Category Archives: Rafe

Roundup 18 Jan

MEMO TO SCOMO. TRY A BIT OF ROGERNOMICS. Structural reform that transformed New Zealand in the 1980s. Roger-Douglas-on-Structural-Reform Good news everyone, Dan Prawn’s collected slides from the background to his wonderful little song are available in a massive zipped file … Continue reading

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Lest we forget. Berlin Blockade 1948

When the Germans close their nuclear power stations and complete the longer-term project to close the coal stations they will be heavily dependent on gas from Russia. What could go wrong? Seventy years ago. “The airlift was a lifeline for … Continue reading

Posted in International, Rafe | 22 Comments

The Intellectuals and Climate Change

Here is a money quote out of Hayek’s essay “The Intellectuals and Socialism”. Hayek’s writing is not joy to read so I have put stuff in square  brackets to make his meaning clearer. It is clear enough in the context … Continue reading

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The backlist of Dan Prawn – the Johnny Cash man

The History of Western Philosophy. Inspired by the book of the same name by Bertrand Russell. It morphs into the wonderful dialogue of Douglas Murray and John Anderson. Thanks and apologies to commentators, this is abbreviated to minimise the risk … Continue reading

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More extreme weather events these days?

Didn’t realise when I posted the Johnny Cash rejoinder to the climate worriers that it contains  a heap of charts to demonstrate the decline in numerous extreme weather events over the 20th century. Pure gold. Today I was planning to … Continue reading

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Yes Prime Minister. Global Warming & a Johnny Cash rejoinder

Deja vu all over again. From Jo Nova, a fun response! from a new singing talent, with a mention of the ABC. The lyrics.

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The Role of Distributed Generation in the UK Blackout of 9 August 2019

How far down this track to we want to go? Reports on recent studies to uncover the roots of the August blackout in Britain are summarised for interested citizens. Not an easy read and the conclusion is disturbing. Consumers have … Continue reading

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A picture is worth a lot of words. CO2 and warming since 1895

A handy picture from an informative paper that provides a long list of counter-arguments about catastrophic warming. I take the point that very little good is done by circulating these things among ourselves, the thing is to get to a … Continue reading

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How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity?

UPDATE. Check out the link provided by duncanm in comments, especially contribution of Samuel Insull to develop  grid technology and the section on the politicization of the power industry in the US. That heading of the post is the subtitle of … Continue reading

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Black Friday 1939

71 deaths, 3,700 buildings. Sixty-nine mills were burned. Millions of acres of fine forest, of almost incalculable value, were destroyed or badly damaged. Townships were obliterated in a few minutes Mills, houses, bridges, tramways, machinery, were burned to the ground; … Continue reading

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