values, dreams, motivators … notions? Aaah, as Khayyam says ‘take the cash in hand, and waive the rest … oh, the brave music of a distant drum!’

Fret not, cast yer eyes over this, then—

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—look upon my works, ye mighty, and weep ...


So I have a suggestion intended to appeal to the blessed Snowflakes, Socialists, Communists and sporting among us.

How about—

  • it be guaranteed (by respected audit) that NO state monies of any kind be used in funding any entries in the America’s Cup
  • that three (3) identical-in-every-respect duplicates of the original winner (that gave its name to the race) be made
  • that otherwise it be ‘bunfight as normal’ in eliminations until the final two teams are ready to slug it out
  • and when they do: they each use one of the replicas; their replica for the day being chosen by toss of a coin for each day …


So this would ensure that it’s seamanship (think: ability) against seamanship; not a case of “our financiers can beat your bankers” and/or “our eggheads can beat your eggheads”.

  • Otherwise the sailors on the water remain no more than pawns the bankers etc use to pursue their own glories; and
  • otherwise the breaking of records is quite meaningless: can a state-of-the-art modern jet fighter not out speed an FE2?

(So what if the ‘record’ time over the distance is ‘beaten’?)


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are for burning at the stake~!

“… The team wondered how this could be. Mastodon femurs … almost 3 feet long and up to 8 inches in diameter. What could have detached these heads from their shafts and positioned them …

They tried not to speculate but kept returning to the possibility that humans might have been here, might have broken these bones and walked away …

It was heresy, maybe even lunacy …”

to read from source CLICK HERE 

No, simple staking-burning isn’t good enough for heretics! Everything is known by experts, who know it well enough to make it doctrine. Gospel.

“Mr Argus, Sir?”

“Yo, Little Virginia?”

“Gospel, Sir?”

“From ye olde English, Cutie—God’s spell, meaning the Word of God. Unarguable; you just can’t get truthier than that.”

“Heresy, Sir?”

“To query, challenge, argue with, deny, or cast asparagus upon the Word Of God is heresy, Toots. Whichever priesthood involved.”

But wait, it gets even worse—

After dating these bones, Deméré and his team argued that they were broken more than 130,000 years ago …

Oh no. Better get piling up faggots … everyone knows as a matter of faith that there were no humans nowhere near America before about 12-14,000 years ago—

For nearly half a century, schoolchildren have been taught that the first human visitors to the New World belonged to the Clovis culture, known for chipped-stone spear points first discovered in New Mexico.

Archaeologists say these people crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Asia about 12,000 years ago.

Bop the Idiot—and that’s gospel. Can’t argue with the gospel, can we?

So all the bones are wrong … who would we be to let a little scientific speculation stand in the Way of The True Faith?

To dispute Clovis-first by a few thousand years was controversial. Some archaeologists had won begrudging acceptance with a few scattered excavations.

But to propose a site more than 100,000 years older was professional suicide. It would undermine the research and reputations of most archaeologists now studying the New World.

The great Ayn Rand had one of her heroes flipping burgers for a living after he clashed with the Experts, he refused to sell his soul to conform.

More the fool him, no?

big J

“Archbishop Ussher worked out The Creation was 4004 BMe … you can’t argue with an expert, especially in those days; take a lesson here, Kids—and you’ll be fine.”




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ya gotta have ya quote, and here she be—

They are listening for electromagnetic signals, no stronger than those emitted by a mobile phone, that cannot be produced by natural celestial bodies.

If they find them, it would be proof that extraterrestrial forces really could be at play.

For the moment, they are trying to contain their excitement. But the name they have given this bizarre object betrays their optimism.

Oumuamua is a Hawaiian term meaning “a messenger from afar arriving first”.

Most intriguingly, it is the wrong shape for an asteroid — they are typically round.

—and those tempting tantalising tingly two tiny words of mine?




—but don’t forget to make your lip curl in a well-practised sneer of contemptuous disbelief (work ‘irony’ into it too) as you utter them.


really believe that if ‘they’ discover that The Beast is in any form (or even suggestion) artificial … they would actually tell you?



Boy~! Do I ever have a bridge for you, real cheap, from my selection—I got a great stoney looking thing over the Thames in London, or a meccano looking thing in the Firth of Forth (in Scotland)(with a name like that, where else?) and I still have that copy of the Newcastle bridge (in Sydney).

Name your price, free delivery.

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The object under discussion is this wee ‘rock’ scampering out of our solar system at (they say) 44 kilometres per second. I still think this photo is someone’s artistically licensed misconception rather than a real capture, but that’s just the cynic in me. (You can have it for free if you buy a bridge) (rock/thing, not bridge).

Call now, all lines are open and my operators primed and ready …







Cranks comme moi, per se. Here’s yer quote—

I presented my weather findings to show how Moon and Sun cycles, in particular repeating combinations, in turn dependent on movements of larger planets, have always created disastrous economic consequences through drought or floods. What is happening now economically is entirely cyclic. We are half way down since the downturn began in 2007/8, which was on the cusp of maximum lunar declination and minimum of the solar cycle. The big drought is coming and all farmers and stockholders could be preparing for it immediately by downsizing and destocking what they can and becoming financially secure right now. We should emerge from the predicted economic decline around 2021. This is not scaremongering, simply long range forecasting combined with trading forecasts … But above all don’t buy . Wait about 4 years and invest when prices are much lower …


—and it’s from a guy who may come across as a horoscoperologist but with nary a Virgo in sight (I’m a Leo.) (Let an old dog be a bit vain: only eight people in every hundred are Leos). He wrote it in March, 2016.

It included this throwaway—

” For those who wish to take note the signals are everywhere. Big companies are going to the wall, like Woolworths and Dick Smith …”

—not long before I went to our local Dick Smiths for some batteries to find it had closed overnight. A shock to the system …

I dunno how he does it (possibly uses a suspended wet seaweed?) but he does it; and with sufficient accuracy to ensure a devoted following.

But (and it’s a big but~!) but he often makes excellent sense. Sure, like any other crank he goes adrift sometimes—but didn’t science itself once assure us that heavier than air flight was impossible?

Today’s science is often yesterday’s ‘crank’. The Sin, if there be one, is in not keeping an open mind*.

The other great obstacle is the protecting of tenure by the entrenched—

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Good ol’ Wiki~!

One thing I truly love about modern times is that the guy bellowing it can’t be done is often shoved out of the way by the guy now doing it.

So if the above Crank actually makes good calls, beyond statistical expectations … how does he do it? Tin hat? Seaweed? Rheumatism? Runes?

Or is he just lucky, sometimes?

Here, kitty kitty kitty ...

“Hey Argus—c’mon, the flames are great! Al Gore’s booked in too …”


* Open, I said … not vacant.



brutes? Been there, done that.

But not quite to that degree … unqualified … (I’m a modern)—

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—and what is so impressive here is how ancient stone-age brutes could not only create immaculate (and gorgeous!) works of true art but they could do it so far underground, with nary an LED, tungsten filament or pressure lantern among the lot of ’em.

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just look at the scale of the wee enterprise in the image above.

Blow it up large if you have to, then ponder tools, methods, motivations. If you mutter “WTF” please feel free to add “HTF”, which makes better sense ‘cos the ‘wot’ is already established—it’s the ‘How’ that intrigues me, leavened on occasion with an occasional ‘Why?’.  (YTF?)

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a modern, boldly going where no man has gone for many thousands of years …


often an ‘assumptive’ science. I.e. guesswork. Is it such a good thing?*

Further still, size is only a crude measure of the power of a brain. After all, our own brains have shrunk by 10% since the last ice age. Analysis of the H. naledi skull has provided evidence that their brains may have undergone substantial organization and specialization like the brains of our immediate ancestors did …

to read more: CLICK HERE

Artistic ability,  size of brain, lust for adventure, stupidity? Are these qualities that define us as humans? Certainly they seem uncomfortably timeless …

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If the singer sets the scale … them hairless apes were pretty dam’ tall …


cave exploring it was from curiosity. No other reason, I was young, stupid**; and no, I didn’t leave any souvenirs or cave ‘art’ …

… and I didn’t find God.

Here, kitty kitty kitty ...

Argus … you didn’t go down deep enough~!


*  Your guess is as good as mine …

** by today’s standards



… I really wish they’d quit monkeying around with it—


As an old dog with the lame brain of a dead duck and the outlook of a disappointed cynic I just cannot keep up. Honestly …

… just when we thought it was safe to get back into the gene pool, with our immaculate pedigrees dating back via Neanderthals and such to a few tatty monkeys in Africa, some blasted egghead springs stuff like this on us—

—and this (same only different)—

—and I just can’t keep up. Does it all mean that books will have to be rewritten, theories rethunk, facts made de-facto and/or disenfacticated?

Will this guy get (gulp~!) … demoted?

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Just when I thought the lifespan of a ‘fact’ had stabilised—

Recent revelations have also thrown doubt over whether we really know where life actually began on Earth.

The discovery in deep-sea hydrothermal vents of “extremophiles” – heat loving microbes that constitute Earth’s most primitive living things – spawned the popular notion that life originated in the ocean.

But a new discovery in Western Australia challenged this view.

Scientists uncovered a 3.5 billion-year-old rock formation in Pilbara, originally thought to be an ancient marine basin.

It contained well-preserved mineral, chemical, and textural indicators of ancient life – the earliest convincing evidence to date.

However, newly discovered geothermal sediments indicated the formation preserves a remnant of Earth’s oldest known land-based hot spring.

If proven, this would extend the known geological record of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth by around three billion years, and push back the existence of life on land by 580 million years – to a time comparable with some of the earliest known ocean fossils.