lockdowned savings

THE MONEY SIDE OF the LOCKDOWN AT HOME

A lockdown- to tap the infection rate down to a low and wide bell curve rather than a spiking fkn rush off to the ER, cos of the fechin CorVid19, forced to forage only essentially, so; Money saving. (or even and/or time saving for- whoa, different list)

1 no laundry-  no visitors or getting out,  wear a onezie just in case- bin night etc
2 washing clothes, none, see 1,
3 laundering small pile under clothes, but really, who cares? see 1
3 showers, save on water, who cares, see 1
4 ironing, none, see 1
5 clean out clothes not wanted
6 food/cookin, just brekky and a simple cookup for dinner/tea, no eating out, see 1
7 vehicles and fuel, low mileage, see 1
8 early nights, no lights, just the laptop/tablet/smartphone
9 shampoo shaving shoeshine soap etc see 1
10 toilet paper, none left at the shops
11 handsanitiser, see 10
12 alcohol, for some, see 1

Costs

1 laundry practically nil
2 dressing gowns, different one each week?
3 power for computer and internet, see 8 above
4 internet data, see above
5 bloody garden and lawn, has to look like you care on the outside
6 Uber Eats of course
7 health
8 humour, when the fech is this over
9 TV, netflecks etc
10 hotwater- hand wash, handwash, handwash
11 alcohol, see 1 above

 

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Becoming alert, a regurg’ from the past

This is how distracted I had been in 2017

Just tidying up the archive- and going through the DRAFT folder- looks like I repeat myself a lot, sorry- that’s life ay? rants, Jones’d, Marvined, the last few years have been Ups and Downs and WTF’s. the next few months, because of CorVid19, will be more than interesting indeed.

2017, what is it going to be?

I am reading into all news reports (if they are News) with a frightening level of alarm, skepticism, cynicism and outright shock.

Why?

Well… Let’s just say that my trust in elders and or peers (but am I becoming one too?) is being eroded by the choices (not that mine lately have (all) been good ones) made by others in leaders that are, to me, far off echoes of ‘Look at Me! I Am The Best Ever! You will be looked after (or else!)’ Sort of. Not just local shires, counties or regions, but to countries or even hemispheres.

I reckon the fearless leaders (why is that- are there are more copycats to replace them easily) are just that. A puppet on the face of it really. There must be committees behind the voices  made up of faceless (usually and powerful enough) people to control goings on so that at least they can either live peaceably, or not.

The money Must Roll in. I can see that, but the cost I think in the end is what dystopian (?) writers fear, loss of the collective individuals to a machine life supporting the better “have it all’s”.

If some societies that are led where all are equal but some are more equal have dachas or golfcourses and full markets actually  are real, and those that are judged to be re-educated in a colder or eviler place probably don’t come back,

 

 

 

revisit june 2017

Imposter? Nil positive reactions to cover letters or resumes/CVs since February 2016
shelved? see above
backburner, as above
anxious, savings gone into surviving without oifield input, see above
ignored, most likely, that’s not good, on the work front, socially and just generally
MS, on a tight leash

High lights of the year so far has been

crewing once on a little old wooden yacht, “Irene” a little bit around SE Tassy for my bro and dad for a week, and invitation to do it again, only back to Geelong across Bass Strait

 

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Linking. Wants and Needs. An old rant.

Another old draft, 2011, revisited

Going over draft box- thinking some deserve a new life- but as mentiond “prior-ly ” probably repeating myself. This one is from 2011.
Currently CorVid19 sweeps on and hopefully cleans the pond of benthonic lifesucking swamp life over the other side of the pacific pond.

Anyways- edited a little bit, thoughts are the same, life is different- new toys and still single(! wonder why) and churning through some vids from the yanks that are not red or blue, just savage at ‘the administration’ (joke- they cannot unless they can make a buck).

What Do We Need Really

Basic needs- food, shelter.

Then company. Maybe a lavatory and walk-in wardrobe too?

Then protection of company, and progeny. From Greed. Competition.

Greed could simply be “If they have what I want, and I am too lazy to produce it myself, I will just take it of Them”.  Or, make them share what they have, whether excess to their requirements, or not. Must be where bullying comes from too?

Is Laziness another Mother of Invention Too! Or FATHER? Hmm.

Power over supply of goods and services

Watching a television show “The Tudors”, I am led to suspect that manipulation is also a need. A need to have it all, now. And if you don’t like that, off with your head.

The power that some people have is surely only because of a supportive committee of that manipulative person? People?

The saying “Lining their own purse” is a good one.

“I need to have the track going past my place/palace improved to make it easy for market day access”, and the local lord/baron/councilor has access made better “because people further down the road need better access too…” Really? A smart argument, but the improvement peters out past the boundary fence.

Committee- power and needs.

Russia had a system where everyone was equal, as long as they knew their place, like in a dacha or a gulag… I am not sure they still have it. News reports say they may do.

I once read that Disneyland had line ups where you could wait for hours for novelty rides . [Analog SF & Fact. mid 80’s]
Waiting In Line.
For a fun ride.
And they still line up, personal knowledge- a relative.
Like Cold War food lines behind the Iron Curtain?  Or maybe Africa and Asia now?

Wants and needs, and the committee power. Or the power of the committee.

Western [type] countries have excess food to requirement that is destroyed and/or left to rot. They do not need it or sell it? The needy cannot not pay for the excess, as required, by custom.

oh. Really?

Nice one, leaders. Not.

And then the progress of industrilisation, and employment. And lines again.

Tax, Employment and Inflation

Wants.

The government here in The Land  Bigger Than Texas and Too Much Of Everything is crying poor!

Why I wonder? Where, why, how, when or what has Greed done now? Floods and cyclones? The GFC?

Large polluters will not stop polluting and they cannot tax it?Or legislate to fix that particular problem? Big miners seem to need to avoid taxes so not to benefit all from the collective buried wealth? Too many immigrants? Too many skilled people paying tax? Full employment and a full treasury? What the?

The unemployment number is falling. Maybe.

So the only ones not working are carers of children, the sick, the elderly, those that don’t need to, criminals, and the unemployable. They want to live well too.

Linking basic needs and wants

My understanding of ECONOMICS is…basic.

I do for you, and you do for me.

Do is the changeable word here.

That word can be anything; help, pay, fix, care, dig, bleed, want, swap.

With these too: can, will, must. And: please, do it, would.

Linking work and cost.

How about this idea?

If employment rate is close to 100%, inflation rates accelerate. Is it an old idea?

I was trying to talk about this last night to a friend. I have spent a little time pondering on it after reading about linking them years ago.

  •  IF                there is FULL employment, that
  • MEANS       PRODUCTION and CONSUMPTION is high and
  • THEN          the competition for staff is tougher, and the
  • WANT         by employers for personnel is high
  • THEN          employer pays more for [even mediocre] successful applicants which
  • MEANS       new job conditions desirable enough for applicants to leave a  job
  • AND            PRICES go UP to cope with the wage increase….

Scale that up over the country……

Whoops!

Inflation.

But if there is full employment then more taxes in the treasury!

You would think that commerce and labour would try to use a barter system really.

Cut out a lot of middle men.

So what we want

Needs: shelter, food and water, clothing, safe environment, protection.

Wants: Buggati Veyron. Tasty food, warmth or coolness on tap, dry and quiet places, health and healthy kids, no troubles, plenty of things to share and enjoy.

Bills, Utilities, Employment

Starting at the letter box.

My last few utility bills are larger than the same time last year. Is it Inflation? Why are they so much bigger than when we first moved in, aside from a few more lamps and computers… My cynical thoughts are leading me astray…

Is it the old Microsoft FUD tactic? Fear, uncertainty and doubt about the supposedly good for us Carbon Taxes looming over the utility companies and the cost to be passed down to the consumer?

People and time

Advancing technology, or progress, is arguably about reducing the effort to produce anything either by time or cost.

Once we had progress and technology under control, then leisure time was granted.

You could make as many spears and axes and fire starters as you wanted and maybe swap them for food from other hunters and farmers. Then they went out to grab some tucker with the weapons and or dug up some food from the field.

Then you might sit around, for a feast for example, and think about the next bright idea while food was prepared by others so inclined.

Last century, in this country, the government was a sole provider of power, gas, telephony, mass transport and the post. With advancing technology reducing the amount of people needed to provide these services, there were layoff or retrenchments in some areas of these utilities. The post seems to be still pretty important and not busted up…

The Employment Problem was solved IMHO

Publicly owned utilities are espoused sometimes as advanced time wasting machines, with gold plated toilet seats for the higher mandarins et cetera, and too many non-essential people wandering around pretending to work or flying a useless desk job supervising those slackers…

I think some smarty pants in

  • commerce or the
  • public service or a
  • political party or a
  • professor,

thought that with all this free time available to the numerous unemployed doing apparently doing nothing now, due to technology and progress laying them off, the taxpayer starting getting cross about supporting those poor bastards, then how about this idea:

Sell or split the government owned monopoly utilities to the highest bidder, and let the private sector CREATE  “competition” to soak up the unwashed masses?

Brilliant.  By passing the utilities over to the private sector… Hmm, wow, competetion drives down prices… and soaks up the dole queues! Call centers, secretaries, door to door sales people. Increases the tax intake at the same time…

2020, bwahahaha, after reading scifi for far too long, it is frightening how real life exceeds our imagination. Take care in the trump-o-zombic apocalypse over there!

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After Life

Another draft article, from 2012

Ye old draft folder- shows what I was thinking, just like “cleaning windows”, doing a job, getting to dislike the delivery job, still had a few prodigals to bring up, now branged up and lookin’ after ’emselves sincee 2019. That’s been a proud achievement or five. Edited again.

After Life

Is religion an aspect of what [ in ancient times?] survivors create[d] after a death in the family circle or acquaintances after life had changed? So they could cope with the loss?

After Tarn’s death, I knew I would never be seeing her again.
Couldn’t. I knew it. Simple and plain.
There was no feeling or question of ever meeting her after I die either.

“My fate was sealed”, I was alive and had kids to care for.
Tarn was physically gone from the living, not like a breakup and divorce where there is the possibility of the planned and unplanned meetings, a sight across the street and all that.

However, I nearly always think of what her opinion would be on things that crop up.
It does not sustain me, but certainly helps to centre some of my thoughts.
A bitter sweet reminder of her sometimes outlandish ideas or plain straight out good old common sense.

I think that smart operators prey on the wishes of people in grief.
And build cults out of that great feeling of loss and the wishes of the grieved.

I have been told that the small collection of her images in one room at home here is somewhat like a shrine… (at the time Idid not like that comment- but it made me think- and I did not change anything)
And if there were none?
Or was it a shot at me to Move On 
(PS I did, I dropped that association, heartbreaking for all as it was- but with 20/20 vision, still unsure- other peoples opinions counted a lot back then)

 

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