Bobbing Around Volume 17 Number 2

Yes, organic is more expensive. You can pay the farmer now, or the doctor later.
Emily Fletcher

Bobbing Around

Volume Seventeen, Number Two,
August, 2017

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*From me to you
Painting as if the planet mattered
Submission to Senate
Amazon report
Please help again with cover design
Interview
Pandora’s Box Gazette
Margaret Carter
Rajat Mitra
Cheryl Holloway

*Responses
Linda Williams

*Politics
Does it fight terrorism to keep Afghan schoolgirls from entering a contest?
A pastor’s rave about presidents
Nonviolent protest against Adani
A compassionate response to Trump

*Environment
6th extinction event confirmed
And Paul Ehrlich explains why
Al Gore explains those catastrophic floods in the news
The most effective survival trick
Glacier releases its victims

*Good news
Big oil is being held to account
Solar Boom
Bye, Keystone XL?

*Inspiring people
He fosters dying children to serve Allah
James Cromwell goes to jail and on a hunger strike
A good man speaks out

*Compassion
List of businesses who care for their workers
She joined the homeless

*Technology
Algae to the rescue?
Clothes that grow with the child

*Deeper issues
The three scaries
Are drives environment-friendly?
When were the best times?
Some people wear black feathers
Jimmy Carter, 1979
Adoption as an environmental measure

*Psychology
Doomsday psychology
I can’t bear my boyfriend to touch me
My daughter rejects me

*Health
Maybe avoiding infection is a good idea?
The benefits of coconut oil
Lung cancer from asbestos, by Mesotheiloma.net team
Climate, health and wellbeing

*For writers
Copyright basics for writers, by Cheryl Holloway
Writers’ Boon would like to partner with you
New reader forum

*What my friends want you to know
Fuskushima: stop dumping!
Join the flotilla for environment & peace in front of the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2017
Support MSF in rehab and post-operative care in Mosul
Wilderness society: forest destruction exposed
Avaaz: stop refugee murder

*Reviews
Guardian Angel, reviewed by Sandra Warren
Guardian Angel, reviewed by Rajat Mitra

*Fun
Drug test wealthy recipients of government assistance!
Real estate, going cheap


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Jesus gave free medical care to lepers, man. It’s not even a parable. That’s what he did — gave free healthcare to lepers. The entire New Testament is Jesus walking around with 12 dudes giving medicine to poor people. Jesus was a homeless brown refugee who ran around giving people universal healthcare. There is literally no other way to interpret this.
Holly Wood

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From me to you

Painting as if the planet mattered
Submission to Senate
Amazon report
Please help again with cover design
Interview
Pandora’s Box Gazette
Margaret Carter
Rajat Mitra
Cheryl Holloway

 

Painting as if the planet mattered

Please read my latest blog post, written while I should have been working on this issue of Bobbing Around.

Commenters will be rewarded with a big smile, teleported right to you.


Submission to Senate

There is an Australian government authority that is currently considering using taxpayer money to subsidise one of Earth’s greatest planned mistakes: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. A Senate inquiry is examining the propriety of this authority’s actions. Here is my submission:

In a sane world, all of humanity would be united to save a future. We are now in the 6th great extinction event of earth, and climate change is a major causative factor.

One of the requirements for survival is to keep carbon in the ground. No new coal, oil or gas resources should be exploited, and we need even more rapid shift from carbon to renewables than is happening.

In the circumstances, the Adani Carmichael project is untenable. It should certainly not be propped up with Australian taxpayers’ money.

If NAIF were an independent body, they would certainly share my conclusion. However, it is stacked with people who have connections to the mining industry.

This is unacceptable.


Amazon report

I’ve received my first royalty statement from Amazon, regarding Guardian Angel. Let us just say that I find the number of books sold to be less than I expected.

In the past, I’ve had friends say that their publisher’s sales reports must be false, because they knew of sales not included. Perhaps it was not the publisher, but the retail outlet? But, before I make any accusations, I need data. If you have bought a copy of this book at any time, I’ll be grateful for an email to let me know, with the date, and from which Amazon site.

And if you haven’t yet written a review, I’d still appreciate one. Do remember my standing policy: any person who buys one of my books can have another book, free.


Please help again with cover design


I’ve just received an initial cover design concept for Hit and Run. I am not a visual person but paint with words, so I will be most grateful for advice.

My publisher has written that the artist “needs basically for you to pull it to pieces and let him know what you want changed so he can get more of a mental picture of what you are wanting.”


Interview

Lisa Haselton has asked me some good questions. You need to judge if I have given good answers.

Please have a look and spread the word.


Pandora’s Box Gazette

Joanne Tropello has reproduced my writing article from last month’s Bobbing Around at her blog.

Thank you, Joanne.


Margaret Carter

Margaret circulates her newsletter as a Yahoo list where only moderators can post. Her particular interest is both fiction and nonfiction about vampires, werewolves, dragons, and the like. All the same, she has graciously decided to interview me. To read my answers, you need to log in or register with Yahoo, then subscribe to her newsletter.

I hope my responses to her questions are interesting enough to make it worthwhile.


Rajat Mitra

I have had the pleasure of interviewing a remarkable man. After reviewing his book The Infidel Next Door, I wanted to find out all about him, and so this interview came into being.

Rajat is offering a free copy of his book to one person who leaves a comment. You have until the 7th of August.


Cheryl Holloway

Cheryl is an inspiring lady. I “met” her because she interviewed me as part of my publicity campaign for Guardian Angel. So, I asked to interview her in turn.

She has agreed, and you can read her answers to my questions.

So far, three people have left comments, and she has offered free short stories to each. She will also send a free book to one commenter.


Responses

Linda Williams

Hi there,

My daughter Ava and I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your psych contacts page. Ava did her 6th grade final project for health class on Eating Disorders. In her online research she found your page — it was so helpful to her I wanted to reach out and thank you. I hadn’t seen her that invested in her school work in a long time. I’m grateful she’s committed to such an important topic, especially with her teen years right around the corner. I think the pressures put on kids today are 10x worse than when I was in school, and it was difficult back then.

I meant to email earlier, but we went on vacation and the time got away from me. Ava graduated 6th grade June 21st and her teacher specifically came up to me to tell me what a great job she did on that project. I have been meaning to email you ever since to thank you for your part in her success. When I told Ava I was going to email you to thank you for your page, she suggested (insisted) I let you know about another guide she found online on Eating Disorders. She thought it might be a good addition to your page. I know it was helpful to Ava in her research, so hopefully you find some use for it too.

Thank you again and have a wonderful summer!

Linda & Ava Williams


Politics

Does it fight terrorism to keep Afghan schoolgirls from entering a contest?
A pastor’s rave about presidents
Nonviolent protest against Adani
A compassionate response to Trump

 

Does it fight terrorism to keep Afghan schoolgirls from entering a contest?

Being a schoolgirl in Afghanistan literally means risking your life. They are a major target for those who misread the Qur’an to justify their inhuman actions.

The way to fight terrorism is to encourage and support those Afghan people who defy the terrorists. But Trump’s travel ban is denying a group of girls their chance to shine in a robotics contest.

Insane.


A pastor’s rave about presidents

As an outsider looking at the USA, I consider Obama to have been the best president since Kennedy. Trump is a blot on humanity.

Therefore, I was inspired to read this brilliant little essay by John Pavlovitz.

Apparently, there are Americans who claim to have been “embarrassed” by having Obama as president, and thank Trump for restoring their pride. Pavlovitz shows without doubt that we are talking about racism here.

Read his eloquent rave.


Nonviolent protest against Adani

Seven religious leaders have camped in the office of Australia’s Minister for Environment, in order to pressure him to stop support for Adani’s mega coalmine.

None of these people have ever done such a thing before.

I hope many others follow their example.


A compassionate response to Trump

A letter to the editor at Cleveland.com is the most beautiful thing I have read about the person I still can’t believe is America’s president.

Please read Pete Penn’s letter.


Environment

6th extinction event confirmed
And Paul Ehrlich explains why
Al Gore explains those catastrophic floods in the news
The most effective survival trick
Glacier releases its victims

 

6th extinction event confirmed

I’ve been shouting about it for years. Now an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has looked at new evidence. In addition to species lost, and in danger of extinction, a great many other species are losing billions of individuals due to shrinking ranges, and other effects of human activity.

We must stop consuming, because we are consuming the life support system of this planet.


And Paul Ehrlich explains why

Paul is one of my heroes. When I was a young fellow, his books made me think. I may have disagreed with some of his points, but overall, history has proven him to be right.

In this brief but powerful essay, he sets out the way we are destroying our world. It’s very much 2 + 2 = 4. We are converting our planet into a human monoculture.


Al Gore explains those catastrophic floods in the news

Floods are reported in many places, with months’ worth of rain in a few hours, even while other locations suffer terrible droughts.

Here is a brief report. Not being Twitter-friendly, I was unable to access Al Gore’s speech. Maybe someone can instruct me?

So, I have stolen the pic of a rain bomb.

The physics is simple. Warmer air can hold more water vapour. Warmer sea surfaces evaporate more water. What goes up must come down, and it does.


The most effective survival trick

The hero of my (unpublished) Doom Healer series has often said: it’s Stop Breeding.

A recent article in Environmental Research Letters agrees with Bill.


The authors encourage the download of this graph, which shows that having one fewer child is the most powerful way of reducing your impact on the environment.


Glacier releases its victims

A Swiss couple went missing in 1942. Now, their mummified bodies have risen to the surface.

Without doubt, they fell into a crevasse too deep to climb out of. But the glaciers are melting.

Someone, please forward this news item to Scott Pruitt.


Good news

Big oil is being held to account
Solar Boom
Bye, Keystone XL?

 

Big oil is being held to account

Two municipalities and a city in California are suing the oil industry for rising sea levels are causing in their area. They should have a good chance, given the demonstrated multi-billion-dollar campaigns to hide the truth about climate change.

If the oily moneybags had used the evidence they had available, they could have led the world into renewable technologies, and slowed or even reversed environmental catastrophe. They would have made a profit anyway — not that you can take money with you.


Solar Boom

The headline is: “America produces 43 times more solar now than in 2007.”

Read a summary.

This welcome news is combined with more energy efficiency. The report from Environment America also states that per capita energy use has also dropped by 10% during the past decade.

That is actually more environmental. Using less has no environmental costs, while renewable energy devices do.


Bye, Keystone XL?

Never mind approvals and legalities, commercial issues rule commercial decisions. According to this report, the company, TransCanada Corp., is assessing whether there is any use for the environmental monstrosity. Low global oil prices may make the dirty tar sands oils uncompetitive.


People who inspire

He fosters dying children to serve Allah
James Cromwell goes to jail and on a hunger strike
A good man speaks out

 

He fosters dying children to serve Allah

For thirty years, a man in California has been fostering children who are dying, and have no one else to love them. He is Muslim (that’s why he is doing it), a migrant from Libya — and when Trump’s minions came to investigate him, there was such a storm of defence that they didn’t come back.

Please read the touching story of Mohamed Bzeek.

I could have listed this story under “compassion,” but I think he is a role model for us all in how to do that. He certainly inspires me.


James Cromwell goes to jail and on a hunger strike

I don’t watch TV, and go to very few movies, so I’ve never heard of James Cromwell. However, you probably have.

He is a person to admire. Although New York State doesn’t allow fracking, a gas-fired power station is planned, that will use gas fracked elsewhere. Rightly, James and others thing that exporting a problem is as bad as having it locally.

He has been sentenced to jail. While there, he won’t eat.

Read the story.


A good man speaks out

Joel Clement has worked for the US Department of Interior for 7 years as a senior climate scientist. His role was protecting Alaskan communities from the disastrous effects of melting permafrost. He has campaigned on their behalf, and has spoken on the issue in public venues.

The result? He has been reassigned to accounts receivable — something where his training is irrelevant.

Please read his statement in the Washington Post.


Compassion

List of businesses who care for their workers
She joined the homeless

 

List of businesses who care for their workers

Australia has a long history of “penalty rates” for work on weekends, holidays, overtime, and during unusual hours, such as night shifts. This means that working when others don’t want to is paid at a higher rate.

The current government has cancelled this arrangement. By law, from the 1st of July, there are no penalty rates.

I am delighted to let you know that a great many businesses, small and large, consider this to be both unfair and bad for their own success. So, they are voluntarily continuing to pay their staff for the extra they put in.

If you are in Australia, look up a list of businesses that have chosen to ignore the cuts, and continue to look after the people who make their profits possible: the workers.


She joined the homeless


Tamsen Courtenay deliberately lived with the homeless people of London. The result is her book, Four Feet Under.

Please read her passionate account. You may well find your view of the unfortunate of our society change. She is compassion in action.


Technology

Algae to the rescue?
Clothes that grow with the child

 

Algae to the rescue?

Here is a report about a process in which algae, sea water and sunlight soak up carbon dioxide produced during cement manufacture.

It’s ingenious, and trust Swedes to do the right thing. My question is, what do you do with all the algae produced?


Clothes that grow with the child

One inherent source of waste is the facts that kids grow. OK, it’s possible to pass gear on to younger ones, or shop second hand, but clothing that expands is a great saving of money, time and resources.

An aeronautical engineer has designed it.


Deeper Issues

The three scaries
Are drives environment-friendly?
When were the best times?
Some people wear black feathers
Jimmy Carter, 1979
Adoption as an environmental measure

 

The three scaries

…according to Emily Fletcher.

She says the Three Scaries are climate change, terrorism, and fake food.

They are symptoms of seeking happiness outside of ourselves, a sense of otherness, and greed.

As it happens, I don’t need her lesson, though I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation from this wonderful fellow traveller. I learned at 21 years of age that things don’t bring you happiness, have lived in contentment in voluntary poverty for many years, and consider all sentient beings on this planet to be my family.

Emily wants everyone to reach this way of thinking, and tells you how to get there.


Are drives environment-friendly?

This was a question posted at Quora. Here is my answer:

Sorry, I don’t know what you mean by “drives.” If you mean using a car for recreational purposes, or driving around without a destination, then the answer is a firm NO.

Every move you make of any kind is either toward survival or toward extinction. We are at a point in the Earth’s history that the destruction of our entire ecosphere could happen very rapidly. So, every drop of gasoline you use pushes us in the wrong direction. The only justification for burning fossil fuels should be that there is an environmental payoff that is greater.

For example, Bill McKibben or Al Gore using a plane to fly to a different place in order to inspire thousands of people to change their consumption patterns is justified. Bill or Al using the same plane to go on a holiday is not.

When a country is at a war of survival, as, say, Britain was during WW2, people readily accept rationing, hardship, voluntary work, doing everything to help the war effort.

We are not having a war against another nation, but against the impacts of humanity on the web of life that keeps us alive. We need to have the same attitude, unless we want to join the dinosaurs, soon.


When were the best times?

Economists and politicians measure the worth of things with the GDP, which is an idiot measure. This essay uses Australia as the case study, but the logic applies globally.

A far better measure of the wellbeing of society is the “Genuine Progress Indicator:”

    Based on the work of the American economist Herman Daly in the 1970s and ’80s, GPI takes into account different measures of human wellbeing, grouped into economic, environmental and social categories.

    Examples on the negative side of the ledger include income inequality, CO2 emissions, water pollution, loss of biodiversity and the misery of car accidents.

    On the positive side, and also left out of GDP, are the value of household work, parenting, unpaid child and aged care, volunteer work, the quality of education, the value of consumer goods lasting longer, and so on. The overall GPI measure, expressed in dollars, takes 26 such factors into account.

According to this measure, the wellbeing of developed economies peaked in the 1970s.

It’s time for planned degrowth, right?


Some people wear black feathers

A paper in the July issue of Science by Swedish researchers demonstrates that ravens can plan ahead, and consider the future worth of objects. They are willing to forego instant gratification for something better later.

Obviously, they are smarter than some humans.


Jimmy Carter, 1979

That’s when he made a speech that predicted the slide to Donald Trump.

Please read this essay, which shows that his philosophy is what we need, now.


Adoption as an environmental measure

I approve of the message of this essay in Care2.com, that instead of having a baby, consider adoption. After all, humans are the major pollution in earth’s ecosystem.

Llowell Williams sets out the reasons, and the current difficulties, and what changes are needed to improve the situation.

My only rider is that while adopting a needy child in an overdeveloped country like the USA is excellent, importing a child from a poor country actually increases that child’s environmental footprint. Instead, we need to empower the locals to improve their standard of living while minimising their environmental impact.


Psychology

Doomsday psychology
I can’t bear my boyfriend to touch me
My daughter rejects me

 

Doomsday psychology

This essay by James Wilt is a completely accurate assessment of how to move people’s opinions. It is an exact parallel of the course I offer on “How to move the opinions of climate change deniers.”

Facts can be counterproductive. People who already accept them are bolstered by new facts bearing out their beliefs, but those who start by disagreeing will actually be pushed further away from agreement.

This bizarre fact about human belief systems has been one of the greatest barriers to effective action on the greatest threats to life on this planet.

James’ article is in response to a magnum opus by David Wallace-Wells.

David has all his facts right, and accurately sets out the problems of climate change. James however has assembled evidence that rubbing people’s faces in the problem will lead to denial, running the other way, despair — but not action.


I can’t bear my boyfriend to touch me

Hello! I just wanted to talk about my childhood. I had the perfect family and house, I had everything a child wanted. When I was about 10, I had this private teacher who was close to my family and much older than me. He sexually abused me for 4 years but I couldn’t understand what he was doing. I started to realise when I was 16 and was about to have something sexual. My mind had flashbacks and told me to stop, and I did. I can’t sue him because I have no evidence and no one knew. The person I tried to have sexual intercourse with is still in my life and we just stop at a point every time something happens. No one knows about us either and we pretend to be best friends. Any advice?

My dear, you have clearly identified the cause of your problem: a post-traumatic reaction to the sexual abuse. You have learned to associate certain touches and activities with being out of control, at the mercy of a more powerful person.

You can overcome this. There are over a dozen ways of doing so. All are versions of “exposure therapy.” This means that you are in a situation of safety, then you deliberately invite the bad memories. They feel awful — for a while, then the emotional reaction fades. You do this repeatedly, and this draws the poison from the memories, and those events will no longer have an effect on you.

The success rate is very high, for people who have the courage to finish the process. People who start, then feel they can’t keep going, will of course fail.

I have done this for myself, and have taught it to hundreds of my clients. It works. You can read my little e-book Anger and Anxiety, and maybe you can do it for yourself.

All the same, it’s good to have a trained helper. Find a psychologist near you who does trauma work.

Second, as far as your special friend goes, good luck to the two of you. Make sure you don’t get pregnant, and read my guide to how to have a good relationship.

Your new grandfather,
Bob


My daughter rejects me

Dear Bob,

My daughter believes I have been talking about her to the rest of the family, said some very hurtful things on the telephone, then slammed the phone down. I left it a few days and rang her today. At first she seemed OK, a bit distant. As the conversation progressed, she told me that I had always talked about her even when she was a child (because she listened at the door one day while I was talking to my parents). She told me that I never did any activities with her, except gymnastics and swimming, and always got her dad to do things with her instead of doing them myself, right up to present day. I have always done the best I could for her. These days I have very bad arthritis and am unable to walk any distances. What can I say or do to try and solve this situation?

Thank you,
Alice

Dear Alice,

Such radically different memories within families are very common. I have them in my family too, and yet we have developed a mutually loving relationship. Both parties continue to “remember” what they honestly believe to be the truth, although they cannot both be true.

Instead of trying to convince the other person of being wrong, what is needed is mutual forgiveness. There is a wonderful Buddhist prayer:

“I ask for forgiveness from every person I have harmed, accidentally or on purpose, knowingly or unknowingly. I offer forgiveness to every person who has harmed me, accidentally or on purpose, knowingly or unknowingly.”

Please send your question and my answer to your daughter, and ask that both of you should do this, from the heart, honestly doing your best to make it succeed.

Life is too short for the seriousness it deserves. You may both live for a long time yet. That time should be spent in friendship. Either of you could die tomorrow. The survivor should be able to live without feeling of guilt for having hurt the other.

Good luck, and let me know the outcome,
Bob


Health

Maybe avoiding infection is a good idea?
The benefits of coconut oil
Lung cancer from asbestos, by Mesotheiloma.net team
Climate, health and wellbeing

 

Maybe avoiding infection is a good idea?

This is one of several reports of a World Health Organization study that shows that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea has outwitted humanity. There is now a strain resistant to every relevant antibiotic.

This is a highly contagious disease, if you engage in, um, close personal contact with an infected person. I reckon prevention is better than no cure. Do note that many infected people show no symptoms.


The benefits of coconut oil

Jen Miller has written a comprehensive, informative essay about coconut oil. She even offers several recipes.

She has summarised seven health benefits, including help with brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disorder, weight gain, diabetes, blocked arteries, and even wrinkles.

Well, read it for yourself.


Lung cancer from asbestos
by Mesotheiloma.net team

Cancer in any form has various treatment options, such as radiation or chemotherapy. Patients are always looking for the next, great solution to their ailment, which means that research is probably part of their life. Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that’s normally rooted in asbestos exposure. Uncover the emerging treatments today that may offer some solutions tomorrow for your mesothelioma diagnosis.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy has great promise when it comes to warding off further tumor growths, reports the National Institutes of Health. This therapy uses a combination of an ingested drug and light in order to develop a chemical reaction. Cancer cells exposed to the chemical reaction are carefully eradicated with this therapy choice. The key to this treatment is the use of a single oxygen atom that helps with cancer-cell death. Although mesothelioma patients have cancer cells that are deep within their chest cavity, photodynamic therapy is still a viable option.

Gene Therapy

Your genes are a map of your entire body from the cell level. For most cancer patients, the disease occurs because the body’s genes mutated at a certain point. Exposure to asbestos, for example, can mutate genes over several years with mesothelioma as the result. Researchers are honing in on a particular gene called TP53. This tumor protein controls cancer growth. The concept behind this emerging treatment is using the gene to fight off mesothelioma before it even develops. Although it’s in its beginning stages, gene therapy is one of the top treatments to look out for in the future.

Immunotherapy

This emerging treatment has a variety of options for the average patient. In simple terms, immunotherapy is the process of using the body’s defense mechanisms against the cancer cells. Certain therapies boost the immune system while others weaken it for alternative treatment purposes. This particular option has a lot of promise as doctors continually research the body’s immune response. At some point, patients may be able to use this treatment as a permanent alternative to harmful chemotherapy or radiation as they fight off cancer.

Epigenetic Therapy

If you dive further into gene therapy, you’ll discover epigenetic solutions. DNA carries genetic information that makes a person who he or she is at birth. Chemical reactions occur around DNA throughout life, which can lead to mutations and cancer development. Epigenetic therapy focuses on drugs that can control these DNA reactions for the good of the person. Researchers can see if the body is about to develop cancer and possibly change that outcome. They simply need to figure out how the cancer cells shut off certain immune responses in the body to fight back at the molecular level.

Your doctor is the only professional who can develop a cancer-fighting plan that works. In most cases, you’ll use a handful of different treatments in order to see how the body responds. There’s no clear pathway to recovery, but you can create your own way by working closely with your doctor every step of the way.

Mesothelioma.net is the best web resource for finding information on mesothelioma cancer, which most commonly develops in the lining of the lungs, and is cause by asbestos. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for mesothelioma. While it’s treatable, it’s more commonly detected in later stages leading to a poor prognosis. To learn more about mesothelioma and whom it affects, check out https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-news/.


Climate, health and wellbeing

Last month, health professionals launched the Our Climate, Our Health campaign in Parliament House. We asked Labor, Liberals, and Greens to support the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-Being and take action on an issue that is already affecting millions of people in Australia and worldwide.

Thanks to your support and advocacy, the Greens and Labor have committed to implement a Climate, Health and Well-Being policy. Click below to watch Labor MPs Catherine King and Mark Butler explain why it is so important to take action on this issue.

To everyone that helped us get this far: thank you, we couldn’t have do it without you. This is a huge step toward addressing the devastating effects of climate change on health that we are already witnessing, such as thunderstorm asthma, worsening heatwaves, and more extreme weather events.

But there is still plenty of work to be done.

The Federal Government is still failing to take action on climate health, and most Liberal MPs don’t believe the science behind climate change.

That is why we are asking you to join the campaign. The only thing that is going to push this government to action is an army of health professionals and members of the community speaking up. With your help, we can reach every member of Parliament and tell them we want them to act now to protect our health from climate change.

Thank you,

Phoebe, Danielle & Gabe
Our Climate, Our Health


Writing

Copyright basics for writers, by Cheryl Holloway
Writers’ Boon would like to partner with you
New reader forum

 

Copyright basics for writers
by Cheryl Holloway

If you are shaky in your knowledge about what copyright is, how to protect your work from theft and similar issues, read Cheryl’s new blog on the subject.


Writers’ Boon would like to partner with you

Hi,

I’m Carol Vorvain and I run Writers Boon, a professionally designed marketplace where authors find all the publishing and marketing resources they need. From editors, designers, writing coaches to book promo sites, publicists, translators and so on.

If you are a writer looking for resources, or a professional offering services of various kinds, you will want to check out Writers’ Boon.


New reader forum

Pandora’s Box Gazette just started a Reader’s Forum. Readers can chat with other readers. They can meet authors in chat rooms. We have a Learning Hub. Conversation will be stimulated in the Open Pandora’s Box Chat Room. Hope to chat with you soon!


What my friends want you to know

Fuskushima: stop dumping!
Join the flotilla for environment & peace in front of the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2017
Support MSF in rehab and post-operative care in Mosul
Wilderness society: forest destruction exposed
Avaaz: stop refugee murder

 

Fuskushima: stop dumping!

There is a move to dump radioactive waste into the ocean.

Read about it and sign the petition to the Japanese government.


Join the flotilla for environment & peace in front of the Pentagon, Sept. 16, 2017


Check it out and join in if you can.


Support MSF in rehab and post-operative care in Mosul

Dear Bob,

Since the fighting in Mosul intensified last October, thousands of people have been wounded or killed.

Our medical teams are there providing life-saving emergency surgery for men, women and children injured by the conflict.

But now another medical need is emerging. Many people still suffer from months-old and partially healed trauma injuries. They have old burns and gunshot wounds or walk with shrapnel still embedded in their bodies, hampering their movements.

Please consider making a donation of $50 today to support our work. Your donation will support our work in around 70 countries, including treating malnutrition in Nigeria, providing medical care for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda or responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.

Mahmoud (below) was hit in the back by a bullet whilst fleeing Mosul.

Initially, doctors warned that he may never walk again. “I was completely paralysed. They said I would be quadriplegic… there was no hope left in my case,” said Mahmoud.

After being referred for rehabilitative care with Médecins Sans Frontières, he is now making incremental progress, day by day. “My legs and arms became better. There has been a lot of progress.”


Wilderness society: forest destruction exposed

We’ve just released new imagery exposing devastating forest and bushland destruction in Queensland.

Can you share this video far and wide to get the story out?

Yesterday, ABC 7.30 exposed Australia’s unseen environmental crisis: mass forest and bushland destruction. In Queensland alone, an MCG-sized area is destroyed every 3 minutes.

The worst thing is, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much forest and bushland destruction happening that Eastern Australia is now in the top 10 ‘deforestation fronts’ in the world.2 And last week, a landmark Queensland Government report showed deforestation is pushing hundreds of threatened species—like the Koala—to the brink of extinction.

We’ve polled communities in Queensland and New South Wales and found out that most people don’t even know this crisis is happening all around us. But when people are made aware of the problem and see footage like this, support for strong and urgent action goes through the roof.


Avaaz: stop refugee murder

A band of racist pirates want to personally block desperate refugees from landing in Europe.

These far-right-wannabes managed to raise $160,000 with a crowdfunded appeal to rent a boat and patrol the Mediterranean, “intervene” with humanitarian NGOs helping refugees survive the journey, and drive boats back to the African coast.

There’s no one that can respond to this ridiculous moment and these ridiculous people better than we can.

Here’s how we’ll crash their party:

  • raise 10x the amount they did to show them that compassion still beats hate!
  • block them at every port they try to land at to refuel, both through appeals to authorities and direct action
  • expose them all over the media as the inept attention-seekers they are, rather than a meaningful movement
  • push for a sane, compassionate refugee plan for Europe that undercuts the racist opposition at its heart

They could land at their first port by Saturday. Chip in the cost of a meal or a drink and let’s show the world that love is more powerful than hate.


Reviews

Guardian Angel, reviewed by Sandra Warren
Guardian Angel, reviewed by Rajat Mitra

 

Guardian Angel, reviewed by Sandra Warren

The title of Dr. Bob Rich’s new novel, Guardian Angel, sets the tone for the story of a young Aboriginal girl, Maraglindi, who touches the lives of all she meets in unexpected ways, breaking through barriers of hate and prejudice towards the Australian Aboriginal people, by opening stone cold hearts to love. Of particular interest is the interaction between Maraglindi, an Aboriginal child and Kirsten, a Caucasian school mate, who at first seems unreachable as she spreads hate throughout the school toward the only Aboriginal student in the all-white school, but is eventually won over by Maraglindi’s unfailing spirit.

Maraglindi’s message of acceptance, hope and love is universal and much needed around the world today, especially here in the United States of America; a country divided as never before, not by skin color, origin of birth or religion, but rather by political belief systems.

While reading Guardian Angel, I couldn’t help but think of another who came to earth, led a challenging life of suffering, and left a legacy of love through his teachings. Dr. Bob Rich, through Guardian Angel, has created a memorable character that is likely to leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to pick up this wonderful book. The spirit of Maraglindi will live on in the hearts of all who read her story.


Guardian Angel, reviewed by Rajat Mitra

I read the book Guardian Angel with many wonderful feelings that I hadn’t felt in a while. It opened a little unknown world for me that I didn’t know existed. It is the story of a young girl who is born as a result of an assault by a white man on an aboriginal woman and her coming of age in the midst of many hardships. There were people who loved her and saw her uniqueness as a healer and those who judged her by the color of her skin.

As an Indian, one born a little after India’s independence, though I didn’t face direct racism from the white race, my father did and our family was full of stories about how we faced discrimination and humiliation at the hands of the British. In the book when the author talks of how the whites held the aborigines in contempt and hatred, it made me aware of a painful legacy that our country still carries. I can very well relate to it as it still pervades our life in many ways. The first thing that struck me about the book was the clash of two cultures, two different ways of being and the one that the invading culture destroyed that of the native people. Similar thing happened in many parts of Indian subcontinent. Many missionaries even today justify the spread of Christianity by saying aborigines are little better than animals, are animists and therefore they are not doing anything wrong by converting forgetting that animism is a faith too and as powerful as any other faith.

The character of Maraglindi is both fascinating and immersive and takes one to a different world. The description of the sights, sounds of the those early days reminded me of a time when life was much simpler and people wanted to live in peace in the lap of mother nature, but one that was cruelly snatched from them. Maraglindi’s journey from an aboriginal girl to a woman who wins respect through her healing powers in the midst of this turbulence is therefore deeply touching and reminds one of life’s fragility and our commitment to forgive and move on. My only contention is that though she appears real and compassionate, I would have liked to know more of her inner struggles, if any.

Her story is a reminder that love can make inroads in the midst of bigotry and hatred and negotiate one’s way in life even though everything is against you. She is an unforgettable character.

Even though she meets a tragic end, her legacy continues through the people she has transformed. Every land which has been colonized and suffered extinction of natives has stories of people like Maraglindi who stood as a bridge of peace between the invading and the native culture and who remind us of the violence that has taken place in the name of God.

The book has many powerful insights. When Gerald says how the whites see land as one to buy and sell but for the natives their bond to the land they live on is permanent. When Maraglindi’s family refuses to leave saying that they will die if they leave their land, I could understand as this was the belief in my countrymen and a value that never made us invade others.

A must read for those who need to understand the clash between east and west and how the world changed because of that conflict.


Fun

Drug test wealthy recipients of government assistance!
Real estate, going cheap

 

Drug test wealthy recipients of government assistance!


This lady has my admiration. She’s been on food stamps and other government assistance, and stood for office, and now represents her community in Congress. I’ve become her fan and admirer after reading about her in Wikipedia.

She is rightly outraged that welfare recipients are drug tested, despite evidence that, if anything, their drug use is less than for the general population. But she has a sense of humour. If poor beneficiaries of taxpayer funds are drug tested, what about those on high income who get tax breaks?

Gwen Moore has put forward a serious proposal to drug test anyone claiming itemized tax deductions of over $150,000 in a given year.

More power to you, Gwen.


Real estate, going cheap


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About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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