Sunday, December 30, 2012

Series Magritte #238

Natural Encounters


Plenty of opportunities to get up close & personal with concrete countertops & outdoor kitchens.

Discount rates for hotels & motels.

Empowering animals with the ability to make good decisions.

Providing candid photos of female sea turtles nesting.

My perspective on Height Dominance.

Definitions of Common Behavior Terms.

The Leather Elves & other live native New Hampshire animals.

The cutting edge of animal training & presentation with breakfast & lunch included.

Ben Williams, Vice President, who lives in Dorset.

The delicate state of nature.

Your questions that have not been answered.

An adventure through an entire continent.

The way the window on the right has fallen magically & now circles, unsure whether to approach its mate.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Today sees post no. 1000 on won des laits. I won't say there are a thousand separate pwoermds there, since my memory isn't what it used to be, & there may be one or two duplicates amongst the posts.

All the same, I'm marking the day with some Knowvemberations.









sea&sun's greathings to everyone

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


The Leptobrachium leucops frog, one of five new amphibian species discovered in wet, evergreen forests in southern Vietnam in 2011.
Image by: © Jodi J. L. Rowley/Australian Museum/ WWF

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Eventually, fly species

Children may resist the bug to
experiment at times & get adult authority

but their great rental yield is
inspirational & transformational

so I Entreaty for Your Collaboration
in Reception of a Help validating &

prioritizing old-growth forest remnants
& never went to the authorities.

Monday, December 10, 2012

It was 20 years ago today . . .

In the early 1990s Paul Keating's Labor government put Aboriginal reconciliation high on the agenda, establishing the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1991 then following up the High Court's Mabo decision in 1992 with native title legislation in 1993. In December 1992, Keating launched Australia's program for the International Year of the World's Indigenous People with this now famous address to a largely Indigenous crowd at Redfern Park in Sydney. He was the first Prime Minister to acknowledge the impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australians. The address reflected a changing official interpretation of Australian history which better accommodated the Aboriginal experience. The speech was arguably a curtain-raiser for the history wars of the Howard years: the following year historian Geoffrey Blainey observed that the 'three cheers' view of Australian history had given way to the 'black armband' view, a phrase which the newly elected John Howard adopted with alacrity in a speech in 1996.

In another sense Keating's Redfern speech paved the way for a formal apology to Indigenous Australians for past government practices, an apology which nevertheless took another 15 years to come. Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson said in 2007 that Keating's Redfern address was 'a great speech because it was about leadership, principle and courage... He placed before Australians the truths of our past and the sad reality of our contemporary society. He laid down the challenge for our future, as a nation united and at peace with its soul.' The spontaneous crowd reactions to the speech are a testament to its power at the time, and are worth listening out for.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 80 days that changed our lives.

Visual, audio, & text of the speech.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Print editions of Otoliths

After a somewhat full-on & slightly demented burst of energy, & assisted by a lightspeed performance from harry k stammer putting the covers together, I am pleased to announce that all the outstanding issues of Otoliths — from twenty-one up through twenty-seven — are now available in print from The Otoliths Storefront.

As usual, each online issue is separated for print into a b&w part one & a color part two. There are two additional part threes: Michael Gottlieb's Letters to a Middle-Aged Poet from issue #24, & John M. Bennett's OLVIDOS DEL PERÚ from issue #27.

& Lulu are running a 20% off an order promotion up until December 14. Codeword FELICITAS.

Friday, December 07, 2012

McAfee rushed to hospital after asylum bid rejected

Critics say the draft, drawn up by a body dominated by Chinese fishing vessels from waters near China's southern Hainan province, was rushed through parliament without proper consultation & does not do enough to protect political & religious freedoms & the rights of women. "They also lack inspiration in terms of their quest to warn everybody about child safety issues." Also up for discussion today will be the terms of a final agreement on changing the rules of succession for the British monarchy to allow first-born girls to become heirs to the throne. These plans were meant as a countermeasure to what the Israelis described as a unilateral Palestinian move at the United Nations, which they said violated their previous signed agreements. World leaders denounced them, & critics warned that any future settlement building could harm the prospects of a viable & contiguous Palestinian state. What remains the core issue however, is recognising the fact that the fight against corruption is not just a cause to ensure the legal protections for civil societies against the abuse that they may receive at the hand of those in power, it is in effect, a fight against human suffering caused by an act that transcends simple violation of power.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Climate change? Possibly, given the time of the year.

Precursor to the Mayan end of the world? Probably not.

Photo: Newspix/Rex Features

But the seas off Sydney have been red during the day with an algal bloom which at night becomes a phosphorescent blue when stirred by the movement of the water.

Photo: Davide Gaglio,