NAIDOC Week, 5 July

A wonderful surprise, plenty of Aboriginal music for NAIDOC week on ABC

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginals and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The Voice referendum later this year is so important and yet is in danger of failing. The situation of First Nations’ achieving self-determination and cultural power is still problematic – in a culture of late capitalism, globalisation etc.

Hearing our old friend Will Barton and, new to me, Nardi Simpson and her piano work ‘The Binary’. Here is a work by Rhyan Clapham played by the wonderful Ensemble Offering:

The morning we spent on a bird survey at Yurrun.Ga with friends.

Magpie Geese with rare birds here (the sparrows)
The remediated wetlands, 4 Australasian Grebes worth noting.
Over a hundred Little Black Cormorants counted on the border of the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers. I saw an Azure Kingfisher diving for fish and plenty of Crested Terns.

During the survey (between Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers) came across these two fundamentalists. The Society teaches that the first human, Adam, was created in 4026 BCE. Doesn’t mention, to my knowledge, when Comb Jellies were created, thought to be the ancestor of all multicellular creatures.

They believe that when ‘the End’ finally comes only 144,000 human beings will go to Heaven and rule the Earth from there with Christ – these are known as the anointed. I won’t be one of them. The majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses are not anointed and will spend eternity in paradise on Earth. What could paradise possibly look like on this dynamic planet with natural disasters, let alone human created ones, like global warming!




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