Monday, December 11, 2017

 

Pride goes before a fall

Pride is a important thing to have in your spirit , but so is humility .
We are so unworthy of claims to either that the mere mention of it , by anyone,  is scary.



Presumably because we want to believe more in ourselves than we warrant ,its tempting , especially for leaders to jockey up the people with talk of things we can be proud of . The tempataion when parties hold office on a knife edge is huge . Ultimately though the peope and the politics must reject the talk and face the deeper truth


This distortion of reality seems to be worse when there are heaps of thing we can't be proud of .  (eg The well being of one generation of Aussies and the poverty of the next )
Politicians and even our public broadcaster , use the talk to distract us and make us feel better about ourselves -Cynical positivists
Malcolm Turnbull like many pasted up progressives, has been doing a bit of that talk too .By pasted up I mean someone who puts on a front instead of really understanding and dealing with the first two sentences.
Modern leaders would do well to think of leaders who pass the test of working towards true commonwealth Like Queen Victoria - who held the tension  that we all have to do in our families - keep a balance between noise and real need.

Leaders like her whose "defiant humility lay at the heart of her empire" GK Chesterton .

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

 

When Consensus is a welcome surprise

- but is probably a  quick fix without substance   . Short term gain long term pain?

When a sense of inertia is our  key problem, we may well jump on the nearest thing that seems to be moving forward , Also at issue can be the  need to feel better about ourselves as we are made to feel guilty daily for keeping warm and moving around.  We don't talk about it , but we know its there-- e deep down inside

In a society used to a sense of progress,  a sense of political inertia is stifling. Its clearly enough for the people to break out in anger or song at some simple solution to get the train moving again - or even get a sense of movement. Trump has done that  for USA . whose trying to do it here ?

Emotion as a driver of change 

What should we make of  recent legislation that is more emotion based than reason based , SSM and VAD suggests  .

as a suggestion maybe the motivation runs like this
"If we can't do anything about climate change lets do something about culture change ".
The left,  who have all their lives resisted authority as a vehicle for good,  suddenly find it is the only weapon in their toolbox. In some kind of paradox in their preaching ,  mere education  is not enough- the heavenly aim is culture change and we will coerce the laggards ( because eventually they wioll follow anyway ( according to the gospel of progress)
If progress was always positive National socialism and marxism would be our forms of governance.
Laggards and dinosaur abuse talk .  All of these non scientists  have read Shoemaker but forgotten he's talking about technical affairs not human affairs ---ABC UTOPIA is living proof that their idealistic driver of change for goods sake is still in charge and still a major mental illness amongst wannabes.

Recent Australian examples 
Emotional desperation  must be considered a key driver in both SSM and VAD  attempts to " make people feel better about themselves" .
While it is a reasonable question whether Governments can actually do that , wannabes are free to spend our money on trying ( best intention )( by reducing shackles legal impediments etc) many peoplein the audience  are ready to swallow that  medicine in the hope tat it will do some good and at least I don't think - I don't have to foot the tax bill .
A dollar for every wasted dollar on this rolla coaster . That hastily drafted legislation won't work or will have unintended consequences is simply being ignored by the self proclaimed righteous at the moment.


Emotion rather than reason as a key driver of change

I see some of these mad moments as bringing light to bear on a reality that the deeper issues have  yet to be framed very well.; In this case the many practical problems of trying to live purely rationally. This oversight is well put by one Susan Neiman who says both politics and religion operate where " reason is missing "
When you are stuck somewhere with your mind , the most attractive thing is surely to go for a walk ; to do something "keep moving'(that Tony Jones phrase); to get on a train; any train , Emotions will take you places.Thinking may not . being in Canberra may not . 


Rationalists have become a little religious

My theory is that some rationalists have recently realized that their logic maybe just mere mind construct just as they say people of faith live on mere mind constructs.
If that is true , pure rationalists have only one way forward; one basis for hope - their doctrine that everything works for good to those who trust in the machinery of progressive evolution.
Accepting the limits of reason  means that it doesn't matter what we say, or what anyone says - we just need to get on with it .Go with the flow.
No  listening or amendments needed to the plan - the salvation plan is perfect - because it the latest plan. It will do what I want it to - esp cause i am not paying for its implementation. 
Be on the train or be left behind .
It doesn't matter what we say , we just have to accept change , and hopefully be first to promote invent and trial it . Its progress . faith in progress. Again ABC UTOPIA models the method and its ultimate  insanity and destruction of sound process. 

Rather than be seen as a triumph of reason Dec 7 2017  may well 


be a "triumph" of faith  


The pressure has been building in Australia for a long time

  1. Huge political angst over climate change has not resulted in any consensus  about what to about it  .
  2. Governments are making us feel guilty by telling us what we are doing wrong.  
  3. We know deep down that many of our reactionaries have not grown up , because they are unable  to assert as authority figures ,  that getting what you want is not good for you  
  4. Young people are getting an education but the richest country in the world no longer ensures they can use that education ,  or buy/have  a house  to live in .
  5. Minor parties are exploiting the tensions from left and right and the inertia to get what they want .
  6. Urban Australians refuse to do anything to ensure regional interests are properly heard preferring to tell them that they too are doing the wrong thing--( let them be outvoted) 
  7. Minor parties may not have the interests of most people on their minds because they have the power to get what they want and they make the news because they are not just talking about sitting on their hands .  

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Friday, April 08, 2016

 

Simple slogans don't work

With Donald Trump striking fear into every thinking person in the West,  it's time to stand back and ask  "How did we get here?"

We got here because of lots of simple slogans going back even premillennial ,
-- to postmodern rejection of judgement and hate and acceptance of the heresy of the sentimental no sin blindness of tolerance .
We have a choice NOW to reject it properly OR  live with more of its disastrous  consequences. .

Link to Bill Warners site
 https://www.facebook.com/billwarnerauthor/videos/539389162889353/


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Monday, March 07, 2016

 

Progressing beyond belief

From the mountains of interdependency to the dead flat territory of the desert of super efficiency ;and myopic commitments and dependency ;
---where the machines keep running but men lie dying and exhausted trying to keep up .

I don't like to say this, as I hope for better from the Conservatives,  but Malcolm Turnbull and some of his team have no idea , The wreckage that will come from their overly simple but super confident corporate approach to problem solving is yet to arrive ---but come it must ,
In convincing themselves that  government is business and best government is modelled on business,  they deny the brilliant and much more balanced legacy they and we inherited from way back .

Both parties and their dumb and blind progressive toting ideologues are rushing headlong down the same cul de sac ; blissfully unaware of the fact that they die together in the competition rush to the same end , neither party realises it could find new life if their policies weren't so blessedly equal. ; so equally simplistic .They have no idea that mere efficiency can destroy resilience

I couldn't bear to watch Minister Cash enthusiastically trot out so much business speak on Womans International day , Sure what she said works in a business tower but not where babies are born and where poverty pushes all men to be slaves for each other , In that real world we live in , there will always be inflexibility and gun toting exceptions ,Chair swapping - a game you play when the table is empty and the business of the day doesn't matter, How productive are those offices ?
It won't surprise the real economists amongst us that we may have defined the ideal working conditions in the world,  but have  no work or people willing to work through them ,

 Life is not legislated good;  its made good by freedom to innovate . Oh I know she has all the words right there , but Humpty will fall and God help us if the next person just assumes its their job to just glue the pieces together again,  Rewatch UTOPIA - the properly trained people walk out eventually

I am sure many warmed to her clear enthusiasm for the  way forward ---popular  amongst chatterers for now a very long time. She like Malcolm is quite wrong on a number of fronts ,Shes firing hard,  but missing the targets.
  1. To really achieve the goal of gender equality requires men or institutions to do things they are not naturally good at. You can't have it both ways- either you have the  one efficient sucking machine or you have the full  milking machinery .The idea of 50 % of women in leadership requires men to do something badly and woman to give up on doing something that , if we thought about it , we all want them both  to do to their very best,
    There is no economy if there is no family , There is no brain or diversity if  we swap it for the monocultural madness of mathematical equality. Strange, child sacrificing gods some people have .
  2. As anyone who is a real scientist knows , You don't , like the corporation rely on the weight of facts before you decide how to solve problems. This silly shallow subscience explains a lot of the lack of momentum in government , Mere facts  just weigh you down

    .They know what they want but like so many self appointed CEOs they don't really know how to get there . Cash wants,  like most of her kind,  to make a lasting difference but will compromise on getting there by not cutting cleanly when it counts .   Moving on so fast she probably won't even notice where/when things quite predictably go wrong, 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

 

The determinists are getting fanatical

The determinists are getting fanatical
Resist them AS  they are inflating their effectiveness and will eventually fall foul of the people who now still pay them -- but get naught satisfaction .

They are desperate enough to do stupid things like trying to control what people say ; what teachers are allowed to say in schools and what stories kids are allowed to hear at school. Overseas they want to put up walls (TRUMP ) so they don't have to expose themselves to dialogue


Secular determinism is failing even though its a dominant faith in media and the new public service ( the private worship service as UTOPIA shows ,
For all their efforts at OUR expense there MO is not working. Its not working cause it doesn't really allow CHOICE . As even Chris Ulmann ABC said last week Free speech is at RISK

-The advocates of equality deny diversity .Their view is blinkered.
-They can't have it both ways ,unless they want to play party game pedants for the rest of their lives . I have other things to do
-When they are true to their own view of "natures way"= diversity, hormones .physiology ( XX, XY ) i will start taking the reactionaries seriously . We might even get to a level of discussion which involves choice and self control and discuss their own stumbling block called physiological determinism ...or whatever they want it to be this week
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

 

When education policy is a house of cards

That mess of intrigue ( House of Cards)  mimics reality by centring its very loose spokes around Education ,   The self centred person  and potential tyrant is best to capitalize on all the careless talk and use the mushy stupidity of the words to be ahead in the word game. Twin yo must be a realist - the words are only a vehicle and they keep changing ;Those who dn't face that will be left behind .    Trying to get kids to learn has to be the hardest and toughest of beasts - so where do we take it?
One other area which illustrates our need we to change direction is in areas where  current idealism works least to help us solve real world problems; the area of " The environment " and  healthcare  We need to go back and look at the prevention method ( old but good way ) , The progressives will continue to waste their and our time and money if they don't. To win you have to be one step ahead of the progressives - tis not hard .


A letter I sent to the PM today

" I am a doubly qualified degree lifetime practicing ecologist helping economically stressed producers  make sound ecological decisions. We  share the responsibility for taking  real world risk management advice daily and I have done it for decades . I am very good at it . 
My problem is that noone trains such people any more ; and as Laura Tingle said last week ( Aust Fin Review)  , this undigestable mix of red tape you pay for  has something to do with how you think--- or more pointedly,  how you don't think .
Something to do with how you idealize degrees and qualifications and down play experience ;something to do with how you compartmentalize  ;  you end up giving everybody in the system a task but no way of coordinating them . Called market based determinism and it is a bit blindsided -  a one sized fits all kind of recipe that has a minor role in the real world; Its efficient in a way but overly expensive and therefore ineffective in another way . It drives you all to make decisions but not necessarily sound well rounded eco decisions.  



Your alternative is to continue as you are and be laughed at as  in UTOPIAABC   or cried over ( by those who want our children to not just accumulate qualifications) because of , not just your incompetence,  but your unwillingness to innovate and overcome evil with metanoia. 
In simple terms , I know that government agencies can again provide risk management advice - not just duckshove it like you do now .   " Take advice or lose control of the situation yet again .To those who see through your game and how shallow it is .

PS Would you like me to send this note to the opposition? " 




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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

 

Half right is NOT good enough


Like Yes minister polys watch UtopiaABC without really getting it . Half right is not right 
Unfortunately I heard our new PM Malcolm Turnbull utter the silly shallow condemnation of the past in one of his first speeches. What's old should not always been thrown out !


Yes I know new technology should be sought, but as CSIRO and Finkel have also reminded us, we need people to study basic sciences to KNOW which technologies of the future will be ones we should BUILD ON/ leave behind -- More money is wasted by polys in supporting experiments THEY think are important than ones WE think and KNOW are critical to clever Country . Many of my family are innovators - all areas of industry are NOT the same 

We don't need polys second guessing the future and basing their hopes on some simple faith in next week and "progress" - look at the rubbish pile our current culture generates ( where is real conservation ?) and look what UTOPIA ABC is saying bout the dictates from on high .
 Those who do not study the past are condemned to repeat it , Careers are only achieved by commitment and we have less and less people in them despite all the people going to universities .L
let us properly get on with our jobs - mentor others to do them. 
Malcolm Turnbull is misguided in thinking and saying the future is always in the new - how much does he really know about the hard slog of real progress in science ; the teamwork required by studying what past says and mentoring young people in jobs that are no longer there because " something new is better" He is a follower not an innovator in this mistaken point he makes . 
Effective Innovation  based as it is on people now long dead or sick of applying for grants from Canberra name callers 


We don't need more clones of crystal clear simplicities like Lehman( Utopia) 
If you don't get this - you aren't a scientist.  DO not try to speak for us ask us and act on our more promising view of the possibilities 


These things ( not this model) still are main efficient way of supplying water to our dairy industry  many others have been tried 

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