Paddle Now Newsletter No 13.
No. 13 is appropriate for the times we find ourselves in. Because everyone is at home and has time to read, I have indulged myself by including one or two hyperlinks more than the normal quota.
I have a sister in the UK who has a lighter heart than mine. She has just sent me an email as follows:-
Heard a Dr. on TV saying in this time of Coronavirus staying at home we should focus on inner peace. To achieve this we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives.
I looked through my house to find things I’d started and hadn’t finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Shiraz, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvum. And two hash yer wands, stafe day avrybobby!!!
She also sent me this hyperlink to a three minute video that should lighten your mood! Covid-19 Government Announcement
When I look at the leadership of Scomo, Boris and Trump, I thank my lucky stars for our family’s decision to immigrate to New Zealand. In Jacinda we have an empathetic leader who seems actually to care. Those other democracies have chosen leaders who seem only to care about the national economy and their re-election.
Here are a couple of quotes coming out of America where the plutocrat faction is desperate to get the stock exchange back on course. A tweet from the blonde leader, who recently announced that the Covid crisis would be over by Easter, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself”: Lt Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick “Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren.”
Just what sort of economy is that for his grandchildren to inherit?! With 1% of US families owning 40% of total wealth, 90% of families owning less than 25% of total wealth and with 25% of families owning less than $10,000 is this economy a desirable inheritance? Though the government can spend over one trillion dollars on ‘offence and security’ (to raise and protect the incomes of the 1%) the abysmal health provisions it provides for its most impoverished segment brings to mind Peter Frase’s Exterminism option.
Beggar your neighbour A fun map of Europe demonstrating the chronic instability of an international system based on state sovereignty. 8 minute fascinating video
World Citizen A global campaign to allow groups of individual citizens to place their items on the agenda of the UN. 3 minute read
Narco-terrorism When all else fails the USA has to corrupt its own judicial system to attempt regime change. 1 minute read
Palestine global action We should be seizing the opportunity of lock-down to consider appeals such as this. 4 minute read
Environment & Climate Change
Uber’s competition It appears the ship is slowly starting to change course – everyone will have to paddle to divert it before it hits the rocks – but this article does at least give some hope that such efforts might not be in vain. 5 minute read
Earth protector Stroud seems to be an exemplary centre of innovation. Is this something townships in New Zealand could follow? 2 minute read
Monbiot’s tight corner The express train at the other end of the tunnel. 4 minute read
Human Rights & Justice
Knees-up The banality of evil! I wonder if the IDF deployed any of its female warriors in this heroic role? Former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “I think it’s clear to everyone that the IDF is the most moral army in the world’ 20 minutes read
Assange The findings of this extraordinary kangaroo court won’t be heard until next month. The British legal system and concept of justice seems to have collapsed before the demands of the deep state. If you Google ‘Craig Murray Assange’ you can find yourself with a couple of hours of detailed information how this farcical and sinister trial has been prosecuted. 4 minute read
Peace & Conflict Resolution
Big Balls With the USA responsible for 9% of Australia’s foreign trade and China responsible for 29%, one has to believe that Australia’s leaders are either demented or exceedingly dim. The article is unduly complacent in its statement that the enhanced bases on the Australian mainland are outside the reach of Chinese ballistic missiles. Google “Dongfeng41.” Numbers of this missile are already deployed and have a range beyond 12,000 km. 2 minute read
Own goals The self-inflicted consequences for the aggressor in nuclear war – the USA comes off lightly – but then that is on the assumption that there is no riposte. 4 minute read
War Mongering There are two book reviews here. I read the second slim volume before the first. It is a fearful illustration of the extent to which the American deep state appears to have taken hold of the minds and polices of Australia’s leaders. 7 minute read