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Where's the next obfuscated meltdown coming from?

⊰ 2022-10-03 by ShaunO ⊱

So [this](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-01/david-taylor-global-financial-crisis-2/101492384) is interesting. Albeit over-stated and under-evidenced. But it makes sense that with everything ec...


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The world is on the brink of another financial crisis, and the next few weeks are key

Yay! You Lose

⊰ 2022-09-30 by ShaunO ⊱

Yeah all great news.. not.. The thrust [here](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-29/australia-s-policy-downshift-hindered-by-global-tightening-wave?sref=QlpF64WK) is the RBA knows that...


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Australia’s Policy Downshift Hindered by Global Tightening Wave

Stable Diffusion AI image generation

⊰ 2022-09-29 by ShaunO ⊱

So more on AI image generation. Not surprisingly since ['stable diffusion'](https://stability.ai/blog/stable-diffusion-announcement) released its models to the world, various folks have been packagin...


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And on it goes..

⊰ 2022-09-29 by ShaunO ⊱

It's all getting pretty weird if you're following along on a daily basis. Everything politicians, economists, and talking heads thought they 'knew' is pretty much being tipped on its head.. The Bank...


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Emergency Bank move will not solve the problem

You're just a labour widget

⊰ 2022-09-28 by ShaunO ⊱

It's true - [the memes are crap](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-09-27/quiet-quitting-lying-flat-great-resignation-what-these-fake-work-trends-mean?srnd=premium&sref=QlpF64WK). But i...


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Quiet Quitting Is the Fakest of Fake Workplace Trends

Super Statistics Updates 2022

⊰ 2022-09-22 by ShaunO ⊱

This [update article](https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/superannuation/2022/09/21/super-slips-in-august/) from The New Daily is helpful to bring super earnings figures up to date. But I've been loo...


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Super returns slipped in August but are up since July

And?

⊰ 2022-09-21 by ShaunO ⊱

I usually like Peter's articles but I'm not sure what the point of [this one](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-21/the-mint-printing-money-why-cash-won-t-last-forever/101458918) is.. it doesn't see...


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The government makes millions of dollars every year printing money. Here's why that might be about to change

Just don't do what 'they' did

⊰ 2022-09-06 by ShaunO ⊱

With Labor seemingly still in a 'honeymoon' period, even though they have past the '100 day marker', it's not a bad idea to reflect and see if there's a coherent strategy showing up via their actions...


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OMG Mullet!

⊰ 2022-09-02 by ShaunO ⊱

September is #mulletsformentalhealth so please do...


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Black Dog Institute

Robbing Peter to pay Paul?

⊰ 2022-08-30 by ShaunO ⊱

It's a very strange world we live in.. Think about it, the 'economy' needs workers, 'mothers' seem to be an available demographic, so let's *pay them* (in childcare subsidies) to get them into the wo...


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'Locked out of the labour market' Why mothers like Marianne are staying home

Where's the surprise?

⊰ 2022-08-30 by ShaunO ⊱

Upside stock market gains Jun-Aug were profit take opportunities, no more. Anybody who thought the downward trend had finished wasn't looking at the data - inflation has *not* eased, PE ratios are ...


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Neel Kashkari Says the Quiet Part Out Loud on Markets

New shit has come to light

⊰ 2022-08-29 by ShaunO ⊱

So having left behind the age of the toorak tractor[^1], learjets over kulgera[^2], and "I'm just helping my lady friend conceive man!"[^3], your newly educated urban greenie has moved on to a very t...


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Nobody's quitting, and they're certainly not being quiet about it.

⊰ 2022-08-26 by ShaunO ⊱

[It's an argument about what the argument is about..](https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-backlash-against-quiet-quitting-is-getting-loud-11661391232?mod=djem10point). As the [Wall Street Journal](http...


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The Backlash Against Quiet Quitting Is Getting Loud

Life Programatically

⊰ 2022-08-24 by ShaunO ⊱

``` initialise(birth); while (life = shit) do { - something different; - toughen up princess; - repeat; } exit(death); ``` computerised philosophy? 😛...


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Dead Cat Bounce?

⊰ 2022-08-24 by ShaunO ⊱

So that (July-August) was a '[dead cat bounce](https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/deadcatbounce.asp)'? Probably not, a bit of exuberance whilst the markets work out what direction we're *actually*...


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Leopard changing its spots?

⊰ 2022-08-23 by ShaunO ⊱

I like Gordon Brown, I think he's probably smart, genuine, and honest. But I can't help thinking when I see him 'don his socialist suit' like he is in [this article](https://www.theguardian.com/com...


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We must tax profits now, freeze energy price rises - and if necessary bring suppliers into the public sector | Gordon Brown

Is racial/religious 'tagging' really necessary?

⊰ 2022-08-23 by ShaunO ⊱

WTF? The reason that [in this article](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-23/greed-construction-loss-making-boom-sees-builders-collapse/101334170) two individuals are referred to as: * "Persian-A...


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'Every promise is broken': Builders and their customers left broke and out of pocket by construction cost blowouts

Attrition

⊰ 2022-08-22 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh yeah, this from a period when I was 'under attack' in my own workplace during 2010-2015.. My luck was that the 'adversaries' seriously over-rated their own intelligence, and in the end I simply ...


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National Trust of S.A.

⊰ 2022-08-21 by ShaunO ⊱

We do have limited built structure conservation in Australia (compared to say, Europe), so if you can, you really should support the [National Trust of S.A](https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/sa/) (or ...


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Hughes' Enginehouse Conservation Works, Moonta Mines

Spent power

⊰ 2022-08-21 by ShaunO ⊱

It'd probably be a good idea if UK politicians and departments dialled down the rhetoric, and 'trimmed their cloth' the match the reality of where the country finds itself. Bordering on being a fin...


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UK PM candidate Sunak: Russia's Putin should be barred from G20

Correlations pivot around Oil

⊰ 2022-08-20 by ShaunO ⊱

[John](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/authors/AT2bBytfUHQ/john-authers?sref=QlpF64WK) has another novel outlook in [this article](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/) where he ruminates th...


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‘The Godfather’ Insight onWhat’s Driving Markets

Economics:  off to the race course

⊰ 2022-08-20 by ShaunO ⊱

In the modern western world we have a paradox in how we talk about economics. In one version it's 'hand-wringing' on the importance of growth in economies to the nation. Whilst at the other end of th...


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Economists tip interest rates to peak at 3.1pc

Grrrr

⊰ 2022-08-19 by ShaunO ⊱

Miss M says "Grrrrr...


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Markets Game

⊰ 2022-08-19 by ShaunO ⊱

A lot of 'jaw-boning' that we're at a 'pivot point' again. Why? argument goes either: 1) it's the start of a 'new bull run' (after June22 lows, strong employment, FED won't hike as strongly as anti...


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All that is gold glitters?

⊰ 2022-08-19 by ShaunO ⊱

As a purely academic exercise I was trying to get my head around any correlation between gold prices, us$ strength, and us$-au$ crosses.. Why? well I, for some unfathomable reason (given in general ...


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get your TL;DR here

⊰ 2022-08-18 by ShaunO ⊱

let me a do the TL;DR (too long; didn't read) summary on [this article](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-18/economists-say-rba-should-have-raised-cash-rate-target-sooner/101343618) for you.. "Eco...


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Did the RBA get its interest rate strategy all wrong?

What we don't (want to) know..

⊰ 2022-08-18 by ShaunO ⊱

> "In other words, these scholars do not argue that women are incapable of doing what men do,
> but rather that they are biologically programmed to want other things." That's pretty amazing rea...


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What sex-difference science misses about the messy reality of sex | Psyche Ideas

Miss M

⊰ 2022-08-17 by ShaunO ⊱

Miss M, extreme wide shot
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Yeah just worry about the LNP

⊰ 2022-08-17 by ShaunO ⊱

yes, and that pretty much encapsulates the problem the LNP has had for at least the past 30 years - they are only interested in *themselves*.. Elections, by-elections and parliament are for *the peo...


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What can you do?

⊰ 2022-08-17 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh yawn.. this is getting very boring already.. but OK then let's continue wringing the last few drops of satire out of it.. First Dog on the Moon's [pretty much got the nub of it](https://www.thegu...


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Scott Morrison – Minister for Everything and Nothing and There Was a Lot Going On | First Dog on the Moon

Murdering English

⊰ 2022-08-16 by ShaunO ⊱

We seem to get sillier as a race as time goes on.. but at least it provides for endless laughter opportunities.. Metamodernism? WTF is that? a knowledge restricted to a select group maybe? who? one ...


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What a dip stick

⊰ 2022-08-16 by ShaunO ⊱

Yeah, that was bound to happen, somebody was going to start calling for heads to roll.. He's got quite the legacy now. Scotty from marketing was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, and he damage...


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Please let us import slave labour

⊰ 2022-08-15 by ShaunO ⊱

Business council says: "Please let us import already trained slave-labour, because it messes with our profits if we have to spend money training existing staff" ...


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Calls for skilled migration overhaul

Why the markets are bouncing

⊰ 2022-08-16 by ShaunO ⊱

"of the investing profession (a hundred years ago everyone in stocks was a degenerate gambler with a margin loan, now just half of us are) and the advent of massive retirement systems (a hundred and ...


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Why the market is bouncing

No solution, no ideas, lots of coin

⊰ 2022-08-15 by ShaunO ⊱

Good analysis and interesting opinion piece by Simon Tisdall [here](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/14/putin-war-europe-ukraine-west) Before we start let's just do the numbers - aid to Uk...


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As Putin’s war spreads panic across Europe, Ukrainians must fear a stab in the back

US Dollar Everywhere

⊰ 2022-08-14 by ShaunO ⊱

Yep, what's nuts is it's a zero sum game. Ultimately as Adam Tooze [points out](https://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/the-world-is-seeing-how-the-dollar-really-works?utm_campaign=2022...


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The World Is Seeing How the Dollar Really Works

Happy Sea Dog

⊰ 2022-08-13 by ShaunO ⊱

Happy Sea Dog (2021...


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Another Queensland Dinosaur?

⊰ 2022-08-13 by ShaunO ⊱

Astute analysis by Katharine [here](https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/12/why-is-peter-dutton-ignoring-all-the-lessons-that-got-anthony-albanese-into-the-lodge). Whilst I very much...


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Why is Peter Dutton ignoring all the lessons that got Anthony Albanese into the Lodge? | Katharine Murphy

The politicisation of super?

⊰ 2022-08-11 by ShaunO ⊱

Wow.. there's a lot to unpack in [this one](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-11/older-australians-delay-retirement-superannuation-cost-of-living/101296658). Let's just deal with the one interesti...


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'I've become more and more depressed': Why older Australians like Brett are nervous for their retirement

Uncommon sense

⊰ 2022-08-10 by ShaunO ⊱

[John Authers](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/authors/AT2bBytfUHQ/john-authers?sref=QlpF64WK) once again brings a voice of analysis, and common sense, to the table. In [this article](https://www....


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What’s Missing From Bond Markets Ahead ofthe CPI

Greens leader indicates idealism is the new religion..

⊰ 2022-08-09 by ShaunO ⊱

I think I know now what bothers me so much about Bandt (aside from the fact that he's just annoying 😛) - he pretty much always talks in absolutes. Maybe he should look up the word 'transition', ...


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Australia’s Coal Shipments Face a ‘Deadline,’ Greens Leader Says

One statistic a policy does not make..

⊰ 2022-08-09 by ShaunO ⊱

Here we are again, a one dimensional statistic argument which purports to support "It means motorists are forced to buy cars that are worse for the environment and household budgets".. Umm might it ...


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'Carpark for clunkers': Gov urged to act on $5.9 billion petrol opportunity

Who cares!:-)

⊰ 2022-08-08 by ShaunO ⊱

Didn't read it (it's probably paywalled anyway). This is nearly as silly as asking whether the ALP has solved all our problems in their first 100 days. Dutton's not in my pantheon of good guys, b...


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The Peter Dutton schtick

Business don't need evidence

⊰ 2022-08-08 by ShaunO ⊱

So, [here's more](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-08/new-zealand-wages-soar-will-australia-workers-get-a-bump/101306138) 'hand-wringing' on wages. All sorts of sensible, believable, assertions ma...


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We understand 'supply and demand'. So in a labour shortage, why aren't wages going up?

Australian Debt Numbers (at June 2022)

⊰ 2022-08-07 by ShaunO ⊱

To try and get a handle on whether there's a 'credit problem' I thought a look at the straight aggregates over time might shed some light. RBA aggregates are available on [knoema](https://public.kno...


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Reserve Bank of Australia Money and Credit Statistics - Public Knoema Data Hub

Interesting exercise..

⊰ 2022-08-02 by ShaunO ⊱

That's an interesting exercise to do: * disposable income (i.e. your gross - super - tax) * value of housing assets (and as a ratio to disposable income i.e. house price / disposable income) * val...


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Chart Pack

He's got a point..

⊰ 2022-08-04 by ShaunO ⊱

I've never been a Corbyn fan. I respect his conviction, but as a political player he is either naive, or has a 'tin ear'. He was certainly never electable. I don't know all the ins and outs of his ...


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Jeremy Corbyn urges west to stop arming Ukraine

Seal

⊰ 2022-08-03 by ShaunO ⊱

This one was having...


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Feudalism is alive and well

⊰ 2022-08-02 by ShaunO ⊱

There's nothing astonishingly [new here](https://aeon.co/essays/the-great-replacement-is-real-but-its-not-what-the-right-says) I'd argue, it's a well known story mired in a little more 'academica spe...


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The great replacement is real but its not what the Right says | Aeon Essays

"Oh oops, sorry, we've destroyed the world economy again.."

⊰ 2022-08-01 by ShaunO ⊱

[Mea Culpa by everyone](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-07-31/central-banks-believed-too-much-in-their-inflation-fighting-powers-we-let-them?sref=QlpF64WK)? The asinine regurgitation...


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How central bank mistakes after 2019 led to inflation

Nostalgia in contradictions

⊰ 2022-07-31 by ShaunO ⊱

This [documentary](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057233/) is worth sourcing and watching for a variety of reasons. It's an hours worth of contradictions and lessons in history, and that's before you ...


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The Kremlin (TV Movie 1963) - IMDb

There's nuffin'

⊰ 2022-07-30 by ShaunO ⊱

you're nothing, because there is nothing, we are all "in the oneness", which is nothing.. "Seems to be an awful lot of idiots in all this nothingness" says fictional buddha cat.. 😃 😛
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Qantas and new feudalism

⊰ 2022-07-30 by ShaunO ⊱

People it's been privatised, any 'patriotic devotion' is seriously misplaced - it's a greasy corporate just like any other: with over paid executives, dodgy finance, backroom government deals, its ha...


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Dispirited Australia: after losing the trust of the nation, can the Qantas brand bounce back?

There is no future economy

⊰ 2022-07-30 by ShaunO ⊱

[This article](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-07-28/profit-seems-to-be-the-hardest-word-the-readout-with-allegra-stratton?srnd=economics-vp&sref=QlpF64WK) by [Allegra Stratton](https...


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Profit Seems to Be the Hardest Word: The Readout With Allegra Stratton

Lobster Man

⊰ 2022-07-29 by ShaunO ⊱

Plaque reads: "This bespoke bronze statue depicts a 1950's fisherman following a Southern Rock Lobster catch with typical fishing gear of that era." "Steeped in history through generations of local...


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Insurrection!

⊰ 2022-07-28 by ShaunO ⊱

All these nonsense articles about how to save money in times of inflation (only use one squeeze of detergent instead of two, drive to work like grandma not like Peter Brock etc. etc.).. Bloody moder...


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Squeeze 'em till their "pips squeak"

⊰ 2022-07-27 by ShaunO ⊱

So, as usual, the IMF's advice to 'policy makers' now is to up, and up, interest rates until the "people's pips squeak" and inflation comes down.. You see it's not rocket science how this works - wh...


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IMF downgrades 'gloomy' economy as inflation and rate jitters continue, but ASX trades up

War is war and now it's always global

⊰ 2022-07-27 by ShaunO ⊱

Once again we see that war, despite notions to contrary, makes no allowances for morals, rules, or conventions. To even suggest otherwise is to deny history, including the current history in the maki...


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Kremlin to Keep Up Its Gas Squeeze on Europe, Insiders Say

Stagflation as strategy

⊰ 2022-07-22 by ShaunO ⊱

ooh yeah, it's now becoming clear (well to me at least, and I know.. like, who cares? 😛) that interest rate hikes have another agenda.. Inflation's high sure, and interest rates need to be 'norma...


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What's the Point of Hiking When Recession Looms?

It's true, web development has turned into nonsense

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It's a tax rort, always has been

⊰ 2022-07-22 by ShaunO ⊱

Yeah well, duh.. who would of thought?.. We all know tax on investment property gains, and even more, the tax breaks (negative gearing) are a rort, always have been. Middle class subsidies is all t...


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'Unprecedented growth in house prices': OECD calls for cap on housing tax breaks benefiting the rich

It's 'CentreFuck'ed

⊰ 2022-07-22 by ShaunO ⊱

It's idiotic but explicable.. A few years back I had a few months 'inside the system' when ill.. (and I tell you it is like being in another dimension.. where all logic and common sense seems to hav...


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Jobseeker asked to choose between work and job agency appointments under Workforce Australia system

Bill knows what he's talking about

⊰ 2022-07-21 by ShaunO ⊱

[Bill](http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/) has far more expertise than I, and has been [talking about these problems](http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=50155), which I've only in my latter...


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Non-speeches

⊰ 2022-07-20 by ShaunO ⊱

I love these 'non-speeches' by RBA functionaries. "We'll take everything into consideration before we make a decision" Yeah, well, duh.. who would have thought? What's more interesting is what th...


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Up to a third of mortgage holders could struggle to keep up with repayments, RBA says

Some thoughts on late stage super saving

⊰ 2022-07-19 by ShaunO ⊱

Some random thoughts around late stage super investing.. Later life 'super saving' makes sense because you can treat it a bit like a term deposit - i.e. if you're 55+ there's only 5 years until you ...


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What do we want? When do we want it?

⊰ 2022-07-18 by ShaunO ⊱

Today's long read.. These Gareth Hutchen's [articles](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-01/why-wouldnt-governments-want-full-employment/12836424) are very informative because they shed light on hi...


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One unemployed person per vacant job: Has Australia finally hit full employment?

The math on batteries still doesn't work..

⊰ 2022-07-18 by ShaunO ⊱

So, assessing the 'damage' for 2022/23 electricity price uplifts. Inconveniently (or is it for their corporate convenience?) I haven't been able to access my [simply energy](https://www.simplyenergy...


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Some photographs and stuff

⊰ 2022-07-17 by ShaunO ⊱

So onward we go, solving all the problems that I've wanted to have available for web delivery for, like.. well a long time.. For photographers there's often as much fascination with the camera and t...


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Your Monkeys, Your Circus

⊰ 2022-07-15 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh yeah.. which delusion is your greatest illusion, kind of thing.. 🙂

Being *really honest* with yourself is much more of a challenge than most pe...


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Taking stock..

⊰ 2022-07-15 by ShaunO ⊱

Well.. a bit of taking stock and 'cleaning up'.. ## CSS, Responsiveness, & Design I'd forgotten how frustrating CSS can be. It takes a couple of hours to get 'into CSS think' (grids, blocks, floats...


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Click bait from TND

⊰ 2022-07-13 by ShaunO ⊱

So, [TND](https://thenewdaily.com.au/), once somewhat reliable, has, as well as aligning itself with 10News (I can't think of a better way to discredit yourself journalistically than by partnering wi...


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'Taking the hit': Morrison reveals reasons for Coalition's election loss

Diplomacy anyone?

⊰ 2022-07-13 by ShaunO ⊱

The US could always try this, you know, actual *overt* foreign diplomacy.. If they spent a fraction of what they spend on their intelligence agencies, covert operations, and covert interference, on...


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'Stepping up our game': US appears at Pacific leaders' meeting with sweeping plans for the region

UK real wage decline worst than post-GFC

⊰ 2022-07-11 by ShaunO ⊱

The following graph shows what I anecdotally experienced post-GFC (2008) in the UK. My best guess was a fall in real wages of between 10-15% over 2008-2013. That fall is significantly faster now by ...


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U.K.?s Next Leader Faces Challenges Unseen Since Thatcher

Rebuilding on..

⊰ 2022-07-10 by ShaunO ⊱

Well.. a lot of 'tidy up work' for ['Rebuild 22'](/rebuild2022.md).. ## CSS CSS4 is a much more capable beast that I am used to, having probably had 'deep exposure' to CSS the last time about 10 ye...


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A 'messy' world requires rhetorical care

⊰ 2022-07-10 by ShaunO ⊱

Indeed. There's a certain idiocy in simply repeating old narratives and tropes. Sure they might have served politicians and nationalists well for a couple of hundred years, but what about the rest ...


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Going its own way in a messy world, New Zealand offers an alternate parable on China | Katharine Murphy

Leg of Mutton Lake

⊰ 2022-07-09 by ShaunO ⊱

Leg of Mutton Lake, Mount Gambier, circa 1880 ([v...


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SA Land Valuation Increases..

⊰ 2022-07-09 by ShaunO ⊱

So, as suspected, we can expect land valuation increases across SA of between 10-30% according to [their report](https://www.valuergeneral.sa.gov.au/publications/VGYIR2021.PDF) by the [valuer genera...


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Looking for the villian..

⊰ 2022-07-09 by ShaunO ⊱

>"Aussie consumers are now being hammered by the fastest interest rate increases in a quarter of a century that are crushing disposable incomes; a massive reduction in real wage growth as a result o...


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How the RBA duped Aussie households

Are we done with the 'looney right' now?

⊰ 2022-07-08 by ShaunO ⊱

We can only hope that this completes the era of bombast and narcissism.. Maybe Boris and Trump can go and have a drink together to console themselves down at the "delusions cafe".. I think the pair ...


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Resignation speech: 'No-one is indispensable' - Boris Johnson's statement in full

It is just naive

⊰ 2022-07-07 by ShaunO ⊱

There are so many things wrong with this article I hardly know where to begin.. I'll keep it short. The article, overall, is naive. The people depicted in its story are naive. It's naive to suggest ...


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'They can feel misled': Households took on massive debt because the RBA said rates wouldn't rise

How's it going?

⊰ 2022-07-06 by ShaunO ⊱

Well.. a lot of 'grunt work' getting 'behind the scenes' things working for ['Rebuild 22'](/rebuild2022.md) ## Images There are two types of images: 1) never changing and generally fixed size (e.g....


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Are they meeting treaty conditions?

⊰ 2022-07-06 by ShaunO ⊱

The problem with treaty/membership/diplomacy by 'hope' is that it comes back to bite you.. Arguably Turkey's membership of NATO was always 'a bit of an eyebrow raiser'.. Equally, Hungary's EU member...


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Turkey Renews Threat to Veto Sweden and Finland’s NATO Bids

"Elite safe-seaters choir of moaning"'

⊰ 2022-07-06 by ShaunO ⊱

Albanese needs to quickly learn to *not to respond* to 'click bait' from the opposition. Alan Tudge's whine on Monday, followed by Littleproud's, and then Taylor's, completed the trio of the LNP's "...


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Anthony Albanese defends overseas trip after Coalition criticises him for being away during NSW floods

'Stop spending so much if you want lower rates'

⊰ 2022-07-05 by ShaunO ⊱

Of course that's what needs to happen, and will happen - it's just unsaid. Inflation presently is generally accepted (not universally though) to be a supply side, or external factor, problem. The a...


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Stop spending so much if you want lower rates

A post from last July (2021)..

⊰ 2022-07-03 by ShaunO ⊱

It's official! Having joined the ranks of 'the retired' all future posts will be about: my upcoming medical appointments, the status of my gout this week, the outrageous cost of everything compared ...


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C class and an artificial sky

⊰ 2022-07-03 by ShaunO ⊱

Basic markdown test photos post, with and without lightbox.. ### Plain markdown image link: ![C class](https://www.cybergate9.net/images/web500/mcclass-sunsetsky.jpg "stuff") ### Shortcod...


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Another failed 'blue blood' minister

⊰ 2022-06-30 by ShaunO ⊱

[Hunt](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Hunt) is another of the 'ivy league' educated 'blue bloods' (University of Melbourne, Yale), who have 'hung around' the system (in Hunt's case on Alexander D...


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Just 24 health workers helped under Morrison government scheme to bring 2,000 medics to Australia

Salary Statistics Comparisons Table

⊰ 2022-06-29 by ShaunO ⊱

So now we have another set of salary metrics (Census 2021 data) which put more nuance into the numbers: starting from the 'all Australia census personal' at $41K, through 'median per employee' at $62...


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So whose crusade is this anyway?

⊰ 2022-06-28 by ShaunO ⊱

So [this](/blog/2022/20220627a.md) has turned into a fully fledged 'media shit storm', and like all such things is becoming pretty devoid of useful facts. So this'll be my last words on the matter...


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As the Coalition feuded over vaping, 'personal' donations were made by the pro-vape lobby

So how big is the crypto crash?

⊰ 2022-06-28 by ShaunO ⊱

Ian's doing his bit to redeem ABC standards; in this analysis piece he outlines quite well (best one can, given the lack of real information in this sphere) the nonsense that 'cheap credit' has crea...


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Why the crypto crash could hit stocks

Boris the clown

⊰ 2022-06-27 by ShaunO ⊱

What he should have said: "In my fantasies (and wet dreams) I imagine I'm Churchill, but sadly, I'm just another oxbridge cad who's been promoted to his own level of incompetence..""...


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Boris Johnson urges world leaders to hold firm on Ukraine

Four Corners the 'new A Current Affair'

⊰ 2022-06-27 by ShaunO ⊱

oh FFS.. You can walk into any supermarket and buy cigarettes *legally* and they're pretty much *guaranteed to kill you*.. The ABC is making out like nicotine is crack cocaine, or heroin.. and choo...


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Ruby is still in school and wearing nicotine patches. Vaping is to blame

Credit on the never never

⊰ 2022-06-27 by ShaunO ⊱

After a small hiatus, back to the numbers.. This 'ere chart gives some explanation to the big movements in credit over the past couple of years. [![graph](../../images/web500/screenshot20220627.jpg...


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House prices drove household wealth 1.2% higher in March quarter

Rebuild - how's it going?

⊰ 2022-06-26 by ShaunO ⊱

So I'm rebuilding my website for like the umpteeth time. I'm not at all sure why I'm bothering, maybe I've got something to prove to myself now that I'm not working? Who knows? So much for the philos...


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Aunty - the 'journalistic biafran'

⊰ 2022-06-26 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh c'mon Aunty.. recycling press releases isn't news.. Origin (Energy) uses grant money it's receiving from ARENA ("Origin Energy has teamed up with ARENA", to the tune of $840,000 of tax-payer fund...


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Here's how electric cars will impact the power grid, and what's being done to avert the threat

Gravy train..

⊰ 2022-06-26 by ShaunO ⊱

Wowsers, every now and again a little crack appears in the opaque pane of obfuscation which shrouds the money spent within our institutions. This is pretty astonishing - every independent MP and Se...


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Crossbenchers hit back at government over staff cuts that are 'bad for democracy'

They're making it up!..

⊰ 2022-06-25 by ShaunO ⊱

As an amateur student of 'the markets' for a decade or so, it's constantly surprising how little 'empirical anything' exists in this sphere of modern life. Take todays (24Jun22) northern hemisphere ...


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Stocks Roar Back With Best Week in a Month: Markets Wrap

EU Posturing..

⊰ 2022-06-24 by ShaunO ⊱

Well I suppose that's OK on the face of it.. But realistically IMO it's little more than posturing, as the deeply corrupt Ukraine could stay in 'candidate status' for decades if the EU so chooses. ...


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‘Ukraine’s future is in the EU’: Zelenskiy welcomes granting of candidate status

Ukraine - strategy, conflate, propagandise

⊰ 2022-06-23 by ShaunO ⊱

A [winter squeeze on gas supplies](https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jun/22/europe-told-to-get-ready-now-for-russia-to-turn-off-all-gas-exports-iea-winter) seems a logical strategy for Russia...


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Europe told to get ready now for Russia to turn off all gas exports to region

That's a bit grim..

⊰ 2022-06-22 by ShaunO ⊱

That's looking pretty grim. My real returns to date for financial year 2022 (FY in Aust. for European folks is 1Jul->30Jun..). If we're lucky we'll finish at circa 'even'.. having swung from gains o...


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Really? Eyes Wide Shut?

⊰ 2022-06-22 by ShaunO ⊱

[Well apparently Dr Lowe says](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-21/rba-says-inflation-is-increasingly-coming-from-within-australia/101169436) 'I don't see a recession on the horizon'. Whilst havi...


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Reserve Bank governor says inflation is rising, but he doesn't see a recession on the horizon

Yes, and..? (nothing to see here..)

⊰ 2022-06-22 by ShaunO ⊱

Of course [this is behind a paywall](https://www.crikey.com.au/2022/06/21/albanese-cabinet-full-of-landlords-renters-need-representation/).. But I'm a little surprised by the headline and the fact th...


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The new federal cabinet is full of landlords. When will renters be represented?

Handy Powerboards

⊰ 2022-06-20 by ShaunO ⊱

Don't usually get very 'excitable' about 'stuff' but.. [these powerboards](https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B09P64Y6MP/) are extraordinarily convenient.. you get 8 sockets and 4 x USB instantly ...


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Not the sharpest knife in the drawer..

⊰ 2022-06-19 by ShaunO ⊱

full disclose: I'm not a Bandt fan, not sure why, he's always rubbed my intuition 'up the wrong way'.. He doesn't strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer either.. More objectively the greens, ...


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Adam Bandt decries Labor’s ‘take it or leave it’ approach on 2030 emissions target

Pissing Putin Off

⊰ 2022-06-18 by ShaunO ⊱

Well.. [that 'ratchets things up'..](https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/06/17/brussels-set-to-endorse-ukraine-as-a-candidate-for-eu-membership) 'appeasement' of Putin isn't palatable, but I'm n...


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Brussels backs Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for EU membership

Efficient

⊰ 2022-06-17 by ShaunO ⊱

Cool! 97% sleep efficiency.. that's something I spend a lot of time thinking about while I'm asleep.. Just how efficiently am I sleeping? 😃 😛 ``` ```

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Oh really? Who would have guessed?

⊰ 2022-06-16 by ShaunO ⊱

Oh please.. governments, corporates, economists, and the financial sector cannot accurately forecast what's going to happen *next year*, let alone 40 years hence.. (as suggested in [this article](htt...


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Cost of Australia’s aged care system to taxpayers could double, experts warn

Blood Bath

⊰ 2022-06-15 by ShaunO ⊱

In the melodramatic "parlance of our times": it's a blood bath.. Graph tells quite a story.. [![Graph][image]](../../images/web1500/ScreenShot2022-06-17.jpg) [image]:../../images/web750/ScreenShot...


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There's the yield curve upside down

⊰ 2022-06-14 by ShaunO ⊱

So whilst we're playing this game called ['the markets'](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-14/wall-street-s-favorite-recession-signal-is-back-as-curves-invert?sref=QlpF64WK).. It's pr...


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Wall Street’s Favorite Recession Signal Is Back as Curves Invert


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