Roundup 3 Dec

Gerard Henderson’s media watchdog. IPA Hey, what did I miss? This weeks timewaster, Google earth view on how your place changed since 1985. Dan Mitchell’s trepidation about Trump, will he really drain the swamp?.

Weather. Judy Curry’s week. A nice site for energy news h/t Marlo Lewis at CEI. The cost of green power in China. Carbon is not the enemy. Over 100 articles this year point to the sun as a key factor in global temperature (surprise, surprise?).

Statism and freedom. Origins and objectives of US public education. For the other way see the E G West Centre. Freedom around the world. Australia equal 6th. US 23rd.

Hong Kong earns its high score thank to it’s number-one status for economic freedom, combined with a top-20 score for personal freedom.
For what it’s worth, European nations dominate the rankings. Other than top-rated Hong Kong, New Zealand (#3), Canada (tied for #6), and Australia (tied for #6), every single nation in the top 20 is from the other side of the Atlantic.
So kudos to our friends from across the ocean. Most of them have big welfare states, but at least they compensate with free market policy in other areas, along with lots of personal freedom.

Books. Outstanding books of the 1970s.

It was a decade of contradictions and nowhere was that more evident than in the world of books. From The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s profound 1970 debut, right through to the New Journalism of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff in 1979, the’70s produced some of the 20th century’s most compelling literature.
It was also the decade of the blockbuster bestseller. Peter Benchley’s Jaws emptied beaches and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty inspired a global insomnia epidemic, while the more faint of heart became engrossed in sudsy sagas like The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullogh and Judith Krantz’s Scruples.
Several authors who would go on to become household names made their debuts in the ’70s, including Don DeLillo (1971), Stephen King (1974), and Anne Rice (1976).

Around the traps, what the usual suspects are up to. Mark Steyn . Spiked? . The Spectator, the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, The Institute for Public Affairs IPA. The Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney Institute. And Jo Nova on another South Australian blackout and other things.

History. A tribute to Keith Hancock (the other one), possibly our greatest historian. Author of a great book on Australia in 1930. The chapter on protectionism. Note the anticipation of public choice theory. A collection of Rafe’s Roundups from the ’90s.

Gratuitous advertising. Stocking stuffers for xmas.

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6 Responses to Roundup 3 Dec

  1. Caveman

    Was expecting to see the seas rise but saw one disappear.

  2. pbw

    Freedom around the world? BS in trumps; great steaming putrid piles of BS. Hong Kong free? Europe free? This index is utterly broken, and just reflects the bizarre notion of reality that has polluted the minds of those who compile it. Flush this one down the toilet where it belongs.

  3. egg_


    Ron Burgundy, Anchorman, was a Documentary?
    ‘Does my hair look good today?’

  4. Beertruk

    This weeks timewaster, Google earth view on how your place changed since 1985.

    Curse you Rafe, you are right. I just couldn’t help meself. 😉

  5. DM OF WA

    Absolutely right about the 1970’s producing a cornucopia of outstanding books: Deliverance, The Godfather, Watership Down, Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Future Shock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Day of the Jackal, Gravity’s Rainbow, The Right Stuff, Goedel Escher Bach – to list just the first few that spring to mind in no particular order; and not necessarily the best. What are people reading now? Best seller lists don’t seem to exist any more.

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