Roundup Nov 5

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. Always good to generate a sense of outrage:)

Bomber news. Three fairy tales in the year, the Sharks, the Western Bulldogs and now the Cubs! 109 years is a long time between drinks. It took ten innings in the seventh game to do it.

If you are going to endure years — no, generations — of futility and heartbreak, when you do finally win a World Series championship, it may as well be a memorable one.

The Chicago Cubs did just that, shattering their 108-year championship drought in epic fashion: with an 8-7, 10-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7, which began on Wednesday night, carried into Thursday morning and seemed to end all too soon.

Be a regular at the the Bill Leak site. About Bill is pretty amusing too:) And don’t forget the slip-ons!

Dan Murphy in Sweden commenting on tax rates and the Laffer curve. FWIW I think if tax cuts are self-financing (by increasing the tax take despite the lower rate), then you need to cut more. Balance the budget by spending less.

A German lesson for SA and Victoria. “Germany’s economy minister says his country will not be phasing out brown coal before 2040, as the government looks to ways to ensure minimisation of job losses in coal regions”.

The promise of batteries. Pity about the reality.

If only we could store electricity! Then we could make it in the summer sun and on windy days, for use on cold winter nights. All right, let’s do a simple calculation. Britain uses about a terawatt-hour of electricity during an average winter day. If we wanted to store just two days’ worth of power, after making almost all transport and heating run on electricity — for that’s the plan, remember — then we would need nearly ten times as many car and lorry batteries as there are on the entire planet.

Yes, but we would not use car batteries; we would use bigger units, and more efficient and newer lithium-ion batteries. All right, let’s buy Tesla Powerwalls instead. We would need 160 million of them to cover a day’s consumption, or 3.3 billion to cover a week when we’ve electrified heat and transport too. They retail for $3,000, so that’s about £8 trillion. For a system that would only rarely be needed in full. Maybe we could get a discount.

Culture. Clouston and Hall academic remainders. For the very old and nostalgic reader, Edwardian first editions. The Edwardian era began with Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 and stretched until 1910 when Edward VII died.

First editions from this era are plentiful and easy to find. First editions, complete with dust jackets, from this era are scarce and more expensive.
H.G. Wells published 11 books during these years including The First Men in the Moon (1901) and The History of Mr Polly (1910). Jack London was in his pomp and published 12 novels, including The Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea-Wolf (1904) and White Fang (1906), in the Edwardian years.
Zane Grey and a number of other writers started to popularize the Western novel. Rudyard Kipling and Beatrix Potter were also producing books that sold in vast numbers. Art Nouveau can be seen in cover designs and the printing technology itself was also improving.

Isaac Walton The Compleat Angler. Hands up everyone who knew that Carl Menger was a very enthusiastic angler. Did someone say “Who is Carl Menger?”. Go and stand in the corner!

Pictures. 50 great sights in the US. Not bad but Tasmania is closer.

Around the traps. Mark Steyn’s week. Spiked on line reviews. The Spectator. And the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, The Institute for Public Affairs IPA. The Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney Institute. And Mark Steyn, Jo Nova.

For nerds. Eric Scherri challenges the heroic image of scientific progress by telling the story of seven important but little-recognized scientists.

What I find rather curious is that Kuhn more or less disavowed his early insistence on scientific revolutions in later life and turned to talk of changing lexicons. Indeed, in his final interview, he went as far as to say that the Darwinian analogy, that he had briefly mentioned in his famous book, had been his most important contribution and that he wished it had been taken more seriously.

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5 Responses to Roundup Nov 5

  1. Maggie Thatch

    LOL . Visited Bill Leaks site, [email protected](kin Gold!!

  2. Mark A

    escalate always escalate, what does he have to lose?

  3. Roger

    A German lesson for SA and Victoria. “Germany’s economy minister says his country will not be phasing out brown coal before 2040, as the government looks to ways to ensure minimisation of job losses in coal regions”.

    You have to hand it to the Germans when it comes to planning.

    Meanwhile:

    Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg on Thursday: The electricity supply is secure.
    Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg on Friday: The electricity supply could be insecure.
    Minister for Energy Josh Frydenberg today: The electricity supply is insecure.

    The third revelation appears to be the result of three days of briefings from experts.

    For 5 years Hazelwood’s closure has been likely and it now seems apparent that neither our Federal energy minister nor his department have a coherent plan to address the 5% shortfall in supply to the eastern Australian transmission grid which stretches from Port Douglas in QLD to Port Lincoln in SA. And it’s going to be a long, hot summer.

    All PM Maladroit has to say is that he will work collaboratively with the premiers of QLD, SA & VIC to reach their (absurdly ambitious) renewable source of supply goals. Madness!

  4. Up The Workers!

    If coal is too dirty to burn, but we still need something to supply our base-line capacity, is there any data on precisely how cleanly long-haired, straggly-bearded, dole-bludging, workshy, unemployed, vegan, soap-phobic, flatulent, tree-hugging, bicycle-riding, sandal-wearing Greenies burn?

    Who needs to burn Brown Coal, when we have the Brown Movement?

    We could have a whole new “CLEAN, GREEN” sustainable industry in the Latrobe Valley to replace the one that the Brown Movement and their dull-wattage acolytes in the C.F.M.E.U./A.L.P. are trying to kill off.

  5. Tim Neilson

    Only three fairy tales?
    Don’t forget Leicester City and the Fijian sevens team.

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