Category Archives: Taking out the trash

Exit the 60 billion dollar man

I suppose Mr Pyne wants to spend more time with his family.

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Just a few names that come to mind …

Jack the Insider had a bit of an incoherent rant on Friday about the MUP kerfuffle.  But this comment seems strange: I am trying to remember the last time anyone who spent their lives in the cloistered world of academia … Continue reading

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ALP will be taxing your Nana

I have an op-ed in the AFR this morning on the proposed policy to end fulling paying out excess franking credits. Some 6.1 per cent of taxpayers appear to earn excess franking credits – less than the 8 per cent … Continue reading

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Taxation and illicit tobacco in Georgia

Often when reading research papers I think “Bullshit” or “Unbelievable” but I seldom laugh out loud. Today I laughed out loud when reading this abstract from an issue of Tobacco Control. To be fair, the issue of illicit tobacco is … Continue reading

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The Sokal hoax repeated

For the “You couldn’t make it up” file. Deliberately faked papers accepted by progressive academic journals. Commentary in the US. Commentary on the original Sokal hoax.

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Reporting on our progress with Agenda 2030, previously Agenda 21

h/t a Facebook post reporting on a call to Alan Jones with a heads up on our ongoing responsibilities to the would-be world government. Interesting objectives. Looks like promoting motherhood at first glance. Assuming that motherhood is still politically acceptable … Continue reading

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ABC dragging the chain in making corrections

The RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit has made one (!) correction following our criticisms of their error-ridden and misleading fact check of Chris and my finding that ABC journalists are nearly five more likely to be Greens voters than the general … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading The fisking edition

The RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a fact check on Chris Berg and my claim in our recent book Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC and repeated in an article in The Spectator and on Sky … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading IV

So let’s have a look at the quality control practiced at the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit. This is how they self-describe their quality control: Once the director approves a claim, one of our researchers contacts experts in the field to … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading III

In this third installment (I and II) of the RMIT-ABC Fact Check analysis of Chris and my comment: A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and … Continue reading

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