Good news, Princess Sparkle Pony is not gone

PSP is always a good read


Fukushima, the Worlds worst Industrial or nuclear accident, or Goodbye Japanese

Radio-activity destroys fertility.

Australia’s first uranium mine was at a place called Rum Jungle (rum as in strange not drink), since the aboriginal folks had noted that this was a place to avoid, since any group that lived there didn’t survive long.

It is possible to argue that that the low fertility rates in the Ukraine and Belarus are due to the economy. It is very hard to find in English, fertlilty rates for specific districts in these countrys.

It is possible however to compare the fertility rate for Cumbria, the home of Britains worst nuclear accident (the Windscale fire) and compare it to London. Nearly two generations later Cumbria has a fertility rate 20% lower than that of London.

Fukushima is the Worlds worst nuclear accident and it is converting the fertilty rate of the northen part of the island of Honshu to something resembling that of an old age home.

Why Jill Jordan was a Great Australian

Why do I consider Jill Jordan a Great Australian?

Jill through her life and works showed that it is possible to change the world. Try to grok that concept.

This is such a revolutionary concept that even the Australian Broadcasting corporation would only give her 15 minutes or half of an “Australian Story”. Jill probably only got this because the late Andrew Olley pulled strings.

Our current model which based on 20th century and Piscean thinking goes something like, if you have a problem, beg the government/corporation to help you. If you beg long enough and to the right people, some panjandrum in a corner office might notice you. The point is that your only power is that of begging.

Jill showed that not only that you can fix your problems yourself but how to do it.

Jill did have some notable losses, the most famous being the Woodford folk festival. (It should have been the Maleny folk festival). The tourist spin off still helps Maleny it was not a total loss.

Jill Jordan, a great Australian passes

JILL JORDAN: I think they just couldn’t be bothered with us. They thought we were a mob of fools, I think. It’s really only been through doing the sorts of things that we’ve done, by getting involved in starting co-operatives and so on and really having an economic impact on the town that probably many of them have changed their minds. After I’d been living up here for about a year I sat on a knoll up at the top of the valley up here. It’s a funny thing to say, but I swear that the land spoke to me and said, “You need other people here to help you look after this.” And it was at that stage that I decided that I would form a community.

From Australian Story


Jill Jordan was not some wooly-headed idealist but a very practical person

Jill’s factors for sustainability in community enterprise.

  • Sound financial base
  • Good management
  • Flexibility (to change with changing needs)
  • Broad base of members to encourage/maximise involvement
  • Accessible training opportunities
  • Ensuring people are doing what they love to do
  • Valuing everybodies contribution.


I never met Jill Jordan but her work in Maleny inspired thousands of Australians including myself.




Chaise Lounge – Second Hand Smoke cd

You know when a CD is good, that is when the tunes are still playing in your head days later. One of my favourites of all time.

To make life easier, a quick link to the album . It is all good.

Is the Chinese regime ready for Global leadership?

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard posed the following question – “Who really thinks that China’s half-reformed Communist regime is ready for global leadership?”





Has supported or currently supporting Islamic terror groups/freedom fighters?



Iranian Sunni

Not known, paradoxically China has been known to support Islamic governments.

Invaded Afghanistan



Spending $400 for a US gallon (3.8l) of petrol in Afghanistan



Shares border with Afghanistan



Invaded countries in the last Century to expand political influence.

Yes – Panama, Cuba, Grenada, Haiti, Haiti, Lebanon, Vietnam etc

No – Tibet is a special case in that there is legal argument that Tibet was once part of China.

Has over 100 thousand troops occupying Oil-rich nation.



Bombed countries that it has never been at war with in the last century.

Yes (At least Laos and Cambodia)


Used to managing Billion plus population.



Expanded political influence by diplomacy alone



Has fought border skirmishes in last 100 years.

Yes – Mexico

Yes – India, USSR and Vietnam

Has Capital punishment for financial malfeasance



Has had double digit or near double digit growth in their economy over the last ten years?



Banks owned by the people



Banks subsidised by the people

Yes, Government (taxpayers) lends money to banks at 0% interest and borrows it back at 2%.


Winners of Nobel prizes in Economics living in the country

All the winners of the prize except one in the last ten years are resident in the USA.


Had terror incident at last Olympic games?

Yes – guilty party caught years later by rookie cop



When I reflected on the above question, I came to the startling conclusion that the Chinese leadership may actually be better qualified for global leadership than the USA.

St John’s Wort – who was the first to use it?


Figure 1 Hypericum perforatum or St Johns Wort


This is the answer I received to the question on who was the first to use St John’s Wort (SJW) for depression.




It may seem strange but in a discussion on St John’s Wort, I asked the dumb questions “Who was the first use SJW for depression and why? Did they notice their goats were falling off cliffs or jumping around madly?”

The standard answer always with herbs, is somebody went with their intuition. The trouble is there is a big gap between the yellow flowers will make you happy to working out a dose of 300mg of the plant extract taken three times daily will relieve depression.

The Received Answer


The answer I received is that SJW came out of research and development in the noble medieval institution, the abbey. The Abbeys of the time were large economic institutions many of whom did train many monks in various specialities including herbal studies. While the abbeys were self-contained institutions some things had be bought from outside mostly for writing and the luxuries that could not be made locally. One of the more seemly goods an Abbey could produce was always pharmaceuticals.

One of the tasks that a young monk would be required to do is to develop a better understanding of a chosen herb. This would end up being the master work of the monk that he would be required to complete before he could leave the abbey and go to work at another place or start a new abbey. The monk would literally try out the herb. There were the occasional lethal failure and in the black book that was kept by the head herbalist monk, a notation was made that herb X was (bad pun) a dead end.

The young monk would normally pick something that was local and not too rare and not known to be lethal. Then he would check the background to this plant and see if there was any known value. Various parts of the plant would be ingested or extracted and the extracts taken. He would normally ask a couple of fellow monks to also take some to see how it affected them. It was explained that the SJW was a useful plant and that it was associated with the green/water or phlegmatic humour. It was used to treat or balance the yellow/fire or choleric humour. Lo and behold one of symptoms of the excess of choleric humour is irritability which happens to be sometimes a symptom of depression.


Since the above is an intuited answer to a question, I cannot defend the above answer.