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Monday Funnies

Who knew.  Regular private jet flier and beneficiary of 1MDB monies, Leonardo DiCaprio, has a foundation.  With the creative title of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. In 1998, Leonardo DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of protecting the world’s last … Continue reading

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International Price Fixing Cartel

Picture this.  A bunch of wealthy industrial elites set up an industry association for the purpose of price fixing.  Anyone who dares to offer prices below the agreed level is piled upon, harangued, insulted and ostracised. And by the way, … Continue reading

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Howz that education “investment” going

See below chart.  Another R-G-R policy success.  A policy that would have been reintroduced if Labor won government. Presumably the universities (in response to incentives) increased the supply of courses which a relatively inexpensive to produce – humanities, law, business … Continue reading

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Words.  Some words are so magic, special and powerful that they don’t require pre-qualifiers.  And when these words are pre-qualified, their meaning and currency is diminished. Two particular such words come to TAFKAS’ mind – justice and freedom. Whenever someone … Continue reading

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There is a recession coming. Increase taxes

The depths of economic ignorance seem to know no bound. At least when we are all unemployed, we won’t be paying income taxes. AMAYZEEENG.

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Turning business in to the public service

In yet another amazing innovation from the Australian Securities Regulator ASIC: inserting a psychologist in the boardrooms of some of the country’s biggest companies. According to ASIC Commission John Price: “Questions we will consider include: How are directors and officers … Continue reading

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Green with equality

Well, well, well. When the rubber hits the road, the Uber-Virtuous Greens are nowhere to be Seenz. Lest there be any doubt in the mind of Australians, the Setka Saga (trademark pending) has clearly demonstrated who wears the pants in … Continue reading

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Quod erat demonstrandum

Quod erat demonstrandum.  Victor Davis Hanson at his best: Why are the Western middle classes so angry. A very clinical and accurate assessment ITHO (in TAFKAS’ humble opinion. One common gripe framed all these diverse issues: The wealthy had the … Continue reading

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Never ask a barber if you need a hair cut

Famous investor, Warren Buffet has a folksy saying: Never ask a barber if you need a hair cut. Perhaps one day our political overlords will learn that one should never ask a public servant what government should do because almost … Continue reading

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The representatives of the people

Herein the problem.  On a recent ABC show, Claire Harvey, Deputy Editor, “Sunday Telegraph” Newscorp said this: The question here is, I think, that journalists deserve, in their capacity as protectors of the whistle-blowers and the representatives of the people, the ability … Continue reading

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