ScoMo – How Many People Do Lockdowns Kill?

Dear Prime Minister Morrison,

I write to you from Melbourne, the most locked down city in the world.

I was a health professional in the State of Victoria from 1982 till 2018.

The current Victorian government is now trashing human rights and freedom in ways that kill people.

As I understand it:

A. The teenage suicide rate has doubled.

B. Deaths from breast cancer have increased.

C. Grief stricken residents in Aged Care are stopping eating when they lose contact with loved ones and are then dying. This would be death by starvation in modern Australia.

I know of numerous doctors who are deeply concerned that many other ways of dying from lockdowns will emerge in the future.

Now is the time to start preventing those deaths instead of ignoring them.

There is one simple question that needs to be addressed.

I call upon you, Mr Morrison, to use all the power and influence of your office to address it:

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO LOCKDOWNS KILL?

Geoff Fox, October 6, 2021, Down Under

I Will Tell My Story #6 A Miraculous Rebirth Of Freedom

Stuart Piggott was an English archeologist who died on September 23rd, 1996.

In his poem “Wessex Harvest” Piggott wrote:

“….. new from old treasure / is this year’s miraculous / rebirth in the harvest.

And so in all years / is nothing forgotten …..”

In my 64 years of life, these words ring true in more ways than one.

I studied classical Latin for ten years at high school and university, so a commitment to ancient knowledge has been with me for a long time.

In three decades of cross cultural involvement with the Republic Of Indonesia, I was exposed to many living ancient wisdoms. And it was in Indonesia that I came to fully understand and feel how important WW2 was in recent history.

Then negative, misandrist, profoundly damaging, pseudo-progressive reactions against my sharing of cross-cultural endeavour, showed me just how hollow idealism can be when it seeks to impose it’s will on those of us who want to build slowly on the lessons of the past.

Now, as the society I live in is destroying its own humanity with lockdowns of itself, I look to a deeply Christian Prime Minister to stand up strong against ignorant tyranny for freedom’s sake.

In his maiden speech to Australia’s federal Parliament, he stressed that Australia is “not a secular country (but) a free country.”

Mr Morrison, Australia needs you to stand by those words. It will not be easy.

But I believe it is possible for you to lead a miraculous rebirth of freedom.

Do you share that belief?

Geoff Fox, 23rd September, 2021, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

Lockdowns – A Human Rights Crisis

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela.

Today I make a personal appeal on human rights grounds to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a stand for freedom against the human rights violations committed against millions of people in Victoria by the state government which has imposed the most and possibly harshest Coronavirus pandemic lockdown days in the world.

I am not a pandemic denier. I was a health professional for 32 years.

In 1945 my father faced imperialist Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in the final battle of World War Two.

When that victory over totalitarianism was achieved, the nations of the world created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) against totalitarian ideology and practices. Australia was among the first nations to sign on to this declaration.

Now in Melbourne, Victoria, Andrews state government imposed lockdowns lead to me suffering the following ten human rights violations which I list by naming and quoting from the relevant articles of UDHR . Millions of others suffer too. I hope that by speaking for myself I can speak for at least some others too.

Article 1 The climate of fear under the Andrews government means too many people cannot “act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (or sisterhood)

Article 3 Victorian lockdowns trash the “right to …. liberty.”

Article 5 prohibits “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” I consider this a perfect description of the imprisonment in my own home which I and millions of my fellow Victorians have suffered.

Atricle 9 prohibits “arbitrary detention”. In Victoria, lockdowns aren’t carefully targeted. They lock up millions of people when only a tiny percentage of people have been exposed to the virus.

Article 13 promises “freedom of movement.” Broad prohibitions on going more than 5 kilometres from home make free movement impossible.

Article 19 promises “the right to freedom of opinion and expression” including the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas”. Now my favourite libraries are closed to me and the streets where I used to communicate freely with many people are off limits to me too.

Article 20’s “right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association” is denied to me because I can no longer legally meet most of the people I used to be able to meet.

Article 23’s “other means of social protection” are now restricted for me because of travel restrictions and the emptying of the Central Business District.

Atricle 27’s right to “participate in the cultural life of the community” and “enjoy the arts” is now severely limited for me because most of the places where I used to do that are now closed or almost deserted.

Article 28’s right to “a social order which protects rights and freedom” does not apply for me in Daniel Andrews’ locked down Victoria.

A lost right that concerns me more than the rights lost by me is other people’s loss of the right to life. Stories I have heard and things I have seen convince me that lockdowns kill. Suicides of teenagers are reported to have doubled.

Prime Minister Morrison, across Australia, how many people do lockdowns kill?

The people have a right to know.

What will you do to protect human rights?

Geoff Fox, Melbourne, Down Under, 21 September, 2021

Tim Goldich Interview: The Glass Escalator

I am Geoff Fox, a former midwife, and now a dissident MRA in Australia.

On June 19 this year, I renounced my Australian citizenship in writing to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. It is now late November and “ScoMo” has not yet replied.

The following is an interview about this situation with Tim Goldich, the president of the Chicago chapter of America’s National Coalition For Men.

GF: What does the fact that ScoMo has not even responded to my renunciation of Australian citizenship say to you about care for men in The West?

TG: It is in keeping with a general drought of compassion toward men.

Currently, women are so powerful, and draw so much empathy, that men’s issues are completely ignored.

In the realms of gender advocacy, gender issues, gender politics, gender anything, there is feminism on the one hand and on the other hand there is . . . . . . . . . . nothing.

GF: What would you like to say to ScoMo about his failure to respond?

TG: I would say: “I get it that you don’t want to be the sole politician in Australia that speaks of men’s issues. It may seem to you that responding to male concerns is akin to political suicide, but infinitely catering to feminism is societal suicide.

Exactly zero women out there are complaining of an over-abundance of confident, ambitious, successful, high-earning men.

Man can only pour from his glass half “full” into Woman’s glass half “empty” for so long before you get Japan—a society in which 1 in 4 below the age of forty has never once had heterosexual sex.”

GF: ScoMo has said “We want to see women rise, but we dont want to see women rise on the basis of others doing worse.” How do you rate this statement compared to other national leaders’ positions?

TG: Given the gender-political climate, I think Mr. Morrison’s sensible comment was extremely brave. I deeply hope that he can survive it. Much will depend on whether or not others back him.

I believe Mr. Morrison is attempting to draw a line on the multiple Glass Escalators feminism has put in place in their efforts to force “equality.” Which is to say, female-only “equality,” which is not equality at all.

Perhaps Mr. Morrison glimpses the big picture here and realizes that when women “have it all,” men are left with too little to be significantly and long-lastingly desirable (as lovers, as spouses, and as parents). In other words, men become increasingly superfluous and that’s how Japan ended up with a population of male “grass eaters” that ignite little passion in women.

GF: In 2016, I was arrested by police and silenced at election time while a female politician, of whom I was critical, was reelected and protected by the threat of 2 years jail from any comment by me about her.

The woman is now mayor of Maribyrnong …….. I am still suffering from subsequent PTSD ……. In your view does that constitute the rise of a woman by pushing me down?

TG: In a word, yes.

In the U.S., affirmative action quotas, 1,027 federally funded female-centric organizations of all kinds, scholarships, grants, billions of dollars devoted to the emotional, professional, domestic, and scholastic wellbeing of women plus enormous societal pressure to hire and promote women all Glass Escalator women.

Compare that with males—scholastically sabotaged, homeless, and imprisoned by the millions—and yeah, I think it’s fair to say that women are advantaged at the expense of men.

(Tim Goldich is the author of “Loving Men, Respecting Women: The Future of Gender Politics” and the president of the Chicago chapter of the National Coalition For Men. )

Attention: Scott Morrison: I can’t be an Australian citizen anymore.

One life ends ……. Goodbye Terra Nullius.

Mr Morrison, I renounce my citizenship of the Commonwealth Of Australia.

In 2015 and 2016 my efforts to celebrate the victory over fascism in WW2 by advocating for environmentalist military heritage tree planting in Maribyrnong were labelled harassment from within the Australian Labor Party in Maribyrnong and police action was taken against me. This action violated human rights of mine under Articles 5, 8, 9, 12, 19 and 21 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

In the three years since then my efforts to get what happened addressed or even properly discussed have failed. As a result I have spent far too much of this time crippled by suicidal ideation. I do not believe I can survive in Australia.

So I now renounce my Australian citizenship, in accordance with my right under Article 15 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to change my nationality. I am 62 years old, wounded and vulnerable. Please do not throw obstacles in the way of my finding a better life elsewhere. Please help make my transition to another country as easy as possible if you can. Also please do whatever you can to see that no Australian suffers again what I have suffered.

My father faced Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in 1945 for a better Australia than the one in which I see no future for myself.

I must live where the sacrifices of his generation can be respected.

Geoff Fox, formerly of Maribyrnong, Australia, 19th June, 2019.

(Explanatory Postscript added May 14 2021: This renunciation was made under Indonesian law in Indonesia. In immigration detention there I was treated well enough by the Indonesian detention centre staff but bullied by the Australian Consul-General from Surabaya on what was supposed to be a welfare visit. His arrogance and emotional viciousness were just like Victoria Police and the ALP at their misandrist worst. The doctrine of Terra Nullius is emotionally alive and kicking people like me in too much of Australian governments and so called justice.)

 

Tony Abbottt’s Tragic Mistake – Is this a Lesson for ScoMo?

Today is my last day as a Registered Midwife in Australia. Cutbacks in services to mothers and a personally debilitating attack on my human rights from within the ALP in Maribyrnong have combined to deprive me of this livelihood.

I am proud of the unique knowledge midwifery has given me of what women, men and children need.

Today my midiwfery registration expires. So this is my last chance to put on record as a midwife that I know of no other politician in Australia’s history who stood up for what Australian mothers really need as well as opposition leader Tony Abbott did with his courageous policy of a Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme funded by taxing big companies. At that time, as I recall, whenever I googled “ALP breast feeding policy”, I came up with policy relating to feeding lots for cattle.

Postponing the implementation of his truly great PPL scheme to the third year of his government’s three year term was a tragic mistake.

By the time that third year arrived, relentless attacks on his alleged misogyny had eaten up the massive political capital he had in his first year.

So feminist and conservative attacks on Mr Abbott’s proposed PPL contributed to Australian mums losing a great chance to get a huge part of the support they need to increase their chances of breast feeding longer.

There is a lesson here for reelected Prime Minister Scott Morrison: he should not wait till the third year of the normal parliamentary term to do things for which he has a clear mandate now.

Freedom of Speech.

Freedom of Religion.

We need both these fundamental rights protected now.

In his maiden speech to parliament in 2008, ScoMo said “Australia is not a secular country — it is a free country.” With passing time these wise words are less clearly true.

Good on you, ScoMo, for saving Australia’s national government from the human rights catastrophe of Maribyrnong Bill.

Please protect our freedoms soon.

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, May 31, 2019

Christian Israel Folau’s Faith and Freedom Of Speech

Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have threatened to terminate the contract of a star player as a result of his passionate defense of conservative sexual morality in one meme.

This is the text of that meme from Christian footballer Israel Folau:

“WARNING

Drunks

Homosexuals

Adulterers

Liars

Fornicators

Thieves

Atheists

Idolaters

HELL

AWAITS YOU

REPENT !

ONLY JESUS SAVES”

These are very strong words. But much of the online response focusses on this meme as if the only thing in it is an attack on gay people.  Folau is also very hard on people with drinking problems AND on people who lead liberated sex lives AND on atheists AND on people who idolize things which Israel Folau doesn’t idolize.

I believe it is reasonable to say, as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has done this morning, that Folau’s words are “terribly insensitive.”

But I think Folau’s meme can also reasonably be described more positively. Is it a clarion call to oppose excessive drinking which ruins many lives? Does it uphold a traditional sexual morality which has long been foundational to most family life? Does the meme’s condemnation of theft deserve support? Is upholding belief in God something which a modern secularizing nation like Australia needs? (Faith in God has been part of the bedrock of western civilization for almost all of the two millennia preceding this one.)

If the focus shifts to more positive ways of describing Folau’s Christian moral passion, his meme raises issues worthy of discussion not kneejerk condemnation.

Conservative Christian Folau names 8 types of people he believes are bound for hell. You could say that 12.5 % of this meme is an attack on homosexuals. Yet Folau is now being attacked by some people online as if the only thing he has done is to condemn gay people. He names these eight groups of people because he wants all of them (in the terms of his belief system) to be “saved.” He wants what he believes is the best for them. Even if he is wrong and being unfair, at least part of what is in his heart is compassion and love.

To get a broader and fairer picture of what Folau believes, here are some more quotes from him from the Player’s Voice website where he is called a “founding contributor”:

“I used to believe I was defined by my actions on the footy field, but I see now that’s not true.”

“…… my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be.”

“I will not compromise my faith in Jesus Christ, which is the cornerstone of every single thing in my life. People’s lives are not for me to judge. Only God can do that.”

“I have sinned many times in my life. I take responsibility for those sins and ask for forgiveness through repentance daily.”

“No man or woman is different from another – if you sin, which we all do, and do not repent and seek forgiveness, you will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 “I believe when Jesus died on the cross for us, it gave us all the opportunity to accept and believe in Him if we wanted to. To enter the kingdom of Heaven, though, we must try our best to follow His teachings and, when we fall short, to seek His forgiveness.”

Are these the publicly expressed beliefs of a man we should condemn or of a man we should praise?

Bill Shorten’s response is to say, “There is no freedom to perpetuate hateful speech …….”  What right does a man aspiring to be Prime Minister of a western nation like Australia have to be so forgetful of our heritage that he suggests that passionate Christian morality is “hateful speech”? Two days before Holy Week.

A year ago, after Folau made another allegedly anti-gay comment online, one of his current bosses was quoted by New Zealand website newshub like this “The situation cooled after Rugby Australia’s CEO Raelene Castle said she was proud that he holds so strongly to his Christian beliefs.”

But a year later it looks likely that, for expressing his beliefs, his bosses will terminate his contract. The Rugby Australia Chief Executive yesterday released a joint statement with the New South Wales Rugby Union CEO with this conclusion: “In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”

Now, as a philosopher, I suggest that Rugby Australia (RA) and NSW Rugby Union consider the following principles for fairness as mitigating factors:

  1. Freedom Of Speech. Freedom of speech has to be robust for it to work. Sometimes that will be offensive and hurtful to some people. But robust freedom of speech is the foundation of genuine democracy. Being really good at a game is not a reason for taking away anyone’s fundamental civic rights.
  • 2. Freedom of Religion. Please look at the whole package of his religious beliefs before condemning Folau for one part of his beliefs as if that were the only thing he has said.
  • 3. Openness. It is better to discuss Folau’s beliefs and to include him in the discussion than to risk driving those beliefs underground by trying to ban their expression.
  • 4. Inclusivity. Excluding Folau from the sport in which he is a champion is the opposite of inclusivity.
  • 5. Consistency. A year ago the RA CEO praised Folau’s religious beliefs. Now part of one tweet gets Folau sacked? If RA were able to resolve a similar issue last year without punishment, why cant a lesser punishment, like a fine, be considered this year?
  • 6. Fairness and Public Health. Folau has taken a stand against the abuse of alcohol. Doesn’t that aspect of his meme deserve our support?

Is Israel Folau going to be metaphorically crucified as we enter the Holy Week of Easter because of his conservative moral passion in one meme? Or are we grown up enough in 2019 to discuss and try to consider everything that he has said?

Geoff Fox, Resident Of Maribyrnong

12th April, 2019

Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison: What would a Maribyrnong PM Bill Shorten do to our democracy?

 

Ming and Ike 4

 

Prime Minister,

I write to you on this 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbour as a big fan of American World War Two hero, General Douglas MacArthur.

MacArthur’s words “A better world shall emerge based on peace and understanding.” summarised the world’s hopes when fascism was defeated in 1945.

But the world has changed. Many of our traditions are being attacked and sometimes replaced by “social justice warriors” who don’t care about the rights, values or lives of people like me.

 

In 2016 I was stripped of my democratic rights in Maribyrnong by police action originating from within the ALP when I tried to promote reaching out in friendship to Indonesia.

The current mayor of Maribyrnong has described my treatment then as “unnecessary” and “unfair”. It has devastated me.

Australia’s alternative Prime Minister Bill Shorten has ignored my questions.

 

Prime Minister Morrison, can you offer Australia a better future than the police state tactics I have suffered from the ALP in Maribyrnong?

Abraham Lincoln warned: “If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Or as Robert Menzies said in his forgotten people blueprint for a free and prosperous nation in 1942: “……. we must be not pallid and bloodless ghosts, but a community of people whose motto shall be, “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” ”

In our own time, political scientist Jennifer Oriel writes about the broader situation in Australia: “The battle between Morrison and Shorten is shaping up as a contest between founding values ……. In reaction to the resurgence of the democratic spirit, “progressive” elites are tossing Newspeak at the plebs. Thus far, they have turned patriots into xenophobes, democrats into populists, conservatives into ­autocrats, free speech into hate speech and diversity into demagoguery. They have introduced state censorship to silence dissenters from correct ideology.”

 

Without democracy and free honest speech, the Australia I have loved cannot survive.

 

My father faced Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in 1945 and 229 Aussies died there for freedom and democracy.

 

What will Bill Shorten’s Labor Party do to that dream?

 

Geoff Fox from Maribyrnong, 7th December, 2018