....." Come gather round (Straaayan ) People wherever ya roam".....(as foretold by His Bobness near 60 years ago...)
.".and admit that the waters around ya have grown."..
CLIMATE CRISIS ??
WHAT CLIMATE CRISIS???
Have we met the enemy ? And is he us ?
..but hey...if you want hope.....and to see what scientifically grounded, sustained people power can do...
..when all seemed hopeless..back in the day..
... and 'whalehugger" was a widely used derisive term...
Just don't say ....you weren't bloody warned !!!!
......on Climate change, acid rain....
..ozone depletion, (successfully tackled internationally through)....
...Co-operation and Leadership...
Great (Restrained ) Squawk Case Study from the archive..
Eloquence pops up in the strangest places....take it where you can find it. (ARLP Policy )
The Iron Lady Speaks...,..in 1989...
"If you put a frog in water and slowly heat it, the frog will eventually let itself be boiled to death.
We, too, will not survive if we don't respond to the radical way in which the world is changing."
(Charles Handy. THE AGE OF UNREASON.) 1989
..Hmmm....89. A Year To Remember..
..(a bitta people power back in the day..)
MEANWHILE...back to This One..
( Oi !!....hoooooooooow good and prescient was Donald Horne back then in the 60's when he pronounced in 'The Lucky Country' that.....)
'Straaaya is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share in its' luck.
It lives on other people's ideas, and, most of its leaders (in all fields ) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.' ????
Yeh, that would explain a lot of the ever present reactive/non-proactive Political/ Cultural National Malaise of addiction to Short-Termism (especially effin' real estate speculation !!).....for which pretty well everyone has to share some degree of blame.
Doesn't mean that Straaayans can't imagineate, articulate and create a better future. So much untapped talent and goodwill out there. This incredibly daunting time offers huge opportunities to run with through the incorporation of...
Upside Down Thinking !!!!
"Listen. The next revolution is going to be a revolution of ideas. (Bill Hicks. )
"The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step." (Pablo Casals )
Ain't business as usual any more..
Ain't no quick fixes...or easy way out..
No point in playing The Blame Game..
We have seen the enemy. And he is us.
Time to shine, Straaaya.
(Yer better than this bullshit...)
..and tap into that enormous national pool of talent, expertise and goodwill which is now bursting at the seams..
...and with others, ....help lead the way again !!!
Have we met the enemy ? And is he us ?
Everyday. In every little way
..and who better with than..um..oh crikey....y'know..that Straaayan Bard Bloke...??
"What's wrong with leading the way? We've played that role before, after all. We gave the world the secret ballot...that did so much to raise the living standards and improve conditions for workers worldwide. We were a leader in extending to women the right to vote. We were barely a nation when we set the bar for for bravery and sacrifice by common soldiers in foreign wars. We grew up out of racism and misogyny and homophibia to become a mostly tolerant, successful multi-cultural society. We did these great things because we know we are in it together. It is our core value as Australians."
(Geraldine Brooks. Boyer Lecture 2011)
So..bring that Squawkarama Summit on !!!
Oi...!!!"That International/ National/Local Climate Change/'Lifestyle' TranZition Stratajeez...
...20/20Vizion Thingo !!!....(Geddit ???)
......WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA ???..."
Are we rooted ?? Or about to embark on..
....'THE THIRD AGE '????
...in the most challenging but exciting period...
in Straaayan or World History ???
FORM A LOCAL PARLOURMENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY !!!
GET SQUAWKIN' !!!!
STEP OUT OF THEM COMFORT ZONES !!!
SET YERSELF FREEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!
BETTER CALL COCKY !!!
popular with the sheilas as always....
WELCOME TO COCKY'Z jOINT !!!!!!!!
THE AUSTRALIAN RAVING LOONY PARTY !!!!
...just when you thought politics couldn't possibly get any more insane ...
Passion. Eloquence. Panache.
imagination. Articulation. Creation.
You know it makes sense.
Meet The Academy Staff at Team Loony HQ...
...Lingo Expert Professor Dr (Sharlene) Hoo ?, Long Suffering Treasurer Muggins MacNulty, CEO Cocky and Chief Librarian Kylie and son Kenny....
COPYRIGHT CHARLES SCHULZ (with much love )
But watch out !!!!
...the more things change......!!!!!.
(R.I.P. Terry, Graham xx )
...the more they stay the bloody same...
" won't get fooled again.."
Strap yerselves in, Straaaya....HERE WE GOOOOOOO !!!!
(Thanks , Johnno...)
AND COP THIS !!!!
Straaaya needs a National Squawkerama /Contesting of Ideas Summit !!!
Coz Straayans..,,yez just might be in a bit of... (at the very least...)... YEH !....NAA !!
....LINGUISTIC STRIFE!! !! ...
So......Yer best hope might be to.....step up to the plate...
....to imaginate, articulate... ..and create yer way outta this mess,,,
...if yer feeling a bit nervy about having a crack when Academy 'Auditions' are announced soon...
..Check out these everyday Straaayans in flight...
..."The Cocky'z Academy Graduation Class of 2015 "!!!..
...with guest "Thought Police" ...
or along these lines...
- 3 Minute Squawks from those...In The Know !!!…. about Moving Forward ‘n’ stuff.. Everyday. In every little way.
Passion. Eloquence. Panache. And then some.
Imagination. Articulation. Creation.
You know it makes sense.
Here's what ..giving a shit...
Courtesy of The Commos at Q and A.....Golden Squawk from Uncle Bruce..
..... a pesky young 'un puts in her two bob's worth...
and gawd....another pesky wabble wowser young 'un puts in hers..
Coming in MARCH 2020 ....Initial audition "Academy Entrance Squawk"
will be a choice of two topics !!
1) Straaaya ! Straaaya ! Straaaya ! Oh Jeez, what you could be !!
"...that National Vision Thingo..where the bloody hell are Ya "???
2) .. Have we met the enemy ? And is he us ?
Where the friggin' hell to from here ??
(Can be a Squawk2GO or 3 minute Squawk/Combo )
(see Auditions Guidelines)
So..Better call Cocky !!!.....
and ask around how we're doin'.... !!!
on the Climate Change/Social Justice fronts in The Beloved Country
... for those doin' it tough....
And then 'the Voice of Real Straaayans'..
....but oi, says Cocky...there's plenty plenty of hope !!!!.....
.... what could STRAAAYA be.....by adopting .......Upside Down Thinking...???
Cocky gives a huuuuuge wink and nod to Screaming Lord Sutch (R.I.P. Bewdiful Soul) and the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
aaaahhh...those whacky Sixties....
(worth watching the first 10 mins or so with volume off....WTF ????)
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