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Shorts are just that, sometimes just one liners, or an image. "Blurts into the universe". My "tweets" if you like..

Here's the latest. Or you can select by year: 2022

OMG Mullet!

⊰ 2022-09-02 by ShaunO ⊱

September is #mulletsformentalhealth so please donate whatever you can, big or small, and show youโ€™re all ears for mental health. You can sponsor me here. Thank you!

I'd lose my head if it wasn't for my mullet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Black Dog Institute

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New shit has come to light

⊰ 2022-08-29 by ShaunO ⊱

So having left behind the age of the toorak tractor1, learjets over kulgera2, and "I'm just helping my lady friend conceive man!"3, your newly educated urban greenie has moved on to a very tight CO2 schedule. They're now limiting themselves to:

  • two flights a year to Sydney to attend wildlife conservation conferences,

  • a tight electricity budget of 27KW per day by reducing their climate control to 21C and only putting through 3 dishwasher loads a day,

  • a new retirement plan of caravan travel where they are only expecting to feed their 5L V8 'tug' about 9 mpg (~31l/100km), whilst towing their 3 and half tonne 30 foot caravan around 350km a day, thereby limiting their fuel consumption to circa 750 litres per week

buggered if I know :-P

Life Programatically

⊰ 2022-08-24 by ShaunO ⊱
initialise(birth);
while (life = shit) do
   { 
    - something different;
    - toughen up princess;
    - repeat;
   }
exit(death);

computerised philosophy? ๐Ÿ˜›

Dead Cat Bounce?

⊰ 2022-08-24 by ShaunO ⊱

So that (July-August) was a 'dead cat bounce'?

Probably not, a bit of exuberance whilst the markets work out what direction we're actually going in..

ASX200 + MACD plots

buggered if I know :-P

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 that there's a complete omission of admission about the role 'New Labour' played helping along the neocon agenda in the UK.

He's right, of course, something (and probably something radical) has to be done about costs otherwise the UK will continue on its unstable trajectory (and it might get ugly as Nesrine Malik points out), politically and socially, to who knows where.

But I'm not at all sure that history will be kind to the 'Blair/Brown' years and their contribution to unleashing the uber-capitalism forces which are probably the root cause of what is now 'in play'.

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

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Is racial/religious 'tagging' really necessary?

⊰ 2022-08-23 by ShaunO ⊱

WTF?

The reason that in this article two individuals are referred to as:

  • "Persian-Australian property developer", and

  • "89-year-old Russian-Jewish real estate developer"

is done why precisely? What is the ABC thinking? Do they think it's reasonable, in this day and age, to still use racial and religious 'tagging'?

Isn't it more appropriate to simply use their names? Which are, respectively:

  • Mr Soheil Abedian (Sunland Group)

  • Mr Harry Triguboff (Meriton)

buggered if I know :-|

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

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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 'out flanked' them on strategic and tactical responses, and stayed the course, in a 'war of attrition'.. ๐Ÿ˜

I posted it back in 2015 with the by-line:

"at least working for myself the only incompetence, arrogance, and stupidity I'll have to bear is my own"

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 (or the affiliate in your state).

e.g. work being carried out at Moonta Heritage area presently (youtube video)

Also in support of that the National Trust working on trails, e.g. "The Silver to Sea" trail, a Broken Hill to Port Pirie 'trail'.

Hughes' Enginehouse Conservation Works, Moonta Mines

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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 financial basket case, a spent military power without its US "relationship", and getting close to having a non functioning government internally, the UK is hardly any sort power to be reckoned with anymore..

reality bites, me thinks..

buggered if I know :-P

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

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Correlations pivot around Oil

⊰ 2022-08-20 by ShaunO ⊱

John has another novel outlook in this article where he ruminates that everything appears, with pretty strong correlations, to revolve around oil price.

I do like John's articles in general, and this one in particular as an example of 'his art of writing'. Data and correlation interest me because they help shine a light on how this crazy world, based on finance, works societally at a 'macro level'. John has a particular gift at picking 'needles out of haystacks' and then trying to see what they mean, if anything. He's reasonable, objective and not prone to ideology or dogma. In short, he's a pretty good positive example of an 'old school' journalist.

âย€ย˜The Godfatherâย€ย™ Insight onWhatâย€ย™s Driving Markets

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