Our political system is a mess. Politicians are by the nature of party politics, adversarial. In order to defray the legitimacy of each other, politicians are constantly looking to find some small crack in the veneer of the opposition parties or members and pick away until a festering sore appears, and often for no more than something that they might be guilty of themselves. Continue reading “Do we need Politicians?”
With Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency for that matter, our thinking about the independence of our economy has established root. However, as the use and understanding of Bitcoin increases in the mindshare of people each passing day, so too does the interest of those that stand to lose by it being used. Continue reading “Bitcoins and Democracy”
Just reading an article where some bright young thing has designed a small shelter that they are proposing to be used to house billions. Continue reading “Shelter where it is needed.”
I hate getting old but unfortunately, I have not found the cure for it as yet. Not with standing. I shall keep looking for some Dorian Gray substitute or perhaps I shall resort to the modern equivalent of Bex, a cup of tea and a lie down.. At this juncture, I may need to. Continue reading “Is that another grey hair?”
It was somewhat ironic reading headlines in the last few days about the former Prime Minister and now vocal backbencher, Tony Abbott being critical of migration arguing that it is a source of much of the economic woes the country is apparently experiencing. It was ironic in the sense that Mr Abbott was originally British and a migrant to this country. Wiser voices within the government dispel that opinion however. Continue reading “Migrants vital to our Economy.”
Yes you? Did you vote in the last election? Did you vote for one of the big three parties that seem to dominate the quagmire that has evolved around Lake Burley Griffin?
It was of interest to see former Senator Vanstone come out and put forward arguments that voting for smaller parties and independents is a wasted vote. Continue reading “Did you vote?”
The American’s have the watches, the Taliban have the time, so went a saying familiar around the halls of government in Afghanistan.
Trying to understand the motivation of the war being fought by the Taliban has seemingly bewildered all who take a position on the matter. But the answer is simple. The Taliban are not pursuing world domination, they simply want to return to control of Afghanistan as a religious state. Continue reading “The End of War in Afghanistan”
I have some small amount of bitcoins. They are not doing so well after rocketing up to almost twice their value in a month and now back around or under the value of their purchase. The decline of course has bought out the pundits of every description claiming this is the bubble that they had predicted. Continue reading “The Angst of Crypto”
One of the things I have noted over the years from working in the field is the limited involvement by implementing parties of a local public consensus on what ever it is they are proposing to do. Continue reading “Who Knows Best”
Over the last two decades, as many will know, I have been engaged in working out the ways to get some hundreds of millions of dollars in funds distributed out to some fairly remote and difficult parts of the world such as flood affected Pakistan above, or conflict rife Kosovo or Afghanistan and more recently across thousands of miles of ocean in Micronesia. I have just been made aware of how this might change enormously for the better in the future.