Year in Review

Two philosophies thread throughout my blogs. Firstly, I try to relate policy understandings derived from analysis of research, reading and listening, to what it means for people on the ground who are not as interested as I am, yet remain affected by policy decisions, often at cost to them. Being informed adds value to life.

Secondly, I aim to build respectfully on the foundation of those who went before us, taking forward what is best and letting go of things no longer relevant. Truth/facts and new knowledge are basic to this philosophy.

These two philosophies stand in contrast to the regressive trend to trash our past and freedoms so hard won, to pledge to new gods of climate change, COVID, gender, colonialism, race and socialism, in which emotion and moral superiority override facts, history and reason.

Like the pin in the pendulum, the blogs are intended as a point of wisdom, which may offend some, yet in time have proven prescient. Check them out and see.

Never Enough! | I Decide

How true has this predictive blog been about COVID and demands of Green’s climate catastrophism that sucker us, not only to loss of democracy but also loss of sovereignty to unaccountable global bureaucrats whose power is never enough. 

Making our Marx | I Decide

We are ever enriched by traditions, modified, not discarded.

Memorable philosophies were built on the gifted legacy foundation of knowledge to which they added greater insight pertinent to the particular era in which they lived.

Invariably, generativity and generosity of spirit pervades their philosophy. Like us, they made their mark seeking to leave the world a better place, richer in understanding.

Misery and poverty of workers, Marx believed, would be overcome by the destruction of capitalism and its wealthy owners. He failed to understand the capacity of both workers and management to change.

Vaccine for Peak Stupid | I Decide

Political advantage masking peak stupid!

That push for renewables was an impossible farce evident from the beginning. So it has proven peak stupid, based on emotions, failed forecasts, facts ignored and faith in the new gods seriously misplaced. Not to mention the opportunity costs of demolition of base load power, failure to allow construction of new power stations, disallowance of nuclear energy development, all contributing to the loss of manufacturing capability and production, weakening this country immeasurably for no benefit. Green lies have made us vulnerable.

Feeding the Crocodile | I Decide

To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last, but eat you he will”.

I know! I know! None of this has anything to do with us, puddling along in glorious oblivion, anxiously hoarding more toilet paper with every recurring lockdown. Yet each of us has been seriously affected by China’s conscious export to the world of COVID-19, with its accompanying illness, death and economy destroying consequences. Blaming Trump or Scomo is hardly a sensible response: the communist China crocodile has been fattening for decades. The crocodile is coming for us, not the cavalry. Each of us needs to step up and speak up before it is too late.

Don’t believe the Greens | I Decide

Green folly compounds in pursuit of the unsustainable, unaffordable, unattainable (100% renewables) in response to the unprovable (human induced global warming).

Lack of business nous is evident in the absence of a lifecycle business case for ‘renewables’, including mining, manufacture, transport, establishment and maintenance, disposal, subsidies and opportunity cost. Wouldn’t pass muster in a small business application to the local bank, but seems justification for a global scam. 

That’ll see me out | I Decide

In later years, control over what happens can decline rapidly, whether health, sight, hearing, mobility, bladder or teeth, limiting our ability to communicate with relevant others as freely or as confidently as usual. Keeping our memory and marbles are yet other challenges. Limited finances in later years with no further capacity to earn present constraints that override many other factors.

How to deal with illness, death and grief challenges our ability to experience deeply and to let go, taking hope in the spirit of those who we have influenced in life.

The Great Reset | I Decide

Ignoring the wisdom of old, The Great Reset aims to achieve a better outcome, says WEF, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a “Great Reset” of capitalism.

Schwab and other elites are more likely to give us rules than give up power.

The Social Dilemma | I Decide

This blog explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain through surveillance capitalism and data mining, how its design is meant to nurture an addiction for profit (as was cigarette smoking) and its use in politics.

Hidden machinations behind everyone’s favourite social media and search platforms are unveiled in the docudrama, showing that the technology that connects us also distracts us, monetizes, divides, controls, manipulates and polarises us. The promise of connectivity has given rise to a host of unintended consequences that threaten to overwhelm us unless we can address our broken information ecosystem that plagues humanity.

Skin in the Game | I Decide

Nassim Nicholas Taleb claims having skin in the game works better than thousands of laws and regulations to even out the risk/responsibility profile in community, business and government.  It is a simple rule that’s necessary for fairness and justice, and the ultimate BS-buster. Taleb’s reveals insights:

  • Minorities, not majorities run the world
  • You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot;
  • Beware of complicated solutions; and
  • True religion is commitment, not just faith

Mothers’ Day | I Decide

My own mother, born Nelly Dean, was one of a kind who thought outside the box, was smart, vibrant, athletic, witty and capable of clear insight into people and situations. She passed on behavioural traits as well as biological genes.

For mothers, love continues throughout the child’s life. Regardless of the number of children, the ups and downs of family relationships and rivalries, mothers never cease loving and wondering about the wellbeing of their offspring wherever they are in the world, as they stand willing to assist where ever they can. Hurts can be mended, reparation made and peace restored.

May 2022 be a memorable one for all of you, and for the right reasons.

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