Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Trump is with us

I expected as much and said so .So its seems did Chomsky  The media go on but the basic issue of enormous dissatisfaction with how the urban elites think and act had to find a home.
Strangely both sides of politics share not only market determinism but the lost cause of automatic progress. Its the denial of the later amongst the left that so  frightens them IMO.

The mystics have one great advantage - they are not stuck with a purely mechanical view of the world . The dull predicable fanaticism of the left is no match for fantasies of the right - however fickle

 http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/noam_chomsky_has_never_seen_anything_like_this_20100419


As a mystic I remind you that November 8th is for many of us another St Crispins day. See below . It doesn't look too good to have Trump in charge but maybe thing are better than we realise .

We best pray and act ; stop the careless depressing inertia of the dominant determinism  that presumes that everything good will happen with no effort on our part

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Councils , Conservation imperatives and effective action

Despite what many newcomers to the country's conservation issues believe, the real challenges of managing your Shire well and making progress in sustainability has more to do with experience and knowledge than innovation.     Know thy territory.
Sure it's good to have  people on Council enthusiastic for change,  but budget management MUST be any new candidates priority and practice before they get on . How not to waste money and still decide things
If candidates have been paid public servants or work away from primary industry ( where rules are a bit different) they may well struggle to know that great ideas on that complex but sensitive beast called the environment,  not only have a price but normally cost us dearly when they aren't implemented properly. Its all very well to note the beasts sensitivity . What you really need to know is its resilience. Its also too easy to waste someone else's money and many Councils and Departments across Australia have been doing a lot of it in recent decades - often in the good name of Environment .

The answer to effective sustainability action is simply competence and only supporting conservation that works .
The greatest evil is done on the name of the best intention,  so Councils MUST focus on implementation ( be very practical and get practical advice!) .You can of course join the worry warriors brigade . The problem with fear is its inherent breeding capacity . Its ability to generate briefs that cultivate fear and wait for experiments and proofs -- as if they will EVER come; Piles of reports on the desk that noone dare digest . Some stupid people in Victoria  think they can map the problems and have spent the last few decades trying. Thanks to the Greens we have a new industry of self propelled reports/ maps  that decide and do nothing because of the fears and misplaced concreteness inherent inside them .The benefit of facing your fears with knowledge is the confidence to act in the environment WITHOUT ill effect.  Put me in jail for my mistakes rather than let me rot with all those reports of my over confidence : My determination to work and respect ( requires knowledge) nature --not unwisely or distantly fear it.

Good intentions are not enough to drive good planning decisions- locally informed Councillors on the site is best .
 Some Counsel of my own
  1. The big mistake many Councillors are making is to only have one  expert (The proverb on the floor of parliament talks about "much advice".   You ask how do you afford many Councillors/ experts  ? You don't pay for all of them - you ask around like our forebears and earlier Councillors did ) 
  2. Another huge mistake is to think one can change the culture and the atmosphere by just getting on Council . Join the esoteric brigade if that's your aim. 

To be effective you have to know your stuff ( and / know who to trust) Whatever limitations farmers and local  have ( and they do have them) , they do know their stuff a lot better than they are often given credit for.  Cynical media and distant Green party critics don't help.  Eat humble pie , ask them and test them .Then you will know something .
As a long time rural environmental planner  I would be last to  say "farmers only" on Council ( the reality  is that few have time any more they are so overworked , neither are they always objective )  --someone should show some oversight of planning decisions because with real estate, all sorts of rot goes on  . If farmers react badly to criticism in 2016 its because in last 20 years they have copped a deluge of uninformed careless criticism via the screens and armchairs of Australia.

LACK  of Local Objective advice early on environmental is the scourge of every Local Government around Australia . This situation must change and proper cadetships set up to make Universities and rural training agencies produce  industry expertise in this area . 
 I hope The Libs get going to change this as soon as possible because its not hard  to do - bit like having doctors of environment . Libs must FACE the dumbing down reality that well intentioned people are getting on Council but who don't have any idea really of how to maintain sound land planning processes. The Libs MUST face  that their Mr Kennett and his mates were a cynical wrecking ball and repairs are needed to rebuild public service type careers--  for the good of the Country.

Our recent experience

Most of us find the prospect of more Trump's in politics really,really scary. Could it happen here? and with our Council elections?         
Those of us in Colac, Victoria had a pleasant surprise the other night when the candidates forum, instead of being just a lot of noisy self promotion, was a place where many mature sensible people gathered together to discuss what made our region great. 
Many memories came forth of those who started our meat works,dairying companies, service agencies  and great milk products, just to name  a few.  Just like our innovative forebears,  there were at least a few candidates in the big pile who didn't just talk, but knew that "can do" (here with us and our expertise) is what made this place great and can keep it that way. 
I'm not saying the choice of candidates is ever easy , but some experience and  good attitude was there making it a very encouraging meeting of many mature practical down to earth minds.
As a long term adviser to Local governments on the complex matters of environmental planning can I encourage all readers to be very cautious about voting for people who think they are going to play merry hell with our environment,  but who simply do not know it well enough. 
We can only hope and pray that, when it comes to counsel, the new representatives will not just rely on the counsel of their own minds.
Is the prospect of more Trumps real ? Yes it is ! That's why you need to get along to a candidates meeting and find out who is representing who. 

Councils , Conservation imperatives and effective action

Despite what many newcomers to the country's conservation issues believe, the real challenges of managing your Shire well and making progress in sustainability has more to do with experience and knowledge than innovation.     Know thy territory.
Sure it's good to have  people on Council enthusiastic for change,  but budget management MUST be any new candidates priority and practice before they get on . How not to waste money and still decide things
If candidates have been paid public servants or work away from primary industry ( where rules are a bit different) they may well struggle to know that great ideas,  not only have a price but normally cost us dearly when they aren't implemented properly. Its too easy to waste someone else's money and many Councils and Departments across Australia have been doing a lot of it in recent decades - often in the good name of Environment .

The answer to effective sustainability action is simply competence and only supporting conservation that works .
The greatest evil is done on the name of the best intention,  so Councils MUST focus on implementation ( be very practical and get practical advice!) .You can of course join the worry warriors brigade . The problem with fear is its inherent breeding capacity . Its ability to generate briefs that cultivate fear and wait for experiments and proofs -- as if they will EVER come; Piles of reports on the desk that noone dare digest . Thanks to the Greens we have a new industry of selfpropelled reports that decide and do nothing because of the fears inherent inside them .The benefit of facing your fears with knowledge is the confidence to act in the environment WITHOUT ill effect.  Put me in jail for my mistakes rather than let me rot with all those reports of my over confidence : My determination to work and respect ( requires knowledge) nature --not unwisely or distantly fear it.
Good intentions are not enough to drive good planning decisions- locally informed Councillors on the site is best .
 Some Counsel of my own
  1. The big mistake many Councillors are making is to only have one  expert (The proverb on the floor of parliament talks about "much advice".   You ask how do you afford many Councillors/ experts  ? You don't pay for all of them - you ask around like our forebears and earlier Councillors did ) 
  2. Another huge mistake is to think one can change the culture and the atmosphere by just getting on Council . Join the esoteric brigade if that's your aim. 

To be effective you have to know your stuff ( and / know who to trust) Whatever limitations farmers and local  have ( and they do have them) , they do know their stuff a lot better than they are often given credit for.  Cynical media and distant Green party critics don't help.  Eat humble pie , ask them and test them .Then you will know something .
As a long time rural environmental planner  I would be last to  say "farmers only" on Council ( the reality  is that few have time any more they are so overworked , neither are they always objective )  --someone should show some oversight of planning decisions because with real estate, all sorts of rot goes on  . If farmers react badly to criticism in 2016 its because in last 20 years they have copped a deluge of uninformed careless criticism via the screens and armchairs of Australia.

LACK  of Local Objective advice early on environmental is the scourge of every Local Government around Australia . This situation must change and proper cadetships set up to make Universities and rural training agencies produce  industry expertise in this area . 
 I hope The Libs get going to change this as soon as possible because its not hard  to do - bit like having doctors of environment . Libs must FACE the dumbing down reality that well intentioned people are getting on Council but who don't have any idea really of how to maintain sound land planning processes. The Libs MUST face  that their Mr Kennett and his mates were a cynical wrecking ball and repairs are needed to rebuild public service type careers--  for the good of the Country.

Our recent experience

Most of us find the prospect of more Trump's in politics really,really scary. Could it happen here? and with our Council elections?         
Those of us in Colac, Victoria had a pleasant surprise the other night when the candidates forum, instead of being just a lot of noisy self promotion, was a place where many mature sensible people gathered together to discuss what made our region great. 
Many memories came forth of those who started our meat works,dairying companies, service agencies  and great milk products, just to name  a few.  Just like our innovative forebears,  there were at least a few candidates in the big pile who didn't just talk, but knew that "can do" (here with us and our expertise) is what made this place great and can keep it that way. 
I'm not saying the choice of candidates is ever easy , but some experience and  good attitude was there making it a very encouraging meeting of many mature practical down to earth minds.
As a long term adviser to Local governments on the complex matters of environmental planning can I encourage all readers to be very cautious about voting for people who think they are going to play merry hell with our environment,  but who simply do not know it well enough. 
We can only hope and pray that, when it comes to counsel, the new representatives will not just rely on the counsel of their own minds.
Is the prospect of more Trumps real ? Yes it is ! That's why you need to get along to a candidates meeting and find out who is representing who. 

Friday, July 08, 2016

Dealing with the growing risk of insurgency

Waleed and Scott ( ABC;s Minefield) raised questions on everyone's mind as we wait  for an election result ,
Unlike Aly,  I don't see the left right division as under threat, so I don't accept his scenario of new parties involving the Greens.( see below) "

The situation across the West is more complex
Even though globalism is the target of many for our economic woes,  secularism's failure  and "government as good god" is driving the lack of productivity and hope that keeps the overly comfortable ABC elite focusing on  the war on everything . . Like Donald Trump these forces are not intelligent ---just reactionary  . This insurgent prone reality amongst the left puts Labor and its growing failures, in focus .  The failure to take  on the big picture of care ( loyalty) means the left is lost in a constant game or rebadging the problems. Avoiding loyalty and playing with the latest relationships/

Yes the traditional reasons to be in either Liberal and Labor are changing , but they are best addressed by cutting the subject in  away which is less superficial . I find Chestertons categories of progressives and conservatives most helpful. ( My own vote compasses above and below ) for what they are worth .



Of particular note is Gilbert's lively awareness of the shallow drivers for many  progressives and the way it can cocontentate  with the resurgent temptation in All of us . More powerful today because its potency was evident even 100 years ago.

 I broadcast this excerpt from his work  some years ago
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByHXA-7u8-8-WW92bW8wTDNEMkU










Greens as progressives

The Greens can't grow in Australia (under Aly's scenario ; where he thinks that just because the issue of sustainability is big , it will work to have a party named after a problem )
What will work ( as it has before ) is Barnabys Joyce's idea of grounded competence and public service restored,
For example,  having had their impractical fling with Labor and lost., divorce is certain.  The Greens win votes by taking the heavenly ground, but lose the minds long term because they haven't checked where the tax would have some earthly use. They still think a tax is "the answer" .Vision must touch base. Windmills .

The majors are glossless,  but they have sustainability because they both touch base with practical spending realities and some form of ideal society The Greens aren't sure what we should eat , wear or house ourselves in. Since when did politics become so impractical? 


Labor as lost 
It was good to have Aly havva go  at the old categories, Labor are losing heartland to divisions they set up as relationships ,
Aly  missed the point that Labor  are cultivating a diversity of shacking up   divorce and marriage almost in the same breath. Paradoxically, they want us to believe they know a better way to do family -when they only reflect families under deep threat  .True representative but not in their own mind.
Labor is the one who needs to find a new ideological home because its own mates on the insurgent field are overtaking them - in their own game ,

Media as lost    Libby Gore celebrates the new Senate as entertainment .   The ABC is the home of many insurgents who should be sacked ; they waste our creative energies and provide a cynical and futureless mentorship for our children Their only raison d 'etre is to wage such wars at our family's expense .
Truly the Senate will be "the parliament we  deserve " yes but more ., Sadly cultivating more rebellion while the wires pf the internet  burn is dumbing down ABC all over  . While ABC plays news as entertainment,  the colosseum games of blood sacrifice( apart from their own) will continue 

Liberals as family

For all their faults,  the LNP demonstrates in practice the practical demands of family  ( at least at the moment )  . They have most of their disagreements in house, they have a proper certificate of marriage  ( unlike the unhappy divorce between Hanson =Brown and Bowen on Q and A), they put up with blinkered progressives like Turnbull  and they talk tough about the budget .  They show what loyalty and family  is in a way which should inspire us to support them for the next three years

One can only hope they don't give up in the face of a senate full of noisy children . 


Sunday, July 03, 2016

St Crispins day - A temporary Truce July 3rd 2016

I campaigned harder than I ever have,  knowing that at each election there is a growing risk that the bigger East will take control of the West .( Farmers form only 1 % of our population  10% of people live in regional areas. ) 
The Senate looks worse than we ever thought possible , but what can we say than what we  predicted ,   The  children take charge.

Its not really about parties,  but a  growing determination  to " get what we want"

We won back our seat despite the odds against us in Corangamite  The incompetence and ignorance of Labor about the two different cultures not helping their case ( Firefighters and  Schools meddling ) 

Like Henry V's troops we true Nationals are tired of fighting and with the odds against  us growing each for years  to greater that 5 to 1 . i was inspired by those now too old to campaign for farmers and for our young people who are given degrees but no mentors ,

We are still free to go surfing on the surfcoast even though our ability to afford a latte with those who try to manage us gets lost in a sea of words .





At this point we wait in hope .Its not clear if anyone will hold the balance of power ..  We have done well to hold influence for so long .

Unlike Labor we have held that confidence of the people not by numbers but by competence . Our  ability to act efficiently in keeping the economy productive hasn't changed .In 2004 when we first fought this battle i wrote about the risk of the children taking charge. As every year passes they gain more control . At some point soon judgement  must come for both the parents and the children

The positive is that people will question whether the current system and the rebel and protest self preoccupations are really helping us WORK TOGETHER .


Friday, July 01, 2016

The TRUMP is amongst us

There are always areas of agreement on the hustings .
Our joint concern yesterday was the phenomena of TRUMP
We are all asking ----why do Americans like him?

Sadly few Australians are asking whether we have anyone like him?
We would all want leave the family if a TRUMPer   led.
Which is the point ,
 TRUMP symbolizes the children in charge 

“ I will get what I want”  .
The prominence and dominance of the personal pronoun
 "Too bad that I don’t know how,  or I would send us broke in a week"
We must resist such non leadership .Yesterday in cold Colac

Shorten ends his final speech today
"I am determined to win "
The prominence and dominance of the personal pronoun

We cannot afford to have more minors and people who talk about me  me me me
Don't get careless in the Senate - we don't need more of the single issue and single focus there.

Have we got a TRUMP amongst us ?

There are always areas of agreement on the hustings .
Our joint concern yesterday was the phenomena of TRUMP
We are all asking why do Americans like him?
Sadly few Australians are asking whether we have one like him?
We would all want leave the family if a TRUMPer   led.
Which is the point ,
TRUMP symbolizes the children in charge 

“ I will get what I want”  .
The prominence and dominance of the personal pronoun
 "Too bad that I don’t know how,  or I would send us broke in a week"

We must resist such non leadership .
Shorten ends his final speech today
"I am determined to win "

We cannot afford to have more minors and people who talk about me  me me me


in the Senate , More single issue non representatives

Thursday, June 30, 2016

True Blue Barnaby

Some people are never happy The greens and the animal justice people have had their chance ( via Carbon Tax and Ludwig's ban )  to change how we/they  deal with carbon dioxide and how we should try to manage other countries  cattle . It used to be said of  Christians  that they were the ones that were so heavenly minded they were of little earthly use..  Working for another country?

  Yes they disagree with the coalition's approach to CC but time they took time to study and work things out for themselves . It's all very well talking to the Coalitions policy - Time to have one of your very own  Greenlabor will have the next 3 years ;; to work out a  workable one of their own.

If "strong action" is all they can name they might as well join TRUMP .  he supports strong action on everything --but we,  just like Bills indeterminate tax , don't know what the real action is. What fools vote for another tax ( presumably that's what Windsor's crowd are voting  for)     Labor are a joke for not naming the issue they have in mind .

The rest of Australia,  at best , think GreenLabor need at least another few years to get heard again on their expensive  failed ideas of what works

Some people are just themselves . They are those rare bods we look for  --we call them independents , But more than many with this badge, this independent is capable and proven in cooperation . HE is among  those rare polys that people trust , Sure  Barnaby doesn't tell us all the areas he disagrees with his partners on , but that is not a fault . The ability to work together and keep mum  is  something the isolated standing  "independant" is not tested .
Many independents are just stooges ; standing in for Labor or the Greens . Barnaby is well tested .
Arguably Barnaby is a more poplar leader than the  Trifecta ( Malcolm, Bill and Richard )  that are usually trotted out ,

It would be a huge and mistargeted loss if we lost this great team player .

His support across Australia is huge
We mexicans paint his name , criticize his hats and know him as one who can , not only wear lots of hats  with great credit  and humor,   but do it well
Great that finally ABC breakfast  will finally give him some time this morning.




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Contempt for the Country is real on the ground

Whatever the real issues in the CFA-UFU divide, one thing is clear on the ground here , Contempt for the Country by the City is real on the ground here.

 The ABC won't come here ( even though its a marginal seat ) and there is plain disrespect coming from the cities over many things happening here .Epstein had a session in Torquay  where the biggest job growth seems to be -- over 400 people are required to run the Shire  ( How many outside staff?).
Where the Labor candidate , not only works but is guaranteed her job back there - on Council Not democracy as our forefathers saw it .

"The simple matter of getting to know candidates
  NOT   The parties waste millions and yet we can't even interview the candidates without the risk of some party hack putting the shitters on our broadcasters .Its happened here !

Heard yesterday on the Hustings that Geelong people got to hear the candidates debate at Torquay/ Ocean grove on Radio but only for a minute,
,As we know ABC casually interviews and lampoons who they like and where they like ( left end around Torquay thanks raf epstein ) .
Libby Coker was one of the few who refused to take up the offer of a long interview to fully explain herself and then we hear " we cannot broadcast" . No cooincidence
Believe me, if you live in the west the contempt for the views of Country people is very real,

FYI my main aim in the 20 years we have broadcast election candidates is to give them TIME to fully explain their qualifications for office . One great advantage of COMMUNITY RADIO not one offer of support from ANY candidate!
For all the millions wasted on advertising we still do not get to know the candidates - Its an outrage ! Same with issues like Super "They are trying to force you into voting in ignorance," Neil Mitchell said.
Same with issues like City telling the country what to do ... If it wasn't for @MarciaLangton on Q and A ( talking about bureaus) noone would have twigged that fly in flt out governance is a huge issue in regional australia see below her honesty so welcome in a drought of cynical subdivision and pedantry over what :"defines : an issue" : see my definition of IDUIT

Then there is the vandalism . Symbolic Some party followers seem to think it OK to vandalize our posters , Do your homework ABC and find out why/where . We are not rich . we are not a proper target for Robin hood type raids and comparisons with Rhinehart .(New england damage recently) The city is cultivating the thievery and the destruction of private property , You are always asking why - ask this question for us Apparently we can't do what you (The ABC) do freely in broadcasting anymore ( Ring 3CS and 3OCRFM)