Boycott! List Update #2

Posted in Boycott, Drugs, Environment, Health, Media, Money, War with tags , , , , on 2014/04/14 by AsGrayAsGray
Sexy Coke

While you’re at it…

A very short post here.

I’ve finally gotten around to adding Coca-Cola to my Boycott! list.  See this, here, for the updated list page.

Coca-Cola: playing both sides of the great game since forever.  Coke loved Hitler almost as much as Henry Ford did…

I can’t wait for the ban on boycotts that’s been talked about in Australia.  I guess I’ll be going to jail.

Boycott, boycott, boycott.

If you read my Boycott! page and think that there is something else I should add, or some reason that I’m wrong to boycott anything in particular, let me know!


MH370 – A 777 Pilot’s Theory

Posted in Air Travel, Mystery with tags , , , , , , , , on 2014/04/05 by AsGrayAsGray
MH370 - A picture of an aeroplane

A picture of an aeroplane

I was very recently up in the north of Australia somewhere, and happened to meet a guy who was a pilot.  “Commercial jets”, he said.  My ears pricked up, and I asked what jets we were talking about.  “Triple 7′s”, he said.  So I pressed him for an answer on what he thought the fate of the missing commercial airliner MH370 was (and I did have to push a little…).  As this was a man who flew this particular model of aircraft, I consider it worthy of sharing his perspective on the possible sequence of events.

Here is his speculated theory in dot-point format, for your edification – in this case, my opinion is irrelevant, I’m just the messenger:

  • About 1 hour into a flight, after the final call to point-of-origin air traffic control, it is normal for one of the pilots to go and visit the lavatory.
  • During this moment in time, the now lone pilot is confronted with a sudden explosive decompression event (one of the cockpit windows blows out) – a freak occurrence.
  • Said lone pilot manages to just a reach a switch which negates the ‘route plan autopilot’ – the aircraft is now controllable using the manual ‘sticks and levers’.  He pulls back and to the left to steer the aircraft back toward Malaysia (i.e. toward the west).
  • Oxygen is quickly removed from the plane through the damage caused by the explosive decompression, and the temperature in the cockpit and the rest of the plane plummets to about -50°C, within seconds.
  • ‘Emergency autopilot’ takes over control of the aircraft while the plane is banked left and turning toward a westerly/south-westerly direction.
  • Everyone on the plane is clawing for the deployed oxygen masks while rapidly freezing to death.
  • The plane is on autopilot.
  • Everybody on-board dies.
  • The plane continues to fly on autopilot until fuel is depleted.
  • The aircraft slowly descends/glides down toward the ocean, and eventually makes a gliding landing manoeuvre onto the Indian Ocean.
  • The plane sinks in its entirety within a few hours.  There is little or no debris.
  • The aircraft and its contents may not be found for several or many years.

So, there you go…

For me, it is plausible and believable.  Notwithstanding the fact that the aircraft was very likely to have been tracked by someone (JORN – Jindalee Operational Radar Network, or satellite systems, or island-based US-operated radar systems, or…), which opens up all the other questions and possibilities, and conspiracy theories, Diego Garcia, Freescale, lithium, semi-conductor patents, Illuminati, etc.

I am sure that astute readers and many others may like to pick that theory to pieces – and I take issue with some elements of it, and am quite sure that more is known than what we see on the news.  But anyway – just sharing…




Posted in Assassination, Cruelty, Media, Money, Mystery, Politics, Power, Race, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/04/04 by AsGrayAsGray
A photograph of MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the other side of the World, the US is waking up to April 4.  On this day, forty-six years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot in the face and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.  In all likelihood, this murder was perpetrated by a band of ‘powerful’ evil men with small minds and no souls.

This little post is my acknowledgement and reminder of that horrific and barbarous act, of a society that allows these things to happen, of the struggles of one man against a sea of hatred, apathy, and constant injustice.

It was a long time ago.  And many others have shared his fate.  He was a ‘man of God’, and one of the very few of that ilk that I would rate on any scale.

There are still many documents related to this assassination that remain ‘classified’ by the FBI.  These are scheduled to be released in 2027, but may come out sooner.

46 years have gone by, and sometimes I wonder what a man like MLK would think of how far we have come, or how still we stand…


You Probably Won’t Read This. It’s About Climate Change

Posted in Climate, Environment, Media, Money, Politics, Power with tags , , , , , , , on 2014/04/04 by AsGrayAsGray


Very apt, relevant, and true-to-title. People are ‘tired’ of climate change as a topic (poor unfortunate hard-done-by people…). And this phenomenon has allowed us to get to where we are. The mandate for Australia to take positive action and a lead role back in 2007 was a strong one, and now we have a weak mandate (if you can even call it that) to begin the unravelling all of that. Shame, Australia, shame.
Anyone not already in agreement will likely pass on reading this, but it needs to be stated, ad infinitum, until society as a whole gets it and does something about it…
Great piece, so I’m reblogging it, with thanks!

Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:

Climate change1

Irreversible and severe damage is being inflicted on the planet from climate change. Science tells us we are responsible.

“I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today” (John Lord).

My youngest grandchild is 3 years old. In 70 years she will be my age. I often contemplate just what sort of a world the leaders of today are bequeathing the children of tomorrow. The evidence is irrefutable. The absence of political leadership in the face of a problem that might make two world wars by comparison seem superfluous, is deplorable.

So why are we not raising new generations to be better stewards of the environment and why is our government turning a blind eye to it all?

I write this not under some pretext that I am some kind of expert on the subject. On the contrary I am writing it because I…

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MH370 – Who Stuffed The Search?

Posted in Air Travel, Media, Mystery, Politics, Power with tags , , , on 2014/03/31 by AsGrayAsGray


All valid, and unanswered, questions. The issue of why Australia’s JORN radar didn’t pick it up, or why they won’t say it *was* picked up, is, I think, a crucial one. But we’ll probably never know…
Reblogged this, with thanks, from ÆRCHIES ARCHIVE.

Originally posted on Ærchies Archive - Digital Detritus:

Along with much of the world, I have been fascinated by the disappearance of and search for Malaysian Flight MF370.

Along with that fascination have come a growing number of questions. Some of them quite disturbing.

A large, commercial passenger aircraft turns off its onboard ID and tracking equipment and it becomes nearly invisible.

The only clues about its fate rely on deep scientific analysis of a few scattered quiet pings.

So I, a simple blogger with no expertise but “full of ‘satiable curtiosity“, shall ask some of the questions for which I have not been able to find answers.


We live in a world surrounded by satellites. In a world where intelligence agencies can read number plates on cars from orbit. Where people can be identified from space with such certainty that drones are used to bomb them.

Yet MH370 was able…

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Social Media ‘Plagiarism’ – a long and aimless rant

Posted in Aimless Rant, This Blog, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/03/28 by AsGrayAsGray
"Do Not Duplicate" stamp

Don’t copy, just re-craft it, and make it your own…

Sometimes I can get a little bit precious.  Like now.

I’m not the most active blogger or social media user in the place, and I often wonder what some other people are doing with the rest of their lives since they appear to be on Twitter or facebook almost constantly, but I see that it is something they are committing themselves to, for better or worse, and they are sometimes able to post some great original stuff, funny stuff, of-the-moment stuff, stuff that makes me think “oh, you are quick”.

On a couple of occasions I have found myself in the right place at the right time, and been in a position to craft a tweet that is a bit like that – a little snippet of biting text, maybe with a reinforcing image, that is just timed beautifully, and is ‘on trend at that minute’.  It really gives you a boost to see that little bit of ‘work’ get picked up and thrown around the cyber-world.  It is *validating*.  And that is something, whether we admit it or not, that all users of social media want, at least to some and varying extent – otherwise, why are you there at all?  So, I got some great validation when I posted this:

A tweet I tweeted

A tweet I tweeted

Now, I’ll re-stress here that I don’t spend hours of each day pushing hard to recreate that sense of validation with everything I ‘publish’ (if that is even what pressing ‘TWEET’ is).  I’m what you might call a casual twit, a casual blogger, and I use it mostly for my own purposes of ‘ventilation’…  So it’s mildly surprising that I’ve even noticed this, but: on at least two occasions, and multiple times in each case, I HAVE BEEN PLAGIARISED.  Not ‘retweeted’ (RT’d), not ‘favorited’ (US spelling), not replied to, but out-and-out plagiarised, with no acknowledgment.  And that PISSES me off.

It may not even fit the pure definition of ‘plagiarism’, but re-writing someone else’s ‘work’ by replacing words, changing the tone slightly, or ‘re-crafting’ a sentence, or even just deleting words accompanying an image altogether, is NOT ORIGINAL.  If one was to see some writing and think “ooh, that’s great, I wish I’d written that”, and then manipulate the words to make it appear ‘original’, then that, to me, is STEALING.  It is theft of intellectual ‘property’.

Now, I guess many would say, “Who cares?  It’s only social media.  Don’t be so precious.  What does it matter?”.  Well, it’s the principle of things.  Simple as that – it is a matter of principle.  If I see that occasional magical tweet, something that is so good and that I agree with, and wish I had written it, then I will re-tweet it, or re-blog, as the case may be.  This gives acknowledgement, it provides validation, it expands the original authors’ reach, and there is NO MYSTERY as to where the original work resides.  But if I were to RE-CRAFT that work and publish it under the illusion that I ‘invented’ it, then I AM A THIEF.


So, here’s some ‘evidence’ of what I’m banging on about – first, that tweet again, that I published about 8 weeks ago (under my ‘real me’ twitter account).  The photo is one I took in my lounge room of my television, and is captioned, by me, in a rather derogatory manner (you may need to click on this to see it full size so that the tweet text is readable):

A screenshot of my original tweet

Another screenshot of my original tweet – note my ‘Samsung’ television backlit logo at lower centre of the image

I was well happy with that tweet, and it got retweeted a bunch of times, more than any previous of my silly little tweets – my little phone alert was going sick for a full 48 hours after I put it out there…  And now here are a couple of the tweets that ripped off my ‘work’ without acknowledgement (and there were more, that had the image just as a link, or only copied my derogatory remark in relation to the PM [yes, I called him a 'lying retard'...]):

A copy of my image - no acknowledgement

A copy of my image – no acknowledgement

Another copy of my image - no acknowledgement

Another copy of my image – no acknowledgement

Needless to say, I was a bit miffed.  I had to look twice, and sure enough, that’s my fucking television!  A simple inclusion of my twitter handle would be more than adequate to provide acknowledgment and a link to the the original.  Not too much to ask…




OK, so the other day, our glorious leader (PM Fuckwit Abbort) decided it would be a rollicking good time for all of us if we took a step back to the 18th century and re-instated some monarchy-based honourifics – knighthoods and dameships.  For those of you not in Australia – YES, this shit really happened, is happening today (new Governor-General being knighted, outgoing GG being damed), and I apologise for our ridiculousness here, I am sure it will all be expunged as soon as sanity returns to our fair shores.  Anyway, I was out and about, listening to some news radio when the announcement was made about knights and dames, and I immediately had the thought, “oh, you’re fucking kidding, surely.  What’s next, a return to the imperial system?”, and then thought, I might just craft a tweet about that.  So I did:

My tweet about the metric system being repealed

My ORIGINAL tweet about the metric system being repealed


Lo, and behold!, a little later that day, I see this:

A re-crafted version of my tweet

A re-crafted version of my tweet

Now, I know that sometimes different people, at different times, sometimes at the same time, can come up with the same idea about the same thing (for example, I have invented several things, [at least in my head, but sometimes I've written it down or sketched it] only to discover later that someone else has beaten me to it…).  But this is not the first time that @<redacted> has taken a tweet of mine and re-crafted it.  He did a similar thing with the previous ‘lying retard’ tweet; said something derogatory about the PM and used a link,  instead of embedding it, to an image of my television, that I took with my camera in my house.  The same dude has a fairly massive following on Twitter (including me, we follow each other), and is, I believe, a respected independent journalist, and here’s little-fish me in my dingy little corner of the web-iverse, and so he has no reason to plagiarise anything, he quite frequently creates his own worthy stuff that gets picked up and passed around…  In this instance, he got a broader reach than me, retweeted over 10 times more than mine, that’s just the way our respective numbers stack up (he has about 9 times more followers than I do); plus, I tweeted mine when I thought of it, whereas he tweeted his (probably) when he thought he would get higher exposure (between 9pm to midnight is generally when Australian twitter activity goes hotwire).  I don’t really play that game…  Probably to my detriment…

Anyway, plagiarism is theft, whether it’s on social media or not.  So, either make up your own shit, or stop stealing ‘your’ ‘work’.



Malaysian Airlines MH370 and AMSA

Posted in Air Travel, Media, Mystery, Politics, Power with tags , , , on 2014/03/25 by AsGrayAsGray


I’ve avoided posting anything re: MH370 – ‘too soooon!’ But aside from all the possible conspiracy theories (Diego Garcia, Diego Garcia!), there are genuine ‘real-world’ questions that CAN be answered by certain politicians (here’s looking at you, Tony…).
So, I’m reblogging this, from ÆRCHIES ARCHIVE, with thanks. Go on, read it.

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