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George Rowell

Member Since 13 July 2018 - 07:48 AM
Offline Last Active Jul 06 2020 02:01 AM

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Hurrah for Australia - so far. Morrison and others speak out about China

15 May 2020 - 11:53 PM

We almost seem to be going it alone against China, almost. Trump is tackling China too but his message is too blurred, not focused enough. Here is what a former government adviser has to say -

.“Australia’s interests will be best served by a multipolar region than one that’s dominated absolutely by China,” said Richard Maude, a former senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister who is now an executive director of policy at the Asia Society. “China likes to condition countries to defer automatically to its interests for fear of retaliation, and that’s not a position that Australia can allow itself to be put into.”

I find the silence of Europe's leaders particularly disappointing. IMO, letting Chinese migrant workers work for us in squalid unhealthy conditions and die for us while our companies got rich was short-sighted. No body really cared. I appreciate that because there are no global regulations and with everybody ignoring China's lack of compliance with the WTO conditions, there has been no level playing field. Companies had to exploit the situation or go under. Simple as that. Anyway, now our greed and lack of concern has created a monster that wants everything and we are still squabbling amongst ourselves. Pathetic.

Notice the “China likes to condition countries to defer automatically to its interests for fear of retaliation". That is absolutely the Chinese way. There are a couple of old Chinese sayings - 'Kill a chicken scare the monkeys' and 'Beat the dog before the lion'. Chinese modern day philosophy is deeply embedded in the past. To get to understand the Chinese better you only have to look at their proverbs, they are as alive now as they ever were.

Conquistadors - not. The fiasco to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

08 May 2020 - 10:02 PM

This well written report lays bare the half-cocked attempt to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

"After the would-be liberators of Venezuela were herded ashore on Sunday, Maduro claimed that his agents had infiltrated the operation long ago and were ready to pounce. “We knew everything,” he said. “What they ate, what they didn’t eat. What they drank. Who financed them.”

One of the co-conspirators was placed on the US watch list with a reward on his capture even while he was plotting the plan to overthrow Maduro. Interesting!


Textbook Optimism bias: Optimism bias is a cognitive bias that causes someone to believe that they themselves are less likely to experience a negative event (get slaughtered).

Golden Put

29 April 2020 - 11:56 PM

Here is one of the reasons for believing Governments Worldwide will print $50T+ in stimulus in the next year or two. Simply said the 'Greenspan Put' now morphed into the 'Golden Put'. To my reckoning we are already committed to 20% of that and we are only just beginning. Like other bailouts it proves high risk banking, share buy backs and pushing risk to the absolute limit absolutely works because when it all goes bad (for the few) the rest pay for it. That is how I intend to plan my '401' anyway. Reverse Robin Hood.


Not all arms embargoes are created equal.

18 February 2020 - 08:53 AM

The Houtis seem to be effectively cut off. The Gaza strip is cut off by land sea and air. Rhodesia was cut off by the RN bringing it to its knees, so it is just a matter of time before the Libyan embargo shows results. And pigs fly of course.
Hafta has just bombed a sanction breaking arms running ship as it arrived at the docks and sunk it. Governments Worldwide are waiting in line to thank him. Pass the pipe.

Long term offenders show strikingly different brain structure.

17 February 2020 - 11:22 PM


Interesting article. I am hardly surprised that there is an evolutionary survival angle on predatory behavior. I am speculating that differences in brain structure for highly altruistic people might also show differences and somehow be linked to an evolutionary advantage. The sample size is small, relying on the data of just 672 individuals but the research has been posted in the 'Lancet' so has probably been peer reviewed.

In a dystopian World I envisage job applicants bringing MRI scans along with their CV. Come to think of it some places in the World are already at that stage, almost. China comes to mind - for now.