1. Impacts of a dependence on backpackers and other foreigners on farm labour during a crisis - 2020 October 01

    The other day I was watching a news report where some farmers were claiming they might not be able to get enough workers to pick their crops. At the same time Australia has the highest unemployment in a LONG time with many people desperate to work, so something doesn't add up here. Food security is important, surely we can figure this out.


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  2. WeGrow - 2020 September 30

    I had no idea that WeWork had a venture called WeGrow for providing child education until I came across this comment.


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  3. Is this blog now popular enough to be plagiarized from? - 2020 September 27

    This blog might be popular enough to be a target for plagiarism, I'm surprised!


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  4. Margin investing is psychologically corrosive - 2020 September 26

    Investing with margin/leverage has a bunch of particularly corrosive psychological effects that aren't talked about much. With retail investment providers offering margin accounts and volatility at especially high levels this is going to cause a lot of pain and suffering.


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  5. Canned audience sounds during the pandemic - 2020 September 25

    During 2020 we have seen a lot of sporting events with no audience, and one of hte most bizarre things was events with canned audience noises that drew attention to the fact there was no audience. The peak bizarreness might have been at the 2020 World Snooker Championship where the canned applause sounded completely fake.


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  6. Please don't exclusively use Twitter for communicating important announcements - 2020 September 23

    I'm annoyed that I'm making this post at all.


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  7. Why can't we house the homeless? - 2020 September 16

    There's a huge housing availability problem that has got worse in many places in the world lately, so why is this happening and what can we do about it?


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  8. The decline of the average level of experience in the software industry - 2020 September 11

    The average number of years of experience for people in the tech industry, particularly IT and software development, has fallen in the last few years. This is mainly due to the rapid rise of popularity of this industry


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  9. What negative prices look like - 2020 September 09

    A lot of people have trouble with the concept of negative prices, I think directly seeing pictures of what negative prices look like will really help people understand why a negatively priced item is possible and the ways in which such a situation can occur.


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  10. Fake comment discussion scam - 2020 September 08

    There's a particularly annoying new type of scam I'm starting to see that uses bots to post a thread with a fake discussion between multiple bot controlled accounts.


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