I work part-time at a service station and understandably one of the major gripes of customers are the rapid, rampant and unpredictable fluctuations in the petrol prices from day to day, week to week. This week’s prices have shot up 15 cents per litre from earlier last week. And, naturally, quite a number of customers have expressed their frustrations at this, and some at the overall cost of living expenses and crippling effects of ever increasing expenses such as utilities, services and produce. One such customer was a South African lady who bemoaned the stifling and upwards cost of living here compared to 10 years ago when she and her husband first emigrated. I agreed that there has been a marked increase in the cost of living in the past decade which has pushed more and more people to the margins, or very precipice of making ends meet. I added that it used to be the case that Australians would go to Europe and complain about the prices, but now the opposite is the case.
Customers often complain of cheaper prices up the road, which understandably is an aggravation, but ultimately is out of my control. We have a separate store of the same chain just two kilometres up the road which more often than not displays different prices. I’d love to reduce the price according to customers’ satisfaction but am bound to wait until the call from head store comes with the appropriate prices. Working on my accord is a guaranteed way to not only get fired within 20 minutes but also face a lawsuit and potential prison time. I’m just not in the position to go that route!
The cost of everyday items in Australia is not incredibly cheap even considering the Aussie dollar is, as of June 21, 92.04 cents against the US – after a significant drop in recent days coinciding with the continual sell-off of Aussie stocks.
But, this all fits into a larger picture. As Australia is undoubtedly still the “lucky country” – just ask Wayne Swan et. al. who regularly state how good we have compared with the rest of the Western world. Which is true to an extent, due to the resources boom (which hasn’t as predicted flowed into other sectors bar rising inflation), Australia is only mildly farked at the moment, whereas the rest of the West – to fairly degrees on the farkness on the scale – range from significantly to completely and utterly. In that clever slight of hand by Australian politicans, self-appointed finance ‘gurus’ and media commentators, they manage to reassure the two-thirds of Australians who are not significantly disadvantaged that all in all things aren’t too bad. Whilst, guilt tripping the of one-third of Australians (and rising) who are doing it tough, living day to day that ‘Australia doesn’t have it bad at all, we don’t have 27.2% unemployment like Spain – suck it up and stop complaining you ingrates!’
And there is an element of truth to that. Australia is not in a great position, that’s true, but it is not YET – and I emphasise the word, yet – in the perilous positions of several nations in western Europe and the big dog itself, the United States of America. That Australia could survive and sustain itself against continual downturn in the rest of the West is fanciful and complete and utter folly. It can’t and it won’t. And the time to ponder the consequences is now as the West is not displaying signs of improvement significant enough to avert an eventual calamity. Here in Australia, having kept the mire at arm’s length for the best part of seven years, we’ll eventually be drawn right in as well should the US indeed collapse and with it an astronomical rise in the price of gold.
Ron Paul, talking to Alex Jones’ InfoWars program, states that the US Dollar collapse is imminent and unavoidable, and with it we’ll see an exponential rise in the price of physical gold assets, which will likely be taxed at rates of 90% – lest individuals have resources to sustain themselves. He also discusses the NSA scandal and other privacy leaks.
Max Keiser, standing alongside Stacy Herbert, outside the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland talks with WeAreChange‘s Luke Rudkowski on the G8 talks, the state of the global economy and other issues such as the NSA scandal stating, “We’re living in an open-air prism”.
Another video, I’d like to draw your attention to is also from the gang at WeAreChange, who’ve been doing terrific work as of late. In this video they catch with the man behind the “Don’t tase me, bro!” meme, Andrew Meyer. As you’ll probably remember Meyer was tased doing an ‘open’ dialogue Constitution Day forum with then US President contender, John Kerry, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
The interview discusses that memorable and pivotal event, its aftermath and his resultant fame, and his current views on a range of topics. Meyer, is a passionate, intelligent and motivated young man who makes quite a few poignant points on the current paradigm and the power that we as individuals and as a collective have in changing the course of the paradigm if we believe it does not fit.
And with that, I’ll leave you with a song from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. It’s entitled, “Freedom”, and is performed by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton. Remember, if you don’t like the way things stand, you can play a role in helping to change it. And, if you do not currently feel free, burdened by financial concerns and worries over the future, you can do something to bring about a change. To be truly human and thrive – we must have adequate food, shelter and water, but also we desire and deserve – love and freedom! Let’s bring it!
Peace and Love.