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...& now holding my breath...because maybe it's going to be...
"Here's to the revocation of bicycle law - PRONTO!!!!"
Bicycle helmets are regulated for safety BUT nothing guarantees that they work.
Nevertheless the ACCC's regulations are supposed to prevent any unsubstantiated claims or representations that bicycle helmets can offer any benefits in protection or prevention in serious injury.
After months of deliberating, I have finally completed my letter to the ACCC Chairman and will post it first thing tomorrow. Within my missive, I have highlighted the many complaints I have concerning the problematic nature of the mandatory bicycle helmet standard and accompanying product material in licences, print advertisements, bicycle helmet promotion campaigns, legislation and online material.
I am looking forward to a simple solution to our community 'pickle' - revocation of mandatory bicycle helmet wearing when riding a bicycle.
Meanwhile I continue to 'kick-back' in Yamba - bliss!
It was soon time to board the plane. As it turned out, the F didn't stand for first class, and it wasn't even business class. What's worse (on a sunny day like yesterday), I didn't even get a window. But boy what a stress-free way of flying it was. If only all airports could be like that.
Just when I was planning an international 'runner', I arrive in Yamba to have my faith restored by gorgeous dads, kiddies & little surfies!!!
Way to go, cool dudes & dudettes - ♥ ♥ ♥!!!!
Step on a crack, break the Nachash's back! Find Gan Eden This Year!
Gan Eden and Moshiach Now!
1. One of the Samoan blokes (the coach?) said the schedule discriminates against the less-fancied teams, and he's dead right. It's particularly tough on the better less-fancied teams like Samoa who have a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout stages. The best sides play all their games at the weekends, giving them nice seven-day intervals between matches, while the weaker teams face four-day turnarounds. They should follow their football World Cup where they play two games from Pool A, then two from B, then two from C...
Admittedly five-team pools make matters more complicated (one team will have to finish their pool games before the other four) but the current schedule, which heavily favours the best teams, could be vastly improved upon.
2. Why did they make the draw years in advance of the tournament? So much can change in two years; good teams can become average and vice-versa. For instance Argentina, who were ranked fourth when the draw was made, are now (I think) ninth! In the interest of fairness (to avoid a big imbalance in the strength of the pools) they should again take a leaf out of football's book and do the draw eight months or so prior to the competition.
3. Yes I know Christchurch had a series of catastrophic earthquakes that meant they couldn't play there, but shutting the whole of the South Island out of the knockout stages of the World Cup is, in my opinion, shocking. They spent serious money on the stadium in Dunedin, which has so far been a big success, so why aren't they playing one of the quarter-finals down there? OK its capacity is "only" 40,000 but for just one quarter-final I don't see that being a problem.
4. Once again there have been too many blowouts. I'm not a big enough rugby fan to appreciate all the amazing play involved when South Africa thrash Namibia. Cutting the number of teams to sixteen could help (and would certainly help some of the scheduling issues) but a better solution would be for the "lesser" sides to become more competitive by playing more matches at an international level.
For all that, the World Cup has clearly been a big success so far, and any criticism or advice that I offer should come with a big "I don't really understand rugby" disclaimer.
Is Israel finally going to go the distance with their propoganda war?
In late 2009, the Obama administration transferred 55 so-called bunker-buster bombs to Israel. The 5,000-pound bombs conceivably put Israel in the position to attack Iran's buried nuclear facilities--or to target Hezbollah's buried bunkers in Lebanon.
Rosh Hashana...Next Year In Yerushalayim!
Here are 2 Obama videos. One is as Senator and the other is as President. Notice the shtark contrast in his accent; he throws his voice: one is real one is fake. The real guy is a good guy..but who is this President Obama? Why the deception? I don't like what he is selling.
Watch and see for yourself: Good Guy vs. A Poor Man's JFK. Don't buy this con job: demand the truth!
Click here for our senator
Click here for the moron, I mean President
We have been waiting for the prophecy to be fulfilled; look at the 3rd video here at the 12:40 mark of Yeranen Yaakov's Blog:
Click Here For Video:
Now, Look at this article on yahoo News:
Click Here For Columbus Article:
It seems that if we compare the video, the article, and the old statue Colossus of Rhodes, maybe this is the fulfillment finally of the ancient prophecy of the Redemption as told by Nevuat Ha-Yeled (Prophecy of the Child.)
The old statue is described in the video in the same way as this Columbus statue. The Rome implications are obvious along with what Rome/Columbus represents, as stated in the article.
I have been following this one for years, and this new angle seems to be the best bet yet.
Rosh Hashana 5772 = Prophecies of Redemption coming true?
...& so said a very irate bystander at the Canberra Punk Commute last Wednesday after I had explained what we're all about:
Gent: you're very irresponsible - everyone knows helmets save lives
Moi: many academics are divided on this issue
Gent: not the good ones! & anyway I know because I can see I would cycle more than you a week so I'm in a position to comment
Moi: hmmmn that could be debatable - how many kms do you cycle in your week?
Moi: I cycle at least 100km
Gent: well that's irrelevant
Moi: how's that irrelevant when you raised it as a matter in the first place to prove your expertise and therefore your right to comment so categorically?
Gent: well...anyway I've been cycling longer than you...and always with a helmet
Moi: no way - helmet laws were enacted only 20 years ago - why would you wear one before? & anyway I've been on a bike for more than 50 yrs
Gent: not possible! (I ♥ that 'gent')
Moi: yes - started off as a baby on the back of my parents bicycles in Holland
Gent: hope they put a helmet on you
Moi: no - no-one wore them!!
Gent: well your parents were really irresponsible!!!!! - luckily today parents are more careful and we don't see them on the roads anymore!!!!!!!
Moi: families of all ages cycle everywhere in the Netherlands & without helmets
Gent: the whole nation is irresponsible - they should be banned!!!!!!
Ha! Ha! Ha!...but OMG...really I feel like screaming & running...this country is unbelievable!...
What to do?
That evening we went to Woodbury for my uncle's 70th birthday and to watch the All Blacks take on France. There was a big crowd, big enough to make watching the rugby a less than enjoyable experience for me. There was considerable variety in how much people cared about the game, from life-or-death All Blacks fanaticism to "it would be quite nice if France won, actually." When it became obvious that the men in black would win comfortably I sidled off to the next room which acted as a chill-out lounge.
Yesterday Mum, Dad and I drove to Moeraki, or close to there, stopping off at Oamaru with its quite spectactular stone buildings, Kakanui for a tasty lunch, and Timaru to drop in on family. Last night we watched a cracking rugby game between Argentina and Scotland (getting excited about rugby, whatever next?), Argentina scoring a late converted try, the only try of the game, to sneak home 13-12. So far (to my mind) there has been an inverse relationship between try-scoring and excitement. The game was played in the driving rain of Wellington; a wonderful advert for the city.
I'm grateful for these three days off work. Things got a little awkward last week. My boss seems to have it in for me regarding our draconian clear-desk policy. Sometimes I'll arrive in the morning to find everything, however innocuous, has been whisked off my desk by my boss, into a locked cabinet somewhere. It's annoying and embarrassing having to ask him for it back every time, particularly as my next-door colleague leaves more (and more sensitive) paperwork on his desk than I ever do and nobody bats an eyelid. I've now set up a daily alert in Outlook to remind me to lock everything away before I leave for the day, otherwise I'll keep forgetting: at that time of day all I think about is going home. As far as my actually work is concerned, it gets more bizarre by the week. If things don't add up, I'm required to introduce a fudge factor, and if I have to change something so that the fudge factor no longer works, I'm then required to fiddle the fudge factor. Before long I've lost track of what's real and what's imaginary.
Here is my idea: Lets say the Tree of Life was an Olive Tree, which there are opinions saying it was, for the sake of meriting its oil to make Shabbos Light.
Adam using his Wisdom, and supreme knowledge of Nature (he named everything in the Garden), has one problem: how to get olive oil, now.
If the Olive Tree functions like an Argan Tree, then getting the oil would be simple! Employ the goats to process the fruit and make the oil through their digestion, as it is done in Argan Trees in Morocco. Adam makes a Hekesh, and says perhaps the Argan tree, which makes oil, functions like an Olive Tree that makes oil. Just as goats are used in Argan Oil, so too with Olive Oil. If the Argan Tree functions as the Olive Tree, I would not be eating from the tree at all, I would merit Shabbos and use the fruit as Light!
Enter Adam's command: Do Not touch the tree (as the work is delicate, goats and all), enter Chavah, Nachash and the story goes from there...Derech Drush...
My Pshat (understanding) is: The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in this scenario, is Adam superimposing the Argan Tree onto the Olive Tree, assuming the comparison is valid; whereas cooperation with Chava would merit a Kosher Garden experience, and the Olive Oil would be allowed to be used in The Great Shabbos that they would have merited, turning any remnant of Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil into an edible/usable Tree of Life, as explained by the Arizal...with the onset of Shabbos, and a perfected world.
Chava represents waiting, for the Olive Oil to produce naturally, thereby not touching or eating from the tree until Shabbos...Adam ventured to produce it in an unnatural way, taking too many steps, and leading Chava to a sin, that came back to Adam himself.
Adam was to wait patiently;We are to fix this by patiently waiting for Moshiach. We can make it complex like Adam did, or we can wait until the time is RIPE, allowing Knowledge of Good and Bad to return to its source of Tov Meod (Very Good) and being a source of Life, within the Delight of Shabbos..as Hashem said, "And Behold, It Was Very Good!"
Click here to learn more about goats and Argan Trees
Why can't Bibi figure out the one-state solution? (The question is [Alex],"What is a Jewish State?")
"Time is running out for a two-state solution. That is one thing everyone agreed on in all the discussions I had at the United Nations last week on the Middle East Peace Process. The events of the Arab Spring have only added to the sense of urgency. Public opinion across the region is increasingly intolerant of the failure to address legitimate Palestinian aspirations in a way that meets Israeli needs. There is growing disenchantment with the failed international efforts since Oslo. At the same time, tensions between Israel and its neighbours are increasing, notably with Turkey and Egypt, and moderate leaders on both sides are under pressure from extremists. Rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel have continued."
What if Bibi would just put on a kippah, and accept some form of Jewish state? Another advantage point would be to really negotiate: on the TRUE Biblical borders of Israel from a Talmudic perspective, calming the only true and rational fear: breaching the borders per the TORAH.
King David was to finish Yehoshua's job, in conquering Eretz Yisrael. Where he did not succeed was in taking Syria before the conquest of Israel, and namely being then not allowed to build the Beis Hamikdash.
Our job is not to expand to "the extended PROMISED LAND", rather conquer our promised land that the Torah gave to us as a mission to secure first: Red Sea to Kinneret derech Jordan over to Med. Sea and down Sinai...perhaps if we just had Bitachon in Hashem, and secured the basis of Eretz Yisrael, we would merit the Beis Hamikdash and real Peace and security...
Bibi can start by at least wearing a kippah..how can he negotiate a Jewish State without even wearing one? Over here it is a big statement to not wear one, and not much of a reason not to. Thats Israel: a land where you can be Jewish!
So here's to negotiations: put on a kippah and learn what the borders are that you negotiate, maybe that's the viable policy that the nations shouldn't have to be waiting on.
Maybe then God won't have to keep waiting to send us the Beis Hamikdash.
The formula seems simple: put a kippah on Bibi and learn/teach TRUE Borders of Israel..with the cherry on top: Ezekial's Temple Prophecy!
Let's hope for 5772, Kedusha can learn and overpower with Kiddush Hashem over Erev Rav/Katan...Beis Hamikdash Achishena from Shamayim B'H.
Roll over Einstein: Pillar of physics challengedGENEVA (AP) — A startling discovery by one of the world's foremost laboratories that a subatomic particle seemed to move faster than the speed of light has scientists around the world rethinking Albert Einstein and one of the foundations of physics.
As I said, I agree with Chazal Science, yet I disagree with "not thinking things through." I brought this video because I do not know the source of the Gemara mentioned, it was stated in the video, and I found the video to be entertaining nonetheless. My personal belief is Chazal is totally correct, but only in accordance with all sources present and accounted for, being dedicated to Torah itself and not with agenda/bias/ignorance...thereby illuminating both pros and cons to both sides of this argument. In any case, 1:42 minute mark resonates now louder than ever, to justify the Rakiyah issue, to modern day thought and Geocentrism within the FULL scope of Torah and the Sages.
Enjoy the video (1:42) Click Here
Could Higgs Boson Explain Evolution of the Universe?Higgs Boson, the greatest riddle in all of physics, may hold the key to understanding the evolution of the universe from its birth, a group of physicists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) say.The race is still on for CERN scientists to identify the elusive Higgs Boson, which is considered the Holy Grail of particle physics. Scientists say this 'God' particle would also help to explain why the majority of elementary particles have mass, and that the universe wouldn't be the same without it.
Particle might have traveled faster than speed of lightGENEVA – A pillar of physics — that nothing can go faster than the speed of light — appears to be smashed by an oddball subatomic particle that has apparently made a giant end run around Albert Einstein's theories.
"The feeling that most people have is this can't be right, this can't be real," said James Gillies, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The organization, known as CERN, hosted part of the experiment, which is unrelated to the massive $10 billionLarge Hadron Collider also located at the site.
Gillies told The Associated Press that the readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery.
"They are inviting the broader physics community to look at what they've done and really scrutinize it in great detail, and ideally for someone elsewhere in the world to repeat the measurements," he said Thursday.
Scientists at the competing Fermilab in Chicago have promised to start such work immediately.
"It's a shock," said Fermilab head theoretician Stephen Parke, who was not part of the research in Geneva. "It's going to cause us problems, no doubt about that — if it's true."
Is the world of Physics dieing before our eyes? Physics as we know it is the Klippah of Darkness, which is rooted in the seat of the long unfinished business we have with Galus Yavan (Greece). The Midrash says the Darkness mentioned in the Torah on the deepest level, is the darkness of the Galus Yavan. In the battle of the geulah of Chanuka, all that was missing was the Mem Alef א'מ combo as was found in earlier redemptions: Mitzrayim (Moshe and Ahron) and Purim (mordechai and Esther). The Maharal says the final redemption will include the final Mem Alef, Moshiach Eliyahu, which the commentators have said, will be the missing Geulah Shleimah aspect of Chanukah. Chanukah has been a struggle through time, testing the Emunah of the Jewish People, to see if they can find Hashem in the universe, namely an atheist universe.
In these days,hashem and Moshiach is not to be found, and people are losing Hope. Perhaps Hashem is unleashing His real Darkness, to shroud the eyes of the atheist, introducing a darkness even greater than was in Mitzrayim. The Ramchal says, that the redemption will be greater than the days of Mitzrayim, and that in The End of Days, there will be total darkness before there can be Light, as one Malchus (kingship) can not infringe upon another.
Let the atheism of Yavan die already and their physics that will always measure short to the Truth of The Torah. As the Gra wrote in Kol Hator, Kabalah and science will one day join and show their achdus, and perhaps we are going through the death of science sheker (falsehood) that will lead to an "enlightened" universe.
If Science as we know it dies, perhaps scientists will open their minds for real: Geocentric reality? Torah science? Or to finally boldly go where no one has gone before: into Reality! Maybe this darkness will serve to usher in the Hidden Light that we have all yearned for for so long...A Light sewn for the righteous in the End of Days.
If anything less, add the plight of scientists to the other areas of darkness in the world...And maybe we are on the threshold of Geulah; if nothing else we will be living in a brand new universe, if not spiritually, then scientifically.
Unfortunately Scientists don't have the Ko-ach to start over, as what was the Madreiga of Esau? "I'm Tired!"
The Torah on the other hand, is just starting...and the words/science of Chazal are ready, present, and accounted for Sir.
Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!
The Canberra Punk Commute couldn't have been a more perfect boutique protest ...& the weather couldn't have been more clement...
...and who can ever resist 'tiptoeing through the tulips?' - certainly not us as we did a quick little detour prior to our Legislative Assembly rendez-vous
Always a pleasure to be with one of cycling's greats - Bill Curnow, the indefatigable president of the Cyclists Rights Action Group
...& wonderful opportunity for some of the far & wide CRAG members to meet face-to-face,...
...share campaign stories...
...& thoroughly enjoy each other's company
Good to meet The Hon. John Hargreaves (the 'yellow-enveloped-suited-guy') who made a supreme effort to do so despite back-to-back meetings - always useful to have 'a' moment with those who change the law!!!
And so the speeches began...
$$$ it's not lost on us that we're the 'counter-culture' ones, eschewing our cars when possible & using our bikes for transport instead
$$$ helmet safety claims are unsubstantiated, misleading, deceptive, inaccurate, non-specific, not in the public interest
$$$ twenty years on & the world continues to shy away from enacting equivalent catastrophic legislation
...by now we had been joined by the Speaker of the House, The Hon. Shane Rattenbury
...who generously addressed us publicly with tales of:
* his 5 years in the Netherlands using a bicycle for transport in a typically unhelmeted Dutch manner
* the Greens commitment to sustainable transport
* their interest in the helmet law debate and their willingness to consider all arguments
...he then very generously made himself available for us to chat to individually, & at length - good stuff!!!
Bill's 'seasoned' campaign placard:
'WHEN INJUSTICE BECOMES LAW
RESISTANCE BECOMES DUTY'
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) motor-bike police...
...just checking our intended route to the big PH
Getting there Ottawa style - coolly & stylishly
"Look, mum!!! We made it!!!!"
Australian Federal Bicycle Police just checking who we are - anybody????
And when the member for Hunter was a no-show, The Magnificent James Grieve delivered a most marvellous dissertation on Hunter Reds anyway!!
Adieu until next time! - dispersing by bicycle...
...& by bus!!!!
Next stop: ADELAIDE!!!! - funtimes!!!
- Hillel: If I'm not for Me, who will be for me?
- Honest,Pure Yirat Shamayim (Fear/Awe of Hashem)
- In exile, out of Israel...an awesome Jewish World
- The beauty of Eretz Yisrael..Eretz "Tzvi"
- Bloodlines, Yichus going back to Sinai...Family tradition
- Aliyah to Israel, Yemot Hamashiach
- The world stands on 3 things: Torah, Avodah (service), and Kind Deeds
- Losing/Finding the 3 Pillars of the World
- Wickedness of Old/Righteousness of Today..Who is wicked and Who is righteous?
- Being Kind and Knowing Kindness of Hashem
- Yerushalayim and Tirtzah..Finding Eretz Yisrael
- Live Geulah in the micro, all the way until a Macro Revelation
|The Lady of Shalott. Painted 1888|
John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. His favourite subjects were mythology and Arthurian legend and this picture is based on the eponymous poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Looking at the bulk of his work in retrospect one is tempted to say that it is sentimental and extremely unfashionable in the way that much Victorian painting is thought of today. See, for example, the work of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
However unfashionable, I think it's time for a re-evaluation of some of this kind of painting.
Taking The Lady of Shalott at face-value, the thing that strikes me initially is - it is beautiful and radiates calm and peacefulness. In reality the story is nothing like that - she is about to drown herself. (See 'Ophelia' painted by Millais in 1852), a probable source of inspiration for this work.
- The characteristics of Pre-Raphaelite painting (and literature) are a directness and attention to detail and realism in a way that was last known before Raphael at the time of the High Renaissance. There was also a strong tendency towards medievalism as typified by this painting.
- The Lady of Shallot was depicted as one of the characters in the Arthurian legends with the Knights of The Round Table.
It would be really cool to feel that I was good at my job. I did get that feeling when I worked on the earthquake claims, and that made me feel good about myself. Because the quakes had caused so much mayhem I felt I was helping somebody somewhere, and it was obvious what I had to do when I turned up in the morning, so I went ahead and did it. In contrast in the last two weeks (and the rest if I'm honest) in my big spiffy job I've been all at sea. I don't know what goes where, I can't seem to remember a damn thing (not caring probably doesn't help there) and most of the output I have produced has been somewhere between dodgy and hopelessly wrong. My boss is partly to blame - he isn't a great communicator so I'm often left in the dark - but mostly the problem is me, and recognising that isn't great for my self-esteem.
One fringe benefit of my job is that I got to see a World Cup game on Saturday - South Africa against Fiji. On Friday an email was sent around the office; six free single tickets were up for grabs. I got my hands on one of them; I benefited from the lack of demand for single tickets. On Saturday I wasn't really in the mood for watching rugby, but I took a longish walk to the stadium and got there as the anthems were playing. The atmosphere was good at the start - all the non-South African fans were behind Fiji and for the first twenty minutes it was nip-and-tuck, but then the Boks got a try, then another try, then another try... In the second half I lost interest but I was glad I saw the game - it would have cost me $120 had I bought the ticket. I got the shuttle bus back to Courtenay Place, got a very tasty butter chicken from Taste of India, and watched Ireland's shock win over Australia on telly. Gee whiz.
On Friday they had drinks after work, taking in the All Blacks match with Japan which kicked off at eight. I went home for dinner then joined my colleagues in town as the game started but I wish I'd stayed at home. Being in a crowded pub with work colleagues who have been drinking for three hours is a recipe for stress.
Last night we had the autism group. I really enjoyed it; we had a smallish turnout (five?) which actually helped my enjoyment of the session I think.
This Saturday I'm flying to Timaru and will be taking three days off work. I'm looking forward to both the flight (which in such a small plane will have some novelty value) and spending some time with my parents.