Rafe’s Roundup 27 Sept

LATE FINAL EXTRA: Minus 1.2 at Smiggins, with a 9 degree wind chill factor. Pacific Highway closed by fires at Taree. Bloody climate change!!!!

Posts of the week. Alan Moran on energy costs, Julie Novak on our economic freedom, Judith Sloan on the IMF – off the planet, Steve Kates on the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Foreign aid. How Jeffrey Sachs failed to save Africa. Not surprising, William Easterly saw this coming years ago. And so did Peter Bauer (repeated from last week). Most western aid does more harm than good.

Great finds. Tom Woods on radio, h/t Ellen of Tasmania. Taki, “the poor little Greek boy“, author of The HIgh Life in the Spectator. h/t Rabz

Around the town: The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, at the IPA, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney Line, the link to this site is not working at last test.

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. This weeks edition appears in the afternoon. IPA HEY! on line, statements of the week.

Education. Andrew Norton. Kevin Donelly On Line Opinion. The Ed West Centre to promote private education.

Science. How plants feed on CO2 and can run out of food in the afternoon. Which of course is why enhanced CO2 in the air will green the planet. In the night they expell CO2 and the graph shows that CO2 peaks before sunrise, after that the photosynthesis begins, sucking in CO2 and expelling oxygen. My mother was a nurse and when I was a child she told me that nurses in hospitals were taught to take flowers out of the ward at nights because during that time the oxygen in the air would be reduced while the CO2 increased. Nice idea but I doubt that the effect of a few flowers would be measurable.

Literature and language. More work from Dr Michael Giffin, CR Scholar and “Labourer of no fixed academic address”. On the Amazon Giffin page. Most recently: Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark: Freedom and Constraint in The Bell and Robinson, Joseph Conrad on Colonialism: From Evolution to Evil in Heart of Darkness, George Eliot on Scholasticism: Casaubon’s Moldy Futilities in Middlemarch, Charlotte Bronte on Hegel: An Essay, Christian and Jewish Relations: A Progress Report.

How the English say what they don’t mean.

Sport and recreation. Introduction to angling. Thrashing the Derwent River in Tasmania. Music for tying flies, good for a couple of minutes. The equipment you need. The products. Something quite different, sniggling for eels. For the handyman, trout tickling.

Wildlife pictorial. Whale watch.

Motoring. NRMA driving courses in NSW and ACT. In NSW drivers aged 25 years and over are exempt from the 12 month tenure and log book requirements (100+ hours).

Trabant jokes. Customized trabant. The Super Lada.

The original template for this genuine motoring icon was the 1966 Fiat 124, a car justly praised for its handling, comfort and versatility and notorious for its biodegradable coachwork. This last trait was due to a body made from steel sourced from the Soviet Union thanks to a deal negotiated by the Italian Communist Party

For nerds. Policy-oriented research at the Mercatus Institute.

Stephen Hicks on the American englightenment and innovations in transport, the dramatic reduction in transport costs by the canals and more recently, containers.

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14 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 27 Sept

  1. 2dogs

    On Antony Green’s senate calculator for Victoria, where is the LDP? Or Smokers’ rights, Stop the Greens, and the Australian Republicans, for that matter?

  2. Alfonso

    Nothing to see here move along.

    “India unveiled its first nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant, in July 2009…… Just last month, the nuclear reactor in INS Arihant went critical, clearing the way for its final operational trials in the Bay of Bengal. India has designs to produce four to five nuclear submarines by the end of this decade. When integrated with nuclear-tipped sea-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), these submarines will provide India with an underwater nuclear deterrent capability.”

  3. C.L.

    What a collection!

    Thanks, Rafe.

  4. Paul CO

    So much to do. So much to read.

  5. Bruce

    Speaking of climate change, as a bonus here’s what happens when Kevin Rudd and a climate sceptic meet in the mens’ loo:

    The IPCC Political-Suicide Pill

  6. Rabz

    Thanks for the shout-out, Rafe.

  7. Rafe

    You are welcome Rabz, Taki is one of my favorite columnists, some weeks he does not quite hit the spot but it is a huge ask to do a column every single week of the year for decades. Especially when you consider his lifestyle 🙂

  8. papachango

    How the English say what they don’t mean.

    I must admit the ‘beating around the bush’ politeness of the British (especially the English) does my head in. The French are much more direct and say exactly what they mean (probably why the British think they’re rude), they also don’t do PC nor do they have these silly taboos about discussing religion, money or politics.

  9. Cold-Hands

    On Antony Green’s senate calculator for Victoria, where is the LDP? Or Smokers’ rights, Stop the Greens, and the Australian Republicans, for that matter?

    2dogs, these parties failed to register a group ticket hence are difficult to be modelled as all their votes were “below the line”. Presumably the AEC took them into account.

  10. Steve D

    Antony’s model strictly follows the ticket votes – not perfect but the only hope of estimating the senate outcome with so many votes for multiple seats. Since the LDP et. al. did not lodge a ticket, Antony would have no way to model the LDP preference flows, even if he did allow you to allocate a portion of the vote.

    Antony’s predictor shall be mostly useless if senate voting reforms remove the ticket system, leaving preferences to the voters.

    Can anyone remember what a How-To-Vote card looked like before ticket voting? Did they show a full sample of the senate ballot with all the numbers filled in?

  11. papachango

    2dogs, these parties failed to register a group ticket hence are difficult to be modelled as all their votes were “below the line”.

    If they only way to vote for them was BTL, surely they’ll only get a minuscule poofteenth of a bees dick of the vote. I wanted to vote LDP so I actually went toi the trouble of filling out 97 boxes, but how many in VIC would really bother to do that? They might pick up a few prefernces from the dope smokers/revheads/pig shootin’ parties, but that’s about it.

    How come they were so slack that they didn’t get around to lodging a group ticket?

  12. Ellen of Tasmania

    Re: the Brit-speak (of which I am a willing participant), my husband has another list to translate Yank-speak into Brit-speak. Eg. ‘That was excellent’ means it was okay, ‘that was outstanding’ means it was pretty good … and so on. I prefer a lack of ‘hyperbowl’ myself (“That’ll do, pig.” ), and little bit of ‘softening the hard edges’ helps the world go round.

    Thanks for highlighting Tom Woods radio show, Rafe. I hope it goes really well for him. On Wednesday, he interviewed Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) for fans thereof and Thursday was pulling apart “11 Questions to See if Libertarians are Hypocrites “. Woods is a genuinely nice bloke, with a lot of clever thrown in for good measure.

  13. Rafe

    Just tell him to keep his pecker up Ellen 🙂

  14. Jim Rose

    rafe, the Nina Munk links are great on Sachs and his ignorance of how things happen on the ground.

    reminds of experiences with friends and family as to how much poorer developing countries are because of a lack of law and order and basic infrastructure in a way we cannot dream

    a recent bulgarian migrant marvels about how unlike back home, when there is a power grid failure, someone goes out and fixes it even at the weekend; when she turns on the tap here, not only does water comes out on a reliable basis, the water is even safe to drink.

    people who came from developing countries where the water is unsafe to drink take several years to overcome their fears about the quality of tap water

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