1.618: Mysterious Beauty Revealed

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I present to you,


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1.618: Mountains Are Fucking Cool

1.618: I Got’s Your Warming Right Here

Oh, dear…

You know those ‘cultural differences’ we like to joke about between Americans and Australians? Our sports? Our politics? Our choice of which side of the road on which to drive?

Actually, that last one is entirely appropriate for this situation.

Gina – how do I put this diplomatically? – in Australia, ‘fanny’ doesn’t mean ‘butt’.

Quite the opposite, in fact…

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 : Part 2

GI’s Graphic Afghan Firefight Recorded on Family’s Voice Mail


Stephen Phillips’ mother knew her son was in harm’s way.

The Otis, Ore., soldier was stationed halfway around the world in Afghanistan, part of a military police detail.

But technology — in this case, a cell phone — gave Sandie Petee the comfort that her MP son was no more than just a call away.

Until, that is, a simple glitch — the inadvertent redial — sent the family into panic.

Phillips was on patrol when his unit engaged the Taliban. Not only did a firefight ensue, but his cell phone automatically called the Petee home, leaving a three-minute frightening message laced with the sounds of gunfire and panicked soldiers yelling for “more ammo.”

“His friend died a year ago in Iraq,” Sandie Petee told KPTV, “and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God, this may be the last time I hear my son’s voice on the phone.’ ”

To make matters worse, at the end of the heart-wrenching message, “you could hear a guy saying ‘Incoming! RPG!’ And then it cut off,” Phillip’s brother John Petee said.

The Petee’s were relieved when they were able contact their son, who is scheduled to return home next month at the completion of his tour.

Phillip’s only request?

“Don’t let Grandma hear (the recording).”

Click here to read more from KPTV.com.

Click here to hear audio from the message left on the Petee’s answering machine(WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE).

32 Minutes for Dminor…Beethoven Symphony No. 9 : Part 1

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Clinton, Obama Banking on Split Decision in Indiana, North Carolina

The two have strained over the past two weeks to shake the dynamic of the race — which since late February has had Obama leading, but Clinton nipping at his heels.

And if Clinton wins Indiana, where polls show her leading by about 5 points, and Obama wins North Carolina, where polls show him leading by slightly more, the needle tilts only slightly.

Fox News

OK. 1.618…what’s the deal here? Huge Black Hole Catapulted Through Space

A colossal black hole has been spotted exiting its home galaxy, kicked out after a huge cosmic merger took place.

The event, seen for the first time, was announced last week.

When two colliding galaxies finally merge, it is thought that the black holes at their cores may fuse together too.

Fox News

High School: The Insanity Test

This came to memory for reasons unknown as I was buying my meat for dinner. For the curious, I’m having eye fillets. Which I’m gonna wrap in bacon. And smother in garlic sauce.

But I digress.

In high school (whatever’s between the ages of about 12 and 18, for you furriners) I had an evil streak.


I knew you’d be shocked!

Anyway, I was friends with a bunch of older kids men, Jesse being one of them, and we were all naughty. One of the guys, Ris the Greek, was much naughtier however, and in a sneaky and cunning way got himself a copy of the school master key. That key was magic, because it had the ability to open any door in the school. You can see the potential here.

One day, Ris the Greek decided to show us a website he’d found. So he unlocked a computer room and logged on, and showed us this insanity test. It cracked the whole bunch of us up. So being the kind, considerate bunch we were, we decided to share the joy.

After the warning bell (the bell designed to tell us that we should be lined up outside our class rooms) rang, we had loaded the site on all of the computers in the classroom, and made sure the sound was on. And we unplugged the monitors and put the cords in a cupboard at the front of the room. We then took off, so as not to be busted at the scene of the crime.

We went around the back of the classroom, innocently walking to our classes, and happened to get a look at the teacher’s face. Priceless.

Where do I start?

From the Daily Show. Via Brigade America.

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News I’m Not At All Sad About

In 1987, a 12 year old girl was lured into a car by a married couple, who had told her that their puppy was lost and asked her to help them find it. The girl was willing to search, and wanted to be helpful. Once these two fuckheads got the innocent girl into the car, they took her to a forest where they tortured, raped and murdered her. As you all know, only the filthiest of humans could do such a thing.

So the news that the woman who did this awful, disgusting thing, Valmae Beck, is in a critical condition in hospital hasn’t upset me at all.

I’m hoping that if by some accident she turns up at the Pearly Gates, St Peter pulls out a cricket bat and belts six shades of shit out of her.

Writing to America

The following letter was received by Brigade America, and it’s powerful and meaningful.


I am an Australian and my son is an Australian – as far as we are concerned there is not place on God’s earth better than Australia, and there are no people better than Australians.

That was until the past week or so.

My son is in the Australian Army and he is currently on deployment in Iraq. I can not go into his duties in great depth, but shall we say that he and his fellow army buddies are on a glorified guard duty looking after the Australian Embassy. They don’t go out looking for “action”, though it is a different story in Afghanistan, there the Aussie troops chase the baddies over the hills and into the valleys…

My son and I just ended a long ‘phone conversation and here are some of his comments, believe me this is what he said. We have all seen the bullshit emails written by some clown in his lounge room pretending to be at the coal face, but this is what was said.:

“Before I came over here I thought we (the Australian Army ) were pretty shit hot….. was I ever wrong!….The Yanks (I hope you don’t mind me using that word) are so professional from the top to the bottom that it is almost embarrassing to be in their company, and to call yourself a soldier….don’t get me wrong, we are good at what we do but the Yanks are so much better…..they are complete at what they do, how they do it and their attitude is awesome….they don’t complain they just get on with the job and they do it right…..I carry a Minimi (SAW) so I am not real worried about a confrontation but I tell you I feel safer just knowing that the US Army is close by….If we got into trouble I know that our boys would come running and we could deal with it but they would probably be passed by a load of Hummers. No questions asked, no glory sought, the Americans would just fight with us and for us because that is their nature, to protect those in need of protection…..We use the American Mess so you could say that we are fed by the Americans…..they have every right to be pissed at that but they don’t bitch about that they just make us feel as welcome as possible….what gets to me is that the Yanks don’t walk around with a “we are better than you attitude” and they could because they are, they treat us as equals and as brothers in arms. If nothing else, coming here has taught me that the Americans are a truly great Nation and a truly great bunch of people…..Let’s face it they don’t HAVE to be here, they could stay in America and beat the shit out of anyone who threatened them, BUT THEY ARE HERE because they believe they should be here, and the Iraqis would be screwed if they weren’t here…..When I come home, you and I we are going to the US, we will buy some bikes and we are going riding….”


The reason why I am sharing this with you is because I realize that you (as a nation) must get pretty pissed with all the criticism you receive by the so-called “know it alls” who are sitting at home – safe. The reality is that they are safe, just as I am, because of America. If the world went arse up tomorrow there is f**k all we (Australia) could do about it, but I know that the Americans would be there putting themselves on the line for others. That to me is the sign of greatness.

The most precious thing in my life is my son, I look at him and I thank God that I am fortunate enough to be able to spend time in his company. We laugh, we discuss, we argue, we dummy spit, we have the same blood. I am not happy that he i s where he is but that is his duty. He joined the Army to protect and to defend, not to play games. I mightn’t like it but I accept it. My reasons for not liking it are selfish and self centered. I felt assured that he would be safe because he is in a well trained army with an excellent record, BUT NOW, I feel a whole lot better knowing that he is with your sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.

Whilst he was growing up. I was always there to look after him, I would not let harm befall him and I would always put myself before him to protect him. I can’t do that now. When it comes to looking after him now he and his mates will do the job, but also THANK GOD FOR AMERICA.

Gentlemen, I have rambled on for too long. but as I finish I say to you, as a foreigner and outsider, a nation is only a collection of its people and its attitude is the attitude of its people, collectively and as individuals. I am really glad you are here on this Earth and I respect you as a nation and as people.

Stand up and feel proud because you deserve it, there is no one else who will do what America does without question. The next time someone howls you down, take some comfort in the fact that America is defending their right to act like an idiot.

Finally, thank you for looking after my son.

Peter Turner

Mr. Turner is quite right. America is a powerful country, an excellent ally and a nation of good people. And Australia’s friendship with the United States is certainly appreciated.

Thanks to JD for emailing us this.

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