Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Civilization in Decline

In the 16th Century, entertainment for the masses was Shakespeare's theatre.

In the 21st Century, entertainment for the masses? Master Chef, Googlebox, Dating Naked, Marriage at First Sight etc etc

Evolution or devolution?

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Panama Papers

WOW, what a story!

It seems that everyday has seen a new revelation.

Greed isn't the exclusive domain of warmongering,capitalist pigs like Gordon Gekko, as news of the Chinese big nobs being tangled up in the Panama papers revelations.

Other than telling us that the uber rich have to worry about holding on to their wealth, the story that keeps on giving highlights the fact that nobody likes paying taxes. And,it's not just those lazy good for nothing Greeks (who threatened the stability of the European Union by defaulting on loans) that were exposed as tax dodgers a few years ago.

No doubt, there is truth in the concept that the rich always get richer while the poor get poorer. And now we know that avoiding taxes is the way to go.

My personal contribution to this scandal is that I don't pay taxes either. That's because I'm too poor and have no income to tax.
Hold on, I still pay GST (goods and services tax) on petrol, consumer goods, council rates, water rates etc etc.
Maybe I should call Mossak Fonseca to discuss this issue.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Topless Protest

Time to go Topless to protest against all the Topless protests.
In other words, this concept of attracting media attention is becoming tedious.
Of course a protest against Facebook's banning of nipples would justify...a topless protest.

Topless protest against Hermes

Topless protest against Islam

Topless top model protest

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Insurance Industry Scam

Last night's episode of Four Corners (link below) struck a nerve in me.

Fifteen years ago, my wife was injured at work and she put in a claim with her insurance company. She had Income Protection insurance.
The insurance company replied that they had lost her file.
As an isolated incident, this didn't reek of "conspiracy" although it did put a sour taste in the mouth when it comes to insurance companies.

Then, watching Four Corners, and listening to Dr K speak of his personal investigation into his employer's behaviour, it struck me as an epiphany. Of course, this must be common practice amongst insurance companies when responding to injury claims. What could be more discouraging and disheartening to a claimant that to be told their file had been lost?

The CEO of the bank (Commonwealth) kept referring to "ethics" in his interview with Four Corners.

What does ethics have to do with corporate greed, I wonder?

Do I see conspiracy everywhere? You bet.

Friday, March 04, 2016

How Bad Could President Trump Be?

I read of American citizens contemplating emigrating in the event of Donald Trump becoming president.

I ask myself, How bad could a President Trump be?

Consider the legacy of George Bush

  • the weapons of Mass destruction fiasco
  • the removal of Saddam Hussein and the destabilizing of the Middle East
  • The rise of ISIS as a consequence of destabilizing the Middle East
  • The war in Syria and the world refugee crisis

Yet, nobody looks back in horror and thinks, oh no, not another Bush in the Whitehouse!

Like a bull in a china shop? Maybe Bush in a china shop is more appropriate...just sayin'

and...Ronald Reagan contemplated "Star Wars" strategy
and...JFK was on the verge of nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis...
and...Johnson escalated the Vietnam war into Cambodia with the advice of Kissinger...
and...Nixon and Watergate