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  1. Last night caught a little piece on the 7pm Project with Steve Price suggesting that to assist the ailing manufacturing sector, Governments should insist (legislate) that companies operating in Australia use Australian materials and goods, and hire Australian labour first. That's got the faint smell of protectionism. I wonder how many other countries are thinking the same thing. Here's the link. (Sorry about the ads!! ) 7pm Project You need to fast forward to about 7:44 in the video.
  2. I think I agree with Mr Med. The zip files are cumbersome to load and then unpack. I guess I will just have to persevere. Thank you Cobran for trying. Regards. Sol.
  3. Cobran, Is it possible to get the size of these screenshots reduced? It seems to take ages to load on my internet speed (non - nbn).
  4. I happen to agree. Since the year 2000 when house prices increased 300%, I think we have arrived at a new normal. Too many people have made extraordinary amounts of money from housing, and they will maintain the levels. It would be an apocalyptic scenario to go back to $150,000 (average sized) housing from the heady heights we are currently experiencing. The most anyone can expect might be 25%. There would be so much wealth destruction with a 70% decline that almost half the population would be living in poverty. I just can't see it happening either. Unfortunately I am probably one of those who have been left behind. I will now no longer ever to be able to afford a detached home, and may have to be content with a unit, or villa somewhere. I'm sure if I went out west far enough I would find a home that I could afford, but at what cost to my lifestyle. I like your work Mr Med, and I do appreciate your comments on many subjects, but on this particular occasion I think you are wrong. No disrespect but my imagination is unable to create a scenario that would fit your suggestion. For those of us who have been left behind, we can only wish and dream such might be the case, but I doubt it. The chook has flown the coop!! I just feel for the future generations, because we are slowly but surely suffocating the working classes, and wealth is being accumulated in less and less hands. Human dignity will be lost somewhere in this.
  5. Hi zaph, What's your preferred genre? If you like horror/zombie/blood and guts, there seems to be a lot of material on netflix. My son watches these gory things, I can't stand. However, I have watched a couple of episodes of Vikings. Apparently it is as close to authentic, as we have historically been able to prove. I watched a documentary about the making of it, before having a look at the episodes. Not to everyone's taste I imagine. My wife watched "The Handmaid's Tale" which is an adaption of the Margaret Atwood book. Pretty good, I'm told. I've also watched a few of the Children's cartoons, when the grand-kids have come over. Some I wouldn't probably pay to see at the cinema/theatre, but worthwhile when its on my subscription. Personally, I'm more into Sci Fi, Futuristic, or Philosophical Thrillers. Occasionally I like a war movie, or one that stretches my imagination a little more. Some movies I have watched that might warrant a look include "The Revenant", "Transcendent" "Equilibrium" "Bright" "War Machine" "The Fundamentals of Caring" "Django Unchained"
  6. When I accessed the link, it had a short video of Andrew Winter giving hints about private sales. Why did Andrew Winter leave the UK? When the market there began to turn, he suddenly turned up in Australia "Selling Houses - Australia". Why does my blood boil, when I see his show, where they slap a bit of paint around, fix up a few dodgy bathrooms and then get $50,000 more for the property. Why not sell the property as is, at a greatly lower price and let the new home owners have the joy of slowly fixing it up themselves? I just find that there is something deceptive about their intent. The owners only find out the short-cuts they took after living in the place for a year, and the paint suddenly begins to peel off the ceilings. I'm also optimistically hoping one year, that "The Block" will also have an almighty fail. None of the properties sell for months!!! To the extent that Channel Nine has to actually bankroll the contestants themselves. Oh wait, that's right they have no money.
  7. What exactly did he buy? It takes a little bit of effort to spend $7500. Flights (Jetstar/Qantas/Virgin), Accommodation (Double Room/Executive suite, Studio apartment??) Food (Macca's, KFC, Hungry Jacks, etc.) Entertainment (Birch, Carroll and Coyle $40 to see a movie? Alcoholic beverages?? Gaming?? Travel fares, etc. These guys live in a whole different world, to the working classes. I'm almost prepared to go back to barbarism. Every person for themselves. I wouldn't survive long, but at least I would feel liberated.
  8. 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.
  9. 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......****
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Why is this corpse still alive?
  13. Maybe this explains "why".
  14. Someone is making a killing on the petrol price....
  15. Or a whole heap of highflyers are complaining they can't get Centrelink payments.
  16. Has Martin stopped blogging, or did it just become too burdensome to load them all to this thread? Not a criticism, just asking.
  17. Everybody knows the dice are loaded. Everybody knows.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 $500 birthday presents (have we gone mad!!!!) They each have their own ipads and tv sets in their own rooms! No wonder we are maxxed out as a nation and as individual domestic households. It is difficult enough not to buy "Tiddles" or "Rover" the best possible food and lodgings, but for children this is only the tip of the iceberg. And when they go to school you discover the real power of peer pressure. The latest fad or craze becomes essential. (Shopkins is now a multi-million dollar industry!) Even the Target look-alikes won't cut it to fashion savvy children. Don't even start me on technology, and what is now regarded as the must-have for 5 year olds. I agree with you zaph, that consumerism and materialism are the curse of modern parenting, but there doesn't seem to be any end to the abiity of the marketeers to keep the children engaged. Good luck with your project.
  20. See my comment on Local Council corruption.
  21. Too much money wallowing around Local Council's nowadays. Mainly through development companies. Tweed Heads Council was sacked only 10 yrs ago for supplying favours to big business and development. Council's are now simply glorified money laundering schemes, becoming richer as rates have increased. Just too tempting it seems for many people to keep their hands off.
  22. OMG Anders; I never thought about it before. What if they had English UK scientists determining the code words, and Microsoft auto correct kept changing them when the president was trying to type them in? "I thought realise had a "z" in it!"
  23. Like anyone would seriously listen to Alan. He took us to the brink by claiming we were in a new age of economics.
  24. You're right SC. Any other context of terrorism and the SWAT team and ASIO would have been all over it. But not the banks. Its all a load of self-interest B@#$#^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.