‘Money’ Category Archives
The Australian federal government’s Healthy Welfare Card, trialled in Kununurra and Ceduna, transmits 80 percent of welfare payments by means of a cashless debit card, not spendable on alcohol or gambling.
In both centres ambulance call-outs to alcohol-related violence and spending on gambling have significantly fallen.
The Mayor of Ceduna says communities troubled by results of alcohol and gambling excesses “would be silly not to trial the Card”.
I believe my community certainly needs to do it.
Yours, dear reader, probably does, too.
It might be a good move to all tell our federal MP to please set up a trial locally, and soon.
by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Ethics, Money, sport
An old man was teaching his grandson to play chess – as an incentive offering him lollies if he managed to win.
During each game grandpop would wander off for a while. When he returned, sometimes his rook or a couple of pawns or something would have disappeared from the board.
The boy was winning a few games.
Grandpop didn’t comment.
Later on however the boy stopped having any wins — although some contests were close — and the “disappearances” weren’t happening any more.
They had a man-to-man talk.
“Why did you cheat?”
“I wanted lollies.”
“Why did you stop?”
“Now I want to be a good player more than I want lollies.”
This story sheds light on the current epidemic of cheating in tennis, athletics, cycling etc.
It also sheds light on everything.
Do you want to be good at being rich, famous and envied by others?
Or do you want to be good full stop?
If you’re sure that God doesn’t exist, concentrate on cheating, wheeling-and-dealing and general show-pony-ing.
If God doesn’t exist, there’s no motivation to do anything else.
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Money, Multiculturalism, Politics
A recent Bill Leak cartoon showed a poor Indian family having received “aid” in the form of solar panels, but wishing it was something edible and discussing adding “a bit of mango chutney”.
Some labelled the cartoon “racist”.
So the Australian newspaper had to painstakingly point out that it ridiculed, not Indians, but climate change activists “who would send poor people solar panels rather than give them something they need – cheap power etc.”
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This reminds one of a speech made by a Nigerian woman at a United Nations conference some years ago.
She criticised the UN for emphasising “seemingly endlessly one issue – ‘sexual and reproductive health’ – to the detriment of a holistic view of the health of women and their families”
Accompanying this account were statistics from five of the world’s poorest countries, almost exactly 40 percent of whose families had access to safe water, while between 81 and 98 percent could access the contraceptive pill.
Presumably when something ill-advised is being foisted on the unwilling as a seeming act of charity there’s somebody making plenty of money out of it.
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Ethics, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Money
Melbourne law firm, Maurice Blackburn, is considering legal strategies to crack down on poker machines:
“We think there’s a genuine argument that some of the behaviour by the pokie designers is misleading and deceptive . . . .
“You might have won 30 cents on the dollar you played. You’ve still lost 70 cents but you still get all the stimulus and reaction from the machine as if you’ve won.
“The neuro-science shows that gives you a little bit of a hit . . . not dissimilar to the hit you get when you take a drug.”
Correct. What about other gambling?
Who would play Bingo, if it, too, didn’t stimulate one’s neuro-transmitters?
In a better society would the Church encourage, and make money from, gambling?
Shouldn’t one only acquire other people’s money when it’s payment for something useful done or if it’s a gift expressing love.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A PROSPEROUS CHRISTIAN . . . ? perhaps there is no such thing. perhaps “austerity” is part of the deal? I didn’t say that, God said it.
by Arnold Jago in Faith, Forgiving, God, Modern Church, Money
The present Pope keeps saying the Church should be poor.
He calls himself Francis — seeking to exemplify the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, who was born to an affluent family, then chose to live in voluntary poverty.
We, too, must at least be willing to go without anything, insofar as doing so will help others physically or spiritually.
Consider the Lord – Jesus Christ himself – a homeless person, by choice.
“A teacher of the law came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, I will follow you any place you go.”
Jesus answered, “The foxes have holes to live in. The birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to rest.”
(Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 8)
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Not only must we willingly go without physical comforts, we must go without the notion of having “rights” — even the right to demand justice.
The prayer Jesus taught asks God to “. . . forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”
Having taught that prayer, in his next breath he drove the forgiveness requirement home:
“. . . if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”
(Mark’s gospel, chapter 11)
McDONALD’S AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: equality? justice? sickness? madness? or just wanting to be trendy?
McDonalds have co-sponsored newspaper ads recommending redefinition of marriage to include homosexual couples.
This reminds one, for some reason, of the little-discussed disorder of Coprophagia.
It’s a condition affecting some children — they eat their own faeces.
Apparently Coprophagia can also occur in small numbers of adults with schizophrenia, depression, autism etc.
Various treatments have been tried seeking to reverse the condition.
What is NOT done is to tell them they’re doing the right thing — and to organise Poo-eating Mardi Gras-type parades.
Some things are not just “diversity”, they are unhealthy and abnormal.
McDonalds and fellow-advertisers are on the wrong track.