Social Commentary, Activism, Humanism

Has World War Three begun already? July 18, 2016


I just read this article by John Pilger, a trifle depressing but he’s made some strong points.

Something has not been right in the world for a while now, something I struggle to put my finger on. John Pilger touches on a few reason’s why this may be.

Have a read and let me know what you think?

This is an edited version of an address by John Pilger at the University of Sydney, entitled “A World War Has Begun.”


The Little People of Kuranda May 1, 2016

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Shocking, just sickening what some people are/were capable of. This makes me very sad 😦


We are discovering increasingly hard evidence that the Australian Aboriginals are the original peoples of the world and all other peoples came from Australia. DNA, rock carvings and now this from the Smithsonian:


dwf15-475956_edit.jpg__800x600_q85_crop Brazil’s Surui people, like the man pictured above, share ancestry with indigenous Australians, new evidence suggests. (PAULO WHITAKER/Reuters/Corbis)

Today’s post is about a little known tribe of Little People that still exists today in Far North Queensland.

In the 1400’s and 1500’s, Dutch and Portuguese sailors sighting the Western Australian coastline noted “tall natives in warfare chasing and killing hordes of “little” native peoples”.

Yet, since then, the Australian pygmies have been totally obliterated from public memory.

The Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia (1994), published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, today does its best to disguise these people. It lists some of their tribes, including the Djabuganjdji, Mbarbaram (Barbaram) and Yidinjdji…

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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?”



“Femernism” March 10, 2016

Hello my long time wordypress friends (and fiends hehe)…..are you still out there? How are you all going?

Forgive me, it’s been a while eh?

A fellow activist, teacher and general great font of knowledge and friendship just shared this on Facebook (yes I have Facebook, do you?) and it says EVERYTHING just perfectly! Geez why bother writing anything myself when someone else can sum it up all so perfectly! Ah well one day I’ll get my writing finger on.

“Because remember that patriarchy’s bumming you as hard as it’s bumming us. We’re bulimic, objectified and under-promoted. You, meanwhile, are unable to talk about your feelings lest you get punched in the nuts by “a lad” telling you not to be “a bender”. You are unlikely to get custody of your kids, and are three times more likely to commit suicide. Feminism’s about sorting all this stuff out. Because it’s about equality. Not burning the penises. I can’t emphasise enough how much it’s not about burning penises. No burnt penises here.”

Check this out, you’ll be glad you did 🙂



Zika Virus February 5, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Poli-V @ 12:08 pm


When something is hyped up, I get suspicious.

Check this out, there is far more to this story than they are letting on.

What are your thoughts?


The Seven Deadly Performance Sins January 29, 2016

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Things to remember 🙂

Preach What You Practice

7 deadly sins picAll sorts of things can go wrong in a performance. A cockroach can scuttle across your pedalling foot (this has happened to me). The music may fall off the stand (this has happened to me). A blood blister on your cuticle may burst during a glissando (you guessed it, this has happened to me).

But no matter what happens, as they say, ‘the show must go on’. What is the reason for this? Why do you have to keep going no matter what?

Because it’s not about you. It’s about the audience, and their enjoyment of the music you are playing. As a performer, it’s your job to make sure their enjoyment is not interrupted.

So here are, in my opinion, the Seven Deadly Performance Sins:

1.   Drawing attention to mistakes

If you say ‘oh sorry’ while you’re playing, or start again, or suddenly slow down during a performance, the…

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Sourdough Crackers 2.0 January 13, 2016

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Reblogging so I can have a go at making these, they sound like just the ticket and I do love sourdough and I do love crackers, win win!

The Zero-Waste Chef

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I have been keeping my sourdough starter out on the kitchen counter and feeding it daily, rather than storing it in the fridge and feeding it only weekly. Here’s why:

bread 11.15.15 My best sourdough loaf ever

I wish I had taken a crumb shot of this. It’s the best loaf I’ve baked thus far. It tasted fairly sweet, which you’d expect when using a starter stored at room temperature. But when you leave starter at room temperature,  you need to feed it every day. That means you accumulate tons of discarded starter. If you don’t find something to do with all of that starter, you’ll drown in the stuff. So I use it to make crackers. Lots of crackers. Good thing they’re addictive…and good for sharing…

The way to a man's heart... The way to a man’s heart…

You can read about tending a sourdough starter here and here.

feeding starter Feeding my starter. I…

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