B Thankful Thursday

This week’s installment plan for the development of my A TAG (Attitude of Thanksgiving, Appreciation and Gratitude).

I’m thankful for:

An indication that i may still have just a TEENSY bit more ‘work’ to do dealing with an anger ‘issue’ that i might possibly maybe still have? 🙄

(Begrudging thanks to Prof Plimer, previously posted upon, and to the DUMB Victorian State Politicians who are incapable of seeing the benefit to them and the nation of an Emergency Warning System that my state (the largest in area) has had operating for over 10 years which we are willing to give FOR FREE to them while at the same time trying to push their own untested, undeveloped system on the Whole Nation at an estimated cost of a ‘mere’ $20 million – which was the main reason a majority of states decided to remain undecided over early warning systems – and which undoubtedly resulted in far more deaths during this year’s tragic bushfires than ever needed to happen – Just UNbelievable!!! (Idiots) )

A truly delicious Birthday Party dinner for my Mum’s 77th Birthday (Chinese banquet – Superb) 🙂

Perfect Autumn Weather in Paradise so i can get out and lose a little more weight (Much needed after the stuffing at the banquet) 😉

More wisdom gained through some brilliant and fun-loving and even a fair few Christ-loving bloggers. Very Thankful for those.

there’s more stuff but you’re all welcome to add more of yours below – if you like?

Swine Flu – A Little Balance

It’s been a while since our health organisations have had something ‘juicy’ to gather funding over and put the fear of God into us all and most of us by now have heard of the latest one (Anyone remember SARS?) – Swine Flu.

Mexico reports 159 dead as of a little over 2 weeks up to 28/April/09.

The World Health Organisation is only able to confirm 7 of those actually died from the swine flu virus so far – more may be added as Autopsies/test results are investigated.

20 country’s now have ‘supected’ cases but so far no deaths outside of Mexico have been reported/confirmed, despite the disease being known to have existed for over two weeks.

I don’t wish to add to the hype, rather i would like to balance the perception more to a reasonable level.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about NORMAL influenza – the kind most of us have had at one or several times in our lives already:

‘Typically, in a year’s normal two flu seasons (one per hemisphere), there are between three and five million cases of severe illness and up to 500,000 deaths worldwide, which by some definitions is a yearly influenza epidemic.[82] Although the incidence of influenza can vary widely between years, approximately 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations are directly associated with influenza every year in America.’

Read that again… HALF A MILLION Deaths per year – every single year. that’s almost TEN THOUSAND dead from flu PER WEEK!!! (America can only manage a paltry 720 deaths from flu every single week, on average).

And we are getting fussed over 7? or a mere 160?(max) in a fortnight??

Lets get a grip people!

If you are going to start a rush on flu vaccine stocks and masks at least do it for the RIGHT reasons and not an over-hyped ‘pandemic’ that is nothing anywhere near as deadly as ‘normal’ flu. (at least so far).

Tough Times Call For Tough Measures.

Owing to recent financial and economic conditions America needs to reconsider it’s private transport options….

I bet here’s one the modern nuclear family has not previously given serious thought about!…

The New Austerity

The New Austerity

It saves on parking also! 🙂

And in case you were wondering about shopping trips…

Versatile - with a wide range of cargo options!

Versatile - with a wide range of cargo options!

Have you heard the one about…??

A guy walks into a bar with a small dog. The bartender said, “Get out of here with that dog.” The guy said, “But this isn’t just any dog. This dog can play the piano.”

The bartender replied, “Well, if he can play that piano, you both can stay and have a drink on the house.”

So the guy sat the dog on the piano stool, and the dog started playing. Ragtime, Mozart, Philip Glass … and the bartender and all of the patrons enjoyed the music.

Suddenly a bigger dog ran in, grabbed the small dog by the scruff of the neck, and dragged him out. The bartender asked the guy, “What the heck was that all about?”

The guy replied, “Oh, that was his mother. She wanted him to be a doctor.”
🙂 😉 🙂

Declaration

Let it be known that from this day forward (Apr 27 2009) That i am going to be forever disgusted and ashamed that the words ‘Professor Ian Plimer’ and ‘Australian’ or ‘Scientist’ ever again be mentioned in the same sentence, unless and until the word ‘former’ is able to be the adjective immediately prior to either of the last two identifiers!

Any claim the man may once have had to being intelligent and a man of scientific integrity has, for me, been permanently relinquished.

If this is what results from a background in science the world should recant and beg forgiveness from whatever potential God might be responsible for our Creation because science just lost the last shreds of respectability and believability if this man’s stated words are to be in any way claimed to indicate True Science.

If you have any respect for your own intelligence i recommmend NEVER buying a single thing he has been responsible for publishing. I hope for the sake of those who may have already done so, in their misguided innocence,  that his current insanity and inability to make lucid thought is a relatively recent development of onset Alzheimers – but frankly i has me doubts about dat! 😉

i would be more inclined to be ‘charitable’ and suspect he has simply become yet another poor scientist who has decided to sell out to Big Bucks and become a ‘hired gun’ to tote the Big Business ‘party’ line.

Sickening and sad – but all too believable, in light of how he now claims to think with the release of his latest book – a deplorable mix of true fact with inaccurate data, both misinterpreted and worked into despicable misinformation  and deception. Worse still he blatantly does what he is (mostly falsely) claiming thousands (the vast majority) of his fellow ‘scientists’ are doing and completely ignoring ‘history’ – history that ignores one unignorable fact about this planet and what is happening to it – the sheer size and agression of the destruction of it’s natural systems man has become responsible for due to never-before-in-history achieved levels of human habitation/energy exploitation.

It grieves me that he is allowed to speak publically, receive promotional air time on major news media and walk about freely in what is, in most other respects, a very great Nation.

i thouht i was a believer in the phrase: “I disagree with what you say but i will defend to the death your right to say it” – PASS! ( in this ‘persons’ case).

Anzac Day – It Makes a Grown Man Cry…

(If you made it through the entire video without shedding a tear you must be made of sterner stuff than i)

April 25 – ANZAC Day

“Waltzing Matilda” is a very famous Australian folk song and a “Matilda” was the name given to the pack that Australian farm workers carried on their backs.

To “Waltz Matilda” meant to carry your pack of belongings through the bush.

The song “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by Eric Bogle is about Australian and New Zealand soldiers ( Army Corps – ANZAC’s) who fought against Turkish troops and died in the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I.

On 25 April 1915, the Anzacs as part of the British Contingent under their operational command landed at a difficult and desolate spot on the Gallipoli peninsula and the Turks appeared to be ready for them, a defeat was inevitable, The Gallipoli campaign was a debacle, Military censorship prevented the true story being told but a young Australian journalist, Keith Murdoch (father of Australian newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch) smuggled the story about the scale of the Dardanelles disaster back to the Australian Prime Minister who sent it on to the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, who was no friend of the British military establishment. It led directly to the dismissal of the British commander, Sir Ian Hamilton who never again was to hold a senior military position.A British Royal Commission into Gallipoli concluded that from the outset the risk of failure outweighed Its chances of success. The British had contributed 468,000 in the battle for Gallipoli with 33,512 killed. 7,636 missing and 78,000 wounded.
The ANZACs lost 8,000 men in Gallipoli and a further 18,000 were wounded. The remaining ANZACs went on to serve with distinction in Palestine and on the western front in France.

Anzac Day in Australia commemorates the sacrifice made by many ( it was all in vain – a retreat had to be ordered and nothing was ‘gained’ – other than a somehwat curious National Pride in a terrible defeat, at the way our troops performed in the face of what was basically unavoidable death and maiming – and all  for a ‘foreign’ Power. It is considered one of Australia’s defining traditions, possibly surpassing The Boston Tea Party as an act that helped form and define a  nation.

Anyone who listens to the whole song can get a feeling for the futility of war, and the fact that today many Australians are in a somewhat similar situation in Afghanistan, and formely in Iraq, almost 100 years on and nothing seems to have been learned from the Sacrifices so many made – in many cases quite pointlessly, or not for the point they were led to believe was the case – says a lot about those who lead us, then and  today.

B Thankful Thursday (Back on Track)

Okayyy… after a slight hiatus and late catch up i get Two chances to be thankful on my blog  this week – How cool is that? 🙂

Like most of Man’s Plans (that the Scots Poet Robbie Burns said were:’ aft gang agley’ which translated means ‘often going astray’) my A TAG was meandering away from me for a time, but i am thankful that a few blog-friends of mine (Tip’s me lid to ‘Kota, Mandypants and the wise Ed) helped me, whether they were aware of it or not, to see some error in my ways.

i am indeed thankful for them and for the wisdom i feel He was able to somehow sink in to me via them when i was paying less than full attention 😉

i am thankful for the variety that exists in the world so that i am better able to see the contrasts that exist and more easily define what i see as ‘good’ and to be strived for and ‘bad’ and to be avoided as much as possible within me.

i am thankful for the many opportunities i get each day, every week to re-appraise what i have come to understand and refine and improve it in Wisdom, gained through experiencing life in new ways, and with new perspectives, but which i hope are ancient and everlasting Truths.

And i am Thankful for the great gift of Humour…

Two rabbits were being chased by a pack of hungry wolves. The wolves chased the rabbits into a thicket.

After a few minutes, one rabbit turned to the other and said, “Well, do you want to take a chance and make a run for it, or should we stay here for a few days until we  out-number them?” 🙂

Your turn.