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Reply #255
@PaulP You'll forgive me for asking though, but I suspect your perspective comes from more than just a spire on a single cathedral, what of the bigger picture?

Is there an acceptable solution?

If they went down your preferred competition path and the green answer was cutting 100 year old plantation oaks, is that accepted?

I think the bigger picture is that the French could use this as an opportunity to do something more than a rebuild, and use it as an opportunity to move beyond a fairly staid tired provincialism.

Plantation oaks would be a last resort IMO.


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Reply #257
https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/mar/11/forcing-job-seekers-to-move-is-not-just-bad-policy-it-does-nothing-to-address-the-economys-real-problems

Another neoliberal substituting talkback and water cooler [email protected] with actual policy.

Holy mackerel. What's next? Bringing back the Stolen Generation policy... for the good of Indigenous Aussies, of course!

This adversarial attitude toward the unemployed is disappointing. Yes, there are 'bludgers' but they are such a small % of unemployed. Just one 'what about' would be what this approach could do to families? Communities? So arrogant, so ignorant, so narrow.
Only our ruthless best, from Board to bootstudders will get us no. 17

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Reply #258
Holy mackerel. What's next? Bringing back the Stolen Generation policy... for the good of Indigenous Aussies, of course!

This adversarial attitude toward the unemployed is disappointing. Yes, there are 'bludgers' but they are such a small % of unemployed. Just one 'what about' would be what this approach could do to families? Communities? So arrogant, so ignorant, so narrow.

The amount of taxpayer money stolen by those at the bottom end, i.e those ghastly "welfare cheats" (yawn.....), is a trifle compared to the taxpayer money stolen by those at the top end.

In the 60's and 70's, most individual income tax was paid by the wealthy, based on the shocking logic that those have more should contribute more. This has shifted dramatically in the last 40 years, with a few negative implications, at least for us poor, suffering slobs.

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Reply #259
Anyone know a good roofing plumber down the Mornington Peninsula? Got a tricky flashing/guttering problem I need resolved.
Any info would be appreciated.
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream? 11th is better than last I suppose
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #260
The amount of taxpayer money stolen by those at the bottom end, i.e those ghastly "welfare cheats" (yawn.....), is a trifle compared to the taxpayer money stolen by those at the top end.

In the 60's and 70's, most individual income tax was paid by the wealthy, based on the shocking logic that those have more should contribute more. This has shifted dramatically in the last 40 years, with a few negative implications, at least for us poor, suffering slobs.

Along with bracket creep

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Reply #261
Capcom, what about bracket creep?


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Reply #263
Just watched one of Richard Wolff's latest videos. Apparently the Democrats (read : Sanders) proposal to introduce a $15/hour minimum wage has been defeated twice in congress. It's been watered down such that the increase will occur incrementally - the $15 will only be reached by 2025. Apparently 8 Democrats crossed the floor to vote with the GOP.

The current US minimum wage is $7.25/hr, among the lowest in the industrialised world. Joke of a country.

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Reply #264
Just watched one of Richard Wolff's latest videos. Apparently the Democrats (read : Sanders) proposal to introduce a $15/hour minimum wage has been defeated twice in congress. It's been watered down such that the increase will occur incrementally - the $15 will only be reached by 2025. Apparently 8 Democrats crossed the floor to vote with the GOP.

The current US minimum wage is $7.25/hr, among the lowest in the industrialised world. Joke of a country.
I believe that the state can have their own 'minimum wage' over and above what is mandated.

Not sure how many states pay overs, but it does occur.


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Reply #266
Surely he must have had some Intel on this ....

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Reply #267
ABC show 'You can't ask that' this week featured AFL and NRL ex players. Well worth a look. Some tough Qs and very open and honest answers. Brock McClean was one of the ex players

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Reply #268
ABC show 'You can't ask that' this week featured AFL and NRL ex players. Well worth a look. Some tough Qs and very open and honest answers. Brock McClean was one of the ex players

Not a show I normally watch but I did tonight and I thought it was great.  The footballers were all honest, articulate and interesting.

From a Carlton perspective, Brock’s admissions about depression, bulimia, drinking and drug abuse were concerning but not surprising.
“Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?”  Oddball

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Reply #269
ABC show 'You can't ask that' this week featured AFL and NRL ex players. Well worth a look. Some tough Qs and very open and honest answers. Brock McClean was one of the ex players
Just watched it - excellent!