Ben Reeson

I'm Ben. Live in Brunswick (Melbourne). Coffee. People. Photography. Travel. Life. London. ENTJ.

I write letters.

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August 18, 2014

somewhere in the otways

somewhere in the otways

11:32pm


August 18, 2014

Travel and Common Humanity and/or Stupidity

If travel has taught me anything, it’s that we all share a common humanity. Put aside our cultural and political quirks, we are all the same. We all laugh, cry, feel love and pain. We share far more than what separates us, despite what the self-interested want to claim.

The downside to travel is that you also realise that stupidity is everywhere. Despite the access we have to learn from one another, our common humanity and knowledge in general, many are still ridiculously racist, sexist, abusive and just outright stupid.

Luckily, they are only the occasional person that sours your day for a moment and are easily forgotten, not the majority.


3:00pm
Filed under: travel racism sexism humanity 


August 18, 2014

YEREVANI saw this view online somewhere and decided I wanted to take a similar photo. So I did.

YEREVAN

I saw this view online somewhere and decided I wanted to take a similar photo. So I did.

11:00am


August 17, 2014

"We just need to sign a treaty with the Indigenous"

I have heard this being said in the past few years. Usually from my left of centre friends. Now I know that they mean well in trying to amend historical abuses, but it’s just a bit racist.

Why? Because lumping together peoples of hundreds of different tribal and language groups simply because they have the same skin colour is wrong. 

The situation many Indigenous face in this country is horrid. Lumping them into one group because of their skin colour isn’t going to help.




August 15, 2014

WARSAW

WARSAW

12:00pm


August 14, 2014

a little trip

I recently went on a little trip. It took seven weeks. The first and last two weeks in the UK and the other three tripping mostly across the Caucuses and the Balkans. The itinerary went something like:

London > Warsaw > Yerevan (Armenia) > Georgia > Istanbul > Greece > Bulgaria > Macedonia > Kosovo > Albania (transit - got the stamp) > Montenegro > Croatia > Bosnia > Croatia again and finally Slovenia. Then back to London.

I’m back in Melbourne now with many photos and little money. 




June 8, 2014

Dear Tony, from someone you may once have called a 'job snob'

"Under the government’s plan, from next year, unemployed people under 30 will have to wait six months before receiving benefits. They will then be put on work-for-the-dole for six months, before the money is again taken away for half a year. And so on it will go. This policy manages a rare feat in being both astoundingly cruel and incredibly dumb.”

This is an excellent article that points out the obvious flaws in a policy that is “designed to hinder efforts to escape unemployment”.




June 8, 2014

This was at my university last Monday morning. It was stunning.
It was also the first morning I had been without my digital SLR, so I had to make do with my poor phone camera.

This was at my university last Monday morning. It was stunning.

It was also the first morning I had been without my digital SLR, so I had to make do with my poor phone camera.

1:05am
Filed under: landscape sunrise fog golden 


May 31, 2014

Former students face thousands in higher interest payments under HECS changes

"Pyne told parliament: “Imagine going to the bank and saying to the bank manager, ‘I’d like to borrow a credit card for $16,800’ – which is the average Hecs debt in 2012 – ‘but there are a few conditions that I am going to put on this loan."

I would imagine if a customer took out a loan with set conditions of repayment and the bank manager later changed those repayment conditions without consultation, that it would make the customer pretty angry and be grounds for breaking the contract.




May 31, 2014

Last weekend I drove down the Great Ocean Road with my parents. We arrived just in time for sunset over the Twelve Apostles. This is what we were greeted with.

Last weekend I drove down the Great Ocean Road with my parents. We arrived just in time for sunset over the Twelve Apostles. This is what we were greeted with.

11:35pm


May 26, 2014

Young people on Newstart forced to beg and approach charities

"”People don’t just lose dignity and connection with the world but they start to rely on increasingly risky and haphazard strategies for survival,” he said."

Cutting the dole to young people doesn’t do anything, but kick them when they’re down. It doesn’t even save enough money to come close to justifying it, especially not when the govt is going to spend $8.8 billion on the paid parental leave scheme.

It’s a heartless change that doesn’t address the core problem: a lack of education and jobs. Instead of blaming those that cannot help themselves, maybe the politicians should focus on bettering the economy so there are opportunities for the young to take up.




May 26, 2014

"A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example."

— Robert Menzies




May 10, 2014


End of season goodness.

3:35pm


May 10, 2014

Australia the Corporation

Just for a moment, let’s imagine that the Federal Government is actually a corporation and we as citizens each hold a share.

Now let’s imagine that the AGM is coming up on Tuesday. The CEO and CFO have both made statements to the affect that due to ongoing revenue falls, structural changes to expenditure are going to need to be made. Some products are going to be discontinued, others will cost more, efficiency measures will be taken, there will be lower dividends and employees pensions are going to change and many will lose their jobs altogether.

The CFO has even said that the burden must be shared by all.

Now as a shareholder, I have a vested interest in the long term viability of my company’s balance sheets. I understand that costs need to be cut in the face of lower earnings and I accept that. In the long term, it should mean higher dividends for all shareholders.

Given the situation we are facing though - I think it’s time we discussed the remuneration packages of the CEO, CFO and other board members. After all it was the CFO that called for the burden to be shared. Should their remuneration package not be trimmed to suit the unfortunate situation we have before us? That the burden would be indeed shared by all.

I would hope so.




April 29, 2014

Why conflicts make the world safer and richer