Risks on the water

Good afternoon readers,

We decided to have a day out near the water this afternoon; it was very hot today. We decided on a quiet little area where the munchkin can play, and still be safe in the water.

Deaths in water

As you might know, there have been a lot of deaths in NSW in and around water over recent weeks. Before the holiday season began, I read that deaths in recent years were predominantly males. The statistics showed that over confidence, risk taking, drugs and alcohol were some of the contributing factors.

Hmmm I thought… Interesting.

Until about three years ago, I was a kayaking instructor, but due to an injury, I decided to have time out, and give my body a rest. However the aspiration is still there, and I have slowing been working my way back up to kayaking again.

Over the years, I have seen lots of silly things on the water. People who think they can just jump into a kayak and paddle. Even with a sit on top kayak, there are some risks, and people often get themselves into the water, and sometimes in danger.

Oh well I hear you say, that’s OK – kayaking’s pretty safe isn’t it?

Well, maybe, and maybe not.

Some kayaking scenarios

What would happen if you hit your head on the boat as you tip yourself into the water – or you hurt yourself in some way. What happens if you can’t get yourself out of the cockpit easily (sit in kayak), or what happens if you are in shallow water and get caught on submerged debris; perhaps you can’t reach your kayak so that you can hang onto it again?

Generally you drown.

As I was going through my training as an instructor (some time ago now), we were told of an incident where a mixed experienced and less experienced group went out paddling, but they didn’t do through enough checks of the weather. Risks were taken.

The group got into trouble due to a weather change, and at least one person died – even though there were some experienced paddlers with them.

Sadly it happens, and all too often.

So what is the point of this post?

Today I saw an incident that I thought was going to become quite serious.

A young man, probably in his late 20s was in a kayak that looked to be a kids boat. It was windy, probably 15-20 knots, with gusts around 25 knots at least. It was a “tippy” boat, a lot of rocker, and very narrow.

For inexperienced paddlers, the wind was dangerous. For experienced paddlers, you would seriously consider your options, and not paddle unless you had to. Even after about 8 years of paddling, I thought the conditions were even of concern to me as a relatively experienced paddler.

While I was drying and wiping the sand off my feet (we were packing up), I was watching this person some distance from shore. It was obvious that they were a novice, and I thought they were a bit far out for the conditions. They were also very near the river channel, which increased the risks substantially.

I had previously checked the tides, and was aware that the tide was going out. We were essentially in the middle between low and high tide, which meant that the current was at its highest.

The next time I looked up from wiping my feet, I noticed that the person was no longer sitting in the boat, but in the water. The boat was upside down.

(my thoughts as the situation unfolds are “blockquote” and in bold)

Hmmm I thought, this looks interesting.

As I watched, the wind and tide were pushing the man further into the channel, and he appeared to be getting himself into trouble. He was floundering, and trying (unsuccessfully) to get back into the boat.

Hmmm I thought, this is starting to look a bit concerning.

At this point in time, I said to “B”, is that guy in the kayak getting into trouble? “B” didn’t know, and wasn’t even aware of what was going on – like everyone else on the beach!

The next moment, I see a hand go up, and he is waving to the beach. Nobody seemed to notice!

A boat motors by, and I thought, they will stop  and render assistance, but they keep going…

Hmmm, OK, he is now being pushed further into the channel by the wind and current, and closer to the bridge…

A jet boat zooms by, and I think, they will stop – Nope!

Nobody on the beach seems to have noticed, or they don’t seem terribly concerned

Hmmm… I am not quite sure what to make of this situation. I don’t want to overreact, but the situation seems to be getting more serious.

Some of the recent drownings were rescuers trying to rescue victims – what should I do?

Is the guy really in trouble, do I put myself at risk to be a rescuer?

Shit!!!

As I watched a bit longer, the guy is still floundering and I see him wave again – he appears to be getting a bit more desperate. Then the waving stops; the boat appears still; I can’t see any movement.

At this point my heart starts racing as I realise that I will have to act. I have enough experience to know the behaviour of water filled boats, and inexperienced paddlers – and it is windy and gusty – my concern for my safety is very high, and I don’t want to be another casualty.

Should I attempt to rescue this person? It is high risk for me, having not paddled much over the last three years! My competence and my experience is less than optimal – what should I do?

Panicking people often struggle, fight their rescuer and often cause a rescuer to drown. I don’t want this to be me.

If he is unconscious, can I safely bring him back to shore, without risking my life too? I can’t see any movement.

Based on what I was witnessing, I honestly believed that this was going to be death number 15 for NSW!!!

I am trained in kayak rescue/recovery (getting a person back in their boat), I am a former instructor only three years ago. But I have to assume that this person is a complete novice, and doesn’t know anything about rescue/recovery – it is potentially high risk.

I raced to the water, threw on my PFD (Personal Flotation Device – used to be called a life jacket), got myself into my boat and raced out

Good grief, am I going to have to rescue this bloody idiot?

Am I putting my life at risk trying to rescue this person?

Will I be the next casualty?

SHIT!!!

When I got there, the guy was conscious but appeared to be a bit stressed, a bit embarrassed, and some of his family had swum out to try to help him (about 80m [about 90yd]). When I asked him if he was OK, he indicated that when he tipped himself in, he was trying to wave away the motor boats that were getting a bit too close, the wind and chop had tipped him in. He couldn’t get himself back into the boat, and needed help, he was drifting further out into the channel where there were motor boats!

Good grief!!!

He was not wearing a PFD, he was in a boat that was inadequate for the conditions, it was very windy and gusty, he was too far out from shore, he was inexperienced and wind and current were pushing him into a channel where the current was at its fastest.

This was a recipe for another death on the water in NSW – simply because the guy was stupid and thought he was more clever than he actually was!!!

I didn’t have the heart to berate him for his stupidity, as he was already embarrassed and a bit stressed. I as at least glad that he was OK, and that I didn’t have to rescue the silly bastard. I was also very relieved that I didn’t have to put myself at any further risk.

This situation could easily have led to another death. Should this person have drifted further into the channel, experienced some stronger wind gusts, got hit by a motor boat, or become tired, another drowning could very easily have occurred.

So going back to my comments above. Water is dangerous, it can easily become a death sentence as this incident demonstrates.

With regards to kayaking, just because you have a new kayak or canoe, and that you think you can easily paddle it, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get yourself into trouble.

It might seem to be a simple task to paddle a kayak, but, as seen in today’s real life situation, it can also be simple enough to get yourself into some very serious trouble and even die.

DON’T RISK IT

Some simple questions to ask yourself should you have a new kayak or canoe for Christmas.

  • How does the boat handle in wind and waves – how do you cope with wind or waves?
  • What do you do if you tip yourself into the water – what if you are a long way from shore?
  • Can you get yourself out of trouble if you get into it?
  • Where is the nearest help – can they get to you should you get into trouble?
  • Do you know how to handle tides, or currents – when is it most dangerous?
  • Do you know what the weather will be like as the day progresses?
  • Do you know the shipping rules?
  • Have you got all of the essential safety equipment?
  • … and these are only a some of things you need to know.

If you can’t answer yes to all of these questions, you probably shouldn’t be getting into your new kayak this summer.

MOST IMPORTANTLY

If you don’t have a PFD on, you shouldn’t be paddling AT ALL!!!

Lessons

There are basic courses to bring you up to speed. If you have a new kayak, it would be a good time to phone a few providers – that is of course if you value your life, the lives of your children, or your family or friends you lend you kayak to.

Am I being too harsh here?

Water kills – do you want to be the next statistic?

Water can be very dangerous and people regularly die. If you don’t know what you are doing in your new kayak, you could be the next casualty!

Please use your brain!

Bye for now,

Greg.


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Nasty Neighbours

Good morning readers,

Nasty Neighbour Pic
From: Here

I haven’t written for quite a while, as we were selling our home and moving. Although there are a number of other articles in the back-burner, I haven’t had time to finish them.

I have a bit of an unfortunate story to share in this post. I haven’t talked about it much with people, because I was hoping it would just “go away”; apparently it hasn’t L

So the subject of this post is “Nasty Neighbours”.

One of the driving reasons for moving from our previous home, was that we had an extremely nasty neighbour.

This person is quite clearly mad, but it isn’t noticeable if you just meet her a few times; she just comes across as weird.

For about the last five years, this neighbour has been abusive and just plain nasty. Initially I had tried to solve problems with her by rationalising, discussing, and talking – that’s what you do to solve problems isn’t it? It always ended in her being abusive and nasty.

The first incident that I experienced (probably about five years ago now) was after the local council collected our household waste bin one day. The truck picked up our bin, emptied it, and then placed it down on “her” nature strip. No matter how I reasoned, I was to blame, and I had to put my bin somewhere else.

No matter what I did, there was always something that would provide reason for her to be abusive. When we started to repair our house, it was in a degraded state, the abuse and complaints got ten times worse.

It continued to escalate from here.

During another incident she said: ‘your a piece of shit dickhead, your a piece of shit. We have the beautiful house, and we owns it, not like you. You take your grandmother’s house and now she’s dead. ha ha ha. Oh well, I’ll have to make another complaint to council…’

This was the style of behaviour we were putting up with.

She started filming everything that we were doing in the property, listening in to our conversations, and monitoring what we were doing at all times.

She started to make complaints to various authorities (WorkCover, Local Council, and apparently the police), claiming that we were doing things that we shouldn’t be doing. According to our local municipal council, the complaints included everything that she had ever taken offense to.

After the first visit by council, the council officer went away and dismissed what she had complained about, believing that there was no validity in what she complaining about. WorkCover came out and weren’t interested and left immediately.

However the complaints to the authorities didn’t stop, and council came back out again (about five times in total, with several more phone calls from them).

Eventually the only issue that council had with anything that we had done, was that they wanted us to lower some shelves 25mm, (1”) so that the chance of water going over her fence was nill. There was never a chance anyway because of the type of material, and the distance from the fence, but it was best to just keep them happy and do what they wanted.

Because this woman didn’t get to punish us as she appeared to want – for some crimes against her that don’t exist – she then started to become more threatening.

Expressions such as “I am going to get you”, “revenge is sweet” were now the approach.

The monitoring of our activities became so ridiculous that if I walked out into our backyard, she would appear to come out of her house and stand beside her fence to listen in to what we were saying and doing. We often saw her looking out of her window into our backyard.

Of course, as a result of this abuse and threats, we approached the police. While they did take one formal report (she had threatened us with personal financial information – presumably gleaned from listening in to our conversations), their general response was ‘there isn’t anything that we can do. Either you have to put up with it, or you have to leave’. They suggested seeing a lawyer and taking out a personal violence order (PVO). They were generally unsympathetic.

Having spoken to the police assistance line about four times, spoken to three different officers at Gladesville Police station, the only officer whom we saw who was sympathetic, was a female officer – but she couldn’t do anything either. At least she was more willing to help. She indicated that should the nasty neighbour start screaming abuse over our fence, try to have a witness (if possible) and call the police to attend immediately.

So after speaking to the police we did approach a lawyer, who said ‘there isn’t much anyone can do. The police always tell clients to take out a PVO because they don’t want to deal with the matter. Unless the neighbour attacks you in some way, the chance of success is slim; you could end up having to pay her legal fees.’

Hence we didn’t pursue the legal approach.

We spoke to council about the abuse, spying, and filming of us. We showed them one of our recordings where she was being abusive towards us. They indicated that she appeared mentally disturbed. They also said that in the past they had tried to seek medical treatment for neighbours who were acting in this way (apparently it happens often), but it had not been successful, and had cost council significant amounts of money in the past. They indicated that they weren’t going to help us either.

But her monitoring of us just didn’t stop. I often heard shuffling beside her fence when I was in the back yard, and if I walked towards the shuffling, I would see her side door quietly open and close again.

The police said that we could put cameras up on our house, and that she might feel insecure enough to leave us alone. We eventually put cameras up.

It seemed pretty obvious what she was doing to us.

Ultimately, after five years of this, we decided we had had enough and decided to move. The police wouldn’t do anything, the lawyers wouldn’t do anything, and council wouldn’t do anything. These were our only avenues to protect ourselves.

Nobody can live like this for years, nor should they have to. We sold our home, which was in a partly renovated state and lost significant amounts of money. House prices went up after we sold, and we are now about $200,000 behind. Not including the losses from our house sale and part renovation which probably cost around another $100,000.

So, as you would know from reading this blog (https://blogofgreg.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/were-moving-part-2/), we put our house on the market; we sold moved about three months ago.

So now you know a large part of the reason why we moved.

The next part of the saga…

Having believed that we had escaped this piece of shit woman, and her obsession with us… she saw me at the local shops and immediately started being nasty again – in front of all of the other shop staff and customers.

I turned my back and walked away. However she just kept going and followed me, trying her hardest to be as nasty as she could. As I paid and walked out of the store, she said “see you at [our] street” – I am obviously not going to disclose where we currently live! But somehow this piece of shit has found out! We have a silent phone number, and can’t be found anywhere on the web!

Fuck me.

After five years of this shit, having chased us out of our family home, and not even living anywhere near her, this nasty piece of shit is still having a go at us. She even knows where we live, and is, in her own way, still threatening us. She is so obsessed with us, that she just can’t let go.

For God’s sake, when will it end!

Once again, of course, I phoned the police, who again said, ‘sorry we can’t do anything. Unless she stands outside the front of your house, threatens you, screams abuse and vitriol, or attacks you in some way, we can’t do anything. You will need to see a court magistrate and take out a PVO.’

Same old story.

What I don’t understand, is why nobody can stop her. Don’t we have rights as well? Or is it that deranged people need to be carefully protected! Good grief what is wrong with this picture!

When I asked the police if this sort of thing is a regular occurrence, they indicated that it was. It might be a next door neighbour, or the person down the street, but it happens all of the time.

It makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with our society.

While I completely understand mental illness and am compassionate, there is a limit to my compassion. Having put up with this abuse, threats and harassment for five years; having had NO protection from her by the authorities –

I want this deranged piece of shit woman kept away from me!!!

So that is our sad little story for the last five years – and why we moved! Apparently the sad little story is continuing – even after we have moved away from her! and no-one can, or wants to, do anything about it.

That’s it for now, today’s little whinge.

Bye for now,

Greg.


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The blockers

Dear readers,

While I am not in the habit of forwarding other peoples posts, or letters, this email from the activist group “GetUp” highlights why Australian politics is so dirty.

The Politicians highlighted within this article and video, are some of the many people within politics in Australia who make our society so undemocratic. They need to go, so that Australian politics can become democratic again, and finally work for the needs of the people – not vested interests.

Here is the post and video – if you haven’t already seen it.

Greg


 

From GetUp

You may not know Federal MP George Christensen, but he’s got a habit of calling younames – “gutless green grubs”, “eco-terrorists” and, just last week, “bastards”.1, 2, 3

And you’re not the only one. He’s made headlines for calling women stupid, joking about gay people suffering from AIDS and for telling people to “jump on the first plane and head back to where you come from”.4, 5, 6

Not one to stop at hate-mongering, Mr Christensen is a fervent champion of the Adani coal mine, which, if built, will wreak irreversible damage on our Reef. And George has used his time in parliament to attack climate science as “fiction” and viciously block climate legislation.7, 8

But the worst part? George doesn’t work alone. Mr Christensen is part of a minority group of far-right MPs who wield enormous, disproportionate influence over our politics.

Well-connected in the mining industry and beloved by the big end of town, this group of Abbott-era crusaders works relentlessly to drag our politics to the right. Prime Minister Turnbull lacks the the power to stop their influence, but if we act together, we can make a difference.

That’s why, this election, GetUp members are going after them, in an ambitious plan to pare back their undue, dangerous influence. So Greg, without further adieu, click here to meet ‘The Blockers’…

https://www.getup.org.au/blockers

This campaign isn’t personal, despite the personalities involved. These MPs systematically undermine progress on those most urgent issues our movement fights for: respect for our multicultural communities, protection of Australia’s stunning environment, public funding for our local schools and hospitals.

Over 5,200 GetUp members have already kicked in an average donation of less than $40, to a $190,000 war chest to fund this ambitious election effort. The war chest is powering hyper-local campaigns in target electorates, thousands of phone calls to undecided voters, direct mail outs, digital, radio and print ads and over one million election day how-to-vote cards.

This is what a grassroots political revolution looks like – paid for by people, not corporate billionaires.

GetUp members are throwing everything they’ve got at unseating these hard-right ideologues – and the polling streaming in shows our national movement is turning the tide against them.

This election time, we’re doing the impossible – and it’s all thanks to people like you.

With 16 days to go, let’s give it all we’ve got.

Paul, for the GetUp team

PS – GetUp’s how-to-vote cards have the power to change the election outcome for these blockers – but not without volunteers to hand them out to undecided voters on election day. Do you have a few hours spare on July 2? Click here to sign up to volunteer at your local booth.

References
[1,2] ‘Nationals MP George Christensen calls Green activists ‘terrorists”, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 2014
[3] ‘Election 2016: Coalition MP George Christensen referred to AFP over turtle ‘bribery’ allegation’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2016
[4,5] ‘Abbott defends candidate critical of Jews, gays, women’, ABC News, 10 August 2010
[6] ‘Non-Australian protesters face deportation if charged’, ABC News, 18 September 2012
[7] ‘LNP backbencher George Christensen likens climate change to science fiction film plot’, ABC News, 9 July 2014
[8] ‘George Christensen: How do they vote?’, They Vote For You

 

 


 

 

 

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What is a LIBERAL

Rather than a blog post, I have created this acronym for what might be a:

LIBERAL

L – Little
I – Infants
B – Bellowing
E – Endlessly
R – Rancid
A – Arrogant
L – Lies

Is this the picture!

What is a LIBERAL

 

Bye for now

Greg

 

 

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Political corruption in Australia

Good evening readers,

I have written about political corruption in Australia before, this time I wanted to comment on an aspect of corruption in Australian politics that sadly seems to be becoming more common!

Cake or Pie?

Australia is in the grips of a two month electoral campaign, with elections being held on 2nd July 2016. The usual lies and deceit are continuously arising – it brings a sour taste to my mouth!

Today (12th June 2016), through a media release (and also reported on the ABC), I have read that the two major political parties (the old, or dinosaur parties) in Australia, the Australian Labor Party, and the Liberal Party, have done a preference deal that would see some competitors preferenced last in the upcoming election.

The reason for this deal is to reduce political competition, and to try to maintain absolute power in government.

What is a preferential system

This section has just been updated to correct an error – my apologies. 13th June 2016.

taken from: http://www.aec.gov.au/voting/counting/hor_count.htm

A House of Representatives candidate is elected if they gain more than 50 per cent of the formal vote.

First, all of the number ‘1’ votes are counted for each candidate. If a candidate gets more than half the total first preference votes, that candidate will be elected.

If no candidate has more than half of the votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is excluded. This candidate’s votes are transferred to the other candidates according to the second preferences of voters on the ballot papers for the excluded candidate. If still no candidate has more than half the votes, the candidate who now has the fewest votes is excluded and the votes are transferred according to the next preference shown. This process continues until one candidate has more than half the total number of formal votes and is elected.

A distribution of preferences takes place in every division, even where a candidate already has an absolute majority of first preference votes. The result of this full distribution of preferences is used to calculate the two-party-preferred (TPP) statistics for divisions that have the Australian Labor Party and Coalition representatives as the final two candidates.

In divisions that do not have the Australian Labor Party and Coalition representatives as the final two candidates, a scrutiny for information is conducted to determine the TPP result. A scrutiny for information, in such cases, is a notional distribution of preferences to find the result of preference flows to the Australian Labor Party and Coalition candidates.

If you are interested in how votes in the senate are determined, which is different again, you can review the following document:

http://www.aec.gov.au/voting/counting/senate_count.htm

The corruption!

Unfortunately of late, this process is being used to block potential candidates from achieving a majority through preferences. The two major parties are doing deals to place potential rivals lower on the preference list, in order to block their ability to receive usable preferences.

pardon

Pathetically, even though Labor and Liberal hate each other, they would prefer to see each other in power, rather than have a real opponent (an independent or minor party) in that seat. It shows quite clearly how corrupt these two major parties have become.

To extrapolate, Labor would prefer to see a Liberal candidate in power, rather than a Greens candidate with more closely aligned policies. It shows you how pathetic they really are!

How and why

While there have been independents and smaller parties, like The Greens, Fred Nile, Australia First etc., for some time, their ability to achieve a majority vote has been small, and therefore their chances of attaining a position in Australia’s parliament has been small.

However, the general population are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the two major parties, and more people are voting for independents and smaller parties that better represents their values.

Unfortunately for the Labor Party or the Liberal party, the more seats they lose, the more seats that independents, The Greens or other minor parties achieve. This results in more alternative policies and opinions than the Labor Party or the Liberal Party – what we would call a democracy!

This is the very reason why they are trying to block other political representatives using the preference system.

A democratic system forces those in parliament to form coalitions, and debate policies in parliament. This can inhibit them from implementing their particular agendas, and block bad or ruthless policies.

However by corrupting the preferential voting system, as they continue to do, they can control who sits in parliament. This makes it more likely that they will get policies passed that suit their own agendas.

Such is democracy in Australia!

Two corrupt parties

So what does that mean for Australia.

The more the major parties use this kind of technique, the more it reduces our ability to democratically elect the representative of our choice. The political system becomes corrupt and controlled by those with the most power – or money!

This is not the first time that this sort of preference deal has occurred; it happens every election, and it won’t be the last.

The two “old”, or “dinosaur” parties have had power in Australia for a very long time. They have implemented their own form of democracy [almost] to the exclusion of all others for more than a century.

Our system, which purports to be a democratic system, is being manipulated by those in power, to maintain power – this is the corruption.

Realistically, the preferential system is flawed. It has the potential to be corrupted by those who feel threatened by opposition. This is becoming increasingly obvious.

As Hitler once did, our major political powers are [trying to] eliminate their competitors. They are backed by money, largely from the corporate world. By eliminating competitors they have a greater chance of implementing their own political agendas – unopposed.

 

As they say – Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

 

Is this democracy?

I would say NO!!!

What are your thoughts?

Greg

 

 

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We’re moving – part 2

Good morning world!

We're moving - from: http://www.picgifs.comA little while ago I wrote that we were planning to move:
https://blogofgreg.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/were-moving/

Well, the time of sale is now right on our doorstep; we finally decided on an agent a bit over a week ago.

Today was the first day of the official advertising programme, and our house was listed on the web. Whoohoo!

We had a stylist assist us last Friday, designing our interior. As a result of that guidance, we worked feverishly over the weekend for a photo shoot on Monday.

Two days to empty the house (literally), and transform it into a comfortable and livable home. It was miraculous considering what the house looked like beforehand. Apparently we even surprised the agent, who didn’t think we could make it.

It has been a really crazy week – and it has really been a terrible drain on us, me in particular.I am also looking for other places to live at the same time as repairing this one, and getting it ready for sale.

A bit of history

My grandparents bought the home in 1954, and as my grandfather was a war serviceman (though he never left Australia – the war ended just before he was set to leave), he was entitled to a war service home as he served in the army in Australia.

It is a difficult time for my family, going through the sale process, as this has been my family’s home for three generations.

Our family was the first to ever live in this home; it was an area made available to the war service after the army moved out.

My grandparents (who bought the home) => My mother and uncle were raised in it => I (and my siblings) grew up in and around it => my family, and now my son have grown in it – my boy is still 4, but growing.

From my family:
two children, five grand children, one great grand child (and another four who visited from Melbourne), have lived in, and grown up in this home.

The house has changed little over the years, it remains basically as it was then. A humble, but functional home.

I thought that I would post a few (and perhaps the last ever) pictures that were taken as part of the advertising plan by Bresic Whitney (bresicwhitney.com.au)

Sadly, in this day and age in Sydney, most old houses are knocked down, and replaced with newer, more modern homes. It is both good and bad. This house is still standing after 62 years. The foundations are still solid, and there has been little movement over the years.

Few new houses would last so long!

Unfortunately, with modern life, the old houses don’t suit the lifestyle of new families and they are knocked down for newer, better (in some ways) homes.

But that means that the history – the memories – are knocked down with them. In this case, a whole generation of memories are gone with the bulldozer.

Much of my life has been spent in and around this home – my families home – so it is very sad, and very difficult to move. Once we move, it will only be a short time before the house is demolished, and land is flattened for a new development, and a new family to create new memories.

But…

On the positive, it will also be a new start for my family, in a new home that we choose, that will suit our purposes.

So in that regard, it is also like a renewal for my new family.

I feel a bit sad at the moment, knowing that I will be moving soon; knowing that I will be leaving behind a home (that will be smashed up) that I grew up in for 45 years.

bye for now,

Greg.
PS: there will be more updates, as we will be having an article written about my family in the local newspaper next week. Stay tuned!

In case you are interested in how our home is described on the web, this is it!

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Our advertisement

 

Highlights

With a 23m frontage & 657 sqm allotment, this cottage has development potential (subject to council approvals). In the meantime, it’s a ready rental prospect or neat home for a young family.

  • Easement free, big future possibilities
  • Potential duplex site (subject to council)
  • A corner block & highpoint of the area
  • District views & natural sunlight all round
  • Scope to capitalise on the views to city
  • Updated gas kitchen, tidy bath, garage
  • Near trains, express city bus, Macq Uni
  • Near top schools & 1 traffic light to city
  • Short stroll to Coxs/Blenheim Rd shops
  • First time property offered in over 60 years

Get to know North Ryde

Residents value this area for its family-friendly ambience and leafy environment. Yet it’s still within easy reach of the CBD, major shopping centres, and the M2. A true village feel. An array of quality public and private schools. Arguably the best-kept secret of the Ryde area.

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Visit Australia – and the dying Great Barrier Reef

I wanted to post this to my blog to highlight the deception of our current Liberal Government.

While some in the world would be aware of what our current Government is doing to our environment, it may not be widely known in the rest of the world.

In Australia our environment is becoming so degraded, that significant tourist destinations are at great threat.

Concerningly, our current Liberal Government is so deceptive, that even when our Great Barrier Reef is heading towards destruction, details of its demise is removed from literature, so that wider reporting doesn’t present the grim picture.

I have included an article published on:
http://junkee.com/this-honest-tourism-ad-about-the-great-barrier-reef-dying-is-way-too-real/79481
that lists some of the facts about our Great Barrier Reef.

While this particular video attached to that article is “tongue in cheek”, the message is not, and it shows the length to which our current Liberal Government will go to, to hide the truth about Australia’s environmental crimes.

 

 

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We’re moving…

We're moving - from: http://www.picgifs.comAs you would know if you read this blog, I haven’t written anything much of late. While I have wanted to, there just hasn’t been any time.

What is going on!

we are moving!

Having lived in and around this family home for most of my life, my family has decided to move on.

It has been a difficult few years. We started down the renovation path several years ago. We approached builders and architects in an effort to build a home that was functional and usable for both business and family life.

I even started to replace the cladding in preparation of the big build – but it just wasn’t meant to be!

This home was build in post war Sydney – in the early 1950s. It is old, tired, and run down. The work involved in repairing, let alone remodeling this home was just too costly.

In fact sadly if we had continued to remodel and repair the home, it would actually add NO value to the property at all.

Such is life in Sydney, where the median home price is $1 million dollars!

While I could rant about the cost of housing in Sydney, a favourite rant of mine, it is a fact of life in Sydney – and one that we have to live with – or move out!

Since we made this decision about three weeks ago now, I have spent much of every day researching locations, interviewing real estate agents (some of whom I wouldn’t want to let them sell a packet of chips), and visiting open houses.

I will be very glad when it is all over.

It is tiring, and a bit worrying. Apparently we need to sell now, as winter is the best time to sell (you get the highest price), but it is a bad time to buy, as prices are also higher.

While we are not sure just how it will all work out, we will hopefully have our house sold in about two months, and hopefully moving into somewhere else either at the same time, or soon after.

Well it is again 11pm, and I am TIRED!

So off to bed for me,

Bye for now!

Greg.

 

 

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Private Health Insurace – a ministers response

Good evening all,

I wanted to follow up from a previous post regarding private health insurance in Australia.

Following that post, I wrote to my local Federal MP, The Honorable John Alexander MP, questioning the operation of Private Health Insurance, and clauses contained within, that exclude conditions or place restrictions on them.

Just a couple of days ago, I received a reply from his office. The reply was of course quite typical in our capitalist economy, and it essentially said look elsewhere for a better, or cheaper, deal.

Because we all know that competition is the best answer to all of our problems!

As usual, there was the typical avoidance of the issue at hand, which was the exclusion of conditions and/or restrictions – which was the main reason for writing in the first place.

Grumpy

taken from: knowyourmeme.com

As the letter is interesting, I have decided to post the entire transcript below.

Response by:
Electorate Officer Simone Stark, for The Honorable John Alexander MP.

 


 

Stark, Simone (J. Alexander, MP) to me
29 Mar
Dear Greg,
Thank you for contacting John Alexander MP, John has asked me to respond on his behalf.
John appreciates your feedback and continued support.

Private Health Insurance (PHI) premium increases take effect from 1 April 2016.

The approved industry average premium increase is 5.59 per cent, however this figure is an average across all Private Health Insurers with some increases falling below this figure and some above it.

Table B lists the average premium increase for each Private Health Insurer, with some as low as 4 per cent.

We encourage consumers who are not happy with their insurer’s premium increase to shop around for the best deal they can get.

Every year, health funds increase their premiums so they can cope with the rising costs of claims and still provide their customers with the best services that they can.

This year the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, asked all insurers to revise their applications for a premium increase to offer lower increases to consumers. Due to this, overall premium increases are $125 million less than what they would have been if the Minister had not asked insurers to revise their applications.

We understand that consumers are not happy about large PHI premium increases, and this is something we are committed on addressing through our forthcoming PHI reform package

Please be assured that John continues to recognise the importance of maintaining a dialogue with the electorate on all matters.

If you have any additional questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Kind regards,

Simone Stark

Electorate Officer
John Alexander OAM MP | Federal Member for Bennelong
44-46 Oxford Street, Epping NSW 2121
Electorate Office | P: (02) 9869 4288 F: (02) 9869 4833

 


 

A typical response from a government minister? What do you think?

Bye for now,

Greg

 

 

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Turnbull obsolete and backwards to 1945

A bizarre tax reform by our Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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Malcolm Turnbull’s thought bubble

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-30/turnbull-looks-to-correct-tax-failure/7284314

Having thought that we had got rid of our last dinosaur Prime Minister – Tony Abbott, our New’ish Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, now wants to turn back the clock to 1945?

In a modern era, where economies have changed since World War II, our Prime Minister wants to turn back the clock, and change components of our modern, although dysfunctional, tax system back to the time of world war II!

How peculiar that in modern times, a Prime Minister in the year 2016 can only look to a war period long past for his brilliant policy ideas!

Good grief, I would have thought that modern times required modern tax policies, but instead we have post war tax policies – that are well and truly obsolete.

Is this an indication of where the Liberal Party thinkers come from – the obsolete past?

Bye for now,

Greg

 

 

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Our future – correlations with Hitler

Hitler

Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future. [Adolf Hitler]

How interesting that in this day and age, Hitler’s statements of the 1930s would seem to appear accurate of current times.

What am I referring to?

In recent years, the world has been in a constant battle with terrorist groups. These terrorist groups bomb towns and cities with surprise attacks. They create havoc in communities and normal life by using terror; they sabotage whatever they can to increase the terror of an event, and no doubt (at least try to) assassinate world leaders.

While trying to find some answers for a puzzle where Hitler was the subject (unsuccessfully I might add), stumbled across information that seemed to demonstrate parallels of today – some concerning – and it was worth writing about.

While there are significant numbers of quotes by Hitler, I have selected just a few for today’s piece. These quotes seem to correlate with actions, behaviour and atrocities of today.

I am not a scholar of Hitler, nor do I proclaim in depth knowledge of his personality – other than that he was a dictator, a ruthless leader, and one who played a major hand in the death of 50 million people – including genocide.

So, why am I drawing parallels to Hitler.

Often as a society, we use certain behaviour (or speech) to influence, and/or manipulate our community. We see this in every politician in the world; sometimes we call it propaganda, sometimes we call it lies.

It isn’t just politicians who do this, but anyone who wants to exert influence over opinion about a certain situation.

So back to the current world terrorism situation.

As we all know, at the moment, Europe in particular is experiencing the biggest influx of refugees since World War II. While this is understandable considering that Syria is being bombed (and Iraq and Afghanistan have been bombed or are terrorised by terrorists), it has raised cultural tensions within communities and nations.

Hate breeds hate

In Australia, various extremist groups, such as the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia, have risen their hands to claim that ‘refugees’ are a scourge on Australia.

In Europe, I understand that there are similar Nationalist groups appearing, condemning refugees, and blaming them for all manner of problems.

 

In Mein Kampf (essentially Hitler’s diary/autobiography), Hitler blamed the Jews for all of Germany’s then woes. Fraudulent books such as “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” (proven in 1921 to be a fraud) were used to justify Hitler’s false beliefs (and those of his followers) that the Jews were a scourge on the world and needed to be exterminated. Distortions in his own mind fuelled his beliefs, and everything he saw in his current and past life, flamed his delusions that the Jews were a scourge on the world.

What is concerning about this, is that all around the world, there are groups suggesting that the current refugee crisis, is the cause of all of the world’s ills.

Just the other day we had our current Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, inflaming the refugee situation, suggesting that terrorists are entering Europe with refugees, and by inference, that refugees could be terrorists. It didn’t help that Belgium had just been bombed by terrorists.

Fortunately, in response to Turnbull’s statement, we had the more intelligent Belgium Chancellor telling the world that, by playing the “hate” card, we are playing right into the hands of the very terrorists who are bombing us.

ISIL (or whatever we are calling them these days) is trying hard to tell hardline Islamists around the world (or those who are easily manipulated – primarily our youth), that the world hates Muslims, and that they should take up arms against the west – along with other propaganda.

Perhaps by hating Muslims, we actually play into their hands?

With regards to Turnbull’s statements, this is not the first time that the “race” card has been played by the Liberal Party (or the Labor Party for that matter). Former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, created the “turn back the boats” policy, which saw refugees heading to Australia by boat, sent back to sea.

This policy was widely criticized by other Nations as unethical and a breach of the Refugee Convention – of which Australia is a signatory.

However this anti-refugee sentiment is not constrained to Australia. Our media has reported that US Presidential hopefuls have suggested that Muslims are the cause of America’s problems (along with Latin Americans – and likely other migrants), and that they should be kept out of the US.

This level of “hate” was exactly what Hitler used to demonise the Jews – ultimately leading to their genocide!

I am not suggesting that current political leaders are indicating that we should exterminate Muslims, or refugees for that matter, but playing the “hate” card is a very dangerous game.

As Hitler said: “Hate is more lasting than dislike”

The lies of today

In Australia in the early 2000s, our then Prime Minister (again a Liberal), told the people that refugees had thrown babies overboard, in order for them to demand to be sent to Australia. During that election, slogans implying that Australia had a refugee problem were a focus of the two major parties (Liberal and Labor).

From memory, the Liberal Party drummed up racist overtones, and won the election, partly on the back of the refugee crisis.

Perhaps Australia’s involvement in the illegal war in Iraq and Afghanistan, over the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMDs) that didn’t exist, contributed to the refugee crisis? A matter that seems to have escaped the Liberal Party and the Labor Party.

Sadly, sometime after the election, the babies overboard saga, was found to be a lie. What a surprise!

Hitler also wrote: “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”

WMDs were also a lie

We can also look at international affairs here to show how dangerous and believable big lies are. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars (nearly two decades ago) were started due to a belief that Iraq had “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMD). My understanding is that no WMDs have ever been found.

Sadly it would seem that the lie of WMDs justified wars that, on the outset, appeared more about vested interests in those countries than anything else.

So big lies also start wars!

Back to Australia:

In the latter years of the last Labor government (roughly 2007 – 2013), the Liberal Party, led by Tony Abbott, continued to repeat a series of mantras, or election slogans.

These were (not exact words):

  • The Carbon Tax was hurting families
  • The mining tax was killing jobs
  • Australia had an economic crisis (even though Australia was considered to have one of the best economies in the world in relation to debt to GDP – by most world economists!)

Repeating these slogans almost every day (in some form or another), eventually persuaded the majority of voters, to vote Liberal, electing Tony Abbott to lead the country as Prime Minister!

After being elected as PM, Tony’s party erased the Carbon Tax and ended the mining tax. The economy has not improved, in fact it now appears to be much worse. Rising unemployment, and decreasing exports have been just two problems that are worsening – this is partly due to the collapse of the resources sector – a foreseeable collapse, not addressed by either Liberal nor Labor.

Carbon Tax

For interest sake, calculations that I undertook on my expenses at the time, showed an increase of around $150 per year as a result of the Carbon Tax (I even included an extra percent or so to cover estimated increases in all other goods and services).

Interestingly, when the Labor party introduced the Carbon Tax, they gave every tax payer, a tax reduction of around $2,500 (from memory). This was because the tax-free threshold was raised, which meant that every tax-payer paid significantly less tax. Pensioners, and those on welfare, were also give increases to cover the extra costs associated with the Carbon Tax.

I wonder why the Liberal Party didn’t mention these facts when they kept telling the public that the Carbon Tax was hurting families? I suppose it didn’t suit their interests?

Another quote from Hitler: “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

And finally:

In the 1930s Hitler manipulated sentiments over the fire at the Reichstag, to pass an act (the Enabling Act), that allowed his cabinet full legislative powers to deviate from the constitution. Once he had this, he was able to suppress political opposition and intimidate the them into disbanding. Ultimately only the Nazi party was left.

This is somewhat concerning as, in Australia at least, the Liberal Party has consistently used its powers to try to suppress Labor (the second major political party, and principal opposition to the Liberal Party), by attacking unions and past Labor policies.

Currently (I believe it may still be the case), to be a member of Labor, you must be a member of a union. The Liberal Party (and the media – who are the lap dog of the Liberal Party), have consistently demonised unions and their activities.

The Liberal Party also used their parliamentary powers, to create a Royal Commission (investigative tribunal) to investigate union corruption. The results of which appears to show limited circumstances of corruption by a small number of individuals.

This Royal Commission was designed to drum up negative sentiment towards unions (by inference Labor), and make the incorrect correlation that a harsh building watchdog, the ABCC (Australian Building Corruption Commission) was again required in Australia. The ABCC is a very harsh and brutal legal body, with extreme powers that fall outside a generally accepted legal framework, essentially designed to destroy building unions in particular – unfortunately this is a discussion beyond the scope of this post.

The Liberal Party have also increasingly reduced the powers of unions, which have directly reduced union support, and indirectly reduced Labor’s support. If you break the unions, you break Labor!

During its current government, the Liberal Party have also used their parliamentary powers to attack Labor’s past policies, again with a Royal Commission, trying to demonise what Labor has done in the past. These are just a few of examples, but many others exist.

While corruption is bad in all circumstances, the Royal Commissions that the Liberal Party created, were specifically designed to create a media show; to destabilise Labor, and its supporters – largely unions.

If you destroy your opposition, you have unopposed power!

To add further to these concerns, the Liberal Party have just introduced changes to the electoral act, which changes the voting system – perhaps in the Liberal Party’s favour.

As if we weren’t convinced of their goals, they have now challenged the senate (our house of review) to pass legislation put before them, or else parliament will be disbanded and an election will be held (a double dissolution election).

The election would result in some of those currently in the Senate unable to regain their seats due to the changes that the Liberal Party have introduced.

To be fair, voting rules were changed in agreement with The Greens, which could in effect lose them seats as well!

Hmmm… Isn’t this exactly what Hitler (and every other despot) did?

Destroy your opposition in order to have unfettered power! Exactly what Hitler did!

Concerned?

Democracy can easily be manipulated. Public opinion can be swayed, and propaganda can cause unforeseen consequences – sometimes even war!

Bye for now,

Greg

 

 

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Private Health Insurance – a Government Funded Fraud

Good morning readers,

Health insurance – maybe not what it is made out to be – what a surprise!

A number of years ago, then Liberal Government, Led by PM John Howard, introduced policies that forced people to invest in private health insurance.

Financial penalties were created for those who chose not to join, and levies (in the form of increased Medicare Levies) were imposed on those who joined later than age 30.

At the time, it seemed fairly obvious to me that the Liberal Government were attempting to privatise the health system, and destroy our (largely) publicly funded system. A system that was one of the best in the world, and one that many countries envied.

It didn’t help that we had a few ministers suggesting that every Australian should have private health insurance. What appeared to be a clear indication of their intent!

The Government also decided to start funding private health insurance, by providing rebates to those who had, or took up, private health insurance.

Unfortunately this Liberal Government has also started to de-fund our public health system, to the tune of billions of dollars per year in cuts.

As time has gone by, private health insurance has become more lucrative – for investors that is. Premiums have continued to go up each year (above inflation), and the Government of the day has continued to prop up the industry by a rate of 30% of almost all premiums.

One could construe from this that, 30% of all dividends given to shareholders are from taxpayers! But perhaps that is too cynical.

Interestingly there have been some recent cases brought to the media, where insurance companies have denied claims, through deceptive clauses and complex examination of cases. Of course this was done through medicos appointed by the insurance company, and allegedly pressured to present examination reports in the insurance company’s favour.

The media have also found that there was generally harsh or deceptive treatment of claimants, so that the claimants would simply walk away – because it was just too difficult to fight. One media report can be seen below, but significant numbers of others have been noted.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-07/comminsure-whistleblowersays-doctors-pressured-change-opinions/7226910

CommInsure, run by the Commonwealth Bank in Australia, was the main insurer focused on in this instance; but there are other insurers (and those who use CommInsure as an underwriter to their own policies).

This should come as no surprise, as insurers (and banks) are there to make money for shareholders – aren’t they? So denying as many claims as possible is in their best interest.

What is interesting about this, is that a review of my own Health Insurance Policy, provided by Defence Health, indicated quite clearly, that

…pre-existing conditions are not covered. That …a medico appointed by the insurer, may be used to examine all cases… The clauses also state that even if the condition wasn’t obvious previously… it could still be construed as pre-existing.

pardon

If I just reflect on my own situation, considering that I have significant pre-existing health problems, what do you think the chances are that my current insurer will suggest that some future claim is due to a pre-existing medical condition.

Sounds highly likely to me, particularly considering the media exposure of the CommInsure cases.

Reading between the lines of these clauses, and reading the cases presented by the media, it would appear that almost anything could be construed as pre-existing.

Unfortunately these insurers have been allowed to decide what they do or don’t cover.

If they aren’t going to cover all of the medical claims that are being presented to them, then what exactly is the point in having private health insurance.

Isn’t Private Health Insurance there to insure against ill health, regardless of the reasons?

Not only is private health insurance becoming ridiculously expensive, we now find that we may not be covered by them in many circumstances.

PHSFraud

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So what is the point in being a part of this:

Government Funded Fraud!

 

Be wary of your insurer, check out your insurance policy in advance, you might be sadly surprised to find out that you aren’t actually covered for anything at all!

 

Food for thought,

Bye for now,

Greg

 

 

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Reflection

Good morning readers,

Well I was lying in bed with a bit of a fever, and just could not settle my mind or body – it didn’t help that I was hot and then cold – continually, or had a bad headache – oh stop whinging!

So what better way to settle one’s mind than being creative with a blog post!

I thought that I would write a little piece on reflection.

No… not what I see in the mirror each morning!

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http://herewomentalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/broken-mirror+335.jpg and
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What I am talking about is thinking about our actions, our thoughts, or our feelings.

The other day I was reading and commenting on a post by a fellow blogger, who’s had it tough in recent years. The post I am referring to is about moderating comments on her blog.

I wanted to comment on her blog, because I wanted to reflect on my own thoughts and feelings; and not just on her post.

http://lynettedartycross.com/2016/03/01/to-moderate-or-not-to-moderate-thats-the-question-but-whats-the-answer/

Many of us wander aimlessly through life, oblivious to what is actually going on in our head. Why we act in a certain way, or why or behaviour can be so bad; why we are victims, or rescuers.

Some of us occasionally stop and think! Why did I do that? Could I have handled that better? Or more importantly, why did that person arouse such feelings in me?

And no, I am not talking about that sort of feeling!

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I am thinking more about how we respond to other people’s behaviour or feelings.

The way we feel about someone’s behaviour, often results in us behaving in a particular way – in response. Sometimes this is a conditioned response!

A common statement by people who abuse others is “She made me do it”, or “he made me angry”…

… you’ve heard them all …

Let’s just create a fictional circumstance. Two men are in an argument and a brawl ensues. At the completion of the brawl, with two bloody and broken men, one guy says to bystanders “he was asking for it”.

Who was the cause of this situation? The first person who punched, or the person who punched last? Perhaps the first person to start yelling?

or perhaps…. both of them?

Certainly I would find it unbelievable if anyone would actually want to get beaten; which would make the statement of “he was asking for it” somewhat questionable.

But… what caused the person to hit the other. His anger? Rage? Perhaps he was just having a bad day?

Do YOU reflect on why you react, write, or respond in certain ways?

When you last got angry with your partner, did you reflect on the conversation/argument?

Did you blame the other person, as so often happens?

Did you consider that maybe you were both… wrong … or did you just say “yeah he says that all the time. I’m sick of his shit!”. Or something similar.

What was it that caused those emotions to arise?

You see, no single person has the power to control us.

In other words, when someone says “she made me angry”, can we actually say that this is the case?

Is it possible for the other person to make us say something, make us act in a particular way? Did someone get into your head and waggle your tongue for your? Perhaps they grabbed hold of your arm for you and swung it at themselves?

No! It is not possible. In fact it sounds a bit ludicrous don’t you think?

So why did you act in that way. What feelings arose in you that caused you to respond in that way?

question_meme
http://www.clipbold.com

We are in control of every action, reaction or behaviour that we exhibit. Our behaviour is a definitive response to the way we feel.

When we get angry, it is because we choose to!

I am not suggesting that this is a conscious response, though it might be.

We may have learned it by watching our parents, reacting to bullies in the playground, or cultured it. Maybe it has been nurtured due to unfortunate circumstances.

Whatever the case, it is still OUR action. We own it. No-one has made us act in that way, it is our choice, even if it isn’t a conscious choice!

However, we can change the way we act, react or behave.

One of the ways that we can do this is by reflecting. It isn’t easy, and it takes courage and honesty.

In order to look deep into yourself and question your actions, you are going to have to be motivated. More importantly you have to take ownership of your actions or behaviour.

I said those nasty things.

I punched that guy.

I got angry when that person made a mistake.

I” own it! “I” did it! It was MY reaction!

light_bulb_moment
http://www.motivationalmompt.com

Can you do that?

But…

There is little point in owning your behaviour, if you have no willingness to then review what caused the situation in the first place. You must reflect on it.

You see, while owning your behaviour is critical in changing it, if you cannot review your behaviour, then there is little point!

This review of your behaviour is called reflection!

selfie_meme
http://www.citymac.com

Ah… No, not that type of reflection!

But for those who just love taking selfies…
…perhaps that in itself needs some reflection 🙂

If you review what the causes of your behaviour are, you then have a chance of changing it.Sometimes we need professional help!

But, as mentioned, that requires honesty, motivation and the willingness to change.

One warning!

Beware of falling into the trap of blaming the other person. This is an escape from taking responsibility for your own actions! It is definitely NOT reflecting!

Even if the other person was silly, it is your choice to react the way that you do – and that is what you are reflecting on!

Well it is now 02:20 (that is AM), and I need to reflect on why I just had to do this right NOW!!!

I will probably be too awake to try to go back to sleep. Another blog anyone?…

I hope you enjoyed it!

Bye for now,

Greg

 

 

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Woolworths treats staff like shit!

Good afternoon readers,

I thought I would share this story about how Woolworths Australia seems to be treating its staff.

Woolworths treats its employees like shit!A friend of mine, who works for Woolworths in NSW, has just told me that when they recently returned from holidays, that Woolworths’ senior staff had allegedly disposed of all of the employees lockers – even though personal equipment of some employees was still in it!!!

Management allegedly DIDN’T GIVE A SHIT about the personal items inside!!!

My friend lost their brand new work boots and prescription reading glasses.

Apparently the boots that were in the lockers, were also essential safety equipment!!!

It would be interesting to see what would happen should an accident occur and this friend didn’t have their safety boots on?

That would be a litigation nightmare seeing that Woolworths’ themselves had unlawfully disposed of them!

Bring it on – you arrogant fools!
(as you can see, I’m a bit pissed off too)

What’s more, when this friend approached senior staff members, they allegedly shrugged their shoulders and then demanded receipts for the personal items that were in the lockers.

If this doesn’t clearly express the contempt with which senior staff of Woolworths treats employees, nothing will!

What sort of an arse-hole company does that to their staff. One that is losing money? Woolworths has just made record losses, and is closing a hardware chain – that was always set for failure anyway.

Dimwits!

One could construe that this is also a WHS (Workplace Health and Safety) issue now!!! Safety boots are worn for a reason, and if management has thrown them out and the staff becomes injured… Seems like a litigation case in waiting.

Personally, I would have demanded immediate replacement, or not returned to work on WHS grounds. I would then contact Fair Work Australia, who have tight controls over what employers and employees can do. I would then immediately phone the union and sit on my hands until the safety equipment has returned.

You see, both employer and employee have WHS obligations, and that is that safety equipment must be worn when required. If management have deliberately thrown out personal protective equipment (PPE), then they are potentially liable for any accidents that occur.

Dimwits!

No wonder the company is in limbo, losing money, losing patronage.

Hmmm… Considering that Woolworths is in such a bad financial state, treating good reliable staff with such contempt is hardly conducive to satisfied and productive workers.

What happens when you treat your workers like this? Your workers aren’t likely to be nice in return – apparently it is something that Woolworths just can’t seem to understand!

Moronic Dimwits!

This sort of contempt seems to be becoming more common in corporate Australia – unfortunately!

I might note: this style of contempt shown towards staff, appears to be quite typical of Woolworths – I hear lots of stories.

It is another reason why I will continue to boycott Woolworths and deal with another company like Aldi, Coles and IGA. Not that they don’t have their own issues too!

If you treat your staff like shit, I can only hope you fail!

Up yours Woolworths! You deserve everything you get in return!

Share this if you think Woolworths should be held to account for this abuse of workers rights.

By for now,

Greg

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Climate and religion

Hello readers,

I thought that I would have an online chuckle about a letter that I have just written on climate change. The newspaper in question is the local rag – The Weekly Times (TWT).

Quite frankly, based on the quality of news within, it isn’t even good enough to wipe my arse on! But that is a bit coarse isn’t it 🙂 ho hum.

While some of you might not agree with my statements, and some might disagree with my questioning of religion, there is something to think about in this post… Well in my distorted view of the world anyway 🙂

Like so many people in the world, the editor of TWT, seems to be steadfast in his belief that climate change isn’t occurring. He appears to cherry pick information that confirms his opinion, but refuses to acknowledge other facts that refute his claims… So be it. And he keeps publishing his BS in his newspaper – arrogantly – even though it often doesn’t make any sense. I guess that is his right – or is it! Oh this is very annoyingly philosophical, so early in the argument 🙂

Recently he appeared to claim that because we had massive rainfall in NSW (Australia), that climate change wasn’t occurring. However he failed to recognise, that at the same time we had record heat waves in other states – and not for the first time!

The next week we had some religious nutter telling us that ‘we need to leave it in God’s hands’, or some such rubbish.

What continues to astound me, is that in the face of continuing presentation of evidence, these people just stick their head in the sand and whinge, while other parts of the world burn, flood or are cyclone torn! Bizarre!

After this idiotic letter by the raving religious fanatic, I felt compelled to respond. The following is my letter to the editor of TWT, with just a few notes – names removed for privacy.

Of course the editor of TWT might not publish it – he often doesn’t – I guess it is just too confronting, and contradicts his opinion. Perhaps we’ll leave it up to the bananas – B1 and B2 – to decided…. oh darn – that is just too damned cryptic! 

Read on…

 

Dear editor [of TWT],

Having read the last two weeks of dribble, from those blind to the understanding that our climate is changing, I must say that I am a little confused.

B1, you recently implied that because of massive rainfall in NSW, that climate change wasn’t occurring? No doubt you will claim this week that climate change isn’t occurring because the US had massive snow falls. [the east coast in particular just had massive snow falls] What is astounding is that you will conveniently ignore the fact that NASA has just found that the earth has warmed by 0.9°C. [considering the world has just decided to keep warming to under 2°C, we are already half way there – very concerning]

Unfortunately at the same time as massive rainfalls were occurring in NSW, we had record breaking heat waves in other states. I guess you just forgot to acknowledge that in your attack on scientists? Or perhaps you are confused with the difference between climate and weather?

Perhaps you can then explain, in scientific terms, how a weather event, such as massive rainfall, proves that climate change doesn’t exist?

Then there was last week’s ludicrous statement from B2, who somehow believes that we should leave it in the hands of “God”, as somehow God will fix it for us.

[We could of course go into a scientific discussion about God, presenting evidence here and there, but that is beyond the scope of this discussion – unfortunately]

I suppose we should reflect on this for just a moment…

The analysis

If God invented man, then God invented scientists! If God invented scientists, then God gave them the skills to rigorously analyse and interpret data, and to come to a conclusion that climate change was occurring; more importantly, that it is man made – largely through self interest, greed and arrogance.

[I haven’t even gone into the possibility that God has encouraged us to educate ourselves and better ourselves for all of mankind. God must have created language, maths, and science… otherwise why would we have it? – perhaps this discussion too, is best left for another time…]

So…… If God has created scientists, and of course given them the skills to determine that climate change is occurring, then aren’t scientists effectively using a skill, given to them by God, for just this purpose? Therefore, effectively, isn’t God telling us that climate change is occurring – caused by man – and that we have to act?

Hmmm…

In summary

One conclusion that could be construed from this argument, is that God has told us that we need to act on climate change, because God has given the precious gift of science to man – just for this very purpose.

Perhaps we can then suggest, that it is the arrogance of some of “man”, to continue to deny what God has given man – science – and instead continue to stick their head in the sand and remain arrogantly steadfast – even in the face of evidence?

In conclusion

I would suggest to those who continue to try to cherry pick, and deny climate change, that sticking your head in the sand and repeating a mantra that it doesn’t exist, doesn’t make it go away! Perhaps it is just the “Devil” who makes you believe, and publish, such rubbish, and deny science that, in essence, God gave us!

Good luck with that – let me know how it works for you!

end of letter…

 

Well on that note, it’s time to go do something constructive at 11pm at night.

bye for now 🙂

Greg.

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