Roundup Oct 26

Dan Mitchell on Sweden and the welfare state. Take home message – get rich first.
Sweden became rich when government was small. Indeed, until about 1960, the burden of the public sector in Sweden was smaller than it was in the United States.
Sweden compensates for bad fiscal policy by having a very pro-market approach to other areas, such as trade policy, regulatory policy, monetary policy, and rule of law and property rights. Sweden has suffered from slower growth ever since the welfare state led to large increases in the burden of government spending.
Sweden is trying to undo the damage of big government with pro-market reforms.

Another climate science scandal. This time Lord Stern and his funding.
Check out The Spectator. And the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, The Institute for Public Affairs IPA. The Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney Institute. And Mark Steyn. And Jo Nova.

Culture. Manne Booker prize winners 1969 to 2016. Illustrated books for children. Caldecott Prize winners. More. From Accuracy in Academia, a review of The War on Cops.

For climate science nerds. Everything you wanted to know about the interglacial warm periods but were afraid to ask.

When the village boy cried wolf, he was proposing an alternative hypothesis to the villagers. The null hypothesis was that there was no wolf. When the villagers accepted the boy’s hypothesis with a sample size of one and not enough evidence, they committed a type I error, a false positive. Given the risk of committing such an error with climate change, it is important to study the climate of the past.
Since there is only one reality and unlimited hypotheses to explain it, whenever confronted with a new claim, it is reasonable to think that the null hypothesis is it is not true. Adopting that reasonable position means being skeptical by default. That doesn’t make one very popular in the village, but makes one right most of the time.

The changing norms of science.

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4 Responses to Roundup Oct 26

  1. Denise

    Thank you, Rafe, for the link to the Caldecott childrens’ books. Exquisite. I am a volunteer at a local school library and it is an excellent one in that the best of old and new is represented.
    All too often at children and young adults’ sections of public libraries the good material has been crowded out by yards of sword-and-sorcery dreck. I know librarians are constrained to get what is popular due to space constraints but it is disheartening that many children are limiting themselves to one genre. Children forced by circumstances to lead small mean lives can through the beautiful art work of Peter Spier,Ron Brooks and of course Darcy Niland feed their souls.
    Our school is blessed by dedicated library staff. Couple of months ago the upper primary read the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and each made his or her own crane which was then suspended from the ceiling. For Book Week everyone came dressed as a character from a book and so on.
    I was quite surprised that Jan Pienkowski’s work didn’t appear. Or Wanda Gag’s ‘Cats ‘ and Munro Leaf’s ‘ Ferdinand the Bull’ .
    Unfortunately my husband won’t let me mortgage the house so I can buy one of each of those beautiful books.

  2. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Denise! I think you meant Kilmeny Niland🙂 For bargain-priced Kilmeny Niland books.

  3. Denise

    Yes I did. Sorry. Thx for the link.

  4. Denise

    An Aussie Night B4 Christmas I sent overseas to grandchildren year b4 last. They liked it better than the factual DVDs.

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