Saturday, 9 January 2021

Mysterious ways

Recent letters to the paper have discussed the effect of prayer. I would be happy to be proven wrong but, I don't believe that there is a god. So I don't pray.

There are some people who tell me that they pray for me. I don't expect that prayer will cure my cancer. Yet I am grateful for the warmth of feeling of the people who pray.

Prayer is a sign that you care. Believe it or not, you can pray. Remember to also keep an eye out for Sheila Pryce's boat and helicopter.

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This post is in response to letters in the paper -- and sent as a letter to the editor. It may not make sense on its own :-)


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We are here and it is now. After that, everything tends towards guesswork... Didactylos in Small Gods
   

Friday, 20 November 2020

can't see the wood

Basil Zempilas writes that, covid events in SA remind us that we're not out of the woods yet. (20/11)

The world has more and more covid cases every day. Two possible vaccines are still six to twelve months from general availability.

What world does Basil live in, where he needs reminding?



Nick Lethbridge    /    Consulting Dexitroboper
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"When someone does something wrong, don't forget all of the things they did right." ... anonymous

   

Thursday, 12 November 2020

honest headline

"MPs of one mind on anthem change". That's a headline in today's daily paper.

Never a truer word spoken, I thought.

It's no surprise at all, that multiple MPS can, between them, raise only one mind.



Dr Nick Lethbridge / Consulting Dexitroboper
...        Agamedes Consulting / Problems ? Solved
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"Well, I'm sorry the apocalypse isn't convenient for you." ... Eugene Covender in Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda as the Australian national anthem? An excellent suggestion by Brian Greig (Letters, 12/11).

It's a simple tune with memorable words. Any child can learn the words and enjoy the story. Better yet, it's a typical Aussie joke, to have a popular song as our anthem. No need to be embarrassingly up ourselves, we are Australians.

Best of all, the song and tune are known around the world. And know to be Australian. At least it was. Before we replaced national self satisfaction with cultural cringe.

Adopt Waltzing Matilda. We can then enjoy singing our national anthem. As Australians.



Dr Nick Lethbridge / Consulting Dexitroboper
...        Agamedes Consulting / Problems ? Solved
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"Well, I'm sorry the apocalypse isn't convenient for you." ... Eugene Covender in Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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Thursday, 24 September 2020

How dark is the trap?

Tory Shepherd misses an important point in her analysis of the "dark trap" of radicalisation through the web (Net rabbit hole, 24 Sep).

The whole point of web searches and social media is to narrow our thinking. One day we search for tissues, from then on every search will bias tissues in its results. The aim is to narrow our thinking in order to sell us product.

So one day you read an interesting article on terrorism. From then on every search will connect you to terrorism sites. Social media algorithms don't care, they will sell you tissues or terrorism. Because either result earns money for the algorithm owner.

The dark trap of the web aims to narrow our thinking. To narrow our thinking to the point where we buy those tissues. Or buy in to the ideas of terrorism. The only point is to narrow our thinking until we buy.


Nick Lethbridge    /    Consulting Dexitroboper
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When all else fails, have someone else read the instructions" … per Ginger Meggs
   

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Money or Morals

Another excellent article by Ben Harvey (container ship, 19/9).

He points out that Australia is a gnat compared to China. That we make serious money selling to China but that our trade is, to China, insignificant.

Yet, as Harvey points out, if we question China on its lack of democracy, on its brutal treatment of Hong Kong, even on coronavirus history, we are liable to be squashed like a gnat. China, Harvey tells us, is a bully which will not hesitate to employ "coercive diplomacy".

Finally, Harvey speaks to our major business leaders. They have strong opinions: we should kiss the Chinese boots because money is more important than a moral stance.

The message is, plutocrats will accept any immoral act, as long as the money continues to flow into their own already stuffed pockets.



Dr Nick Lethbridge / Consulting Dexitroboper
...        Agamedes Consulting / Problems ? Solved
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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

fighting for weight

Several sports -- fighting sports -- match competitors by weight. A "bantamweight", for example, will only fight another "bantamweight". This leads to competitors  starving themselves in order to compete in a lighter-weight category.

The point is, if you weigh as much as a full-size chicken then you are large enough to thrash the smaller bantams. It's a form of cheating.

The result is, competitors prepare for a competition by starving themselves. And, as a direct result, some would-be competitors starve themselves to death.

The risk of death is treated as less important than the improved chance of winning.

If a sport has weight categories, those categories should be based on actual -- normal -- weight. Weight measured over time, not just the famished weight on the day of a competition. Like drug testing, weight testing should be a permanent feature of being a serious competitor.

For six or more months either side of a competition, competitors are weighed. At random times, with little warning. Whatever weight they are at -- is their competition weight.



Dr Nick Lethbridge / Consulting Dexitroboper
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I'm not cynical… just experienced… per Ginger Meggs

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