Last year I made a post that warned of coming weather catastrophes with climate change and not four months later we had one on the largest scale imaginable. So it’s hard not to be angry with wilful ignorance that is still on display with our government and hence the second post. The 2020 Bush fires in Australia has been unprecedented & the summer has only just started. Over 30 people dead so far, more than a billion native animals wiped from the face of the earth along with thousands of properties lost. Then trailing that we had super storms in three capital cities that caused even more damage to property and infrastructure. Australia was always going to be in the front line of Climate change, science warned us of that many decades ago due to our geographical location. Yet despite those warnings, the conservative movement in Australia along with a certain percentage of the population is still driven by this blind belief that refuses to connect human activity with a changing climate. This same movement has also been responsible for the political death of seven OZ leaders in the past decade. Especially anyone who even thought about taking any decisive action to reduce emissions. That’s how mind boggling stupid this is, denying science as if science was attacking their basic beliefs. I mean nothing is more basic than survival or preserving a quality of life. But to these individuals its like denying gravity, after falling flat on your face. No wonder the doomsday clock moved closer to midnight this year. But it’s not just limited to Australia its how conservatism around the world has evolved, small factions that determine a power base for governance because they hold the balance of power. Then drive policies from an economic and environmental template that dates back to the 50’s when a global population was only just over 2 billion. Fully expecting the same outcomes with a global population approaching 8 billion not willing to address the stress that expansion has on our planet. When you steal from nature for centuries this comes with consequences. Science warned us of a breaking point over 40 yrs ago but it was mostly dismissed because it meant a different model economy. Yes these same people who believe in rocket science that can put a missile through your front window but climate science, nope that’s always been a bridge too far. However the price of doing nothing is fairly obvious now. So why does this political minority keep holding the will of the majority at bay. Perhaps the very nature of their politics which can be adverse to change might be one explanation but still its playing Russian roulette with the way we live. Dismissing the smartest minds we have who voiced those alarms decades ago and in fact pin pointed the year it would start. But then it could be more about protecting that tiny percentage of the population who get enriched by never deviating from these policies regardless of the larger cost to billions more. That tiny percentage of people who on their own could not elect any government let alone dictate policy. Yet powerful lobbyists whose sole interest is to protect those related industries and do so with propaganda and wild conspiracy theories that make children’s fairy tales look like historical facts. The irony of all this is, the same model steered in a different direction where fossil fuels became worthless and renewable’s valuable could drive a global economy exactly the same. But how do you explain this to these ageing dinosaurs in power, you don’t! Its like asking a priest to deny God. That includes the denier-in-chief Trump whom history may just record him as the greatest gaslighter of all time. Working off that lowest common denominator that appeals to those who are ill-informed by choice. He is not on his own though, this clan has a few tag along players including our own PM Morrison who also parrots those tired old talking points that are totally out of sync with the facts. So the way I see it unless truth prevails with the right political mix radical changes needed won’t happen until the next generation takes over. Unfortunately by then it may be too late.
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This is group from Sweden called Wintergatan (translated to English as MilkyWay) that I stumbled upon in YouTube and they made me smile straight away. A purely instrumental group lead by a very likeable guy named Martin who has to be the geekest musician ever. Apparently he likes making music machines, the tiny star machine featured in the video introducing the group was his first I think. Now he has graduated to one operated by over 2000 marbles which he made every working part himself or with the help of friends. Its very easy to find once you type in the name as he has a huge following from all around the world. I just get fascinated by the amount of detail that has to go into these machines that involves precise timing with all the mechanical parts working together. They put out a video almost every week detailing the build which is completely crowd funded. However I’m posting the video of him introducing the group some time back as the tune is one of my favourites, its called Sommarfågel or as I like to call it, the sound of optimism. 🙂
While this is a world away from global politics this is an annual event that is held in the political capital of Australia every Spring. Here are a couple photos from this years effort in 2019. Although the weather wasn’t kind leading up to the opening due to not much rain fall. However I still think its a monumental effort to have this many flowers come on to bloom all in one go.
The current chaos around world politics at the moment can be very disturbing to a lot of people in different countries. Especially when it involves dismantling trade and other alliances the West has built up over many decades. While I acknowledge it may not be politically correct commenting on offshore politics however when some of these crazy choices start to impact globally then of course it’s going to invite comment from other countries affected. It would not matter so much if these choices were factual based because then it would have a course to run where tangible benefits could be realised. Only these are emotional decisions that are made, devoid from reality. A decision based on how you feel which is tribalism at best or plain bigotry at worse wanting to play victim status. Using the “Us” and “Them” mentality as a cure for all ills. A good example of this in Britain during a recent interview with a BBC journalist putting a leading wealthy campaigner for Brexit on the spot. Not before highlighting the fact that he had made all his wealth by being part of the Euro. Then asked him just how does he know Brexit will be good for Britain and the best answer he could give was, he “just knows” and nothing else. In other words he feels good about it emotionally only the reality tells an entirely different story. But truth cannot be hidden forever, it will always find you out in the end. It doesn’t matter if its Brexit in Britain or Trump in America, running on empty doesn’t get you far. Just as good Journalism will always surpass opinions that are fabricated. Conjuring up wild conspiracy theories may be what some people take comfort in order to satisfy their mindset. It’s also one of the downsides of technology, facts can stand alongside fiction in the online world and both seem to carry equal weight. It’s what science and journalism fight every day. But if it’s not factual then even after the damage is done, karma still finds a way of making truth slap you into reality. So trying to rationalise how people like Trump or Johnson still have support from anything greater than 10% of the voting population is not easy as many factors come into play. That includes very well educated political people still exhibiting this deliberate stifling of truth in order to keep promoting tribalism. Even if it means giving up long standing moral principles, breaking the law or just flat out lying. To any normal person not caught up in this cult like behaviour its betrayal to your own country, your community as well as yourself. The same when tribalism is seen to be above country then in my mind it’s a not even close to an ideology or principles its something that has a negative net worth. In other words, in the long run it will take you over the cliff. In summing up my little soap box rant I was trying to think of a sentence that would encapsulate it all. Then I came across an article reviewing the Broadway play “To kill a mocking bird” and a line was quoted , it reads something like this. “A conscience can be exhausting. It’ll keep you up at night. A mob is a place where people go to take a break from their conscience”. This resonated with me as a powerful statement into what is going on in the world right now in some places. So I didn’t want to post a link to some news room rant on the rights & wrongs of anyone in political office. But rather short excepts from the eulogy spoken by former Presidents Obama and Bush at John McCain’s memorial service in 2018. As this was someone who always put country first above party or anything else. Yes he may have had flaws like all of us but stood up for those fundamental principles. It’s what I hope all countries will find their way back to in the very near future. Tribalism should stop at your family, your community and favourite sports team then not go much further than that or it becomes a destructive force. Forget the swamp, the world is still waiting for “all the best people”
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One of the issues that plagues the modern world at the moment is the rise of populism and it’s impact on all of us. Which is another warning signal to human survival by promoting the idea that people with knowledge and science are now the elites who should not be listened to. Just keep putting your faith in the people with power and money as the sole voice of wisdom. This is how the ill informed and clueless get elected into office that put us all at risk. It’s also why we have gone on for decades without any decisive action on Climate change. Currently the Amazon Rainforest is also under stress due to the same factors. A complete denial of reality along with wilful ignorance that is inherent in a corporate culture that drives land clearing & burning off. It also questions that wisdom of allowing power and money without governance to always do the right thing. So it’s no secret I believe the world should take action on climate change and while it might involve drastic lifestyle changes for some. The vast majority of the worlds population won’t see much change at all. That is the stark reality of it all, trying to leave our grand children with a half decent planet to live on without massive global conflicts and a sustainable environment.
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Pictures taken from various points around the Sunshine coast in Australia mostly in National park areas or on the beach. I like the Noosa area because so far local government hasn’t given into the pressure of developers where multi story buildings can totally destroy the beauty derived from pristine landscapes. Those high towers are best left for cities and high density living. The beach environment and wilderness is supposed to be the exact opposite of that.
Pictures taken from various points around the Sunshine coast in Australia mostly in National park areas or on the beach. I like the Noosa area because so far local government hasn’t given in to the pressure of developers where multi story high rises can totally destroy the beauty derived from pristine landscapes. Those high riser’s are best left for cities and high density living. The beach environment and wilderness is supposed to be the exact opposite of that.
Tash Sultana is an artist I came across only a short while ago and her music appealed to me straight away. She is by no means conventional, a self taught musician who earned her stripes in the early days busking on Melbourne streets. Only those early days are not so long ago, she shot to fame when one of her songs went viral on YouTube and has progressed ever since. I only hope she doesn’t over do it and suffer burn out with too many demanding touring dates not allowing the chance to take time out and continually be creative. But I really enjoy the way she mixes all styles of music into some of the songs she has composed.
Although I’m a fan of Enlighten I thought this year’s effort just looked a little bit tired. Maybe it was the weather, as there were a few showers early in the evening. But a lack of street performers and other colourful sights took away from the experience. However having said that, I will be there again next year I hope. 🙂
Well this was the grand finale and part of the reason I made Vegas a stop over. The Hoover dam is an engineering masterpiece. The way it was built and the sheer scale of it, one can only be impressed. The Grand Canyon is the same, only this landscape is one that nature built so it’s scale is enormous. Would have enjoyed being at the bottom of it and looking up but was able to capture a couple of shots from an aerial view.