Interesting Things.

Is your property rented but you’re not getting any money?

For Rent

Investors who don’t live near their rental properties rely heavily on the skill and honesty of their agents. Some are known to be not as scrupulous as would be hoped.

A known trick is for an agent to rent out a property, usually short term, but not pass any of the income on to the owner. How would the owner ever know?

Another scam that is put to good use, especially in boom and bust locations during a bust cycle, is to pull most of the properties-for-rent ads off their website, thereby instilling a belief in unsuspecting out of town buyers that there is a shortage of supply in the area. This allows the agents and their developer mates to build and sell more properties.

A World Without Work Allows More Travel Time



A lot of the following is a précis from Derek Thompson’s article entitled “A World Without Work”, appearing in the July/August 2015 edition of The Atlantic magazine.

In 2013, Oxford University researchers forecast that machines might be able to perform half of all U.S. jobs in the next two decades. The most common occupations in western democracies are the retail salesperson, cashier, food and beverage server, and office clerk. Economists and technologists look up from their spreadsheets and see automation high and low—robots in the operating room and behind the fast-food counter. They imagine self-driving cars snaking through the streets and Amazon drones dotting the sky, replacing millions of drivers, warehouse stockers, and retail workers. They observe that the capabilities of machines—already formidable—continue to expand exponentially, while our own remain the same. And they wonder: Is any job truly safe?

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Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie | I am Not Charlie

Je Ne Sui Pas Charlie | I Am Not Charlie

Freedom of Speech? Let’s just have Freedom of Truth!

Freedom of speech is well and good, but when you rudely insult the god of a bunch of crazies who have access to weapons, that’s just arrogant and stupid.

The bad guys couldn’t have scripted the Paris attack any better on the previously largely unknown Charlie Hebdo. They murdered a dozen people who had insulted their god. (What would most Aussie blokes do if someone insulted them?) (Who pokes momma bear with a stick?) The perpetrators were then killed and achieved martyrdom. Then they achieved massive massive publicity by the world wide media whose only god is circulation and listening/viewing audience. [Read more…]

Vale Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes

David Warner must be feeling the loss of Phillip Hughes more than most.

I was often taken with the affection and mateship between Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. Opening batsmen have a degree of camaraderie different to all other players in a team. Yes the bowlers work as a team to find weaknesses in a batsman, and batters work as a team by forming partnerships. But most batsmen only come in as replacements for someone who is out.

Opening batsmen go into battle together to take the brunt of an aggressive and fresh bowling lineup. These two men form a special bond, and now David Warner has lost his mate.

Good luck David, and I hope you find another special mate.

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G20 Been and Gone

So the G20 has been and gone from Brisbane. Hasn’t anybody ever heard of video conferencing? It would have saved a lot of time, money, inconvenience, and maybe embarrassment for Tony Abbott.

During the two day conference the temperatures were significantly above average (about 40°C) for all of S.E. Queensland as Tony tried to convince the world there was no such thing as Global Warming.

And then he made a brilliant deal with China to allow them to buy freehold land in Australia – no questions asked. What did Australia get in return? We got the right to have Chinese workers come to Australia and produce and freely export goods from the Chinese landowners.

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World Overpopulation

Just a thought – While Tony Abbott blithely ignores some fairly compelling science about climate change, and how humans may have something to do with it, everyone seems to be ignoring the elephant in the room. There are four billion too many humans on the planet! But not many appear ready to leave yet.

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Work until 70 Solution

Just a Thought – Instead of sacking thousands of public servants, why not give their jobs to the over 60s who will have to work until they are 70. Must be easier than staying as a bricklayer.

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The nameless redundancies

There is a name for those people who are retrenched or made redundant.

They are called customers with no disposable income.

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Chinese to ban eating shark fin.

Illegal Shark Fin catch

Illegal Shark Fin catch

Plans by the People’s Republic of China to outlaw the consumption of shark fin at official receptions may cause a downturn in the export of that commodity from Indonesia, and significantly aid efforts to conserve dwindling shark populations in the world’s oceans.

According to CNN, the ban on shark fin at official dinners in China will be introduced over three years.

The PRC government’s move, apparently, is less motivated by environmental awareness than a desire to decrease the cost of official state dinners amidst the skyrocketing cost of shark fins harvested from a dwindling population of sharks. [Read more…]

What is a People Smuggler?

Asylum Seeker Boat

Asylum Seeker Boat

In my humble opinion, ‘people smugglers’ are simply people charging money to transport people from one place to another. Who made it illegal to do that?

No matter how refugees get to a country, or apply to be accepted into a country, it will cost them money.

While Australian politicians are trying to score political points using the lives of asylum seekers, have any of them given a thought to why these people come here on these unsafe boats, and whether their political games should have them accused of manslaughter?

It is highly unlikely that in the most war torn parts of the world from where people are most desperate to escape there will be an available embassy or consulate for their use. Therefore these people will attempt any means, no matter how risky, to escape and find sanctuary in a safer place. We in Australia all know how many people have lost their lives on the boats. Yet this is considered by the refugees to be safer than staying where they were.

Why shouldn’t these people be afforded the right to have their asylum application considered no matter how or where they get to a processing place?
Why should the people who help them escape from the potential fate of death be called smugglers, and their occupation be deemed illegal?

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