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News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 8th December.

In News for Speakers' Corner on December 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
Japanese proverb. 

1. Ever heard of Joseph McCabe? We haven’t either, but every year the Rationalist Association of NSW has a lecture in his honour, and today Steve Maxwell began the meeting by informing us that this year’s lecturer will be Adam Reakes, president of the Atheist Foundation of Australia.

“Upselling to Reality” or “How well do you know your washing machine?” Adam’s lecture will be a humorous, sceptical discussion about the things we purchase and the beliefs we adopt. What is the intersection between belief and material things?

Relax! Don’t have an envy attack! You’re invited too! It’s this Saturday, 14th December, at 5.30pm. 10 Shepherd St. Chippendale. The cost? As you know, the best things in life are free.

And there’s finger food!

Max: 0418 939 539
Steve: 0404 009 294

Steve Maxwell entertaining the passers-by.


Drawing by Steve Maxwell

2. On the Ladder of Knowledge 
Mr B lambasted our current politicians and his grasshoppers for voting for them. He then proposed an alternative form of government in which people vote for policies, not politicians.

3. You have heard of rational beliefs and irrational beliefs, but have you heard of emotional beliefs? Here is another chapter from Mr B’s book for young people.

4. Mr B took me aside today and objected to the comments I made last week on this blog, about his flabby chest. Today, as if he had to prove something, he revealed his chest again. (Admittedly, the crowd were baying for it.) However, nothing had changed; his chest was still flabby. But as I write these words, Mr B has emailed me a photograph of his chest. So, dear reader, you decide for yourself.

Mr B.

5. Other topics discussed:
– “The expense of going to court derails justice”, said Mr B, citing the example of Rugby Union Australia’s cave-in to Israel Folau.

– Across the way, John August spoke for an hour about climate change, atheism and economics.

– Mr B provided other examples of why ‘the law is a donkey’. He says he will provide more examples this coming Sunday

– Mirko spent ten minutes on the Ladder of Knowledge explaining the relationship between his phonetic language and a man’s Adam’s apple. Bizarre stuff.

– Ray yet again had to deal with Atheist Eddie. Will either man come to the lecture on Saturday?

– What will be the best day of Mr B’s life?

– Helmut spoke about tennis and why the top tennis players purposely lose matches.

– Two people, on different occasions, said it would be a shame if Mr B died. Who would bring the chairs?

– Why didn’t the jury find Elon Musk guilty of defamation after he named the Englishman ‘Pedo-guy’?

– Should we try to save our native wildlife by putting feral-proof fences around the areas burned by bushfires? Can we let the forests regenerate without feral cats, foxes, dogs and pandas?


6. This week’s unusual animal from our Unusual Critter Series is the Tasmanian Black Eastern quoll. This one sponsors our Facebook page.

News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 1st December

In News for Speakers' Corner on December 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
‘Winnie the Pooh’.
A. A. Milne.

1. seoga0fjtyi rivn dlg;hpdk hsAfter hearing Mr B’s talk about the typewriting monkey two weeks ago, your scribe figured I’d try it for myself. If I took the place of a monkey and randomly typed letters, could I, with a touch of good luck, type this week’s post? I have been typing randomly and it seems to be workz

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Forget it. I’ll do it the proper way.

2. Mr B began the meeting by giving an update on Tony, who likes to give a running commentary on the people he’s observing, whether it be the geriatrics in the old folks in the home he lives in, or on the beleaguered souls attending a hospital’s Emergency Department. In a loud voice he holds nothing back.

Then Mr B asked the question, “Are men attracted to women’s breasts for cultural or biological reasons?” Unfortunately, Mr B felt the need to take off his shirt and ask the audience to pretend his pectoral muscles were a woman’s breasts. The trouble was, they weren’t pectoral muscles, they were breasts. Hairy ones. Five people groaned and turned their heads away, two people at the back nearly chundered, and the rest shut their eyes and implored him to put his shirt back on. But Mr B was undaunted. “It’s for science,” he explained. From then on, every time he made a point he squeezed a breast for emphasis. It was awful. But when he caressed his left nipple, to prove breasts are an erogenous zone, it was too much for one audience member and she did her block. Jean was livid. Her long harangue brought Mr B’s talk to a standstill, and when she paused to take a breath he felt the need to squeeze his breasts together, wantonly. It was so uncalled for.

Your scribe thinks the main problem is Mr B’s self-perception. Mr B seems to think he has the body of the Greek youth, Adonis. You don’t, Mr B. You have the body of the middle-aged Adonis, ran to fat long ago. Just saying.

As for the topic itself, Mr B concluded that men are attracted to women’s breasts for biological reasons. Of course, he was met with disagreement.

3. We have another lookalike. Here are photos of Mr B and Karl Pilkington when they were younger. You have to admit, there is a striking resemblance.

Mr Bashful, aged 32.


Karl Pilkington, aged 32

4. Steve Maxwell was away today but we had Ray near the Kiosk, and two other speakers who weren’t Mr B. 94 year-old Albert was one of them. Although Albert was invited to talk about his pet subject, collective consciousness, he instead chose to talk about humanity’s stupidity. Humanity should not be wasting trillions of dollars buying armaments, he said. When asked if Australia should have an army, navy and airforce he replied, “No.”

Thanks, Albert. We’ll call you.

5. At 4.30 Mr B handed the Ladder of Knowledge to Mark the Grinner, who responded to Mr B’s talk with a criticism of current day capitalism, neo capitalism and meaningless labels. He entertained the crowd for an hour!

Mark the Grinner shocks and entertains. Often at the same time.

6. Other topics discussed:
– How is money made? (Mary and Jim are the only people living in Australia. Mary has $100 and Jim has no money. Mary puts the money in a bank (run by a robot, Philip) and Jim borrows $50 from that bank. With the fifty dollars he buys something from Mary. Mary now has $150. Yet, they only started with $100. $50 has been created. How? Jim’s labour (or time?) will in time repay the bank.
Albert pointed out that the bank would happily lend Jim ten times Mary’s $100.

– Mr B explained the merits of capitalism, and why he thinks all three systems, communism, socialism and capitalism would work well if they were applied correctly. That’s a big ‘if’, Mr B! Mark the Grinner disagreed with him, saying capitalism would have to include socialism if it were to have any chance of working.

7. This week’s unusual creature in the Unusual Critter Series is the ghost pipefish. Note that it’s not a pipefish ghost, it’s a ghost pipefish. Two very different things. This one can’t look at our Facebook page because it has no internet access.


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