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Letter from America

More than 1 million Americans have officially tested positive for the coronavirus, and more than 58,000 have been killed by it – although health experts warn the actual numbers are likely at least two times higher.
More Americans have been killed by COVID-19 in two months than were killed in the nine years of the Viet Nam War. Continue reading

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V1 Veloway at Birdwood Rd

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Originally posted on Space for Cycling Brisbane:
An open letter to TMR and Brisbane City Council: We are very much looking forward to the opening of Stage E of the V1 Veloway, which is scheduled for mid-2020. This will provide…

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History as Myth/Propaganda

Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) April 24, 2020 This week we chat with historian Peter Stanley about “history as mythology”. With this week marking the anniversary of ANZACs landing at Gallipoli and James Cook landing at Botany … Continue reading

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Setting the record straight on the illegal detention of Cornelia Rau

Media and journalists remain an essential independent mechanism in an unregulated detention system where only recommendations can be made by HR agencies. These have no regulatory capacity only advisory. Media pressure is all there is to engage Australians to pressure political reps. Media provides truth and facts in a policy area defined by secrecy and misinformation. Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo celebrates May Day under Covid-19

In lieu of their regular monthly Foco Nuevo concert in Brisbane, Australia, Jumping Fences – Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse – will live-stream a collection of their original songs. Sue’s warm voice, supported by distinctive arrangements with guitar and electric … Continue reading

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Anzac Day – ‘for God, King & Empire’

Bogaine Scuthorpe-Spearim holds a placard at the Anzac Memorial in Brisbane 2020

Boe Spearim is right … my ancestors were involved in a brutal war against aboriginal people in this country. One of my ancestors, Montague Curr, murdered five aboriginal people near Kamileroi station on the Gilbert River up in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Continue reading

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Vale Janet Allison

With my sister beside meI am strong, I am freeWhen she’s with meWith my sister beside meI am strong, I am freeShe believes in me-Tiddas ‘Woman got no history’ Janet Allison was a fellow student and worker. Janet attended the … Continue reading

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Howard Smith Wharf Ferry Terminal

In a recent newsletter Lord mayor schrinner demanded that we support local business. But here he is doing deals with multinationals. Continue reading

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Pandemic – ‘behold a pale horse’

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Six MONTHS BEFORE the Armistice ended the Great War a new and more deadly scourge was unleashed upon the world  Popularly known as ‘Spanish’ flu it killed twenty million people within twelve months  Australia remained free of infection for much of that time, but by the end of 1919 all ‘Australian States shared a death toll of 12,000.  No one knew precisely what the disease was, or how to cure or prevent it.  Was the Australian version simply a more virulent strain of the influenza which recurred every year, as claimed by the Director of Quarantine? The Federal structure of Australian government was ignored, as States closed their borders: was Victoria responsible for allowing infection to spread to the rest of Australia as many New South Welshmen alleged? Or was the Pandemic a continuation of God’s punishments, the fulfilment  of Apocalyptic prophecy?” Continue reading

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Make or break?

WBT reprints this article by Andy Payne … a thoughtful travel log of left-wing dreams we have all experienced at one time or another. The Horn of Plenty in Reservoir, Melbourne could well be AHIMSA (Peace) house or the West … Continue reading

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Watch “Immigratin Detention Centre Outbreak, Woomera,” on YouTube

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Covid-19 plea for Assange

Julian Assange took on the US Wikileak’d ten years war in Afghanistan Julian roams downstairs in Woolwich Court Thinking what would Pilger and Ellsberg do now? – Ian Curr Last Train to Mirabad Dr John Jiggens (Bay FM) presents interviews … Continue reading

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The medium as the message in protest music

This week we explore a history of musicians who have played with the idea of “the medium is the message” – that’s it’s not just what you sing about that makes music political, the medium by which you communicate also has a role in representing the world we want to create. Continue reading

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When will we ever learn …?

This is Paradigm Shift broadcast on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon and I’m Ian. This week we ask: “Is deployment of US Marines to Australia a question of sovereignty”? The US marines announced on 20 March 2020 that they were suspending … Continue reading

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Cities in Masks

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“There is no more time. We have no more in-patient beds, we are constrained to reuse individual protection equipment, and in many situations the equipment that is available isn’t suitable. We are in constant danger. There is no longer even … Continue reading

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Watch “Ruth Mundy – Adani” on YouTube

Work, Covid 19 & Universal Basic Income

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Cuban Posters

A friend has reminded me that in the 1960s & early 70s Cuban posters such as these used to hang on the walls of the University of Queensland Student Union Building. As the world fights an international battle against the … Continue reading

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Being left wing in Australia

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon APRIL 3, 2020We speak with Geoff Robinson, author of the book “Being Left Wing in Australia: Identity, Culture and Politics after Socialism“. Listen to Being left wing by Paradigm Shift on #SoundCloud … Continue reading

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Refugees from ‘Wild Time’

In Chloe Hooper’s book The Tall Man the Doomadgee family describes the period of the 1860s and 70s in North Queensland as the Wild Time. I describe here Curr family involvement in Frontier Wars in the Gulf Country. Members of … Continue reading

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NSW report on Covid 19

Interesting interview with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, police and health officials. NSW Premier says that 103,000 people have been tested in NSW so far which is good but that’s 0.7% of the population which is very little data to base … Continue reading

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Radical wins in West End

Congratulations Jonathan Sri in the Gabba Ward in Brisbane Council elections. After preferences were allocated Jonathan Sri has won over 68% of the vote. He has made the Gabba Ward a safe seat for the greens. This is a resounding … Continue reading

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The Iron Heel

The following two pages are from a report on how two Italian workers responded under the fascist dictatorship. [Luisa Passerini, ‘Work Ideology and Consensus under Italian fascism,’ History Workshop, no. 8, Autumn 1979, pp. 82-108.] There is no suggestion that … Continue reading

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The Toilet Paper Election

It is a grim irony that sacked Ipswich councillor Paul Tully has won another term in local government in Queensland. After 38 years in the job Tully was seen handing out toilet paper at local railway stations to buy more … Continue reading

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Not so free to choose

Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Freidman maintains that the free market works best for all members of a society, provides examples of how the free market engenders prosperity, and maintains that it can solve problems where other approaches … Continue reading

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Letter from Italy on Covid 19

***STOP PRESS*** Latest Covid 19 (more positive) news is that: The Russian army has sent medical teams and equipment to help Italy; Venezuela has also sent medical teams to Italy despite experiencing great difficulties as a result of ongoing US … Continue reading

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Why I’d Rather Be in Italy for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Here’s an interesting perspective of a person that normally lives in New York City preferring to go to live in Italy Italy during the coronavirus Continue reading

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Covid 19 testing

Based on the reports from Iceland health departments need to mail out tests for Covid 19 to everyone … a bit like the Australian test for bowel cancer. People then all mail back the swab and they test it. They … Continue reading

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Vale Don Burrows

One of Australia’s most celebrated musicians, Don Burrows, has died aged 92. I first heard Don Burrows playing live jazz in the Basement with Kevin Hunt and Johnny Nicole at the old Telecom exchange in Ann Street Brisbane CBD. After … Continue reading

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Social Contagion – microbiological class war in China

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They say the Plague ended Feudalism, will Covid 19 end Capitalism? WBT reprints this article by 闯 Chuǎng. 闯 Chuǎng is “the image of a horse breaking through a gate. Meaning: To break free; To attack, charge; To break through, … Continue reading