Chapter 5 Written / Published 27.7./31.7.16 Pics by author, unless indicated
|How often in
Australia would you be hearing the word 'Lederhosen' on radio? Not too
often, I guess. The day after I had uploaded the previous chapter, which
included a man dancing in Lederhosen, I heard the word on ABC Radio.
This chapter starts with two grumble emails to ABC TV. What I noticed in a children's program left me bewildered, why a scriptwriter would dish this up to three year-olds. We also discover a new code, born trying to solve a difficult puzzle.
In 2016 both Australia and the USA suffer from election fever. We clean up the aftermath of the vote in AUS and take one look at a finger-pointing man in the USA, who wants to be hired. It fits the new code!
It's winter in Australia. Enjoy the break from bike-riding and football, except one small alpha-numeric twist.
5. Middle of... DNA
"Jesus Christ, it's Jason Bourne!"!
A few hours before writing this chapter these two names, coming from the television set, made me sit up and take notice. As we do most days, while eating breakfast, my wife and I were casually watching television. At the very end of a short movie trailer a male actor called out "Jason Bourne", blaspheming as a prefix . Now I knew which movie it was from.
Why did the scriptwriter of J.B. have to use J.C. to put emphasis into the scene? Why break the Second Commandment and upset those viewers, who still hold that name in high regard? For a brief moment I too felt offended, but then, thinking a little deeper and wider, the two names do match, looking at them in a creative way:
In a brief email to the ABC program we were watching, I tried to make the same point:
Dated 28.7.16, Subject: Jesus Christ, that's Jason Bourne.
Those who know the movie and the Da Ninci code will understand, why I wrote Hail D.man and signed off as D.
Above email did have a PS, something I include in most of my emails. It touched on the subject of alleged sexual abuse, which at the time was very much in the forefront of the media. The allegations were against George Pell, the prominent Cardinal, who lives and works in the Vatican. The ABC's 7.30 Report was the first to air these fresh allegations.
Because the ABC was one of the very first media outlets I had blown the whistle to regarding jailed, former magistrate Peter Liddy, I could not remain silent. On numerous occasions, since 2003, including a personal, handwritten letter to the Managing Director, I drew attention to a possible miscarriage of justice; all to no avail. Since I never had a reply, the gentleman and his staff, obviously, did not think that a man, serving a 25-year jail term, possibly innocently, was important enough to investigate.
My cynical mind thought of one reason, why: If the truth came out that many abuse allegations were invented for financial gain, it would weaken the cases of others.
In the PS to above email I tried to once again draw attention to the case of the jailed magistrate. But I went one step further:
PS One question, while I’m here. Why is the ABC so fervent in chasing George Pell, while totally ignoring clear evidence of doubtful accusations against Peter Liddy, imprisoned for the past 15 years? Please request a copy of this document, if you doubt my findings!
Address: (here I inserted my full residential address).
(I won't hold my breath, when checking my daily mail delivery).
Moments after sending above email, a news headline appeared on the bottom of the TV screen: "Pell demands probe into police, ABC over sex abuse allegations."
Readers only have to go back one chapter in this book to learn how corrupt police can be! As far as the ABC is concerned, I wonder what the motive of our publicly funded broadcaster is in their pursuit of the cardinal. If it's to expose the truth and to find justice, why have they ignored my whistle-blowing in the Liddy case?
If I ever were to receive a request, I'd be prompt in sending a copy of the Prisoner Assessment Report of Mr. AGW. (Bk. 7 ,26), who clearly stated as a 19-year old he had never been abused as a child. This criminal person's abuse allegations seven years later provided the most weight to sent the magistrate to jail. Surely, all would agree the man should be asked, why he said he had never been abused!
One final question I would like to ask the ABC: If there were allegations of sexual abuse in your headquarters in Sydney, would you pursue the matter with equal vigor and energy, as you do the abuse by clergy?
Over the past few years in Australia a Royal Commission had been hearing submissions regarding child sexual abuse in institutions. Such lengthy enquiries cost millions of Dollars, not the least because the professionals involved charge horrendous fees! But what has this Royal Commission achieved?
If it has merely exposed and focused the spotlight onto the sad state of human nature, as if we did not know how barbaric godless humans can be, it's money wasted. The Bible in its very first book spells it out like this: "...the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth..." (Genesis 8, 21)
Because of mankind's evil deeds (sin) and its consequences (death), there is the need for a Saviour. God sent HIM, so that "... whoever believes in HIM shall have eternal life!" (John 3, 16). His name is... not Jason Bourne!
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Our second grandson, Jacob, was born on 18th July - 3.6 kg, 51 cm.
Praise be to God!
On the morning of becoming grandparents again my wife and I were looking after our 3 1/2 year-old grandson. He wanted to watch a pre-school program called Playschool. Watching the story of Goldilocks with him turned out to be very different to what I had expected. For a few moments I thought I had misunderstood this 'modernized version'', but my wife beside me assured me, I had heard correctly.
Moments later, after switching channels, on ABC breakfast it was reported that this children's program was celebrating their fifty years anniversary! (Aha - their Goldilock's wedding?)
The above script disturbed me to the point, I had to vent my anger to someone for such a perverted storyline, dished up to our youngest, most impressionable children.
Email to ABC, dated 18.7.16 - 8.38 AM, Subject: Cheeky monkeys:
How ironic, shortly afterwards we found out that around the time of this email our grandson was born at 8.44 AM.
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Our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, got his Federal Election on July 2nd, 2016. He had been unable to pass certain legislation through the Senate, so this was no ordinary election, but a double dissolution. Members of both Houses of Parliament (the House of Representatives and the Senate) were dismissed and had to be re-elected.
The result was so close between Labor and the Liberal/Nationals coalition, it took a week for a clear winner to emerge - a re-elected Liberal / Nationals government.
The election results for the new Senate took even longer to become clear. Almost a month after the election, as I write, the final figures have not been announced. Redistributing preferences under Australia's voting system, is such a complex task, it usually takes 4-6 weeks to complete.
But there could be another reason, while it takes so long. I found this out as I volunteered (on July 20th - interesting date, read on) to observe the Senate election vote-counting process in Thebarton, an inner western suburb of Adelaide. It was an eye opener.
I had understood that if a ballot paper was in any way defaced or unclear, it would straight away become invalid and not included in the result. During the afternoon at the busy counting center, watching ballot papers on dozens of computer monitors, I learned that this does not apply to the white Senate voting papers, which lists all Senators in every State. That's why it is often very, very large, with dozens of candidates to choose from.
To fulfill the basic requirement for a valid vote, writing number 1 - 6 in six boxes above the line, should not take the brains of an Einstein. It had been advertised on television for weeks leading up to the election. Compulsory voting still seemed to be beyond the skill of some adults. Take a look at some voting papers:
What surprised me most, during the hours of watching ballot papers appear on TV monitors, was the extent to which votes are taken seriously by officials. Even when the ballot paper had been scribbled with a rude comment or enhanced with a sketch of male genitals (there were quite a few) it still counted, if the voter had correctly entered at least one number 1 into a box.
On the night after scrutineering in Thebarton I woke, heeding a call to the toilet. During this short interruption of my sleep a thought came: "The election date 7.2 and the date I volunteered as scrutineer 7.20 sounded interesting, only 0 difference!"
I was just turning to go back to sleep, when I felt prompted to check the time. The clock radio showed 1.27 <<< 72 won! It was that day's date - July 21! Loved it!
But there was more. The digits 2 7 featured again in spectacular fashion in Adelaide later that same day: The maximum temperature reached an incredible 22.7 degrees Centigrade, the hottest July day in 4 decades.
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Following elections in South Australia there is another task to be done besides vote-counting, remove election posters. Politicians and those who wannabe, are still allowed to place large posters onto roadside posts. Around every election there are calls from environmentally friendly sources, even road safety experts, that this practice ought to stop.
The posters, however, become a bit of an nuisance, when they are left hanging for weeks after an election. An email from the party I supported, handing out how to vote cards, asked to please remove any posters still hanging. One day I was driving on North East Rd. (NE RD.) when I spotted and removed a poster opposite the ABC's Adelaide HQ:
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On 24/7 my (first) wife and I were married 45 years. On that Sunday it so happened I tuned into Dr. Michael Youssef's TV program, Leading the Way. His talk included a tragic example of how some people can't let go of their earthly treasures, even when the consequence could mean death. Excavations in Pompeii had unearthed a women, who had perished after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Instead of fleeing the deadly inferno, she died, holding onto her precious stones, gold and sapphire! Dr. Youssef only mentioned gold and sapphire by name. The 45th wedding anniversary happens to be sapphire! (My wife wanted to buy me some, but I suggested to wait five years and make it gold. Ha, Ha!)
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One week later, on the morning of writing and publishing this chapter, Sunday 31.7 I woke as the clock showed exactly 5.00 AM - Time to watch The Hour of Power from California. (Just recalled a T-shirt 'California 55'; so many stories, so little time). The message by Bobby Schuller was, as always, very practical and encouraging.
The key scripture was: "The joy of Lord is your strength!" (Nehemiah, 8, 10). The young preacher brought out again very practically the point that Christians ought to be the happiest, joyful people on earth. Why do some think Christianity, the subject of life and death, is too serious to not enjoy a joke, especially in church. People who smile live longer.
Bobby made a good point, arguing against those who feel hypocritical in smiling on the outside, when they feel miserable on the inside. His point was, should we not also feel a fake, when putting on deodorant after a shower? How about coming to church in blond hair, when in fact it had turned gray years ago?
Of course, the source of our joy should not be British comedy on TV or letting our hair down in Disneyland. That's not the joy of the Lord. That's called fun. The difference between fun and joy is where it comes from. When fun stops often sorrow starts again.
Christian joy, which remains forever, does not depend on outside circumstances* or stimulation. It flows out from our innermost being, a joy-well that never dries up. This authentic joy is knowing Jesus and being HIS close friend.
Bobby's message on TV concluded that Christians ought to show joy on their faces. What about, when we go through the valley of the shadow of death; sickness, divorce, financial troubles etc.? Decide to still smile! HE promised to go through this valley with you! Make a conscious decision to do so.
Just f. it, fake it!
(Sitting in church this morning, my nose sensed that somebody nearby does not believe in faking it. Just kidding).
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During the month of July, on Sunday 10th, it was my turn, only for the second time ever, to read the designated scripture. It was from the 2nd Book of Samuel, Chapter 22. This scripture reference was given to me many weeks earlier, sometime in June. The person who asked me to read from 2nd Samuel had no idea that I was to upload a chapter in my autobiography (the previous chapter).
The big surprise came a week after writing and publishing Chapter 4, where the word rock featured in amazing fashion. The scripture I was allocated to read, right at the beginning included the word rock, plus two more times:
Friends, living life without God, without humbling yourself and trusting Jesus as Lord and Saviour, is like building a foundation made of sand. No house will stand when the storms of life come. God was King David's rock. Make Jesus Christ, God's son, your rock!
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In the afternoon, on a really cold July day, after a hard day's work trying to stop a roof from leaking, I indulged in a rare treat, soaking in a hot bath and entertaining my mind with a Readers Digest Magazine. The Hidden Meaning Puzzle, on page 125 of the June 2016 edition seemed just the activity to relax with.
Instead of relaxing, my brain teased me with a very simple oddity: "Why list four puzzles with letters A, B, C and C ? Take a look:
Readers Digest, June 2016, Page 125.
Surely, the final puzzle was meant to be D?
Two out of the four puzzles were reasonably easy to solve; the top left and bottom right. (Answers below). But OWHER proved rather tricky. Any jumble words I came up with did not make sense. Likewise WEL L. means what? After a while, when thinking became too hard, I looked up the answer.
Hard to believe how dumb I was that afternoon. Even after reading the answer to OWHER, I still did not understand its hidden meaning - Middle of NOWHERE. The penny dropped well after I had emptied out the bath water, after seeing the first and last letter N E.
Wondering, if they ever had such a dumbo, who did not understand even after looking up the answer, I decided to email the editor of the magazine. Perhaps, even the ABCC was correct, but my brain too thick to uncover this mystery?
The other reason I wanted to email the Readers Digest was an advertisement beside the Hidden Meaning puzzle. Why the picture of a pen right there? (The missing letters after PI are LOT, three important letters in my earlier books, describing my NO.1 passion.)
I didn't use a pen, but the keyboard to email the editor of RD Magazine:
Date: 8.7.16, Subject: Middle of Nowhere
As I composed this message, above phrase 'Middle of the Road' came to me. Don't ask where it came from. Reader, thinking it came from nowhere, may be right! But I think it came from somewhere else (heroa minus r).
Could it be the above gave birth to a new code? All words more than two letters have a middle of... If so, the first that comes to mind actually makes sense: Middle of... ALL.
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On Saturday July 16th, 2016 I did something I seldom do, google a scripture for an inspirational bible reading. The first web page that attracted my attention, perhaps I felt a little low that morning, was *20 Encouraging Scriptures (biblestudytools.com).
I read them all until I came to Isaiah 55, 22:
Reading backwards, the word and reads like the letters used for the very fabric of life - DNA. I recall from school days what it stands for (going from memory): Desoxiribo Nuclein Saeure. In Englisch Sauere means Acid. (Maybe, I'm not so dumb after all?)
But another number crystallized from the above picture - 96. To arrive at this number we need to use the word and, changed into numbers, i.e. A1, B2 etc.
The Lord's DNA is recorded in Isaiah 9, Verse 6: Wonderful, Councellor, Mighty (God) Everlasting, Royal (Prince), Peaceful. May I add, Lover of football.
Another peculiarity came to the surface regarding that little word and. Using letters as number a n d reads: 1 14 4. In previous writing I had highlighted 144 many times (the N inside the cross). My mobile telephone number consists of virtually all 1 and 4, except 59. But 59 easily changes to 14 or 4 (without using a calculator, I hope).
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Recently my wife and I attended a quiz night. One of the challenges was to identify a page filled with motor car emblems. Dumb old me was the only one on our table of 8, who knew what model badge is on the left - SEAT.
At the end of the night, there were a few more prizes to be won. One person on each table was a winner, the one with a ticket under their seat.
I was the one:
The second reason for drawing attention to Tesla was the historic event earlier this year (2016) when the first ever driverless-car crash fatality occurred.
As former driving instructor, who made a living between two L-plates, the idea of motorists negotiating heavy traffic without any controls, sounds fanciful. Driving a motor car in heavy traffic or high speed, relying entirely on technology, takes a lot of faith in those computers. All know they can fail.
The 40-year old driver, killed in Florida while watching a Harry Potter movie, had praised the driver-less technology of his Tesla. Sadly, the very technology he had boasted about, let him down.
It made me think: Why would people in this life trust in technology and electronics, but doubt God and HIS son Jesus, who can safely guide them to eternal life after they die?
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Readers Digest March 2005