Bobbing Around Volume 18 Number 5

There is no such thing as death. The place between lives is reality. This world is an illusion created so we can learn, and move toward perfection.
Joshua Yakune, in The Prince of Light


It doesn’t matter how many good things we do: preventing climate breakdown means ceasing to do bad things… Clean growth is as much of an oxymoron as clean coal.
George Monbiot (must read)

Bobbing Around

Volume Eighteen, Number Four,
October, 2018

Bob Rich’s rave

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*About Bobbing Around
subscribe/unsubscribe
guidelines for contributions

*Blog posts during October

*From me to you
Free Book Edit contest is open for voting
TWO new recipients of the LiFE Award

*Responses
Sierra Madre

*Politics
Sparing you

*Environment
Another thing about glyphosate

*Inspiring people
Trees to reverse disaster

*CompassionA boat person writes

*Technology
Glyphosate-free, fair trade
Leaf blowers

*Deeper issues
How you can address climate change

*Psychology
Sleep loss and suffering
16 years of guilt
…And a fine 19 year old boy

*Look over a writer’s shoulder
Comma tips
Submissions for magazine with a message
Groups for book marketing

*What my friends want you to know
Miranda loves to edit
Segilola Salami radio
Movie exposes “Stop the Boats” as a lie
Claire is at it again
Bainstorming
Scientists’ new movie needs you

*Reviews
Hit and Run, reviewed by Dorothy Day
Lance: A spirit unbroken, by Walter Stoffel
Stories of the Elders by Veronica Kirin

*Fun
How to become thinner
Notice on a bookshop window


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Negative-emission technologies [removing carbon dioxide from the air] are not an insurance policy, but rather an unjust and high-stakes gamble. There is a real risk they will be unable to deliver on the scale of their promise.
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Blog posts during October

I have been following my grandson Jarvis’s advice, and posting individual items immediately, instead of waiting for the next issue of Bobbing Around. However, this means some possible annoyance for the increasing number of lovely people who “Follow” my blog: they receive the post, then there it is again in the newsletter.

At the same time, the many equally lovely people on my subscription list only get the newsletter.

Here is my new experiment (feedback welcome). Individual posts, or links to them, will be listed under this heading from now on. Subscribers can choose to look, followers can skip.

Interviews

T. A. Sullivan

T. A. Sullivan’s interview is very different from my previous ones.


Damilola Ogunremi

Come with me to Nigeria, where Damilola Ogunremi has interviewed me.

Politics

Excellent voting advice

If you are an American, and anticipate possible obstructionism or prejudice while attempting to cast a vote, prepare yourself by reading this excellent article at Care2.com.


Climate change is World War III, and we are leaderless

David Shearman is the honorary secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Adelaide University.

What he has to say is for every politician — and for everyone with the opportunity to vote for politicians — everywhere on Earth.


Kids deserve decency

Successive Australian governments have been torturing people, including children, in a misguided, insane attempt to discourage asylum seekers from seeking refuge in Australia.

Please watch this amazing video by a bunch of kids appealing to the Prime Minister to do the right thing.

It’s not only the kids who need to be saved from Australian politicians, but all the unfortunate people on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island. There are also thousands of refugees in Australia whose financial support has been withdrawn in a callous act that forces them to depend on charity or die.

Wherever on the planet you live, please pressure politicians to act in a humane manner.

Environment

Not in my backyard

My brief blog is about the latest gas pipeline explosion.


Remember that Greenland heatwave?

My brief discussion of a new research report explains it.

It is also a call to arms for action.


Meandering polar jet stream visible in red colours, upper-level trough visible in blue (graph by ECMWF).


Extinctions

It’s been known for years that we are in the 6th extinction event, and that it is caused directly by humans. My metaphor has been that we’re unravelling the web of life, and will also fall through the hole.

A newly released research paper focuses on large mammals, and uses a different metaphor: we are “chopping down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on.”

Exactly right.

I only have one argument with the authors. As is the case with everyone, they are talking about “fifty years in the future” and stuff. But the damage is also in the past and the present. Living in the NOW is more effective thinking.

Good News

Dutch legal system is sane

A legal requirement on the Dutch government to get real on climate change has been upheld in an appeals court. This is what I have to say about it.


Hit poachers in the pocket

Killing wildlife, to the point of extinction for many species, is a billion-dollar international business. It’s run by the same people (if you can call them that) who finance illegal drugs, weapons, you name it. If it makes a buck, they’re into it.

Here is my short rave about it. I think you’ll agree with me.

Organic state rewarded

An entire state in India has gone 100% organic. As a result, it has been awarded the “Oscar for best agroecology practices,” the Future Policy Award 2018.

We must not follow, or poor Bayer will lose their investment in Monsanto.

As the pic shows, the people of Sikkim have been working on it for over a decade.

Inspiration

One person can make a difference

If everyone acted like Sarah Jackson, we’d have a wonderful world to live in.


What matters

This is a short post about a young man who sacrificed himself in the line of duty, in order to save hundreds of others.


Italian ship defies Italian racism

I find this project to be utterly inspiring.

Please read my reaction, and proposed solution to the tsunami of refugees.

Technology

Dirt into soil

This is the title of Gabe Brown’s book, and the passion of his life. He has turned a failing chemical ranch into a thriving organic one, with a very long list of benefits.

Read his inspiring story here.

Philosophy

Value of unpaid housework

Join me in transforming the global economy.


Illegitimate government

I found this essay in Daily Kos to be illuminating. It sets out in very simple words what is happening in American politics, although the same things threaten in the rest of the world, for example Australia, Turkey, now Brazil.

Briefly, a scholar in governance defines legitimacy in government, and shows how the ruling Republican Party has violated every one of the criteria.

Health

Organic vegie growing 101

Protecting yourself on Poison Planet, especially important given the next item.

Eating pesticide = increased cancer risk

Any sensible person knows that, but it’s nice to have scientific evidence. Nearly 69,000 people in France were followed up 4 years after they reported their preferences for organic food. Of several writeups, this is the best.

Bug killers harm children

In my essay, How to Change the World, I use an organophosphate pesticide as a case study. A new, large scale report shows, yet again, that this entire class of poisons is deadly stuff for humans.

Here is a plain-language writeup.

Look over a writer’s shoulder

Tension

I am not talking about knitting here, but about writing.

Here is my October contribution to Rhobin’s Rounds.

Short stories

Skye Taylor has contributed a short story for your enjoyment: Pay it forward.


From me to you

Free Book Edit contest is open for voting
TWO new recipients of the LiFE Award

 

Free Book Edit contest is open for voting

After a whole heap of work, we have pruned the entries to my third free book edit contest down to a shortlist of 10. Each has of a 200-word description. If you like that, a click will allow you to read the first 1000 words. Visitors are asked to assess how attractive the entry is for its target audience (e.g., a “Young Adult” book for a teenager). The offerings are extremely varied and intriguing.

Please support this project — and the authors who are currently holding their breath.


TWO new recipients of the LiFE Award

The LiFE Award: Literature For Environment honours publications with an environmental message. A beautifully illustrated, thought-provoking kids’ book by Jennifer Poulter is one. This is Jennifer’s third book to get the award. The other is Those Sugar-Barge Kids by Jon Tucker, a fast paced adventure story for young teens.


Responses to past issues

Well, this is a response to my building book, not to the newsletter, but still…

Sierra Madre

Hello Bob,

My name is Sierra and I would love to purchase your [Earth Garden Building] book. My boyfriend and I have a dream to build an off grid sustainable eco village with our band mates. I have a vision to build individual tiny homes for each of us sitting on a property that also houses a kitchen, living space and studio in a center meeting place. We prides ourselves on being leaders for sustainability by doing beach and forest clean-ups everywhere we go, we make and sell eco-friendly merch and educate our fans about environmental issues. We want to take our fans on a journey as we show the world how to live more sustainability. I was highly recommended to read your book!

We’re excited to finally begin the first stage of this journey by reading as much as humanly possible. We eventually would like to share the space for guests who want to learn about eco living while we’re on the road touring.

Anyways it’s late and I’m jibber jabbering from inspiration and sleepiness.

Let me know the cost of your beautiful book when you get a chance!

Sincerely,
Sierra Madre


Politics

Sparing you

There will be an election in my state, Victoria, Australia within the next month, and I am already out there, campaigning for the Greens.

Meanwhile, I am bombarded with far more information about the coming US elections than I want to know, and each email is a begging letter.

I’m sure you get similarly assaulted, so I won’t add to it.



Environment

Another thing about glyphosate

Glyphosate is a poison. It kills things. Despite industry misinformation, the victims are not limited to weeds, but affect a huge range of organisms.

A new study by Chinese scientists demonstrates that this includes gut bacteria in honeybees.

This has implications for humans as well. Please read this.

We need to transform Poison Planet.

OK, Monsanto is now Bayer. But a poison by any other name is just as toxic.


People who inspire

Trees to reverse disaster

I loved this project co-sponsored by EcoWatch. While politicians bicker, and profit for the sake of profit is wrecking the world, the young people of Puerto Rico have planted 750,000 trees.


Compassion

A boat person writes

Dear Compassionate Aussie,

I, too, am an Aussie. But I was once a boat people refugee fleeing from North Vietnam Communism.

And this is why I am reaching out to you. I feel very deeply for the children in detention and I fear that time is limited for some of them.

For years, I have sat back in despair and wondered what I can do. At the end 2017, with the help of my 2 daughters as co-illustrators, I published my autobiography in a soft cover coffee table book format with a children’s version captioning each illustration. With this first edition, I aim to raise $4000 for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

My book is titled An Ordinary Girl. It is a book about how I became a boat person refugee and my journey to becoming an Aussie myself. In it are themes of hope, strength, focus, gratitude and the importance of education. Our children will have a sense of how blessed they are to live the Aussie life once they read it. The illustrations were done with my 2 daughters and me. The front cover was done when Nya was 3 and Haylen was 7. Nya drew the moon with a silver texta and Haylen was 7 when she drew the boat with colour pencil.

We have only 30 more copies to get to the $4000. The public are able to donate $30 to have a copy sent to them. Every dollar goes to the ASRC after postage ($8.10) and printing ($7.07). I now even use recycled cardboard to protect the books in transit to save money.

Would you consider sharing this message with to help me reach $4000 for ASRC to save the children of Nauru?

I am asking you to do this because time is running out for these children and I am anxious for their survival.

Please consider donating $30. For members in the Murwillumbah to Tweed area, I can meet you at the shops to deliver to save postage. Please contact me to arrange.

I am just an average mum who is listening to my conscience. I know there are many of us out there who are parents and would do anything for our kids.

I can’t imagine what it is like on Nauru, to watch my own children languish without a will to live. What would you do for yours?

Please consider donating, An Ordinary Girl will make a great present this Christmas.

Join in on the conversation at Facebook.

Eternally grateful to you,

Anna Duong


Technology

Glyphosate-free, fair trade
Leaf blowers

 

Glyphosate-free, fair trade

That’s the promise of Foodstirs, which offers its products throughout the US, and online.

Their products pass the test of the Detox Project.

I am sure they are more expensive, but as Emily Fletcher has said, “Yes, organic is more expensive. You can pay the farmer now, or the doctor later.”

Being a chocaholic, I chose this pic:


Leaf blowers

I felt validated by this well-thought-out essay at Care2.com. Those noisy petrol-eating things for blowing leaves from your property to the neighbours’ have always seemed like a huge waste of resources.

Jordyn Cormier has summarised evidence that they’re even worse than that. They blow out a lot of unburnt fuel, so half an hour of use wastes as much as a pickup truck driving across America and halfway back again. (I find that hard to believe, but that’s James Fallows’ claim in The Washington Post).

The super-technological alternative? Try a rake. The mild exercise is good for you.


Deeper Issues

How you can address climate change

This list of effective actions in Tree Hugger recommends actions that will help. I have been advocating every one of them for decades, but they may provoke action for people who are only now becoming aware of the need for radical changes in thinking.


Psychology

Sleep loss and suffering
16 years of guilt
…And a fine 19 year old boy

 

Sleep loss and suffering

Whether diagnosable anxiety or depression, or merely worry, suffering can interfere with sleep. In turn, loss of sleep makes everything harder to bear, and can lead to emotional upset.

This long, detailed and evidence based essay is very helpful for anyone with insomnia.

It is published by a mattress manufacturer, and they are upfront about this, but the information is genuinely useful all the same. Publicising your wares by offering a service is a fine way of going about it.


16 years of guilt

A 33 year old man has written me a long, anguished email about what from the outside was clearly a brief, passing phase in his life:

My guilt for something I did that was very wrong many years ago still plagues me. At an early age, I was exposed to things and people on the internet I should not have been. I had a pretty rough childhood: going through the divorce of my parents, moving around a lot, being picked on in school, and having two major brain surgeries (none of these things should be considered excuses). I was quite confused sexually growing up. When I was 17, I befriended a girl around my age and her younger brother, who was about 12. On a few occasions over a short period, I did things that made her brother feel uncomfortable: i.e., rubbing his thigh, holding his hand, grabbing and squeezing his chest. At the time, I had no sense that what I was doing was wrong…as weird as that might sound. After a few times of doing this, he made clear he was uncomfortable about how I was behaving by giving me the silent treatment. I apologized and the three of us went on being friends. It was like nothing had ever happened. He seemed happy to see me (we’d play guitar and such) and I even took his sister to a school dance. I didn’t repeat the behavior, but tried to be the best friend and mentor I could be afterwards. I never mentioned it again, as I was afraid it’d bring up bad memories. I don’t believe his sister ever knew what had occurred, as she wasn’t around during what had occurred.

There is a lot more. Happily, I was able to answer him with this:

Dear Clive,

You will be surprised to find out that your situation is very common, so much so that I have assembled a list of my answers to such people, with an explanation.

Please read that page and the various individual answers.

Once you’ve done that, I am happy to stay on as your friend.

🙂
Bob


…And a fine 19 year old boy

Like buses, cries for help seem to come in bunches. A young man had sexual games with his little stepsister when he was 14. He hadn’t harmed her in any way, but got arousal from contact with her. Now, he is desperately eaten up by guilt.

That was then. Now is now.

A 14 year old is still a kid, starting on the way to adulthood. Now, you are nearly an adult, and are experiencing a huge step in moral growth. And that is the reason for existence: we are on this planet to grow spiritually. So, congratulations.

I have received hundreds of cries for help from people in very much the same situation. Rather than keep repeating myself, I have made up a web page specifically for people who consider themselves to have been sexual abusers, but are now tormented by guilt.

Please read that, and the various answers to others that are linked from there.

Does the little girl have any negative reactions to you? Does she even have any awareness or memory of those actions?

If she has not been traumatized, then my recommendation is that you put it all behind yourself, and never mention it to anyone. Disclosing it could actually traumatize her, while she is OK now.

And you can pay restitution by using your life to benefit others in some relevant way.

Your new grandfather,
Bob

PS. For the past couple of weeks, we have been exchanging several emails a day. He is working on it.


Look over a writer’s shoulder

Comma tips
Submissions for magazine with a message
Groups for book marketing

 

Comma tips

I’ve reposted a useful little essay about this little signpost of language.


Submissions for magazine with a message

If you approve of Bobbing Around, you will approve of Shantih magazine.

They are open for submissions of unpublished material.


Groups for book marketing

BMI Books is drumming up business for their $10 for one year’s book promotion concept.

Their method is to be of service. They emailed this list to me:

Facebook group for book marketing.

The largest Facebook group for writers.

Writers Support Google+ group.

Creative Designers and Writers, Authors, Artists.


What my friends want you to know

Miranda loves to edit
Segilola Salami radio
Movie exposes “Stop the Boats” as a lie
Claire is at it again
Bainstorming
Scientists’ new movie needs you

 

Miranda loves to edit

Miranda Miller was ready to step in at the last minute, and voluntarily judge in my free book edit contest. When this became unnecessary, I suggested she send me a promo item about her work. Here it is.

Do you need an editor who provides constructive, high-quality editing and proofreading services at affordable prices? If so, visit www.editingrealm.com. I edit all forms of writing, from novels to academic dissertations to business proposals. I have over thirteen years of experience in content/developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading.

Editing is my passion, and I love helping others polish their masterpieces. I can’t express how valuable a pair of fresh, professional eyes can be on a manuscript you’ve read dozens of times. Helping others perfect their work is the best feeling an editor can have, and helping you create the most flawless masterpiece possible while maintaining your unique voice is my goal.
I offer content/developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, manuscript critiquing, and editing combination packages. Please visit my website to learn more about what I can do for you and to see testimonials from some of my clients.

Miranda Miller


Segilola Salami radio


This podcast is about books and publishing and is set in a virtual cafe. Anyone can appear on it as a guest as long as they have read a book at least once in their life, and have an educative, inspiring and/or motivational story to share. The show is not a typical formal interview, so guests and listeners enjoy stopping by the virtual cafe.

The Segilola Salami Show is widely available on most podcast directories including iTunes and Google podcasts, or you can listen to it on Segilola Salami’s blog.


Movie exposes “Stop the Boats” as a lie

It is also a hard-hitting, enjoyable film.

Melbourne (Nov 21) and Adelaide (Nov 23)

Stop the Boats looks at how Australia used a three word slogan to demonise asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution, condemning many to indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru, while others await their fates in limbo.

Julian Burnside will be attending the Melbourne screening and will do a Q&A afterward. A Manus worker will also dial in. For the Adelaide screening, Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will attend and do the Q&A.

As far as I know there have been two previous screenings of the in Sydney and Canberra.

The doco includes footage secretly filmed inside the Nauru detention centre. These are the links to the trailer and the Facebook site:

Ticket booking link
Trailer
Facebook page


Claire is at it again

This time, she is taking women into the forest to eliminate their fear of dark nature.

In March, as part of a 5-day Women’s Rewilding Retreat, she will offer the opportunity to spend 24 hours in the forest alone, befriending the dark inside and out.

A guide in the practice of Befriending the Dark, Bill Plotkin, talks about his experience here.


Bainstorming

My old mate Darrell Bain is still at it.

Bainstorming Blog August through September 2018 is now live at www.darrellbain.com.

Subjects in this blog: Bain Quotes, Maria, Biscuit Dog, December 2007 – (Includes: Free Books, News Flash, Bain Blunders,Christmas, Bain Muses, Velcro the Cat & Susie the Dog, Progress Report, Quantum Theory, Book reviews, Relief from Political Correctness, The ‘F’ Word, Disasters: Individual vs. Group, Eyewitness Convictions, Failure of Democracy), Excerpt from Doggie Biscuit!


Scientists’ new movie needs you

I am pleased to inform you that the work has started on “The Second Warning,” a documentary that tells the story of scientists uniting to address the global environmental and climate crisis.

The filmmakers have just initiated a crowdsourcing effort to help finance the film. You can view a trailer/teaser video (< 3 minutes) for the documentary.

If you want to help promote the film on Twitter, below is an example of a tweet you can feel free to use, which includes the website and hashtag.

Example tweet:

The time to act is now. Help us engage a global audience with the story of the Scientists’ Warning:https://create.osufoundation.org/project/11158 #ScientistsWarningToHumanity

This film should help solidify our global movement with a positive message for humanity to take swift action on the global environmental and climate crises that we outlined in the article “The World Scientists’ Warning: A Second Notice“.
Bill

William J. Ripple
Distinguished Professor of Ecology
Oregon State University
Alliance of World Scientists (note that we are still accepting signatures here from scientists on the warning)


Reviews

Hit and Run, reviewed by Dorothy Day
Lance: A spirit unbroken, by Walter Stoffel
Stories of the Elders by Veronica Kirin

 

Hit and Run, reviewed by Dorothy Day

An interesting concept if one suspends a little reality. An elderly woman and a young man have an unusual connection that ends up changing lives and improving life for many others. I enjoyed the lively, though with mobility slowed, protagonist who was unafraid to tackle issues that needed intervention. She made things happen and reminded me of one of my 84-year-old friends. I highly recommend this somewhat paranormal book, and I don’t usually read paranormal stories.

Dorothy decided to enter my free book edit contest after reading Hit and Run.


She taught high school English and foreign languages for 25 + years and was a great writer of tests. She wrote feature articles for the Crystal Springs Meteor, and now does a church column in the same paper. She is the author of Memories of the Sharecropper’s Family, a self-published family history. From that work, she developed the novel in Bob’s contest, based on the murder of her father’s sister in 1931. The murderer went on to kill three others. She has no previous fiction writing experience other than a ten-thousand word short story that she plans to expand into a novel. She is 69, a former teacher and family counselor.


Lance: A spirit unbroken, by Walter Stoffel

If you love dogs, you’ll enjoy this book. It is nonfiction, being Walter’s experience with rescuing a border collie from hell, but bears out the cliché of fact being stranger than…

Lance was in incredibly traumatized and abused dog, and the extent of the cruelty keeps emerging as the story unfolds. However, this is not a horror story, or even a sad one, but one full of laughs, partly thanks to Walter’s light, humorous, clear writing style.

To most people, Lance would have been impossible to live with, but Walter and his wife, Clara, have my unbridled admiration. They reacted to a multiplicity of impossible behavior with unconditional love for a four-legged person who desperately needed it.

If you want an amusing read, and at the same time be inspired, you can’t go past Lance’s story.


Stories of the Elders by Veronica Kirin


This book reports serious anthropological research, but in a clear, chatty style that’s enjoyable to read. The subject is modern American society, seen through the eyes of people who have lived through the greatest span of change in all humankind’s history: those born before 1945. She interviewed 100 people across America, and their collective wisdom blew me away.

My favorite interviewee just has to be Sister Ardeth Plattie, who went to jail because she has worked all her life for peace, particularly against nuclear weapons. To my mind, she has a lot in common with people of all ages, including kids. She asks about every issue, “Is this for destruction, or is this for good?” All of us should ask this question about every choice we make.

It is in principle impossible to see a system you are immersed in. Fish can’t perceive water (until they come out of it). Veronica selected old people, because they clearly remember life before the appearance of the current system others take for granted. So, their view is more realistic. They can see both the negatives and positives youngsters don’t even notice.

At the same time, this is also a personal story, and like a good participant observer, Veronica reveals her own experiences, reactions and biases, so the reader can take them into account.

The first chapter, on communication, is a very powerful start. As Veronica says, to see the effects of new communication technology, you need to do so through the eyes of those who had lived without it.

Two thirds through the book, she actually cites younger people as well, to present arguments for an incisive critique of the American lifestyle. Reading this, I got to understand issues like the reason student debts arose in the first place, why they ballooned, and the damage they cause.

While the focus is mostly on technology, all aspects of life are covered. This book is a fascinating journey, well worth the time to read it, and to think about it.

Anthropologist turned serial entrepreneur Veronica Kirin was named by Forbes as a notable graduate of Grand Valley State University, a 40 Under 40 Business Leader, and has been recognized as the founder of a Top Women Owned Business. Learn more at veronicakirin.com and storiesofelders.com.

Fun


Fun

How to become thinner
Notice on a bookshop window

 

How to become thinner


From Sardonic Salad, where you can find many hilarious cartoons.


Notice on a bookshop window


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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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2 Responses to Bobbing Around Volume 18 Number 5

  1. Joan Y. Edwards says:

    * Look over a writer’s shoulder

    Thanks for sharing about the Shantih magazine open for submissions.

    You are amazing!

    Joan

    Dream! Love! Laugh!

    Never Give Up

    https://www.joanyedwards.com

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