November 2, 2015

How radicalization happens.

by eirenehogan

IN REGARDS TO THE SO-CALLED ‘RADICALIZATION’ OF YOUTH IN AUSTRALIA

When a new culture comes into a land, those of the old culture feel uncomfortable, because this new culture is strange and different to their own.  They feel fear.  That fear turns into hatred.

The obvious current example is the fear of those of Islamic religion.

By expressing that hatred and anger at Islamic people (or any minority group) you make them feel unwanted in our country and that they are not allowed to be part of our country and our culture.  They are then forced to live only within their own culture.

They also feel fear, from your unwelcoming attitude, and they resort to finding solace within their own culture – because that is the only one you are allowing them to be part of – to help deal with that fear.

In time this fear can also turn to anger and will be expressed against those who have not welcomed them into this country.  And that leads to “radicalisation”, and racial violence against you; the very thing you feared in the first place.

The irony is, if you show acceptance and interest in their culture, then they will feel accepted in our country, be peaceful and nice, and are more likely to adapt to our culture.

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October 31, 2015

EARLY MENTION OF HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS IN AUSTRALIA – 1858.

by eirenehogan

Is Halloween ‘Un-Australian’?

My son reminded me recently that it is Halloween soon (yes, it is today).  He doesn’t want the trick or treating or the scary monster stuff, he just enjoys have a little celebration to mark Spring and that school will be over soon and Xmas and the long summer holidays will be coming.  We don’t have any formal spring celebration here (since Easter is the true ‘spring’ celebration, but for us it is in autumn).  So Halloween is a good one for it.

halloween 1858 vic

So many of the older generation seem to begrudge our kids – and young adults – the right to enjoy Halloween.  They are just showing their age.  We didn’t have it, so why should our kids have it?  Huh?  Why not?  Our younger generation have been doing it since at least the early 2000s, probably since the 1990s.  So they have grown up doing it, so for them it is now part of their everyday way of life in this country, ie, it IS Australian for them.

They aren’t doing it because of all the advertising in the shops, they are doing it most likely because of our modern global village world and with the internet they see so much of it that they want to do it too.  And why can’t they?  The only reason ever given is, ‘because it is American.’  Huh?  What sort of reason is that?  Sounds like prejudice to me.  Oh, it’s American = bad.  Funny how it is prejudice if you criticize any other culture, but they seem to think it isn’t prejudice when you criticise something because “it is American”.

‘Because it is not part of Australian culture.’  Oh, you mean it is not of Aboriginal heritage?  I doubt that is what the mean.  They mean because it didn’t come over with the first fleet.  To begin with, cultures are constantly evolving. I mean, if we didn’t allow cultures to evolve we’d all be living in the caves.  Hey, we don’t wear crinolines any more either and women have the vote, I mean, come on…

And as for it not coming over with the first fleet … well, don’t know about that.  It is an old Scottish tradition so would have come over here with any Scots, and there are mentions of it in colonial newspapers.  Here is an example of an early Halloween celebration held in Victoria – in Mount Alexander Mail, on 22 October 1858.

(source TROVE: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199051715)

As I said, Halloween is an old Scottish tradition (how did it get to American? It isn’t an American Native tradition) and it is based on an old pagan Celtic tradition – Samhain.

But even apart from all that – why can’t we celebrate it in Australia? Huh? If we want to we can. That doesn’t mean we HAVE to if we don’t want to, it just means, if people think it is fun, why not go for it?

July 30, 2015

Is this proof the soul does not exist?

by eirenehogan

Fascinating blogpost from Godless Cranium.  To quote him:

“We have often described our ‘self’ as something separate from our bodies. Most of our religions describe some sort of soul that leaves or changes as we die, but this experiment shows that by simply cutting off communication between our two hemispheres, we can create two consciousnesses that are independent of one another.

While you’re reading this, you could have two different opinions of this piece, depending on which hemisphere you asked.

How creepy but fascinating is that? And are there more ‘I’s’ lurking around in our skulls that we haven’t discovered yet?

No matter how you look at it, I think this shows that the soul doesn’t exist if you think your consciousness or the thing that you describe as ‘I’ or ‘you’ is essentially what your soul is.

What do you think?”

http://godlesscranium.com/2015/07/29/does-split-brain-surgery-show-there-is-no-soul/comment-page-1/#comment-5471

July 11, 2015

There is no need to ‘prove’ god does NOT exist

by eirenehogan

It has been said by theists that “One cannot prove that god does not exist any more than one can prove he does”.  But atheists don’t need to prove god does not exist.  There is no evidence of any such thing.  Most likely in our ancient past, before any scientific research was ever done, people made up some stories to explain why things happen in the world and why people die and what happens when they do.  They would also have tried to make up some stories to explain why we feel a sense of moral right and wrong and why people shouldn’t kill and shouldn’t hurt others.  Those stories have become what we call ‘religion’.  They have become part of our culture and have been handed down to us over the centuries.

Why should we have to try and prove if those stories are about something or someone who is ‘real’ or not?  They are not based on any evidence at all.  Do we need to go out and try and prove if Cinderella exists or not?  Or Jack and the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk?  We all consider such fairy tales, that have also been handed down over the generations, to be good yarns that also teach our children something about right and wrong.  No one seriously considers we need to prove that the characters in them do NOT exist.  So why should atheists be expected to have to prove if god does or does not exist?  We consider the stories of god just that, stories, no more.  If someone out there seriously believes Cinderella does exist, it is up to them to prove it.  And they cannot prove it by simply quoting the Cinderella story.

June 23, 2015

Christians do not own marriage

by eirenehogan

Whatever attitude some Christians have to marriage equality is irrelevant.  The issue is not what the Bible thinks of it, it is about what our society, our Nation, thinks of it.  It is a secular issue and Australia is a secular country; that is within our constitution.  Some Christians try to claim Christianity owns marriage, that somehow their god ‘invented’ marriage, which is just ridiculous.  Marriage is – and has been – in all societies, long before Christianity came along, and before the Jews too, and within all non-Christian countries around the world.  The Egyptians married, and their civilisation began 2,500 years before Christ.  The Asians marry, the American Natives marry, the Australian Aborigines marry, the Pacific Islanders marry, the African natives marry.  Christianity does not own marriage.  These people are entitled to their views, and they do not have to choose to marry same-sex if they don’t want to, but they have no right to impose their views on non-Christians and onto Christians who don’t agree with them.

Osiris and Isis

Osiris and Isis

May 12, 2015

Death of bushranger Ben Hall. 5 May 1865.

by eirenehogan

Every 100 Years - Timeline of Centenaries

Death of bushranger Ben Hall.  5 May 1865.

BenHallPainting

Ben Hall is probably the 2nd most famous bushranger in Australia after Ned Kelly.  He was active during the gold rush of New South Wales in the early 1860s.  This was the region where I grew up, one hundred years later.

Ben Hall was the son of a convict and had a small selection of land in central New South Wales before gold was discovered.  When gold was discovered there was enormous social upheavel and that included pressure on the local farmers to give up land.  Ben Hall got mixed up with the famous professional bushranger, Frank Gardiner, who is believed to have engineered the Eurgowra Gold Escort Coach Robbery.  Frank Gardiner was convicted ultimately, but did his time them emigrated to the US and lived out his life there.

Ben Hall claimed he was not involved, although he did know Frank Gardiner.  He was…

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April 30, 2015

Party to End all Parties – 1999

by eirenehogan

I was singing along with the Prince song, 1999, (or rather, dancing along to it) when I thought about just how long ago that was now, 1999 I mean.  Of course the song itself is much older, released in 1982.  And it certainly reflects that as well, with its images of destruction and that they will all, ‘die any day’.  The song is resplendent with the post-nuke themes of the Cold War II – that is, the Cold War restarted by Ronald Ray-gun and all his Star Wars rhetoric.

But the real 1999 was not like that at all. It was post Cold War; the Berlin Wall was well and truly gone, as was the Soviet Union itself.  Rather than fears of world destruction – apart from the usual doomsday predictions that accompanies all major changes in dates – most people were feeling pretty confident about the future.  The recessions of the 80s were over, 9/11 hadn’t happened so there was no paranoia over middle eastern terrorists, and the Tea Party and modern christian fundamentalists hadn’t got control of the politicians.  There was the environment issue, but we still had some naive hope that the world might actually try and DO something about that.

We were starting a new millenium and there was a lot of hope for a bright and peaceful future.

That is my memory of the feelings of the party to end all parties, turn of the century.

I wonder what others remember about 1999 and the beginning of 2000.

Shirley Strachen from Skyhooks, singing, I am hoping, ‘Party to end all Parties.

April 22, 2015

English a Scandinavian Language?

by eirenehogan

Linguist makes sensational claim: English is a Scandinavian language

April 22, 2015

On this day 100 years ago … or more.

by eirenehogan
ANNIVERSARIES OF EVENTS 100 YEARS AGO OR MORE …
1915 April 25 Anzac landing, Gallipoli. World War I
1215 June 15 signing of Magna Carta, King John of England.
(Julian Calendar.
It  would be June 8 by Gregorian Calendar)
1815 June 18 Battle of Waterloo, against Napoleon
1415 October 25 Battle of Agincourt, the 100 Years War (England and France)
(St Crispins Day)
(Julian Calendar.
It would be October 16 by the Gregorian calendar)

 

April 22, 2015

History of Calendars

by eirenehogan

Here’s a great link for my interest (no, not obsession!) with calendars.

History of Calendars

Historia Incognita

A No.1 Historical Detective Agency : Researching and Writing Forgotten Histories

The Postgrad Chronicles

Medieval History from Alfred the Great to The Battle of Castillon

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