Friday, October 20, 2017

Its all how you look at it.. Stop leaning!

Five Mistakes That Can Lead to Tragedy. . . . .

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So many people are feeling oppressed in the times I am living in.  This is the great 21st Century where we are supposed to have solved the issue of humanity and its issues.  The picture reads very differently.  Unemployment, poverty,  homelessness and abandonment, apposing this is abundance and high living coupled with greed and loose living. 

As I see it, largely humanity appears blind to what this may mean in a true sense.  For me as I understand this, it means naught has changed for at least the last few thousand years where slavery is still rife in what ever form it presents itself.  Humanity have always been slaves to the powerful and there has always been masters for the slaves albeit in many forms ie Kings, Popes, Lords,  and Chieftains.  Humans have been bought and sold as a commodity for as long as life has been or since Adam was a boy some would say. 

In ancient Rome if a General was found guilty of a crime he was put to death, as were his 400 odd slaves (also put to death).  Companies rise and fall today and with that go the hopes and dreams of ordinary people when their vehicle to get to where they want to go no longer exists with job loss and poverty.

How can anyone be happy in such a situation?  Well  that is just the point of this blog.  Its not about the situation that makes you happy or sad.  Happiness is a state of mind and therefore one can choose to be happy in any circumstance within reason.  Loss of loved ones excepted. 

When faced with the challenges of life it is good to try to be content with this understanding and go with the flow so to speak.  Act like a river.  Have you ever tried to stop or dam a raging river, good luck with that.  This is what is meant by just go with it and look for ways to overcome every challenge as you go down the river of life.  Take notice of the times that you find yourself saying things are bad and that you will be happy when you get whatever, a new car, new house, new job, new life. Stop!  This is comparing oneself to those gluttonous absurdly rich overlords and corporate high rollers who are in fact spiritually devoid and whose hearts are usually black or non existent, those who are only happy when spending money.

So, how can you do this.  It is a simple choice.  Choose to be happy, choose to be resourceful.  Choose to use the rebelliousness nature borne inside of us and use this to succeed where the odds look stacked.  Choose to think  carefully where the budget is concerned and learn to stop coveting items on the shelves in the stores.  This last one is a biggie.   Of course we all need to visit the shops and purchase goods.  It requires discipline because its all the other brightly coloured items out there that makes shopping a sobering challenge.  Make a list and stick to that list and do not take yourself site seeing looking at things that are basically not affordable on a mad strict budget. 

There are plenty of second hand shops that sell bargain priced items with furniture and large goods and there are other ways around obtaining those things with NILS Loans if a larger sum is required.  As I have mentioned previously it calls for being disciplined in all areas where the finances are concerned.   The amount of money is decidedly limited if we are talking about the limited income of a Pension or benefit. 

There is the absolute benefit of using the'CentrePay' system and everyone should avail themselves to this service to make sure the tiny bit they do get goes where it should go when it should go.  If you pay a couple of dollars more to each utility via this Centrepay method, eventually this will put you into credit and that is a feeling of freedom that you just bought all by yourself by being disciplined and paying the extra along the way. 

There is this thing with some folk where they think if they don't pay the rent this week they will catch up next week.  Can you catch up on living next week? No! and neither is catching up on late rent ever going to make life easy or manageable.  Never omit to pay your rent or mortgage payments no matter what.  Nothing is as important as your home base and your shelter.  You can go without food easier if you are warm and housed.  Always cover your own security with being vigilant on this point and make no reason a reason as there is no reason.    

Shopping and budgeting is a necessary aspect as we all have to eat.  Buying two of a product when the prices are down quite a few dollars from the normal price (and not over using the product because you have two) will start to put you in a position to look out for the cheaper prices instead of being governed by urgency which costs money.  Lets face it .. to buy coffee for me -- I look for the coffee on special when it is $6.00 off the regular price and then I buy three.  By the time those three are used there is usually another special rolling around so when I am getting to the last tin I keep an eye out for the special again. You would be amazed how much this actually saves and allows you to feel more in control.

There are plenty of Food banks these days but beware as they carry packaged out of date food items and so the quality is compromised with any processed item with a shelf life.  However these places give away bread and fruit and veges and so don't overlook them as it will certainly aid with the grocery burden.

Meal planning and making do with less... Its probably not everyones idea of fun.  With obesity  being the big thing with the health of everyone, children included, you can use your intake of food to be rebellious and just have smaller meals.  If you are not out digging ditches for 8 hours a  day you do NOT need all the calories of a ditch digger and so don't eat them if you aren't digging ditches - simple.  Eat when hungry instead of by the clock.  If you don't feel like lunch then don't have it.  Slowly you get used to it and its not so bad and in fact its probably better for you in so many ways.  Especially if you only have processed foods. The less of that the better.

Which leads me to another area of self help.  Grow things, Grow things you use a lot if you can or grow simple things.  Grow strawberries, grow parsley, Thyme onions etc so that you never have to buy these things.  Look for other things you might use like potatoes as all of the above are easy to grow in containers if a garden is out of the question.  Don't buy the soil for the containers - be resourceful and make a mix, buy one bag and mix that with cow poo you collected and garden soil and compost from your left overs and grow great things to eat.  In times gone past it was necessary for each house to have a kitchen garden.  It should not have been seen as a fashion as its necessary now more than ever.  Our children would be healthier if it still went on.

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To finish, I would encourage any reader to avail themselves to the enlightened understanding of the great Manly Palmer Hall.

Most persons fear the unknown, and we might say that an expert in any field of thinking is one phase of the unknown. The average person is afraid of experts, of people who know more than he does. Our natural tendency in making decisions is to consult people on our own level. In other words, we gain our advice and assistance over a back fence, from some notice on television, some popular handbook, or the general gossip of the neighborhood. I have noticed also that people of varied races or nationalities will nearly always seek advice from members of their own ethnic group. 
As a result of this tendency, we are nearly always poorly advised.  Thousands of persons every day go for help to individuals they trust, but often they are consulting friends or even famous persons who are not authorities in the area at all. They may go to some college professor to find out something about religion, which he knows no more about than they do. Age, venerable appearance, distinguished career, high social standing - these do not make the person capable of helping others to decide specific problems.  Actually, nature wants us to solve our own problems. Nature does not want us to lean upon other people.  
Always try to solve as much of a problem yourself as is possible. Do not develop the leaning habit.  The more we develop the habit of leaning, the weaker we become.  We must realize that as a nation or a community develops leaner's it becomes weaker as a whole. Where the person tries to evade the need for personal decision, solution, and responsibility, the result is always weakness.
- Manly P Hall - Five Mistakes That Can Lead to Tragedy - Lecture Note 082

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Total Individual Control Technology

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Total Individual Control Technology:
Insider Exposes How You
& Your DNA are Being Targeted

Total Individual Control Technology

is a nefarious type of EM (Electromagnetic) and V2K (Voice to Skull) weaponized technology that is being experimented with and deployed against segments of the American population. Those attacked by this electronic stalking are known as TIs (Targeted Individuals).
This technology is evil, there are no other words for this. 

Read on ... do you think this is real.  I think all things are possible

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MT GILMORE COBALT MINE  EL8379 granted to Mt Gilmore Resources Pty Ltd on 23 June 2015 according to NSW Planning & Environment 

Corazon Mining Limited exploration site
The Daily Examiner , 29 September 2017, p.1:

JUST 35km north-west of Grafton is a block of private land with the potential to change the face of Clarence Valley’s industry as we know it.  
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Sunday, October 01, 2017

A pretended law made in excess of power is not and never has been a law at all. Anybody in the country is entitled to disregard it.

Latham, Sir John Greig (1877–1964)

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The composition of the High Court in 1952, before
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Sir John Greig Latham (1877-1964), politician, diplomat and chief justice, was born on 26 August 1877 at Ascot Vale, Melbourne, eldest of five children of Victorian-born Thomas Latham and his Scottish wife Janet, née Scott. The father was a tinsmith who, shortly before John's birth, had become founder and secretary of the Victorian Society for the Protection of Animals, a post he held for thirty-one years. The family moved to Ivanhoe shortly after, where Thomas became a justice of the peace and town councillor. Both he and his wife were devout Methodists who encouraged their four sons and daughter to make their way by industry and high moral purpose. 'In the home', their father recalled, 'we did not allow conversation to degenerate into mere small-talk'. John Latham abandoned the religion while at university but retained the elevated tone for the rest of his life.
From George Street State School, Fitzroy, Latham won a scholarship to Scotch College and thence progressed to the University of Melbourne (B.A., 1896). While teaching at the Hamilton Academy in 1897-98 he began to master his nervousness and temper his earnest intensity with a formidable reserve. A boyhood stammer was alleviated through elocution lessons and avoided by use of synonyms. In 1899 he returned to the university to study law, supporting himself as a resident tutor in logic and philosophy at Ormond College. After winning the Supreme Court prize, he was admitted to the Victorian Bar in December 1904 and entered Selborne Chambers. Progress was slow (in his first six months as a barrister he earned just one guinea) and for some years most of his work was in petty sessions and the County Court. On 19 December 1907, with Methodist forms, he married Eleanor Mary (Ella) Tobin, herself an arts graduate, to whom he had been engaged for over four years.
Latham's success was achieved by uncommon ability and extraordinary industry. His forensic style, based on careful preparation and strictly logical presentation, was more effective with judges than juries. He embarked on his career some years after his more fortunate contemporaries and had none of their advantages of connexion and independent means. He supplemented his income by teaching and journalism, lecturing at the university in logic and, later, in contracts and personal property, and contributed reports to the Argus at a penny a line. He joined with (Sir) Walter Murdoch and others in forming a quarterly magazine, and even co-edited an Australasian Students' Song Book (1911). In 1908 he succeeded his friend Edward Shann as Australian correspondent of the London Standard, a vehicle for Imperial sentiment. This last post was combined with service on the political committee of the Deakinite Liberal Party, secretaryship of the Imperial Federation League's Victorian branch and, later, membership of the Victorian group of the Round Table. As early as 1909 he was invited to become a parliamentary candidate. With (Sir) Frederic Eggleston, he was a foundation member of the 'Boobooks', a fellowship of young professional men formed in 1902 to dine and digress at monthly meetings. His membership overlapped with a group of fly-fishing enthusiasts, including the surgeon (Sir) Thomas Dunhill and physician (Sir) Richard Stawell, who repaired to the Snowy Mountains over the Christmas holidays along with a similar group of Sydney men, (Sir) Thomas Bavin and Colonel James Macarthur-Onslow among them. (The annual gathering coalesced in the 1920s as the Waterfall Fly Fishing Club, when John Thomas Lang publicized its existence as a sinister cabal of politicians, judges and businessmen.)
There were other personal, less advantageous enthusiasms. In 1907 he helped to form an Education Act Defence League to resist the teaching of Scripture in government schools. In 1909 he was an organizer of a Rationalist Society in Melbourne and in 1910 of a tour of Australia by a prominent British free thinker Joseph McCabe. Latham was also a keen lacrosse player, captain of Victoria, and in 1908 represented Australia against a visiting Canadian team. Yet that year he acknowledged that he was 'working day and night' at his profession. How, then, are we to understand his compulsive accumulation of offices and responsibilities? Certainly he had a strong sense of public duty; but was there something more, a need that never left him to gain recognition by achievement? While outsiders saw a tall, aloof, impassive man, seemingly impatient of all human frailty, his circle of male friends knew a different, more companionable Jack Latham. In their company he could unbend and find reassurance. One of them, the observant Walter Murdoch, urged Latham: 'Don't be too intolerant of those who, perhaps because they are not so capable of clear and sustained thinking as you are, are less exultant than you in the powers of human thought and more helplessly conscious of its limitations'.
At the outbreak of World War I Latham was earning £2000 a year at the Bar. About 1916 he moved from Northcote and bought a house at Malvern. At the request of Bavin, secretary of the New South Wales branch of the Universal Service League, he became secretary of the Victorian branch when it was formed in 1915 and he and his wife campaigned vigorously for the introduction of conscription. In 1917, following allegations of sabotage in the naval dockyards, he was appointed head of Naval Intelligence with the honorary rank of lieutenant-commander (on his recommendation Bavin was put in charge in Sydney). In this office he formed habits of mind that persisted throughout his public life: an apprehension of the grave menace of Bolshevism and a conviction that sedition should be prosecuted with the full weight of the law.
In 1918 he contemplated seeking National Party endorsement for the Federal seat of Flinders. The seat was won by Stanley Melbourne (Viscount) Bruce. Latham went instead to London as adviser to the minister for the navy, Sir Joseph Cook, in the party of prime minister Billy Hughes. Latham contributed to the work of the Imperial War Conference and Imperial War Cabinet but, unable to persuade Cook to allow him a real measure of responsibility, he won the right to submit his memoranda directly to the prime minister. Though recognizing Hughes's achievement in representing Australian interests, Latham was critical of his excesses and affronted by his manner. He conceived an antipathy to Hughes that remained throughout his political career. At the Versailles Peace Conference Latham served on the committee that determined the Czechoslovakian borders and probably formulated the definition of 'C class' mandates that permitted Australia to secure control over German New Guinea. For his services abroad stretching over fifteen months, he received £300 and in 1920 was appointed C.M.G.
On returning to the Bar in 1919 Latham made swift progress. Assisted by the appointment to the High Court of Australia of (Sir) Hayden Starke, who had been the senior advocate at the Melbourne Bar, Latham developed his practice in size and scope, with an emphasis on taxation, commercial and arbitration matters but taking in some important constitutional cases. He reported to his English friend Lionel Curtis at the end of 1920 that he had 'been in at least one court, and usually more than one, on every day since the beginning of the year'. In 1922 he took silk. He joined the Melbourne Club, and belonged also to the Australian and Naval and Military clubs.
At the end of 1921 Latham had been invited to become a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He declined, explaining that he was 'very keenly interested in matters in which a judge cannot properly allow himself to be interested'. Essentially, he was concerned with the conduct of national affairs. Business and conservative interests became increasingly impatient in the post-war years with the National government's economic interventionism and inexpedient interference in industrial relations. Latham shared his clients' disapproval of such policies and retained his hostility towards the prime minister for what he now regarded as an unprincipled debauchery of public life. Campaigning on the slogan 'Hughes Must Go', he stood in 1922 as an Independent Liberal Union candidate for the Federal seat of Kooyong and defeated the Nationalist member, Sir Robert Best. Following that election, Latham attended meetings of the Country Party, advised its leader (Sir) Earle Page and drafted its memoranda during the negotiations that forced Hughes's resignation from office in 1923.
In parliament Latham first sat on the back-benches, studying briefs and giving occasional speeches which were described as 'like lumps of ice tinkling into a tumbler'. He addressed the House as he would the bench, his manner prim and his voice high-pitched. One journalist christened him 'the disembodied brain' while another called him 'the last proud scion of a long line of pokers'. But the relentless flow of argument commanded attention and he learned to vary his rhythm and leaven his speeches with a dry wit.
In 1925 he joined the National Party and was appointed attorney-general from 18 December, replacing the easygoing (Sir) Littleton Groom whose amendments to the Immigration Act had failed to sustain deportation proceedings against the leaders of the seamen's strike, Tom Walsh and Jacob Johnson. Latham's solution was to amend the Crimes Act with a provision declaring revolutionary and seditious associations to be unlawful and making it an offence to belong to such an association. Reforms of industrial relations proved more difficult in an increasingly difficult economic climate. Like many conservatives, Latham leaned sometimes to the abolition of a mechanism which neither contained costs nor brought industrial peace, sometimes to the strengthening of that mechanism so that its determinations could be enforced. In the 1926 referendum Latham sought to augment the power of the Commonwealth to close loopholes created by the overlapping jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration and State tribunals. But he was almost relieved when the defeat of the referendum proposal freed him from the responsibility of preparing a comprehensive national code.
In 1927 he suggested to cabinet that while it was well-nigh impossible to proscribe strikes, the lock-out provisions of the Arbitration Act were all too effective, with the result that 'employers fight with their hands tied'. His recommendation that all strike and lock-out penalties be removed from the legislation was rejected. He therefore prepared the Arbitration Act of 1928 which strengthened the penalty provisions, introduced secret ballots into union proceedings, and forced the court to take economic effects into consideration when making awards.
Minister of industry from 10 December 1928, as well as attorney-general, he harried the maritime, transport and timber-workers' unions by discriminating application of the provisions of the Arbitration and Crimes Acts. Yet in 1929 he conceded that the government had failed to impose industrial peace and joined with Bruce in requesting that the States hand over their powers of industrial registration. When that initiative failed, he helped to formulate the proposal to abandon the field of industrial regulation (except for the maritime industry) to the States, the issue on which the government was defeated in the House in September and the principal reason for its defeat at the polls next month.
Latham's reputation for bias towards employers in administration of the law was not wholly justified, at least not in the conspiratorial terms in which it was usually propounded. It is true that he did not prosecute businessmen with the vigour applied to unionists: Mr Justice Starke made scathing criticism of the settlement made in 1928 with the notorious tax evaders, the Abraham brothers. It is true, also, that he maintained links with some of the principal enterprises whose interests were affected directly by his decisions as attorney-general: throughout the 1920s he held general retainers from a wide range of shipping, mining and other clients. Yet there is no evidence to impugn his integrity. He opposed what was regarded as the government's flagrant act of favouritism in withdrawing prosecution of the mine owner John Brown for locking out his workers. His one-sidedness arose not from any illicit relationship with business clients (for he had declared openly that 'there was much to be said in favour of the attorney-general being a practising member of the bar') but from his inability to understand union militancy except as the result of seditious agitation.
Bruce having lost his seat in the 1929 election, Latham assumed the leadership of the Nationalists and for the next eighteen months he was leader of the Opposition. He was not averse to vigorous criticism of the Labor administration and its members and he orchestrated an attack on Edward Theodore, following the conservative Queensland government's exhumation of the Mungana affair, to force the treasurer's suspension from the ministry in 1930; but he restrained his diehards and sought to project the image of a responsible, constructive Opposition. There were critics of such restraint in a period of mounting discord, and as the desire grew to reconstruct the National party on a more popular basis, so Latham's limitations became more apparent. He accepted pressure to make way for the former Labor minister Joseph Lyons and the formation of the United Australia Party was announced in May 1931. Latham's friends warmly commended his unselfishness. Labor was defeated at the general election of 19 December. Latham was closely involved in the unsuccessful negotiations for a coalition of the U.A.P. and the Country Party, and he served in the U.A.P. ministry from 6 January 1932 as attorney-general and minister for external affairs and for industry.
Latham had maintained his interest in international affairs. In 1926 he led the Australian delegation to the League of Nations General Assembly in Geneva and, with Bruce, attended the Imperial Conference in London. He had always been a supporter of Imperial links and opposed the move towards their legal definition, views developed in the Macrossan lectures he delivered in 1928, published as Australia and the British Commonwealth of Nations (1929). But the earlier basis of Australia's Imperial relationship, summarized in Bruce's slogan 'Men, Money and Markets', could hardly be maintained in the circumstances of the Depression. Immigrants were no longer needed at a time when more than a quarter of the workforce was unemployed, loans had to be repaid and markets were all too few. By implementing the Ottawa Agreement of 1932 to extend the principle of preferential trade within the British Commonwealth, the government hoped to find a basis of recovery whereby the protectionist demands of its urban manufacturing supporters could be satisfied without estranging the Country Party. Rural interests were placated further with special assistance schemes. In 1932 Latham also attended the disarmament conference at Geneva and the reparations conference at Lausanne. In 1934 he toured South-East Asia, the first such initiative by a minister for external affairs.
As attorney-general he intervened for the Commonwealth in the Privy Council appeal in Trethowan's case. He was responsible for the Financial Agreements Enforcement Acts of 1932: Lang's response, instructing State civil servants not to comply with Commonwealth orders, triggered his dismissal by the governor. Still preoccupied with the menace of sedition, Latham enacted a new Crimes Act in 1932, banned the transmission of communist papers through the post, and even launched an investigation of the Australian Pensioners' League, but some of his more draconian initiatives were quashed by the High Court.
As deputy prime minister, senior conservative in the Lyons ministry and close counsellor of the prime minister, Latham was a central figure in Federal politics. In 1933 he was appointed privy councillor. Yet throughout these years, and even during his previous period in office, there were persistent rumours that he would abandon politics. Sometimes the likelihood of his retirement was attributed to a preference for the law, sometimes to an inability to endure the financial sacrifice created by his dependence on ministerial salary. Of the loss in income caused by his political responsibilities there can be no doubt: when he first became attorney-general his practice was said to be worth £6000 a year; and even though he continued to accept briefs, the strain told on his health. The preference for legal practice is more dubious. He cared greatly to be in the centre of public affairs, and in his later years it was his experiences as a minister and not as chief justice that he was wont to recall with relish; perhaps he found the forthright style of Bruce more congenial than the drift and compromise of the Lyons administration.
It was evident by 1933, however, that he had set his sights on the post of chief justice of the High Court and that the only remaining obstacle was the reluctance of Sir Frank Gavan Duffy to vacate that post. It was predicted that Duffy's son would be appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Duffy himself would retire, Latham would take his place, and the ambitious young Victorian attorney-general, (Sir) Robert Menzies, would replace Latham in Kooyong and succeed him as attorney-general in Canberra. All these things came to pass. Latham retired from politics in 1934 and was appointed G.C.M.G. He was made chief justice on 11 October 1935.
His early years on the bench were made difficult by the play of fierce animosities among his colleagues, and it was no small achievement that he kept them in a working relationship with each other—Starke and Bert Evatt were an especially combustible combination. Later the chief justice obtained more joint judgments. As a judge he was vulnerable to the temptation to interrupt counsel too often and at too great length. His most significant contributions were in constitutional law where he insisted on a strictly legal approach. When Commonwealth legislation was challenged, he asked not whether the legislation went further than was reasonably necessary, for he considered that no business of the court, but simply whether it was legislation 'with respect to' the powers enumerated in the Constitution. He took a decidedly generous view of the Commonwealth's defence powers and on some important cases, notably the Communist Party case of 1951, failed to carry his colleagues with him. But in general his judgments, which he reached with impeccable precision of reasoning, left the law much as he found it. He retired from the High Court in 1952.
Legislation was passed in 1940 to enable Latham to become Australia's first minister to Japan while still chief justice. He had a long-standing interest in Japan and was better informed about it than almost any of his contemporaries, but he did not reach Tokyo until the close of 1940 after Japan had concluded a pact of mutual assistance with the Axis powers, and his mission was accordingly constricted. He 'spoke with firmness and frankness' to successive Japanese foreign ministers on the 'hope for friendly relations and the resolution to resist attempts at Japanese domination'. In September 1941 he left Japan for consultations in Singapore, but fell ill and was back in Melbourne when the Pacific War began.
Latham had been chancellor of the University of Melbourne (1939-41). He was foundation president of the Australian Congress for Cultural Freedom, president of the Australian-American Association (1951-64), a local founder and president of the League of Nations Union, president of the Free Library Movement of Victoria (1937-48), the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (1954-61) and the Victorian Amateur Athletic Association (1943-56). He was a director of Humes Ltd and of several other companies.
Even as an old man, Latham took enormous pride in his achievements and was always willing to talk about them. Those achievements were substantial. From humble origins he had attained the most senior post in his chosen profession and he had come very close to winning the highest political office. He was industrious, loyal and of unquestioned integrity. In the end, perhaps, he lacked the thrust required to succeed in politics and the creative spark that separates the distinguished jurist from the competent one. The intellectual certainty that Walter Murdoch had described in 1912 narrowed his imagination and stunted his sympathy with human frailty. But he gave fully of his energies to the many causes he served.
His retirement years were spent in Melbourne with his wife, who predeceased him by four months. Ella Latham, C.B.E., had been president of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, in 1933-54. She had supported her husband in his political career and accepted the lengthy separations imposed first by his overseas missions, then by the shift of Federal parliament to Canberra, and later by the perambulations of the High Court. She and their three children were important to Latham, and the deep distress caused by the wartime death of their elder son was eased by the more continuous companionship they afforded each other in their later years. To the end he remained an indefatigable correspondent. Latham died on 25 July 1964 at Richmond and, despite his rationalist principles, was cremated after a memorial service at Wesley Church conducted by Rev. Sir Irving Benson. His estate was valued for probate at £74,365. His daughter Winifred Mary had died in 1953. He was survived by his third child Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Greig Latham. A portrait by William Dargie is in the High Court, Canberra.
Latham's younger brother Leslie Scott (1879-1950) was a leading Melbourne physician. Another brother Alan Thomas (1883-1974) was secretary (1918-41) of the Victorian Society for Protection of Animals and honorary secretary (1939-67) and fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Latham's elder son RICHARD THOMAS EDWIN (1909-1943) was educated at Scotch College and the University of Melbourne (B.A., 1930), was president of the Students' Representative Council in 1929 and Victorian Rhodes scholar for 1931. He graduated from the University of Oxford (B.A., 1934) with first-class honours in jurisprudence and was elected a fellow of All Souls. The father's pride in his son's achievement was tempered by disappointment that he taught and practised in London. During the Spanish Civil War he drove a lorry for a relief society. He joined the Foreign Office on the outbreak of World War II and worked as a clerk in the refugee section where he was an outspoken critic of the British treatment of internees. Accepted by the Royal Air Force in 1941, he trained in Canada and was commissioned as an observer. His aeroplane failed to return from a flight over the Norwegian coast on 15 April 1943. While sharing his father's aptitude and industry, he possessed greater warmth, and friends such as (Sir) Keith Hancock, to whose Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs he contributed a chapter on law and the Commonwealth, believed he showed outstanding promise.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Spinning.. Wool and Alpaca

Image may contain: shoesYes, its true.  I am a spinner.  In other words I spin wool and other fibre to make yarn that can be used for all types of projects where wool is required, jumpers, socks, shawls, cowls.

My first spinning wheel came from Newcastle NSW and it used to belong to an elderly lady who passed on.  It was advertised on Gumtree as her daughters were wanting to sell it. 

It has come to a fine home and I hope I can pass this onto perhaps Shelby or Montana.

I have a second wheel now and it is an Ashford Wheel and its an antique.  It came with only one bobbin and I need to order two more bobbins so I can ply my yarn once spun.  You need more than one bobbin to carry out this task.

There is an amazing creative space in Glen Innes called "Artisans on the Glen" and the lady who runs this is an Ashford representative and I will be going to her for help in finding new bits for my ancient Ashford Wheel.

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The first job when you receive a fleece is to skirt the fleece. Usually this is done before you get the fleece but sometimes it may not be and there is always more work to do to a raw fleece.  The vegetable matter hides and its endless and so you can spend quite a while picking through and over it cleaning this off.

After skirting the fleece the fleece is scoured or washed in very hot water and soap. It is important that the water temperature between washing and rinsing are kept as close as possible to each other. I use pizza tray lids on top of the buckets to keep the temps hot.  I draw both buckets at the same time.

   Roving is a long narrow bundle of fibre created by carding with combs which can be then spun for wool.
Batts are carded hunks of fibre as it comes off a drum carder or large processing carder at woollen mills.
Hanks are a 560 yard length of skein of wool, usually wound on a niddy-noddy or a fold up skein making tool that looks a bit like a children's wooden washing line.
Knots of wool  are a 40-yard strand skein of yarn wound on a niddy-noddy that measures 2 yards in circumference and this = 80 yards.
Skein of Wool is the wool which has been wound off the spindle
Niddy-Noddy is a funny name for a very useful tool which is double-headed and is used to skein spun yarn.
The Mother of All is the entire spinning mechanism on a spinning wheel which are the maidens, flyer and bobbin.
 The Maidens (or sisters) are the two upright pieces of wood that hold the spinning apparatus in a horizontal position.
 Noils are the annoying little short fibres which are removed when combing the fleece. Later these can be mixed with other wool and carded and spun.
Dizzing takes a lot of practice.  It is a tool with a hole in the middle and you pull through the hole from the hackle to make long lengths of blended or plain roving for spinning. I use a metal key with a hole in the top for dizzing.  It works.
Staple is the 'staple length' which is the length of the raw woollen lock.
Drafting the fibre is basically stretching the fibre out combining it and making it longer for spinning.
Flyer is the u-shaped device on a treadle spinning wheel that twists the yarn.
Carders are a pair of brushes used to smooth and straighten fibres ready for dizzing into roving and spinning.  I use smaller versions and use dog brushes that are the same carding material.

I just love spinning.  I have spun nothing the last few days.  I have been busily washing as much wool as I possibly can to get it all clean and bagged into old pillowcases, labelled and ready for spinning.   It is a massive job and it takes a lot of time if you want to do it well.  Always remembering to touch wet wool as little as physically possible because it will felt.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Hurricanes and cyclones and Science

Intense hurricanes ... The lower the millibars the higher the hurricane system.  Right now the strongest storm in history of the coast off Miami heading toward Georgia.  They are expecting landfall on September 11th.  I am sure its going to be very awful.  Our sun has had several M Class Solar flares release 2 days ago and yesterday a X Class Flare shot off the Sun and this will create massive weather all across the planet.

A Millibar (symbol mb or mbar) is a meteorological unit of pressure equal to one-thousandth of a bar. A bar is a c.g.s. unit of pressure (A system of units based on the centimetre, gram, and second) equal to 1,000,000 dynes per square centimeter, or 100,000 pascals (symbol Pa). Thus one millibar is equivalent to 100 pascals or one hectopascal.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Johnny Cakes

Jonny Cakes

I had to re-blog this post.  I am making my outside fire able to accommodate Johnny Cakes and a griddle today.   Not making an entire kilo of flour though as there is only two of us.

 Enjoy Johnny Cakes..

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Aunty Viv a Bunjalung elder ... we had Johnny cakes together.
Before invasion of this land the women gathered and soaked and dried and ground to make flour to make johnny cakes in the coals.  Flours were made from plants that had to be processed to leech out any toxins first.

Helen said... "DON'T KNEAD the Johnny Cakes" .. I made a batch and didn't knead them and these were 100% better. 

Images @ Eminpee Fotography

Friday, July 28, 2017



                   Any person who:

                      (i)  is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power; or

                     (ii)  is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer; or

                    (iii)  is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent; or

                    (iv)  holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth; or

                     (v)  has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons;

shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.

                   But subsection (iv) does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers for a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Sacrificed on the Alter of Greed ...

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Glenfell Towering Inferno... The Burning Tower of London..  So many different scenarios come to mind with this.  It is very clear from all of the newspaper reports and from personal accounts from those who knew this building very well that the local burrough council who were the administrators were clearly at fault. 

Fire Officers asked to turn a blind eye to the non existent fire stairs on the outside of building.  This has been an issue for years.  Council decided it would be too expensive.  This is why those people died - because of greed.  Greed, corruption, cost-cutting, this in a single dreadful incident demonstrates how bad things are in the UK.

Looks like if the officials are preparing the greatest cover up ever of the 21st century.Said Addis I believe the Grenfell tower was disturbing the view of rich people in the area so they used all means to get rid of it regardless if this would cost the life of humans. Named & shamed Amanda Gill head of housing Kensington & Chelsea, this women should be behind bars.

Below are various headlines etc from reports, click the links to follow.

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 On 13 August 2013 the Grenfell Tower residents blogged their concerns about the danger of power surges in their building. (It looks like it was a power surge to a fridge which started the fire).

So five days later we are supposed to believe 50 people lost their lives.  I understand this figure to be around 538 who have lost their lives.  This is looking like the biggest cover up since colonizing the empty Australia.
Images @ Eminpee Fotography

Monday, June 12, 2017

That ol Observer effect again..

In physics, the observer effect are changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed.   I have written about this before.  Why?  I think its on the edge of it all really.

Watch the video ... You will be amazed!

You fully realize the implications of this at an atomic cellular level?   The light is allowing the object to know we are watching it so it behaves differently.  Its like it warns it.   Like we act a bit different when we are being filmed. 

That is the stuff of Quantum Physics.  I am in awe because they are so close to understand how the power of thought plays an integral part in this game where things respond to each other, which is basically everything.

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I know the butterfly thought it was cool hanging out with us.. Stayed a full day before disappearing.  We spent much time talking with each other while camped on the Lismore sacred plateau.  Butterfly landed right next to the sacred fire on the wood.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Ten Years since the Pasha Bulker beached at Nobbys, Newcastle

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It's no secret that Newcastle is one of my favorite places and it's ten years ago today that a bulk carrier became grounded on the beach of  Newcastle's Nobby's beach.  It was huge news and people descended on Newcastle from around the country to witness the spectacle. I really wanted to go and see it for myself because I am an ex Novacastrian and it would have been a sight to see first hand.  I married my children's father on the beach not far from Nobby's down the coast away at Susan Gilmore Beach back in 1982.

Early on the morning of June 8, 2007, the Newcastle Port Corporation radioed the 56 ships waiting off the coast to load coal.  They were warning the ships to make their way out to the open sea in order to get protection from the predicted rugged storm activity.  The Pasha Bulker and ten other ships took no notice of these warnings. When the storm finally hit that part of the coast those ships were stuck where they were unable to get away from the coast.  At quarter past nine in the morning she finally beached. While Newcastle was copping a battering from storms and flooding there was a frightening helicopter rescue of the crew of the vessel.
Salvage efforts failed after continually snapping cables and dealing with huge seas. Several attempts were made to get the ship back into the water and finally in July 2nd the same year they finally got her floated again.   Vital repairs were performed in Newcastle Harbour then the Pasha Bulker sailed back over to Japan for further extensive repairs.

No charges were laid against the captain because no negligence could be proved beyond reasonable doubt. It was said the Master left the bridge and was having breakfast when she ran aground.

The Pasha Bulker has now been renamed the MV Drake.  It is a Panamax bulk carrier of 76,741 tonnes deadweight (DWT) operated by the Lauritzen Bulkers shipping company and owned by Japanese Disponent Owners.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Artilla ... Mt Connor Central Australia.

What a magical place to gaze upon... 

Mt Connor is a Mesa 700 million years old and lies in a direct line (and older x 2 to 300 million yrs) with the Northern Territories two other large sacred places, that of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.  Artilla as it is known is now apart of the huge Curtain Springs cattle property.

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Aboriginal stories

In the Dreamtime stories of the local Aboriginal People it is connected with the feared Ninya, or Ice Men, the creators of cold weather. The Ninya are believed to have camped at Artila during the Dreamtime, but now they live about 25 km away to the north beneath a dry lake. The Aboriginal People believe that when deep cracks form on the soles of their feet they are caused by ice left in the grass by the Ninya. There is evidence on the coarse pebbles of the mesa that at some point in the past, presumably in the Pleistocene ice age, the area did indeed undergo some degree of glaciation. Maybe the dreamtime stories in this area are memories of the glacial phase that has been passed on through many generations. History remembered in stories.
Mt Conner, especially her caves, is a refuge to some rock-dwelling marsupials and bats.

Images @ Eminpee Fotography

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Pentagram of Venus.

The pentagram of Venus is the path that Venus makes as observed from Earth. Successive inferior conjunctions of Venus repeat very near a 13:8 orbital resonance (Earth orbits 8 times for every 13 orbits of Venus), shifting 144° upon sequential inferior conjunctions. The resonance 13:8 ratio is approximate. 8/13 is approximately 0.615385 while Venus orbits the Sun in 0.615187 years.

The image resembles a complex, spirograph floral pattern with five loops encircling the middle.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Toxic Station Creek at Urunga

SAM 8209 Antimony Toxicity in Urunga NSW

Levels of arsenic and antimony measured in Pipe Clay Creek were generally low, and similar to those measured at Sea Lido.
In contrast, levels of arsenic and antimony measured in Station Creek were much higher than those at Sea Lido.
Antimony levels exceeded the NHMRC (1996) drinking water quality guideline of 3 on all occasions, while levels of arsenic consistently exceeded the ANZECC (2000) swimming water quality guideline of between March and May 2003.
Levels of both arsenic and antimony in Station Creek increased after February 2003, a period dominated by many small rainfall events.

These results suggest that arsenic and antimony are washed into the creek during wet weather. 

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This is an update to an earlier blog which I am unable to locate and fear it may have been taken down.  I will add more to this as I regather my previous information.


Isaac Newton the Alchemist

I found an Etsy site that sells reproductions of the Emerald Tablet

Transcript of Isaac Newton’s Translation of “The Emerald Tablet”  
By: Courtney, Riva, Lizzy,Kelly, & Angela

Isaac Newton's Translation of the Emerald Tablet and Alchemy

Who was Isaac Newton? The Emerald Tablet Reveals the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations and contain a "recipe" for the Philosopher's Stone also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes

Thought to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus, or "Hermes the Thrice-Greatest".  Origins are lost in legends that go back over 10,000 years.
Molded out of a single piece of green emerald or crystal.  Around the year 400 AD, it was reportedly buried somewhere on the Giza plateau to protect it.  Many believe the tablet still exists

NAME: Sir Isaac Newton
OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist
BIRTH DATE: January 04, 1643
DEATH DATE: March 31, 1727
EDUCATION: The King's School, University of Cambridge, Trinity College
PLACE OF BIRTH: Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
PLACE OF DEATH: London, England, United Kingdom
Isaac Newton's Translation
1. This true without lying, certain most true.
2. That which is below is like that which is above that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.
3. And as all things have been arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
4. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
5. The wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.
6. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
7. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
a. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry. 8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
9. By this means ye shall have the glory of the whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
10. Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
a.So was the world created.
11. From this are and do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (Or process) is here in this.
12. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
13. That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended. Hermes Trismegistus, "Hermes the Thrice-Greatest"
  • The transformation of base metals to noble metals, specifically gold and silver
  • Royal Society believed that his manuscripts were “not fit to be printed”.
  • His papers were rediscovered in the 20th century and led scholars to believe that he was initially an alchemist/
  • His inspiration for the laws of light and theory of gravity came from his alchemical work
  • Transmuted lead into gold
  • He thought of his work as a “secret”
  • Believed in Hermetic Tradition Influence Basis of medieval and Renaissance alchemy
  • Only piece of non-Greek Hermetica to attract widespread attention in the WestSo valuable is because it contained the instructions for the goals of alchemists
  • Hinted at the recipe for alchemical gold, as well as how to set one's level of consciousness to a new degree
  • Provide key to ideas of earth, fire, sun, moon, etc.
  • Foundation of European art 

Friday, April 07, 2017

Yes let's eat fruit and vegetables! - GLYPHOPHOSPATE POISONED!

Its a scary prospect buying food from the supermarkets in this country and probably others as well.  It's grown with poison and then there is Glyphophospate or Glyphosate, otherwise known by its Monsanto's rock star name of "Round Up".

David Suzuki on GMO 

Today in Australia we are growing our cotton  as a Round Up ready crop. Which, incidentally we will wear on our bodies.  Why are we participating?  Large companies getting rich making ordinary mums and dads addicted to the lifestyle and making babies (sick babies or in turn make sicker babies).

According to David Suzuki and I agree emphatically:
We have no idea what the long-term consequences of these genetic manipulations will will be on the public. There is no way that our health authorities can test all possible combinations and permutations over a large enough population over a long enough period to be able to say with assurance. So, basically by slipping it into our food without our knowledge without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.

Images @ Eminpee Fotography

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The Library at Alexandria

And how far have we come as a humanity? The information that was contained within the walls of the Alexandrian Library will never be recovered.

The founding of this library has been called the beginning of modern history.  It was the most important centre of learning in the ancient world.

Alexandria is 130 miles north west of Cairo, it is Egypt's second largest city and the main port. 

In the 4th century BC the Greek, Alexander the Great founded Alexandria in 332 BC.  It was a natural harbour and it was suited to be the centre of the worlds greatest things.   Socrates taught Plato who taught Aristotle and he taught Alexander the Great.   His father was Macedonian King Phillip.

Alexander loved learning. 
Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead, the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. ~ Aristotle 4th Century BC

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Alexander was crowned a Pharoah in Egypt.  He was not Egyptian but he sort immortality.  It is said mysteriously he could be the son of Armen and not Phillip.  This comes from a dream that Alexander had.   In his dream Armen told him to found the city of Alexandria and he saw his mother embrace Armen.

In 323 BC Alexander the Great suddenly died.  He never got to see his library.  This heralded a new period of leadership by Ptolemy I, Alexanders most trusted General.

The Ptolemy's dynasty ruled for over 300 years.   Ptolemy still carried Alexander's dream.   Influential scholars came from all over the world.  He mixed with the best scholars.  Ptolemy collected books as Greeks do.  People would brings books from all over the world.  Aristotle's library was there also.   It is said that there were in excess of 4 to 5 hundred thousand books.   

Scribes copied priceless books that we still have some access to today because of those scribes in Alexandria.

Euclid the mathematician worked out of the Library and published a textbook and opened his own school.  Euclid's rules are still worked today in Geometry.

Human anatomy and Physiology began with Herophilos who was a Greek physician deemed to be the first anatomist. Born in Chalcedon, he spent the majority of his life in Alexandria.

Ptolemy I died in 283 BC and Ptolemy II took over and the Ptolmaic dynasty continued until the death of Cleopatra.

Ptolemy II ruled with his sister ArsinoeII.  Pictured coin : Ptolemy II Philadelphus, and his sister/wife Arsinoe II

During Ptolemy II's rule he had the Hebrew scrolls on papyrus. It is known to today as the Septuagint because Ptolemy II had 70 scribes translate the Hebrew Bible into Greek (Septuagint = 70).  There were many Jews in Alexandria and they were fast forgetting their native tongue of Hebrew so their Book of Law was transcribed in order for them to keep their law.

Ptolemy II built the the lighthouse on the Island of Pharos.  One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for many centuries it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world.

 Badly damaged by three earthquakes between AD 956 and 1323, it then became an abandoned ruin. It was the third longest surviving ancient wonder (after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the extant Great Pyramid of Giza) until 1480, when the last of its remnant stones were used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay on the site.

246 BC Ptolemy the 3rd was crowned and became "Benefactor".   Eratosthenes was his teacher and he figured the circumference of the Earth.  They knew the Earth was round thousands of years before Columbus did.  (false history).  In socrates dialogues he said...   Eratosthenes said the Earth was  24,650 miles around which is only 200 miles out. He figured this out through the shadows cast and the distances of these.

Archimedes visited his friend Erastosthenes .. he is credited with the cry Eureka..  I have found it!  He was the first Physicist

In Alexandria they first figured out our planet rotates around the sun.  What an amazing place it must have been to solve the problems of life the universe and Everything.

During the period of Ptolemy IV's reign the library was losing is shine.

Rome was looking to invade in 48 BC  When Cleopatra was the Pharoah and co ruler of Egypt with her brother whom she married.  She was however a Greek.  She was a great scholar who was well versed in many languages. She spoke Egyptian and Latin as well as her Greek tongue.  Cleopatra claimed Julius Caesars heart. He sided with Cleopatra in a civil war with her brother whom she struggled with for leadership.
Julius Caesar died in 44BC and Cleopatra aligned herself with Mark Antony.  Mark Antony and Cleopatra were defeated and he committed suicide as did Cleopatra 30BC and that was the end of the Ptolemaic rule.
Plutarch said the Library was destroyed in the Great fire of Alexandria. But Mark Antony donated books from Pergamon. 

Rome took over under Augustus Caesar who was the first Roman Emperor who was the nephew of Julius Caesar.

400AD  Emperor Theodosius outlawed paganism in favor of Christianity.  (From Wiki)
Between 389 and 391 he issued the "Theodosian decrees," which established a practical ban on paganism; visits to the temples were forbidden, remaining pagan holidays abolished, the sacred fire in the Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum extinguished, the Vestal Virgins disbanded, auspices and witchcraft punished. Theodosius refused to restore the Altar of Victory in the Senate House, as requested by pagan Senators.
In 392 he became emperor of the whole empire (the last one to be so). From this moment until the end of his reign in 395, while pagans remained outspoken in their demands for toleration, he authorized or participated in the destruction of many temples, holy sites, images and objects of piety throughout the empire in actions by Christians against major pagan sites. He issued a comprehensive law that prohibited any public pagan ritual, and was particularly oppressive of Manicheans. He is likely to have suppressed the Ancient Olympic Games, whose last record of celebration is from 393.

The real destruction of what was left of the Library came when in 616 AD the Islamic faith rode in and the Roman Alexandrian's in Egypt surrendered to the Muslims. 

Legend then says they ordered all of the books that remained to be burned.  And the stones from the Alexandrian Library and the Great Alexandrian Lighthouse  were used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay in 1499 by the Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay on top of the Lighthouse site.  It still stands in Alexandria today after a few refurbishments and uses and today is a museum.

Citadel of Qaitbay
Image Source: Flickr Adam Groffman