MB over the Christmas break

It is hard to believe that MacroBusiness is heading into its tenth Christmas. What started off as a side project between a hand full of bloggers has turned into a full fledged independent media site.

Alas, with the Christmas and New Years period commencing, MacroBusiness will head into hibernation next week with only Links posted daily. This will give us a chance to recharge our batteries and spend time with our families.

We will return in force after the New Years Holiday on Tuesday 4 January.

To all our readers, thank you for your continued support. Enjoy your well deserved break and please stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

The MacroBusiness Team

– Leith van Onselen

– David Llewelyn-Smith

– Chris Becker




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  1. Hoping you a happy Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ and that santa ๐ŸŽ… claws us back our lobsters ๐Ÿฆž leaving a boat load of crushed asians abolone to play โ–ถ๏ธ their squid ๐Ÿ™ games

  2. The Traveling Wilbur ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š

    Enjoy the break and have a very merry and safe Xmas everyone.

  3. Merry Christmas everyone.

    Massive thanks to the MB team for their contribution to the Australian story. Itโ€™s plain to see that your tireless vociferations are finally gaining traction amongst a wider audience. Your efforts are not just a perfect place to hone opinion amongst the like minded, but also an extremely handy tool for influencing and educating those who are ignorant of the often malevolent machinations of Australian political and business society. Often times the ignorance is not through lack of intelligence but through through paucity of exposure into how our society actually works . Macrobusiness is the perfect remedy for this ignorance!

    Itโ€™s not hard to imagine fellow travellers in this space such as Friendly Jordies paying close attention to the flag youโ€™re flying.

    Also a big thanks for providing such an excellent forum to hear the thoughts of so many educated, worldly and considered contributors. The forum is so good because the parameters of acceptable thought are so broad. Everyone has experienced an overly moderated comments section and felt the quease of knowing they are on the razorโ€™s edge of patronising censorship.

    And thanks to all the individuals who add their various insights , opinions and colours. Thereโ€™s some smart and experienced crew on here with a lot of wisdom and perspective well worth reading.

    Plenty of funny buggers too.

    So yeah, have a good one all. Rightโ€ฆ.time for a post lunch food coma after coming out of the Pre Christmas lunch blocks a bit strong.


  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Dave, Leith, Chris and all the MB contributors. Australia is a better place for this forum and the community it’s inspired. ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š

    • I was gonna be a pedant but then I realised in this case “it’s” is a contraction.

      So I’m glad I didn’t!

      • Oh, I wish you had of. Ive always been a stickler for correct grammar and apostrophe,s. I would of giving you such a pizzling in return!

        In breaking news…

        The Chinese made Bonamassa Lazarus Les Paul I ordered showed up and looked like a piece of sh1t. The first thing I noticed was that the plastic cover on the pickup selector switch was missing. Not a sign of good QC to have a major piece of the user interface simply Not There. Then there were 3 paint spray over runs onto the binding and a fingernail sized chip out of the fretboard at the 18th fret FFS. So after 2 seconds I said “Yeah, nah, not for me, return the deposit and sell it to somebody else please”.

        After much r00ting around with various vendors I now have a 2001 Fujigen made Epiphone Elitist on the way. Gibson Pups, and electronics, Gotoh tuners and Japanese build quality. Best thing is that it has the Gibson open book headstock instead of the usual Epiphone weirdness and “Gibson” on the truss rod cover, So, an immaculate Les Paul Standard for $100 mor than the Chinese POS.

        • I seriously recommend making your own. Pitbull are pretty cheap and what does it matter if you chuck 300 bucks away on a failure?

          You learn a lot about construction, but more about working on your own guitars.

          If you do want to start, I have tonnes of fretting and nutting tools. And radius clamps for set necks.

        • The Traveling Wilbur ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š

          That’s certainly struck a chord with me – go for it bloke. There’s certainly no point fretting about it.

  5. TailorTrashMEMBER

    Must be quite dispiriting that your prescriptions for a better Australia are ignored and the bought and paid for โ€œrepresentatives of the people โ€œ continue to take the country on the path to sh1tholeness โ€ฆ..(yea โ€ฆitโ€™s a word bro โ€ฆโ€ฆ) โ€ฆ..but keep up your fight โ€ฆโ€ฆโ€the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do โ€œโ€ฆโ€ฆ..letโ€™s hope something gives with next years electionโ€ฆ.

  6. Thanks heaps MB and also to all the wise and funny commentators.
    10 years into an 18mth journey eh – that’s quite impressive.

  7. Peace on Earth
    Good will to our fellow Earth dwellers.
    We didn’t mean to do it.
    We are blined to our actions .

  8. Happy hols to the MB team and congrats on bouncing into your second decade!
    Mark Twain said ‘ never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel’ and I’ve often admired how you’ve taken to task some pretty destructive and popular ‘beliefs’ on how the Strayan economy operates v how it should. Even the best rattle guns struggle to bust a nut loose sometimes but holding down the trigger is the only way it will happen!

    ATB and enjoy your break!

  9. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Thanks for all the hard work and saying that which the MSM cannot say.

    Thanks for all the insight in the comments.

    Frohe Weihnachten! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ Viel spaรŸ! ๐Ÿฅณโ›ต๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ

  10. Mr SquiggleMEMBER

    wishing you guys a Happy Christmas and safe New year.
    10 Years? Sheesh, I can remember (10 years ago) when MB used to obsess over the smallest Ebola outbreak, i couldn’t work out why MB kept putting those Ebola articles front and center. Now I know, …foresight and planning

  11. Ditto, all the comments above. And as a reminder of how little has changed we have, from 10 long, weary years ago:

    “House prices down! Property market correcting! FHBs Revolt! Itโ€™s all happening folks and to many the inevitable asset price correction will gather full speed from here. But be warned and not deluded, the vest powers in every quarter will fight tooth and nail to try and prevent it happening. “


  12. Thanks, MB team for all the hard work you put into this product. It does not go without notice.