Weekend reflections

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

8 thoughts on “Weekend reflections

  1. I wonder if just the concluded ‘Forests and Climate Change’ conference http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/international/forests/index.html will achieve anything besides espousing a form of eco-colonialism. I do agree with their conclusion that is better to save a forest than plant a new one. However everything else is arguable such as claimed long term carbon fluxes and whether indigenes have good alternatives to illegal logging. The agenda seems to be that the well-off in Sydney and Djakarta know what’s best for the rural poor and that is to ‘offset’ (whether in reality or perception) the indulgences of those elites. In other words the rural poor should stay in their little patch of forest and be content to watch the trees grow while not entertaining ideas about big city lifestyles. Perhaps the forest people should have their own conference to tell the city people how to run their lives.

  2. hermit, you’re on the right path, until you get to ‘should’.

    the way it’s done is, whoever has the (biggest) army says ‘should’. that’s usually the richest, who hire the dispossessed country boys to fight for them.

    i espouse democracy, as the best solution to these conflicts. naturally, the rich don’t agree. or the poor who work for them. or the middles who think it’s too dangerous, or too hard. very hard to establish democracy under these conditions, but i only do it when it’s too cold or too wet to work in the garden.

  3. “In other words the rural poor should stay in their little patch of forest and be content to watch the trees grow while not entertaining ideas about big city lifestyles.”

    The principal threat to most tropical forests isn’t the “rural poor…entertaining ideas about big city lifestyles” it’s illegal logging often by multinational corporations.

  4. Speaking of climate change, there might be a need to change the Building Code of Australia, because of a newly related problem with the plumbing code. Have you all noticed that the hot water taps are on the left and the cold water taps on the right? Well may you ask why, but it’s a bit like which side of the road we chose to drive on. Who cares why about the taps until now. Question: Are you like me and right handed and every time you go to the sink with a dirty dish and cup to rinse it (switch off right now GenY), it’s in your right hand and you never reach across your body to the cold tap but use your left to turn on the hot tap and rinse it. You do the same with items in the laundry trough and the same with the soap in the bathroom basin when washing your hands. now if the basin is close to the HWS outside you have to be careful running the gauntlet of the hot water but generally there’s plenty of cold water in the line before that happens. Not a big deal you say, until you think about all of us Australia wide at work and home doing it all those times every day and how much hot water we’re heating for no good reason. Are you like the Observa in this regard and is there a Phd for some enterprising greeny in this, to do some national carbon estimating on the cost to the environment?

  5. It has clearly escaped your notice, Obs, but try to buy a kitchen or bathroom sink these days with provision for two old-fashioned taps. They don’t make them any more – the plumbing supply industry has quietly converted to mixer taps. Anyhow, for those of us with solar water heating, it is not such an issue.

    But the really big news of the day deserves some comment. How about those Lions, eh? And thank you Channel 10 for lingering on the disconsolate faces of Collingwood supporters toward the end of the game. That little bit of shadenfreude was the icing on a delicious cake.

  6. I just saw a Lateline replay on Meet the Press as part of the Beattie interview.

    John Howard was saying that it was State Labor governments’ borrowings that were putting pressure on interest rates, trying to deflect criticism from the rate rise that’s coming.

    It got a run again on the Insiders this morning and Gerard Henderson dutifully gave it a bit of help along its way.

    Paul Kelly resisted the temptation and just said the Howard government would have to do better than that.

    Cassidy and the other Insiders just let it go through without comment.

    Who’s going to call Howard on this BS.

    In a globalised money market, it wouldn’t matter if all the states, and the feds, went into the red. The combined effect on the price of money couldn’t even me measured.

    The last time I looked the US had a monster deficit, and low interest rates. As did quite a few European economies. And the Japanese.

  7. That’s true enough Hal and it might cure a lot of the problem(which may be more of a tradey trait always picking up things in the work hand). A tip about flickmixers. Don’t buy the $300-400 ones but the $40-50 ones. They’ll all start to leak about the same time, which is longer than the traditional washer taps, but the replacement cartridges for the dear ones can be over a $100 anyway and most owners wouldn’t have a clue how to replace them themselves. Plumbers simply replace the cheapies.

  8. Too true, Obs. A good trick is to get a couple of replacement cartridges when you actually buy the bloody thing in the first place, because there is no guarantee when you finally need to replace it that one will still be available. It also forces you to confront the cost factor at the outset rather than get the shock later on.

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