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OzRant for Monday, January 3rd 2011

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.

Today had some planned and unplanned win: the planned win was multi-level.

First, the stellar success of a series of campaigns against the Tunisian government. They banned Wikileaks after a cable was released showing that the government was – shock, horror – corrupt to the core.

Well, Anonymous saw what Tunisia had done to its citizens, and Anonymous thought that it was not good.

So, waxing wonderly wroth, Anonymous mustered some forces (not many) and blew the Tunisian government out of cyberspace (but not before defacing the Tunisian PMs web-presence).

From there, Anonymous decided that th target should be Tunisian plutocracy more generally.

OK… pop quiz: in LDCs (Lesser Developed Countries) what do plutocats do, that ordinary people can't afford to?

Answer: they invest. In the stock market.

 

Within FIVE minutes of that suggestion, the Tunisian stock market website was no longer accessible. Lulz ensued and the Tunisian activists thought it was the best thing since sliced bread (not sure if they have that in Tunisia, but can't invent another aphorism in real time).

 

Second: More win was provided by the release of a cable showing that yes, indeed, US Embassy apparatchik April Glaspie did give Saddam the green light to invade Kuwait in 1990.

Your Beloved GT dared SBS News to cover the issue, but I BET they won't.

As one who has suffered – for almost 10 years – the label 'conspiracy nut' for clinging to the claim that Glaspie had done so, the release of this cable is a staggering vindication, and I feel pretty fucking good about it.

 

As for the 'unplanned win'?

Well, as youse all know, there is a piece of genius called a cron job – which usually prepares the OzRant's 'automagically generated' bits.

Today, that failed (probably because of a server reset at the host).

So why was it 'win'?

Today, the Oz market was closed.

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Find ONE SECOND of “Narcissism”… (STICKY)

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[Update: for those unfamiliar with the term "sticky" – it has nothing to do with the state of your underpants or mine. It means that the post in question will stick to the top of the page, and each day's globs of rant-y self-promoting ooze will appear below it.]

The Yank media – full of fellators-of-power – have tried repeatedly to paint Townsville-Boy-Made-Good Julian Assange as tetchy, irascible and narcissistic; I insist that anyone who thinks that, views the 22-minute mini-doco embedded below…

What did you see? You saw a gentle, polite, modest man with a quiet determination to add value to humanity.

Nobody who actually knows Julian Assange, has a single bad word to say about him. If you hear otherwise, they're selling something.

Australians should be ashamed today for two despicable acts perpetrated in our collective name by the political class who sponge off our taxes. 

 

The first is the vile, racist 'border security' bullshit: while we permit capital to flow across borders like water or air, we refuse to permit free ingress of people who wish to make a new life in this country. That policy – denying people the chance at a better life – is directly responsible for the deaths at sea today of a bunch of folks seeking to make a new life. It is reprehensible, shameful, racist and deplorable: every country should be glad to have risk-taking, aspirational folks coming through the doors.

The second is the failure of the political class to protect the most important Australian since Simpson and his donkey. I am reminded of the famous threat issued by Teddy Roosevelt – "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead" – when a US citizen of vastly lower importance than Assange was kidnapped in 1904.

If our "Kath&Kim" Prime Minister was fit for the role, she would have threatened to declare fucking WAR on England if they did not return our lad back to this wide brown land.

I am anti-war, as youse all know: but in this man, Australia has an equal to Paine, Proudhon, Diderot or Voltaire. 

Plus, we could take England in half an hour: we would just need to wait until "X Factor" or "Dancing with the Stars" was on.

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WikiRebels – Changing the Global Conversation

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No arguments, dearest darling Reader… just fucking watch this, OK? I've even embedded it for you.

It's an hour out of your life, which is a small price to pay to better understand how a small group of blindingly smart, dedicated people have changed, for the better, the global conversation in the world that you live in.

And once you've finished that, make sure you visit and bookmark WLCentral.org – which has grown from almost nothing, to the top 0.2% of all global web traffic, in the last month.

Am I jealous? I hear you ask… well, answer the following questions: is the Pope an ex-Nazi who protects child-molesters? Is Bibbidy-Bobbidy Nethan-Yahoo's comb-over the biggest disgrace since Ezekiel ate a shit sandwich?

So yeah. I'm fully jelly.

Anyhow… your Beloved GT exchanges tweets with some of the folks involved and they are our sort of people: bright, engaged, and committed to helping with a noble cause. Donate to them, and to Wikileaks, you bunch of skinflints.

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OzRant for Friday, December 10th 2010

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All Ords up modestly, adding 0.05%; volume above average and losers dominate breadth stats by 1.5:1: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed down 0.2% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.5% for the session; Hong Kong's Hang Seng is down 0.7%.The KOSPI has lost 0.3% so far today.

 

 

There was no economic data of note released in the region today, so you can pay attention to your weekend homework. You need to watch this Swedish doco about Wikileaks, entitled "WikiRebels". You can not have an informed conversation about Wikileaks unless you have seen this.

 

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – advanced modestly, rising 2.5 points (0.05%), finishing at 4830 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4834.1 at 1:18 pm, while the low for the day was 4819 – set at 12:06 pm Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 2.56bn units, 20.3% above its 10-day average of 2.13bn shares.The ASX's daily listing of all stocks included 1349 different 3-letter FPO's which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 431 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 1.06bn units; there were 584 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 1.1bn shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 133 rose while 220 fell. Volume was tilted in favour of the losers by a margin of 1.5:1, with 401.79m shares traded in gainers while 601.41m shares traded in the day's losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – posted a modest rise of 4.6 points (0.10%), closing out the session at 4745.9 points.

GT Intraday Chart

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4830.00 2.50 (0.1%)
ASX 20 2848.40 7.10 (0.2%)
ASX 50 4718.10 9.60 (0.2%)
ASX 100 3862.80 6.00 (0.2%)
ASX 200 4745.90 4.60 (0.1%)
ASX 300 4754.70 5.60 (0.1%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 4383.00 -10.80 (0.2%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2785.70 -6.60 (0.2%)

The "heavy hitters" of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – advanced by under a percent, adding 7.1 points (0.25%), closing out the session at 2848.4 points.

Among the 20 big guns, the outcome favoured the upside, but only just – the 11 advancing sectors just triumphed the losing sectors. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 169.84m units; 11 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 60.07m shares, while the 9 decliners had volume traded totalling 102.05m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), +$0.41 (2.28%) to $18.42 on volume of 9.6 million shares;
  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), +$0.28 (1.26%) to $22.57 on volume of 6.7 million shares;
  • Origin Energy Ltd (ORG), +$0.20 (1.22%) to $16.61 on volume of 3.3 million shares;
  • National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB), +$0.22 (0.92%) to $24.22 on volume of 5.4 million shares; and
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.11 (0.88%) to $12.55 on volume of 10.6 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Suncorp-Metway Ltd (SUN), -$0.11 (1.22%) to $8.87 on volume of 5.3 million shares;
  • Wesfarmers Ltd (WES), -$0.36 (1.13%) to $31.64 on volume of 1.7 million shares;
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), -$0.44 (1.08%) to $40.24 on volume of 2.7 million shares;
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), -$0.02 (0.72%) to $2.74 on volume of 66.4 million shares; and
  • RIO Tinto Ltd (RIO), -$0.58 (0.66%) to $87.36 on volume of 2.9 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) swam in the opposite direction to the big fish today. lost ground even as the Top20 posted a gain. The Small Ords slid modestly, falling 6.6 points (0.24%), closing out the session at 2785.7 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 49 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 125 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 642.01m units: volume in the 49 gainers totalling 149.26m shares, with trade totalling 289.62m units in the index's 125 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Beach Petroleum Ltd (BPT), +$0.07 (9.86%) to $0.78 on volume of 21.7 million shares;
  • Icon Energy Ltd/Australia (ICN), +$0.02 (8.11%) to $0.20 on volume of 1.8 million shares;
  • Hastie Group (HST), +$0.07 (7.33%) to $1.03 on volume of 2.8 million shares;
  • Brockman Resources Ltd (BRM), +$0.34 (7.05%) to $5.16 on volume of 277.6 thousand shares; and
  • Conquest Mining Ltd (CQT), +$0.04 (5.51%) to $0.67 on volume of 1.5 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • RiverCity Motorway Group (RCY), -$0 (10%) to $0.01 on volume of 1.1 million shares;
  • Aquarius Platinum (Bermuda) (AQP), -$0.48 (8.09%) to $5.45 on volume of 3 million shares;
  • Centro Properties Group (CNP), -$0.01 (6.45%) to $0.15 on volume of 2.6 million shares;
  • Apex Minerals NL (AXM), -$0 (5.26%) to $0.02 on volume of 18.5 million shares; and
  • Molopo Energy Ltd (MPO), -$0.05 (4.86%) to $0.88 on volume of 2.7 million shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4830 2.5 0.05 1301.2m
XFL ASX 50 4718.1 9.6 0.2 370.1m
XJO ASX 200 4745.9 4.6 0.1 1106.4m
XKO ASX 300 4754.7 5.6 0.12 1261.5m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 4383 -10.8 -0.25 362.6m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2785.7 -6.6 -0.24 528.8m
XTL ASX 20 2848.4 7.1 0.25 162.9m
XTO ASX 100 3862.8 6 0.16 732.6m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 11 39 78 133 49 431
Declines 9 53 120 222 125 584
Advancing Volume 60.1m 251m 481.1m 401.8m 149.3m 1.06bn
Declining Volume 102.1m 347.5m 551.4m 604.2m 289.6m 1.1bn
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 4 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 7 lost ground.

The best performing index was Financials ex Property Trusts (XXJ), which added 40.5 points (0.8%) to 5113.5 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 67.55m units; 11 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 44.12m shares, while the 7 decliners had volume traded totalling 17.88m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE), +$0.41 (2.28%) to $18.42 on volume of 9.6 million shares;
  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), +$0.28 (1.26%) to $22.57 on volume of 6.7 million shares;
  • ASX Ltd (ASX), +$0.43 (1.13%) to $38.41 on volume of 586.9 thousand shares;
  • Bank Of Queensland Ltd (BOQ), +$0.12 (1.07%) to $11.37 on volume of 895.8 thousand shares; and
  • Henderson Group PLC (HGG), +$0.02 (1%) to $2.02 on volume of 2.7 million shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Information Technology (XIJ), which gained 3.7 points (0.59%) to 633.9 points. This index only contains 3 stocks; they traded a total of 3.82m units today. 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 3.57m shares, while the sole declining stock traded 0.25m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), +$0.13 (1.49%) to $8.84 on volume of 371.9 thousand shares; and
  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), +$0.08 (0.77%) to $10.50 on volume of 3.2 million shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Property Trusts (XPJ), which climbed 4.5 points (0.53%) to 860.4 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 153.35m units; 6 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 64.68m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 27.77m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • GPT Group (GPT), +$0.06 (2.13%) to $2.88 on volume of 13.7 million shares;
  • Charter Hall Group (CHC), +$0.03 (1.24%) to $2.45 on volume of 217.3 thousand shares;
  • Westfield Group (WDC), +$0.11 (0.88%) to $12.55 on volume of 10.6 million shares;
  • Goodman Group (GMG), +$0.01 (0.75%) to $0.67 on volume of 16.5 million shares; and
  • Commonwealth Property Office (CPA), +$0.01 (0.59%) to $0.85 on volume of 16.8 million shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Utilities (XUJ), which dipped 39.5 points (0.88%) to 4451.1 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 32.03m units; The 7 decliners had volume traded totalling 30.13m units, and 2 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 1.9m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund (HDF), -$0.03 (1.88%) to $1.57 on volume of 1.1 million shares;
  • SP AUSNET (stapled) (SPN), -$0.01 (1.14%) to $0.87 on volume of 10 million shares;
  • AGL Energy Ltd (AGK), -$0.18 (1.12%) to $15.90 on volume of 1.2 million shares;
  • Duet Group (DUE), -$0.02 (1.11%) to $1.78 on volume of 1.6 million shares; and
  • Infigen Energy (IFN), -$0.01 (0.96%) to $0.52 on volume of 2.7 million shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Telecommunications (XTJ), which slid 6.3 points (0.66%) to 942.4 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 120.09m units; The 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 120.09m units, – none of the index components ended with a gain. The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SGT), -$0.03 (1.22%) to $2.43 on volume of 5.7 million shares;
  • Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS), -$0.02 (0.72%) to $2.74 on volume of 66.4 million shares; and
  • Telecom Corporation Of New Zealand Ltd (TEL), -$0.01 (0.32%) to $1.58 on volume of 47.9 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Healthcare (XHJ), which slid 56.4 points (0.63%) to 8885.2 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 33.19m units; The 6 decliners had volume traded totalling 11.48m units, and volume in the lone rising index component was 0.18m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Sonic Healthcare Ltd (SHL), -$0.17 (1.44%) to $11.65 on volume of 1.3 million shares;
  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SIP), -$0.01 (1.27%) to $0.39 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd (RHC), -$0.11 (0.68%) to $16.00 on volume of 836.7 thousand shares;
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), -$0.24 (0.65%) to $36.74 on volume of 1.7 million shares; and
  • ResMed Inc (RMD), -$0.02 (0.59%) to $3.36 on volume of 5.6 million shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 5113.5 40.5 0.8 68m
XIJ Information Technology 633.9 3.7 0.59 4m
XPJ Property Trusts 860.4 4.5 0.53 153m
XEJ Energy 16082.8 70.2 0.44 136m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1497.1 -3.2 -0.21 105m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7612.1 -27.4 -0.36 39m
XNJ Industrials 3768.8 -13.9 -0.37 85m
XMJ Materials 13944.9 -51.2 -0.37 331m
XHJ Healthcare 8885.2 -56.4 -0.63 33m
XTJ Telecommunications 942.4 -6.3 -0.66 120m
XUJ Utilities 4451.1 -39.5 -0.88 32m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AOE Arrow Energy 4.68 0.00 0 66.9m
TLS Telstra Corp Ltd 2.74 -0.02 -0.72 66.4m
SDL Sundance Resources Ltd 0.42 0.02 3.75 59.7m
TEL Telecom Corporation Of New Zealand Ltd 1.58 -0.01 -0.32 47.9m
IIF ING Industrial Fund 0.52 0.00 0 45.9m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
TZL TZ Ltd 0.41 0.04 10.81 147.1k
SNO Snowball Group Ltd 0.42 0.04 10.53 107.6k
VIR Viridis Clean Energy Group 0.01 0.00 10 172.6k
BPT Beach Petroleum Ltd 0.78 0.07 9.86 21.7m
ICN Icon Energy Ltd/Australia 0.20 0.02 8.11 1.8m
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
COZ CO2 Group Ltd 0.17 -0.02 -10.53 25k
RCY RiverCity Motorway Group 0.01 0.00 -10 1.1m
SFC Schaffer Corporation Ltd 3.90 -0.35 -8.24 17.5k
AQP Aquarius Platinum (Bermuda) 5.45 -0.48 -8.09 3m
HIN Heartware International Inc 2.35 -0.19 -7.48 10k

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USRant for Thursday, December 9th 2010

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A note to all the journalists touting yesterday's activity by Anonymous as being "CyberWar 1.0" or "InfoWar 1.0" – listen up, because your Beloved GT has news for you. You ain't seen nothin' yet.

Half of yesterday was spent helping noobs configure their newly-downloaded versions of LOIC; another quarter of admins' time was spent telling people how to register their IRC nicks to get +v on the channel.

With all that going on, there was still time to periodically update the target list as information came in… and it came in from all sorts of places, including within the target organisations themselves – that's how come the decision was made to target the merchant-side of Paypal and Mastercard, just as a 'shot across the bow' to show that if desired, Anon could do much more than just make their homepages hard to access.

No, yesterday you all saw CyberWar v0.1 beta (pre-release non-stable); Anonymous has planned (to the extent that a HiveMind can 'plan') a series of actions that will reach its local maximum on December 23rd: on that date (which may change at a second's notice) you will see just how powerful a Low-Orbit Ion Cannon actually is.

And to the political whipkissers who thought that sending Wikileaks into 'Cyberia' was a smart thing? See who's looking like fucking idiots now: Wikileaks is in the top thousand sites in the world over the last month, and it's not even accessible!

Also, there are over 1000 mirrors globally, with hundreds more anonymous Android phone mirrors… and you've also given a HUGE boost to Open Source versions of DNS (e.g., P2PDNS); more has been achieved since the day Wikileaks was denied DNS, than had happened in the 3 months prior. 

The OS community is also developing its own competitor for domain registration itself (launching a distributed-host corollary to ICANN); you have no idea how many smart people are against government-corporate nexus.

Anonymous is everywhere. Expect Us.

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • New Housing Price Index m/m for October 2010 was released in Canada; the result was 0.1% a decline of 0.1 compared to the last data point (0.2%) , in line with expectations of 0.1%.
  • Continuing Claims for November 27 2010 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 4086K declining 191 compared to the last data point (4277K) , which was lower than expectations of 4237K.
  • Initial Jobless Claims for December 4 2010 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of 421K declining 17 compared to the last data point (438K) , which was lower than the market's pre-release guess of 425K.
  • Wholesale Inventories for October 2010 was released in the US; the outcome was 1.9% falling 0.2 compared to the last data point (2.1%) – above the market's pre-release guess of 0.8%.

Headline Indices

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 2.42 points (0.02%) to 11370.06 points. The index high for the day was 11413.35, while the low was 11331.50.

Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 1.53bn shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 1.5 to one, with 18 advancers to 12 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 1.32bn to 207.37m shares. The index's rather boring situation arose as a result of a mixed bag of results, the most notable amongst these (in percentage terms) being –

  • AIG (AIG) +5.56 (13.2%) to $47.78 on volume of 22.77m shares;
  • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.65 (5.4%) to $12.65 on volume of 325.64m shares;
  • General Motors (GM) -0.71 (2.1%) to $33.74 on volume of 17.82m shares;
  • Verizon (VZ) +0.58 (1.8%) to $33.56 on volume of 18.6m shares; and
  • McDonalds (MCD) -1.13 (1.4%) to $77.61 on volume of 10.57m shares.

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Assange Arrested; Leaks to Continue…

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This post will be the top story for a while – normal market reports will appear below it.

 

First things first: MarketMentat stands in full support of everything Wikileaks does, and stands for. To that end: MM has a Wikileaks mirror where you, the dear Reader, can view the Wikileaks Cable releases as they happen (to date, less than 1000 of the 251,000 cables have actually been made public).

The mirror is at http://wikileaks.marketmentat.com so go there and enjoy. For a complete list of mirrors (there are now over 1000) see our mirror list.

 

As youse are probly all aware, Julian Assange has been arrested pursuant to the ludicrous trumped-up charges forced down the neck of the Swedish justice system by Marianne Ny – a woman who got tetchy after the international embarrassment of having the initial warrant rescinded within hours of its issue.

Update: JA was denied bail in the 16th-century set-piece that folks for some reason still think is relevant (yes, OK… the State has all the guns and most of the armed goons – I get that). The Australian government, in its usual display of supine gutless craven power-worship to the 'superpower du jour', did the same thing as they always do – kissed ass and refused to aid its citizen.


While JA is a very important fellow in the global information movement, this is not some silly B-Western where you capture (or kill) the guy with the biggest head-dress and the rest of the braves scatter like chaff in the wind. The Yanks (and governments generally) like to think in those terms when considering their 'enemies' – and yet if you suggested that the US or UK would fall apart if Obama or Cameron were assassinated, folks would think you need your head read.

The political parasite class is fighting what I have referred to as a 5th generation enemy (extending William Lind's taxonomy, which tops out at 4th generation).

Lind's taxonomy is something like:

  • Ist gen: line and column. Rebs and Union line up across from each other, and shoot;
  • 2nd gen: linear fire and movement (WWI-style set pieces; WWII pitched battles);
  • 3rd gen: manoeuvre warfare: Waffen-SS (and to a lesser extent, paratroopers and US Marines); bypass or punch through enemy front lines, then attack from the rear
  • 4th gen is decentralised insurgent/guerilla warfare; the enemy is decentralised, there are no pitched battles: all the enemy has to do is wait. (In some sense the American Revolutionary War had some aspects of this – but far better examples are US in VietNam, Russia, US in Afghanistan, US in Iraq.. all losses for the 2nd/3rd gen powers against the 4th gen enemy)

A fifth generation engagement involves the same 'ghostly' hard to grasp decentralised structure, where there is no 'field' of battle; there is no territorial (in the genuine sense – terre or terradirt) objective… and a goodly chunk of the enemy are within your own home territory.

The enemy – us – does not require armaments, and their objective is to force civilised behaviour on those who live by scoffing our taxes: by 'civilised' I don't mean polite phraseology or bowing to the Queen; I mean stopping fucking killing peasants in far flung parts of the world as part of some ludicrous pissing contest between fucking megalomaniacs.

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OzRant for Monday, December 6th 2010

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Ords slightly (0.01%) lower; volume above average with breadth evenly split: sector indices mixed. The NZSE50 closed with a gain of 0.3% for the day. In Japan, the Nikkei225 is currently trading down 0.1% for the session; Hong Kong's Hang Seng is showing a 0.6% gain.The KOSPI has lost 0.1% so far today.

 

Too busy to be able to add prefatory malakies (except for this prefatory malakies); I'm testing MM's Wikileaks mirror (want to do it too? Here's how), and trying to get a mirror set up on my phone too (want to do it too? Here's how).

There are now over 500 mirrors of wikileaks around the world, and an untold number of anonymous Android phones using wifi to silently mirror the site. The list of mirrors I posted yesterday is now way way too short, and out of date.

See what government is up against? Memo to Conroy: eat shit and die, you parasite.

 

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • ANZ Job Advertisements m/m for November 2010 was released in Australia; the outcome was 2.9% an increase of 2.2 from the prior reading of 0.7%

Major Market Indices

The broad market – the All Ordinaries (XAO) – declined gently, dropping 0.7 points (0.01%), finishing at 4779.4 points. The index hit an intraday high of 4794.1 at 10:17 am, while the low for the day was 4778.1 – set at 3:01 pm Sydney time.

Total volume traded on the ASX was 2.38bn units, 11.8% above its 10-day average of 2.13bn shares.The ASX's daily listing of all stocks included 1361 different 3-letter FPO's which traded (i.e., had non-zero trade volume). Of these, 573 issues rose, with volume in rising issues totalling 1.24bn units; there were 473 declining stocks, which traded aggregate declining volume of 693.2m shares.

Of the 497 All Ordinaries components, 207 rose while 154 fell. Aggregate volume within the All Ords was evenly split – 420.1m shares traded in gainers while 431.94m shares traded in the day's losers.

The Index that forms the cash basis for the SPI Futures – the S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) – fell mildly, losing 5.6 points (0.12%), closing out the session at 4688.6 points.

GT Intraday Chart

Name Close +/-(%)
All Ordinaries 4779.40 -0.70 (0.0%)
ASX 20 2802.10 -6.60 (0.2%)
ASX 50 4651.50 -12.40 (0.3%)
ASX 100 3813.70 -6.90 (0.2%)
ASX 200 4688.60 -5.60 (0.1%)
ASX 300 4698.40 -4.00 (0.1%)
ASX Mid-Cap 50 4376.70 21.70 (0.5%)
ASX Small Ordinaries 2776.00 23.60 (0.9%)

The "heavy hitters" of the Australian market – the ASX 20 Leaders (XTL) – slid modestly, falling 6.6 points (0.23%), closing out the session at 2802.1 points.

Among the 20 big guns, 6 index components finished to the upside, and 15 lost ground. The stocks which make up the index traded a total of 109.83m units; 6 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 18.22m shares, while the 15 decliners had volume traded totalling 91.62m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.87 (2.47%) to $36.15 on volume of 2.5 million shares;
  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL), +$0.47 (1.11%) to $42.68 on volume of 2.5 million shares;
  • Newcrest Mining Ltd (NCM), +$0.35 (0.86%) to $41.09 on volume of 2.5 million shares;
  • AMP Ltd (AMP), +$0.02 (0.39%) to $5.13 on volume of 5.6 million shares; and
  • Origin Energy Ltd (ORG), +$0.02 (0.12%) to $16.14 on volume of 1.4 million shares.

On the less salubrious side of the big-cap fence, the following stocks were the worst-performed within the index:

  • Westpac Banking Corp (WBC), -$0.25 (1.14%) to $21.68 on volume of 5.8 million shares;
  • Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB), -$0.07 (1%) to $6.92 on volume of 7.1 million shares;
  • National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB), -$0.21 (0.88%) to $23.72 on volume of 3.6 million shares;
  • Stockland (SGP), -$0.03 (0.81%) to $3.67 on volume of 5 million shares; and
  • Woolworths Ltd (WOW), -$0.19 (0.71%) to $26.48 on volume of 2.4 million shares.

The ASX Small Ordinaries (XSO) swam in the opposite direction to the big fish today. posted a gain despite weakness in the big-caps. The Small Ords advanced by under a percent, adding 23.6 points (0.86%), closing out the session at 2776 points.

Among the stocks that make up the Small Caps index, 124 index components finished to the upside, and of the rest, 61 closed lower for the session.

The 235 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 641.8m units: volume in the 124 gainers totalling 280.56m shares, with trade totalling 152.09m units in the index's 61 declining components. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Mintails (MLI), +$0.12 (983.33%) to $0.13 on volume of 12.2 thousand shares;
  • MEO Australia Ltd (MEO), +$0.10 (23.26%) to $0.53 on volume of 36 million shares;
  • Riversdale Mining Ltd (RIV), +$2.21 (15.67%) to $16.31 on volume of 2.6 million shares;
  • Minemakers Ltd (MAK), +$0.04 (10.39%) to $0.43 on volume of 2.9 million shares; and
  • Oilex Ltd (OEX), +$0.03 (10.34%) to $0.32 on volume of 2.2 million shares.

In the red-zone of the little-stock index, the following list represents the biggest downers (in terms of percentage decline):

  • Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SIP), -$0.09 (17.35%) to $0.41 on volume of 25.4 million shares;
  • Australian Pharmaceutical Ind (API), -$0.05 (9.9%) to $0.46 on volume of 3.5 million shares;
  • Nexbis Ltd (NBS), -$0.01 (5.1%) to $0.09 on volume of 1.7 thousand shares;
  • Bannerman Resources Ltd (BMN), -$0.03 (5.08%) to $0.56 on volume of 1.9 million shares; and
  • Lynas Corporation Ltd (LYC), -$0.07 (4.43%) to $1.51 on volume of 34.5 million shares.

 

Index Changes
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
XAO All Ordinaries 4779.4 -0.7 -0.01 1156.1m
XFL ASX 50 4651.5 -12.4 -0.27 241.5m
XJO ASX 200 4688.6 -5.6 -0.12 936.1m
XKO ASX 300 4698.4 -4 -0.09 1097.2m
XMD ASX Mid-Cap 50 4376.7 21.7 0.5 313.5m
XSO ASX Small Ordinaries 2776 23.6 0.86 542.2m
XTL ASX 20 2802.1 -6.6 -0.23 104.8m
XTO ASX 100 3813.7 -6.9 -0.18 555m
Market Breadth
  ASX20 XTO XJO XAO XSO Market
Advances 6 42 117 209 124 573
Declines 15 48 88 155 61 473
Advancing Volume 18.2m 139m 330.5m 421.3m 280.6m 1.24bn
Declining Volume 91.6m 277.6m 481.4m 435.4m 152.1m 693.2m
GICS Industry Indices

Among the 11 industry indices, 3 registered an advance for the session, the remaining 8 lost ground.

The best performing index was Healthcare (XHJ), which added 94.1 points (1.08%) to 8831.3 points. The 10 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 66.75m units; 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 8.24m shares, while the 5 decliners had volume traded totalling 46.36m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Primary Health Care Ltd (PRY), +$0.12 (3.55%) to $3.50 on volume of 4.9 million shares;
  • CSL Ltd (CSL), +$0.87 (2.47%) to $36.15 on volume of 2.5 million shares;
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd (RHC), +$0.24 (1.54%) to $15.79 on volume of 362.3 thousand shares; and
  • Ansell Ltd (ANN), +$0.20 (1.49%) to $13.62 on volume of 411.8 thousand shares.

Second in the index leadership stakes was Energy (XEJ), which gained 155.7 points (0.99%) to 15910.9 points. The 23 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 102.16m units; 15 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 24.25m shares, while the 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 7.1m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Riversdale Mining Ltd (RIV), +$2.21 (15.67%) to $16.31 on volume of 2.6 million shares;
  • Eastern Star Gas Ltd (ESG), +$0.02 (2.65%) to $0.78 on volume of 2.6 million shares;
  • Extract Resources Ltd (EXT), +$0.17 (1.97%) to $8.80 on volume of 318.4 thousand shares;
  • Aquila Resources (AQA), +$0.19 (1.91%) to $10.15 on volume of 404.9 thousand shares; and
  • Caltex Australia Ltd (CTX), +$0.23 (1.66%) to $14.12 on volume of 521.2 thousand shares.

The bronze medal for today goes to Materials (XMJ), which climbed 23.1 points (0.17%) to 13795.8 points. The 46 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 287.54m units; 29 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 170.7m shares, while the 12 decliners had volume traded totalling 63.56m units. The major percentage gainers within the index were

  • Sundance Resources Ltd (SDL), +$0.03 (6.94%) to $0.39 on volume of 62.1 million shares;
  • Mirabela Nickel Ltd (MBN), +$0.11 (5.91%) to $1.97 on volume of 4.1 million shares;
  • Murchison Metals Ltd (MMX), +$0.06 (4.88%) to $1.29 on volume of 6.7 million shares;
  • Medusa Mining Ltd (MML), +$0.29 (4.41%) to $6.86 on volume of 1.4 million shares; and
  • Independence Group NL (IGO), +$0.30 (4%) to $7.80 on volume of 792.4 thousand shares.

The worst-performed index for the session was Information Technology (XIJ), which dipped 8.3 points (1.33%) to 614.6 points. The 3 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 1.54m units; The 3 decliners had volume traded totalling 1.54m units, – none of the index components ended with a gain. The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Computershare Ltd (CPU), -$0.15 (146%) to $10.13 on volume of 1.1 million shares;
  • Iress Market Technology Ltd (IRE), -$0.06 (0.69%) to $8.66 on volume of 265.8 thousand shares; and
  • SMS Management & Technology Ltd (SMX), -$0.04 (0.6%) to $6.62 on volume of 221 thousand shares.

Just missing out on the wooden spoon was Property Trusts (XPJ), which slid 5.3 points (0.62%) to 845.2 points. The 16 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 170.32m units; The 7 decliners had volume traded totalling 68.99m units, and 4 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 16.1m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Astro Japan Property Group (AJA), -$0.01 (1.43%) to $0.35 on volume of 1.1 million shares;
  • CFS Retail Property Trust (CFX), -$0.03 (1.4%) to $1.77 on volume of 5.9 million shares;
  • Mirvac Group (MGR), -$0.02 (1.17%) to $1.27 on volume of 7.9 million shares;
  • GPT Group (GPT), -$0.03 (1.07%) to $2.77 on volume of 10 million shares; and
  • Stockland (SGP), -$0.03 (0.81%) to $3.67 on volume of 5 million shares.

Third-to-last amongst the sector indices was Industrials (XNJ), which slid 22.4 points (0.6%) to 3742.2 points. The 32 stocks which make up the index traded a total of 66.7m units; The 13 decliners had volume traded totalling 49.57m units, and 15 index components rose, with rising volume amounting to 16.16m shares, The major percentage decliners within the index were

  • Ausenco (AAX), -$0.06 (2.11%) to $2.78 on volume of 472.2 thousand shares;
  • Asciano Group (AIO), -$0.04 (2.06%) to $1.66 on volume of 9 million shares;
  • Downer EDI Ltd (DOW), -$0.08 (1.79%) to $4.40 on volume of 1.6 million shares;
  • Toll Hldgs Ltd (TOL), -$0.11 (1.75%) to $6.19 on volume of 2.3 million shares; and
  • Bradken Ltd (BKN), -$0.14 (1.56%) to $8.81 on volume of 380.6 thousand shares.
Sector Indices
Code GICS Sector Close +/- % Volume
XHJ Healthcare 8831.3 94.1 1.08 67m
XEJ Energy 15910.9 155.7 0.99 102m
XMJ Materials 13795.8 23.1 0.17 288m
XDJ Consumer Discretionary 1516.7 -0.4 -0.03 88m
XUJ Utilities 4420.8 -8.6 -0.19 25m
XSJ Consumer Staples 7648.3 -31.9 -0.42 37m
XXJ Financials ex Property Trusts 4985.1 -21.7 -0.43 43m
XTJ Telecommunications 965.9 -5.5 -0.57 47m
XNJ Industrials 3742.2 -22.4 -0.6 67m
XPJ Property Trusts 845.2 -5.3 -0.62 170m
XIJ Information Technology 614.6 -8.3 -1.33 2m

All Ordinaries Major Movers

All Ords Volume Leaders
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
AOE Arrow Energy 4.68 0.00 0 66.9m
IIF ING Industrial Fund 0.52 0.00 0 62.4m
SDL Sundance Resources Ltd 0.39 0.03 6.94 62.1m
FXJ Fairfax Media Ltd 1.41 -0.03 -2.08 59.7m
LGL Lihir Gold Ltd 4.48 0.00 0 41.1m
All Ords Percentage Gainers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
MLI Mintails Ltd 0.13 0.12 983.33 12.2k
MEO MEO Australia Ltd 0.53 0.10 23.26 36m
RIV Riversdale Mining Ltd 16.31 2.21 15.67 2.6m
CUE CUE Energy Resources 0.40 0.05 12.68 4.8m
MAK Minemakers Ltd 0.43 0.04 10.39 2.9m
All Ords Percentage Losers
Code Name Close +/- % Volume
SIP Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd 0.41 -0.09 -17.35 25.4m
CII CI Resources Ltd 0.50 -0.07 -12.28 1k
API Australian Pharmaceutical Ind 0.46 -0.05 -9.9 3.5m
AVJ AVJennings Ltd 0.48 -0.04 -7.69 11.4k
RPX RP Data Ltd 1.09 -0.07 -6.03 15.4k

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List of Wikileaks Mirrors: Please Reblog

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Fight Censorship. Alternate domains include:

So many more after the break: PLEASE REBLOG, RETWEET ETC.

 

 

The cablegate index can then usually be reached by either clicking the link marked “Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables” or typing cablegate.html after the domain name.

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USRant for Thursday, December 2nd 2010

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Ask yourself – would the Fed have released the details of recipients of its Banker Welfare schemes, had Wikileaks not made it clear that there is a tsunami of material waiting to be released? (Not from the cables… from the rest of the iceberg).

Nobody can assume that their chicanery will not be made public; eat shit, bitchez.

And now we also know that the Spanish decision to stall the war crimes investigation of George 'Brokeback Cowboy' Bush… well, that was the result of political pressure from the US. It's not surprising, but the US always denied it. They can't deny it any more.

As for the bank that might be the subjct of the next leak: a lot offolks have surmised it's Bank of America… but maybe, just maybe, it's the Vampire Squid itself; Goldman Sachs.

Just sayin'.

The following economic data was released during the session:

  • ICSC Chain Store Sales YoY for November 2010 was released in the US; the outcome was 5.8% advancing 4.2 from the prior reading of 1.6%
  • Continuing Claims for November 20 2010 was released in the US; the outcome was 4270K adding 53 from the prior reading of 4217K – above the consensus estimate of 4200K.
  • Initial Jobless Claims for November 27 2010 was released in the US; the outcome was 436K an increase of 26 from the prior reading of 410K – above expectations of 424K.
  • Pending Home Sales m/m for October 2010 was released in the US; the outcome was 10.4% advancing 12.2 from the prior reading of -1.8% – above expectations of -1.0%.
  • Pending Home Sales y/y for October 2010 was released in the US; the series posted a reading of -22.4% a gain of 2.5 from the prior reading of -24.9%

Headline Indices

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose +106.63 points (0.95%) to 11362.41 points. The index high for the day was 11373.80, while the low was 11255.85.

Total volume traded in the 30 components of the index was 1.41bn shares. Advancers outpaced decliners by 14 to one, with 28 advancers to 2 decliners. Advancing volume exceeded declining volume by 1.35bn to 56.54m shares. The index's rather boring situation arose as a result of a mixed bag of results, the most notable amongst these (in percentage terms) being –

  • Home Depot (HD) +1.75 (5.5%) to $33.36 on volume of 25.72m shares;
  • Alcoa (AA) +0.52 (3.8%) to $14.09 on volume of 43.29m shares;
  • Bank Of America (BAC) +0.39 (3.5%) to $11.68 on volume of 282.66m shares;
  • Microsoft (MSFT) +0.85 (3.3%) to $26.89 on volume of 91.43m shares; and
  • JPMorganChase (JPM) +1.16 (3%) to $39.31 on volume of 41.16m shares.

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Exhumin’ Thangs That’s Better Left Alone…

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Well, it's Monday (again – why does this 'Monday' thing keep happening to me?) and the smear campaign against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in its death throes. df854db6f6664ad98b313cf1a2732a6d – as they say in the classics.

Desperate efforts are being undertaken in the more cravenly cowardly, whip-kissing, bootlicking bits of the blogosphere – e.g., Adrian Chen at Gawker and soi-disant skeptic and swallower-of-smear-spooge David Allan Green. I will not link to them, because their oeuvre disgusts me.

The Twitterverse is likewise alive with the story; I would say that there is some fencing involved, but that would confuse the issue: folks smart enough to recognise the smear would be thinking of epées and foils, thrust and parry… while those on the other side would be thinking of wire and fenceposts.

Those of youse who know your Beloved GT's obsession with 'puters, will know that I buyed my first 'puter back in 1989 – it was a $9k NEC PowerMate II with a whopping 140Mb of HDD and (gasp!) SVGA (800×600). With a RAM upgrade to 1Mb, it was one of the most powerful 'puters in private hands at the time, and it did sterling work. I still have the manuals, with scribbled logins and passwords in it (although you need to know the algorithm to go from what's written down to the actual login) in a box.

I do admit that I bought it mostly to try to impress my chums. It made PI look like a toaster. It was still good enough to use to write up lecture notes in 1992 (after which I upgraded it; by 1993 I had a university-funded machine and office).

It should come as no surprise that I have been strident in my defence of Julian Assange – another former Townsville-dweller (he lived on Maggie Island while our family lived just off the Esplanade), and now the most celebrated denizen of Melbourne's 1980s hacker community. The rest of The Realm – the other sadsacks who played D&D during spotty teenhoods and then made a pact – are happily plugging away at other related things. Some of them matured into sexy dashing 100kg analysts, others still look like Doc Neeson from the Angels. Speaking of front-men, the 'narcissist' meme now being touted about Julian Assange could not be further from the truth. "Reluctant public face of Wikileaks" should always be appended after his name.

Anyway… your Beloved GT and JA have what one might term 'points of confluence' – not least amongst which is that we are both unfailingly nice to women, and would not put our wee-wees in their froo-froos without explicit consent.

Also, both being necessarily paranoid by nature, we would not put out pee-pees in ANY froo-froo that happened to present itself in a foreign forum (tight sweater or not).

That's why the smear is so utterly objectionable – it implicitly asserts that Mendax is a naive numptie, and if there are two things that Julian Assange is not, it's naive and a numptie.

Now you all know that I am one of the six smartest people you will ever meet. I say that all the time, and it doesn't matter if you believe me or not (or how many smart people you think you know).

So with all that self-aggrandising stuff as background, now take this and print it out and sticky-tape it to the fridge…

Julian Assange is smarter than me. And he's not just a bit smarter than me – he's a lot smarter than me.

Don't confuse that statement with an outburst of humility – far from it. it's a statement of fact. I would love to claim that I was smarter than JA – or even that I was as smart – but it would be buillshit.

I can't even use age as an excuse (as I do with Horridge and Dicko – both of whom are more than half a decade older than I am, and roughly half a decade smarter). JA is half a decade younger than I am, and about two decades smarter – and two decades of committed study and contemplative reflection, not two decades of pissing around for shits and giggles like you do at University.

So think of me in order to provide the required context for the current imbroglio "What did JA do with his wee-wee, which froo-froo or froo-froos were involved, and why did a Zionist tabloid in Sweden get told about it eighteen minutes after the complainants left the police station?".

If you think your Beloved GT is too smart to fall for a honeypot operation (and in fact is highly unlikely to have any wee-wee related contact with a stranger under any circumstances), then you're implicitly asserting that JA is likewise too smart – which is why it didn't work.

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