July 9th, 2022Kyle’s Rant
I WATCHED with interest our first intergalactic space launch from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Just a couple of days prior we had been reminiscing about our trip to Cooktown.
We had been discussing what had happened to the York Peninsula spaceport rumoured in the 80s. And out of the blue, with little to no hype, I watched as the first Australian rocket crackled through the night sky.
I must admit it was a long wait and I did hear the clink of ice cubes in the glass of one of the commentators as he said, “God I need a drink”. And when the final countdown began and the explosions of the jets ripped through the night sky, he seemed a little too excited. The sort of excitement that burbles up from inside you after a couple of sneaky snorts.
We certainly do it a bit differently in this country if you compare our spaceport to the pristine environments of the likes of Cape Canaveral. Except for a small launch pad most of our site is red dirt and scrub and God only knows how many bullants and other critters make their way into the innards of the rockets during the wait for launch.
It makes me wonder what happens when the aliens take a tin opener to one of our intergalactic rockets to reveal its pilots, in anticipation of taking over the precious resources of our planet and dissecting the occupants to prepare for war. They will get the makeup of their enemy wrong and come down to earth with a few cans of Pea Beu prepared for an all-out assault on a bunch of bullants rather than humans.
Speaking of precious resources, I am betwixt in my feelings about the latest breed of climate warriors. Blockade Australia has been hitting the headlines lately but to be honest I have not been affected by these guys, so only know what I see on TV. Still, what about freedom of speech and democracy?
Throughout the ages disruptors have made change for good. Homosexuality was decriminalised in the Victoria in 1980 thanks to protestors and then there are women’s liberation, the rights of first nation’s people and even the Franklin Dam. Oh, and look at the protests over the anti-abortion ruling in the US.
It seems that history simply repeats itself with protestors referred back in the day to as long-haired layabouts, hippies and good-for-nothing and just a few days ago, the New South Wales deputy premier told climate change protesters to “go and get a real job”.
But that’s exactly what they are doing, someone’s real job. No change would happen if we left it up to the government unless it is to do with upping the taxes or tightening the squeeze on our freedoms.
My conspiracy opinion is that it is in the interests of governments to lock the youth into the labour yoke of a mortgage to keep them subdued, quiet and happy with their lot in life. The dream of home ownership has now gotten away from the young, so these guys have more energy to disrupt and create change.
Climate change acknowledgement followed by change has to happen, not for me and my cohorts of non-breeders, but for the children and unborn children that will inherit this dry, shrivelled up and spent planet.
It’s going to get hot, rant over…