Monday, 18 November 2019

Sardines On Trains

If you catch public transport in Melbourne your used to knowing what it's like to be a sardine. Packed in as tight as you can be. And every year you get to hear the Premier, whoever it happens to be, tell us all about how things are getting better.

I'm surprised that only 10% of peak hour trains are considered overcrowded. Each train has a capacity of 900 people, that means that no train is supposed to have 901 passengers. But in peak times, particularly in the afternoon and early evenings, 1 in 10 trains is carrying more people than the train is designed to carry.

In 2019, 14,700,00 more trips have taken place than in 2014. It's not your imagination, we really are becoming a third world city in every way. While the trains are filled from the outer suburbs, if you are in the inner suburbs and your trying to catch a train, good luck. Because once a train is at capacity you are unlikely to be able to even force your way onto one.

In 2017 trains in Melbourne were reconfigured so that they could fit more people in. Seats were removed so that each train could carry 900 passengers instead of 798. $50,000,000,000 ($50 billion) is being spent to expand and improve the transport system in Melbourne. Immigration is the key driver in this mess and as there are no plans to end it, that money is only the tip of the iceberg. Never ending growth, never ending congestion, never ending sardines.


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Saturday, 16 November 2019

1400 Years Was Too Optimistic

Only two days ago I wrote about how at the rate of employment growth in June we should see the end of unemployment in 1424 years. It turns out that was wildly optimistic.

Economists have been expecting a jobs surge, sadly that turned out not to be the case. Instead of a jobs surge, the Australian economy lost 19,000 jobs in October. The expectation was that 16,000 jobs would be added to the economy.

This year there has been a constant stream of 'expect good news on the economy' stories that have turned out to be spin and nothing more. A recession is on it's way and talking up a bad economy is one sign of that. So is unemployment going up.

Something that I haven't been seeing much on is underemployment, people who have jobs but not enough hours to live on. It turns out that that is also being tracked.

For October 2019
Unemployment was at 5.3%
Underemployment was at 8.5%
Under-utilisation was at 13.8%

Of course under-utilisation is a combination of unemployment and underemployment. That means 1,800,000 are in need of either a job or more hours.

Then to add to the picture it is getting harder to get a job as more people are applying for jobs. In the past few months there has been a 30% increase. Things are getting harder.

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Friday, 15 November 2019

Fugitive From Justice

'An ice addict who dragged a women from her car at gunpoint after leading police on a high-speed chase has been jailed for 14 years'

Sounds fair. I include this to highlight the case of Australia's most wanted man, Graham Gene Potter. He failed to appear in court back in 2010 for conspiracy to commit murder. How does someone on such a charge get bail? He is also wanted for importing 4.4 tonnes of ecstasy into Australia.

As you might expect he has a long criminal history, what you might not expect is that he served 15 years for murder. Now up to this point you would think that it was drug related. However he murdered a 19 year old women and decapitated her on his Bucks night (Stag or Bachelor night in other countries).

That is why he is rated so highly on the most wanted list.

Of course if we lived in a land with justice he would have been hanged and non of this would be an issue.

14 years for an ice addict and 15 years for murder!

Information leading to his arrest is worth $100,000.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Smaller Than Expected

I mentioned this last week on the Melbourne Traditionalists Podcast but I had not noted it here. This news is a few months old but still of interest.

Back in May, during the Australian election, there had been a few news stories on the leap in jobs. Thousands of jobs had been created that month and they wondered if it was a turning point, if we were about to see an economic boom. Sadly that was not the case. The following quotes are from the HeraldSun, Friday, July 19, 2019.


'Australia's jobless rate held steady at 5.2 per cent last month despite an election related boost to employment receding, official figures show.'

'The number of employed people rose by a smaller than expected 500 in June to 12.87 million, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.'

12,870,000 people employed in Australia and in June the economy added 500 jobs!

That's a 0.0038% increase in the number of jobs in Australia.

The good news is that at this rate the employment problem will be solved in 1424 years!


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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Joker Movie Review - Melbourne Traditionalists Episode Sixteen

In this episode (only a few days after our last) David Hiscox from XYZ and I review the movie 'Joker'. Two very different reviews of the same movie!


Length: 32 minutes

Click on the link and enjoy!
Episode Sixteen

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Monday, 11 November 2019

The Eightieth Month

This has been a good month with numbers on the rise, I have been writing a good mix of topical articles and political philosophy. Which I'm happy about, I'm also happy that the Melbourne Traditionalists Podcast has had 16 episodes so far. Things are moving in the right direction.

I put up a link to this article Setting up a Conservative group at thezman and it has been read 168 times since then. Yet blogger tells me that I have had 38 visitors from his referred URL and 43 from his site. How do you reconcile those numbers?

This month I have had 4,860 visitors from the 11th October to the 11th November. My worst day was the 15th October when I had 47 visitors, my best day was the 17th October when I had 470 visitors.



October - November
EntryPageviews
United States
1525
Netherlands
1009
Australia
670
France
328
United Kingdom
286
Ukraine
198
Canada
145
Germany
101
Unknown Region
98
Russia
56


September - October
EntryPageviews
United States
1087
Australia
706
Netherlands
243
France
143
Unknown Region
106
Indonesia
79
Germany
78
Russia
64
Ukraine
61
United Kingdom
59

The United States, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Germany are all up.

Australia and Unknown Region are down.

Canada has reentered the top 10 and Indonesia has left.

I have also had visitors from the following countries: Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, U.A.E., Pakistan, India, China,  South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina

I look forward to seeing you all again
Mark Moncrieff

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

Unemployment in Australia - Melbourne Traditionalists Episode Fifteen

In this episode David Hiscox from https://www.xyz.net.au/ and I discuss how the geniuses that run Australia can have mass immigration and mass unemployment at the same time.


Length: 28 minutes


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Episode Fifteen



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