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.

Traffic

Are you sitting in transit for a couple of hours a day to and from work?

Do you then need an hour or so to get ready and unwind from those 2 hours of travel a day?

Do you get paid for that time lost?

Do you have much time / energy left each day for anything else?

I have asked myself these questions at different points in my life to come to the final question.

Why?

Is it all really worth a shiny new this or that?

When I get a new shiny this or that am I happy for more than 5 minutes?

Do you really think that getting more of material possessions brings happiness? You can read about the profiles of many a person who has ‘Made it’ only to find out that they hit the lowest point of their lives after they’ve ‘Made it’.

In the Tim Ferris interview with Ray Dalio he points out that there is no correlation between happiness and material wealth, or happiness and intelligence. Some of the most grumpy people I know are either wealthy or super intelligent.

When I was 26 I considered that I had enough stuff. It was less than many around me, but all I could see that getting more would do was make the things I had around shinier. I had no family to speak of. They were all in Sydney and they never rang or came to visit. I had given up on making my own family as I seemed to attract women who thought I was alive to serve them. This was my own fault, I kinda knew it, but had lost interest in trying to fix it.

I sat and I thought for days. The infinity question. If I could be, have, and do anything. What that look like? I could not think of anything material I wanted that was more than I had. Sure I drove around in a trashed old Ford Laser, I lived in a combination of an old caravan and sea container. People used to laugh at this, but I only had to work 15 hours a week when I felt like it and the rest of the week was mine. Why would I give that up for a house and a shiny car in the burbs? I also had more perfect surf down the road than I could possibly surf. It was made even more perfect by the fact that the recent shark attacks had considerably thinned out the crowd for a few years.

There was no one around though. I was (am) too unusual in the way I think and the way I live for the ultra conservative society around me to accept. Also that town I was living in was a very transient town. The locals all drove around in big white 4WD’s and were going crazy making ridiculous amounts of money in mining. For it was the WA mining boom of the naughties (2000’s). Maybe I should have joined the bandwagon. I just couldn’t see how having any more would change my state of mind.

Without explaining the exact ins and outs of the path to my answer to the infinity question. The general way it went was:

I sat for days trying to figure out what I would do if I had unlimited material wealth. I went through every fancy scenario in my head in as much detail as possible. More, more, more!!! The mind wanted more of something, but it didn’t know what. The only answer I could come up with was —> hitch hiking.

“WTF?” I hear you ask. “Dion, if you had a billion to your name in cash back then, you would have hitch hiked?? Are you mad?”

Why am I writing about this?

A few years ago I was staying at a community in northern NSW. A fellow Wwoofer and I were having a conversation about people being jealous of my achievements and how their jealousy made me feel rather horrible.

He said he’d had a similar experience, but about 1 in 25 people say to him that he inspired them to do something they always wanted. That is good enough for him and he doesn’t worry about the jealous people, for it is them who have a problem.

So here I am writing this blog, to say that you can actually do something different to sitting in transit for more than 2 hours per day. Hopefully I can give some inspiration to go have a go at what you always wanted. There is no failure, for it is the attempt that matters. To try and not hit the objective is better than never even trying. I have failed at so many things, but the experience of the attempt creates a deep satisfaction.

If someone says to you “Yeah, but you failed. What good is that?”

Your reply is “Well, at least I know. You have no idea whether you could have. What’s worse?”

New fin prototype CNC milled from MDF.

This prototype fin milled from MDF came out quite well and the customer was happy with the result. This is just a proof of concept at the moment though. The main point was to see that the camber from the fin box could be machined at the right angle.

Also the tip of the foil may look a bit thick. This was intentional as I was just showing consistent proportions of foil shape down the fin. Foil shapes are measured as a percentage of the chord length. The chord being the distance from the leading edge to the trailing edge. Towards the tip of the fin the chord increases and thus the thickness does also. Therefore on this fin the foil is actually proportionately the same all the way down, even though looking from front on it does not look even. This will be changed in the final version.

This fin profile is the customers design.

See vid here

 

Auto swimming pool PH and chlorine tester

This automatic mechanical PH or chlorine swimming pool water quality tester worked quite well in the lab tests. 3 weeks of work for 2 people lifted the project to an adequate level. There are alternatives out there for chemical testing, but this is a mechanising of a human process.

The process is as follows

  1. The pool water is pumped into the vile,
  2. The testing tablet is then dropped into the vile
  3. The magnetic agitator agitates the solution which changes colour
  4. The light sensor senses the opacity of the solution colour
  5. The vile rotates upside down to empty the solution
  6. The vole is flushed with fresh water
  7. Process is ready for the next test.