Category Archives: Rafe

Breaking news at Endeavour Hills Police station

Posted by Bolt and discussed in the open thread, probably worth a thread of its own. A MAN shot dead by police in Melbourne’s southeast tonight was a “person of interest” in a counter-terrorism operation and had been under surveillance … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on Assisted Suicide

From The Fin Review There is no better indication of individual freedom than the ability to decide what to do with our own body. If the law prevents us from making free choices about it then we are not really … Continue reading

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On the not so blue Danube

Your central European correspond is now located on the Danube at Vienna, having sailed up from Budapest, a 23-hour journey at 6 to 7 miles per hour against a strong current, perhaps in the order of 5 knots,. There was … Continue reading

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The need for scientific controversy

Critical thinking is one of the motors of science, along with boldness, independence and the burning desire to know the truth about the way things work. And “the gift of wonder” as someone said, possibly Einstein. That kind of science … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 31 August

Not much good news around at present. Tasmania made it to the international news in Britain with the Big Sheep. Some light relief: crashing wind turbines and a problem with demolition. The history of Europe in maps, note especially the … Continue reading

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Pedro Schwartz at the University of Buckingham

Off to Buckingham today to hear Pedro Schwartz talk about “Coase on China: Property rights and transaction costs revisited”. Schwartz is a Spanish economist and libertarian, connected with the Cato Institute and the Mont Pelerin Society. He writes an essay … Continue reading

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Lauren Bacall 1924-2014


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Another booknote from Michael James: On the rise of the nazis

Introduction On reading Andrew Bolt’s piece on why Germany had to lose the First World War I pressed Michael to provide a booknote on a book that he told me about on the canal between Ellesmere and Chirk. The book … Continue reading

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Ongoing research for Catallaxy

The sacrifices that I make to serve the readership of the Cat! Friday 25, we docked at Wrenbury after a week on the water and unloaded our gear from the narrowboat into the car for the trip back to base, … Continue reading

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Productivity, productivity, productivity

Stop celebrating over the Carbon Tax and get back to the main game. The mantra in real estate is location, location, location. In economic policy, try “productivity”. This is a warning shot from Robert Gottleibsen. Of course Grace Collier has … Continue reading

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