
We’re all being played for fools in a dangerous game of world monopoly. Is Trump just the magician’s tool to distract us while they pull the swifty?
Hilary has always been suss due to her links with Monsanto and other corporate mega-lords.
It’s disappointing to read about Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow treasurer committing to most austerity.
It’s disappointing that Bernie Sanders has promised to support Hilary Clinton.
I guess that’s politics eh?
Disappointing just doesn’t cut it as a descriptive ……
“In Britain last week, Jeremy Corbyn’s closest ally, his shadow treasurer John McDonnell, committed a Labour government to pay off the debts of piratical banks and, in effect, to continue so-called austerity.
In the US, Bernie Sanders has promised to support Clinton if or when she’s nominated. He, too, has voted for America’s use of violence against countries when he thinks it’s “right”. He says Obama has done “a great job”.
In Australia, there is a kind of mortuary politics, in which tedious parliamentary games are played out in the media while refugees and Indigenous people are persecuted and inequality grows, along with the danger of war. The government of Malcolm Turnbull has just announced a so-called defence budget of $195 billion that is a drive to war. There was no debate. Silence.
What has happened to the great tradition of popular direct action, unfettered to parties? Where is the courage, imagination and commitment required to begin the long journey to a better, just and peaceful world? Where are the dissidents in art, film, the theatre, literature?
Where are those who will shatter the silence? Or do we wait until the first nuclear missile is fired?”
Is the Abbott Government planning to privatise Centrelink? March 21, 2015
March Australia Coffs Harbour September 1, 2014
Tags: coffs harbour, jetty foreshores, legislation, march australia, photos, Politics, protest, rallies, strikes, Unions
Yesterday we held another March Australia Rally down at the Foreshores in Coffs Harbour.
The research I do for this blog has led me to getting involved with March in March as it was called back then.
I messaged ‘March in March to ask if there was going to be a march in Coffs Harbour and ended up starting the Facebook page for Coffs Harbour, asking for and finding an organising committee. Be careful what you ask sometimes!
Luckily I ended up with a great committee!
This is a person who has avoided committees like the plague most of her life, so it’s kind of funny really.
Something that strikes me as odd, as although the first committee had men on board who were very helpful at first, have all fallen away now and we are a completely female crew.
I’m talking about people who actually attend meetings.
On the big day a couple of men lurkers (I created a secret underground page to keep members informed) did come and physically help, bless ’em. Two muso’s and a fellow armchair activist and page commenter. Thanks guys!
‘March in March’ was renamed ‘March Australia’, when we realised this wasn’t going to be a one off bit of activism.
I was a bit an armchair activist, getting tired of clicking on petitions.
Though they do have their value I felt that actually going out into the world to protest bodily would have more of an impact.
It’s amazing what a terrible government can do for ones motivation and so I have come to the conclusion that our Mr Abbott and his Coalition (or ‘Coal-ition’) has to be thanked for providing the impetus for many many people in Australia to get politically motivated once more.
It is a phenomenon that I’ve noticed in my lifetime though. Whenever ever they got into power, there are always demonstrations. Once upon a time when the word ‘Union’ wasn’t so uncool (oh how people have been brainwashed), we’d be seeing people go on strike and protesting in the streets.
Not anymore, we only protest now, strikes are rare.
A bona fide means of workplace bargaining destroyed by greedy profit mongers, who will never be happy no matter how much they roll in mountains of cash like a bunch of demented Scrooge McDucks.
That was the whole reasoning behind the brainwashing as I see it and it saddens me to say it’s worked. People don’t know their arse from their elbows anymore, there’s SO much misinformation around.
Now they are attempting to legislate against protesting, it’s begun already in Victoria. It’s only a matter of time for the rest of the country if that succeeds.
One by one they – the governments, that we elect – are taking our hard won rights away from us.
They do this without any sense of remorse or empathy, in the interests of big business and not us – the people who vote them in.
None of it makes sense.
Our world is not making sense.
The storyteller or viewer in me gets suspicious.
If this was a movie plot or a storyline, the reason would be that something terribly wrong was going on behind the scenes.
I am beginning to fall into despair that things are going to get worse.
I despair at this Patriarchal, Imperialist, Capitalist world we find ourselves entrenched in and need release from.
The Feminine principle has been deliberately crushed to make all of this possible and I do realise that males are also suffering.
Sometimes things have to get bad before they get better, I hold onto this.
Check out the photos taken by a professional photographer by the name of Drew Hopper on the day by following the link below;
*update more photos from our local newspaper;
Thanks for reading my blog.
Creative Solutions? July 11, 2014
I was driving the other day listening to a radio interview with a woman who had done a lot of research and written a book about survival.
Various case studies were mentioned involving being shipwrecked and having to fight for survival.
They talked about what happened on the Titanic and illustrated with some stories about who got on the lifeboats and the psychology and after effects of that.
They talked about those ill-fated journeys to the North and South Poles.
They talked about planes crashes and even ‘Lord of the Flies’ got a mention.
They talked about the ramifications of cannibalism and the woman said she’d happily be eaten if it meant the survival of some.
They then summed it up by talking about leadership and lack of leadership.
The ones who had the best chance of survival had leaders who were elected and if there was dispute quickly facilitated another election, just to be sure and quell discontent.
The ones who survived had leaders who gave them something to do, were kept busy. The one instance that I do remember was rebuilding their broken ship and saving themselves by sailing it home.
Now I can’t for the life of me recall the name of the book but if anyone knows it please let me know, because I want to read it!
I’m not sure if they’ve purposely written it as an analogy of societies and governments but that’s the conclusions I’m coming to about it.
A good strong leader gives the people something to do – hope and faith that all will be well and it is.
Conversely a bad leader creates disharmony, doubt, fear, anger and everyone dies.
I will leave it up to you as to who I think is being the bad leader right now.
I see depressed scared worried people all around me and it’s difficult to be NOT affected by it.
I also see wonderful, creative, hard-working, caring people all around me and they do give me hope.
It also occurred to me the other day that we are the authors of our own stories and it’s up to us to create our good reality.
The horrible thing about what’s going on now is we ‘seem’ to be disempowered and living in anger, disbelief and fear. My conclusion about that is, that it’s largely a deliberate tactic to control us.
Look at say Boxing, Cricket or Football, they say nasty things to their opponents to unsettle them and gain the upper hand. Can you see where I’m going here?
What would happen if we chose to disengage from that game of control, if we refuse to be angry or fearful?
It might free up our minds for some really creative solutions.
Wingers ~ Words Dividing Us July 5, 2014
It has become apparent to me that we are being goaded into anger and fear.
Fearful angry minds do not think clearly.
Be not afraid, nor angry – love is the antidote.
Like any game player who sledges his opponent to get the upper hand in a game, our current puppet er um Prime Minister and his minions are all doing the best to incite fear and anger to confuse and distract and rule over us.
Austerity and terrorism are manipulation.
This re-blog talks about left and right wing governments as being constructs to divide and rule.
It is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, trying to think of an alternate way of governing.
When government ceases to be accountable to the people and in fact is blatantly and determinedly detrimental to the planet, what are we to do?
Is the system broke or is this lot really fraudulent and illegal?
Are we in the best or the worst of times?
The job seems too big, a monumental task and I keep coming back to human nature and history.
Haven’t we outgrown this system, this way of living?
It suits some, they are welcome to it.
So now the answer seems to be to not buy into it.
To (re?) construct an alternate matrix – a positive love based world within our own hearts and minds?
Maybe I’m tripping but it seems like the only escape.
Bit of a challenge really, is it possible for greedy power crazed humans to step out of their greed and need for power?
I’d say not.
But those of us who have the will, the desire can begin to step outside of that anger fear ridden state of mind.
We can’t escape this crazy reality and hop aboard a spaceship or ark for a new world, so we might as well within this one try to create a better one at least within.
Maybe I have gone mad?
Beam me up Scotty I’m tired.
The world IS a beautiful place, just go walk in a forest, on a beach or simply sit on a swing in a park and feed pigeons or talk to small children (your own preferably).
What would happen if everyone was happy and not living in fear?
If everyone just went back to living a simple non materialistic life?
It looks as though it’s being imposed on us anyhow, so let’s go with the flow and stop buying their ‘stuff’.
Mend and make do, recycle – live within our means and not be swayed by unrealistic desires.
Stop swallowing their poison.
Opt out of the programming.
Stop voting in a system that’s really not FOR us but for controlling us.
If we can free our minds, what’s possible?
It’s time to clean up attitudes and language regarding this division. I no longer favor the terms left wing and right wing. I’m dropping them. They mean differing things to people. I speak in generalities here, so don’t go off argumentative about that. It’s only my general perspective. Feel free to comment.
Left wing, to some, means standing for and helping the people, while to others it means big government control in the guise of helping people. Right wing can mean anything from fascism to freedom and small government. People who emphasize freedom tend to think of themselves as right wing; those who emphasize helping others tend to think of themselves as left wing. They both sound good to a lot of good people who want the best for all people.
The freedom fighting right wingers see small government as the best means of helping people –…
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