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#1199303 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 20 January 2018 - 10:03 AM

I think the problem goes much deeper than just that.  IMO, and it is a big generalisation, I think the politicians act the way they do because they are "US".  Most of us would sprout some sort of bullshit from our mouths because it happens to fit our agenda regardless of the needs of others or the good of the many.  So it stands to reason that, if one of our brethren gets elected into office, they are going to do the same thing when they take office.  Some of my colleagues and friends have often stated that the Australia we know today is far less charitable than from years ago.  I am not sure you'd agree though eveln.




#1199029 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 10 January 2018 - 12:18 AM

First up, I have worked and paid taxes for the last 35 years

the only money I have ever received from the government was the KRudd stimulus package

 

I have no private health insurance

 

I have tried to calculate how much 5 operations, daily dressing changes and a ten week stay in a private room would have cost

 

Just the surgeries alone would've cost you minimum 50-60k base, and that's before you add anything else in.  In your case, it could've cost you close to 100k easily.  With the private room stay it could've cost you just much depending on the amount of time they spent on you and consumables.  So, I would say, around about figure of minimum 200k is not out of the question of 5 surgeries and 10-week hospital stay.




#1199007 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 09 January 2018 - 08:15 PM

http://www.abc.net.a...l-bills/9313720

 

People using super to pay for their medical bills. Doesn't it tell you our private health system is getting too expensive?

 

The thing is that I used to think that private healthcare was the best.  I don't think that now.  Simply put, the private healthcare system is there to cover a need for people to have elective surgery (mainly) within a timeline that they want and in style, if you can afford it.  Contrary to popular belief, I have since found out, is that most of the BEST doctors/surgeons work for, at least in part, for the government anyway.  Yeah, private healthcare might be getting too expensive but the organisations involved wouldn't be charging us those amounts if they didn't think that we could afford it somehow.  Which brings us back to what I wanted to say in the first place. 

 

There was a time where we couldn't even access our super for anything.  Now, the current government, in order to do what they want to do or due to "lobbying" of one kind or another, are changing the rules so that now things like this are happening.  Political lobbying used to be a nothing thing.  In the last 20 years or so, its become a tool for corporations to realign the political landscape as they see fit, given their views of course.  The problem is that our country doesn't have the legislation in place to deal with this sort of thing which then has lead-on effects.  KRudd's ousting, to name one example, was because of the mining industry's aversion to ETS.  Therein lies the problem.  Are they are OUR representatives or the corporates?  If they aren't, then a slightly expensive hospital bill or health insurance premium is the least of our concerns.




#1198877 My leg and the last 2 months

Posted by strifus on 06 January 2018 - 04:56 PM

It is looking much better.  Thank God.  I hope things get back to normal soon, well, as much as they can in this kind of situation.




#1198876 Perth drivers - again....

Posted by strifus on 06 January 2018 - 04:51 PM

 

 

:)

I've been driving nearly 50 years, on every continent on earth, never had that rubbish before, but if there is an observation to make we seem to have an increase of morons on the roads of late :)

Cheers

 
Mostly it's the older generation who have been driving on less crowded roads their whole life, then get angry when you perform maneuvers, that to anyone below 40 knows, is legal, expected and easy.
But to the older person, is reckless and dangerous.
 
Worst I think, is watching the older gen try and figure out how to change lanes, and exit\enter a multi-lane roundabout.
 
That said, us youngins are far from innocent; just the old:young ratio who ACTUALLY think they own the road (despite the stereotype) is heavily swung in the older folks direction.

 


:)

Australian roads are not really very congested mate. I grew up driving in London, now that's congested and it was only a few years ago that I was the driver with Zeph in California, that can get congested, or try driving in Bangkok... :)

Cheers

 

 

I agree.  I grew up in Malaysia where the traffic far worse than here.  The problem here, currently and I am generalising a bit, is that most of us think we own the freaking road and that there is no one else more important than us.  Whenever someone's late, they always blame that traffic jam, which happens every day, or whatever, when it wouldn't be a problem if they had planned their day out.  It even extends to what we do every day even if it is not on the roads.  I do have, however, a problem with older drivers.  Not all, just some who obviously shouldn't be driving but still are, usually people 70+ and above who have less than adequate reflexes.  I hear it all the time, where I do some volunteer work at an aged care facility, where the ladies (mostly) complain to me (while I listen) that they had their licences taken away from them because they caused a little bitty accident which wasn't their fault for whatever the reason.  I do sympathise with these folk, I really do.  Driving is probably one of the very few things they can do and be free, by themselves and we, or rather the people, take it away from them because they are dangerous.

 

However, back to the original matter, people should just chill.  It's not our family's road we are driving on.  We have to share it with others.  I may have a bugbear but seriously, I don't even react to that, even, because it is pointless to do so.  After all, aren't we all taxpayers and have an equal right to use the roads as long as we follow the rules?




#1198875 2018? So I found a list I wrote in 2008~9

Posted by strifus on 06 January 2018 - 04:35 PM

Its funny isn't it.  The older we get, the fewer people we hang around with, or rather, feel like hanging with.  15 years or so ago, I would not feel right if I didn't at the very least go to a place where there were lots of people, where drinking was the only way to relax and let go.  Since then, I've stopped drinking and feel more comfortable staying at home rather than having to go somewhere to feel normal.  Epiphanies start hitting me in the face all over the place and then suddenly almost everything's clear.  I used to worry where I was heading, constantly thinking that I had to go somewhere, progress.  Now, there is nothing better than coming home to my wife and my gorgeous daughter, both of whom make me feel like the luckiest guy in the world when they aren't ganging up on me that is, hehe.

 

I don't know.  I just see the world differently these days.  Almost like the difference between William Riker and Thomas Riker. 




#1178959 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by strifus on 13 July 2016 - 10:31 PM

I just want my f**king internet speed already. I am sick and tired of paying the same as the people living down the street that have speeds that are 5 times faster than mine.  I've been looking up the NBN website for the last several years and to be honest nothing has changed at all in my area, we aren't even in the planning stages yet.  Is this  "BETTER, FASTER CHEAPER", I say?  As this rate, my area would probably get the NBN in 2020.

 

I have had enough of this nonsense.  I don't care what you say Leo, this is a Frankenstein of a network we have now costing 60billion by the time its finished.  We wouldve had a better stronger network had it been finished the proper way.  I gave the LNP the benefit of the doubt, mainly because of your objections, but not only have they not delivered on their promise, they have changed their plans so many times, regarding the NBN that is, that its become this monstrosity where we are going to have to put money down to upgrade again.

 

That's it, I'm done.




#1178176 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 29 June 2016 - 11:22 PM

Whatever we say, it is up to the UK government to call Article 50 to start the exit processes.  Currently, Brexit supporters have no plans/policies and whatever they do have has been rejected by the EU.  

 

From my point of view, the Brexit campaign was disingenuous at best, playing on the fears of the minority to suit their political agenda.  There isnt much we can do now but see the process through and see where things end up.  I am predicting that they will not initiate Article 50 any time soon.

 

Sorry.  Had a lot to say but I'm as sick as a dog right now so can't put the words together.




#1165284 How is there not a Star Wars: The Force Awakens thread yet?

Posted by strifus on 19 December 2015 - 03:49 AM

I liked it actually. Its like watching Ep. IV all over again and not knowing whats going to happen next.


#1165192 Strifus' Photos

Posted by strifus on 17 December 2015 - 09:50 PM

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Taken in my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, I present to you the Petronas Twin Towers.  I hope to put up more from now on.


#1160973 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 23 September 2015 - 08:59 PM

 

 

Director: Re the science portfolio. During the tussle over defunding uni places, and deregulating the costs. Pyne basically held $150m of MUST PAY funding, as collateral. He held it beyond the deadline. What that meant, is that thousands of scientists all of a sudden had even less job security than they had before. In fact, they basically had to turn up to work without pay for part of it. The alternative, was moving overseas.

 

We lost literally hundreds of our best scientists, and on top of that $4 billion worth of government scientific equipment stood idle when positions were not continued, and when the funding was restored, many areas still weren't delivering at previous levels, because of loss of staff. Literally thousands of top scientists have left Australia, in the past two years. My wife and I have been talking about how this will impact us, and whether she or both of us will have to move if the situation continues.

 

http://theconversati...overnment-38423

Well we are the 'clever country' I guess. :(

 

We were. We produce some of the best graduates, have some of the most desirable university courses, we are involved in amazingly innovative research, and we have some of the best cross-linking frameworks to provide Australian companies with access to fantastic researchers. And in the past 15 years or so, we've been increasingly happy to let those same people move overseas.

 

I know of not one, but I know numerous people personally, working on bleeding edge new scientific instrumentation. Aside from my wife, who because of industry links has stronger funding commitments, they are now overseas. And while they are there, they are training American and European scientists in their tricks, to allow them to compete in areas that Australia has dominated (in terms of publications). What does that mean? Short term, we are undermining our universities, which will reduce their value. If the government told you they were actively undermining two of our biggest industries, one through defunding, the other through trying to push through environmental "reforms" to allow coal ports, would you think that rational? Education and Tourism are our biggest exports now that iron ore has been hit with a hammer. 

 

 

Although I do agree with you TinBane, I think the problem is even worse than that.  As far back as I can remember, analysts have said that Australia, without mining, is nothing.  It doesn't produce anything of worth.  There is almost no venture capital industry to speak of and what R&D funding there is, goes to the CSIRO and universities, as well as their subsidiaries.  While the amount of funding is reasonable, it pales in comparison to the subsidies that the coal/gas/oil companies are getting directly from the government.  I mean, to those of you who are believe in protecting the environment, not that I am not aware of the plight people working in the industry, its seems like a conflict of interest.  Back to the point I was trying to make, we have to EVENTUALLY wean ourselves off our reliance of mining to prop up our economy and that means diversifying our economic interests.  However, how are we going to do that when the incentives aren't there.  

 

TinBane, I think there's more to worry about than just the defunding of one Australia's exports.  Since the Hawke years, the government has spent billions of dollars to make education an important investment in the future.  What I don't understand is that successive governments since the Hawke/Keating years have not taken full advantage of the expenditure but rather preferring to rebuke said governments for spending stupidly.  Of course, starting with the Howard government. I don't have statistics to hand at the moment but from anecdotal evidence I have gathered, currently, 30% of all university graduates go overseas, maybe not immediately but they eventually do.  Most are the top students in the their field, who are being "bought" by overseas corporations and science organisations who are ready and willing to give them a career path that they could only dream of in Australia.  As a result, we are losing billions in potential revenue from their work.  This problem has been around for at least 20 years now and I'd like to see Australia's businesses and investment culture change so that we invest in the future rather than short term gains.  What we need is a path to the future, not the now.  I am certain most of you would agree with that.  I know, that if it were me, I wouldn't mind footing the bill for a few years to see a surplus on the other side, especially one that will support Australia for the decades to come.

 

I guess the point I was trying to make is that we have to send a message to our politicians that there has to be a better way for Australia and that we are ready, and willing, to support a government who has the long term vision to take us there.  Currently, the way things are, we are f**ked anyway.  The country is so polarised that it doesn't know that there is a third option.  




#1160909 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 22 September 2015 - 10:32 PM

 

Director: Re the science portfolio. During the tussle over defunding uni places, and deregulating the costs. Pyne basically held $150m of MUST PAY funding, as collateral. He held it beyond the deadline. What that meant, is that thousands of scientists all of a sudden had even less job security than they had before. In fact, they basically had to turn up to work without pay for part of it. The alternative, was moving overseas.

 

We lost literally hundreds of our best scientists, and on top of that $4 billion worth of government scientific equipment stood idle when positions were not continued, and when the funding was restored, many areas still weren't delivering at previous levels, because of loss of staff. Literally thousands of top scientists have left Australia, in the past two years. My wife and I have been talking about how this will impact us, and whether she or both of us will have to move if the situation continues.

 

http://theconversati...overnment-38423

Well we are the 'clever country' I guess. :(

 

 

It happened before, in Howard's tenure as PM.  I was one of those so-called scientists/engineers who went elsewhere.  You know what?  I had a hell of a career overseas, one I wouldn't have had if I had stayed here.  At first, I felt conflicted about leaving Australia, the country I love, of pastures afar but eventually, I put it down to "you need to work" so....yeah.  The only thing I think about these days is that Australia was never the beneficiary of my work in any kind of way.

 

So, I come back years later and I see the same thing happening over again, brought on by, you've guessed it, the LNP.  Oh, I understand that the Government can't fund everything and that private enterprise has to do some of the lifting too.  However, Australia isn't that kind of place.  Here we are, LNP, bringing the same cost cutting policies and the same old rhetoric.  Labor aren't very good either but at least they understand, to a certain point, that you have to to invest in the future to get something from it.

 

Socially, we have become a "don't give a shit nation".  Hey, as long as it doesn't affect me, I don't give a shit, for example.  Typical example of that kind of thing is what people say about the metadata issue.  "Oh, if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about."  I mean, omg, do they have shit for brains?  Has Australia's IQ dropped sharply in the last 10 years or something?

 

Got side tracked there.  ANYWAY!!!   Its happened before, itll happen again. Don't for a moment think that the people around you care, because they don't.  Unless it hits them in the hip-pocket, no one cares. 




#1160181 how crap is this government ?

Posted by strifus on 04 September 2015 - 11:53 PM

http://www.abc.net.a...-crisis/6749344

 

Is it Irony ? or bad taste on my part for thinking it is ?

I mean the article talks about the New York Times distinctly saying the Aussie Gov. is inhumane.

I hope the NYT has the same approach to it's own USof A Gov.

 

Yes, eveln.  I did read that article and yes it does say that quite clearly, in fact.

 

What bothered me most was not what they said about PM Abbott but rather what they said about the detention centres Australia currently runs.  When did we become a society that would allow the things that happen in those centres knowingly?  Things that I wouldnt even wish on PM Abbott even if he was my enemy.  In my opinion, it is shameful for us, the general populace, to be associated with a man who parades that this kind of solution, lawful or not, is the way of the future as far as the international refugee problem is concerned, for the US, Europe and the rest of the developed nations around the world.




#1152305 It's over

Posted by strifus on 16 March 2015 - 05:34 PM

SS. So sorry to hear about your marriage.  To be honest, there isn't much I can say to you that will assuage the grief that you are going through right now, apart from "things will get better with time."

 

I have, myself, been through something similar.  She wasn't my wife, and we did plan our life out together but after 6 good years, as my de facto, she decided we had grown apart and just said she didn't want me in her life anymore.  If it were just that, I wouldn't have been so sad about.  As she was my de facto, she decided that she was due some percentage of my assets eventhough she played no part in earning them.  What was worse was that I helped her and her family through some difficult financial times without a thought, all they had to do was ask.  However, they co-luded to do this to me, as her father was her solicitor.  Etc etc.

 

I don't know how long it took.  For almost 2 years, I was in a self-destructive phase.  I didn't care what I did.  I even took up professional gambling for awhile and that seemed to give me the much needed diversion from all my problems.  I think, in all, it took me almost 10 years (ending circa 2009) to get over her.  The irony is that she confessed that deep down she still loved and cared about me.

 

Its hard mate.  As if life isn't hard enough as it is.  Thankfully, I have a great set of people around me now.  You may not want them when they appear but they are going to be your lifeline to a better future.  And can I say one thing more SS, stop beating yourself up about it.  Its hard to do but its going to keep you sane for the next little while.  I am here for you if you ever need an ear dude.  My prayers are with you sir.




#1144158 "...four-year jail sentence for trespass is too harsh..."

Posted by strifus on 10 November 2014 - 01:01 AM

Laws aimed to stifle dissent is almost always cloaked with concerns about safety and protection.

 

 

You know your law is a POS when you have to defend it with the phrase "If people don't break the law... then there's no risk of them being prosecuted."

 

That, in my mind, is the point in many people's minds these days.  They usually come up with the statement, "If you dont break the law, then you have nothing to worry about."  However, thats precisely why you should be worried to some of the changes that the governments are making, state and federally.  Just because it doesnt affect you at this time doesnt mean it will not affect you in the future.  

 

Bottom line is, our politicians are changing the laws under the guise of security and safefy, essentially for our own good (so they say).  However, if some could see just past their own noses, I think they can see whats coming with the passage of these new laws.