Archive | November, 2015

Coping with life.

22 Nov

We all have different ways of coping. For me I cope by turning to God and relying on him. Its got me thinking that everyone cope in different ways. We are all trying to cope with life and have different ways of dealing with it. As I said my way is to rely on God. But I think that other people turn to different means to cope.

To me its all about minimising uncertainty and risk. we each seek to minimise risk and uncertainty. I would say that there are positive and destructive ways to do it. So  some turn to drugs and Alcohol. Some turn to alternate lifestyles . Some like my self turn to religion. Or some  turn to Nihilism. but each are just seeking a way to minimise uncertainty

I wont judge you for the way you try to minimize uncertainty.  You may not understand why I turn to God to minimise uncertainty.  but it is the same reason that you turn to your mechanism to cope with uncertainty.


Thinking about Mum

15 Nov

Its almost a year now since my mum passed away. I have a firm belief that i will see her again in the next life. but there are still times when i find my self about to call her to tell her about some funny thing the kids have done or some achievement they have done.

I went and visited her grave the last time that I was in Brisbane. I thought that might be able to connect to her presence  or something. but shes not there. . I guess if i was was a spirit i wouldn’t be hanging around my own grave,

My Mum wanted grand kids so she was always  trying to fix me up with different young women that she knew. when she was at work she’d call home around 7 every night.  one night just after id come home from my mission. she called .  shortly after the call started he called over to one of her young workmates . Your looking for a boyfriend my son needs a girlfriend. talk to him. so she put me on the phone to this total stranger. We talked about going to see a movie together but nothing ever eventuated from it.
She also set me up with my wife. encouraging me to talk to this new girl at church. It didnt work out exactly as she had planned as she didnt at the time realise what type of person my wife was. We were able to have a laugh about it in the month before she died.

I need to try and remember more of the time that i had with my mum and write them down for my kids so they can know what there grandma was like.

Gliosis, Glioma and spinal compression Fractures

12 Nov

After visiting my neurologist and psychologist i finally have a name and some understanding of what is happen with me. The Neurololgisst found 4 glioma’s in my brain. From what I understand of there description my type of Gliomas are and encapsulated infection in my brain. I’ve probably had then since i was a kid. Each Glioma is different just because this is how mine are doesn’t mean that some one else with them will have them behave in the same way.
I have 4 they are located on the corona radiata. which are connections to the different sections of the brain.
I is in the verbal/motor section of the brain which explains why i”ve always been so clumsy

the 2nd one is in the the temporal lobe. explains why i have always seemed to have a different view of reality.

the 3rd one is in my memory section of the brain. which explains why since the last flare up i’ve been having memory lapses.

the 4th one i cant remember the particular area that it is in.

Explaining Neo Chartalism

2 Nov

People like to think that the world around them is rational, logical and intuitive, so they create narratives for themselves to make sense of things. Because money/economics is something that mystifies people, they create a narrative in order to make it seem more comprehensible to themselves.

(In Fiona’s opinion, people don’t create a narrative – they just make an assumption: They understand household budgeting and they assume that a national economy works the same way.)

What are the narratives that people use to make sense of money/economics?

1. The national economy is like a household economy.
2. The pocket-money narrative – Your kids do work for you, so you pay them pocket-money. They use this money to fund what they want to buy. People pay taxes to the Government, and they consider this as paying “pockety money” to the Government, that the government can then use to buy things.

State government economies DO work according to the household economy and pocket-money narratives, however, some national governments don’t have to work from these principles. National governments whose economies do not work like a house-hold budget are called “Sovreign Currency Nations”. Australia is one of these. Since we switched from the British pound to the Australian dollar… at first we were a modified Soverign Currency Nation, and then, while Bob Hawke was PM, Australia became a completely SCN.

THis is where it gets complex…

As a SCN, there are three sectors in the Australian economy:
1. Public sector – national (& state) governments
2. Private sector – banks, companies, firms, small businesses and households
3. Foregin sector – the rest of the world

All three sectors are interlinked.

Imagine a triangle… the Public sector sits at the top and controls the “money tap”. They can turn it on and off. How money gets into the triangle is through government spending.

Since Bob Hawke committed us to be a total SCN, the spending of the Australian government has not been constrained by tax revenue. A SCN has the power to spend money that does not exist. With the setting up of the Treasury and the RBA,

* The Treasury is about assets –
* The RBA (The Reserve Bank of Australia) is about liabilities – Glen Stephens, the head of the RBA was asked in a Senate Inquiry, “What happens to our taxes?” He replied, “People think there is a big account at the RBA where all the taxes are collected. This is incorrect. Once you show that you have paid your taxes, your liability to state is zeroed. No money lies in the RBA account as a result of us paying taxes.

Allan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve in the USA (equivalent to Australia’s RBA), has said the same thing. (source link).

Because banks don’t like liabilities, with the money they have “borrowed” from the RBA, they buy “bonds” from the Treasury, which are interest-earning assets. They use the interest they earn from the bonds to pay back the liabilities they owe to the RBA. This arrangement of having a private banks set up as a middle-man between the RBA and the Treasury was invented in the 1800s (?) so that the government couldn’t just go to the Treasury and get money…. Why did they want to do that? (This occurred when taxes WERE used to fund things.) Taxes, however, are no longer used to fund things. This set up of having Central bank – private banks – Treasury is a residue of the old national economic system.
* Taxes drain excess money from the private sector. This results in a stabilisation of inflation.

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