All is not well in the state of DANtoria, as the following LushSux’d film proves beyond any reasonable doubt ………………
Geoff Fox, 30th August, 2020, Terra Nullius
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
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
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.)
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.
I 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.
Geoff Fox,7.26 p.m. 30th May, (San Diego time)
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
The 23rd of May is the 590th anniversary of the capture by the English of Joan of Arc.
Iconoclast Physician of the Brain, “Dr Lord” of Melbourne, writes this about the chances of finding a new Joan Of Arc in the modern world:
“Joan of Arc was a fascinating & amazing girl/woman.
She didn’t just talk about fighting: she fought. She did that for her nation even though the French didn’t deserve her and kept refusing her help.
She made a King out of Charles despite him being a whimp.
She beat the poms at their own game and eventually won over the loyalty of her own country – nothing any bloke had done.
You could not hope to see anyone like Joan of Arc today.
Greta Thunberg would appear to be her antithesis.
There are some similarities in age, gender, passion and challengers, but there the likeness ends.
JA was not viewed as a prophet or saint in her own era – that happened centuries after she died.
GT is already called a prophet in a secular age devoid of miracles but hasnt proved it.
JA was not considered worth listening to, yet predicted what did happen.
GT said what most people already knew and has talked about doing something; she praises action.
JA took action; she fought. She turned around a war.
JA’s family didnt support her & tried to talk her out of it.
GT is wealthy; JA endured poverty and respected the poor.
GT praises the warrior; JA was the warrior.
JA had some secret inner unity and external utility.
GT is the modern phenomenon of film clip based celebrity.”