Open Forum: October 14, 2017

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  1. Chris

    NO Chris. The MEDIAN is the MIDDLE of the sample it does not rely on the magnitude of the sample values only that they are sorted. Adding 1 person to the population affects the median by moving it .5 of a position. Adding 2 persons (say Gates and Musk) moves the median exactly 1 position higher so by definition the only way to get many more people below the median line is to add MANY more people above the median line. Although just adding people will do the job as well. It does not matter how much money they earn except to rank them in the population.

    Yes, that’s what I was saying before. This post was
    1) pretending to note a real but unstated part of the story
    2) Making a joke about modern economics
    3) making a joke about voodoo entrepreneurialism.

  2. Senile Old Guy

    Well into six figures with reasons why she did not win the top job, Clinton comes up with yet another:

    Hillary Clinton has attacked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, labelling him “a tool of Russian intelligence” who is doing the bidding of “dictator” Vladimir Putin. In an exclusive interview with Four Corners, Mrs Clinton alleges Mr Assange colluded with a Russian intelligence operation to disrupt the 2016 US election and damage her candidacy for president. “Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” she said. WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence.”

    …says Hillory Clinton who is actually a fully owned subsidiary of various foreign governments, including numerous beacons of human rights in the middle east.

    The Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that the State Department — before, during and after Mrs. Clinton’s time as secretary — criticized for their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues. The countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Brunei and Algeria.

  3. C.L.


    Unions must take the blame

    We all feel sorry for car factory workers … but ‘industrial agreements from hell’ killed the industry.

    I feel sorry for young men who would have loved a career in car building. Unfortunately, their greedy douchebag fathers and uncles destroyed the industry. I don’t feel sorry for them at all – they rigged a golden parachute for themselves on the way out.

  4. H B Bear

    Barnes should be in Melbourne for the Spring Racing Carnival. He has a real talent for beating a dead horse.

  5. Snoopy

    Not Port Irony, but Palmerston.

    A video has emerged on social media showing a Wilson Security guard knocking a man to the ground outside a shopping centre in Palmerston, outside Darwin.

    The video, published on the Welcome to Country website and reportedly filmed yesterday, shows the guard and the man taking swings at each other in the shopping centre car park.

  6. struth

    Barnes came out from Scotland and grew up in Elizabeth S.A.

    That’s all you need to say.

    His step brother John Swan “Swanee” was the talent in the family.

    Barnsey would have ended up a union delegate at Holden’s Elizabeth plant if he had worked at all , and couldn’t scream his tits off.

  7. Ragu


    Well, no. There are approximately 15 million people of working age

  8. Roger

    British response to terrorism: Run! Hide! Tell!

    Czech response to terrorism: Arm the citizenry.

  9. struth

    A lot of things killed our car industry, and some of it was a unionised workforce.
    But much of it was already automated.

    To say they were subsidised was also true, but not as much as the government took away in the fist place in various tax, and regulation, power prices, blah blah blah, that caused supply of parts etc to be more expensive as companies in Australia supplying went under or charged like wounded bulls due to government taxation and regulation imposed on them and transport and so on goes the chain.
    High taxing , over regulating socialist governments have this effect on all private business.

    Government in my opinion was the major cause of the downfall of Australia’s car industry, but of course a unionised workforce didn’t help.

  10. Ragu

    We’ll know for sure if he raids the American soul songbook again.

    Not very business savvy. The songs are held under rights by the A&R men of the relevant company. So he’s hoping to overcome that with volume sold. And after twenty years of Barnsey pushing the classics at Christmas time, I can’t see him making enough to feed his 16 kids

  11. Boambee John

    Chris and joe,

    First, thanks for the statistics refresher, frightening what confusion can creep in after a couple of decades of non-use!

    Second, what we all seem to be saying is that the anti-poverty SJWs have cunningly defined a problem which cannot be solved, but can be used to tug at public heartstrings and purse strings in order to guarantee themselves ongoing well paid employment to act as if they are doing something while knowing that their actions will make no practical difference?

    Are we not blessed to have such ethical people in the community?

  12. Mother Lode

    Would he have been sacked if he sent love messages to a transgendered thingy?

    Probably not.

    He would be sacked as a section 8.

  13. Andrew

    Is Testes campaigning for AUS to go to war in Mindanao?

  14. Cannibal

    Apologies to cannibal of somewhat limited (culinary) imagination,…

    It’s amazing how often cannibalism is mentioned on this blog, but not by me. 😉

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