I only write this because I’m watching the debates about the healthcare bill being put forward by Trump in the US. In Australia we only use health insurance for extras and to reduce waiting times and maybe choose doctors and hospitals. If you have lots of money you can get first class hospitals and healthcare but health is regarded as a fundamental right of any living individual. It is much the same system in other western countries. The US should remove the concept of insurance from health and tax more to provide health as a basic right. Focus on life rather than money.
I should mention that the tax system in Australia is graduated depending on how much you earn. It gradually goes up as you earn more money, the top rate for earnings over $100,000 is 49%. If you earn below $18,000 it’s zero tax, say 30% on earnings between $30,000 and $50,000 and 40% on earnings between $50,000 to $70,000 etc. In Australia the individual tax rate is up to 49%, in the US it’s 39%. These are all estimate tax rates but it’s graduated and quite a fair system in Australia which also has unemployment benefits if your out of work. And the pension if your too old to work but still need money for food etc all covered by the tax system. The country hopes to provide for all people in need but then again there is also Superannuation which is deducted from your income, partly for retirement. Citizens should financially care for the poor and in Australia they try to.
There are several news stories about fake news of late, just saw one on CNN, oops it was BBC, this is fake. They talk of technology companies like Google, Facebook, Wikipedia among others providing fake news. All these sites merely provide opinions not fact, people choose to say something on them. Perhaps they should use a different colour font to discriminate between opinion and fact. Clearly just because you read something in print it doesn’t become fact! Perhaps a consequence of Trump there is all this worry about human interaction with the world, I don’t just believe everything I read otherwise I’d have to thank Tolkien. Perhaps these internet companies should discriminate between opinion and fact. When they talk of fact like the distance between earth and mars perhaps use blue font. Maybe we all need to be more discerning in the modern world, we need our leaders to be truthful, Trump? This is merely opinion not fake news. I’m sure there are some sites that claim to be a news websites that are steeped in opinion, discern…
Alternative facts are not a genre of facts like alternative music. A victim of the US election has been fact, the truth. Indeed media has reported facts that have been challenged by Trump. A hallmark of western democracy is independent media. In some countries media is controlled, Russia and China come to mind. CNN now says people should Google it to check facts for themselves. The White House press secretary clearly lied when he said that Trump’s inauguration was attended by the most people ever. Obama’s inauguration in 2009 was attended by more people by some estimates. The figure for Trump was around 550,000 and Obama 1.1 million. A Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said the press secretary’s statements were ‘alternative facts’, a new type of fact, perhaps ‘false facts’ would be more accurate. Google it, so much for freedom of the press… better for a US president to be an ex actor like Ronald Reagan rather than an ex reality TV star like Trump… not to mention Trump is a billionaire which is a very different world from the average person…
The US government itself sounds more like Nazi Germany than the media Donald. Indeed you are transforming US politics into a dictatorship. You are acting like a dictator by trying to control the media as you say the Nazi’s did, and Russia, China today. So much for the 1st amendment and freedom of speech. Let’s start World War 3 then, you just need to tell me who and what to fight for. Perhaps there will be no need for soldiers anymore and we will just use the atomic bomb.
Constitution Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
At last the US election is over, it’s time to return to the main point for this blog. Trying to put a positive spin on the outcome of the US election I think it’s BREXIT all over again, an expression of the general dismay with politics today. And why not, we have in the past devised other systems for living, perhaps we will move away from politics. For humans in the past there was anarchy, religion, monarchy, now democracy, what’s next, environmentalism? I think we should start to focus on nature. Indeed our hand will soon be turned by global warming and the destruction of our planet. Anyway perhaps through Trump we can acquire new eyes through which to perceive the world as we become dismayed by his actions. Hillary won the popular vote, but your vote can count for more because of the college voting system, not 1 person 1 vote… A while after writing this post I discovered this video about anarchy.
Dear fellow coma victims, I have come to the conclusion that time is the only thing of benefit to us. When I say here on this site my walking slowly improves I think it has only been getting better through repetition, movement, and there is no silver bullet to repair us. Like a child my brain must develop new pathways, so I am walking like a four year old.
To throw my hat in the ring vote Hillary if your a US citizen and have a vote. Watching international news the world is troubled by the prospect of Trump becoming president. Recently watching BBC, foreign affairs ministers from several European countries expressed deep concerns about a Trump presidency. Beyond many countries expressing concern how could the US vote in an unintelligent billionaire? In a time of globalisation he wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out, Germany demolished their wall years ago. And what of the most important issue facing all of humanity including America right now, global warming? He doesn’t even believe in it. Actually it’s an endless list of concerns with him, at present when humanity was about to evolve through technology and communications he aspires to separation, he himself is deplorable. Trump represents primitive man by my reckoning. It would take the entire world backwards, as did the UK’s split from the EU, brexit. I think there is something similar between these two events, his rise as a candidate and the UK split from Europe, perhaps humans are devolving. It is amusing that a US election has descended to an American sitcom, with a character that does strange things. Trump abuses people generally, women, service men, grabs women by their private parts, hates muslims, wants to prevent immigration to the US. I guess Americans love sitcoms. Is it ‘celebrity apprentice’? Ah that’s right, America needed an ex tv star to run for president. And why the president can only serve 2 terms I don’t know…
The U.S election has finally arrived at something meaningful for mankind, the battle between the sexes. Indeed binary logic is a fundamental part of our consciousness. Up versus down, left versus right, good versus evil, man versus woman. I suspect even Neanderthal man would understand Trump’s binary logic. Of course I should have said ‘womankind’ and spoken of Jane rather than Neanderthal man. And I chose an asian woman for the pic on this post!
The U.S election is disturbing. I just watched the 2nd presidential debate and was appalled by Trump, he never answers a question directly. If they could just answer the question instead of immediately attacking their opponent we might be able to understand their thoughts and suitability. The election has become an attacking match rather than a debate about U.S policies, a discussion of the issues facing the country. We should be focussing on global warming, the care of ALL humans despite gender or race, and the exploration of space to find another home before we destroy this planet. We need time for the last one. Humans are actually quite an intelligent species when our thoughts aren’t hijacked by people like Trump. Why that election isn’t focussing on the survival of the species because of global warming and war leaves me incredibly disappointed. Watching the CNN news about Brexit it seems to me that the EU is approaching the necessity of globalisation. As they said, through technology the world has changed. To provide for all people on the planet our economy and trading must evolve to account for this new reality. Indeed as the German minister said we should globalise our economic policies. Schäuble was correct when he said there is a lack of trust with the political elite. There are many examples of that distrust, Brexit is one along with Trump.
Dear fellow Australians, please consider the FLUX party in the federal election this week. They really are very modern using technology to return the decision making process to the people. A truly democratic party… link
Well England decided today to leave the EU. Perhaps it is time again to go local. Human beings exist in physical bodies, that is the first separation, then perhaps we can talk of countries. I think we have been changed by technology, the Internet, aeroplanes, cities, etc, and have become global. Scotland chose the EU though, maybe they will still leave Great Britain. Indeed there are many attitudes towards how humanity should progress, individually or collectively. I think we have evolved and should take the collective route. The world is a smaller place today… Humans always fancy change and why not, let’s leave the EU, bring on global warming… Let’s meet at the ‘local’ for a beer, an Australianism, let’s leave ASEAN… Through technology politics is becoming so interactive nowadays, the news always comments on public opinion in Facebook or Twitter… always polling for public opinion. Perhaps politics is becoming more interactive through technology.
It will be a complete joke if the citizens of the US vote for a multi billionaire to become president, Trump. Symbolic of a culture in decay. Political ideas are not so important, you need millions and millions, billions, of dollars to represent a culture so focussed on money. Maybe he can buy the presidency. Apparently he will become the leader of the free world. He certainly wouldn’t if all humanity from the free world voted. We have descended to a new low, our evolution appears to be out of the question. And I thought we were getting close to evolving through science, technology and philosophy, becoming more interested in life and less focussed on money. True enough life is more interesting than politics. Sanders at least mentions the most important thing facing humanity right now, climate change, which I think is having an impact now, it will become devastating soon enough. He would help the free world.
CNN is mostly reporting the American election race, apparently there is nothing else happening in the world, an interesting discussion though. Watching the lead up to the American election I thought that the time has come for the two party system. Elected people should just express the thoughts and values of the people they represent rather than become partisan, Republican or Democrat. In Australia the parties are Liberal or Labour, which imposes the party’s own thoughts and values. It is time for our politics to evolve like our civilisation has. The current system was firmly established over 100 years ago, we have changed in that time. Before politics the system was monarchical, before that religious. Today a President should be able to choose from any elected person for ministerial positions and not just the party, democrat or republican, but the elected person most suitable. The system presently leads to oppositional politics, opposing views. Politics is merely a human interpretation of reality that attempts to fix reality to the collective interpretation with ideas about war, terrorism, health, education, the economy, assistance etc etc… A human system of control for humans. But it’s quite good to achieve things collectively because they couldn’t happen otherwise. Indeed politics was necessary but today we can develop a more aligned system as we have changed fundamentally through technology, communications and the Internet. Our reality has changed and politics should change with it. Politics is merely an expression of the collective will. Maybe we should move away from electing people and vote on ideas, like war, terrorism, support, education, health, etc etc. Vote broadly and philosophically, not for every piece of legislation, just what your skills and interests suggest. Technology can provide for that today, the internet could do it we would just need verification of identity, bank websites do that. It is our collective money, and so it should be our collective decision in the present and not in George Washington’s time, he might have had good values but his reality was profoundly different from today. Politics should evolve. I’d definitely vote democrats though. Global warming is such an important issue for mankind right now, our species may not have elections anymore, it threatens our survival and should be the focus of this election.
I watched the CNN republican debate. US politics has become something like a TV series. So much fanfare and razzmatazz, hardly serious politics. I think politics is the collective voice of a nation, be it how to help the needy or what to protect, how to spend taxes. American politics has been reduced to advertising and popular TV. I guess that’s just politics everywhere nowadays not just the US, but they are the leader of the pack. Perhaps when humanity evolves we won’t be reduced so.
Well we had the Singapore election yesterday and the Lee Kuan Yew monarchical democracy gained ground. The opposition is not real, just a term. Perhaps the result more accurately reflects Singapore 50th birthday and the passing away of minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew, honouring the great man. At least there are elections in the attempt to be democratic for international relations.In truth while Singapore is well governed, democracy requires a real opposition to challenge ideas. I would have voted for the opposition just to promote democracy in Singapore, as an act like an invalid vote and not to be fined in a compulsory voting country.
If a country really wants to be democracatic it needs to ask the people about all important decision like going to war or acts which effect the world, hold referendums for such decisions to truly represent the people. Technology and the Internet has provided us the means to do that, communicate.
Today was spent listening to the state of the Union address by Obama. I really thought it quite good apart from what the commentators say now. A speech by the leader of the free world must be important for us, I only wish to have contributed to his speech and spoken of humanity, sure he tried to focus on the world but remained on US issues. Political thought is so central to or species now it seems to me. He brought up the main concepts of health and wealth which we are all immersed in. Even spoke of life. I personally think he’s a good person, he talks too much of power and money though, I guess he must focus on our most basic concerns.