Finding the time.

This week’s been busy.

Accounting and economics studies and all the fun stuff that comes with that as well.

Last Friday included a call up from a local labor hire company that I sometimes work for with a job offer, for a project out at Chillagoe. It seems that the resource sector in FNQ has found its feet, even in a minor way and started to make its presence felt.

That’ll increase the time limits on my study plans.

Then there’s been my brothers’ business development, that I have been marginally involved with. And as it has worked out, my involvement may go as far as a signed but not necessary non-disclosure agreement.

As I’ve stated a while ago, I want exposure to the wine industry and there’s currently an opportunity here locally. I haven’t made any enquiries on the business but it’s an opportunity all the same.

The saying goes, success is an intersection between opportunity and preparedness. And I’ve been caught flat-footed with this one.

It’s times like this I regret not taking full advantage of my down time. It’s hard but all the same when opportunities present themselves to you and you’re not ready it’s a bit of a wake up call.

If I’d saved the money. Completed those WSET courses, etc.

That’s a factor of human nature and something we take into account with economics, as I’m learning.

Time equals money, as the saying goes and once again, the regret sets in as a form of punishment for not being aggressive enough to have the faith in my efforts and fight forward and be prepared for those opportunities.

FM bad habits.

The weekend just gone.

Due to my recent redundancy, from there project work I usually perform as a tradesman, I had the opportunity to visit Brisbane and be a part of the only unhindered screening of Cassie Jaye’s Red Pill documentary in Australia so far.

For all of you that haven’t had the opportunity to view this one, I’m going to offer my unqualified recommendation.

It is thought provoking, revealing of both sides of the debate, as much as the selected groups had their edited opportunity to speak and in my opinion it offers an opening, with our common cultures, into this scene that the average punter may not not usually get to find.

I would like to view the documentary a couple of times over in order to offer a more thorough review but as this is something that is happening all over the world at the moment, I think we can hold off for a wee while and get back to it at a later date.

That said, I believe that would be a worth while analysis even if it is after the fact.

I’m going to wait until I have the the chance to see this effort again before discerning its influence and defining and critiquing its arguments until a later date but I’ll leave with offering my sentiments about this film.

If you have the chance to view this movie, do it.

If there are protests around the viewing of this film, where you have the opportunity to see it, brave that snot and go along and get amongst it, the opposition will only make it more worthwhile.

The Q&A session we were offered after the viewing, with Tom Golden and Paul Elam added another dimension to the discussion and rounded out the effort of the group, Men’s Rights Brisbane, who organised this effort successfully and it served its purpose well.

This Q&A session is available here.

It’s late here and I would like to add more but for the time being I think this enough. The effort that Cassie has put into this film and her supporters will go on to develop the cultural situation between the genders and offer all of us the basis to develop our position a better grounding of our understanding of this factor in our civilisation.

Dave and the pension concern trolls.

This one seems to be a little hard for some to get their head around but Ol Dave does his best…

Points of note,
For all the meme reposters et al-the aged pension has NEVER been a LEGAL entitlement in Australia for all taxpayers. Since 1909 it’s been means tested but all the same, go ahead and elect politicians that support that view if that’s what you want but please consider the cost. It could be a good one but it’s your democratic right. Although I’m not keen as a taxpayer, for funding a million dollar asset owner pensioners.
And also consider the fact that all these sorts that believe they’re entitled to a pension have voted for a political scene that has pissed away all their taxpayer deposits and now believe magically that the money will reappear from, I don’t know “thafuq” where (probably from foreign borrowing like all the other money we import) that all this finance has to come from somewhere.

Holes and home loans will only go so far and then what?

The whole reaction to what DL is getting at is so asinine that I’m left wondering if we’ve (collectively) read the laws and history of this part of the planet we live on. I’m all for supporting those who have supported this nation we live in but we have to be honest about how we have set ourselves up here and this reaction to what David Leyonhjelm is talking about leaves us looking a little naive.

The answer is, I’d assume from my limited understanding, a strong economy that protects people’s investments in it, not in a government that takes and spends without proper controls.

And also considering as a part of that equation, our propensity to borrow and spend as well as part of the scenario but….there’s that rabbit hole (reference Steve Keen, Minsky, Fischer, debt deflation we’re worried about but won’t actively acknowledge, etc)

We don’t belong to the government (they’re just a collection of fallible humans like the rest of us, not idealistic Gods, which we think should be of a greater standard than all the other humans on this planet-go figure). They are not there to hand feed us. The economy belongs to the people, not the politicians and their associates.

We need to understand that mistakes have been made on all levels and it’s gonna hurt a lot of us to rectify this situation but a big part of this is going to be accepting this factor and getting on with sorting it all out. There’s probably no way out of this without writing off a lot of debt as unrecoverable.

And also private debt to GDP is now around 210%. Have fun with that not so little fuck up.

Get educated. Get angry. Get responsible.

A new set of boots.

For a few years now I’ve begun to develop an interest in wine making.

The construction game for me has been a lucrative personal venture and will always be a part of my memories but it keeps me away from home on a continuing basis.

That bit ain’t fun at all.

At the end of the last year, the M.R.S and I travelled over to N.Z. It was there I had my first chance to visit some of the wineries that part of the world is famous for and sample some of the wares.

I’ve been weighing up the idea of a career change, starting a business of my own and developing another skill set along the way for some time now.

It’s only a dream at this stage but it’s one I’m feeling that’d be worth the challenge. Now, I ain’t to romantic about it all. It takes a good decade to develop a brand and that’s if it’s all fair sailing for the start point.

It’s bloody expensive too, I hear. We had the chance to stay (via AirBnB) at the home of a previous mangers of a winery, in Queenstown while we were there. Their advice was the money would’ve been better in the bank.

Seasonal agribusiness I’d like that. You have to maintain employees even in the down season when production isn’t happening, so in told.

Lesson 1.

But I ain’t getting any younger and if there’s anytime to get serious about your aspirations- now’s about the time to get real.

This construction project I’m on is about to close out. Maybe it’s time to start costing it all up and work on some industry experience to get it all going.

More to follow.