Category Archives: Rafe

Who really won the popular vote?

Interesting? h/t Bruce of Newcastle As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House. Re the last election. Mr. Agresti’s analysis of the same polling data settled on … Continue reading

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Arty bird prints

Following up the insect prints, a collection of birds. Many of these if not all are from Audubon’s “The Birds of America” and there is a more information about the painting or print if you click on the title. John … Continue reading

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For nerds. Parvin on Popper

Phil Parvin, Karl Popper: Volume 14 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers. Continuum, London. Reviewed for Quadrant a few years ago. Full review. Continuum Press is printing a series of 20 books on major conservative and libertarian thinkers. … Continue reading

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John Ray. Conservatism as heresy

John Ray has devoted a great deal of his life to dissecting leftism and one of his early achievements in 1974 was a collection of papers titled Conservatism as Heresy. This was well ahead of the visible revival of liberal/conservative … Continue reading

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Opportunity costs

Wondering how many children in the Third World could get clean drinking water for the price of the subsidies for rooftop solar in the west? Add the price of subsidies for windmills etc. Judging from some of the comments we … Continue reading

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For the art and insect lover

Whether you are an entomology expert, a bug enthusiast or simply a curious passerby, we hope you enjoy this artwork devoted to some of the world’s most exquisite creatures.

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Thomas Barlow and the theory of nothing

Thomas Barlow is best known for his work on science policy and Australian achievements in research and development. Thomas Barlow has been a research fellow at Oxford University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a columnist with the Financial … Continue reading

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For nerds. William W Bartley on the universities

From a review of W.W. Bartley. Unfathomed Knowledge, Unmeasured Wealth: On Universities and the Wealth of Nations. Open Court. 1990. Bartley was one of the most original and productive of the students inspired by Karl Popper. He died in 1990 … Continue reading

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Wind power getting cheaper in Canada?

Apparently not. The oldest commercial wind power facility in Canada has been shut down and faces demolition after 23 years of transforming brisk southern Alberta breezes into electricity TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 32 Comments

Some Gough Whitlam stories

Not much to laugh about these days. However the other night I dined with some new Chinese friends including a very impressive English lady who is the Director of a new cultural studies centre in the Western Sydney Uni at … Continue reading

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