Saturday, December 03, 2016

a visit to the pub

Did, actually, stand in the bar of a local 'public house'. Not something that i normally do. The price of alcohol is beyond my budget ..... stood, listened to real people, young people ... a very young boy playing with his iPhone? - mother discussing what to do with young boys, husband looking bemused, but patient.

What's the word .. millenials?? .... was fascinated ... have no actual, or direct experience of  "family life" as a "grandfather".

Stood, was fascinated, then bought a few more beers. Wavered, then decided that alcohol is not good for my lower leg stability, or minuscule budget ... wandered off home.

(might also be fudging the anecdote a bit .... heh).

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Blue Budgie


In the wild, they are always green. Amazing what human interference can achieve ...

yellow crested

yer private joke
This pic is for Anne ...

Um, in the interests of full disclosure - pinched this pic from the internet ... however i DO have pics of a real one taken on my camera ... can't find it at this time - among the thousands of pics stored on various elderly 'hard drives' - some of which Windows 7 has trouble 'recognising' ...

Sheehesh - i would be dead without a sense of humour.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

left, right or wrong

Now, there is no way that am accusing anyone of anything; however - there are some interesting words already written

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/02/abbott-deserves-to-be-punished-relentlessly-for-his-broken-promises



OzinNam
02 June 2014 8:11am
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Up to now, I've vowed never to use the "F" word lightly or disrepectfully but after The Suppository's shameless effort today using the D-Day veterans to spruik his agenda on YouTube.....
Watch his speech at the IPA's 70th anniversary dinner last year if you haven't.
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power" ( Mussolini)
"Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it' (Hitler)
Below.(insert 'Operation Sovereign Borders', 'women of calibre', 'Murdoch/Bolt' 'illegals', 'Chaplains in state schools' ($240 million) ABC/SBS et al)......and take from this what you will...

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
By Dr. Lawrence Britt

Source Free Inquiry.co
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Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
  1. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.


From Liberty Forum


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kommen de Drumf

http://www.dw.com/en/what-donald-trump-learned-from-his-german-grandpa-friedrich-drumpf/a-18701551

Paywave

Um, yer, i know, am somewhat removed from the 'updates' in technology ... but am becoming aware of this thingo called "Paywave" where a 'credit' or debit card can be simply 'near' a WiFi gadgemethingo at a vendor for them to "transfer" money from my account into theirs.

"um", say I to the vendor (shopkeeper), "What happened to my PIN number or signature?"
"O" he sez cheerfully, "Ya don't need that anymore".
???? think i.

What happens if i inadvertently leave my card somewhere - or if it's stolen?
"O, it can only be used up to $100.00"

ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS????? That's half my rent; or two weeks worth of food!!!

how come $100.00  is now considered 'petty cash'???

Gah!! grumble mumble ...


Saturday, November 05, 2016

Printing fake money

Has anyone, really, recently - had a serious look a whatever is held in Fort Knox??

Friday, October 28, 2016

Integrity

Words are interesting concepts. At this point would like to add a smidge more detail about my interaction with a policeman today. Referring back to the inspection of my motorbike.

Yes, there was a discussion about the "fee". On the phone told me that the Fee was AU$58.00. He did not carry cash, so please have the exact amount on hand.

Self was lazy, did not 'go into town' to find the exact amount.
Policeman turns up, self only had a $50.00 and a $10.00 note on hand.
"Can't take that" he sez.
"Oh, just put the other $2.00 into the local charity box", say I.
"Can't do that. I have to write a receipt for $58.00. Also have to account for every cent in my cash container"
"Sheesh", say i, old school, innocently "'tis only two bucks, what's the problem?"

"If," he responds, "at some time in the future you have occasion to question my integrity in court, and bring this discrepancy up - my integrity is shot".

Doubt that i would ever have occasion to question his integrity in court - but see his point.

We parted with a handshake.
(and a promise from me that would deliver the exact amount at 9am next Monday).

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

patience

Pinched this one from a 'comment' way back when Womby's drivel made sense .. of a sort ..

The notion of patience could, i guess, be turned into a rather long essay .. the stalking cat was never impatient enough to invent the shotgun, Wildebeasts have never become impatient enough to invent the aeroplane .. heh.

Only really mention this because I. AM. Impatient.  Have been trying to negotiate bureaucratic blockages to get my Yamaha XT250 motorbike re-registered for use in South Australia. YES, i understand the reasons, YES, perhaps necessary to 'control' things ... but also find it extremely frustrating. With frustration, the beginnings of anger appear. Anger is not very socially acceptable.

Settle down Davo, breathe deeply - all is well, and progressing as it should ....

Perhaps some background on this. NSW 'rules and regulations ' are somewhat different to those in South Australia. Did ring the local "Roads and Transport" Authority to ask how to do this. O, just go to your local RTA office and they'll sort it out. Really? The 'local' RTA is a 300klm round trip away.
O, they say, then the local police will inspect the vehicle and give you the paperwork.

Rang the local constabulary landline number. Hello, Port Pirie here. ???
Port Pirie is 500klm away. UM, say i, wanted to talk to the 'local' policeman.
O, he's on a day off, ring again tomorrow at about 9am.
Did that. Organised that he should call in to my place that day to check the NSW rego papers and confirm that the engine Number and VIN numbers coincided.
Waited all day. No turn-up, and no contact.
This morning, 9am, rang again. O, will be there today. (grrrr mmph).

11am, policeman turns up.  Was somewhat shocked to be told that the motorbike had been stolen in New South Wales ..

... but had been recovered and was now legally registered in my name .... phew!. Am not in the habit of being the receiver of 'stolen' goods.

So, to borrow a phrase, All's well that ends well.
Apart from the fact that now have to - a/. travel to Kadina and back to sort out the actual registration plates ... then b/. Organise a 'test' on the bike to "up-grade" my "learner's" permit for South Australia - which expires on November 11th. (hello Guy Fawkes, have a smidge of understanding with you ... heh).  MumbleGrumble ... a "learner" after 55 years experience with a wide range of motor vehicles, on many roads throughout Australia? Bleah!


Am hoping that my 'lifetime' licence to exist on this planet will not "expire" any time soon.

Facebookistan

Watched an interesting documentary on local SBS TV the other night.

Mark Zuckerberg chortling that "sharing" information was a good thing ,,, but the 'investigator' in the documentary could find very little information about how Facebook works, or what they are doing with the vast amount of information that they collect on individual users.

Sign onto Facebook at your peril.
(oddly, i do have , or had, a Facebook page. They'll say that you can't use a nom de plume - yes, you can, i have; but apart from creating an account - have never given them any more information).