PERSPECTIVE

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 16.36.23“… bring me a little perspective,” said one Anton Ego in the famous Rats movie (I still don’t know how the Yanks get “Ratatooey” out of “ratatwee” but there yer goes) … *

IN THE COURSE OF MY

meanderings (Conspiracy Theorist First Class) I frequently have recourse to maps.

No big deal, anyone can read a map—even if over the course of a lifetime all the lovely red bits on the world map have been replaced with bleuch.

All well and good but not many seem to realise that the typical map is only representational (meaning: the world isn’t really like that). Globes are better …

SO HAVING PLOUGHED

through oodles of the literature I finally found one that (really!) rings my bell.

This wee bugger—

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—which I believe is an ‘azimuthal equidistant projection’. Wow … apparently it puts things into perspective (even if a chunk of Argentina seems a bit missing).

AND THEN

thanks to the miracle of modern science coupled with the need for some folks to make their honest buck I happened across a few more—

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By Strebe – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16115152

—and this one I especially like, ‘cos it put us up at the top. If you’re wondering about the white frilly edge, that’s Antarctica. I guess equidistant penguins must get bigger …

AND NOW

centred on the Equator, the same thing only different—

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—I love ’em. They play merry hell with perspectives drilled into us by our education indoctrination systems, but they’re fun.

But if you want a true perspective buy a globe. Expensive for what they are you get your money’s worth reality wise—or if you’re a cheapskate like moi, buy an inflatable one …

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—mine looks just like this only different. And on a really cold morning it goes a little 3d, with the added bonus of bogs and mountains. Boom boom!

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* No, don’t tell me — let me dream on in peace …

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GHAST ME FLABBERS,

JIM LAD, pc

and pass the ammunition. (If we’re out of ammo, pass that other tot over … and give it wings~!).

Or otherwise don’t even think of telling me what’s in my mind as I dwell upon these two briefies snipped from this morning’s news—

She added: “I’m very overwhelmed by that man. That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11920198

and:

However solar storms may disrupt any plans to test missiles …

Eruptions of mass and energy from the sun pose a threat to electronics meaning missiles could lose data or ancillary equipment.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11920201

THERE WE ARE, THEN

not just one, but two whole blessings by Act Of God in a single day. Boom boom!

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Praise the Lord:

(a) some nice Christian-like dude helped protect the lady and her dear ol’ Dad from the consequences of God’s tempest. (Which of course His sacred Self knew all about hundreds of millions of years ago, when He was planning everything before The Creation) (no?).

(b) and wasn’t that nice of him, to book us in for a Solar Storm just in time to disrupt North Korea’s thermonuclear missile test? God is good, no? Kind, sweet, merciful, generous … oh gods, there just aren’t enough superlatives!

“Mr Argus! Sir!”

“Yes, little Ollivia?”

“You don’t need overdo it, Sir. Some of them get the message—”

“Oink?”

“—and some of them never will.”

Point taken. What a good thing real Christians never take me up on nothing (and Islamists won’t bother anyway).

All I have to worry about is the guy with the funny haircut …

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… but we’ll be told he probably can’t even spell Noo Zeeland, so I can get away with signing off my posts “…with luv and kisses from Australia” (most folks can’t tell the difference anyway, boom boom!).

I look at that snap above and ponder—have they cloned ol’ Mousey Dung, or is that guy on the left just a coincidence?

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the meek shall inherit the Earth*

 

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* six feet of it …

 

TIME TO DRAW

attention to

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POLITICS

again. Everything is politics

MY BLOGS

have a couple of ‘Pages’ attached.

One of them, (in a form anyone can read) is written more or less as child-lit. Kid-lit, call it what you will. I first drafted it before the great J K Rowling hit the shelves so although you may find similarities there’s no plagiarism involved. She made a bundle, I flubbed, but that’s the way of it and I won’t (can’t~!) complain. Dammit …

IN MY ‘TABITHA

tale I encapsulated a lifetime’s observations with a few bits of cynical thought. But the premises are valid and I challenge anyone to dispute them:

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—and for anyone not au fait with the British way of English, Swindleham isn’t pronounced “Swindle Ham”.  It’s actually “Swindle ’em” …

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OINK?

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I HAVE OFTEN

wondered. The answer though, is self-obvious. No?

Have a quick squizz at this wee snap copied from an webbie I haven’t even finished reading yet (I like to reveal my ignorance whilst still fresh):

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Interestingly enough it ties in with my also still unfinished—thus flabbergasting—copy of Hapgood’s “Maps Of The Ancient Sea Kings”..

MY PUZZLEMENT

is who exactly determined which way is ‘west’ in Antarctica? And why ’tis so, and how the hell does anyone in the field (ok, on the ice) use it?

Stop for a moment and consider a hypothetical case … there you are with your buddies in a wee tent right on the unarguable South Pole, having overnighted. And feeling a desperate need to answer a call of nature, you rug up and bimble out with your wee (ouch) shovel. You slither just a few hundred yards/meters and do your thing, but the unexpected snow flurrying now completely obliterates your tracks. Not good. But never fear, you have your trusty radio and (God be praised~!) it is working. You call your buddies for help, and (God be praised~!) they answer …

“Okay, Argus. Shuddup and simmer down; you went which way to do what—?”

You explain again, as patiently as the every-increasing frostbites will allow, you went north just a few hundred yards—

Okay, Buddy, we goddit—you went north. Here we come …”

So: what do you give your chances now?

In full clear daylight I’d give possibly a score or so chances in three hundred and sixty; and that without relying on the blasted compass. How so?

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In the dark, or in ‘inclement’ conditions … you’d have been much better off unrolling a ball of string behind you, or even better, doing what needed be done within the tent and to hell with everyone’s sensitivities. No?

CLUE:

which way is north?

SO HOW THE HELL

did ‘they’ figure out which is the west and which the east, especially at the pole itself?

I still think that if you are at the south pole, you are facing north; easy peasy.

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BUGGER …

WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE

tell us the truth? pc

Dumb question.

Easy answer: no.

THE SIMPLE REASON BEING

that in war the first casualty always is truth. (Cliché, but true …)

SO:

whom do we believe—

  • those typically perfidious Russians
  • the nice duly-elected (ergo God) President of the United Sates*?
  • any of the many truth propaganda outlets …

… all claiming (blatantly or subtly) to be good honest reporting? (Other than me, do any such exist?) (And I have my doubts even about him).

NOT GOOD

but wait, believe now and you get a Free Pass to eternity, complete with all the wine, women, men, infants (if Islamic) and song you could want for all eternity. (Actually, believe now and you may just get it even sooner … boom boom~!)

PEOPLE

disgustipated with the ‘truths’ they are fed sometimes set themselves up as alternate dispensers thereof. It’s all very confusing … a bit like poking through all the various brands and franchises of ‘holy’ books looking for the One True God/s. Pays yer money, take ya chances. Brrrr.

FOR EXAMPLE

this new (to me) outlet. Got a wee article titled “Houthi’s Destroy 11 Saudi Warships in 6 Months” which for all I know might even be true. I have no way of proving/disproving, so like any ‘news’ outlet we have to either accept on faith or worry and fret.

But if you go there I think you are intended to accept the shattered ship image as being of a Saudi ship so clobbered. To which I respond with a cynical “Oh. Really?”

TRUTH

is not only the First Casualty, Truth is always grabbed, stripped, raped, and tucked away out of sight.

But Truth will eventually out, despite the best efforts of the nice folks you have duly elected to safely run your life for you—

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Truth escaping from the well

Her mirror, there? It’s the Mirror Of Truth. Let’s hope that YOU never have to look into it, but sadly there is no evading it in the long run.

The gamble that our politicians and beloved Leaders always take is purely one of time …

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* Who already has kept every single one of his campaign promises and so is utterly  blameless, incorruptible; as pure as the driven snow and even more trustworthy than Santa Claus.

“Mr Argus … Sir?”

“Hic? Oh, Little Virginia; please, not now, Sweetie …”

“Sir—you’re looking awfully green after that asterisk; would you like me to get you a barf-bag?”

CREDIT

CARD DECISION

for my transaction?* (Decision being:  do I buy online a wee giftie for The Spouse with my card, or should I perhaps join ‘PayPal’?).

IN THE COURSE

of my researches I then happened across this snippet which I quote—

PayPal’s partner MasterCard ceased taking donations to WikiLeaks in 2010, and PayPal also suspended, and later permanently restricted, payments to the website after the U.S. State Department deemed WikiLeaks activities as illegal. Online supporters and activists retaliated by subjecting PayPal and MasterCard, along with other companies, to coordinated cyber attacks.[123]

—which of course led me to that “Eeeeeek~!” reaction I get whenever I spot a blatant  and quite unabashed contradiction.

DON’T FRET

if you are a product of your upbringing (circumstances & endless propaganda) and you simply can’t see it.

Too few can, I’m afraid, so you aren’t alone there. Just keep on buying them Lotto tickets and guzzling your beloved Soma …

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* In the end I opted to use my card. You know something? I’ve often wondered: does anyone ever (r) ever read plough through all the endless screeds, sub-screeds, sub-sub-sub (etc etc ad infinitem) of monotonous unrewarding legalistic self-serving BS jargon? You know the stuff I’m referring to—in the end it can all be summarised simply as “We at (insert name here) declare that we are in no way responsible for anything you do or which is done unto you whilst availing yourself of our services**).

** Which means simply “Just pour your money into our coffers (and Devil Take The Hindmost) (meaning YOU, Bub~!).  Nyah nyah nah nah naaaaaahhhhhh~!

THIS IS

A BIT FRIGHTENING

the PM of Oz and the P of the USA; falling out over the issues of so-called Human ‘Rights’.

Mind you—I understand the fleeing of conflicts. And as heartless as I may seem sometimes, I feel for the people involved.

Sympathy, empathy, yes—but open my door to total strangers? Just because I’ve been ordered to, by self-serving politicos?

No. Count me out—

First, the “illegal immigrants” are in fact desperate people fleeing conflict whose status as refugees has in most cases been officially recognized. Second, as refugees, they have the right, under the Geneva Conventions, of which the United States is a signatory, to be treated “without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin.”

For source: CLICK HERE

I care nothing for Donald Trump or the Prime Minister of Australia. pc

What I do care is that bods in palatial surroundings thousands of miles away are commanding innocents to accept into their midst folks they know nothing about. On ‘humanitarian’ grounds.

Ordering them to accept “without discrimination“. Brrr.

As an atheist/humanist (if I’m to be typecast) I state that discrimination must be applied, and vigorously.

“Political power comes from the barrel of a gun”* and that’s the only way an authority could get ME to accept strangers into my own home. By force. At gunpoint.

TO NOT DIGRESS

Read the above then consider all possible meanings of the word ‘Freedom‘.

Now consider that contradictions can not exist. (There being no such thing as contradictions—only false premises.)

Finally …

Can a Free nation be commanded to accept strangers— without discrimination?

 

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* And I did after all look up that quote—

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—by an infamous realist who got it right (to make it even more right simply delete the word Communist … it then becomes a universal). No?