Remembering Heroes

It is a great honour for me to be able to publish on this very special day the above generous letter of endorsement by a wonderful veteran from the Australian Army of my military heritage efforts.

The author is for me a spiritual brother with whom I feel a profound bond in reverence for The Supreme Being and for all those of our forebears who created the wonderful possibilities for life which exist for us today even though some social trends make respect for tradition and for God very very difficult.

Lest We Forget.

On the 9th September 1087, the controversial strong man and founding father William The Conqueror died.

On this day in 1776, the term “United States” replaced “United Colonies” in referring to America: a very important milestone in America’s astonishing capacity, at her best, for self-knowledge and self-correction. This capacity makes America herself a hero for me.

On September 9, 1828, Leo Tolstoy was born, the author of the great novel “War and Peace”, of which Nobel Prize Winner Romain Rolland said, “It is life itself in its eternal movement.” ………… Ernest Hemingway said that reading Tolstoy taught him how to write about war.

In 1945, on the ninth of the ninth, Australia’s General Blamey accepted the Japanese surrender in Morotai. On that island an indigenous land owner of the place where Douglas MacArthur built his wife a bathroom tells me he believes that my father’s soul has found peace among beautiful old trees.

On September the 9th, 1949, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno was born into a family home where the integration of family and community was and is very very strong. When I met him in the presidential palace during his presidency he said he would like to visit my art display in Morotai. Could all readers of this blog please consider praying in whatever way works for you that that visit can happen someday.

September 9th is now the most common birthday in the United States.

It is an amazing day.

A great day to be thankful for all the good things we have.

LEST WE FORGET.

Geoff Fox, 9th of September, 2020, Terra Australis

Respecting The Police – It’s a Two Way Street

An angry citizen and a police officer in Melbourne, Australia at a Freedom Day Rally on 5th September 2020

I believe any society needs a respected police force to be sustainable. But I believe the man throwing the punch in the above photo is a freedom fighter, fighting the tyranny of Socialist Left political leader Daniel Michael Andrews.

Respect for police is impossible when the police become a political tool of a corrupt government or corrupt or incompetent politicians. I believe the police officer under attack by an outraged citizen in this photo is an innocent victim of the immoral incompetent government of Dictator Dan.

I believe all police officers in Victoria should be urging their police association to protest publicly in the loudest possible terms against the misuse of police services against the Victorian people by the Andrews government and the Australian Labor Party.

Premier Daniel Andrews of Victoria leads a political party where a politician can use the police to trash the democratic rights of a citizen at election time.

Premier Daniel Andrews leads a government which is using the police and even the the Australian Defence Force to imprison five million innocent people in their own homes.

Premier Daniel Andrews trashes the right to freedom of speech leading to the sort of righteous anger you can see in the above photo taken at a Freedom Day Rally in Melbourne yesterday.

Individual police officers do not deserve this, but such anger is the future of police work in Victoria if Socialist Left tyranny keeps misusing police services for destroying people’s lives.

Shame on you, Daniel Andrews.

Shame!

Shame!

Shame!

Geoff Fox, 6th September, 2020, Down Under

A Socialist Left Reign Of Terror.

Today is the  227th anniversary  of the start of the Reign Of Terror.

On this day the Australian Labor Party continues to use fear make a massive power grab in the State Of Victoria by imprisoning 5 million people in their own homes, by forcing most businesses to stop trading and by denying the fundamental right to protest and the right to freedom of speech.

Today an elected people’s representative of this political party told me that I was not taking the deaths of geriatrics seriously but that the deaths of aborted unborn babies did not count because those babies were “not human”.

Yesterday former conservative Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett tweeted this:

Today current Socialist Left Premier Daniel Andrews was asked to comment on this distinction between dying from Covd-19 as the cause and dying with Covid and other diseases contributing to the death.

Andrews said, “I’ve got absolutely nothing to say about anything that person says. Nothing.”

Former Premier Kennett called for an end to dictatorial fear mongering and deceptive statistics.

Dictator Dan refused to talk.

Meanwhile 5 million Victorians imprisoned in their own homes by Andrews’ decisions are terrified of a future while this socialist destroys the economy by shutting it down.

Geoff Fox, 5th September, 2020, Terra Nullius

POLICE STATE BASTARDRY

I denounce the police state bastardry of Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor Party government in the State of Victoria.

In 2016 when I lobbied them for memorial tree plantings, they trashed my civic and democratic rights to protect a Labor Party politician from doing her job.

Then they trashed the basic legal rights of Australia’s second most successful ever Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, and imprisoned him. The High Court Of Australia set him free in a resounding 7-0 judgement.

Now they are isolating old people from their families without giving them any choice.

This socialist left government is forcing most businesses in the state to stop normal trading.

This “government” is imprisoning millions of innocent Victorians in their own homes.

That is Victoria.

I condemn “Dictator Dan” for the anti-democratic, anti-freedom practices of his Big Government.

May God help us all wherever such “socialists” destroy people’s lives.

Geoff Fox, September 3, 2020, Victoria

The Iron Horse #1 – Fatherhood Delivering

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John Ford died on the 31st August 1973 already acclaimed as one of the great creative geniuses of cinema.

Richard Nixon considered him the best director of all-time.

His first box office smash was The Iron Horse released in 1924.

The micromovie above uses footage from this film to ponder important truths about what men need to be for their sons.

And, therefore, for our culture.

Geoff Fox, 31 August, 2020, Down Under.

YAWPMAN

Looking at and being in the presence of an extraordinary work of art about men by Melbourne artist John Lawry from Wodonga, my first reaction was to channel Walt Whitman.

This micro-movie and talking with John has subsequently lead me to start re-reading the works of Publius Vergilius Maro (a.k.a Virgil, the great Roman epic and bucolic poet) which I studied at Norwood High School and Melbourne University in the 1970’s and continued reading and rereading in the 1980’s.

Where will this all lead me now?

I dont know.

But one thing is certain.

When you have genuine freedom of speech, you dont always know where it will take you.

Geoff Fox, (YawpMan ?) 8th August, 2020, Terra Nullius

Mod Gone Man

Poet Rupert Brook, who was born on this day 133 years ago, wrote “….. the worst friend and enemy is but Death.”

 

I love the art of LushSux.

He is a portrait artist and a cartoonist.

A server of humanity and defender of men.

On a day when a new Corona-virus lockdown in Victoria is predicted to cause billions of dollars of economic damage to Australia, I worry about the future for all younger people.

Their lives are being trashed by desperate attempts to avoid death.

Which cannot be avoided.

In the end.

Geoff Fox, 3rd August, 2020, Terra Nullius, Victoria

I Will Tell My Story #3: Free In A Madrassah But Not In Victoria

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In the past year, I have lived in three very different places.

First, there was almost three weeks as a non-paying guest receiving asylum in an Indonesian Pondok Pesantren (madrassah). This learning institution gave me asylum under Islamic law after I explained to them my reasons that I went to Indonesia to renounce Australian citizenship under Indonesian law. My long standing commitment to studying the 99 Islamic names of God, asmaulhusna, from a western perspective is probably the biggest reason that I received this rare privilege. Or perhaps I should call it a rare recognition of my fundamental human rights.

Then in the second week of August last year, I was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in an Immigration Detention Centre in Indonesia for three months.

Thirdly, after being deported to Australia against my will, I have been living in Premier Daniel Andrews’ Police State Of Victoria.

What follows is a comparison of life in these three places.

In the Pondok (madrassah) I had the most freedom, and was in the most democratic and civilised environment of all three places. The Islamic lifestyle is one of clean living and devotion to God. The People talked softly and modestly and were always friendly.

I could come and go whenever I liked, and on the rare occasions, when a door was locked but I wanted to enter, someone would invariably unlock it for me.

The religious tolerance was extraordinary. In an institution dedicated to the very devout Islamic practice, I was totally accepted even though I was not a Muslim and not engaging in all Islamic rituals. This is because Islamic people in Indonesia have a very widespread and deep tolerance for their own principle La Ikraha Fiddin. (There is no compulsion in religion.)

I learnt a lot among those students about good calm living and made a little film about the liberation and enrichment which can be gained by prayer.

The Islamic environment was democratic because all the people there had freely consented to be there and were proud to be there. In any democratic organisation governing by the consent of the governed is essential.

The immigration detention centre was obviously very different. I was there because immigration officials believed I had broken Indonesian law. I disagreed with them and still do. The head of the madrassah and the very devout mayor of the large city in which it was located both agreed that from the religious point of view I had the right to seek “aman” (meaning safety) in Indonesia.

I was not in the detention centre by consent but my basic needs were met. There were lots of great people there. I got enough exercise and the food was nutritious and I was always delivered three meals a day. The ventilation of my cell was great. It was never too hot or too cold. I had all the sterile drinking water and washing water and toiletries  I needed. I received the medical care I needed.

I was able to communicate with a senior guy in America’s National Coalition For Men who wrote a letter to the head of the Detention Centre explaining why he thought my actions were justified. For two months I was able to engage online in artistic collaborations with Australians of which I remain proud.

There was a good balance between privacy and social interaction.

I also became much more accurate at kicking a soccer ball.

Compared to those two Indonesian places Daniel Andrews’ Victoria just doesn’t measure up. In this sad state all of the worst traditions of Terra Nullius are fully maintained. (It has to be said that there are a few great people here who have ensured that my experience here these last 8 and a half months has not been as bad as I feared it would be.)

This is a state where too many people live in fear.

Thats not surprising. If anyone was silly enough to go and sit on a park bench here in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, that person would risk being fined $1,600.

Widespread fear now means that the economy is being trashed to fight a disease which is well under control by global standards.

Daniel Andrews has had the most draconian lockdown laws in Australia but this severity has given him the least success in getting the sort of community effort going where a virus can be controlled.

Freedom works, Daniel Andrews. Your Police State tactics don’t.

Democracy dies when the governing political party uses scandalous branch stacking the way it’s been used in Daniel Andrews’ branch of the Australian Labor Party and that party stays in power.

Being civilised is impossible when the government treats outdoor activities like golf and fishing in wide open spaces as dangerous.

Australian Rules Football is sometimes said to be the religion of  Melbourne. AFL footy was born in Victoria and none of the best clubs are playing here anymore. The grand final appears more likely to be played in Brisbane or Perth than in its normal home of Melbourne.

For any government in the world, getting the balance right between the economy and the Corona-virus pandemic is going to be hard.

Daniel Andrews and his political party proved to me in 2016 and 2017 that they don’t respect people like me or our rights or needs.

Nothing has changed.

Compared with being in Victoria, life in the Pondok in Indonesia was very very good.

I miss you, Gus.

Geoff Fox 23rd July 2020, Melbourne, Victoria, Terra Nullius

(“Gus” is an affectionate honorific title frequently used to address Islamic leaders in the Indonesian island of Java.)