Rafael Nadal (Rafa) is the 5th best tennis player in the world in current standings.
He has qualified for the Australian Open (AO) men’s singles final to be played tomorrow. If he wins, then he will have more grand slam tournament victories than any player in history. But that will not give him the right to be called the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT)
A Nadal victory tomorrow will always be tainted by the fact that the reigning AO champion, the best player in the world rankings and the most successful.player ever in the AO, Novak Djokovic (Nole), has had his human rights trashed and been falsely imprisoned as part of a campaign of fear being waged against people by governments and other authorities around the world.
Nole is the best.
Geoff Fox, 29th January, 2022, Down Under
PS I have publicly demanded an investigation by Victoria Police into the crime of false imprisonment committed against Novak. Nothing has been done to respond to my demand. I urge concerned readers of this blog to write to or call the Cheif Commissioner Shane Patton demanding an explanation for this failure to uphold the law.
I have created art displays in Indonesia at places important to General Douglas MacArthur, Barak Obama and Presidents Jokowi and Yudhoyono. I should be helping Australia to be better friends with Indonesia.
But for me in this country there is no room at The Inn.
We should be living with Covid and applying our minds freely to saving our world.
Instead we are crippled by a culture of fear.
We need a restoration of freedom and human rights.
Not more votes for Barabbas.
We need to live in The Word. Rationality. Discourse. Freedom of Speech. Democracy.
I am 64 years old and I was a midwife in the State Of Victoria for over a quarter of a century.
Today I witnessed one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen a woman do.
In state parliament, MP Catherine Cumming, stood to tell the story of horrible mistreatment of a kind, gentle, deeply loved, homeless man by 6 Victorian police officers.
She stated that this man “was asleep in a sleeping bag. He was forcibly dragged out of his sleeping bag by six police officers and dragged around the steps of the parliament to the side of the parliamentary precinct. Roughly handled. The footage is there. This is not on. This is not the way that you actually treat Victorians. A homeless man. A young, homeless, articulate man.”
“This is enough.” Dr Cumming insisted emphatically. “Enough of the way that you talk about these protestors, but disgusting the way you’ve treated them on these steps while we were in here debating yesterday.”
To those of us long suffering Victorians who want to see democracy protected and human rights respected, these words are wonderful.
The ten years that Catherine Cumming spent in the Army Reserve may be one of the best investments in its people that Australia has ever made.
God Bless you, Catherine.
I pray that you are given the strength to work to save Victorians from their sufferings under one of the worst governments in the Western World.
Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Victoria, December 2nd, 2021
Today Andrew X, who served as an electronics technician with the Royal Australian Navy for six years including time in the Persian Gulf, gave me his service medals and read out this very powerful peice of writing at the bottom of the front steps of the Victorian parliament in Spring St.
This is an astonishingly powerful cry from the heart. His act of trust in me makes these medals relinquished in deep deep despair into Medals of Honor.
Being accepted by him to receive his medals is one of the greatest compliments ever bestowed on me in 64 years of a culturally rich life.
I will do all I can to make his voice heard.
And to continue to strive to spread knowledge of the human rights lessons of World War Two.
Today is the 64th birthday of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
For innovative policy and speaking truths that others wouldn’t speak, I rate him as one of the best Australian Prime Ministers since WW2 hero John Curtin.
A very recent outstanding act of service to Australia from Mr Abbott is his statement condemning police action against peaceful protestors in Melbourne. He described police as being “……. lined up like stormtroopers …….” to stop a peaceful protest by “people who are sick and tired of (lockdown) restrictions which frankly are now becoming absolutely unreasonable”.
It needed to be said. And the public have a right to know who gave the orders and authorisation for the teargas and rubber bullets used by police against citizens exercising their right to free speech.