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Not the Queen’s Land

Welcome to this area,People from all directionsNow when you leaveMay our spirits stay with you. Before a crowd of 20,000 people at Invasion Day in Queen’s Park in Meanjin (Brisbane), they sang Gari Gynda Narmi. It is originally a Waka … Continue reading

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Bargaining power for workers in news media?

Google threatens to scrap all search in Australia if the Parliament doesn’t do what it wants. Talk about big corporations bullying democracy – it’s always their way or the highway. Australians deserve laws that protect the community from the monopoly … Continue reading

In defence of the Forest

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This week’s Paradigm Shift 24 Jan 2021 is all about independent filmmaking to document activism and protect the environment. We chat to Sally Ingleton (director of the new film “Wild Things – A Year on the frontline of environmental activism”), Jane Hammond (director of “Cry of the Forests” about Western Australian forests and the fight to protect them), and Ramji (videographer for “Forest Defenders”, about Tasmanian old growth forest blockading). It’s like the greenie Oscars!

Part II is an extended part of the interview with Sally Ingleton.

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Minister pressured into releasing refugees

‘Let everything happen to you.Beauty and terror.Just keep goingNo feeling is final.’– Rilke. Refugees are now being released from detention from hotels and Melbourne Immigration Detention Centre but not into community detention. Sources say that some people who came from … Continue reading

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Cycling and Public Health

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In the video below posted by councillor Jonathan Sri, critics raised the subject of prioritising bikeways over public health. Jonathan Sri’s remarks address his responsibilities as a BCC councillor and should not be taken as “prioritising traffic flow over public … Continue reading

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Anyone for the ‘Tour de Brisbane’?

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After a successful season for the Big Ride for Palestine in 2020 some riders are thinking of entering the 2021 Tour de Brisbane. From 17 Jan 2021 till the finale of ‘Tour de Brisbane‘ on Sunday 11 April 2021, I … Continue reading

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Lock on – environmental blockades in Australia

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Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression … January 15, 2021 This week we hear from the environmental frontlines…

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Israel’s Crucifixion of Mohammad Al Halabi

We post this plea by a Palestinian father for justice for his son, the former World Vision-Australia director for the West Bank and Gaza. We posted this story first in Oct 2020 with a plea that World Vision would do … Continue reading

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Military exercises in NT

Federal and NT Governments compromise NT health with military training exercises Vulnerable populations in Darwin exposed to COVID-19 risks Military exercises given higher priority than the health of Territorians Two members of a foreign military group are housed in an … Continue reading

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US calls Cuba ‘terrorist’ in dying days of Trump administration

In my lifetime Cuba was only a threat to the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 when there was a Soviet military build up on the island. So why does the Trump administration want to call Cuba … Continue reading

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Will vaccines stop the pandemic?

Here’s an article from a medical perspective that tries to answer this question. Unfortunately the paper doesn’t come to any solid conclusion … it does pose a crucial question that many have been wondering about for some time but then … Continue reading

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Best Political Songs of 2020

This week the Paradigm Shift looks back over 2020 and play some of the best Australian political songs of the year. Continue reading

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Truth, Sovereignty and Common Law Conference

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Details Brush Box Picnic Area Mt CoothaSunday 17 Jan 2021 at 10 AM – 4:30 PM A conference discussing histories, sovereign rights, common law and decolonization. Day schedule:-History of lands; local regional and national: – Native Title distortions– systemic changes … Continue reading

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Whose fingers are on the nuclear button?

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, which is just long enough to be president of the United States.” – Spike Milligan Trump had his finger on the … Continue reading

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COVID vaccines: calling the shots

“If I can’t hope, nothing’s ever gonna change“ – Hope by the Cable Ties “Coronavirus brings out the worst (and best) in us” – TU P Here are two articles Can you spread Covid-19 if you get the vaccine? and … Continue reading

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Herbert Marcuse – darling of the New Left

“I believe that Marcuse’s ideas can be as valuable today as they were fifty years ago.”––Angela Davis. When I was at University in the 1970s trying to overthrow the state government, there were radical groups that followed the writings of … Continue reading

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Trump’s regime change fails

Have you ever found yourself surrounded by masked rioters being chased by flag-waving patriots and thought, I’ve seen this movie before? – David Rovics (folk singer born in New York). Just prior to the inauguration of Democrat ‘sleepy’ Joe Biden … Continue reading

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No extradition for Assange

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Good men, the last wave by, crying how brightTheir frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light.– Dylan Thomas The British judicial system is still trying to cover up the wilful genocide … Continue reading

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Nomadland

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) follows Okies moving into California where they are attacked for taking local jobs but strike for half-way decent wages at fruit -picking. Nomadland is not wrath but loss. Its story lines trail around Fern, played … Continue reading

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Refugee blockade spreads to Park Hotel in Melbourne

After watching asylum documentaries and IG stories Credit: @_kendall_love I decided to give love and support to the refugees based in Melbourne after learning these guys have been detained for such a long time… Wow wee, looking up at them … Continue reading

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Forests – our ally on climate

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Early in 2021 three films have emerged arguing for a stop to logging native forests in WA, Tasmania and more generally a stop to environmental vandalism across Australia. The films are: Cry of the Forests – a Western Australia Story, … Continue reading

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Cancel culture

“Post-MLK-assas[s]ination race riots reduced Democratic vote share in surrounding counties by 2%, which was enough to tip the 1968 election to Nixon. Non-violent protests increase Dem vote, mainly by encouraging warm elite discourse and media coverage” – David Shor According … Continue reading

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Stories from 2020

Major stories from Paradigm Shift in 2020 – Refugees, Aboriginal farming practices, Assange, & cuts at Qld College of Art. Intro by Ian, Andy on Refugees and Aboriginal land use, Ian on the extradition of Julian Assange, Bec Mac on … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in December 2020

Great night thanks to Sarah Calderwood, Paul Brandon and Jumping Fences (Sue Monk, Lachlan Hurse, James Harper and Ross Gwyther) … hopefully we can return to full Foco Nuevo concerts again soon. Kurilpa Hall is open for lunch on Thursdays … Continue reading

Post-Truth

I like this Post-Truth critique by Andy Paine particularly his comment about tertiary education.

The recent government funding cuts to arts degrees in Australia are part of an attack on the idea of the university as a space dedicated to the abstract quest for knowledge. Governments like ours (and indeed, the hierarchies of many universities) see tertiary education as valuable only in as much as it supports economic acquisition. But if we want a society that values the truth, we need to support the pursuit of understanding for its own sake.”

What we need also is better organisation.

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Ian Curr 
Editor,
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E: iancurr@bigpond.com
M: 0407 687 016

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We are living in the “post-truth” age. It’s a line repeated so many times in recent years it’s become a cliché. Hasn’t the truth always been a nebulous, subjective concept? Haven’t humans always told lies? It seems a bit short-sighted, even arrogant, to think there’s something unique about our current era.

Yet there is something particular about our time that deserves mention. A combination of the philosophical ideas of “post-modernism” that value a multiplicity of perspectives over the notion of one objective “truth”; and technological changes that encourage a subjective, individualised way of viewing the world. These have certainly impacted our culture in a way that has changed our relationship to “the truth” as an idea. Commercial and political interests have both used and extended these changes to make them a prominent part of public life.

In a great example of self-fulfilling prophecy, “post-modernism” is a term that seems to…

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2021: Best of All Worlds?

Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park I wanna hold you in the dark One last time Just one last time Mumford & Sons *** Warning *** In a post-truth world, this is not a happy Christmas story. There … Continue reading

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Who owns Australia?

The foreign investment review board recently released data on the ownership of agricultural land in Australia. Some are shocked by the amount of land owned or leased by interests in China. However we need to look behind the facts to … Continue reading

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Coles: fire this time?

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Hard words rangacross the factory floorJuan heard the sound of hatebitter words to injurea shout that sent the signalfor the war to come – ‘Brisbane Barrio’ by Jumping Fences Disparity between rich and poor is growing. Offshore wages are catching … Continue reading

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Lytton Road is unsafe

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The roll-over of a truck on Lytton Road at the intersection with Colmslie Rd in early 2020 illustrates the danger of this roundabout (pictured), and the costs and disruption involved in emergency repairs. https://space4cyclingbne.com/portfolio/20-dec-2020/#LyttonRd In 1992 a truck driver friend … Continue reading

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Food Irradiation

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Why do Australia and New Zealand governments want the power to irradiate all fruit and vegetables? More trade, pure and simple. But what about human and animal health? Previously there was only one food irradiation plant at Narangba on the … Continue reading