“We still think in terms of conquest. We still haven’t become mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible universe. But man is a part of nature and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself. Now, I truly believe that we must come to terms with nature, and I think we are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
RACHEL CARSON, SILENT SPRING
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Greetings from down under down under. I just got back to my beloved ‘little Tassie’ yesterday after a grueling 48 hour surface relocation operation and an ultra-fantastic 3 week visit to the heart of whale-dreaming country, the central coast region of NSW. I don’t know if it’s just me, but even though things with me personally have been really good, it seems like a war-zone every way I look. Low-grade schizophrenia and dementia are increasingly widespread, as individuals persist in bickering over trivial nonsense, and people on both sides of the pond drive to protest against oil drilling and ‘climate change’, eat live animals to protest against veganism, and hoist selfie sticks in inclement weather. Can you believe it? New Zealand is still recovering from her second ‘9/11’ which distracted attention from the massive anti-1080 and anti-Chinese water theft activism that had people in the streets on both islands, increased surveillance, armed the cops and hijabed the women; Australia is suffering from having some of the most widespread and fast-moving environmental destruction in the world, for example, the massive deforestation up and down the east coast which is wreaking havoc on the koala populations, and the go-ahead for the extremely controversial Adani Carmichael mega-coal mine project in southern Queensland, which will siphon off billions of litres of fresh water for free while most of the state is in the grips of a drought so severe that hundreds of thousands of cattle were dying of thirst and hunger until they were drowned by flooding recently. Leading up to a federal election happening soon, which promises to be just as much of a tumour circus as any preceding one.
As I see it, every country on the planet would be better off with no government rather than the ones they currently have, but given the perceived necessity of having one, my endorsement for PM of Australia is none other than her leading statesman, diplomat and spokesperson for the arts, the doctor Sir Lesley Colin Patterson, former cultural attache to the court of St. James.
SIR LES PATTERSON
“He impugns the fundamental refinement of the Australian character.”
DAME EDNA EVEREDGE
Sir Les and Dame Edna would make a great leadership duo for the Lucky Country. With them at the helm, or at least taking turns, Australia would be in a FAR better situation than at present.
NOTE: Barry Humphries is the absolutely brilliant creator of these wonderful and legendary characters. I love his work so much that I’ve painted a rock for him and in touch with his management firm to get it to him. If I am very lucky, I might be able to have Sir Les and/or Dame Edna and/or Barry Humphries on my radio show…imagine THAT???
MY LATEST ON THE BRINK BROADCASTS:
OTB #270 GOTCHA BY THE BALLS
OTB #271 A MIND OF ITS OWN
OTB #272 INTO THE DREAM-TIME
OTB #273 SPECULATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
April 14 marked the 55th anniversary of the passing of my greatest human hero, writer/naturalist/environmental fire-brand/lover of life Rachel Carson. Her words, messages and information stand more relevant now than ever in today’s world of a military-industrial juggernaut running off the rail.
Excerpts from Silent Spring:
Rachel Carson on Climate Change
Excerpts from The Edge of the Sea
I apologize for being so derelict in my informational and communicative duties…in the past three weeks I have been more rock-painter and dream-time explorer than free-lance intelligence agent. And now that I’m in my beloved Tasmania, my next show will probably be about the beauty and power of Mother Earth…and how she is under attack by my very own (?) species.
I am lining up interviews soon with Stewart ‘The Effect’ Simonson, on the electrification of the marine environment and ‘civilization as planetary catastrophe’; Joanna ‘Batgirl’ Haddock, Sydney zoologist studying effects of artificial light on micro-bats; Caroline Sawyer, New Zealand 1080 activist and researcher; Christopher Fontenot, founder of an extremely important platform called A Microwaved Planet, and possibly two people who I’ve been in touch with, both of whom are doing great work in relevant areas but who are a bit reticent with respect to interviews, Marc Anderson, sound recordist and bio-acoustics researcher and creator of Nature Sound Map
and Emily Lakdawalla, emissary of the Pasadena-based Planetary Society, dedicated to spreading spatial awareness and making us all into space cadets 🙂
MY LATEST FAMILY OF PAINTED ROCKS
Except for one painting that I’m doing as a gift for my great friends Jon and Michi Baty, not only am I almost completely caught up with all art projects but have been able to give away most of the rocks in this photo, many of them posted to other countries. If everyone can become legally stoned, the better chance we might have of becoming less dangerous as Mother Earth’s only self-proclaimed ‘intelligence.’
TRANSLATION: I AM NOW READY FOR MY NEXT WAVE OF ART COMMISSIONS 🙂
I leave you with one of my favourite quotes of all time:
“I MUST CREATE A SYSTEM, OR BE ENSLAVED BY ANOTHER MAN’S.”
“AUSTRAL SKY DREAMING” Jeff Phillips (2009)
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” Mark Twain
“Politics is the entertainment branch of government.” Frank Zappa
“The only thing that’s faster than light is simultaneity.” J. Paul Serengeti
“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s.” William Blake
“On Spaceship Earth, there are no passengers: everyone is crew.” R. Buckminster Fuller