Good question.

It’s been a while since I’ve led with a political speech video. I think the last one was a performance of Smedley Darlington-Butler’s war is a racket speech.

This one is a little more verbose, but oh my! It is well worth the view! Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson asking George Brandis about corruption in Australia. I wish I’d been there to give him a standing ovation.

Special interests. Vested interests. Corruption. Indeed.

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At war. With the right sort of Muslims.

Well, will you look at that. Amanda Vanstone has written an article for The Age. The title is Fanatics, not Muslims, are our enemy. How interesting, you say to yourself, knowing that Our Amanda is an Atheist. And she served on the front bench with no few religious fanatics.

Ayn's seen better days.

Ayn’s seen better days.

She’s a lawful evil half orc. Happy to use the system to her own benefit. I’ve got mine, Jack, so fuck you. Her blow up doll is probably named Ayn Rand.

So you, our intrepid Australian citizen, see this headline and wonder, is she showing her true colours? What colours might those be? Whose colours might those be? Who paid for them?

Then you open the link and read the first paragraph of the article: I shit you not…

If you can attend an Anzac Day ceremony and hear the Turkish ambassador read the famous words of Turkish president Ataturk without an enormous lump in your throat, my bet is you are a very rare Australian.

That lump in your throat is very likely bile. Spit it out. We’ll wait.

The article quotes some of that speech. It is, indeed, quite moving. And the purpose of it is entirely at odds with what Vanstone opines. But she’s rather special. Amandatory Vanstone did hard years under John Winston Howard, who recently admitted that the WMD claims that lead us into an illegal invasion and war against Saddam Hussein were actually fabricated. And my, wasn’t he embarrassed. Poor thing. Never mind whether he was incompetent or complicit. He’s just so embarrassed. All those hundreds thousands of people dead, maimed and traumatised by a mistake. Oops. And an ongoing cluster fuck that just happens to provide an excuse for Tory politicians a decade later to divert attention from poor polling and the fact that their Party Director was named by ICAC for having his hand in the till.

Our illustrious former Immigration Minister goes on. And on. For a few paragraphs, about how those Muslims fight so well in the wars. Almost like the Japanese, in fact. But just when you might have been thinking that she’d cross her handlers, sadly, she does not indicate the Mad Monk to be an extremist. The extremists are surely Muslims.

but they’re not our sort of Muslim.

Far be it from our proud Aussie Randian to consider that the 1st and 2nd world wars may have been about power and money. No, they were about the wrong sort of religious extremists. Specifically, not the sort currently inhabiting the Front Bench of the Australian Government.

In fact, the right sort of Muslims are so right and good and necessary that your entire existence is dependent upon them.

If your great or great-great grandfather returned from Gallipoli, he may well have had his life saved directly or indirectly by one of the Indian Muslims. Your own life may not have come about but for them.

I shit you not, she fair dinkum wrote that. And it was published. But I can’t get published. Why, oh why!

Ahem.

It gets better.

For a given value of better.

Which is actually to say, it gets worse.

It gets much worse.

Having established that you might not even exist without the right sort of Muslim, as you sit there in your Ugg boots and trackies with the fart holes in them, watching the footy on the plasma flat screen from Harvey Norman that you got on special on 36 months interest free. All you Anikins and Tylers and Paris’s and Mercedes’s.  Having established that a tame Muslim is a good Muslim, we’ll go on appeal to authority.

Paul Keating is rightly scathing of the indifference and ineptitude shown by British leaders that brought about the loss of so many lives at Gallipoli.

Not the authority you might expect a former Minister of the Howard Government to appeal to. But this is a bi partisan appeal. If even Paul Communist reptilian secret Feminazi agent Keating signs off on this, well, it must be right. Right? Keating is an Irish name. And while the Irish might be lazy, good for nothing terrorists, at least they’re our sort of lazy, good for nothing terrorists. And the British leaders were inept and incompetent for ordering those brave, trusting young Diggers to attack Gallipoli. The current Government, likewise trusting in the gullibility of the electorate, is in no way inept or incompetent. They’re quite competently exploiting the long term disaster created by Howard and Bush. Which John Winston Howard is awfully embarrassed by. Awfully.

That it was a horrific disaster seems unquestionable. Yeah. I just included that sentence because it’s a horrific disaster.

People can argue about the extent to which the Gallipoli legend has been stretched  You think?  -_-

but that is not my point Assuming she has one. Other than to try to drive a wedge into the Muslim community and provoke people to start looking under their beds or eavesdropping on phone conversations.

What is relevant is the startling display of courage, determination and fellowship by the Anzacs so early in the life of our nation. I think paying homage to that is far more important than having a poke at the Poms.  What is relevant isn’t the end of the Ottoman empire being exploited by the Brits and the US even now. It’s not that this was a grab for power and resources, using the stupid convicts as cannon fodder. No. What’s more important than “a poke at the Poms?” Hmm. Could it be that our Amandatory has some skeletons in the closet and would very much like for George “bigot” Brandis new laws and the ICAC not to cast their shadow over her cupboard where she stores that blow up doll? Does she know the status of the PM’s dual citizenship and is therefore in mortal danger? Who knows.

The Muslim and Christian religions have much in common. Same God, in fact. Not hers. No wonder she feels obliged to do some boot licking.

We’re then treated to a tour de force in Muslim involvement in WW2. The good kind of Muslim, naturally. For example, the British issued a stamp in honour of Noor Inayat Khan, who was in the British Special Operations Executive.

There you go, Mercedes. Pack your sons off to war and they’ll have a stamp named after them. You can probably get a special commemorative edition. And display it at the military funeral. Which Tony Abbott will probably not attend because shit happens operational matters.

All of this is worth reflecting on now because of the heightened tension surrounding the so-called Islamic State and its recruitment of young Australians to fight its so-called holy war. Which occurred in a complete vacuum and without provocation. True dinks.

Just as the Middle Eastern oil reserves and the vestiges of the Ottoman Empire were somehow inexplicably absent from the interests of WW1. The International Labour movement is a no show for WW2, Vietnam we’ll just forget about because Damn, now the last ten years, two previous wars against Iraq, The undermining of the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 and the fact that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and her husband, the Director of the Federal Liberal Party, have been caught with their hands in the till… Nope. No mention. It’s all a Holy War. And it happened overnight. Because fanatical Muslims, not our sort, not the good sort, just up and want to lop a few heads off people because beer is banned over there and gosh, isn’t that dreadful? They’re just so fanatical.

When Muslims do it, it’s jihad. When Christians do it, it’s called Jesus Camp. But that’s alright. Because they’re the good sort of fanatics. They vote for Tones and Scott and Andrew. That’s okay. That’s called Theocracy and it’s really, really very different from Shari’a. Really.

When the Saudis do it, well, it’s still Shari’a, but it’s okay. Because they’re our sort of Muslims. Because they buy so much military junk off the US. And fund ISIS. Maybe not the ISIS thing. But they’re still our sort of Muslims. They even own half of Foxtel.

Perhaps we need to be reminded of Ataturk’s common sense and goodwill. His kind, generous and consoling words were written less than two decades after some 56,000 of his countrymen lost their lives at the hands of the Allies.

Yeah, I can’t see that going down too well, Amandatory. You’re gonna have to put a spin on that, or it looks like someone trying to actually govern a country in the wake of a war without getting into another one to cover his corrupt arse.

These fanatics in Syria and elsewhere create a problem for all of us. For some more than others. For some they’re the result of a war that came from a war that came from a hundred years of pissing in someone else’s backyard. For others, it means you’re frightened every time you leave the house. Different sort of scope of problems, there. It gives some the motivation to deal with it and resolve the problems. It gives others the motivation to keep the whole thing simmering and trot it out in pay by the word articles that Fairfax needs to run in order to meet Howard’s definition of fair play.

How’s that blow up doll coming along? Holding up? Because the amount of wankage going on here suggests she might be due for an overhaul any time soon.

Because they are Muslim, everyone is on higher alert when near people who by their dress convey that they are Muslim

Anakin and Paris, having not studied any modern history, are feeling a bit tense when someone wearing a scarf gets on their bus. Because the boy Muslims are more stealthy. They don’t wear scarves on their heads. You can’t tell if it’s one of those Sri Lankan queue jumpers or a full on Jihadi, when someone with brown skin sits next to you on the tram. And everyone knows they must be up to something. Because Muslim. Nobody white would be involved in terrorism. We’re even quoting blokes named Keating in appeals for calm, now.

and yet the overwhelming majority of Muslims are good and decent people. Unlike former Howard Government Ministers.

That in itself creates a feeling of distance or unease between good and decent Australians. Not because we’re racist shitbags looking for a reason. Not because chunderheads like Vanstone have written nasty screeds like this. Not because anyone drove a wedge in there. Good and decent Australians are a very easily disturbed lot. Except the good and decent Muslims. Our sort of Muslims. Poor bastards.

The point is, the good and decent people, whether of any religious faith or none, are not the ones who have created this unease. It is the fanatics who have done that.

And that, friends, is the Freudian truth of the whole thing. It is the fanatics who have done that. The don’t call him the Mad Monk for nothing. That, right there, is the money shot for this whole cluster fuck.

Religious fanatics in government can fund extremist groups, providing public money and government support for groups known to be enabling child rapists. Religious fanatics in government can exploit dog whistling to get themselves elected and ignore climate change and the need for scientific research. The religious fanatics that are the Abbott Government front bench can keep children incarcerated in concentration camps in an effort to fuel racist anti-Asylum seeker policies and exploit the resentment fostered by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. And the religious fanatic that owns 72% of our nation’s newspapers and a huge chunk of other media, who also owns the world’s largest religious publishing house, can pay little or no tax and exploit racist, homophobic sentiment for his own profit. They must be our sort of fanatics.

I don’t know who “we” and “our” are at this point. I certainly don’t think Rupert Murdoch and Tony Abbott should get a free pass because they’re white Catholics. Or because they’re rich. Or men. They’re fucking lying, self-serving warmongers who don’t care if thousands of people get killed so long as they maintain their grasp on power. But because they’re Catholics and not Muslims, somehow that’s not fanatical.

bad people can use minority status to claim that they are being picked on because of their faith You mean Danny Nalliah of Pants on Fire Ministries? It’s an interesting twist on victim blaming, though. She doesn’t outright say that everyone who complains of bullying is actually a terrorist trying to pass. They’re just not our sort of victims.

In responding to the threat created by home-grown jihadis, law enforcement activity will necessarily focus on people of Muslim faith simply because jihadists come from that faith.

As distinct from the Catholic and Anglican and other Christian church leaders who have systematically raped children and covered up for child rapists over decades. As distinct from Cardinal George Pell, who thought it was more important to limit financial liability than to hold any honest accounting of child abuse. And the Pope who rewarded Pell by appointing him Finance manager, and refused to hand over information relevant to that investigation. We’re not going to focus on those people The ones who come from that faith. Because rather than deal with a situation in which hundreds or thousands of children were abused and the institutions that enabled those crimes are still very much in power every day of the week in most suburbs, we’re going to focus on brown people. Because the Mad Monk isn’t Muslim, so it’s safe for him to play sleight of hand like that. And all the Tylers and Mercedes’s will likewise feel much safer, being white and all. Not because they’re racist or anything. It’s just, you know. Those people come from that faith. Oh, and the war conveniently distracts us from church paedophiles and the fact that this extremist, fanatical government cut funding for the Royal Commission and diverted it to the school chaplains program, which now has no oversight, following a High Court ruling that it is unconstitutional.

The attendant media coverage will cause many Australian Muslims discomfort. Smug fucking bitch.

New laws may in one way or another cause many of us inconvenience or annoyance. The new laws are completely unecessary and undermine the principle of civil law entirely. But don’t let that inconvenience you, Amanda. Now that you’ve kissed arse, your precious Ayn is likely safe in the third drawer.

We might all feel somewhat apprehensive.

Yeah, no. People are outraged, speechless, apoplectic and gobsmacked. A Government of religious fanatics has rammed through laws divesting the populace of any semblance of “innocence until proven guilty” including permitting torture, and blamed it on Muslims, who you’re now attempting to con into dobbing each other in for not being “our sort” of Muslim enough.

Moderate Muslim families with unsettled teenagers will be terrified. Moderate Muslims whose dress reveals their religion will be apprehensive. Every parent of a police officer will be on tenterhooks.

Muslim women will be fucking terrified, I have no doubt. Your bullshit dog whistling has set them up as easy targets. Because you can tell a woman wearing a scarf. A bloke in jeans, not so much. And the stupid, racist red necks who fall for your bullshit will make easy prey of women wearing scarves.

I rather hope there’ll be a protest. That men and women all over the country, regardless of faith or not, will start wearing scarves to show their solidarity with people being used as scape goats and their disdain for pathetic, self serving populist sleazebags who seek to drag the nation into a war on the flimsiest of pretexts.

Anyone with half a brain is more concerned about climate change and salinity. But by all means, if you need to keep ASIO off the scent of skeletons in your closet, feel free to bash the Muslims.

This is a time to show disdain for the shock-jocks and jingo-junkies who whip up rednecks with their rubbish. In doing so, we will remind ourselves of the best of Australia. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Non-Muslim Australians would do well to ensure that any criticism is focused not on Muslims generally but on fanatical Muslims. Equally, Muslim Australians need to be loud, strong and clear in their condemnation of the fanatics.

A hundred years of colonialist exploitation isn’t quite enough for our Amanda. She has to ram the point home. Giving Australian Muslims, our sort of Muslim, clear instructions on how to toe the line and make sure they enable the fascist Christian overlords in their quest for domination.

The important thing to remember is that Muslims are not our enemy – Australians have fought with them in several wars. Fanatics are our enemy. Australian Muslims and all other Australians should stand together – they with us and we with them – against these crazy people.

I’m guessing she didn’t mean Kevin Andrews, George “bigot” Brandis, Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott there… But those are the crazy people, the fanatics, that Australia needs to guard against. Those are the people who would rather drag an entire nation into another senseless war, rather than deal with the fallout of ICAC. Or have to rewrite the budget. Or have to deal with actually governing the fucking country. You say fanatics? You say extremist? When someone is so scared of having to face an enquiry that they would willingly send other people’s children overseas to get killed, maimed and traumatised, that’s fucking extreme. Just because they have white skin and are a Catholic doesn’t give them a free pass. And what is the status of his dual citizenship, anyway?

We have serious issues to deal with. It’s the 21st century and this is the driest continent on the planet. The cost of coal is going through the floor. Unemployment is rising. We need some intelligent, long term management to deal with issues of economic and energy strategy and planning. Instead we’re busy scapegoating Muslims to try to distract the lowest common denominator from the fact that the PM’s Chief of Staff and her husband, the Director of the Libs, got caught with their hands in the till.

The headline is accurate. Know your fanatics.

I am actually published, but it’s the show standards for Fancy Rats in Australia. Which makes much better reading than Ayn Rand.

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Green nappies/diapers?

Given our level of technology and the public interest in sustainable technology, it would seem like a good time to introduce nappies/diapers that can go into compost or bio-digesting sewage systems.

Lots of people opt for old fashioned cloth nappies rather than spend thousands of dollars on so called “disposables” that aren’t. But not everyone has the time and energy to go through the rinsing, soaking and washing.

The plastic outer of “disposables” can be made from bio-plasticcompost1 sourced from hemp. The absorbent filling from sphagnum moss or other forms of bio-plastics. Then, rather than being a long term bio-hazard sitting around in land fills for thousands of years, or washing yet more plastic into the ocean, the whole thing can compost away.

Together with new positive-net (energy) housing villages with the built in bio-composting, sometimes called bio-digesting or anaerobic digesting septic systems, baby’s waste can now contribute to generating methane in the bio-digester that will power the Stirling engine that runs the house, shed and business.

By connecting the household septic to power generation, the methane that is produced when sewage decomposes is collected and burnt. It produces power and CO2. The CO2 can then be piped into a green house or the outlet otherwise directed into a garden, where more of the by-product greenhouse gasses are processed naturally.

It’s another advantage of distributed power systems and management over centralised, privatised systems.

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Leave the money on the fridge, Winthrop.

Dear Winthrop. I used to patronise a chemist that sells your products. I used to go there for all my prescriptions. Since this Dr Angela Lanfranchi who is the spokes orc at World Congress of wankspanners Families is employed by your Aventis institution and our Government insists on ignoring the separation of church and state, I have no other choice than to vote as a consumer and no longer shop there or use any of your products. Best wishes for the future.

From the SMH article regarding Senator Eric “40 applications a month” Abetz and these fundamentalist excrement:

The abortion-breast cancer theory has been rejected by Cancer Australia, the World Health Organisation, the US National Cancer Institute, Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and health authorities in Victoria and NSW. Senator Abetz, who is openly anti-abortion, is involved with this year’s “World Congress of Families” event to be held in Melbourne this month. One of the topics to be discussed is abortion and breast cancer.

Winthrop and Sanofi Aventis are a conglomerate.

That same WCF support the anti-gay laws in Uganda and Russia. I know I joke about our Government thinking it’s the 1750’s, but really. This is just beyond the pale.

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Kevin Andrews’ cowardly attack on disabled is motivated by religious money grubbing.

In recent days Australia’s Minister for Social Services has made yet another attack on the poorest and most marginalised people in the country. If you’ve been reading the news you’ll recall that these attacks began back before Christmas, when cuts to services and payments were rumoured.

Those of you who read International news will be aware that very similar cuts and changes are happening in the UK. Also at the behest of the Murdoch media and its tory toadies. In the UK these policies have been linked to increases in suicide amongst disabled people. But you won’t hear Rupert Murdoch complaining about that. He probably considers them to be “poor competitors.” Because life in the West is all about competing for that minimum wage job or a contract in a cube farm, while the 0.1% sit back and watch the interest on their Caymans’ accounts roll in.

People on a disability pension are disabled. They already suffer from a physical or mental condition that prevents them participating in the economy, as the media would put it. They’re disabled.

This latest attack specifically targets those living with depression and anxiety. People whose symptoms of anxiety and or depression have made it impossible for them to hold down a job. Andrews and McClure, neither of whom are psychologists, opine that since depression and anxiety are considered episodic that therefore there will be periods when people suffering from these conditions will be between episodes and able to hold down a job. That’s how they’re trying to sell their review.

There are already thousands of able bodied people who can’t find jobs, because there simply are not enough jobs. Insulting people publicly with taunts about “get off the couch” might deflect some attention from governmental mismanagement, but it won’t change the unemployment numbers. Kicking people off DSP will make the unemployment figures worse. This will be good for mill owners complaining about the minimum wage being too high or otherwise seeking to reverse Australia’s social development.

In addition to victimising people who are already disabled and affected by stigma and symptoms, what this does is funnel millions more dollars into religious organisations.

A person suffering from mental illness that is periodically better or worse is not likely to be able to compete successfully in the work force. Unless the government is planning on handing out funding to employers willing to take on people living with disabling mental illness. That doesn’t seem likely since they’ve declined to fund SPC and others just to stay in operation.

There is already a system in place for assisting those who are able to return to work. The Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service has 160 offices around Australia and provides the necessary services to people who can look to get back to work. But that’s a Commonwealth, public service. The Australian government, increasingly in bed with religious organisations such as those implicated in the school chaplains program, seeks to cut public and secular funding in favour of bible bashers.

If you take a bit of a look at our Mr McClure, this all starts to make a bit more sense. Patrick McClure has been associated with Mission Australia, among other religious organisations. You may recall that Mission is involved in the so called work for the dole forced labour. That organisation also runs job seeker and housing agencies. They recieve funding from the Federal Government to operate these businesses as well as being religious and able to dodge paying tax on their profit.

Putting people with specific mental health disabilities onto a “working age payment” puts them under more pressure which is likely to make their symptoms worse. That increases the burden for them and their families as well as increasing health care costs to the public. Employers are unlikely to take on someone who has “episodes.” This means that more than 200,000 more people will be on the books at Mission and Salvo’s job agencies at a cost of something like $1,000 per week each, to the taxpayer.

It’s a bloody brilliant way of fattening the bottom line of Andrews’ religious mates. Choosing a group of people already having trouble keeping their heads above water, unlikely to be able to mount a vigorous defence against these policies. People who have been stigmatised and degraded repeatedly in the Murdoch media, that has sought to create a stereotypical belief that the disabled are all lazy rorters who choose to be ill rather than work. Taking advantage of a picture that has gradually and carefully been built up over a long time, to serve exactly this purpose. Then subject them to a punitive system that results in more opportunity for religious exploitation.

The question will be, are Aussies vindictive enough to be willing to pay a grand a head for this little endeavour?

If we were seriously considering the welfare of human beings the best and simplest option would be to pay a basic living income, as is being discussed in Switzerland. But this is not about the well being of people. This is a ruse for a business deal. A bloody lucrative one at that.

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Underground Cities

Syburi:

Interesting concept. Repurposing an old mine to serve as an underground city in extreme conditions.
I’m inclined to think that a lot of the structural issues could be solved by making subterrainian buildings only a few storeys deep, rather than hundreds of feet. They’d get natural sunlight that way, too.

Originally posted on Cities of the future :

Hi everybody!

I want to show you a different way to connect the past with the future.

If i ask you to think about an underground city, you realize that i’m talking about an ancient city. It isn’t. This way of building a city is not only an ancient way, but also our minds are projecting cities that will be able to transform humans in ants.

This is not new, because  the principal city’s half of transport is the underground, but i want to talk about this new idea, because i think it could be interesting!

If the population continue to grow, we will need to discover new ways to build our cities, and this could be a solution, in prevision of a self-sufficient underground city.

An interesting project is proposed by a russian architect, Ab Elise, that has designed a city to be constructed 550-meters deep in an abandoned…

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3D printing. The future is now.

A 3D printer.

A 3D printer.

This is a 3D printer. Full article. If you haven’t seen these around, it’s worth doing a bit of reading. The basic idea is that instead of ink on a flat surface, the printer uses extruded plastic to build up a 3 dimensional object. Most, like the one above, are fairly small.

Some are smaller, like a 3D printing pen.

Here’s a video of another type that can print with felt. Read more. This system is also capable of including metal parts to include speakers, among other things.

Metal printing.

Metal printing.

3D printers can also be used for creating metal parts. The Japanese are trying it out for heavy industry and robotics.

They’re not the only ones. NASA have printed and tested 3D printed parts for launch rockets.

3D printing is not only for toys and industrial parts.

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Prosthetic limbs can and are being 3D printed, to provide injured people with assistance at a much lower cost than conventional prosthetics. And if a part breaks, another can be printed. Perhaps even from the same material, recycled.

Wow, this is a heart wrencher of a 3D Printing story. We have already seen many prosthetics 3D Printed in the past, from legs, to hands, to eyes, to noses. In my opinion this is probably the most impressive 3D printed prosthetic to date. An organization called Not Impossible Labs, whose slogan is “Technology For The Sake of Humanity,” has 3D Printed an entire Prosthetic arm. Not only that but these arms are being printed out in bulk for amputees in war torn Sudan.

Other designers worked on a different scale.

In China houses are being printed at the rate of 10 in one day. These homes are fairly simple structures, made from concrete. There are a lot of other materials being investigated for 3D building, including foams and even silk. What I’d really like to see Australia do is use hempcrete. Hemp in building is a fantastic material, resistant to termites, damp and fire as well as being a natural product and carbon sink.

I’m excited to see technology developing that will allow various types of used plastics to be recycled for use in 3D printers. One type uses old milk containers. Hopefully it won’t be long before a printer for bio-plastics will be available. That’s plastic made out of organic materials like hemp, soy, apricot stones or nut shells.

In typical consumer fashion, some companies are working on developing 3D printers for home use. This is not necessary, a printer at home would spend most of its time idle. A mechanics’ institute or even community centre or library could house a few different types of 3D printers and recycling systems for public use. The housing and industrial printers could be community owned and leased or shared around, since they work so fast the one machine could move between new building sites.

Imagine living in a home that you own because it’s so affordable, made with 3D printed hempcrete and having all the utilities and technology you need. Everything from bio-digesting sewage and grey water recycling to solar to high speed internet cabling is included in the planning and construction. When you would like a new smart phone, so you select a design from the internet and take an old phone or a few other bits and pieces up to the library. The hoppers take the things apart, sort and prepare the materials. The public printer goes to work and in a few minutes you have your new phone.

Personally I’d prefer to see these open source designs focus on durability and include options for upgrading. But when the source materials are largely recycled or organic and the energy to run the printer comes from solar power, it wouldn’t really matter. Gone are the days of shipping container loads of cheap fossil fuel plastics all over the planet. You can produce the things you need locally. You can choose from a variety of different blueprints. The scope for open source and independent design is huge. Almost anyone can create, test and develop things using this technology. It’s one of the most incredible new technologies around. Best thing since sliced bread.

When we’re using them to print robots to help automate our labour, even better.

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Paramedic protest Stat!

Ambulance protest

All the ambulances around here are currently decorated with political graffiti. This one is about paramedics being taken to court by the State Government, (Yes we’re looking at you Denis Napthine) to keep them from talking to the media about cuts to funding and conditions.

See, we have money to spend on private prisons, on perks for politicians, on social media campaigns, on subsidies for big business. But we don’t have money to pay those who care for us when our lives are at stake. In fact, we take these people for granted and treat them like they’re disposable.

Of course if we legalised cannabis we could use the savings in the health budget to adequately fund and pay the ambulance service. But then how would be find enough people to fill the private prisons? And never mind that the war on drugs has never worked anywhere, ever, we’ll just keep throwing billions of dollars at it in cheap stunts to get lazy, useless politicians like Denis Napthine re-elected.

I promised the guys in the ambulance that I’d blog the photo and stick it up the Liberals. For those of you who are overseas, the Liberal Party in Australia is actually retrogressive like the Republicans in the US. Even the party name is a blatant lie. Rather than invest in funding and services that could make Australia safer and more secure for everyone, they’ll cut spending on necessary public services in order to give tax breaks to their wealthy mates.

If I’d wanted to live in the US I’d have moved there. Give me back my Australia of the fair go and a bloody community where people looked out for each other. This social Darwinism of poor competitors and rich parasites is a bloody disaster. Kill it before it kills the entire planet.

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Legalise cannabis so we don’t have to cut pensions

Kevin Andrews is talking about kicking 20,000 people off disability in Australia. Let’s leave aside for the moment that these are 20,000 people whose lives are already so fucked up that they are disabled. They live with stigma and symptoms of their disability.

Say your average DSP is 20k. It’s not, it’s more like 19kpa, but we’ll round it up for the sake of simplicity.

prison

Keeping someone incarcerated takes about $200,000 per year. The figures are from $100,000 to $300,000 depending on where they are and who they are, but the average tends to be higher than not. But we’ll round it down to 200k to make this simpler.

Since our State governments have so little vision for leadership they’ve been running on platforms of law and order in recent years. Increases in penalties for marijuana and the infamous biker laws are examples. Passed in States where the governments have declined to extend criminal investigations into the government itself because too many representatives and their staff are being sacked for breaking the law.

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For every person doing time for growing or selling weed, we could have ten people living on welfare or disability, still participating in society. Still paying their rent, paying their bills, buying their food, putting that money back into the community.

When Australia legalises cannabis, for every 2,000 people who are not locked up we’ll be able to fund 20,000 disability pensioners or aged pensioners or unemployed people. Without any other cuts.

For the government to avoid considering this option in the 21st century, given what we now know about the effects and medical uses of cannabis and given the current state of the economy, would be frankly stupid.

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Late for breakfast

The other day I was sharing some articles on G plus relating to zero net and pos net building. Someone asked me how we were going with the sustainable development and I told him we’re networking the whole thing. He’s asked to be included in the planning and asked what we’re calling it. I’ve been kicking around a few hashtags like #village and #posnet and considering names like sustainable living village development. Which is a bit of a mouthful. We ended up with that tired old joke about call me anything, just don’t call me late for breakfast. So in the spirit of a piss take, this being Australia and all, I’ll use the tag late for breakfast in posts relating to this whole village enterprise, in future.

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