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Chris Stanton-Cook has been a member since April 15th 2014, and has created 3 posts from scratch.

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Sinking Australia!

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.

Politics in Australia serves those in power.

Australian Politics: Self-Interest Rules

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.

Political Speak 

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

Lessons from Scavenging Days

Of Trash and Treasure my childhood memoires have lessons for me today

Scavenging – Your Trash Perhaps My Treasure?

Scavenging, recycling, trash and treasure

Your Trash 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

Have We Got Time

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 ….

Image source – http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4444871307_5993f7389c.jpg

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.

Aussie Farms Are For Farming

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.

Bolters and Opportunities

Eddie, an opportunist, our new family member gave me the run around when he spotted an opportunity to bolt out and explore the street.

opportunity takers

Eddie the Bolter

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.

No up-sells.

Just free access and it looks really good.

If you’re interested then here’s the link to your sexy squeeze pages.

Fusion 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.

 


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