Posted by: graemebird | October 8, 2008

Startup City/A Better Atlantis/Free Trade Policy/And The New Political-Correctness.



Yeah thanks for that Jason. Your man is always rather good. Certainly he keeps a higher standard than anyone else I see in the Fin or the Australian. But then he’s not Gerry Jackson. And like Richard noted we don’t know what his alternative is. Just getting Macquarie Bank to do everything and shovelling them tonnes of money?

Clearly we need to think hard about how infrastructure is handled.

In what will be the next few energy-constrained decades we really want to be scoping out wharves all around the coast. The governments job, as I see it, would be to suss out all the POTENTIAL sites and let people know that these sites are available for homesteading by Australians and by companies where only Australian citizens can own the shares. This is because, for the time being, wharves are strategic assets. And there is no freedom without local sovereignty and there is no such thing as capitalism, properly considered, without freedom.

In this scoping out of the coast they will come up with a list of unobjectionable POTENTIAL sites that is vastly more numerous than the amount of sites where wharves would ever likely be built in a millenium.

The foreigners that we invite into this country to do business are not to be government front organisations. They come here to build things, not to buy things (already built) to MAKE stuff not to TAKE stuff…… (ie, not to buy up controlling interests of our natural resources due to current poor homesteading rules and monetary policy).

To build things not to buy things. To make stuff not to take stuff.

It is in our interests for us to get foreigners to come here and manufacture things. Employing our people when they do so. Its not in our interests for them to take stuff that they don’t manufacture….. ie natural resources…. by getting into our less than perfect system for allocating leases of natural resources. Yes of course we can use the outsiders technology. But to me thats an outsorcing arrangement. Where its our guys who have secured their stake, and they bring in Chevron, or someone, to do some work for them, not to take ownership.

The little rhyme makes no sense on its own. It requires expansion and explanation to make any sense at all, but its something to remember in terms of integrating the benefits of trade with the necessity of sovereignty. The little rhyme makes no sense on its own. But it ought to be remembered as a way of jogging ones memory about what IS, and what is NOT, acceptable in terms of our trade policy.

We do not bring these aliens in to take a controlling interest in our strategic or natural resources. On the other hand we bend all the rules to bring a team of our friends who are foreigners, to commision a new nuclear power station….. commissioned on behalf of Australian interests.

The little rhyme requires lengthening but its something to remember.

Any foreigner ought to be able to come to Australia to build literal bridges or wharves and then sell them to Australians. They ought to be able to build factories with their own team of men if the Australians have commissioned the factory. Or build factories if they want to manufacture out of Australia.

A visa to start a new small business ought to be one of the easiest ways to get into Australia. Or a visa to start a new BIG business for that matter.

But we don’t bring the Chi-Coms here to buy up all our strategic infrastructure and/or natural resources. We don’t bring in communists to buy our natural resources and infrastructure…. NOT NOW OR EVER.

We are not a superpower. We are a middle power. And we just don’t do that on account of left-wingers invading into libertarian space with their perverted political correctness.

We don’t piss away our sovereignty on account of leftists, pretending to be libertarian, and setting up ridiculous anti-free-trade ideas, MASQUERADING as free trade ideas…

There is a NEW political correctness afoot in the land and its not got anything to do with perverted ideas of free trade being used to piss away our sovereignty that was fought for by people whose views ought likely have precedence over our own.

Free trade is about private individuals having freedom of access. Its not about having crony-communist bankers and Chi-Com front companies grabbing a controlling interest in everything.

Those days where this perversion of free trade is put about as phoney right-wing political correctness must be over and for all time.

We have seen the promoters of such ideas dip their hand a little bit too far lately.

We must open our doors wide for foreigners to come here so that we have the strongest STARTUP environment in the world without exception. American graduates who have that noble gene and that idealism that makes them want to start a new venture must think of Australia as the Atlantis and El Dorado of startups.

When new durable capital is being commissioned our immigration department must work overtime since we want our capital investment dollar to go further and we must be the most capital-rich per-capita society in the world.

So we HAVE to have a lot of foreign involvement.

But they come here

To MAKE stuff
not to TAKE stuff
To BUILD things.
Not to BUY things.

Maybe we ought to start a new tradition in this country. Oftentimes you see representations at Christmas or other family get togethers, where a family member serving overseas, or yet even one deceased, has the table set for him, and a seat left for him though he is not there for the dinner.

I think we ought to start a tradition where the unknown soldier gets a seat at the table, and consideration at all our meetings even though he’s not around.

What did they fight for? How would they feel about the decisions advocated? The decisions agreed on?

We would not have this country and our independence or its potential thereof, but for these people. And if we are not nihilists surely some sense of what they would have wanted ought be taken into account.

If you vote Graeme Bird for high office perhaps there will be a seat left for the solidiers of the generations, and a new meeting format to make sure that everyone reflects on what they might have wanted.”



  2. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Profit announcements are nonsense. Deficit spending artificially increases profits while damaging the economy.

    We can see how deficit spending does both these things simultaneously when we realise that COST OF GOODS SOLD tracks behind GROSS DOMESTIC REVENUE.

    What more government spending and consumer spending does is it increases those revenues which WILL NOT INCREASE COST OF GOODS SOLD IN THE NEXT TIME PERIOD.

    Hence these measures bump up accounting profits even as they reduce spending in those areas that would legitimately end the recession.

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    Don’t worry about the debt, just lay back and enjoy the ride for the next two years or so, as the clowntroop super charge the economy to the never never.

    As of this evening I’m declaring the bear market dead and the bull market has arrived.”

    Don’t listen to this moron. The debt going on now represents a serious vandalisation of our economy. And the current Indian Summer was predictable and was in fact predicted by me.

    The Indian Summer started as soon as Bernanke announced “quantitative easing.”

    15 Jul 09 at 6:44 pm
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  5. Teacher from Kenmore recalls Obama was a focused student
    By Paula Voell
    Updated: January 20, 2009, 8:17 AM /
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    When Barack Hussein Obama places his hand on the Bible today to take the oath of office as 44th president of the United States, Barbara Nelson of Kenmore will undoubtedly think back to the day he was born. It was Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.

    “I may be the only person left who specifically remembers his birth. His parents are gone, his grandmother is gone, the obstetrician who delivered him is gone,” said Nelson, referring to Dr. Rodney T. West, who died in February at the age of 98. Here’s the story: Nelson was having dinner at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Waikiki Beach with Dr. West, the father of her college friend, Jo-Anne. Making conversation, Nelson turned to Dr. West and said: “‘So, tell me something interesting that happened this week,’” she recalls.

    His response: “Well, today, Stanley had a baby. Now that’s something to write home about.”

    The new mother was Stanley (later referred to by her middle name of Ann) Dunham, and the baby was Barack Hussein Obama.

    “I penned the name on a napkin, and I did write home about it,” said Nelson, knowing that her father, Stanley A. Czurles, director of the Art Education Department at Buffalo State College, would be interested in the “Stanley” connection.

    She also remembers Dr. West mentioning that the baby’s father was the first black student at the University of Hawaii and how taken he was by the baby’s name.

    “I remember Dr. West saying ‘Barack Hussein Obama, now that’s a musical name,’” said Nelson, who grew up in Kenmore and went to Hawaii in 1959 to be in Jo-Anne’s wedding party. When Nelson was offered a job as a newspaper reporter and photographer at her friend’s wedding reception, it led to her living in Hawaii for 47 years. She returned to Kenmore in 2006.

    Ten years after that memorable birth announcement, Nelson would hear the Obama name again. This time, the father, now a Kenyan government official, was coming to speak at the Punahou School in Honolulu where Nelson was teaching and where his 10-year-old son was a newly enrolled fifth-grader.

    “Dr. Obama had this lovely, attentive manner,” she said. “When he answered the children’s questions, he would do it as a story, which is the way they do it in Kenya.

    “His son, whom he hadn’t seen in eight years, seemed as fascinated as we all were,” said Nelson, who went on to be a high school principal, a harpist, a watercolor artist and poet.

    A few years later, Nelson encountered “Barry” again, when she watched high school basketball games, where her students played.

    “The team came alive when he got on the court,” she said. “He was not only quick and graceful, but he could see the pattern and zero in on the opening. Though he wasn’t a starter, he was a graceful, passionate athlete who played back-up forward. He had a definite presence on the court.

    “I often sat with his grandmother, who was a no-nonsense woman with these very solid Midwestern ways about her,” said Nelson. “She loved that boy and he adored her.”

    As a high school teacher of British, Biblical and Middle Eastern literature, Nelson taught Obama.

    “He wasn’t usually the first one to speak, but he was an attentive, active listener,” she said. “While the others might be bouncing off the surface, he came straight from the center. He picked up on the patterns of ideas and then he’d make a statement that moved the class to the focal point.

    “He also had a lovely, engaging sense of humor,” Nelson said. “He was firm, but he wasn’t aggressive or in your face.”

    During one class the question was posed “of what should we be most afraid,” drawing answers that included “death,” “hell,” “biological warfare,” “fear” and “isolation,” said Nelson.

    “I recall Barack sitting in the back of the room,” Nelson said, demonstrating a hands-behind-his- head pose and describing his lanky, outstretched legs.

    “When he pulled himself upright I thought ‘Bingo. Here we go,’ ” she said, expecting the discussion to move to a new level.

    “And he said, ‘Words. Words are the power to be feared most. Every individual has an unmonitored arsenal and whether they are directed personally or internationally, words can be weapons of destruction.”

    It was such moments that led Nelson to honor Obama at his 1979 graduation with the traditional draping of a lei around his neck.

    “I had a yellow plumeria tree and I could get only enough blossoms to make five leis,” she said. “I had taught more than 200 students, but one of those leis went around the shoulders of Barack Obama.”

    Years later, the ideas Obama expressed resonated as Nelson wrote “War of the Words,” which includes the lines: “ I fear the powerful pugnacious words, Weapons that miss the flesh and pierce the heart.” (Songs of Honor, 2006).

    In the author’s notes, Nelson describes the classroom discussion with Obama that inspired the poem and she adds this information: “Interestingly, this former student is now a very wise, articulate U. S. senator.”

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