Climate change and sustainability – how to fix it.

Checking the definition of the word “sustainable” we have:

Cambridge

Mirriam Webster

Dictionary.com

Google

To sustain is to continue at the same level. Support where we are at. Everyone is jumping up and down about carbon credits, pollution and the greenhouse effect, but no one talks about population. In Australia we are growing at around 430k people per year according to the ABS populations clock. How is this SUSTAINABLE?
It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, it is not sustainable. All the other environmental saving methods are null and void until we fix this one. Personally I want to see us sustain population at 13 million like it was in the 70’s.

With all the automation removing people from work and almost all our manufacturing industry going offshore at the moment, how are we to provide decent fairly paid work in fair conditions for all those people?

Ahhhh yes… the UBI I hear you say. The UBI is a split of resources though and the more there are, the less there is each.

“Oh, but I’ve worked so hard for this house and if the population isn’t growing then I won’t get capital growth and all this hard work will be for nothing. ”

Yes, but continuing down the path we’re on you’ll end up like the people of Castle Hill in Sydney. Once a nice rural place of open farmland with a relaxed pace. Now it’s sold out. The people that made money from the property developments there have either had to leave the land that was their families home for generations or they are stuck in traffic and smog up to their eyeballs in a situation where it takes a minimum of 40minutes to get anywhere useful and transit of 1hr 20mins is considered normal.

No tram system, Walking for 20 minutes get’s you to a place that looks like where you just came from which is exactly nowhere useful. The new train line that’s been put in was an afterthought and only goes part of the way to the outer suburbs. A different gauge track (that makes sense). You still mostly have to get in the car to go anywhere. Bicycle tracks are limited and riding on the footpath has been made illegal in places so you have to ride next to trucks on the main road. New suburbs have been put in with no corridors for mass transit systems allowed for and no extra space on the side of existing roads to increase the width. No verges so there can be no trees planted. 450 square meter blocks with houses on them which belong on 2000sqm blocks. The roofs of which are so close in some places that you can just from roof top to roof top. No space on housing blocks for a vegetable garden, let alone a shed. What’s the man in a household supposed to do? The woman has the house and he has???? …. nothing really.

Is that what we want?

Climate change, at the moment we don’t really care at all. If we did we’d get onto this population thing and truly SUSTAIN. Think about that word. What does it mean people?

Which party matches these policies?

http://dionpatelis.com/download/political_comparson.ods

http://dionpatelis.com/download/political_comparson.xls

In the links above I have made a political comparison spreadsheet because I’ve no idea who to vote for. However at the time of writing this, the making of this spreadsheet has been of little help except that I now know who not to vote for.

Can anybody please advise me which party most closely fits the first few policies in the spreadsheet?

Counting the parties here there are about 59 political parties in Australia at the Federal level. I’ve not the time to go through all of them at the moment, so if someone knows, please tell me?

Time to think.

We need time to think for ourselves. If you’re working greater than 50 hours per week plus travel time, plus getting ready for work plus an hour per day coming down after a hard day on the job, you’ve probably little time to think.

You need time to think. How is that possible with the above regime?

Climate change

I was talking with a friend last night about climate change and the discussion was also brought up last weekend with other people. Yes it is important, but if you’ve no time to think about how you’re going to solve it, how would you solve it? Thus we’re back to the previous section about overworking.

4 hours at 100% perfect focus

I’ve quizzed people around the world about how many hours they can work a day. At first they all brag about what they can do, or just say what they do. A rephrase of the question to “How many perfect hours, at full steam, at perfect concentration, your best work, week in, week out, month after month year after year can you do a day?”

The answer is pretty much about 4 hours per day for 5 days per week.

Yes you can do bursts of 11hour perfect focus sessions, but not day in, day out. I personally have punched 18 hours work straight, on fire, what I consider top of my game action. When I look back on the months surrounding those times I still only average 4 hours per day of perfect work. 8 hours a day productivish, but a cumulative 4 at 100% perfection.

So why are we doing what we do? It’s madness. Most of us want to do awesome work, but we can’t when we’re tired, have no social life and are stressed. To improve on the quality of what we do, we need to think and with thought we need rest to process the thinking.

The UBI

The writing is on the wall, Sweden is testing it, Switzerland is seriously talking about it. The UBI (Universal Basic Income) is coming because of automation. Thus the question, why are we working so many hours?

I will let you answer that? Everyone has a theoretical answer.

Talking to a school teacher last night he said the question amongst teachers is “What useful skills are we going to teach?”

They are seeing automation and 3D printing as changing the game to the point that humans won’t have to work much. I think we will still work, just on different things in different ways, but that’s my quick opinion without deep thought on the subject. Also the way I see us still working is not no possible for many.

Protectionism

Talking to this teacher last night he had a valid argument against protectionism being that 3D printing and automation will change industry so much, that protectionism of our current country is pointless. Reading “The Sovereign individual” by Mogg and “The Worldly Philosophers” by Heilbronner would back up his suggestion. Also when you understand how OMO (Open Market Operations) works in controlling the currency and how controlling interest rates affects everything, you might wonder, why bother? Why protect our workforce through import taxes and limiting work hours?

The reasons are:

  1. Because automation, 3D printing and blockchain are not quite working yet.
  2. By free trading with a communist country, you have to make your workforce work under the same work conditions as their work force for the same pay rates.

I’m not saying capitalism is the answer either. Go spend a couple of months in the most capitalistic country in the world and you will see how the extreme of capitalism is just as messed up as the extreme of socialism. Until about 20 years ago Australia was somewhere in the middle of both and it was quite good. Not quite as good as northern Europe, but pretty good. Remember that a quick way to judge how great a country is, is by the way the poor people live there.

Policies – not generalisations

So far the political parties I’ve looked at just make very general comments about all the different areas of government. Almost no promises (I’m not sure where promises are this year as I’ve seen none). None of them say “We will install this policy!”

Actually I looked back at the One Nation policy section on multinationals and they point to “By way of example, we would put a royalty of 20% on the value of gas taken at the wellhead using meters.”
“By way of example….” still not very firm to me. So it probably doesn’t count.

Innovation Nation

A bit of a lie really, isn’t it. If it were so we’d:

  1. Keep house block sizes big enough to have a back shed / garage to actually innovate something in. Less than 700sqm is not big enough.
  2. We’d remove provisional tax from self employed people. Why would you charge a person starting a business tax on money they’ve not earnt yet.
  3. Education would be free like it was 35 years ago and is in Sweden. It’s almost free in Germany.
  4. Austudy would be enough to live on and be available to all people regardless of age, sex, or where the family base city is.
  5. We’d tax imports to keep international products more expensive than ours, so that Australian workers could compete at Australian pay rates and not international pay rates or work hours.
  6. The NEIS scheme and business degrees would teach people how to setup companies and not be self employed.

Summary

Again, if there’s one of the ~59 or so parties which has REAL policies somewhere close to the spreadsheets above, could someone please let me know so that I may vote for a party with some balls to do something to help Australia in a real way.

Rising sea levels due to global warming in Ballina?

Tonight at 21:19 the tide was 1.87m and this was the result:

Interesting thing is that if you go into Barlows Bolt Barn hardware store in the industrial area of Ballina, you’ll see many old photos of Ballina with the main street flooded at high tide. the photos are from more than 80 years ago.