Sunday 24th of September 2023

ramblings from the other side of the universe.

We shall start today with an excerpt from Adam Lindsay Gordon, Hippodromania


Our common descent we may each recall

To a lady of old caught tripping,

The fair one in fig leaves, who damned us all

For a bite at a golden pippin.


Then some savage dude takes this too seriously:


An unbeliever becomes a believer in Jesus Christ by the miracle of conversion. This supernatural act occurs on the front end of a person’s relationship with God. (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 15:3; 16:29-34; 17:12; Romans 5:1,2; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:4-7)

No one gets converted by being religious, yet that doesn’t stop many people from trying. Man naturally assumes he can earn salvation by being good enough and jumping through certain religious hoops. 

Many people choose to rely upon their religious efforts for salvation rather than upon Christ's sacrifice on the cross. This insistence on trying to work your way to Heaven is the biggest indicator that a person is spiritually dead. (Galatians 3:10; Ephesians 2:1, 8-9)

Unconverted religious people are tragically mistaken to assume they are saved. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12). The fact of the matter is that man’s religious deeds cannot wash away even one of his sins….



Old Gus cannot argue with the concept of "man" miraculous conversionika…. It does not make sense. It is senseless, meaningless and useless twaddle. Seen from ANY sides of the universe, it is incomprehensible garbage. As well, this shows forceful disdain of the unconverted that discounts the value of other religious beliefs that are not Christian. It's fascist and very “not humble” if humility was the centrepiece of religion, but we all know that below this arcane message lurks the conquest of other people’s souls for profit. 


One of Old Gus’s problem is that he does not sin. SURE — I (he) MAKE MISTAKES. I’ve done a zillion of those so far, but I do not sin…  

 I have no soul to sell to the devil....

And then comes another religious view of our backyard…. Ah crap:


Has the Webb Telescope found God?

By F. LaGard Smith….




NASA’s “Webb search” assumes that seeing greater distance indicates greater time.  But what is the crucial starting point?  Having philosophically ruled out any possibility of a divine Creation, NASA is left with a “police radar” correlation of distance to time which may or may not be true.

What matters most, of course, is not the age of the universe, whether billions of years or only a few millennia, but whether NASA’s “creation story” of a mindless, randomly-evolving universe is factually true.  Believing that our incomprehensibly vast and intricate universe haphazardly self-assembled over time (any more than the intricately designed Webb Telescope itself) is more science fiction than science.  Rather than seeing all the way back to the earliest stages of time, NASA can’t see beyond the end of its naturalistic nose.

Wondrous as Webb’s discoveries are, the story we’re being told of a mindless universe is nothing to celebrate.  If the universe itself has no meaning, then neither do you and I.  The more we can see, the blinder we’ve become.  Time was when scientists looked up and proclaimed, “How great Thou art!”  With NASA seeing nothing of God, today’s hymn is “How great We art!”


THE stupidity of this religious interpretation is astonishing. “Time was when scientists looked up and proclaimed, “How great Thou art!”” happened when no-one could be a scientist without being anointed by the “Church” that controlled everything and pulled your toenails if you did not “believe”. These days have long gone (thank god* says the atheist), though some people like Scott Morrison (our former loony) hang on to the idea of El Supremo without any understanding of anything beyond exclusive miraculous stupidity.


Yes, the UNIVERSE HAS NO MEANING. AND YES, “YOU AND I” HAVE NO MEANING. But isn’t our (it is not “ours” but we live in it, we have been accidentally created by its evolution/changes) universe wonderful?


Do we have to relate everything to our ignorance, especially what we fake out and nail to a cross, because the reality is actually senseless, apart from our relative small reach in which we feel pain, contentment and natural death — like other animal species do? 


And we should accept what the non-godly scientists tell us. It’s a big universe we live in. According to non-miraculous serious studies, the universe is much bigger than what we can see — even with the most powerful telescope so far. What? No god to be found? Nil. Zero. Not a single percentile. 


The religious mob is worried. One day god will appear to them and he (god is a male) will tell them that he (god is a male) doesn’t exist… 


This is what’s happening. With our new James Webb telescopic window, we can gauge and see galaxies more than 13 billion years old — but when we see these, 13 billion years after they appeared in the universe, they have already crossed the boundary of the visible universe. This is where things become even weirder. The universe is expanding with acceleration. 

On the human pavement of this amazing stretching, from 1950 to 1952, following State Department rules put in place in 1947, James Webb was a leader at the time of what has been called the lavender scare, during which hundreds of homosexual personnel were fired from US departments. Webb met President Truman on June 22, 1950, in order to establish how the White House, the State Department, and the “Hoey Committee” would work together on the homosexual question. Truman send two White House aides with Webb to meet with the Hoey Committee to establish a process of purges of homosexual state employees. These “persecutions” continued throughout Webb's tenure at the State Department, with the dismissals of dozens of homosexual workers. Historian David K. Johnson states that Webb's attendance at the White House meeting was in the context of containing the hysteria that members of Congress (how these loonies don't change?) were stirring up, commenting that Webb did not have any sort of leadership role in the lavender scare.

In March 2021, an article in Scientific American urged NASA to rename the James Webb Space Telescope (possibly to "Donald Duck Trump"), regarding Webb’s alleged partake in the State Department's purge of homosexual individuals. According to astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi, the initial accusations that Webb was part of the lavender scare were based on a quote from John Peurifoy which was wrongly attributed to Webb.

But an email obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Nature, a name-redacted intern working with NASA's chief historian Brian Odom and NASA Communications Specialist Catherine Baldwin stated Webb leadership position in the Lavender Scare is undeniable.

Other sources call into question these conclusions. 

In March 1952, just after Webb left the Department of State, The New York Times reported that 126 government officials had been discharged. By April 1953, that number had quadrupled, so the claim that the firings of LGBTQ workers ended when Webb left State is not supported by the data. About a year after Webb had left the State Department, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450, expanding the Lavender Scare program — leading to thousands of dismissals. 

On September 30, 2021, NASA announced that it would keep the JWST name (and forget the name Mickey Mouse Trump Telescope or Ferry McFerryface Telescope) after running an investigation and finding no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the gizmo.


Meanwhile, apparently, it is not recommended to wank in space:


Astronauts warned not to masturbate in space as one session can impregnate three women

Astronauts have been warned about pleasuring themselves in space after it was revealed a single solitary session can accidentally impregnate female crew members…

Astronauts have been warned not to play with their “rockets” in space – so they don’t get crewmates pregnant.

Self-pleasuring is banned in zero-G amid fears any floating semen could leave female colleagues up the duff.

The bizarre revelation came on US chat show king Conan O’Brien’s Needs A Friend podcast.

During recording, Conan asked a Nasa engineer if he had ever sent porn to the International Space Station. The boffin, identified only as Smythe, told him: “No, none of that.”

And O’Brien went on: “Does porn work in zero gravity? It goes everywhere.”





So back to the universe, ON THE OTHER SIDE of its visible limit, it is expanding FASTER than the speed of light — thus we cannot see it. Webb cannot see it, but we know it’s there because of precise calculations.

In black holes, the gravitational compression of matter goes faster than the speed of light….


So what is to be made of this? The forces that make this universe happen are “REPULSION” (status of emission of energy waves) and “ATTRACTION” (status of reception/absorption of energy waves). From here onwards, gravity, electromagnetism, atomic and quirky “gluonic” forces derive — with a variety of intensity that induce temperature and condensate status… Strangely, it relatively appears that the stronger the force, the smaller the reach.  

There are stages of stability in this random, yet organised set of complexities — of which we are a construct from a duplicating momentum of DNA going back more than 4 billion years…. We, little non-sinning blithers, live about 75 years on average, depending on our social development status and on our taste for fighting something. We depend on these four main forces that we have explored through Quantum Mechanics and the Theories of Relativity…


From the CERN website:


Why is gravity so much weaker than the other fundamental forces?

A small fridge magnet is enough to create an electromagnetic force greater than the gravitational pull exerted by planet Earth. One possibility is that we don’t feel the full effect of gravity  because part of it spreads to extra dimensions. Though it may sound like science fiction, if extra dimensions exist, they could explain why the universe is expanding faster than expected, and why gravity is weaker than the other forces of nature.


A question of scale

In our everyday lives, we experience three spatial dimensions, and a fourth dimension of time. How could there be more? Einstein’s general theory of relativity tells us that space can expand, contract, and bend. Now if one dimension were to contract to a size smaller than an atom, it would be hidden from our view. But if we could look on a small enough scale, that hidden dimension might become visible again. Imagine a person walking on a tightrope. She can only move backward and forward; but not left and right, nor up and down, so she only sees one dimension. Ants living on a much smaller scale could move around the cable, in what would appear like an extra dimension to the tightrope-walker.

How could we test for extra dimensions? One option would be to find evidence of particles that can exist only if extra dimensions are real. Theories that suggest extra dimensions predict that, in the same way as atoms have a low-energy ground state and excited high-energy states, there would be heavier versions of standard particles in other dimensions. These heavier versions of particles – called Kaluza-Klein states – would have exactly the same properties as standard particles (and so be visible to our detectors) but with a greater mass. If CMS or ATLAS were to find a Z- or W-like particle (the Z and W bosons being carriers of the electroweak force) with a mass 100 times larger for instance, this might suggest the presence of extra dimensions. Such heavy particles can only be revealed at the high energies reached by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).


A little piece of gravity?

Some theorists suggest that a particle called the “graviton” is associated with gravity in the same way as the photon is associated with the electromagnetic force. If gravitons exist, it should be possible to create them at the LHC, but they would rapidly disappear into extra dimensions. Collisions in particle accelerators always create balanced events – just like fireworks – with particles flying out in all directions. A graviton might escape our detectors, leaving an empty zone that we notice as an imbalance in momentum and energy in the event. We would need to carefully study the properties of the missing object to work out whether it is a graviton escaping to another dimension or something else. This method of searching for missing energy in events is also used to look for dark matter or supersymmetric particles.


Microscopic black holes

Another way of revealing extra dimensions would be through the production of “microscopic black holes”. What exactly we would detect would depend on the number of extra dimensions, the mass of the black hole, the size of the dimensions and the energy at which the black hole occurs. If micro black holes do appear in the collisions created by the LHC, they would disintegrate rapidly, in around 10-27 seconds. They would decay into Standard Model or supersymmetric particles, creating events containing an exceptional number of tracks in our detectors, which we would easily spot. Finding more on any of these subjects would open the door to yet unknown possibilities.






Some people get worried about this “unknown” epithet:


By Maryam Henein

What are the implications of smashing particles together at such high speeds? Is CERN responsible for the Mandela Effects we’ve cataloged over the last few years? What are the facts and theories about portals and particles?

Ten years after the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire in French (CERN), discovered the Higgs boson God particle, their Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started smashing protons together at unprecedented energy levels. Their quest is to reveal more secrets about how the universe works.

The world’s largest and most powerful particle collider occupies a circular underground tunnel of nearly 17 miles along the Swiss-French border. The collider, which is buried 574 feet underground and features 145,000 miles of cable, was started back up in April 2022 after a three-year break for upgrades in preparation for its third run. On July 5th, CERN started a brand new experiment, whereupon the LHC started running around the clock collecting data. The data collection effort will continue for the next four years at a record energy of 13.6 trillion electronvolts  (TeV) — slightly higher than in Run 2, which reached 13 TeV. CERN will then stop again for three years and fire up once more in 2029. The LHC has cost $9.2 billion to build so far.


Maryam Henein is a Canadian-born investigative journalist, activist, alternative medicine practitioner, filmmaker and entrepreneur. She directed the documentary Vanishing of the Bees narrated by Elliot Page.

Henein has been accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19.




Back to Gus: 

In regard to Covid-19, most of the information coming from officialdom has been suspect or/and vastly incomplete though it tried to be correct... The origin of Covid-19 is vague and contentious. Most of the Covid vaccines work in various “proportions” of efficiency and there is the long covid problem, which is still being studied to understand the cause and the damage. The mRNA vaccines encroach on the domain of gene manipulations which we good people try to fight against in our food and drinks. Being sceptical is only natural when even the best advice and vaccination won’t stop you from catching the disease — old stupid Joe Biden being a case in point. 


So Maryam is worried about the CERN going “Where no man has gone before” which brings us to Star Trek and Mr Spock…


Spock is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise. Originally played by Leonard Nimoy, Spock first appeared in the original Star Trek series serving aboard the starship USS Enterprise as science officer and first officer and later as commanding officer of two iterations of the vessel. Spock's mixed human-Vulcan heritage serves as an important plot element in many of the character's appearances. Along with Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), he is one of the three central characters in the original Star Trek series and its films. After retiring from active duty in Starfleet, Spock served as a Federation ambassador, and later became involved in the ill-fated attempt to save Romulus from a supernova, leading him to live out the rest of his life in a parallel timeline.


Yep… Is the CERN experiment going to send humanity bananas in a parallel universe? Say one thing…. The “god” particle is a misnomer. God cannot be a particle — especially one that is measured in minuscule electron volts AND a “particle” that lives 1.6 x 10-22 seconds cannot be god. The Higgs boson is a level of energy that was missing from the Standard Model of Quantum Mechanics calculations of the 1960s — until found in 2012. The discovery via a five sigma observation confirmed the theory of the SMQM so far.

So now, the CERN is searching for things that we don’t know…


Before Mr Spock, there was a certain Dr Spock. He was a real person… Somehow forgotten, he should be remembered today for his contribution to socialistic liberalism… and abortion.

Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician[1] and liberal political activist[2] whose book Baby and Child Care (1946) is one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century, selling 500,000 copies in the six months after its initial publication in 1946 and 50 million by the time of Spock's death in 1998.[3] The book's premise to mothers was that they "know more than you think you do."[4] Spock's parenting advice and recommendations revolutionized parental upbringing in the United States, and he is considered to be amongst the most famous and influential Americans of the 20th century.[5][6]

Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children's needs and family dynamics. His ideas about childcare influenced several generations of parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children and to treat them as individuals. However, his theories were also widely criticized by colleagues for relying too heavily on anecdotal evidence rather than serious academic research.[7] After undergoing a self-described "conversion to socialism", Spock became an activist in the New Left and anti-Vietnam War movements during the 1960s and early 1970s, culminating in his run for President of the United States as the People's Party nominee in 1972. He campaigned on a maximum wage, legalized abortion, and withdrawing troops from all foreign countries. At the time, his books were criticized by conservatives for propagating permissiveness and an expectation of instant gratification, a charge that Spock denied.[8]

Spock also won an Olympic gold medal in rowing in 1924 while attending Yale University.[9]


So we come back to the non-existence of god and the need to understand our chemical complexities, like that of other living species. And we need to understand why we fight, love and act stupid or are confused about gender and sex. Nothing to do with god, all to do with misunderstanding/understanding our relative relationships and deciding on the value of our choices by what we have have been nurtured to feel. 


The universe is huge and weird, godless and purposeless… Nothing wrong with this. We can harmonise our relationships by being aware of the energies of the present.


Believing in god is like living in a tunnel of dark delusion, with hope of a light switching on when we’re dead. It won’t happen. It does not make sense. God does not exist. 


On the other hand, global warming is real and anthropogenic. 


We will leave the last word to Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson, A vocal nationalist and republican, in Over the Sliprails (published 1900).


…Trying to find out things is the cause of all the work and trouble in this world. It was Eve’s fault in the first place — or Adam’s rather, because it might be argued that he should have been the master … If Adam and Eve hadn’t tried to find out things there’d have been no toil and trouble in the world today; there’d have been no bloated capitalists, and no horny-handed working men, and no politics, no freetrade and protection — and no clothes. The woman next door wouldn't be able to pick holes in your wife’s washing on the line. We’d have been all running about in a big Garden of Eden with nothing on, and nothing to do except loaf, and make love, and lark, and play practical jokes on each other.







feminism 1880s…….


Louisa Lawson left her husband in 1883 and relocated her family to Sydney. There she supported her children through various jobs, including working as a seamstress and running a boarding house. During this period she was introduced to women's suffrage. In 1887 she purchased the Republican, a journal dedicated to Australian independence and, the following year, in 1888, she founded the Dawn.[5]

From the outset the Dawn was intended as a mouthpiece for women. In the first edition, Louisa Lawson, writing under the name of Dora Falconer, wrote:



Every eccentricity of belief, and every variety of bias in mankind allies itself with a printing machine, and gets its singularities bruited about in type, but where is the printing-ink champion of mankind's better half? There has hitherto been no trumpet through which the concentrated voice of womankind could publish their grievances and their opinions ... Here then is Dawn, the Australian Woman's Journal and mouthpiece.

Dora Falconer, 15 May 1888[6]




Nevertheless, the Dawn soon hit opposition: the Dawn was produced by an all-women team of editors and printers, and this fact angered trade unionists in the New South Wales Typographical Association,[7] in part because women were paid substantially less than men.[8][9] In fighting the Dawn, the association argued that the discrepancies in pay were such that men would be unable to compete, as women would be "… able to work for half the wages a man would require to keep himself and family in comfort and respectability",[10] as well as arguing that the work was too dangerous for women to engage in.[11] The association attempted to boycott the publication, and at one stage a member visited their offices to "harangue the staff" – only to be removed after having had a bucket of water thrown on them by Lawson.[12][13] Lawson won the battle through patience and "stern resistance" – eventually the boycott lost momentum, and the Dawn continued as it had before.[14]


In spite of the early disputes, the Dawn proved to be successful. Lawson's ability to attract significant advertising was key to the Dawn's success, (Pearce noted that up to half of the magazine was devoted to advertising), as was her efforts to promote the work: Lawson encouraged children to register subscribers by offering prizes, and ran regular competitions within the magazine to increase circulation and retain subscribers.[15] Her efforts were to grant the Dawn a much longer life than other, contemporary, Australian feminist magazines.[16]

The final issue of the Dawn was published in July 1905. Believing there was no-one suitable to carry on her work, Louisa Lawson "ended her paper as she started it, quite upon her own responsibility."[17] Her poor health, resulting from a Tram Accident and legal dispute regarding her mail bag fastener invention were key factors in her decision.[5]


Lawson's working-class background was reflected in the Dawn, in that it aimed at a wider audience than the middle class. The price was low enough to appeal to those from the working classes, and the content similarly reflected this aim: as identified by Aitken, the Dawn included household hints that were "aimed at women running a home without servants".[18] Along with those hints came editorials, articles, columns, correspondence, poetry and short stories, material for children and fashion.[19] The Dawn was deliberately aimed at the whole household, and the political messages were interwoven with the other content.[16]

To some extent, the Dawn existed in opposition to The Bulletin, another magazine of the period, but one aimed squarely at men – each produced radically different views of the role of men and women in society. While The Bulletin of the day has been described as depicting women as either "vain, conniving, … spendthrift [and] bent on entrapment" or as "bitter harridan[s]", the Dawn took a very different approach, depicting men in relation to home values, and arguing that the emancipation of women was necessary for the advancement of society.[20][21]

The Dawn tackled a number of issues of interest to women. These included the use of corsetsfemale suffrage, the overworking of women, and a woman's role within marriage.[22] In addition, Lawson, through the pages of the Dawn, was unusual in being the only leader of the Australian women's movement who repeatedly raised the issue of spousal abuse. Within the Dawn she "offered a far-reaching critique of power relations within marriage", which was careful not to depict women as simple passive victims, but instead encouraged women to fight and escape their situation.[18] Sheridan noted that this range of issues granted the Dawn much of its strength – Lawson did not shy away from domestic or public issues, covering both through the pages of the magazine.[23] Cousins has further argued that not only did the Dawn construct a certain view of femininity to mount the case for female suffrage, but also one of masculinity. The Dawn presented a distinct and often unflattering view of `manhood' to their readers in an attempt to gain positions of power for women not just in the public sphere, but also within the sanctity of the domestic realm. In doing so, the writers were advocating a significant shift in the power relations that operated between men and women.[24]


The Dawn was widely read both within Australia and internationally, and led Scott to describe Lawson as the "earliest Australian woman to be influential" within the British suffrage movement.[25] Domestically, the success of the Dawn led to the founding of the "Dawn Club" in 1889,[26] and the Dawn "helped to pave the way for women's magazines in Australia", validating the experiences of women, their work and their writing.[27]








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 The mystery man behind Morrison’s Tokyo speech


By Eryk Bagshaw and Lisa Visentin


The man hosting Scott Morrison’s Tokyo address is a Japanese sect leader who has published more than 220 self-help books and claims to have 50,000 devout followers, and whose political influence reaches across Australia, Asia and Europe.

Haruhisa Handa has three names, degrees in economics, fine arts and Chinese classics. The scion of a family of sake brewers, he leads the Shinto-based religion World Mate, a sect formerly known as Powerful Cosmo Mate. Powerful Cosmo Mate settled sexual harassment allegations and had a tax evasion claim dismissed in the 1990s.

The 71-year-old’s latest campaign depicts him in the middle of The Last Supper. Now he will be at the centre of a gathering of former conservative leaders including Morrison, New Zealand’s John Key and Britain’s David Cameron at the Hilton Odaiba in Tokyo.

Morrison skipped the first sitting week of the new parliament to speak at the forum, called the World Opinion Leaders Summit, despite the event starting on Thursday, fuelling speculation about speaking fees he may be earning and adding to the expectation that he will quit politics during this term.


The two-day event, billed as a leadership forum, is being hosted by the Handa-chaired Worldwide Support for Development organisation, alongside the Japan Forum for International Relations, of which Handa is a director. The World Mate banner is splashed across aid projects in the region, including the World Mate Emergency Hospital in Phnom Penh.

The tickets for the event were being sold through Tachibana Publishing, a site Handa owns that heavily promotes his self-help DVDs, good luck gifts and spiritual salvation books that preach happiness can be found through spiritual and material prosperity.









Presage of a Better Future

Louisa Lawson


May 23, 1889 — The Dawn Club, Forresters’ Hall, Sydney, Australia


The popular idea of an advocate of women’s rights is this: — she is an angular hard-featured withered creature with a shrill, harsh voice, no pretence to comeliness, spectacles on nose, and the repulsive title, ‘blue-stocking’ visible all over her. Metaphorically she is supposed to hang half way over the bar which separates the sexes, shaking her skinny fist at men and all their works.

I don’t think it will be difficult to unseat this idea as soon as we can get people to think about the subject at all, for it is remarkable that almost every thinking man who does investigate the topic seriously, at once hands in his allegiance. For as a clever American woman has said: — “There are no arguments against women’s suffrage — only ‘objections’.”

Now as we have no time to be elaborate or diffuse, we must be methodical and we will take first the reasons why women claim the right to vote; then we will pick up the objections one by one and turn them inside out to show their entire vacuity, and finally review briefly what women are doing now in other countries in order to show how woefully we in New South Wales are behind the times. For the thoughts we entertain on this and other sections of the Woman’s question are merely scattered unshaped blocks lying rough in the quarry, while in America and England they are already squared and set together in the foundations of the new social edifice which the 19th century is building.

The whole principle of the justice of the woman’s vote agitation may be compressed into a question: —  “Who ordained that men only should make the laws to which both men and women have to conform?”

No strong faction however honorable they might be, ever yet looked at the rights and interests of a weaker party with quite the same consideration as they bestowed on their own concerns; no parliament responsible only to men voters can ever take any but a purely masculine view of things, although both men and women are equally concerned, and in fairness the reasons of both sides should be heard.

Pray why should one half of the world govern the other half? Is it just to first ensure the silence of the weaker half by depriving them of a citizen’s status, and then inform them that by the laws of the strong section this is the way they must act and this is the way the world may legally use them? A woman’s opinions are useless to her, she may suffer unjustly, she may be wronged, but she has no power to weightily petition against man’s laws, no representatives to urge her views, her only method to produce release, redress, or change, is to ceaselessly agitate with the hope that after many years the sense of justice in the majority of her rulers may be stirred and some tardy concession be granted perhaps in time to benefit her grand-daughters.

Lucy Stone in an article on “Lobsters, Crows and Women” reminds us that in Maine the lobster question, important to fishermen, was discussed in Parliament and duly passed in committee; a price was set on the heads of the crows on the plea of the men voters; the gipsies robbed the fowl yards and straight on the motion of men who, having votes, had power, the laws were made more stringent; but when the women of Arkansas sent in a petition that temperance might be taught in the State schools they promptly had leave to withdraw. The Bill was hardly presented before a resolution to table it was carried without discussion; the women had no votes so what did their desires and opinions matter? 

The form of a liberal government is a government in accordance with the wishes of the majority; these wishes are written down and put in a ballot box for convenience in counting and in thus taking the sense of the community certain classes by tacit consent are omitted from participation in the right. We always omit minors, felons, idiots, and women; why women? What kind of liberal government or government by a majority is this? Does housekeeping or any other woman’s employment make anyone more unfit to conscientiously and usefully record a vote than bricklaying or writing up a ledger? It is not the right to rule which women want; they have no desire to change places with men; they only claim the right to record an opinion, a right difficult one would think to justly deny an intelligent creature. Here in New South Wales every man may vote, let his character be bad, his judgment purchasable, and his intellect of the weakest, but an honorable thoughtful and good woman may be laughed at by such men, they can carry what laws they please in spite of her.

It cannot be argued that women have no need to vote because justice is always done even though they are silent. It is only since 1886 that a mother’s right to share in the guardianship of her children has been legally admitted; even now in some places the husband may separate the children from their mother if he wills to do so. Not alone as a citizen but even as a mother a woman has not full legal recognition. In divorce men are protected from infidelity —  not women. In intestate estates women do not share equally with men. In educational endowments and facilities they have not the same privileges. Wives may still be forced to live in the same house with a husband whom they hate or fear. Have women no need of a vote to protect them in these things and in the multitude of other interests affecting women and children; to say nothing of the larger questions of vice and drunkenness in which the happiness of women and children is always closely involved?

But the vote in these things is not all. The expression of women’s desires leads to a change in public opinion which is far more powerful than law. It leads moreover to the development of thought in women, and to the purification of governing bodies; for women in the mass will never vote for corrupt or dishonorable representatives.

They say that if women vote we shall have an effeminate nation, but those nations are strongest where the women are most free. How can it be otherwise while the principle of heritage remains a universal truth? Children inherit from both parents and are most influence in their training by their mothers. From thoughtful women will come noble sons, and the enfranchisement of women must make the thoughts of women wider, their interests less selfish, their ambitions ampler and more noble. With a share in the national life they will learn to care for the good of other homes and other affairs than their own.

If housekeeping does give narrow views, give women an interest in the affairs of the nation and let their views be widened, for it is in the interest of all men to have intelligent housekeepers and the interest of all the world to have intelligent mothers.

As to the effect of women’s influence on government we can turn from theory to fact. In Kansas with women voting and the prohibition law in force, more than half the state gaols are now without prisoners. In Wyoming women have had the right to vote since 1869 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives there has been asked to give the results of his experience. This is what he says: — “I started with the strongest prejudice against women’s suffrage and was decidedly opposed to it at all points, but on its introduction I became a close observer of its practical results. I have been twice Speaker of the House of Representatives, and I have had opportunities of forming judgment upon the circumstances. I can now say that the more I have seen of the results of women’s suffrage the less have my objections been realized and the more has the thing commended itself to my judgment and good opinion, and I must frankly acknowledge, after all my distrust, that it has worked well and been productive of much good to the Territory and of no evil that I am aware of.”

He then refers to the influence of women’s suffrage in inducing both parties to choose respectable men as their candidates, and adds, that the interest taken by women in politics since their admission to the franchise, has led to “No domestic trouble, or made any of us speaking slightingly of women.”

Now we will consider the objections made to Women’s Suffrage. I have collected all which I have ever heard or read.

Some say: — “If you want to share men’s rights you must share their responsibilities too: men have to fight for their country, are the women also ready to do the same?” This objection cuts both ways — if rights and responsibilities must be exactly halved, the men must help to mind the children and do the cooking. But seriously, if the ability to fight is the one necessary qualification enabling citizens to have a voice in the making of the laws under which they live, you must disqualify all old men, and the lame, and the feeble, for they are as unfit to be soldiers as women are. You must also exclude clergymen, and Members of Parliament, for they don’t fight — except amongst themselves.

Another objection urged is that women have no knowledge of politics and that to vote will interfere with their domestic duties. It seems to me that a very large proportion of men voters use their vote without any previous close study of politics; moreover that a knowledge of the burning questions of the day is very quickly learned even if it is not thrust upon the attention of all reading and thinking people. And inasmuch as both men and women suspend their occupations at odd times on various pretexts without upsetting the order of things the little time taken by the recording of a vote will not seriously disturb the conditions of domestic life.

Some will say that women have no commercial training and cannot therefore understand political and economical questions. Now we know that in the trading classes in France, and in the working classes in English speaking nations the financial affairs of the whole household are usually left in the wife’s hands. We know that there are thousands of women managing business institutions, and hundreds of thousands of women commercially employed, and therefore getting political training — if this is what commercial training means.

As to women being inherently destitute of average talent, there is so much evidence to the contrary that the objection is hardly worth answering. It is usual to allege that the instances relied on are instances of quite phenomenal women, but when we see so many thousands of women holding high places in all varieties of vocation it is transparently clear, that, if women have any stimulus to work, and fair chances to develop, their talent reaches nearly as high an average as man’s. We could weary anyone to death with instances, but taking merely a few more recent papers and records we find these fragmentary facts in evidence and they show what the sum total of women’s public work to-day would be, if the statistics could be collected. In England we read in the few papers from which these facts are culled — that during the three years between 1885 and 1888, six women were elected to serve on school boards.

Women were elected on the New County Councils but the law decides they are ineligible. The London Council elected Miss. Emma Cons to be an Alderman of the City but she will also probably be disqualified. Two women have been elected by Council to act on the Committee on the housing of the poor. Women have inaugurated and are managing Trades Unions among working women.

There are managing hospitals, asylums and schools, they are appointed as Inspectors under the Poor Laws Act. They compete on even terms with men as artists, musicians, journalists, dentists, photographers, farmers, storekeepers, and their successes in literature are numberless.

Two lady students took the highest prizes for descriptive and practical anatomy at the Irish, Royal College of Surgeons. The report of the Dublin University shows that in 1888 one woman took the degree of LLD [Doctor of Laws], two took the MA degree, and 18 the BA degree. At the London University, one woman has taken the LLD degree, two that of Doctor of Science six the MA degree, 20 the degree of B.Sc., over 150 the degree of BA. At Oxford and Cambridge they have done as well, but at those Colleges no degrees are conferred.

Recent papers from America, not complete statistics I must remind you, mention that no less than 2500 women hold first class diplomas from duly incorporated medical colleges. There are 60 women dentists. Reference is made to two women who are licensed commanders of steam vessels on the Mississippi, to two women sculptors, and to several women editing newspapers. The Vassar College is founding a Chair of Astronomy in honour of Professor Maria Mitchell who has long worked in the department of Astronomy at that College; Mrs. Braman is Commissioner of Deeds in New York; Mrs Russel is a Prison Commissioner. Dr. Sarah Millsop has been appointed by the Southern Homoeopathic Association to the Chairmanship of a section. Miss Hayden has just eaten fifteen young men in an original architectural design at the Institute of Technology, Boston. There are 213 clubs of women formed in New Orleans for the study of political economy.

There are 16 women doctors in Paris and at the recent Medical Congress in St. Petersburg 162 women doctors attended. The Professor of Literature at Stockholm is a woman, so also is the Professor of Pathology at Pisa.

If these and the thousands of other instances are all cases of phenomenal women there must be a great many exceptions to the “Smaller Brain” theory.

Women serve as jurors in Washington Territory [USA], and this is what Chief Justice Greene says of them: ‘Twelve terms of Court I have held in which women have served as grand and petit jurors, and as a fact beyond dispute no other twelve terms so salutary for the restraint of crime have ever been held in this territory. For 15 years I have been trying to do what a Judge ought, but have never, till the last six months felt underneath and around me in the degree that every judge has a right a feel it, the up buoying weight of the people in line of full and enforcement of the law? Women have been managing (as Mayor and Council) a town of 2000 in inhabitants in Kansas.

Thus facts against theories show nothing to woman’s disadvantage; they are I am glad to say, a happy presage of a better future.

Twenty-five years ago women (with insignificant exceptions) could not vote anywhere. To-day they have school suffrage in 15 of the American States, municipal suffrage in Kansas, and full suffrage at Wyoming. In Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and British Columbia they have the municipal suffrage, and last January two million women voted in England, Scotland and Wales at the election of County Councils under the new system of local government.

They only need one step more, while we are far behind. It remains for the women of Australia to say how long they will lag in the rear of the great onward march of liberal thought and women’s advance. We have examples: now we only need our own efforts.







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