This is worth reading. Cut clichés out of your talk:

By Bernard Marr

Our government is setting up very severe laws and powers against outlaw bikie gangs and their associated organised crime. The key to the matter is whether they can make the laws stick. Most likely gang lawyers will challenge them in the high court and they will either be ruled as unconstitutional, or watered down until there is no difference to how it was before. Of course nothing will change unless more police are inserted and magistrates subsequently keep apprehended  and convicted outlaws in jail.

Quote from FutureQuest; ‘Chapter 16. Acceptance and Peer Pressure’

‘Eventually outsiders find other outsiders and before long, an outsider group is formed, in which the reject-outsider is accepted and recognised as an insider of that outsider group. To maintain the distinction of the group as that of ‘outsiders’, such groups will sometimes encourage acts of revulsion by their members, to confirm their outside-status and to establish or assert the group’s non-conforming identity. The members draw their personal identity from the group’s identity, and the outsider label then becomes an integral part of the members’ identity.

‘An extreme form of such outsider groups is the Outlaw gang (91), where members wear patches, tattoos or colours to show their membership. It sends the message that whoever threatens or assaults someone wearing colours challenges the gang and can expect the gang’s revenge. Even though the membership of such a group involves heightened danger, there is also a sense of camaraderie and protection. Add to all of this the adrenaline rush and excitement of violent confrontations and illegal acts, the associated freedom of not having to work, and the intimidating power over unprotected individuals, it is easy to see why gangs are popular with rejected young people. Once a person’s identity is intertwined with gang membership and its associated loyalty structure, it is very hard to leave.’

Albert Sedlmayer. FutureQuest (Kindle Locations 1740-1750).


91.   Nawojczyk, Steve. Street Gang Dynamics. The Nawojczyk Group. [Online] 1997. [Cited: 18 Jan 2010.]


Enjoying Music

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Life
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Last night I spent over half an hour immersed in music (listening). Reclined with good quality recordings through good quality in-ear buds, closed eyes and nothing but the music. When the ear buds went in, the door to the sound stage closed, and the world and its distractions were cut off and left outside. I could walk among the musicians unencumbered and observe every nuance they played, hear every fine accent in their instruments and see the vocalists’ passion in their faces and hear it in their voices. I could hear every vibration of the low bass strings and every sixteenth cut of percussion – even sense the tightness of the skins. Guitar fills and horn sets coloured the regularity of the precise rhythms. The relaxation was absolute, with every note, every beat absorbing my attention. Even the spaces and rests between the notes had identities, thereby accentuating presence to the beats. Nothing else existed…! I did this regularly in less hectic times, sometimes for a whole day, and now realise I should really pick it up again and enjoy the whole-body music massage like this this more frequently – as well as playing it. Maybe sometime on Saturday I could let it rumble through our 1000w home theatre – but that would open awareness cracks for bits of world-distractions to leak in.

Are we surprised?

Posted: September 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Are we surprised? “The Totally Unfair And Bitterly Uneven ‘Recovery,’ In 12 Charts” from HuffPost Business

War with Syria …?
Excerpt from ‘FutureQuest; If War is the Answer, how Stupid is the Question?’
Unfortunately too many members and advisors of the world’s departments of defence are people trained for war, encumbered with spurious techno-strategic rationality (269 p. 54). They would perceive world events in terms of threat-levels toward war through their sensory processors, and not recognise any initiative opportunities for peace.   Do they really want to remain forever on standby? What if they want to apply their warrior skills – just once? If a nation is serious about their defence, they will also have members and advisors qualified in the science of peace – which is quite evidently not the case.   For a prototype solution; if just a tenth of a nation’s defence budget were diverted toward establishing and maintaining friendship relationships with other nations, much of the other ninety percent may eventually become unnecessary. Peace is a defence issue and is entirely achievable. But virtually no funds are allocated toward building international relationships. All defence budgets are for war.
Looking at the state of world security from this viewpoint, it seems that all nations’ defence ministers and advisors are incompetent in setting up and maintaining peace. They should therefore be fired and replaced with qualified peace-builders, or at least with potato sacks with faces on them.
We must motivate and pressure our national leaders to set up positive, peace-building strategies within our defence ministries and defence budgets. These must comprise dedicated, laterally-thinking staff and advisors who are formally qualified in the science of peace. Until we have a more representative form of democracy, we must set up democratic parties and candidates with peace and future-focused philosophies. Unfortunately our current ‘green’ parties are encumbered with far too many radical agendas to qualify for this role.   Defence and war are not merely political, ideological or moral issues. They are subject to strong business pressure by financial interests behind political facades (270). The quality of our future, and whether we will actually have one, depends upon how well we get these detrimental influences under democratic control.
Albert Sedlmayer. FutureQuest (Kindle Locations 5139-5155).
269. Cohn, Carol. Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals. [ed.] Linda Rennie Forcey. Peace: Meanings, Politics, Strategies. New York: Praeger, 1989.
270. MarketWatch, Inc. Trump: We Should Take Libya’s Oil. Market Watch (video interview). [Online] 19 Apr 2011. [Cited: 23 Oct 2011.]!7E12BC15-38AE-465F-949A-CDB65ED6DC75

My radio interview

Posted: July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

My radio interview regd FutureQuest, with Scott Lamond, on ‘Drive’, ABC Gold Coast, FM 91.7 at 4:20pm local time

I am the featured author of FutureQuest here today:

Negative Role Models

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Quote from FutureQuest: ‘Negative Role Models’
‘Far too many children :acquire a negative attitude from teaching and coaching by media and computer games, and grow up adopting these obnoxious, self-indulging worldviews, eventually becoming burdens on their society. They become sociopathic egomaniacs – chronically bored, self centred and hedonistic, seeking only their own kicks, gratification and notoriety. They get involved in various antisocial behaviours like vandalism, hooliganism, hooning, graffiti, and drunken and drug induced violence. They despise police, law-abiding people and all forms of authority, and maliciously provoke and antagonise them with contempt.’
‘This makes them unfit for participating constructively in society, let alone building a better future. Too many of them eventually grow into adults with destructive, aimless boredom and associated negative attitudes. These apathetic, self-indulging parasites then suck the life out of society – all for lack of appropriate teaching.’

Albert Sedlmayer. FutureQuest (Kindle Locations 4643-4650).

So Many Disciplines

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Quote from FutureQuest:
‘Our quest involves so many disciplines that we must avoid becoming bogged down in the depth and detail of any single component. Our focus is a Macro System design, to connect all the pertinent elements together so that we adequately encompass the breadth of the challenge. This has not been effectively done before. Each element has enough depth in itself to distract focus away from the process as a whole. The only areas where we go into any depth are where we can take effective steps immediately, and where we investigate new solutions to old problems – thinking laterally to get past obstinate barriers.’

Albert Sedlmayer. FutureQuest (Kindle Locations 520-524).

Tasks on my desk

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Doing 1:FutureQuest and Talon promotion, 2:Special service vessel design proposal, 3:Scantlings calcs for my 50m catamaran superyacht