Need to know: When to turn off the news

•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment


“Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a leading researcher in the psychology of media impact, says that it’s not the breaking news that breaks us down — it’s our repeated exposure to distressing news and images. And while the world really hasn’t gotten worse, the invention of CNN and the 24-hour news cycle have warped our perception of the world. “If you think about the changes in media and technology,” says McNaughton-Cassill, “people have always had scary things happening around them — disasters, wars, and those sorts of events — but they weren’t as plugged in to them.” So if you, say, find yourself up at 2am again reading the latest Liberia Ebola SitRep, read this next.”

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This week in the U.S., almost every flickering device will try to spoon-feed you some distressing news footage — and then help you wash it down with a double-liter of fizzy partisan punditry. What’s the impact on your health and mindset? 3 ideas behind the week’s headlines.

Source: “What to do when the news gets you down,” Wisconsin Public Radio, 2014.
Why you should read it: Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a leading researcher in the psychology of media impact, says that it’s not the breaking news that breaks us down — it’s our repeated exposure to distressing news and images. And while the world really hasn’t gotten worse, the invention of CNN and the 24-hour news cycle have warped our perception of the world. “If you think about the changes in media and technology,” says McNaughton-Cassill, “people have always had scary things happening around them — disasters, wars, and those sorts of events — but…

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Mesmerizing amazement!

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is so beautiful, so graceful, so clever, so simple.

Idiocracy – the wisdom of Joe Hockey

•August 14, 2014 • 2 Comments

This is Australian politics, MPs spouting random false opinions that they try to pass off as legitimate data. The sad thing is they repeat it enough the majority of dopey Australian’s start to believe it. 

Joe Hockey under fire over poor people and cars

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WEALTHIER families spend more on petrol and therefore pay more fuel tax according to official figures released last night to fend off attacks on Joe Hockey over the hit to households from the federal budget.

The Treasurer’s office issued the figures to counter a firestorm of criticism over Mr Hockey’s claim yesterday that the most vulnerable Australians would not pay as much as others from steady increases in petrol excise.

Labor argued that the figures nonetheless showed that poorer families pay more in fuel tax as a share of their household income, proving they carry more of the budget burden.

The dispute flared after Mr Hockey argued against Labor and the Greens who said rich and middle-income families should pay more to balance the budget.

“Well, change to the fuel excise does exactly that: the poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases,” he said.

“But, they are opposing what is meant to be, according to the Treasury, a progressive tax.”

That drew jeers from Labor frontbenchers such as Anthony Albanese, who attacked the budget for not funding public transport projects.

“So Joe Hockey cuts all public transport funding from (the) budget, then says poor people don’t drive cars much — you couldn’t make this stuff up,” Mr Albanese tweeted.

The Treasurer’s office later issued figures showing households in the lowest 20 per cent in the country by income spend $16.36 a week on petrol while those in the top 20 per cent spend $53.87 — and therefore pay more excise.

Labor and the Greens have attacked the plan to increase fuel excise by about 1c a litre this year and similar amounts in the future, although economists support the idea, which is estimated to add about 40c a week to average household costs.

Labor treasury spokesman Chris Bowen issued figures showing that the petrol bill for a family in the lowest quintile would be 4.5 per cent of income compared to just 1.4 per cent for those in the richest 20 per cent. 

Mr Bowen’s spokesman said that meant the fuel excise was regressive rather than progressive as the Treasurer claimed.

Even so, the 40c weekly cost from the excise increase — rather than petrol as a whole — is a fraction of a percentage point for all families.

Bill Shorten said Mr Hockey did not realise how “rotten” the budget was.

“Are you serious, Joe Hockey? Are you really the caricature of the cigar-chomping, Foghorn Leghorn of Australian politics, where you’re saying that poor people don’t drive cars?” the Labor leader said.

“It is almost though the Treasurer believes that poor people should be sleeping in their cars, not driving their cars.”

Un-Australian BS

•July 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

If its un-Australian to stand up and protect our native forests and biodiversity then I am prepared to be a proud un-Australian. If we continue to tow the line of mainstream thought (or rather thoughtlessness) there will be no native forests for the future. Will Australians one day feel proud to witness the devastation mining companies have left in their wake?

Why Jonathan Moylan’s Whitehaven Hoax Was Great

July 13, 2014 Written by: Kate O’Callaghan   source

Anti-coal activist Jonathan Moylan left court today still in the dark about his fate, after his sentencing for breaching Section 1041E of the Corporations Act was adjourned.

The 26 year old trilingual translator from Newcastle first hit headlines in January 2013, after distributing a fake press release from ANZ bank confirming they would pull out of their $1.2 billion loan to the Maules Creek coal mine, owned by Whitehaven Coal. The prank aimed to highlight the environmental and economic problems of the project, and how our major banks are financing these destructive projects – and it was a great success.

The hoax caused panic among investors, temporarily wiping $314m off the value of Whitehaven Coal, although this recovered soon after. Needless to say, Whitehaven were not impressed.

Although unlikely that Moylan will serve jail time, the charges come with a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison or fines of up to $765,000.

At the time of the stunt, Moylan had spent almost six months at the Leard State Forest blockade with Front Line Action on Coal (FLAC), during which time he became acutely aware of the devastating impacts of the mine both on the environment and the local farming community.

I’ve written previously about the environmental destruction of the Maules Creek coal mine – the unique woodland to be bulldozed, the threatened species, the indigenous heritage, the threat of groundwater contamination, the health impacts, and the outright misleading environmental offsets proposed by Whitehaven.

Despite this, Whitehaven chairman Mark Vaile had the gall to label Moylan ‘Un-Australian’.

‘It’s quite un-Australian that an individual can conduct a fraudulent act like this. There were many investors… that lost significant amounts of money during that period.”

Deeply sorry for those investors who lost retirement savings, Moylan submitted a written apology to them, despite the losses being hugely overstated by Whitehaven (it was reported by Fairfax that shareholders lost no more than $450,360 between them). He maintains that his intention was merely to support the Maules Creek community by raising awareness of this damaging open-cut mine.

But Mark Vaile doesn’t seem too concerned with the livelihoods Whitehaven will destroy in Maules Creek. He even reckons that the project has, “a very broad level of support in the community.”

Local farmer Rick Laird would not agree. One of many who turned up to support Moylan, his family has farmed in the district for more than 150 years – the Leard Forest was named after them. He said,

“We’ve been fighting this mine for years and the stand that Jono took means that people now know what’s happening at Maules Creek.”

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Jonathan Moylan’s press release put the Maules Creek mine in the headlines, and shone light on the hidden relationships between the fossil fuel industry and banks.

Since the hoax, we’ve seen environmental campaigns use this increased public awareness and interest with great success. Most visible has been the Great Barrier Reef campaign, with pressure from environmental groups leading to bank after bank withdrawing their funding for the expansion at Abbot Point. We’ve also seen the huge growth of the Australian divestment movement, with mounting pressure on the big four banks and superfunds to ditch fossil fuel investments.

The Whitehaven hoax has exposed the inherent flaws in Australia’s regulatory system, which allow huge corporations to get away with environmentally destructive and unethical practices, while attempting to punish those who expose them.

#StandWithJono Campaign coordinator Nicola Paris said the legislation under which Moylan is charged “was never intended to pursue people acting in good conscience.”

“The move to take this matter to the Supreme Court is yet another overreach in this relentless pursuit of a young man acting on principle. This lies in stark contrast with the failure of ASIC to prosecute serious corporate crime whilst people found guilty of insider trading such as John Gay, get a slap on the wrist.”

Communities have been powerless in the face of the resources industry for too long. As Moylan himself shockingly points out, “You don’t have the right to be notified if a mining company is applying for a coalmining lease over your property”. Is that ‘Australian’?


Things you need to know – Acknowledge your own slavery.

•June 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
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10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down the

Pyramids of Control

10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down the Pyramids of Control

There are very real conspiracies in the world, and those conspiracies are always conducted by people “in the know” against those who are ignorant or naive of backroom machinations.

Past slavery was largely based on force (thus was much more obvious), but modern-day slavery is actually more widespread because global slave masters use all of the scientific tools at their disposal to win hearts and control minds, convincing us that our hands and feet are free, so we must be living self-directed lives.

There are signs that the mind-pyramids that technocrats have built to enforce their 21st-century global plantation slave system are crumbling as they press harder upon our cognitive ability to make sense of words and actions.  The owners of the shoulders on which the structure of tyranny is supported are beginning to leave in droves. The pyramids are falling as slaves begin to recognize their unconscious effort, and consciously encourage others to find a different line of work.

Here are 10 ways that you can help collapse all of the pyramids of control.

1.  Media and Intelligence – Information is knowledge and knowledge is power — this is where it all starts.  Turn off the TV, stop passively receiving information that turns you into an idiot at the teat of the “idiot box.”  Get creative: start a blog, a neighborhood newsletter, radio show, public access TV or YouTube channel, write encouraging letters to companies you appreciate and nasty ones to those you boycott; DO something; anything to increase awareness.  Homeschooling is another great way to help short circuit the negative influences of systematic programming. Even if you don’t agree with homeschooling, or are not able, there are concepts that you can help introduce into your public school to enhance education. Intelligence – there aretechnologies to thwart constant surveillance, as well as low-tech solutions to high-tech tyranny. The Internet is being used to surveil the public, but it also provides an opportunity for the public to surveil and report the real criminals. Use the system against itself.

2. Health and Agriculture – Why do tyrannical systems always move to declare methods of independence such as farming, vitamins, raw milk, and natural medication like cannabis as underground contraband systems that threaten the health of society?  Clearly because this is a cornerstone of freedom.  Learn to make your own medicines, trade on the underground, support other states (and countries) who have embraced food freedom, and stand your ground by forming local community resistance against food and health tyranny.  Moreover, simply making your mind and body stronger by pursuing what is natural and healthy will give you more power to challenge the system in every other way.

3. Energy and Technology – Support true economic development and pursue open source solutions to all technological problems that can affect humanity on the widest scale. These are the technologies that have been suppressed in the past, their creators destroyed; but now there are too many people pursuing goals to free humanity.  Embrace innovation and technology, but only as it leads to self-empowerment, self-determination, and genuinely helps the human and environmental condition. There are reportedly many free-energy patents being kept from the public.  These technologies can’t be kept secret forever as long as the Internet remains free and open.  Support all efforts to maintain Internet freedom and the right to pursue innovation.

4. Mobility and Flexibility – Always be willing to adapt and move.  The structure of tyranny might be global, but there are always pockets of freedom that tyranny ignores — normally based on economic interest.  Become adaptable, don’t buy into the “American Dream” of having possessions to define your self-worth.  Once you discard the unimportant things, look for specific towns, states, or countries to escape economic decline and those which promote freedom. It’s a difficult decision to pick up and move, especially when extended family comes into play, but discuss your ideas and the evidence for your concerns openly and honestly, and be the first to pioneer the building of a new future — if things begin to collapse in earnest, you will soon be sought after by those who once doubted your “crazy” reasoning.

5. Prepare for the Worst – Along the same lines as being mobile and flexible, make sure that you store enough supplies to get through a few months or more of tough times.  The current system relies on your dependence and they can easily control those who live just-in-time lifestyles. Most people don’t realize how much they “need” the system until something like a blizzard knocks out their power and wipes out the grocery store shelves.  It’s wise to store back-up food, have the ability to produce food, gather tools and other items needed during power outages or other disasters, and actively pursue any and all other survival prepping and self-sufficiency techniques.

6. Refuse to Pay Unjust Debt – This is a moral decision based on the information that much of what was created to be a “loan” was based on a predatory system.  As they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and that is duly noted, but when confronted with an enemy that has deliberately contrived devious ways to steal productivity and the fruits of honest labor, then the principle of justifiable self-defense is invoked.  Forget about your credit score; it is the invisible chain that keeps you in prison.  Refuse to pay debts that you know were fraudulently imposed. Remember, the banks never had the money they “lent” to you in the first place; they created it out of nothing to buy your servitude. If you are hesitant to simply quit paying the criminal banks, then learn how to reduce your exposure to all debts.

7. Create New Banking Systems – We have seeneconomic collapse taking down countries like dominoes across the third world, and now the first.  These money junkies cannot and will not stop.  It is up to us to develop systems which permit us to completely withdraw our support for the current system and shield us from manipulated collapses.  This may be the most productive way to break free from modern slavery; whether it’s switching to local credit unions, storing precious metals instead of cash, engaging in barter systems or using alternative currencies, or supporting full-blown monetary reform.

8. Learn a Skill – Learn as many skills outside of your day job as possible.  This can be as simple as giving more attention to your hobbies like fishing, hunting, gardening, painting, blogging, tinkering on cars, building things, sewing, cooking, etc. Whatever useful skill you’re most passionate about, learn more about it, become an expert at it, and acquire the necessary tools to start a side business with it. By doing this, you’ll reduce the dependence on your job and find much more fulfillment in life.  Remember, skills are the only form of wealth that can’t be taken from you. Additionally, form clubs or partnerships with your neighbors and share your skills and tools to form a stronger community that will be resistant to whatever the systems of control throw your way.

9. Boycott – Activists have enjoyed many recent victories through boycott, most notably the rapidremoval of “pink slime” meat from major supermarket chains following public outcry once they became aware of the product.  It goes to show that the public still holds the power over corporations, but the masses must be educated before they’re moved to action.  Not you though.  Readers of this post know exactly what companies to boycott and why. Start living your principles and follow through on your knowledge.  Voting with your dollars DOES work, but not if the aware crowd refuses to do it.

10. Taxes – Taxes are the most controversial of all — the one that catches the most flak, so the one that must be most directly over the target. How do you feel knowing that money is extracted from you by force to be injected into systems around the world that create violence, rip apart cultures, and put us on a path of complete annihilation and self-destruction?  This is slave-like thinking in its highest form of denial.  No Constitution of any country anywhere in the world openly recognizes that it is lawful to forcefully extract money you have earned enslaving you for life to kill others with it, upon penalty of imprisonment. It’s the final chain to be broken, and is admittedly the thickest.  But how can a machine be built without the funding to build it?  The entire prison system we see around us has been built with our own money. Did you authorize it? Did you authorize the preemptive wars, bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, the high-tech surveillance grid that enslaves you?

Significantly, these are all things you can do on your own.  You don’t need to influence politicians, or ignite a mass protest, or wait for an uprising.  There is no cavalry coming. You are the change you seek. Get out there and become more self-reliant and the system will lose its grip on you.  If enough of us do this, the system will fall apart by its own unsustainable making.  Refuse to be a slave today and unchain others by sharing this article and implementing the tips on this list.

Did we miss anything?  Please offer your own guidelines for freedom in the comments section below.

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Things you need to know – The Impending Burst

•June 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Nicole Foss of The Automatic Earth explains our current predicament clearly and concisely. This information has been out there for several years now and many people choose to ignore it because ‘the economy’ is something they are not interested in. Yet we are all intrinsically connected and submerged in the economy. Understanding it and designing your life to be less dependent on financial tools such as credit will aid in your resilience when the bubble does finally burst.



Food Bill Final Vote: Pots and Pans Protests Sunday

•May 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment


“The bill, in conjunction with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, essentially means that overseas corporations such as Monsanto would control our food supply via the World Trade Organization and the US Food and Agriculture Organisation. Then, with the massive regulation the Food Bill would bring, the price of food would also rise sharply.”

Originally posted on NZ Food Security:

It’s time to hit the streets – this Sunday at 1pm, then Parliament House on Tuesday 20 May at 9am.

The Food Bill surrenders New Zealand’s sovereignty, yet passed its second reading this week with full Parliamentary support. Its third and final reading is due on Tuesday (it nearly happened yesterday). This gives a very limited period to show your opposition. And it needs to be LOUD.

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The bill surrenders our sovereignty in both domestic and international food policy, as demonstrated by this website and multiple submitters to the Primary Production Select Committee. The Select Committee has even admitted this in its revised commentary to the bill, and the government freely admits it here (NZ is a member of FSANZ and the WTO):

The bill, in conjunction with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, essentially means that overseas corporations such as Monsanto would control our food supply…

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