Bread baking for healthy anarchists

The more we take power away from government, corporations, and other outsiders, the more that our folk and community can benefit.  To remember traditional skills such as bread baking is to take power back into our own hands, and away from the over-specialised modern world.  We can bake delicious bread from 100% whole wheat flour, not having our food nutritionally watered down to satisfy ‘artisan’ and consumer pretensions about what bread should be.

Anyway, here’s the recipe.  It requires a bit of time, to develop flavour and a longer keeping quality, but it requires no kneading, and minimal effort.  This makes 2 big loaves, which I bake on a pizza stone.  The recipe can easily be halved, the dough can also be refrigerated for up to two weeks at any stage of the recipe.

Equipment needed:
1 bowl or bucket with a lid or cover, to hold at least 5 litres.
1 tough metal spoon
1 pizza stone or baking tray, or 2 loaf tins
bread knife
pastry brush and small bowl (optional)

Ingredients (for two loaves):
5 cups water
9 cups wholemeal wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon dry active or instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt

Time: roughly 36 hours

Day 1:
1 cup water
about 1/4 teaspoon of dry active yeast
1 cup wholemeal wheat flour

mix together and leave for 8-20 hours, around 12 hours works best.

~8-20 hours later, mix in:
2 cups water
3 cups wholemeal wheat flour

Day 2
~8-20 hours later, thoroughly mix in:
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water
5 cups wholemeal wheat flour

leave for 8-20 hours, then cook.

Preheat the oven with a pizza stone in it to 200-240c depending on how hot your oven is.  Shape the loaves, I usually add a handful each of sultanas, currants and almonds and a tablespoon of barley malt syrup or sugar to one of them by spreading the dough into a flat rectangle, then rolling it up with the fruit and syrup in it.  Coat the loaves in seeds or cornmeal, then slash the top of the loaves about half a cm deep with a bread knife and put on the pizza stone.  Brush with hot water, then bake for about 40-45 minutes, brushing with water every 5-10 minutes, it makes the crust a bit better but isn’t essential.

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The Refugee Reality

Asylum Seekers are once again front page news in Australia. The media and politicians love the refugee issue, it always gets people talking. The whole situation causes a lot of division amongst Australians. Obviously, it’s a serious issue and it must be addressed.

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Most recently, a boat carrying about 255 Tamils, including children, was intercepted by Indonesian authorities on its way to Australia. The Tamils on board have since launched a hunger strike in an emotional appeal to be allowed in to the country. As countless boatloads arrive and detention centres come close to capacity, K Rudd is once again looking for a band aid solution to the problem he and his fellow globalists have helped create.

So, what is the refugee issue and how can we appropriately and fairly deal with it?

The vast majority of refugees arriving in Australia are coming to escape from a life of poverty and turmoil in their own homelands, where they come from is dangerous and no place to happily support a family. They come here seeking a better way of life and this is understandable. Many Australians tend to support allowing all refugees in to Australia, so they can share our way of life and we can do our part to alleviate their poverty and misery.

Unfortunately, the reality is that regardless of how many refugees arrive here, there will be no decrease in poverty levels in Third World countries. The exorbitant birthrates in these countries shows us that almost all people living in dire poverty in these countries will never be able to leave. If there is going to be any real fight against poverty in poor countries, it must happen on the ground and must be sustainable long-term. Accepting boatloads of refugees here is nothing more than a band aid on the problem, it’s only skin deep. A more detailed illustration of this point is shown here.

A recent report showed the number of refugees currently receiving welfare payments in Australia; the figures are disturbing. As our population increases, as unemployment increases and the deterioration of our environment continues, our newest arrivals have been drawn in to the trap of welfare dependency.  Needless to say, a growing population when our means of production and our environment is strained to the max does not benefit Australians. Any form of mass immigration is only worsening current problems and destroying any social cohesion in our local communities.

This “humanitarian” migration does not benefit the poverty in developing countries, it does not help refugees in the long-term and Australians are left to bear the burden in our already strained society. What is humanitarian about a program that only creates a bigger problem in the future, while ignoring the root of the problem in the present?

National-Anarchists realise that the refugee count around the world is one largely built on the back of global capitalism. Where starving Africans are denied local autonomy due to globalisation (e.g. Chinese “investors”), or Afghans are displaced due to foreign imperialism, the cause of the problem rests largely with the global capitalist system. We see the plight of these desperate people and want to see an end to their poverty but we want a holistic solution that promotes their independence and self-sufficiency.

National-Anarchists fight for the end of global capitalism and a stop to foreign interventionism at the behest of the United Nations or imperialist States. We promote Third World countries returning to a more organic existence – with the adoption of permaculture practices, traditional communities and local autonomy.

This is not only viable but completely logical. The money currently thrown away on quick fixes and the resources spent on trying to force liberal-Democracy on the world could just as easily be spent teaching sustainable agriculture and industrial practices to communities in developing countries. This is a plan that will take work and co-operation but it’s the best alternative to continuing a ridiculous “humanitarian” migration and aid program.

We don’t pretend to have all the solutions but we think outside the current dogmas and show the dedication to improve the world we live in. If you’re looking for a social alternative to capitalism and communism, get involved with the National-Anarchists.

BEYOND LEFT AND RIGHT – FORWARD!

Melbourne Fluoride Rally

MelbFluorideThe Victorian National-Anarchists will be attending this rally and we encourage everybody to join us. We will be distributing Issue #1 of the new N-A Zine and other leaflets about fluoridation from a National-Anarchist perspective.

We hope to see a strong presence of radical activists at this protest, fluoride is just one aspect of the much larger anti-establishment campaign and is a good issue for showing the public just how false the concept of “representative democracy” really is.

We hope to see you there!

March National-Anarchist Gathering

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A gathering of National-Anarchists was held in a beautiful garden atmosphere in Geelong yesterday. The social gathering included members of the Midgard Magpie collective of Victoria and a special guest from Tasmania. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the Autumn Equinox or what would be Ostara in Europe. The 21st is also Harmony Day in Australia and even “WPWW Day” among white nationalists. Yesterday also saw about 150 anti-censorship activists converge on Canberra to demonstrate against Senator Conroy and his internet censorship plan.

The day began with a sort of picnic lunch in the beautiful botanical gardens, observing a couple of weddings and catching up on recent events. The main topic of discussion was a recent National-Anarchist conservation tour of Tasmania which will be reported on in the near future, keep checking back for more.

The group brainstormed various topics and came up with some good ideas. A video was also made on the day with the intent on promoting the ideas of National-Anarchism to an online audience, everyone should keep up to date with this website as it will be made available soon.

The event was very successful and cheery and it once again rings true that National-Anarchists know how to enjoy themselves.

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The Urbanisation of Hamilton

By a Hamilton National-Anarchist

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Recently it seems that we are seeing housing estates pop up everywhere around Hamilton. If you live in the Hamilton region you have probably already heard about plans from VicUrban development to release 300 lots of land on the edge of lake Hamilton.

Obviously this is a long term project spanning over a ten year period. At the weekend launch of this program around 300 people attended, yet only one block of land was sold.

Builders and homeowners are required to install rain water tanks which will be plumbed to the toilet, laundry and hot water system. Apparently this is their idea of sustainable building. However building on this area is not sustainable at all. Not only will it create much unwanted noise pollution, but it will also increase the amount of traffic on Ballarat road. From an environmental perspective, it will destroy natural habits of animals and birds which inhabit the land, and also destroy the scenery of Lake Hamilton.

Do people really want to live in artificially made communities?

These houses that are being produced in the estates are not unique in the slightest but look overly modern for a rural town.

Obviously this is an example of a major company trying to make a quick buck at the expense of a rural community. People of Hamilton need to remember that we are a rural community and not a suburb in a capital city. If this sort of building continues within Hamilton we will eventually end up with a concrete jungle of ticky-tacky houses that look the same.

Say NO to the Lakes Edge housing estates!

For more information on VicUrban, the State Government agency responsible for this venture in to Hamilton, see their website. The development in Hamilton does not represent the interests of the people of Hamilton, the urbanisation of Hamilton is not sustainable and will inevitably change the character of this rural community forever. National-Anarchists in the Hamilton area and throughout Victoria will never allow these commercial invasions in to local communities to go unanswered.

Torquay Urbanisation? Say NO!

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As any resident of the Greater Geelong region will tell you, Torquay and the surrounding areas are a great place to visit to enjoy the beach, the shops and the community spirit. Torquay, Jan Juc, Ocean Grove and Anglesea specifically are great little beach communities that really represent the close knit community and positive lifestyle that comes with living on the coast. The shops and cafes are a great place to begin your day, followed by a walk on some of the most beautiful and spotless beaches in the world. The residents of these beach towns are probably some of the most environmentally aware of any other community in Australia and you bet they’re proud of it!

Despite being about half an hour out of Geelong, the second biggest city in Victoria, the Surf Coast Shire has remained relatively free of large commercial developments and urbanisation. Geelong residents have been noticing the encroaching commercialisation of their town, with developments making the main shopping centre of Geelong look uncannily like the Myer centre in Melbourne. Geelong residents escape the changing climate of their hometown by holidaying at the pristine beaches at their doorstep, could anybody imagine these changing as well?!

In an urban growth plan designed as part of the so-called “Great Ocean Road Region Strategy 2004,” 700 hectares of land in the Torquay and Jan Juc area would be turned in to housing. The thirty year plan would see the population of Torquay triple in number, totally changing the cultural climate of the entire region. The population increase would bring with it a massive increase in traffic, a massive increase in waste and more drain on already dwindling resources. The development would potentially destroy large amounts of fauna and flora living in the area and place an unbelievable strain on the local environment. The influx of population in to the area would change the entire feel of Torquay and the surrounding region. There would no longer be a close knit community spirit, the always cheery locals would very quickly be the same overworked and dreary people seen in the highly urbanised suburbs. If the development went ahead, the Surf Coast shire would never be the same again!

Needless to say, local residents have made their voices heard on the matter. People from throughout the Surf Coast shire and Greater Geelong; including residents, business owners, surf lovers, families and activists made up the 3000 strong presence at the Red Rally on February 22. The concerns heard were all about the needs of the community and what would happen to the community if the development went ahead. The facilities and resources of the town can’t cope, the environment can’t cope, the population increase is not sustainable and the people of the community should have the final say in any proposed development.

In response to the convincing outcry and protest from residents, the State Member for South Barwon Michael Crutchfield and Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman have both called for the development plans to be reviewed. The council is expected to make their decision in April or May, they should hope it is the right one. Greater Geelong National-Anarchists will continue to watch this issue and offer support to local residents in ensuring that their community is not changed in the name of crass commercial interests and the greed of political and big business figures. It should be made quite clear to Surf Coast shire Councillors and the State and Federal MP’s that Torquay is a community where the people know what they want and they know the community is their own. The people of Torquay need to look at what is best for their community and by ensuring they maintain a sustainable local economy, sustainable use of the environment and a sustainable population they can keep the same community they have enjoyed for their children and grandchildren in the future!

Further developments and information on this issue will be posted here as it becomes available.

Federal Police Raid Steve Irwin

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship, Steve Irwin, was raided by Australian Federal Police officers last night. The ship had docked in Hobart at about 5:30pm when AFP officers brandishing a search warrant boarded, thoroughly searching crew members and the ship. Among items confiscated was the ships log and video tapes exposing Japanese whalers slaughtering whales in the Southern Ocean.

Crew members have described the slaughter by whalers as incredibly distressing as the whalers became more brazen. The crew has reported a whale was slaughtered in full view of the Steve Irwin.

The frustration and desperation of the whalers has not only made them more willing to kill whales in front of the Sea Shepherd but more violent towards the activists. The Japanese whalers have thrown scrap metal at activists, and employed water cannons and fired military-grade sonic weapons in an effort to stop the activists from protecting whales.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society remains the only entity that directly confronts the illegal practice of slaughtering whales in a sanctuary. Both the United Nations and the Australian Federal Court have made the commercial slaughter of whales illegal and forbidden whaling in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary. Despite these laws, Japanese whalers continue to slaughter thousands of whales each year and the Australian government continues to do nothing!

The Australian government has used the image of Steve Irwin and the environmental spirit of Australians to promote the country on the world stage. Now that the AFP have raided the ship named in honour of Steve Irwin, can the hypocrisy of the Rudd government be hidden any longer? The majority of Australians oppose the whaling in our waters and the continued activism of the 100% volunteer based Sea Shepherd is example of what Australians will do to support those that protect whales from extinction.

What is to come of the police raid on the Sea Shepherd ship? The log book is a record of all the movements the Steve Irwin made on its operation and the video is a damning record of the violent and illegal activities of the Japanese whaling fleet. Captain Paul Watson has made the statement that he is unaware of whether the raid was made in response to complaints by either the Japanese whaling companies (controlled by organised crime groups in Japan) or the Australian government. It should be a worry for all Australians that the Federal Government puts trade relations with Japan before the values of the population and the protection of heavily endangered whale populations.

What can be done to support the Sea Shepherd and tell the government we oppose their support for criminals? The Australian National-Anarchists support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society with donations and letters will continue to be written to government officials including Environment Minister, the dishonourable Peter Garrett demanding the government serve the interests of Australians and protect whales in our waters.

We must take a stand to protect our marine life from becoming another subject of history. We cannot wait for the Japanese government to control its whaling companies, we cannot expect government to enforce its own laws. The Sea Shepherd is the only entity preventing the extinction of whales and it is the duty of everyone to support them in their time of need.

Support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society:
http://www.seashepherd.org/

Write protest letters to the following “representatives of the people:”

Minister for Trade
The Hon Simon Crean, MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Stephen Smith, MP

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
The Hon Peter Garrett, AM, MP

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Leader of the Opposition
The Hon Julie Bishop, MP

Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Leader of the Nationals
The Hon Warren Truss, MP

Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water
The Hon Greg Hunt, MP