Technological Progress

There’s a lot to think about in this article, Lew.
Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Lew Bornmann's Blog

It seems to me….

No one intuitively understands quantum mechanics because all of our experience involves a world of classical phenomena where, for example, a baseball thrown from pitcher to catcher seems to take just one path, the one described by Newton’s laws of motion.  Yet at a microscopic level, the universe behaves quite differently.”  ~ Lawrence M. Krauss[1].

Though science and technology are socially neutral, potentially capable of either positive or negative effects, I admit to being a techno-optimist believing that technology can improve people’s lives. Technology, however, cannot by itself solve systemic social problems such as socio-economic inequality. Though there have been unparalleled information technology advancements over the past fifty years, the U.S. poverty rate has remained between 13-15 percent of the population and totally impervious to any improvement.

Over the course of history, industry has advanced not only by relying on technical evolution…

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Daily pictures : partial mobilization in Russia

Nicolas Cinquini

In the evening of September 20, 2022, Vladimir Putin has recorded an address to the Russian peoples, which is broadcasted in the next morning. Russia is mobilizing 300,000 reservists, who are reinforcing the special military operation for liberation of Donbass, denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine

Victory in Lisichansk, Lugansk People’s Republic, on July 2, 2022 (RIA Novosti), a member of the 6th republican Cossacks regiment raises the replica of the victory flag in Berlin, 77 years earlier

No conscript will be involved, the workforce of the operation will be globally multiplied by three, close to the volume of the Ukrainian cannon fodder. The announcement follows the calls for referendums in Donbass and southern Ukraine, in order to join Russia. After the popular vote, likely before the end of September, Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporojie regions should become parts of the Russian Federation


Defense minister Sergei Shoigu and other…

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What Children Worry About Most

Reading this again after nearly three years, I became very emotional about the disruption of family life due to bad war and after-war experiences!
I ask myself, who profits from war? How can wars be avoided?

Berlioz1935's Blog

Quote:“It is well known that parents spend a lot of time worrying about their children’s future, but do they know their children are worrying too?”

Watching the Midday News today an item caught my attention. They were talking about a survey done of 10 to 13 years old.

43% worry about their future and 37% about family. In the news item, they were mostly talking about the latter.

It made me think about the time when I was 10 to 13 years old.  That was 1945 to 1948 and it was a particularly bad time to grow up in Berlin after WW II.

Luckily we weren’t bombed out and still lived in our now windowless apartment. My mother worked as a Trümmerfrau during the cold winter months and beyond. 

My father, unknown to us at that stage, was in an American PoW camp. Did I worry about my future?…

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Diary with some more Pictures from August 2019

Interesting Pictures!


There are quite a few pictures from August that I published already towards the end of August.

I found now a few more pictures from that month. Here they are:

DSCN5607 Some of our discarded stuff ready for collection

We try to sort out some DVDs. We have too many and they take up too much room. So it is best to get rid of some . . . However, for instance ‘As it is in HEAVEN is such a great movie I really would like to watch it again!

DSCN5686 We like to sit out there for Morning Tea

This is such a great spot in the morning winter sun!

DSCN5697 Peter is having a bit of a rest.

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Why Ukraine Referendum is Big Deal

The Most Revolutionary Act

Russia’s newest ICBM Sarmat equipped with maneuvering warheads

Indian Punchline

The referendum on September 23-27 in the Donbass and southern Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine on their accession to Russian Federation is, prima facie, an exercise of the right of self-determination by the native population who reject the western-backed regime change in Kiev in 2014 and the ascendancy of extreme nationalist forces with neo-Nazi leanings in the power structure.

But it has other dimensions, too. In all probability, the referendum will overwhelmingly opt for accession to Russian Federation. In Donbass, it is a straightforward question: “Do you support the entry of the DPR into the Russian Federation as a subject of the Russian Federation?” For Kherson and the Zaporozhye Cossacks, the referendum ascertains three sequential decisions: secession of these territories from Ukraine; formation of an independent state; and its entry into the Russian Federation as a subject.

In 2014…

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Bowral in December 2012



Peter took this picture on the 21st December 2012, our Wedding Anniversary. The Corbett Gardens are in Bowral. This day in 2012 was the last time we went to see the Gardens. Over the years we did go a few times to have a look at the tulips there in spring time during the tulip festival. This year we missed out again on seeing the tulips there.


Two years ago in December we quite liked to walk through Corbett Gardens on a summer day. There were no tulips there, but the gardens looked lovely none the less.





On the way to the Gardens we had stopped at the Bradman Museum.




Some refreshments were very welcome.










21st of December 2012 in Bowral

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    Bowral – December 2012 (continued)


    On the 21st of December 2012 we had our 56th wedding anniversary. On that day we went up to the highlands for a visit to Bowral. As I remember it, Peter and I had an excellent time up in Bowral on the day of our anniversary . Looking at these old photos brings back memories. So here they are:

    Here we had our Lunch










    These pictures were taken in a Bowral shopping centre .








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    In the morning we had visited the Bradman Oval:

    At the Bradman Centre there was a nice cafe where we had had some morning tea:



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    Bucket Rex Jackson

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    The Illustrious career of Rex (bucket)Jackson

    12TuesdayMar 2013 A re-run of a post.

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    The illustrious career of Rex (bucket)Jackson

    March 12, 2013

    The illustrious career of Rex (Bucket) Jackson.

    With the latest finger pointing at Obeid and his antics in front of Icac I wonder if some of you still remember Rex Jackson. There is a world of difference between the two!

    Rex (bucket) Jackson was really the epitome of a charming effervescent man. He was also minister for Youth and Community services, of Corrective services and a little later minister for Transport in the NSW Labor Government during the mid seventies and early eighties after which he suffered his spectacular fall from grace.

    His love of dogs is what is supposed to have led him to his downfall. He was a regular fixture at Dapto dogs and Wentworth…

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    A handwritten note, a crown and a wreath: items on Queen’s coffin and what they signify

    items on Queen’s coffin and what they signify


    1. Handwritten note

    Nestled among the flowers of the Queen’s funeral wreath was a handwritten card by her son King Charles III, which read: “In loving and devoted memory, Charles R.”

    2. Flowers

    At King Charles’s request, the wreath on top of the Queen’s coffin contains flowers and foliage from the royal properties of Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, in London, and Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. Also at the King’s request, the wreath was sustainable, and affixed in a nest of English moss and oak branches.

    The wreath contains myrtle, the ancient symbol of a happy marriage, cut from a plant that was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947. It also contains rosemary as a symbol of remembrance and English oak, a national symbol of strength, in a nod to the Queen’s constancy and steadfast duty. Other foliage includes pelargoniums, garden roses, autumnal…

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