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A Thought on Capitalism

The Heat Death of Humanity

There are many claims being made about the Climate Change Horrors which await the Planet Earth.

Most are false.

Regardless of how hot the atmosphere becomes the Planet will continue to orbit Sol.

The seas and the continents will continue to dot the surface of the planet. The coastlines may look different but there will still be continents. Probably fewer islands, though.

Earthquakes will continue to shake the ground. Vocanoes will continue to erupt. Hurricanes and droughts will continue.

Many species of animals, plants and fungi will continue their lineages. Some because they live in the oceans and some because they are very adaptable. Yet that word ‘many’ is a problem. Tens of thousands are ‘many’ yet fade into insignificance compared with the hundreds of millions which are currenly co-tenants on our shared planet.

What IS true is that the Earth will become extremely unfriendly for poor old Homo Sap who caused all the perceived problems. It was Henry Louis Le Chatelier (1850-1936) who enunciated his famous principle which can be restated as ‘Any change in status quo prompts an opposing reaction in the responding system.’

As a species we are going to run into some major difficulties as the Earth’s biosphere attempts to remove that which is causing major changes.

Our living places will be inundated by rising sea levels and billions of people will have to move or drown. The majority of our farming and crop lands will also be affected by sea water leaving many humans to starve. Our infrastructure will be largely destroyed. No power, no internet, no mass transport because they all require many different skills which will be lost in the vast people relocations.

And yet all may not be lost.

Some humans already live in highlands which will be out of reach of the rising oceans. They are able to grow crops and raise food animals. With the changing climate, they may need to change their crops yet that is a fairly small price to pay for survival.

These survival pockets will not go unnoticed and many who want to survive and have their descendants survive will try to take these increasingly valuable refuges from the current occupants.

So not only will ‘Nature’ try to remove humanity from the planet, so will humanity itself in its ages-old habit of warring on fellow humans.

Of course, once industrialism has been destroyed by the events unleashed by that very industrialism, then the Earth will almost certainly begin cooling and reverting to the world we knew in our youth. It will only take around one to two thousand years.

Just 40 or 80 generations of our descendants.

Assuming there are enough people left to create those extra generations after earthquakes, storms, wars and plagues.

Yes, plagues. Medicine will be one of those industrial skills which will be lost!

Probably, we are witnessing the beginning of the Heat Death of Humanity!

The Demise of the Coalition in Australia

For thousands of years the average person was owned. By Kings and by Nobles and by the Church of the Day.

We read of wars and invasions and the glory of war. Yet many average people were killed in those wars which only served to change the survivors’ owner.

The Christian Church created a small problem in that it preached that all people were God’s children and over the centuries, this preached equality became a problem for the owners of people. Slavery became a bad thing and so wages had to be paid and job mobility allowed so that there was an appearance of freedom for the masses.

This was accelerated as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace. New skills were needed so education became something the State sponsored. Of course under the facade, it was simply so the ‘Bosses’, as they had now become, could gain access to the skills the newly educated brought to their enterprises.

Yet the thinking remained much the same. Subsistence wages for the workers.

Eventually, throughout the industrialising world, workers became organised and despite a number of bloody encounters between the workers and the paid enforcers of the will of the Bosses, a Trades Union Movement gathered momentum and eventually became a political force.

In the twentieth century politics became a fight between organised ownership and organised labour.

Now, in the twenty-first century we are living through another major change in the political balance.

Because of the success of both the Bosses and the Workers, the natural balance of the world has changed and we are now faced with changes in the climate which are both man-made and potentially cataclysmic.

The Workers and the Owners are suddenly on the same side because that is the world all our leaders, both left and right, know. There is an inbuilt conservatism among the leaders of both. And those leaders, in the main, are older people. They can no longer see past the next election cycle for this is where their power lies. The old Tory Club is dying off; literally!

Yet a majority of electors are now in the younger generations. The generations which will live through the consequences of previous generations’ thoughtless drive for individual wealth.

Here in Australia, there is a major divide between the climate change denying Right and the reluctant to change Left. The Right-wing voters in the younger cohort are changing faster than their equivalent cohort on the Left. Sometime soon, possibly within a decade, we will see the right wing of politics, Liberal, Nationals And the Right of the ALP, completely collapse as its adherents die off. What we will be left with is an interesting mix.

The Bosses will move their support to the Left and so strengthen them for a while. At the same time, many of the younger people will move to environmentally friendly political groupings. Probably the Greens unless a new, similar group appears. The important background events will be the continued rise of anarchic Social Media and the demise of the Big Business-owned Mainstream Media and the continued climate catastrophe.

The Political fight in Australia and probably throughout the Western World, will become a fight between Organised Industry and Organised Climate Changers.

Industry will organise to, as they see it, protect Industry and the Economy and keep the world of humanity running as it always has..

The Climate Changers will be fighting to reverse the heat death of humanity.

The Qantas Week From Hell is Still to Come!

Crikey have labelled this the ‘Qantas week from Hell’.

FOUR major ‘incidents’ in the space of four days.

Sadly THIS has NOT been their week from Hell!

That is still to come – what we are seeing happen are simply the harbingers of a MAJOR ‘incident’. It will be a ‘Major Incident’ in corporate-speak from which there will be no, or few, survivors.

That famous Rainman quote could be out of date very soon!

Now that my flying days are past, I am not too worried for me. But my advice to those who are flying anywhere, think hard about what is happening to Qantas. And think about alternatives!

Perhaps the CEO’s passport should be confiscated in preparation for future multiple charges of culpable manslaughter.


Apologies to John Lennon

How Was Optus Hacked?

The Government is being very quiet about the responsibilty for the OPTUS data hacking.

They kept the old landline rules when the mobile phone era began – you needed 100 points to get a land line, therefore you needed 100 points to get a mobile.

The difference was that landines were basically Government run (Telecom) and so they knew that simply sighting those documents was all that was necessary – and there wasn’t a space to record all the details on a database – cos there were none! It was all paper.

Then mobiles appeared and the old rules were applied (cos Government regulations) even though the mobile companies were NOT run by the Government.

So suddenly, with the advance in technology, the documents were being scanned and saved to a database no one had thought of as existing when the original rules were set. Once you have a big enough database it will always attract the criminal elements.

So the fault goes back to the Government!

Not any single Government. It was the Governmental Bureaucracy which was in charge of dealing with Government Acts, Legistlation and Regulations. The Public Service which also acted as the Memory of the Government.

Those Bureaucrats knew everything about how the system worked. They knew its strengths and weaknesses.

Then Governments began to dismantle the Public Service and there went the Bureaucratic memory.

The data being demanded and discarded became data which was keepable in databases at about the same time and consequential problems were not seen because those who would have known about them had been moved on to non-public service jobs.

So the fault was an unseen consequence of Malcolm Fraser’s cost-cutting which has continued to this day.

But it is easier for what remains of the Bureaucracy to blame Optus for the system failure in the biggest ‘Look over there’ exersize in some years!

Our elected representatives still haven’t a clue about the real causes because there is no Public Service Memory to tell them!



Who Creates The Wealth?

Thanks, Rich.

Unemployment in Australia

Much is being spoken about the sudden drop in the ‘post’-COVID unemployment figures. Our Treasurer (who famously lost $60 Billion in his trademarked ‘Jobkeeper’ scheme) is boasting of the fact that unemployment numbers are about to have a 3 in front of them.

The disappearance of around a million or more ‘457 Visa’ Workers and Overseas Students and all those Backpackers is never mentioned. They were, and will be again, the scabs who destroy Australian workers’ wages and conditions. It was those people who kept Australians out of jobs, who removed the need to upskill the Australian population and who enabled greedy employers to keep wages artificially low.

That imported scab labour is what forces so many Australians onto the mis-named ‘Job Seeker’ and into searching for jobs which have been taken by imported scabs. Not that I blame those people. It is the fault of greedy capitalists who have taken Gina Rinehart’s idea to heart. ‘In Africa workers are happy to work for $2 an hour!’

Now all of that is being touted by our numerately challenged Treasurer as a huge plus. This Government, in its pre-election orgasms, is boasting of its economic skills. We are seeing the beginnings of an apparent increase in wages which will disappear as soon as normality is resumed. That normality will be with us when the Covid restrictions on international travel disappear. And unemployment will again go back above 5%! And, with immigration about to be resumed, it will be yet another landmine left behind for the widely expected ALP Government after the election.

What will not disappear is the Trillion Dollar national debt which this genius Government has given us! Never mentioned and totally ignored is that $40,000 debt each one of us; babes in arms, school children, workers and retirees have been saddled with.


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