Australia.

I was going over a timeline on the history of modern Australia this morning and read an interesting little feature about the establishment of Sydney.
At the time the British were setting up the port there, they were visited by the French on the date 24/01/1788.

French ships… at Port Jackson.

Hmmm, I wonder how that one felt, sitting onboard the Boussole or the Astrolabe and looking on while the Union Jack was being flown onshore.

I’ll have to research why these ships were there somemore to ascertain what the French intentions were and see why they were there.

Should be interesting.

The welfare state and it’s Facebook critics.

I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to advocate an idea that you had better know what the symptoms are if it starts to fail. As we see often history, is replete with good intentions causing havoc in civil society.

Facebook. Sometimes you’ll have conversations over trivial subjects the coalesce into angles on a topic that reveal peoples thinking that cause you to worry a little.

One that is doing the rounds at the moment is a petition like grab demanding drug tests for welfare recipients. And after a 30 comment long discussion on the pros and cons of the idea between your’s truly and a some what anxious chap, who vehemently opposed the idea, and a couple of others who more or less were in favor of it, neither side seemed to really resolve their differences.

These conversations often devolve into people talking past each other. But anyway.

My view wasn’t to promote the idea of drug testing welfare recipients, though I’m not an absolutely opposed to innovation along those lines when it comes to solutions in poorer communities with severe drug and alcohol problems. I’m aware of scenarios where this has been tried and requested by people in these situations.

Now, I’m pretty certain that most people who’d hit the like icon on these types of FB posts aren’t sitting at home, sharpening the knives and thumbing rounds into magazines while planning on rounding up the freeloaders in society. And though there are a lot of poorly argued points of view when these conversations fire up, I think their umbrage hints at something innate in our western perception of fairness, in reference to helping out your fellow earthling that is; if you’re going to receive assistance to get by in life that you do your best to get on and make good with that help. And I understand that the options in life don’t always line up as neatly as it seems I’m inferring but to assess my initial point on this subject, where I stated we should be cautious in instituting welfare schemes as well as controls on them, as ignoring this reality would be playing an angle on the topic that doesn’t fully encompass all of what happens in a community that institutes a welfare scheme to help people out.

I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to advocate an idea that you had better know what the symptoms are if it starts to fail. As we see often history, is replete with good intentions causing havoc in civil society.
Food for thought.