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.)

IS AMERICA COLLAPSING?

I love America.
From Australia.

She is the light of freedom to me.

The country I was born in is still a penal colony by comparison.

It breaks ny heart to see what is happening now in the land of the brave and the home of the free.
What is happening just does not make sense.
When rationality disappears, good government and freedom are bound to die.

My friend, social commentator “Shelly” of San Diego, is a voice of reason.
Here is what she says about some recent insanity:

“I think black people have every right to be angry over George Floyd’s murder.
From what I could see in the video he was already handcuffed when the cop put his knee on his neck.
I’m not sure how a handcuffed man on the ground was a threat to a trained police officer accompanied by other police officers.

Th
at said, the timing of these protests is just awful, with around 20,000 new C-19 cases being reported every day and no social distancing rules being observed at the protests.
Many protesters do not even wear masks.
This is not even going into the riots and looting.

Whether the rioters and looters give a fig about George Floyd or whether they are just
opportunistic young thugs of all races using the crowds as cover to commit the crimes they were going to commit anyway remains to be seen.
I did not know George Floyd personally but I doubt that is how he would wish to be remembered.

Did President Trump overreact when he locked himself in a bunker?
ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Doubtless the left-wing media will try to portray this as evidence of Trump’s “cowardice” but my guess is the Secret Service had reason to believe there was a credible threat to Trump’s life in that crowd.
In those circumstances keeping the President in a secure location is not cowardice but prudence.

Regardless if you love, hate, or are completely indifferent to Trump, the last thing America needs right now is an assassination attempt on top of all the chaos she is already experiencing.

President Trump and the Secret Service made the right call.”

Thank you, Shelly.

God Bless Rationality.
God Bless America.
God Save Us All.

Geoff Fox, Down Under, June 6, 2020

Religious Persecution – Joan Of Arc and Cardinal George Pell

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Joan of Arc was executed on the 30th of May 1431.

She was a religious warrior.

What was done to her by the English forces invading France and their French allies was wrong.

Joan wore male clothes to protect her from rape and this dress was part of the “reason” she was executed.

Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of molesting two boys while wearing garments which made that molestation impossible. These traditional garments worked to prevent what Pell was shamefully accused of. easons which make me believe that the conviction and imprisonment of Australia’s second most successful catholic was an injustice on a par with what was one to Saint Joan.

I dont have time now to state all the other reasons I believe the treatment of Pell can be compared with what was done to Joan Of Arc. (I am going out this Sunday afternoon in Australia to have a kick of the footy (a.k.a. football) with a Man Of God.)

Suffice to say the High Court Of Australia overturned Pells’ conviction in a 7-0 judgement.

I too suffered injustice in the so-called justice system of the police state of Victoria.

Shame on you, Socialist Left Premier Daniel Andrews.

Shame!

Shame!

Shame.!

Geoff Fox,7.26 p.m. 30th May, (San Diego time)

 

Coronavirus Questions In The Australian Labor Party’s Maribyrnong

Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Carter, stresses “how important it is to practice social distancing – this is the most effective way to minimise the spread of this virus.”

Here is film of how teams of people “working” this week  to decontaminate public surfaces in the Maribyrnong shopping precinct were “social distancing”:

I want to know:

A. Why are teams of 5-10 people who are employed to reduce the spread of Coronavirus violating “social distancing” rules over and over again in Maribyrnong as they walk along the streets?

B. Who employs them? Is it the council?

C. Why dont they split into two groups and walk down each side of the street so that they could get more “work” done quicker and keep further apart more easily?

They dont keep one and a half metres away from each other and make it impossible for other people to use the footpaths legally. Is this a deliberate policy from Maribyrnong City Council to keep customers away from businesses which are in danger of going out of business because of nanny state fear of freedom and fear of death?

The broad thrust of Coronavirus policy from the Socialist Left leadership of Victoria seems to me to be to make certain that we get a new Great Depression so that the private sector will be ruined and the government will control everything.

Are They All Evil Or Just Plain Morons?

Is Maribyrnong City Council doing anything to moderate the stupidity of the over reactions in the name of a “safety”, which it is impossible to achieve, in order to save the economy on which people’s lives depend?

What I have just practised above is freedom of speech.

Maribyrnong should try it sometime. They might learn something.

My father faced Japanese bullets for western freedoms on the beach at Balikpapan almost 75 years ago.

I will practice freedom of speech till the day I die.

Maribyrnong, you make me sick. (Specifically PTSD)

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Terra Nullius

“MY GRANDPA” – FINDING HOPE BY REMEMBERING

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John Wayne and Hank Williams, Jr. share their birthday, 28th April, with “Shelly‘s” grandfather, an old style American who hunted his own meat when JFK and Lyndon Johnson were changing his world.

In contemplating who her grandpa was, Shelly, of modern San Diego, finds hope now.

That’s true conservatism – seeing what is and what has been to find what works and hold on to what is good.

“My grandfather was born in 1899. That means he was my age when the Great Depression hit. He became a Hollywood extra because it paid better than a lot of jobs in those days. He also hunted his own meat, a hobby he kept up well into his 70’s. What would he have thought of the shutdown? Given that he was a small business owner himself he probably wouldn’t have liked it. Unions were a lot stronger in his day and he had few enough employees that a strike would completely break him so he made his employees a deal. He would pay them higher wages than what the union was negotiating for on the condition that they sign a contract promising not to unionize. He didn’t like unions but he was smart enough to see that low wages just fed the communists’ propaganda about the working man being exploited.

My grandfather loved Archie Bunker. My mom could remember him yelling at the TV “You tell ’em Archie! Show those commie pinkos what’s what!”. I have no doubt that if my grandfather were alive today he would be labelled a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a transphobe, a Marxophobe, and God knows what else. Like Archie Bunker my grandpa was painfully politically incorrect by today’s standards. Unlike Archie Bunker he wasn’t trying to be funny. For instance, he went to his grave believing Liberace to be straight. His “logic” was that he liked Liberace’s music and he could never like music written by a “degenerate homosexual” therefore Liberace must be straight, all evidence to the contrary, and the sequins were just one big publicity stunt. He thought the episode where Archie thinks his dance moves will improve after getting a blood transfusion from a black man made perfect sense. He was trolling people before the term “trolling” was invented. He would say stuff like “I remember what this country was like before women got the vote and it was all downhill from there.” But I don’t think he actually supported repealing the 19th Amendment because after my grandma started yelling at him he would just shrug and say, “Throw out the bait and the fish rise every time”. On the occasions when he didn’t want to listen to my grandma he would just switch off his hearing aid, without which he was as deaf as a post. I can’t say theirs was a marriage made in Heaven but divorce was unthinkable back then and my grandma was far from the meek and downtrodden “little woman”, having served as a Women’s Air Service Pilot in WWII. If he were alive today I’m pretty sure my grandpa would have voted for Trump although he would probably have disapproved of Trump’s womanizing.

In fact the only Republican politician my grandfather would NOT have liked would have been former VP Dick Cheney not because of his policies but because of the incident where he shot his friend in the face while quail hunting. There were rumors that he’d been drinking and my grandpa couldn’t stand hunters who drank while carrying a loaded weapon. He felt they gave the rest of the hunting community a bad name. He himself was a heavy drinker yet always abstained during the hunt. My grandpa also bred hunting dogs for a living. He had no college degree yet he knew his pedigrees. Back then dog breeders took pride in producing a healthy animal. My grandpa fed his dogs before he fed himself because a good hunting dog was very valuable. He would have been appalled to see the “puppy mills” of today churn out inbred dogs with hip dysplasia and other deformities. And if 2 polar opposites like my grandpa and modern progressives could find common ground maybe we need to start looking beyond our differences and finding what we do agree on. Maybe there is hope for America after all. ”

27th May, 2020