Dont forget to scream

Im often amazed just how short-sighted and naive my fellow countrymen and women are. Seemingly, it doesnt matter how big the writing is on the wall because we have our heads shoved so far into the sand that only our rumps remain above ground.

Nationally we have been listening to oil industry experts warn us about the coming of peak oil and the exponential rise in petrol prices for the best part of 10 years. Now that it is upon us, we are desperate to save five cents per litre by removing the excise. Its pathetic. Folks, we need to change over to electric vehicles and alternative energy sources and we need to have done it yesterday. Instead big business continues to spend trillions advertising 4WD sales, and our government continue to subsidise the purchase of these gas guzzlers. What do we have to do to get the message through? Scream. Walk out the door every morning and scream.

I also notice the big rugby league clubs have neglected to read any of the masses of information about the misery inflicted on the low-paid by poker machines. The big clubs have been living off these mesmeric monsters for decades. Did they really believe they could get away with it ad infinitum? Of course there is going to be further taxing of the cretinous creep boxes. You can swindle some of the people all of the time but eventually their friends and family will demand you give back your ill-gotten gains. The tax increases on these machines were inevitable. Did the big clubs have a backup plan? Hardly. How many coins do you have to shove in before the penny drops?

Just in case you havent been listening or watching or understanding a single thing happening on the surface of the earth, were having a global climate crisis driven by carbon emissions. Parts of the world are being flattened and submerged by the largest hurricanes on record. Pacific islands are vanishing under the ocean waves and the polar bear is swimming to extinction because their is no polar ice left for them to rest on. Does the earth need to hammer us with hailstorms every second day and turn our gardens into deserts for the reality to sink in?

I look out at the lovely blue skies as I walk to work and the petrol prices, the flooding and the extinctions seem like theyre part of someone elses nightmare. Theyre not. Some days it seems so perfect here on the north coast that even I forget to scream.


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