Sports players – such great examples for kids not!!


Seems like being a sports player people will make excuses for the most disgusting behaviours performed by them.  One of the latest cases being that of Mitchell Pearce, simulating having sex with a dog and peeing on a lady’s couch.  Some of the comments on news articles follow the line of “Oh give him a break, he was drunk and trying to unwind”.

Since when has being drunk been a excuse for any form of animal abuse or any abuse?  Is this really what some parents want their children to think is okay if you are drunk ?  There is no excuse for this sort of behaviour and he is getting of lightly with I believe a $50,000 fine, chicken feed really.  This isn’t the only example of where there is a huge difference in how public thoughts on various news items vary depended on who is involved in the story.

It wasn’t that long ago that here in Queensland a football team had numerous players caught dealing had drugs, all of them were free to carry on as usual, pay a small fine and all swept under the carpet.  If the same number of members from a OMC were caught dealing drugs, they would all be facing a minimal 15 – 25 years sentence with no option for bail till case went before a court.  Why do people think one law is good for one group but not for another group.

If you are a public figure that is looked up to by children, you really need to act in the best behaviour at all times, not carry on in such disgusting ways.  Some of the things that have seen excuses made for various sports styles and their clubs over quite a few years, that by any other group of people there is a big outcry.

  1. Rape: Seems like if females are raped by sports players, they must have led the players on and the deserve it.  Fact is nobody deserves to be raped no matter the sex or the circumstance.
  2. Lewd Behaviour:  Over the years there have been plenty of instances of various sports teams acting in very lewd ways on-board flights, buses etc.  Never any excuse for said behaviour.
  3. Drugs: Whether taking or dealing in illicit drugs this should never be condoned in any form, these are people that others look up to and often many will think, well it’s okay for them to do it.

The above 3 are the most common ones I have seen over many years and which excuses always seem to be made to make light of what has happened.  I honestly can’t believe that so many people find the above okay to sweep under the carpet or make excuses for our sports players.

Photography – Experimenting with settings.

Besides the serious side of photography, there is the fun side of experimenting to see the what ifs…

Using flash and long exposure:

In this example my neighbour’s grandson wanted a photo of him waving a candle lighter around.  I thought it would be good to freeze him in one spot and have just the flame of the lighter captured without his movement.  Settings are as follows.

Canon EOS 500D
Shutter Speed13/1 second
Aperture F/10.0
Focal Length18 mm
ISO Speed100
LensEF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Flashed used to Freeze movement

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Multi shots – one image:

In the following shot I was playing with multi-shot exposures in the one image of traffic.  I think it was about a 5 shot exposure but since it was back in 2010 I think, so can’t give a honest number.

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As can be seen, the closest car is close to being a ghost image, no editing to photo.  Always let your imagination run wild when trying to think of fun shots to do, whether you fail that first time or not, it allows you to learn new things about what you can do with your camera.

Happy shooting all.

Prime verses Telephoto lenses

Prime or fixed focal length lenses in general are cheaper and for the price can give much clearer and sharper images over Telephoto / Zoom lenses in certain price ranges.  With prime lenses construction prices are less expensive due to less lens glass being required and a basic construction compared to Telephoto lenses and a higher quality lens can be used.

Some pros and cons for a prime lens:

  • Cheaper price and higher quality for that price.
  • Sharper and clearer images.
  • Lighter weight and smaller size.
  • Have to move more to get the composition want.

Some pros and cons for a zoom / telephoto lens:

  • Ability to zoom in and out for composition.
  • Ideal for photographing wildlife from a safe distance without disturbing the wildlife.
  • One lens covers a variety of situations.
  • Heavier in weight.
  • Poorer quality images (with cheaper models).

Goes without saying that if can afford the more expensive telephoto lenses you will get very good images.   My most used lens is the Canon F/1.8 50mm lens, otherwise known as the nifty fifty.  This was also the only lens out of the 3 I purchased for my old Canon 500D that worked with my Canon 5D MK III.

My next favourite lens was the Canon 10-22mm which I loved for doing landscape and city photos, sadly this wasn’t compatible with the 5D.  When buying lenses try think of future upgrades, if starting out with a cropped sensor and upgrading to a full size sensor your current lenses may not work.  It’s possible to go the other way though so if can buy lenses that are for a full sized sensor camera that fits your cropped sensor camera, then that is a better option.  Always check if the lens will fit your current and possible future cameras to save expenses down the track.

Hopefully this gives the basic differences between fixed and telephoto lenses to those starting out in photography.

 

Night Photography

One type of photography I enjoyed the most over the years is night photography, some things just look better at night. Some of the following are either handy or a must have to create images that stand out that bit more.

  • Tripod – This certainly makes life much better, especially in doing long exposures.
  • Camera with manual settings – very handy in having the ability to manually set the ISO to a low ISO number, the exposure to either a set time or manual time and setting the aperture to desired amount.  Auto settings often set the ISO to a higher number and try keep the shutter speed as fast as possible.
  • A experimental mind – Nothing like thinking if I change this or change that, what effect will it give?  Simple changes to various settings in a camera can give you a very unique look.
  • Timer / Remote Shutter – Very useful in the shorter exposure shots, even with a tripod you can get camera movement from pressing the shutter.

The following shot is of the Golden Casket Light Sphere at South Bank, Brisbane. Settings f/8, 30 seconds and ISO 100.

 

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Working out exposure times when changing settings.

This is much the same as if doing it during day time shooting, if you have a correctly exposed photograph and want to change either the aperture or shutter speed.  For every step change in one, you need make the same step change in the other, as in if increasing shutter speed to need open the aperture size in the same step count.  For example if a ideal setting was 1/100 sec, f/16 and ISO 100 and you wanted to a shot with f/22 you would need change shutter speed to approximately 1/25 seconds to keep the same exposure. On my camera that equates to 6 step changes in aperture and 6 steps in shutter speed.

So if I was shooting at night and say if a correct exposure at ISO 100, F/1.8 and 1 sec and I wanted to shoot at f/8 I would then be using 13 steps with my aperture and would then need change shutter speed the same amount of steps, which would give me 30 secs shutter speed, as in the above example.  With these examples I was still in the range of settings that can select on the dials of my camera, so how would you work out times where require manual timing?

One quick method is to take note of the shutter speed changes for each step, then working out the pattern of the changes made.  On my camera the steps are 30,25,20,15,13,10,8,6,5,4 and 3.2 seconds on the shutter speeds. If I was wanting to go from f/8 to f/16 which is 6 steps on the aperture I would be wanting to change the shutter speed 6 steps which would give a rough value of 60 to 90 seconds, the 90 due to possible patter change to 10 second step change near the end.

Different scenes with different lighting amounts will require different amounts of exposure, the following was at f/8, 78 secs and ISO 100. From some of my earlier experiments in night photography.

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Hopefully the above information is helpful to anyone venturing out into night photography for the first time.  Changing the ISO you would use the same basic formula, though I have found keeping the ISO at 100 or close to it gives the better image quality.  Same cameras can handle higher ISO figures better than others, which is good if trying to take photos hand held as can increase shutter speed fast enough and still get a reasonably good image.

Cheers.

 

This weeks thoughts on various headlines 21 Jan 2016

Topics covered in this blog.

  • 12 year old handcuffed by police.
  • Teens causing fear when brawling.
  • Lies about VLAD act and results from it.

12 year old handcuffed by police.

Recently on social media a mother posted a video showing her 12 year old son in handcuffs.  Both the mother and her son showed no respect to the police, the son spitting on the ground, telling the police officer if he wasn’t wearing a badge he would kill him.  I have seen so many videos that start half way through a confrontation and where the police have reacted in violent ways, it’s a rough job and coping abuse while trying to do your job would push anyone.

I have also seen videos where yes the police acted way out of hand for no reason and these particular police should be accountable for their actions.  Getting back to the particular case, the police officers remained calm throughout the video even with the abuse they were receiving from both mother and son.  When I was that age if I spoke to a police officer or even any adult like that I would have copped a massive flogging by my dad for not showing respect and for spitting like the kid was.

The child allegedly had been throwing rocks at cars and buses, obviously when the police catch up with someone doing this they will try detain and arrest said person no matter the age.  These days there is so much hate directed to police, some is warranted by some of the police, most are good and don’t deserve it.  When I was 10 I tried taking my mums car and was going to drive to Sydney so I could be with her and my sister, they were only there for a few days, well got caught by the police just outside of my yard and was told by one of the officers if I tried it again I would get his size 10 boots up my backside.  I didn’t dislike all police after that, just that particular one.

If as a child all you see is adults saying “F&^k the police, police are nothing but c%#ts”, you are going to have that attitude unless you are of a age where you can look at it and make your own judgement.

Teens causing fear when brawling.

Well this made me think really hard as well, teens running rampart, brawling and causing fear.  What has lead these teens to think that it is okay to start brawling, especially in a public place?  No outcry by politicians to have teens listed as being criminal gangs and so if there are 3 or more in a public place they will be locked up with no bail.  Oh wait, sports fans often brawl involving sometimes hundreds of fans but that is okay, only fans being high spirited, yet because of one brawl between OMC’s  a new law was introduced targeting all OMC’s.

Not all teens are bad, there is though in general a decline in respect by so many people these days towards others, a general lack of respect towards authority and a general feeling of being free to do as one likes.  There has always been the bad bunch throughout time that believed that the laws didn’t need be followed, will always be this and there really isn’t much we can do about it.  It just seems it is more rampart these days.

Modern life has a lot to do with the outcome these days, where so many of us live in city areas where families don’t have large properties where can have livestock and vegetables growing.  There is nothing to teach children responsibility, respect for the environment or that you need work to gain anything in life.  These days even at a early age, children are expected to have things like iPads, laptops and phones provided by parents otherwise they can’t do school work or homework.  Children don’t have to listen to parents, it’s wrong to give children chores as it is seen as slavery.

Lies about VLAD act and results from it.

Liberal politicians are really sprouting their mouths about how any easing or removing the VLAD Act/s are going to plummet Queensland into a state of utter fear and crime.  They keep saying these acts have been so successful, yet crime has risen since they were introduced, not one single OMC member has been convicted under these laws. $129 million dollars and since 2013 the only convictions have been non – bikies of which 1 was a pedophile with no bikie connections at all.

There were adequate laws in place before hand, all it needed was for anyone to be caught committing a crime or being proved to have committed a crime and they could have been convicted and pay the price of the sentence set for that crime.  Our rights as citizens state we are all meant to be equal under the laws of this country, the VLAD act and associated laws deny certain citizens that right to be equal on the hearsay of one politician naming them as criminal gangs without a court decision being made.

Some of the statements in the media that have been proven incorrect or false.

  1.  There have been 2500+ arrests with over 8000 charges relating to only OMC’s.  Under the VLAD act’s the arrested people should therefore be in prison and there be no bikies out of jail.  Any arrests made against any of the bikies have been under current laws that were in place prior to VLAD came into being.
  2. The OMC’s left Queensland to other states, if that were true why are they all still here in Queensland.
  3. Queensland is a safer place, yeah right, with crime on the increase, cowards punching random people on the rise, and how does all that make it safer?  I read many stories from residents that lived where clubs had their club houses that since these laws were introduced crime has increased. Crime stats show crime is on the rise in general.

Any laws / acts that restrict the rights and freedoms of certain people due to membership of a club, associating with a member of said clubs, or due to race is against the laws that were placed there to protect the rights of everyone equally.

Main stream media has a lot to answer to, they are severely biased in so many of their stories.  The use of misleading headlines to garnish views on social media is rampart, more so from one particular newspaper that will remain unnamed that in general I skip taking note of most of their stories.  False and undocumented stories have led to many people having their lives put at risk due to the stories that were posted and printed.

Thought of the day / week.

Don’t instantly believe everything you see in the media, on social sites or what you hear from others about others.  Don’t spread stories unless you know 100% that they are true and are of a safety concern to everyone around you. Don’t pass judgment till all facts are known to you regarding any matter.

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History and the failure to learn from it

The past is seen as unimportant to many, one can often hear or see comments about ‘ That happened 200+ years ago, why is it important today? ‘.  History has a huge bearing on modern life, what happened in the past affects what is happening now.  If our ancestors didn’t meet or didn’t immigrate to here, we wouldn’t be here.

Throughout any nations and other countries history, it is shown how treatment of various races / groups of people create a situation that often goes bad.  The treatment of one race as slaves creates a resentment that goes on for generations, the forced segregation of various races only causes problems.  Even though history shows the errors, we still see forced segregation where if you are a certain race, you are forced to live in certain suburbs or remote areas.

Forced assimilation of cultures into another, forced denying of traditional teachings, these have led various races to lose their history, to lose their tradition languages in many instances.  The biggest group of people to fail to learn are the various governments from around the world, they are the guilty parties that make the rules for all this segregation and denying of traditional teaching.

We are often just as guilty, we see things in the media, we often fail to learn more than what we are taught or have seen on various media formats, either the news or social media.  I know at school it was taught how the British colonisation of various countries led to the betterment of the Indigenous people.  It was taught they were all savages, uneducated, uncivilized and not equal as humans as the British were.  Through the treatment of Indigenous people, the British at that time showed that they themselves were the uncivilized race.  Attitude towards Indigenous people today from many non Indigenous people remains to be uncivilized.

What we in general have failed to learn is how we are lied to by our government/s and how the mainstream media manipulates stories to make on race or group look bad.  The treatment from our government towards our Indigenous people has been a sour point to me ever since I was a kid in school and learning the history of Australian colonisation.  I have to admit that for many years I was a fence sitter, I saw in my eyes what was wrong, and thought there was nothing I could do about it.  It’s only in recent years that I thought about how by doing nothing I was a contributor to what was happening now, by not saying or doing anything about the injustice and wrongs I was seeing.

  • Historical Activity: The British claimed Australia in the name of the Queen without any compensation to the First People that were here.
  • Current Activity: Our current government is trying to force the Indigenous people to give back land they want on so called leases.
  • Historical Activity: Our earliest governments tried hard to ensure total genocide against our Indigenous people, along with slavery, stealing of children, forced lifestyle changes and many other things.
  • Current Activity: Our government has been forcing a form of segregation by forcing our indigenous people into forming communities in the most remote and inhospitable areas, then when they think they can make money from mining etc, try force the closure and retaking of said land.

In recent times, ( withing last 10 years) a major story run by the government and through mainstream media was one about that child abuse was rampart in certain Indigenous communities.  The government used this as a excuse to run intervention laws, limiting the ability of those in those communities to live lives with the rights and freedoms that non indigenous people take for granted.  Out of the 7,700+ cases investigated by the intervention doctors a maximum of 4 possible cases were found.  How can one not see the injustice done towards our indigenous people and how historical events still have a bearing today.  Did the government and media make a apology to the Indigenous people for such a slanderous attack on the Indigenous people as a whole? NO!.

The above case I only found recently through watching quite a few documentaries recently, it is a real insight into how the media portrays what it wants, even demoralizing a whole race of people through lies.  I included it in this blog as a example of just how the media can manipulate a story to cause a bad image of any group of people.

Since the British came here and through successive governments till the current one, there has been the making of people that are made to feel they belong nowhere, that even on their own traditional land that they don’t own it.  What I mean by that is even when the government grants them ownership and full rights ( as long as the government can control it still ) , they have the knowledge that when it suits the government they will turn around and make a way they can move them off.

Our government still uses bribery and trickery to try make our Indigenous people to give up their traditional lands, oh you need more houses in that community, well give us the land back on a long term lease and we’ll build x amount of houses, then only build a couple and say “Sorry no money to build more”.  If as a government, you originally steal the land from the Indigenous people, then give them semi ownership by making a clause you must live as we say, you are in a way treating them as slaves and a lower form of human being.

If we as civilized people sit on a fence and say nothing in protest against injustice or say something in support to oppressed  people, we are no better than the oppressors.  If we as a so called civilized people, stand by watching any injustice to any race or any group of people, we are just as bad as those doing the injustice.

Regarding Australia Day / Invasion Day, if we sit there and the only comment one can give is that it happened in the past and has no bearing now, we aren’t looking at the whole picture.  You aren’t looking at what the day means to those that were living here originally, those that had their land stolen.

How as a nation we can show we have learnt from our history and make changes that will lead towards a healing process.

  • Full recognition of our first people as the rightful owners of this land.
  • Full recognition that our first people are the sovereign people of this land.
  • Ensure that we are all treated as equal and have the same rights and freedoms.
  • Ensure that our government doesn’t take back land that our First People have finally been given as the rightful owners of such land.
  • Recognize that to our Indigenous people our day of celebration the colonisation of this land is to them a day of mourning.  That it is a day marking the theft of their land, culture, traditions and their freedom as a people of this land.
  • Giving our Indigenous people full control of their land, the right to teach traditional skills and languages, ensuring the full protection of sacred lands and ensuring they have full rights of control of these sites.

The above are only a few ways that I think we can show we have taken note of our history and that of our true First and Sovereign people and are trying to replace the wrongs and negatives with some positive actions.  We can’t right the wrongs, we can’t undo the damage done, we can though change the present and the future.

We as a nation should try stand as one, to acknowledge our history, show that we don’t blame the current generation for any wrongs done by or towards our ancestors, that we are willing to embrace each other as brothers and sisters in this great country we live in.  If we don’t join together and become as one people, we won’t have any land that belongs to us, it is gradually being sold off bit by bit to investors from foreign countries.

Historical and the current activities of our governments are becoming one and the same thing, the British stole this land from the First People, the current government is selling it.  If we see great indignation in seeing this country sold bit by bit, why can’t we see how the theft of this land from our Indigenous people is still of great heartbreak today after all the years that have passed by.

We as brothers and sisters of this nation, need to stand as one to make the changes needed, we as citizens of this land known as Australia can make our government make the right changes by letting them know what our will is for our government to do.

The above is my own personal thoughts and opinions on how we haven’t learnt as a nation from our history.  No disrespect meant to any individual or to any group, I write what I think and feel is right and wrong with various subjects.  I try look at everything from different views.

Thought for the day:

Instead of selling our farms to foreign investors, why doesn’t our government return that land to the rightful owners, that being our First People ?  Some possible benefits as I see it, firstly if the farms produce a profit then that profit could be poured back into other communities that our Indigenous people own.  If they are failing as farms as such, it might be beneficial if traditional food was grown as it is proven that the foods that the Indigenous people ate were very healthy.  I just think that it makes more sense to give back to our First People land that is being sold off to foreign owners.

 

 

21st Century Australia

For a civilized and modern country we have some quite uncivilized actions by quite a few people.  Thankfully not all of us are of the mind that the following are okay, though many do think some of the following actions are okay.  We really need to join together and bring back the fun loving, laid back lifestyle that we were known to have.

  1. Religious Discrimination:  Because of the extremist of certain religions many have no tolerance towards these religions and would like to deport every follower of them.  Yes some of their religious teachings and beliefs go against what we believe is okay, especially in this age of time.  Not everyone that follows some of these religions take it to the extreme and do try mix their religious beliefs into what we of the western world think is okay by either religious or moral beliefs.  At one stage we were known as a country that were tolerant of all religions.
  2. Violence:  Lately it seems that unprovoked violence is on the increase with coward attacks on innocent individuals that have ended up with severe injuries or deaths.  Sadly there is too often violent clashes between different races, groups, even neighbours on regular intervals.  It would be a nice thing if we as a nation could lead the world in being a country where we fully embrace different races and cultures, be a country where it is safe to go out at all hours and not have the possibility of being attacked.
  3. Domestic Violence:  Something that happens world wide, much as the above section on violence, something that needs serious work to eliminate any form of domestic violence.  Domestic violence isn’t just physical, it is also entails emotional abuse, bullying, degradation and other aspects.  This is something that isn’t only committed by one sex towards the other, it is committed by all family relationships or partner relationships of any kind.  A lot of the time the victim is afraid to stand up for themselves, to leave the relationship or feel they can’t leave, especially minors.
  4. Racial discrimination / Racism:  That this is quite prevalent and our government by laws / acts that are enacted are guilty of enacting racist activities.  Any law that targets one race and either segregates, belittles or causes one race to have certain laws that takes away their freedom is a form of Apartheid.  Our Indigenous people are treated as a lower class of people, even our government treats them as such.  We are in the 21st century, historical racism and treatment of our First People that is still occurring and should never have happened needs to be stopped in its track.  There is no place for racism in this time of living, while history can’t be changed the current and future situation can be and must be changed, this includes all forms of racism.
  5. Attacks against basic rights and freedoms:  The attack against various groups by limiting their freedoms in anyway goes against the basic freedoms that we are all meant to enjoy.  There are various laws / acts that limit the freedom of certain groups to either associate with other members of listed groups, to work in certain jobs, to have a alcoholic drink even in their own yard and limit other activities that we in general take for granted as our right.

No matter what you believe or think of certain groups of people, whether they be of outlaw motorcycle clubs or of a certain race or religion, we are all meant to have the same basic rights and freedoms.  There is no justification in making laws that target certain groups when there were already laws in place that could be used.  Unless you are of any of the targeted groups there is no real understanding by many of how it changes even your own family situation.  Some of the things we take as granted but others face being arrested for or face high fines.

  • Meeting friends in a public place or traveling in a group.
  • Having a drink when finished work for the day and getting home to have a quiet drink on your own property.
  • Attending a funeral for a loved one or a friend.
  • Working in a job that might have worked in for 30 plus years.
  • Being able to partake and teach traditional skills or cultural heritage, having their own language not allowed to be taught in local schools.

The above are only the tip of the iceberg in regards to some of the various laws that are enforce in these modern times.  Anyone that has no criminal history should not have their freedom and rights taken away, just because they are of a certain race or are a member of any club, organization or religion.  There should never be any law that states because a person belongs to a certain group, they should serve 15-25 years over what the current sentence is for that particular crime.

In 200+ years since the British invaded this country, there has been no protection of the rights and freedoms we enjoy for our Indigenous People, it has been the complete opposite. We are the only country that the British invaded that has never recognized the First People as being the sovereign people of this country. Australia is the only country that breaks U.N. agreements on the treatment of it’s Indigenous people, this a big shame and a disgrace to all of us.

We all need to stand together and get our governments to rethink laws that discriminate against people for being of a certain race or being a member of certain groups, we need to make sure that every individual has the same rights and freedoms.  Our governments are gradually taking our rights and freedoms away, bit by bit, group by group, much as governments did many years ago in other countries.  Our government is meant to serve us, to ensure that we are all equal under the law, to be equal in all ways, to make this country a fair place for all, not to take away rights and freedoms from certain groups.

What sort of government steals land from the original owners, then proceeds to try wipe them out, treat them like slaves, destroys their culture and traditional teachings for over 200 years and continues to treat them as a lower class of citizen not worthy of the same basic freedoms and rights as the rest of us.  In areas our Indigenous people had their rightful rights to their traditional lands returned, then our various governments decide they want that land for development or for mining and then force the rightful owners to leave and or lease back the land.

My thoughts on some changes that need be done to make this a country that is a world leader in the treatment of every citizen no matter of race, religion or association to others.

  1.  A bill of rights that replaces our constitution and makes all have the same protection and rights as each other.
  2.  A complete revision of laws and sentencing so that we are all equal under the laws.
  3.  A return of traditional and sacred land to our first people with full ownership rights that are protected for future generations.
  4.  Our governments to be fully open and accountable for all policies that are made, for referendums to be held for any changes to any laws that affect us in any way.
  5. Wages, pensions and entitlements by our politicians to be asset tested as are pensions and payments to anyone on benefits.
  6. Full recognition of our First People as the true sovereign people of this land.

Feel free to share or comment as interested in seeing other opinions as it always opens the mind up to seeing how others think.

Cheers, wishing all a great day.

Why I am showing support for our First People

First up some background to what makes me the person I am today, growing up I was a chubby kid and felt a outcast at school because most kids didn’t seem to want to be my friend.  Till I was 16 it didn’t seem I would ever have many friends as it seemed nobody wanted to know this overweight boy, then I suddenly lost all my weight and bingo, I was suddenly someone that people wanted to hang out with.

Riding a motorcycle for years I was often on the end of looks as if I had to be of a lower class of citizen, other times asked whether I could supply drugs, stereotyping working away there.

With most of my relatives I seem a outcast, I try get to know the ones I have never met and some I had known since growing up and most seem to ignore me.  You feel like total shit when you feel a outcast to those that are meant to be family or good friends, oh when they need something they want to know you.

How does this have anything to do with our First People you might ask, well it has no comparison to what they have endured since the British invaded this land and stole it from them, the only slightest link is that feeling of being a outcast, me from family and friends, for our First People from their own land.  They have suffered so much over the years it is hard to imagine just how much hurt they must feel.

What do I gain from adding my voice to theirs that they are finally recognized as the true Sovereign people of this land and as the true owners of this land we call Australia, I gain nothing but personal satisfaction that I have added my voice to trying to right the wrongs that have happened over the last 200+ years.

Even today as you read this blog, our government is trying to take back (steal) land from our First People, trying to get the land/s for either building new suburbs or for mining companies to rape the land and destroy more land that rightfully belongs to our First People.  Our government often gives their land back but it is often in the most inhospitable places that for the people living there, there is not much hope of living with what we expect as a given right, things like fresh water, power, shops etc., then the government tries to take even that back if they think some mining company can mine it.

We might not be personally responsible for what has happened in the past but we can as people of this country help change the present atrocities still happening today to our First People.  Don’t judge every Indigenous person by the bad press that is so often pushed on us time and time again, take the time to learn the truth behind what the story is.

I can hear some of the arguments that I have heard or seen on social media going through my head as I write this.  Throwing people into the middle of nowhere and then basically saying there you go, you have to support yourselves now is never a answer. Looks good for our politicians when they say ‘ Look we gave their land back to them and supplied housing ‘ , sadly that is often the end of it.

What are some of the things as a nation we can do to right the wrongs that have been done over a 200+ period.

  • We need the government to recognize that our Indigenous people are the Sovereign and rightful owners of this land.
  • We need put aside differences and work together to improve the treatment of our first people.
  • We need to ensure that the heritage and cultural knowledge is taught in all schools, teaching of the local language of our first people would be a great benefit to all.
  • Education needs be adjusted so that the Indigenous people are not put to a disadvantage or made to feel that they will get nowhere even with putting their best effort in.
  • Traditional teachings and skills need be taught so that they are not lost as so much has been lost over the years.  The losing of so many of our First Peoples history, languages and traditional teachings is a massive lose to all.
  • Traditional burn offs that were performed for thousands of years should be re-established as these help prevent the massive fires we see today.  Thousands of years of traditional burn offs gave growth to new vegetation, burnt of excess material that would burn uncontrollable when left to build.

These are just a couple of ways we can try work together, there is so much more that needs to be done.  It is time we embrace our First People as our brothers and sisters, ask what we can do to help heal the wrong done and the wrong still happening.

Please share if your willing to embrace a new brother or sister in your life or willing to show support to our True First People in gaining back their rightful sovereignty and their right to their land that was stolen from them.  It is time we put down differences and stand together as one people, time to make this country a better place for all.  It is time for all racism and prejudice to end, it is time to build one community, one that helps each other, one that brings us all together, that will stand beside each other, one where we can see eye to eye and say I’m proud and honoured to know you my brother or sister.

Phobias, Racism, Bullying and other issues

In this modern age we shouldn’t have any type of attacks against any one person or group of people.  Stereotyping is a big issue that leads to people thinking one group of people are bad etc., just because of the action of a few.

Phobias: This is a strange one, over the years I have seen people want to distance themselves from others because of one thing or another, such as someone’s race, someone being homosexual, religious beliefs and even age.  I’ve always been one to talk to anyone that wants to talk, there has never been a barrier that made me think ‘how do I avoid this person’.

Bullying: This can be very hurtful and can lead to severe depression and often has lead the bullied person to suicide.  Growing up as a over weight child I coped a bit of bullying but not to the extreme that see in media reports these days.  I’ve often thought about what makes a person a bully, is it something they learn from their parents, is their home life contributing to them wanting to attack others or do they have a low self esteem to begin with that they need make others feel small and useless or ugly etc.

Racism: This is a major issue that will be hard to bring a end to, too many people are so engrained into being racist they wouldn’t know how to change.  What causes racism, is it just the difference in skin colour and looks that various races have?  I for one can not understand racism at all, we all came from the same ancestors no matter what your belief in how the world and we as people came into being.  I’ve seen racism in the workforce as in staff to customers, when none Caucasians came into the place, they were watched every move they made.

Even their voice changed to a slighter deeper, louder and more domineering sound.  I would think to myself, these people coming in to buy things are going to pick up on the way this person was and either not come back or try pick a time they weren’t working.  You treat others with courtesy, respect and as a equal and they will appreciate that for a long time.

Profiling: There are many different styles of profiling, the most common are like the following, a certain race, tattoos, motorcycle riders and clubs or just plain looks in general.  Race profiling is like the above example under racism.  There have been many examples on social media where people state that parents with tattoos are bad parents plus quite a few other things.  Ride a motorcycle and quite often you are automatically profiled as being of a bad character, be in a club and you are then seen as a drug dealing, violent and someone to avoid at all costs.

Profiling leads to many other things such as racism, religious hate, general hate towards certain groups etc.  Main stream media has a lot of blame in bringing out profiling by everyday people.  Quite often they will use images from a completely different story to sensationalize a particular story, or pick out that one fact from a story and run multiple stories on it.

How can we work towards a better atmosphere between all of our different races, cultures and religions?  The first step is trying to get facts, true facts not those generated 2nd or third hand.  Next we try put what we learn into understanding our fellow citizens, try seeing things from their perspective and try see how the hate towards them makes them feel.  There are good and bad in any group of people, try put your energy towards those that are good, always try put the bad you hear aside.

Have a great day everyone.

Admin.