A Politically Incorrect Stand
Nazis, Cooking, Prohibited Matter, Masque Noir, Darwin, Reality Television and the Pope
Today in 2015 I have come to the conclusion that in the 1930s and 1940s a hatred of democracy, Judaism, some forms of Catholicism and Gypsies was politically correct in Nazi Germany. Was this a good thing? Well, not so good for those who love freedom. Certainly no good for Jews, some Catholics and for Gypsies in general. Just how close to the mark in destroying our freedom can modern day political correctness go? Something to ponder.
Today, in 2015, 'reality' shows continue to dominate the airwaves. They are cheap and popular enough to satisfy the heads of television stations.
Cooking programs have taken off and have become big business. Back in the 1960s and 1970s it was difficult to justify the existence of such shows on television. In the 21st Century they are not only accepted by viewers but seem to have a certain popularity they lacked in the 20th Century.
Today, in 2015, I reflect back on the two magazines, Prohibited Matter and Masque Noir, I put together with Don Boyd back in the 1990s. We dealt with the truth through fiction back then as best we could.
Both magazines from the start were an attack upon the Political Correctness of the day that tended to dull the mind. For this, of course, we were heavily criticized.
Don Boyd had a fascination with Egyptology that soon became also my fascination. Among other things he was a proof reader for the Sydney courts. I worked for the Navy at the time in their publications section.
Prohibited Matter, simply by the title strove to be a daring publication. Among the writers and illustrators was Steve Carter. He is possibly best known for his Femosaur illustrations.
Another artist who nowadays often works with Steve Carter is Antoinette Rydyr. Both Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr are responsible for the covers to this publication.
Antoinette Rydyr is best know for her comic book Poor Bitch.
Conventional thinking about relationships and also accountability were put to the test in Prohibited Matter and then Masque Noir. This did not always sit well with critics.
Among the writers for both Prohibited Matter and Masque Noir were Barbara Custer (American writer and present day book publisher), Geoff Jackson, British avant-garde writer, and Keith Rex, pulp writer.
These magazines did not receive wide circulation except in Sydney, Australia. Even so they did satisfy in some part the need for some writers to write and some artists, such as the American GAK, to produce art. Both magazines are no more but the memories do linger.
2015 is a year in which liberty and freedom of speech are under attack from religious nut-cases in France, England, the USA and Australia. Artwork sending up religion met with violence recently in the USA.
The Pope would have us believe that the murder in France of artists and writers in the name of some religion was in some way justified. I strongly disagree. Legal avenues yes. Murder no.
The airwaves continue to be burdened by 'reality' shows.
So why reality? Well there is cheap television and there is indoctrinating those from overseas into a way of life in methods similar to those mentioned in George Orwell's 1984. think in terms of Brian's followers in the movie Life of Brian all calling out we are all individuals.
There is more politically correct garbage being aired by stations such as SBS. The Southern Cross stars has been used by a number of nations south of the equator as a symbol of who they are.
Is this a problem when it comes to Australians using the Southern Cross? Some woman on SBS says yes. I say no.
2014 has started off with cheap, nasty 'Reality' on television.
There are more shows about people who cannot, for whatever reason, keep a clean home. There are also more shows about losing weight.
Documentaries like Filthy Cities are a much needed treat. They are, however, still about rubbish.
So-called documentaries full of half truths and lies, such as Dumb, Drunk and Racist are poison. What is so wrong with women wearing what they want to wear on an Australian beach in summer?
The documentary makers of Dumb, Drunk and Racist and basically about the creation of a strict beach dress code most Australians do not want.
2014 has started off with yours truly defending the rights of girls and women to wear bikinis if they wish to do so on Australian beaches. I never thought that would be necessary. The truth is if you don't stick up for your rights and those of others they may be taken away.
It is strange but the people who don't like seeing girls and women in bikinis are the same mob that is pushing for an even more overcrowded world. There is talk of people actually wanting large families in order to promote their religious points of view.
Being tolerant doesn't mean accepting every idea that sweeps into your presence. In a society that cherishes freedom you should have the right to disagree.
This year the people living south of Sydney will be asked to pay more for train travel and at the same time get less of a service for their money. There is a certain rationalization that must happen with increases in population.
Too often increases in population go hand in hand with poverty. If there isn't the work around to support increased numbers then the poor have a tendency to become poorer. This is happening in the Wollongong area of New South Wales, Australia.
There is continued talk here in Australia of raising the age of retirement from 65 to 70.
There was a time when it was necessary to promote large leaps in population growth. Even in the early 20th Century disease could wipe out whole families.People were living in filthy conditions as seen on the documentary Filthy Cities.
In our 21st Century with its advancements in medicine, however, this is no longer the case. Virtually everyone born in a Western style country lives long enough to have children. Even in third world countries unsanitary conditions are not what they were in the dim dark past. For religious fanatics none of this can or ever will be taken into account.
Cancer through smoking continues to kill people. It is said that former American president and hero of the American Civil War Grant got throat cancer from smoking cigars.
Grant died of throat cancer. It is said that because he was reported coolly smoking a cigar under fire during the civil war supporters began to send him cigars. Today smoking is still a big killer in the Western world but it is an even bigger killer in Third world countries where there aren't any restrictions on where you can smoke.
There is the belief that smoking will someday come to an end in Australia as the restrictions on where you can smoke increase. The government, however, still collects quite a bit of revenue from smokers.
Sydney and other cities in Australia are becoming more and more crowded. This promotes discontent and, if fueled by liquor and/or illegally acquired and used drugs, violence breaks out. More king hits have been recorded over the past two years than at any other time I know of.
Over population can lead to misuse and overuse of the land. It can also lead to higher costs of living. If the people of NSW had a stable population with a stable growth rate would the desalination plant that makes water more expensive to householders be absolutely necessary?
2014 has started off with the Australian dollar falling against the U.S green back. It isn't much of a fall but it will help sell Australian goods overseas. It may aid in the saving of the fresh fruit industry.
Darwin's ideas continue to have their importance. Are humans evolving? There is some proof of this. Europeans are not as short as they once were and the same can be said for some Asian people such as the Japanese. This tends to be put down to better living conditions over the last few centuries. These better living conditions, however, may not last unless we are careful with the way we treat the environment.
Creationists haven't made the news here for a while. Have they given up and are willing to let real science rule? Not likely.
Health care reforms in the USA seem to have stalled.
Insurance premiums in Australia are set to rise.
2014 has started off a deep freeze for the northern hemisphere and a rolling heat wave for many countries such as Australia in the southern hemisphere. There are those who link such extremes to global warming. There have been bushfires in many parts of Australia. Last year the weather was full of extremes and the trend appears to be continuing though, in Australia, gaining in pace.
Will car manufacturing continue in Australia? The question was raised last year and continues to be raised.
2013 ended with a question mark over supermarket bought ham. If bought in a supermarket in Australia is it the real deal? Is the meat all from the same animal? Is it all true ham or some weird mixture of meats? Every year I buy my ham from a butcher I can trust.
The issue of how food is labeled in Australia has once more come up. If a food is merely packaged or re-packaged in Australia should it be regarded as made or manufactured in Australia?
2013 has not been a good year for Muslims living in England or Boston, USA. Unfortunately for them, Muslim terrorists are responsible.
The slaying of a British soldier has resulted in more attacks in and around London upon Muslims and mosques. Of course not all Muslims are bad but the terrorists do make life difficult for those who wish to live a peaceful productive life.
2013 has been a strange year so far in Australia. We've had one half of the country devastated by bushfires and the other half devastated by flood. Me? I'm lucky to be living in an area where neither happened. Global warming? Possibly.
Food prices are starting to creep up again but I have work on to, in a small way, compensate for that. Car manufacturing in Australia is once more on the decline.
2012 was a better year than 2011 in America or at least it started out that way. There had been some small progress made in the USA in terms getting people back to work. The flooding of the east coast of the USA , however, was a setback.
In Australia the mining boom seems to have been strangled by government tax.
The last few years have not been an easy time for many people. There have been economic woes. There have also, for some of us, been moments of triumph. Sometimes you have just gotta make waves if you expect to get things done.
There can be rough seas. Sometimes the best you can do is just hang on or hold on till the waves abate. Sometimes you have just got to grab a board and ride the wild waves for all they are worth.
2009 was rough for a lot of people. 2010 was a little better...
I thought that 2011 would see us all safe to a gentle harbor. Well, I had that hope! Actually, the year started off rather rough for Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
2011 did get better. Mind you, it wasn't a brilliant year for the Australian retail industry. Even so, there was sunshine on Christmas Day in New South Wales, Australia and that was something I could appreciate.
2012 started off looking good.It was looking good Christmas Day and New years Eve. Much of January and February, however, was damp and unusually cool. There was flooding in New South Wales, Australia.
In July 2012 my novel, Desk Job, came out. It is my salute to famous British writer Lewis Carroll. Now, in the 19th Century, Carroll was a dead-set stirrer who liked to play with words, sounds and images. He also liked to poke his tongue out at the politics of his own day which is understandable. I feel the same way. I felt the same way when I wrote Desk Job.
Sometimes you have to stir things up, make waves of your own to get noticed, to get things happening that need to happen. It is easy to blame others when things go wrong but not so easy to get out there and try to make things better.
Dick Smith's documentary on population growth in Australia and whether it is sustainable is pretty scary and it needs to be, too. Australia will be doing no one any favors if we take in more people than the land can sustain.
There are only so many people you can get into a lifeboat before the life boat sinks. Once the lifeboat has sunk it is then no good to anyone.
David Attenborough's documentary on what humans are doing to the oceans and whether they will one day soon, in our life times, be fished out is frightening but it needs to be viewed.It is a warning that we should heed.
Is it possible to get governments to act for the good of all? I don't know but it surely has to start with getting the word out and not being afraid to do so.
Wouldn't it be funny if by making waves you can save your country or the great oceans of this planet?
There are Japanese out to kill off the last of the great whales. There are also Japanese out there who want to see an end to whaling. I am in support of those who want to stop the killing and end the very real possibility of extinction. How about you?
We have a blue world where there is still lots of life. It would be wonderful if we could keep it that way and even reverse some of the damage done by thoughtless humans. Maybe our greatest legacy would be to leave behind a planet worth living on.
In my novel Ghost Dance I make waves. I look at the issue of humans overpopulating this planet. I look at how we do work together for a common good. I also explore a portion of this planet I know from experience happens to be beautiful.
DESK JOB BY ROD MARSDEN
Making waves in the office isn't easy. When the office is geared in a politically correct way you can feel like a real outsider.
Back in the mid-1990s there were offices in Australian cities that boasted of being politically correct. Some were government while others were private. Some people were better off under political correctness for a time but too many people came to be disadvantaged.
My novel, Desk Job, makes waves about that time in the 1990s where some people were armored up and bullet proof an others were not. Where all were equal but some were more equal than others.
Was the mid-1990s a strange time full of all sorts of craziness? You bet it was! Hence I had at first a difficult time figuring out how best to write about it. Then, as an adult, I read Lewis Carroll's Alice books and the way opened up to me.
Desk Job by Rod Marsden
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