I don't about You but sometimes a really wet paddock looks more beautiful than anything else in the world . Others may see only the bogging , the seed and fuel costs ---but we see the harvest:The potential harvest .It may not come , It could all be ruined though you know , by a frost , not enough spring rain or hail or mice ......or nematodes
WE don't need leactures on leadership . If we didn't get out there and take risks everyday ,noone would be fed !
YET We see the problem of WEAK LEADERSHIP in Europe today and everyday . Breakthrough means we have a"new " look but its the "old look"( talking tough like good household leadership ) Good news for the moment is all the press concern themselves with .
Faith in progress per se is now outdated simply because change for changes sake doesn't work ( its suits retailers and the ad indsutry but what thinking person believes them ?) .
What works is hope based on knowledge ( not on fear like the cities view of environment )Yes, we have much to fear out here, but our main risk at the moment is the worry warriors in town > All they can see when they see a little bit of eco reality is risk .Easily frightened , the city needs some experience to understand.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a welded on " If it ain't broke don't fix it " facebook member . Don't hold that against me, cause I can ALSO see the need for new technology . We rurals can wear 2 hats because our paradigm limits are bigger.( Weekly times represents the forward looking nature of my mates in Industry) I can and will buy the latest technology - but only if its better .( proven--- not just on the ads )
I have a had a tough week . People don't like my relentless negativity. When the mood is already gloomy and threatening; even Alan Kohler (ABCTV ) is likely to catch cold if he doesn't smile on his way through his graphs . The sensitives prefer his upbeat bubble driven approach to economics - My problem , is like the rich speculators who benefit from his one sided reports ( getting better with more HISTORY) --- if is not positive --would he report it? How long can upbeat last when it doesn't talk to the truth!
I sent my wife out to work so I could lobby Polys and ideas people about the need for a deeper and more effective approach to conservation .Its the sort of thing that stops my friends from going mad or broke or both . Unlike the city, we face the daily BAD news first or die , To survive a week we HAVE to deal with the bad news FIRST.
This week we witness the shallowest, weakest and most desperate effort to influence behaviour we will probably ever see in Australia . The appeal of a simple solution is completely understandable to all those who have tried to work with the Greens and green Labor ,. The cost benefit of boiling frogs is so low that history will make a point of mentioning it . Its a pity Blaine y let alone some Libs hasn't twigged to the underlying lies and tokens . The only time I have heard the word "token " environmentalism was on a BBC report on sat Swiss Alps conservation policy . Truth testing in Australia is at an all time low on CT questions, for example
They say $30 a tonne for Carbon is nothin ( for the retail therapists it is nothin!) . Well its a jolly good margin if I could ONLY get it for my wheat each year-----you dummies!
The biggest disappointment is that ploys who identify with farmers are not able to properly represent the sustainable cases which will keep their clients in business -long term ; The whole truth about whether their use of soil and water is actually sustainable ( much is ) has been handed back to them . Its like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coup . The Vic conservatives prefer to talk , while they are in power , about the positives of self regulation even though such a policy is clearly only a holding measure that doesn't work because it doesn't tell the truth . Such confidence is locally undermined and easily beaten by the bureau who are paid well by new taxes on water soil and energy . Thanks Mate !
Such short term quick fix stupidity is unworthy of anyone who calls themselves conservatives , Even a reasonable conservative and all farmers know that its critical to think ahead. Its no good as some polys said to me this week that we weaken the environ departments and keep the gun loaded at the gate. The bureau under the Ctax will grow and will want to know what you are doing . The bureau are smart enough and paid well enough to visit you in the form of Landcare grants and that can't last . Honest farmers don't want the responsibility of writing things bureaus want to hear to get money that any sound farmer knows is sus . People who stop telling the truth start to die. Big reforms are OK if they work and make sense . We are not confused about what the tax is supposed to do . Don't treat us like children and forget how little u know about these complex matters.
Its very clear after a few emails last week that polys are dying too. The Vic government doesn't take up its cutting edge to cut crap - for eg continues to let the water bureaus grow and do what they like- plan their futures .The rain continues to fall and that is something they thankfully can't control -----yet
It takes someone smart like Graeme Richardson to remind the dumb Liberals that while they can't talk about dams , they can talk about recycling - just one credible statement by Baillieu's men on water planning might get them back in government .Why aren't they planning such stuff ? They don't who to trust but their friends from Industry are so nice! Trouble is they, like Labor before them, take their advice by people on the drip feed .
Time I went back to sowing .