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  1. Thanks Swaize. I'm not sure I understand your explanation fully, but it sounds like Socrates is a momentum gauge.
  2. Aaand it's gone! The monthly waterfall event prediction, that is. This is weird. The two Socrates images both show 8/22/2017 (22 August 2017) in the top right corner:
  3. What does a "waterfall to the downside" on a monthly basis mean? It could just be a 5% adjustment one month and then steady prices? <rant> I'm still cynical about the Australian real estate religion preached by the media. It is like the church of real estate demands that you pay all your current and future income just to be able to buy a house, that you scream at politicians to maintain stupid economic policies to boost property prices, campaign councils to never allow new housing anywhere, and sacrifice any hope of your children being able to buy a roof over their head in their lifetime. Crazy! Heck, one could think that Moloch worship is still alive and well by the media elite. Last time I looked, the total Australian housing stock was worth 3-4 times the total market value of all companies on the ASX. How productive is that? It's like having an attitude of "Why should governments focus on jobs and prosperity generating new businesses, when you can just buy the same houses off each other for ever increasing prices?" Even if there is still no moment of "waterfall to the downside" and time to pay the piper, a bit of foresight from the elite opinion leaders and politicians in society would have been a good thing. You can't fight the economic inevitable like Coyote hanging in mid-air. </rant> But I'm hypocritical too, I suppose. I miss Australia a lot, and nevertheless hope to buy a place over there again one day.
  4. That derailed quickly! So... my current setup is to spend spring summer and autumn in the Nordics and then October to February in Australia. This will be the first year I will attempt to make that work together with (lack of) employment so we'll see if that is sustainable. I really miss Australia...
  5. Ooww... zaph, I think I understand how you feel. I was very much an outsider growing up being asian in a then very white Sweden. Heck, I am still a weirdo in the eyes of the public. Anders... the Korean viking... from Australia - yeah right! And I felt like a total girl repellant in adolescence until a miracle happened. The Roberta Flack song is a masterpiece. Even now during moments when I feel particularly weird I console myself by thinking about tor. And then I feel very normal.
  6. Despite my general cynicism towards politicians, I feel a bit sorry for Paul Pisasale. I met him back when he was deputy mayor in Ipswich and he was then working very hard to improve the city and promoted the town 24/7. He was then very popular in the electorate. After he got elected mayor he held regular local business leaders meetings and tried to mobilise commitment to economic development. I was there as a representative of an aerospace company. But that was 15 years ago. Paul must have been seduced by land developers' money and 'favours' since then. Pity the temptations got the better of him. I think he had good intentions in the beginning. Or maybe I just have sympathy for the man because he gave me a city medal once
  7. House prices double every 7 years. Everyone knows that.
  8. Solomon is by far the better person to comment on this topic. The last 20 years have seen a western world ruled by the elite; by elite intellectuals as well as the moneyed class and big end of town. The problem is that the 99% have not seen the benefits of policies based on with "trust me, I'm an expert". So there is wide scepticism in the broader population that spills over into education and academic discourse. In some ways, this scepticism is warranted. The knowledge of today will look naive and ignorant compared with the body of knowledge 50 years from now. We all just have to do the best as we know how right now, but there are no guarantees that we have the complete picture. The 99% don't know what to 'believe'. Without the educational background or intellectual horsepower, most experts' opinions have to be accepted as an article of faith. We now experience a backlash of this faith in the last few years. Unfortunately, this has spilled over into the idea of empirical science. All that matters these days is the 'narrative'. It is not about the data anymore, it is more about how you curate, cleanse, and interpret the data. Media doesn't help with sensationalising second and third grade science headlines. Is fat good for you in your diet or not? Is caffeine harmful? Are pharmaceutical drugs effective and safe? How is a layman supposed to make sense of the latest studies, when these studies are often misreported by media and direct access to publications is prohibitively expensive? So I understand the sentiment, although I despair at the lack of scientific rigour of post modernism.
  9. Trump may actually be literate. But his executive orders are probably always 140 characters or less.
  10. It's not easy for non-native speakers to learn all the quirks of the English language. Take the word 'illiterate' for example. It seems to be a composite of 'ill' and 'literate'. So it seems to me the logical spelling of the word should have three 'l's. Hence the title of this thread should be 'Illliterate' Well, OK, illiteratively speaking, of course Or is that too much of an illiterativelification? An illiterativelificationism?
  11. Ha ha! I see what you did there! Maybe a lot of people are not native English speakers? Another problem is autocorrect. You misspell in English and it automatically gets translated to iPhonish (iPhonian? iPhonese?)
  12. It is interesting to observe how perfectly free labour movement works, which is available within each country. The trend is urbanisation and regional brain drain. If this is a natural consequence of talented people seeking better opportunities, then current mega-cities and opportunity centres, like New York, London, Silicon Valley, etc will see much higher rate of population growth. That will cause severe stress on infrastructure and quality of life in those areas. So, basically - you will find opportunities in those places but still have a poor quality of life unless you strike it mega-rich. Good luck in the super rat race! The truly wealthy people will be those that have great health, in control of their time, freedom to operate a profitable business from anywhere, while still maintaining good social and family networks. Hmmm... tor is on to something here...