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Month: January, 2013

A very sad day.

The battle is over, but the war has just begun.

12 months ago, I knew nothing of the Priestly’s, their farm, their family and their lives.

Yet today, I receive the most heartbreaking text from them.

” it’s over. very sad day. 2 Sheriffs, 2 Security Guards and locksmiths”

but then, the fight in her remains.

“lots of footage of me going off. I nearly decked the wimpy NAB guy. Little creep”

And that’s where the hope lies. In the hearts of those who have followed this story. In the strength of their love for their home. In the fingers of those who type away bringing this message to you.

xxx

Oh, and by the way NAB. We’re breaking up with you. Because you are no different from every other greedy motherf***ing corporation who see’s no further than your bottom line. Well, keep an eye on your bottom, because I promise you – you are about to have your ass kicked.

How to sell a nightmare.

Subcomandante Marcos essay – Them and Us : “Part II – The Machine in almost two pages”

The salesman speaks:

It’s amazing, very “cool”, you understand. It’s called “neoliberal globalization version 6.6.6,” but we prefer to call it “the savage” or “the beast.” Yes, an aggressive nickname, one with initiative, very grrr. Yes, I learned that in a self-help course called “How to sell a nightmare”… but let’s get back to the machine. Its operation is very simple. It is self-sufficient (or “sustainable,” as is sometimes said). It produces, yes, exorbitant profits… What? Invest part of those profits to alleviate hunger, unemployment, lack of education? But those shortages are exactly what makes this baby run! What do you think of that? A machine that produces the fuel it needs to run: misery and unemployment.

Of course, it also produces goods, but not just that. Look: let’s say that something completely useless is produced, something that no one needs, something without a market. Well, this gem doesn’t just produce useless stuff, it also creates a market where that useless stuff is turned into a basic necessity.

The crises? Of course. Just press this button right here… no, not that one, that’s the “eject” button… the other one… yes. OK, push that button and ta-da! There you have the crisis you need, everything is right there, with your millions of unemployed, your water cannons, your financial speculation, your droughts, your famine, your deforestation, your wars, your religious apocalypses, your supreme saviors, your jails and cemeteries (for those who don’t follow the supreme saviors), your tax havens, your aid projects with theme songs and choreography included… of course, a little bit of charity always looks good.

But that’s not all, let me show you this demo. When you put it in “destruction/depopulation-reconstruction/restructuring” mode it performs miracles. Look at this example: do you see those forests? No, don’t worry about those indigenous people… yes, they’re Mapuches, but they could be Yaquis, Mayos, Nahuas, Purépechas, Mayans, Guaranís, Aymarás, Quechúas. OK, press the “play” button and watch how the forests disappear (and the indigenous people, but no one cares about them), now watch how everything becomes a wasteland, wait… here come the machinery and voila! There you have your golf course that you’ve always dreamed of, with its exclusive parking and the works. Ah, it’s wonderful, don’t you think?

It also comes with the latest software. You can click here where it says “filter” and your TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube will only show psalms and praise for you and yours. Yes, it eliminates any sort of commentary, writing, image, noise, all the bad vibes that every now and then those anonymous, dirty, ugly, bad, rude proles try to slip in.

It has a lever on the floor (even though you can put it on autopilot with just one click); a heliport; no plane ticket, because sometimes there’s no place to run to, but it does include a spot on the next departing space shuttle; it also has a super-hyper-mega exclusive mall; a golf course; a minibar; a yacht club; a framed diploma from Harvard; a summer house; an iceskating rink… yes, I know, what would we do without the modern Left and its quick wit? Ah, and with this gem you can be in “real time” simultaneously in any part of the world, it’s as if you had your own exclusive global ATM.

Hmm… yes, it includes a papal bull to ensure you a V.I.P. spot in heaven. Yes, I know, but we’re already working on immortally. Meanwhile, we can install an accessory (at an additional cost, of course, but I’m sure this isn’t a problem for someone like you): a panic room! Yes, you’ve seen how those vandals think they have the right to demand what’s theirs with that “the land belongs to those who work it.” Oh, but you have nothing to worry about. That’s why we have rulers, political parties, new religions, reality shows. But of course, that’s an assumption*, because if they fail at some point? Of course, when it comes to security, no expense should be spared. Of course, let me write that down: “Include Panic Room.”

It also includes a study for TV, one for radio, and an editor’s desk. No, don’t get me wrong. They’re not for watching TV or listening to the radio or reading newspapers and magazines, that’s for jerks. They’re for producing information and entertainment for the people who run the machine. Isn’t that neat?

What? Oh… OK… yes… I’m afraid that problem hasn’t been solved by our specialists. Yes, if the raw material, I mean, if the plebeian masses revolt nothing can be done. Yes, the “panic room” could be useless in that situation. But we shouldn’t be pessimistic, just keep in mind that that day… or night… is very far off. Yes, I also learned all that “new age” optimism from a self-help course. Huh? What? I’m fired?

(to be continued…)

From any corner of any world.

SupMarcos.
Planet Earth.
January 2013.

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For you

It’s funny

But not.

Actually, there’s no fun in watching

Another you love

Love another.

My time came

Yet your watch was running a few minutes slow.

I decided to wait

Slowed down the minutes

Hope to synchronise down the path.

Instead, you found another whose time had come

To match yours in the here and now.

Now the minutes tick past even slower

Knowing I put time on hold

For someone. Else.

Did I tell you I loved you?

Did I need to?

Would it make a difference anyway.

Love sick.

This patient tried patience

For you, I strived.

For you, I dived.

For you me, I’ll survive.

We kill you, just because we can.

In August, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered “I have a dream” to the people of the world. That day, if you were alive, must have seemed like the sun had finally decided to shine.

On the 13th January this year, Subcommander Marcos of Mexico, delivered a speech, which I believe, once people read it, will become just as important.

I’ve just finished reading it. I didn’t even know about until a friend asked everyone to search for an english version (which was uploaded only 6 hours ago).

You can decide for yourself : 

La Jornada:

Those from above speak:

“We are the ones that give orders. We are more powerful, even though we are fewer. We do not care what you say-hear-think or do, so long as you are mute, deaf, immobile.

“We can impose as a government fairly intelligent people (although it is very difficult to find them in the world of politics), but we chose one that cannot even pretend to know what the issue is.

“Why? Because we can.

“We may use the military and police apparatus to prosecute and incarcerate real criminals, but these criminals are our vital part. Instead, we choose to pursue you, hit you, detain you, torture you, imprison you, kill you.

“Why? Because we can.

“Innocent or guilty? Who cares if you’re one or the other? Justice is a whore in our address book and, believe us, it isn’t the most expensive.

“And even though you may fulfill to the letter the mold we impose, even though you may have done nothing, even if you are innocent, we crush you.

“And if you insist on asking why we do it, we answer: because we can.

“That is what it means to have Power. Money, wealth, and things are talked about a lot. But we believe that what is exciting is this feeling of being able to decide about the life, liberty and property of anyone. No, money is not power; it is what you can have with it. Power is not only exercised with impunity; also, and above all, it is used irrationally. Because having Power is to do and undo with no more reason than the possession of Power.

“And it doesn’t matter who appears in front, hiding us. Those of the right and left are only references for the chauffeur to park the car. The machine works by itself. We do not even have to order them to punish the insolence of defying us. Governments large, medium and small, across the political spectrum, as well as intellectuals, artists, journalists, politicians, religious leaders, vie for the privilege of pleasing us.

“So fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, die, disappoint yourselves, surrender.

“For the rest of the world you don’t exist, you’re nobody.

“Yes, we have sown hatred, cynicism, bitterness, hopelessness, theoretical and practical cynicism, conformity to “the lesser evil”, fear made into ​​resignation.

“And yet, we fear that this will become transformed into organized rage, rebellion without price.

“Because the chaos that we impose we control; we manage it, we dispense it in doses, we feed it. Our ‘forces  of order’ are forces to impose our chaos.

“But the chaos that comes from below …

“Oh, that … we do not even understand what they say, who they are, how much they cost.

“And then they are so rude as to no longer beg, expect, ask, plead, but to exercise their freedom. Have you ever seen so great an obscenity!

“That’s the real danger. People who look for another way, that is outside the mold, or who break it, or ignore it.

“Don’t you know that this has given us very good results? That myth of unity at all costs. To agree only with the boss, the director, leader, the strongman, or whatever they are called. To monitor, manage, contain, buy someone is easier than many other ways. Yes, and cheaper. That and the individual rebellions. They are so touchingly useless.

“Instead, what is definitely dangerous, true chaos, is that everyone becomes a collective, a group, a band, a race, an organization, and learn to say ‘no’ and say ‘yes’, and agree among themselves. Because the ‘no’ defines those whom we order. And yes … ugh … now that’s a calamity. Imagine that each person builds his own destiny and decides what to be and do. It would be equivalent to pointing out that we are the expendable ones, that we are superfluous, that we are in the way, that we are not necessary, that we should be imprisoned, that we should disappear.

“Yes, a nightmare. Clearly, but now for us. Can you imagine what bad taste there would be in this world? Full of Indians, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, with dreadlocks, tattoos, piercings, studs; punks, nuts, skaters; the A [anarchist] flag of a nation that can’t be bought; of youth, women, whores, children, old people, pimps, chauffeurs, peasants, workers, commoners, riff-raff, the poor, the anonymous, of … of others. Without a special place for us, ‘the beautiful people’ … ‘the good people’. Just so that you understand  us …. because you stand out for not having studied at Harvard.

“Yes, that day would be night for us … Yes, everything would burst. What would we do?

“Hmm … we hadn’t thought of that. We think, we plan and execute what to do to prevent it from happening, but … no, it hadn’t occurred to us.

“Well, in this case, because … um … I do not know … maybe we can look for culprits and then, because look, I dunno, a plan B. Of course, by then everything would be useless. I think then we would remember the words of that damned red Jew … no, not Marx … Einstein, Albert Einstein. I think it was he who said: ‘Theory is when we know everything and nothing works. Practice is when everything works and nobody knows why. In this case we combine theory and practice: nothing works … and nobody knows why.’

“No, you’re right, neither will we even be able to smile. A sense of humor has always been an asset that can’t be expropriated. Isn’t that a shame?

“Yes, no doubt: these are times of crisis.

“Hey, aren’t you going to take pictures? I mean, to fix us up a bit and make us a little more decent. Nah, we already used that outfit for another show. Ah, but how can we count on you when it is clear that you haven’t gotten past cowboy books.

“Ah, we can’t wait to tell our friends that so and so came to interview us. They’ll love it. And, well, it’s going to give us a cosmopolitan air …

“No, it’s clear, we don’t fear you. As for that prophecy … bah, it’s just superstition, so … so … so native … Yes, so of the south … hahaha … what a good joke, we’ll tell the girls when we see them.

“What? … Is not a prophecy? …

“Oh, it’s a promise …

(…) (The ‘titutata-tatatata’ sound of a SmartPhone)

“Hello, police? Yes, I want to report that someone came to see us. Yes, we thought it was a journalist or something. He looked so … so … so other, yes. No, he did nothing. No, he didn’t take anything. Just that now as we left for the club to see our friends, we see that they have painted something on the entrance gate to the garden. No, the guards didn’t notice who. Of course not, ghosts don’t exist. Well, it’s painted with many colors and … No, we didn’t see any paint can close by … Well, we said that it is painted with many colors, very colorful, very Indian, quite different, nothing like anything in the galleries where … what? No, we don’t want you to send any patrols. Yes, we know. But we called to see if you can figure out what the painting means. We don’t know if it’s a key, or one of those strange languages spoken by the common folk. Yes, it’s a word, but we don’t know why it gives us the shivers. It says:

“Marichi weu!”  

[MV Note: A word of the Mapuche of Chile meaning “one hundred times we will win”, which is chanted vigorously in support and solidarity.]

(To be continued …)

From whatever corner, in whatever world.

Subcommander Marcos.

Planet Earth.

January 2013.

http://mexicovoices.blogspot.it/2013/01/mexico-zapatista-subcommander-marcos.html

Forcing Farmers to choose between CSG and Crops

Yesterday, via getup.org, I submitted a letter to the MP of Dubbo, Troy Grant, to ask him to not allow CSG fracking in his area. See, some farmers want CSG – mainly because of the money. They have mortgages too (some at 18% interest rates) and so I wrote the following explaining myself. Following on is his response, and my subsequent response to him.

Silly.. He brought up “Code of Practise” with the wrong woman

Me:

“Please. Some of us can see further down the path, where all of our True-Aussie farmers land are sold off to Chinese Investors who don’t give a shit about the locals. Who don’t give a shit about the long term impact.Who don’t give a shit about where our food comes from.

Please stop the local farmers land from being exploited for gas, the Barwon runs through your land, and the hearts of the people. Please don’t force them to chose gas, as they cannot compete against the massive agribusiness’ that are taking over your local area.

The gas can only be extracted once, and then what? Land that CANNOT be used, water that CANNOT be used. People who have been used. Stand up, and say NO CSG IN MY AREA. Support your local farmers to take on the foreign ownership of land, to stop CSG (which is 80% sent overseas anyway). Help them to return to the land the way nature intended.

It’s in your hands. But will remain in the hands of your children. Are you prepared to do that?”

Him:

Dear Ms Sheppard

Thank you for your email/letter concerning the coal seam gas industry in New South Wales. The NSW Government has recently introduced 27 new measures to further safeguard the health and safety of the community, and to protect our valuable land and water resources.

These include:

  • a new policy to protect aquifers and prevent ground water contamination
  • the banning of dangerous chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process
  • new well drilling regulations
  • toughened penalties for environmental breaches.

The NSW Government has also implemented two new Codes of Practice that require world’s best practice for coal seam gas hydraulic fracturing and well design.

The new Codes of Practice were independently peer-reviewed by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, and followed a 12 month moratorium on the granting of new approvals for use of hydraulic fracturing during coal seam gas drilling.

All coal seam gas exploration and production licences are subject to the new Codes of Practice, which are also included as a condition of title. Failure to comply with title conditions can result in enforcement action against the holder, including prosecution and title cancellation.

It should be noted that new techniques such as horizontal well drilling are emerging as an alternative to hydraulic fracturing and are more commonly used in NSW.

The NSW Government has recently increased the number of drilling inspectors in the field to improve the monitoring of gas exploration and production, and has appointed a Land and Water Commissioner to provide guidance to landholders and the community in relation to coal seam gas activities.

The coal seam gas industry has been operating successfully in NSW for more than 10 years without incident; and the development of a domestic industry presents a significant economic opportunity for NSW. Coal seam gas activities with unacceptable impacts will not be approved by the NSW Government. Governed by world-best practice regulations, NSW can benefit from the responsible development of a sustainable domestic gas industry.

Yours sincerely

Troy Grant MP | Member for Dubbo “

Me:

Thank you for your response, it is greatly appreciated.

I do have one further question. Could you please tell me who will be the party responsible for ensuring that companies adhere to the Code of Practise, is it mandatory to be a signatory to it and who will also investigate any complaints made against them by the general public.

The reason I ask, is that the Banking Code of Practise had recently been found to not be worth the paper it’s written on, with only 250 out of 2.5 million complaints being investigated. In actual fact, 2 of your constituents are about to be forcibly removed from their property tomorrow, due to misleading and unconscionable conduct by the NAB in not following the Banking Code of Practise; which is meant to protect people from having to fight the Banks in the Court. I suggest you take a few moments to read the following information linked here, as the media is currently on their way to film the eviction.

https://thoughtsonthebus.wordpress.com/tag/the-farmers/

MP Andrew Wilkie has submitted a Private Members Bill to make changes to this, to ensure the fair treatment of banking customers. This is 10 years after the Code of Practise for Banks was set up. If the CSG Code of Practise has no teeth, and the companies do not follow them, then the environmental impact would be much greater than Banks not following their Code. You can therefore perhaps understand my questioning the CSG Code of Practise legitimacy.

Thank you,

Katie Sheppard

Occupy Sydney Day 365: The Priestley’s versus NAB Bank

This is the first time in 2.5 years that the Priestly’s have stood up in public to speak about their fight against the NAB – they are very brave to do this. My hearts goes out to them

** Update ** Communication received today from The Priestly’s.

“Michael Chaney, NAB Chairman, should not be allowing possession to go ahead when the most recent letters have put them on notice that we know they have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct.

( refer to post : https://thoughtsonthebus.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/the-farmers-vs-the-banks-update/)

This is by having a secret constitution that meant they would never investigate complaints.  By that time, you are in court, and you can’t win because they have set you up to default, so your too broke to have your complaints heard in court.

The Code is meant to be a free service to protect customers. Lawyers and Courts are not free.

Michael Chaney should instruct the NAB lawyers  now to stop all possession until appeal and these allegations are investigated and then he can prove (if he can) that the directors and CEO have not cheated us.”

The Farmers vs the Banks – Update

First of all, this linked article by Professor Evan Jones is amazing, detailed and extremely worthwhile reading.

Secondly -The Farmers have only a few days left until the Sheriff comes and seizes their property, yet still they fight! Amazing family, I’m so very proud to know them.

These attached letters show exactly why they are continuing to fight, and how the Bank’s and their  fraudulent and misleading behaviour towards treating you in a “fair and reasonable manner” is just a load of ..well, crap, to put it bluntly.

Link to – Priestly Letter to Cameron Clyne – NAB CEO – 6th Jan 2013

(The information sent to NAB by the Priestley’s was obtained from the Council of Small Business submission no. 90 (Attachment 1) published by the Parliament in 2011.) The link is here:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=economics_ctte/completed_inquiries/2010-13/banking_comp_2010/submissions.htm

Link to – Priestley to NAB Chairman Chaney 14 Jan 2013
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Please share around, download the letters and the link, and help me spread the word. ANZ supporting mining is a big deal, but even bigger, is the fact that these banks KNOW if you complain, they don’t have to worry as they control the complaints process.

http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/business/finance-2/business-as-usual-at-the-nab-and-grab/

 

To facebook or not facebook – that is the question.

yes, I’ve made a decision, albeit, not one set in stone.

Today, I deactivated my facebook account. My account where I’ve been sharing all manner of information, however, recently, I’ve found it difficult to juggle the line between ” tell everyone about all the awful news out there” and the “I’m a single girl, in a lonely world, just wanting some emotional intimacy”.

See, majority of my friends on facebook, and a lot of them truly are friends, are interested in both sides of my life. And, if they have multi-faceted FB personalities, I take a keen interest in theirs.

But, there are some facebook capabilities, that are not conducive to well-rounded, sincere, relationships. 

And so I withdraw – happy, yet already feeling the effects of a withdrawal, to my lounge chair to read a book. Instead of telling you I am reading a book. I’m just going to bloody well read it. Oh..shit.. I just told you I was going to read it, so perhaps this blog is my methadone??

Funny, I even posted on my 7 year old Livejournal account. Felt, kinda like coming home..

Anyway, so you know I’m going to be reading, but other than that, I’m keeping things private. Close. Secure. I’m nurturing a new way. And I’m going to be good at it.

And if I am good at it, I promise, I’ll tell you all about it 🙂