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Inspirational Sayings
Posted:Oct 3, 2018 4:54 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2019 4:41 pm

One of my pet hates is inspirational sayings. One of my mind games is turning them around or altering them. I think they make just as much or even more sense after.

Poverty can't buy happiness either.

Women are OK but you can't beat the real thing.

From mighty oak trees little acorns grow.

The carrot is mightier than the stick.

The best way to get over one man is to get under another one.

The only thing better than an understanding woman is an underlying one.

He who is lost ….. hesitates.

A hard man is good to find.

If you think you are a wit - you are half right

I just hate intolerant people - they really piss me off.

Nostalgia is just not the same as it used to be.

Deny everything - it makes it easier to change your story if you need to.

I'm not a gynecologist but I don't mind taking a look.

The earth will inherit the meek.

The mind is like a parachute – except in the direst emergency it's better to keep it firmly closed and sit on it.

Time is on nobody's side.

If nobody was there to see, how do you know that tree in the forest fell?

Cowardice is the better part of discretion.
Posted:Mar 19, 2019 6:44 pm
Last Updated:Mar 19, 2019 8:1 pm
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A curious thing happened after ww2. The usual ratio of births is 1004 boys to 1000 girls. In the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the war ratio changed to 1008 to 1000. A small change but over such a huge sample it was statistically quite significant. Too significant to be random. Something out there, (God, Gaia, the universe?) realised there was a shortage of males and set about redressing the imbalance.

Another curious discovery confirmed an ancient belief modern science had supposedly totally debunked – previous sexual partners affect the genetic makeup of offspring conceived to subsequent partners. Research in fruit flies has shown tiny but measurable alterations in the genome of such offspring. It's thought the semen from previous partners induces changes in dna in the egg cytoplasm, but not the nuclear dna. So if your looks a bit like her ex it might not mean she went back for a bit of times sake. Maybe 's where the fixation on virgin brides came from!
In holes and out holes
Posted:Mar 18, 2019 5:32 pm
Last Updated:Mar 19, 2019 6:39 pm

I'm sure you've all heard guys spout this one. They use it to insist that their ass is strictly an out hole.

Well, there are holes that are in/out holes, in, out, in, out, in ,out, as many times as you like. A classic example is the nose.
Posted:Mar 18, 2019 5:24 pm
Last Updated:Mar 19, 2019 6:34 pm

There seems to be a disproportionate number of single gender families around. I was one of three boys but in fact all my cousins born on Mum's side were boys (six) while all my cousins born on Dad's side were girls (twelve). Nurse was one of six girls, no boys much to my father in laws disappointment. His brother who lived on the same farm with him had five boys, no girls, which only rubbed salt into the wound. I think other members of their family had mixed families but I never really knew them.

Surely this is not entirely random? We used to give my father in law shit that going at it like rabbits will produce girls - I think three times a day was what we said was necessary to ensure a girl, while once a week yields boys. I think he secretly quite liked that theory. I know I did – I had only girls! Which I was delighted about by the way. I couldn't be more proud of my kids – kids of 36 and 37 now!
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Posted:Mar 17, 2019 4:08 pm
Last Updated:Mar 17, 2019 6:46 pm

The Crusaders super rugby team, based in Christchurch, is considering changing it's name. Some will see this as PC gone mad, insisting it's just a name. Others see the name as offensive, especially combined with the imagery of knights in armour and caparisoned horses cantering round the outfield at half time. Ask yourself if you would feel comfortable with a sports team named the Jihadists?

What I find heartening is that it's the team themselves considering changing, not anyone forcing it on them, and that as a first step they are going to talk to the Muslim community to find out if they find it offensive. To me that's the right approach. It's about respecting the feelings of others. The fact that those in other countries don't reciprocate is beside the point. I don't want to live or be judged by their standards.
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Tree of Life
Posted:Mar 17, 2019 4:05 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2019 5:19 pm

It has been stated as a "fact" (without any supporting evidence) in comments to my blog that "Islam is a religion of hate". Well, consider what happened after the shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, an attack similar to the recent one in Christchurch. Muslim neighbours of the Jewish victims reached out and offered all kinds of support, including fundraising, escorts for any Jew who didn't feel safe and guards on synagogues. Jews and Muslims were welcomed in each other's places of worship.

I see this as evidence that it's not Islam at all that's the agent of hate, but the political and social repression that so many Muslims in the middle east live under. When they live in freedom and amid tolerance they will be tolerant.

Of course there will be Muslims who will use their freedom and our tolerance for evil, just as there are Christians who do the same. They are the exceptions and we should not judge the majority by their actions.
Thank You
Posted:Mar 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Last Updated:Mar 16, 2019 7:52 pm
Thank you to all, both individuals and nations, who have not only sympathised with the loss of life in Christchurch but have joined with us in denouncing the hatred behind it. Special mention to the Netherlands for projecting an image of the NZ flag on the Amsterdam railway station, and of course Australia for this tribute.

Not only touching but beautiful.
Good on ya, Aussie!
Posted:Mar 15, 2019 8:55 pm
Last Updated:Mar 16, 2019 7:53 pm

Developments today in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting. One gunman is now thought to have been responsible for all the shootings at both mosques. He has appeared in court and remanded in custody. No application was made for bail. Probably realises he's safer inside than out. Two other people are under investigation as to whether they had anything to do with it all. A fourth person has been released. Seems he just happened to be wearing camo clothes near the scene.

So the restraint shown by police in capturing all the suspects and not just shooting them has been fully justified. We may also learn things from the shooter can help prevent future attacks like this.

Rugby between the Crusaders (Christchurch based) and their neighbours the Highlanders has been cancelled. Not sure if I support . Cricket against Bangladesh is cancelled as they were the mosque was shot and just want to go home. I fully understand one.

Stories are coming out of heroes who stopped in the street to help the injured while gunfire was still going on.

The PM and attorney general are saying firearms law will change to ban semi auoto weapons. As a hunter and responsible firearms owner and user I support this. There are no situations I have encountered in 45 of hunting required a semi auto. They are used for professional culling operations from helicopters and I assume this might continue. Handguns are virtually unknown in NZ and require a much stricter and harder to obtain licence category.

There are lots of comments on my previous posts, most supportive and a couple upset quite badly so if anyone is interested go back and check. Thanks to all commenters, even the ones I disagree with!
Don't Blame the Victims
Posted:Mar 15, 2019 1:11 pm
Last Updated:Mar 18, 2019 8:21 pm

Already the victim blamers are coming out of the woodwork. I have had a comment on my blog that appears to suggest that Muslims are to blame for the Christchurch shootings. Not that they were the perpetrators, but that they are on jihad and therefore make themselves targets. I have asked for clarification.

But surely the prize for the most insensitive and repugnant comment of all must go to Queensland senator Fraser Anning. I quote "The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place."

Was the five year old girl who was killed with her father a fanatic? Was the four year old who is being flown to Auckland because his injuries are so horrific that only in NZ's largest city can he get the care that may save his life? Were the people who fled violence in Syria and Iraq fanatics? Seems to me that the fanatics were the ones doing the shooting, and their apologists.

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