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Toilets and Soap

From: Australia South Australia Adelaide @melcyan Time : 2020-01-31 11:26:26

I was talking with my Chinese partner about the coronavirus this morning. She asked me "Has the number of cases of coronavirus detected in Australia increased?". I said it had, from 7 to 9. She looked very worried at the mention of that increase. I said we need to keep things in perspective. The annual flu virus kills on average 800 Australians in a year. More than 8000 Americans have already died from the flu this year and the flu season is far from over. In 2017  80,000 Americans died from the flu.

The Australian government has, in the last few days, quarantined over 1 million face masks and at the same time has publicly broadcasted that the general population does not need to be wearing face masks. Sounds contradictory but it makes a lot of sense. If these facemasks were on the market, the vast bulk of them would be posted to China by Chinese Australians like my partner. If they are eventually needed, then the Australian health authorities will be the ones who decide who gets them and how they are used.

My partner followed me to the toilet and continued talking. "Why close the door?" she asks. I just feel more comfortable that way. She tells me that I am silly. I asked her "Did you know that toilets like this one and the humble bar of soap save billions of lives?" We need to keep everything in perspective and give community health much more attention and resources than individual health.

If people washed their hands with soap, stayed at home when they are sick, and vaccinated where appropriate the world's death toll from disease would dramatically drop. My partner is not convinced and is ready to be spooked yet again by the next news headline.

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From: Australia South Australia Adelaide @melcyan Time : 2020-02-06 19:27:05 #1

My partner and I rarely argue but we strongly argued last night on the phone. My partner does not believe that I am taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously enough. She gets very annoyed when I make comparisons with the precautions needed for the flu virus and says I can't know much if I don't watch the news. Tonight I started watching the 7pm news. I now know that she will be talking about cruise ships tonight. Wish me luck.

From: Canada British Columbia Lavington @newbeginning Time : 2020-02-09 01:51:12 #2

@melcyan, sounds like you need to sit her down and educate her on how flu viruses do their damage etc. I find alot of Chinese people(women) are uneducated in how viruses work and allow themselves to feel panic and fear when they dont need to.

It also sounds like she will think she is right and you are wrong no matter what you tell her....Personally I would not put up with it.



From: Australia South Australia Adelaide @melcyan Time : 2020-02-11 14:32:35 #3



I finally broke through. I watched many internet videos that she showed me. When she finally thought that I understood the extent of the problem she started to listen to what I had to say. First of all, we talked about the bushfires in Australia and the panic it caused. Much of the talk about the bushfires on Australian social media was rubbish. Fear and panic drive irrational responses. The coronavirus internet talk is similar. Much of what she had shown me from the internet was driven by fear and panic. There was very little science behind what she showed me.


 However, instead of trying to tell her that the present situation is not as bad as it seems, I deliberately went the other way. I talked about how things could be much worse in the future. She was horrified to hear that it is inevitable that decade after decade new viruses will keep emerging and in the future, there will be viruses much more deadly than the current coronavirus. It is not just a matter of bad luck.


 She remembers the SARS virus. She remembers still eating in restaurants in Shanghai when the SARS virus was at its peak. She now concedes that was foolish. She desperately wants this virus to end and for things to get back to normal like it was after SARS. However, there was no "normal" after SARS. We simply chose to ignore the scientific reality of viruses and bury our heads in the sand. She now reluctantly accepts if we are going to survive the new viruses of the future we have to permanently change how we respond to viruses …. now!. Practices of the past are just not good enough. Hopefully, this present coronavirus will mark the beginning of a new world-wide scientific approach to managing viruses.


From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2020-02-18 19:09:28 #4


I strongly, ASK you to watch this video.

I also suggest you watch it with your partner.

From: Australia South Australia Adelaide @melcyan Time : 2020-02-20 12:15:33 #5


Unfortunately, I watched the video. As soon as I find out that someone seriously believes in numerology, my estimation of their thinking ability rapidly plummets.

From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2020-02-21 12:52:56 #6


You are showing your ignorance, my friend. It has NOTHING to do with numerology, and EVERYTHING to do with Gematria. They are NOT the same!

From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2020-02-21 21:29:31 #7


From: Australia South Australia Adelaide @melcyan Time : 2020-02-22 13:02:14 #8



Thanks for pointing out my mistake Paul. I should have used the word Gematria instead of Numerology.  I can now correct what I wrote -


Unfortunately, I watched the video. As soon as I find out that someone seriously believes in Gematria, my estimation of their thinking ability rapidly plummets.

From: Australia New South Wales Sydney @oldghost Time : 2020-02-22 17:04:58 #9

@paulfox1 so people, including you and me indulge themselves, fritter time in trivial things.  Assigning numbers to names and meanings to numbers may be one of yours.  Factorising pseudo-primes or wannabe-primes and super-prime discovery is marginally one of mine, and has slight uses in cryptography. Neither your interest nor mine is in the least relevant here, however


From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2020-02-23 21:31:42 #10


So pray, tell me, what do you know about Gematria?

From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2020-02-23 21:32:43 #11


Primes? Haha. Same question to you.....what do you KNOW about Gematria?

From: Australia New South Wales Sydney @oldghost Time : 2020-02-24 21:21:05 #12

@paulfox1 Not a lot, but more than enough to know two things about it:

1.  It is not relevant in this thread, or in this blog.

2.  It is of passing interest as a new word, which will never be required, and of even less interest as a trivial pursuit.

From: Australia South Australia Adelaide @melcyan Time : 2020-02-25 08:56:12 #13




My beliefs that contradict Gematria (many thinking people would call them facts rather than beliefs)


- All words are a human construction

- All numbers are a human construction

-Any connection between a letter or word and a number is a human construction

-Chance outcomes and co-incidence do exist

-Our brains are pattern making machines that are capable of finding both real and false  patterns. Denying the existence of co-incidence does not turn a false pattern into a real pattern.


It doesn't matter whether you are into Numerology or  Gematria or  ancient Hebrew - you will not accept all of the facts listed above.


Back to the question.Question  "What is Gematria?"

Answer      "42"


42! Unlike Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I will explain how I got my answer of 42.


When I converted "gematria" to numbers using the Pythagorean system

1 = a, j, s,

2 = b, k, t,

3 = c, l, u,

4 = d, m, v,

5 = e, n, w,

6 = f, o, x,

7 = g, p, y,

8 = h, q, z,

9 = i, r,

my answer was 38.


 (7+5+4+1+2+9+9+1=38 ) This answer just did not feel right.


When I converted "gematria" to numbers using the Chaldean system

1 = a, q, y, i, j

2 = b, r, k

3 = g, c, l, s

4 = d, m, t

5 = e, h, n, x

6 = u, v, w

7 = o, z

8 = f, p


 my answer was 21.


 (1+1+1+2+3+4+4+5=21)  However this was my second(or X2) attempt.



Spooky!!! Just as I was about to type 42, the number 42 appeared out of nowhere as soon as I typed the "equals" sign.


From: China 山东(shan dong) 济宁(ji ning ) @paulfox1 Time : 2020-02-26 11:40:00 #14


I could have told you that the word Gematria = 38, as do the words, English, Death, Murder, Killing.

Your arguing a moot point, my friend. Just because language and numbers are a human construct doesn't mean they cannot be used for nefarious purposes. Just like a knife can.

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