Sunday, October 29, 2017

Score one for the doctrine of separation of powers.

I love the way that the citizenship 7 were sweating on the finding of the High Court.

I like it even more that it was the deputy prime minister that was sweating. That is the beauty of our government and judicial system.

Two completely separate arms of management that makes the laws and interpret the laws. Somebody was very clever some time ago to decide that you could not make a law in advance that would accommodate every possible situation.

And so we have the doctrine of separation of powers.

In a world of imperfect humans perhaps this is a way of muddling through the mess?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Housework and Damned Statistics

Self serving, I suppose, but:

The old saw of Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics comes up to me all the time. Reporting numbers give them a credibility that they often do not deserve.

The recent Australian census indicated that women were doing the largest share of the housework. That sounds like a misapplication of the word "share".

Who decides how much housework there is to do in a house? If one person is happy with a dirty floor, a filthy toilet and mess everywhere then their idea of total housework hours per week is probably only 5. A person who wishes to live in a monument might have an underlying thought that 20 hours a week is the total required amount of housework.

That sounds to me like a question that needs to be determined between the couple, but just because one person thinks the hours should be higher doesn't make it the right thing.

So if there are a total of 20 hours per week of housework done in a house then the damn statistic is that one person is doing three times the amount of the other. Context: By their own choice.

Or as a person might rudely say:

"Everybody needs a hobby - if yours happens to be polishing silverware then who am I to stop you?"

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Junk Science rules

In a world where people have access to all sorts of information but lack the intelligence to separate bullshit from solid argument, junk science is king.

Glyphosate is an excellent and safe chemical and the recent talk of it being harmful to health:

The entire case against glyphosate is one “monograph” from an obscure World Health Organisation body called the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which concluded that glyphosate might cause cancer at very high doses. It admitted that by the same criteria, sausages and sawdust should also be classified as carcinogens.

came out of a "pay to publish" journal and should be thrown into the same basket of junk science as vaccines cause autism:

Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and money refuting the results of a minor paper in the Lancet and exposing the scientific fraud that formed the basis of the paper. Appallingly, parents across the world did not vaccinate their children out of fear of the risk of autism, thereby exposing their children to the risks of disease and the well-documented complications related thereto.

Conspiracy theorists are sometimes the greatest enemy of reason.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What makes you a friend - or an enemy?

I consider myself to be a fairly simple person. If you are wondering whether I consider you to be a friend or an enemy just remember that I am trying to get a bunch of things done. That makes it all so much simpler.

If you are assisting me - in some way - to get my things done then you are a friend.

If you are holding me back from getting my things done, then you are an enemy.

Sure it does mean that people are friends and enemies in all sorts of rotations. But it really is as simple as that. And as complex.

Monday, October 16, 2017

If you don't give up on me then I won't give up on you

There are few instances in my life where I have not played the game this way. I am not in a habit of giving up. When I detach from a task it is mostly because I have worked out what I need to put in and measured it against the rewards of succeeding.

But if the people I am working with decide to give up on me then I have even less motivation to persevere. I will not bail, but if you wish to bail out the I won't beg you to stay.

Mostly - if you don't give up on me, then I won't give up on you. I might go missing but I won't be lost forever.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Me and Jesus

Strange conversation the other day where I had mentioned that I thought Jesus was a pretty cool guy. The person I was speaking to said "but he's not real are you kidding me?".

I wasn't particularly offended just surprised at how hamfisted this person was about a topic that's normally quite close to people's hearts. But I think that is why this person has troubles with just about everybody that she deals with.

Anyhoo the discussion did cause me to wonder how much are really matters whether Jesus really existed or not. For sure I think Jesus existed and I'm happy for people to say that it's an open question about whether he really is the son of God.

I finished saying to this person that even if he didn't exist it's still a great story and it's still a great set of virtues. I can also watch a movie and think that John McLane is a cool guy.

So that's that.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I won't back down: Tom Petty is dead

The people who wrote the songs who define me - they keep a dyin' - this one at 66. One year younger than Mum. Might've trashed his body a little more than her, too.

As a 19 year old trying to work out what type of person I was this song came along and I still can't help but think it sort of does set out what I think is important.

"Well I know what's right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground"

I don't back down, but I have been known to slip sideways..
https://youtu.be/nUTXb-ga1fo



Well, I won't back down
No, I won't back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down
No, I'll stand my ground
Won't be turned around
And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won't back down
(I won't back down)
Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won't back down
Well I know what's right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground
And I won't back down
(I won't back down)
Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won't back down
Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down)
Hey, I won't back down
(I won't back down)
Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out
(I won't back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won't back down
No, I won't back down