Midnight Oil

Subject: ANMOC Re: [powderworks] Re: Arctic World
From: "Bruce Cameron" <brucewcameron@yahoo.com>
Date: 24/07/2011, 12:17 pm
To: "powderworks" <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au>


816 807 1566

From: "Tom" <tr_espen@yahoo.com.au>
Sender: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 02:14:52 -0000
To: <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au>
ReplyTo: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au
Subject: [powderworks] Re: Arctic World


Point taken, Bruce, but if we're talking only about the music, and reminiscing about it, don't we run the risk of turning this list into the "Organisation Liking Ditties, From A Really Terrific Scene" group, like the Elvis appreciation society or something?

Kind regards,


--- In powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au, "Bruce Cameron" <brucewcameron@...> wrote:
> Yes, great song with great lyrics and I'm sure it will all turn out great for you and the rest in this contextual debate.
> Please join in with your offline NMOC list. Let me know if you need the emails of those involved.
> Bruce
> 816 807 1566
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Tom" <tr_espen@...>
> Sender: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au
> Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 00:55:17
> To: <powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au>
> Reply-To: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au
> Subject: [powderworks] Arctic World
> Hey, does anyone remember the lyrics to "Arctic World"?
> ... "I don't want to grow anything in my heart ... I don't want to breathe that Smithsonian air ... There is nothing that grows in their Arctic world..."
> Maybe that's why PG criticised biotechnology in a newspaper (Sydney Morning Herald?) piece on Queensland, which later appeared in a collection titled "Political Blues".
> PG (formerly of Midnight Oil) pointed out how the search for biotech foods was disingenuous, to say the least, when the West has mountains of subsidised food sitting around, while people are starving. Even more importantly, the planet's ecosystem only has so much it can give, so its limits and balances will control how much food it can churn out. Also, the new organisms are unpredictable, like General Electric's "Micus" organism, to eat oil spills, that was never released because it could have multiplied and ended up in the engine of every car in the world.
> Greenpeace (which PG was a board member of, for a bit) states that Australia is the first country in the world to test GM wheat on humans.
> Is that because we have had a full and frank debate about it in Australia?
> Or maybe it's because our politicians are especially free from corrupting influences, such as those in the UK (Mr Murdoch owns 70% of Oz metro papers - only 40% in the UK), and so can be trusted heaps?
> Or could it be because Australian politicians, overall, haven't really addressed this issue?
> Incidentally, did anyone else ever hear the rumour that the Oils went all "Secret Squirrel" and privately gave $40,000 to the Aust. Conservation Foundation, in relation to genetic engineering?
> The political stuff the Oils talked about, and did, sometimes at the expense of the advancement of their musical career on commercial radio in particular, is a big part of the reason why their music meant so much then, and still means so much today.