Friday, April 11, 2014

Danica Patrick.

"The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don't think they have aptitude to win a Formula 1 race."- Stirling Moss.

Hold on, Mr. Moss:

Danica Sue Patrick.





Danica's "Letter To Self":





In spite of never winning a major race, like the Indianapolis 500 (though ever so close), or the Daytona 500, Danica Patrick has established herself as among the best racing car drivers alive today, and that in itself is an achievement worthy of much note. 


First female to win an Indy Car Series:



 




God Speed, Danica.




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sir Nicholas Winton Should Be Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize.





Thanks to a friend of mine*, I only recently became aware of Sir Nicholas Winton, who has been described as the "British Schindler".

Without further ado, a brief look at Sir Nicholas Winton's "Schindler efforts":





Sir Nicholas is now 104 years old, and will turn 105 this coming May 19, 2014.


Nicholas Winton.


Sir Nicholas Winton's Website.


If after reading this you feel inclined, as I have, to sign a petition directed to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, you can do so here:

 Nobel Prize Committee: Award Sir Nicholas Winton the Nobel Peace Prize.

As my friend pointed out, many people have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, who have been far less worthy than Sir Nicholas.


*Thanks to Dr. Daniel C. Peterson for bringing this to my attention. 


Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Tribute To The Men and Women Serving in the New South Wales Police Force (NSW Police) - And a Few Concerns..

Policing isn't the easiest job, and it's certainly not among better paid jobs when the risks are calculated. 

Coming clean, I admit to an ulterior motive in doing this post. I was recently the victim of what I'd call a "minor crime". Yet the Police took it very seriously, probably because it involved a juvenile offender, and the prospect of "stemming it in the bud". For the record, this juvenile was eventually caught, and the officer assigned to my case asked me if I wanted to press charges. I declined. I hope, at best, that this person was at least given a warning, but I wouldn't want any more than that, in the hope of reformation, considering the very young age of the offender.

Being a cab driver, I've spoken to *many* police over the past seven years, ranking from constables and forensic police to senior detectives. One female constable told me, "it's a stressful job, and you're always under pressure, but I love it".

On the other hand, I've spoken to former police officers who quit the Force because of the personal and emotional toll it was taking on their, and their families' lives.

NSW Police are trained at the Goulburn Police Force Academy:



When the Academy is completed, graduating Police have to deal with the harsh realities of street life, and crime. Especially alcohol-fueled violence (which takes up 70% of NSW Police resources). The female officer pleading with this intransigent to "stop it", is a detective, and she and the other male detective tried to contain him until "beat police" arrived:





Who can go home at the end of the shift like this feeling "job satisfaction"? It takes a rare individual.


Many police don't survive the stress, and in some cases, it has led to suicide:



Stress among NSW Police:

 

The really sad thing, I think, is that *most* police recruits enter the Force with lofty and noble ideals about improving society, and for too many - it ends in despair, and disillusionment.

So I ask you to think for a moment: Are *you* contributing to improving society, and helping police stem crime? Or do you prefer to shout out "pigs", as they go by?

Examine your motives, if you chose the latter, and whether it's in the best interest not only of yourself, but society-at-large.

When you're the victim of a crime, the police are the best friends you have.



 

 
Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.' They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Resignation of Russia Today's (America) Liz Wahl.

“And that is why personally I cannot be part of a station funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the action of Putin,” she said, reading from a statement.

“I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth. And that is why after this newscast I’m resigning.”

"It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there,"

- Liz Wahl.



Russia Today (America) actually aired the clip, with this comment:

When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.  (Russia Today)

Regardless of the fact that she "planned to move on", Liz Wahl's on-air statement is worth some serious attention.

Russia Today news anchor Liz Wahl resigns live on air over Ukraine crisis.

Russia Today TV anchor Liz Wahl quits live on air, says she cannot work for a station that ‘whitewashes Vladimir Putin’ .


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Farewell To Twitter.







Why I went back, only God knows. Especially considering my views of the so-called "social media". But trust that I've learned my lesson. No, Twitter, I won't ever accede to your demands. You should have known me better. A warning of any broken rules would have been nice. No such warning was given. I barely even understood why I was suspended, nor who made the complaint/s. I used the @reply incorrectly? Fair enough: How? Who? Where? When? What? I'm still in the dark. You wanted me to change my habits, but you didn't give any details as to how I should do this, nor exactly who was offended.

I'm actually glad that this happened, because you reminded me so much of American authoritarianism, and why I need to stay away from all such sites.

I offended some ultra-sensitive souls, and  Twitter "rules"?

What a joke!

How hypocritical do you get, Twitter?

Charlotte Dawson death: Twitter criticised for failing to act against trolls. 


Haters ate Charlotte Dawson alive.


You're suspending me for indiscretions far less notable than the vipers on your "social media" site who contributed to the suicide of Charlotte Dawson? Did you suspend them? No, you didn't, Twitter. You let the vipers attack Dawson mercilessly.

Why did you do nothing to stop them, Twitter?

Did I verbally abuse anyone, like some of your low-life Twitterites who verbally abused Dawson, eventually driving her to suicide?

No, I didn't.


I won't even bother logging on to your troll site anymore, so please delete my account there. I seem unable to delete it. You won't even offer me that option!

Postscript:

I was allowed back on Twitter to deactivate my account. At least thanks for that. And farewell forever, Twitter.

Interesting links:

I'm not a troll: Man whose tweet cost $105,000 speaks out. 

Kiama tragedy: 'Sick freaks killed my daughter'. (Trolls)

Push for cyber-bully reform gathers force.