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Rafe’s Roundup Feb 26

JUST IN Alan Moran’s Climate News. Climate madness from U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva. Pictures courtesy of Barry Williams. The end of the Great Wall of China. A geyser pre-eruption. Picturesque village. Great wall of dust. Rainbow. Tyre dump. Google … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Feb 20

Spiked on line. A gong for Peter Klein, in partnership with Nicolai Foss. Peter is my Uni of Missouri friend and host on my occasional forays into the Midwest of the US. This ambitious book has a three-fold purpose. First, … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post: Pensions are charity

From The Fin Review To my fellow mature Australians, I’d like to explain something. We are not entitled to an age pension merely because we have paid taxes all our life. Pensions are not for everyone; fundamentally they are welfare, … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 13 February

The great challenge of our time according to Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 6 Feb

Stunning wildlife images from Pavel Geman, actually a Russian who got out 30 years ago when it was very difficult. Lets hear it for the Arab Spring. Libyans feel even more isolated than when the UN imposed sanctions on Qaddafi. … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 31 Jan

Malnutrition in Greece. The science of inflating and deflating footballs in cold climates. Just fill the ball with warm humid indoor air, then when it temperature-equalizes with the 25°F cooler outdoor air on your AFC Championship playing field some of … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on the retention of metadata

From The Guardian Last week, Attorney-General George Brandis described data retention as ‘absolutely crucial in identifying terrorist networks and protecting the public’. On that basis, he argued for passage of the Government’s data retention legislation. This assertion is simply false. … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post. We are not all Charlie

From The Fin Review. I hate to break it to you, but we are not all Charlie. The reason is simple: Charlie Hebdo was consistent in its support for freedom of speech. Its editors were not just targeted by Islamists: … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 24 Jan

Who is worried about climate change? Greece still a threat to the EU Greece is actually in the driver’s seat. It is currently running a primary surplus, historical evidence shows that once a country reaches such a situation it is … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Jan 15

You are not all Charlie. A bit of realism on the cost of the NDIS The NDIS 0.5 per cent Medicare surcharge is intended to fund the scheme and according to the feds this will raise $20.4bn between 2014 and … Continue reading

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