Patrick O'Brien

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About (11)

New beginnings . . .

Today is my birthday and this is the final of my About posts — a collection of small pieces that I’ve posted at irregular intervals over the past year, vignettes, peep holes to my world.

This new leg of my journey is a beautiful and humbling experience. A giant wave of Love (yes, Love!) has picked me up and carries me on, to the objective, I assume. There is a song in my heart, I hear it — and I often catch myself humming its tune.

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‘He tangata whenua ahau – Aotearoa’

“… I am of this place …”


Image: Maniapoto

Today is my mother’s birthday . . .

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From my Mother-of-mothers, Wahine o Ngati Maniapoto, I was born of this Land:

● Ngati Maniapoto
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From the Celt:

Secretly in my Blood
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On greed . . .

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“The opposite of consumption
is not thrift, but generosity.”

~  Raj Patel  ~
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Love notes (6)

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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“. . . my woman, my wife, my love, my life . . .”

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COMMENT:

In an earlier post I wrote about sitting at cafés with the Gelfling as being one of the little pleasures in my life, and how we rarely speak — quite content with the silence in each other’s company, she pictured here, quietly reading a magazine, me fiddling with my cameras or simply watching the world go by . . .
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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways …”

21 Years
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‘Mad dogs of the Middle East’

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Image 2012 Israeli Peace Movement
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“Gog and Magog — No to War with Iran!”

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This poster from the Israeli Peace Movement depicts Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and Ehud Barak, the minister of defence, both of whom are currently engaged in a battle of wills with their own Commanders to launch an attack on Iran. Here’s a selection of related articles on my Wall at Google-Plus:

Israel ― the enemy of all humanity
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MY RELATED POSTS:

Iran
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‘Watching the watchers’

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Self-portrait ~ Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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“The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance . . .”

~  John Philpot Curran  ~

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COMMENT:

And so it was, that, in the 1970s, when the New Zealand Police first established covert surveillance squads to spy on its citizens, I was a member of that first team.

We worked in secrecy, and because bugging devices were illegal at that time, we simply smuggled their components into the country and had them built by our own technicians.

There was no provision in law for their use — so we simply burgled the homes and premises of our targets to plant them.

Remain vigilant … mindful our Governments are the enemy of our liberty and freedoms.
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“NZ police caught out illegally filming
citizens in privacy of their own homes”

Jackboots over New Zealand
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Anniversary of Nagasaki

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Image © Dekiwallpapers

“. . . only the US Government does this to humanity . . .”
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Anniversary of Hiroshima

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Image © Dekiwallpapers

“. . . only the US Government does this to humanity . . .”
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My heroes (5)

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— Ignatius Loyola —

Ignatius of Loyola was my boyhood hero and, for a young boy growing up, there was much to admire — a dashing knight in the service of his king, his skill and courage in combat, plus suggestions of a love for poetry, vice and pleasure.

Life changed dramatically for Ignatius one day when he had a vision while lying in his hospital bed, recovering from the wounds of battle. Renouncing his worldly status and all the trappings of a privileged life, Ignatius began a life of poverty where he developed a strange dominion and command over devils.

His biographer, Ribadeneira, accounts “he lived amongst the meanest sort of people, being despised and contemned, and desirous to be so: his desire was to be mocked and laughed at by all, and if he would have permitted himself to be carried on by the fervour of his mind, he would have gone up and down the streets almost naked, and like a fool, that the boys of the town might have made sport with him, and thrown dirt upon him.”  

Over time, men of similar mind gathered themselves around Ignatius and their Company of Men went on to become that what we now know as the Jesuits. In 1965 I assumed the name of Ignatius at my Confirmation.
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Criminal Investigation (2)

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Image: Jennifer Chase

“In New Zealand, police corruption is investigated by . . . the police.”

Regular readers of this Blog may recall that in 2007 I wrote to the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias, and confessed telling lies in court to obtain convictions against my targets while working as an undercover officer and agent-provocateur for the Crown. Following my confession, New Zealand police first held an “inquiry” — and now they’re conducting an “investigation”.

Yea, about that . . . here’s an update:

Criminal Investigation

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“It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely
to delay it until nobody cares.” ~ Napoléon Bonaparte

Corruption in New Zealand Police
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Syria:

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Disassembling the US-NATO lies and propaganda that we’re being
told about Syria – a selection of articles on my Wall at Google-Plus:

Disassembling the lies about Syria
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‘Rainbow Warrior’

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Image 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

Lest we forget . . .

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Today is the 27th anniversary of the bombing of the “Rainbow Warrior” in New Zealand — a terrorist attack carried out by French secret service agents. Here is a brief history:

Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
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― BDS ―

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Israel’s AIDC Barcode

“Boycott, Divestment, Sanction”

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Today is the seventh anniversary of a call from Palestinian Civil Society for the world to boycott, divest and sanction Israel — which, for decades, has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination. Israel has done this through a process of ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation.

BDS is a global campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” against Israel. The campaign will continue until Israel complies with international law and Palestinian rights; a strategy which provides us with an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

Details about the BDS movement, along with some related Links and commentaries, are posted on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:

Boycott, Divestment, Sanction
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An acknowledgement . . .

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

Respect . . .

I wish to acknowledge and thank all of my photography assistants, who, over the years, have helped me keep my life a simple one. Pictured here is Kirri, holding my bags on a recent shoot. I’m only sorry that I cannot list you all.
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Fourth of July:

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Image: fulltimeartists.com

― American Independence Day

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“We’ve slipped away from a true Republic. Now we’re slipping into a
fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big
business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the
individual rights of each and every American citizen.”

Ron Paul  ~
February 18, 2012
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The Nazification of America
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About (10)

My long road back . . .

A man cannot run and hide forever, and so, in 2003, I “returned” to New Zealand, where, for seven years, hitchhiking the roads, meeting her people and sampling the mood . . . it felt like I was touching this land for my very first time.

In 2007 I wrote to the Chief Justice of New Zealand and confessed my sins — a small step on my path to becoming a bona fide member of Community.

As expected, my letter instigated an inquiry, then a criminal investigation, and now I anticipate charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice to follow. I do not fear this process and I gladly face its outcome . . .

Last year, a Kaumātua sent me this message:

“Kia ora, Patrick:
I admire your courage. It is up to us the People not the courts to redeem you and through your actions it is now possible  . . . walk freely on this earth now, Patrick.”  ~ Mike Smith

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Suffer the children

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Free Palestine . . .

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I recently wrote on the Children of Palestine, my heroes, who, for more than 60 years, have been butchered, brutalised and imprisoned — silent witnesses to Israel’s cruel and brutal occupation of their home.

This week the UK Foreign Office released its new and shocking report on “Children in Military Custody” . . . which details Israel’s routine abuse and unconscionable practices in their treatment of Palestinian children and I have posted a selection of related reports, commentaries and references on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:

Suffer the Children
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“Children of Palestine”

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My Heroes (4)
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‘Stuffed and Starved’

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— Raj Patel —

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Battle for the World’s Food System:

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In his book Stuffed and Starved, the UK economist, academic and activist Raj Patel conducts a global investigation into why half the world is malnourished while the other half is obese. His findings show that both are symptoms of a corporate food monopoly, where a few powerful distributors control our food supply from plantation to plate — and the health of our entire world.

Raj Patel explains the steps we might take to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance our global sustenance:

Stuffed and Starved

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NEW ZEALAND BOOK REVIEW

●  “Hunger Management”
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Kiwi Puppets:

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― Prime Minister of New Zealand ―

This week the New Zealand Government signed a pact with war criminals . . .

The United States — whose Government, these past 10 years alone, is responsible for millions of people being killed, maimed, orphaned, widowed or dispossessed, their nations bombed to dust — has been at war for more than 200 years of its existence.

Why would the people of New Zealand aid-and-abet another Government that spends billions of dollars every day building a war machine that murders and tortures our fellow human beings?

Oh, it’s a defence pact, we’re told . . .

R-eally? Defending us from what?
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Pact with the Devil

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Earth Summit 2012

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“RIO+20 Earth Summit”

They’re meeting in Rio — an Earth summit, we’re told — and they’ve promised to resolve the environmental and social crises that our Planet is facing . . . yeah, right . . .

Earth Summit – Rio 2012
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My heroes (4)

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Image © Howard Davies

The Children of Palestine who, for more than 60 years, have been butchered, brutalised and imprisoned; dispossessed, their lands stolen and homes destroyed. And yet, despite these injustices, they remain undefeated — silent witnesses to Israel’s war on humanity.
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― RELATED ―

UK Foreign Office report
details Israel’s routine abuse
and
unconscionable practices

Suffer the Children
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Lies about Syria:


Disassembling the lies from Israel and NATO as they ready to
attack Syria – a selection of articles on my Wall at Google-Plus:

Lies about Syria
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RELATED POST:

Syria: what is the truth?
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Smell the coffee

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This morning I woke and smelt the coffee . . .

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‘Pact with the Devil’

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This week the New Zealand Government signed a pact with NATO . . .

NATO’s in a state-of-constant-war. These past 10 years alone, NATO is responsible for millions of people (yes, that’s millions!) being killed, maimed, orphaned, widowed, or dispossessed — their nations bombed to dust:

Why would any sane Government want to sign a pact with this scourge on humanity?

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‘North Atlantic Treaty Terrorist Organisation’

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Resisting NATO
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My Two Sons:

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Image: 1990 – Tahuna Beach, New Zealand

Yes, travellers also get to join the dance-of-life.

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<< Shannon                        Nicolas >>
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Winter

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“Icebreaker” Logo ~ Image: 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

It’s the first day of winter. This morning I unrolled
my thermal skins — merino wool from Icebreaker.

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A full list of my road kit is available here:

http://succat.blogspot.com/2006/09/road-gear.html
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Winter Editorial:

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Tomorrow is the first day of winter and this Blog is nine months old. I will stop writing at the end of August, it will have been a year of daily posts; my job here complete.

This Blog is a gift for my sons, Nicolas and [_____] — a “year-in-the-life” of their dad:

Blogging software (its calendar) provides a useful platform to record all those events, anniversaries, people and places which comprise the canvas of my life, and still leave me plenty of space for additional comments on hitchhiking, photography, and people.

Being a leap-year, I even got an extra day!

My initial plan was to keep this Blog Private — which changed when, unrelated, a dear old friend had sat me down and told me straight up that she didn’t know how I ticked. Maybe this Blog will help correct that.

With love . . .
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About (9)

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‘The wandering seek . . .’
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“And homeless near a thousand homes I stood,
and near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.”

~  William Wordsworth  ~

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On simplicity (4)

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my favourite food type

hokey-pokey ice cream.

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‘Antonio’

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Image: 1993 — Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

Respect . . .

Along the way there are people who guide or guard the path
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‘T.J’

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Respect:

People come and people go . . .

“Hey, man — this is like being in a movie!” ~ T.J. ||  UCOBA
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— RESISTING NATO —

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Image: Andrew Dobell

NATO

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‘North Atlantic Treaty Terrorist Organisation’

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War criminals are gathering in Chicago today — and to mark the People’s protest I’ve posted a selection of articles, references and resources on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:

Resisting NATO’s Terrorism

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