Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Maybe we are just like kids? - we think we know

How's this for some confident definitions from Kids
TRUE QUOTES ABOUT SCIENCE FROM KIDS
From Avalon 

~ H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.

~ To collect fumes of sulfur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube. When you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.

~ Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.

~ Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars.

~ Blood flows down one leg and up the other.

~ Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.

~ The moon is a planet, just like the earth, only it is even deader.

~ Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.

~ Mushrooms always grow in damp places so they look like umbrellas.

~ The pistol of a flower is its only protections against insects.

~ The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have been taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to.

~ A permanent set of teeth consist of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors.

~ The tides are a fight between the earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

~ A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.

~ Germinate: To become a naturalized German.

~ Liter: A nest of young puppies.

~ Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.

~ Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.

~ Planet: A body of Earth surrounded by sky.

~ Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.

~ Vacuum: A large, empty space where the Pope lives.

~ Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative.

~ To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.

~ For a nosebleed, put the nose much lower than the body until the heart stops.

~ For dog bite put the dog away for several days. If he has not recovered, then kill it.

~ For head cold use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.

~ To keep milk from turning sour, keep it in the cow.


In summary 
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him think very clearly

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Reactionaries have a credibility problem

Many of us were struck by the difference in the speeches of Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott after the election result on September 7th was announced .
There was a profound difference in time , style and content.
On the surface,  Kevin's speech was welcome and soulful but somehow we , the so called rational secular generation are now talking about "humility" Insiders. Its all pretty predictable of course:, but now the once hidden disease of covering up moral imperatives is breaking out all over even the most rational of forums   If there is no content in  words really-( only DNA) - quantity of words WINS out over quality evidence we saw last night and through the campaign.If the reactionaries were serious they surely must accept the move to conservatism is "progress" and Green labor doesn't know it all ?
True humility (" I need some advice implies brevity - something Rudd is now not noted for . Humility and concrete means I understand that .  The strategy written on the floor of Parliament from Proverbs is brief at to the point of finality - safety .

Advice leads to concise -whereas the old reactionaries paths lead to value free words and long strings of value empty phrases......... and more and more of them
I think the wannabes in the media need to work harder because ,even in football , the people who still talk freely use the words "humility , self centredness and even sin " ( "the sin of hubris ")  The use of such words as those above brings clarity to a world once controlled by reactionaries who are in clear denial of the solid and specific content of such punchy words that remain keys language and moral elements .
Rudd's speech was good but its' long winded and repetitive BECAUSE it fails to get back to the succinct old words so many are trying desperately trying to stop being reinvented for common use .
The new Abbott government will be as welcome for this openness about words and free speech as much as it is welcome rejection of  Labor's  and Greens long winded failure to put words into action .( Great to hear Abbott specifically mention his concern about " offencive words  " not being enough to stop words being spoken )

If you still don't believe me , listen to how Labor and the Greens  fail to use punchy words in speeches to give them more concreteness . What does Shorten mean by " no division " or Rudd by "unity " Combet is a classic because he doesn't understand  how to deal with the disunity he so berates in his party for "it"  -  uses the "mustn't " word shows he still believes in the sin word - just less clear about context and focus
Rudds' loss/ victory speech is full of positive stuff about his approach but SOSO negative projection onto the opposition -suggesting denial and projection . Green labor  are not united because they don't even use the same language and they devalue the potent words they think are " theirs ( tax , market, scarcity skepticism , denial  for eg , copper glass ) paradoxically they know the words only on the surface and not in connection with ecomia 
Green labor want to run their campaigns on market mechanism and deny the moral mechanism . Sure they have  a faith in nature( which is ambiguous -tooth and claw at night , niceness during the day ?) Being ambiguous morally  it adds no clear guts  to the content in their words really ( all DNA is not enough unless you are always " moving on "  )  Isalm Hinduism and  are clearer because they define the terms - a mere faith in progress undermines the use and meaning of language and history including the connections of progress and degradation . Beliberatley blocking the vsiiosn of the old cul desac and degardation events prevents maturity . As Chesterton observed - Fabians stand in the road of their own maturity .

ALL parties work by working through serious division inside  and not by denying its existence as many keep doing by pretending "division" and disunity  is  serious .A sort of internal competition policy ? ( Disunity and diversity can build and make a process more efficient - more deliberate ( anything but the phenotype of fanaticism )
YOu can't exercise discipline or exorcise it  not well if you  don't  stick with  the specific words ( do you mean "tax" or trading scheme ? )
The list goes on . Just think  too of the extensive use of analogy - again symbolizing the confused language of the old reactionaries AND their forced confinement within them; their own very limited weasel words ( a market mechanism cf advice mechanism written on the floor of parliament in the most  livable and workable city in the World .)

Time the ageing reactionaries stood back and learned to appreciate THE BEST of the world of Unity with Disunity/ diversity that has helped generate the deliberate has made this country great - rather than keep trying  desperately to play some immature game of waging a childish war against the foundations.