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Social Issues and Causes / Re: Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders
« Last post by Bluenose on Today at 11:13:13 AM »
You know, I've thought a lot about leaders over the years.  I think the greatest/best leader I ever knew was Commodore Dave Martin, who was Captain of HMAS Melbourne II when I first posted in to 816 squadron as a brand new Grumman Tracker sensor operator and Midshipman.  Several of us were given the 50 cent tour and introduced to all the senior officers leading to a five minute pep-talk from the Captain.  Terrifying in prospect if not in actuality.  However, about three weeks later I was in civvies waiting to catch a train into the city when the Captain walks up to me, thrusts out his hand and asks "how are you settling into the ship, Nick?"  I was flabbergasted.  Not only had he recognised me out of uniform, but he'd remembered my name.  He was a truly great leader.  On various Facebook forums now many others tell the same story and not just officers like me, but ordinary sailors.  Dave seemed to know every one of the 1,300 or so men on his ship by name.  He looked after his troops, and did many things to make an old World War II light aircraft carrier that was designed for the North Atlantic to be as habitable as possible.  Funnily enough, when he needed people to put in an extra effort for some reason, there was never any question.  I've never know a man so loved by his subordinates.  Later Dave was made Rear Admiral a bit later made Governor of New South Wales and then he contracted mesothelioma (as a result of his service in asbestos ridden Naval ships) and died in office.  A great loss to our nation.
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History / Re: Why isn't the Pacific Theater Commemorated?
« Last post by Bluenose on Today at 10:53:41 AM »
I also wonder why aren't the Japanese atrocities commemorated or particularly known about?

Well, I think you will find most Australians know about the Thai-Burma railroad, Changi prison, the Sandakan death marches, the bombing of Darwin, the Kakoda Trail, the mini submarine attack on Sydney Harbour to name but a few and of course not forgetting the attack on Pearl Harbour.  Then of course there were the Battles of Midway and the Coral Sea, not to mention Guadalcanal and a host of other islands like Truk, Iwo Jima and of course Okinawa.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Should we talk about the weather?
« Last post by Bluenose on Today at 10:38:34 AM »
For a bit of variation, some recent antipodean weather (at my place):  Wed 33°C (91°F), Thu 38°C (100°F), yesterday 41C (106°F), today 38°C (100°F)  Forecast mid to high 20s for most of the upcoming week then back over 40° by Friday.

For the record, you guys can keep your freezing cold weather, snow and ice, I'll just stay inside with the cooling on having a nice cold gin and tonic!
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Religion / Re: From Jesus Freak to Polyamorous Pansexual
« Last post by Magdalena on Today at 09:00:34 AM »
Wow! I had no idea!  :unsure:

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...I mean, as a Christian, I was part of the church, which was supposed to be God’s bride when he returned. I was also his daughter and servant. We were supposed to desire God. To yearn after Him. To want to touch Him (in the secret, in the quiet plaaace). We literally begged him to fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts...
This is so strange.  :shifty:

If you take any Xtian rock song, and change "god" to "baby", it's a conventional rock love song.

I think I understand now. It's like that song from the movie, Sister Act.
Oh My God Lyrics
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Nothing you could say could tear me away from my God, (my God)
Nothing you
could do, 'cause I'm stuck like glue to my God, (my God, my God)
I'm
sticking to my God like a stamp to a letter,
Like birds of a feather we
stick together.
I'm tellin' you from the start, I can't be torn apart
from my God.

Nothing you could do could make me untrue to my God,
(my God)
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie to my God, (my
God, my God)
I gave my God my word of honour to be faithful, and I'm
gonna.
You best be believing I won't be deceiving my God.

Read more: Sister Act - Oh My God Lyrics | MetroLyrics


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Religion / Re: From Jesus Freak to Polyamorous Pansexual
« Last post by Dave on Today at 08:47:48 AM »
Wow! I had no idea!  :unsure:

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...I mean, as a Christian, I was part of the church, which was supposed to be God’s bride when he returned. I was also his daughter and servant. We were supposed to desire God. To yearn after Him. To want to touch Him (in the secret, in the quiet plaaace). We literally begged him to fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts...
This is so strange.  :shifty:

If you take any Xtian rock song, and change "god" to "baby", it's a conventional rock love song.

Presumably the reverse applies?
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Magdalena on Today at 08:45:31 AM »
Added to my Facebook page with the heading "Me walking through a group of theists."
Good one.  ;D
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Hey Mags!!
« Last post by Magdalena on Today at 08:44:28 AM »
I love the way racists claim that homozygosity if preferable to hetrozygosity. Morons.
Inbreeding.  :eyebrow:

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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last post by Tank on Today at 08:06:01 AM »
Added to my Facebook page with the heading "Me walking through a group of theists."
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Hey Mags!!
« Last post by Tank on Today at 08:01:33 AM »
I love the way racists claim that homozygosity if preferable to hetrozygosity. Morons.
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Religion / Re: From Jesus Freak to Polyamorous Pansexual
« Last post by BooksCatsEtc on Today at 07:52:09 AM »
Wow! I had no idea!  :unsure:

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...I mean, as a Christian, I was part of the church, which was supposed to be God’s bride when he returned. I was also his daughter and servant. We were supposed to desire God. To yearn after Him. To want to touch Him (in the secret, in the quiet plaaace). We literally begged him to fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts...
This is so strange.  :shifty:

If you take any Xtian rock song, and change "god" to "baby", it's a conventional rock love song.
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