Remembering Mark Twain and Media Driven Fear Of Death.

Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910.

He could call out crap like few other writers in history.

What would he have said about the Coronavirus lockdowns?

We will never know.

Here is his risk analysis response in 1871 to an attempt by a railroad ticket seller to sell him insurance for a train trip:

“I hunted up statistics, and was amazed to find that after all the glaring newspaper headings concerning railroad disasters, less than three hundred people had really lost their lives by those disasters in the preceding twelve months. The Erie road was set down as the most murderous in the list. It had killed forty-six—or twenty-six, I do not exactly remember which, but I know the number was double that of any other road. But the fact straightway suggested itself that the Erie was an immensely long road, and did more business than any other line in the country; so the double number of killed ceased to be matter for surprise.

By further figuring, it appeared that between New York and Rochester the Erie ran eight passenger trains each way every day—sixteen altogether; and carried a daily average of 6,000 persons. That is about a million in six months—the population of New York city. Well, the Erie kills from thirteen to twenty-three persons out of its million in six months; and in the same time 13,000 of New York’s million die in their beds! My flesh crept, my hair stood on end. “This is appalling!” I said. “The danger isn’t in travelling by rail, but in trusting to those deadly beds. I will never sleep in a bed again.” (1871)

Two years later here is what Mark Twain had to say about the newspapers of his era: “It seems to me that just in the ratio that our newspapers increase, our morals decay. The more newspapers the worse morals. Where we have one newspaper that does good, I think we have fifty that do harm. We ought to look upon the establishment of a newspaper of the average pattern in a virtuous village as a calamity.” (1873)

And: “It has become a sarcastic proverb that a thing must be true if you saw it in a newspaper. That is the opinion intelligent people have of that lying vehicle in a nutshell. But the trouble is that the stupid people — who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations — do believe and are moulded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper, and there is where the harm lies.”

Perhaps what Mark Twain was doing in these quotes was calling out Fake News.

God Bless America, Freedom from Fear and Truth,

For me these are bastions for The Word in the modern world.

Geoff Fox, 21st April, 2020,for  Terra Nullius

 

“OPENING OUR COUNTRY” – CERTAIN DEATH OR THE PATH TO RESURRECTION?

The Truth

God Bless Donald Trump.

This pandemic is the great test of his leadership and he knows it.

He is stating facts that other leaders do not have the courage to articulate.

Staying at home causes death too.”

“We’ve got to get our country healed.”

Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.”

POTUS 45 has an incredibly difficult job and monumentally hard decisions to make.

Will Western economies survive the wait for a vaccine?

Will the countries which achieve herd immunity first, at the cost of many deaths, be the strongest countries in the world?

Only God knows for certain what is best.

Human beings just do the best we can.

We are not perfect but there are simple facts we cannot ignore:

Death is part of life.

And death precedes any resurrection.

Geoff Fox, Easter Sund.ay, 2020, Down Under

Can The West Avoid Societal Collapse?

I fear that western human society, as we know it, is collapsing or about to collapse around the world.

I think that is the inevitable consequence economically, socially and emotionally of the rush to isolation from each other which is now considered wise.

Everyone seems to forget that in the vicinity of 97% of people who get the Covid 19 virus look like surviving.

Modern inability to face the fact of death stops too many people seeing that, overall, those are good odds.

The foundation for the current madness is the widespread death of love.

This has happened in The West because too many people have grown comfortable with hating themselves, hating their own societies and hating their innate personal capacity for truth.

In 1993 the great Australian poet, Les Murray, wrote of “self-abasement studies”.

Isn’t this an astonishing metaphor for how some idiots in The West destroy themselves and those around them?

Is it too late?

Or can the truth still set us free?

Geoff Fox, 19th November, 2020, Terra Nullius

The Social Contract Is Broken

Rights and Responsibilities do not exist in a vacuum.

They live in harmony.

This can be called a Social Contract.

When societies cease recognising rights and responsibilities, those roles and entitlements die.

In Terra Nullius (a.k.a. Australia), the Social Contract is dead. Some contrarians might ask, “When was it ever alive?”

I do not know if I can survive in the police state femocracy in which i find myself.

People do not realise how bad things are.

How much humanity in the West is being destroyed by heartless inhumanity.

Today and yesterday I started begging on the streets.

God bless those who gave.

Geoff Fox, 12th February, 2020, Terra Nullius

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

Kebersamaan Kartini: We Want To Stay.

I LOVE KARTINI. SHE TEACHES ME.

On the 25th of April 1903, Javanese princess Raden Ajeng Kartini wrote about her dream (shared with her sisters) of studying in Europe:

“We want to stay (in Indonesia) ……. We saw this as soon as we ceased to think of ourselves, but only of our cause ……. Our aim is our people …… The people for whom we wish to work, must learn to know us. If we went away, we should become as strangers to them ……. Always we wish to work for the good of our people, and we must not set them against us by crushing with relentless hands the ideas upon which they have thriven and grown old through the centuries.”

Kartini’s greatness is born from her choice of her own country and her own people ahead of foreign education. By choosing “Indonesia First” she became an education pioneer and a national hero.

The search for truth is dead in Western Universities. Seeking wisdom has been replaced by left wing political correctness and radical man-hating feminism.

I hope more modern Indonesians can do what Kartini did. Learn in Indonesia from Indonesians and from those foreigners here who love Indonesia and the glories of Indonesian culture. Kebersamaan. Panca Sila. Gotong Royong. Kekeluargaan.

Send fewer young people to unhealthy foreign cultures but bring more foreign teachers and intellectuals to Indonesia instead.

Be like Kartini and say,”We want to stay.”

Geoff Fox, Jakarta Pusat, 19/04/19

Civilised Freedom: Charlie Chaplin in The Kid

Charlie Chaplin was a story telling genius still loved around the world.

His performance in his 1921 movie, “The Kid”, says this to modern misandrist feminism: men care and children need that care.

Geoff Fox, Java, Indonesia, January 21, 2019, the 98th anniversary of the release of “The Kid”

Gender And Society: Calling Out Hysteria

 

This is what I believe and what I need to say and discuss to survive:

 

1. Men, women and children need to live with love.

This love is an indispensable foundation of human society.

 

2. Three fundamental mothering capacities differentiate women from men:

A The ability to carry and nurture life in the womb.

B The capacity to give birth to that life.

C The ability to give the best possible nutrition to new human beings by breast feeding.

 

3 These three qualitative differences give mothers and potential mothers some different human rights and responsibilities to the rights and responsibilities of other people.

 

4 The modern western demonisation of men and disempowerment of mothers are two sides of the same coin.

 

5 The cradle of human culture is maternal love.

 

6 True loving manliness empowers and protects mums.

 

7 When family life ceases to be a nation’s foundation, the nation’s death is inevitable.

 

Geoff Fox, Rembang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia, 31st August 2018

SOME QUESTIONS FOR MOTHERS DAY FROM A VICTORIAN MIDWIFE.

I have been a midwife in Australia for 30 years.

I believe that human babies have a right to human milk.

Who agrees with me?

6 months exclusive breast feeding is the recommended minimum. According to the latest publicly available comprehensive figures, 96% of Australian mothers initiate breast feeding for their newborns. At 5 months only 15% have been exclusively breast fed for that time. To achieve better breast feeding rates, mothers need more support.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities states: “Every child has the right, without discrimination, to such protection as is in his or her best interests and is needed by him or her by reason of being a child.”

The first few days are crucial to establishing breast feeding.

Since breast feeding is unarguably the best foundation for a baby’s life long physical, psychological and social health, why have successive Victorian governments whittled away at the publicly funded lying in period spent among midwives for new mothers?

When I became a midwife in the late 1980’s, we were very reluctant to send a breast feeding woman home if the milk supply was not established. Sometimes that could mean midwifery care in hospital for a week. Most mothers stayed for three to five days.

Since then the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative made Victorian hospitals much better places to establish breast feeding than they were. But the question, “Is the milk in yet?” has been replaced in public hospitals by the question “How soon do you want to go home?” The common length of stay is one to three days or earlier if the mother wants. For some women going home quickly is highly desirable and not a problem at all. But for others, undisturbed bonding with the baby under the care of experts in breast feeding is a need that it is impossible to meet at home.

Why have women and their newborn babies been denied the right to a publicly funded lying-in period to establish breast feeding?

I believe this has happened because it is cheaper for new mothers to be sent home quickly than it is to care for them.

Earlier this decade, I told Labor Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, that I believed new mothers were being sent home too quickly. Her immediate response was to ask what impact would that have on breast feeding rates. She promised to discuss my concerns with me, but did not deliver on the promise till she became Attorney General: she knew there was a problem but she didn’t make the time to listen to me when it counted.

At that time if you googled “Liberal Party breast feeding” Tony Abbot’s generous paid parental scheme was what you found: this policy would have helped breast feeding rates; he clearly did care. Who cares now?

If you googled  ”Labor Party breast feeding” the result was policies about cattle feedlots.

Australia’s latest national comprehensive breast feeding figures are from 2010.

Share market prices can be dealt with in seconds or even milli-seconds.

Who wants a better balance between our attention to our breast feeding rates and our attention to stock prices? I know I do.

Why don’t we have regular updates on breast feeding rates?

Is there a single candidate running in this year’s Victorian state election who cares about breast feeding and who will push for better midwifery postnatal services and the return of a publicly funded lying-in period available to all mothers?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/breastfeedingsupportinvictoria/?ref=group_browse_new was my attempt to raise awareness prior to the previous election. Who wants to revive this effort?

Mothers want to give their babies the best.

But they need more support.

Who else cares about this?

Societies which neglect the needs of mothers and their babies cannot survive.

Geoff Fox, Midwife. 08-05-2018.