Ceoff Fox, 4th July, 2020
This declaration marks the 75th anniversary of the Second Battle of Balikpapan in which 229 Australians died for freedom against tyranny.
July First, 2020
Phil Zey traveled the world on a bicycle with a golf club and a trombone.
In Australia I took him down a drain.
My natural habitat in Terra Nullius.
Attention: Ross McEwan, banker.
In the pandemic, no one really knows what to do.
Meanwhile, Australia does not know how to relate to countries in the region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was born this day 67 yeats ago, has said, “There are some bored foreigners, with full stomachs, who have nothing better to do than point fingers at us…” and “No one is in the position to dictate to the Chinese people what should and should not be done.”
In so many ways, people have to try harder to understand each other to know what is happening.
But again and again people refuse to even talk with each other.
And then pretend that the refusal was “good manners” or a matter of “safety”
Lets start remembering history, Ross.
Lets start remembering us.
Geoff Fox June 15, 2020, Terra Nullius
33 years ago today, Ronald Reagan famously said to the leader of the Soviet Union, “Tear Down That Wall.”
Today “Shelly” of San Diego repeats the sentiment in a different context in a prose sonnet:
(The View is a talk show in the US hosted by 5 liberal women, including Whoopi Goldberg.)
published with pride by Geoff Fox, June 12, 2020
This blogpost is a birthday present for you.
In your maiden speech in the House Of Representatives you defined the nation which you now lead as “a free country.”
That freedom is now threatened from more than one direction.
The last time the world faced an economy in more trouble than we are in now, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said this to his nation: “……. the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
Roosevelt said this in an inaugural soeech in which he took the oath of office with his hand on the Bible open to the 13 verse chapter 1 Corintinans 13.
Among other things, this chapter says that love “rejoices in the truth” and “has no fear; it does not worry”.
The pestilence of Coronavirus is real. People are very scared.
But if the world hides from this danger too long, the cure will produce an economic catastrophe worse than the disease. Suicides. Starvation. Monumental stress, likely to lead, if uncontrolled, to violence, muder and even war.
It just isnt given to us mortal human beings on this beautiful planet to always have the perfect safety we crave.
Any promise of perfect safety is an illusion.
I prefer truth.
Thats what I love.
May God Bless you, Prime Minister, in the very challenging task of keeping people as safe as possible and keeping alive the economy which all those people need.
I pray they have the courage to help you convert retreat into advance.
Geoff Fox, 13th May, 2020
245 years ago, on April 18th 1775, patriot Paul Revere made his famous ride to warn his countrymen about the threat of British forces.