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A photo of the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Their name is derived from the gases from the Eucalyptus trees making the mountains appear blue as they rise.

There is always something surprising when you realise that the unexpected has occurred. I have tried not to dwell on my travails with Lyme disease. It creeps in now and again since it is never far from your mind. You go about your daily routine, minimising any affects it is causing. In fact you begin to feel that apart from sudden spikes in your ‘woes’ you’re doing okay.

Perhaps it’s a safety thing, a form of illusion to enable you to handle everything. Yesterday was like every other, within the variables I have come to expect. I was focused on the bush fires in New South Wales and my fury at what I feel is the mismanagement of our land care policies. I refuse to even pay lip service to some of the inane arguments which rage around this issue.

image from news.ninemsn.com.au

It doesn’t help when an elected ‘leader’ of an inner city electorate (a member of the Green Party) decides to use this devastating event to take a sideswipe at the current Prime Minister. Politics at a time like this is a poor second when weighed against the people affected. We have one person dead and two fire fighters injured. We have no idea of stock or animal loss. I hope and pray that will be all we lose, it is too many, but more is always a heavier burden.  Over 2000 fire fighters from throughout the country are traveling to help with the bush fires.

This is one reason I feel selfish when I am focused on my small woes.  As I mentioned yesterday, Byron is a ‘green’ area and today we have had light rain all day, 3 ½ mm of rain. Not a huge amount by any means. The farmers here are grateful for the rain, since for Byron, we’ve had a bit of a ‘dry spell’, but nothing like elsewhere in the country.

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However, I feel traitorous today. I did get some sleep last night, so deep I didn’t hear my husband get up. It should have been wonderful, and it was as far as the sleep goes. Vivid dreams, strange and perplexing. Perhaps I should write about them sometime.

I woke in hideous pain.  Imagine, if you will, every bone in your body feels as though it is being crushed and pulled apart at the same time. Simultaneously there is an intense white hot sharp pain through each ‘major’ joint, but centering through the hips.  Sitting, standing or lying down bring no relief. Wheat packs seem to have no effect or the painkillers I had to resort to.

I feel miserable and I feel ashamed and humiliated that I‘m thinking about myself when so many people are facing so much worse. I’m keeping all the people, fire fighters, people who live there, all the animals in the area, in my heart and praying for their safety. I’m also praying for our ‘leaders’ to refrain from trying to get any political mileage out of this tragedy and work together to help OUR country.

Perhaps in some small way this might help, help our country and perhaps help me feel less self-centered in the face of what is happening.

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“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”   Buddha

My candle to focus my intention for all who are suffering tonight and in the days ahead. Why not join me?

Blessings, Susan  x

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“Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.” Henry Miller
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And Pigs may indeed fly before our Government accepts our farmers know how to manage our land better than they do with all their regulations.

And Pigs may indeed fly before our Government accepts our farmers know how to manage our land better than they do with all their regulations.

image courtesy of   onegreenplanet.org

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I’m pretty disgusted with the ad hoc manner in which the current Governments, both State and Federal, decide, without any discussion with the Australian people, to sell off the land and resources of Australia to overseas conglomerates and interests.  These are my opinions and thoughts on what has happened to Australia over the years.
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It doesn’t seem to make much difference these days how hard people try to make our world, our lives, our way of living better, more environmentally friendly, more responsible to thoughts of the future, the government, in their ultimate insanity continue to stifle the work of the many to make the few more disgustingly rich and powerful than ever before.

Let’s take a small look at the changes we’ve seen over the years.

Work was hard and backbreaking.  There were no modern conveniences then.

Work was hard and backbreaking. There were no modern conveniences then.

image courtesy of    envirohistorynz.com

Today, modern farming methods ensure that the land is cared for and produces crops with all the concern for land care that we need.  The mistakes of the past have been learned from and farmers of today are true pastoralists. They are not pretty pictures on a canvas but hardworking and forthright people, managing the land for us and for the welfare of future generations.  However, if this land is sold to overseas conglomerates, without thought for the impact it will have on future generations of Australians, then one must ask the question – Who are the Australian Government thinking of?  Certainly not for today, nor for tomorrow but for the hip pockets of those officials who stand to gain from the pillaging of Australia.

Modern day techniques increase the yield to produce sufficient crops to feed the nation.

Modern day techniques increase the yield to produce sufficient crops to feed the nation, and much more.

image courtesy of alp.org.au

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Let’s see how the mining industry stacks up.

Early mining conditions in Australia

Early mining conditions in Australia

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There have been hundreds of lives lost over the years as the mining industry has struggled to make a fair profit off the backs of its hard working miners.  With the new technology profits have burgeoned, yet  we see sales of land for mining and exploration going overseas and any benefit to Australia is washed away like the slag down the sluices of old.

Modern mining machinery bores into the earth in excess of anything early miners ever contemplated. The ravaging of the earths resources has increased a million fold.

Modern mining machinery bores into the earth in excess of anything early miners ever contemplated. The ravaging of the earths resources has increased a million fold.

image courtesy of     www.thebull.com.au  

Now we are faced with a new threat, one which has the capacity to affect  more people than ever before.  Little thought or consultation has been given to the Australians who own the lands these leases are granted over.  It is deplorable that a large (or small) mining company can apply in one municipality for a lease to explore for CSG in another municipality so that the people living there are unable to find out what has been done. Such underhanded tactics are reprehensible.

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Science has prided itself on thorough testing before any drugs are released for human use and yet we see this abomination called ‘fracking’ being allowed.   The effect fracking will have on the earth, the water tables and ourselves is almost unquantified, except for the havoc it has wreaked throughout the USA Mid West.  It is tantamount to testing on humans and animals and our whole environment.  Could there be grounds for massive compensation suits in years to come? I would hope this is stopped before it gets anywhere near that stage.

Fracking the hell out of the earth until they achieve hell on earth.

Fracking the hell out of the earth until they achieve hell on earth.

image courtesy of thewatchers.adorraeli.com

Seismic fault lines throughout Australia.Our continent is not as secure and geologically stable as we have been led to believe.

Seismic fault lines throughout Australia. Our continent is not as secure and geologically stable as we have been led to believe.

image courtesy of  cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com

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Is there any correlation between the increase in seismic activity over the past few years with the increase in fracking around the globe? I, for one, have serious concerns about fracturing our fragile earth’s crust unnecessarily.

Destroying the beauty of the countryside with their obtrusive presence they also poison the area around them, possibly causing birth defects and other illnesses with their low frequency hum and rare earth mineral radiations, they also destroy numerous birds daily.

Wind Turbines. Destroying the beauty of the countryside with their obtrusive presence, they also poison the area around them, possibly causing birth defects and other illnesses with their low frequency hum and rare earth mineral radiations, they also destroy numerous birds daily.

image courtesy of   australianclimatemadness.com

The madness of wind turbines is hard to believe. Rare earth minerals, mined in China and poisoning that land and people, are used in their construction. The increase in reported health problems from people living in close proximity to the wind turbines cannot be ignored and yet we are told they are “better for us, better for the environment and better for the land.” Excuse me for doubting.  Just take a look at what is not an isolated instance of a wind tower exploding.

Exploding wind turbines, an occurrence which is much more common than they would have us believe,

Exploding wind turbines, an occurrence which is much more common than they would have us believe,

image courtesy of     © Stuart McMahon

For myself the jury is not out. I am not in favour of the Government deciding for me what is in my best interests, not when they haven’t had the courtesy to ask my opinion and the science is far from settled. Apart from Climate Change – which is a natural cyclical event.  What kind of legacy are we leaving for our children?

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