Breaking news. Long-time Ayn Rand associate Barbara Branden dies.
SOMETHNG USEFUL AT LAST! Tie tying.
Late Final Extra. The harmless and largely inoffensive ABC … has become the target of right wing gang rapists. According to John Birmingham.
Australian Neil Robertson wins the Triple Crown for snooker. When I get beaten at snooker and pool I say that being good in those events is a sign of a misspent youth. German version of the story.
World News. Problems in Turkey. Can democracy and Islam live together? Can the modernization of Turkey persist?.
But now another nightmare may be emerging in Turkey, the Middle East’s most prominent proponent of what might be called Islamic democracy. The stability and prosperity that Turkey has enjoyed over the past ten years had associated the country with a type of political arrangement known flatteringly as the “Turkish model.” This summer, the model came unstuck.
Posts of the week. What if Sarah Hanson-Young sues her own party for a silly cartoon picture of herself? Promoting unionisation in child care. The origin and evolution of apartheid in South Africa. How the media ran dead on the AWU scandal; nothing to see there!
Around the town: IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog.
How we lived. Dougie Walters, approaching his 168th birthday. Silly story about Dougie: he brought up his 100 on the last ball of the day in a test at Perth and he came back to an empty dressing room, as though the team had gone back to the hotel and left him alone. They were all hiding in the showers!
Milking machines. Playing marbles.
For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. How to waste money on education in the third world. Let the government spend it. Same as Australia. Kirzner and Austrian economics in the modern theory of entrepreneurship.
Trivia. Poor old Rafe fingered for pillaging IPA peanuts. Sadly I have form in that department. A teacher turned up from England at the Launceston Grammar boarding school and he organized a Sunday team to play village cricket games in the countryside. The country women ensure that the tables were loaded with wholesome food for lunch and also cakes and other good things for afternoon tea. After the tea break one day a teacher who travelled with the team approached me and said “Champion, I have never seen anyone eat cake like that before!” Coming from a man who spent his career around boy’s boarding schools, that is a bit of a worry.