‘Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third storey window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.’
What awaits the unsuspecting public this Thursday at Council’s December 12 meeting?
While Mother Nature writes across the sky in letters of flame ‘I told you so’, many of our so-called leaders remain in denial about the reality of the climate crisis.
The current mantra from many in the community is that, owing to a lack of strategic planning, we have a housing crisis, we don’t have affordable homes for our kids, and therefore we need to build more houses. But is that really the case?
Have you taken the time to stop lately? I did recently on a park bench.
The fire season has started early this year and is running hot with thousands of acres being burnt. You don’t need to look further than the recent loss of lives, houses and animals
Privatisation of the healthcare system in Australia has reduced the health of all Australians and increased the cost of healthcare for the government and taxpayers.
Have you ever enjoyed a beer or a glass of wine? While for some religious groups it is banned, and I respect their choice, I also expect my choice to enjoy a glass of red to be respected.
Yet another IPCC report has come out on the dire circumstances of the planet from human burning of fossil fuels, this time with a particular focus on our oceans. As Rolling Stone put it ‘UN Climate Report: Oceans Also F-cked’
As a parent it is hard at times not to fall into the trap of authoritarianism. It always seems like a simpler, clearer way forward – I’m the boss and I want you till do what I tell you for your own good. You’ve got to the count of three – I know best!
BBC Future journalist David Robson suggested in a recent article that we have hit peak intelligence.
While the world is literally melting before our eyes – for once I can genuinely say ‘literally’ (see OK glacier p8) – major organisations from the UN to the Australian Post, not to mention scientists across the board, are sounding the alarm on the climate catastrophe.
What does activism look like?
On Monday night, ABC’s 4 Corners did a Julian Assange update. Herewith my four takeaways:
For people sleeping rough, this is a really hard time of year and services for the homeless and needy are stretched to their limits.
With many of you coming to the area to enjoy Splendour in the Grass this week, let’s talk about something perhaps your parents, teachers, and preachers have not broached – drugs!
Hans Lovejoy, editor One piece of good news for the embattled Greens councillors is that a $230,000 ratepayer-funded Multi-Use Rail Corridor Study has been completed, which indicates the condition of the Shire’s railways aren’t as bad as previously thought. While... Read More →
In an age of climate change, species extinction and mindless overdevelopment, it’s inconceivable to think the local Greens councillors would support over-development, minimise/ignore process and diminish residential amenity and biodiversity.
Given recent events, The Echo will now fall into line with the wishes of the government and police.
Why are whistleblowers treated like criminals by the political elite – surely this conflicts with the coalition and Labor bipartisan ideals of free speech?
As the dust settles from May 18, the first casualty from the federal election appears political polling following anger and confusion at the misleading federal election prediction.
Messiahs! They are everywhere, especially in Byron Shire.
Despite pressures to the contrary, it is your role to represent your constituents not only locally but in how the country is being run.
After last week’s news that the Federal Court recognised the Native Tile of the Bundjalung People of Byron Bay, the Arakwal-Bumberbin, many are wondering what this means in terms of day-to-day life in the Byron Shire.
'You don’t need a formal conspiracy when interests align,’ said comedian George Carlin, and with that in mind, a remarkable book released in August last year details the 17 transnational investment firms who control over $50 trillion in concentrated wealth.