16 point 5

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out of a lifetime. So?

I’ve just sat through an impassioned speech by a young lady whom some might call a firebrand (or a bitch). Whichever, however, the lady is involved in her topic. Kudos.

Essentially her topic is Canada.

And immigration, and the fact that she likes being herself. (Don’t we all?)

She doesn’t like being forced to ‘like’ people with different values being foisted on her (and I suppose on her downlines too if she has any).

Her u-tube is well worth watching—

—even if you don’t don’t give a damn. Why should you? Isn’t ‘change’ the only constant? So why dislike the inevitable, why kick against the pricks when life is so much easier if you just go with the flow?

AS A CONSPIRACIST

I try to make rational sense of what is being done to my way of life without my consent. I have my own values and dislike what I see as other peoples’ lack of values overriding mine in my own country. Hence I relate to the lady above.

WHAT TRIGGERED ME THIS TIME?

I have a token in my home (somewhere) from when I did time in HMAS Cerberus. The motto was ‘SEMPER VIGILANS’.

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Pretty self explanatory … and tonight I was tracking through a train of thought triggered by GP’s recent post on HMAS Australia and ended up with a modern souvenir image of Cerberus, and now look at it—

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Papatoetoe_High_School_logo.pngRelated … a few weeks ago I visited the website of a South Auckland school, where the blazer/badge image was of an ancient Grecian athlete holding aloft a burning torch, with the motto “Digne Lampada Tradas” which as everyone once knew was “Worthily, hand on the torch” …

… but which has likewise been modernised in translation to now be understood as meaning something quite different—

 

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So?

So understandably moderns are too dense to appreciate subtleties—and why the hell waste time on deceased archaic obsolete defunct meaningless languages?

Is this why the Christian Bible is translated endlessly into ‘Noddy book’ turns of phrase, lest the simplest of simple messages be lost upon the illegitim illiterates?

But if nothing is sacred, what then provides continuity from one generation to the next?

What defines selfhood, nationhood, community?

What can give a sense of purpose, unity, and the bondings that such provide?

Or are we being set up?

Are clever minds invoking the ages old

DIVIDE

AND CONQUER

against us?

And we, being incapable of reasoned thought, are simply accepting it?

At least the passionate damsel in the video above has seen the light. Too little, too late, but I’d be happy to watch her again. And I shall …

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STAY CHASTE~!

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should that be ‘chased’? Bugger …

ANYWAY

this fresh in from the devotee’s field manual—

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—make of it what you will. Sadly I didn’t catch the source, but God will ensure that credit goes where due.

And now one wee nagging doubt needs be settled (Mel? CS? Anybody?)—

How big is a Holy Spirit?

(Bugger … theology is just so difficult, now we have to run around measuring gender gaps—and you just try doing that on a church-hall dance floor!)

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“Don’t fret, Argie … I’m watching ’em …”

 

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dodo

 

ALTERNATIVE ANYTHING

dodoIS GOOD

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?)*

THIS IS WHY

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

SO HERE’S A WEE CRANK**

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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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Kismet

* “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?)

 

WHY YOU NEED

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rather than a mere

map (Mercator projection map, to be more precise).

SADLY I’VE MISPLACED THE SOURCE

but these images are just a couple out of a whole intriguing heap—

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—and if you travel further, you’ll see

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—with no further reference to me …

 

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dodo          dodo

 

A QUICKIE QUIZ

pcto help

me determine which ‘bloc’ I’m part of and should be voting for. (A wasted effort on someone’s part, but these things are always good for a giggle.)

Further down it had this bit—

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—which could open whole cans of worms if people actually thought about the connotations and ramifications and stuff.

In the beginning the world was without form and void and darkness lay upon the face of the deep (oops, too far back. Fast forward to recently …) and in New Zealand there was a race of natives called Maoris (bugger, no plurals allowed no more … correction:) called Maori.

THE BRITS (and others) MOVED IN 

and by strength of arms forced a well-worded surrender. Power passed to the conqueror. The incoming power decided that Maori customary law (effectively gun law) was now out and eating each other henceforth illegal. Fair enough … but also they included ‘all folks are people’ and ‘one vote per enfranchised person‘.

And that, to me at least, seems quite straightforward.

So, I ask myself craftily—as a member of the white majority (which doesn’t count, politics here ostensibly colour blind and religion free*) … how come some folks get guaranteed seats in Parliament?

It’s a bit of a toughie … but politics anywhere is all a big con-game anyway so it’s really academic. Maybe it stems from the misnamed United Nations …

AND, DAMMIT

I still haven’t figured out what that unsubtle “other stances” in box 3 of the quote above means. (I think it’s a ‘subtle’ way of insulting anyone who doesn’t go for either of the other first boxes …)

Here, kitty kitty kitty ...

Argus! Stop your damned thinking … just vote!

 

 

dodo

Dunno why I bovvers, Guv …

 

* SFX:  insert a very subtle “Yeah, right!” here please. (Make it good …)

 

CHINESE OPINION

of America’s paradigm

DEMOCRACY

… me? I’m just a cynic. I don’t have opinions. I just snort at appropriate moments …

Over 70 percent of those polled also believed that the country’s politics have “reached a dangerously low point,” among them roughly half believe that this period is temporary while the other half say the low point is here to stay.

Money was pointed as the top two reasons behind the troubled signs in U.S. politics, according to the research, as 96 percent believe “money in politics” should be blamed for political dysfunction, the same for 94 percent with “wealthy political donors.”

Sourced from:  CLICK HERE 

HERE IN NEW ZEALAND

as I state often we are semi-democratic on just one day every three years; on the day we elect our dictators for the next three years.

How so?

Who better to ask than the great Abraham Lincoln who famously babbled words to the effect that democracy is—

 

GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE

BY THE PEOPLE

FOR THE PEOPLE

 

—which in theory and as a vote catcher is brilliant propaganda.

But in any ‘party’ political system ol’ Abe’s inspiring words, once converted to Reality, become—

GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE

BY THE PARTY

FOR THE PARTY

 

—and that, Sir or Madame, is the end of it. (Okay, almost any … the Swiss at least seem to have a grip on things.)

Now forgive me for offending your sensitivities but for the next elections you (and all like you who are sincere in their beliefs) desperately need one of these—

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—and a plentiful supply of batteries.

Good luck …

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THIS STINKS

pc and is every bit—though few will agree with, or even recognise my point—as bad as what it purportedly opposes:

Nazi Grandma,’ 88, Convicted of Holocaust Denial in Germany

Why?

Why would a humanist like moi cast aspersions upon the brain dead morality-deprived wannabe dogooders ani* of Germany?

AT THE RISK

of insulting such few readers as I have—

THINK ABOUT IT

—and if you can’t see any contradictions between ‘Free Speech’ and shutting people up for speaking …

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Weeelll, I have this wonderful bridge for sale—only slightly used, in Sydney Harbour. Free for removal, in fact … just stick a few bucks in my Swiss accounts and it’s all yours.

“Mr Argus, Sir?”

“Yes, Little Virginia?”

“Was that sarcasm, Sir?”

“Not this time Cutie. That was bitterness. But don’t fret—just study form, then off you go and vote.”

“… for Freedom, Truth, Justice and Free Speech, Sir?”

“You got it, Kid …”

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* It’s the plural of ‘anus’. (For you Americans it translates as ‘assholes’…)