‘Money’ Category Archives

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.

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15
Jan

SENATOR LEYONHJELM AND CHILD CARE FUNDING: how to stop getting it wrong.

by Arnold Jago in Family, Health, Lifestyle, Money, Women

Senator David Leyonhjelm is under criticism for suggesting that child-care workers are over-trained — and perhaps over-funded.
Here’s a different idea.
Children might be best off with institutional child-care defunded to the point of not existing.
Who would then look after the children? Perhaps their mothers.
If the mother and father were married, could the father’s work support them all — mum staying at home doing full-time mothering?
Father’s taxes — which in the past were funding non-parental child-care — could contribute to an allowance given direct to home-mothering couples.
The mother could probably breast-feed her children.
Children enjoy that — they thrive on parental “warmth”.

24
Oct

CHINA AND AUSTRALIA’S CASINO INDUSTRY: not a good bun-fight to get involved in

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, crime, God, Money, Politics

Three Australian employees of Crown Resorts are in prison in China.
The Chinese government is currently cracking down on corruption.
President Xi Jinping is sick of foreign companies like Crown who provide a service assisting wealthy Chinese money-laundering crooks to thumb their noses at Chinese law.
It’s commonly conceded that “casinos breed crime” — perhaps equally true to say that casinos are crime.
Isn’t gambling intrinsically evil — fostering greed, envy, theft, parasitism and idolatry?
Idolatry being the worst — thumbing one’s nose at God.
As the Bible says, you cannot serve (idolise) both God and money. (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 6)
Small time gambling like a “flutter” on the Melbourne Cup or at the Bingo is generally considered fairly harmless.
But it isn’t.

18
Oct

FOLLOW THE SINISTER CHINESE/AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT-MEDIATED MONEY TRAIL: new ideas come from academia and/or whoever funds the academy

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Money, Multiculturalism

Any university accepting money from the Chinese government can expect to be leaned on to become a mouthpiece for pro-Chinese political propaganda.
Is that a worry?
Australian government schools and “independent” schools accepting Australian government money find themselves pressured into teaching secular, utilitarian, dumbed-down, emotivism.
That’s a big worry.
With politicians paying the piper, parents of government-funded schools must cop the meaninglessly perverse tune.
Such schools have relinquished any option of remaining values-based.
Are the pro-death (death by abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide etc.) and anti-family (same-sex marriage and fluid-gender-cult-preaching) governments of Australia any better values-wise than the government of China?
For would-be values-valuing institutions, money from either of those sources is money to not even think about touching with a barge-pole.

13
Oct

CASHLESS “HEALTHY WELFARE CARD”: working well, now what?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Health, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics, Recent Developments

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.

2
Feb

CHEATING AT SPORT A BIG MULTINATIONAL INDUSTRY: hard to think what to do to stop it.

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.