Category Archives: Terrorism

The rise of savage terrorist creeds

This is from Arnold Lunn’s 1939 Communism and Socialism: A Study in the Technique of Revolution. It comes at the start of Chapter XIV, “The Fruits of a False Philosophy”. The waning of the Christian ethic across the world will … Continue reading

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Michel Bacos 1924 – March 26, 2019

Michel Bacos  was the captain of Air France Flight 139 hijacked in 1976 leading to the Entebbe raid. (HT: CL in comments)

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Hypocrisy and bullshit

Following the terrorist attack in Christchurch last week the Morrison government (and others) is seizing the opportunity to blame social media companies. Here is Scott Morrison on Twitter: Shocking – 69 minutes. Now this isn’t a criticism of the NZ … Continue reading

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Keep calm and carry on II

You read it here first: So what should Morrison do? Well the last thing would be to threaten to sue either Aly or Ten.  Rather get an invite onto The Project and debate Aly. That is exactly the correct thing … Continue reading

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Keep calm and carry on

I want to put in a good word for Waleed Aly. Two interrelated things. First I think Janet Albrechtsen was a bit harsh yesterday. Waleed Aly exposed himself as a hypocrite. In the past, Aly has seemingly ducked for cover … Continue reading

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On the use of violence in society

One of the models that I use to organise my thinking of private-public trade-offs was developed by the Harvard economist Andrei Shleifer and various friends.  The basic story runs along the lines that all societies face a problem of bad … Continue reading

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Australia the runaway gold medallist for electricity grid destruction

A killer piece by Jo Nova on the ludicrous claims for the benefit of leading the world in unreliable energy. OK the grid will not literally be destroyed, indeed there will be an awful lot more of it but it … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a SE Australian energy consumer

Jo Nova has unpacked some implications of David Bidstrup’s analysis of the price spikes in Victoria and South Australia in the week before the blackouts in Melbourne last Friday. Not a pretty sight! Nearly a billion dollars in a day! … Continue reading

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Lomborg on getting our climate priorities straight

Some doubt about the value of sun and wind! Many policies focus on solving global warming by investing in solar and wind, but over the coming quarter-century, these technologies will contribute only marginally to the solution. Moreover, they are not … Continue reading

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Power prices surge in SA and Vic, the Weatherall and Andrews legacy

Lacking adequate coal-fired power the cost of electricity went through the roof yesterday in SA and Victoria. Entirely predictable. Even the AEMO saw it coming last year. What did they expect? Jo Nova reports on the spectacle. Prices are “off … Continue reading

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