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The reference to the "throwaway society": this term is often applied to the younger generations without considering that, in many cases, they don't get a choice.

Example - we still use a clothes dryer we bought for our first baby's nappies. She is touching 50 now. They just don't build them to last now and that applies to furniture, appliances, technology of course has to be replaced, not because it's broken, but because it's no longer compatible. I have to say that I find the modern auto seems to have a longer life though.

So, while it's true that younger generations do dispose of things more regularly, and without necessity, it's often that it's forced on them.

Another issue arises with the greater proportion of renters in the housing market. Leases seem to be turning over at a faster rate than in former years, because of changes in job locations or because the rental property investor decides it's time to sell. In these less certain times, many people are downsizing their household goods to an absolute minimum to make moving easier.

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At last, good news out of Africa.



Africa has been declared free of the wild poliovirus, after decades of effort.


Key points:

No cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in Africa for four years

This is just the second time a virus has been eradicated in Africa

Cases remain of a vaccine-derived strain of the disease

The announcement, by the African Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication, comes after no cases were reported for four years.


But cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the disease in more than a dozen countries.


Polio once paralysed some 75,000 children a year across the African continent.


Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are now the only countries thought to still have the wild poliovirus.


In both countries, vaccination efforts against the highly infectious, water-borne disease are complicated by insecurity and attacks on health workers.


African health authorities see the declaration as a rare glint of good news in Africa amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Ebola outbreak in western Congo and the persistent deadly challenges of malaria, HIV and tuberculosis.


The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is just the second time a virus has been eradicated in Africa, after the elimination of smallpox four decades ago.This new declaration doesn't mean Africa is polio-free.


The continent still sees cases of vaccine-derived polio, which is a rare mutated form of the weakened but live virus contained in the oral polio vaccine.


This weakened form of the virus can pass among under-immunized populations and eventually changes to a form that can cause paralysis.


That mutated virus can spark crippling polio outbreaks, and 16 African countries are currently experiencing cases: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Zambia.

I hope the part about the spread after vaccination is not used by the anti vaxers.


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Marcus Blackmore, son of the founder of Blackmore's Vitamins has always had a special place in my thanks table.

When my wife owned a pharmacy, Blackmores was a very profitable side of the business.

So it was with interest I read an article about Blackmores views on companies.


Marcus Blackmore, the vitamin company pioneer, says employers and boards all too often get things wrong.


Boards worry about the shareholders not the staff, he noted.


“The board sits there worrying about shareholders — that’s garbage. Worry about your staff, and the shareholders will be looked after,†Blackmore told the latest Blenheim Partners’ No Limitations podcast.


And that’s not the only thing the companies aren’t doing right.

Yeah says I that sounds about right, bit of common sense there.

But then It all fell apart.


Blackmore reckons the key to selecting staff is not just through personality tests like the Myers-Briggs test but by also getting an astrology reading on prospective staff.


“Now, I’m not talking about the rubbish you read in women’s magazines and the newspaper,†he clarified.


“But, if you get a really good astrologer and they know the hour you are born — whether its Indian astrology, Chinese astrology, they can really type you.â€


Blackmore was giving his views to Greg Robinson, managing partner of the research-led executive search and board advisory firm.


Blackmore got the idea to include the Myers-Briggs test into staff selection from the Andrew Banks-led recruitment company.


Sceptical at first, he was surprised at how well it captured him. “You need to add in the Linda Goodman star signs,†he added.


Blackmore indicated he had been sacked by his father three times.


“My dad was a Gemini, they’re good half the time, and I’m an Aries, so we were bound to have a few clashes along the way.â€




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Louis O'Neill, 24, died on June 3 on the floor of his bedroom due to a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis. He had been furloughed in March and spent the next two months doing less and less. Now, his devastated parents beg Britain to back their campaign, Stand Up For Louis, and move every 90 minutes.




guys------move around if you sit behind computer too long.

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“Is it just me or is anyone else bothered that people roam the streets and bin dive into people’s recycling bins to get cans and bottles? I just had an altercation with someone going through my bin and I don’t appreciate it at all.â€








Sitting across from each other — or perhaps even on Zoom — the human book tells its story, answers questions and shares thoughts. Connecting people, reducing suspicions and building trust.






it just a normal little article , but sorta touched my nerve !! :sadsmiley02:




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Its not often I agree with a politician, but in this case, Andrew leigh has absolutely nailed the hippocracy of Business.

From The OZ


Opposition frontbencher Andrew Leigh last night delivered a stinging attack on companies that have been recipients of JobKeeper payments and paid their executives huge bonuses.


“A scheme designed to reduce inequality is being misused by a small number of firms who are channelling it to executive bonuses,†he said in a speech to parliament.


Mr Leigh listed a number of examples including Accent Group, which received $13m in JobKeeper payments then gave its chief executive Daniel Agostinelli a $1.2m bonus.


IDP Education received $4m in JobKeeper and gave chief Andrew Barkla a $600,000 bonus. Last year Barkla ranked as one of the highest paid chief executives taking home $37m.


Star Casino received $64m in JobKeeper and its chief Matt Bekier received an equity bonus worth $800,000.


SeaLink gave chief executive Clinton Feuerherdt a $500,000 bonus after receiving $8m in JobKeeper.


READ MORE:Battle over JobKeeper to dominate Senate sitting|Qube dividend follows JobKeeper aid

Mr Leigh also cited companies that used JobKeeper to boost dividend payments.


He cited furniture retailer Nick Scali which received $4m in payments from the New Zealand and Australian governments and increased its dividend to the Scali family by $2m.


1300 Smiles got $2m in JobKeeper and paid $3m to shareholders. Its chief Daryl Holmes owns two-thirds of the company so will collect nearly $2m or about the same as the JobKeeper payments.


Mr Leigh quoted Ownership Matters’ Dean Paatsch saying, “I don’t think it was ever the intention of the government to subsidise executive salaries.


“If you’re getting taxpayer subsidies the CEO shouldn’t be getting a bonus.â€

There are so many disgusting points displayed here.

Firstly, the idea of getting a bonus when you have received government Largesse is obscene.

There is absolutely no justification for it.

Supporters will rabbit on about the difference between cash flow and profit, and that these bonus's were acheieed over the whole year etc etc, but that is trying to put lipstick on a pig.

It just doesn't pass the pub test.

The upper echelons of business elites have lost touch with the people who do the work to put them there.

Egotistical, overpaid, greedy bastards.

Secondly, the is no justification, none on earth, why anyone should be paid 37 million bucks a year as a CEO.

Its not even a large company at 5.5 billion bucks capital.

It is on a high PE of 78.

These overpaid greedy jerks

We hear the usual claptrap of if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

At least we can use the monkeys for testing the virus vaccine.


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