G’day Possums… it’s Straya Dai
|Shane defending our Sovereign Borders|
A day here in Oz that increasingly we celebrate by wearing the flag, putting flags on our cars, having flags on hats and getting drunker than usual to remember the very first boat people (no, no, not the ones on Nauru and Manus Island, we don’t like them) who arrived at what was conveniently called “Terra Nullius”... which meant we didn’t push anyone off their land ‘cause they weren’t here, were they? It’s a principle that still has its uses as exemplified by our dudding the Timorese out of a just return on their oil fields and spying on their negotiators.
Just a pity we have to defend ourselves in the International Court on two criminal charges…. …sorta spoils the day, really.
But more celebratory Down-Under stories later in Wombat Droppings.
Here are some new shoot results…. many thanks to Laura, Gus, Emma and Olivia for their work t’other day.
Technique is “dragged shutter” … two flash units were used one with brolly the other as fill, fired off the ceiling, shutter speed was 1/3 sec with ambient light from windows at left.
Originally, Poussin and Caravaggio were in mind for this shoot but when researching, Antoine Watteau kept popping up and it became apparent that his works with his actor friends and the “Fete Galante” style well suited ballet so there are C17th and C18th influences to be seen.
|O as a Poussin deity|
|L as a Poussin deity|
Wombat Droppings or Low-down Oz Politics
Apart from being at War with boat people and causing the Indonesians to send some Frigates and F-22's to stop the Oz Navy getting lost in their waters our Prime Miniature, “Mr Rabbott” has been entertaining lots of important people in Davos, Switzerland with the Huffington Post reporting “Australian PM reveals his incredibly complex take on the Syrian civil war.'' His descriptions of the Syrian mess as “Baddies vs Baddies” and that “profits are good” left no doubt that the Great South Land is indeed a place of strange Fauna.
“Wer ist dieser Fick-Witz”? Klaus Schwab, (Economic Council Head) seems to mutter as he disengaged and fled from conversation with Rabbott.
Pleased to hear that "We’re open for business“... delegates then seemed confused on hearing that although Oz was only one of 8 countries in the world to weather the GFC without a major recession, the previous Government responsible, was very naughty and shouldn’t have done that. We should have followed World's Best Practice and gone into recession, too!
There is also no truth in the rumour that navy personnal belong to Ultra-Right-Wing racist groups! Or that they treat boat-people with anything less than humanity and care. Rabbott said so.
The Liarbrils perpetuate their myth of omnipotence, their economic sagacity, their "rightness" to be in control. In short, a sort of "Ming" Menzies '40's, "She'll be right!" What's different this time, are the times; never before have we had such unknown future ahead of oil running out, a developing climate catastrophe, Capital in an upwardly feral spiral to the few and religious fundamentalism seeking a downward past for people who won’t think.
And the Aspirational Bogans can’t think… particularly about others.
Thinking about others implies a limitation of choices... others require understanding...
"F..K that, burn the Witch!"
And let Leigh Sales read "Australian" editorials of climate change denials on ABC's 7:30 report.. that's good accurate, unbiased and credible journalism isn't it?
They're very simple, selfish, and uncivil because they are very frightened for time is running out.
Howard and Reith stroked the "uncivil" when Howard refused to alienate the Bogan racism of Hanson, and elevated middle class welfare as his "Circus" distraction and Reith lied about SIEV-X and "children overboard" whilst pretending to be have humanitarian concerns. Laws are being promulgated that are real echo’s of German law, 1933.
Now, Abbott is with Catholic training in dissimulation, cause and effect and; brutality as more than a metaphor, perfect for the role of a slogan headmaster to the new ferals who need little other than slogans.
Except the times are different….and the ferryman needs payment!
So let’s all wrap ourselves’ up in the flag this Straya Die and play the game of "Inverse Proportions"… that’s the game where you celebrate the myth of your country rather than look at its reality. Because the reality is looking rather thin in content and concept and synthetic patriotism is easier to manufacture than the effort of making the real thing.