Friday, November 17, 2017

GARLIC 2017 edition

IMG 4754  Deepwater Garlic growing 2016 season.Two days ago I harvested our Garlic from the bottom yard and every piece is beautiful and there are zero onions (so far).  There are still around twenty plants left in the ground that haven't flowered as yet so I'm giving these a little bit more time in the ground to see if they do end up flowering at some stage before I harvest those too.

Today we are plaiting the garlic to make it beautiful for hanging and for gifts.  I use stacks of garlic everyday in our food and if I were to purchase that amount I use then there would be no money left for other things.  So its a super idea to grow it each year and keep the family healthy and happy and keep the nasty vampires at bay.

I have a link to a blog by Penny Woodward listed here where you can get all of the instructions for Garlic Plaiting. 

PLAITING GARLIC

I consulted this at each step as I plaited.  It was a good idea to take the instructions with me when I began as its not something one does each day and you can quickly forget the process.

When the Garlic is ready for harvest its a great idea to not leave it in the ground if there is a lot of wet weather around.  This splits the cloves and makes for not nice looking garlic.  Its only the looks that are damaged as a split clove is just that, a split clove.  It will still taste awesome.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Look for the Confluence of the Numbers

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Numerology ... Ancient systems that clearly point out there are reasons for all that is in existence.

Numbers and what it all means regarding the energy of numbers. How does a number mean something?

For starters it is a destination or a calculation, for example there are no books without page numbers. Look at the age, the years, the names.

Look for the confluence based on the numbers. Nothing is by chance.

  • 1 - New beginnings, new. 
  • 2 - Duality, free choice, decisions.
  • 3 - Catalytic, energy moves things without changing itself.
  • 4 - Earth #, Gaia, grounded, Farmers etc
  • 5 - Raw change, situation, address or year (steamrolls, obstinate)
  • 6 - Harmony, spiritual #, 
  • 7 - Spirituality, good # for all meaningful things
  • 8 - Manifestation and abundance (health, life, immune sys)
  • 9 - Completion, end, death, done, (graduation, divorce, systems or sorrows). the energy of the earth wobble (26,000)
2017 - ONE - is a puzzle with a new beginnings, alter of joy time (inner child) and wisdom that changes chemistry, be thankful in heart mind and life. The Magic signal of intent, things shift. Physics that knows us. Everything is connected, synchronicity, if you wallow in the old nothing will happen differently.

It all gets a little more complicated when numbers sit next to each other and effect each other (quantum effect) and this has a planetary correlation effecting changes minute by minute.

Master Numbers / double numbers

  • 11 - ILLUMINATION SHIFT, light will win
  • 22 - Strong Duality
  • 33 - Compassion of the master >>>> master numbers identified to 33 which is the active DNA number - compassionate action and mastery you don't have yet.  After compassion and mastery the energies of these numbers are revealed.
  • 44 - Assurance of right path
  • 55 - Let go of the old to make way for the new
  • 66 - Mindful of balance in all parts of your life and living from a pure heart. 
  • 77 - Expect miracles, right place - right time.
  • 88 - Lets you know all you need is nearby, and abundantly. 
  • 99 - Philanthropy and benevolence, compassion for humankind.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Southern Hemisphere Beltane Celebration

 The tide is a turning and it is now halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice! 

BELTANE

Calendula

Down here in the Southern Hemisphere in Australia neo-paganistically speaking, on the eternal eight spoke wheel covering the year this be the time of BELTANE and the lighting of the protective fires.


Tis a great thing to do to celebrate and use the special vibratory time.  You can do this with the making of Calendula Oil / Balm / Creme and harness the magic healing powers of this precious herb ready for Summer. 

Calendula gets this name from the Kalends which was the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar. It's said 
Calendulas  bloom at the beginning of the month. 


Prepare a basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill and then give it to someone in need of healing and caring in these next few days.

Calendula 

Calendula Recipes

CALENDULA SALVE / BALM
In a clean jar infuse either dried flowers or whole flower heads in a cold pressed vegetable oil, enough to cover all of the flowers and for all the oxygen bubbles to disappear.  Sit this somewhere so the warmth and the light for approximately four weeks to draw out the magic from the flowers into the oil.


Strain this infused oil through a cloth or a coffee filter into another pot and add some beeswax and heat to melt the wax.  Add some rose oil or Lavender Oil for pleasure and extra benefits.  This makes a lovely salve and has a shelf life of three months not using a preservative. If you want a thicker more solid balm you just add more bees wax and a few drops of Preservative 12.


CALENDULA CREME
To make a creme use the strained oil, some beeswax, some spring water and some glycerin and heat gently and then blend until lovely and creamy white.  Add some preservative 12 to stop the creme going rancid and also add a few drops of Rose Oil to give your Calendula creme a pleasant smell.  This will have a shelf life of about twelve months so remember to date your creme.

CALENDULA OIL
You can always use the Calendula Oil  straight as well for all sorts of skin irritations and rashes.  Dryness of the skin can be caused from getting older in age.  It is one of the reasons I use all of the above concoctions on my skin.

Happy Beltane here in Australia folks as we watch Summer arrive for 2017.

Its not easy to understand the truths about  the festivals anymore especially in Australia. You have people running around dressed in Halloween costumes and trick or treating. 

When you see this its a sign there is no real grasp of the understanding. Going along with the crowd who are making a mockery of the wisdom behind understanding of the seasons.  


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Making Homemade Comfrey Ointment

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Homemade Comfrey Ointment Recipe

1 oz dried comfrey leaves (or 2 oz fresh leaves) finely chopped
10 oz olive oil
1 oz grated beeswax
Preparation
Add the Comfrey leaves to the olive oil in a pan and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 30 minutes. Pour the mixture into a cotton bag or square and gather up, then squeeze this mixture (wearing gloves because it is hot) into another pan.
Add the beeswax to this  strained oil mixture and stir well over a low heat until it melts. Pour to a jar and place the lid on the jar without doing it up. When the Comfrey ointment  mixture has cooled, tighten the lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
I have made this and I have used baking paper in the pan to protect the shallow frying pan and once strained into the muslin over another piece of baking paper I then used that baking paper as a funnel to pour the mixture into the clean glass jar to cool and store. 
Brice my partner had a niggling injury to his elbow and when I used a Comfrey poultice on this it inflamed his arm and it took some days for that inflammation to go. However,  using Comfrey did help the Tennis Elbow and he had some relief from the pain .. It is an over stretching of the ligaments in his arm from picking up wood the way he did. 
Then I had to make an ointment to use instead of applying the straight Comfrey leaves  to avoid causing the same inflammation and so I made this recipe.
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You get the Beeswax from any honey person or health food shop.  Grow the Comfrey because its the staple herb for the garden, chooks love it, compost loves it and of course it has these healing properties for Bone, Joint and Ligament injuries.

Use no more than ten (10) days in a row and for no longer than 4 to 6 weeks in any 12 month period.  It is a strong mixture and should have done the job in that time.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Hittites, Mysterious people of a thousand Gods.





Hattusas, Turkey - The Lion's gate of Hattusas, flanked by two colossal lion statues - (Photo by Author)


The large polished mysterious green cube rock.  

Until no more than one century ago, very little was known of the Hittites, a people shrouded in mystery. Still, the Hittites were no minor civilization in antiquity: the Hittite empire stretched as far as the Bosphorus and what is today’s Syria. It was a major  of the ancient Near East, which frequently clashed with the other super-powers of the area, most notably Egypt. A large number of letters are known from various sites in Turkey and Egypt which prove intense diplomatic relationships between Egypt and the Hittites. The first peace treaty in History of which we possess both copies) was signed between the Hittite King Muwattali II and Ramses II of Egypt after the battle of Kadesh in Syria.

   Read On...  Uncharted Ruins: The Hittites, mysterious people of a Thousand Gods...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Its all how you look at it.. Stop leaning!

Five Mistakes That Can Lead to Tragedy. . . . .


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So many people are feeling oppressed in the times I am living in.  This is the great 21st Century where we are supposed to have solved the issue of humanity and its issues.  The picture reads very differently.  Unemployment, poverty,  homelessness and abandonment, apposing this is abundance and high living coupled with greed and loose living. 

As I see it, largely humanity appears blind to what this may mean in a true sense.  For me as I understand this, it means naught has changed for at least the last few thousand years where slavery is still rife in what ever form it presents itself.  Humanity have always been slaves to the powerful and there has always been masters for the slaves albeit in many forms ie Kings, Popes, Lords,  and Chieftains.  Humans have been bought and sold as a commodity for as long as life has been or since Adam was a boy some would say. 

In ancient Rome if a General was found guilty of a crime he was put to death, as were his 400 odd slaves (also put to death).  Companies rise and fall today and with that go the hopes and dreams of ordinary people when their vehicle to get to where they want to go no longer exists with job loss and poverty.

How can anyone be happy in such a situation?  Well  that is just the point of this blog.  Its not about the situation that makes you happy or sad.  Happiness is a state of mind and therefore one can choose to be happy in any circumstance within reason.  Loss of loved ones excepted. 

When faced with the challenges of life it is good to try to be content with this understanding and go with the flow so to speak.  Act like a river.  Have you ever tried to stop or dam a raging river, good luck with that.  This is what is meant by just go with it and look for ways to overcome every challenge as you go down the river of life.  Take notice of the times that you find yourself saying things are bad and that you will be happy when you get whatever, a new car, new house, new job, new life. Stop!  This is comparing oneself to those gluttonous absurdly rich overlords and corporate high rollers who are in fact spiritually devoid and whose hearts are usually black or non existent, those who are only happy when spending money.

So, how can you do this.  It is a simple choice.  Choose to be happy, choose to be resourceful.  Choose to use the rebelliousness nature borne inside of us and use this to succeed where the odds look stacked.  Choose to think  carefully where the budget is concerned and learn to stop coveting items on the shelves in the stores.  This last one is a biggie.   Of course we all need to visit the shops and purchase goods.  It requires discipline because its all the other brightly coloured items out there that makes shopping a sobering challenge.  Make a list and stick to that list and do not take yourself site seeing looking at things that are basically not affordable on a mad strict budget. 

There are plenty of second hand shops that sell bargain priced items with furniture and large goods and there are other ways around obtaining those things with NILS Loans if a larger sum is required.  As I have mentioned previously it calls for being disciplined in all areas where the finances are concerned.   The amount of money is decidedly limited if we are talking about the limited income of a Pension or benefit. 

There is the absolute benefit of using the'CentrePay' system and everyone should avail themselves to this service to make sure the tiny bit they do get goes where it should go when it should go.  If you pay a couple of dollars more to each utility via this Centrepay method, eventually this will put you into credit and that is a feeling of freedom that you just bought all by yourself by being disciplined and paying the extra along the way. 

There is this thing with some folk where they think if they don't pay the rent this week they will catch up next week.  Can you catch up on living next week? No! and neither is catching up on late rent ever going to make life easy or manageable.  Never omit to pay your rent or mortgage payments no matter what.  Nothing is as important as your home base and your shelter.  You can go without food easier if you are warm and housed.  Always cover your own security with being vigilant on this point and make no reason a reason as there is no reason.    

Shopping and budgeting is a necessary aspect as we all have to eat.  Buying two of a product when the prices are down quite a few dollars from the normal price (and not over using the product because you have two) will start to put you in a position to look out for the cheaper prices instead of being governed by urgency which costs money.  Lets face it .. to buy coffee for me -- I look for the coffee on special when it is $6.00 off the regular price and then I buy three.  By the time those three are used there is usually another special rolling around so when I am getting to the last tin I keep an eye out for the special again. You would be amazed how much this actually saves and allows you to feel more in control.

There are plenty of Food banks these days but beware as they carry packaged out of date food items and so the quality is compromised with any processed item with a shelf life.  However these places give away bread and fruit and veges and so don't overlook them as it will certainly aid with the grocery burden.

Meal planning and making do with less... Its probably not everyones idea of fun.  With obesity  being the big thing with the health of everyone, children included, you can use your intake of food to be rebellious and just have smaller meals.  If you are not out digging ditches for 8 hours a  day you do NOT need all the calories of a ditch digger and so don't eat them if you aren't digging ditches - simple.  Eat when hungry instead of by the clock.  If you don't feel like lunch then don't have it.  Slowly you get used to it and its not so bad and in fact its probably better for you in so many ways.  Especially if you only have processed foods. The less of that the better.

Which leads me to another area of self help.  Grow things, Grow things you use a lot if you can or grow simple things.  Grow strawberries, grow parsley, Thyme onions etc so that you never have to buy these things.  Look for other things you might use like potatoes as all of the above are easy to grow in containers if a garden is out of the question.  Don't buy the soil for the containers - be resourceful and make a mix, buy one bag and mix that with cow poo you collected and garden soil and compost from your left overs and grow great things to eat.  In times gone past it was necessary for each house to have a kitchen garden.  It should not have been seen as a fashion as its necessary now more than ever.  Our children would be healthier if it still went on.



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To finish, I would encourage any reader to avail themselves to the enlightened understanding of the great Manly Palmer Hall.

Most persons fear the unknown, and we might say that an expert in any field of thinking is one phase of the unknown. The average person is afraid of experts, of people who know more than he does. Our natural tendency in making decisions is to consult people on our own level. In other words, we gain our advice and assistance over a back fence, from some notice on television, some popular handbook, or the general gossip of the neighborhood. I have noticed also that people of varied races or nationalities will nearly always seek advice from members of their own ethnic group. 
As a result of this tendency, we are nearly always poorly advised.  Thousands of persons every day go for help to individuals they trust, but often they are consulting friends or even famous persons who are not authorities in the area at all. They may go to some college professor to find out something about religion, which he knows no more about than they do. Age, venerable appearance, distinguished career, high social standing - these do not make the person capable of helping others to decide specific problems.  Actually, nature wants us to solve our own problems. Nature does not want us to lean upon other people.  
Always try to solve as much of a problem yourself as is possible. Do not develop the leaning habit.  The more we develop the habit of leaning, the weaker we become.  We must realize that as a nation or a community develops leaner's it becomes weaker as a whole. Where the person tries to evade the need for personal decision, solution, and responsibility, the result is always weakness.
- Manly P Hall - Five Mistakes That Can Lead to Tragedy - Lecture Note 082

 
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Total Individual Control Technology

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Total Individual Control Technology:
Insider Exposes How You
& Your DNA are Being Targeted

Total Individual Control Technology

is a nefarious type of EM (Electromagnetic) and V2K (Voice to Skull) weaponized technology that is being experimented with and deployed against segments of the American population. Those attacked by this electronic stalking are known as TIs (Targeted Individuals).
This technology is evil, there are no other words for this. 

Read on ... do you think this is real.  I think all things are possible

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MT GILMORE COBALT MINE  EL8379 granted to Mt Gilmore Resources Pty Ltd on 23 June 2015 according to NSW Planning & Environment 

Corazon Mining Limited exploration site
The Daily Examiner , 29 September 2017, p.1:

JUST 35km north-west of Grafton is a block of private land with the potential to change the face of Clarence Valley’s industry as we know it.  
To read more click the link below.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

A pretended law made in excess of power is not and never has been a law at all. Anybody in the country is entitled to disregard it.

Latham, Sir John Greig (1877–1964)

The composition of the High Court in 1952, bef...
The composition of the High Court in 1952, before
the retirement of Chief Justice Latham. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sir John Greig Latham (1877-1964), politician, diplomat and chief justice, was born on 26 August 1877 at Ascot Vale, Melbourne, eldest of five children of Victorian-born Thomas Latham and his Scottish wife Janet, née Scott. The father was a tinsmith who, shortly before John's birth, had become founder and secretary of the Victorian Society for the Protection of Animals, a post he held for thirty-one years. The family moved to Ivanhoe shortly after, where Thomas became a justice of the peace and town councillor. Both he and his wife were devout Methodists who encouraged their four sons and daughter to make their way by industry and high moral purpose. 'In the home', their father recalled, 'we did not allow conversation to degenerate into mere small-talk'. John Latham abandoned the religion while at university but retained the elevated tone for the rest of his life.
From George Street State School, Fitzroy, Latham won a scholarship to Scotch College and thence progressed to the University of Melbourne (B.A., 1896). While teaching at the Hamilton Academy in 1897-98 he began to master his nervousness and temper his earnest intensity with a formidable reserve. A boyhood stammer was alleviated through elocution lessons and avoided by use of synonyms. In 1899 he returned to the university to study law, supporting himself as a resident tutor in logic and philosophy at Ormond College. After winning the Supreme Court prize, he was admitted to the Victorian Bar in December 1904 and entered Selborne Chambers. Progress was slow (in his first six months as a barrister he earned just one guinea) and for some years most of his work was in petty sessions and the County Court. On 19 December 1907, with Methodist forms, he married Eleanor Mary (Ella) Tobin, herself an arts graduate, to whom he had been engaged for over four years.
Latham's success was achieved by uncommon ability and extraordinary industry. His forensic style, based on careful preparation and strictly logical presentation, was more effective with judges than juries. He embarked on his career some years after his more fortunate contemporaries and had none of their advantages of connexion and independent means. He supplemented his income by teaching and journalism, lecturing at the university in logic and, later, in contracts and personal property, and contributed reports to the Argus at a penny a line. He joined with (Sir) Walter Murdoch and others in forming a quarterly magazine, and even co-edited an Australasian Students' Song Book (1911). In 1908 he succeeded his friend Edward Shann as Australian correspondent of the London Standard, a vehicle for Imperial sentiment. This last post was combined with service on the political committee of the Deakinite Liberal Party, secretaryship of the Imperial Federation League's Victorian branch and, later, membership of the Victorian group of the Round Table. As early as 1909 he was invited to become a parliamentary candidate. With (Sir) Frederic Eggleston, he was a foundation member of the 'Boobooks', a fellowship of young professional men formed in 1902 to dine and digress at monthly meetings. His membership overlapped with a group of fly-fishing enthusiasts, including the surgeon (Sir) Thomas Dunhill and physician (Sir) Richard Stawell, who repaired to the Snowy Mountains over the Christmas holidays along with a similar group of Sydney men, (Sir) Thomas Bavin and Colonel James Macarthur-Onslow among them. (The annual gathering coalesced in the 1920s as the Waterfall Fly Fishing Club, when John Thomas Lang publicized its existence as a sinister cabal of politicians, judges and businessmen.)
There were other personal, less advantageous enthusiasms. In 1907 he helped to form an Education Act Defence League to resist the teaching of Scripture in government schools. In 1909 he was an organizer of a Rationalist Society in Melbourne and in 1910 of a tour of Australia by a prominent British free thinker Joseph McCabe. Latham was also a keen lacrosse player, captain of Victoria, and in 1908 represented Australia against a visiting Canadian team. Yet that year he acknowledged that he was 'working day and night' at his profession. How, then, are we to understand his compulsive accumulation of offices and responsibilities? Certainly he had a strong sense of public duty; but was there something more, a need that never left him to gain recognition by achievement? While outsiders saw a tall, aloof, impassive man, seemingly impatient of all human frailty, his circle of male friends knew a different, more companionable Jack Latham. In their company he could unbend and find reassurance. One of them, the observant Walter Murdoch, urged Latham: 'Don't be too intolerant of those who, perhaps because they are not so capable of clear and sustained thinking as you are, are less exultant than you in the powers of human thought and more helplessly conscious of its limitations'.
At the outbreak of World War I Latham was earning £2000 a year at the Bar. About 1916 he moved from Northcote and bought a house at Malvern. At the request of Bavin, secretary of the New South Wales branch of the Universal Service League, he became secretary of the Victorian branch when it was formed in 1915 and he and his wife campaigned vigorously for the introduction of conscription. In 1917, following allegations of sabotage in the naval dockyards, he was appointed head of Naval Intelligence with the honorary rank of lieutenant-commander (on his recommendation Bavin was put in charge in Sydney). In this office he formed habits of mind that persisted throughout his public life: an apprehension of the grave menace of Bolshevism and a conviction that sedition should be prosecuted with the full weight of the law.
In 1918 he contemplated seeking National Party endorsement for the Federal seat of Flinders. The seat was won by Stanley Melbourne (Viscount) Bruce. Latham went instead to London as adviser to the minister for the navy, Sir Joseph Cook, in the party of prime minister Billy Hughes. Latham contributed to the work of the Imperial War Conference and Imperial War Cabinet but, unable to persuade Cook to allow him a real measure of responsibility, he won the right to submit his memoranda directly to the prime minister. Though recognizing Hughes's achievement in representing Australian interests, Latham was critical of his excesses and affronted by his manner. He conceived an antipathy to Hughes that remained throughout his political career. At the Versailles Peace Conference Latham served on the committee that determined the Czechoslovakian borders and probably formulated the definition of 'C class' mandates that permitted Australia to secure control over German New Guinea. For his services abroad stretching over fifteen months, he received £300 and in 1920 was appointed C.M.G.
On returning to the Bar in 1919 Latham made swift progress. Assisted by the appointment to the High Court of Australia of (Sir) Hayden Starke, who had been the senior advocate at the Melbourne Bar, Latham developed his practice in size and scope, with an emphasis on taxation, commercial and arbitration matters but taking in some important constitutional cases. He reported to his English friend Lionel Curtis at the end of 1920 that he had 'been in at least one court, and usually more than one, on every day since the beginning of the year'. In 1922 he took silk. He joined the Melbourne Club, and belonged also to the Australian and Naval and Military clubs.
At the end of 1921 Latham had been invited to become a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He declined, explaining that he was 'very keenly interested in matters in which a judge cannot properly allow himself to be interested'. Essentially, he was concerned with the conduct of national affairs. Business and conservative interests became increasingly impatient in the post-war years with the National government's economic interventionism and inexpedient interference in industrial relations. Latham shared his clients' disapproval of such policies and retained his hostility towards the prime minister for what he now regarded as an unprincipled debauchery of public life. Campaigning on the slogan 'Hughes Must Go', he stood in 1922 as an Independent Liberal Union candidate for the Federal seat of Kooyong and defeated the Nationalist member, Sir Robert Best. Following that election, Latham attended meetings of the Country Party, advised its leader (Sir) Earle Page and drafted its memoranda during the negotiations that forced Hughes's resignation from office in 1923.
In parliament Latham first sat on the back-benches, studying briefs and giving occasional speeches which were described as 'like lumps of ice tinkling into a tumbler'. He addressed the House as he would the bench, his manner prim and his voice high-pitched. One journalist christened him 'the disembodied brain' while another called him 'the last proud scion of a long line of pokers'. But the relentless flow of argument commanded attention and he learned to vary his rhythm and leaven his speeches with a dry wit.
In 1925 he joined the National Party and was appointed attorney-general from 18 December, replacing the easygoing (Sir) Littleton Groom whose amendments to the Immigration Act had failed to sustain deportation proceedings against the leaders of the seamen's strike, Tom Walsh and Jacob Johnson. Latham's solution was to amend the Crimes Act with a provision declaring revolutionary and seditious associations to be unlawful and making it an offence to belong to such an association. Reforms of industrial relations proved more difficult in an increasingly difficult economic climate. Like many conservatives, Latham leaned sometimes to the abolition of a mechanism which neither contained costs nor brought industrial peace, sometimes to the strengthening of that mechanism so that its determinations could be enforced. In the 1926 referendum Latham sought to augment the power of the Commonwealth to close loopholes created by the overlapping jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration and State tribunals. But he was almost relieved when the defeat of the referendum proposal freed him from the responsibility of preparing a comprehensive national code.
In 1927 he suggested to cabinet that while it was well-nigh impossible to proscribe strikes, the lock-out provisions of the Arbitration Act were all too effective, with the result that 'employers fight with their hands tied'. His recommendation that all strike and lock-out penalties be removed from the legislation was rejected. He therefore prepared the Arbitration Act of 1928 which strengthened the penalty provisions, introduced secret ballots into union proceedings, and forced the court to take economic effects into consideration when making awards.
Minister of industry from 10 December 1928, as well as attorney-general, he harried the maritime, transport and timber-workers' unions by discriminating application of the provisions of the Arbitration and Crimes Acts. Yet in 1929 he conceded that the government had failed to impose industrial peace and joined with Bruce in requesting that the States hand over their powers of industrial registration. When that initiative failed, he helped to formulate the proposal to abandon the field of industrial regulation (except for the maritime industry) to the States, the issue on which the government was defeated in the House in September and the principal reason for its defeat at the polls next month.
Latham's reputation for bias towards employers in administration of the law was not wholly justified, at least not in the conspiratorial terms in which it was usually propounded. It is true that he did not prosecute businessmen with the vigour applied to unionists: Mr Justice Starke made scathing criticism of the settlement made in 1928 with the notorious tax evaders, the Abraham brothers. It is true, also, that he maintained links with some of the principal enterprises whose interests were affected directly by his decisions as attorney-general: throughout the 1920s he held general retainers from a wide range of shipping, mining and other clients. Yet there is no evidence to impugn his integrity. He opposed what was regarded as the government's flagrant act of favouritism in withdrawing prosecution of the mine owner John Brown for locking out his workers. His one-sidedness arose not from any illicit relationship with business clients (for he had declared openly that 'there was much to be said in favour of the attorney-general being a practising member of the bar') but from his inability to understand union militancy except as the result of seditious agitation.
Bruce having lost his seat in the 1929 election, Latham assumed the leadership of the Nationalists and for the next eighteen months he was leader of the Opposition. He was not averse to vigorous criticism of the Labor administration and its members and he orchestrated an attack on Edward Theodore, following the conservative Queensland government's exhumation of the Mungana affair, to force the treasurer's suspension from the ministry in 1930; but he restrained his diehards and sought to project the image of a responsible, constructive Opposition. There were critics of such restraint in a period of mounting discord, and as the desire grew to reconstruct the National party on a more popular basis, so Latham's limitations became more apparent. He accepted pressure to make way for the former Labor minister Joseph Lyons and the formation of the United Australia Party was announced in May 1931. Latham's friends warmly commended his unselfishness. Labor was defeated at the general election of 19 December. Latham was closely involved in the unsuccessful negotiations for a coalition of the U.A.P. and the Country Party, and he served in the U.A.P. ministry from 6 January 1932 as attorney-general and minister for external affairs and for industry.
Latham had maintained his interest in international affairs. In 1926 he led the Australian delegation to the League of Nations General Assembly in Geneva and, with Bruce, attended the Imperial Conference in London. He had always been a supporter of Imperial links and opposed the move towards their legal definition, views developed in the Macrossan lectures he delivered in 1928, published as Australia and the British Commonwealth of Nations (1929). But the earlier basis of Australia's Imperial relationship, summarized in Bruce's slogan 'Men, Money and Markets', could hardly be maintained in the circumstances of the Depression. Immigrants were no longer needed at a time when more than a quarter of the workforce was unemployed, loans had to be repaid and markets were all too few. By implementing the Ottawa Agreement of 1932 to extend the principle of preferential trade within the British Commonwealth, the government hoped to find a basis of recovery whereby the protectionist demands of its urban manufacturing supporters could be satisfied without estranging the Country Party. Rural interests were placated further with special assistance schemes. In 1932 Latham also attended the disarmament conference at Geneva and the reparations conference at Lausanne. In 1934 he toured South-East Asia, the first such initiative by a minister for external affairs.
As attorney-general he intervened for the Commonwealth in the Privy Council appeal in Trethowan's case. He was responsible for the Financial Agreements Enforcement Acts of 1932: Lang's response, instructing State civil servants not to comply with Commonwealth orders, triggered his dismissal by the governor. Still preoccupied with the menace of sedition, Latham enacted a new Crimes Act in 1932, banned the transmission of communist papers through the post, and even launched an investigation of the Australian Pensioners' League, but some of his more draconian initiatives were quashed by the High Court.
As deputy prime minister, senior conservative in the Lyons ministry and close counsellor of the prime minister, Latham was a central figure in Federal politics. In 1933 he was appointed privy councillor. Yet throughout these years, and even during his previous period in office, there were persistent rumours that he would abandon politics. Sometimes the likelihood of his retirement was attributed to a preference for the law, sometimes to an inability to endure the financial sacrifice created by his dependence on ministerial salary. Of the loss in income caused by his political responsibilities there can be no doubt: when he first became attorney-general his practice was said to be worth £6000 a year; and even though he continued to accept briefs, the strain told on his health. The preference for legal practice is more dubious. He cared greatly to be in the centre of public affairs, and in his later years it was his experiences as a minister and not as chief justice that he was wont to recall with relish; perhaps he found the forthright style of Bruce more congenial than the drift and compromise of the Lyons administration.
It was evident by 1933, however, that he had set his sights on the post of chief justice of the High Court and that the only remaining obstacle was the reluctance of Sir Frank Gavan Duffy to vacate that post. It was predicted that Duffy's son would be appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Duffy himself would retire, Latham would take his place, and the ambitious young Victorian attorney-general, (Sir) Robert Menzies, would replace Latham in Kooyong and succeed him as attorney-general in Canberra. All these things came to pass. Latham retired from politics in 1934 and was appointed G.C.M.G. He was made chief justice on 11 October 1935.
His early years on the bench were made difficult by the play of fierce animosities among his colleagues, and it was no small achievement that he kept them in a working relationship with each other—Starke and Bert Evatt were an especially combustible combination. Later the chief justice obtained more joint judgments. As a judge he was vulnerable to the temptation to interrupt counsel too often and at too great length. His most significant contributions were in constitutional law where he insisted on a strictly legal approach. When Commonwealth legislation was challenged, he asked not whether the legislation went further than was reasonably necessary, for he considered that no business of the court, but simply whether it was legislation 'with respect to' the powers enumerated in the Constitution. He took a decidedly generous view of the Commonwealth's defence powers and on some important cases, notably the Communist Party case of 1951, failed to carry his colleagues with him. But in general his judgments, which he reached with impeccable precision of reasoning, left the law much as he found it. He retired from the High Court in 1952.
Legislation was passed in 1940 to enable Latham to become Australia's first minister to Japan while still chief justice. He had a long-standing interest in Japan and was better informed about it than almost any of his contemporaries, but he did not reach Tokyo until the close of 1940 after Japan had concluded a pact of mutual assistance with the Axis powers, and his mission was accordingly constricted. He 'spoke with firmness and frankness' to successive Japanese foreign ministers on the 'hope for friendly relations and the resolution to resist attempts at Japanese domination'. In September 1941 he left Japan for consultations in Singapore, but fell ill and was back in Melbourne when the Pacific War began.
Latham had been chancellor of the University of Melbourne (1939-41). He was foundation president of the Australian Congress for Cultural Freedom, president of the Australian-American Association (1951-64), a local founder and president of the League of Nations Union, president of the Free Library Movement of Victoria (1937-48), the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (1954-61) and the Victorian Amateur Athletic Association (1943-56). He was a director of Humes Ltd and of several other companies.
Even as an old man, Latham took enormous pride in his achievements and was always willing to talk about them. Those achievements were substantial. From humble origins he had attained the most senior post in his chosen profession and he had come very close to winning the highest political office. He was industrious, loyal and of unquestioned integrity. In the end, perhaps, he lacked the thrust required to succeed in politics and the creative spark that separates the distinguished jurist from the competent one. The intellectual certainty that Walter Murdoch had described in 1912 narrowed his imagination and stunted his sympathy with human frailty. But he gave fully of his energies to the many causes he served.
His retirement years were spent in Melbourne with his wife, who predeceased him by four months. Ella Latham, C.B.E., had been president of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, in 1933-54. She had supported her husband in his political career and accepted the lengthy separations imposed first by his overseas missions, then by the shift of Federal parliament to Canberra, and later by the perambulations of the High Court. She and their three children were important to Latham, and the deep distress caused by the wartime death of their elder son was eased by the more continuous companionship they afforded each other in their later years. To the end he remained an indefatigable correspondent. Latham died on 25 July 1964 at Richmond and, despite his rationalist principles, was cremated after a memorial service at Wesley Church conducted by Rev. Sir Irving Benson. His estate was valued for probate at £74,365. His daughter Winifred Mary had died in 1953. He was survived by his third child Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Greig Latham. A portrait by William Dargie is in the High Court, Canberra.
Latham's younger brother Leslie Scott (1879-1950) was a leading Melbourne physician. Another brother Alan Thomas (1883-1974) was secretary (1918-41) of the Victorian Society for Protection of Animals and honorary secretary (1939-67) and fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Latham's elder son RICHARD THOMAS EDWIN (1909-1943) was educated at Scotch College and the University of Melbourne (B.A., 1930), was president of the Students' Representative Council in 1929 and Victorian Rhodes scholar for 1931. He graduated from the University of Oxford (B.A., 1934) with first-class honours in jurisprudence and was elected a fellow of All Souls. The father's pride in his son's achievement was tempered by disappointment that he taught and practised in London. During the Spanish Civil War he drove a lorry for a relief society. He joined the Foreign Office on the outbreak of World War II and worked as a clerk in the refugee section where he was an outspoken critic of the British treatment of internees. Accepted by the Royal Air Force in 1941, he trained in Canada and was commissioned as an observer. His aeroplane failed to return from a flight over the Norwegian coast on 15 April 1943. While sharing his father's aptitude and industry, he possessed greater warmth, and friends such as (Sir) Keith Hancock, to whose Survey of British Commonwealth Affairs he contributed a chapter on law and the Commonwealth, believed he showed outstanding promise.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Spinning.. Wool and Alpaca

Image may contain: shoesYes, its true.  I am a spinner.  In other words I spin wool and other fibre to make yarn that can be used for all types of projects where wool is required, jumpers, socks, shawls, cowls.

My first spinning wheel came from Newcastle NSW and it used to belong to an elderly lady who passed on.  It was advertised on Gumtree as her daughters were wanting to sell it. 

It has come to a fine home and I hope I can pass this onto perhaps Shelby or Montana.

I have a second wheel now and it is an Ashford Wheel and its an antique.  It came with only one bobbin and I need to order two more bobbins so I can ply my yarn once spun.  You need more than one bobbin to carry out this task.

There is an amazing creative space in Glen Innes called "Artisans on the Glen" and the lady who runs this is an Ashford representative and I will be going to her for help in finding new bits for my ancient Ashford Wheel.

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The first job when you receive a fleece is to skirt the fleece. Usually this is done before you get the fleece but sometimes it may not be and there is always more work to do to a raw fleece.  The vegetable matter hides and its endless and so you can spend quite a while picking through and over it cleaning this off.

After skirting the fleece the fleece is scoured or washed in very hot water and soap. It is important that the water temperature between washing and rinsing are kept as close as possible to each other. I use pizza tray lids on top of the buckets to keep the temps hot.  I draw both buckets at the same time.

   Roving is a long narrow bundle of fibre created by carding with combs which can be then spun for wool.
Batts are carded hunks of fibre as it comes off a drum carder or large processing carder at woollen mills.
Hanks are a 560 yard length of skein of wool, usually wound on a niddy-noddy or a fold up skein making tool that looks a bit like a children's wooden washing line.
Knots of wool  are a 40-yard strand skein of yarn wound on a niddy-noddy that measures 2 yards in circumference and this = 80 yards.
Skein of Wool is the wool which has been wound off the spindle
Niddy-Noddy is a funny name for a very useful tool which is double-headed and is used to skein spun yarn.
The Mother of All is the entire spinning mechanism on a spinning wheel which are the maidens, flyer and bobbin.
 The Maidens (or sisters) are the two upright pieces of wood that hold the spinning apparatus in a horizontal position.
 Noils are the annoying little short fibres which are removed when combing the fleece. Later these can be mixed with other wool and carded and spun.
Dizzing takes a lot of practice.  It is a tool with a hole in the middle and you pull through the hole from the hackle to make long lengths of blended or plain roving for spinning. I use a metal key with a hole in the top for dizzing.  It works.
Staple is the 'staple length' which is the length of the raw woollen lock.
Drafting the fibre is basically stretching the fibre out combining it and making it longer for spinning.
Flyer is the u-shaped device on a treadle spinning wheel that twists the yarn.
Carders are a pair of brushes used to smooth and straighten fibres ready for dizzing into roving and spinning.  I use smaller versions and use dog brushes that are the same carding material.

I just love spinning.  I have spun nothing the last few days.  I have been busily washing as much wool as I possibly can to get it all clean and bagged into old pillowcases, labelled and ready for spinning.   It is a massive job and it takes a lot of time if you want to do it well.  Always remembering to touch wet wool as little as physically possible because it will felt.

Images @ Eminpee Fotography

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Hurricanes and cyclones and Science

Intense hurricanes ... The lower the millibars the higher the hurricane system.  Right now the strongest storm in history of the coast off Miami heading toward Georgia.  They are expecting landfall on September 11th.  I am sure its going to be very awful.  Our sun has had several M Class Solar flares release 2 days ago and yesterday a X Class Flare shot off the Sun and this will create massive weather all across the planet.


A Millibar (symbol mb or mbar) is a meteorological unit of pressure equal to one-thousandth of a bar. A bar is a c.g.s. unit of pressure (A system of units based on the centimetre, gram, and second) equal to 1,000,000 dynes per square centimeter, or 100,000 pascals (symbol Pa). Thus one millibar is equivalent to 100 pascals or one hectopascal.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Johnny Cakes

Jonny Cakes

I had to re-blog this post.  I am making my outside fire able to accommodate Johnny Cakes and a griddle today.   Not making an entire kilo of flour though as there is only two of us.


 Enjoy Johnny Cakes..



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Aunty Viv a Bunjalung elder ... we had Johnny cakes together.
Before invasion of this land the women gathered and soaked and dried and ground to make flour to make johnny cakes in the coals.  Flours were made from plants that had to be processed to leech out any toxins first.

Helen said... "DON'T KNEAD the Johnny Cakes" .. I made a batch and didn't knead them and these were 100% better. 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Anathema and the Roman Church


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Catholic Church Bell Wingham NSW

Anathema
noun: anathema; plural noun: anathemas
  1. 1.
    something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.

    "racial hatred was anathema to her"

    synonyms:abhorrent, hateful, odious, repugnant, repellent, offensive; More
    abomination, abhorrence, aversion, monstrosity, outrage, evil, disgrace, bane, bugbear, bête noire, pariah

    "racial hatred was anathema to her"
  2. 2.
    a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine.

    "the Pope laid special emphasis on the second of these anathemas"

    synonyms:curse, ban, excommunication, damnation, proscription, debarment, denunciation, malediction, execration, imprecation

    "the Vatican Council expressed their view without an anathema"
For this blog we will be looking at the second dictionary explanation above regarding the Roman Catholic Church.


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Statue of Mary Catholic Church Wingham

First Catholics worship Mary as Intercessor (Ave Maria) and also as Co-Redemptor along with Jesus. Pope Francis prayed to Mary in Lampedusa,
 http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-marian-prayer-at-lampedusa

Infant regeneration is part of the CCC#1250 at the Vatican site: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a1.htm

Indulgences are real...and back. Pope Francis encouraged time off in purgatory if you follow his tweets. This was July 2013,
 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/16/vatican-indulgences-pope-francis-tweets

Yes catholics with a small 'c' means universal. The Catholic Church with a capital 'C' means the one true church according to them. According to Rome, anyone who is not a Catholic is cursed. (anathema).

The true issue is, "what do Catholics believe"?
The RCC teaches its members that the Church is infallible, most pointedly identified in the Pope. Yet only Christ is infallible.

The RCC teaches its people that the source of truth is the bible AND its church tradition. Yet the bible is the only source of truth.

The RCC teaches its people that grace comes in man-initiated ritual (anointing of oil, eucharist, etc). Yet only the Spirit dispenses grace.

The RCC teaches that its priests are 'alter Christus' or 'another Christ" but Christ alone is Christ. In the same way, the Pope is not Christ's substitute on earth (vicar of Christ means Substitute of Christ).

The "original" universal church was not the Catholic church of Rome, but the ragtag bunch of followers converted at Pentecost in Jerusalem.

RCC  =  Roman Catholic Church


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Friday, July 28, 2017

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP CRISIS ....

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44

Disqualification
                   Any person who:

                      (i)  is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power; or

                     (ii)  is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer; or

                    (iii)  is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent; or

                    (iv)  holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth; or

                     (v)  has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons;

shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.

                   But subsection (iv) does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers for a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Sacrificed on the Alter of Greed ...

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Glenfell Towering Inferno... The Burning Tower of London..  So many different scenarios come to mind with this.  It is very clear from all of the newspaper reports and from personal accounts from those who knew this building very well that the local burrough council who were the administrators were clearly at fault. 

Fire Officers asked to turn a blind eye to the non existent fire stairs on the outside of building.  This has been an issue for years.  Council decided it would be too expensive.  This is why those people died - because of greed.  Greed, corruption, cost-cutting, this in a single dreadful incident demonstrates how bad things are in the UK.

Looks like if the officials are preparing the greatest cover up ever of the 21st century.Said Addis I believe the Grenfell tower was disturbing the view of rich people in the area so they used all means to get rid of it regardless if this would cost the life of humans. Named & shamed Amanda Gill head of housing Kensington & Chelsea, this women should be behind bars. 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-gill-93a13534/?ppe=1

Below are various headlines etc from reports, click the links to follow.


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 On 13 August 2013 the Grenfell Tower residents blogged their concerns about the danger of power surges in their building. (It looks like it was a power surge to a fridge which started the fire). 
  https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/no-justice-for-grenfell-tower-power-surge-victims/


So five days later we are supposed to believe 50 people lost their lives.  I understand this figure to be around 538 who have lost their lives.  This is looking like the biggest cover up since colonizing the empty Australia.
Images @ Eminpee Fotography