Bop the IdiotQUESTION OF?


and just how unimpeachable is an ‘expert’ witness? (Always assuming that bovine excrement doesn’t star in the sources, of course).

Please consider—

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—the questionable question of UFOs. Unidentified hoojeemaflips, once aka as ‘Flying Saucers’ (we needed a name; ‘saucer’ stuck until re-socialised as UFO)(much more all-embracing than saucers anyway).


crank world (getting crowded, I tell ya~!) it’s long past the point where people who should be in the know dare speak out, lest they get dumped on from a great height. To cast asparagus on your office by apparently aligning with cranks could well cost a living and a future. Not good.

So of course ‘they’ keep silent. I certainly would, and I’m a bit principled …


someone who lacks the testimonials to speak out until safely dead and thereby beyond reach?

“Truth—”muttered the nice man as he reached for the soap, “—what is Truth?”

Easy answer: Truth is what you say with a clear conscience only when you know there can be no repercussions. QED.


of official denials and obfuscations someone finally comes out with something like this below (which as a CT I have to ask: is this for real, or is it disinformation?)—

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—from The Southland Times recently—googling will show quite a presence in the world’s print media.


as an irrational Conspiracy Dupe I’ve disbelieved the official lines for decades. I’ve seen weirdies in the sky myself, and even had an experience with something from the vast stellar reaches which I later investigated; and on doing the sums found was actually a bit impossible. It’s hard to accept something as impossible when you’ve done it …

So if it boils down to belief:  are we being ‘softened up’ (by those in the know) for a Big Announcement sometime soon?

Don’t ask me. (Or The Spouse—she’s too busy moulding me a tinfoil hat.)


Don’t go there. They have a list of “UFO sightings” which if you do investigate should keep you occupied for the next decade. Possibly more … and always beware of false alarms and mass hysteria. And, of course—

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—there are always ‘humourists’ out to indulge themselves at your expense. No shortage of them, sadly.


is a prediction that the coming year will focus on and delicately trip around the introduction of ‘space aliens’ into the previously taboo public weal. Watch this space (ouch) … and …

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(don’t fret: I’m referring to a fellow cynic*)—

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—and an observant cynic at that. Usually I distrust ‘allness’ statements but for ol’ Uncle Ralph I can make a wee exception.

AND here I was thinking I was the only one that believed ‘facts’ to have expiry dates.

More the dummy me, I guess … but when it’s self evident that all the religions I’m familiar with are in opposition—often in their basics** (and especially their claims methods, manners, means etc) I guess ol’ Ralph is speaking metaphorically (you know, like when you’re talking to children you use language they can understand).

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“Don’t fret Argie, ol’ Ralph is all part of my Great Eternal Plan …”



* by their deeds etc (don’t panic, he’s a wee bit deceased)

** God’s name, anybody? (There’s scores of thousands, but don’t worry. All equally valid)




sometimes. Often …

‘Alternative’ suggests an element of choice—you know, decisions to be made. By you. (Yes, YOU, Bub.) So I hate it when some oik posits guesswork as fact and then states that his ‘fact’ is unarguable (it means no alternatives) — the science is in. Brrr. (So is God, and Her angels, no?)*


I love cranks. Mostly they aren’t afraid of offering new perspectives and damn the blasted torpedoes.


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There is a finite amount of water on the planet. If it is not bound up in ice at the poles, it is in the sea. Antarctic and Arctic ice is thickening, which means sea-levels are now dropping, and in the southern hemisphere more so because ice on the eastern section of Antarctica, three quarters of that continent, is thickening at a faster rate. But not so in the west.

This is because under West Antarctica, thermal vents beneath the sea are currently active, melting ice on that quarter of the region. Thermal vents below the Alps are also causing some NZ glaciers to recede. Those are the glaciers that make the headlines, although in NZ advancing glaciers are more numerous.

—and I await your declarations of war in the morning***

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* “It’s in the Bible”—ergo the Gospel Truth. (Unarguable; so close the book, ring the bell and dowse the candle…)

** Ken Ring in New Zealand, known locally as The Moon Man. For source and to read more:  CLICK HERE

***  Princess Merida in the animated movie ‘BRAVE’ (boom boom!) (She wanted an alternative …) (CLUE: having seen the movie and what was on offer, who can possibly blame her?)





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and I’m left scratching. All over …

“…The film also details the story of Lamarr as an inventor. “She came up with a secure communication system that was really about helping the Allies beat the Nazis in the Atlantic,” Dean said. “Wireless torpedoes were being blown up by Nazi ‘wolfpacks.’”

Lamarr worked to create a system called “frequency hopping” in which torpedoes would “hop” between frequencies to avoid detection …”

source:  CLICK HERE 

The ‘Lamarr’ referred to is of course Hedy, film star (boom boom~!) of a few years back. I had no idea that she was the slightest bit technical but there ya go. I also had no idea the wolfpacks could capture control of allied torpedoes so it’s learning curves all round.

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lines of thought triggered by the above ref’d article, I came upon this gem—

The Kriegsmarine and Royal Navy promptly identified and eliminated the problems. In the United States Navy, there was an extended wrangle over the problems plaguing the Mark 14 torpedo (and its Mark 6 exploder). Cursory trials had allowed bad designs to enter service. Both the Navy Bureau of Ordnance and the United States Congress were too busy protecting their own interests to correct the errors, and fully functioning torpedoes only became available to the USN twenty-one months into the Pacific War.[33]

source:  CLICK HERE 

—forcing once again this plaintive bleat: that in times of active unpleasantness the guys responsible for the procurement of vital equipments must be made to accompany them into the field:

Their invention was granted a patent … and at that time the U.S. Navy was not receptive to considering inventions coming from outside the military.[22] Only in 1962  … did an updated version of their design appear on Navy ships.[29]

Think of Self Interest as a wee bit of essential Quality Assurance if you like—there’s nothing quite like it for real motivation.




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Put me down for both.

Especially crank … right now allowing curiosity to dominate.

I keep asking myself: WRT the Great Sphinx of Giza—what/why/how/etc the knob on the beast’s chest?


we get down to the gritty (pun intentional!) let us not forget that said beast spent a significant amount of time covered up to the neck in sand.

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One might ask ‘How long has that region been sandy?’ and into many answers try to work the Establishment’s (now abandoned) notions of slaves dragging all those cute little pyramid blocks on rollers up wee ramps. (Dragging across loose sands ain’t easy … so how long has it been not-sand?)


is digression and we need to get back to the lump on his chest. Her chest. Bugger … the model for the sculptor had a cancer, perhaps?  (I wish I were omniscient)(or had the sympathies of one.)

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Damn … there it is again …

Dr Schoch (re)dated the Sphinx after due consideration—and decided that it is just a little older than The Establishment bleats. The actual antiquity seems to be a moving target of opportunity opinion.

But don’t fret—

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—the wee lump is still there; ‘they’ haven’t covered it over. Yet.

Now back to my query:

is it there by design,

or a work of Nature?



—I should have noted the source for this wee snippet, but as final words—

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—I didn’t.

Another blasted crank (possibly a bit ahead of his time).








Definitely unsubtle. Or is it simply the product of modern ‘teaching’ in so-called schools? Or is it worse … in New Zealand there are moves to insert the native language at every opportunity and the upcoming generations are shamelessly programmed in that direction.

The native language is Maori. And the Maori language has (to the best of my knowledge) no plural. When spoken it also sounds like a whole lot of swearing, but that’s just my delicate ear and upbringing. But—


this ever so articulate article in this morning’s online ‘Southland Times’?


The golf ball in this photograph is dwarfed by the large white puffballs. These are known as giant puffball mushrooms. The term mushroom in biology refers to the above ground part of a fungus that produces spores.

These puffballs were two of several that were growing in a farm paddock. The large specimen had a diameter of 30 cm but this is small when compared with others that have been found world wide. These can be around 90 cm in diameter and weigh at least 20kg.

Giant puffballs, like most other fungi are known as saprotrophs. This means that they feed on dead organic matter such as decaying vegetation. The feeding takes place underground and can carry on un-noticed for many months. Then quite quickly the fruiting body we call the puff ball will appear above ground and grow rapidly. This large puffball could have formed in about a week.

Young puffballs have a white fleshy interior and as the puffball matures this becomes brown as fungal spores develop. It’s these spores that become wind blown and spread the puffball species. It has been estimated that a large giant puffball could release as many as a trillion spore. The spore are microscopic and light and have been collected from aircraft flying at over 10,000 metres. Care should be exercised when dealing with mature puffballs as the clouds of spore can cause blindness..

A final word. A puffball that is young and with flesh that is completely white makes for good eating. Recipes used for the gill fungi we purchase work just fine with puffballs. Notice the split puffball. Why this has happened is unknown but one person thought it looked like a big slice of pavlova.

To read article from source:  CLICK HERE

You may recall the photo I posted a while back of one in Queens Park (Invercargill) wearing my hat. (The Spouse made a comment to the effect that my hat had never sat atop a larger brain … I was quite flattered.) (Awww, shucks …)

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Then again, we could put it down to the lack of proof-reading these days …




First up, let’s test your gendorial

acumen with a snippet from this morning’s New Zealand Herald

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Is this (above) an image of a human—

(a)  male

(b)  female

(c)  not sure?

Look carefully before you answer.

Having a huge soft spot for big blue eyes and all the expected accoutrements of a very attractive human female I’d have to admit that to me it is a she. And as a she I’d say (speaking as yer basic Male Chauvinist Piglet) I would unto her render full due honours. Courtesies. Honorifics etc.

I would not call her a ‘he’ … however Politically Correct I’d not be being. (I define the PC people as being patheic c–ts*; people who lack the basic education or testimonials to maintain coherence in the face of social manipulation.

Here, have another go at her it** her

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Same source as before. To me it looks like an image of an actress rather than an actor but I could be wrong (I doubt it, though~!).


How many university degrees (in English language/grammar etc) are going to have to be revisited in view of linguistic ‘progress’?


Tower of Babel … wasn’t a literal tower, Argie, ya dum mutt

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What else?

**  Bugger. Now I’m doing it too …