Something about those numbers.

It never fails to surprise me when I hear of the claim “we need more female CEOs” in the workplace.

I’m always left asking the question: Why not more plumbers, police and ambulance operators?

I’ve recently been working my way through Warren Farrell’s-The Myth of Male Power– in which he details the risks in the workplace of which men routinely take the burden. He describes this societal dynamic as “My body, not my choice”.

It’s an interesting concept.

I remember seeing a graphic on the wall of the medical centre at a recent work site I was on stating that the current workplace fatality rate was above 90% for the males in the industry in Australia.

Every construction site I’ve been on, in the 17 years I’ve been in this industry, has a gender imbalance of males. Why is that the case? Does the feminist academia and political scene have something to say about this aspect?

Dr. Farrell offers the concept of the financial womb that males provide society. And with that the comes the risks of injury and fatality that each sector of the economy inherently contains.

Tonight, I’ve read a blog post by Jim Rose detailing the workplace injury/fatality rates by gender in New Zealand for 2015.

“all but three of the fatal workplace accidents in NZ were men”.

Here’s the link to provide some support to what I’m talking about,

Workplace deaths/injuries in New Zealand for 2015.

As the saying goes, this ain’t my first rodeo. I’ve been on enough of this projects to know better and I’m slowly racking up a number of jobs I’ve walked away from due to safety concerns.

And it’s hard sometimes when you consider the old “harden the fuck up” cliché and the financial aspect of the role you take on as a male worker.

I’ve had female friends (in defence of the feminist stance) describe this as an aspect of the famed patriarchy doing its thing and I believe there’s a part truth there in that claim.

But what stuns me is the lack of realisation, that there’s a whole lot of women in our community that’ll go along quietly with this, as the economic security provided by that patriarchy supports the matriarchy that walks hand in hand with it.

This to me, is one of the more spineless aspects of feminism.

The claim for money and power, inherent in feminism’s edicts, in pursuit of the ideal of equality, is baseless until they recognise the risk/hazard factor that exists in the modern economy regarding the grunt work that makes the wheels of industry turn.

I’ll believe that the average feminist has the courage of their convictions, when I see the gender imbalance on construction sites, weighted in favour of their claimed equality and we all see as a society women embracing employment outside of the usual occupations that females seem to dominate.

Some how I don’t think we’ll be seeing any changes soon.

Winter time=Business time.

Talking to my bro today.

He’s currently two thirds through the offspring’s birthday celebrations at the moment.

They have three of them.

I didn’t realise this but apparently they’re all a week apart with their respective birthdays.

Apparently winter was a good time for “business time” as a famed pair of Kiwis sang/white fella rapped about some time ago.

I suppose living in a location that corresponds with “normal” seasonal transitions helps as well.

Not like the most of northern Australia. Which is either wet or dry.

#straya.

The wind down.

I’m done with this one. The scenery here is home to me as I’m from up the Gulf way but the project I’m on doesn’t meet my long developed standards of performance.

The saying goes “Prior planning prevents piss poor performance” and what I’ve seen so far on this project has confirmed that cliche nearly every day so far.

This episode has left me disappointed as this project should’ve been an easy one to roll up quickly but the company I’ve been hired too doesn’t seem to have their planning and resourcing capabilities developed to a level that enables them to prevent delays or react to any incurred or potential negative aspects that are inherent to this industry.

We all come across these types in the environments we find our employment in, we’ve all got these experiences. 

No big deal really. That’s life. That’s humans for ya.

You learn how to manage these issues in a professional manner, although I’m embarrassed to say that I was blindsided with this one. 

I’ll learn to ask “those” questions next time before I sign on.

Dusk in the ghetto.

I’m currently enjoying the accomodation at a location called Rocky Point here in Weipa.

I’m here for work.

It’s a little old. And by that I mean it looks like it was built in the 70s. 

It probably was.

It has shared ablutions for the rooms here. And modern construction workers hate that shit. Ya never know what you’re standing in while ya shower.

Happy thoughts ain’t it.

Back up North.

After a near 4 month break from work I’ve decided to dip my toe back into that swamp we call the working life.

I’ve scored a short contract up at Weipa assisting the install teams building communications towers around the bauxite mine here.

I’m here to do the power side of things I’m told.

It shouldn’t be too much of a deal going by the size of the conduits they’ve installed for the underground cabling.

A genset, PV panel array and a small demountable building, to hold the battery banks and control equipment and the associated cables. That’s about it by the looks of things. And some aviation lights on the mast. Can’t forget those. And the antennas and aerials as well.

We’ve got three of these sites to build.

I’ve only been here two days so far and haven’t seen the plans for this project so I’ll take what I’ve picked up so far with a grain of salt. It’s looking like another Kodak moment, as we working kind have named the phenomenon.

As with a few of the projects I’ve taken part of, there’s the usual delays and SNAFUs that happen. The remoteness of these locations adds a multiplier factor to those complications.

Any ways it should all start to frame a picture of things both good and bad by the end of the week.

I hear the fishing’s good here.

Trad’s ad.

They’re at it again.

There’s a State election coming up soon and that lot are squaring off over their pet issues and making public displays of the bents and biases.

One of these displays I’ve observed recently was Queensland Labor’s take on their opposition to the State LNP’s plan to oppose any recategorisation of lever action shotguns in line with the recommendations of the recent NFA meeting held recently.

I could do a take down of their idiocy piece by piece but as it turns out…someone’s done the hard work for us all.

Enjoy.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5XP_dA6n6BM

Well done to the team at NIOATV for this effort.

The useful idiot.

This guy, being only 20 at the moment will not surprise me at all, if when he’s in his forties, be a major spokesperson against the ideals he currently expresses. 
I’ve seen this kind of thing evolve, in my meagre 36 years, in people a lot older and learned than me and I always find them a great source of introspection on the issues they found concerning as the young idiots they used to be and their ability to contrast their previous naivety with other’s poorly founded understanding of contemporary issues.
These destructive factions within our society, provide us the function of the useful idiot and with these young idealistic sorts, as they continue to offer a value to our future, in the same way I’ve referenced the in the general example I’ve given above.

It’s a subjective example but I think we’ve all seen this sort of thing in our observations on the goings on in the lives we lead.

And I’m in no way excluding myself here. The only reason I’ve made this post is I can see my own ignorance, if even on a lesser basis than the young chap on display in the story linked below but all the same. Stupid is as stupid does but I honestly think he’ll change his views over time as we all do and this’ll be of a great value to our community.

We all have regrets along our timelines, the stupid choices we’ve made and the results that come from those decisions. Some more than others but you make your choices and build on that the best you can.

In other associated news, it’s good to see the Australian Greens Party chewing own their own faces. The sooner this part of our polity is laid bare and dealt with via the democratic process the better.

More elections and sooner please. 

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/man-charged-with-police-assault-in-invasion-day-march-is-greens-organiser-20170127-gu038y.html