Mitt Romney for…

Mitt Romney for...

For what reasons could Joss Whedon endorse Mitt Romney? Well, check this out ;) Too good!!

Gotta love Joss Whedon…

And on another note… if Mitt Romney gets elected the US of A will surely become the most short-sighted administration to ‘lead the world’. Mind you Obama also failed to mention the environment, I guess it’s just an economic derivative or input with no value except for what we can exploit out of it for our own short-term selfish use. Way to plan for a sustainable, peaceful, equitable future… NOT!

Islam and the West

Islam and the West

Islam and the West. If you care about this formative 21c topic please listen to this 15min interview with Em. Prof Clive Kessler. It is THE most informative analysis you are likely to hear or read that affords the topic the complexity and subtlety it requires but rarely receives.

Islamophobia: Reality or Myth?

“As the United Nations general assembly gets underway in New York, a push is on by the 57–member-country Organisation of Islamic Co-operation to make blasphemy an international criminal offence.

This has long been a goal for many Muslim countries but it has new impetus after an amateur film mocking the Muslim prophet Muhammad was posted on the internet. Since then, a French satirical newspaper has published some cartoons that depict Muhammad naked, and, in Australia, some serving and former soldiers have posted anti-Muslim comments on a website.

The response from the worldwide Islamic community to all these events has ranged from violent, even deadly protests, to a Pakistani government minister offering a bounty for the death of the film-maker, to the more general charge of Islamophobia.

But is Islamophia a reality or a myth? One expert says the term has been used to silence debate about Islam. Writing in The Australian newspaper recently, Clive Kessler called it a ‘moral bludgeon’.

Clive Kessler is emeritus professor at the University of NSW and an expert in the sociology of religion. He’s spent 40 years studying Islam, especially in Asia, specifically in Malaysia and he challenges the idea that Islamophobia is rife.”

“As the United Nations general assembly gets underway in New York, a push is on by the 57–member-country Organisation of Islamic Co-operation to make blasphemy an international criminal offence.

This has long been a goal for many Muslim countries but it has new impetus after an amateur film mocking the Muslim prophet Muhammad was posted on the internet. Since then, a French satirical newspaper has published some cartoons that depict Muhammad naked, and, in Australia, some serving and former soldiers have posted anti-Muslim comments on a website.

The response from the worldwide Islamic community to all these events has ranged from violent, even deadly protests, to a Pakistani government minister offering a bounty for the death of the film-maker, to the more general charge of Islamophobia.

But is Islamophia a reality or a myth? One expert says the term has been used to silence debate about Islam. Writing in The Australian newspaper recently, Clive Kessler called it a ‘moral bludgeon’.

Clive Kessler is emeritus professor at the University of NSW and an expert in the sociology of religion. He’s spent 40 years studying Islam, especially in Asia, specifically in Malaysia and he challenges the idea that Islamophobia is rife.”

Ben Lee – Ayahuasca

Ben Lee - Ayahuasca

Hell yes, I’m supporting this musical project and Ben Lee’s new album Ayahuasca that in turn will support psychedelic research and conservation work. Very curious of the resulting art!

I love this new way of creating CDs and experiences by asking for support and selling musical work and related services ahead of release. In a drastically altered music business this might be the future shape of independent work. It’s wonderfully direct and connected, which I truly enjoy.

Beautiful effort with depth and integrity that I can support easily as it meets my needs for contribution, connection, shared vision and meaning.

Been Lee’s Pledge Music page for his new album Ayahuasca

The Prime Minister gives it back…

The Prime Minister gives it back...

Good on you Prime Minister for standing up against the Opposition Leader’s sexism and misogyny for all Australian women. Enough of Mr Abbott’s arrogance and violence, time to speak up and reject it before it becomes widely acceptable conduct. Thank you!

To hear Gillard’s speech please go to the below link… to catch up on the background go to the link at the bottom or simply explore the news stories of the last 3 weeks! :P

Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist

“Tony Abbott got the shellacking he deserved, not only undoing all the image-shaping work done by his wife Margie last week, but quite likely also burning the poll surge that went with it.

With form like this, not to mention an economy which today jumped three ranking places to be the 12th biggest in the world, Gillard looks like the sort of politician who might just win the unwinnable election after all.”

A bit more background and detail can be found here…

Gillard wins a verbal stoush, and maybe an election too