Thursday, September 21, 2017

Motto: Truth / Veritas
Parody (clumsy) of Daily Telegraph columninsts on Yes/No voters behaviour and SSM  - more of the same for this blog.

Frequently it is observed that many climate change campaigners are the bullies and bigots they claim to oppose. No, that claim belongs to the deniers.  Tim Flannery uses his scientific credentials of wide renown to relate the latest news of environmental issues. His fellow scientists who worked for official organizations have been released from their roles in climate studies by the federal government who acted in a shortsighted manner. These were regular workers not crooks or criminals. But their  gallant efforts to inform the nation is usually strongly countered by the newspaper columinists of the Daily Telegraph.
  Tim Flannery has a passion for the Australian environment and understands the consequences of our lifestyle.  His 'crime' is to have our future at heart. Environmentalists are subjected to strong criticism and put on a par with criminals by columinists who have no credentials in science and who act as true bigots by spreading disinformation far and wide to stimulate an army of intolerant readers.
Who are the real villians?  Is it the green activists who use a tiny bit of power to support environment issues without use of violence or personal attack.  The big names should pick on someone their own size.
The real villiams are those who maniqulate information and print biggoted headlines and use their power to raise coflict.  The real bullies are those who have no well formed considered doubts and put the future of our planet at risk.  They must drown out all common sense notions and abuse the modest efforts of reasonable people. Support for the big end of town must be behind the commentary misrepresenting itself to the average  reader.
 Are the real bigots those columists who do not produce a balanced opinion piece and rely on sick, outdated, backward opinion to exploit and use shock tactics to keep sales afloat safe in a conservative media company of the Murdoch clan.  Right wing friends in the back benchers or right wing Optus Dei members may be there in the background.  To some of which, the environmentalist Pope must be like a red rag to a bull when he gets a hearing.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Believe honey remains edible forever.  I gave this Allowrie Mixed Blossom Honey to family, the honey, dated July 2016, candied and sat in a cupboard so I recently asked to take it back and use it up. Sweet. How many Bees did it take to produce a kilo? Really it is a sugar, even sweeter than sugar cane.

Yesterday as a first for this season was heard the monotonous repetitious call of a certain bird that can get a mention in the media in spring. 
CLIMATE  Our winter had temperatures and a lack of rain that broke the records.  Same with rainfall in the flooded region in the US and the recent hurricanes where more records were broken.
That we have politicians that are climate deniers is staggering.
What is the nexus between conservatism, climate change denial, dead set against renewable energy, taking exercise, wearing budgie smugglers, Opus Die profile, vote no and messianic political pretencions?  Haven't they heard their Pope is outspoken in support of action against Climate change. What does it take?
The nexus must be MONEY and more money.  No matter what, profits must be made from fossil fuels -the  oil and coal; profits from plundering the seas and marine parks; from excesses rather than sustainable processes and despite the hidden subsidies. Global profits are high stakes. No one can stand in the way.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In this book ...Nature is as important to children as food and sleep....the message is about the connection to nature and the crucial part it plays in develop(ment)....for a generation of todays children the pleasures of free-range childhood are missing and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression....SAVING OUR CHILDREN FROM NATURE-DEFICIT DISORDER. Atlantic Books London 2009 2010
'A cri de coeur for our children'... Margaret Stead, Guardian.

Nature and crisis....Song bird ownership, trading and competition is a large undertaking in Indonesia. Forest birds are endangered.  The forest goes silent.
The program, Earshot, on ABC Radio National, 11 Sep 2017, The Silent Forest, reveals more.  The program is available on media if you are brave enough.
I made an effort to be aware of bird life in Indonesia and while some were seen many a time it slipped my memory but no big numbers were there like in those instances where we have to use spikes to discourage them nesting on the front of city buildings or where they will literally steal food as you are about to take a bite. By and large, city birds are a different matter to wild birds.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Werewolves..... are stirring......

Power supply.  I might be prepared to turn off the power supply at night in peak summer hours if there was a good financial reward.  Tho it would be worth a lot to me.
There is never much emphasis put on reduction of household demand, just cutting back, turning off some lights etc. We could be made much more aware of saving power.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

 It wasn't all that long ago that the wharves, instead of diners, had cargo and labourers unloading 
the ships which had dark holds and cranes and stuff everywhere. The storage buildings of which two remain have been adapted.  Honeysuckle Hotel is in one and a Marine museum in the other.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Quite a crowd were relaxing along the foreshore 'path' this Fathers Day.  Honeysuckle Hotel was choker block and the food was worth waiting for.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lofty gymea lilies rival the communications towers. \
 It is believed senators are looking at legislation around media, even further concentrating ownership. In return the Australian Broadcasting corporation is looked at, strangely, with the idea of more services operating around the countryside -  just the opposite direction - and pressure to reveal certain salaries.
Next, CBS will take over a TV channel and that does not raise a storm. We could do without it. And why look at salaries paid to ABC staff what about really gigantic examples in other corporations.  There is a rich reward no matter what sort of a stuff up by the executives.  Staff do their work well and others are rewarded for losing their job.    

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Surfing. Winter. This little surf break is between the baths and a rock platform, Newcastle.  Coal ships waiting at anchor on the horizon.  The previous long queues of ships have been discouraged and stay well out of sight or manage their timetable better and that often leaves only five or six within sight.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Critically endangered tigers.  See a decent clip about Sydney's Toronga Zoo. See a new tiger experience there.  You will take a simulated flight and live life-on-the-edge in beautiful Sumatra (Indonesia).  Meet real Sumatran tigers in the jungle.  Walk in a local village and market stall.
Most importantly, see about palm oil - a ubiquitous ingredient in many of our products.  Palm oil plantations all over are supplanting jungle habitat.
 The jungle is vital habitat for endangered tigers, orangutans, elephants and more and regulates green house gases.
 In Indonesia, prolonged wildfires and smoke pollution on a vast scale have happened, the soil, the timber and rivers all need protection and policing as well as maintaining a healthy natural environment for the people and the visitors to enjoy.  Just as we need to do the same in our own 'backyard'.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 'Wine Country' is not at its best in winter. The olive trees are evergreen.  With climate change the vines will soon be sprouting new life earlier and earlier.

We are in a mini flu epidemic sad to say and many are not at their best.  We were warned and flu shots have long been available and they work - touch wood.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The flowers said they don't like nasty chilly windy weather.
The young child was shown a single bloom and how it opened and closed when squeezed - a snap dragon (or antirrhinum).
I said we were not allowed to pick flowers in the park but one bloom was sort of ok and there was just as much interest in stealing a forbidden flower as in the snapdragon effect.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gregson Park has a wonderful patch of colour and the insects are abuzz including indispensable bees, thankfully.  Newcastle City council is the maestro.
The sunny but extra windy weather has been hard on the poppies which are precious enough as it is because everywhere, in contrast, rugged and green have become the plants of choice (and less work).
  House paint is in two forms  - white and grey, alone.  Every house conforms in the new estates, sensible, orderly, sophisticated or is it dull? 
Antirrhinum, an old fashioned flower, is difficult to spell and my attempts were way off the mark and failed to come up with a lead so snapdragon was tried instead which found mobiles and processors - everything has changed -  but revealed snapdragon plant on the end of a list.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flag pole just like the one on parliament house - on looking closely.

The question of same sex marriage is reduced to a contest when deep issues are the subject of a survey by post with advertising campaigns used to sway the 'yes' or 'no' respondents.  Significant issues via snail mail. Whatever is the government thinking...again.
We can cooperate and agree with all human rights for gays.
Hope it is reciprocated when it comes to other matters. Like enthusiasm for environmental legislation.  We could have our human rights in place yet have a troubled existence in conditions of  extreme weather.
Whatever is the government thinking going all the way with the unpredictable Trump. We will be in more trouble.  The global community needs to find a way to curb dictators.  It is absurd to be held to ransom by any extreme head of state, be it North Korea or elsewhere, a teen delinquent playing war games in a country steeped in secrecy and control, seeker of hubris in front of patriotic robots massed in absurd numbers, mass abuse.  How is it that the world community stands by?  Or meets the insanity with more insanity.  Crimes against humanity might be one way.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Concrete support items or legs or whatever.  At a Kooragang works.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Harbour and foreshore and road works in foreground.  Some of the tall trees have been left standing.

Some years ago when many of us installed solar panels the rebate on electricity costs was reasonably good. As a move towards renewable energy, solar has not been seen in a positive 'light', there has been no rejoicing by the state, in fact, despite the load that households contribute to energy, the power companies have cut rebates and have raised energy costs.
As soon as solar made its appearance every move has supported the power companies, are they out for what they can get before change jeopardises their future.
The excellent move of taxing carbon was blamed for rising prices and against all common sense, the tax was repealed yet the prices continue to rise.
Privatisation and gold plating the electricity network must be another expense put onto the consumer.
At the very time when energy production might be sorted out with gradual change to renewals, the old ways continue to up their anti and put all the pressure on the consumer to pay up. We hear they blame gas prices but that can be got under control if we tried.  What about the costs of coal supplies. Who knows, just another excuse.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Discussion is about a downturn in wealth and low wages and fears for the next generation.  Apart from the extremes of wealth and poverty around here, superficially, we are doing all right.
 Is all this trend a very gradual revolution towards global equality when the real materially poor nations grow out of poverty and meet our continuing decline in wealth at a certain mid point?  Without too much manipulation or rigging by the Western world more global equality could result.

Photo of a demonstration or march in Hamilton north in support of refugees.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Newcastle East and a small part of the road works to build a racing car circuit.  Ridiculous?

Latest leaked transcripts of Trump and our PM put us in agreement with Trump that our deal about refugees is stupid....'shows me (Trump) to be rediculous'...'look like a dope'.  Trump has got it correct this time.
The deal made with the US to take our refugees is appalling.  Turnbull says the US is not obliged to take one person they do not want, all that is needed is to accept a very small minority as long as Trump honours the deal made with Obama.  Hence few will find refuge. The truth comes out.
The whole arrangement is shameful.  As some humanists say that after so long it is not valid to refuse to back down from never granting asylum to these boat people.
What have we got to lose?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

 Less than an hour after the previous ship sailed another is sailing to Asia.  It is low in the water as it is full of coal.  At the same time the next ship is moving into the harbour, it is high out of the water as it is empty. Doh. Several tug boats gather nearby to see it into the port.

A helicopter is barely visible landing on the deck to pick up the pilot who took the ship out of the harbour.  Another pilot is already aboard the incoming ship.
In no time, the latest ship and tugs are in the harbour and almost in the channel to the coal loading docks where a whole line of ships are filling up with loads of black fossil fuel.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Beaut day on the water or in the air to view a city spread out before you. Climate change and  fossil fuel is implicated when we read that July was the warmest July on record.  In photo a coal ship is leaving the port followed by what is believed to be a small dredge.  The dredge makes a lot of round trips each day.
Once free of the port the ships seem to go south towards us before they soon turn north to flee to the wider world with their dark cargo of fossil fuel. Farewell. Somewhere at that point a chopper retrieves the pilot.  The port has been leased to Chinese interests.  Hard to believe.
In the foreground amid the constructions is a hairy bend on the new temporary race circuit. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beyond the beach a ship enters the Port of Newcastle.  A chopper takes a pilot to the ship off shore then retrieves them time and time again.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 Is it true or did you read it in the Courier Mail? sticker of the week!

What happened to the parking lot in the shadow of the fort?  Photo of part of the works in preparation for the supercar championship.  This very popular beach 'peninsular' is like a construction zone all over.
There is an existing
 tradition among a small group of owners of hot cars to gather nearby for show and shine on Sundays. And the days are gone of loud burn-outs that created a stir until local residents 'put their foot down'.
  The new circuit needs to be thrown open to citizens for a controlled lap at some point beyond the race.                    

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

 Four and twenty black birds baked in a pie.  Another pie shop.

Heatherbrae was chock-a-block with motorists after driving 70ks or so without much fast food in school holidays.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Drivers, cyclists, skateboard riders, walkers like the beach circuit on Sundays but it was in gridlock and a chance to get the camera out and enjoy the scene while waiting.
At the conclusion of the coming super-car race, Newcastle people could be allowed to do a lap of the   course in compensation. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gulls and pelicans were interested in the catch of the day so it was quickly retrieved by the fisher. It seems.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Been fishing?
Eco announcements.  From the supermarkets, lagging in several states, single use plastic shopping bags will cease use months out from today. Reusable plastic bags will be sold for 15cents each.  Reusable fabric shopping bag are also sold and are used by a lot of shoppers.
 What is the point of selling PLASTIC shopping bags?  Convenience and sales. 
Will the customer bring them back to reuse or will these new bags also go straight to landfill? At best, the bags are destined for landfill or litter after several uses.
We are all paying higher prices for our groceries to cover the growth of duplicate supermarkets in many suburbs.  In theory it provides competition but it would seem that customers are mobile and shop wherever and can manage without new giant twin supermarkets on every corner. They put the familiar shops right out of business and diversity is lost all round.
Often it is easy to see the country towns that remain vibrant in their centre are those that do not have a vast supermarket on the edge of town. When that happens they become a shadow of their former selves with rows of empty shops and disjointed pockets of activity. Grand interesting shops of note go wasted. If a town is clever enough to see the trend they might integrate a smaller supermarket into the existing stock of buildings and with parking lots nearby keep the town alive.
Aldi do not have single use plastic bags but, again, reusable plastic ones are sold. 
  Secondly, a massive storage battery is to be built in South Australia, the state that has bit the bullet and established alternative energy supplies despite total lack of support by the negative Federal gov.  Out of the blue, a famous American of Tesla fame I believe , said the battery will be built in 100 days or will be free of charge.
 Recently, the G20 was centred on vital change and carbon targets to save our environment yet reporting was dominated by the antics of the US and Russian dictators and their problems unrelated to climate change.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Women in special dress. They loved it and we did too.  It was difficult to grasp the name, was possibly Uyghur tradition.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Tradition Indonesian dress has splendid variety seen at a multicultural event recently.
 'Let the person who is without blame cast the first stone' - all the same, here goes.  In overseas media it is noticed how tiny casual racists remarks are often thrown in, Europeans often the target or the war years, as well we hear colonial attitudes expressed.
The Good Karma Hospital is not quite entirely free of that.
 In contrast, the gripping drama, Indian Summer (shown on ABC TV) when attitudes and class of some years ago were at their peak leaving the viewer anguished. 
 There is an expectation around here that newcomers will become one of 'us' we hear said. No one's perfect, how often the typical 'quaint' expat is always seen associating with other expats.
 When we see community development in the Australian Indigenous context more often than not it is led by a non-indigenous person, true opportunity needs to be further extended.

There is no temple on the rocky outcrop but spirituality is found in all places.
Future presidential material A billionaire, in media, associate of Trump, clash with the law, Harry Teno (Tanoesoedibo) is an Indonesian with friends, influence and money tho possibly he does not belong to the correct religion but really will that count?
ABC TV had a long look at new resorts in Indonesia in Bali and Bogor area by Trump Hotels plus local big names and how the development rides rough shod over areas of special significance, sacred spaces be it Hindu temple or forested valley.
Another theme park will do wonders for Harry Teno's popularity.  And a toll road.
Any citizen of means does exceedingly well in a less affluent country on the backs of the majority who earn very little.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

And one of the signs was missed out at that and at first sight of a delightful beach.
Signs of the times.
Will a disruption come about in the Illness Industry and its professionals?
 Just like Uber and Airbnb change may sweep through and a very inflexible system might totter and loosen up.
Change will be resisted.  The health kingdom has safeguards on all sides. Just like the banking sector.
Is there a link between an increase of violence in patients and with the status of medical staff and the mechanical nature of the health system?  Negative reactions to institutions are reaching a peak.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

From lovely Shoal Bay, the twin peaks ad nauseam. In Nelson Bay, just north of Newcastle.
School holidays again and there the pace of life will increase a little this winter, a far cry from summer crowds.
Road works to improve the turn off to Fingal Bay are causing a bit of strife.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The same again, 'twin peaks' Tomaree Head with a 'spit' on the north and Yacaaba head on south side of Nelson Bay. A splendid bank of clouds to see way out to sea.

Friday, June 30, 2017

 Two peaks in the distance stand at the entrance to Nelson Bay.  Then much closer as seen from Shoal Bay. Cloudy one day, dazzling this morning.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

An old gimmick outside pie shop selling prize winning multiple varieties of this favourite despite the foodies and health consciousness in Nelson Bay.  Cool rainy day and a good appetite and a smoked chicken and camembert pie was outstanding for $6.80 and had a sprinkling of caraway seeds on top - yumm

Monday, June 26, 2017

So often the camera is ready and you wait for the best sight to appear then wait some more and more and then you could be lucky....

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mr and Mrs Obama and family are holidaying in Indonesia in several cities.  In the course of that can Obama charm the powers that be to keep on the straight and narrow?  Security and anti-terrorists activities could be hinted at but where to start as it may be seen differently by the 'man' on the street in that country.  Only a brave guest would be so bold.
Above, old double-deckers were taken out of moth balls for the day for excursions in Sydney amidst the chaos arising from new light rail construction.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Leaving the old historical trains behind moving to Vivid in Sydney to a dark shot. That evening, Fairyfloss or Cotton Candy or Candy floss was spun like magic.
One quantity was furled into a ball about each minute and cost $14 for the waiting queue.. It wrapped around a novelty hand held illuminated stick.