Rafe’s Roundup 23 May

LATE FINAL EXTRA. Two great posts by Lorenzo on SkepticLawyer. The Jacobin impulse of the left and the vicious logic of equality.

STOP PRESS. GREAT NEWS, THE BLACK STEAM TRAIN IS BACK, h/t maman on the McAuley thread. Thanks mate!!

World news. I got the trifecta with wins to the Mighty Demons, The Parramatta Eels and the Highlanders.

Education: University guide.
Climate. Cooking with gas. Presidential leadership in the US.

How we live. Conference of anarchists goes wrong. Who would have expected? Traffic in India (h/t Barry Williams). Not driving in China. Where are the portaloos and hot dog vendors?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/anarchist-conference-descends-into-chaos-9367277. Entrepreneurs in the USA, a repeat from last week to drive home the message that the entrepreneurs who get into renewable energy are very different from the market entrepreneurs who do not with their own money.
Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog
Don Aitkin.
Jim Rose, feral and utopian!

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Rafe’s Roundup. The original print version that appeared as a column in the CIS Policy quarterly. Rafe’s books.

Books. Cars.

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.

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10 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 23 May

  1. Aussieute

    Off tack but I had to post this
    Right on Admiral!

    As a commander of the forces that killed Usama bin Laden and a Navy SEAL for 36 years, Admiral William McRaven knows a thing or two about courage and changing the world. In one of the most inspiring commencement speeches (full video below), Adm. McRaven advised graduates at his alma mater – the University of Texas at Austin – on how to change the world.

    Here are his 10 life lessons for grads on how to go about doing that:

    1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

    2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

    3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

    4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

    5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

    6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

    7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

    8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

    9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

    10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

    To find out about number 10 go here.

  2. Rafe, thanks for these links. the anarchist link is broken. you might want to Fix.

  3. manalive

    Media Watch Dog never fails to amuse and delight.
    Word-search this week reveals a disappointing one mention of ‘Pell’.
    Last week (Issue 225) had 11 but the week before (Issue 224) a staggering 38 mentions.
    Four ‘Marr’s is no consolation.

  4. ar

    I got the trifecta with wins to the Mighty Demons, The Parramatta Eels and the Highlanders.

    Go Eels! The others… meh…

  5. Anne

    Aussieute, I just watched the whole thing on YouTube.

    Amazing! Inspirational! It brought tears to my eyes.

    Contrast this type of attitude with that of the young March in May crowd last week.


  6. Token

    I really am interested why the works of the good Bragg of Yorkshire gets lumped into the nerds section on an economics nerds blog…

  7. JohnA

    “Anarchist conference descends into chaos”

    LOL!! That goes into “Headlines I’d like to see” category, surely?

    Less “ironic”, more “Duh!” 🙂

  8. Poor Old Rafe

    Thanks Token, the Roundup is written for a wider circle than economics nerds, Bragg is a standing item because there is such a mountain of interesting material on his site, it is not only for nerds but I suppose I put it there because it is not directly concerned with the cut and thrust of daily debate on the Cat.

  9. Chriscafe

    Re Australian Universities, here is an often overlooked establishment:

    There’s an annual contest at Bond University, Australia, calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term.
    This year’s chosen term was ” political correctness “.

    The winning student wrote :

    “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end.”

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