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You Need To Know


Building a Bridge – The final lift.


With the second lifting tower in position, the second span of the bridge was lifted into place.

It took about seven hours, beginning before dawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge Building – Another Step


The second lifting tower is now in place.

The Weekend


It is the weekend.
The time for making sense is long gone!
It is time to learn the lesson our politicians and role models have been teaching us all week.
Stupid is smart, war is peace, men do real work, women are a reward, wealth is entitled and higher taxes are for poor people.
Once we accept all these facts we can relax into a meaningless weekend.
Except for the women.
Bring me a beer, Martha!

I Went Shopping Today


I needed some nails and stuff so I went to my local Bunnings Store.

That is our Australian hardware place.

Porn for all DIYers.

Filled with goodies and apparent bargains and a Tradies dream.

I got there and my day was ruined.*

They were not open and they wouldn’t let me in.

I can’t imagine why!

Apparently everyone got out safely and no one was harmed. And it is still smoking. So there are plenty of Firies on hand.

But they wouldn’t let me in to buy some nails!

* So were the jobs of several hundred people which really IS sad.

The Great Superannuation Fraud


So the USA does not have enough money, despite all its ‘monetary easing’, to upgrade its aging infrastructure. Yet good old Aussie Homie, Malcolm, knows just how to help out.


‘Don’t worry, Donny old mate, we have trillions of dollars stashed away in our Superannuation funds. Here, have a few hundred billion of them. We’ll only charge you a couple of percent interest.’

Meanwhile, back in the real world, every person putting their hard-earned money into their Super Fund begins to worry just a little. Their Super funds have been investing and growing their money, GFC’s excepting, at around 6-8% a year. That is what Super is supposed to do. Grow your savings into retirement. Not at the 2% Malcolm wants back from his mate, but at something better than bank interest.

 

That is why there are fund managers. so they can find the best places to invest YOUR money. It isn’t Malcolm’s to throw around, it is YOURS! If any fund manager was to invest the super fund he was managing into a 2% return he would be fired! Yet that is what our money-wise PM is about to force on to all our super funds.

At this stage, the proposal seems to be around 10% of the total fund being forced offshore into very low interest rate loans. Doesn’t seem very much, does it? It will only affect the effective interest rate for the entire pool by about a single percent. Not very much until you factor in the compounding interest lost. Because it is the compound interest which make Super so affordable and attractive. When you retire you have a good sized nest-egg. Have you seen those ‘Industry Super Advertisements’? The ones which begin, ‘Same age, same income’? Those poor people who haven’t switched? Guess what! That will be all of us if Malcolm gets his way.

Or could this just be the natural outcome of the IPA’s plan to force Industry (Union) Super Funds to have outside (IPA or Liberal) directors on their boards of management?

How will the funds to be given away be chosen?

By lot? ‘Sorry, your fund will be earning 2% for the next 30 years.’

By Government decree? ‘All your funds belong to us!’

So that is a one percent loss, compounding, for all future retirees. At the moment. What happens next year, or the year after? When Good Old Donny needs another handout? Another 10% of the Super fund? When will it stop? Will it ever stop?

All our super will be affected, all of us will have less in retirement thanks to this misguided gesture of incompetent generosity.