Tony Abbott said that the less said about the Bali Nine, the better. Of course, he is saying that AFTER he has already opened his own mouth, inserted both his feet and a few of his other political winner friends. He has already offended everyone in this case and made it worse with his comments. I suppose we should thank him for that, in that, we don’t need to say a thing more, no need for us to toy with perfection. Oh and in other news, he can eat an onion, skin and all, without shedding a tear. No Tony, unique talents get you into the circus, not people’s hearts. But thanks for coming out.
An Australian group just went too far.
We have been consumed with the fate of the “Bali Nine,” which is the name given to a group of Australians who attempted to smuggle drugs into Indonesia. They were caught with 8.3 kg (18 lb) of heroine with a street value of 4 million.
That happened in 2005. What followed was a merry-go-round of sentencing, all in keeping with Indonesian law, and then tons of appeals, back and forth, and the final outcome where today two of the men are expected to be executed (shot) any day now.
The families of the two young men are devastated and outraged. Both of the men are indeed sorry for their actions and have, according to many witnesses, transformed their lives and had become assets in the jails where they were housed.
Australians want their lives spared. Continue reading Perspective is a Good Thing When Someone Lets The Radicals Out of the Barn.
Step parents are in an unenviable position. Those who are doing an awesome job are often abused by an insecure parent who undermines them at every turn and those who are abusing a child with Parental Alienation Syndrome are destroying live, none more at risk, than the child entrusted in their care.
Adding children into a home, especially when they are not your own, is a difficult thing to do. Well, it can be done, but achieving the goal that everyone gets out alive is a big undertake. Continue reading Be Kind. Guide for Step Parents to Avoid Parental Alienation Syndrome.
According to the Courier Mail, the Australian Government has another proposal to cut welfare payments. (see article here) I applaud the government’s efforts to look at everything and see where we can cut costs. I applaud their seeming commitment to the idea that the solution has to help people, not just dump them and leave them off worse than before. I admire that about the Australians, they seem to think a bit more before they jump, or at least make an effort to see the whole picture. Continue reading Government Assistance and The War We Wage Against Each Other.
Today I read about a situation that resulted in a large outcry from “the people” in angry protest. Although a seemingly daily story with just differing situations, this one was of particular interest.
It caught my eye because the law behind the events was one that I was intimately familiar with. Over 30 years ago when it was about to be enacted I spoke up about the possible outcomes of such a law. The reactions of many “good” people was that I was being ridiculous, making much about nothing, did not know what I was talking about, etc. People were not interested. It did not impact them that day and they had other things to do. They were in agreement on that one point and the law passed because no-one felt they needed to worry about it. Continue reading Screaming About Life After It Is Too Late To Fix Things Is Called A Tantrum.
Too often we get caught up in the enormity of the need around us. We see so much work to do, with limited or unknown resources. We don’t know how to begin, where to begin, when to begin. We doubt ourselves. We doubt the value of what we might do and so we do not do anything.
We get overwhelmed with the macro and fail to ever see the micro. Continue reading An Endless Ripple.
Queensland goes to the polls next weekend. Leading up to the election we find out politicians behaving badly even when they know their job is to try and impress us. My thoughts concerning the responsibility to vote and a laundry list of what I want from our politicians is not just about Queensland or Australia. It is about every election, everywhere and I think it is time we started to wade through the maze of garbage that politics has become and be very clear about what we want. Continue reading Vote. And Make it Count This Time.
You can bully a child but you cannot bully me nor the millions of other thinking caring adults who recognize the damage you are doing to that child as abuse. Tell whatever stories to yourself that you have to in order to go to sleep at night but I will never be silenced. Keep telling your lies to the people who will listen and nod but even they are talking to everyone behind your back and condemning what you are doing. When we make choices to live our lives in reprehensible ways you have to be prepared to live with your own reflection when someone holds up the mirror. Your anger at everyone else is sadly misplaced because they are not the problem for speaking out against it, YOU are the problem for having committed these acts. I hope that people might find the grace to extend to you when your actions are condemned, that you have never afforded anyone else. Continue reading The Village Speaks. Parental Alienation Syndrome
“Encouraging a child to betray one of the most important members of his family be it the father or the mother produces within that child a tendency towards psychopathic behaviour. Once the alienating parent has denigrated the other parent to the child, the child due to the pressure upon him and the “power” wielded by the alienator needs to carry on the process of denigration.
Children who suffer from the PAS syndrome develop a concept that one parent is the loving parent and hence to be loved back while the other is the hated parent who has done evil or wickedness, etc., not only towards the alienating parent but towards the child. This has been consciously as well as unconsciously indoctrinated in to the child. This has also resulted in fear as well as hatred for the alienated parent. Virtually all indoctrination of a negative type is carried out by the mother who usually retains the child in residence. Occasionally it is the father or one of the relations to the child who may have taken over the role of parenting. Continue reading Child Abuse – Parental Alienation Syndrome. It Is Time to Answer for it.
I am not an expert on God Parents and have never had one or been one. I fully recognize that being a God Parent is not a legal position. Basically a God Parent is someone who parents pick to take a special interest in their children. Should anything happen to the parents, the God Parent is suppose to care for the child(ren).
Now most people are named as God Parents and after the last pretty little cupcake is consumed from the christening, the subject is never again raised. Others might make mention of and include these people in special family times and then there are those that make a point of standing up and asserting their God Parentness all over social media and anyone else who will listen. Continue reading God Parents, Does God Know What Kind of Parent You Are?