I heard a BBC World Svc. interview w/ Minchin tonight but can't find it online so here is this one from 2017.
There is a hawk that is picking the birds out of our sky,
She killed the pigeons of peace and security,
She has taken honesty and confidence from nations and men,
She is hunting the lonely heron of liberty.
She loads the arts with nonsense, she is very cunning
Science with dreams and the state with powers to catch them at last.
Nothing will escape her at last, flying nor running.
This is the hawk that picks out the star's eyes.
This is the only hunter that will ever catch the wild swan;
The prey she will take last is the wild white swan of the beauty of things.
Then she will be alone, pure destruction, achieved and supreme,
Empty darkness under the death-tent wings.
She will build a nest of the swan's bones and hatch a new brood,
Hang new heavens with new birds, all be renewed.
by Robinson Jeffers
I asked Ed why he had traveled all the way from Los Angeles for this trial. He told me:
“I’m here because this is an historic event. For the first time ever, Monsanto will have to explain its crimes before a jury. This company has done more to harm families, farmers and food than any company on earth. It’ll be a great message if the American justice system still has the vitality to stand up to corporate power and corruption. I want to tell my grandkids I was here!”
When I asked Ed how he felt about Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate being found in our entire food supply, he answered:
“By itself, that’s a momentous crime against humanity! It’s chemical trespass! Little children are eating this poison in their breakfast cereal. I know I never gave Monsanto permission to put a known carcinogen in my lunch. If Monsanto’s executives want toxins in their family dinner, they should add it themselves at home.”
Today I am writing about the Australian Black Breasted Buzzard. Which is a very interesting bird. It is also known as was the Square Tailed Kite.
These birds are really big, and they often seek out multiple sources of food. In one way they scavenge for dead animals on farms and on the size of the road. They also seek out the eggs of other birds for food as well. They have been seen using their beak to break the shall and suck out the egg yolk. They have also been known to throw rocks at the larger ones to crack them open.
In many ways, they are a very large and intelligent bird. Up close we can also see many details in their feathers that we may not normally see. This is a younger bird and the feathers have not turned black as of yet. However, what we can see is the delicate colouration and detail on the feathers. Even in a monochrome picture.