Saturday, June 11, 2016

Risk management - A ticket means nothing without experience.

One of the stupidest things any government can do is to ignore the way anybody can be  qualified to speak with authority .

Strangely this arrogance can take the form of a false trust based on worship of academics and the world of  innovative approaches to management .Sadly academia are unwilling to admit when they too " don't know" .  I consult academia less and less.

To say " we do it the old way" in the public service is akin to saying "I like living near the back door with the dinosaurs" .This just shows how little the office knows . Dick Smith is one of our most successful entrepreneurs, He like many of us who have found success  knows that copying others is the key to progress -at least at the start.  This dumb worship of new technique is still a cancer in our midst even though it was well squashed by Jacques Ellul in the 1930's

 Fortunately there are some well spoken people like Niall Ferguson saying that the study of history can  free from our addiction to this  quite false analogy from evolution: change worship is  the biggest and dumbest gully trap  in recent history .  

The Victorian Andrews Labor government is in a bit of stupid mood at the moment . It doesn't really want to listen.   It has got itself into a grand old mess by not taking the proverb on the floor of parliament seriously . As Hans Christian Anderson pointed out over 300 yrs ago, even a small child can be the authority to remind us we are dumb and dumber ; fascinated by golden new threads and sharing simple rubbish and worship talk with ourselves.
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Professional firefighters ( mainly city based) want to tell volunteers how to manage Fires in the country

A ticket to ride is nothing without experience .Clearly the Labor team don't understand this . If they did , they wouldn't insist those with a ticket told those who didn't have one .
A ticket to ride is nothing without experience .Clearly the labor team don't understand that there are  forms of training.  If they did they wouldn't insist those with a ticket told those who didn't have one
The Labor team like to talk diversity and multiculture,   but they don't seem to understand how it works.

Diversity means a team for the city and a team for the bush .

A bit about fires in the bush Labour on the ground ASAP is critical to effectiveness and CFA people/ volunteers must have AUTHORITY to act . Grass and forest fires spread quickly and in many cases the roundup is the highest priority. Fire controllers should be able to insist on who goes where but this is not the issue, The issue is culturally different places needs and process and even equipment . The need for high level of ground authority may not apply to many fire jobs in the city , There are always failures at fires - only smart arses would use this an excuse to invent new structures rather than real reform and better training for a system that works .
The job in the country too is a part time job . CFA may run out of farmers to help train a new generation if the government if it turns the temporary job of volunteers into fulltime jobs for too many administrators. It can be true that CFA do not always engage professional firefighters when they should.
The implied insult about attitude . CFA can be seen to do things "in the same old way ".Its operatives can act without respect to others in authority and this can be a real problem . The reality is that the main job is not rocket science or management science - Its a lot about risk science . One day , the empire builders will be called to account for substituting helicopters/ technology and technique and process preoccupations for people Sound public service always builds from the bottom up How lucky we are to have the CFA and all its PEOPLE who know risk management like no city person ever will. A ticket is nothing without experience , esp when risk in involved. Our Volunteers can move to the edge of the cliff because they do it daily, Its a very sad day when city people don't know the above and insult out our " well qualified " volunteers . We all also know the country can't afford much of the constant risk averse ducking and weaving solutions dreamed up in the city .


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Anger - the cool calm collected view

In the heat of the moment ----- everyone is offering solutions  see the alternative below
Malcolm Turnbull PM 
( Paraphrase ) Need to try Something new--  experiment , We have time , we are the government and we issue cheques to ourselves to wait
Sheepish  
Why so angry?  Because all our power has been stripped away from us and every hour of every day, we are being told by some socially superior politically correct losers - whom we must embrace, what we should say, what is acceptable, what isn't acceptable, whom to kowtow too, how much to hate democracy and western values, whom we must give our money to.....those are just a few of the reasons why we are so angry.
Prodigicus
We're angry because we are being taught to hate ourselves because of everything we once used to value. We're expected to lay down and grovel in the face of the things we used to stand up and fight against.  We're angry and we don;t have the power to do anything about it.  We're being mocked by our enemies who resort to outrage when questioned by even the gentlest reason.
Damian
And unfortunately a lot of that anger comes from the fairer sex. Gillard set the tone for women to be angry and attack everything a man says and does as women standing up for their rights and all men being misogynists. The left is also stripping away our way of life and then calling us racist, red necks, bigots etc. of cause we are angry.

Why so angry?  Because all our power has been stripped away from us and every hour of every day, we are being told by some socially superior politically correct losers - whom we must embrace, what we should say, what is acceptable, what isn't acceptable, whom to kowtow too, how much to hate democracy and western values, whom we must give our money to.....those are just a few of the reasons why we are so angry.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Technology is not the problem, people and their places are

You can give every one cleanwater,  but what they really need is a livelihood . While some simpletons in the past have spent all their pennies on giving people land and houses , the main motivational issue often remains .Men need work and a way to work their patch  that doesn't just kill em.
The West is still busy trying to solve problems out East and south without really understanding why we have solved them here . Its not technology alone -- its how we see things in total . our worldview 

Rural people are still very vulnerable because their dilemma is the deep one . Its them tha are te cannon fooder for war and the patronising half baked solutions of the technocrats.  Its not a market because both scarcity and abundance ooccur out there and the resouces base is sensitive unlike te concrete and steel of cities .
Understand people and you can help them , Its not enough to give them tools - they have to be the right tools in the situation  the right surgery when pain needs to be dealt with .

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Boss

  • Stick your performance plan!
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This is how I get things done.
'I accept loads of risk and review it constantly.
Technically that wastes a bit of time, but I draw all the questions and the doubts of others with me as we get places together. We learn and we train .

If we do it your way, and with y
our blinkered performance plan which requires us to rush harder and faster everywhere, we'll all likely to get killed in the first lane".


The popularity of performance plans with pedants in completely understandable.  Always sensed that many performance plans leave out critical quality information. Sometimes with blinkered managers you have to make things really SIMPLE..
managers may know all the right words but have absolutely no idea how to really place them 

Be sure you know what you know

I am a practical applied environmental scientist, but I love reading some fantastical writing ( eg Tolkien ) at least partly because it reminds me that I don't know very much at all . I enjoy people whose intellectual framework is humility and resist those who want to insist that what they know covers all the bases .
I know one other thing for sure ,
Many of our wannabes restrict our collective vision by thinking they know whenthey don't. when They see as through a dark glass  but don't really know or show intellectual honesty by admitting they that while may only name what's in the picture , they really have no idea about  how to change it or the relationships of resilience with the elements of the picture .

One area where this nonsense has reached its peak in Austrakai is in the management classes .-- the performance plan  Tell me I am wrong . Man is only a machine if your faith is limited to the mechanical mind . Such a room is , to my mind,  like a prison,  and it feels like one . perhaps we all live in a bit of a prison  but fear about ideas outside , rather than tested observation is to my mind dangerous .Some smart arses control debate instead of letting it happen . To go to one of their dinner parties is to find yourself in another room away from all the noise and bleeting. I can't work out why our leaders don't sack many of them.because the only job they are being paid to do ot of the public purse is shoring up an unsustainable regimented and prosaic reactionary religion that is anathema to true public discourse

I am not against rooms , To make categories , is necessary just as it is to know their limits . The word s we use are not gods . We live in a garden , even if its an unweeded and rather scary one .Garden edges merge , In a fantastic way I also believe in walls and boundaries and even doors ( like physics )  I like to think I can often even though I am happy with wall sometimes lob something over it  , Any way - enough of that for now . I will finish my intended post titled "to The Boss " in a shorter post next time ,

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Remaking your Brain

Todd Sampson has a great opportunity to promote sound science , How is he going ? Is he using a different formulae from all the previous shows that seek to promote science  programs, as diverse as Quantum .Q&A  Landline , and Dr who ?   
Many of us applied scientists see great limits in following the popular science path - its distracts just as much as it attracts . Color and movement but does it last in careers and commitment ?

The really hard thing is to get a good labor of love and marriage component  to build something lasting . After all, the wiz bang of many of those shows appeals to the worst kind of quick fix .


Worse than that determinists are becoming aware that by not building on the past they get nothing to last.; so what else will be tried ? .The biggest connections that prevent confusion between correlation and causation are in established conservative doctrines that are now not popular to advocate .

ABCTV science has become magicians color noise and movement show; Like it was in medieval times ?- not only a distraction ,but a in complete diversion  Color it may have, but content she is clouded 


I am a bit suspicious of the extent to which this faith in the future causes an overreaching intellectually .In Todd Simpsons new "Remaking our brain" their is more than a hint of denial- after all - we can't really; change our brain  .
What he is saying is we can use our brains which is ONLY what our parents told us ( shock horror SOSO).e While many of the challenges to "think well" are put ,  too confuses correlation with causation in a deterministic view of " why people do things they do "  In TheProject last night he cautioned any motivation other than money - something which highlights the materialists preoccupations on much modern science advocacy . How to do good is not easy  but programs like the Project in part seek to do just that .  What dominates most people most of the time doesn't determine how to deal with how we with use our recreational time ( thinking time)  
My work in resilience tells me to that Todd , in talking pressure on your body is distracted by the silly productivity preoccupations of my generation - better to aim low and win that try and put everyone on a productions machine ( modern materialistic method of creating mental illness). God put a day of rest in the instruction manual for a treason - it would be good for us just as business is 
Todd thought my price of eggs analogy was not enough to change the world ---- amazingly motivation seems to be a bit of a mystery- certainly is to all those laggards who would wait for peer reviewed papers on the subject.. 


Why doesn't Homer move away from Flanders and why does Homer have to get divorced . Do even our heroes have to  be corralled like sheep . Flanders maybe a pain   but so were our parents. Diversity and edgyness is something to be celebrated - diversity of thinking is what remakes our brain really ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and its not rocket science . 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Confused concepts of education

Reactionaries even 100 years ago forgot to read the literature that made us who we are .Even when they read it ,they forgot how to respect it ....and learn from it .
Their half baked education makes them think technology is the substance of science's value . Their exposure to great literature through ARTS degrees & their reactionary teachers only leading to deconstructed dumbness; strangely inoculating them from its real power -- even now.
ABCchurch retreat to a huddle when threatened by the complexity of the real world. Fear seems to prevent them waiting in wonder as true scientists do . They,  like our society,  fall for the myth that because we have eyes our Creator will by right grant us the ability to see. Terrible thought - we might not know enough to be right .
Significantly this week one of Australia's intellectuals makes a mild confession---- lost to a generation . That one of the best ways to teach is to tell stories . 
Quality or Quality - the former never found by the numbers merchants
One of the worst ways to teach is to teach arguments as though they are equations; words as though they were worlds and phrasing as though words themselves were the only things that mattered.