Australia is Sinking – A Political Rant
We are just about 6 months away from the next scheduled Federal election in Australia if the Government goes full term.
Politicians in Australia seem to have a common trait. That is self-interest.
They are more concerned about how can they can get re-elected and who will help them get re-elected.
That is sad because their self-interest and short-term vision is threatening the lifestyle and wonderful future this country should be enjoying.
Why and how can they, the politicians, do this?
The Australian public is generally politically naive and other than turning up to vote at every election because it is compulsory, we don’t seem to care too much.
Political discussion is mostly avoided and seen as impolite. Isn’t that cultural attribute a great way to stifle interest and debate in the community.
Most Aussies also feel powerless and excluded from the political debate because it is a “bit of a club” into which ordinary people are not let in.
Mr Turnbull – Where are you taking this country?
I never thought I’d have much sympathy for Tony Abbott who went, deposed by Mr Turnbull about 6 months ago, because he just couldn’t connect with ordinary people and his policies were not well received. His successor, Malcolm Turnbull, is turning out to be a rather beige PM and this, his lack of action and results, is starting to be noticed and highlighted in the local press.
At least Mr Abbott had some policies and a sense of direction about which you could form an opinion. He is quite a divisive man and seems to be one who had few people holding a neutral view of him. His re-election to Parliment could lead to some interesting times in the next Parliament for his deposer.
It seems Mr Turnbull has compromised some of his public core values (notably climate change, equality in marriage rights). Some would call it being flexible while others would say his change of position was an act of political expediency. These are values that helped him gain him electoral popularity and helped him to get the top job. Now he has the lead role he can’t seem to control his party and Ministers (3 gone in 6 months) or to define and share his vision, if he has one.
Innovation seems to be one of his favourite words but what’s his policy? Our greatest innovation enterprise – CSIRO – has had funds gutted again.
Every time he speaks, his oratory is full of metaphors and feel good words BUT no action or sense of direction.
His speeches reek of political speak – talk a lot, sound important but say nothing and commit to nothing.
Where is the Opposition
A half decent opposition should be tearing this Government apart.
No show there either.
There are so many problems that they have a smorgasbord of political ammunition if they’d care to feast on it.
Could it be they are all puppets to the same puppeteer?
The Keating Prediction – The Australian Banana Republic
Is Australia becoming the banana republic Mr Keating warned us about all those years ago?
As a nation we have no vision and our Government is doing its best to give away all our jobs and advantages to the lowest bidders and with little respect for our environment or heritage. They seem keen to accelerate the process of globalisation which hands power to corporations and cedes sovereign rights of this country away from the people and Government.
The end result will be a very lopsided 2 tier society where a very few will have all the wealth and power (maybe we’re there now and just don’t realise it) and the rest will be dependent economic slaves. It is a recipe for social revolution and upheaval, as Marie Antoinette may tell you if she were here to tell her tale.
Currently, many citizens here are under the illusion they have freedom but really are already economic slaves to the banks and employers. This enslaved group could grow quickly unless there are some major policy changes to ensure this country has strong independent future where there is active encouragement for people to have a go at building a career or business that will endure.
Shared Clarity of Vision is Needed Now
We need a clear long-term view of where we will be in 50 and 100 years instead of by the end of the next election.
Tax is an area where confusion reigns. There is much talk of Tax Reform but when they use the word savings they frequently refer to the collection of more tax by removing existing tax benefits. That is hardly a saving.
It looks as though the soft target of Superannuation will be hit. Changes may only be at the top end in the initial reforms but it has been reported these will just be the thin end of the wedge.
The GST discussion seems to have been dropped like a hot potato and it is a Tax that needs some changes to make it far less complex to administer but an increase to 15% would be a disaster to an already fragile economy.
Politicians are elected to Govern For The People
Politicians, please remember Australia is (supposedly) a democratic country and you were elected to Govern for the People and not to Govern the people.
An observer would be very hard pressed to see evidence of this in Australia at all levels of Government.
It seems both sides of Government have a desire for control and to govern the people because to govern for us might enable people to actually achieve freedom and no longer be dependent on the Government for handouts and assistance.
A Time for Leadership
Elected representative it is time for you to show some leadership and stand up for what is best for the people of this country, the majority of people. It’s just and right that you get Australia working again in 21st-century industries, working toward a sustainable planet and not be beholden to your corporate donors and supporters who care not what damage they do to reap whatever they can from the country and its people to feather their own beds.
#australianpolitics #australiaisdrifting #wakeupaustralia #sinkingaustralia
Of Trash and Treasure my childhood memoires have lessons for me today
Scavenging – Your Trash Perhaps My Treasure?
Those were the days, of so, so many years ago.
So much good stuff was dumped. As the saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
When you wanted to repair your bike or build a billy-cart or some other contraption it was often off to the rubbish tip to look for all the parts you could find.
For others it was a run to the dump and maybe, just maybe, spy something that was useful to you.
Some people would set up camp for morning tea or lunch as they and their kids set off scavenging through the piles of rubbish. Not sure how they coped with the smells which were varied and interesting perhaps intoxicating – well maybe not. They sure stuck in your throat and nostrils.
All this was way before people got carried away suing everyone they could for little scratches and bruises they got and boy did we have fun. Most took care and wore gloves and stuff to stop the minor injuries and we’d get moved away if the bulldozers were coming in with their engines roaring blotting out all other noises around the dump site. So much noise around us today all the time now.
My local dump was at North Turramurra and there were plenty of treasures to be found there although we weren’t great scavengers, my Mother was not one to dabble in rubbish or let us either, but many other people collected restorable furniture and toys. Bikes never lasted there long.
Life sure was different then – way back in the 60’s – but it’s still sort of the same. Councils now have Smart Dumps where trash is sorted by the people dumping into recyclables and other. Dump workers do the scavenging and now you get to look through the second hand goods they have in their dump shop. There are bargains to be found for the bargain hunters without having to get that horrid smell stuck in their olfactories for hours after the scavenger hunting had finished.
So the recycling of the 60’s continues in the 2010’s – just in a different and safer way now. Of course the way we are going with this planet it’s probably more important than ever. I wonder if my enviro persona was hatched back in those days and before on the farm as a kid where we kept stuff in case we could use it again later and often did. Recycling requires creativity and invention and you can come up with some interesting things when you put you mind to it – finding different uses for old items.
There are still bargains to be found and not just at the dump shops but in other areas of life too.
Many old programs built on principles that are ageless can be picked up at bargain prices like Australia’s master copywriter Pete Godfrey’s clearance of some of his hard copy programs that had been hanging around his office. If you get his newsletter you’d have had the opportunity to pick up a bargain. Want to know more about Pete then visit his blog – www.petegodfrey.com – and pick up all manner of marketing and business tips.
In my world I have some financial management guides and trainings that I have developed years ago that I put out every so often and plan to run some Seminars and Hangouts based on these for micro to small business owners and managers in the next few months.
What I can say is that spreadsheets have certainly made managing and monitoring businesses so much easier to access information faster so modern day owners and managers have even less cause to say they haven’t got time. If you haven’t got time you’ll run the risk of having too much time when the business trips over.
If you’re interested send me a message about what troubles you in record keeping and accounting in your business. Use the Contact form on this site, CO’s Snippets, or post your issue on the ProfiTrain page on Facebook.
If you need quick help then just ask and I’ll give you some pointers.
#petegodfrey #trashandtreasure #smallbusinesstraining
A song for the Earth - Written and performed by Chris Stanton-Cook 1977
Have We Got Time
Hear the falling rain as Mother Nature cries
Washing down our sins and trying to decide
Have we got time
Have we got time
To sit back and watch and wait
Feel the soulful rustle through the trees as she sighs
Thinking of her offspring and the troubles they can’t hide
Have we got time
Have we got time
To sit back and watch and wait
A child she has spawned is now her main concern
Threatening all others in their strive to be supreme
Have we got time
Have we got time
To sit back and watch and wait
To sit back and watch and wait………
Copyright - These lyrics and music are subject to copyright
and unauthorised use is strictly prohibited.
I was prompted to write this as my studies in Biology and Ecology at Macquarie University alerted me to environmental changes naturalists had observed over the past 2 centuries. Changes since the industrial revolution. The writing was on the wall then.
For Your children and your children’s children ….
For more on Climate Change and why it’s a human caused problem read Dr Karl on the ABC where he introduces and explains Milankovitch theory. It appears the earth should be in a cooling phase. So why has 80% of the Artic polar ice melted since 1980?
The decisions humans make are all too often based on short term results.
I know I’m as guilty of that as the next person, maybe you too.
Humans generally only act to real and present danger. That is why Climate Change has been and continues to be “pushed under the carpet”.
Help change the world view on reliance on CO2 producing fuels and help save the planet from this insidious human caused climate change.
It’s time to stop the madness.
Protect our farms, our farmers and our food supply.
David Pocock, a well respected Rugby Union player and member of the Australian Wallabies was reprimanded by the Australian Rugby Union for protesting against a mine that will destroy valuable farmland.
The farming and grazing land in Australia has evolved over millions of years to be the fertile and productive land this country relies on for much of our food.
Miners, heavily funding State and Federal Governments, are being given carte blanche access to our farmlands and water supplies.
Share this post on your Social Media and help city folk become aware of the rape of our farmlands that is increasing at never before seen speed.
Read David Pocock’s explanation on his Blog.
It is a very interesting read.
Aussie farms should be maintained for farming and not mines.
Eddie, an opportunist, our new family member gave me the run around when he spotted an opportunity to bolt out and explore the street.
Last week we got a young Dachshund who is a bit of an escape artist. We got him because where he was living was on a busy road and because he’s an escaper it was too dangerous for him to live there.
Our yard is pretty well dog escape proof. Well so we thought.
We’d just finished mowing the lawns and I was carrying the clippings out to be dumped.
Next thing I heard was Julie, my lovely wife, calling me “Where’s Eddie?”
Had he spotted an opportunity to bolt????
I dropped my load and ran down the drive, if you can call it running (lots of wobbly flesh on this aging body and old crook knees and neck) and me in my heavy old in my gardening boots. Such a sight the street hadn’t seen before.
Anyway I get to the footpath and there’s Eddie having a great time investigating the neighbours front yard.
All those interesting smells and spots to mark his visit (I reckon God must have made dogs with an everlasting supply of pee).
I called him, as you do, and got some acknowledgement and he even trotted up close to me. Just a tease.
I went to grab him – he was off.
Down the path I went – sort of running and cut him off.
Back up the footpath …. towards the garage door.
Beauty I thought to myself “I got him now”.
No way! As I got closer he bolted again this time way down the street we went. Every few yards he’d stop just to let me get my hopes up and the off again.
It wasn’t a straight run. He was a great at doubling back.
Up and down the street we went – I was too puffed to swear at him but I sure was thinking about it – didn’t want to offend anyone though- you know neighbourly decorum and all.
To cut a long story short another fellow down the street helped me catch him and the I carried him home and back behind the “dog-proof” fence. (All secure except when you leave a door open while carrying rubbish out).
Now I had an opportunity thrown my way yesterday to help with internet marketing. An email from someone I have great respect for, Brett Thomson, let me know about a freebie.
Was this an open door?
At first I thought “No”. There’ll be up-sells and all the other stuff that goes with these offers.
Brett said it was “Free” and I trust him. So I had a look.
If you do web sites and want to capture peoples contact details you need what is called a “Squeeze Page” and this offer was all about automated squeeze pages. So I signed up.
No credit card.
Just free access and it looks really good.
If you’re interested then here’s the link to your sexy squeeze pages.
Special Coupon Code = fq-VLau3G Make sure you use it to get in for free.
These guys are marketers so it might not be around for too long. No dilly dallying now.
Happy Reading, Blogging and Marketing.
The Quick Start Challenge got me started now its time for a –
New Challenge – 10,000 List In 90 Days
This one will be a full on effort for sure.
The challenge workshop sessions, two a week for 26 weeks, are at horrible times for me here in Australia so I guess it will be recordings for me which are never as good as the live event.
The grounding from the QSC will no doubt be of great benefit and the opportunity to learn more from a wide group of successful list builders can only help develop your list building skills.
Well time to go and get into my local marketing work as I have a new client who I have a couple of videos for approval.
Next week I get to spend my Saturday with Brett Thomson at a copy writing and selling workshop. Can’t wait for that. Brett’s such a master at this.
Have a great week.
Sites that aren’t mobile optimised will cost readership!
At this stage I have a theme that is described as mobile responsive.
Just what does Mobile Optimized or Mobile Responsive mean?
Mobile responsive sites are designed to adjust their presentation for the device on which they are being viewed.
In other words they do their best to resize and reconfigure your desktop site to be readable on a mobile device.
If you have a mobile device login to to coscim.com and hopefully the site will be readable. I’d love some comments on that and I’ll have some comments of my own about why I don’t like my site on mobile devices later in this post and what I intend to do about it.
Last week I grabbed a copy of a program called VideoProFX and I’ve used it to make a little video promo which you can see here –
I’d love to get some feedback on this and will send everyone who comments a report on “10 Ways to Engage Your Readers” . So please make sure you leave an active and accessible email address.
What’s got to happen to this video before I make it live on my Local Mobile Internet Marketing site?
- Tighten opening
- Interactive buttons for a start.
- Call to action
- Resizing and some colour scheme adjustments (for mobile viewers)
Now why don’t I like my current theme as a mobile responsive theme?
While the theme does a pretty good job – largely because of WordPress recent changes – the layout just seems to miss the mark and isn’t consistently easily readable. There is still resizing and scrolling to get the full read.
Mobile sites need shorter sentences and paragraphs or they become very hard to read.
My philosophy on mobile sites is to deliver quality but summarised versions of the desktop site and let readers know they can access the full articles at the main site. Mostly mobile users access sites to “get something” and not to browse so why bombard them with lengthy articles and information overload.
The dedicated mobile version of this site is on it’s way but is not a high priority for me. I’ll let you know when it goes live.
As I mentioned above I’d appreciate your comments and your thoughts about how mobile sites should be built and whether or not you think responsive is good enough or if a dedicated mobile site is best.
MAKE SWEETS SQUEAK VERY LOUD
I just visited my old wordpress.com site and discovered I had some unanswered comments to posts – long time unanswered.
I had forgotten about some of the posts as well – pity cause I think a few are worth reading.
One in particular is close to my heart and is about a horrendous (what I understand is an) auto-immune condition called Sweets.
Please spread the word about this syndrome because it is one that has a hard fight for research support and it can be as nasty as any cancer in its worst cases.
There is another post on there about a sufferer Kim Townsend-Jones which is absolutely inspirational. Kims Journey – Sweets Syndrome Support Site
As Kim relates on her site the reason Sweets gets little funding in the words of her Physician –
“a squeaky wheel gets oiled” and Sweets doesn’t squeak much.
Posts about Sweets on ProfiTrain at WordPress.com
How was your week?
Focus on what you can control and move forward.
What a week – such a mix of Good and Bad.
The last week is one I could gladly go through life again without repeating.
It’s left me with very mixed emotions and a resolve to knuckle down and keep on keeping on.
- My exercise regime continues so am pleased I haven’t fallen of the self set program.
- The Quick Start Challenge rolled to an end. What a great 4 weeks and so much to work on.
- Pete Godfrey’s monthly newsletter arrived – Emotional Ad Writing & Marketing Letter
- Managed to write a short article that was liked in a writing group (just 1 like but that felt really good).
- Picked up some unexpected work to keep the cash flowing.
- Cyber criminals destroyed my computer with ransom-ware. The virus is called CryptoLocker
- Spent most of this week recovering backup data files.
- Refused to pay the $500 ransom because that would only encourage them to keep doing what they do and possibly encourage further attacks on me and my computers.
- Training Program was cancelled at the last minute.
- Contract work pulled on closure of a business.
Where from here
Put it behind me and move on focussing on the tasks and deadlines to be met in the coming days.
No point crying over spilt milk!
Maybe it’s a guy thing, but may be not, cause we all love gadgets.
I built a TelePrompter or Autocue to help me with my videos.
It didn’t cost much at all – all materials less than $40 although it took about 10 hours to put together including the plans – would be much quicker if I had better tools and skills.
It doesn’t look pretty but it sure does work.
I just checked the prices of these on the net – WOW they don’t come cheap. They get very expensive and the cheapest factory model I could find was $339. Most cost thousands of dollars.
Why would I want a tele-prompter?
Well now I can prepare what I want to say and run it through a program that flows the text. I have my camera set up in the tele-prompter box with a microphone attached and guess what – it keeps me on track and gets rid of the “um’s” and “ahs” as I think what to say next.
This will be really cool for technical talks where you really need to be specific and stay on track and where I have a particular message I want to share.
I wont give up on free-style videos though cause they are really spur of the moment and capture my passion for the topic much better.
So how did I build it?
I drew up some plans and then reworked them twice to get the measurements properly sorted. Well almost.
Working out the geometry was the trickiest bit – Who said he’d never need that when he was at school?
What materials did I use?
Timber frame made from 30mm x 18mm DAR timber
Lining made from 3.4mm Blackboard
Reflector is a 14″ x 11″ photo frame
Screws to hold the Butt joints tight (No fancy carpentry skills here)
Now I’m not skilled enough to have it all nice and square but close enough was good enough and it works a treat.
Great sense of satisfaction doing this little job.
As a variation, if I was to build another one, I’d have a go at using a wire frame covered in black cloth with a solid 3Ply base. Something like that could be good if it needed to be transported.
If you feel like building one yourself contact me and I’ll share my plans and tips with you for a small donation – say $5. Contact Chris
The raw materials.
The frame built.
The floor in place and block for the reflector.
The front top rail needed a little work to house the frame of the reflector.
The frame of the reflector required a bevel off the top to level it with the frame (fortunately the picture frame I used was timber).
I have a work around for this now
Here’s a side view of the reflector in place.
Here it is with my tablet running a script.
You can have fun making you own Autocue or Teleprompter for virtually nothing and you only need a few basic skills and tools.