The Daily Blog Open Mic – 10th June 2024


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  1. Why unfettered competition in agri-horticulture is self-defeating and ultimately unprofitable and results in political agitation in the home location and in the market.
    ,,,”Over the last decade Australia has taken around 85 percent of our exports but in the last three years that’s dropped below 50 percent.”

    Siebert [New Zealand Avocado chief executive Brad Siebert] said the industry had worked hard to diversify markets and is exporting to more countries this season than ever before.
    “We’re going back into Canada and North America, we haven’t exported there in a number of years, we’re also going into Asia.
    “Australia presents an opportunity for us this season as well because the Western Australia crop is looking smaller.”

    Many growers have had two seasons in a row without any profit, he said.
    “It’s been really tough so there is a bit riding on this season.”

    This season could be make or break for many, Seeka chief executive Michael Franks said
    The company grows about 90 hectares of avocados and helps other growers pack and sell their fruit…

  2. Seen on RNZ this morning. – Over image of Shane Jones. – Two pieces of news, two talking heads, at two degrees of separation?

    …The Mowbray family, who started the company in their Cambridge garage, top the National Business Review’s 2024 Rich List, released on Monday.
    Zuru is wholly owned by brothers Mat and Nick Mowbray, who the NBR estimates are worth $20 billion. Hart is valued at an estimated $12.1b.
    Zuru Group was started more than 20 years ago and now spans three divisions – toys, consumer goods and construction – with more than 5000 staff across more than 30 locations worldwide.
    In an interview with the NBR, published last week, 39-year-old Nick Mowbray said Zuru was on track to hit $3b revenue this year, with a plan to grow to $10b of annual turnover within the next five years….

    According to NBR, Zuru “describes itself as a robotics and automation company with a relentless focus on continuous improvement, which sees it automate at least one new process a week, resulting in some of the most efficient factories in the world”.
    “This has resulted in the group being highly profitable and debt-free, and Zuru must now surely be considered one of New Zealand’s most remarkable business successes.”…

    Way to go! Bur where for me and you?

  3. Automation, profit /\ :|: People unprofitable, Decimation \/.
    Some pieces exploring things we need to think about soon.
    Do you understand this and are one of those who still have functional brains and an idea of values?

    Would this provide a reliable set of statistics about attitudes towards tech?
    Since 1937, The Public Opinion Quarterly has been the leading interdisciplinary journal for practitioners and academicians studying the development and role of communication research, current public opinion, as well as the theories and methods underlying opinion research. Such methods include survey validity, questionnaire construction, interviewing and interviewers, sampling strategy, mode of administration, and analytic approaches. Each issue presents theoretical advances, along with tested applications throughout the social and behavioral sciences.

    Interesting sounding.
    The Art of Not Being Governed
    An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia JamesC.Scott
    — It was home to fugitive, mobile populations whose modes of subsistence- foraging, hunting, shifting cultivation, fishing, and…


    People –
    A man who confidently posits the answers – believable or impossible? Fun to watch anyway.
    A Future for us all? 15.13m

    Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? 19.11m

    Ideas as possibilities.

    Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More …
    Pew Research Center › internet › 2021/02/18
    18 Feb 2021 — A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism …
    Not So Simple : Notes from a Tech-Free Life – By Mark Boyle July 4, 2019
    Who hasn’t dreamed of living a more wholesome, less frenetic life? Ten years ago economist Mark Boyle tried living without money. Two years ago he foreswore modern technology as well. We asked him what he’s learned since he ditched his stupidphone and logged off antisocial media.

    Aug.21/23 Jun.4/24
    …When Alexis de Tocqueville toured the United States in the early 1830s, he made an observation that social scientists have seen over and over since: Democracy at the state and national levels depends on everyday organizations like that garden club. He called them “schools” for practicing the “general theory of association.” As members of small democracies, people were learning to be citizens of a democratic country….
    Better life index

    (Nice effects – Looking at world stats recently I found that Central Africa has a lot of syphilis. The Africans have a variety of difficulties and many are fleeing to Europe – Spain, Italy, Greece. Where could we go – Australia? New Caledonia? Papua New Guinea? Fiji?)


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