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Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on September 25, 2010

She has died.  At her death, she weighed no more than a child, and she was mostly unconscious for the

final  few days. On my part, for the rest of my days I will never forget her sobbing uncontrollably, saying she can’t

take the pain anymore — such are the moments that will be remembered.

She was catholic (as I was brought up to be), and the bible was never far from her. Her religious beliefs helped

her cope with what was happening, and no one should intrude there.

But as corrupt christianity becomes increasingly irrelevant, where do we now find meaning in our lives,

particularly in how we individually, and as a society, come to terms with death?

Greed, and selfishness –a wilful individualism– are now preeminent in society, and is what passes for meaning


Tho a wretched death surely awaits the individual who believes in those things.

Where then, is the real meaning now?



Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on September 21, 2010

The Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh,  was today released from hospital

after pioneering surgery to attach a hard-hat permanently to her head.

In what has been described as a world medical first, surgeons

worked in shifts over a 30-hour period to graft the hard-hat onto the

Premier’s skull.

The life-saving surgery became necessary after consistently negative polls forced the Premier into a

strategy of appearing as a hard-hat wearing hard worker who gets things done.

“Better me in a hard-hat than the Treasurer with a plumber’s crack,” joked the Premier. “The only down-side that

I can see is that I now just can’t resist a safety vest, and I’m digging more holes in my yard than the dog!”


Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on September 19, 2010

The internet, and saturation news coverage, has turned

us into voyeurs who see human suffering merely as some

kind of diversion, and despite the fact that the issues can

be found in our homes, on our tvs and monitors, often in

real time, we insist that we are only meant to be voyeurs.

How much suffering do we need to witness before we act?

The main defense of the ignorant –‘I didn’t know’– is clearly

not applicable here. We do know. And we choose to do nothing. Why??

Bin Laden says that all Muslims must be concerned with what is done to any Muslim anywhere, and to take

action to assist their fellow Muslims. To me the black South African boy, and the old Inuit woman,  Jew,  Muslim,

Christian, or Animist, and all in between, are my brothers and sisters, and I am obliged to treat them as such,

to respect them, and to take that action which is appropriate to assist them. And I accept that as I share, I likely

will have less myself. I don’t want to buy a pair of shoes made by a child working in a factory earning 50 cents

a day. We in the West selfishly demand priority, in resources and decision-making, and build our lives on the

toil of near-slaves. What is the difference between the terrorist’s indiscriminate bombing, and our

indiscriminate consumerism? A quick death or a slow death?

The Western tradition is based on three planks:  christianity, capitalism, and democracy.

The compromised morality of christianity says the world, including all animals,  is god’s gift to us to do with as we

please,  to exploit without restraint.

Capitalism subjugates everything to the single goal of profit,  as if that goal in itself justifes all actions and

decisions and inequalities, and will exploit any situation to its illogical or unreasonable or unfair conclusion.

Democracy gives us the opportunity to choose in particular those who we wish to lie to us and to deceive us,

but all the while knowing they will do anything to maintain their position in power.

Have we really come thousands of generations through history to be here at this point??

“The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to consume.

It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a

moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.”

Above all, we need to act, and now.


Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on September 4, 2010

Rivercity Motorways, owners of the Clem7 tunnel in Brisbane (a toll road),

has announced a $1.67 billion loss as of the end of the financial year.

Their share price this year has gone from 30 cents per share to its current

2 cents per share.

What does RiverCity Motorways do???

Pay bonuses to its executives haha!

RiverCity Motorway chief executive Flan Cleary received the biggest bonus of $370,960.

Chief financial officer Christine Hayward received a $229,312 bonus.

Corporate communications manager Anthony Havers received a $189,013 bonus,  and engineering manager Colin Richmond also got a $189,013  bonus.

Former customer operations manager Teish Peterson, who resigned on June 15, was given a $115,326 bonus.

I’m sure these high-flyers are now certain to be head-hunted by the Queensland government!

Edit 28/2/11. Clem 7 tunnel goes into receivership. Weren’t those executives payed the bonuses

for doing such an outstanding job??  Hahaha. Will you never learn (?)