Thursday, January 03, 2019

LNP now claiming Labors plan for LTCG is wrong......or is it?

Interesting how the LNP are now saying Labors proposal for removing LTCG discount for real estate is a bad idea

- https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1080656605362835456


When it was the LNP that screwed over hard working Aussie expats in the first place removing our LTCG discounts in the first place.
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080943549674336257
and
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080944429547044866


lol....so which is it Josh?.... a good idea or a bad idea?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

#TheJungle

We've just been to see #TheJungle at St Ann's Warehouse.

- https://stannswarehouse.org/show/the-jungle
-https://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/the-jungle-st-anns-warehouse_87279.html


Unfortunately it looks like the entire season has sold out (even with the first extra extended period) so if you dont already have tickets you may be SOL.

Made me think a lot about how removed i feel from the situation as i have some deep philosophical issues with the whole premise of The Jungle from an economics point of view (....ironic i know being that im living/working in another country).

There is a great line in the play that summarises my entire thinking about economic migrants that Ammar Haj Ahmad delivers about the character Norullah around how he wants to be in the UK to go to school, be a good citizen, work hard (eg. create GDP output) - my whole fundamental belief here is that what you are actually doing is stealing from the GDP output of Afghanistan, that by allowing refugees to travel from one country to another....you are benefitting the host country but creating economic theft from the future of the mother country.

Its a harsh position I know.....and not one that is shared by many people.

You might also say but how can this apply to non-economic migrants eg someone escaping war/tyranny, my thinking there is that "the west" (eg cowboys and indians west-not political west) was won by people banding together and overcoming adversity through 'building cities' (another fundamental goal in The Jungle), and only a good guy can overcome a bad guy.

Its ironic thinking especially when this week there are protests in Hungary over Victor Orban's "Slave Law" that forces "overtime" due to labour shortages when Hungary has been the most strident country opposing accepting migrant refugees
https://www.dw.com/en/hungarian-workers-protest-slave-law-overtime-rules/a-46649065

Either way its a play that is well worth seeing - hopefully St Ann's Warehouse will be able to give it a second extension so that even more people will get to see it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time for USA troops to leave Syria

You have to wonder how much this is costing per day and where the money could be better spent eg building bridges/roads in the USA - heck Nancy Pelosi how about we tie to border wall to removal of USA bases and troops in Syria and we would probably come out in front.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Bios chip removal without a PLCC extractor

Who would have thought a bent paperclip would solve the day.

Found this suggestion on google while trying to swap out a bios motherboard chip today.....bent the last 5mm of a paper clip with needle nose pliers as shown below and it totally works, popped straight out.

Felt total MacGyver worthy.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

Just saw Bohemian Rhapsody - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727824  tonight, awesome movie, well worth seeing on the big screen.

Rami Malek is an awesome actor (interesting as always thought had limited range in Mr Robot).


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727824

Friday, November 02, 2018

Watson Twins

Happy Friday everyone, an oldie but a great one.

Watson Twins - Waves

Never understood why these guys weren't more famous.



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Disk Smith 2.0

Sounds like he's becoming Dick Smith 2.0
- https://www.theage.com.au/national/fair-dinkum-power-pm-inspires-atlassian-co-founder-to-create-pro-renewables-brand-20181031-p50d69.html

Good on him, we need more successful founders to shake up the status quo in Australia.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/fair-dinkum-power-pm-inspires-atlassian-co-founder-to-create-pro-renewables-brand-20181031-p50d69.html

Friday, October 19, 2018

Spouses of H-1B visas banned from working

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/10/19/spouses-of-h-1b-visa-holders-banned-from-working.html


https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/10/19/spouses-of-h-1b-visa-holders-banned-from-working.html

As a spouse who came to the USA on a spousal visa (I was on a L2 as part of my wifes intra-company L1) i find this very short sighted on the part of the President.

However.....since when has that ever stopped him making bad mistakes.

(BTW signing up for a greencard is a terrible idea....make sure you google "Heart Taxation Act" or click here http://bit.ly/HeartTaxationAct to understand the issues around going down this path).

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sydney traffic

Proof yet again we need more subway underground railways in Sydney.....yes they are expensive.....but until we do - living in Sydney is only going to suck more an more

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-15/traffic-congestion-australian-automobile-association-report/10376444

(and no- sorry these toy trams that they put out to the uni dont count- absolutely ridiculous).

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-15/traffic-congestion-australian-automobile-association-report/10376444