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Shit happens, but we can vote them out – a message of support to fellow Australians

For those of us who follow politics closely, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the despair of watching solutions, or at least progress, ignored in favour of political posturing.

But in reality, impatience more adequately describes our feelings than actual despair. Change is happening. We just want it to happen quicker.

There are times when we go backwards, our GHG emissions being one, and there will always be challenges to address, but overall, the world is a better place than it was, we know more, and our lives are infinitely better in most respects. Not all – but certainly most.

Life is an attitude. Stuff is going to go wrong. Sometimes you will make the wrong decision. Sometimes disaster strikes through no fault of your own. Sometimes, others let you down. And pain along the way is unavoidable.

Those are the times when you need support to help you find the resilience to get back up, dust yourself off, and start again.

My wonderful girlfriends have a saying – “shit happens, deal with it.” But dealing with it has involved loving support for each other, understanding and forgiveness, and teamwork when needed. It is a relationship built on honesty, trust and respect which allows criticism and welcomes advice.

We have to start electing people who understand this.

Our government is pretending it is a business but it picks favourites in how it rewards its shareholders. It is pretending to be our protector by exaggerating fear rather than offering reassurance. It is reacting to problems rather than anticipating and preventing them. It is using Treasury to bolster its political fortunes rather than address the needs of the people.

Any relationship that is built solely on money (with a solid dose of fear and manipulation thrown in for good measure) is not healthy and unlikely to last. If you only talk about the economy, you forget the people and the environment they live in.

So rather than despairing about this seemingly interminable regression in politics, we must support our fellow Australians to leave this abusive relationship.

And the really good part is, you just have to vote for people who care more about you than money.

Shit happens, but together we can vote them out.

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  1. David Bruce

    Excellent summary KL! Restoring HOPE is a very desirable goal too.

    When I look at our situation in Australia, I can’t help wondering how much Murdoch-Cheney-Rothschild have influenced or manipulated our politicians. These 3 musketeers own a company call Genie Oil and from what I have found, they are the force behind the removal of Assad in Syria, the dramas unfolding in Ukraine and the fortunes of governments in the western world. Macron, in France used to be a Rothschild banker, for example.

    So now I wonder when Labor gets the franchise for the Government of Australia, will they be forced to follow the same agenda, set by the 3 musketeers?

  2. Vikingduk

    Kronomex, is price a complete and utter dipstick; was it a typo; or am I lost — ” mine is approx 200 k east of the Great Barrier Reef “. Wouldn’t that put you in very deep ocean.

  3. Mark Needham

    We have to start electing people, who will work for Australia, not for me in particular, or for you either, but for the benefit of the Country.

    Where are the “electable people”?
    Mark Needham

  4. Shaun Newman

    Kaye, I am not IT literate so I can no longer “like” your posts, and I don’t know why however, I agree wholeheartedly with 99% of everything you write and my fantasy is that you would stand for the federal parliament yourself because you make more sense to me in every post than this evil government has made in the past 5 years. Please keep up the good work, and please consider putting yourself forward to oust these evil bastards

  5. Kaye Lee

    Mark Needham, point well made. There are plenty of people in greater need than me so I guess I meant caring about them rather than me.

    Shaun, I would like to help someone younger than me do that – but thanks for the support.

  6. paul walter

    Yes, that is a good cover pic.

  7. Phil

    time to “leave this abusive relationship” – yep Kaye, that’s a fine idea – so much of what Morrison and his muppets have to offer is abuse and I think a majority of Australians can see through this disingenuous and hypocritical lay preacher.

    Mark N asks “Where are the “electable people”?

    What’s not electable about the federal ALP?

  8. Kronomex

    Well, that at least is one bonus –

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/michael-kroger-resigns-as-liberal-party-president-in-victoria-20181130-p50jj8.html

    “It’s our pprreecciioouuss and we wants it…”

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/negotiations-over-encryption-legislation-break-down-20181130-p50jg8.html

    Here’s hoping that Labor doesn’t back because if they don’t all it goes to show on somethings is, to quote a friend of mine, there’s only a piece of papers difference between them and the LNP.

  9. terence mills

    Two things happened yesterday !

    School students took to the streets to draw attention to the impacts of climate change and our Conservative politicians belittled them.

    In far North Queensland where I live, spectacled flying foxes by the thousand were dropping from their daytime roosts, dying from heat stress as our temperatures soar to the high thirties and early forties https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/30/queensland-flying-fox-species-decimated-by-record-heatwave.
    These are creatures that are well calibrated to living and thriving in the tropics but changes in the ambient temperature can have a devastating impact on their environment and their survival.

    These two events are linked and we would all do well to pay attention to what is happening around us and what our children are telling us.

  10. Kaye Lee

    terence,

    And our quarterly GHG emissions went up by the highest amount since 2004.

    National emissions levels for the June quarter 2018 increased 1.3 per cent relative to the previous quarter.

    Australia’s emissions for the year to June 2018 were 2.4 per cent below emissions in 2000 (we are aiming for 5% by 2020)
    Which raises a question. Australia’s emissions for the year to March 2018 were 1.9 per cent below emissions in 2000 . They went up by 1.3 % but we are now supposedly 2,4% below 2000? How does that work?

    And once again the LULUC figures are unsupported by satellite images. Complete sets of processed satellite images are not yet available to support the calculation of emissions estimates for 2017 and 2018. Therefore, these preliminary estimates are subject to change and have a greater level of uncertainty than the other sectors in the national inventory

    http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/climate-science-data/greenhouse-gas-measurement/publications/quarterly-update-australias-national-greenhouse-gas-inventory-june-2018

    compare to

    http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/climate-science-data/greenhouse-gas-measurement/publications/quarterly-update-australias-national-greenhouse-gas-inventory-march-2018

  11. Hotspringer

    Shit doesn’t just happen, arseholes make it happen. Voting will not get rid of them.

  12. Ian Hughes

    Society must be served by the economy. Today, it is the other way around. Time for change!

  13. Josephus

    Labor in Queensland accepts global warming etc but is happy to approve Adani (and other coal mines), said their Premier in the same breath – ??? Just as schizoid and unthinking as Canavan’s lot it seems, at least in that respect.

  14. Mark Needham

    Kaye, I didn’t mean you. I think I was trying to sat ‘not for individuals’.
    I really can’t see a good man or woman on the horizon, unfortunately.

    But looking,
    Mark Needham

  15. Kaye Lee

    I understand Mark. There are a lot of good men and women out there doing great things for others with no fanfare. Politics at the moment tends to be for people who want to endlessly argue about stuff rather than achieving things.

  16. Matters Not

    Re the death of flying foxes (bats) from heat stress. Seems to be on the increase but there were many instances yearsago.

    even this heat was judged to be far exceeded in the latter end of the
    following February, when the north-west wind again set in, and blew with
    great violence for three days. …

    (heat) must, however, have been intense, from the effects it produced.

    An immense flight of bats, driven before the wind, covered all the trees around
    the settlement, whence they every moment dropped dead, or in a dying
    state, unable longer to endure the burning state of the atmosphere.’ Nor did
    the perroquettes, (parrots) though tropical birds, bear it better; the ground was
    strewed with them in the same condition as the bats.

    The year was 1793 in Sydney or thereabouts.

    http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit/pdf/p00044.pdf

    The account (though rather long) makes for a very interesting read about many aspects of life during what we sometimes call – the first settlement. A genuine primary source

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