Save the Ancient Trees

 

Ancient trees feel no pain drinking up the falling rain.

I was very sad to recently read that the Government of Victoria intends to cut down a stand of ancient trees with cultural significance to the aboriginal Djap Wurrung people. Some of these trees are 800 years old and this is would be an act of cultural terrorism if it were to proceed.

Feeling rather upset about this, I travelled into the Border Range National Park in Githabul Country to visit the ancient Antarctic Beech trees which are over 2000 years old. While I was there I recorded this video speaking about the trees in Victoria and then reciting one of the poems that I have written about the Antarctic Beeches called “Ancient Trees”.

The following poem was written in June 2017(perhaps) (perhaps it doesn’t really matter when it was written)

Ancient Trees

Ancient trees feel no pain

Drinking up the falling rain

There is a man, many know

He lived two thousand years ago

There is a tree that still has leaves

Has lived two thousand years and grieves

Up on the highest mountain reaches

Live the ancient Antarctic Beeches

Patiently waiting wet and dry

Breathing sun and rain and sky

Antarctic beeches watching people

Churches crumble and the steeple

We’ll all die and fade away

But ancient trees still laugh and play.

When I die please put my skin

In the Antarctic Beech forest within

The biggest tree up on the mountain

The thunderclouds will bring a fountain

And I will live forever more

As an Antarctic Beech on the forest floor

I sit and write and weep and cry

Joyous about the day I die

January Twenty Eighty Three

I’ll become and Antarctic beech tree

This poem is available for purchase in my 2017 poetry anthology, “Love in Nimbin”.

Addendum to Ancient trees. The big scrub was a huge abundant forest. Some trees were over 150m tall and the lowest branches were 30 m and it was like walking in a giant forest cathedral filled with birds and life.

The British Colonists came and chopped down 99% of the forest in just 100 years. This was followed by the banana and dairy industry which started to fade away.

Then the students came to Nimbin during the Aquarius Festival of 1973. Now the forests are regrowing and the big scrub is coming back.

The Antarctic Beech trees survived the clearing and are over 2000 years old.

 

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World Discrimination

I really don’t like discrimination, I don’t like bullying I don’t like harassment, I don’t like nationalism and pride and I don’t like the judgement attached to all of these things. So when I read a report like the one attached at the end of this article I feel that I must make other people aware of the discrimination and harassment so that it can be stopped.

When I worked for Greenpeace as a young man just out of my environmental science degree one of their main ideas is that bearing witness to injustice, calls out and prevents injustice because when people know that someone is watching them they are less likely to do something bad.

It’s currently World Cup football time in Russia and there has recently been a report about discrimination harassment and nationalism in Russian football please read the attached document available in Google Drive.

discrimination in #russian #football #WorldCup #soccer #corruption
#Racism #sexism #nationalism #homophobia abuse. Read this report about discrimination in #RussianFootball
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-GgG7u9ziWtnl6PbpsdoIfg4Dr1l9qVC/view?usp=drivesdk

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Advertising, marketing and influencing

I am currently studying a social media writing course through Berkeley University online as well as a digital media and marketing course through Curtin University online.

All this study has got me thinking about the power of advertising. Do we pay attention to those subliminal little messages in the corner of our screens that pop up on our YouTube videos and in our Facebook feed and our Instagram feeds.

An ad appeared today in a rolling stone magazine. It caught my eye because initially I thought it was a persons bum in the photo however on closer inspection I noticed it was two wine glasses photographed to look like a couple of legs and a backside. Once I noticed that it was advertising wine as a non drinker the ad kind of annoyed me so I decided to click the close add link. Then Google asked me why do you want to stop seeing this ad? I had five choices. This content is not relevant I don’t want to see alcohol ads in my news feed.

No not at all in my newsfeed. I was an alcoholic and I want to stop seeing poison advertised. Alcohol is a deadly drug it causes a lot of damage in the body. It poisons the brain by feeding the brain acetate instead of glucose and it kills the liver. Alcohol causes gout obesity and people to have a outbursts of violence and anger and causes more car deaths in accidents than any other drug.

Cigarette advertising has been banned for a long time and in my opinion it’s time we stopped advertising alcohol and we stopped advertising sugary junk food and we stopped advertising things that are bad for the planet that encourage people to over consume or encourages harm or self harm.

So click the little cross in the corner where it says stop seeing this ad and start seeing ads that you were interested in more make your feed relevant or install an ad blocker even better you can get them online and you can block all the ads in your Facebook your Instagram your YouTube feed and also going to your search settings and choose block ads.

I wrote this little poem this morning it’s called, stop seeing this ad

Stop.seeing this ad.
Close ads.
Wine advertising by Google in a Rolling Stone article from a facebook link.

Stop seeing this ad
Change channel
You can skip ad in 3 2 …. 1
Endless timeless seconds

Stop seeing this ad
Tune out
Click the hidden little cross
Why don’t you want to see this ad?

Stop seeing this ad
Report inappropriate content
These ads aren’t relevant
AdChoices Promote this post

Stop seeing this ad
Fake news designed to control you
What is truth, fact, promotion ?
Emotional manipulation?

Stop.seeing this ad
Mashable clickbait
Have to seen what these 50 celebrities look like now?
Next.

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Advertising, marketing and influencing

I am currently studying a social media writing course through Berkeley University online as well as a digital media and marketing course through Curtin University online.

All this study has got me thinking about the power of advertising. Do we pay attention to those subliminal little messages in the corner of our screens that pop up on our YouTube videos and in our Facebook feed and our Instagram feeds.

An ad appeared today in a rolling stone magazine. It caught my eye because initially I thought it was a persons bum in the photo however on closer inspection I noticed it was two wine glasses photographed to look like a couple of legs and a backside. Once I noticed that it was advertising wine as a non drinker the ad kind of annoyed me so I decided to click the close add link. Then Google asked me why do you want to stop seeing this ad? I had five choices. This content is not relevant I don’t want to see alcohol ads in my news feed.

No not at all in my newsfeed. I was an alcoholic and I want to stop seeing poison advertised. Alcohol is a deadly drug it causes a lot of damage in the body. It poisons the brain by feeding the brain acetate instead of glucose and it kills the liver. Alcohol causes gout obesity and people to have a outbursts of violence and anger and causes more car deaths in accidents than any other drug.

Cigarette advertising has been banned for a long time and in my opinion it’s time we stopped advertising alcohol and we stopped advertising sugary junk food and we stopped advertising things that are bad for the planet that encourage people to over consume or encourages harm or self harm.

So click the little cross in the corner where it says stop seeing this ad and start seeing ads that you were interested in more make your feed relevant or install an ad blocker even better you can get them online and you can block all the ads in your Facebook your Instagram your YouTube feed and also going to your search settings and choose block ads.

I wrote this little poem this morning it’s called, stop seeing this ad

Stop.seeing this ad.
Close ads.
Wine advertising by Google in a Rolling Stone article from a facebook link.

Stop seeing this ad
Change channel
You can skip ad in 3 2 …. 1
Endless timeless seconds

Stop seeing this ad
Tune out
Click the hidden little cross
Why don’t you want to see this ad?

Stop seeing this ad
Report inappropriate content
These ads aren’t relevant
AdChoices Promote this post

Stop seeing this ad
Fake news designed to control you
What is truth, fact, promotion ?
Emotional manipulation?

Stop.seeing this ad
Mashable clickbait
Have to seen what these 50 celebrities look like now?
Next.

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New website for Thundercloud Repairian

Nimbin, 6 June 2018, Thundercloud Repairian has today launched his new ecommerce website where you can purchase his books, view his videos and read his blog and poetry.  Click here to go to the new website of Thundercloud Repairian: washing away the garbage and leaving behind rainbows.

Leaving Behind Rainbows

Thundercloud Repairian AKA James Arthur Warren

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The Flea, Love, Dinosaur and Lust in Nimbin

Nimbin, Bundjalung Country. Thundercloud Repairian AKA James Arthur Warren released three books on Friday the 4th of May. The first is was a children’s book both written and illustrated by Thundercloud. The other two books are Love in Nimbin and Lust in Nimbin which are part of a two book series of writing and poetry titled “Love and Lust in Ninbin”.

“The flea and the dinosaur” is beautifully illustrated in black and white drawings and has a strong anti-bullying and empowerment message for the power of love defeating the force of bullies.

Love in Nimbin and Lust in Nimbin are poetry anthologies written in the Northern Rivers area of Bundjalung Country.

The books are all $20 each and you can get a signed copy by contacting me by email at 1english1@gmail.com

 

 

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The Jester.

There is one card in all the pack,

He wont play the game.

Hes not a jack.

The Jester might seem like such a fool,

Reflecting you his biggest tool.

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Watch “Thundercloud on SANTOS CSG fracking in the Pilliga” on YouTube

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Maiden Voyage of Atlantis

At last I have materialised my free school of health, sustainability and digital literacy as well as the Free Blue Library.

BLUE HOUSE FREE SCHOOL - Each one can teach one

“Atlanitis” is the most beautiful double decker bus I have ever seen. She is my prototype moblie school of health, sustainability and digital literacy. I plan to create many mobile free schools and one day a “communiversity.”

Back to Atlantis, I picked her up on the 30th of January 2016 and then spent eight weeks with a group of artists decorating her in Rundle Street Kent Town.

A BIG THANKS to Jack Franceschini, Elizabeth Close, Tayla Carlaw, Mat Dopheide, #10TKL and Seb Humphreys. All these artists are available for commision works, murals and shows. You can find them on Facebook or Instagram. Also a massive thank you to Claire Margaret Graham who organised all the artist as part of the #littlerundlestreeartproject in Kent Town Adelaide. Claire is available to organise your art project with the #littleartproject

I also had a go at painting the outside of Atlantis but I have…

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April 5, 2016 · 2:03 am

I believe

James Arthur Warren – I believe.

In homage to the ancestors I wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the sacred ground on which live, the first many nations and their people, the custodians of the land.

45,000 years ago I sat on a cool rock by a river.

Under the shade of a great coolibah tree. I was fishing for Cumbookie, the freshwater crayfish.

I was  grinding the wheat and making the bread,.

You sat came along.

Hungry.

I invited you in.

You sat down by my fire.

I gave you bread and crayfish.

We became friends.

The next day, I showed you how to grow wheat, make fire and cook bread.

I showed you how to  fish the fish.

You fed yourself and then you fed me.

We enjoyed our social time together.

We shared everything we liked.

Gaia made water rain down and the rainbows filled the sky.

Sometimes we sat silent just watching the river. Then one of us would tweet something relevant.

You went away but I knew you’d return.

You and I, We taught others to grow wheat, make fire, make bread, and fish the fish.

We introduced each other to our friends and built social networks among like minded people

You and I continued this way for eons over many lifetimes helping each other. It was an emerald green paradise of rainbows filled with love and respect.

But one day we forgot,

On that day a great dirty dark Energy exploded from the Earth

It left a great dark scar where nothing grew,

It poisoned the sky,

It rained down on the land.

It rained down on Gaia.

It killed the fish and it killed the wheat.

The sky was dark we couldn’t grow wheat.

We had no bread, the fish, the birds, the rainbow birds were no more.

We were hungry. Many died.

We thought we were going to die too.

To survive we had to save every small grain of sunlight in every grain of wheat

In order to survive, we hid alone in caves.

We lost connection with each other.

Then we forgot how to live and love and thrive.

We had changed.

We had become selfish and we lived that way for many years.

Then one day we met each other again

I was sitting on a rock by the warmth of a fire. Under what was once a magnificent forest. We became connected again. We became friends. We shared our food. We shared our knowledge of the things we like with our friends on Facebook Twitter Youtube Instagram.

We built a better world.

G’day Australian people. I am James Arthur Warren and I am happy to speak to you today about what I reckon will go down in history as the greatest awakening our great rainbow nation Australia has ever had.

A Green awakening of love and compassion for our land and people.

And I believe that you believe many of the same things that I do too.

Forty three years ago a great Australian, Gough Whitlam proclaimed

“ There are moments in history when the whole fate and future of nations can be decided by a single decision. For Australia, this is such a time. It’s time for a new team, a new program, a new drive for equality of opportunities: it’s time to create new opportunities for Australians, time for a new vision of what we can achieve in this generation for our nation and the region in which we live.

This momentous speech gave a great sunbeam of hope to millions of Australians who had been sweating under the policies of the McMahon Liberal government. However  forty three years later the Australian people are living in fear and shame manipulated and divided by Tony Abbott and his LNP government.

The policies of Bill Shorten’s Labour party on locking away Asylum Seekers and Climate Change  virtually mirror the coalition so to Australian people, Tony and Bill look the same.

They share the same verbal diatribe.

The share the same meanness and lack of care.

The same self interest.

They might as well be taking our children’s bread and giving it to the dogs.

Today, I believe Australians are being held to ransom and extorted by criminal gangs.

Corporations and money buys the actions of the current government.

Our system of representational democracy is being undermined. Government has been corrupted by money and greed.

The good people of Australia have had enough of the fear campaign that is tearing at the very fabric of our society causing this hatred and mistrust.

So Yes, like Gough Whitlam, I James Arthur Warren believe it is time for a new government.

The Australian Greens offer the Australian people the most comprehensive policies for reform and improving this nation ever put before them.

The policies of the Greens are progressive and well thought out. Intelligent caring people the members of the Greens develop these policies collaboratively.

The sea surrounds our home.

It has many rare and beautiful gifts of nature.

I believe it is time for  a Greens Government.

I believe that all Australian people are good people

I believe we look after our mates and anyone else who needs a hand.

I believe that Australian people want to be healthy and happy.

I believe that this is the lucky country and together we can return it to Eden.

Services like affordable, clean public transport must become a reality in the cities .

I believe people and the land must have protections from Environmental harm

We must stop land degradation and pollution from Coal Seam Gas and old unprofitable coal mining and burning.

The people can have clean energy as well as free energy

from the water,  from the wind

from the sun.

free food from the Earth

And Free education from Each other.

Why burn dirty coal, when clean energy is also Free energy?

There are solutions to Climate Change and Free energy will  Free the people from the chains of their monthly energy costs.

I believe Border Force should be replaced with the idea of Border Rescue.

Billions of your taxpayer dollars are being spent to buy submarines and fighter Jets in wars that no person wants and are no longer relevant

How about we build rescue boats and rescue the asylum seekers? It is the people smugglers that should be locked up.

I believe it is our duty of care to rescue people from the high seas and bring them here.

Free the women and men free and educate the children.

They will repay the debt 100 times over, wouldn’t you?

They will willingly work in health, community service,  growing permaculture gardens and cleaning up the trash that litters all Australia’s roads and highways in the Great Australian garbage grid.

I believe in helping the most vulnerable and together we can lift up all of Australia once again Australia will be regarded internationally as the nation of fair go and opportunity.

The nation that leads the planet in healing itself.

The nation that shows that all can achieve success and self mastery.

I believe that the good people of Australia have had enough of the fear campaign that is tearing at the very fabric of our society causing hatred and mistrust.

I believe the Australian people want to feel hope and optimism and celebrate with joy

the New Australia.

The people Australian people want a government with integrity.

I believe you’ve had enough of corrupt lying, politicians representing only big business and the criminals that supply the money in brown paper bags.

You want respect. You want to be listened to.

The will of the people is we have had enough of the politics of division. I believe that what makes Australia great is the people and their diversity.

All of the First Nations peoples. Their 60,000 years of continuous culture is special.

So too,what they bring to the nation. I believe it is time to assist the indigenous in self determination. It is time to stop the destruction of indigenous communities, stop the child abductions, stop incarceration, suicide, diabetes and allow them sovereignty so they can make their own decisions.

The sea surrounds our home.

It has many rare and beautiful gifts of nature.

We have boundless plains to share for those that come across the seas

I believe to share and enrich us all with their cultural nuances that they bring.

I believe in affordable and quality health and disability services so people can live their lives to their fullest potential.

I believe that by increasing the wages of the lowest paid and middle class we can stimulate the economy because these people are the ones who spend their extra discretionary income.

I believe in capping the earnings of highly overpaid executives with their $300 lunches because its the cleaners, labourers, waiters, store people and retail workers.

Yes, it is  you that work the hardest.

It’s you that have to to eat white bread Vegemite sandwiches.

I believe in supporting the rural people who have missed out on adequate social services for far too long.

I believe in supporting the farmers to find new high value and sustainable ways of farming including organic and permaculture methods to make Australia a shining example of health and sustainability.

Yes. I believe in a preventative approach to health care. I believe in replanting degraded land which can sequester carbon in the trees.

Yes, I believe in climate change and that Australia has the ingenuity to tackle it with renewable free energy resources.

Education from child care to university must be free and to truly build a clever country, Australians need access to cheap, fast, private and secure data. This also includes strategies to increase the digital and technological literacy of Australian people.

I believe you want compassionate politicians who care for people.

The people who wear ugg boots and thongs want to be listened to.

They want to be heard.

The Australian people want a voice.

The Greens Believe in standing up for what matters.

We believe in a clean strong economy.

We believe in a caring society.

We believe in a healthy environment.

And we believe that you believe the same things too.

I believe the Australian people want to rejoice.

They want to be young

They want to be FREE.

The golden soil is the bright creative minds of Australians from all walks of life

The wealth of Australia is in the toil and guts and the ingenuity of the people.

I believe the Australian Greens are ready to lead this country.

I believe James Arthur Warren is capable to lead Australia too.

If you believe me, join me and all the Australian Greens to bring harmony and prosperity to Australia once again..

I believe this as I believe in the divine creative source, some call it God, Allah or Jah Rastafari

With courage let us all combine.

because I believe that once again,

We can sing in joyful strains “Advance Australia Fair.”

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