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Karmel Blue
Posted over 1 year ago
Does a higher level of education increase happiness?
Yes & No. For some a higher education brings more wealth and status in the community. Nowadays a degree does not automatically give one a steady job for life. Many employers want extra study (while working) i.e Masters degree with its bucket load of stress. My brother (brilliant as) got Bachelor and Masters easily but could not easily find work in that area of his studies all the time. Started studying washing machine mechanics got plenty of work (albeit less $'s than a job with 2 degrees) and was quite happy doing that, worked the hours he wanted, not travel in peak traffic too often, take a day or 2 off to go fishing etc. I'd say a degree (or two) is a good idea if you have the brains and the money to get it. Otherwise do not stress and keep mind open to other options - go for quality of life and happiness.
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Karmel Blue
Posted over 1 year ago
Mohamed Ali: The link between unemployment and terrorism
What would you do if you could not get a job (through no fault of your own). This is happening amongst our young (Australia) and those over 50 yrs. of age. Does one sit there and starve ...or go join a gang. A lot of prisoners do not offend if they received an education in jail and once out a job and a roof over their heads. It costs a lot less (than jail) to build homes (or granny flat type accommodation). Australia 23m pop. give Foreign Aid to a neighbour that has 280 M pop. They pay NO tax so do not help their poor. Their poor and middle classes are growing steadily, whilst Australia's homelessness is growing as many of the jobs our poor can do are going offshore. The neighbour needs to address their overpopulation and we need to address our homelessness as our problem with gangs is growing too and our prisons are overloaded. I do criticize the religions Not just the Muslim but Catholic and others for not advocating for family planning, contraception less children which is feeding the problem.
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Karmel Blue
Posted almost 2 years ago
How we can reduce poverty and inequality in developing countries?
Poor people must make the effort to help themselves and to be seen by the rest of the world to be doing so and thus attract Foreign Aid. Wayne I too believe micro business is a good way forward. The touchy subject of family planning and microchip contraception (Bayer put it out at $8.10 and lasts 5 years) helps tremendously. With less birth rates of 8 or 10 children down to 1 or 2, aid or tax money, then goes not just to food and water but to building homes, solar power, vehicles, permaculture, computers mobile phones small businesses. Some poor nations do not have income tax so do not help their poor. Many so called rich nations have their own poor (unemployed) and pensioners who live below the poverty line and this inequity needs addressing too.
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Karmel Blue
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can the shortage of doctors be solved using an adaptation of the third law of supply and demand?
In Australia the entry score for studying medicine is something like 97%. I believe that is too high a score and we miss many studying. Something a bit lower like 94%. I believe it is not just the academic score that makes a good doctor, other things like not believing the drug companies, not taking their gifts or research overseas trips etc. commonsense and experience maketh a doctor. The fact it takes something like 6 years is a long time to survive without pay, so are we excluding those brilliant people with 97% but not the wealthy parents to support them thru study ? Definitely a percentage of students should be subsidized. Often when I go to the doctor I do not need a doctor, and could well do with a Practice nurse. My doctor's regular nurse (she is not a Nurse Practitioner which is extra study on a nurse) is often better advised than my doctor and I often seek her input too.
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Karmel Blue
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is my obligation to society and the world?
Rebecca at least you have started asking & wondering. Firstly be thankful for what you have, make good use of it, there is nothing wrong in being rich and successful and securing your future. Think of others and animals, do kind things. Be mindful if an elderly person at the supermarket needs a hand or a smile. Then when you find something to be passionate about, i.e. helping find homes for the homeless, animal rescue centres, whatever.........throw your heart, soul and might into solving the confronting issues don't be afraid or hold back. Usually a cause will find you if your heart is open. Or join a good Charity. They say that those who live with compassion and passion for a good cause are truly living and happy and I believe you will find, as I have, this is so true.
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Karmel Blue
Posted almost 2 years ago
Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda
John - so you are saying people should NOT have any children ? To a certain extent I find it a shame that many childless women have been denigrated (put down) as being selfish or only half a woman. They now have IVF so mostly possible to get around previous problems of not being able to have a child. Having a child is NOT the be all and end all of life. Certainly if Mr. Right does not come riding along on a white horse ....or a woman choses a career instead we must accept this as OK. Many women now study hard, start a career and by 30 yrs. have not found Mr. Right and choose a career, certainly better than trying to survive and support a child as a single mother, as the sperm of that child runs off and accepts no responsibility. I'd say if the world population continues as it is by 2050 there will be caos and madness, let alone unbreathable air as in China, our rivers running dry or too polluted to drink, the oceans a cess pool of rubbish. Just reckon 1-3 kids is heaps better than 7 - 27. Some religions are the downfall of the world...as John Lennon sang ...and no religion too......only blue skies above. Yeah !
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Karmel Blue
Posted almost 2 years ago
Projections for the next 20 years
As John Lennon sang ..and NO religion too, only blue skies above. 7 billion people today and earth is already over populated and poluted. If poorer countries do nothing and keep adding to population, breeding us all into oblivion, there is only one outcome....disaster and much escalated from hereon. Poor nations rich people escape to other countries for a better life rather than addressing the problems of their own nations. Often resulting in culture clashes, unemployment and drain on welfare benefits. Many ask how many people do we let in before our own country is just as poor as the countries they have come from ? I see only more poluted skies as in China now. Oceans are already cess pools of rubbish. Land sinking underwater, turning to dust, our rivers drying up .......I ask what do you expect ? The scurge + cruelty of factory farms and battery hen cages are breeding disease for humans - I wonder if deservedly so. By 2050 (= 12 Billion population) something will have to give, wars over food, water, land for sure, or one of the rich nations firing off Nuclear bombs to stop themselves from being overrun ?
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Karmel Blue
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is it OK for corporations to outsource work to countries that violate the corporation's home country labor laws?
In Australia too many jobs going off shore and now we are rising unemployment. If you lose your job over 50 impossible to get another. A lot of pensioners/students could have done these jobs part time to help meagre pensions. That said I speak with my Telco guys in India and they tell me the call centre jobs we have given them have supplied thousands of jobs to the poor classes of Indians making their lives much better. $15 bucks a day is like $80 in their currency so does provide a 'decent' income and they are employing some women. Companies must pander to shareholders, who want returns for their superannuation funds to live on when retired is why we pay so much for these things probably ? A vicious circle. The collapse of the clothing building in Pakistan was a disgrace and blight on the human race. It is Pakistan who must get tough on outside companies and up the pay and conditions for their people. Next ....why is it that people in these countries go to work in such places ? Answer better than starving to death on the streets or being sold as domestic/sexual slaves to the west. My view is the world is not infinite and our population is 7 Billion today by 2050 12 billion people. Solution less children being born to suffer poverty, desperation, child gangs, slavery and abuse.
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Karmel Blue
Posted about 2 years ago
What is the future of the global economy?
The new super powers of India, China & Brazil may be making a certain percentage of people wealthy but not the majority. We still have desperate poverty, degradation (human rights abuses) of billions of people in those counties as the wealthy there do nothing to help their poor. Overpopulation is the raging bull and will be the downfall.
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Karmel Blue
Posted about 2 years ago
When fighting for rights, which is tougher: a battle against an oppressive government, or a battle against an oppressive society?
Being a single Mum it was hard to leave him, in those days there was no single mothers payment I had no choice but to get out to work....or starve. Often I worked 2 jobs 24/7. My Mother stepped in and looked after him and my brothers daughter. Mum used to walk them to school and back. While babysitting Mum taught the 2 kids to read and write and do math and I credit her one on one teaching for him getting a scholarship to University (college). My Dad was not well enough from WWII injuries to accompany me out at night. My brother too busy attending his child and sick wife. Often I would have to come home from work at night by myself. Western countries do not have the 'family' network. My nearest cousin lives 3 hours away and 2 overseas. I will say though that some of our girls/women should show a bit more modesty in clothing. and behaviour. Awful to nowadays see young girls/women going out at night getting drunk in niteclubs or on the street and falling over drunk or drugged.