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.

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 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

Climate Change

Keeping and open mind I hope, it seems to me that the evidence of human introduced climate change, riding on top of any natural climate variations, is a fact. That said, and despite the amount of Australia’s atmospheric pollution being largely irrelevant in a world sense, everyone, (not just the prime polluters China and the USA), needs to join with the  world all over in playing our part in the control of what global warming effects that we can.

The vast majority of climate science indicates that in the next decade, we are likely approaching a so called ‘tipping point’, where, by the end of this century, atmospheric heating effects will ‘run away’, out of our control, and lead to a vastly different and much less hospitable world to live in for those who follow us.

It appears that we will need world wide political pressure, by every voter, everywhere,  to effect the necessary changes we need, and rapidly reduce our reliance on oil, gas and coal, if we are to have any chance of keeping our world largely as it is today.

A friend of Greypath has just released a heartfelt video on the subject which you might care to have a look at and circulate elsewhere if you wish.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Unnnnc9F70  

 

Aged Care Royal Commission

It will be of great interest to many Greypathers to see what this Royal Commission brings in to the light. I have visited many such aged care facilities and have yet to see anything like the matters that led to the commission being appointed. That said, if the recent investigations in to the banks and financial institutions are any guide, we are in for some most unpleasant findings. We seniors, as both voters  and potential users of aged care services, and our seniors organizations, will need to be heard loudly when the time comes for action.

The New Year Ahead

What would you wish for, if you still believed wishes came true?

For our Greypath seniors, apart for world peace, the lotto etc, it invariably seems to be wishing good things for others than ourselves.

So that’s what we at Greypath wish for all of you, a year of acceptance and contentment with where we are at, and that you can find happiness with the simple things we find along the way, in this grand adventure called life.

Voluntary Euthanasia

With a high profile recent case of a 100 yo Professor, choosing to end his life in an overseas clinic, the question arises: Is voluntary euthanasia an ethical or religious matter for you?

It would be interesting to see how some of we Greypathers think

Most of our editorials seem to be of little interest, if we go by the comments, so maybe this  time it might be different.

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