Rafe’s Roundup 17 October

Update for Blues lovers, a piece about B. B. King at Harvard in 1980 by my friend and host in Boston, Charlie Sawyer.

Books. Stunning covers. The Subterranium Press. Detective stories. Alice Munro’s short stories.

Around the town. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog [new addition will appear in the mid-afternoon]. Don Aitkin. Jim Rose, feral and utopian!

Sites of interest. Richard Hammer, Free Nation Foundation. Aust NZ libertarian students.
Powerline. Landmark Worldwide courses. Synergy of Landmark, critical rationalism, Austrian economics and classical liberalism.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Peter Klein on Jean Tirole the 1914 Nobel prizewinner in economics.
Stephen Hicks, always interesting for nerds.

For a century the deep thinkers on the conservative side have, almost without exception, argued that conservatives cannot be capitalists. And the deep thinkers on the free-market capitalist side have, again almost without exception, gone out of their way to explain why they are not conservatives. And both sides are correct.

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12 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 17 October

  1. Nicholas (Natural Genius) Gray

    I think of myself as an Inventor, but in political terms, I would be a Free Enterprize Libertarian. capitalism would be a smaller subset of this, since freedom means you can horde capital. The original article would be right- capitalists would need to innovate to make money, and conservatives don’t want to innovate.
    Q. How many Conservatives would it take to change a light bulb?
    A. CHANGE????

  2. Farmer Gez

    Please list Catalyst ABC The climate pause explained.
    So hopelessly biased that it is inadvertently funny.
    Do they really think we are that I’ll informed or stupid?

  3. Farmer Gez

    I meant ill informed.

  4. johanna

    Love your work, Rafe.

    Also worth mentioning is Dr Judith Curry’s appearance on Catalyst, and her thread on related issues.

  5. Rafe

    Thanks johanna, it is good to have a reminder of Judith Curry, this is a fine piece too.

    These new climate sensitivity estimates add to the growing evidence that climate models are running ‘too hot.’ At the heart of the recent scientific debate on climate change is the ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ in global warming – the period since 1998 during which global average surface temperatures have not increased. This observed warming hiatus contrasts with the expectation from the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report that warming would proceed at a rate of 0.2oC/per decade in the early decades of the 21st century. The warming hiatus combined with assessments that the climate model sensitivities are too high raises serious questions as to whether the climate model projections of 21st century have much utility for decision making.

  6. Percy

    Hey, how did you miss The Australia Institute’s new report?

    You raised some interesting points in that report Rod, such as the fact that the QLD Gov. rips as much from its constitiuents in rego fees as it gains from coal mining. Since rego fees hit the poor harder than the rich, I’m surprised to see that nowhere did you advocate for a reduction in these fees. Does everyone at TAI hate the poor?

  7. I am the Walrus, Koo Koo K'choo

    Jean Tirole is looking remarkably well preserved for his age.

  8. Percy

    Late proof-read – Constituents

  9. I drink to the memory of T. L. Peacock who was born on this day in 1785.
    Peacock on Drinking:

    “When I open the bottle, I shut the book of Numbers. There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it. The first is obvious, mechanical, and plebeian; the second is most refined, abstract, prospicient, and canonical. I drink by anticipation of thirst that may be. Prevention is better than cure. Wine is the elixir of life. ‘The soul,’ says St. Augustine, ‘cannot live in drought.’ What is death? Dust and Ashes. There is nothing so dry. What is life? Spirit. What is spirit? Wine.”
    —The Reverend Mr Portpipe in
    Melincourt, Chap. XVI.

    MR GLOWRY:
    You are leaving England, Mr Cypress. There is a delightful melancholy in saying farewell to an old acquaintance, when the chances are twenty to one against ever meeting again. A smiling bumper to a sad parting, and let us all be unhappy together.

    MR CYPRESS (filling a bumper):
    This is the only social habit that the disappointed spirit never unlearns.

    THE REVEREND MR LARYNX (filling):
    It is the only piece of academical learning that the finished educatee retains.

    MR FLOSKY (filling):
    It is the only objective fact which the sceptic can realise.

    SCYTHROP (filling):
    It is the only styptic for a bleeding heart.

    THE HONOURABLE MR LISTLESS (filling):
    It is the only trouble that is very well worth taking.

    MR ASTERIAS (filling):
    It is the only key of conversational truth.

    MR TOOBAD (filling):
    It is the only antidote to the great wrath of the devil.

    MR HILARY (filling):
    It is the only symbol of perfect life. The inscription ‘HIC NON BIBITUR’ will suit nothing but a tombstone.
    Nightmare Abbey, Chap. XI.

    Elphin and Teithrin stood some time on the floor of the hall before they attracted the attention of Seithenyn, who, during the chorus, was tossing and flourishing his golden goblet. The chorus had scarcely ended when he noticed them, and immediately roared aloud, “You are welcome all four.”
    Elphin answered, “We thank you: we are but two.”
    “Two or four,” said Seithenyn, “all is one. You are welcome all. When a stranger enters, the custom in other places is to begin by washing his feet. My custom is, to begin by washing his throat. Seithenyn ap Seithyn Saidi bids you welcome.”
    The Misfortunes of Elphin, Chap. II.

    Not drunk is he who from the floor
    Can rise alone and still drink more,
    But drunk is he who prostrate lies
    Without the power to drink or rise.
    ibid., Chap. III.

  10. handjive

    Very special thanks for the BB King piece.
    I am a fan.

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