Mr Medved

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  1. I thought it was sell in May and go away... when is the turning point forecasted?
  2. LOL: I'd happily support a reforestation program to counter the deforestation that has happened in the last few centuries (in particular). I think we're going to have to do that anyway to some extent.
  3. Sorry to hear your loss. I had a stepmother succumb to cancer, it wasn't pleasant to see someone decline that way. Fortunately my father's bounced back, remarried and quite happy with life. I went through divorce last year which felt like part of me had died. You just have to remember to appreciate every day... which is easy to forget.
  4. Temperatures fluctuate over time, due to cosmic activity such as solar flares, moving of the poles, volcanic activity, etc. which are unrelated to human activity. That's why I remain sceptical not in denial. So I'm happy to accept temperatures in general may be rising but not as an excuse to usher in some political ideology like world government, more taxation, loss of fundamental rights, etc. Agriculture has been around a speck of time, industrialisation even shorter. So I'm not going to jump to conclusions - especially when I'm so ignorant. If there's agreement on rising temperatures, then what? I think that's where opinions will differ and why cobran was also sceptical. Too many people trying to make a buck.
  5. Both fuel (e.g., back-burning policies) and arson have had a major influence on this bushfire season. It is quite possible if not probable these factors have had more impact than temperature. I'm no expert nor looking to become one so not looking for a soapbox.
  6. I am! The issue is not change, but the role of human activity in being responsible for the change. My bullsh*t detector is still going off because there are too many people with skin in the game (economic or political) making lots of noises.
  7. Thanks Anders! It sounds you've got a nice rhythm happening there, though I'm assuming it doesn't involve any jukendo or Viking wrestling. I'd love to be able to have that flexibility, though would flip between Australia and Siberia so the time zones are only 3-4 hours apart. What do you get for gold level with Qantas? How long since you left the UK? I will be in L.A. for three nights, actually planning to have an Australia Day BBQ in Venice (CA).
  8. Small update from August. I flew out of Oz on Thursday night and arrived Friday morning at Narita. I made my way into Shinjuku via the train. I'm glad I decided to get a taxi because it was so freakin' hot! Obviously my Japanese sucks, but what sucked more is that my taxi driver messed up the address and sent me to the wrong hotel, so ended up having to get a second taxi to get to my destination. I dumped my bags at the hotel and headed for the venue. It probably doubled as a bomb shelter in a past life as it was a couple of levels down from street level, and had a capacity of about 200 people. I was there before sound check so met some of the guys and then after the show. The following day I did a bit of walking around before heading back for the Saturday show to do some more filming. After a late night at a restaurant I stayed up all night until about 5am to head off to Narita for a 10am or 10:30am flight... can't remember. We landed back in Oz Sunday night and I was home around midnight. It was a pretty cool whirlwind trip - one night on a plane then two nights watching bands in Tokyo. I had some plans to travel in December which were kyboshed for a few different reasons. I may be off to L.A. in January for another rock'n'roll vacation, again it'll basically be a weekend trip.
  9. I don't have a sh*t-ton of money so am less concerned. I actually feel quietly comfortable holding cash in a Russian bank account. A far cry from 1998! I don't think it matters what you think is overvalued, it's where the masses/"dumb money" run to, and getting there first
  10. The government wants cold hard cash!
  11. The guy I met had a profession on the "highly skilled migrant list". His relative is a dentist. It's a point-based system, age is a factor so it costs more (the dentist is in his 50s). If you're willing to buy a few million dollars worth of government bonds you'll get residency regardless of professional background.
  12. I met a friend of a friend on the weekend, who moved from Russia to Australia as a skilled migrant a few years ago. He said it cost him 10,000AUD a visa for himself and his wife. Her parents are looking to move as well now (her step-father is a medical professional). Apparently because of their age it costs 60,000AUD each to get residency - 120k for a couple. This is the kind of thing that is propping up a weak economy - capital inflows from migration. Not just from visa fees but the capital they bring with them. I recall reading an article in the year where it stated Australia has the most millionaire migrants in the world (that is net, not per capita). It's why immigration levels is a taboo topic and no major political party will touch the subject. The Australian economy is in terrible shape and turning off the migration tap may trigger a deep recession.
  13. I would like to be abducted by perky young cheerleaders but hasn't happened yet!
  14. The only thing that could drive a boom is massive influx of capital (unlikely? who knows) or China/central banks stimulus (they've done it before). Maybe a world war would be a positive outcome economically if Australia was not directly involved (safe haven, provider of supplies, etc.). IMO the country is already in recession regardless of what statistics are being trotted out by government officials. The macro indicators out of China are not positive either. It sounds like the banks have essentially brushed off the Royal Commission so they may get back to their old habits if left unchecked... that may provide additional stimulus. The AUD continues to tank, I'm actually on the positive side of holding Russian Rubles! Good thing I'm holding USD and XAU too. I know I'm an old fart, but remember when gold was less than $1,000AUD/ounce - it is now $2,200. A crack-up boom is possible, but I think she's dead, Jim!
  15. Looks like Tor has been taken by a band of ninjas. Must have left is bayonet at home...