Bobbing Around Volume 18 Number 7

On average, we’ve seen an astonishing 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years.
WWF Living Planet report, 2018


Band aids don’t fix cancer, and the global economy is Mother Earth’s cancer.
Dr. Bob Rich

Bobbing Around

Volume Eighteen, Number Seven,
January, 2019

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Exxon Mobil Corporation intends to use renewable energy to support operations in Texas.
Zacks Equity Research


“If Scott Morrison [Australian coal-loving Prime Minister] wants children to stop acting like a parliament, then maybe the parliament should stop acting like children,” Manjot Kaur, 17.
Australian schoolkids’ climate strike

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From me to you

 

New year?
I wish you a preposterous new ear.


Results of the free book edit contest

Voting on my free book edit contest ended on 23rd December, 2018.

A total of 1205 votes were cast, by 510 visitors. Twelve were disqualified because my response email bounced, so 498 had their votes counted. If you’re good at arithmetic, you’ll notice that a significant minority only cast one vote. Oh well…

The winner is W for Wrestling by Keith Manos.

Keith is a teacher, and devised an excellent way of gaining publicity: he contacted teachers in various schools, who instructed and motivated their students to study the ten entries, and vote for three. Naturally, since the teacher had talked about Keith, almost invariably one of the three votes was for his entry.

Keith’s theme is the effects of bullying, and the way a combat sport (in his case, wrestling) can build self-confidence and inner strength in victims. His 1000 word sample vividly shows a victim’s internal reality. So, this is excellent education for these young people.

I’ve had comments from visitors who responded to my email to them, letting me know that they found all the entries excellent. Nan Pokerwinski made hers public: “So hard to narrow my choices down to three! Some intriguing stories and fine writers here.”

Here are the votes cast:

Glory for the Brave Georgiann Baldino 89
Looking Through Rose-colored Glasses Janet Rose 77
Summer Dreams Helen Dale 118
The Lip Reader Michael Thal 120
Trains only go one way Genya Johnson 77
W is for Wrestling Keith Manos 353
The Long Lake Journal Chris Zantow 69
A Taste for Death Dorothy Day 145
The Sleeping Ground Lynette Willoughby 73
Greenpunk Monica Friedman 84


To my member of parliament

This is what I wrote to the Hon. Tony Smith, the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives:

Tony, I was a child refugee. Australia welcomed me, under Liberal icon Bob Menzies, but since then, your party has wandered away from liberal principles.

The signs are there that Australians won’t stand for the alt-right anymore.

I know that as Speaker you don’t take part in politics as such, but are above them. All the same, you are a respected senior member, and have influence. Please move your party toward humane treatment. This means getting those poor people off Manus and Nauru, and treating people in Australia with decency instead of temporary protection visas, and arbitrary deportation back to high risk of torture and murder.

Thanks,
Bob


Another story for your amusement

It’s new on this blog, but my daughter Anina and I wrote it many years ago. It won a first prize. HIG: The new energy source is a serious proposal for saving the environment that will make you laugh.


Advice needed, please

I’ve been working on and off on my science fiction series, “The Doom Healer,” since early 2015. Four volumes are ready to roll, and I am going well on the final one, so I am thinking of submitting it to one of my friendly publishers.

Now, I’ll be grateful for advice on the very first section of the first volume.


Local team gets UN award

My little town of Healesville is moving toward net zero emissions. I am a proudly active member of Healesville CoRE.

For months now, we have received ongoing help, advice and support from a team at Monash University. They have been honoured.



Blog posts during December

Environment
More on Monsanto
Powerful post about climate change
Eco-flying tips
Reduce your shopping footprint
Compassion
Radio host saves a life
Inspiration
How to grow from a terrible act
Trees to save the world
Psychology
A beautiful essay about a brutal sport
Technology
Better, cheaper, and uses up trash
Replace the avalanche of wrapping paper
Deeper Issues
Suicides and drug overdoses rise
Buddhist wisdom about climate despair
Look over a writer’s shoulder
Dialogue basics
I approve of these announcements
Defenders against inhumanity
Keep big oil out of the Bight
Stories
HIG: The new energy source


Environment

More on Monsanto

Bayer may have bought the brand (and the brand is burning them), but more court cases against Monsanto are coming. Katherine Paul, from the Organic Consumers Association has written a brief but informative essay at Daily Kos, setting out the situation. She refers to facts I am aware of, which you will want to know.

On the evidence available to me, I have no doubt that Glyphosate is a carcinogen, and that Monsanto knew this. As happened in the past with asbestos and tobacco, I hope that the lid is permanently off, and that this can be the trigger for changing agriculture to a source of life instead of a hidden source of death.


Powerful post about climate change

I am trying to avoid posting too often, but just had to share this powerful post about climate change.


Eco-flying tips

Lauren Bowen, writing for Care2.com, has an excellent list of suggestions for minimising the environmental damage you do when having to hop on a plane.

As she says at the start, the most ecological is to avoid the need to fly. But if it’s necessary, her sensible, practical and even money-saving recommendations will be invaluable.


Reduce your shopping footprint

This holiday season, you might consider giving the planet a lovely gift: ordering multiple items per shipment (instead of just one at a time), double-checking sizes and colours before clicking “send,” and opting for five-day delivery. This gift may seem small, but it’ll mean a lot.

More recommendations, and the rationale for them, by Jeff Turrentine.


Compassion

Radio host saves a life

This is the kind of story that makes me OK with being a human. A deeply depressed man took a drug overdose, then phoned a radio talkback show. The host, Iain Lee, kept him talking for half an hour, directing emergency services so they could find him.

Think of Iain when people mouth the idiotic saying, “Human nature being what it is.” Human nature can be magnificent.


Inspiration

 

How to grow from a terrible act

Robert Veeder was a drunk. One day, he accidentally drove into a group of people, killing six. Please read his inspiring story of how he turned bad into good.

After many years in prison, he still feels the guilt, every day. Despite this, and even because of this, he now lives a life of meaning, service and joy. You’ve got to read his story.

If you have ever made a mistake you regret, model yourself after this fine man.


Trees to save the world

A middle-aged Australian farmer who has spent decades in Africa has been given the Right Livelihood Award, which is an alternative Nobel Prize. He is directly responsible for reforestation over a huge area, involving 240 million trees. He is “The forest maker.”

You can read his inspiring story here.


Psychology

A beautiful essay about a brutal sport

I wanted to hug British psychiatrist, Dr Benji Waterstones, after reading his wonderful words about Tyson Fury.

I don’t follow boxing, but got the history from the essay. Fury became world heavyweight boxing champion, then realised, being on the top doesn’t bring happiness. But now, he has overcome suicidal depression, drug and alcohol addiction, to get to the top again.

I am adding this essay to my collection of evidence for what is important in life. Please read.


Technology

Better, cheaper, and uses up trash

To me, “tires” is the past tense of the verb meaning “feel or cause to feel in need of rest or sleep.” Here, I am talking about tyres. Anyway, when you’ve worn off the threads, they are a waste and a nuisance, by any name.

Piles of old rubber circles are a welcome home to rats. In a fire, they produce toxic smoke. Besides, there is only so much space in the world for rubbish.

Over the years, I’ve read of many ways they have been put to some use, like making artificial reefs in coastal waters. This has been found to be a bad idea.

People have used them to form miniature garden beds, but some of the chemicals leach out. I am not that keen to have such things in my potatoes.

But a relatively new use is logical, ingenious and effective. Grind them up, and mix them into road material. This makes the asphalt last longer, crack less, and it provides a better, safer surface to drive on.


Replace the avalanche of wrapping paper

This time of the year, entire forests get destroyed in order to provide wrapping paper for millions of presents. A small quantity may be recycled, or reused a few more times before being thrown away, but that’s a poor second best to having something reusable and beautiful.

Here is a traditional Japanese way of wrapping gifts: in beautiful bits of cloth. You can use your imagination and creativity, and it’s possible that the wrapper will turn out to be more useful than the gift inside.


The source of the picture has detailed instructions.


Deeper Issues

Suicides and drug overdoses rise

A recent CDC report says so.

Sadly, this is more evidence, if any was needed, that John B. Calhoun was right.

His work with rodents showed that when you stress a population beyond a certain limit, many individuals give up. With rats, that’s cowering in a corner until they die. With humans, it’s suicidal depression, addictions and other self-destructive behaviours.

It’s time to change the world. Now. By you and me. We need to care for each other. Mother Teresa said, “Help one person at a time, and start with the one nearest to you.” When we see someone in despair, we need to offer caring, and even love.


Buddhist wisdom about climate despair


I have written on this issue myself, but have found wisdom and solace in an essay by Lama Willa B. Miller.

You will, too for all the many worries we all experience, including the terrible consequences of climate change.

My thanks to Veronica-Mae Soar for bringing this essay to my attention.


Look over a writer’s shoulder

 

Dialogue basics

I received a nice Christmas present: Modern History Press (the publisher of Ascending Spiral), has featured a guest post from me.

You see, I was editing a story for a nice lady, and she needed extensive instruction on how to use dialogue. Rather than merely tell her all about it, I decided to make my advice available to anyone who may benefit. So, if you think I can be of service to you, please read Dialogue Basics.

And if you are an experienced writer, I’d appreciate your comments. Did I get it right? Do you disagree with anything I’ve written there?


I approve of these announcements

Defenders against inhumanity


That’s the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Within my limited means, I am one of their supporters.

This time of the year, like all of us, I am inundated with begging emails for all sorts of causes I approve of. It’s too much, and my Delete button works overtime. However, I could just not ignore a passionate letter from Kon Karapanagiotidis, the leader of this team that daily fights in the courts to save innocent people from being returned to a high risk of torture and death.

Please send them a few dollars.


Keep big oil out of the Bight

The Great Australian Bight is one of the wonders of the marine world. Whales breed there, and it has an incredible wealth of species.

Also, it is very deep. The oil industry’s own assessment is that there is a distinct probability of a disaster. And yet, they are pressuring the Australian government to allow seismic testing (= whale torture and murder), and then drilling.

This is the desperation of a terminal addict. A drug addict will do everything, anything, to get the next dose, even while knowing that it’s another step toward an early death. Oil is this toxic global culture’s drug.

Please share Greenpeace’s video, and then sign the associated petition.


Short stories

HIG: The new energy source

When my daughter Anina was still a schoolkid, she and I wrote this story together, and entered it in a contest. It won first prize, earning us a solar cooker, which we used every summer for many years.

Here is the story.



New stuff

*Environment
Fascinating essay on water

*Good news
Free public transport in Luxembourg
Pressure protects rainforests

*Inspiring people
Refugee kid wins Rhodes Scholarship

*Technology
Trash into road

*Deeper issues
Wisdom from an economic philosopher

*Psychology
The more you give, the more you get
Should I stay or go?

*Health
Know the pesticides in your food

*Look over a writer’s shoulder
How to avoid ungrammatical sentences: beware of the ug

*I approve of these announcements
War abolition 101 Feb 18- March 31, 2019
Climate hOme News
The Good Men project
Traditional caretakers fighting for their land
Fun festival March 2018

*Reviews
My Nutritionary by Catherine Saxelby
Once a Copper by Vikki Petraitis
Through Other Eyes, reviewed by Georgiann Baldino

*Fun
A Santa fact
33 giggles

*Poetry
Lament for the lost, by Veronica-Mae Soar


Environment

Fascinating essay on water

My friend, Sven Aake, taught me a lot in 10 minutes of enjoyable reading. His essay, Conflict on the Nile, covers geography, history and the current political situation to explain why plans to build a dam are considered to be a declaration of war.

While there is a lot written about climate change, and increasingly, some about species extinctions, less is known about other threats. Fresh water and topsoil should also be high on the agenda.

I hope Sven next explores that other source of water-based potential for conflict: the Himalayas.


Good news

Free public transport in Luxembourg

Until 1972, the city of Seattle had free public transport within its central district. It was discontinued because of cost overruns, despite its many benefits.

Now, the tiny country of Luxembourg is working to reduce road congestion, and its carbon footprint, by making all public transport free.

I hope they have studied the Seattle experience, so they can eliminate the problems while maintaining the benefits.

But think about it. Apart from toll roads, cars use roads for free. Why shouldn’t the same model be applied to financing an environmentally much better public service?


Pressure protects rainforests

Sustained pressure from Greenpeace and other activist organisations has convinced the planet’s largest supplier of palm oil to eliminate all rainforest clearing through monitoring its supply chain via satellites. Wilmar International has announced it will have this monitoring system in place by the end of 2019.


Inspiration

Refugee kid wins Rhodes Scholarship

He was the seven-year-old child of illegal immigrants into the USA. Through the high intelligence, dedication and inner strength that is fairly typical of refugees (cream rises to the top during troubled times), he has made good.

Now, he wants to give back, to use his achievements for the benefit of others.

Meet Jin Kyu Park.


Technology

Trash into road

Plastic bags, broken bottles and recycled ink toner mixed with asphalt makes for a more durable road. At least, the mayor of a small Tasmanian town near Hobart says so.

They’ve installed a test stretch to check it out.


Deeper issues

Wisdom from an economic philosopher


Psychology

The more you give, the more you get

My delightful friend and colleague, psychological test constructor “Queen D,” has released the latest analysis of responses to her Big 5 personality test.

This time, she is contrasting people who love to give without an expectation of return with those who focus on “what’s in it for me?”

The results will impress you.


Should I stay or go?

Hi Bob,

My boyfriend had a coworker of the opposite sex come to our house on their lunch break but didn’t tell me. I found out so I checked our security cameras and the time she was here had been deleted from camera. I was upset and a few days later he all of a sudden says he doesn’t know what he wants and wants me to move out but still be together. So I do then later that day he changes his mind.

So, should I assume he is cheating? Should I move out anyway?

Thanks,
Tilly

Tilly my dear,

Whether he has had sex with this woman or not, it’s clear that he has been untruthful, and sneaky.

It may not be obvious to you, but you have the power in this relationship. You can choose to get rid of him permanently, or to attempt to fix the situation.

If you think there is a possibility that he may grow, mature and change, then by all means work on the relationship. If not, why should you put yourself in a situation of insecurity and distrust?

You haven’t stated that there are children between you. If there aren’t, then you can choose to look for a man who will respect you and deal with people honestly.

Whether you choose to return or to cut off contact with him, both of you will benefit from reading my Relationships page.

If the two of you do decide to make another go of it, seek out a good relationships counsellor or psychologist. One or two sessions should allow you either to repair your relationship or to agree to part.

If you were to come to me for couple work, I’d explain that each of you has four possible futures:

1. Stay together and be long term miserable.

2. Stay together by learning from your contact so far, including this problem, and build a good life for yourselves.

3. Separate, then repeat a similar pattern with a new partner, continuing the misery.

4. Separate, and learn from this episode and do it better next time.

Have a good life,
Bob


Health

Know the pesticides in your food

Unless you are eating 100% certified organic produce, or grow your own organically, It is ESSENTIAL for you to know what invisible ingredients you are buying with your fruit and vegetables.

This report tells you all about it.

This stuff damages you and your loved ones. Be informed.


Look over a writer’s shoulder

How to avoid ungrammatical sentences: beware of the ug

One of my pet hates as a reader is an overdose of ungrammatical sentences. When editing, I mark these with [ug], which I think is quite appropriate.

The principle is simple: every sentence needs a subject, verb and object. In “George threw the ball,” “George” is the subject of the sentence (who or what the sentence is about), “threw” is the verb, and “the ball” is the object. “The table was in the corner” has all three elements.

This is true even if the sentence is long and complex so that it consists of so many words that they are beyond counting, if it runs over several pages, not that I am going to make this one that long, and even if its syntax is convoluted beyond belief. This ramble can be condensed into subject = “the sentence;” verb = “is true;” and object = “long and complex.” There are interpolations and sub-clauses, but they don’t affect the need for the three elements.

A perfect example of a complex but grammatical sentence is from Ngaio Marsh: “A lifesize effigy of a Japanese warrior in an ecstasy of utmost ferocity, clad in full armour, crouched in warlike attitude, his face contorted with rage and his sword poised to strike.” Subject = “effigy of a Japanese warrior;” verb = “crouched;” object = “in warlike attitude.”

Personally, I go with KISS: “Keep It Simple, Stupid!” A long, complex sentence takes effort to read and understand, and this distracts the reader from the content, where we want the attention to be. But that’s for another essay.

For now, I’d like to give a few examples of how ugs arise.

  • Period instead of comma. “For some reason I cannot understand. Some people cut a perfectly good sentence into two.” The first part is the ug: no object (what I cannot understand).
  • Subordinate clause hived off. “Whatever your imagination creates becomes possible. Like breaking that record, achieving success at work or meeting that wonderful person.” Here, the ug is the second part.
  • Adjectival or adverbial phrase separated off. Sometimes an adjective (word qualifying a noun) or adverb (same for a verb) consists of several words. These are of course a necessary part of the sentence, not a separate statement. “Her shawl was beautiful. Pink and almost translucent, with silver and gold threads through it.” Simplest fix is to replace the period with a comma, but more elegant is “Her beautiful shawl was pink and almost translucent, with silver and gold threads through it.”
  • Omission of the verb “to be.” “Something odd in this situation.” Correct is “Something was odd” or “Something is odd,” depending on whether the writing is in past or present tense.
  • Treating a gerund as a verb. A gerund is a verb modified, usually with the addition of -ing, so that it names an activity, behaviour, state of mind, or state of being. ( Kolln & Funk, Understanding English Grammar. Allyn & Bacon, 1998). “Seven children playing in the field.” This can be fixed in two ways: “Seven children were playing in the field,” of “Seven children played in the field.”

Let me know if you find other common sources of ugs.

Finally, when are ugs allowable?

  • As you may have noticed here, headings are not sentences, so don’t need the three elements.
  • Ugs are more permissible in dialogue than in narrative, because some people do speak like that. An important aspect of dialogue is to make each speaker distinctive, and one way might be to give incorrect grammar to some speakers. However, even then it should not be overdone.
  • At times of extreme emotion and tension. In the middle of a passionate love scene, or a fight to the death, or during the endless few seconds of a fall from a cliff, broken sentence fragments mimic the way the mind works in such situations. So, ugs are a good thing — provided they don’t occur anywhere else.
  • During a musing, dreamlike state. A person is idly thinking so that reality recedes. Those thoughts will be long, somewhat disjointed, and some of them may be ungrammatical. Again, this device only works if ugs don’t happen elsewhere. Also, note that too much musing slows a story down, and is one step away from boring.

So, there you have it. From now on, there is no excuse for unwarranted ugs in your writing.


I approve of these announcements

War abolition 101, Feb 18- March 31, 2019


How can we make the best case for shifting from war to peace? Take War Abolition 101 to brush up on your talking points.

The 6-week online course, which runs from February 18 to March 31, provides an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.

Each week of the course will feature a guest facilitator from World BEYOND War’s coordinating or advisory committee. These guest experts will help you to explore weekly topics through an online chat room. Weekly content includes a mix of text, images, video, and audio. We’ll dismantle the myths of war, and delve into its alternatives, concluding the course with organizing and action ideas. A certificate is provided to participants who complete all written assignments.

In peace,

Greta Zarro
Organizing Director
World BEYOND War


Climate hOme News

This is a bunch of dedicated young journalists who attend important climate-related events, and bring you the REAL news about climate.

You can find Climate hOme news here, and ask for their regular newsletter.

They also deserve your support.


The Good Men project

It’s been going for 7 years, and has had 250 million readers, but I’ve only just found it now.

the Good Men project is an online community with members, and contributors, from many countries, all working to make life better for everybody.

You don’t even need to be a male to benefit. The person who brought it to my attention is lady with a regular weekly column there.


Traditional caretakers fighting for their land

And in the process, they are fighting for the future of all complex life on earth.

The Indian mega-company Adani has tried for years to start a HUGE coal mine that will help to cook the planet. The local indigenous people have been delaying them with court actions, and need your support.

Be selfish. Look after the future of your loved ones, and support these courageous people.


Fun festival, March 2018


Reviews

My Nutritionary by Catherine Saxelby

We live on Poison Planet. I am sure this is the reason so many people suffer food intolerances, and a multiplicity of vague, hard-to-diagnose health problems. For them it is essential, perhaps even a matter of life and death, to avoid ingredients that worsen their problem.

Even those of us lucky enough to have cast iron stomachs need to be aware of what’s in our food.

How?

Read the label, and be confronted with what reads like a secret code. Catherine Saxelby’s book, “My Nutritionary,” is the necessary resource. As she says in her introduction, this is not a book to read, any more than a dictionary is. It’s a cross-referenced A to Z of food additives and components. Given modern technology, you could have it on your phone while shopping, and it will help you make food purchasing decisions in a few seconds.


Once a Copper by Vikki Petraitis

I asked for a review copy of this book because I trust the publisher, Wild Dingo Press, to produce books I find excellent, enjoyable, and with messages I approve of.

The first chapter certainly got me in: it’s the story of how the author learned about the subject of this biography: “Australia’s toughest cop.”

Normally, I consider the childhood of a person to be a poor place to start a biography, because it tends to be low-key and unexciting. However, Vikki’s writing of Brian Murphy’s infancy is brilliant and gripping. It’s a historical-sociological window into a past culture, with people who jump off the page, who pray both for servicemen lost at war and for a criminal hanged for murder.

Without ever saying so, Vikki shows the forming of a man’s adult character through a succession of vignettes, some amusing, some somewhat questionable, but all lively.

Brian the young policeman follows. He is courageous, incorruptible, and again, presented through a succession of entertaining interlinked short stories, an approach that works well for the shorter attention spans of today’s readers.

The message for me to approve of? That you can be a tough cop, and yet be compassionate, decent and honest. If Brian Murphy could keep to his principles, we can all copy him.


Through Other Eyes, reviewed by Georgiann Baldino

Dr. Bob Rich introduces this collection by explaining that none of his experiences are wasted. He tells us that everyday sights, sounds, and smells imprint his thoughts, get remixed, and re-emerge to inform his prose. That’s a vital, interesting process for me as well, so I was eager to see how that translated into his stories.

In the first instalment, “Taming Tommy,” I get to know the characters by seeing them in action, and by the end of the story am very glad that I did. The second story transforms a chore into a meditation. The third story shows transformation in itself. The next draws the reader in and asks her to make a choice.

By this time, I understand the title and the meaning of looking at life ‘through’ the empathetic eyes of Dr. Bob Rich. And highly recommend his collection to others.

Georgiann Baldino, Editor of A Family and Nation Under Fire, Kent State University Press, 2018


Fun

A Santa fact

This was too funny not to steal off the Facebook rounds:


33 giggles

I was looking for essays about writing to recommend to an editing client, and among them found an old post with a link to 33 of the most terrible starts found in published books.

Do look it up if you have time for a laugh or three.


Poetry

Lament for the lost

Veronica-Mae Soar

            We used to have a lovely view across the valley green
            With birds and bees and butterflies, a peaceful rural scene.

            But then, in their great wisdom, the government decreed
            Our fields must be exploited for gas they say we need.

            So now it’s more like Texas, with rigs which spoil the view
            And now and then they flare them – I don’t know why they do.

            Big lorries thunder up the lane, there seems to be no end
            For soon they rumble back again – it sends us round the bend

            The noise is never ending, the dust is everywhere,
            The smell is something awful, it hangs there in the air.

            My daily walk is miserable, for all around I find
            Wild creatures who are dying, it really blows my mind.

            No longer do we welcome guests to our lovely B & B
            It seems they would not even come if everything was free

            Our neighbours tried to sell and move, but soon were filled with woe;
            The value of their house has slumped, they can’t afford to go

            Our cows are looking poorly, we do not quite know why
            The vet thinks they’ve been poisoned, we fear that they will die

            Our daughter has a nasty cough, we thought it was a cold.
            The doctor says its asthma – Lord! She’s only two years old.

            We’ve had a hosepipe ban for months, our water’s running low,
            Since so many million gallons are pumped down deep below

            They did not even ask us or tell us their intent
            Before the toxic water beneath our house was sent

            We could not quite believe it when the house began to shake;
            They say its only one point two – a “very minor” ‘quake

            They said they’d done a lot of tests to make sure all was well
            Before they started drilling – but still our life is hell

            A few more measly cubic feet, but what has been the cost ?
            We weep tears of frustration for all that we have lost

Veronica-Mae was born in Bristol, England in 1938. She has been a lifelong lover of nature and green spaces and a keen organic gardener.
In more recent years she has supported and promoted a number of organisations working to restore our beleaguered planet, plant trees, save bees, regenerate the soil. Much of her activities now involve eco-poetry and short stories to help bring home the message that we can wait no longer to tackle the most important issue of our age.


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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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4 Responses to Bobbing Around Volume 18 Number 7

  1. Veronica-Mae Soar says:

    “Peace is respect for others being different” Those interested in the war abolition event might like to learn of Peace Direct and their excellence practical and effective work in areas of conflict to resolve warlike situations. “There is no way to peace – peace is the way”
    I hate to be negative, but until armies everywhere refuse to fight and go on strike, governments will continue their attitude that the answer to every problem is to fight. They see it as standing up for their own country, and their own country’s “security” But if you have friendly relationships with others, and they like you, then you do not need security,
    Peace needs to start in the home and the neighbourhood and with time to become the norm amongst nations. There is currently one nation which has dissolved its army and is now enjoying much improved way of life If the billions given to the US military were to be used for the environment and other beneficial activities, just think what could be achieved !

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Veronica-Mae.
      In one of my Ehvelen books, a character says, “War is wealth.” That’s why Eisenhower warned against the industrial-military complex. So, it all comes down to greed.
      Which country has dissolved its army? Intriguing.

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  2. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you, Sven. Your essay on the Nile is in there. Fascinating reading.
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  3. svenaake says:

    Thanks Bob. You have so much exciting material to browse through. I much enjoy it. Happy New year!

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