Sunday, January 06, 2019

How Cafe Culture Changed Debate

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.” 
― Elbert Hubbard

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.

— Henry Miller, born in 1891

The joy of this television experience is not just its voyeurism but the way it reinforces your size, that you are a single tile on the great mosaic of human existence.

This TV show is three hours long and nothing happens. You should watch it

Remember to read this book! Selling as doorstopper ;-) as well which is about nothing: Cold River eBook: Jozef Imrich: Kindle Store

Virginia Trioli: The unexpected fallout of sharing my story, and the ABC's best personal stories of 2018

Within the last couple of days, I’ve learned two things about the sinking of the Titanic and I’m going to share them with you. The first is that the discovery of the wreckage of the Titanic by ocean explorer Bob Ballard was actually a cover for the top secret investigation of two nuclear submarines during the height of the Cold War.
In 1985, Ballard’s mission was to dive to depths of 9,800 feet using a towed camera system called Argo to find and document the imploded remains of the Scorpion. The objective of the mission was to locate the submarine’s nuclear reactor and nuclear weapons and to gain evidence to help determine what led to her loss. After concluding his successful investigations of the Scorpion, Ballard used the final 12 days of his expedition to discover the RMS Titanic at a depth of 12,540 feet.

How Cafe Culture Changed Debate

It wasn’t that the conversations in the café were necessarily intellectually productive; it was that the practice of free exchange itself—the ability to interact on equal terms with someone not of your clan or club—generated social habits of self-expression that abetted the appetite for self-government. – The New Yorker

The fearless Aussie digger – a dangerous myth

An urgent rethink is needed on the idealised image of the ANZAC digger warns Effie Karageorgos, who has researched the experiences of Australian soldiers. The archetype of the rugged digger who shrugs off the traumatic events of war is unattainable, and the mental health consequences for soldiers can be tragic.