Monday, February 24, 2014

Research about life in Australian society as a woman with no children


 Are you a woman who has no children 
and aged between 25 and 44 years?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are conducting research about life in Australian society as a woman with no children.

If you would like to take part, please visit the following link to complete the anonymous online questionnaire, which will take only 20-30 minutes of your time!


This research will be conducted toward completion of a Deakin University Honours student research project.

For further information, please visit


or contact Beth Turnbull at eturnbul@deakin.edu.au


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Draining the gene pool one photo at a time

This may not be a revelation, but it seems to me that the omnipresence of digital cameras and camera phones is the cause of humanity's latest and greatest dip in intelligence and parenting.

Today I was sent a link to a web site called "why-my-kid-is-crying".

If you can be bothered looking at it, I certainly didn't get far into it, it becomes clear that a great many parents prefer to take pictures of the kids being arseholes instead of...well...being actual parents.

Now parents may counter by saying "sometimes there's just nothing you can do".

Sometimes, maybe. All the time, as these photos imply? Bullshit.

Hell, there's even a picture of me being an arsehole baby way back in the late 1960s.


This is me, in the pitch dark, crying for no reason in the middle of the night, shaking the shit out of the cot.

Apparently I did this a lot and so Mum's frustrated response was to take a flash photo of me.

Now I don't know how old I was, but I swear I can remember that flash scaring the shit out of me. I didn't do that again (so I am told).

That was an exception though. Today all parents, all people, are walking around with cameras 24 x 7 and instead of dealing with a situation they photograph in the hope of becoming an internet sensation.

Meanwhile your kids head is eaten by a camel...


...and again, you'd think someone would learn, but no, these scro's aren't perturbed...


A few things happen when you take photos instead of acting to prevent an accident or just living your life:

A) Your child gets eaten, killed, injured

B) Your child is mentally scarred for life if not by the event itself then by the fact/subsequent-realisation that his parents don't care and are in fact arseholes.

C) Life passes you by while you take pictures that you'll probably never look at again once you've posted them on the internet.

Maybe I have read the situation incorrectly. Maybe parents are giving their kids a practical demonstration of quantum mechanics.

Maybe they are demonstrating that the act of observing changes the outcome.

Less so than doing something that is.

Based on technological and parenting trends none of this is going away or being fixed. Technology will march on and parents will have an ever increasing array of distractions and tools with which to film their offspring being injured...

...and that makes it harder for us to hide from this shit.

P.S. This one is my fault, sorry.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome to 2014 and a new round of stupidity



Hi folks,

I've refurbished the web site again and thought I'd do a quick post about how stupidly 2014 has started.

In Queensland (Australia) their government has enacted "bikie laws" which essentially mean anyone riding a motorbike can be arrested for no particular reason.

As a bike rider you don't have to have a record, be doing anything illegal or indeed anything at all. It is simply enough to cross the Queensland border on your motorbike.

Ignoring sense and sanity and fostering fear is how the Nazis got started.

Congratulations Queensland, you've successfully made Australia look like a bunch of redneck fuckwits on the world stage.

But Queensland isn't the only turd in the sandwich, Western Australia (WA) has instigated a "shark cull" because a couple of people (literally) have been killed by sharks over the last year.

It doesn't matter that more people die from...well...almost anything else you can name...oxygen poisoning, falling down in the bath, eating a pickle sandwich, picking their nose...ANYTHING!

Australia doesn't have a good record with animal care. We wiped out Tasmania's iconic Tiger or Thyalcene and now are desperate to prove that it isn't extinct (which I think it isn't but that's a whole other story).

I am guessing we'll do the same to the sharks in WA and wonder why the price of Fish & Chips goes through the roof.

Of course our record on racism isn't all that good either.

Right now our moronic federal government is hell bent on a policy of "turning back the boats".

This refers to refugees who arrive by boat. They don't care about the many hundreds if not thousands who arrive by air. Just the boats.

Our genius Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, initially said he'd turn back the boats "for their own safety".

This didn't work, so, using our money, he said he'd buy their unsafe boats before they could get a chance to buy them and head our way. That didn't work either.

Now he is intercepting them, given them seaworthy boats AND towing them home!
What the fuck?!

So Australia, be proud and be stupid.

2014 is declared the year of the Aussie Fuckwit.

The annual changing of the calendar serves as a timely reminder just how wonderful it is to not be participating in the future of this planet beyond my own lifespan :-)

Friday, June 21, 2013

The good old days...yeah, well, maybe but...

In the mid 60s, when I was born, Australia's population had just clocked over 10 million.

My father worked and my mother was, well, a mother. She stayed home and looked after her kids.
David (me), Fred, Andrew

There were only the two of us - my brother and I.

They received no "benefits" from the government, my mother had no income whatsoever - no part time job, no nothing.

We knew people who had been in their jobs their whole life and then retired. These people retired onto a pension that was actually OK as I recall.

There was no overwhelming sense of entitlement from the population. Australia seemed to work hard for what they had and, for the most part, were happy with that.

My brother and I weren't spoiled. We didn't get anywhere near everything we wanted. Although TV tried hard to make us want as much as possible.

When I couldn't get the toy I wanted I made it out of Meccano or Lego.

I received a token sized "allowance" and if I wanted something more expensive than I could afford, guess what, I saved up. Later on I got a paper run and worked in a store. I didn't earn much but I learnt the value of money and it stopped me wasting it on many things seen as "social problems" these days.

Fast forward 40 odd years and Australia is a very different place.
Anne, David (me), Andrew

Our population is 23 million, both parents have to work (apparently), and no-one stays in a job for more than a few years.

The concept of retiring and getting a pension are all but long vanished fantasies.

These days we have to contribute to our own superannuation to fund our "retirement" which is, by the way, getting further and further away. The government wants to skim more off your super and force you to continue contributing to it for longer and longer.

Their excuse is that we are "living longer" so we have to stay in work longer. They can't afford to fund longer and longer "retirements".

I've given up on the traditional view of retirement. I'll never get one of those.

We are told by the powers that be that our population needs to grow to ensure we can fund the future, look after the oldies and not end up with an aging population that will be a burden on the taxpayer.
David (me) - no fancy stroller

Interesting isn't it considering where we've come from.

Our population has doubled, we work more than ever, we live longer than ever yet we'll never have the golden age of retirement that our parents enjoy...probably enjoy...anyway.

To me it seems clear we already have that problem.

To me this seems pretty clear evidence that growing the population does not fix the problem.

To me it seems pretty clear that growing the population has made it worse.

10 million people - got to retire
23 million people - get to work harder, longer, get screwed by super and CAN'T retire

But Dad did have an old Merc'
That doesn't seem like a win to me. What it does prove to me is that throwing babies at the problem is NOT the answer.

Yet all over the world our politicians continue to push the populate or perish bandwagon.

To be fair, honesty and dealing with facts have never been the strong point of any politician.

That simply means that once again it is up to us, the individuals with brains, to fix things.

How?

Well, for starters how about we stop funding middle class welfare. These folks who have way more than my family did in the 60s are bitching about needing help to raise their kids.

This is bullshit plain and simple.

Welfare is for people who can't cope, it is not for selfish people who want a new TV.

Most of this welfare is not means tested and goes to people who simply do not need it. If you disagree I suggest you refer to the definition of "need" in the dictionary. I am sure you won't find "the state in which your 3 year old BMW must be replaced by an SUV at the taxpayers expense."

I think the days of handing out any form of welfare as cash must end.

I don't care who you are or why you are on welfare. If you get money for food, healthcare, looking after the elderly...whatever, as a taxpayer I want you to spend that money on the things you've been given it for.
Fred and his work van

So instead of cash, hand out vouchers. I know there are flaws with this type of thing, but there are fewer holes than handing out cash for fuck's sake.

So to get back on track...

I am not particularly the type to bang on about the good old days. I know things are pretty bloody brilliant right now. But there were some things that we had and we've lost because we've been greedy.

There are lots of reasons why population growth is bad and a fundamentally flawed concept.

It won't be until we realise we are hurting ourselves, and actually feel the pain, that we do anything about it.

It is like banging your head against the wall, you can't remember why you started doing it in the first place and  it feels great when you stop.

The experiment failed. 
Let's do something better...something smarter!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some baby bonuses I'd like to see...

The baby bonus pisses me off.

If you are here you probably have a good idea of the reasons why this is the case.

Planetary problems aside, rewarding "everyone" for giving birth sends the wrong message.

It sends the message that all you have to do is fuck to get money.

It sends the message that giving birth is enough and that is where your responsibility ends.

Considering how irresponsible current society is and how much of a welfare mindset is engendered by our leaders it seems ironically fair that we should fuck up a child's perspective the moment they exit the womb.

The fact that these monies are not means tested in any true sense irks me. The fact that there are many other un-tested bonuses given to people for just having kids irks me.

Recently a TV campaign...let me say that again...a TV campaign started airing on Australian TV telling everyone about such "Non means tested payment" childcare payments that every household could claim for each child PER ANNUM!! So they are paying a fortune to advertise to give away a fortune to whoever just has kids?!!? Genius!

The fact that these monies DON'T get spent on the things they are supposed to irks me to the extreme. Just look at retail spending spikes on TVs, perfume and jewellery every time a baby bonus payment goes out to the spawning masses.

Now we all know that governments and politicians are hopeless at handing money, money they call "Government Money" that is really our money.

This "Government Money" label seems to give them the feeling of the right to spend and waste it how they like. Fuck no!

Even the dullest of folks usually know that you don't pay for something until:

a) it is in our hot little hands
b) we know what we are getting

So, assuming (sadly) that most people are stupid and still require some financial incentive to breed, here are some baby bonus ideas I'd like implemented:

1) The "My child has not been arrested bonus"


This bonus is paid to parents upon a child turning 21 and having NOT been in trouble with the police in any fashion. If the police have your child's name on file you've blown the bonus.

Notice how this bonus is paid when most bonuses are traditionally paid - after the successful achievement.

NB: The CF would qualify for this.

2) The "My child finished year 12 bonus" and/or "My child graduated tertiary education bonus".


This bonus is paid when a child completes basic and/or higher education at a sufficient level. It isn't enough just to hang around and be an arse. I know, I did that, you actually have to have decent grades.

If a child has achieved that then the parent has probably done a reasonable job. Incentives all round and a result that may actually not be bad for society. The kid is likely to get a job and not be a drain on the economy.

Notice how this bonus is paid when most bonuses are traditionally paid - after the successful achievement.

3) The "My child has never been a bludger bonus"


This is paid to parents after a child has reached the age of 40 without ever having been on government benefits of any kind.

If your child has already been a drain on the country then sorry, no fucking reward for you!

This bonus could actually be paid to people without kids as they would automatically qualify. fat fucking chance, but worth a try ;-)

4) The "My child actually is the next Einstein or Mozart bonus"

One of the whines we hear all the time about managing population is "what if my child is the next Einstein or Mozart?".

Yeah, well, what the fucken IF.

Here's an idea, when your child has presented the world with a ground breaking theory in the world of science OR written a half decent symphony, then you get a bonus. No age limit on this one.

So you see folks, reward the outcomes of the big picture, not just the vagina, and we may just have a chance that our money isn't wasted on crack and TVs.

DISCLAIMER: Only some of this post is meant to be a joke. You work out which bits. :-)


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Participants Needed - CF survey


[Forwarded message]
My name is Philippa Scott and I am completing my honours year in psychology through Charles Sturt University. I am conducting research with people who are making a decision not to have children. I’m using interviews to explore the experiences of people (both male and female) who have made a choice to not have children (whether biologically, adopted or via any other pathways) and live in rural New South Wales.
If you are making the choice not to have children, are over 18 years of age (male or female) and live in country New South Wales, I would be grateful if you would consider volunteering to participate in this study. All your information would be kept anonymous. I am really interested in listening to your experiences and am open to hearing anything you have to say concerning your choice.
I am happy to meet with anyone interested at a time and place most suitable to you.
Feel free to contact me on 0401166990 or at philippascott12@gmail.com for more information. You can also pass this onto to anyone you think may be interested!
Thank you for your time.
If you have any complaints or concerns about this research contact:

The Secretary
School of Psychology Ethics Committee
Charles Sturt University
Panorama Avenue
Bathurst NSW 2795

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"surely I don't deserve to lose my ability to earn an income just because I have a child?"


Aussie CFs -- the unions have created a website for workers to comment on work-life balance but, yep, you guessed it, it is REALLY about work-family balance.
This article asks rhetorically, "surely I don't deserve to lose my ability to earn an income just because I have a child?"
Well, surely *I* don't deserve to be assigned the shitty shifts just because I don't have a child, because someone else wants a zero-sum impact on their life because they chose to be a parent?
Feel free to add your comments.
http://workinglife.org.au/2013/04/16/surely-i-dont-deserve-to-lose-my-ability-to-earn-an-income-just-because-i-have-a-child/#comment-397


Here's the comment I left. Let's see if it gets through moderation. Most of the other comments are pretty funny and unsupportive of the premise.,

Excellent!



Surely I don't deserve to lose the income I earn because someone else chooses to have a baby?

Right now Australia is living in a pro-natalist self serving deception of rights with no responsibilities.

YOU chose to have kids, you deal with it.

This whole notion that the whole world should evolve around someone just because they've had a child is simply madness and at the very least impractical.

With the majority of folk having kids these days, should we do everything everyone one of them wants just because they've had kids? That certainly seems to be the growing message.

People magically want to "have a job" without much of a concept as to what goes on behind the scenes. 

People who run businesses have to jump through so many hoops just to take a person on, many of them give up trying to help you.

In recent times I have watched several people take on new jobs within a couple of months go on 6 months or more maternity leave.

Now you may say "that's their right". You know what, it f***ing isn't. It is plain rude, inconsiderate and selfish. That employer now can't fill that role. A role initially created because they needed something done. A role they probably spent training you for only to have to go through that again.

As a small business owner myself I can tell you that sort of financial pain is crippling if not downright terminal.

And, by the way, it should be noted that the definition of a family is far greater than just those who have children.

Even IF that was the case, surprise surprise we are all somebody's child. 

So wake up, put on your big boy pants, and deal with the life YOU CHOSE to have.