Author Archives: Guest Author

PBW on being young and free

In 1942, the Special Services Division, Services of Supply, United States Army, published a booklet called Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia. The first section includes this: The Australians have much in common with us – they’re a pioneer people; … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter on the stresses of COVID

I am often asked, “what can the government do to solve x problem?” My stock answer is, get out of the way. It’s not always right, but it’s often a good start. So John ‘Grump Economist’ Cochrane concludes in a … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter on Vaccine Distribution

Cats who think about how Covid is being, and should be, controlled should consider the essay by John Cochrane and blog-post by Arnold Kling.  No vaccine has yet been approved here and the costs of non-pharmaceutical control, however high, are … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter on Tradition

When the world has undergone radical change, the like of which few of us could have imagined even 9 months ago, many will turn to tradition to remind them of enduring values.  For some, the church and the liturgical seasons … Continue reading

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WX: Deep Freeze

Conservatism is stuck in an amygdalic freeze. We have not run, but – with only a few exceptions – neither have we fought. We have struck a pose and the wind has changed. Part of why I believe Conservatism is … Continue reading

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pbw on Deadlock

Edsgar Dijkstra became a programmer in 1951. He is one of the early giants in a field that saw an unprecedented explosion of intellectual activity. When multi-processing came to computing, the phenomenon of deadlock began to make a pest of … Continue reading

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Anonymous Cat: Problems on the Brereton Inquiry front

Post-script Preamble I wrote the opinion piece below a month before the release of the Brereton Report.  The language is harsh and unforgiving, but offers the best expression of my values I could muster.  In the aftermath of last week’s … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter: The Devil always lurks in the detail

For the last four decades (at least) governments and political activists of left and right have cavilled at ‘white collar crime’.  On the Left, the complaint was that only the poor, working class or ‘Othered’ attracted the attention of the … Continue reading

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Paul Rogers on the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Debacle

This post is from Paul Rogers  who posted a three part analysis of the Victorian hotel quarantine debacle on his LinkedIn page (I, II, III). Reproduced here (with very light editing) with permission. Thank you Paul. Paul Rogers is a … Continue reading

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Jupes: The disgraceful Brereton Report

The release of prisoners they had risked their lives to capture is but one example,” he said. “They were understandably frustrated that while they had to fight within the confines of international law and their own rules of engagement, the … Continue reading

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