‘Money’ Category Archives

13
Jul

AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY AND THE CHURCHES: not on each others’ Christmas card list?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Modern Church, Money

The Australian Sex Party is calling for churches to lose their tax-exempt status.
An article headed: “Time to end unfair privilege of religion at tipping point” is currently on its website and has appeared in various newspapers.
Millions of dollars would be saved, they say – dollars spendable on government-run hospitals, schools, welfare etc.
But by knocking out volunteer-supported agencies, won’t we end up needing squillions more bureaucrats?
Anyway, it’s a thought-provoking proposal.
The article makes another suggestion: “It’s time to take religion out of politics….”
Yes, why not stop religious people expressing opinions?
Isn’t real politics about opportunity-grabbing, back-stabbing, power-mongering, poll-watching and looking after one’s mates?
Who wants to hear about God, virtue and absolute values?
All that is, for some at least, an unwelcome intrusion.

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6
Jul

THE THOUGHTS OF BERNARD TOMIC: are they words of wisdom, after all?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Money, sport

Bernard Tomic may sometimes be annoying, but let’s listen again to his words.
They remind us that professional sport is intrinsically evil.
Not the worst evil in the world, perhaps — but evil nonetheless.
Evil in at least two ways:
(1) It creates rich parasites. They mightn’t mean to be parasites but don’t they take big money out of the system while doing nothing to help feed, educate, house or in any other way enhance anybody’s real life?
“No need to ever work”, as Mr Tomic said.
(2) “Get fit by physical training for the next 4 months,” recommends John Newcombe.
That’s a beauty, Newk.
Focus on your body. Sell your soul….
Once upon a time, Ron Clarke tripped and fell during the 1500 metres final at the 1956 Australian National Athletic Championships.
Fellow runner, John Landy, stopped and doubled back to check that Clarke was OK.
Clarke got up and they both started running again.
Too late….
But Landy’s attitude has won a place in the admiration of all Australians.
That was a different century — and a different world.
It wasn’t a perfect world then.
But it’s worse today, isn’t it?

27
Apr

THE “SOCIAL” MEDIA: addictive, idolatrous, mind-numbing and handy for keeping billionaires affluent.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Media, Money

Social media fans can, and do, watch murders, suicides and rapes live.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, concedes that his video-streaming service caters for “the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral” communication.
YouTube and Twitter appeal to similar instincts.
Top political science commentator, Dr Jennifer Oriel, when asked why she doesn’t use Twitter, said it’s because Twitter is in the main “a brutal medium”.
Isn’t she right?
She’s right not to use it.
So should we all not….
At least not until everybody starts loving their neighbour as it says in the Book.
Inadequate filtering technologies certainly aren’t the problem.
We are the problem.

24
Mar

CORY BERNARDI, POLITICIANS’ PAY AND COMMON SENSE: are our senators greedy, unintelligent (or both)?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, Happiness, Money, Politics

Last week, Australian Senators voted on a motion for senators to receive no pay increases until a budget surplus is achieved.
It was moved by independent (ex-Liberal) Senator Cory Bernardi.
Sad to say, only 6 of our 75 senators voted for it.
The Coalition, Labor and the Greens senators all voted against.
Anyone moving a motion that’s rejected by all three of the above-mentioned parties is probably doing something right.
Senator Bernardi is a conscience politician.
We’ll be hearing a lot more from him.
Hopefully his movement will continue to propose common-sense policies which level-headed people will happily support.

26
Jan

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: UBI’s the solution to all economic woes?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics

Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) new jobs created are temporary or on-call work?
And that (what with robots etc.) one quarter of lower-skilled jobs will be non-existent in 20 years?
How are these millions of unemployed and under-employed persons to live?
Governments in various countries are thinking about trialling “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain for example.
Sorry. UBI schemes won’t succeed – they’ll merely cause sky-rocketing taxes.
Anyway, it’s bad for healthy people not to work.
Pope John Paul II said, “Work is a good thing for man…it not only transforms nature…he also achieves fulfillment as a human being…work is a fundamental dimension of human existence on earth….
“The Church considers it her duty…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”
A spirituality of work?
That’s something we need to think about long and hard.

20
Jan

UNEMPLOYMENT, ROBOTS AND THE FUTURE: are UBI’s the answer?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics

Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) of new jobs created are temporary or on-call work?
And that (what with robots etc.) one quarter of lower-skilled jobs will be non-existent in 20 years?
How will these millions of unemployed and under-employed live?
Various governments are considering “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving tens of thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — including Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain.
Obviously these UBI’s won’t work. They’ll simply increase taxes.
Anyway, it’s bad for healthy people not to work.
Pope John Paul II said, “Work is a good thing for man…it not only transforms nature…but also achieves his fulfillment as a human being….
“The Church considers it her duty to speak out on work…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”

A “spirituality of work” — that sounds like something we should think about long and hard.