SOME OF US

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FOR MYSELF   ——>

I have no answers but am doomed to endless research, much like that ancient mariner chap with the albatross permanently around his scraggy neck and grabbing claw in the ready-use position. Pass the rum, Jim! (That sort of ready-use …)

AND NOW

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WELL NOW joshua slocum 1949 reg.jpg

obviously the writings of an ancient mariner, done in the style of ol’ Tusitala (RLS*) himself—so it has to be fiction, no?

CLUE: this guy in the piccie is one Joshua Slocum; always a hero although I know next to nothing about him.

If you’re gripped enough to read on then please do so and be intrigued—

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So I spent far too long this afternoon rabbiting through my ancient copy of that book (an elderly paperback version tucked safely away behind layers of dust and spiders in the outside lean-to).

I wanted exactly this bit (the green bits—they add up if you put them end to end) but couldn’t find it, so when all else fails one does what one should have done first:

Mr Google knows everything

He found what I wanted in four diddley-squaths of a second—

q3.png—and if you haven’t twigged yet you obviously haven’t read the quoted book. Don’t worry, it’s still out there.

Meantime, here’s his boat—

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—and here’s the trackage of his voyage (around the world, solo) (except for that wee bit of timely supernatural help) and he was the very first—

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(click the pic for the link)

—that we know about. Others have since, and many more will I dare say. (That’s a lot of cans of beans … Al Gore won’t be impressed.)

MY POINT BEING

that as rational as I may be, I just looooove tales like this. They stick in the memory and emerge at the strangest times—much like the Pinta’s scruffy helmsman (who sadly forgot to leave his name) …

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* Tusitala … was the name the Samoans bestowed on one Robert Louis Stevenson: “The Teller Of Tales” … arggghh, Jim lad! Bring aft the rum!

 

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I’M A BELIEVER~!

in Equality

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I’ve just blitzed a news article on ‘education’. As most things academia-ic these days it’s heavily and unsubtly PC slanted.

“In a society committed to equity for all its citizens, education cannot allow itself to perpetuate divisions based on socio-economic status or ethnicity.”

PERSONALLY

I think that divisions are based more on traits than artificial trends. I’ve shared ‘education’ (think classrooms) with folks of many ethnicities. Even allowing for genderal differences in the old days (boys were rowdy and strutted our stuff, girls were demure and compliant) the fact is that some (dare I say it?) cultures are indoctrinated (read programmed) differently.

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Education requires the right attitude.

In New Zealand the Asians (Indians, Chinese) have the right attitude. They achieve. Why is that?

Why should some ‘damned slant-eyed Asiatic’ who is quiet in class, respectful of the teachers, works hard and takes stuff home to continue working hard … get all the prosperity whilst real kiwi kids who compliantly strut their stuff are penalised with low grades?

Official data on all standards sat in every subject for 2015 shows that Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students were less likely to take academic subjects than Pakeha, Asian and high-decile students.

When they did take academic subjects, Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students were less likely to sit exams.

When they sat exams, Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students were less likely to pass.

Sourced: CLICK HERE

I HAVE OBSERVED A PATTERN

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Indian immigrants share their finances within their groupings. They fund each other in what appears (to me) to be ‘honour loans’.

Their kids work hard too. They invest, service their investments and prosper. The laundress today funds her kid through to become a lawyer or doctor who will invest wisely and establish a dynasty tomorrow.

The Chinese here likewise. Even in their spare (?) time they are still hard at work (but when they do ‘break out’, wow!).

He said while there was an important place for vocational pathways at secondary school, and while not all students would go to university, it was not right that low participation rates in more academic courses were more common for poor, Maori, or Pasifika students.

“In a society committed to equity for all its citizens, education cannot allow itself to perpetuate divisions based on socio-economic status or ethnicity.”

So if “all men are created equal” … where do differences come in? All robots off the assembly line need identical programming to perform identically, no?


Western Bay of Plenty students are showcasing their kapa haka talents as the second day of the Ra-Whakangahau Festival at Bethlehem School gets underway.

Primary and intermediate schools in the area from Katikati to Paengaroa are taking to the stage to perform in the two day festival.

Greenpark Primary girls perform in the Bethlehem kapa haka festival. Photos Bruce Barnard.

A total of 30 schools will perform 40 acts during the festival.

Bethlehem School principal Brian Field says the festival is an opportunity for schools to showcase the groups and talents of their children.

Sourced: CLICK HERE


EQUALITY OF EDUCATION

means that all kids in the NZ schooling systems are fed through the same cultural indoctrination mills. All good clean fun and keeps them off the streets—but is it ‘education’?

“So you wanna job flipping burgers for me? Are you qualified?”

“Sure, mate! I got a Phd in Kapa haka and a black belt in twirling the poi!”

“Far cough … I want someone who can actually do something!”

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Thank heavens no New Zealanders ever read my posts … I’d be lynched.

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WOT IS THIS?

Is it PC

or is it me—

Brendan Foley was only three minutes into his first dive on his first day at the site of the 2,100-year-old Antikythera shipwreck when a colleague came swimming over to him.

“You’ve gotta see this,” they said. “We found bones. We found a skull!”

Source: CLICK HERE 

—or is it simply modern (for witch read ‘illiterate’) gramma? Butt weight, the mined bogles at wot this next lin conjas up—

The skeleton Foley and his colleagues just uncovered was probably caught between decks as the ship went down.

Alas, poor skeleton.  It was obviously too slow off the mark when the loud crunch came from the sharp end (sound asleep if I know passengers, just look at Titanic) and that was that. Am 1.png

IN THE MEANTIME

If you are unfamiliar (oh, come on now … really?) with the Antikythera Mechanism it might pay you to Google said artefact and have your flabbers gasted. Or simply pop over to here: CLICK ME

(CLUE:  “It would be hard to dispute that this is the single most information-rich object that has been uncovered by archaeologists from ancient times.”)

Perhaps not, your  call. Not everyone is fascinated by discoveries that should have rewritten a few scientific ‘facts’ …

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—if anyone can truly call archaeology a ‘science’. Or perhaps it truly is, the absolute paradigm of the modern impartial Search For Truth. Maybe the mechanism so described is all an elaborate hoax—like those things ‘discovered’ at Gobekli Tepe?

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We all know that the ancient Greeks were very good at eurekaing in Athenian bathtubs, or gaming the Olympics and stuff — but gears? Hell, gimme a break … you’ll be telling me that they had meters in their taxi-chariots next!

AS FOR YOUR

English grammar, she’s no longer relevant. You need go no further than my own blogs for proof of this—I’ve been taking liberties for years; but I’m off now to read more about those archaeologists from ancient times.

Don’t wait up …

 

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I Got Led

ASTRAY

when answering a recent correspondence. My theme was basic enough to be entirely self-obvious, but wasn’t understood—

“YOU ONLY OWN

THAT WHICH YOU CAN HOLD

AGAINST ALL COMERS”

—and honestly, what is there to be misunderstood here? Of course my correspondent was up to her ears in PC and lifelong indoctrination.

Sadly it’s one of those notions that you either ‘get’ or you don’t—

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—so I referred her to ’eminent domain’. She hasn’t mentioned it since. Must’ve forgotten.

Then again it might be my method. Rather than drag up the tired old ‘boiling frog’ I often prefer to use the ‘three blind men describing an elephant’ analogy (and even then folks get miffed thinking I’ve called them blind).

SO IN MORE SIMPLE TERMS

YOU ONLY OWN THAT

WHICH YOU CAN HOLD

BY FORCE

(AGAINST ANY WOULD-BE TAKERS)

 

AND now, giving you right of reply: take me up on it …

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… if you dare.

Remember always, that any folks babbling ‘the pen is mightier than the sword” are demonstrating their (wishful) grasp on Reality. (CLUE: I’d match a single samurai sword against any number of Parkers, Osmiroids, Schaeffers, Bics etc any day.)

I especially love this (below) masterpiece of “Get me off the hook!” panicking ancient salesmanship. History may be bunk, but by the gods we can learn from it. (We can, note—I didn’t say we do.)

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Yeah, sure. I believe you …

MEANTIME—

it’s a complex argument. For a different point of view, CLICK HERE 

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A MOVING

TARGET

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SCIENCE, THAT IS—often used in quotation form to end any argument. But—

HOW LONG

does a scientific ‘fact’ last?

“…The world’s oldest fish-hooks, approximately 23,000 years old, have been found in a cave …

Researchers say the fish-hooks, made from the shells of sea snails … show the development of fishing technology at an earlier stage than previously thought and more widespread than previously known.

Humans are believed to have moved offshore to Okinawa and its sister islands about 50,000 years ago …”

To read from source:  CLICK HERE

I like the use of the word ‘believed’ there. It adds a human element—we humans are expected to be fallible, gullible, and facts elusive. The world was flat once, they told us. Now it’s a ball weighing millions of gillions of tons but effortlessly floating about in empty nothingness. Sure it is … and lacking alternatives, I actually believe that. For now.

But the definitive statement here—obviously by a journalist, and an unthinking one at that—is what catches the eye this time “… the world’s oldest fish hooks …” and I wonder how many kids in school will get top marks for quoting it? (If their teachers are up with the play—otherwise they’ll get growled at for being fanciful.)

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I ALSO PONDER

  • How did those clever Okinawans actually get there ‘50,000 years ago’?
  • Were they born there?
  • Did they swim there? (Naaaah …)
  • Did they walk there?
  • Did they drift there like bubbles, at the whim of the ocean breeze?
  • Did they navigate there?
  • How? With what maps? Charts? By whom?

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 07.57.19.pngFifty thousand years ago our ancestors were peering fearfully out of caves (we are told). The idea of anything other than an accident (you know how it is, drifting on a lilo at the beach when an offshore breeze comes up) seems a bit fanciful.  (your lilo) ——>

I think the same forces that got the Polynesians all over the vast reaches of the Pacific (I do mean ‘all’) (and vast) may have been at work. Whatever they were …

Perhaps science can tell us?

 

KISMET 

NOT THE ONLY

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in the tree,

it seems  —>

… perhaps.

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WHATEVER THE TRUTH

the whole 9-11 thing was an absolute masterpiece of theatre (but I guess we will never know who wrote the score). Perhaps all we can do, all we should do, is …

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KISMET
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PS  Don’t actually think about it. Just gobble your soma …

           Here, have a nice Boofle ———>

WOTIFF?

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CTN* I cover a lot of ground. I read as much garbage vilifying America as I do lauding (a reasonable balance, I think).

It’s endless propaganda both ways spiced with the occasional “Ouch! What if …”  (I call these my ‘WOTIFF’s).

WOTIFF

some of it were true?

Then the calibre of our education would reveal itself—can we discern fact from fiction, truth from fibs?

NOW, TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE

… The report’s significance is that it shows how little was learned from the Iraq War fiasco in which George W. Bush’s administration hyped and falsified intelligence to justify invading Iraq and killing its leader, Saddam Hussein. In both cases, U.K. leaders tagged along and the West’s mainstream news media mostly served as unprofessional propaganda conduits, not as diligent watchdogs for the public.

Today, we are seeing an even more dangerous repetition of this pattern: demonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, destabilizing the Russian economy and pressing for “regime change” in Moscow. Amid the latest propaganda orgy against Putin, virtually no one in the mainstream is exercising any restraint or finding any cautionary lessons from the Iraqi and Libyan examples…”

To read from source:   CLICK HERE

It could be that the author has an axe to grind.

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Then again, he may just be calling it as it really is?

I’ll leave it to you to make up your own mind, it may not be important to you—ok, rephrase that :

it is of vital importance to you and yours

and that’s that. God’s in His Heaven, the nice Mr Obama is packing his bags in the White House and whoever gets in next won’t honour any promises** so the wagon will roll on and I shall watch in endless fascination. Too old to give a damn, no descendants of my own and I never vote: you can’t blame me.

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WHATEVER ELSE YOU DO

you must be a good citizen: get out there and vote.

Vote, dammit!

Vote as if your life depends on it***.

Vote as if your vote actually means something (you have nothing to lose).

BACK IN THE GOOD OL’

sixties the hippies (you know, long-haired louts who didn’t want to be drafted****) famously said “What if they gave a war, and no-one came?

Equally valid now would be “What if they gave an election, and no-one turned up?

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And now, back to being a CTN.

Watch for my next post, paranoia unmasked …

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KISMET

*     Conspiracy Theory Nutcase

**    Which is good, because it saves having to think up some catchy new ones

***  Actually … it does

****  it means at gunpoint by your lawful authorities (and YOU voted for them!) (Certainly I didn’t …)