Certain Housekeeping Matters (56)

My son will rearrange overnight the order in which letters are printed.

Henceforth, the last shall be first.

I have banned for life about eight people overnight. Their names escape me.

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  1. Jesus Bob, I’m gonna get epilepsy unless you change the system back. Now I have to read down, and then up, and then down, and then…

  2. I sent my daughter a text on Sunday morning with the expected curses at stupid people ,sadness for our country and that we will fight to make sure this is a one term Government.she tried to cheer me up by sending this reply.
    “Or we could train up get the machetes and try to fix this asap.”
    Bless her

  3. I don’t think that reversing the order of comments is a good idea. Surely most people read the post then the discussion develops chronologically downwards until one is inspired to comment, or not, oneself?

  4. “Henceforth, the last shall be first “

    Always good to channel Mr Z.

    “The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is
    Rapidly fadin’
    And the first one now
    Will later be last

    For the times they are a-changin’.”

  5. Gina really didn’t have that much to do with ‘building’ her fortune. It built itself.

  6. Reverse order eh? Just like your prediction yesterday?

      • go Bob; this is fumigation time.

        there is discourse to be had; no room at the table for those bent on disruption.

        and perhaps some request for people to not engage in debate with those miscreants.

        • Let the debridement begin but be sure the diseased and rotten matter is removed and not healthy flesh.

          • “debridement”

            I was dere wen de bride came
            I was dere wen de bride went
            She sed ‘I want excitement’
            And we knew what de bride ment.

            Sorry MK, trying to smile here.
            My niece helped - she txtd me “Tony Abbott likes bicycles, and I like bicycles… *trying to think positive*”

            • Always welcome D.

              I have to confess tho that the word was new to me when DQ put it up last night.

              When I checked the def I was struck by the power of the images that flashed and have adopted it.

              The joy of play with words is precious.

            • Bicycles might be the go in Abbott’s back to the future. Perhaps the Chinese can sell us their old bicycles as they pollute themselves to death with motor vehicles.

  7. I can live with the order of comments in either direction. The main issue is sifting through the ream looking for the new comments to comments.

  8. looks like history will recall that labor lost and the media was bias.then blame rudd based on what the bias media told them.sort of like underbelly except with squizzy rudd the bad boy

  9. good article….and they’re back again

  10. As per ABC News;Just in.
    The Nordic country, an island of prosperity in ailing Europe, faces an embarrassment of riches as it tries to figure out how to spend its huge pile of oil money without damaging the economy in the long run.

    “All countries around us are forced to reduce their spending,” Oeystein Doerum, chief economist at Norway’s largest bank DNB, said.

    “Our biggest challenge is that our oil wealth is so huge we run the risk of wasting it on substandard projects that are not profitable enough.”

    The dilemma is all the more real because the populist right gathered in the Progress Party, which wants to abandon the cautious policies espoused by other parties, is likely to form a government with the Conservatives after the election.

    Since the late 1990s, the Scandinavian country has conscientiously placed its oil revenues in a fund meant to finance the generous welfare state over the long run.

    The fund invests mainly in stocks, bonds and real estate, placing the money outside Norway to avoid overheating.

    In the process, it has become the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, weighing in at $816 billion, or an average 1.25 per cent of the market capitalisation of each company listed in the world.

    Oil money pushing wages too high

    In a country where there is almost full employment, the booming oil sector is pulling wages higher than they otherwise would be.

    This even goes for traditional industries, which are in competition to attract skilled workers.

    The result is that Norwegian industrial wages are about 70 per cent above those of other European countries, severely undermining the competitiveness of the nation’s exporters.

    An influx of petrodollars could thus ultimately have catastrophic consequences for employment and public accounts.

    “Everything depends on how the money is spent,” Torbjoern Eika, head of research at Statistics Norway, said.

    “If we choose to lower taxes, the negative effects on the economy are less pronounced… because it tends to stimulate savings in the short term,” he said.

    Labour prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, who looks set to lose the election, has warned that the draft 2014 budget to be presented in October – probably his last act in government – will limit the drain on the oil windfall to a level not much higher than three per cent, compared to 3.3 per cent this year.

    This measure not only meets the economic recommendations of the International Monetary Fund, but will also have the political advantage of complicating the task of the likely future government, which has vowed to cut taxes while increasing spending on health and infrastructure.
    So, what did Australia do with its resource wealth? Gave it away in leases to a couple of people. Clive Palmer, Twiggy Forrest and Gina.

  11. Very helpful to reverse order.

    Thanks for all your Homeric posts and insights during election, Mr. Ellis.

    Hope you continue ongoing commentary, as this is the only blog I’d find worth reading and posting now.

  12. Here’s the experts opionion of the future in store:


    Any thoughts, Bob?

  13. Excellent Bob.

  14. Nicholas Beddle: “People who say they know the solutions to inter-generational poverty are deluding themselves. People aren’t poor because they make bad decisions; they make bad decisions because they are poor.”

    • “People aren’t poor because they make bad decisions”

      Of course there is another rule for the rich:

      Rineheartless is rich because she decided to be born of a lucky hillbilly amateur minerals prospector in WA instead of a garbage-tip prospector in Dar Es Salaam

      • Pat Buoncristiani

        Lets not get glib or trivial about generational poverty. I have seen, first hand, as a principal of an urban black school in the USA. It’s complex and devastating.

      • While Rinehart was already rich to the tune of around 75 million dollars worth after Lang Hancock died in 1992, it’s to her credit, that despite the constant litigation with various parties, that she has built her company up to the point that she is the richest person in Australia.

        And yes, I agree with you, that she was lucky to be there in the first place, along with all other heirs and heiresses who are in the same boat.

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