Roundup 21 Jan

Additions. Anti-Trump forces meet. Welcome to affordable health care, deductibles to rise 20%. The Obama debt.

A raft of news and liberal/conservative commentary from Town Hall Daily. David Galertner looks like a good choice for Trump’s science advisor. Dan Mitchell’s report on cuts to government agencies planned by Trump. Lets hope!

Mark Stein’s week. Delingpole on Trump. Delingpole on the green energy scam.

A Dan Mitchell collection. Another one of those people who write faster than we can read. Getting a permit in the home of the brave and the land of the free. Welfare funded terror in the west. Counter-intuitive information on the moocher states of the US. Good Trump and Bad Trump. Bad Trump is very bad. Killing small business with regulation. Giant cost overrun in pork barrel project.

Weather. Important interview with William Happer. sacked by Al Gore from the Department of Energy, subjected to an attempted sting by Greenpeace and consulted last week by Trump. Strong on detailed scientific background to warming and the benefits of CO2. The Energy and Environmental Newsletter Jan 16.

Culture. The Lewis Carroll Society . Accuracy in academia, horror stories from the front line in the culture wars on the US campus. Spiked Review.

From the archive, a review of a biography of Hal Colebatch senior. Hal Colebatch was one of the living links to sustain the ideas of free trade through the wilderness decades until Bert Kelly and his helpers appeared to sponsor the Liberal “back bench dries” of the 1970s.

His story would be regarded as somewhat far-fetched if it was depicted as a work of fiction. It is hard to say which is the most remarkable aspect of Sir Hal, his physical durability, surviving near-death experiences several times and endured diabetes to live an active life beyond the age of 80; his clarity of vision to see what was required to avert worldwide disaster in the 1930s; his strength of character to beat against the tide of public opinion for several decades; his integrity and goodness of heart to maintain friendly relations with bitter opponents and to work effectively with them when the opportunity arose.

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17 Responses to Roundup 21 Jan

  1. mh

    Here in Australia in 2017 we may be feeling like Woody Allen in that movie where he looks across at the people in the other bus having a good time, then looks around at the people on his bus. We’re looking at Billy Liar and Turncoat on our bus and thinking WTF?

  2. Roger

    Welfare funded terror in the west.

    “The revolution will be subsidised.”

    It is known through interrogation of prisoners that al-Qaeda exploited Western immigration and welfare policies to plant sleepers cells in Western countries.

    How many agents of IS infiltrated Germany in recent waves of migration?

  3. Barry 1963

    Just listened to Trump’s inauguration speech. He’s standing up for protectionism. I’d like to see just how far this approach will go to delivering prosperity to American workers. We’ll find out in 4 years. Protectionists have been in the political wilderness in much of the West. A revival is overdue.

  4. HRT

    Also just listened to Mr Trump’s inauguration speech. It was so different from what one would hear from our PM I was reminded of him.

  5. JABL

    Just listened to Trump’s inauguration speech. He’s standing up for protectionism. I’d like to see just how far this approach will go to delivering prosperity to American workers. We’ll find out in 4 years. Protectionists have been in the political wilderness in much of the West. A revival is overdue.

    The Great Depression II here we come.

    Numpty!

  6. Mark A

    JABL
    #2270048, posted on January 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    The Great Depression II here we come.
    Numpty!

    Yes because we are in such a marvelous economic situation with our free trade agreement.
    If not for the mining we’d be stuffed, we are stuffed as it is but even more.

  7. Bryn

    For those seeking a better understanding of The New Trump Order, I recommend the interview given by Anthony Scaramoucci at DAVOS. Scaramoucci at the time of the interview was “Assistant to the President-Elect and Director of Public Liaison, Office of the President-Elect of the United States”. There is a video recording on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting website entitled “Outlook for the United States”.

  8. .

    Yes because we are in such a marvelous economic situation with our free trade agreement.
    If not for the mining we’d be stuffed, we are stuffed as it is but even more.

    Mining actually faces a negative rate of protection – our foreign buyers buy in a free market and we saddle it with flow on effects from protectionism in other sectors in the economy.

    So indeed, free trade does help.

  9. Bryn

    Or you could read the article by Peter Holmes a Court in the Oz (21 Jan p. 28), who set me in search of the video in the first place.

    Trump may prove to be progressive in the true sense

    Scaramucci is the translation service between the tweet-fest of his boss and the
    those with an appetite for more than 140 characters. He is the buckskin leather
    glove that is going to be wrapped over Trump’s wildly rotating sledgehammer of
    change. And that’s a mallet that the incoming administration plans to take to the
    global order of pretty much everything.

    I get the feeling that we are going to be hearing a lot from Anthony over the next
    four years and that the amount of sense he talks is going to make a lot of people
    very, very uneasy
    .

  10. King Koala

    JABL, are you really trying to claim the Great Depression was caused by protectionism?

  11. Rafe Champion

    It was aggravated by the Smoot Hawley tariffs.

  12. Rafe Champion

    Protectionism is a part of Bad Trump.
    Lets hope the Good Trump of deregulation gets more of his agenda in place than the other one.

    Regarding the free trade agreements that are on the table, I would like to hear from people who know more about these things. I suspect that these are more about managed trade than free trade. Like the EU was supposed to be about free movement of goods and people but in in hands of socialists and statists see how that ended up.

    How come these free trade agreements have so much fine print? Why don’t they just reduce trade barriers with a few pithy paragraphs?

  13. Waz

    Thanks for referencing the William Happer “interview”. It is magnificent reading and should be required reading for every student, not just scientist. I had read about him in the past and the Jan 16 article, but the full array of his arguments presented here by himself, is towering…..brilliant.

  14. Waz

    On the FTA’s, they are generally about “managed” and “not free” trade. However, encouragingly, the one we have we the US is surprisingly “free”. I believe Trump will negotiate very free agreements with similar economies (like the UK which would have substantial competition and productivity benefits) and will have little interest in having agreements with developing economies which have limited competition benefits and can stress equivalent productivity benefits because of labour cost differentials. In fact he will likely erect barriers against labour cost differentials.

  15. BobC

    “From the archive, a review of a biography of Hal Colebatch senior” goes to an orphaned domain name site ? ?

  16. Rafe

    Thanks for the heads up Bob, due to a change of credit card my website payment is overdue, it will be up again in 24 hrs.

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