Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Catfish Problem in Vic Liberal Party?

Read Michael Millard's answer to Would the Victorian Liberal Party tolerate a catfish in their executive? Why? on Quora

The person is now an executive of a major conservative political party in Australia. But when I had met them online, on Facebook at a place called Conservative Cafe, They were troubled, down and out and pursued by some awful people, dealing with lawfare. I ran a FB page and invited them over as an admin, to give them a defence against the abuse I could see them fielding. People warned me about the person I was protecting. I asked for details so I could verify what they had done, but all I got was a stream of abuse.
At first, in the desperation of the abusers to get to the person I protected, I documented some of what happened. This included leaders of a far right organisation calling itself the Australian Defence League (ADL), and later, the Australian Tea Party. They invited me to join them. I researched who they were, off shoots of the EDL. I declined. I was sent a parcel by a guy claiming to be a pedophile. I declined the parcel, not wanting to have anything to do with it. But the person I’d been protecting had got a parcel too, and it was a lawfare document threatening to sue them for posting on the person on the FB page, which I’d not done. I could not understand the hysteria the person generated. I asked about it and got vague answers about a silence clause on previous litigation.
For a few years, the drama played out. I got a secondary FB account to keep watch of what others were saying, but FB nixed that after I’d told the person I was shielding. I could not afford what others had, who had multiple accounts, so I brought on board a former student. That worked ok for a year. Things settled a little. But the person I was protecting had more issues. Their FB account was hacked while they were on holidays and everything was a drama to them. They shared accounts with others, but never me, I won’t do that.
After about three years, they attacked a Jewish friend of mine. My friend had posted a controversial piece and had taken an unpopular, but correct view. Typically, such things got attacked by anti semites, many of which were ADL. But the Person I’d protected sided with the anti semites against my Jewish friend. All would ave been ok, all I needed to do was to highlight what my Jewish friend had posted in direct contradiction of what his abusers were claiming, but the person I protected used their admin privileges to delete it and FB had made that irreversible in those days. Then they booted my friend. I spoke to my fellow admins how unhappy I was about the circumstance but they shrugged. So I walked away for a year.
During that year I was pushed by a cat fish I later realised was the person I'd protected. They begged me to come back. After a year, I was told by others that they wanted me back too. I was willing to work with the person whom I’d protected, to find out why they were a cat fish, but they walked, stole the page from my fellow admins they’d worked on for years and began gaslighting me. They created several fake pages on FB, copying the name of the page I ran.
Thing is, I had lost everything I ever owned and had to move cities. I went to Melbourne where the person I’d protected lived. I checked out shared accommodation for single people and came across the name of the confessed pedophile living in the same suburb as the person I’d protected. One of my fellow admins had been in a political party, and the person I’d protected had travelled across Melbourne to be in their branch. Then they gaslit my former admin, and became an executive in the party.
Years before, the ADL had bragged they had had a weapon which could not be controlled, but was launched. It was a person with a personality disorder who sowed dissent wherever they went. I believe it was the person I’d protected.

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Read David Daniel Ball's answer to What personal experience taught you to never allow people to take advantage of your kindness? on Quora

I knew them as SnJ as they had had a joint account with their spouse, reasoning they'd never be accountable for anything they did because no one would know who ran the account at any time. 

I raised the issue with a senior party member prior to the Victorian Election 2018. I pulled out of my own campaign in Dandenong when I made the connection. I promised not to raise the issue before the state election. I kept my promise. 

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Tammy is getting Married

I am very proud of my daughter. She is getting married on Saturday 6th April, 2019. Why Saturday, you ask? Because every anniversary that follows will be near or on the weekend daylight savings ends. Her husband may feel he is busy with work during anniversary celebrations, but Tammy has given him an extra hour to get his act together.

Getting married will be the happiest day of your life. Not because you never have joy again, you will. It will grow richer and deeper. Not having to fend for yourself alone lifts a tremendous burden. But today is a magical one. Things can be frustrating, but there is grace and forgiveness. And hope.

Tammy has a gift. It doesn't always work as she intends it, but it is a magical power. She brings people together. I noticed this on a trip I made from Sydney to Melbourne, scouting for a place to live. The only things that went right for me on that trip involved Tammy. We had dinner with friends at a Korean BBQ. And everyone that was there was there because Tammy was in Melbourne. Including me. And tonight everyone who is here is here because of Tammy and David.

I have three quotes for her and David
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

John Dillet Freeman Blessings for a marriage

1 Corinthians 13

All three quotes are of love and marriage. The wisdom of Solomon is proverbial, yet he married four hundred times and had six hundred concubines as well. He died before he was sixty, aged before his time. Paul did not write of his family, but it would have been strange were he not to have married. He certainly knew something when he wrote to Corinth. James Dillet Freeman had a strange marriage, but his blessing is profound.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

John Dillet Freeman Blessings for a marriage
May your marriage bring you 
all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, 
and may life grant you also patience, 
tolerance, and understanding. 
May you always need one another - 
not so much to fill your emptiness 
as to help you to know your fullness. 
A mountain needs a valley to be complete; 
the valley does not make the mountain less, 
but more; and the valley is more a valley 
because it has a mountain towering over it. 
So let it be with you and you. 
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,  
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, 
often say, "I love you!"
 and take no notice of small faults. 
If you have quarrels that push you apart, 
may both of you hope to have good sense enough 
to take the first step back. 
May you enter into the mystery 
which is the awareness of one another's presence - 
no more physical than spiritual, 
warm and near when you are side by side, 
and warm and near when you are in separate rooms 
or even distant cities. 
May you have happiness, 
and may you find it making one another happy. 
May you have love, 
and may you find it loving one another.

Thank you David and Tammy. This is the happiest day of my life too. 

Following the wedding 6th April

Things change. My daughter has married, and now I'm not needed to be what I was. I will always be a friend, and always have an ear and be available. But she now has a family she is going to grow with. They are her higher priority. Part of her day to day living. And that is what I want, and how it should be. I was nervous before they married. I had thought the event might be more .. desperate. Maybe I was hoping for a larger role, moving forward? But what I saw on the night gives me peace. The family she has joined are big, loving and good. I now have something in my life I had thought I had missed. But God is very good to me.

Medley for wedding pictures/video
Earth, stream and tree encircled by sea
Waves sweep the sand from my island.
My sunsets fade.
Field and glade wait only for rain
Grain after grain love erodes my
High weathered walls which fend off the tide
Cradle the wind
To my island.
Gaunt granite climbs where gulls wheel and glide
Mournfully glide o'er my island.
My dawn bride's veil, damp and pale,
Dissolves in the sun.
Love's web is spun, cats prowl, mice run
Wreathe snatch-hand briers where owls know my eyes
Violet skies
Touch my island,
Touch me.
Beneath the wind turned wave
Infinite peace
Islands join hands
'Neathe heaven's sea.
Dark harbor quays like fingers of stone
Hungrily reach from my island.
Clutch sailor's words, pearls and gourds
Are strewn on my shore.
Equal in love, bound in circles.
Earth, stream and tree return to the sea
Waves sweep sand from my island,
From me.
Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can never tell, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
Somethin' in the wind has learned my name
And it's tellin' me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There's a pleasin' sense of happiness for me
There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here
I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world
My Jesus, my Saviour
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love
My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You
Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work of Your hand
Forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have
In You