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  1. Kabul wedding hall blast kills 43 people

    From the Ancient Persians,Alexander the great,the Mongols,the mughals,the Qajars,through to the British in the late 19th century, the Russians and now the Seppos and us Aussies,Afghanistan has been invaded. But hey us civilised dudes that are polluting the planet with plastic,burning fossil fuels,spending 1.7 trillion a year on defending ourselves from ourselves,we are fricking saints right ?
  2. Have You Also Become Jaded?

    There are only a couple of hundred things our species is absolutely certain of and a big chunk of those are on the periodic table,all the rest are theories. I believe the true path to wisdom begins when you realise the more you learn the less you realise you will ever know. If you want some interesting reading on the subject you have mentioned try Weaponised Lies by Dan levitin. I have been reading quite a few books about critical thinking in the last year or so. A few that stand out Think Smarter by Michael Kallet The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan Critical Thinking an Introduction by Alec Fisher. An Organised Mind by Dan levitin Each book has it negatives and positives however I feel I gained some insight about how to hone my BS detectors from each of them.
  3. Favourite Lyrics

    All good songs however the good riddance song is the pick of the bunch. The album that is off ,Operation Phoenix is so good. From the opening speech by Martin Luther King to Mario Savios speech in front of Sproul Hall in response to the national guard firing into an unarmed crowd of students at Kent state, Noam Chomsky speech about blood dripping from the hands of Americans due to their foreign policies,one helluva album.
  4. Favourite Lyrics

    I am one of your Aussie cousins brother. It's songs like that one and the one you posted that make me proud of the society I live. While I revile the politicians that sent our young men over to Vietnam to kill their young men,I respect the men who stood by their mates in combat. Most of the soldiers this country sent to Vietnam were conscripts. As another favourite band of mine, TISM, stated about conscription," hands up who wants to die".
  5. Favourite Lyrics

    It's a beauty isn't mate. Here is another one from a group called Redgum about the Vietnam conflict. The song is called I was only 19 Mum and Dad and Danny saw the passing out parade at puckapunyal It was a long March from cadets The sixth battalion was the next to tour and it was me that drew the card We did Conungra and Shoalwater before we left And Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean And there's me in me slouch hat and me SLR and greens God help me I was only 19 From Vung Tau riding chinooks to the dust of Nui Dat I'd been in and out of choppers now for months And we'd made our tents a home V.B. and pinups on the lockers And an agent Orange sunset through the scrub And can you tell me doctor why I still can't go to sleep And night times just a jungle and a barking M16 And what's this rash that comes and goes Can you tell me what it means God help me I was only 19 A four week operation when each step could mean your last one on 2 legs It was a war within yourself But you wouldn't let your mates down til they had you dusted off So you closed your eyes and thought about somethin else Then someone yelled out contact and the bloke behind me swore We hooked in there for hours then a God almighty roar And Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon God help me He was going home in June And I can still see Frankie drinking tinnies in the Grand hotel On a 36 hour rec. leave in Vung Tau And I can still hear Frankie,lying screaming in the jungle Til the morphine came and killed the bloody row And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears And the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real I caught some pieces in my back that I didn't even feel God help me I was only 19 And can you tell me,doctor,why I still can't go to sleep And why the channel 7 chopper chills me to my feet ? And what's this rash that comes and goes Can you tell me what it means God help me I was only 19
  6. Just looking at 2 turkeys out front of the Whitehouse. I am certain the avian one has more intelligence than the supposedly human one.
  7. Gotta admit I am impressed by Alexandria Occasia-Ortez's push back against those putting shizzle on her. Her statement about the rich getting richer really resonated with me. I hope she continues to stick it to those who try to intimidate her.
  8. I was listening to a commentator the other day who stated that many of the functions of govt. are starting to break down because trump has not placed people in charge of certain departments and some of the people who have been appointed have no idea about the job they are supposed to do. This all started when he sacked Christie and the handover team he had assembled back when he was president elect.
  9. William Goldman passes away at 87

    As Ghost stated it's sad to lose great writers.
  10. Have You Also Become Jaded?

    I had a child in my late 40's, I was a bit dubious about bringing a child into this world. The most convincing argument that was put to me was that I complained about the stupidity,greed and selfishness,if kind compassionate people like myself did not raise kind compassionate people who would. I went through a painful confronting journey to find out I was sterile, knee to the nuts in junior footy. 4 attempts at IVF here in Victoria Australia before they threw us off they will not use a woman's own eggs after the age of 46. It was a last ditch attempt flying out to South Africa that cost me over 50 K that our son was conceived. I will never forget them cutting open her belly, the doc pulled Lachlan out, I cut his umbilical cord and held him and looked into his eyes. I love my partner Ellie, I have many friends who I love however I have never felt the way I feel about my son Lachlan,the depth of feeling is insane. Overall I have had a gifted life, I have stood at the top of mountains with people I love and ridden down them on skis and bikes I have just gone through the hardest 12 months of my life and I now know that I can deal with anything this life throws at me The best days are yet to come,sharing experiences with my son and my friends,having a positive effect in people's lives. Apart from your loved ones time is the most precious thing we all have history As always Mike Burkett has some words of wisdom for us Once you stop yourself from caring About owning stuff that's when you wanna start sharing Cause all the things we want are cheap or free I define success as not working And I live like a king C'mon dance like a retard Life's and endless party not a punch card I don't understand some peoples drive Let's just !*?* and drink and be alive Not just survive
  11. The Case of the Missing Saudi Journalist

    Was there ever any doubt about the fact that MBS can and will do anything he wants. He has purged his own family. Who is going to stop him ? What makes him that much different from previous American administrations that have murdered/assinated democratically elected officials of other countries ? These people do what they want and are accountable to no one.
  12. CDCGML 2018-19

    The Detroit Redwings activate James van Riemsdyk from injured reserve. The Detroit Redwings assign Dylan Strome to the Ann Arbor Wolverines.
  13. Maybe I despise this sack of shizzle so much my judgement is clouded. The majority of what he states is just utter dribble. I have never held an individual in such contempt as I do trump.
  14. The Case of the Missing Saudi Journalist

    I believe Amazon is the prime example of why the distribution of wealth has become even more one way.
  15. I do not see his statement as actually doing that. It is a bunch of incoherent thoughts that seem to me he is trying to absovle himself.
  16. Every organism has its place. I like the analogy of a motor,even the smallest part is connected to another part so if it breaks the motor may run for a while but the part that is connected to the broken part will eventually break and so on. I wish there was more people like you on this planet. I thank the creators of the internet that enable me to connect to people like you.
  17. It is life as we know it. Some of who I believe are our better thinkers believe we are close to doomsday and not just from nuclear war though that is the worst fear and Trump factors into their reasoning. Climate change is also a factor. I know people think it is ironic that the people who came up with the atomic/nuclear bomb are the people behind the doomsday clock however we know a lot of a scientists have a certain naivete. I know not many people respect the doomsday clock however not many people respect rational logical thought.
  18. I believe that part of the reason for this is the "western" sense of ownership. Most of the places Europeans "discovered" and then migrated to were in pristine condition and a big reason for this was because the indigenous people did not feel they "owned" the land they were merely guardians to look after it then hand it down to the next generation. They also felt a connection to the fauna,take the Buffalo as an example. I as a farmer and a person who inherited the farm from my parents feel this way. I feel connected to the planet that we all share and I feel obligated to farm as sustainably as I can then pass it on to my son. This helps me feel more connected to the people I share this planet with. We are all brothers and sisters. I remember reading E.E Doc Smith's Lensmans series when I was a boy and thinking if we discovered another species that was when we might forget about our differences and consider ourselves one race, the human race,we would have someone else to compare ourselves to.
  19. That's if we make it to the end of this century. Life as we know it that is.
  20. I am a farmer. I know the reality of our situation. The rate of species extinction is mind-blowing,historically it usually is about somewhere between 3-5 species every year. Researchers estimate that we are now running at up to 10,000 times that.
  21. An even better quote from a previous century When the last tree is cut down,the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned,you will realise that you can't eat money
  22. A Society ? Try a species
  23. I wonder why Mike Pence hasn't invoked Deuteronomy 15: 1-3 ?
  24. What he is doing is playing on human nature,if you do something often enough people become used to/accept it. Not that I think he is smart enough to come to that conclusion though that is the end result.