[LINK] OT: Water [Was: NBN Broadband Plan]
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Sun Jan 10 09:30:30 AEDT 2010
At 09:12 AM 10/01/2010, David Boxall wrote:
>Bottom line: state governments are charging for five or six times the
>available water. Hard-headed business people keep paying the fees, so it
>must make sense at some level.
>But Cubbie still went broke.
Possibilities off the top of my head and not thought through:
- owning the licences is a monopoly position and can be used to
restrict the competition or 'blackmail' others reliant on the same
resource into selling their land cheap
- states do it because the 'market will bear it'; if there is no
rational oversight of selling something that isn't real, but only a
possible future promise, then why not? We're talking about the Crown
here that can write laws to allow it to do just about anything in
this country. Checks and balances don't really exist here in the same
way as the US Constitution and Supreme Court interpretations of it do there.
- the principle is similar to one implementation of 'insurance' --
keep up the license [policy] because if you drop out, you will pay
huge premium increases [based on age] at a later date [blame the
Howard govt for that one]
- it's a shell game, 3-card monte, a shill
- limited resources are always sold at a premium; scarcity is a sure
way to have a system like this [if you want to actually SEE why this
is the case in Australia, take a look at that www.nearmaps.com site
that Stephen posted this week]
Bottom line: the pyramid always crumbles eventually. Naked emperors
are finally recognised for what they are.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or
sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.
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