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  1. Been mainly based in Sweden now for 18 months. Qantas Gold doesn't give you that much these days. But lounge access and priority boarding (to get overhead locker space!) are good to have for life now even when flying economy. 'Straya Day on Venice Beach seems like a great plan!
  2. Condolences... Yes - life is a gift. Let's make the most of it.
  3. I thought this thread was locked? Anyway - I don't think anybody is disputing climate change. The big questions are: How big is the anthropogenic component? What can be done about it? (Hint: global taxation is not the solution...) Why can't we have a campaign to plant a billion trees around the globe in 10 years? We just need a tree-roots [sic] campaign where 10 million people world-wide commit to planting 10 trees per year for the next decade.
  4. Merry Christmas, Mr Medved, and everyone else still monitoring the forum! Hope you all have a great holiday season with family and loved ones. My employer in Sweden is kind enough to let me work from "home" a couple of weeks at a time, so now I'm commuting between Sweden and Australia every 6 weeks during the norther hemisphere winter. This is my third trip so far with another trip planned in February. That is a lot of flying! I just made Qantas lifetime Gold frequent flyer this year.
  5. Thanks för the update Swaize. I find it hard to trade Marty's predictions but this latest trading levels in the DJIA or Nasdaq are pretty clear. But he has been wrong before so it is hard to judge the probabilities that things will unfold as he predicts. Marty also seem to state that the market can change behaviour at any time.
  6. Back in the day (80s) when we had hope that society could live without racial, social, political, and mental enclaves. Break those walls!
  7. Maybe that's OK. I think it would have been better to just require financial assets if you are an older migrant instead of charging big money for a visa. That will make them less able to look after themselves in old age.
  8. Good you're still here, though!
  9. Life in the mid-50s is totally crap. Every one of my parents' generation are now dead. Parents, uncles and aunts and their friends. This has been a decade of death. All my old friends are ageing and growing tired. I have less and less in common with them and I think I have lost all of them now except two. Making new friends is virtually impossible. My wife and I are heading towards our 60s and she's still my soulmate - that's sweet but sad to watch the slow decay in us both. As I'm watching old music videos from the 70s on Youtube I remember what it was like to be in the early teens full of enthusiasm and passion for life. That was 40 years ago.
  10. Man - that sucks! Are those the rules? You can buy yourself a visa?
  11. Thanks zaph. So - bubbly boom time ahead again? What's your take on the future of the Aussie economy? The previous bubble was driven by a mining boom and an impulse response to record low interest rates. What could drive the next housing bubble?
  12. BTW, zaph - how is the Brisbane market now? I’m thinking about buying a place in the next few years. Just a cheapie inner city unit.
  13. It is not just tor, it seems everyone has been abducted.
  15. 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%: