Thursday thoughts

Well, it’s been an interesting few days…

Gillard – she clearly knows about limits, growth, and population. She also clearly knows that to push the knowledge, would be to alienate the voting populace. So much selfish, unthinking, hip-pocket voting. Maybe democracy is now inappropriate, given the lack of lead-times left.

Cunliffe (David) – the nonsense continues: “Come on Bill, where’s the plan for exports and growth”?  (Morning Report) Come on David – if the whole western world is in debt, the G20 agree to reduce debt, think about it. They’re all going to try exporting – to??????  Then there’s the little problem of that debt, the lead-times, and peak energy flows. Growth, David? Prove that it can be so, or get out and let someone in who knows what is going on. Nothing personal, but we are out of time for change. You aren’t offering that.

Power, Simon – I’ve never voted National, and probably never will. That man’s gesture, though, and his expounded thoughts as he is being interviewed on Nine-to-Noon, make him an impressive man, in my book. Maybe he and David Parker should co-opt Jeanette Fitzsimmons, and put a party together. An intelligent stab at leadership toward sustainability.

Dick Smith – wasn’t that buried/ignored here. Great, insightful man – just not the message we want to hear….

The Euro – wow!  What happens now?  There was never any chance that the debt would be addressed, the sheer numbers racked up 2000 – 2007/8, couldn’t be. Not any more. Add China’s real estate bubble, and there’s nobody to sell to. Ha. I could have told you this would happen, and used to raise it as an issue at the old County Council. Which means before ’89.

Interest.co.nz – interesting wee discussion yesterday there (top 10 at 10) there are clearly a lot of folk who don’t want to have a bar of the ‘end of possible growth’. You assume that they have liabilities which require growth to continue, to continue. Sad, really, but  – and isn’t an ironical phrase in the circumstances – caveat emptor!  We told you this was and would happen. You just chose (or were too arrogant ?) to listen.

It would be a good PhD subject – the personal insecurity which drives most folk to strive for ‘more’, rather that addressing that insecurity in the first place. Billy Joel called it “sleeping in your own space” and that “either way, you wake up with yourself”. That isn’t “you wake up with your assets defining you”. The difference is telling.

I’m off out to chop some wood, check the chooks, throw a ball for the dog. Shift the goat, chop some more wood, throw the ball again. And again. Come in for coffee at intervals. When I feel like I’ve done enough, I might reward myself by working on the tandem. The sun is shining, the conscience is clear, and stress appears to be entirely absent.

It could be a lot worse!!!

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