Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Australian Crawl

Forgot how awesome this cd was and how many hits they actually had over the years
https://amzn.to/2JCsOe1


Weird that I cant remember what I did 3 weeks ago....but I can remember lyrics from these tracks over 3 decades ago.


https://amzn.to/2JCsOe1

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The China Hustle

I'm @NowWatching #TheChinaHustle on #Spectrum - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7215388

Great documentary. Very much like Enron 2.0 etc

Yet again auditors and lawyers booking fees without due diligence or care. Its available at Amazon on demand - The China Hustle - https://amzn.to/2EanFFV


This is the article where I found out about it with some more background - https://www.marketwatch.com/story/finance-documentary-the-china-hustle-revisits-chinese-reverse-mergers-and-activist-short-sellers-2018-03-30





https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7215388




Was worth my $6.99 just to see General(ret) Wesley Clark squirm like a little girl when he realized his FUBAR decision to be interviewed in the first place.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Gay Bakers have more rights than Crypto and Guns

Reading this article today
- https://www.manatt.com/Insights/Newsletters/Advertising-Law/Cryptocurrency-Pays-Price-for-Alleged-Harm-With-Ad


I’m kind of curious what peoples thoughts are around these issues?


In the light of……
- The social networking site Facebook, banned advertisements for crypto-related and other speculative financial products as of January 2018.
- Just a few days after Google’s announcement, news reports speculated that Twitter would be next to prohibit advertisements for initial coin offerings as well.
- New gun content rules on YouTube send one gun channel to Pornhub - https://nypost.com/2018/03/22/gun-videos-turning-up-on-pornhub-ahead-of-youtube-ban  


How come gay bakers are a constitutionally protected species according to SCOTUS ….but crypto startups and gun reviewers can have their rights trampled on like the unwashed floor mats at an all you can eat buffet.


I know YouTube, Facebook and Google are private companies and as such they get to determine what content goes on their site.


But at the same time I cant help but wonder….shouldn’t all “currently fully legal” topics be freely shown and discussed?


So if YouTube bans a baking video channel that only reviews gay wedding cakes…..its a national emergency, but if YouTube bans some rednecks who like to talk about and shoot AR-15’s at plywood….this is ok. (InRange isn’t a small content provider either….they had 145,000 registered subscribers.


If Facebook is allowed to ban discussions about Crypto……we are all lead to believe this is fine.


But whats next? eg if they then use their powers to prevent us talking about startups looking to compete with Facebook…..then isn’t it the same?


What about governments around the world banning discussion on encryption and security methodologies “because it makes an educated society harder to monitor” Our free rights to new ideas are being infringed upon.


Last time I checked…..this isn’t what the internet is about. Thoughts?


Cheers,
Dean
P.S. I hope people get my humor about Gay Bakers, I fully support SCOTUS position. I just don’t understand why the EFF isn’t pursuing our other rights to discuss legal topics on these social media venues.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday music - Godspeed You Black Emperor

Its not everyone's taste.....but this Fridays music is avant-garde Godspeed You Black Emperor unfortunately the track below was never released commercially being recorded live by the BBC.




Godspeed You Black Emperor
Live John Peel Sessions Recording
"Hung Over as the Queen in Maida Vale"
https://archive.org/details/gybe1999-01-19.flac




Sit back and listen and tell me this isn't some of the best live recordings you've ever heard and are able to pick out individual instruments in this 18 minute journey.

I've never been able to just listen to them in the background when their tracks come up on random play.....always find myself sitting back, listening, closing my eyes and just absorb.

Would love to hear them live in concert. One day, maybe.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Moby

Awesome :)

Just scored tickets to a very "only in New York" kind of event with Moby for Jodie and I tonight.

Snowday....shmo day....we're here to party even if we have to walk there !!

Very happy.


Personal fiefdoms

lol just noticed that https://www.facebook.com/KeatingBigPicture/?fref=nf  has banned my account from commenting because we disagree on some positions (mainly arround tax imputation).


Such a piss weak move @daemon.blake.37


PK would be laughing his ass off at how you cant handle anyone disagreeing with your positions and take the slime bucket method of witholding political discourse.


Enjoy your fiefdom.


https://www.facebook.com/KeatingBigPicture/?fref=nf

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Newborn Wireless 106 Bowery St New York

Had a cracked screen on my Samsung s7 edge. Replaced it at Newborn Wireless at 106 bowery and thought they did a great job......until 4 weeks later when I get a black spot on the top right.

Went back to see whats up.....told "you must have dropped again" nope not a mark on the new glass. Told....had to pay for new screen as only 1 week warranty.....

Told them thanks but no thanks and went to King Digital around the corner - he said its was a cheap aftermarket display they used instead of OEM.

Would I could give a negative or 0 star if I could. Wont be back.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

I’ve just started reading the most incredible book on “brains” and research into how the brain acts/reacts in different people.


Its not a technical book however I’m finding the first few chapters ridiculously fascinating.


Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains
- http://amzn.to/2FtE9KQ






I came across it when reading this article (and might be enough info for most people eg to work out not your cup of tea) - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/10/my-world-would-flip-lost-sharon-wonder-woman?CMP=fb_gu

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Living longer....only if you've got the cash

If you think people hate 1%ers now....wait until they realize that rich people are able to live twice as long....


- http://www.dw.com/en/what-if-billionaires-could-live-forever/a-42840013


http://www.dw.com/en/what-if-billionaires-could-live-forever/a-42840013

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FS Labs - chrome password stealing tool


Like ive said before….every app you install on your pc opens up a new attack vector.

 

Do you really want to run that trial demo tool etc?

I hope FlightSimLabs is out of business before the end of the year for pulling hacks like this.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/flight-simulator-dev-sorry-for-installing-password-stealing-tool-on-your-pc/?loc=newsletter_large_thumb_featured&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=22913295151225983220961079133902

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pool pump energy market manipulation

Wow....never thought of this before, you could hack pool pumps remotely and use the "inside knowledge" that pumps were about to turn on to short the market etc.

I mean realistically most pool pumps are on a timer and how often do you pay attention to is it on or off etc.

I wonder how many pools you would need to hack to move the market enough to make it worthwhile?

http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/households-to-hand-over-control-of-backyard-pool-in-power-trial-20180219-p4z0v6.html

Saturday, February 10, 2018

What to do with your USA 401k when moving back to Australia and can i put it into superannuation

Question was asked in one of the Aussie expat groups on Facebook and I thought it was worth posting my answer here as well
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/AustraliansInSanFrancisco/permalink/1995802234009757/?comment_id=1995861044003876&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R0%22%7D
 

lol if reading this article doesn't infuriate you.....then you don't understand the question.

US Pension transfer and withdrawal to Australia. 401(k), IRA, Roth IRA, 403(a), 403(b). Tax minimization - https://txmchartered.com/us-pension-transfers-to-australia-401k-ira-403a-403b-australian-tax-implications



https://txmchartered.com/us-pension-transfers-to-australia-401k-ira-403a-403b-australian-tax-implications



My answer is lol....or John tells the ATO to GAGF and withdraws the entire sum BEFORE arriving in Australia and doesn't end up owing the ATO $83,632 on top of what he already paid the IRS.

Friday, February 02, 2018

10 year bond

Want to know why your shares are doing so well.....hint its not cause you are smart.
This chart still blows me away how much the savings/bond markets have been manipulated by the fed - long term average of 10yr bond 5% or higher.

Compare that with the market since the GFC.

With this plus QE.....its no wonder we are seeing runaway stock returns (eg too much cash sloshing around).

https://www.cnbc.com/quotes/?symbol=US10Y

Sunday, January 21, 2018

White blood cells munching on bacteria

This gif is why i love reddit......yes you should click it then read the comments and learn something about what is happening in your body 24x7
- https://www.reddit.com/r/educationalgifs/comments/7ru8ac/how_a_white_blood_cell_chases_and_eats_bacteria


https://www.reddit.com/r/educationalgifs/comments/7ru8ac/how_a_white_blood_cell_chases_and_eats_bacteria

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Foreign buyers walking away from Australian property



https://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/investment-strategy/property-news-and-insights/79436-local-buyers-are-not-buying-apartment-rescinded-by-chinese-buyers-harry-triguboff.html?utm_source=Property+Observer+List&utm_campaign=d9fd4c4067-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a523fbfccb-d9fd4c4067-245616761


The stamp duty isnt the issue, its the capital gains tax discount being removed that now puts Australia on the shit list for expats/foreigners.


If the long term capital gains of Australian property is 8% and the long term capital gains of USA equities is 8% it doesnt take a rocket scientist to understand that with the 50% capital gains discount being removed means that expats and foreigners are now paying $41,000 per $100,000 in capital gains taxes instead of $20,000 as they would in the past.....

Uhm pass, will happy direct funds to USA equities instead of Australian property until the Australian govt comes to its senses.


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Australian internet 55th slowest and falling.....

Just got back from 3 weeks in Australia yesterday.


Was a weird trip, great in some ways but concerning in others (though need more time to really put things in context).


I found it really weird though that people have just accepted the raw deal they have been dealt with NBN 2.0 and that they have fully accepted an internet service that is now putting them at 55th slowest in the world (and falling) and even technical friends of mine think that wireless 5g will save them (or that NBN 1.0 was never going to work anyway......and Turnbull is great). http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/australia-s-broadband-slower-than-kazakhstan-20180107-p4yyb1.html


Was very happy to log into my home network when i got back and returned to 300/30 where browsing speeds didnt drive me crazy.


http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/australia-s-broadband-slower-than-kazakhstan-20180107-p4yyb1.html