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Month: June 2014

Quotes by Lou Holz

To be honest, I can’t recall ever hearing about Lou Holz.  I was searching for the author of a quote and his name came up.  Lou was an American football coach who died in 1980. After checking out a few of his other quotes, I decided that I liked his earthy competitiveness; his energy and focus; and his mix of life, sport, business and faith, all in one package. The Quotes “I’m no genius.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “I give opinions, not advice.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “See, winners embrace hard work.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “No one has ever drowned in sweat” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes   “I just have an enthusiasm for life.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “One thing about me is I try to be honest.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “Football coaches don’t have real problems.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “God looks after children, animals and idiots.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “I’m so old, I don’t buy green bananas any more.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by” — Lou Holtz –  Great Quotes   “When all is said and done, more is said than done.” — Lou Holtz –  BrainyQuote   “I can’t believe that God put us on this...

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Quotes by Muhammad Ali

Who doesn’t have some core memory of Muhammed Ali, inside the ring or out?  Mine is watching the fight between Ali and Joe Frazier in the University Bar. And who doesn’t have a favoured quote (or two? With all the available material, only one might be difficult).  My favourite is the “Impossible” quote.  There are many others that are clever, or have deep religious or segregationist overtones.  But the “impossible” quote is for everyman with a dream. I’ve search high and low, compared attributions and eliminated duplicates and fakes. There are far more “long quotes” that haven’t made it, but they are somewhat repetitious: this is not an archival exercise, but an exercise to put on display the great heart, mind and body of one of the great athletes of all time. The Quotes “Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]   “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]   “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize” — Muhammad Ali –  [1]   “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on...

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The ‘Butterfly Effect’ Voting Strategy for the Undecided and Disenchanted

“Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” – Edward Lorenz 1972    I wrote the original blog post on the ‘Butterfly Effect’ Voting Strategy before the Federal Election of 2013, thinking about this from the electors’ viewpoint: a light-hearted view on how we might approach our voting choice from the jaundice and ennui that most people felt about politics and the candidates on offer. At the time I didn’t think much about the possibility of candidates or parties gaming the system, although in hindsight.  Although this did (at face value) produce the outcomes that the ‘Butterfly Effect’ Voting Strategy espouses, little did I imagine how significantly the cynical exploitation of the electoral and parliamentary process by numerous small parties would only deepen my disgust. As of today, it would seem the thought below is very true: “Every country has the government it deserves” – Josephe de Maistre,  Lettres et Opuscules Inedites (1851) vol.1, letter 53 (15 August 1811) Chaos Theory and Electoral Processes The “Butterfly Effect” voting strategy gives a lowly ranked party/candidate a chance to be promoted above other candidates and so not be eliminated first in any preference distribution. They become a recipient of preference distributions, not the provider. This provides the opportunity for the “Butterfly Effect”, i.e. an unexpected outcome beyond the individual power of your vote. Is...

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Quotes by Gough Whitlam

Introduction Very few people of my age will have a neutral view of Gough Whitlam.  To many, he was an inspiring figure who rebooted Australia for all Australians in 1972 after 23 years in a conservative wilderness. The Dismissal of his government in 1975 was a polarising event, the effects of which lasted many years. I’m surprised that, for a man so gifted in the English language, that there are so few publicly curated quotes. The ones below are those that I could find, and most sites contained only a handful. Quotes “No parliamentarian could tell his electors that he was too ill to be the leader of the party but was well enough to look after their interests in the parliament” — Gough Whitlam –  QuotesDaddy   “Well may we say “God save the Queen”, because nothing will save the Governor-General! The Proclamation which you have just heard read by the Governor-General’s Official Secretary was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will undoubtedly go down in Australian history from Remembrance Day 1975 as Kerr’s cur. They won’t silence the outskirts of Parliament House, even if the inside has been silenced for the next few weeks … Maintain your rage and enthusiasm for the campaign for the election now to be held and until polling day.” — Gough Whitlam, On hearing the proclamation dismissing him from office, which ended with the...

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