Interesting things too

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factotum started the topic in Thursday, 21 Nov 2019 at 2:21pm

For when one interesting things thread isn't enough.

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batfink commented Friday, 25 Dec 2020 at 2:00pm

Hey VJ, a fellow traveller I see. Mahabharata was such a great story/fable/history book.

Oppenheimer’s quote, from the Mahabharata, “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”.

The war included flying machines, and the weapons name was Pashupata.

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batfink commented Friday, 25 Dec 2020 at 2:50pm

Udo, interesting link, to an engineering site so unlikely to be fake noos.

Sickaz, yes, hard to get your head around, but no, we won’t be tipped upside down and go backwards (although relatively, if we were tipped upside down we would seem to be going backwards around the sun.)

I could be wrong, but I think it is more about the earth’s axis, which is 23 something degrees off centre, will appear to move, showing a different part of the night sky due to earth’s journey around the sun having a wobble in it.

To help get your head around the idea of a ‘wobble’, check out where the moon rises on full moon each month and you will see it varies quite a lot. The path of the earth and moon’s journey around the sun has a similar wobble in it.

Don’t know how they calculated that the full wobble takes 27K years to go through. Some nasty maths there.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 at 8:47pm

Hey Batfink, it's just so interesting, isn't it? Merry Xmas to yourself and all the SN crew, hope you had a good Boxing day too.

Let's do a thought experiment. Let's assume that people did not know the affects of radiation until it was most recently created - say maybe after 1900 in small amounts, certainly after about 1945 in terms of deployed weapons. Given the Mahabharata describes very similar shapes to the weapon's use and very similar afflictions from the weapon such as radiation sickness and death, what are the odds a) the Mahabharata was actually written after 1945 (very remote!) b) they fluked the description of both what the weapon looked like and the results of radiation sickness, mortality and fallout - ie, it's total co-incidence, or c) they are accurately describing what they saw and describing it as best they could with the language they had at the time.

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Sickaz commented Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 at 2:42am

This forum is excellent, thanks batfink for the help when my mind was derailing. And the Mahabharata is now priority reading for me.

That quote with the line “destroyer of worlds” has been used by Dan Carlin of Hardcore History as the title for a podcast history of the A bomb. Well worth a listen, as are all of the Hardcore History podcast, they are amazing and I have been addicted to them since discovering them. On Spotify if anyone is interested.

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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 at 1:21pm

Hey Sickaz, as a primer for that I'd suggest the opening chapters of the Bhagavad Gita

https://asitis.com/1/1.html

Starts there, Arjuna and Krysna observe the armies before the Battle of Kurukshetra and make some profound philosophical/religious observations. Just read the bolded translation and flick to the next verse, otherwise you will get entangled in the explanation without enjoying the original text. That's the version I have at home; as with Christian religions there are different interpretations. My take is that a group of cousins end up going to war - we might call this a Greek Tragedy - and the Gita describes Krysna's viewpoint of it, for he also is a combatant on the field. (It's a time of less 'peace and love' being set in age of Aries or age of Taurus). The book later outlines the path for a good, moral life, much like the very profound Matthew 5 in our own Bible.

The opening of the Gita is short and sweet, describes reincarnation, karma, etc Krysna is a very cool character/divine godhead. He's the Jesus Christ of an earlier epoch of the great wheel.

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sypkan commented Monday, 28 Dec 2020 at 6:43pm

china is buildung a 'multifunctional fishing base' just kilometres from australian maritime borders

'multifunctional' ...that certainly broadens options...

"...It's just an MOU..."

they said...

again...

https://m.facebook.com/KattersAusParty/photos/a.171238079725269/17302705...

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 28 Dec 2020 at 6:52pm

Sack-mo still MIA on this one?

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Fliplid commented Monday, 28 Dec 2020 at 7:16pm

He's praying for divine intervention Guy, seems to be on a roll lately so gonna give it another shot

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 28 Dec 2020 at 8:22pm

Saw this last week was all over various news outlets.

Pretty unfair to criticise Scomo though it's a deal between China and PNG and we have no idea what is happening behind the scenes with talks between us and PNG to maybe make them rethink things or voice our concerns, and obviously Scomo would have to be very careful at the moment not to stir China up anymore.

It is scary though, not just from a security perspective but from a fish stocks perspective for the region.

BTW. Sypkan what are you doing following a Bob Katters FB page? :D

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 28 Dec 2020 at 10:44pm

Info, pretty sure we give PNG 100s of mill each year in foreign aide so if our govt doesn’t what is happening under every rock up there they are asleep at the wheel. Morrison should read the what’s what to the PNG govt, .... the way our foreign aide budget has been successively slashed by the LNP over the last 20+ years would make interesting reading.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 5:29am

The question is : How do you outspend China when it comes to bribery and corruption ?

We can’t even rely on the Victorian premier to show loyalty to Australia yet now it’s our fault if PNG politicians are bought off under our noses ?

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JQ commented Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 9:05am

Have you got him yet Blowin? You've been on the march for a long time now that's for sure.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 10:10am

Yep Guy exactly we don't know the talks and negotiations behind the scene, you can guarantee what we know is just the tip of the iceberg.

And 100% you would expect talks would involve foreign aid that's basically we help you in this area but it comes with expectations.

But yeah like Blowin says

"The question is : How do you outspend China when it comes to bribery and corruption ?"

Even if we have to engage in behind the scene dodgy stuff, we can never compete with China.

This whole China expanding around the world thing is truely scary the whole world and all our leaders labor and liberal are guilty of allowing this too happen.

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evosurfer commented Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 12:18pm

PNG , Fiji Northwest WA. Australia has every mineral in abundance the land
the space the resoursers for China to succeed in fuelling world domination.
To me its setting up a pre planed invasion in the next few years pray im wrong.

IF im not surfing im racing

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 2:22pm

Agree

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 4:10pm

US is awake

https://media.defense.gov/2020/Dec/17/2002553481/-1/-1/0/TRISERVICESTRAT...

read and understand, hot off the press. We won't be alone and overrun.

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H2O commented Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020 at 8:19am

Interesting indeed VJ -Wonder if local media picks this up.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020 at 9:03am

This passage from the text particularly relevant to Australia :

“In the event of conflict, China and Russia will likely attempt to seize territory before the United States and its allies can mount an effective response—leading to a fait accompli. Each supports this approach through investments in counter-intervention networks. Each seeks to shift the burden of escalation by reinforcing annexed territory with long-range precision-strike weapons and make a military response to an invasion seem disproportionately costly.“

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Blowin commented Thursday, 31 Dec 2020 at 9:50am
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hirsute commented Thursday, 31 Dec 2020 at 12:13pm

Wonder how long before the historian has an unfortunate "accident"?
No truer words spoken.

hirsute

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indo-dreaming commented Friday, 1 Jan 2021 at 12:58pm

Interesting to see the government make a slight change to the national anthem, I'm sure it wont be enough for many, but personally i think it's a good change, just a slight one that doesnt mess with things too much but is a little more inclusive.

The change is only one word from:

"For we are young and free" to "For we are one and free".

ABC Article on it here

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/advance-australia-fair-national-a...

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 1 Jan 2021 at 2:51pm

For we are hung and free

No underpants 2021

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Optimist commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 5:29am

Australians all lets not rejoice
We sold to XI and LI
with golden soil we flogged for spoil
Our gas fields sold near free
Our land abounds in natures gifts
You beauty, the rich can share
In history's page let Anzacs rage
Advance the pollies Fare.....

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Blowin commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 10:56am

Walmart has a few decent late Christmas presents available in case you forgot anyone
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ancient-Times-Plate-X-of-De-Figuris-Veneris-b...

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Craig commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 11:13am

^^ Old mate's not doing to bad.. Ha.

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Blowin commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 11:28am

I see you’ve got an appreciation of fine art Craig.

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Snuffy Smith commented Saturday, 2 Jan 2021 at 11:56am

Here's some more nonsense.

Balls of fire

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 5 Jan 2021 at 6:41pm

Judge Rules against Julian's US Extradition..
Not what it seems + US will appeal.

Judge is not arguing US charges but prisoner rights.
UK/Aust have no death penalty to fear...
Such a prisoner may take their own life in simply fearing such a Death sentence.
Indeed Assange suffers Anxiety & deep depression & is on a suicide watch.

Judge ruled that death sentence is too oppressive resulting in mental harm.
Team is looking to free Julian on Bail...

It is said the Epstein Suicide served as a warning of real case example.
2018 Lauri Love ( Computer Hacker / Activist ) being a better UK > US example.

News report has more detail...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/julian-assange-extradition-w...

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factotum commented Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021 at 6:05pm

Welllllllllllll...

that was a refreshing break.

Did I miss anything?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021 at 6:14pm

A feel-good animal story for today: what do you get if you cross drug lords, "Free Willy" and hippos?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/01/11/invasive-h...

Don't worry about the bloke running around trying to knacker them, their reproductive rate wins.

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factotum commented Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021 at 6:27pm

"What do you get if you cross drug lords, "Free Willy" and hippos?"

An Ayn Rand apologist?

'Dismal Science' Libertarian?

CPA?

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factotum commented Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021 at 6:59pm
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zenagain commented Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021 at 9:48pm

I'm paraphrasing but "Assange was doing anything he could to avoid extradition to the United States."

Well duh!

1173

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Rabbits68 commented Sunday, 17 Jan 2021 at 12:26pm

Girls Can’t Surf

Brilliant doco. Well worthy.

Pristine