"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Dr Buck Emberg* Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission*
16.02.17 5:29 am
Immediately, The Problem became clear. Donald Trump is really no different than any fundamentalist believer who told the world for centuries, “Unless you agree with me you are going to Hell!” …
Carol Rääbus, 936 ABC Hobart
01.08.16 5:03 am
… Van Diemen’s Land had one of the highest rates of armed resistance across the British Empire in colonial times, according to University of Tasmania Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart. …
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
Dr Buck Emberg
13.07.15 5:15 am
… So, what can we deduce about Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia, from some of his recent utterances? …
• Guardian: John Hewson on Q&A: Australia’s role in Iraq war implicates us in rise of Isis Former Liberal leader tells ABC program that Australia’s decision to join invasion of Iraq was ‘an embarrassment to all of us’
04.05.15 3:30 am
… The list is endless. IF YOU WERE GOD or, just god-like, how would you make the world a kinder, gentler place and WHAT WOULD YOU DO? …
Dr Buck Emberg*
06.10.14 3:35 am
The therapy sessions grew in intensity and numbers as the percentage of my aged patients swelled. In my professional years as a counsellor there was a thorny problem which seemingly had no solution to old age … except die as swiftly as possible. What do normal families do with old, worn out, tired, difficult, useless, crabby, expensive, flatulent…and boring parents?
Dr Buck Emberg. Pic: of Tony Abbott
30.07.14 6:44 am
For me it started in the year 1938 or thereabouts.
David Harper, University of Melbourne First pub: July 24
26.07.14 10:00 am
The simplistic nature of the tabloid coverage of sentencing ignores the hard truth that the threat of punishment serves only as a vague general deterrent. Particular sentences, and even publicised increases in maximum penalties, serve almost no deterrent purpose at all. Witness, as an entirely typical example, the public brawl last May between James Packer and David Gyngell at the height of the publicity given to a new maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment for a death resulting from a “king hit”. Tough new ‘one punch’ penalties clearly didn’t deter James Packer and David Gyngell. Nevertheless, the hopelessly skewed message of the tabloids has its effect. The tendency to public outrage is fostered. The public’s desire for sterner punishments is born and then cultivated. Inappropriate law and order policies are adopted.
02.06.14 2:00 am
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• Thanks to Buck ... there is now a permanent dinkus in TT’s left column favoured blogs to Gizmag, along with heaps more from Daily Kudelka to Obituaries ...
Dr Buck Emberg. Pic: of Dr Buck and Joan Emberg
26.05.14 5:15 am
I have lost track of how many times I have listened to, heard or watched some politician or social analyst narrate the new political revelation that Australia and the rest of the developed world have too many old people. We are a problem, we are continually harangued, and until the ‘Age Problem’ is solved, we democracies are on a slippery slope to an abyss.
• Davanjac, in Comments: Well said. Yes with all our hard work we helped to build the Australia we have today. It only takes a few politicians with a few screws loose to unravel it all. Cowards and bullies always pick on the weakest in their society and that is what we have as a Prime Minister at the moment. He seems to want all those over 65 years to crawl into a corner and die. Well I am sorry but I for one will not. My husband and I reared eight children, had seven jobs between us to feed, clothe and educate them, we did not receive nor would we ever ask for handouts from anyone. Bring it on Tony I am so fired up, because I am so disgusted, I will fight for the retirement and peace that we deserve.
21.04.14 6:45 am
Wait a minute! Hold on! Just a second! Being a ‘nice guy’ should be meaningless in the world of politics.
Dr Buck Emberg
27.01.14 2:45 am
Perhaps I am just becoming a peevish old man. I don’t think so because I view life as ‘pretty good’ and wake up each morning with a long list of ‘Have To Do’...and the list is never completed. I am secure in my life, marriage, friends, finances and diet. I do not mind if a few people dislike me because of what I write or believe. However, when ABC presenters pronounce February as ‘Feb-U-ary’ or ‘vuNerable’ instead of ‘vuLnerable’ and when Triple J (JJJ Radio) is about to drop on the world, ‘The most important music of the past decade’; these are all dreadful dismays.
Dr Buck Emberg PhD History
21.10.13 4:30 am
There are abundant social problems facing civilization today. Except for earthquakes and meteorites, these dilemmas are human-made. Perhaps we could add the tides but various countries are quickly intervening with their ebbs and flows. Whether climate, crime or corrupting customs we should assume that the new cataclysms we are about to face are caused by ourselves…yes, YOU and ME…and the rest of the world! It would be supremely comforting if we could find something other than ourselves to blame.
Dr Buck Emberg. Pic*
23.09.13 4:10 am
God may sit in his heavens and laugh at humanity’s miscreant behavior but I cry today over where our new government seems to be taking us. Will we see the Tasmanian Tarkine mined like primal and pristine Northern Minnesota has been, leaving great holes, mountains of slag and ghost villages? I weep for the simple gift of clean groundwater. Will funds for climate change investigation be whiffed away in the name of development? I moan as I think of places like the Gold Coast and St Helens Bay slipping into the encroaching waves and king tides while the developing Canadian Athabasca Tar Sands and coal field fracking, now threatening Tasmania, destroy whatever it touches.
Is this new government going to really use warships to stop desperate and dying people trying to escape from wasteful wars in the false name of ‘border protection’? I am reminded of the Bhagavad Gita, “Now I have become Death, the Destroyer of worlds”. I do not like my homeland becoming a Destroyer.
Dr Buck Emberg
09.09.13 1:45 am
An Apprehensive View
05.08.13 3:46 am
Gosh, I wish I had not resigned so long ago. so I could resign right now!
Buck and Joan Emberg. Pic: Rob Walls, http://robertwalls.wordpress.com/
24.07.13 3:08 am
To the point, do you know how many speed signs there are between downtown St Helens and the beginning of St. Mary’s Pass? Of course you do not. The answer is 40 plus! We also know of a number of people who were mercifully stopped and ‘forgiven’ by kind police who seem to understand the problems of bad signage. This problem is endemic throughout Tasmania. The signs come in the following denominations: 1. Simple speed signs. 2. Warning signs of ‘need to slow for corners’. 3. Warning signs of approaching slippery roads. 4. School hour warnings. In our survey, we counted only numbers 1 and 2.
We begin in downtown St Helens.
06.05.13 2:40 am
In the years I knew him, the Senator gave me two lessons I still carry: first, if you are serious about life, make fun of yourself; second, choose your enemies carefully and then make friends of them. Frequently, when driving his election car, Byron and I heard him take on unreceptive, antagonistic crowds, turning them into laughing, yelling supporters. His special Hubert tricks were smiles, humor and self-deprecation. When the fish were hooked he began his real speech and, like the wily fisherman he was, played them to an appropriate crescendo, landed them and then quit; the ‘lunker’ fish was in the canoe. Yes, he was long winded but I never saw him lose a hooked crowd…even in the deeply dozing village of Sleepy Eye.
25.03.13 3:20 am
“Always bet on old age and guile as old age, deceit and cunning will eventually win!”
• Garry Stannus, in Comments: That is gorgeous Buck! Gee I love humour and I love such easy flowing writing. The best writing looks simple. It looks as if no trouble has been taken, that one is face to face with the bloke with the pen. Go back, fellow readers, and look again, as I have ... this is a wonderful short story.
Dr Buck Emberg*. First published Monday, February 18
19.02.13 8:00 am
After spending two weeks on research into mining problems experienced today I clicked on Google to ask, “What is a small scale mine?” The mines proposed in the Tarkine at present are alleged by the Government to be of no great size and will be closed in a matter of a decade … it is opined. What about the ones that would follow is a question of more than integrity. Interestingly, Wikipedia gave a cogent answer about small mines in general ...
• Radio National Background Briefing: Toxic Mine Water , plus Transcript
• Today the Tarkine, tomorrow the Reef? Sharyn Munro, author of ‘Rich Land, Wasteland’ is coming to Tasmania from 27th March to 7th April to speak about her book and to show the documentary, ‘Bimblebox’, both of them dramatic eye-openers about how out-of-control the extractive industries are in Australia. Rich Land, Wasteland took two years to write. It’s the story of how the formerly idyllic Hunter Valley has been turned into a nightmare landscape of gigantic holes and dust-filled air, shattering the peace and physical health of many a community, along with the impacts of untrammelled mining on many places around Australia and the long and often futile fights against the brutally cynical avarice of the coal barons. Bimblebox focuses partly on the threat to a designated and Federally funded nature reserve in Queensland which faces obliteration by Clive Palmer’s China First mega-mine but it also looks at the wider impications of the rampage of Australia’s huge, ruthless, largely foreign-owned, government-sanctioned extractive industries. She doesn’t want to see the Tarkine suffer the same fate as her home territory, the Hunter Valley in NSW. Here’s her take on it ...
Dr Buck Emberg*
15.02.13 3:30 am
Mining, Part 3: In his three-part series, Dr Buck Emberg presents a balanced examination of both the need for mining and the environmental consequences of extracting minerals. He explains that mining has been a human activity since before the Stone Age and will remain so in the future. He contends that mining is here to stay, and we must learn to live with mines and mining companies must learn to be better corporate citizens. The articles do not present an either/or approach to mining. Nor do they take sides. At the end of the series, the reader will have a clearer view of the worldwide dilemma facing both humanity and the mining industry.
Dr Buck Emberg*
04.02.13 2:45 am
Mining, Part 2: In his three-part series, Dr Buck Emberg presents a balanced examination of both the need for mining and the environmental consequences of extracting minerals. He explains that mining has been a human activity since before the Stone Age and will remain so in the future. He contends that mining is here to stay, and we must learn to live with mines and mining companies must learn to be better corporate citizens. The articles do not present an either/or approach to mining. Nor do they take sides. At the end of the series, the reader will have a clearer view of the worldwide dilemma facing both humanity and the mining industry.
On Anzac Day I quietly reflect on wars past, present and future, the lies told to start them, the lies told about them and…