Muddy: OnaCatapeia

This is your second-last opportunity to contribute prior to the end of year Catictionary Christmas party where all the Catalexicon will be drunk, naked, and creatively fornicating like only language can (adjectives talking themselves up, verbs propositioning nouns, apostrophes identifying as semi-colons; we’ve all seen it. It’s messy – I pity the cleaners – but love is love, and words are people too, right? Smash the h8ters!).

Feel free to ignore the foundational cultural beliefs of the 150,000 year-old Catictionary Nation: N.A.P. (No Acronyms Please); words may not have been appropriated from another novelty language group; and a definition of your word will be valued like taxpayer-funded gender non-specific hygiene products to a trans-male lesbian refugee hairless wombat named Gherkin, who was never told ‘You’re pretty’ in early childhood. TRANSlation: Lots.

What follows are a selection of words that have been fished from the Catallaxy storm drain and left to fade in the sun, like the hopes and dreams of every dyslexic, conservative-leaning Australian taxpayer who voted ‘Liberal’ at the last federal election, thinking the letters L.I.B.E.R.A.L. actually meant C.O.M.P.E.T.E.N.T. Please publicly shun a word you have been identified with if it is not the product of your cognitive loins, or if you find it offensive due to the oppressive, patriarchal, vowel placement. As always, they include suggestions from yours truly, so that I don’t feel left out by leaving myself out.

Ice, ice, baby!

 Homo abcii – A new species of human: the result of taxpayer-funded, media-behemoth intra-family breeding. Bruce of Newcastle.

Zucklish – the only language permitted for use on Facereich. John Constantine.

Contradictum – “the stupidest, densest idiocy found by man.” thefrollickingmole.

Muffia – Definition? Gilas.

Hashtrology – a scientific system of Twatter tags to live your life by. Muddy.

Indigeghoul – 1. Adherent of socio-cultural necrophilia: the derivation of physiological satisfaction from intimate interaction with social and cultural decomposition. 2. A compulsion to asphyxiate the opportunities available to those of indigenous ancestry by swathing them in tight cultural bandaging that restricts motion and sensory perception. Growth deniers. – Muddy.

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C.L.: The ABC Suddenly Outraged By Letters From Prisoners

Victoria’s “Department of Justice” (which slept through the Lawyer X and rigged Pell prosecutions) springs into action and its media wing hypes the contrived outrage on airwaves and internet:

George Pell’s apparent letter from prison posted to social media, sparking investigation.

Excepting the important difference between an innocent man and a guilty woman, this reminded me of another sparked “investigation” in another state jurisdiction. Not official but taxpayer-funded, this one is akin to a deranged prison romance between a notorious killer and a naive outside lover; it is arguably the most brazen and persistent mooning of an Australian court ever seen in this country. Maybe you’ve forgotten how the ABC’s weird cheer-leading for child murderer Keli Lane began …

How a letter from a convicted murderer prompted the new ABC series.

My letter from a murderer.

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Libertarian Spice Girls – leaving the left, the sensation of the Friedman Conference


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What happens when governments fiddle with the economy

Further to TAFKAS’ earlier post this morning, here is an interesting story:

A Danish bank is offering mortgages at a 0.5% negative interest rate — meaning it is basically paying people to borrow money

No.  That’s not a typo:

Jyske Bank, Denmark’s third-largest bank, said this week that customers would now be able to take out a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage with an interest rate of -0.5%.

To put the -0.5% rate in simple terms: If you bought a house for $US1 million and paid off your mortgage in full in 10 years, you would pay the bank back only $US995,000.

Slap on (perhaps) a 2.5% bank margin meaning that Jyske Bank is getting its funds at perhaps -3%.

No saver in their right mind would deposit funds in a bank for -3%; they would rather keep their money under their bed.  One can only imagine from where Jyske Bank is sourcing its funds from.

Perhaps Denmark has technocrats managing their monetary and fiscal policies.

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Government – the Infantiliser

One of the biggest problems of big and ever bigger government is that infantilses people.  It creates the belief that all problems can be fixed by government when actually most problems are actually caused by government.  Take this contribution from this morning’s AFR from Alan Mitchell:

Put the technocrats in charge of fiscal stimulus

Sure Alan.  Why stop at fiscal policy?  Why not just get rid of all elected officials and elections and just leave government in the hands of the technocrats?  After all, unelected technocratic governments have always worked out well.

What a stupid, stupid, stupid idea.  Mitchell argues:

Yet, with the Reserve Bank’s conventional ammunition running low and the budget’s operating surplus forecast to nudge 1 per cent of GDP in the next two years, fiscal policy is better placed than monetary policy to support economic growth.

Shame that it was slopping monetary policy and sloppy fiscal policy that got Australia into this mess in the first place.

The problem with the Keynesian clap trap espoused by so called “experts” is that its predicated on giving power and authority to said experts and also because it is premised on the notion that it is consumption rather than production that drives an economy.

Yes yes TAFKAS knows that GDP – Gross Domestic Product – is a poor measure of economic performance.  But even so, it is still Gross Domestic Product not Gross Domestic Consumption.

As TAFKAS has tried to explain to his children, who seem to understand better, people don’t eat so as to work; they work so as to eat.  They produce so that they can consume.  They don’t consume so that they can produce.  Let TAFKAS express it in Katesian language and quote Say’s Law which says:

supply creates its own demand.

But Mitchell continues:

The days when the politicians could leave the economy’s management entirely to the RBA are past, which means fiscal policy reform should be back on the agenda.

So just because governments have been so stupid to leave “the economy’s management entirely to the RBA” in the first place that does not mean they should continue and even expand such lunacy.

If the government wants to help the economy, how about rather than borrowing and spending, perhaps they consider some productivity enhancing policies?  How about a productivity policy?  How about an industrial relations policy?  How about a deregulation policy?  How about a government contraction policy?  How about some tax cuts.  How about some public sector efficiency and effectiveness measures.  How about some reforms to politician expenses.  Several policy areas that should be considered before taxing current and future tax payers back to the stone age?

It is not enough that the 3 levels of government consume more than 36% of GDP and employ 2 million workers.  No lets get some more public servants to spend some more and hire some more public servants.

Thus Mitchell quotes and idea re-floated by HSBC’s chief economist in Australia and New Zealand, Paul Bloxham who himself re-floats an idea from Alan Blinder, a prominent US economist.

Guess what.  Bloxham is a former RBA official and public servant and Blinder is a former official of the US Federal Reserve and public servant.  2 public servants advocating for more power to the public service without the bother of democratic accountability.  Who would have thunk it?

Here’s one of Mitchell’s policy ideas:

A temporary cut in the GST rate – or the announcement of a future increase in the rate – would create a powerful incentive to bring forward discretionary consumption and housing construction.

And pray, will this temporary cut to the GST be matched with a temporary cut to government spending?  Ummm.  Would these technocratic public servants recommend a policy to adversely impact their brethren?

And why temporary and why just GST.  Why not a cut to GST, income tax, company tax, fuel tax, payroll tax, council rates, stamp duty with a concomitant cut to government spending?  Do we need technocrats for that advice?  TAFKAS just provided it for free.

But sadly Mitchell suggested that:

Blinder’s idea (of fiscal policy by technocrats) was dismissed as too radical.

Too radical?  How about too stupid?

But whenever there is a discussion about the enhanced powers of government and the technocracy, a carbon tax or emissions policy is never far away.  Mitchell closes with:

Maybe while they were taking back the GST, Scott Morrison and his treasurer could also think about the revenue-neutral incorporation of a tax on carbon emissions. That is, the GST rate on everything else would be cut so that total tax take would stay unchanged. As emissions fell, the other rates would gradually rise to keep revenue growth steady.

Granted, it would be a bit messy, but it could give the Coalition a credible policy on emissions reduction.

A revenue neutral tax.  That would be an oxy-moron.

And advocate for a carbon tax and increased powers for government and the technocracy.  That would be a regular-moron.

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CPAC Day 3

Another great day. Serious coaching on planning and executing campaigns, not a non-left strong point. The good news is that all the presentations will be sent out for circulation to people who gave particulars on the spot and they can be passed on to others who were not there.

These are the tools, the checklists, the nuts and bolts of the machinery of building a movement to make an impact in the electorate.

Early days. The non-Left is only just starting to fight.

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Beyond belief






It’s as blatant as that, but who will be blamed do you think? Unbelievable in every sense of the word.

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CPAC Australia Day 2

Just a brief post before I put my weary bones to bed after a night of carousing, conservatively, at the end of the second very full day of the very first Australian Conservative Political Action Conference. So overloaded with interest that by the time I was listening to Nigel Farage at the dinner at the end of the night, it was hard to believe that we had heard him for the first time only that morning. The most striking conclusion from the two days is how obvious a conservative disposition is as the way to face our difficulties, and how obvious conservative political conclusions are as the means to remedy the problems our communities face. Centralised fixes for our problems will, to larger proportions of our populations, no longer seem like anything other than ways to make such problems worse.

I will just put up three quotes from the dinner, and then say more tomorrow.

First, from Nigel Farage, talking about the certainty that Brexit will happen because the people of Britain will not let the British political class prevent it (said in an Australian accent).

“We won’t let the bastards get away with it.”

From Mark Meadows, the head of the Republican Freedom Causus in the US House of Reps, in discussing the absolute imperative to fight for one’s principles if we are to succeed:

“if you can’t make them see the light, you must make them feel the heat.”

Lastly, Mark Latham:

Conservatives have been so used to defending the existing social order that they have not yet realised is that what they have now been forced to do is to start fighting against the existing social order.”

The fact that CPAC has come to Australia is not just a sign that we are no longer going to take this rapid shift to a globalised elites-and-deplorables status quo, but that the rest of us are determined to roll it back, and restore the nation state and traditional small-l liberal values to the centre of our political culture.

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Kristina Keneally wins CPAC Award

Senator Kristina Keneally has sensationally taken out the inaugural Australian CPAC Promotion Award for the person who has done the most to promote the conference.This was a popular decision. The assembly greeted the announcement with tumultuous applause.

Ms Keneally was regrettably not available to accept this prestigios and coverted honour.

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Sinc vs the mob


At CPAC Sinc is on stage following Renee Gorman and downstairs a mob is banging on the glass doors.
A strong contingent of boys in blue is on site.

Nigel Farage was sensational!!!

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