Friday, 23 January 2009

...australia...you're standing in it!

So fifty large Sperm whales die overnight on the west coast of Tasmania. Rather than sit around going "Ooh that's awful", "What a shame", "Ought not happen" and "'Tis a real tragedy indeed. Who can we blame?", why don't we chop them up and give the meat to the Japanese in exchange for them ceasing whaling in the Southern Ocean? There is more useful meat on those 50 whales than in the entire annual Japanese catch of small Minke whales.

And why not make a deal to give them the dozens of large and rare whales that get struck by ships or tangle and drown in the thousands of nets and craypots lines around the Australian coast every year, the "collateral damage" from our appetite for seafood and money. The whales we kill, the dead whales the Australian media rarely mentions, (unless the fisherman actually report it (why would they?) and there is some chance of survival and thus a happy ending). Why criticise ourselves? It's much more fun to criticise the bloody Japs (yeah that's right...we still remember the war)!


Anyhow, the whales we kill are not being deliberately targeted, so it's apparently all OK, kosher, hunky dory, not-our-fault-so-let's-not-think-about-it. Less than 3% of whale deaths from entanglement are actually reported, so the true Australian whale death-toll is not known, but it is likely to be in the hundreds per year. It's out of sight and therefore out of mind.

Wake up Australia! Let's clean up our own backyard before lobbing hand-grenades of self-righteousness at other cultures. The solution... we're standing in it! Lets give the Japanese a taste of our Aussie Sperm (whales) to stop them from playing with pointed sticks in our southern regions (I'm deeply sorry about that one but I simply couldn't resist).


And the mining boom is over. Well roll me in flour and bake me for forty minutes, who would have ever thought that would ever happen!!!

To all those people whingeing about the imminent job losses and the recently bustling towns that will now be largely abandoned, it's not called a 'boom' for nothing. Things that go 'boom' do not go 'booming' in perpetuity. This exact thing has been happening across Australia for 200 years. The country is littered with ghost towns, remnants of more prosperous times.

Why is it that the workers and their unions somehow think we should be somehow immune to the patterns of history and the fundamentals of our economic system that is tied up in a model of 'reliance' on unsustainable levels of growth through rampant capitalism. About time we seriously looked at the 'steady-state' economic model. If the human race is to have a future, this is where it will lie.


Woo, I think I need a cuppa and a lie down after all that. Next one will be a happy rant. Promise.

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3 Comments:

At 23 January 2009 at 22:23 , Blogger Terence McDanger said...

Lets give the Japanese a taste of our Aussie Sperm to stop them from playing with pointed sticks in our southern regions

Oh my Jesus!

 
At 24 January 2009 at 12:10 , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

MATP, how's the no ciggies going, hmmm ??? :)

 
At 24 January 2009 at 13:11 , Blogger The Man at the Pub said...

TMcD - I added a (whales) after sperm after your comment.

KL - All is well Kath. 5 days and going strong! You doubted me? (I would too!)

 

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