46th President of the United States -

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
He can probably see that himself, 'Old Mother' Don. You really need to get yourself a partner.
I suggest a dog which will just sit there and wag its tail while Don rambles on. Dogs are the most agreeable of creatures.
What, I'm not allowed to have a life outside my own life with all my friends from The Brady Bunch?

Valvegear is the cranky old maid Alice, Mike is... Mike. Mejahmmers is Jan and RTT_Rules is the voice inside Jan's head telling her to kill everyone.

In between doing actual work on the interwebs I can't imagine anywhere else I'd rather be than right here with the Bradys.
don_dunstan
And Don is as far right as Genghis Khan, as yes, it's all coming together now.

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  doyle Chief Commissioner

Don who is George Glass then?
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

What, I'm not allowed to have a life outside my own life with all my friends from The Brady Bunch?

Valvegear is the cranky old maid Alice, Mike is... Mike. Mejahmmers is Jan and RTT_Rules is the voice inside Jan's head telling her to kill everyone.

And Don is that insufferable angry old dude who argues with himself and sits at home watching endless hours of Brady Bunch re-runs.

Do me a favour, Don


Michael
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
What, I'm not allowed to have a life outside my own life with all my friends from The Brady Bunch?
"don_dunstan"
How sweet; little Donny likes The Brady Bunch. I guess that explains a good deal. I wonder whether he watches Play School as well.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Still livin in the 70's
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Can't get Shirl out of me head now
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
And Don is that insufferable angry old dude who argues with himself and sits at home watching endless hours of Brady Bunch re-runs.
mejhammers1
There's only one insufferable angry old man that I can see here Michael and by coincidence you happen to know him really well.
How sweet; little Donny likes The Brady Bunch. I guess that explains a good deal. I wonder whether he watches Play School as well.
Valvegear
Do you ever experience moments of joy or happiness? Just wondering.
Don who is George Glass then?
doyle
Hmmm, good question. Who do we know on this board who has an imaginary boyfriend?
And Don is as far right as Genghis Khan, as yes, it's all coming together now.
Israilfan
Hysterical much.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Inflation is taking off in the United States - 4.1% month on month. It's early days yet but the financial markets have been predicting this one for a while - ING Financial;

We’ve been warning about the prospect of higher for longer inflation in the US for many months, but even we hadn’t predicted this. Headline inflation jumped 0.8% month-on-month versus the 0.2% consensus while the core (ex food and energy) component rose 0.9% versus the 0.3% forecast.

This is the highest headline MoM reading since September 2009 and the highest core reading since 1981. It leaves the annual rates of inflation at 4.2% and 3% respectively.

Inflation is likely to head even higher over the next couple of months as price levels in a vibrant, strengthening economy that has supply constraints, contrast starkly with those of twelve months ago when the economy was in lockdown and prices were being slashed in order to generate cashflow. Just 0.2% MoM readings for May will leave headline CPI at 4.5% and core at 3.3% – the risks are most definitely to the upside.

It'll be interesting if that inflation makes its way to the Aussie economy - because higher interest rates are not what people are expecting.
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

@don_dunstan I see self awareness is not your strong suit. From someone who posts at least 5 times as much as anyone else.

Do me a favour ya big snowflake.



Michael
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

He can probably see that himself, 'Old Mother' Don. You really need to get yourself a partner.
I suggest a dog which will just sit there and wag its tail while Don rambles on. Dogs are the most agreeable of creatures
Valvegear
Poor puppy. May be categorised as cruelty to animals.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Do you ever experience moments of joy or happiness? Just wondering.
don_dunstan
My entire life is happy; it just varies in degree. Thanks, but there's no need for you to wonder.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Inflation is taking off in the United States - 4.1% month on month. It's early days yet but the financial markets have been predicting this one for a while - ING Financial;

We’ve been warning about the prospect of higher for longer inflation in the US for many months, but even we hadn’t predicted this. Headline inflation jumped 0.8% month-on-month versus the 0.2% consensus while the core (ex food and energy) component rose 0.9% versus the 0.3% forecast.

This is the highest headline MoM reading since September 2009 and the highest core reading since 1981. It leaves the annual rates of inflation at 4.2% and 3% respectively.

Inflation is likely to head even higher over the next couple of months as price levels in a vibrant, strengthening economy that has supply constraints, contrast starkly with those of twelve months ago when the economy was in lockdown and prices were being slashed in order to generate cashflow. Just 0.2% MoM readings for May will leave headline CPI at 4.5% and core at 3.3% – the risks are most definitely to the upside.

It'll be interesting if that inflation makes its way to the Aussie economy - because higher interest rates are not what people are expecting.
don_dunstan
Try as I might, I get nothing but a 'Gateway Timeout' for that link. So, just running with what we've got in your post; You say financial markets have been expecting this for a while, and there is a quote of this being expected for 'many months. As Mr. Biden has been President for about four months, I guess you understand 'many ' to be two or three, and 'a while' to be shorter than one quarter if you're attributing this to President Biden. But you do say the rise is greater than expected. Maybe so, but this could of course be due to many factors. President Biden being an economic monster is possibly one, but certainly well below the uncertainties caused by the current sanitary situation and the effects of this on our ability to make accurate predictions. I did see a report on this phenomenon as well and it was being attributed to an explosion in investment, investment that has been pent up for the last year in the People's Republic of China, North America and Europe. President Biden was not named as a cause. It's difficult to see how he alone could quadruple inflation in the E.U. for example. I'd like to say 'nice try Don, nice try' at applying Post hoc ergo propter hoc to this, but I can't, because it's a pathetic attempt.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Inflation is taking off in the United States - 4.1% month on month. It's early days yet but the financial markets have been predicting this one for a while - ING Financial;

We’ve been warning about the prospect of higher for longer inflation in the US for many months, but even we hadn’t predicted this. Headline inflation jumped 0.8% month-on-month versus the 0.2% consensus while the core (ex food and energy) component rose 0.9% versus the 0.3% forecast.

This is the highest headline MoM reading since September 2009 and the highest core reading since 1981. It leaves the annual rates of inflation at 4.2% and 3% respectively.

Inflation is likely to head even higher over the next couple of months as price levels in a vibrant, strengthening economy that has supply constraints, contrast starkly with those of twelve months ago when the economy was in lockdown and prices were being slashed in order to generate cashflow. Just 0.2% MoM readings for May will leave headline CPI at 4.5% and core at 3.3% – the risks are most definitely to the upside.

It'll be interesting if that inflation makes its way to the Aussie economy - because higher interest rates are not what people are expecting.
Try as I might, I get nothing but a 'Gateway Timeout' for that link. So, just running with what we've got in your post; You say financial markets have been expecting this for a while, and there is a quote of this being expected for 'many months. As Mr. Biden has been President for about four months, I guess you understand 'many ' to be two or three, and 'a while' to be shorter than one quarter if you're attributing this to President Biden. But you do say the rise is greater than expected. Maybe so, but this could of course be due to many factors. President Biden being an economic monster is possibly one, but certainly well below the uncertainties caused by the current sanitary situation and the effects of this on our ability to make accurate predictions. I did see a report on this phenomenon as well and it was being attributed to an explosion in investment, investment that has been pent up for the last year in the People's Republic of China, North America and Europe. President Biden was not named as a cause. It's difficult to see how he alone could quadruple inflation in the E.U. for example. I'd like to say 'nice try Don, nice try' at applying Post hoc ergo propter hoc to this, but I can't, because it's a pathetic attempt.
billybaxter
Okay I'll have a look at that link but in the meantime if you Google the topic you'll find its correct, the 'headline' number is now 4.2% p/a.

It can't be attributed entirely to Biden, I've read a few articles about the inflation in the United States now that suggest -
  • Economic stimulus from the Federal and States being topped off with even more stimulus under President Joe
  • Rocketing oil and other commodity prices; global supply chains that are still disrupted from COVID
  • Inflation and shortages across the Americas especially Brazil and Mexico
are all responsible for the large headline inflation increase in the United States.

Whether or not it lasts and/or if we start to feel the accelerated inflation here is going to be interesting...
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
For no other reason than I found the contrast utterly hilarious -



Oh dear! Maybe we should side with Putin instead...
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
For no other reason than I found the contrast utterly hilarious -



Oh dear! Maybe we should side with Putin instead...
don_dunstan


Your sexist comments are par for the course and NO...there is no funny side to misogyny.

M.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I found it difficult to understand why anybody would produce such a load of tripe.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
For no other reason than I found the contrast utterly hilarious -



Oh dear! Maybe we should side with Putin instead...


Your sexist comments are par for the course and NO...there is no funny side to misogyny.

M.
The Vinelander
I'm asking quite simply, who would you rather be defended by?

You're so politically correct that you can't even acknowledge wrong-thinking when you see it.
I found it difficult to understand why anybody would produce such a load of tripe.
Valvegear
I'm really not sure why they though a cartoon about a woman with 'two mums' would be appealing to people wanting to join the military.

At least the Russians haven't bought into all this forced equality and woke agenda that the west has.

The west is doomed.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
I'm so glad that Prince Harry is finally getting the 'privacy' that he and his family fled the UK for:

  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I'm so glad that Prince Harry is finally getting the 'privacy' that he and his family fled the UK for:
"don_dunstan"
I'm not sure that it's privacy he wanted. As far as I can tell, what he wanted was to get out of the farcical lifestyle and seemingly endless protocols of being a royal. I can understand it too; imagine having your entire lifestyle scripted and every facet of it scrutinised by the so-called "royal watchers". It certainly didn't do his mother a power of good.
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

For no other reason than I found the contrast utterly hilarious -



Oh dear! Maybe we should side with Putin instead...


Your sexist comments are par for the course and NO...there is no funny side to misogyny.

M.
I'm asking quite simply, who would you rather be defended by?

You're so politically correct that you can't even acknowledge wrong-thinking when you see it.
I found it difficult to understand why anybody would produce such a load of tripe.
I'm really not sure why they though a cartoon about a woman with 'two mums' would be appealing to people wanting to join the military.

At least the Russians haven't bought into all this forced equality and woke agenda that the west has.

The west is doomed.
don_dunstan
I'm asking quite simply, who would you rather be defended by?

So you think that someone's gender or sexuality is an impediment of them being a valued member of the military.

You're so politically correct.

What does Politically correct mean exactly?

And here's you being an angry old geezer who is being made furious by politicians and Murdoch minions who have shown absolutely zero interest in people like you. (Thanks Nick Abbott). I mean why does this bother you so much?

You can't even acknowledge wrong-thinking when you see it.

Wrong-thinking according to whom? Some homophobe who thinks that he is a patriot.

At least the Russians haven't bought into all this forced equality and woke agenda that the west has.

The Russians. Wow, that just proves you have a racial bias. Authoritarian Countries run by Asian people bad. Run by white people oh yeah lets praise them. Don't worry about the appalling human rights record, oh they do not like gays and lesbians and that is fine with me. Authoritarian regimes are equally disgusting, period.

Yeah, down with treating everyone as equal. And I m the fascist brown shirt. Or Angry.

Do me a favour Don!


Michael
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
At least the Russians haven't bought into all this forced equality and woke agenda that the west has.
"don_dunstan"
I don't understand the comment about "forced" equality. Equality of opportunity is what its about. It means that anybody has the chance to do jobs which were previously a male preserve. Simple examples are drivers of trains and trams, airline pilots, school principals, service personnel, political leaders and so on.
The other major consideration is equal pay for equal work. When I was a kid, I used to see job ads with different pay rates for men and women (women's rate always lower), and couldn't understand it even at a young age. I still can't.
The only logical place where men must predominate is where physical strength is a requirement, otherwise there should be no reason for gender discrimination.

Footnote: The most obvious inequality is championship tennis. In a national open tournament, with four rounds, quarter finals, semi finals and a final, a male player must win 21 sets to take the title; a woman player needs only 14 sets, yet the prize money is the same. . . doesn't seem right to me!
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
I'm asking quite simply, who would you rather be defended by?

So you think that someone's gender or sexuality is an impediment of them being a valued member of the military.

You're so politically correct.

What does Politically correct mean exactly?

And here's you being an angry old geezer who is being made furious by politicians and Murdoch minions who have shown absolutely zero interest in people like you. (Thanks Nick Abbott). I mean why does this bother you so much?

You can't even acknowledge wrong-thinking when you see it.

Wrong-thinking according to whom? Some homophobe who thinks that he is a patriot.

At least the Russians haven't bought into all this forced equality and woke agenda that the west has.

The Russians. Wow, that just proves you have a racial bias. Authoritarian Countries run by Asian people bad. Run by white people oh yeah lets praise them. Don't worry about the appalling human rights record, oh they do not like gays and lesbians and that is fine with me. Authoritarian regimes are equally disgusting, period.

Yeah, down with treating everyone as equal. And I m the fascist brown shirt. Or Angry.

Do me a favour Don!


Michael
mejhammers1
Michael, if experience has taught me anything it's that I should ignore you.
I don't understand the comment about "forced" equality. Equality of opportunity is what its about. It means that anybody has the chance to do jobs which were previously a male preserve. Simple examples are drivers of trains and trams, airline pilots, school principals, service personnel, political leaders and so on. The other major consideration is equal pay for equal work. When I was a kid, I used to see job ads with different pay rates for men and women (women's rate always lower), and couldn't understand it even at a young age. I still can't. The only logical place where men must predominate is where physical strength is a requirement, otherwise there should be no reason for gender discrimination. Footnote: The most obvious inequality is championship tennis. In a national open tournament, with four rounds, quarter finals, semi finals and a final, a male player must win 21 sets to take the title; a woman player needs only 14 sets, yet the prize money is the same. . . doesn't seem right to me!
Valvegear
Equality of outcome versus equality of opportunity - I should have worded it better, and its not the point that I was trying to make here anyway.

This advert isn't even about that - it's about all this superfluous stuff being attached to that message. What does recruiting women from same-sex family backgrounds have to do with careers in the military? Nothing. It's just straight up virtue signalling about it being inclusive. I can understand that point but in general the message about who they're looking for is completely lost.

You're trying to attract a specific sort of a person into the military with a particular mind-set who can perform under pressure - the background of the candidate really doesn't have much to do with it as evidenced by the fact that the military is already loaded with minorities. They just need to be willing to learn and functional under pressure.

The Russian one was just getting straight to the point, no bull about "but we'll take flower children".

The United States has just lost its longest ever conflict - the war in Afghanistan. It's the second time in recent history that they've lost a long and pointless conflict - these things don't bide well for the future of the free world.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
...

Footnote: The most obvious inequality is championship tennis. In a national open tournament, with four rounds, quarter finals, semi finals and a final, a male player must win 21 sets to take the title; a woman player needs only 14 sets, yet the prize money is the same. . . doesn't seem right to me!
Valvegear
This is an extremely prescient observation considering transgender people are smashing it in women's sport. Do they have an unfair physical advantage being born men?

The under 15's boys soccer team from FC Dallas TX roundly defeated the national US women's soccer team last month in a friendly/training kinda thing - 5/2. These were under-age boys. Fair enough that the women's national team maybe aren't that flash but then maybe (shock horror) women aren't as psychically suited to those kinda sports as men?

Psychologically it's been found that women are not much different to men (perhaps to do with the way boys are conditioned) but women are more agreeable and less aggressive than men - discussed further here.

Horrible of me to even think these things in 2021, right?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Footnote: The most obvious inequality is championship tennis. In a national open tournament, with four rounds, quarter finals, semi finals and a final, a male player must win 21 sets to take the title; a woman player needs only 14 sets, yet the prize money is the same. . . doesn't seem right to me!
Valvegear
In a capitalist system, pay rises are never merit based. They come to those who successfully negotiate for them.

The WTA did a good job of manoeuvring the tournament promoters into a position where increasing the women's prize pool was a smarter financial decision than not increasing it.

If the men want to have their matches reduced to three sets, all they need to do is make that demand and a suitable threat in the event it is not granted.

This is an extremely prescient observation considering transgender people are smashing it in women's sport. Do they have an unfair physical advantage being born men?
don_dunstan
An interesting assertion. Can you defend it?

"Smashing it" implies consistent success at the highest levels of the sport, namely gold medals at Olympic or World Championship level. Care to name some of them who have ascended to that level, even just 5-10 as a start?
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

@don_dunstan Fair enough, that's your call.

Just add Putin sympathizer to Homophobic and Racist.

You are all class, Don.


Michael

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