Rafe is a veteran blogger and almost an icon of the blogosphere. At the very least he’s an amiable eccentric who doesn’t do any harm. Ken Parish of Club Troppo.
Greece. A magnificent statement from Oliver Hartwich, h/t IPA Hey!
The whole idea of uniting vastly different European economies under one currency, one interest rate and one exchange was not just folly; it was madness. It had nothing to do with economics because it was so obviously not an optimum currency area; it was always just about political power.
No-one in this crisis is blameless: not the Greeks, not the Germans, not the European Commission, not the European Central Bank and least of all the International Monetary Fund.
There is only one hope. Now that Greece is finally and officially bankrupt, perhaps we might eventually see something resembling a solution to the crisis. How about Greece exiting the eurozone, devaluing its new currency, default on its debt and reform its economy? I have been arguing this case for five years in this column, and I am not the only economist who has been saying so.
Climate. Matt Ridley on the corruption of science. The downside of green energy from Viv Forbes a grand old man of the libertarian movement. Alan Moran’s Climate News. Jo Nova. Tinfoil hat territory, the 99.99% consensus! A journey to climate scepticism.
Regulation nation. A US plan to recruit bipartisan support by attacking regressive regulations that favour the rich.
Regressive regulations — barriers to entry and competition that work to redistribute income and wealth up the socioeconomic scale. This paper identifies four major examples of regressive regulation: excessive monopoly privileges granted under copyright and patent law; restrictions on high-skilled immigration; protection of incumbent service providers under occupational licensing; and artificial scarcity created by land-use regulation.
Lesson from the Scandanavians, not so much in violation of economic rationalism and limited government as welfare staters like to say. Still bad news though, like welfare states the world over, including the USA!
Max Corden on the universities. A handy summary of the reforms since Dawkins and the schizophrenic mix of pro-market and central planning tendencies since that time under all the various Federal ministers.
Atkinson brings strong high performance credentials to the Fury and Scorchers programs, with his representation in 95 First Class and 42 List A matches across a 14-year playing career with Tasmania complementing more than a decade of coaching and consulting experience. Atkinson is a Cricket Australia Level 3 accredited coach and holds both Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Physical Education qualifications.
“I enter this role with an ambition to have the Western Fury and Perth Scorchers winning the WNCL and WBBL, but I also come with a strong passion to create a team culture that sets the bar in Australian cricket.
“That takes in performance and team spirit, inspiring and creating Australian cricketers, as well as the enjoyment of the game and everything that goes with being a great team.”
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C. B. Fry, all rounder.
Charles Burgess Fry, known as C. B. Fry (25 April 1872 – 7 September 1956), was an English polymath; an outstanding sportsman, politician, diplomat, academic, teacher, writer, editor and publisher. Fry’s achievements on the sporting field included representing England at both cricket and football, an FA Cup Final appearance for Southampton F.C. and equalling the then-world record for the long jump. He also reputedly turned down the throne of Albania. In later life, he suffered mental health problems, but even well into his seventies he claimed he was still able to perform his party trick: leaping from a stationary position backwards onto a mantelpiece.
Ant special. Practically everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Coordination in ant communities. Serious concern about fire ants in Queensland. Pictures of fire ants. David Attenborough among the ants and mangroves.
Around the town. Hendo and the media watchdog [Updated on Friday afternoon]. The Australian Institute for Progress, (AIP) “because the future does not look after itself”. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Education, accuracy in academia. Andrew Norton on the employment prospects for science graduates. Just when we seem to have enough science graduates for the market to absorb, Bill Shorten decided we need more!