The ABC

The ABC  is an indulgence we can no longer afford – Harry Stutchbury wrecks all his arguments (Opinion 19 June) when he uses as part of his arguments – Commonwealth Bank, Qantas, Telstra…add in posts and wires, The Powerhouse and all the other assets privatised supposedly in our favour.  Harry, surely you don’t really think that we the taxpayer gained from any government privatisation in these asset sales now or in the future…. or do you still believe in (the juvenile myth) fairies at the bottom of the garden?  Harry – grow up!

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Private vs Public schools – again

And just who is Steve Biddulph (SunHerald 10 June), author of Raising boys in the 21st century.
Is he a credible author; is he an “authority” on raising boys in the 21st century; who is he to broadbrush boys at the private school to which Biddulph’s “friends” sent their son Kieran as aggressive, affluent, entitled, unanchored, with much trash-talking about girls, sharing of gross pornography, boasting about sexual experiences real or imagined. All this implicitly suggesting that none of this occurred at Kieran’s previous school – a public school…while these privileged boys were like street corner thugs.
Come on Steve, get around, talk to more people than you apparently have and you will find that there are thugs in every area, not only in privileged schools and well mannered, decent boys also in every school..
It looks to me like the old green-eyed monster – envy and it rears its ugly head every so often in the Letters pages.

The swastika in Afghanistan

The swastika on the Australian vehicle in Afghanistan – crass, tasteless, insulting even. I was reminded of Prince Harry wearing a swastika on his arm some time ago with some of the same comments from the media but where is he now? A world hero, well loved – what happened – he grew up!

facebook – a communicator or not

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies – for lack of privacy on Facebook; for fake news on Facebook; and for all sorts of faults with his “baby” – Facebook,  but no-one has mentioned loss of communication. Users will tell you that they are users and keep in touch with friends and families but  – How do they keep in touch? How do they communicate ?  When he/she puts a picture of a just purchased car, say,  up for “you and 10+ others” to see – do you get a real feeling of inclusion and interest in the car; Can you question the where and how of the purchase; do you have any real conversation about where you intend to take this car, what you will look to see on your travels  Or do you just leave any questions to the “10 others”
And when the latest picture of the latest family member is posted can you discuss the colour eyes and who the child is like and where did the blue eyes come from, and how much it was at birth, and is it a good sleeper and what does he/she eat? No – there is a post of the child and that’s it – no communication.
But wait – there’s room for “comments” and have you looked at those comments?  Six words often the same or similar to one of the 10 others, banal, and that’s it.  No conversation, no extra just “he’s gorgeous”, or “lucky you”. With Facebook “communications” there is no inter-personal talk.
Have you ever had an in-depth discussion on any subject whatsoever with anyone on Facebook?  How could you with any number of “others” sitting in the background, posting comments of six words all very much the same.  And besides  would you want to have every one of the “others” reading and criticising.
I don’t say that you should sit down and write a letter in copperplate by hand but surely a phone call or email can communicate better than a picture plus “comment”. When people defend Facebook to me as a means of knowing what their family members are up to… I think “what a cop out” – ring your family; drop a line by email with no-one reading every little bit of sentiment you want to include.  And if you want to have a discussion – again, ring the person, write your email or better still, go and see them…that’s communication. I really think that if you waned to communicate with someone who may be interesting/important to you you would contact him/her, which means obviously that you are not really interested in “communicating” …you are fulfilling a social need to contact/cross the person off your list of contacts – not really communicating.
And I think we can blame Facebook for this lack of communication between family/friends these days…somehing we will regret in the future if not already.

For how long do the politicians pay

If Bill Shorten can be held accountable for pre-Parliament Union matters (he entered Parliament 2007) can the same apply to Malcolm for the disasters of the banking system, where he was a luminary (he entered Parliament 2004).  And while we are at it – how about the problems of the NAB now that Mike Baird is a senior Executive?
Just a thought – was this why the PM did not want to have a Royal Commission?

Pauline – for once right

I wouldn’t vote for Pauline Hanson in a “month of Sundays” (old expression) but in one quote I do agree with her:  Why is the taxpayer paying for the Royal Commission into Banks and Financial Establishments?  Why aren’t they – the Banks and Financial sector – paying for the Royal Commission?  And if they can be made to pay it could give a lead for future Royal Commissions.

BRUMBIES

Regarding a Recent Letter to the Editor SMH – from Elizabeth Stone’s letter 22 May, (Truth about brumbies) I would like information from scientists about the value of hard-hooved animals in the Snowy Mountains.
Reading about the evolution of North America (Tim Flannery) mention was made of the annual migration of hard-hooved (buffalo) animals across the plains of North America and the resultant breaking up of the soil. This break-up in turn was “manured” by the millions of buffalo crossing and consequently North America has a much better top soil than we in Australia where our animals have been soft-hooved.
Does this theory stand up with today’s scientists? Perhaps this could influence the keeping or otherwise of brumbies in the Snowy Mountain National Park. Discuss???