Interesting stuff

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Blowin started the topic in Friday, 21 Jun 2019 at 8:01am

Talking points worthy of further discussion without devolving into insult.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 9:23am

Udo come on man...

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Blowin commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 9:58am

“Oh what a time to be alive and in your youth (20s 30s and 40s) in this country! Education debts, limited work opportunities mostly in services or pointless government beurocracy, housing assets so expensive you abandon any plans to have children and spend 15 years saving for a deposit so you can be out bid by money laundered from China.”

Exactly

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zenagain commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:24am

We used to be allowed to sleep in the shed attached to that little farmhouse on that land opposite Flatrock 30 years ago. Cross the road and there were heaps of horses cruising. Used to buy bread, bananas and a kilo of snags and cook 'em up. That would keep us going.

That land was always going to go, doesn't make it any less sad.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Blowin commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:36am

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freeride76 commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:33am

You don't think it's worthwhile asking a person getting paid by the taxpayer to maintain a "pipeline of Australian world champions" why they are failing so miserably?

I doubt ignoring them will make them go away, much more likely they will receive whole heaps more public money for the Olympics and to develop wave pools.

Couldn't see a more important time to at least attempt to hold them to some basic accountability. No matter what bullshit they spin to their useful idiots.

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Blowin commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:39am

Oh, for sure.

Hold those fuckers over the flames and I’ll be cheering from front row centre . Just the referral to them as the top brass lends them a legitimacy they’ve got no right to claim.

Loving your stuff , mate. Keep it coming.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:49am

top brass is sarcasm

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GuySmiley commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:52am

There are two distinct bloodlines for Labradors, show and working dogs. The show dogs blood lines originated in England and they are the ones with the big heads that will make eye contact with you before you are forced to pat for a few minutes. The working dogs originated in the US and they are the dogs commonly used as guide, companion and sniffer dogs. Either type will give you at least an hour to given them a good pat. Always happy always wagging the tail. Check out this guy (sound on) https://www.instagram.com/p/B3plOmQnYda/ Most will snore the house down.
Our last two have been the big show dogs and our current fella weighs in at 42kg not that he's worried.

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Blowin commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:52am

Nice.

And here’s some recommended viewing. I haven’t had the chance yet myself but apparently it’s essential stuff.

https://youtu.be/kl5279dWqGs

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uncle_leroy commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:59am

Too true, when you look at all the issues in society plus environmental, it really does seem like a waste spending money on surfing for no benefit other than to say you're now better or worse at surfing. Doesn't pass the pub test that's for sure.

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 11:41am

Nice that there are about 3 separate threads going on in here at present.

GS - black and brown Labs, fantastic swimmers. I have memories of duckdiving 4ft sets back in the West and having this smiling black Lab swimming and diving under it right beside me. A mate's dog, total legend. Still smiling while I was getting worked.

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"yep, Doc Stewarts land.
iconic view about to be turned into McMansions.
it makes you sick but honestly, what can you do?
keep voting Green?"

Maybe the Land for Wildlife bit is the solution, find the funds somehow, place it under trust with something like LfW, and keep the land the way it is? Unless you are in really remote areas it's going to cost.

“Oh what a time to be alive and in your youth (20s 30s and 40s) in this country! Education debts, limited work opportunities mostly in services or pointless government beurocracy, housing assets so expensive you abandon any plans to have children and spend 15 years saving for a deposit so you can be out bid by money laundered from China.”

This one worries me more than almost everything else. It's particularly galling considering the Chinese just printed Yuan (issued loans, same thing, thin air...) after the GFC to buy all these real assets here and in other places. I guess the Chinese response was after watching the Bernanke Fed do QE, where the USD out of thin air went to plugging holes in the banks (then they punted it on commodities). Astounding that Australia did not cotton on to this happening, and put up restrictions on what could be sold for money printed out of thin air. The young locals suffer.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 12:03pm

I went on a boat trip with a guy once who loved his brown lab so much he’d call out to her in his sleep!
True story!
“Miloooooo”

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Blowin commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 12:21pm

Laying in bed this morning and thought a tsunami or an earthquake was about to hit as every dog within earshot was howling in unison. Then I realised that it was in time to the Muslim call to prayer being broadcast in the neighbourhood mosque.

Very pious dogs around here it seems.

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garyg1412 commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 12:33pm

Got an Airedale Terrier about 9 months back and for some reason she just bolts every time I mutter "For Fucksakes". She's forever dissapearing while I'm renovating!!!

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H2O commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 12:36pm

Labs are great swimmers Our chocolate “Mungo” will happily rock off behind a line up and swim in. Can’t go for a body bash with him on the beach without getting clawed as he joins in the fun. Still doing it at 12 yrs

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zenagain commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 12:57pm

I watched that vid in its entirety Blowy, very interesting and an insight into the workings of the CCP. The last ten minutes in particular.

Be very wary of 5G and if you can, use cash. I do.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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zenagain commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 12:59pm

Labs are great dogs, our neighbour had a true waterdog- we used to chuck really big stones into the pool or down at the river and it would fully swim down to retrieve them. She loved it.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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stunet commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 1:23pm

A labrador that swims you say?

I've had Maxy Walker for nine months and I take him to the beach almost every day and he still thinks he can drink the seawater. Every day he shoves his head in then looks at me funny while hacking it back up.

No way I'd trust him to swim out there.

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sypkan commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 1:38pm

"I watched that vid in its entirety Blowy, very interesting and an insight into the workings of the CCP. The last ten minutes in particular.

Be very wary of 5G and if you can, use cash. I do."

Same, watched it all

the 5G thing was indeed interesting. I've pretty much avoided any meaningful thought about the usual 5G fears. however that vid opens a whole other can of worms.

fb, google etc. etc.'s love for accomodating all things china ha just taken a real dark turn

the worst of that vid is nothing to do with ccp, it's the billionaires shopping for live organs at the uyghur farm ...and thinking the world is gonna be cool with that...

we're in some seriously dark twisted territory now...

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 1:53pm

Watched vid in full now. DNA test and ultrasound organ scan upon incarceration, booking of appointments for new heart, live harvest of organs while people sedated. Truly saddening and evil. I don't want to believe it's true.

Concentration camps with incinerators... wtf. Very dark times.

Cash is king Zen. I've gone back to a dumb phone.

Back to doggos:

I was working NW Tassie and stopped to ask a farmer for directions. He was on a 4 wheel motorbike, red cloud kelpie (beautiful) on the back tray. The dog got happy, wanted to meet me and jumped off the tray. Farmer looked down and went "uuuuURRRRGH! FUXAKE!!!!!!!" and the dog yelped and ran back up to the tray, jumping up with its tail between its legs! Garyg1412, maybe they are genetically encoded to understand that word.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 2:19pm

VJ. I feel sorry for some of those farm dogs..
Some, not all, are just another farm tool that when they reach their used by date are just shown the end of the rifle

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 3:13pm

Many are truly loved Indo. Revered. Loved for their nature and prized for their work. My Tassie farmer must have had a frustrating morning for his kelpie, but I'm sure it was valued. The ones I heard of that got shot were if they developed the taste for blood and roamed at night tearing sheep apart. Vast minority. But it's in the DNA despite those 20,000 years...

The Ms. certainly views them as working animals still, and takes a dim view of non-working dogs that don't obey. For this reason no dog in our household, and probably for the better for I'm hopeless with dog-discipline :)

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GuySmiley commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 4:39pm

Great lab stories being shared .... I'm still feeling your pain Stu, haha

One of my labs would paddle out in the lineup all the time and loved to body surf. He loved the beach so much just uttering the word would see him jump the fence and jump through the car window and he would sit on the back seat waiting for us. He would sleep in the back until we were within a few kms of the beach and he would then start up a little cry in excitement. Once parked at the beach there would be this black flash over my shoulder as he leaped out of the car and down the track or up the dune. Always first in the water. Once settled on a spot on the sand he would proceed to dig holes in a wide circle right around us. We never had to worry about people sitting anywhere near us.

This dog also slept with us on our bed. One night I woke up in a nano second with my wife rubbing my chest. Thinking things could get interesting my wife then turns away from me saying oh I thought you were the dog, thanks for nothing!

..... and then was our next Lab who refused to swim and who was so chilled we called him Buddha.

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 4:44pm

Ever seen a chihuahua dig on the beach? They dig at about 12,000 revs

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 6:24pm
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freeride76 commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 6:41pm

China leases an entire Island in the Solomons with a deep-water port.

nothing to see there.

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Westofthelake commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 8:21pm

Back to the dogs (for now),

My earliest memory of a pet is around 9 years having a white cat named Whitey. She suddenly disappeared, never to be seen again. Around 12 when I moved into my new step-father’s house where he had 2 dogs, both German Shepherds. Tessa was around 5 years old and bloody good looking for a dog. Damian was a grey old bugger with a dodgy coat and a metal plate in one its back legs. They were both friendly enough but also intimidating, and as you could guess fucking scary when pissed off. Kinda like my new step-dad really. Damian didn't last long and Tessa didn't live long enough.

A few years later a brown and white Kelpie Staffie (I think) cross turned up suddenly one day and made herself at home. She was the happiest and friendliest and smartest little dog I have ever known, and yet I don't recall her name. We would go down the back yard with a bat or racket and I would hit tenny balls as far as I could. She would chase them down, bring them back, and drop them at my feet begging to do it all again. I remember thinking "How good is this!" She had a litter of pups, half a dozen of them, all pitch black. She suddenly disappeared one day, never to be seen again, again.

For about the last 15 years I've owned 2 cats. Omelia was perfectly white, had 2 litters of 4 kittens, lived a full cat life, but was eventually eaten away by sun cancer, even after losing her ears first. The other one, Clio, is a classic black cat. Rescued from under a house I was renovating and just one of 2 kittens with no mum in sight I eventually took her home. Years later she was hit by a car and spent 2 and half days across the road until we found her after ‘one more’ search. Her pelvis was broken and needed some serious medical attention. Lets just say her medical bills were ‘significant’. She had 1 litter of 4 kittens and has been going strong for about 13 years now.

Fairly recently she had a urinary tract infection combined with constipation, and she somehow developed an ability to do the 'death metal meow'. I'm not sure I can explain the sound, suffice to say it's long and loud! I mean dog bark death metal loud. It seems the older she gets the more dog-like she becomes. Well she doesn’t chase balls and return them outside, but if you roll up a small ball of aluminium foil she will go nuts and bash and play that little metal ball all around the inside of the house. Recently she has religiously become determined to not miss out on a morning left over bit of milk from my cereal. She literally sits on her back legs and stands up and gently claws at my leg begging me not to forget to leave her some.

One thing I can say, with all things considered; my next pet will be a dog.

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Blowin commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:04pm

Time to start burning tyres and flooding Kiribati and the Solomons.

Climate change ......bring it on.

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I focus commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:50pm

On a different note Zen have you seen this, boys having a crack

Stolen from Mick off another site

https://youtu.be/4e1PB-NpYnA

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I focus commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 10:57pm

Couple of pics here and the quote, legend.

“It was big, like I’ve never seen before,” said Misao Tako. “Unfortunately, the wind was so strong that it made the conditions very tough. Still, it’s in these kind of conditions that we should try it, because it doesn’t happen very often. When we have a chance, we need to go. I am 66 years old and I don’t have plan to retire from surfing big waves.”

https://www.surfline.com/surf-news/super-typhoon-hagibis-went-big-japan/...

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zenagain commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 11:59pm

I f, that vid a long way from me- Kyushu. I live in northern Ibaraki. We have a few spots that can handle big waves and quite a few that give them a go. Few genuine secret spots too and a few novelities if it's massive and the stars align.

I loosely know Dane who took some of the pics in the Surfline article. He owns an airbnb down in Chiba, he used to come up here every now and then but haven't seen him in years.

I didn't surf this swell, i was actually trekking in Aomori prefecture with my wife. My mate got in a couple of seshes and the day after the typhoon when i was back we went looking south when we should have gone north. Got reports a certain place was 10ft +, offshore and barrelling. A few pros were on it including an upcoming 14 yo.

Kinda feel i dodged a bullet though- ha ha!

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Island Bay commented Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 at 5:17am

Well done, Tako San!

Reminded me of this guy, and why you want to stay healthy and keen:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpacQfjHzbn/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 at 1:03pm

Wow to all the pics and vids, it's like a Japanese North Point.

Yep, stay fit and healthy all :)

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 at 1:05pm

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/japanese-aircraft-carrier-lost-battle-midw...

More famous ships found, this time Kaga, sunk at Midway.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 at 2:21pm

A better link with video, and surprisingly, the Independent actually gets a lot of the facts right in the write up! Top stuff! We live in hope...

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rv-petrel-battle-midwa...

More interesting stuff was a link:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/tasmanian-tiger-ext...

Wouldn't it be amazing to see one...

I know of good sightings in NW Tassie in the early 1970s...

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I focus commented Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 at 5:17pm

@Zen figured it wasn't your neck of the woods, surprised how many guns were being used didn't know Japan got size that you could surf, impressed at the guys pulling in to get rag dolled in the shore break.

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indo-dreaming commented Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 at 7:03pm

Scomo hanging with Jokowi :D

Wish i was there to hear the conversation, i dont think Jokowi's english is very good either.

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/10/20/jokowi-welcomes-foreign-l...

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GuySmiley commented Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 at 10:05pm

Netflix recommendations anyone?

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simba commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 12:10am

Animal kingdom.....

simba

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Fliplid commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 6:49am

American Factory

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zenagain commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 3:32pm

Fleabag, Afterlife and Grand Tour.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:22pm

Australian newspapers have self censored their covers today.

Swellnet banner still up :)

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AndyM commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 7:35pm

Good to see, it was surprising to see the SMH and The Oz on the same page.

And the lady at the checkout of a small-town supermarket had heard of Andrew Wilke and thought it reasonable that Australia was a "pre-police state"!

Stir some shit.

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 8:03pm

Speaking of stirring some shhet:

Barcelona riots:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/18/catalonia-general-strike-p...

Chile riots (they torched the electric utility's head office skyscraper!):
https://nypost.com/2019/10/19/chile-declares-state-of-emergency-amid-gro...

Iraq protests with snipers:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/iraq-protests-latest-updates-1910...

Lebanon protests, some insta selfies going on in front of burning tyres if you can find them:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/world/middleeast/lebanon-protests.html

Hong Kong protests continue:
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/hong-kong-chaos-shops-trashed-banks-...

German farmers protest in Bonn after their Dutch cousins shut down The Hague:
https://www.dw.com/en/german-farmers-protest-against-berlins-agriculture...

Edit: better Barcelona link added.

Haven't read in depth about them all (been surfing) but in the Lebanon and Chile ones, cost of living was given as a cause. Dutch farmers were against regulation halving or ceasing their livestock. HK - it's regulations allowing arrest to the mainland that ignited it. All this after French Yellow vests which were a diesel tax hike and banning diesels in towns and cities. Barcelona it's the incarceration for 13 years of 9 pro-independence politians (Catalan). All of them grow beyond the initial cause.

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AndyM commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 8:11pm

"Thousands of demonstrators Saturday poured into Barcelona ahead of a planned mass anti-globalization rally"

Jeez, you'd get called a racist for that in many parts of the New Australia.

Also, I'm really interested to see just how much of a disconnect there's going to be between people expecting a cleaner, greener future while also expecting the cost of living and standards of living to stay the same or "get better".

Surely something has to give.

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 8:34pm

It's beginning to give in multiple locations Andy. World growth is slowing, the whole globalist system is straining. Regulations cutting people's livelihoods don't help.
My underlying guess would be that USD shortages worldwide are leading indirectly to the unrest. The periphery burns first, later will it get to the core?

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AndyM commented Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 9:42pm

World growth might be slowing but it's the reaction to this that will be fascinating.

Who will say "good, this is the beginning of something better" and who will say "I'm not willing to sacrifice anything, prop it up by any means necessary, military or otherwise".

And:
"My underlying guess would be that USD shortages worldwide are leading indirectly to the unrest."

Anything further on this last point?

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 at 6:40pm

Who broke the internet?
Google Crash Conspiracy Homepage.

tbb reckons Ziff tried to shut down Medina's INSTA.
Pulls the wrong chord & shuts down Gmail
Trips & Unplugs Google.("Bugger!")
Bangs head to switch off Reddit..."No! That's not it!"
Next he unplugs Netflix..."It's not funny guys, I need Tech support!"
Dirk's dog chews up facebook chord.
Sticks his toaster fork in to disconnect Android then YouTube goes down.
Tries again...nope! That's Miki Bot...
Goes apeshit on whole internet..discord,roblox,Twitter...
Breaks the internet
This one INSTA...('Finally')

Sadly just one second too late...
Dirk's Home Movies are now copping torrents of hate mail on FIFA star's INSTA.
"Nice one Gabs!"

Brasil erupts into civil war...
https://beachgrit.com/2019/10/brazilian-blood-feud-jadson-andre-tells-ga...

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 24 Oct 2019 at 11:19am

Andy sorry delayed reply

Lebanon:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-17/lebanon-s-gas-station...

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/economy/2019/10/07/How-the-Leb...

Also, I remember Stu telling of his Dad predicting the Japanese buying up a lot of Oz at top dollar in the 1980s, then they crashed, locals bought back at pennies on the dollar (thereby funding lots of prawns on the barbie, and good times - like shorting your own country and then covering it for a profit!)

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/next-big-seller-are-chinese-firms-look...

Looks like it's that time for China.

I link as one comment really stood out to me:

"My repo theory.

We are assuming that China is holding on to the UST that it owns. What if Chinese companies have borrowed UST owned by China and posted them as collateral for loans from US banks? Because of tariffs and having overpaid for foreign assets, the Chinese companies have a hard time getting US dollars to repay the US banks. The US banks holding these Underperforming Assets would see a steep revenue shortfall, and repo the UST collateral to kick the can down the road. No writedowns, no Chinese dumping of US Treasuries are booked.

Seems to make sense. It would all lead to a huge unraveling."

by a fellow called 'e-man'. Certainly food for thought. Maybe in meantime look into Eurodollar markets (that's a subject in itself, I'm not very good at it.) Overnight Fed upped the repo for Brexit. Those, USDs, everyone wants them...

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GuySmiley commented Thursday, 24 Oct 2019 at 10:43pm

How good is Frayed on ABC TV, Total Control too.