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Martin Luther King: ‘I Have A Dream’

Martin Luther King’s famous speech, August 28th 1963: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree … Continue reading

John Cleese On Security

How we Brits Cope with Terrorism. Reposted from: “John Cleese On Security” at This Day – One Day The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even … Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

I have been nominated by Mona Howard (Ramblings) and Yannah (Yannah The Wanderer) for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you to both of you for this recognition. The rules of  the Versatile Blogger Award are: Add the Versatile Award photo on a blog post Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post. … Continue reading

Shared Meaning and the Communication Process

Communication is the parting or exchanging of thoughts, opinions or information by speech, writing or signs. It can also mean the process of conveying information electronically or manually. Exchanging opinions without understanding does not create communication. For communication to exist, shared meaning must be constructed. If communication is to involve shared meaning, five principles must … Continue reading

Shared Meaning and Communication: Five Principles

Communication is the parting or exchanging of thoughts, opinions or information by speech, writing or signs. It can also mean the process of conveying information electronically or manually. Exchanging opinions without understanding does not create communication. For communication to exist, shared meaning must be constructed. If communication is to involve shared meaning, five principles must … Continue reading

Motorbike Repairs

This was supposedly printed in a Florida newspaper.  It tells the story of a man, his motorcycle, an exploding toilet, and the need for good medical insurance. A man was working on his motorcycle on his patio and his wife was in the kitchen. The man was racing the engine on the motorcycle when it … Continue reading

Woman Beats Up Fiance At Prenup Party

A Poulsbo woman was jailed after being accused of beating up her fiance at their prenuptial party. Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies said the woman’s 12-year-old son told her he saw her fiance kissing one of her women friends early Thursday morning. Deputies said the woman, 31, gave her friends the boot, told her fiance to … Continue reading

Only In America

While living in America, I made the following observations, which I found quite curious: Pizza gets to your house faster than an ambulance. There are handicap parking places in front of skating rinks. Drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” is commonly known as Murphy’s Law.  The fact that Murphy was actually an aero-space engineer, who worked on safety-critical systems, may be cause for some concern. Major Edward Aloysius Murphy’s original statement was apparently along the lines “If there’s more than one way to do a job, … Continue reading

Origins Of Bonza

Bonza is an uniquely Australian word, meaning excellent, attractive, pleasing, remarkable or wonderful.  For an Australian to call something bonza is considered high praise indeed, but where does the word come from? It seems to have entered use around 1900-1905.  The first time it was used in print, with the alternative spelling of bonzer, seems … Continue reading

Airport Security Assists Thieves

There have been reports in the Australian media recently of the perils to travellers at Australian airports. This particular peril doesn’t come from terrorists or the like; it comes from thieves at security check in points, unwittingly assisted by airport security personnel. Video footage has been released of thieves waiting at the other end of … Continue reading

Child Pornography Is Not Art (2008)

Bill Henson’s claim that his pictures of unclad preteens are art is not to be taken seriously by many who say it is child pornography, nothing less, and an attempt to use established art galleries as a false veneer for respectability. The fact that the web site showing the children’s photos was based off shore … Continue reading

Tax On Diesel (2008)

There has been much debate recently about tax on diesel.  This tax was introduced to fund the infrastructure for natural gas, but this infrastructure has never happened.  So the question arises: why do we still pay the tax. When diesel first became popular, it was because it was cheaper.  It was cheaper, because it is … Continue reading

Charities Helping Themselves

About 90% of Australian people donate an average of $400 per person to charity each year. But how much do the charities use to help others, and how much do they use to help themselves?  A survey by Choice magazine last month showed some surprising results. Of the 11 major charities surveyed, all with exactly … Continue reading

Are Banks Assisting Identity Fraud?

In recent weeks, I have received several calls from persons claiming to be from my bank.  They have told me that I have an account with them that is overdrawn.  They have then gone on to instruct me, “for identification purposes,” to verify my account number, by telling them over the phone.  This is exactly … Continue reading

Unjust Queensland Water Restrictions (2008)

The Courier-Mail in Brisbane today reports that there will be permanent water restrictions for households in Queensland, even after the drought has broken, and the dams are full again.  Why do households get the raw end of the pineapple, when they only account for about 5% of all water use anyway? The pre-drought average use … Continue reading

Pay More, Get Less

One thing that really annoys me is the fact that manufacturers treat us like fools. They claim the prices of their products are not rising as much as inflation, but, on close inspection, it is obvious that the products they sell actually contain less than before. Take cereal, for example. A report from the Today … Continue reading

Petrol Companies Price Hikes

Current media reports state that the federal government is considering forcing petrol companies to advertise their prices 24 hours in advance, so consumers can be prepared for the outrageous price fixing that happens on weekends and public holidays. maybe this could be expanded to force them to advertise three days, or even a week in … Continue reading

Westpac and National Home Interest Rates Rise (2008)

Westpac have raised their interest rates yet again.  The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the bank had raised its rate to 9.37%, following the National bank’s rise to 9.36% on Wednesday. The fact that they went higher than the National seems to be an invitation for the other major banks to get on the bandwagon … Continue reading

Makes No Scents

Every morning, I wake up, and have a shower. I use scented shampoo and scented conditioner to make my hair smell nice. I use scented soap and scented body wash to make me smell nice all over. Then I use a scented deodorant to keep me smelling nice all day. I also use a scented … Continue reading

Affordable Housing Projects To Be Expanded

Affordable housing numbers in Queensland are increasing, according to information from the Department of Housing and Brisbane Housing Company. Scott Chandler, Media Advisor to Queensland Minister for Housing, Robert Schwarten, said that 15 million dollars funding had been committed to thee Gold Coast Housing Company over the next three years. This was in addition to … Continue reading

Murri Courts Expanding In Queensland

Murri Courts will soon be operating in Cairns, Caloundra and Mackay, according to Donna O’Donoghue, Adviser to Queensland Attorney-General, Kerry Shine. The courts, designed to meet the special needs of Indigenous Australians, commenced operation in Brisbane in 2002, and are currently operating in Brisbane, Ipswich, Mt Isa, Townsville, Caboolture, Cherbourg and Cleveland, Ms O’Donoghue said. … Continue reading

New Press Shield Laws Announced

Reforms to evidence law will protect confidential communications between journalists and their sources, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said in a media release on 24th May. However, Amy Coopes, from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, believes the laws, in their current form, do little in a practical sense. The Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill was announced … Continue reading

The Great Burke Debate

All constituents should have access to all parliamentarians, regardless of the constituent’s background, according to Senator Andrew Bartlett, Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats. A spokesman for Senator Bartlett stated that the Democrats did not have a policy of their elected parliamentarians, or members of the Democrats, being prohibited from contact with former Western Australian … Continue reading

King of Torts by John Grisham

The King of Torts is typical of the perception most people have of John Grisham. It portrays two lawyers, one honest and one corrupt. The twist in this tale of litigation and intrigue is that the main character is both lawyers. Clay Carter is a burnt out public defender, an honest man who has failed … Continue reading


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