Open Thread – Wed 1 June 2022

Sack of Constantinople in 1204, Tintoretto, late 1500s

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June 3, 2022 9:48 pm

The back yard economist’s advice, part III:

Record all your (unavoidable) bills in a financial year on a spreadsheet and then compare them to the (same unavoidable) bills in the following financial year if you want to know what your personal inflation rate is.

Do not include any discretionary purchases during that 12 month period- this is a golden rule.

Do not be afraid to keep a ledger of incomings and outgoings, either. You will not be able to identify any unjustifiable purchases if you do not*. Not that it’s ever stopped me. The Imelda collection continues to grow.

*Apologies for the triple negative, Cats. 😕


Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 3, 2022 9:50 pm

California urges scholarships for black teens to repay slavery debt

By Keiran Southern
The Times
5:25PM June 3, 2022

Black teenagers in California should be given university scholarships to right the historic wrongs of slavery, a state taskforce has recommended.

A 500-page report listed the damage of slavery that has lingered long after it was abolished in the 19th century, including discrimination in housing, education and employment.

The reparations taskforce made sweeping recommendations, such as the creation of a state-subsidised mortgage program to guarantee low rates for qualifying black candidates and free healthcare to combat “discrimination”.

The report, released overnight Thursday, called for black students to get scholarships covering four years of education.

It also recommended significant prison reforms.

While black people make up nearly 6 per cent of California’s population, they comprise 28 per cent of its prisoners. The report said inmates should be allowed to vote and prisoners should not be forced to work. If they do, they should be paid fair market wages.

The committee called for the creation of a cabinet-level position to oversee an African-American affairs agency with branches for education, social services and legal affairs.

“Segregation, racial terror, harmful racist neglect and other atrocities in nearly every sector of civil society have inflicted harms, which cascade over a lifetime and compound over generations,” the report said.

The committee voted in March to limit reparations to the descendants of black people who were in the US in the 19th century, ignoring pleas to expand the compensation. The latest report said black people in California were more likely to be poor than white residents and less likely to own a home.

California’s black population rose from 124,000 in 1940 to more than 1.4 million in 1970 as workers migrated from the southern states after the Second World War. Official figures show that about a third of the state’s homeless population in 2019 were black.

Those opposed to reparations say California did not have plantations or the same segregation as the South. But the report said the state, despite being “free”, brought in racist laws, the legacy of which still linger

June 3, 2022 9:57 pm

err, Hello??? ?

First heard in 1980, when a neighbour* in the Country Club** dragged me out of my digs saying: “You have to listen to this.”
*Sid as he was known, because, ended up in some mundane job looking after peoples’ mortgages or something at MS then GS and finally B of A, but only until 2008,
for some reason.
**-35.12561240318597, 150.70577705778447

June 3, 2022 10:15 pm

Segregation, racial terror, harmful racist neglect and other atrocities in nearly every sector of civil society have inflicted harms, which cascade over a lifetime and compound over generations

You incessantly whinging parasites.

Anyone with a functioning brain would think that you obnoxious useless racial grievance mongers are just trying it on (again).

But yeah, compounding (just like “interest”) over generations.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 3, 2022 10:24 pm

Segregation, racial terror, harmful racist neglect and other atrocities in nearly every sector of civil society have inflicted harms, which cascade over a lifetime and compound over generations

I don’t know how to link to it, but there is a very good article in the latest “Quadrant” on the invention of inter-generational trauma.

June 3, 2022 10:40 pm

Currently doing a Hill Street Blues revisit.
It was called gender realignment in 1983.
The struggles to avoid the obvious are hilarious.

June 3, 2022 10:54 pm

the invention of inter-generational trauma

And the subsequent removal/obliteration/reimagining of the concept of personal agency.

Collectivists are becoming so batshit crazy that you might think they are spoiling for a showdown* – which will inevitably not end well for them and their supplicant cheer squad.

History being a useful guide at this point.

*As opposed to a “schlockdown”, of which we are all familiar … 😡

June 3, 2022 10:57 pm

Collectivism is the realisation that you are so dumb that thinking for yourself is bound to lead to disaster.

June 3, 2022 11:00 pm


A wonderful concept, of which about 91.3% of peoples below the age of 45 could not explain or describe if their pointless lives depended on it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
June 3, 2022 11:23 pm

I think there might be a bit of involuntary parsimony coming up.

June 3, 2022 11:33 pm

involuntary parsimony

A concept that continues to be visited upon humanity and which it is still obstinately refusing to move beyond, even after twenty centuries (of alleged history).

Say anything more and I’ll be accused of being a collectivist.

#freemarketslowtaxesnogovernment 🙂

June 3, 2022 11:39 pm

Speaking of Schlockdowns, anyone here think that we may be gifted with them (again) sometime soon?

The precedent has been set and the perpetrators are still existing.

Which is not good, in more ways than one.


June 3, 2022 11:48 pm
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Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
June 4, 2022 3:27 am

Rolled home, three sheets to the wind and ears ringing after an evening of improv rock with me scaley mates.
No girls here, so on goes Rage on the telly while I toast meself a sammidge.
But it’s Gay Pride Month on Their ABC, so it’s shit arch art disco with no femmes on screen.
Gay Pride goes on for a whole month.

Ed Case
Ed Case
June 4, 2022 4:04 am

Banning the live export of sheep or cattle will not create more jobs here in WA. It will cause a drop in price of sheep / cattle for the simple reason the customers dont want chilled meat.

Uh huh …
What customers are these?
Every single one of the 179 Countries in the world doesn’t want Mutton?
By the way [I know you’re an eggspurt on this subject], exported Sheepmeat will be FROZEN, not chilled.

Ed Case
Ed Case
June 4, 2022 4:17 am

In the Ladies, of course. Either a ewe or a wether, so at least it could read the sign.

Another eggspurt opines …

June 5, 2022 6:23 pm

My dear fellow, I am not in Australia. Your first default is to be personally offensive, as much as you think you can get away with. Why is that? You are gratuitously insulting, which is both a deliberate choice by you and also extraordinarily juvenile. You have chosen to call me a drug-addict and a homosexual; based on what? I have not responded in kind as I am not interested in acting like a ten-year old child, as you choose to do.

Quit your bullshit, you insulted a whole city as some sort of progressive utopia with citizens in lockstep, where Tucker Carlson in fact resides.

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