A COVID TV GRIZZLE

Maybe its me, maybe it’s the Covid stuff, but I would really like to see a few changes in our Television ways.

  1. Far less dumb TV discussion, and at length, about footballer’s, who are ‘unknown to me’, minor injuries, (especially ACL’s)!!
  2. A simple nightly TV Covid update rather than a 15 minute event.
  3. Far less really dumb ads on TV, where the term ‘video vampires’ has been forgotten (e.g where the video graphics are all consuming and the product they are trying the sell, lost in the hype.
  4. Someone spell checking the flowing text under the news. Nightly errors are a pain. (Although we now treat such as a game).
  5. Less on Donald Trump’s personality on show for all, as he rants against all and sundry.
  6. Too many  good shows coming on free to air TV after 8.30PM
  7. Someone tell me how I got to be 84 so quick!

I would welcome other seniors views on what is giving you the ‘irrits’

Say Hullo to Your Friends and Family via Zoom

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Technology has come a long way recently, as we seniors know.

One such most valued innovation is teleconferencing, so as to keep us in touch with others. Recently we, as a family, have been having a monthly zoom conference, so we can all see and hear each other in fairly natural way despite our varying locations . Zoom and similar such as Skype and other such applications, can be a great isolation ‘reducer’ for many. It’s quite straight forward to use once you can find someone to give you a hand to get set up!

Here’s a link to help you get the feel of what its all about.

That Virus

That virus consumes our news and our day to day awareness.

My wife and I have found a daily routine that seems to meet the rules (?) . This one, no doubt, the mental health rule. Such may change.

We do a couple of hours work at home, then go out and buy two take away cups of coffee, then transit to the local beach, and stay in our car enjoying the peaceful view and more. Then its home, a different way each time..

This morning, while parked at the beach, I was rewarded by having this Rainbow Lorikeet tasting Banksia nectar close to my ear!

Let’s know how are you filling in your time?

COTA and Seniors

 The Council of the Ageing in Australia (COTA) are very helpful and recently took this one page ad out, in local newspapers to let us know of various freebies for seniors.

The ad covered seniors benefits through: no interest loan schemes, legal advice, public transport, libraries and community centres, fitness programmes, local council services, funeral assistance, motor registration discounts, and seniors cards.

If you wish to know more, or cant read the fine script here, you can contact COTA  via   Phone: 02 6154 9740    Email : cota@cota.org.au

A Few Things I’d Like to See

I may well be getting old and cranky, but here are a few things I’d like to see.

1. The death penalty returned for certain heinous crimes
2. A freight and passenger railway line all the way around Australia’s coastline
3. Drug dealers who supply drugs associated with a death, to be charged with manslaughter
4. Citizenship potentially revocable for first and second generation migrants
5. A fair and compassionate work for the dole system enforced. If you can only work one day or other a week, them that’s fine. (Have we run out of things to do)?
6. Keeping the use of the word ‘hero’ for real heroes. Don’t continue to dilute what it means.
7. A press that tells us the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
8. A nationally, bi party agreed ‘ Vision Splendid’ for us for the rest of this century.
9. A non obfuscated, itemised, national climate change policy

I could go on, but would be interested on what we greypather’s feel about the above and any ideas you may have on your wishlist?

A Cashless Society? Good or Bad for Seniors?

The editor has just been sent a link to a video that should have interest for so many of we seniors. It has to do with a Senate Committee currently looking at the potential for us to move to cashless society. Banks would love it! Its unlikely however that many of we seniors would wish for such. Have a look at the Youtube discussion, and if you have an opinion send it off ASAP addressed to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics via this email link.

Ageing Implications For Pensions of the Future

For the first time in history, it seems we have more people over 50 than children under five.

With our extended and healthier life spans these days, it is clear that, economically, those of us who can, will need to work longer and so demand less on Government pensions.

The pressure on public pension funding, from a smaller working base of tax payers, will eventually lead to many changes such as deeper means testing, including greater scrutiny on our total assets.

With a set retirement age, we just don’t over-night, become non productive in the workspace.

This is a very complex matter, and your comments and ideas would be welcome…

A Change of Pace With Our Editorials

Given my druthers, things among many that I would like to see in our future world  are:
1. A rail journey around Australia’s coastline
2. A return of capital punishment for heinous crimes
3. The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, becoming compulsory for all of our public media
4. World population control to replacement levels only for our current population or less
5. A major worldwide research programme into creating cold clean fusion power energy sourcing
6. A return to a ‘clean and green world environment.

What is on your wish list?

Unfair Deeming Rates

Pensioners will need to vote with their feet next time, unless those with savings, whose interest  so many  depend to supplement their pensions, get relief from the  grossly unfair and clearly improper, ‘deeming’ rates.

Deeming rates are what the Government ( Centrelink)  presume are the interest paid on individual investments to assess pension levels.. Today these deeming rates, are far higher than the rate actually paid out by Banks.

As of today, senior’s bank investments only earn around 1.5 % or so. (That means $7500 pa for those lucky enough to have $ 500 000 in the bank, and for those with say $20 000 in the bank, an earning of a measly $300 p.a.

Solidarity in the pensioner vote, to protect us into the future when there will be so many more of us, will become increasingly important.

STOP PRESS! Fed Gov has since taken action here

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