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Spinning the climate out of control

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-10-31


By metaphor/analogy, and just as sensible a spin…

In the national interest must strike a balance with initiatives so they will not be harmful to our economy.  For example, there are some lunatic proposals to limit the amount of junk food advertising to children.

Both the Liberals and the ALP are in agreement and rejected this.  This is not me-tooism but a demonstration of sensible common ground.

The proximal industry hit, of course, will be the commercial media, the loss of advertising income would naturally lead to cuts in the quality of programming the vast majority of ordinary Australians enjoy – we’d hate Ramsay Street to be reduced to Ramsay Dirt Track.

More importantly, decreasing consumption of food, particularly highly processed food, inevitably leads to a drop in consumer demand that would cause many job losses in the retail and services sector, as well as making it even tougher for our farmers already suffering from the drought.

There are other hits the economy would take if there were unreasonable fixed targets for a decrease in average adiposity.  The medical industry, which has become efficient as private companies have entered the sector with reforms over recent years, would see a massive decrease in patronage on a per-capita whole-of-life basis, because of the significant decrease in the number of years their consumers would be in the market for high-profit products such as the hypocholestraemics.

We should also recognize the significant efficiencies to be gained when we grow our figures for hyperglycaemics and cardiovascular services consumers, because the quicker delivery of mortality to pensioners will naturally make it easier to deliver a sigificant budget surplus which helps keep interest rates down and provides an opportunity to return taxes to the pockets of the Australian people.

While it is undeniable that there are some expenses involved in funding the unsustainable pharmaceutical benefits scheme, modelling shows that people’s mass grows significantly in a linear fashion, there is a near geometric decrease in the time between the initiation of government spending on these people and the time those individuals need to remain on this welfare program.

With more people progressing more rapidly along the life-trajectory, there is also hope for a positive change regarding the housing crisis: the decrease in the number of occupiers naturally leading to a greater supply of housing stock and therefore it will become easier for Australian families to achieve the Australian dream of owning their own home.

The enhanced intergenerational transfer of funds will also mean that Australians will be more likely to receive significant capital inflows earlier in their lives: indeed there will be a many parents in receipt of these intergenerational transfers who will be able to make the choice of a private education during the primary years, rather than hold off giving their children such advantages until the secondary years.

Of course, not all these intergenerational transfers flow directly to family members, as many choose to make the funds move to charitable organizations, an important part of our social fabric that provides comfort for the most vulnerable members of our community.

We’ve also been advised that we have an opportunity to reverse the trend of overseas companies taking advantage of Australian research, but leveraging German research of about 60 years ago, research they have not exploited commercially, with the introduction of the Anthropogenic High-density Hydrocarbon Reclamation Process, which through advanced saponification technology will be a boon to the cosmetic industry, or can provide a renewable source of energy and decrease our reliance on coal and gas.

Using traditional Australian mass measure of stones (around 7 kilograms, and after all we still talk of calories rather than joules), its worth thinking of adding on one stone for our agricultural sector, one for the budget balance, and one for your children.

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7 Responses to “Spinning the climate out of control”

  1. Bruce said

    we’d hate Ramsay Street to be reduced to Ramsay Dirt Track.

    I’d like to see Ramsay St reduced to slag. ;-)

  2. Dave Bath said

    Bruce: You latte-sipping soapy-hating Howard-hassling elitist! Surely you know that my HowRudd arguments weren’t meant to sway people like you! ;-)

    You do realise, however, that turning Ramsay St to slag might kill a busload of tourists visiting their holy shrine (what the Neighbours Tour Bus is doing regularly driving through Malvern, I just don’t know, but my jaw drops every time I see it!). This could be seen as sedition according to the review of the Anti-Terrorism Act No 2 2005 as it might "dissuade tourists from visiting Australia or to damage the economy".

    The 2006 review of the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2002 notes that "‘Hostile activities’ include …placing a foreign public in fear".

    Actually, Cth gov ministers are even more guilty of sedition and or treason under these Acts IMHO, as outlined here.

  3. Bruce said

    Oh…. I only meant theatrically… ;-)

  4. Dave Bath said

    if you meant theatrically… from the few minutes I’ve seen, but more from extrapolating from the demographics of the viewers, I say it already is a slag heap.

    But then, a slag heap is usually what’s left over after you’ve extracted something useful. The slag is a very small proportion of the clean metal you’ve smelted. Can you name anything useful that came from the process that lead to Ramsay Street?

  5. Bruce said

    Can you name anything useful that came from the process that lead to Ramsay Street?

    Inoculation against bad drama.

  6. Dave Bath said

    Innoculation? Most seem to have developed addiction not active immunity. I think a better adjuvant is needed. Or operant conditioning. Better stop before I start suggesting clockwork oranges.

  7. Bruce said

    I’m not much a fan of behaviorism myself. Consequences usually work better.

    Perhaps if a fund to deal with Neighbors addiction was established in the UK, funded by a levy added on top of their TV license that was indexed to UK Neighbors ratings.

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