From Vancouver, Arizona, Washington DC and Vienna via Prague

In the hotel in Vancouver there were instructions to follow in the event of an earthquake.

Regrettably only room for one under the desk.

Arizona Sunset

On Chesapeake Bay out of Annapolis near Washington DC

Lolita the Opera was running in Prague but time did not permit because the caravan has to move on from the most beautiful city in Central Europe to Vienna, the city of rich deserts and coffee houses.

Sachas Chocolate shop

Making friends with the doorman at Cafe Central

Living large at the conference in the offices of the Central Bank,

We are here for an Austrian Economics Conference. The opening event was a tour of sacred sites for Austrian economists. The commentator noted the important function of coffee shops and bars as information exchanges before the proliferation of conferences and the internet. The program.

My contribution (strictly for nerds!). VIENNA-PAPER-AUG-22-VERSION

Despite my efforts the synergy of Popper and Austrian economics does not appear to be an idea whose time has come. In view of the demography of the Popper school if the synergy is not picked up soon by a younger generation it may need to be rediscovered in future by antiquarians or even archaeologists.

We passed another sacred site on the tour, the “Popper House”. This is not sacred for Austrian economics, it was noted because Popper and Hayek were friends and colleagues at the LSE and the Mont Pelerin Society. The house being renovated and it is not looking its best, covered with tarpaulins and advertisements. It is located practically in the main street where Popper’s father lived and also ran his law practice on a different floor in the building.

And then to Hong Kong. Looking from the hotel towards the airport.

Cattle grazing in the vicinity of the Great Buddha on a hilltop past the airport accessed by a spectacular chair lift. No idea what they were doing there.

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4 Responses to From Vancouver, Arizona, Washington DC and Vienna via Prague

  1. Bruce

    Out of the mouths of…………………..

    General drift:

    “…These are times that call for us to do those things that we believe in, and to march, and not just to march, cause that’s important to show solidarity, but then to do those things such as voter registration, get people out to vote, so that we can have people here who are truly committed to human rights, environmental rights — climate change…believe in climate change as though it’s a religion, it’s not a science– and all the things that need to be done, and there is a lot,” Sen. Hirono told the crowd.

    An HONEST eco-nazi?

    Some of her antecedents:

    “We (UN-IPCC) redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy…””One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore…” – Dr Ottmar Endenhofer-, IPCC co-chair of Working Group 3, November 13, 2010.

    “But one must say clearly that we redistribute de-facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole”. – Ottmar Edenhofer –

    “The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.” – Prof. Chris Folland, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

    “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” – Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

  2. 8th Dan

    Vienna is beautiful. Hope you enjoy the Sacher Torte and the Schnapps.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    If you like such things Rafe there’s always this:

    Vivaldi reworked to ‘make climate change audible’ (11 Nov, via BCF)

    A classical orchestra in Germany aims to “make climate change audible” with a reworking of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos “The Four Seasons” using algorithms based on climate data.

    The project reimagining one of the most widely recognised classical works is entitled “For Seasons” and will be performed in Hamburg on Saturday.

    Yep, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is now Vivaldi’s Climate Change.

  4. Nato

    I’ve kind of been keeping an irregular eye on the critical rationalism blog for links to something like your paper linked here. Do you put them up anywhere else?

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