Rafe’s Roundup 4 October

LATE FINAL EXTRA: USA descends into anarchy and chaos due to the shutdown of state services. ABBOTT’S FIRST FAILURE no war with Indonesia.

Posts of the week. Sowell on minimum wages via Judith. The creativity of the market, “how Paris gets fed” as Pete Boettke likes to say.

The labour market. The H R Nicholls Society. Grace Collier, IR consulting, talking on the Power Wireless.
The life and work of William Harold Hutt. Hutt on apartheid in South Africa.

Leftoid of the week. Gummo Trotsky on Abbott’s trip to Indonesia.

German humour. h/t Barry Williams, who says the Germans don’t have sense of humour? Of course the Dutch are very much like the Germans, but without the sense of humour.

Around the town: IPA HEY! on line, statements of the week.
The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. This weeks edition appears in the afternoon.

Weather. Will the new climate council have some problems with donations?

Arts and crafts. Building a siege engine. h/t Beef. The original.

Literature and language. George Orwell’s rules for writers. Randon jargon generator. Under the flapdoodle tree and other examples of jargon. Peter Klein on how to read an academic article and academic writing.

Sport and recreation. Blainey shock selection in classical liberal team of the millenium. Geofrey Blainey gained selection on the basis of strong performances on the half forward flank with the Smelters in the West Coast Football Association in Tasmania while he spent some years researching the development of the mines to write The Peaks of Lyell (1954).

Wildlife pictorial. Leaping lizards. Leaping trout. Leaping whales.

For libertarians. A Canadian libertarian publishing service and blog.

For nerds. For history nerds, the story of a quiet achiever in Australian public health.
All sorts of stuff from Lorenzo.
Profile of Barry Humphries, including the time Bazza Mackenzie met Karl Popper.
Wik entry on The History Wars in Australia.
Alternative brain food, cheap and wholesome like the products of Liep’s kitchen.

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13 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 4 October

  1. DMS says:

    The jargon generator reminded me of this web economy bullshit generator
    I have to confess I used this once, in an annual strategic planning report about 10 years ago. Manager was a knob who seemed to think plain language indicated non-complex or sub-standard thinking. He loved it.

  2. DMS says:

    “it” = the report content; I obviously didn’t disclose the source of my bullshit.

  3. RodClarke says:

    I always appreciate these Rafe – Thanks

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B. says:

    Just read Orwell’s five rules on clear writing and while I agree with simplicity in expression as a general principle I was glad he allowed a sixth rule: when you feel you should do so, ignore the first five. Flaubert’s extension of this idea to the general dilemma presented in evoking feelings through words, working with one’s own unsubtle clay, that bear dancing to a whacked cracked kettle while the writer seeks to call down pity from the twinkling firmament, well Rafe, that is a fine metaphor for wordsmithing away the day.

    Ah, had I but the time. I am travelling in your homeland of Tassie today and very beautiful it is too, after rain.

  5. boy on a bike says:

    The biography of Keogh is excellent.

  6. Beef says:

    Appreciate the h/t Rafe, but I must give credit to Steve from Glasshouse for the inspiration.
    I have always loved seige weaponry and have him to thank for rekindling my interest enough to attempt to make a model with my son, who has picked up my interest in war strategys and methods from the period.

  7. Mr. Homent says:

    That linked Sultan Nish piece on anarchy and chaos is a hoot. I love the other piece that reveals Wisconsin keeping things open in pushback against Obama’s Shutdown Theatricals. How much of the idiocy and blatant power-play of the “shutdowns” will our local media tell people about?

    As usual they’ll take the easy left fork in the road and blame it all on Tea Party maddies ruining everything.

  8. Ant says:

    I’m in the USA at the moment and was in Philadelphia today wanting to visit Independence Hall but it was closed.

    Yesterday they wouldn’t let us view the Flight 93 memorial site near Shanksville, PA. Not even from afar.

    How Americans tolerate the destructive pissant they have for a president, along with the degenerates in his lousy party, I will never understand.

    I did manage to get into the visitors gallery in the US Senate in DC last Monday, though, just in time to see the crucial vote which brought about the shut down.

    Ordinary yanks are taking it in their stride. Those that are in the business of sucking the system dry, however, are clearly upset.


  9. Rafe says:

    Lizzie, be sure to pass through Irishtown on your way through! I see there is a location called Scotchtown now, when we lived there it was Lower Scotchtown Road road, and we lived a mile off it.

  10. egg_ says:

    #1022978, posted on October 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I was in Boston not long before 911, but I still think it’s BS.

  11. Rafe says:

    That is a very handy map to locate my ancestral home (no longer in the Champion family), the S in Scotchtown sits on Champion’s Lane which runs a mile from Lower Scotchtown Road (now called Trowutta Road to avoid confusion with Upper Scotchtown Road) to our weatherboard cottage located a hundred yards from the confluence of Allan Creek and the meandering Duck River. It was built circa 1900 and was still in use a couple of years ago when I visited the new owner, though he said it is past its use-by (I thought that 20 years ago when my brother was still living in it).

  12. Fred C Dobbs says:

    Note from Matron to Mrs Trotsky:

    I was sad to hear that poor Gummo is not enjoying his current school. He obviously still yearns for his days at St Goughs, when he studied anarchy. It was sad that St Goughs had to be closed, but the collapsing infrastructure and too few staff members qualified to be teachers, rather ensured this outcome from the parents. Gummo’s favourite mentors apparently were Mr Rudd (fondly remembered as “Old Earwax”), too often found creeping about with a box of matches setting fire to things, and sad Miss Gillard who thought the boys didn’t like her. Gummo doesn’t realise he and the other boys will get a much better education at St Tony’s, though he does need to apply himself more, I’m afraid. This living in the past will do him no good at all!

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