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  1. Cybes

    What's on your mind?

    There was some issue with an overly-broad licence that appeared to give them a green light for onselling your private data, iirc. I didn't pay much attention to it then, and have heard nothing about it since.
  2. Cybes

    i see dead people

    You, sir, are going to Hell. Look me up when you arrive.
  3. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    I'm not a financial advisor or accountant, so I went looking for an explanation and found this: http://frankingcredits.com.au/ That seems to cover this specific issue fairly well compared to other material I found, but is a lot easier to read.
  4. Cybes

    What's on your mind?

    Can't speak to the last 5-6 years, but prior to that we had to go pull up the seedlings sprouting all over the front yard dropped from passing bird poops. The "drought tolerant" grass, otoh, died no matter how often it was replanted. So, trees only - no burials under grass!
  5. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    No. It applies to everyone that owns shares for the purposes of investment, and that's a minority of the population. Also, just because it's written into the law does not mean it's not a gift. a) They had a plan that required a lot of spending. As you like to point out, money has to come from somewhere - either it's taxed, or it's borrowed. You wanna pay a bit more now, or lots more later? b) Perhaps you are of the minority who does have a sizeable number of employees and does care about them. Most do not. Most mid-sized employers I've met seem to think their employees are entitled whingers out to milk them for all they can - and largely they're right (because if your boss treats you like shit, you will treat them like shit in return). Small businesses seem to be much more healthy. Large businesses literally could not give a fig if any of their individual employees lived or died so long as there are enough of them to get the work done. c) By definition 'above average' is less than half. In practice, it's quite a lot less than half, since you're using a mean not a median. As of 2016 (the most current figure I have at hand), the top 10% owned 53% of the nation's wealth. That will have increased, since growth by nature is compounding - the previous 7 years' growth was 1.3%, so it's probably around 55% by now. That alone puts your 50% figure on the low side. 45 minutes ago, Leonid said: Coal is going to die sooner rather than later regardless of any actions taken to bolster or kill it. A much better solution than subsidising the industry to keep those workers employed in coal is to retrain them and employ them in renewables. That employment sector is larger, and growing. (Something funky happening with that quote) Ignored the bit about NG actually causing harm, I see. Fine. Here's a quote from TGC (a Sydney property investment group): "The restriction will not apply to investors who buy in brand-new or off-the-plan developments. The reason new build properties are not subjected to the changes is because they are seen as being higher risk. This is particularly true if you are buying into the apartment sector. Buying new build or off-plan real estate is seen as a higher risk because anything can happen between when you sign your contract and go to settle. Labor’s rule change would also not affect people who are currently negatively gearing investment properties. Investments made before the date the new rules are brought into force will also not be affected by this change. Currently, nearly 1.3 million Australians own an investment property that is negatively geared and their investments will be fully grandfathered. This will mean that Australian taxpayers will continue to be able to deduct net rental losses against their wage income on existing investments." So... What impact would that be, exactly? Does it really, though? The land you built on does, because usable land keeps getting scarcer. The house itself, though... That has ongoing expenditure throughout its life, and the price fetched at market often doesn't vary much from purchase price when adjusted for inflation. The only way to reliably make money from housing is as rental, not resale. Where did I do that? What I said was that you should not treat people like animals. (Worse than animals, usually, since most of ours are pretty pampered.) FTR, I have some very large issues with Islam - religion in general, but that one in particular. Treating all muslims like ISIS members, though, is a great way to make more ISIS members and discourage moderates (they do exist). On a different tack... I'd appreciate it if you could refrain from trying to lump me in with groups I don't belong to and then using pejoratives to refer to those groups, and attempting to speak to me like a child. I've done none of those things to you - at least intentionally, and if you could show me where I did I'll modify my behaviour.
  6. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    - Self-funded retirees are not pensioners (assuming you were referring to the franking credit plan), and that credit is a gift - ceasing to give it is not 'ripping off' anyone. - The 'doers'? Are you referring to the people who have enough money that their money makes enough to live on? Because being rich is not 'doing' anything except hurting the economy. Look up the 'velocity of money'. - You'll have to be more specific; there is far too much regional economy to make assumptions about. Some of that is dying anyway, some should indeed be supported, and some should never have existed in the first place. - Bullshit. The economy was getting along just fine before negative gearing existed, and will cope with its withdrawal. There is also credible economic modelling showing that negative gearing *hurts* the economy in some instances. - Mm. I'm personally very averse to debt, but nobody else seems to give much of a shit about it anymore. Regardless, debt incurred in the procurement of valuable goals is well worth it (a housing loan, for a person, or building/repairing infrastructure, nationally). Again personally, I think getting entirely off fossil fuels is a worthy goal, regardless of our impact on global climate - they're filthy, and the local pollution alone has a significant death toll as well as ongoing health effects. Oh stop being histrionic - I did no such thing. I pointed out that he also thought he was right when he obviously wasn't. Telling you, perhaps too obliquely, to re-examine your perspective does not imply you are a mass murderer.
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    how crap is this government ?

    Nice deflection. You seem to be pretty happy to play the oppression card when it comes to Russians or Jews. It seems somewhat hypocritical to me that you seem unable to extend basic human rights (let alone any actual kindness) to others.
  8. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    Pretty sure Goebbles had the same opinion of his plan too. Woulda thought you might have special appreciation of that point.
  9. Cybes

    Off-topic

    I am equal parts concerned and depressed.
  10. Cybes

    What's on your mind?

    There is (or was about a decade ago) a place offering 'natural burials' someplace in the Adelaide Hills doing just that, iirc.
  11. Cybes

    What's on your mind?

    Between Ghostery and YouTube Enhancer (FF plugin), I have no idea what YT ads even look like on desktop any more. Still get 'em on the 'phone, of course.
  12. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    Did I not just say "it has nothing to do with politics" ? ie: When the left does that shit, they're fucking wrong - just like the right are when they do it. Just like you were for suggesting that's an optimal solution.
  13. Cybes

    Green Room non-Googleable Music Quiz Game.

    I can understand the mistake - people refer to the one-word disease as TB as well.
  14. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    It has nothing to do with political beliefs, Leo. Referring to mistreating people, whatever their motivations or actual crimes (let alone supposed ones) is wrong. By all means send them home, but you don't have to become a criminal yourself in order to deal with criminals.
  15. Cybes

    What's on your mind?

    Ahm... Nich is going to create food for the tree. Assuming he goes that route. Which I really like, btw. Deader and family get a marker, tree gets a head start, and the world gets to sequester some measure of carbon for a while -wins all 'round.
  16. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    One of those two words is a flat-out lie.
  17. Update installed itself overnight, and now my USB mouse is not recognised. Replugged several times - no change. Uninstalled last updates and restart - no change. This would be a whole lot easier to cope with and fix if Windows had a halfway sensible (and documented!*) keyboard navigation scheme. (*All I can find is hotkeys to start various apps, nothing as mundane as how to choose one of 15 links and right-click it)
  18. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    Are you sure you're not secretly a Libertarian, Leo - you sound just like one sometimes. How do you feel about a) taxation, and b) the gold standard vs fiat currency?
  19. Cybes

    What's on your mind?

    Binge watched the first season, and that was pretty cool. Well acted, beautifully produced, a tonne of potential story lines, and I was curious to see where they went with it. Bought the boxed set to end of season 6, and never watched another moment of it - still in the shrink wrap. Sometimes I wonder about me. Still, I'd just got through with True Blood (also an HBO production), and that had basically gone steadily downhill. Maybe I didn't trust GoT not to do the same.
  20. Cybes

    how crap is this government ?

    A carton says they do that anyway!
  21. Cybes

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    Same. I had one pulled that didn't come out cleanly; high-dose codeine tabs issued before the shot even wore off... I took *one* (of the recommended two) on the first morning. Partly, I'm just plain stubborn and won't admit it's getting the better of me. Partly, it's because I seem to have a limit beyond which I just stop feeling it - well, so far, anyway. I reset my broken pinky, taped it up, and ignored it for a while - then remembered I'm allergic to the tape adhesive when half my hand went red. The itching drove me nuts.
  22. Well! If anyone is still reading this thread's occasional posts, no doubt you're aware that Forbes recently published a very unflattering piece on SC/Sq32. To be fair to them, they weren't entirely wrong, and I think I've said similar things at various times - I certainly thought them, and I'm not very good at keeping my trap shut for long. OTOH, they did base their 'research' seemingly entirely on the testimony of ex-employees (a famously impartial source ) and data at least a year (more likely 2) old, and I know I've stepped up to combat FUD before. Here's an excellent fan piece of a much more balanced view:
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    questions

    'Cept Gahd, of course. But Him knowing it ahead of time apparently doesn't prevent Him being surprised by it anyway. Pretty neat trick, that, but I suppose you can do that when you're omnipotent.
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