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  2. Thanks SC. Been a while since I've read the serenity prayer. The version you present is the current Alcoholics Anonymous prayer apparently attributed to Dr Reinhold Niebuhr - Christian theologian, or ""!! Thanks for that. I guess that is what I am trying to do. Live one day at a time. Enjoy one moment at a time. Trying to change the things I can. Recognising my very many human limitations in other places. As Jordan Peterson states. "Tidying up my own room first." I could converse with you about any number of things in your submission. We would likely end up disagreeing about most of them. Life's too short. Thanks though for replying and reflecting upon your own decision processes. You will do well in the world.
  3. Even John Howard of all people...
  4. I think you're on to something...
  5. I'm genuinely happy for you and hope it works out. Weird to hear a house price with a one in front of it! Legal decisions are made on evidence. Policy decisions are made on evidence (or at least they should be) IMHO. In my book evidence is the basis of rationality in decision making. I appreciate this involves certain philosophical beliefs that I hold. I take very little on faith. I'll give you an example. I phoned my insurance company to report a modification to my vehicle. I was advised by the rep that I was not required to report such modifications. I was surprised and requested a copy of the policy to check. The policy clearly described that if I didn't report such modifications then the insurance company was within its rights to not pay the policy. I called back and was given the same advice, I stopped the rep and related the section detailing my "responsibilities". I then got to report my modifications. If I'd taken that advice on faith, I could have voided my policy. I'd be up for thousands. In god we trust, all others bring evidence. My mum had the prayer of serenity on the wall when I was growing up. I'm an atheist as you know but that does not render religious doctrine without merit. I regard the bible generally as a rule book for harmonious society. (except for the weird old testament stuff) The science of climate change falls into the category of things that can be changed. Just like the ozone hole and the banning of clorofluorocarbons. We managed that OK. The point is that it's not even that the climate hasn't changed before. It's the rate of change that is the distinguishing feature of this event. It's so rapid that it does not allow most species to evolve quickly enough. The timescale of the change is too short.
  6. Thanks SC. Wasn't an easy decision, but at least we will have a home, (or an investment!!) I am comfortable with you disagreeing with me. Evidence is the operative word in your statement. Some people require more evidence than others, before they "believe" it. Others are happy with a limited amount. Some only need a minute amount of evidence. Some simply believe based purely on faith, in a particular person, or group. We all use this process every day to make our daily decisions. (Buying a car, choosing a set of clothes, booking a holiday, etc) I was only wanting to identify that this is where the "man-made" climate change debate encounters the religious component of people's life. The other element to the debate, as I have watched Cobran and yourself and thousands of others debate it, and many and varied others on social media talking about it, is the issue of fear. If the climate were to change as drastically as it has in the past, there is sweet "f" all we could do about it. We will simply go the way of the dinosaurs. When you consider a place like Milford Sound NZ with over 200 metres depth of ice at one point in its history. It got damn hot to melt it, etc, and yet the Indigenous people of Australia have been on this island for 50,000 - 60,000 yrs. The whole debated is all couched in human terms against a human backdrop of the fear of "................." What?? Dying? Extinction? Incineration? Drowning? Starvation? Good luck with changing those things. Here's what Ecclesiastes had to say around 3000 years ago. Fatalism at its very best........ 3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. 9 What gain have the workers from their toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. 11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 20 All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. I am happy that we try our best, and go our hardest to correct climate change, but in the end it changes very little about life. I've had my small say on the matter. I leave it at that. (I don't dispute the evidence, but then again, I live by faith.)
  7. Bought a small 4 bedroom concrete block renovator in Townsville at the end of 2018, and before the flood for $145,000. Will rent it for about 5 yrs, before moving there to live. Thankfully was also high and dry.
  8. I'm not so sure. The coalition is very against any dole welfare - they prefer welfare for churches, businesses and 'families'. They'd rather take a mean spirited approach to dole bludgers than a pragmatic one. They'd rather spend money hiring church businesses to make dole recipients jump through hoops than give it to them. They have started a campaign of demonising dole recipients in the media. They've also started a review of Job Active to make it more efficient - AKA more punitive. Having said that, there is pressure from almost every interest group to increase the dole. I think we will see some pathetic increase in the dole linked to more 'mutual obligation' before the next election that will punish dole recipients but look like an increase.
  9. https://www.amazon.com/Shave-Mob-Precision-Cut-Resistant-Lubrication/dp/B07PWHY5XD/?th=1
  10. Ah yes - there are lunatics like Larry Summers (and some politicians) that think trickle-down-economics works best by stimulating the big end of town and the interests of the wealthy elites. For the rest of the 99.9%:
  11. 6 blade razors?
  12. Congrats on the house sol. I disagree with your characterisation of the CC 'debate' as religious. One side relies on evidence. If the evidence changes then so does my opinion. The other on conspiracy, anecdote and wilful ignorance. This article in the guardian sums it up nicely. If you're bored with the future of your grand children then I'm curious to know what excites you?
  13. That would be the preferred option for the reasons that you state. The money gets put straight back into the economy. It's what I meant by an about turn on ideology. Unfortunately, the government haven't signalled anything of the sort. I fear that a more likely result will be to provide a less efficient stimulus to the "base"
  14. There seems to be a race between the telecommunications industry and razor blade manufacturers; 5G? I'll show you a 5-blade razor! I wonder what the innovation geniuses will think about next...
  15. I have heard (gossip/rumour/hearsay) that 5G is just the tip of the iceberg. Telstra, have already identified that there will be 6G, 7G and possible even an 8G before the end of the next decade. It is apparently built on a platform to allow easy transition to new levels of speed and reliability.
  16. I have been keeping tabs on the site, but haven't posted in recent months, because; surprise, surprise - I bought a home. Have been busy renovating and tidying up. Still, my take on the loss of membership, is that everyone gets complacent and apathy grows. It takes a "stimulus" to get them motivated again. If a recession does unfold, I predict many of them will coming knocking at this door once again. In the interim, the discussion about Climate Change turned into a type of religious debate, which is guaranteed to bore people. Eventually neither side wins. It is a lose/lose confrontation. That too, might have contributed to the decline.
  17. Good call Anders B. I agree with your rationale. It is also easy to hide from the masses, that anything might be wrong, as there have been growing calls in the public forums for the NewStart payments to be raised.
  18. I predict raising the dole/new start. Politicians gain brownie points for caring for those most in need. And those people will spend every cent of what extra they would get, which would mean instant stimulus.
  19. Back to the main game then. Yield curve inversion China and Germany (eu and asia) economies faltering Trade war which nobody wants to look weak Not many shots in the locker left. A government that is ideologically opposed to raising dole for max stimulus Infrastructure spending also tepid Calls on the reserve bank (and the Fed by Trump) to lower IR No deal Brexit Hong Kong Kashmir record breaking 'no recession' in Oz It hasn't been this exciting to be bearish for quite a while. I predict stimulus. Maybe helicopter money. Maybe QE in Oz. And if the government has any sense an about turn on ideology.
  20. I'm not sure it was the shaved head. The crazy rants against just about everybody and the lack of good music were also an influence in the 'weird' categorisation. A bit like Bono. I still listen to Sinead. At least the earlier stuff. If she puts out a decent single again I'd be happy to listen again. I don't agree with her views on most things. It's like the argument as to whether you can still appreciate Wagner due to his anti-semitic views. Or whether the statue of Rhodes should be toppled at Oxford Uni. Or Winston's anti-Indian racism. Historical revisionism seeks to erase history. I'd prefer that such flaws were remembered. So as to be avoided in future. And now a tune...
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  22. Sinéad O'Connor is an interesting case study of how looks affect perception of a person. Perhaps she shaved her head because she wanted to be appreciated for her art and not her pretty face. It seems her career went down the gurgler after she went "weird" in the eyes of the public. Maybe it is naive to think that we can avoid being judged by our cover. It is a shame, really. But tribal instincts are deep seated animal instincts that we humans have inherited. I don't think it can be avoided, despite our best intentions. People even get offended if one does not live up to their expectations of what we should be for them.
  23. Why not? Compared with instagram, snapchat and twitter that allow nothing else but vacuous analysis I find your deeper examination refreshing Anders. Feel free to blog on. Forums in general seem to be falling out of fashion. Meh. I feel there's still a place for the forum. At least for a well reasoned argument. Poor old cobran couldn't manage a well reasoned argument. So he gone. I hope that the door doesn't bang his arse on the way out.
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