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Homage to Contemporary Bullshido

Category: Bullshido to distract the public (page 1 of 2)

A(nother, spurious, incoherent) trope fig leaf over Australia’s economic malaise from the Fairfax 2nd string

As it makes it way gracelessly towards a post journalism future Fairfax is becoming a study in downsizing organisations, between the plethora of last comments from skilled writers who have shaped the way Australians see themselves and the world over a generation, to the desperation resonating exhortations of those still on the books as a guide to how desperate they are to remain thus.

Jess Irvine is one of the latter.  She regularly tees off with incoherent economic diatribes as a sort of backfill spakfilla when Gitto or the Pascoemeter take holidays, and occasionally limbers in with some reasonably pertinent observations on social phenomena (notably housing).  Sadly, todays serve is one of the former – another vacuous incoherent chunder of utter bilge revolving around the economy and labour economics, with a dash of an anti-Union slant.

I don’t have a problem with an anti-Union slant, and for a decade was an industrial relations official on the employer side for some of Australia’s larger employers – so I have seen them carry on with some weird shit.  But that same experience has led me to the view that the reason for the enduring popularity of Unions in some sectors of the economy is that any given management is highly likely to be carrying on with shit which is every bit as weird, and as far as most employees of their workplaces is concerned is likely to be far more pernicious shit in terms of impacting on their conditions, incomes, and the way they do their work.  In many workplaces it takes the form of a fairly vicious form of workplace politics, which can shape everything from hours worked to promotion or training opportunities, to allowances and workplace safety.  Depending on the workplace it can become serious.  And in many of those workplaces joining a Union makes sense as far as an address to those circumstances is concerned, and ultimately joining a Union is just another manifestation of the safety in numbers and organising in response to a threat phenomena – albeit where the threat is management.

And so we come to todays piece which ostensibly takes snippets of the Australian economy as it is, and attempts to make it stand up as an argument for more education to generate more income and then skips around aimlessly describing whatever economic thoughts have come to Jess at the time ……… Continue reading

Easy Economic Blowjob offered by Population Ponzi Junky

As the credulity of the Australian population gets ever more stretched on the subject of migration the beneficiaries of Australia’s migration on steroids approach to economic policy are starting to get the idea that it is being substantively questioned.

Jess Irvine has outed herself recently as a business journalist who didn’t get GDP growth. She now returns as a business journalist who can’t see the economy past a daily hit of extra bums on seats, and who has outed herself with this piece as someone who isn’t so much a business journalist but an intellectually shy spruiker for whatever lobby requires one. And one with some major comprehension issues at that. Continue reading

Examination of Foreign Buyer Legal Status causes Cancer – Property Council of Australia

Government proposals requiring real estate agents to look at the passports of buyers in order to prove their identity and basis for buying Australian real estate have been likened to requiring yellow stars on their clothing by the Property Council of Australia, who have also warned about the health impact on ‘honest Australian property speculators’

‘University tests have shown conclusively that imposing buyer identification requirements increases the risk of tinea cruris, thrush and ringworm on potential families looking to purchase their first home in Australia’ said Andrew Mihno – Executive Director International Capital Markets  – of the PCA before adding ‘and it is common knowledge that requiring anyone in the real estate industry to look at who is buying houses is highly carcinogenic and related to higher incidences of testicular cancer, lung cancer, spleen tumours and polyp formations on the forehead of those required make enquiries.  This proposal entails risks which would need to be factored in, and would lead to higher transaction costs for vendors.’ Continue reading

Gitto, the Pavlovian economic oracle conditioned to ignore questions

Foreign investment, the economic stimulus we love to hate

http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/foreign-investment-the-economic-stimulus-we-love-to-hate-20160826-gr1ryz.html

 

If foreign investment in Australian businesses is so unpopular with so many people and such a hot potato for Malcolm Turnbull and his government, why do we persist with it?

Short answer: because we prefer our material standard of living to go up, not down.

If foreign investment in Australian businesses is so unpopular with so many people and such a hot potato for Malcolm Turnbull and his government, why do we persist with it?

Short answer: because a generations worth of economic mantra has conditioned us to think that taking more foreign investment is the only way to raise our living standards (despite evidence that, for the majority of us, that probably isn’t the case unless we take on loads of debt). Continue reading

Retailers, Suppliers, and an Oligopoly payment schedule palsy in the press

Australia’s mainstream media specialises in precisely this type of piece which I often refer to as ‘good news pap’ and have written for a number of corporate clients in markets other than Australia.  The below is an interesting piece as although there is nothing particularly controversial (or an outright lie) in it, the entire tenor of the piece is incoherently presented to the reader in such a way as to give rise to a number of essentially false assumptions. Continue reading

Treasurer: ‘Truth is a Weapon of Mass Destruction’ for Australian banks

Headline could easily read

Treasurer: ‘Truth is a Weapon of Mass Destruction’ for Australian banks

But the AFR in its reportage of Scott Morrison’s comments came in with a more sedate

Scott Morrison says bank royal commission a ‘whinge’ that undermines confidence
http://www.afr.com/news/scott-morrison-says-bank-royal-commission-a-whinge-that-undermines-confidence-20160807-gqmsre

Treasurer Scott Morrison has accused Labor’s Bill Shorten of undermining confidence by continuing to call for a royal commission into the banking sector, saying it was a “populist whinge” that would “start a fire”.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has accused Australia’s banking system of being so feeble and averse to examination that the slightest thought of looking at what it does could bring the lot crashing down, and the ancient trick of screaming ‘fire’ to try and get everyone looking somewhere else. Continue reading

An Exorcism for Uncle Rupert’s Industrial Relations gargoyle

Normally I wouldn’t recommend anybody peruse the pages of the Rupertarian – because it simply isn’t good for you.  The below isn’t good for you either, but maybe by looking through the sort of ideological bilge served up by one of Uncle’s gargoyles you will get a clearer sense of why you should stay clear – it is unsubstantiated one-dimensional ranting from the loony toon right wing at its best.

 

So be careful, and feel free to turn away whenever the grotesqueness of it all gets too much.  Let’s take a look at something by Judith Sloan.  In this ripper of a piece she spews venom on the potential for Malcolm, who has won an election for her side of politics, to not see eye to eye with her thoughts on Australian Industrial Relations. Continue reading

Bullshit urged as Foreign buyer property lobby fails to distinguish Australian from Chinese politics

 

Another day and another serve of property spruiking bilge – once again on Chinese buyers, this time on reputation damage if the China buyer phenomena is questioned much at all.

Caution urged as foreign property investment faces political change

Jul 9, 2016  Emily Power

Prestige reporter

http://www.domain.com.au/news/caution-urged-as-foreign-property-investment-faces-political-change-20160707-gq0aeu/

 

Real estate experts are cautious about the future of Australian foreign investment after the chaos of Brexit, the rise of Pauline Hanson and new tax hikes.

International property experts are cautiously watching the future of Australian foreign investment following the chaos of Brexit, the rise of Pauline Hanson and new tax hikes for overseas buyers.

Hanson and One Nation’s parliamentary allies could threaten international confidence in Aussie bricks and mortar and harm its reputation if their influence was to grow — under any Senate voting bloc with likeminded parties — real estate commentators believe.

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Bullshit, the electorate, and the Age of ‘cynical abuse of trust’

A couple of days after an election which has produced a very tight result we now have Prime Minister Turnbull acknowledging some responsibility for not winning an election he was elevated to the Liberal leadership to deliver.  Key amongst his ideas in an address on Tuesday afternoon was that there had been a ‘cynical abuse of trust’ by the ALP in claiming that the LNP coalition was looking to privatise some or all of Medicare, and that politicians and the media now had to consider the implications of this.

 

In part he is right.  If the LNP was not planning to privatise anything with Medicare then it could be argued the ALP has ‘cynically abused trust’.  But is he really suggesting that if he went back to his partyroom with an unquestionable parliamentary and senate majority there wouldn’t be any changes to Medicare which would amount to a reduction of it for many Australians?  So how cynical was it?  Was he not ‘cynically abusing trust’ in suggesting the ALP was trying to crash real estate prices by reforming Negative Gearing? For every Torynuff thinking ‘well the ALP was trying to crash real estate prices’ there would be an ALParatchik quite sure that the Torynuffs really do want to do Medicare in.  How about the repeated use of the word ‘war’ by the Treasurer in describing the ALP’s position on jobs? Cynical? Abuse of trust? Or just errant bullshit?  Neither Turnbull nor the Liberal party could honestly claim it was something arising out of only one side of politics.

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A Cabal of Real Estate agents wonders where it is going wrong

A refresh session on the Bullshido of the Real estate lobby never goes astray, and is always informative.  This hot serving came out of the Rupertarian.

Federal election 2016: property chiefs fight negative gearing change

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/federal-election-2016/federal-election-2016-property-chiefs-fight-negative-gearing-change/news-story/6b1fffb12fed8ff80369efdb553a9426

THE AUSTRALIAN

12:00AM JULY 5, 2016

Samantha Hutchinson

 

The nation’s top property executives will meet this week to consider their next moves in a battle against cuts to negative gearing, including whether to raise more cash for a fighting fund aimed at quashing support for Labor’s controversial plan.

A group of 19 real estate agencies, including Ray White, ­McGrath, LJ Hooker and Raine & Horne, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the campaign called Negative Gearing Affects Everyone in a bid to fight Bill Shorten’s plan to limit gearing to new housing.

You could imagine the mood in that meeting.  Here is a load of mainly men who have spent large sums of money cluttering your letterbox, filling in your radio time with their message, paying the finest shills in the lend to exhort forth from the pages of the Rupertarian and Domainfax about the evils of limiting Negative Gearing to new construction only from mid 2017 – running long on the rising rents or collapsing prices – only to find……

A hung parliament (with half the hang having an openly stated policy of removing Negative Gearing from existing housing from mid 2017). Continue reading

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