29 Jun 2018

The English language is stupid, isn't it?

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Why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

26 Jun 2018

80% of Australians do not support any further spending on foreign aid. They have no idea what percentage of the budget is spent on aid.

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80% of Australians do not support any further spending on foreign aid

This was reflected in the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll where, when the Australian respondents were told exactly how much Australia invested in aid, $3.8 billion, only 22% supported an increase.

But dollar amounts can be misleading.

Instead of asking Australians whether our current aid investment was right. Public opinions on foreign aid, are in striking contrast to reality, revealing how fraught polling of public perceptions on foreign aid can be.

Australians have a highly inflated perception of the size of our aid program. The average Australian believes we invest about 14% of the federal budget on foreign aid and that we should actually invest about 10%. In reality, we invest 0.8%.

Freedom of speech in Australia is not guaranteed under our constitution and we must be wary of governments trying limit who can criticise them.

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Even fake news reinforces free speech

The British parliament obtained “freedom of speech” when the English civil war and the Glorious Revolution culminated in the Bill of Rights of 1689.

A century later, the French Revolution produced “The Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen of 1789”, with its promise in Article XI that “the free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: any citizen thus may speak, write, print freely”.

When the American colonists defeated King George III, they drew on the French experience, including, in the first amendment to their constitution, a prohibition on the legislature impinging on freedom of speech or the freedom of the press.

In all three instances, free speech derived, directly or indirectly, from uprisings against the wealthy and the privileged – the kind of people that the IPA and its friends in the Liberal party now represent.

Should we have a bill of rights, yes!

Why don't we have one? None of the major parties have supported the need for such a bill.

21 Jun 2018

Economics, is about product distribution, is this a flawed description when people become a product in 2018

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Economics studies how the produce of the Earth is distributed.
”Not good enough, says one of the audinence. Shouldn’t economists study how to meet basic needs? “We all need a roof over our heads, we all need to survive.” studies how the produce of the Earth is distributed.”
Not good enough, says one of the audience. Shouldn’t economists study how to meet basic needs? “We all need a roof over our heads, we all need to survive.”
Democracy looks like a bashed-up ballot box. Some days, it looks like a furious demo. But on this on a weekday morning, democracy looks like this low-ceilinged meeting room in a converted church, slap bang in the middle of the road that runs from Melbourne to Sydney.

None of the “attending students” have ever picked up an economics textbook. Most would be either stumped or sedated by the Financial Revue. Yet here they are, starting a crash course in something that to them is a mystery. The majority are retired, having worked their entire lives. When asked how many of them feel some control over the economy, not one raises a hand. So who is in charge?
acebookTwitterPinterest“Businessmen.” “The government.” “Rich people.”
“Journalists – who are paid by rich people.”

Amid all the humour pokes a truth. For this group, economics is something that’s done to them, by people sitting far away in Canberra or in Big Business Boardrooms. However these bear the brunt of spending cuts to services, health, education and transport.

11 Jun 2018

Tea is shit! Its not the cureall that its made out to be.

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What the hell is this shit?

YES, Tea is shit. We don’t examine this legendary drink enough in England. We just putter along, thinking tea is good; but it’s not good. It’s a just a lukewarm mug of leaf water, presented as a cure-all for life’s ills.

“Nice cup of tea,” people say, when you’ve watched a vivid car accident or been given a terminal diagnosis, or gone for a walk and it’s started raining. Whether the mafia has kidnapped you and made you kill a man with a gun to win your freedom or if you’ve done quite badly in an exam, someone will say: “Let me get you a nice cup of tea.”

Would you deny someone a life, if your dead body could could keep them alive. Its your body you should be able to do what ever you wish with it!

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Organ Donation at death should be automatic, for those who don't agree, a simple data base listing those that opt out should be created. Australia's donation level is appalling and relatives being able overule the dead persons wishes is a disgrace. The owner of your body is you!

Opt out would finally fix it!

“We’ve got to change Australia’s attitude towards death and dying, and what organ and tissue donation is all about. Last year approximately 159,000 Australians died, and less than 0.003% of them donated their organs and tissues.”

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