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This is Carl's Public Journal

- a replacement for Facebook since the Cambridge Analytica privacy breach of 2018 which demonstrated the mendacity of the Facebook business model, illegally invading not only your own privacy but that of your associates, although the RSS subscribe and Google in general is almost as bad as Facebook, except Google don't engage in the infantile and mendacious self-justification that the Zucker troll promotes while blatantly selling your and your friends' private information.

I suggest you shortcut this page link and pull the page yourself, "oldschool" style, as required, and avoid the "middle man" - more secure!

The opinions below are purely my own and intended to reflect on issues encountered in usual daily life, to promote reflective thought and understanding.

Chemical Weapons and the development of Super-Flu

posted Apr 7, 2018, 11:22 PM by Carl D. Kneipp

The ABC's Rear Vision programme on  the-influenza-pandemic-of-1918-1919 highlighted a fascinating aspect of anthropogenic pollution that could be seen as Nature's revenge on that hostile hominid species since the suggestion is that the influenza that caused the pandemic bred out of the chemical war trenches of WWI, which is similar to the aetiology of modern Syphilis which some scholars suggest developed from a benign skin rash observed in human fossil remains of ancient Greece into the aggressive current form due to close proximity high population human habitations.

One can only speculate what might come forth from Syria.

Peony Root a "hit" for the Influenza Pandemic

posted Apr 7, 2018, 8:23 PM by Carl D. Kneipp

Listening to our ABC's "Rear Vision - The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919" it became evident that the root of the pretty flower Peony  was (and is) a popular Chinese Herbal remedy "bung full of ephedrine" which I am sure gets you up and going! So reminiscent of good ol' last century herbs like Opium and Coca.

Will Peony be the new source of Crystal Meth precursors from Asia now that Australia has put all ephedrine Cold & Flu remedies behind the pharmacy counter?

In deference to Nephropathy the German word "die Droge" [the Drug or dried as in dröge] translated to "Dried Herb" prior to Synthetic Chemistry.

Not Cricket (again!) - how cheats become even more pathetic

posted Apr 2, 2018, 10:11 PM by Carl D. Kneipp   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 11:25 PM ]

I remain amazed and offended by these poor losers Smith, Warner and Bancroft
have descended from dishonest cheats to bleating pseudo-victims in wanting lesser penalties for their dishonest and disreputable behaviour which would see any normal citizen banned for life from their occupation.
It appears that being paid millions of dollars to represent one's country somehow excuses unconscionable behaviour.
Perhaps they should enjoy this opportunity to silently and forever withdraw from a profession from which they have been shown as being so obviously incapable of managing, or has Australia such a poor supply of cricketers that we must tolerate and reward cheats with overt attention instead of the contempt and disgust it deserves?

Cambridge Analytica - banning Facebook

posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:57 PM by Carl D. Kneipp   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 10:13 PM ]

The recent exposition of Cambridge Analytica
(see https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/20/officials-seek-warrant-to-enter-cambridge-analytica-hq )
caused me to delete all Facebook access to my phone and computer and retain ONLY anonymous access to WhatsApp (to accommodate correspondents who prefer web texting to phone numbers) and blank access to Instagram to follow a single family member.

People have expressed a number of responses to this violation of privacy perpetrated by Facebook for their profit, including:
  1. No change, even when presented their involuntary sharing of their Facebook friends' details, indicating the facile depth to which "friendship" has descended no thanks to Facebook!
  2. My account is secure, the claim of the true kool-aide drinkers (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones ) even though there is no such thing, as Facebook has open access to all profiles and gives an illusion of security by restricting common users to others' profiles until they pay Facebook access money, when Facebook opens access according to the amount of money paid.
  3. I have done nothing wrong so who cares,
    echoeing  Cardinal_Richelieu's (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Richelieu)
    "... give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged"
I therefore prefer this Journal so I might have a chance at presenting my own views without the perversion of Facebook's kleptocracy.

140825 Response in support of Holocaust survivors condemning Israel’s Gaza war

posted Aug 25, 2014, 9:24 PM by Carl D. Kneipp   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 10:21 PM ]

http://rt.com/news/182472-israel-holocaust-gaza-war
http://ijsn.net/

The abuse of international conventions which originally created Israel by the fanatic Zionists stealing land and gas from the people of Gaza by laying siege to them and then destroying their habitations and murdering their population is a gross and illegitimate insult to the Jewish religion they claim to represent, and to all those international citizens, past and present, who worked in good faith to create a peaceful refugium for displaced jewry, including my own great uncle who at the age of 22 died fighting in Palestine with the Australian Light Horse Regiment laying the basis for the Israeli state. 

Israel needs to depose their unrepresentative barbaric war-mongering government, and withdraw to the 1967 green line http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Line_(Israel), or suffer the condemnation of the civilised world as the false opportunists and vassals of the US which they have become.

Israeli Zionists are no friends of Australia:

Jews in Australia must distance themselves from this Israeli aggression by openly condemning Israel's barbarism, as Australian Muslims have openly condemned ISIS barbarism, or suffer the disgust that all Australians feel at this Israeli persecution of Gaza resulting in their ultimate classification and rejection of Jews in Australia for tacitly supporting Israel as exotic antisocial aliens working against Australia's national interest and social peace, constituting a risk to Australia's national and social security.

Sailors, Divers & Surfers BEWARE the Purple People Eater

posted Oct 28, 2012, 3:42 AM by Carl D. Kneipp

The Purple People Eater, a.k.a. Pelagica noctiluca (see http://australianmuseum.net.au/Purple-Stinger) which, much to my physical displeasure, I encountered last weekend while swimming close to shore in an incoming tide in the shallows of Brighton Le Sands Sydney with a friend.

We were bobbing around in waist deep water in swimmers (how I wishes I had worn my wet suit) looking for sand whiting, shells and seaweed bunches coming inshore with the tide when I spotted a large bunch of purple about 3 metres away which from above water looked like a slab of soft coral or seaweed. I walked towards the mass a step or two and suddenly felt a cattle-prod shock on my legs and ankles about 2 metres distant from the mass so retreated rapidly backwards pushing my friend back as I went. Sadly we both were stung by very hot and intense but invisible stings which were remarkable by their intensity, invisibility and distance fro
m their source. 

Unfortunately I nor anyone on the beach has no vinegar (acetic acid is the recommended neutraliser for jelly fish stings as it collapses the toxic nematocysts responsible for the sting) so we did out best to wash the stinger cells off our now very painful extremities before finding some "stop itch plus" cream loaded with Xylocaine (Lidocaine) which became our best friend for the next 9 hours while the intense pain abated, way stronger than bluebottle sting.

Contrary to the article below, the specimen that lured my friend and me into its extraordinary 2 metre pain zone had a bell of at least 30cm in diameter as confirmed by a brave (crazy?) local friend who located the beast swimming along the shore, and seemed to be using a feeding strategy by positioning itself stationary on a sand bank, bottom up to expose its tentacles in a fascinating purple display of columns that looked to me like soft coral full of sea-life, in order to attract passing fish. This challenges the idea that jelly fish are passive feeders. This particular species is known for its distinctive bell markings which suggest a nervous system with optical capacity.

SO to enjoy your beach time in Sydney:
= widely avoid underwater PURPLE stuff
= carry VINEGAR at all times to the beach, with tube of stop itch plus
= forget the MYTH that stingers only live in the tropics and are curious little creatures capable only of innocuously bobbing around making a simple living by chance because they think YOU are lunch!

Comment on "How should we deal with drugs?" by Dr Ethan Nadelmann - ABC RN Big Ideas 27Jan11

posted Jan 29, 2011, 8:50 PM by Carl D. Kneipp   [ updated Jan 31, 2011, 7:24 PM ]

[see http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bigideas/stories/2011/3122404.htm ]

In response to listening to the programme audio and the comment Comment from Ness : 28 Jan 2011 10:21:15am
"Anyone who entertains the idea that drugs should be legalised should spend some time with someone suffering from drug-induced psychosis. That may change your opinion."

I am compelled to write:

The only "drug-induced" psychosis that prevails in Australian society is that delusion demanded by the global Alcohol & Tobacco Industries through their government sponsored Drug Enforcement lapdogs who police the American television promoted ignominy of seeking retribution from non-conforming citizens for rejecting popularised acceptable-by-profit intoxication while rewarding the agencies involved in the high-profile policing of this ineffective & out-dated policy first described in 1798 by Thomas Malthus
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Robert_Malthus ) to address population control through the cheap, simple & barbaric societal intervention of dramatically visible but in-effective prohibition while promoting fatal social behaviour through corruptly licensing certain easily-taxed & highly profitable but dangerous substances (Alcohol & Tobacco) in order to maintain the illusion that the society is being protected through prohibition while saving money by skimping on Education & Health provision.

Portugal and Holland (and most of the EU) have rejected this patronising prohibition and demonstrated that decriminalisation & taxation are the most effective social instruments to manage social excess, promote good health, and minimise corruption.

How can modern Australian entertain this abuse of our society by these self-promoting prohibitionists?

Comment on "Understanding the Environment" by Clarence Slockee on ABC1 TV's Gardening Australia

posted Jan 22, 2011, 6:26 PM by Carl D. Kneipp

[see http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/about/coming.htm ]

I wanted to commend the segment "Understanding the Environment by Clarence Slockee" in today's episode of Gardening Australia and hope that you make this a regular feature of your programme

Comment on "Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia" ABC Radio National 360 Documentaries 22Jan11

posted Jan 21, 2011, 10:09 PM by Carl D. Kneipp   [ updated Jan 21, 2011, 10:29 PM ]


I wish to complement the author of this work and thank her for her clever and insightful review of this complex and exploitative "education" issue.

I am particularly concerned about the flagrant exploitation of young, often financially challenged, students who are the future of their and this country, and the maleficence that fuels this reactionary racism that has victimised and polarised the individuals and societies involved, much to the detriment of all except the money grubbing cheats who engage in this mendacious usury.

Expectations and behaviours are a two-way street, and education itself is a life-long process, so only history will tell if any Australian government "regulation" of this unfortunate fiscal industrialisation of our education system will have any effect.

I remain hopeful that the humanity and generosity of those of my fellow Australians who understand and welcome the diversity of cosmopolitan multi-cultural society will work to overcome the difficulties suffered by these unfortunate visitors to our wonderful country and prove us as a truly tolerant and embracing civil society which treats people as they themselves treat those they encounter.

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