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  1. Hi Cobran, Thanks for posting these snapshots. I would wonder what other database has such a record of graphics which illustrate the state of the economy. Perhaps the ABC might keep a record but this is an amazing array of material for anyone interested in viewing a graphic representation of the past 10 or more years. It is a credit to you and I hope that "SimpleSustainable" can retain the record somehow. We don't hear from RE much these days, but we are indebted to her too, for keeping the page operational. So, I for one, are grateful to you for your time in providing this service, because I rarely watch the ABC news or see Alan's segment on the TV. Thanks. Solomon.
  2. This piece by Matt Barrie has been featured in several forums. This is referenced from Zero Hedge. Thought it was worth a new topic. So much to talk about. Which card will fall first? Which card will be played by the politicians in one last ditch effort to keep the dream afloat? Which card do the banks require to be maintained in order to stay solvent? So many cards. So little time. ****Warning - Very Long......****
  3. I agree with your suggestion Tor. The only trouble is: .... it seems to be required when you nominate. Imagine the work involved with nomination for members of the senate. I think the last ballot had 120 candidates just for Queensland. I just think there has to be some mechanism that would allow the matter to be dealt with, without the imposition being placed back on the individual. Once this fiasco calms down, apathy will again creep in, and we could face a similar situation in 10 - 20 years time. It would seem the parliament should only be made up with indigenous persons, who are the only ones who have a valid claim to single citizenship. The rest of us, probably have some migrant heritage in our past.
  4. What a circus! I'm inclined to agree with Tor on this. It should be easy to construct a simple declaration that every member of parliament signs at the time of nomination declaring that they will not be subject to the laws and regulations of another country, and renounce all citizenship of any foreign land. Of course that doesn't solve the current crisis whereby people were already citizens. We may have to go to the polls again to fully satisfy the suggestion above Otherwise any decisions of this entire government since its inception may be brought into dispute. (Tied up in the High Court for months.) I often wonder how many laws I break everyday, because of just plain ignorance. Still, the highest citizens of the country are expected to comply with the constitution.
  5. Why is this corpse still alive?
  6. Maybe this explains "why".
  7. Someone is making a killing on the petrol price....
  8. Or a whole heap of highflyers are complaining they can't get Centrelink payments.
  9. Has Martin stopped blogging, or did it just become too burdensome to load them all to this thread? Not a criticism, just asking.
  10. Everybody knows the dice are loaded. Everybody knows.
  11. That would be except "cash". I have on occasion had 100% in cash, and never lost a cent. It might have deteriorated according to inflation, but that's beside the point.
  12. Oh dear zaph, I think you should stop while the stopping's good. (I say that in all humility, and with due respect to you; and also not because I want you to stop with this line of reasoning, but because I am ultimately afraid of the consequences.) You are being so rational, but this is one of those subjects that is entirely subjective. Children are not like pets, that you can determine their likes and dislikes to a large degree. Children have a will, and by that I mean, they are capable of putting tremendous pressure on parental nature to provide for their longings. My own 5 children still complain about how restrictive I was in our household, and with their first paycheck they went out and bought that xbox 360 that I wouldn't get for them. They still say they were deprived and yet they had food on the table, clothing in the cupboard and a bed to sleep in. They should have been totally happy and content. My grandchildren by contrast, I believe are spoilt rotten. They are given $500 birthday presents (have we gone mad!!!!) They each have their own ipads and tv sets in their own rooms! No wonder we are maxxed out as a nation and as individual domestic households. It is difficult enough not to buy "Tiddles" or "Rover" the best possible food and lodgings, but for children this is only the tip of the iceberg. And when they go to school you discover the real power of peer pressure. The latest fad or craze becomes essential. (Shopkins is now a multi-million dollar industry!) Even the Target look-alikes won't cut it to fashion savvy children. Don't even start me on technology, and what is now regarded as the must-have for 5 year olds. I agree with you zaph, that consumerism and materialism are the curse of modern parenting, but there doesn't seem to be any end to the abiity of the marketeers to keep the children engaged. Good luck with your project.
  13. See my comment on Local Council corruption.
  14. Too much money wallowing around Local Council's nowadays. Mainly through development companies. Tweed Heads Council was sacked only 10 yrs ago for supplying favours to big business and development. Council's are now simply glorified money laundering schemes, becoming richer as rates have increased. Just too tempting it seems for many people to keep their hands off.
  15. OMG Anders; I never thought about it before. What if they had English UK scientists determining the code words, and Microsoft auto correct kept changing them when the president was trying to type them in? "I thought realise had a "z" in it!"
  16. Like anyone would seriously listen to Alan. He took us to the brink by claiming we were in a new age of economics.
  17. You're right SC. Any other context of terrorism and the SWAT team and ASIO would have been all over it. But not the banks. Its all a load of self-interest B@#$#^t. Money talks, and I live in vain hope that some day all the corruption will be exposed. $1,000,000,000,000. Just imagine what that would have said to the world about Australia's concern for its citizens and no corporation exists outside the law. Keep the cash coming boys. We'll launder it for you.
  18. Thanks Anders, but its all "gobbledly gook" to me. This article by Prof Daniel Palmer of Monash University makes a pretty good fist of it however. At the end of the article he suggest post-modernism (I'm never sure whether it should be hyphenated or not) is now out of fashion. But take a look at what's on the forthcoming academic menu!!! Human beings are relentless at following fads. We are herd/tribal creature. We follow the crowd. Fascinate me with flattery and I'm yours. I think the academic world got lost on airy fairy land, and took a whole lot of us with them. Philosophy and idealogy are intent on seeking meaning, even when meaning and purpose may not exist. We have battered truth to death, and now we are trying to relocate reality. I'll leave my attempt to comment on this subject at that. Contemporaneity....... Hehehe.
  19. This is all being driven by our exorbitant house price economy. (And I'm sad to say, I think it is now the new norm) Too many people now have vast fortunes made on house prices. They just can't ever go down again. Everything is now valued against the elevated price of homes. One day, someone (all of us) will realise just what the banks/greed did to our world!! They and all those who have sucked off the teat (Governments, Local Councils, Public authorities) have totally wrecked our lifestyle. The aged care industry all assumes the elderly are sitting on a juicy rich piece of real estate. For those who are renting or in public housing there is just no way they are going to afford those sorts of deposits. It will come back to the situation when I was a boy and family looked after their elderly in their own homes until they died. Our nanna lived with us for many years. The only nursing homes around at the time in country Queensland were repatriation homes for returned servicemen and women. Then the churches and masonic and buffalo lodges built some as charitable institutions. Now most of them are privately owned and it is all about profit. Watch for the increasing revelations coming out of the homes about "elder abuse".
  20. I read that article Dose. It was even more enlightening in the comments, to see that some people have withdrawn their properties and are now renting them. Waiting out the downturn; believing that this is only a short reversal, and they will soon be back on the trajectory to the moon.
  21. Imagine though if they include "actual" words. There may be a panic in the future remembering the correct spelling!!
  22. That; or become an alcoholic. Most decent alcoholics don't make it to old timers!!
  23. Dos thet mean they r rong tho? Its not ther falt. They just was nt tort rite. And no 1 bothered to corect them! Who nos wear we will end up. I blame twiter....
  24. That is so funny Anders. Brilliant! Thank you for giving me a laugh today.