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Archive for May, 2008


Posted by Ian Blyth on 29 May 2008

What drives people to do what they do? A vision? Goals? Or just plain old fashioned incentives?

Take estate agents, Please! (Old joke).

They make their money from the commission they get selling your house. So you would think the more it sells for the better for them. But they also have targets to reach each month. If they charge 2% and the house sells for £300K then they make £6,000. If they sell it for £310K then they only make another £200 which is not a great deal considering the company will take a chunk so the individual agent may not seen anything like that.

So why would they hold out for another month to make less than £200 if there is an offer on the table now and they have their months target to make. For you it is better to wait a month for a buyer who will pay the higher price as you get an extra £9,800. For the estate agent though it is better to take the quick sure sale and get the money in the bank and move onto more houses next month. So it is likely that they will try and persuade you to take the offer and say that that is all the market will bear, not many buyers etc.

If it is a slow month then estate agents will do what other shops do and cut prices to attract sales. The thing about a supermarket is that they have bought those goods already and so will cut their profit. The estate agents do not own the house – you do. So it costs them nothing to reduce the price and even though they make less money per sale if they get sales then that is all money for them and it is better for them to get sales rather than not get sales. So their selling effort is focused on getting you to reduce the price rather than sell the merits of the house to the buyer.


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Another Reason the Death Penalty is Wrong

Posted by Ian Blyth on 27 May 2008

Australian man pardoned 86 years after execution


People make mistakes but the worst type is the killing of an innocent person based on flawed evidence. It has been shown time and time again that people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. At least if you are sent to jail you just lose some years of your life. If you are executed it is not much use to be pardoned later. The pardon is for the people still alive like the family.

I do not believe in the “eye for an eye and life for a life” philosophy. For a start it makes us all party to murder. If we live in a country with the death penalty and it is used when we are guilty of murder as well. If we were truly civilised we would not lower ourselves to murdering people to punish them. After all we do not throw our excrement out in the street like they did in the olden days so why should we still believe these old punishments.

The second reason is that it does not seem to deter people. In times past people were hung for stealing a loaf of bread. It did not stop them as they needed to eat. The best deterrent is getting caught – not what punishment. It has been shown that police successes are limited (except for catching people who speed in their car). If there is a low chance of getting caught then it does not matter about the punishment as the criminal will never have to face it. And if someone is amoral rather than immoral then the whole right and wrong concepts bypass them.

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Stretch YOUR Brain

Posted by Ian Blyth on 26 May 2008

This is not a test – just a phenomenon. All readings are explained.
Read out loud the text inside the triangle below.
More than likely you said, “A bird in the bush,”and

if this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see
that the word THE is repeated twice!
Sorry, look again.

Next, let’s play with some words.
What do you see?

In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It’s all very physiological too, because it visualize the concept that good can’t exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil). 

Now, what do you see?
You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion? 

What do you see here?
This one is quite tricky!
The word TEACH reflects as LEARN .

Last one.
What do you see?
You probably read the word ME in brown, but…….
when you look through ME you will see YOU!
Do you need to look again?

Test Your Brain
This is really cool. The second one is amazing so please read all the way though.


Count every ” F ” in the following text:




WRONG, THERE ARE 6 — no joke .
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F’s before you scroll down.
The reasoning behind is further down.

The brain cannot process “OF”.
Incredible or what?   Go back and look again!!
Anyone who counts all 6 “F’s” on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare.
Send this to your friends.
It will drive them crazy.!
An d keep them occupied
For several minutes..!
More Brain Stuff . . From Cambridge University 

O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!

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Religious Tolerance?

Posted by Ian Blyth on 23 May 2008

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said “Stop! Don’t do it!”

“Why shouldn’t I?” he said.

“Well, there’s so much to live for!”

“Like what?”

“Well… are you religious?”

He said yes. I said, “Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?”

“Christian.” “Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant? ”

“Protestant.” “Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”

“Baptist” “Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”

“Baptist Church of God!” “Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?”

“Reformed Baptist Church of God!” “Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?”

He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!”

I said, “Die, heretic scum”, and pushed him off.

– Emo Philips

There is a lesson in that joke for all religious people.

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