Weekend Links: 16-17 Jan, 2021

‘The Wave’ 1901, Julian Ashton, Art Gallery of NSW

 

Macro & Markets

 

Americas

 

Asia

 

Europe

 

Terra Specufestorus

 

…and furthermore…

 

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  1. Nice art, where’s the hits? (As Iggy Pop’s record company executive once said to him after listening to his new album).

  2. pfh007.comMEMBER

    Thanks!

    Those links are helping me with my NYE resolution to reduce my exposure to the endless day to day tales of woe.

    Very mindful.

    • Lol. You’re not alone.

      Had a long conversation last night with a friend in iso until she gets Covid test results. She’s doing a social media ban (inc all forms of messaging), family detox (ie no contact with 2 sets of toxic parents) and no screens after finishing work for 3 months. She needs balance, sleep and sanity back in her life.

      • pfh007.comMEMBER

        I am floating on a cloud in a clear blue sky contemplating a single plum floating in perfume served in a man’s hat.

        Oooooommmmmmmm

      • How many have tried to escape the clutches of Facebook and Twitter this year ?
        Give it a go and see how easy it is (or not!); not from the social contact perspective, but the practicality of having all sorts of other connections suddenly become “Unavailable” if you don’t have them (Facebook in particular).
        I know we all know we have been captured, but just moving browsers – away from Google – is a sobering experience!

        • Janet, I removed Twitter, (never really got into it), and I have removed WhatsApp and installed Signal, but with many of interests being on Facebook, I think it will be hard for me to cut that out of my life. But with running Pi-Hole and a VPN on my home PC, I use DuckDuckGo and Youtube has no Advertisements anymore, so moving in a positive privacy direction.

          • Yep Win10 or Apple or whatever, it blocks the lot. I think it is best installed on a Pi3 as it gives the lowest power requirements. though you can install it on other platforms, such as Linux etc.

      • I removed all social media from my personal devices, no twitter, no FB, etc a year or so ago. It took a while to stop reflexively opening my phone and feeling the compulsion to check it all the time, but I felt so much better for it mentally and socially. Still have them on my PC, but I have to physically make time for it – SM no longer intrudes into every moment of my life. Now I just have to work on the rest of the family to see the benefits.

          • Occassionally I get an email notification that I might reply to on the bus, but in general I avoid anything more than a two line reply… the enormous waste of time trying to type and edit a comment to reply to some snipe or snarl, while hunched over a device is rarely worth the effort.

            Edit: I do read MB on my iPad when in front of the telly and being forced to watch Glee or some predictable detective show.

  3. Arthur Schopenhauer

    To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. One thing that helps toward it is to keep a diary, or, at any rate, to keep some kind of record of one’s opinions about important events. Otherwise, when some particularly absurd belief is exploded by events, one may simply forget that one ever held it. Political predictions are usually wrong. But even when one makes a correct one, to discover why one was right can be very illuminating. In general, one is only right when either wish or fear coincides with reality. If one recognizes this, one cannot, of course, get rid of one’s subjective feelings, but one can to some extent insulate them from one’s thinking and make predictions cold-bloodedly, by the book of arithmetic. In private life most people are fairly realistic. When one is making out one’s weekly budget, two and two invariably make four. Politics, on the other hand, is a sort of sub-atomic or non-Euclidean world where it is quite easy for the part to be greater than the whole or for two objects to be in the same place simultaneously. Hence the contradictions and absurdities I have chronicled above, all finally traceable to a secret belief that one’s political opinions, unlike the weekly budget, will not have to be tested against solid reality.

    George Orwell, 1946

    https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/in-front-of-your-nose/

    • Orwell was a really interesting thoughtful guy. Have you ever read ‘Road to Wigan pier’? A political and social analysis of the 1930’s many observations could equally apply today.

  4. Vox?? Pah spit, spit, stink!

    Why didn’t you include their other social commentary issued this week?

    “Whiteness is at the core of the insurrection”

    “I have no idea what it will take for people to stop being shocked by how whiteness works in American society,” Blain said. “My sense is that too many people choose to be shocked because that response is easier than actually denouncing white supremacy and actively working to dismantle it.”

    https://www.vox.com/2021/1/8/22221078/us-capitol-trump-riot-insurrection

    Imagine if a mainstream economic mag that significantly influences social and economic policy, stated that Juicy cultural values is at the core of Identity Politics and the divisiveness it sows (which it is)…. but then Eriza Klein would be the first to howl anti-Semitism.

    • Some more VOX commentary…

      White women’s role in white supremacy, explained

      But focusing too much on masculinity obscures a crucial truth: Many women were either present at the riot or cheering on the insurrectionists from back home….White women have been part of white supremacy in America since the very beginning, experts point out, dating back to their role in slavery. “They were at the table when the system was designed,” Stephanie Jones-Rogers, a history professor at UC Berkeley and author of the book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, told Vox. “They were co-architects of the system.”

      https://www.vox.com/2021/1/15/22231079/capitol-riot-women-qanon-white-supremacy

      VOX is nothing but rac!st Juicy cultural propaganda, masquerading as economic and social commentary.

  5. Latest from the Guardian on reasons to accept more mass immigration from developing nations *checks notes* …. air pollution!
    https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/15/air-pollution-will-lead-to-mass-migration-say-experts-after-landmark-ruling

    I wonder how far this scenario could be pushed. A middle class asthmatic from (say) Delhi holidays in Auckland then claims asylum based on health factor risks in his home city due to health pollution?

    (Though I do agree on the second half of the article on all nations on the need to do more to address air pollution / fossil fuel burning).

    • Really? You don’t think someone might point out to them that they could maybe just move from Delhi to a less polluted part of India? I think maybe you don’t know how asylum-seeking works.

      • cuturhairMEMBER

        Yeah, appealing deportation and asylum seeking are two different things.

        Note the case in France the individual successfully appealed deportation based upon the air quality in Bangladesh as a whole. His city of residence and the air quality of other cities didn’t impact the decision.

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      Awesome. They understand profit maximization strategies better than most of youse shut-ins!! There’s no right or wrong, just exploitation of the situation to maximize gains.

      • The monkeys can observe the tourists clinging to their smartphones, which suggest to them that the small flashing boxes, whatever they are, must be valuable to the tourists.

        Heck, even COVID figured out that becoming more contagious and less lethal would aid to their prosperity.

  6. Why we won’t be getting the mRNA vaccine

    https://sputniknews.com/europe/202101151081777740-who-aware-of-23-reported-deaths-in-norway-after-pfizer-vaccination-seeks-to-follow-probe/

    The reported efficacy for the Sinovac vaccine in Brazil takes account of mild cases, which the figures for most other vaccines don’t, so make sure you aren’t comparing apples and oranges when you are choosing vaccines. Reports coming in that the incubation period of the new variants is more than 14 days, that is why HK has it right going to 3 weeks.

    • Bill Gates is perfect example of the best part of the USA system. Started middle class. Through hard work became the richest man in the world and then spends most of his time working for charities.

        • Spin it how you like. His story reads nothing like the jealous narrative of, rich son inherited money and cos money makes money son becomes richest man in world.

          • The above is accurate compared to your myths, not only that his entire started on taking open source software and privatizing it aka not his invention, you might have missed back in the day the issue about explorer for free with OS, not to mention the anti trust case against him. Libertarians argued winner takes all … hows that working for everyone now …. eh.

          • Majority of the population has access to modern technology that improves their lives. Id say its working out pretty well for everyone right now.

      • Gates’ early years and it was very much a case of right place, right time. He basically got unlimited computer access when this was very hard to do so due to his Mum’s connections (that would help later also). No denying his intelligence or how much time and effort he put into it though.

    • Diogenes the CynicMEMBER

      Can you imagine the Australian Federal Government quitting for the Robodebt scandal – me neither…

    • Nothing to see here. The Dutch seemed to attack people on the basis of race which is not acceptable. Angus Taylor and ScoMo attacked them for being poor.

    • Here is a thread on the profiles of all the “Trump” supporters who the media have identified and are talking about from the capital hill riots:

      https://twitter.com/amuse/status/1349749796341510145

      Let’s start with “Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who took part in the insurrection while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns”

      12/ Jacob Chansley aka the Viking Guy is perhaps the most famous Capitol protester for his outlandish outfit is perhaps the most curious protester arrested by authorities as he supports organic food, BLM, QAnon, climate change, and Trump…

      13/ Shortly after his arrest we learn that Jacob is a fervent climate activist and organic food aficionado. Once in jail, he began a three-day hunger strike demanding that he be provided an ALL organic diet. The court granted his request and he’s eating healthy now.

      14/ On occasion the Viking Guy has claimed that he was part of the QAnon group (whatever that is).

      15/ Back in June he was marching with BLM protesters in Arizona.

      So protest fruitloops cause trouble all summer at any protest they can attend, but suddenly they’re Trump supporters when the media chose to start paying attention to them.

      🙄

        • Cast & Crew (Just say CC) by ACME ACTWHORES INC
          Some get international travel & starring role in every ‘cry sus’…hair & makeup stylist in toe & someone handy with prosthetics…never should have turned down that place in prosthetics…I’d be stealth international globe fritter at somone else’s expense:) Some poo tube nut job theories & evidence more compelling that Guardian New Yorker Fin Review (typed as rabies!!:)) The Age ABC et al. Caress the Sur Face

      • PalimpsestMEMBER

        Time for us all to take a scepticism pill. When you are being fed a stream that suggests people are Antifa (no qualification tag when that deserves it), then suggests some may be “QAnon supporters (whatever that is)”, surely that is a warning sign.

        It’s almost funny to read the accounts of some of these T supporters that were ‘proud’ of what they did finding themselves accused of being Antifa, or were spotted against the BLM protests, but because they were photgraphed there are now ‘BLM supporters”. When Mr T threw them under the bus one reported feeling like he was ‘punched in the gut”. The Trump rehabilitation mill is running full speed churning this junk out. The first ‘Antifa’ post re the insurrection came from an account with no followers, only a couple of days old, and from a ‘foreign’ address.

        If you really are seriously interested in reality, look at the Parler dump. Lots of tools have been released already to start perusing it. Oh, but there’s no Russian finance for doing that sort of thing.

        • fvck me you’re past mental gymnastics and now you’re just plain mental.

          the world is full of crazies who will attach themselves to whatever event/movement could give them their 15 minutes. The fact that they form the front line troops of the trump movement doesnt mean you can disown them as antifa or crisis actors or whatever half baked conspiracy your youtube hole is selling.

          Baked alaska, proud boys, gun rights activists, nazi sympathizers were all proudly front and center and murdering police officers. Own your movement ya fvkin pu55y

          Baked alaska

        • the world is full of crazies who will attach themselves to whatever event/movement could give them their 15 minutes. The fact that they form the front line troops of the trump movement doesnt mean you can disown them as antifa or crisis actors or whatever half baked conspiracy your youtube hole is selling.

          I didn’t – there were probably a heap of easily egged on right wing nut jobs there…. but it also appears there were a heap of left wing agitators there to make trouble and egg them on.

          Both can be true – why do you seek to deny that possibility?

          Baked alaska, proud boys, gun rights activists, nazi sympathizers were all proudly front and center and murdering police officers.

          In general as far as I can ascertain the main criticism of the Proud Boys and the Police was that there was such bad blood between them that the worst confrontation that was captured by the media was a police officer giving one of them a high five.

          But please, link some arrests in regards to them murdering police so I can condemn them.

    • the far right is completely out of control.
      And yet still people claim the insurrection was just performative.

      • No sh1t the far right is out of control. I think that has has its fare share of media coverage. What us in the centre right are saying is that the far left is also out of control and just as dangerous and it gets next to no coverage and what is covered is sugar coated.

        • Where is this so called far left … Sanders is economically to the right of FDR and Eisenhower, hence you must think Sanders is far left or something and that would make your centrist claim a bit wonky …

          • I’m certainly not worried about a group of loons storming the capital. I am worried about an incidious group of people who find themselves lower on the hierarchy than they think they should be who use the mask of ‘trying to help humanity’ to try and tear the whole system and culture down so the can have relatively more power rather than accepting the system we have nis the best that history has found.

      • Still no Tether printed – it has been nearly 6 days! I think this is the longest interval in printing in weeks….

        • Is this the news that will notionally be used to end the current BTC boom?

          On January 15, the public was made aware of a deal between the firm Coinlab Inc., the Mt Gox bankruptcy trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, alongside MGIFLP, a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group. According to the proposal, Mt Gox creditors will be able to claim as much as 90% of the bitcoin held by Kobayashi and the Tokyo court. Despite the recent reports, creditors still have to approve the proposal made by the company.

          https://news.bitcoin.com/mt-gox-creditors-asked-to-approve-a-settlement-proposal-drafted-by-coinlab/

    • That was a cracking read. I don’t know much about Bitcoin but the logic was compelling.
      Then you start Googling the characters behind Bitfinex etc and alarm bells start ringing loudly.

      • Yup reading it brought back memories of the moment the light bulb went off in my head several years ago during the last peak, when again Tether was issuing like mad and presenting an equally fundamental systemic risk to the crypto system.

        I freaked out at the time and moved all my Crypto off Tether exchanges. But in the end the bubble popped without Tether being taken down, they stopped issuing, and so became less important to me, especially as I no longer had any exposure to Tether exchanges.

        There has been a long quite period in the interval, as they’ve dealt with law suits and imho waited for the right opportunity to resume within the narrative associated with scarcity and the ‘halving’. However as their printing has resumed this year and cranked up, they have once again become critically important from a systemic point of view…. imho it is only a matter of time until they are either raided or issues a stop order – then….?

        While I am happy to trade around the edges atm, I have no delusions that this is anything other than a bubble being fueled by Tether. In the meantime I have also been cashing out any way I can… feeling a little like Tony Montana at the moment.

        • I particularly like that the owner or similar (there seem to be a couple of names who swap between owner/CEO/CFO/Head of Strategy etc) of iFinex which is some sort of Bitfinex/Tether parent company (with a base in the British Virgin Islands) seems to be a shadow. He has a French/Dutch hybrid name, almost no internet presence and nobody seems to have met him.
          Perhaps, though, I am being a tad cynical.

        • The Traveling Wilbur

          That would explain the fashion choices of late.

          And the pharmaceutically induced? Antifa stole my protest comments too.

    • Aaahhhhh….crypto…Crypt…nothing to see here..
      From Cambridge:.
      a room under the floor of a church where bodies are buried
      From Webster:
      Definition of crypt (Entry 1 of 2)
      1a : a chamber (such as a vault) wholly or partly underground
      especially : a vault under the main floor of a church
      b : a chamber in a mausoleum
      Cryptically named ..insider joke??
      Reminds me from scene at end of one of Teilight movies I caught the end of on POX TELL recently. Bella & the brooding English vampire fight almost to death as Bella pleads for kiss (bite bit) of death to join them in the ever after.
      Leaving the marble crypt they come accross a tour group (unwittingly being led to slaughter by King Vamp and his courtiers where they live in a hidden crypt in what looks to be the vacticsn or some other Euro historical religious pile of Mason ary & statues.. god I love history, fiction & fantasy..keeping m a$$es enter tainted for millennium

    • Not surprised they’re leaving ETH:

      Fees on the Ethereum network have reached an average of $10.20 per transaction as of Sunday, according to data from YCharts. The network’s fees went higher on only two occasions in 2020, briefly averaging $12.54 in early September. They again rose to $11.69 near the middle of the same month.

      https://cointelegraph.com/news/ether-fees-are-at-it-again

      I remain confused as to Polkadot as a functioning blockchain. I thought it was essentially just an ERC20 governance contract, built on top of Etherum’s shaky protocol i.e. it is a “state” based blockchain as opposed to a UTXO. Is this the case? If so I have serious doubts as to its long term ability to scale or value add. Again the para chains just appear to be a fancy name for 2nd Layer apps, not unlike Lightenings operation for BTC, meaning they capture value that should reside on the L1 stack?

      • those questions are way above my paycheck. hope you find out and update us all.
        this the reason why I keep saying I did not do deep research on the tech and hence why I did not go big.

      • I don’t know the credibility or biases of Luke Gromen, but he’s got something to say on the state of fed play –
        “We do not think BTC is a bubble; we think BTC is the last remaining functioning fire alarm that has not been disabled by policymakers, and it is issuing an increasingly shrill alarm about the USD and fiat currencies more broadly. We have little doubt that policymakers will attempt to disable BTC as a functioning fire alarm as well, but its traits make that far more difficult to do to BTC than they have thus far done with gold.

        • It is a popular narrative, that is true enough in the broadest sense with regards to the Fed’s actions, but those who want to pump the price are only interested in how they can use that narrative to support their own, that BTC is somehow an antidote to the Fed’s actions – all BTC is a game of pass the parcel…. and I say that as someone who bought in at $5.

  7. UPDATE (Calgary, Canada example) NEW ZEALAND … Auckland Council building up for sale as thousands of staff work from home …

    Canada … Calgary (population about same as Auckland NZ at 1.6 million) …

    Varcoe: Downtown tower values take another ‘whack,’ along with retail stores in taxing downturn … Chris Varcoe … Calgary Herald
    … if problems with link below google search title of this outstanding article …

    https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/varcoe-downtown-tower-values-take-another-whack-along-with-retail-stores-in-taxing-downturn?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Calgary Herald Headline News – Weekday 2021-01-15&utm_term=CH_HeadlineNews

    … extract …

    … On the commercial property front, the largest blow was felt, again, by the city’s office market.

    The value of all offices across Calgary has plunged 13 per cent over the past year. As rents fell and vacancy rates went up — and more people worked from home — office buildings lost a combined $2.3 billion of their assessed value.

    This continues a prolonged slump, one that has affected energy companies and, by extension, the downtown office towers that are home to many oilpatch head offices.

    Before oil prices began to crumble six years ago, all of the office buildings in the core carried an assessed value of $24.6 billion. It would have required Elon Musk-type money to buy them all up.

    This year, they’re valued at $9.4 billion.

    Glancing across the skyline is another way to measure the impact.

    Last year, the towering Bow building was assessed at $772 million. This year, its value has dropped to $681 million, according to city data.

    The value of Bankers Hall has tumbled 13 per cent, mirroring a 13.5 per cent decrease to the Suncor Energy Centre.

    A quarter-of-a-billion dollars of assessed value has vanished with just those three properties over the past year.

    Far too many of the city’s office towers are sitting empty. … read more via hyperlink above …

    … Pictorial …

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgary#/media/File:Downtown_Calgary_2020-3.jpg
    .
    .
    NEW ZEALAND …

    Auckland Council building up for sale as thousands of staff work from home … Todd Niall … Stuff NZ

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/123935916/auckland-council-building-up-for-sale-as-thousands-of-staff-work-from-home

  8. President Trump has declassified and authorized the release of “more than a foot-high stack of documents” related to the Obama administration’s surveillance and espionage committed against the 2016 Trump campaign, as part of a larger campaign to discredit and undermine the incoming US president.

    …the release will support claims that the entire Russia narrative was created and leaked to the news media to upstage concerns over Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-declassifies-foot-high-stack-russiagate-obamagate-documents-set-release-within-days

    Will be interesting to see if he does or if this is just ZH speculation and FUD – either way I don’t expect to read a single line about it in the MSM.

    Also of interest will be whether he makes a decision on whether to pardon Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Ross Ulbricht by the end of the week:

    https://www.inquisitr.com/6448917/trump-pardoning-assange-snowden-ulbricht/

    While I hold Snowden in reasonably high regards and consider him far more deserving of a pardon than Assange, I’d like to see them both pardoned as a final F.U. to the establishment. I’d give Ulbricht from ‘Silkroad’ fame near zero chance of receiving a pardon.

    • PalimpsestMEMBER

      In one sense you are probably correct. There won’t be much in the MSM. If the documents suggest the Russians weren’t actively involved then it will be hard to connect it to any sort of reality. Even mid campaign hobbyist security nerds with no particular agenda had spotted, and were trying to crack the voice communications between Trump HQ and that Russian Bank. Comms stopped after it went public. Then there was the Steele dossier, that was never really debunked. Then there were the meetings with the Russians and the various electoral team actors. Then there was the Russian funding of the RW web sites. Oh, and FB identifying and taking down Russian fake accounts. These were all observable reality. Then there’s the source. The Trump team. Credibility zero. Not something to waste time or money on. Media has no obligation to plough through such utter garbage except for some form of noir humour.

      • It makes sense that people are still holding on to ‘Russia influence’ agreements and will go down fighting to the death. Cos the alternative would be a realisation that the Russian influence agreement was its self a form of election result denial which is exactly what the people who stormed the capital are. However you should give it up cos you sound crazy.

      • From probably the last left leaning, yet impartial and independent journalist left with any integrity:

        In fact, far from confirming the Steele material, the FBI over time seems mainly to have uncovered more and more reasons to run screaming from Steele, to wit:

        The “Steele dossier” was “Internet rumor,” and corroboration for the pee tape story was “zero.”

        The Steele report reads like a pile of rumors surrounded by public information pulled off the Internet, and the Horowitz report does nothing to dispel this notion.

        – Matt Taibbi

        As for the rest of your assertions:

        So he is guilty of what…. meeting with people from Russia? FMD if you have worked in big business and you haven’t come across a Russian lawyer or Quant analyst then your paycheck probably only runs to 5 digits. Hillary ripped out the hard drives of her computer, smashed them to pieces and then poured bleach all over them, yet you’re suspicious of Trump for meeting Russians?

        Honestly all of your other talking points have been equally debunked or open to perfectly reasonable explanations, but are instead portrayed as darkly nebulous on the opinion of some partisan reporter playing ‘Mind Theory’ about what is going on in Trumps head – because he is personally that Trump is an evil dictator and convinced that ‘It waz da Russian!’

        I mean really “Even mid campaign hobbyist security nerds with no particular agenda had spotted, and were trying to crack the voice communications between Trump HQ and that Russian Bank. Comms stopped after it went public.”

        What would you expect?

        Russian Banker: “Hey, it’s all in the press that our confidential commercial discussions are being spied on by a bunch of ideological, Hillary appointed FBI Agents”.

        Jarad Kushner: “Eeeeek!! – What should we do?”

        Trump:“Carry on.”

        But yeah, please provide some links so I can read up on it and find if there are any counter-narratives to it, or whether it is just another attempt at some reporter to play ‘Mind Theory’ about what is going on – because he personally is convinced that ‘It waz da Russian!’

        In terms of it is all being a Trumped up exposé to make Trump look bad by Hillary, then we’ll just have to wait and see. There’s already been one FBI investigation, which Taibbi’s article paints a description of being less a conspiracy to get Trump, than an embarrassing, bumbling series of procedural phuck ups – all of which was based around a Cut & Paste dossier concocted by a 3rd rate spy and promoted and prolmugated by a second grade Australian politician come ambassador.

        But tell me – Why do Hillary and the Democrats get the benefit of Hanlon’s razor when it comes to the FBI investigation, while Trump is assumed to be the villain?

        • Mate, thank you for posting some sense in the comments section for a change, there is just usually the blind hate for the orange man’s multiple sins, in spite of them not being able to provide evidence of them.

          Usually any facts are met with, “it’s not true” even if you provide links or they just attack you personally.

          From what I have managed to find out, and the sudden MSM silence on the orange man, it appears that the capitol hill riots may well have not been instigated by any republican supporters but initiated by Dems in order to find a reason to impeach trump to prevent him exposing them and their dirty tactics.

          BTW I am no trump supporter but I very much support fair and equal for all, and not just fair and equal as one side see it, this cancel culture is extremely dangerous as well as some of the nutjob dems calling for re-education camps for republican supporters ….

    • PalimpsestMEMBER

      A Snowden pardon would have some Russian support and is a possibility as FU. Assange was the conduit for the Russian espionage on Clinton – possible but smacks too much of recognising a moral debt – something Mr T avoids. Besides neither of them are useful to T now so they’ll probably be thrown under the bus. His supporters that stormed the Capitol – hard to guess. He may decide to run with the ‘they’re Antifa’ story to help distance himself. Bus for them is my guess. Guiliani – maybe, loyal but ultimately didn’t deliver, and now he wants to be paid, paid! Good luck with that. Family, unquestionably. The final list will be interesting to see.

      • Agree that Assange is probably a step too far, but ironically I think he’d be the one Trump would be more likely choose over Snowdon – Trump recognises the value in brand. IMHO Trump would also recognise that Assange would be a more valuable ally to Trump, as an enemy of my enemy is my friend basis.

        Trump didn’t chase Assange into that embassy, he could have released him earlier but there was no political capital in it to him, especially if he thought he was going for a second term – why would he ever give his critics yet another club to hit him with? But the establishment are both their enemies. Assange is a figurehead for the entire libertarian cyber community, their meme powers and Sybille attacks to influence public opinion are significant.

        Snowdon would be the moral choice, but the issue is he is more moralled and principled, refusing to leak things other than proving the existence of a huge, illegal, surveillance system set up by the Democrats under Obama. Assange would be much more willing to be politically active versus the neutrality of Snowden.

        • Mr SquiggleMEMBER

          I thought pardons were only in relation to convictions? Assange hasn’t been convicted of a federal crime in the U S.

  9. PalimpsestMEMBER

    Dr Lauren Johnston’s article on the BRI initiative presents some additional context to the “Rise of China” view. George Magnus presents a thoroughly researched argument in “Red Flags” however, that the changes instituted by Xi may in fact run counter to that argument. The RMB is a currency of influence, but the decision to maintain currency exchange controls creates a major blockage to using it as a reserve currency. Similarly the Chinese cryptocurrency experiment seems to be tightly controlled. It is no unrestricted BitCoin.

    Without reserve currency status the demographic changes, inefficient investment, and rising debt levels will be more challenging for the RMB economy. Let’s hope the US fractionalism is a passing phase. The EU does not present a viable alternative to the USD, nor yet does the RMB. Perhaps it could be Sterling? I fear not however.

  10. All out for 369. A ‘commanding position’ according to the ABC cricket live blog, but is it? I think India could run that down and apply a bit of pressure here.

  11. Hey, Gunna. I haven’t seen you for a while. Have you been busy celebrating the arrival of Godot?

    He was supposed to never show up, but somehow he did.

    • Still here chief, been quiet a few days with work related time requirements imposing on my ability to tee off here.

      • chuckmuscleMEMBER

        Hey Gunna, you had a post earlier about AUS media and China now gone. Saved for another day? Lawyers? Refinement?
        Always enjoy your posts, had it lined up for some throne reading only to be disappointed.

      • Gunna, if you got lawyerd into pulling this morning’s post, could I suggest a mailing list for dissemination of such posts? I’d certainly be willing to pay extra for such unvarnished opinion pieces…

      • Awesome. Fasten your seatbelt, mate. I do not know about you, but I haven’t quite experienced a vertical climb.

  12. Renovators back from holidays, it’s Saturday afternoon.

    Who can guess what they are doing?

      • Sorry 1 and 3, the fvckin saw and sander. And the lawnmower now (fair enough) and hammering (ffs).

        • I dream of neighbours like yours. Mine ride “performance” chook chasers ’round and ’round the house every evening. I’d buy them mufflers, but I suspect I’d wind up wearing them someplace Reusa likes and I wouldn’t…

          • Neighbours at my mum’s place, just outside of Newy, every weekend and public holiday, about 10 of them.

            Round and round and fvckin round………..

          • Oh, just like mine. Chvntards across the creek have a souped (!) up ATV and 2 performance chook chasers which they ride with gusto on the public road (when they think no one is looking) but more importantly, in the mud, after rain, for hours on end. Latest party trick was on Christmas night, from 12:30am to 2:30am, burnouts in the mud in the creek, non-stop. Oh and the other weekend, from 5:30pm to 11:30 pm same, with the occasional going round and round around the ‘circuit’.

            Keep calling the police on their arses. Unless they are the police …

            Plan B is draining the oil.

    • call me ArtieMEMBER

      Harry,
      I have the same problem. Mad renovator neighbors. 4 years now of no peace at any time, not even Sundays
      I am leaving. Let the new people deal with it. But I will not forget. Once I am gone there is nothing holding me back. I intend to make the renovators’ lives hell. There are any number of ways to do it if you are a little bit creative (Roundup in massive doses is an easy one, spray paint graffiti is another, destroying their credit rating is a good one, anonymous EPA infringement reports is another…there are so many ways once you have left the conflict zone)
      Just move out then take revenge

      • I love how they wear ear protection, yet my backyard is < 4 metres away.

        Anyway I think they are entertaining this afternoon, so time to get out the charlie carp and empty the bokashi bucket.

        • In a previous life I helped build the dehydrator that mulled them fish up & dry them out – nutrition intact. It doesn’t look anything special from the outside but it’s actually a clever bit of kit that can be tuned to a broad array of organic problems. Majorly reducing organic waste size & mass at the tip. Bones to fertilizer at the Abattoir. Turning old chooks to Tuna feed – Interestingly the Keratin in the feathers were the most abrasive organic thing you could put through it. Maybe you need one of these in your backyard for a little while Harry……

    • New renovator trick.

      They have put their kitchen out the back so it backs on to the back yard.

      They have a big TV in there on the wall, they have American news cranked, I guess while cooking??? (The male fvckwit is American).

      So, the renovation ceases, and the media noise begins……..

      fvckers.

        • @ you 8:23, land and environment or whatever state dept, they’re hot on waterways enviro management, that’s clear breach depending on the nature/status of waterway. BiL at Nana Glen got slapped with $10k on the spot for putting gravel at a seasonal creek crossing so that the occasional, and legal, stock movement between holdings would not make a quagmire. He got off (correctly in my view) with logical discussion but even he appreciates the intent. That’s maybe 10 years ago though.

  13. NEW ZEALAND’S terrifying hyperinflating housing horror show …

    … a comprehensive release …

    Lack of properties for sale is putting pressure on house prices & speeding up sales, says REINZ (pdf)

    https://www.reinz.co.nz/Media/Default/Statistic Documents/2020/December/REINZ Residential Press Release – December 2020.pdf

    https://www.reinz.co.nz/residential-property-data-gallery

    As the total pool of properties available for sale in New Zealand falls to record lows, this is continuing to put pressure on house prices, with the country seeing a new record median house price for the fourth month in a row according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), source of the most complete and accurate real estate data in New Zealand.

    Median house prices across New Zealand increased by 19.3% from $628,000 in December 2019 to a new record median price of $749,000 in December 2020.

    Median house prices for New Zealand excluding Auckland increased by 17.8% from $535,000 in December last year to a new record median price of $630,000. … read more via hyperlink above …
    .
    .
    2020 capped with a 19% rise in house prices for the year despite a sharp jump in volumes sold. Prices were up $323/day in December in Auckland, according to REINZ data … David Chaston … Interest Co NZ

    https://www.interest.co.nz/property/108601/2020-capped-19-rise-house-prices-year-despite-sharp-jump-volumes-sold-prices-were

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      KHub sounds kinda cool. I may even have a shop there considering I will be wearing a mask. I see on social media lots of cool good looking people doing KMart collabs.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      “Shoppers who picked up one of the 450g boxes – using milk poweder from Ukraine and whey from New Zealand – were urged by health officials to record their movements so potential infections could be tracked.”

      “health officials”/CCP apparatchiks adhering to the party approved narrative designed to always brings into question the geographical origins of the Wuhan Bio weapons laboratory created Chinese Bat sniffles.
      It from the Ukraine and NZ now!

  14. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Just saw on the always ace Channel 7 news that right now we are in one of the biggest boom times ever in Australian property. It’s supreme intense extra extreme! Great times to be on the right side of history. What ever happened to Solar Boy? 😅😂🤣

    Every 5 years or so they leave in shame, always! Someone new will come along to preach chicken littleness. They’ll use ridiculous over-educated things like “data” and “science”, and sometimes even tea leaves, but will once again fail and leave in shame!

  15. https://www.atomic6.com.au/
    drt15 posted this link to a company radically re-imagining the building industry a couple of weeks back with a “what do you think of this, watch the vid” request & I thought it worth reposting where the rest of the commentariat would see it and maybe chime in also.
    For mine, I have probably an over-sensitive bs detector (a product of a couple of decades managing IT projects for other people, where the suppliers wind up standing in a circle, pointing at the others saying “it was him”) that was triggered fairly strongly by the vid and the website. It seems mostly vapourware to me, all the graphics, bar two on the website are CGI renderings. The number of promises are huge, far more than I would expect to see in a single structure, especially what looks to be a small group with limited capital. I just doubt they can achieve it all in the sorts of tiny demountable structures they’re talking about.
    But for me, the biggest hole was there were no claims I could see for the sustainablility of the processes or resulting structures. While that word is one of the most misused in the modern lexicon, I still see it as the most important aspect of construction.
    I once heard a panel of architects asked “what is sustainable building?” at which point most of them started [email protected] on about their favourite building material/technique. The last one to answer said “Well, my mum lives in a house in Devon. It was built over 600 years ago” – there’s no way anyone’s going to say this about any of the linked structures (or the house I live in, for that matter…)
    Drt, you’ve been to the factory now, perhaps you could say something about what you saw?
    What do the rest of you think?

    • Interesting observations, thanks.

      Andrew Lennox, whose idea it all is, is undoubtedly one of those super energetic, highly wired individuals who drives and motivates the others, but they seem like a good team. Re both the long term sustainability of the product – they claim it’s six times stronger than steel – and the business:-
      The factory was impressive. They’re onto their third prototype and are currently building three housing units, so are genuine, but I’d say it’s very early days and they’re operating on a shoe string, currently charging too little in an effort to get off the ground, but not enough to make a profit imo. They only started in 2018 and spent two years working with CSIRO and getting the product ok-ed, so it’s early days and they’re trying to get grants to start manufacturing the panels in Australia rather than importing from China now…..

      My thoughts are that this is a bad time to start such an enterprise and Covid has been a real downer, but at the same time this is the sort of enterprise, drive and initiative that Straya used to have, and is what we need to get going again.

      So for me it’s a big risk as I had a standard modular house company with a 40 year solid reputation (Swanbuild) lined up ready to go, but Atomic 6 seem so very genuine and will build me a house incorporating 21KW solar, BAL 40 rated, passive haus sealed, for the same price. It’s just possible this may be the next big thing in building materials and method that will revolutionise the entire industry – or, in this climate, will more likely crash and burn.

      But I’ll hang in there and give it a go as their enthusiasm is infectious although all my cautious instincts scream to stick with the safe option!

    • @LeMon3
      Edit: Atomic 6 acknowledge their website is crap; also that they haven’t spent years testing for ‘sustainability’ but their attitude is that the carbon walls are pretty self-evidently super strong and durable (and light, so easy to transport and instal without large cranes etc) They’re currently involved in bushfire rebuilds – a heartbreaking task as so many are still devastated, and are donating the first house to a family on its last legs.

      • I’m often overly cynical, but I love to be proved wrong when it comes to my lack of faith in the latest technologies.
        I’ll be very interested in how you go with these guys. Please keep us informed with regular updates

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      I also noticed that contrast on ABC TV News.
      The Sympathy for the murderous mother was breathtaking.

    • It’s always tragic when a mother kills her kids along with herself. Mothers spend years of every minute of every day – and night – caring, focusing on, and thinking about their kids – in short their whole life and all their energy is devoted to them from the moment they’re born.

      Unlike in many male suicide/murders or, frequently, just outright murders, such acts of desperation are never for revenge or done in anger, but always in utter despair. Have you no empthy?

      • I think I need to expand on my point. Any parent who murders their own child has mental health issues, regardless of the motivation. Of course, the article cited is not wrong in that there is a need to do everything possible in the mental health area to stop these issues getting to the point to what happened last week. However, my point is that when Dad is the offender, there is a chorus of journalists and others in the public eye who shout down any efforts to empathise with the mental health issues being faced by the father. They insist that he is a monster and therefore not entitled to any empathy like that has been given in this instance. I would be happier if empathy was shown in all instances because when this type of thing happens, something is seriously wrong.

        • Here is the statistic on male and female domestic violence resulting in death in the UK. I imagine it’s much the same here:-:

          On average 2 women are murdered every week and 30 men are murdered every year due to domestic violence.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_in_the_United_Kingdom

          Yes, it’s a tragic statistic for both sexes requiring mental health treatment for both, but the majority of victims are women and the majority of suspects are men.

          • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

            Still doesn’t detract from the fact (at all) that the actions of this mother were just as despicable as if the same crime was committed by the father.
            The doctrinal Submission to the #FakeLeft narrative “Because patriarchy” is revolting and, like the similar “because colonialism”, something to be vigorously resisted.

          • You’ve started talking about a different thing – intimate partner violence. I’m talking about parents killing their children (filicide). I think it unhelpful to conflate the two in this case. The statistics on filicide are that mum and dad are almost as likely to commit this crime, yet there seem to be very different responses when dad does it as opposed to mum. There were also many on social media jumping to the conclusion that it must be the father, which, going from the statistics is not a natural conclusion that should be drawn. Link to stats on filicide (has been posted by others before)
            https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/mothers-murdering-their-children-on-the-rise-domestic-filicide/10793162

      • This act would be domestic violence. Killing your children is domestic violence.
        I feel very sorry for the children.
        But having absorbed the message there is no excuse whatsoever for domestic violence, that is no excuse ever for any reason at all, I don’t see why the mother should be treated differently to any other perpetrator.

    • Well put.

      But Biden and his team may soon discover that a foundation of past U.S. leadership—a reputation for competence—has eroded beyond easy repair. Donald Trump was only a symptom of this erosion, which has developed over decades of military misadventures, financial debacles, and now the calamity of COVID-19. And underlying all these reasons, as Trump saw but could not remedy, has been industrial decline….. Over six decades, the great U.S. industrial corporations have been hollowed out, labour and expertise have been eclipsed, and government has shrunk. Finance is once again in control….Behind these disasters lies the doctrine of shareholder supremacy….When consumers cut back on services for both health and economic reasons, out of anxiety about the virus and their economic future, then those jobs die off—and so do the incomes that make the purchase of other services possible. Yet the debts that millions of Americans have assumed in better times—for rent, mortgages, education, and health care—remain. A financial reckoning is coming.

      • The competitive world of many small producers never existed and never could. When firms were small, so were their markets; the company store tyrannized its local customers just as much as (or more than) Google tyrannizes the internet today. And the monopolistic firms that held real power—such as railroads, electric utilities, phone companies, airlines, and today Amazon, Facebook, and Walmart—all had declining costs with increasing scale. They may be rapacious, but it would not be better for their customers if they were small. Most modern examples of sustainable small producers are maintained by state policy, as family farms were by price supports for many years in the United States and as millions of small manufacturers are, in today’s China, by state-owned banks with very elastic credit standards. In the United States, many small businesses of course exist, but they are mostly in services, and even before the pandemic many were hanging on precariously as franchises and chains gobbled up their economic terrain.

        Antitrust has a role. Preventing the mandatory bundling of products and services that are easily separable, for example, is a valid and sensible function. But what all big corporations really need is effective regulation to protect workers, consumers, the environment, and the public interest. – snip

        • You only need machines to manufacture who ever has the most advance machines wins no need for people robotic matinance fix the machines so the problem is what we going to do with all the people in 20 years the population will be lower

      • When no formal theory is available, as is often the case, then the analyst needs to justify statistical specifications by showing that they fit the data. That means more than just “running things.” It means careful graphical and crosstabular analysis …

        When I present this argument … one or more scholars say, “But shouldn’t I control for every-thing I can? If not, aren’t my regression coefficients biased due to excluded variables?” But this argument is not as persuasive as it may seem initially.

        First of all, if what you are doing is mis-specified already, then adding or excluding other variables has no tendency to make things consistently better or worse. The excluded variable argument only works if you are sure your specification is precisely correct with all variables included. But no one can know that with more than a handful of explanatory variables.

        Still more importantly, big, mushy regression and probit equations seem to need a great many control variables precisely because they are jamming together all sorts of observations that do not belong together. Countries, wars, religious preferences, education levels, and other variables that change people’s coefficients are “controlled” with dummy variables that are completely inadequate to modeling their effects. The result is a long list of independent variables, a jumbled bag of nearly unrelated observations, and often, a hopelessly bad specification with meaningless (but statistically significant with several asterisks!) results.

        Christopher H. Achen

        https://larspsyll.wordpress.com/?s=econometrics

        I would also reference the dreaded ***Power Point*** presentation, especially in the military application, seems it became a performative endeavor and the artistry was correlated to big brasses future consideration for advancement in rank. I could liken it to Leonardo da Vinci’s automaton puppetry for the elites of his day ….

  16. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Another hypothesis tested by the reality of Covid-19.

    Theory: International students from India, Nepal and China study in Australia for the high quality education.

    Reality: Thousands of Australian University forign students are dropping online study with Australian Universities for on site studies in Canada and the UK. Even the Covid ravaged UK is seen as preferred to an online Australian education.

    Conclusion: It was only ever about getting residency. The degree was nothing more than a visa for those who are now choosing other countries.

    • Shades of MessinaMEMBER

      The motivations of those from South Asia differ from China, but individuals will choose a path that suits their needs.

  17. Oh noes… international students are going to pick UK or Canada according to University spokesperson, allegedly preferring face to face study to online learning. While I won’t deny online learning has its own set of challenges, could it actually be that these “students” are actually after work and permanent residency instead?

    I also wonder how long they’ll leave the comments open.

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/overseas-students-dump-australia-for-canada-and-covid-ravaged-britain-20210111-p56tai.html

  18. Interesting perspective ….

    A local story written about a grandfather and son who died from covid. “His father brought the family to Chicago to escape Vietnam in the early 1990s.” Im curious to know if thats how the family expressed it. Did they use the word “escape”? I would not be surprised. Perhaps they used it in the context of how well Vietnam has handled the pandemic compared to the u.s . Perhaps the editors decided to remove the unfavorable comparison . Anyhow, it really is something that the man left a country that had been completely and utterly destroyed by his adopted country. A place where ordinances dropped by the U.S manage to maim and kill to this day. Quite a thing that this man brought his family to the the U.S for refuge, to seek a better life and to not become victims of American foreign policy just to die from a virus that his former home country has thus far managed to contain. The country of nearly hundred million led by the government the u.s tried to overthrow managed to save itself and so far has less than a hundred covid fatalities. Sadly for some there is no escaping the benevolent empire.

    https://abc7chicago.com/amp/chicago-covid-deaths-father-dies-covid-19-grandfather/9604705/

      • Must be why back in the day I removed a few from this orb in S.A..

        But then one must remember the Vietnam war was bought [tm] off the French, really nothing to do with commie stuff and as always McNamara’s mea culpa the Fog of War dinner table scene is a hilarious jaw dropper …

    • Shades of MessinaMEMBER

      If he was aligned to the previous S Vietnamese government he probably had no choice. The SV administration and their supporters were all in on the US and not viewed favourably by the new socialist management.

      There are still cohorts of Vietnamese in the US and Australia who fly the previous S Vietnamese flag and denounce the current government as “illegal occupiers”.

      Seems like this sentiment is waning as they slowly die out, and in many cases their grandkids are heading back to Vietnam to pursue opportunities.

      Hopefully time is healing the wounds, Vietnam is such a fantastic place and bunch of people, they deserve some peace and prosperity.

  19. boomengineeringMEMBER

    I’m sure I’ll cope some flak by some MBers but am in the mall and one of the only ones not wearing a mask.
    Put one on to have a haircut and she couldn’t cut where strap so ripped it off again which prompted a couple of the staff to do the same citing ,” we’re being controlled “. She had just read a leaflet stating the bio lab at Wuhan. The missus can’t work out how all years before I would hold my breath if an unhealthy person was near.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      10mins to go and have not permission to edit the phone auto spell mistakes, such as cope to cop.
      Sitting in the carpark and noticed an old decrepid gent with maybe a week to live partnered with a much younger Filipino.
      Looks like she landed on her feet. He couldn’t hardly get into the sports car. She won’t have to put up with him for long.

    • Even StevenMEMBER

      It’s the law, boom. And if everyone did as you did there would likely be a greater spread of infection amongst the population. I consider it a minor inconvenience. You may have a different view on the significance of that, but I refer you back to point one: it’s the law.

      I’d be one of those advocating fining you.

      I have no personal enmity, of course. How could I.

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Just doing my bit to rid the world of excess people, but rather than pay a fine would begrudgingly put it on if approached, and dying isn’t the worry living with permanent after effects is.

      • So if a law seems nonsensical, or immoral, you go along with it, because ‘it’s the law’.

        Throughout history what woeful acts of horror and disdain have been done under the requirement of the law?

        It’s against the law to ‘serve a coloured person’ and the rest.

        • LOL.

          So you’ve managed to get from a simple requirement to help with public health to war crimes and institutionalised racism.

          You must be doing some impressive speed at the bottom of that slippery slope.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      You will not be able to step foot inside any shop without a mask around where I live. Half the shops in the area have featured on the COVID-19 hot spot list at least once.

    • Walked through Woolies without one and no one said anything. Australians generally won’t anyway, so use it to your advantage.

        • Touche.

          Although there’s probably a photo of me on some community fb group, complete with some passive aggressive middle aged white woman seeking justice for putting her life in danger as she gets back in her SUV.

    • I wear one to avoid being fined (plus some shops won’t even let you in without it).

      It’s stupid because I’ve worn the same mask for a couple of weeks now. Plus I regularly take it on and off as I go in and out of shops presumably exposing my hands to any virus that might be coming out of my mouth. I’m sure it is making any potential Covid situation worse but it is legal.

      • There’s probably enough grounds to contest the fine. Are police lawfully allowed to issues fines for a public health mandate? I thought only public health officials could issue fines for a public health mandate?

    • I couldn’t get over how many people in Greater Brisbane wore masks whilst driving during the lockdown. Yes, it was a requirement to do so and fines were attached – but what was the chance you would get pulled over by the police and fined?

      People went along with it, even though it was nonsensical. Yes you must wear a mask by yourself in a car, but you don’t have to wear a mask if holding a press conference indoors with other people around you.

      People really have no backbone and are happy to be controlled.

  20. Hugh PavletichMEMBER

    Ireland … remote working update …

    New laws will give employees in the State the option to permanently work from home … Martin Wall … The Irish Times

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/new-laws-will-give-employees-in-the-state-the-option-to-permanently-work-from-home-1.4458770

    https://enterprise.gov.ie/en/Publications/Publication-files/Making-Remote-Work.pdf

    People will have a legal right to seek to work from home in the future under Government plans being announced on Friday.
    The Government says it will legislate to provide employees with the right to request their employer allow them work remotely.

    It will also introduce a new legally admissible code of practice on the right to disconnect from work – covering phone calls, emails and switch-off time.

    The Government has also proposed that working from home should be the norm for up to 20 per cent of staff in the public service, but accepts this is an average figure and could pose challenges in frontline areas such as health.

    The measures form part of a new strategy on remote working to be published on Friday by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. … read more via hyperlink above …

    More freedom and no commute: Just some of the perks of remote working … Padraic Hoare … Irish Examiner

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40208138.html

    ‘Striking a balance’ key to proposed remote working legislation … Nicole Glennon … Irish Examiner

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/business/economy/arid-40208018.html

  21. Even StevenMEMBER

    Is anyone else finding the Pepsi ads with the way they cover half the screen (of my iPad) incredibly annoying? Or is it just me?

  22. boomengineeringMEMBER

    haroldus, no word since 1.20am.
    On yer bike,,
    Hopefully anyway.?
    Great day for it but don’t overdo it like Ermo did the first day. Until you find a designated pathway stick to the footpaths which your bike is capable of.

  23. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    Nice big sleep in followed by a nice big shyte when my mate calls and asks me to join him at Tommy’s for a coffee (Laziza Coffee & Juice Bar) I say cool I’ll ride me new bike up.
    So I go up there and spend Over an hour talking shyte with one of my ALP buddies lamenting how our party embraces the #FakeProgressive utter tripe like that on the front page of the Sydney Morning herald today.
    Any way my intention was to ride straight home but I thought FK it I’m gunna ride to Parra along the riverside bike track.
    Once I got to the Albion hotel and looked at all the people along the pathway past the Parra ferry wharf into Parra park I though nope I’m turning around and decided to ride back towards Putney but 15km into the ride I become aware that I haven’t drunken any water since last night and have only had 2 small coffees by the time I’ve gotten to Putney I’ve done around 20 Km and feelin’ pretty thirsty. I was eyeing off people’s hose taps in front yards thinking about taking a drink like I used to in my Childhood All day BMX rides but didn’t want to look like a weirdo so I rode back to my place via wharf Rd and Victoria Rd doing just under 25km.
    I feel like throwing up now after sculling so much cold water outa the fridge.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Maybe I should look for that book for you on how essential water is to our cells. A lot of medicine’s are prescribed when water is all your body is yearning for. Fit your bike with s bottle cage and I’ll send you an aluminium bike bottle, free. If you are perspiring a lot then put some Staminade or such in to alleviate onset of cramps. As a matter of fact you should get some into yourself now and it works better than magnesium tablets.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        I love water and drink copious amounts of it every day (3 to 4 litres a day easy) but it has to be cold.
        It’s my favorite drink and even prefer it to Beer!
        At the end of a hot summer’s day working I always go a schooie of Ice water before my first Beer.

        • boomengineeringMEMBER

          If you don’t get that electrolyte into you asap then tonight your place wi be filled with sounds of agony..
          .
          Colin and Arthur.
          Did 60klms this morn but so delighted in the 64 chainring that I’m toying with the stupidity of making from scratch a 75er oval. Maybe a pipe dream but be on the whiteboard for consideration if ever time permits again.
          Very good red flasher you could see 1klm ahead, caught up and commended him for it. Got passed by a young sheila up McCarrs that could have revenged on but have no reason to ride hard anymore as my mates have dropped out not needing any comp training.

          • Wait till he wakes up in the middle of the night with a calf crap and its curling up into his back side. The half asleep stage of mental debate about if it real or a dream and should one wake up to sort it or go back to sleep is a hoot …..

          • Not being a cyclist, I wasn’t aware of a need for oval gears till you mentioned them a while ago Boom. They sound interesting for aiding the power stroke part of the revolution.

            I remember years ago tilting the Bridgeport to approximate & trace an ellipse that some bloke wanted, but it was a blank – so I never knew what he needed it for. The thickness would’ve been about that of a sprocket…..

    • reusachtigeMEMBER

      Cool story bloke. We power walked down to the cafes at Bronte for a latte and lay about on our towels in the beach park for a while talking about how many dole bludgers and personal delivery types live out Parramatta way. Lovely morning.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Ya keek doing it!
        As soon as I get to “Power walk” I just stop reading!
        Please stop replying to my posts talking about your Poncy obsession!

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Walking is the most natural way to exercise. Glad you said power, as my personal opinion is that you need to huff and puff to get that aerobic fitness. That said even slow walk is better than sitting screen time.

        • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

          I got no time for people who intentionally walk like they got a large carrot up their ar$e

          • EP – from time to time the elite competitive walkers must come to Canberra for the AIS. Apparently they do big clicks in training but they absolutely motor along. Impressive athletes. I can never work out why walk when they could run. But same logic I suppose as champion swimmers that specialise in breast stroke.

  24. Rumour is QANTAS have been landing most flights into Sydney because flight staff had to quarantine in other states.

    LNP state governments suck.

    • Qantas staff only do 5 days in Hotel and then can stay “isolated” at their home (even in Qld, their family living with them have no restriction of course).I fail to see the logic

    • IMO Q was a cleverly designed psyop to placate conservatives by feeding into the whole christian saviour meme that is part of their base.

      Only good thing to come out of it will be potential purge of RINO’s from the disenfranchised voters, but i wont hold my breath.

        • Republican In Name Only aka Fake Right.

          Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Dan Crenshaw, etc.

        • Republican In Name Only.

          In specific usage, generally someone who isn’t sufficiently conservative by the judgement of the person using it.

          In general usage, “fiscally conservative, socially liberal”. So Republicans who might think maybe the poor don’t deserve it, or that poofs are real people too, or that sometimes abortion is allowable.

          An Australian example would be Malcolm Turnbull.

          At least that was the olden days. Who knows now. After Trump a RINO is probably anyone who thinks Biden won the election.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Wonder if it’s true that all inoculated against Spanish Flu died before much time some instantly.
      Btw Mining, you haven’t been forgotten about so what’s your news on the riding and your health recovery.? Concerned fellow bloggers.

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        I’m good as gold Booma. After the all clear did three months of MAF training and have now settled back to swimming, running and riding twice a week. Six sessions is enough for anyone, albeit some of the sessions are only 30 minutes or so.

        Did my first Tri in 12 months this morning and only missed my target time by one and a half minutes. Quite happy with that after spending six months doing minimal training.

    • The situation is reminiscent of the Ruby Princess coming into the bay…..continuing infections being ignored……no appreciation of new threats looming………refusal to learn by early experience overseas……….special exemptions letting loose Covid variants all around the country. I am stocking back up our stores, I had run them down in half but it is obvious the plot is being lost once again. It is all stuff we can use if it is a false start.

      https://twitter.com/kakape/status/1350425513790238723

    • This is now my favourite:

      https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australia-seeking-advice-on-norwegian-deaths-following-pfizer-vaccine-20210117-p56uoh.html

      “Norway’s medical authority said it’s not alarmed, saying there was no concrete connection between the vaccine and the deaths. They said the deaths had occurred in patients who were very frail and had serious illnesses already.”

      Yet it’s been considered heresy to apply the exact same argument to people dying from/with COVID and pre-existing medical conditions, especially from some of the more vocal members of the commentariat here.

      Clown world stuff.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Are you inviting harold to cycle there?.
      On a serious note make sure we all here about it and
      name the responders.

    • I’ve just had a mate propose I drive from Geelong to Robe (SA) for a sunday eve and pizza (he runs a pizza joint), and I kind of feel up for a 9 hour mercy dash for a lager frenzy in Sydney too! (but would I be allowed back?) I could murder a beer right now.

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Gunna,
        A change is as good as a rest, and think you are overdue for that.
        Why nor bite the bullet and take it on, if all goes bad then it’ll be another story for us to savor.
        ps just take it easy on the road listening to your favorite music.

    • I would definitely have come and caught you Ermo, but not today. You’d be interesting to talk to. Some other day soon maybe.

    • I’d be up for it if I was in the vicinity.

      I’m enjoying a refreshing beverage right now myself.

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Posted a few shark stories you may have been interested in a while ago but don’t think you saw them. 15′ & 18′ Whitie’s included.
        Bit more exciting than the 3′ blind shark trying to steal my fish spearing the other week.

        • Yeah couldn’t access cause I’m a lower caste non subscriber.

          A 3 ft wobbie can make you understand pain if they want to.

          • boomengineeringMEMBER

            No it was a blind shark but got attacked by a huge Wobbie at Dee Why many years ago when we tied our fish around our waists. Kept kicking it away but it wouldn’t take no for a answer so we came to a compromise and it left happy with the squid.

    • My worry is that Central Banks are letting crypto run its course because they love the idea of programmable money. Which will be used to control if and how you spend your money and with whom.

      • 100%.

        Double edged sword IMO. Its great to get away from the from the central bank cartel but of course they will try to co opt it as they already doing now.

        I’m just mad that that I didn’t jump in on BTC at 8k as I was this close.

    • Yeah , I’ve come to the conclusion that the notion of liberalising China is inverse to reality. I just keep picturing all those politicians who’ve visited China on their junkets and who’ve been impressed with the power of the government. So easy to accomplish things* when unfettered by silly notions such as the will of the people or human rights.

      * Things such as personal enrichment.

    • Hilariously, some people will undoubtedly try to claim reducing humanity down to their creditworthiness is some sort of “leftie” idea.

      • The Traveling Wilbur

        If the ones you leave in your browser history are all ones with setups that are in AirBnBs and premises with For Sale signs on them, then yes.

    • migtronixMEMBER

      What can possibly go wrong? Maybe we should make people taking out violence restraining orders wait until they’re in ICU?

    • FUDINTHENUDMEMBER

      Boom times ahead for murder, arson and infanticide!

      Who is the scum coming up with this rubbish?

      • If I had the power to put GIFs in here I would insert the one of the little Mexican girl in that tacos ad saying, “why not have both?”.

        • I have to be honest, I’m struggling with how it can prop up the housing market.

          Because the outcome I see from people splitting and a forced liquidation is two new buyers on the market each with a substantial deposit.

    • migtronixMEMBER

      You could provide evidence. Everybody knows space aliens seeded it so who are you to start with “escaped a lab” disinfo?

      • UK Variant of the Chinese Virus

        It’s been suspected of coming from a lab since the very start. China have destroyed anything connected to the lab and have spent 12 months stonewalling any kind of investigation into the origins of the virus.

        • So the virus just happens to break out at a wet market a couple of kilometres away from the only laboratory in China examining and experimenting on bat coronaviruses and human susceptibility to infection. The odds of that occurring; essentially zero.

          The odds of the virus escaping from a facility that’s been panned by outsiders as having insufficient protocols and poor adherence to safety protocols, pretty good.

          Was the virus deliberately released? Unlikely. But was it deliberately engineered ? Well some think so. I don’t know, I’m not a virologist. But as someone with a good solid statistics background, I think there’s a good probability it was.

          But none of this matters as the CCP will strong-arm the WHo to say that there’s insufficient evidence to track where it came from and they’ll persist in arguing that anyone who thinks it was engineered is in the tin hat brigade…

          • UK Variant of the Chinese Virus

            This is Chernobyl by a factor of 1,000 or 10,000

            There needs to be an investigation to figure out how to avoid this catastrophe that has ruined life on Earth, killed millions and many millions more left with long lasting health problems from ever happening again.

            If it’s found that it escaped from a lab due to not following established protocols then there needs to be a criminal trial held.

            If it’s found that there was a cover up from the top down in the Chinese government to cover up the source and severity of the virus then Xi Jinping needs to be charged with crimes against humanity.

      • It’s in the ice as the Arctic and and antarctica melt it release it migration of sea birds do the rest

    • FUDINTHENUDMEMBER

      Ya, evidence needed. Same with the muppets who think they won an election when they didnt. People will listen, with actual evidence.

      • reusachtigeMEMBER

        Meh. That’s the problem with youse on here. Way too over-educated. Good people don’t give a sh1t about nerd stuff like facts and figures.

  25. Mining BoganMEMBER

    There’s a rumour that the TV networks have removed the Bludging-Scummo-coming-back-from-Hawaiian-holidays character at the end of the new lamb ad. Still there on the YouTube version, but gone from telly.

    True?

  26. How about putting stories in from the Taipei Times or some other source than the SCMP, which is nothing more than Beijing’s poodle.

  27. Whether it’s the pandemic, Geo-politics, bushfires and the environment or freedom of speech, 2020 is going to go down as the year politicians and policymakers really did their best Frank Drebin impersonation; “ nothing to see here, please disburse…”
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pdFl__NlOpA

  28. Actually have just washed all bedsheets, sorted all my clothes, tidied the bedroom, sorted out the backyard, tidied the shed, watered the lawn seeds twice.

  29. The Australian Open happenings around infections and quarantine are evidence that Australia should be welcoming as many international students to these shores as soon as possible. It is the right thing to do.

    • I c you have sum I rise city stuff get out while you can there be some blowhard that everything we be normal soon sell to him

  30. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Another Covid case on the third Australian Open charter jet, so a plane load of professional sports jocks have to quarantine for 14 days. Dan’s going to lose a lot of support if it escapes. No-one wants to lock down for the sake of political idiocy, again!