Economics

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job. The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks “What do two plus two equal?” The mathematician replies “Four.” The interviewer asks “Four, exactly?” The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says “Yes, four, exactly.” Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The accountant says “On average, four – give or take ten percent, but on average, four.” Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says, “What do you want it to equal?”

Economics is a very fluid concept that permits economists to use statistics to arrive at the outcome desired by their employer. In the case of politicians, they appoint accountants who will fiddle with the figures and provide them with a result wrapped in jargon that no one understands, so he can fool the electorate into believing what he wants is economically desirable. That’s the reason most political decisions are disastrous.

The entire monetary system is nothing but a gambling den where huge risks are taken with other people’s money; where money has replaced goods as something to be traded; where billions can be made overnight not by producing, making or growing something essential for human survival, but by buying virtual money in one currency then selling it for another. Money isn’t backed by gold reserves or anything of value; it’s a worthless promise by morally corrupt governments that simply print more money if they need it. We’re destroying the natural world to accumulate virtual money that represents nothing but unadulterated greed.’

Economics is soulless. Monetary profit is the sole criterion for success. If a hotel, or open cut mine, or housing estate will make more money for the developer or government than a pristine ecologically valuable lake and forest, then the hotel, mine, or houses will be built. However, if the total costs and returns were calculated, including the mental health of those affected, the loss of biodiversity, the loss of an important source of clean fresh water, the increased pollution, busier roads, need for extra sewage, roads, waste treatment, then the profits will be seen as illusionary, far outweighed by the value of the natural resource. When a market garden is concreted over for a car park, the costs of replacing the food produced by the property are not taken into account, because that will be someone else’s problem. Attitudes to the consequences of development versus conservation are reduced to immediate monetary profit and loss equations. Morality doesn’t get a look in.

The sole value of anything to an economist is its worth in dollars; or if he’s working for a politician, votes or power. To an economist, ‘good’ is a profit, ‘evil’ is a loss. There’s a field of economic study called ‘Return on Beauty’ and Japanese software can measure the ‘smile’ index – 100 being a from-ear-to-ear grin and zero being closed lips. Economists talk about growing money in an expanding economy as if money is a naturally occurring vegetable and the planet a balloon they can go on inflating forever!

Zillions of wise words have been spoken and written over the ages urging us to value truth and beauty, the common good, and the notion that more than enough is too much. We have been exhorted to respect nature and all life if we want to survive and lead a ‘good’ life. But rational economics sneers at such notions.

The inevitable result of a society based on capitalism alone, is that a man who is clever or sharp, or wicked enough to amass all the money in the world, is a good man, even if every other man woman and child are enslaved. And now that 99% of the world’s wealth is in the hands of 0.01% of the human population, that result is looming ever closer.

 

Looking for a Proper Job in Australia

 

Looking for a Proper Job in Australia?

I was speaking recently with a young man about to enter the work force. He wanted a ‘proper’ job, not just a temporary position serving petrol or fast food.

Reluctantly, I informed him he’s about thirty years too late. Until then Australia had a booming clothing industry, an innovative electronics sector, factories making every type of home appliance, most tools, cars, boats, and all the spare parts anyone could ever need. There were steel mills, oil refineries, printers and publishers, independent tradespeople in every field—butchers, bakers, booksellers, hardware shops, draperies. You name it, someone in Australia made it, small businesses sold it and tradesmen repaired and maintained it. But all those jobs have gone to cheap labour in China, Taiwan, Indonesia… And nothing’s repaired because everything’s ‘disposable’ or there are no spare parts, so we throw millions of tons of perfectly good stuff into toxic dumps.’

Supermarket chains have destroyed local bakers, butchers, drapers, smallgoods shops, pastry cooks, local hardware shops, local electrical appliance shops… which is why Main Streets have empty stores and bazaars full of cheap junk imported by the shipload.

Virtually the only jobs left in Australia are in the service sector—the so-called health industry [sickness industry would be a better description] the finance industry, the education industry, the tourism industry, the fitness industry, the entertainment industry, the transport industry, the military industry, the police and prison industry, or working as a salesperson for one of the giant corporations that have swallowed up small businesses, fueling consumerism by advertising stuff made in other countries, selling stuff made elsewhere.

Not one of the above mentioned jobs requires actually producing anything of value!

As for the mining sector; we let foreign corporations dig up minerals, paying us a pittance for them, then they take them home and make all the things we used to make ourselves, then sell them back to us.

A job on a farm? Thousands of individual farmers have been reduced to a few hundred multinational graziers and croppers whose factory farms take too much water and spray too many poisons, making the rivers toxic, so they can sell their raw produce overseas so we can buy it back in the form of processed meat, bread, cakes, canned vegetables…food we used to make and grow ourselves. The days of hands-on farming are gone, along with about ninety percent of the topsoil due to land clearing. Add a rapidly changing climate and growing enough food for an exploding population is becoming a problem.

Fishing? Giant trawlers scrape the bottom, literally, leaving mud and destruction; their catch going overseas.

Market gardening? Sadly, the best land for market gardens now grows houses as the cities expand, leaving inferior land that produces inferior produce, heavily reliant on toxic sprays and fertilizers. Food imports, thanks to free trade, are putting many Australian horticulturalists out of business. Pretty soon we’ll be reliant on other countries to feed as well as clothe us. We will be dependent on the good will of other countries for our very existence. Not a situation any rational person would relish. Australia is on the way to becoming a third world state with a tiny elite of insanely wealthy people, a struggling middle class and vast hordes of poverty stricken breeders with all the associated problems.

 

How Colonisers Colonise and Become Wealthy

An Alternative View of European and U.S.A. Colonisation: from an essay by By Andre Vltchek

in “Counterpunch

 

Instead of glorifying the wisdom of Founding Fathers of the United States, we should recall that North America was created on the unimaginable suffering of the indigenous people, on Christian bigotry and forced conversions, on genocide, and on theft of the land. And that it was not done by some new and extraterrestrial breed or race called ‘Americans’, but by the same European puritans and religious hordes that had already murdered for centuries, all over Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

‘New America’, both North and South, was predictably created on fear, violence and on theft.

We should recall the slaves who were brought in shackles from Africa. Most of them died when traversing the Ocean, women raped and humiliated, children raped and marked forever, men with their dignity taken away from them.

Women and young girls were then chained in the fields, becoming sexual toys for those ‘puritan’ white farmers. Men and children, at least those who survived, were made to work days and nights, until falling dead from exhaustion.

All this done under the shadow of the cross, progress, and ‘democracy’!

This is how America was built. This is the true story, the true narrative, of those ‘great beginnings of the land of free’!

And those theatres of Europe, cathedrals and churches, palaces and parks – all created from loot and genocides, colonialism and the Crusades, ‘military adventures’.

This is how the regime, how the Western establishment always functioned. Rape is love. Indoctrination is education and information. Fear is belief. Slavery is freedom!

Mayhem in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia.

A man whose family and heritage has been obliterated by Australian, UK and U.S.A economic sanctions and/or illegal wars that exterminated approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, was granted asylum in Australia. His anger and anguish are rational, but resulted in what most people see as irrational behaviour, such as writing to the widows of men killed while destroying his country, telling them their husbands’ deaths were a waste. Recently, he held hostage with a gun, the patrons of a coffee bar. It seems he had no idea what to do once he’d begun the siege, and there is no indication that he actually intended to use the gun. However, the manager of the place rushed him to try and get the gun and was shot, which triggered another shot that killed a mother of three who threw herself in front of a pregnant woman. A selfish act when you consider her husband now has to take care of three children. Not one bunch of flowers has ever been left in a public place to mourn the deaths of all those Iraqis we helped to slaughter, yet Martin Place is awash with heaps of flowers in plastic wrapping, accompanied by hordes of weeping and wailing adults and children who declare they are ‘devastated’ by this relatively insignificant incident. I do not understand it.

The land of the free, home of democracy, planetary policeman and Australia’s greatest friend.

Every year the American historian William Blum publishes his “updated summary of the record of US foreign policy” which shows that, since 1945, the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders.

Problems Caused By Females Writing Gay Erotic Fiction

I recently discovered that a vast numbers of gay-male erotic fiction available as ebooks, is written by females. On some ebook sites they are in the majority.

This isn’t obvious because most female authors use a first name that can be either male or female, Sam, Chris, Lee, Max, Jo, Jude, Billy, Des… And the others usually use only their initials.

A librarian told me that libraries are expected to have a quota of gay fiction, so to make up the numbers they order a job lot of cheap gay erotica. She wasn’t concerned that these titles, mostly written by women, had little or no social, literary or emotional value. In my opinion these sorts of books have no place in a public library, which should be offering titles that contain a story that’s about more than romance and sex. They should have at least some social and psychological truth that will be of assistance and informative to both young and older gays.

Most heterosexuals think that now homosexuality has been decriminalised,  gays no longer have any problems. This is wrong. In many ways problems have increased because with increased visibility has come increased harassment and persecution. In some respects it was easier to grow up in a 1950’s small town than it would be today, because if something isn’t talked about, it doesn’t exist for most people.

Does the preponderance of female porn writers matter ?  Yes, because female authors are in no position to offer a balanced view of life for gays.  These women have had no personal experience of what it means to grow up as a gay male in a heterosexual world, and can never imagine the thousands of pressures, constraints, fears, and other subtle problems that affect a gay male. Their stories can never contain advice or support to either young or older gay men on how to live happily in the intellectually and socially hostile environments that are our homes, schools and cities.

It wouldn’t be so bad if these women advertised their gender and lack of personal experience on the blurb, instead of deliberately concealing this information. Their books should be clearly labelled “For females who are turned on by male on male sex”.

It also matters because these trite, stereotypical erotic fantasies present a false picture of what it means to be same-sex-oriented, that not only shapes and perverts the ideas and opinions of heterosexual readers, but also influences the life choices of young gays who have a restricted choice of good reading matter relevant to them.

Heterosexual porn is rife everywhere, but there are billions of other books, films and TV programmes that tell the truth about the diversity of life as a heterosexual. These billions of books, written by heterosexuals for heterosexuals, offer readers insight into what it means to be a heterosexual man or woman, and provide an enormous range of behaviour models. Virtually every book, film and TV program about living and loving, working and reacting, making social contacts and choosing a job, is aimed at heterosexuals. Gays have to search for anything useful in handling their problems, and even if they find something, they’re often too frightened to access it in case parents, friends, teachers… discover they’re…shock horror… ‘queer!’

Stories like “The Geography Club” by Brent Hartinger, in which the reality of the loneliness, fear and misery of being gay in schools everywhere, is so poignantly evoked, along with ways to combat this and survive happily, are the sorts of titles libraries should hold.

The vast majority of fiction available to heterosexuals of all ages is good, real, sensible and useful, only a tiny bit of it is fantasy porn. With gays it’s the opposite. They’re drowning in porn while suffering a famine of books, films and stories that support and teach gay youth and adults how to live, act and behave in the real world without denying themselves.

The effects of this deficiency doesn’t just affect gays. The misery is spread.

Despite decriminalising legislation, organised religions have ensured that little has changed in public perceptions and attitudes regarding same-sex-orientation, so most gays still remain securely in their closets, enduring unrelenting submersion in heterosexual culture, mores, beliefs and behaviours, with the result that most gay men deny their true natures, consider suicide, suppress their natural urges, and marry a woman, which then creates enormous problems for both husband and wife until, in their forties usually, the man gets the courage to finally live his life as his mind and body have always subconsciously desired. I’ve had too many letters from men in early middle age who have finally dared to be themselves, not to feel angry that both they and their wives have had to endure such misery for so long.

Half of all youth suicides are by gay boys, although they make up only 5-10% of the population. They need good literature, not some female’s homosexual erotic fantasy.

 

Queensland Attorney General Prefers Punishment to Prevention.

Despite falling Youth crime rates in Queensland the Attorney General introduced the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 into parliament on 11 February 2014.  This signals a return to ineffective and oppressive treatment of children who, for the most part are victims of intellectually and culturally poor, as well as often violent family and social backgrounds.
The Bill makes amendments to key components of the Youth Justice Act 1992 .

  • Allow repeat young offenders to be publically named throughout proceedings.  This will not apply to first time offenders;
  • Open the Children’s Court to the public, this is to create transparency in the youth justice system;
  • Create a new offence for committing an offence while on bail for another offence.  This proposal will target repeat offenders and seeks to hold them accountable in relation to their legal undertaking not to re-offend while on bail;
  • Make juvenile criminal histories admissible during sentencing of adult offenders.  This will allow childhood findings of guilt for which no conviction was recorded, to be admissible to courts upon sentencing adults and will allow courts to have a complete understanding of defendant’s offending history;
  • Automatically transfer young people from youth detention to adult prison when they turn 17 if they have six or more months remaining to serve; and
  • Remove the principle of detention as a last resort in order to strengthen the sentencing framework and by providing Courts with the full range of sentencing options for consideration.  This principle will also be removed from the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 which means it will be removed for adults also.

Dozens of profoundly criticalsubmission on the Bill have been made by respected authorities to the Research Director of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee. They can be viewed here.

I would like our elected lawmakers to consider the following:

  • The threat of punishment, no matter how severe, does not deter people from committing crimes. Juveniles in particular are convinced they won’t get caught.
  • Prisons are schools of crime and creators of resentment and anger against society. Everyone who enters comes out with the ability to be an even worse criminal as well as socially inept, and increasingly violent against family. The only inmates who don’t become recidivists, are those whose backgrounds were not too bad to start with.
  • A socially aware and concerned government would seek to improve the social circumstances of everyone at risk, so that their children do not become criminals. Surely they are alarmed that 60% of the juvenile prison population comes from the most disadvantaged 6% of the population—Indigenous people! These kids haven’t a chance! What we should be doing is taking them away from their social setting and placing them in a secure, organised, safe environment, teaching them social skills, reading and writing, preparing them for a trade, then finding employment for them when they are released…meantime treating them with gentle firmness, kindness, consideration, thoughtfulness and even love, using positive reinforcement—never cruelty, threats, punishment. If they have never been treated decently, how can they learn to become decent? They will never learn it in a prison—there they will only learn to become worse…or is that what the government wants? Create employment for prison guards and social workers?
  • If you name and shame juvenile offenders, you are making it impossible for them to ever rehabilitate themselves. Their sole survival means will then be to develop a hard, ‘don’t care’ attitude that will make them even more likely to offend again—after all, what will they have to lose? You’ve destroyed their hopes of living a normal life in society!
  • Seventeen year old kids are still children. They may act tough, do adult crimes, but they’re still able to be turned onto the ‘right’ path.  Put them with adults and you are making their lives hell. Everyone knows they will probably be sodomised, terrorised, turned into calloused adults incapable of anything except sharing their sense of injustice, misery and brutality.
  • Offences by juveniles are usually innocent of malice. To bring these up years later when they have done something wrong as adults, is vicious.

When we have reached the point that indigenous juveniles represent only 6% of the prison population, then let the Attorney consider harsher penalties, but while there is enormous evidence of basic inequality and disadvantage among members of that social group, to compound this by punishing the people who are already being punished because of their birth is vile indeed. Like the U.S.A., it seems the Queensland Government prefers to violently punish wrongdoers rather than attempt rehabilitation, despite reams of studies that tell us clearly that what this bill is proposing will have the opposite effect to what the Attorney General reckons he wants. It will create more criminals who are not merely thoughtless of others, but also violently resentful of society, and will further disrupt and alienate the very people in desperate need of assistance, the indigenous population whose just grievances, and the injustices they have received from successive state governments, have never been addressed.
We should take heed of the U.S.A., which has more of its citizens in jail than any other country on earth, and one of the highest violent crime rates. We do not want to go down that road.