Category Archives: Flotsam and Jetsam

1. Provocation. 2. Spasm [you are here]. [now for] 3. Reaction.

I wrote earlier – almost two years ago, now – about how the US and the US-aligned Australian elites would respond to China’s prolonged and deliberate slow-burn infiltration of Australia’s institutions and power centres. Here are some of the responses: … Continue reading

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The Rationality Project: my part in its success

Slate Star Codex has a short piece about the role of blogging in the rationality project. I’m not myself a formal member of the project – I live too far away, the people involved don’t know me and I don’t … Continue reading

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Unprocessable nonsense

Trump has a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Indisputable fact. Does that register with the ctrl-left? No. For them, a Trump victory means it’s 1933 all over again. Some stupidity I simply can’t process.

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The Curse of Stebbing-Heuer: Mark Textor talks himself into irrelevance

The Australian Liberal Party’s then pollster, Mark Textor, had this to say in September 2015, in an interview with the Australian Financial Review, about the party’s more conservative members: The loss of disgruntled conservatives will be outweighed by the appeal … Continue reading

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Two letters in the Financial Times

A letter in Wednesday’s Financial Times from Mark Solon: Perhaps all the Brexit negotiators could learn from the Dalai Lama, who said: “If there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is … Continue reading

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Postive Versus Normative Philosophy: Your Place in Their Plan

I remember reading many years ago, when studying for my bachelors degree in economics, about the difference between positive and normative economics: the first aimed to describe the world as it is, the other wanted to change the world so … Continue reading

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Fearless girl

Feminine delusion made manifest, in bronze, all funded by an infinite supply of fiat currency, envy and wishful thinking. Fearless, and brainless. And in mortal danger. But we, as a society, are no longer reality-based. And so we can imagine … Continue reading

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Fascinating

I didn’t know any of this: If I were asked┬áto name the man who did most to shape the welfare state in modern Britain, I just might give the palm to Sir Alfred Watson. He would be an unconventional choice. … Continue reading

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Takeover

First, read this transcript of Peter Atwater’s words to Adventures in Finance late last year: Voter confidence in congress at 12 per cent. I think the president’s latest approval ratings put confidence in him at the mid-upper-30s. And then you … Continue reading

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Interesting excerpts

From my recent reading, which I had time to go through on a long, long, uncomfortable and vexing – CX, what a disappointment, never again – flight from one side of the world to the other. First, some paras from … Continue reading

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