Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Random Rants

Budget:

What Budget? I was busy last night. Today's paper is sitting ready for me to read tomorrow and so I might have a educated opinion then. From what I have observed, rather than screwing the rich, it only gave them a tiny poke, but maybe this is before the full on assault in the future. If you have read about the state Liberal Party behind the scenes stuff with glee, as I have, you may have picked up on a comment by one of the sacked offenders, 'we are a party for business after all'.

Labor is supposed to be a party for and by the workers.

Both seem to be failing their constituents.

Infrastructure:

In the early days of Australia, especially around the end of the 19th century and into the twentieth century, much money was spent on infrastructure. Some of it, like the sewerage system was reactionary, but some, like public transport was progressive. Why is it that nowadays, the providers of infrastructure, our state and federal governments, are only reactionary and even then very belatedly.

Water:

We have insufficient water to keep our public gardens alive. There is not enough water to keep public sporting facilities usable. Farmers don't have enough water for their crops. We take so much water from our waterways, the natural environment is suffering badly. Meanwhile, I am supposed to stress over whether I spend an extra minute in the shower. Drought in Australia is common enough. It can't be beyond us to ensure we have adequate water for all things.

Transport:

I will win no friends with my blog readers, but I believe we should have good roads. Big, wide and open roads, controlled by intelligent computer systems and where the traffic moves freely. But one reason they will work so well, is that people prefer public transport. The public transport gives a superior service over using you own car. It is clean, fast, cheap, much less polluting and very user friendly. Published timetables are redundant as who needs one when the service is only a few minutes away. One wag suggested that you bring your own fold out stool to use on public transport, as seats have been removed to create more space. Oh that you had room to unfold a stool.

Inflation and Wages:

Government and associated workers are given pay rises close to the inflation rate. For a higher pay rise, the workers must trade off hard earned conditions. Sometimes this can be couched as a new skill. Regardless, you want more money, give us your blood. I can't even bear to mention about retail and hospitality workers.

Housing:

More people, more housing. They want it bigger. So far they have been content to trade off their own land for house space. But why? I have never been in a McMansion and I cannot imagine the space. Enough space for everyone to live separately. Does this make a loving and cohesive family? Where is the grass for the kids to play cricket on and and subsequently smash windows.

Our economy seems to be built on building new housing. This cannot be good.

Immigration:

Too many peeps already, so why add so many more, given our governments can't provide services for those who are here already.

Hills and Bracky:

I have decided that I will not vote for Hillary, theoretically of course. Although the US of A has a huge influence on our lives, we colonies are not allowed to vote for the President. And why wouldn't I vote for her? I don't like her accent, her voice sounds too harsh and I heard her quote the bible today. Besides, for an older dude, Bracky is hot.

Now I have decided who I won't be able to vote for in the US non election, isn't this photo cute.

12 comments:

  1. If you were here, I'd let you take a shower so long that your fingers would turn raisin-like.

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  2. Great pic lol ;)

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  3. Re 19thC infrastructure planning and provision: I couldn't agree more Andrew! The setting aside of public open space during the 1880s property boom, the laying out of wide tree-lined boulevards; public transport; and sewerage systems were all visionary. We've lacked that vision in urban planning since WWII.

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  4. Federal and state governments have systematically stifled intelligent, rational and bold urban planning measures. There is nothing unsurprising about the prevailing trend. The Greens, as a result, have my vote and will continue to do so until someone else has a better policy still.

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  5. "Labor is supposed to be a party for and by the workers."

    Hahahahahahahahaha...oh god...my ribs...hahahaha...strewth. Cheers for that Andrew...I haven't laughed so much in years.

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  6. Budget, smudjet.... Bracky Smacky..the budget makes me go whacky!! LOL

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  7. My fingers are raisin like already Daisy Jo.

    Thank you Jayne.

    Fight on for your ideals Reuben. Mine are lost.

    Mr Blair was a Labour person Brian. Watchoo talking about.

    Don't spend your (my estimation) $800 all at once Cazzie.

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  8. "Mr Blair was a Labour person Brian."

    Exactly...good bless his horrible, rich little socks.

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  9. Indeed Lad, no politician sees beyond the next election.

    And exactly the same here Brian.

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  10. Bears repeating:

    "Infrastructure:

    In the early days of Australia, especially around the end of the 19th century and into the twentieth century, much money was spent on infrastructure. Some of it, ... like public transport was progressive. Why is it that nowadays, the providers of infrastructure, our state and federal governments, are only reactionary and even then very belatedly.
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    Damn good question, even without the question mark! Get your nearest school to put it on the agenda for their social studies / geography / economics / politics class to discuss. What, no contacts at or with your local school? Well, think about making some. Don't you think the schools are failing our kids badly? They still don't teach them to ask enough questions, particularly hard ones, most particularly those almost impossible to provide a meaningful answer to.

    It's the unanswered questions that drive the search for knowledge and understanding, that were behind the best of the explorers and are still what makes scientists (and maybe a couple of real philosophers) tick.

    Yo!

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  11. "Housing:
    [...]Our economy seems to be built on building new housing. This cannot be good.

    Immigration:
    Too many peeps already, so why add so many more, given our governments can't provide services for those who are here already.

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    Join the dots . . .

    You answered your own question on immigration, by your own statement on the economics of housing!

    Yo!

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  12. Education is a very complex area Yahya and I feel unqualified to comment. My primary education was excellent, my secondary very patchy, although I did learn a lot of things that are more easily and accurately done now by pushing some calculator buttons. Maths was a terrible waste of time. Learning about the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers was a bit interesting, otherwise, all quite boring.

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Whenever I wish I was young again, I am sobered by memories of algebra.