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Read or Condemn Yourself to Death by Ignorance

For those courageous souls brave enough to look and see what is,

who are unwilling to blindly accept

the lies and rules of tyrannical authority.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.

Wednesday 19th August 2020

G’day #Name#,

Hope this finds you fit and well.

Here is a sampling of what crossed my digital desk over the last week.

An Open Letter To the Premier

History Has Stopped

An Obituary

Choose Your Leaders Well

On Getting Things Done

Complex Application Design: A 5-Layer Framework

Killers All

There Is No Illusion Greater Than Fear

More Of The Same

If You Are Thinking Of Organising Or Attending A Protest, Watch This

Trump strikes: Fight against global human trafficking - Germany escapes catastrophe

In The Midst Of Change

Two Types Of People

No Guns For You And No Freedom Of Speech

I hope you get something from it!


An Open Letter To the Premier

Dear Premier,

The COVID response was based on Imperial College Neil Ferguson’s projections. These projections have subsequently proven to be wildly inaccurate.

In Australia last year there were over 1,000 doctor certified flu deaths (as reported on the ABS site). We are nowhere near that number of COVID deaths.

Why are we remaining a victim of the media generated fear porn and altering our way of life for something not even a tenth as fatal as Mental and Behavioral Disorders (10,747 last year) when front line responders report self-harm and suicides are sky-rocketing during the lockdown?

There is no logical sense in the Federal or State government responses.

Please investigate the about and satisfy yourself of the truth of the above then advise the Australian people of the mistake and let’s get back to a saner operating basis.

Tom Grimshaw

History Has Stopped
History Has Stopped

(Tom: If one learns from the mistakes of the past... ...but the past is erased... ...then the only source from which to learn becomes the data we read or see... ... and if the present is censored and all information conforms to the official agenda... ...we become slaves to the system producing the approved content... ...and if the official content is inaccurate to forward an agenda or hide mistakes or protect vested interests... ...we start living a lie. Only the truth will set you free. Any species living a lie reduces its ability to survive.)

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped.” ~ George Orwell

Read more about what Orwell had to say about Truth here:

An Obituary

The original:

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.

Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet.

C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men’s movement, body piercing, whole language and new math. C.S.’s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus.

In the following decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf.

His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last.

Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought. Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.

And here is an altered version of it:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn’t always fair and
- Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility and
-by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepchildren;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I’m A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Choose Your Leaders Well
Choose Your Leaders Well

On Getting Things Done

A mate sent me this quote from Plato: “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Plato - Philosopher (427-347 B.C.)

Considering the number of people who have things they would like to do but who never get started on them I can see Plato’s point but I find it pretty easy to start things and not as easy to finish them.

From what I have learned (and observed and experienced) it is not just me, more people find it easy to start tasks than they do to finish them.

In fact, the worst off amongst us cannot finish anything they start. Which is actually a very reliable way to pick the people to stay well away from and not let in your life.

I well recall visiting two different people. One worked at home and did not appear to be able to throw anything out. He had so many stacks of paper, magazines and books on the furniture and floor in his lounge that he had to move some off the lounge to make space for me to sit. He ended up not paying all his bill.

Another I visited at work. His office was so full of papers, magazines and books that he was unable to get two people to sit in it. He was occupying a meeting room and was hard at work filling that one too!

Ideally one should be as competent in starting, continuing or changing and finishing anything they wish to undertake.

As it is easy to get distracted prior to finishing tasks, I play a little game with myself from time to time to feret out any tasks I have started and discipline myself to finish them off.

It is amazing how many attention units this frees up.

I commend it to you as a useful exercise to try.

See if your experience matches mine!

Complex Application Design: A 5-Layer Framework

An interesting article on the various contexts of complexity that should be considered by user experience designers and researchers designing complex applications, including complexities of integration, information, intention, environment, and institution.

Killers All
Killers All

The actions of these 5 Governors accounts for 40% of the actual US COVID deaths.

For goodness sakes get them recalled or at least vote them out next election!

There Is No Illusion Greater Than Fear
There Is No Illusion Greater Than Fear

More Of The Same
More Of The Same

If You Are Thinking Of Organising Or Attending A Protest, Watch This

Click the Read More button to view the video:

Trump strikes: Fight against global human trafficking - Germany escapes catastrophe
Human Trafficking

Notwithstanding the environmental catastrophes of Trump's administration, this alone elevates him to a very high status.

In The Midst Of Change
In The Midst Of Change

Regardless of your chosen profession, in order to survive you need to have the following skills. The better your skills are developed, the better your chance of survival.

You need to be able to observe your environment as it exists in present time. This requires the ability to accurately and fully confront the existing environment and the ability to accurately observe and understand the factors at play.

This may seem like too basic a fundamental but given that one very intelligent and experienced observer estimated that the average person is only 30% in present time with 70% of his attention is stuck in the past, you can better appreciate why accidents occur. Those pictures you get in your mind of past incidents? The argument you had that you keep thinking about? They are some of the things that make up your 70% of attention that is stuck in the past.

To understand the factors at play you need to have some familiarity with them. A stranger in a strange land has less knowledge of local factors so is at a higher risk of harm.

You need to be able to perceive and recognise threats and opportunities. This again requires accurate observation and some familiarity with the scene.

You need to know your strengths and weaknesses and those of your associates. This requires understanding and accurate observation.
You need to be able to think with data and solve problems. This requires intelligence.
You need to be able to make decisions based on available data. This requires courage.
You need to be able to act on your decisions. This too requires courage.
You need to be able to overcome obstacles, barriers and distractions and persist long enough to attain objectives. This requires drive.

I hope you are building your skills in these tumultuous times. Confront, communication, evaluating whom to trust and whom not to trust are key skills. If you want some recommendations to free, online resources that will help boost your survival ability, call me.

Two Types Of People
Two Types Of People

Because lies are not the exclusive domain of governments and insanity and unethical conduct are also rife in private enterprise, I think a better statement of it is “People who do as they are told by authority and people who can look and observe truth and lies.”

No Guns For You And No Freedom Of Speech
No Guns For You And No Freedom Of Speech

Playbook tactics. Used my most oppressors in the 20th century. Pushing 100 million killed by their own governments in this manner I saw one post report. Why change what works?


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



Most of the content herein has been copied from someone else. Especially the images. My goodness some people are talented at creating aesthetics! The small bits that are of my creation are Copyright 2014-2020 © by Tom Grimshaw - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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