Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Anyway, wasted enough time speculating on bad points, later.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
THE great American dream of going from rags to riches is more of a reality
in Australia, although we are less inclined to believe it, a new study has
found. . . "It is easier to move from rags to riches in Australia than it is in
the United States," Dr Leigh said. "Particularly for those who begin in poverty,
Australia offers a greater chance of rising up the income ladder."
-Sydney Morning Herald, Jessica Irvine, Economics Correspondent, January 19, 2008
Hm i wonder why. Or at least i would've not 7 days ago, but since discovering how anti-socialist America is, I'm inclined to just laugh at this article for the suggestion that the above would not be true.
Resources, i.e. funding, are not distributed equally among districts in America. The tax money from one area is spent only on that area's health, education and other infrastructure, which means its not unsuprising that it's harder to go from being poor to rich. There's no public health fund, all services are owned by some private sector (which is the way we are sadly going here in Asuralia). As an Australian moving more and more towards beign Labour minded i just stared at my mother in unbelief when she told me this. I guess maybe it's something to do with the Australian "Fair Go" slogan and my own ideas that the government should have control over public services and distribute tax money equally (giving everyone a fair go, i'm not a communist), but this just made me more indisposed towards Amercia as a country. Not the people, i like them as a whole, but the governing body.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
- Incessantly buzzing around my head
- Never ceasing to beat its tiny wings
- Slaters, flys, mosquitoes, cockroaches
- Exceeding my patience
- Cowardly it flees from my prescence
- Terrified it escapes my wrath
Find it at www.seek.com.au Your Future Starts Here. Dream it? Then be it!
Indeed, Rilla dear, it is a pity that he [Woodrow Wilson] has no one-Susan Baker, Rilla of Ingleside
near him to give him good advice, as it is clear he has not, in all those
Democrats and Republicans. I do not know the difference between them,
for the politics of the Yankees is a puzzle i cannot solve, study it as i may.
Three things about this quote.
Firstly, Susan in this book is like this the whole way and i find it quite amusing. Nice writing by L. M. Montgomery.
Secondly, the first half of this quote could be applied to many world leaders (not least of which would be the present leader of the country in question, above). I guess not even only leaders, a lot of people.
And thirdly, the second half of the quote was a hoot for me, sums up my thoughts on American politics, uh, exactly. I've said it since I watched west wing earlier this year, I've said it in a speech earlier this year, I've said it during this ridiculously drawn out, year long campaign that's presently occurring in the U.S. American politics is much too complicated. See, our official election campaign runs only for a month or less (I say official because, of course, all year they are bidding for the votes of the public), yet America has this process whereby the public chooses the candidates (state by state mind you - if you're going to insist on this method, at least let them all nominate at the same time!) and than votes again for the winner. Why not just vote once? Well it does give the newspapers something to talk about for more than a year i suppose.
And there, I've had my online rant for the day and it'll have to last me 11 days now, I'm going away!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
- Global Warming: A closer look at the numbers
- Global Warming is not due to man made cabron dioxide emissions
- Global Warming Petition Project
- The Global Warming Test
I bid you good day.
(TAKE THE TEST, IT CONTAINS USEFUL INFO!)
For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.-Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)
Friday, January 04, 2008
We can't ignore the blood just because it's a minority, can we Foreman?- Dr. House, House M.D
So is this to be my phase? Quoting things I've heard in the day and writing down my train of thought as a post? I think so! Anyway, i have just now thought how strange it is that everyone is trying for equality and no racism and yet, particularly in reference to equality here, we use terms like minority. Yeah, so minority sounds nice but why can't we just say . . . African Americans, etc etc, or am i just reading something into this that isn't there? Are groups we term minorities really minorities? Maybe that's what I'm really thinking. Are they not that much of a minority and yet we still apply this term to them, because deep down we harbour feelings of superiority to other races? Or is it not a result of unaddressed racism, but simply ignorance, in thinking only of that race in terms of their population in one country? whereas, maybe we should be thinking of global population. Then i think we wouldn't really have as many minorities, if we're thinking, Caucasian, African, Asian and large groups like that. Well, this is my new thing i think, pick a quote and see what i can make of it. That's my musings for today, have a nice weekend.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Pray for Kenya.
Pray for all troubled areas in the world.
But really pray for humanity - it's better than just grieving for it.
What is love? Is it a fancy or a feeling? Or a Ferras?
- Marianne Dashwood, sense and sensibility movie
Ahh Sense and Sensibility. Pride & Prejudice. North & South. Wuthering Heights. Persuasion. Jane Eyre. The movies and books alike are some of my favourites. and they are 'classics'
Where would the world be without classics? Moby Dick. It teaches us about obssession - or so I've heard. Oliver Twist. It's about a poor boy right? These are all Charles Dickens . . . well, Piano Man? Nice song, everyone knows it. Harry Potter? Sure to go down as one. James Bond. The thing about classics is, every knows the name, even if they don't know the tune or the story line - but mostly people do. This is just a train of thought but, why is it that there were so many classic books from the 19th century, but no so many after? And there's so many classic songs from 2, 3, 4 decades ago but i'm quite sure not so many will be made in my generation. And how cool would it be to go down as the author of a classic. For everyone to know your name or your works name . . .
And that's my thought for the day/week/fortnight/month/year (depending on my next update).
Have a nice day.