08 4 / 2014

Too soon?

Too soon?

03 4 / 2014

cartoonpolitics:

"Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape." ~ Pope Francis

Worth repeating here.Applicable to all countries in the progressive Western World. Sad but true.

cartoonpolitics:

"Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape." ~ Pope Francis

Worth repeating here.
Applicable to all countries in the progressive Western World. Sad but true.

31 3 / 2014

…and we’re all sure that’s what she thinks! Oh, and ‘what must I have been thinking to let my daughter marry outside our gene pool…’.

…and we’re all sure that’s what she thinks! Oh, and ‘what must I have been thinking to let my daughter marry outside our gene pool…’.

08 3 / 2014

Dear Bill,

You’re a complete waste of space.
Your popularity amongst the 50% of leadership votes that carry the most weight clearly put you in charge of a train-wrecked Labor Party.

However the other 50% being the membership - the people you represent - didn’t want you.

And now thanks to Kevin’s reform, it is just so bloody difficult to replace a Labor leader. But I feel you are already redundant and need to go.

My politically-disinterested year-12 daughters could present better arguments in the role of opposition leader in parliament.

Do us all a favour Bill. You will never be Prime-minister. So move over and let your wife drive for a while. After all she had a brilliant role model growing up…

Dear Bill,

You’re a complete waste of space.
Your popularity amongst the 50% of leadership votes that carry the most weight clearly put you in charge of a train-wrecked Labor Party.

However the other 50% being the membership - the people you represent - didn’t want you.

And now thanks to Kevin’s reform, it is just so bloody difficult to replace a Labor leader. But I feel you are already redundant and need to go.

My politically-disinterested year-12 daughters could present better arguments in the role of opposition leader in parliament.

Do us all a favour Bill. You will never be Prime-minister. So move over and let your wife drive for a while. After all she had a brilliant role model growing up…

26 2 / 2014

I Still Call Australia - Australia.

It seems that the Australian national carrier is in more strife. 

I mean seriously, can you imagine what it’s like to run an airline?  I mean, if a taxi goes without a fare for a few hours or a night, it will survive and it saved on fuel anyway.

If margins on airlines are about 3-4% and a plane leaves half empty - and let’s face it, once it’s booked it basically has to fly - well you’re not going to make up that short fall very quickly.

When September 11 happened, several international (significant) airlines and a few US Domestic airlines went broke within a day or two.  With flights grounded and the inability to manage their assets, the losses incurred and the costs of getting back off the ground financially sunk these airlines.  Margins were too tight to be able to buffer such losses.

So if we’re going to make a fuss about Australian ownership and having a National Carrier and creating legislation to make the playing field uneven just so QANTAS can be “Australian”, then show your support by placing your fat arses on their over priced domestic seats and stop using budget international carriers.

Or allow them to be competitive and free them.  Sure jobs will go.  When Ansett Airlines died in 2001, (a few days before September 11, bad timing!), jobs were lost.  Virgin entered the market, QANTAS expanded, other carriers came in and there have never been more people employed in the Airlines Industry in Australia like there are now.

One cockpit door closes, another opens.

19 2 / 2014

Your comments please; why do you think Finnish schools are so successful when their mode of operation is so different to the ‘best schools in the world’ and the recommendations of Gonski?

Your comments please; why do you think Finnish schools are so successful when their mode of operation is so different to the ‘best schools in the world’ and the recommendations of Gonski?

(Source: too-awkward-to-live)

19 2 / 2014

I am flattered that I have acquired a small number of followers who are prepared to read my ramblings on many and varied aspects of life.

I don’t post often unless I spot something that really ‘grinds my gears’ (to quote Peter Griffin from Family Guy), or when I feel I need to weigh in or contribute to a debate such as an election or major issue of humanity.

I am a mixed bag of thoughts and emotions.

I am a father of three young adult women, who are either students or teachers.
I have been married almost twenty years.
I have a questionable moral background from many years ago and have slowly matured my emotions and feelings.
I have voted left almost all my life as I despised ‘big business’ (and still do), however;
I am a swinging voter these days meaning I vote based not on belief but on practical decision making, (I cannot tolerate incompetence at the highest level of any organisation). I look for smart, capable people who cut through bullshit and focus on cause, effect and solution.

I have an article to post shortly.  It may polarise my readers and hopefully attract a few more.  My followers are quite a blend from passive moderates to extreme right-wingers, the odd national-socialist with some green stuff thrown in along the way.

But I will tell you one thing I am more concerned about than anything else.

It is what this world will look like in fifty or a hundred years for our future generations.
(Now don’t you environmentalists and Greenies start jumping for glee on my words - my position does not allow compassion for supporters of non-scientific pragmatism.  Bloody pot-smoking, tree-hugging frog-lovers.)

I appreciate every one of you.  Good outcomes come from a diverse range of inputs.  But like a good brainstorming session, after everyone has their two-bob’s worth, you write-off the crap and work with the strong, potential ideas.

Write to me!
Write abuse.
Suggest a topic.
Ask my opinion.
Give me your view on issues that effect the well being of our society.

But let’s all look at the big picture, OK?

01 2 / 2014

This is the America that I am lead to believe exists - and I’m constantly reassured that it is really this way…

This is the America that I am lead to believe exists - and I’m constantly reassured that it is really this way…

25 1 / 2014

Gotta love live Aussie TV!

(Source: fireball-mudflap, via ithinkmycatisdepressed)

19 1 / 2014

Speaks for itself, really….

But to be sure we’re all on the same page here - crackpot!