Roundup Nov 18

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0.

Trumpwatch. Pressing on with deregulation. 105 rules down.

Climate. Brainwashing required to deal with global warming (Jerry Brown).Jo Nova on the madness of climate control – the Climate Action Network rating the contribution of the nations of the world.

Since India is getting the Green Guernsey and the US is getting a wrist slap, we know for sure this chart is not based on actual CO2 emission trends, or perhaps even any numbers.

The US, after all, has reduced emissions more than anywhere else while India is doubling it’s coal mining. Is that what we should aim for?

Australia, meanwhile, can never do enough, despite reducing our per capita emissions by a phenomenal 28% from 1990-2013. We sacrificed our electrical grids, have “implemented” an Emissions Trading Scheme and say we are aiming for the same obscenely tough 28% reduction that is the fashion despite being a heavy industrial quarry, with the lowest population density, biggest distances, and highest electricity costs in the world. To make it harder on ourselves the chief commodity we are disadvantaging happens to be our second largest export industry. Despite all this, CAN ranks Australia “Very low”.

Dan Mitchell. The equality trap. With the very best of intentions of course.

When talking to such people, my first priority is getting them to understand that it’s possible for an economy to grow and for all income groups to benefit. I explain how even small differences in long-run growth make a big difference over just a few decades and that it is very misguided to impose policies that will discourage growth by penalizing the rich and discouraging the poor.
I sometimes wonder how vigorously to present my argument. Is it actually true, as Thatcher and Churchill argued, that leftists are willing to hurt poor people if that’s what is necessary to hurt rich people by a greater amount?
Seems implausible, so when I recently noticed this amusing humor on Reddit’s libertarian page, I was not going to share it. After all, it presumes that our friends on the left genuinely would prefer equal levels of poverty rather than unequal levels of prosperity.

Taxation in Japan.

To elaborate, Japan used to have a relatively modest tax burden, as least compared to other industrialized nations. But then, thanks in part to the enactment of a value-added tax, the aggregate tax burden began to climb. It has jumped from about 18 percent of economic output in 1965 to about 32 percent of gross domestic product in 2015.
Even the French didn’t raise taxes that dramatically!

Books. Stories of Chicago. Best American fiction since 1950.

Ideas. Spiked on the Ideology of Safe Spaces. Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies: SSM and anti-discrimination, the merits of adoption and education for a changing world. Accuracy in Academia. Heterodox Academy weekly roundup.

Queensland. A Soviet-style public housing project on the drawing board. Only 50 Billion or so.

Education. A challenge to the great Labor idea of putting all the children through preschool education.

Sending young children to school at the age of three or four is increasingly becoming the norm for American parents. The fact is, everyone wants to see their child succeed, and conventional wisdom suggests that the earlier a child is exposed to school, the better off they will be in later life.

But over the last few years, several cracks have been appearing in that theory. The first was discovered when a Quebec childcare program (similar to preschool) found that participating students experienced increased anxiety, aggression, and crime in later life. The second crack showed up through a study of Tennessee’s state-funded preschool program. The program appeared to help students adjust to kindergarten, but by third grade, students who had skipped preschool were performing better academically than those who participated.

A similar finding has now been discovered in a survey of Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program (VPK). Conducted by the University of Virginia, the survey examined one small element which preschool is supposed to improve, namely, grade retention. Researchers expected that those who participated in the Florida preschool program would have less of a chance of being held back a grade in future years.

To their surprise, the results were not as clear cut expected, particularly over the long term. As with the Tennessee study, preschool attendees were less likely to be held back in kindergarten than their non-preschool counterparts. That changed, however, the older children grew. By the time they reached second grade, those who participated in Florida’s VPK program were more likely to be held back a grade than those who had not.

Interestingly, this occurrence was especially true for black students and those on free-reduced lunch programs, a finding which runs contrary to many preschool studies showing that minorities and disadvantaged students are the ones for whom preschool is more helpful.

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15 Responses to Roundup Nov 18

  1. mareeS says:

    I was always in trouble with pre-schools when ours were that age, because I never got them there on time. Mostly mid-morning, really, and what a scolding for not being on time.

    I worked freelance from home in my occupation, did most work in the early mornings, and as I told the Nazis at preschool, I was paying the fees and would deliver my children whenever I chose to. Once that was established, no probs.

    Children don’t need that fanatical clock discipline at a young age. They’re better being happy wanderers.

    Mind you, ours were still happy wanderers even in Yr12, much to the anguish of Brother David at their senior college. They are much more focussed in adulthood careers, now that money has entered the equation.

  2. Pointman says:

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  3. classical_hero says:

    Who knew that children are better off being with their parents.

  4. egg_ says:

    Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0.

    Our pollies are UN cucks.

  5. Diogenes says:

    And the you beaut gold standard Finns start their kids at 7.
    Discovered an interesting little factoid the other day. Finnish teachers only have 10-15 hours face to face a week and Shanghai 10-15.

    My load this term is similar as my year 12s are gone , and as of last week we have yr 9 & 10 doing special programs. As a result my year 8 classes are getting the best lessons i have been able to prepare & deliver all year, and i had time to go back over my last few years of programs, reflect and change the units and lessons and h e already prepared and uploaded to our lms the first 4 weeks of lessons for my 3 incoming year 11classes, and have just about sorted out my lessons for my incoming year 7s for the term.

  6. Diogenes says:

    Oops Shanghai 7-12

  7. Rafe says:

    POWER PRICES Qld 55 NSW 66 Vic 84 Tas 95 SA 80

  8. manalive says:

    News that the Andrews Government installed a summer standby diesel generator at Parliament House was kept pretty quiet, it would be prudent for businesses particularly those running refrigerators etc. to take the hint.
    Dopey Dan’s plan for a BIG BATTERY has floundered so he is installing diesel generators in case of statewide blackout, a real possibility, to supply towns the size of Ballarat or Bendigo allegedly for a whole four hours — he’ll do anything but admit he’s an idiot.

  9. jonesy says:

    ECE has become both unionised and professionalised… higher cost! Day care is day care! Keep my kids safe, let them play and let them sleep. They have twelve years of formal education in front of them….just let them be kids! Stop trying to create a professional body when none is required.

  10. . says:

    Queensland. A Soviet-style public housing project on the drawing board. Only 50 Billion or so.

    Public housing is so bad you may as well give away free money like Rudd did. Every QLDer gets 10k because they “owe it to themselves”…

  11. . says:

    #2557813, posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:36 am
    And the you beaut gold standard Finns start their kids at 7.
    Discovered an interesting little factoid the other day. Finnish teachers only have 10-15 hours face to face a week and Shanghai 10-15.

    Indeed – I respect good teachers but it is a racket and wastes so much time and money. Why did we “invent” another year of school after the 1960s – so basically we can cut out three years off the bat without any efficiencies.

    Call me cynical but you could make primary and early high school compress into three years and senior high school just one, and make uni and TAFE two years for most professions including PD induction and so on, whilst working as a cadet./apprentice.

  12. André M says:

    Is the RBA’s model broken or merely bent as wages wither and jobs grow?

    Unemployment ticking down another notch was very much going to plan.
    Wages growth stuck near its historic low was not. The trend is not new, nor localised to the RBA’s patch.
    It is also not supposed to happen according to the Phillips curve, one of the core beliefs of the big, inflation-targeting central banks worldwide.
    … In its simplest form it postulates as unemployment falls, wages and inflation rise.

    Well, economists, what’s the answer?

    Surely the labour market has wages as a step function of time, since there are thresholds of change in value and cost below which neither side feels any need to take action, and once the intention to change wages or conditions is formed, it takes time for contracts to be renewed and enterprise bargains to be agreed.
    So even if the Philips curve had any truth to it, you wouldn’t expect the two variables to evolve in exact lockstep anyway. Am I on the right track?

  13. . says:

    It is also not supposed to happen according to the Phillips curve, one of the core beliefs of the big, inflation-targeting central banks worldwide.

    The Philips curve is bullshit. You are being fed Keynesian lies. The Philips curve is in reality vertical.

  14. jupes says:

    According to those coal fired power plant stats Australia has 67 operating coal fired power stations.

    That can’t be right surely.

  15. Rafe Champion says:

    Good point Jupes, some checking of other figures would appear to be required.

    What about the Australian numbers in other tables, I don’t have time to check this evening.

    I wonder about the site, it is so anti-coal, so what sort of bias is injected into the data collection?

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