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In March, there was extensive media coverage (e.g. in the Guardian Australia) of shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leighs company tax research which found companies paying lower effective company tax rates (i.e. actual tax paid/profits) did not create more jobs than those paying higher effective tax rates, and may actually create fewer jobs. The research paper was published in Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), the online journal of the Economic Society of Australia (QLD) of which Im Vice President, although this is a personal comment on my part, and I am not on the editorial committee of EAP.
I am very pleased that RMITs Sinclair Davidson has converted his critique of Andrew Leighs paper, originally published at Catallaxy Files, into a submission to EAP. Davidsons paper has been published along with a reply by Andrew Leigh, which in my view doesnt effectively counter the major criticism Davidson makes, that Leigh has used a mis-specified econometric model. The abstract of Sinclair Davidsons comment is:
The paper presents a critique of the recent paper published in this Journal by Dr Andrew Leigh (Do firms that pay less company tax create more jobs? Volume 59, September 2018, Pages 2528). Besides the model misspecification, omitted results and data availability bias of the regression used to inform the overall results, there are no controls for confounding factors that influence the effective marginal tax rate. These omissions are detrimental to the validity of the paper. This paper seeks to illuminate the sources of those errors and argues that the paper is sufficiently flawed that no weight should be given to its analysis when considering the potential consequences of a company tax rate cut.
I agree with Davidsons conclusion. Indeed, as Judith Sloan pointed out in the Australian, it does not make sense to relate jobs created to the effective tax rate paid by companies in the way Andrew Leigh did, because the effective tax rate can differ from the statutory rate (i.e. 30% for large companies) for a variety of reasons, some of which would affect employment growth. So it would not be possible to say there was a one-way causal relationship going from the effective tax rate to jobs growth. A firm could have a low effective tax rate and low or negative employment growth for the same underlying reason (e.g. a previously poor financial posi...
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Its been cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.
All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.
Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.
To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.
The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project was featured as the cover story of the Law Society of NSW Journal, June 2018 issue. Jane Southward writes that there are clear signs that justice reinvestment is an approach that is working for the Bourke community. Southward writes about the Daily Check-Ins at Maranguka Community Hub, where police report any incidents or concerns from the past 24 hours, allowing an early intervention to connect members of the community with service providers.
Southward talks about the first community report card, highlighting that youth crime and domestic violence reoffending have dropped. District Area Commander Greg Moore said, people tell us that the feeling of the town when they walk around has changed. Not only is there less crime, but they feel a sense of pride and cohesion within the community.
Other key points include that 114 people in 2017 obtained their drivers licence with assistance from Maranguka Hub and Birrang Enterprises, and Bourke High School has partnered with Maranguka to run an Our Place Program, which led to increased attendance and reduced suspensions.
The article also refers to an announcement by Attorney-General Mark Speakman of a grant of almost $250,000 for Just Reinvest NSW to share the success of the Maranguka Project in communities across NSW.
Read the full article here: Reshaping Justice in Bourke
Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018
Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.
The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.
Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.
A whale rescued from a shark net off the Gold Coast yesterday is the fourth humpback whale entangled in Queenslands shark nets this winter, prompting Humane Society International to call for their abolition.
Head of campaigns, Nicola Beynon, said the society was relieved to hear that the whale trapped on the Gold Coast has been freed, but extremely concerned by the distress it will have suffered.
Whale entanglements show the extreme folly of shark nets, because entangled whales can actually attract great white sharks to the area. Whale entanglements also pose a serious safety risk to the rescuers who work to free the animals, which defeats their purpose as a public safety measure, she said.
Commenting on the latest rescue, Sea Worlds curator of mammals and birds, Mitchell Leroy, said the rescue operations carried out by Sea World and the Department of Fisheries were incredibly dangerous.
The animal can panic and lash its tail out. They are massive heavy things and its very easy for them to destroy a boat and severely injure, if not kill people.
The society predicts more whales will be ensnared before the end of the migration season. After wintering in Queensland waters, the humpbacks are at even greater risk of shark net entanglement on their return journey when accompanied by their new-born calves and swimming closer to shore.
Last year there were eight humpback whales caught in Queensland shark nets, including a stillborn calf that was found after its mother was entangled in a net off Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.
Ms Beynon said there are more effective ways to protect both marine and human life than lethal shark nets.
The Queensland government is stuck in the dark ages on this one, she added.
Whales are a star attraction for the Queensland tourism economy. The least the Queensland government could do is give them safe passage by removing these death traps, continued.
A severe drought gripping much of rural Australia has become so intense that even native animals - fully adapted to the harsh environment - are starving to death. It has been the worst drought in 116 years for parts of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, leaving paddocks bare and drying up dams. And it isn't just the sheep and cows struggling to survive in the record dry - the Australian fauna which is supposed to thrive in Australia's dry climate is being hit hard. 'This is the worst drought I have seen in 40 years. Droughts come and go but this one is severe,' the farmer said. Tamworth has had 93.4mm of rain so far this year, which is a quarter of the average.
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COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; there are just people who refuse to believe that global warming is wrong. When there are cold spells like that here in Australia, they argue there are equally a number of warm spots. They are leading us down the tubes. They will not yield and even consider that they are wrong and if so, what is the consequence of such a mistake.
ANSWER: Yes, when something is against Global Warming that rebuts saying cold spots are not science. Some of these cold snaps have been very strange indeed. Yet when it is warm, suddenly it is science. It even got warm in Siberia. There are places that are normally a dessert that have suddenly burst with life. They refuse to consider the historical evidence that there have even been ice ages which implies that had to have also been warming periods way before the Industrial Age. They completely ignore the science of how ice ages are even created which takes place WHEN the ice at the North Pole melts and that allows water to evaporate and return as snow. They portray that when the ice melts, the oceans will rise and New York and Miami will be under water. They spin that as science which is just sophistry. In essence, they refuse to believe in the cyclical nature of everything. I suppose they al...
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CHANTELLE M. DEREZ, KEVIN ARBUCKLE, ZHIQIANG RUAN, BING XIE, YU HUANG, LAUREN DIBBEN, QIONG SHI, FREEK J. VONK, BRYAN G. FRY
Bandy-bandies (genus Vermicella) are small (50100cm) black and white burrowing elapids with a highly specialised diet of blindsnakes (Typhlopidae). There are currently 5 recognized species in the genus, all located in Australia, with Vermicella annulata the most encountered species with the largest distribution.
Morphological and mitochondrial analyses of specimens collected from the Weipa area, Cape York, Queensland reveal the existence of a new species, which we describe as Vermicella parscauda sp. nov.
Mitochondrial DNA analysis (16S and ND4) and external morphological characteristics indicate that the closest relatives of the new species are not V. annulata, which also occurs on Cape York, but rather species from Western Australia and the Northern Territory (V. intermedia and V. multifasciata) which, like V. parscauda, occupy monsoon habitats.
Internasal scales are present in V. parscauda sp. nov., similar to V. annulata, but V. intermedia and V. multifasciata do not have nasal scales. V. parscauda sp. nov. has 5594 black dorsal bands and mottled or black ventral scales terminating approximately 2/3rds of the body into formed black rings, suggesting that hyper-banding is a characteristic of the tropical monsoon snakes (V. intermedia, V. multifasciata and V. parscauda). The confined locality, potential habitat disruption due to mining activities, and scarcity of specimens indicates an urgent conservation concern for this specie...
Twenty-one refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 15 July (photo of some of the refugees and their friends at Nauru airport is attached) . The group comprised mostly single Afghan men, but also included one Rohingyan, one single Iranian woman, and a Tamil family. The single Iranian woman was the first Iranian(...)
On a late-night train, there was a girl. I faintly recall a scarf, round cheeks and bangs long enough that they caught on her eyelashes. Her hands fluttered to the cadence of her voice. Her leg was warm against mine.
I dont remember her name.
One of the senior girls from Osaka Universitys karate club had approached me and a fellow exchange student after Friday practice, explaining in simple Japanese that she and her friends were going out for dinner, and would we like to join them? At two months, we were the freshest white belts. We fumbled through pre-practice greetings and stilted conversation in the changing rooms, slowly picking up on the rhythm of punches and kicks that marked warm-up period. The members had been patient, but distant it was the first time theyd reached out outside of practice, and we took the chance eagerly.
Dinner was filled with half-understood questions and clumsy replies, mutual curiosity mowing away at any lingering awkwardness. By the time the December cold chased us into the last train home, we were conquering the space around us in an easy sprawl.
The only light were flashes. Passing houses and glowing signboards left shadows of blurred people. The bright interior of the train struck my brain. It became a place where time was irrelevant and place arbitrary.
I sunk into the heated seats like falling into the haze of sleep. A shoulder breached the invisible bubble I wore around me as the awkward foreigner.
Tell me more about your experience in Osaka.
My first impression of her in our glancing interactions was that she was shy. Sometimes she would make eye contact and then abort the mission. It seemed inevitable then, that our dinner conversation opened tentatively and small.
What are you majoring in? she asked. She handed me a pair of chopsticks. I nodded politely.
Comparative Literature, I replied, thankful Id had this conversation many times. Her eyes widened in obvious question.
Im taking a class in modern Japanese literature.
Recognising the olive branch for what it was, she peppered me for more details, filling in with yes and no questions so I could answer easier.
Oh, is the class interesting? Yes. Is the text in Japanese?......
Lawmaker says he cant get info on waste plan https://www.abqjournal.com/1195897/legislator-citizens-deserve-to-have-answers-about-nuclear-facility.html, By Maddy Hayden / Journal Staff Writer July 12th Albuquerque Journal
A legislator says he isnt getting any answers out of the administrat...
The attached Draft Agenda for the 34th Narrabri Gasfield Project Community Consultative Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 17th of July 2018 are provided below for the information of the community.
The state government have developed CCC guidelines which can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;
Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.
34th CCC Meeting Agenda 2018 July Meeting Agenda_Draft.pdf
Queensland has the historic opportunity to bring its woefully outdated abortion laws into the 21st Century with the Queensland Premier today proposing welcome new laws to remove abortion from the criminal code.
Adrianne Walters, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, congratulated the Palaszczuk Government and said now was the time for all political parties to work together to ensure every person has the right to decide what happens to their bodies and lives.
The values of 1899 should not limit a womans right to access the healthcare they need in 2018. The Queensland Parliament is being handed a historic opportunity to finally bring the states abortion laws into line with contemporary medical standards, modern community values and common sense.
This is a once in a century opportunity that must be seized by the Queensland Parliament, said Ms Walters.
The Premiers announcement comes after the Queensland Law Reform Commission reviewed the states abortion laws and recommended removing abortion from Queenslands 1899 Criminal Code.
Polling in Queensland in 2017 showed that over 80 per cent of people support a woman having the right to decide to terminate her pregnancy in consultation with a medical professional. The draft laws would give women this right up to 22 weeks pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors would need to agree that an abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.
"The overwhelming majority of the Queensland community have said they want to see the laws change. The medical profession want to see the laws changed. Its time for the Queensland Parliament to listen and respect the right of every person to decide what is right for their body and life," said Ms Walters.
Queensland is one of four states in Australia that still criminalises abortion in a range of circumstances, despite overwhelming evidence that criminalising abortion is bad for womens health.
"Its absolutely shameful that in 2018, a woman and her doctor can still be imprisoned for seeking a safe medical procedure. Criminalising abortion just causes confusion and fear. It forces women to travel interstate or risk unsafe clandestine abortions. The law should support all people to make the best possible medical decision for their health," said Ms Walters.
The proposed new laws would also impose an obligation on doctors who conscientiously object to abortion to refer patients to doctors without such an objection, and create safe access zones to protect women from intimidation and abuse outside abortion clinics.
"No one should have to jump through hoops or run a gauntlet of abuse and harassment just to see a doctor that can help them. Queensland must ensure that all people can access non-judgmental health services privately a...
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Who are the Deep State and are they really hiding ancient beings in Antarctica? Join Ben N Rob as we present our 3rd and final interview with Dr. Michael Salla at Contact in the Desert in Indian Wells, California, as we talk about the Deep State, who is Qanon and is he more than just a man behind a computer?
Dr. Michael Salla is an internationally recognized scholar in international politics, conflict resolution and US foreign policy, and is the author/editor of an additional four books. He has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka, and organized peacemaking initiatives involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts.
The winter Downunder has already been the coldest in 26 years. Temperatures plummeted on the East Coast at Marangaroo to a low of -11.1C. It is amazing that the amount of money on the table to justify global warming which is all about raising taxes for carbon emissions is placing us at a greater risk for it is distracting everyone from the real threat global cooling. Meanwhile, ski fans are rejoicing calling it an Epic Winter in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, between volcanoes erupting in the Pacific, extreme cold in the southern hemisphere, we also have Typhoon Prapiroon devastating Japan, which is more prepared for earthquakes than typhoons. Most people do not know in the West why they even called pilots during World War II a Kamikaze pilot. The word Kamikaze really means Divine Wind and it was the attempt by the Mongols who conquered China to invaded Japan TWICE when a typhoon destroyed their fleets. It was then said that Japan was protected by the Divine Wind and that is why the pilots were named Kamikaze. Right now, the typhoons are hitting Japan killing at what may be more than 200 people while forcing millions to evacuate. This has been the WORST disaster from a typhoon is 36 years.
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The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisherthe maniacal goal of the U.S. governmentwould set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites. If Assange is extradited to the United States and sentenced, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other media organization, no matter how tepid their coverage of the corporate state, would be subject to the same draconian censorship. Under the precedent set, Donald Trumps Supreme Court would enthusiastically uphold the arrest and imprisonment of any publisher, editor or reporter in the name of national security.
There are growing signs that the Ecuadorean government of Lenn Moreno is preparing to evict Assange and turn him over to British police. Moreno and his foreign minister, Jos Valencia, have confirmed they are in negotiations with the British government to resolve the fate of Assange. Moreno, who will visit Britain in a few weeks, calls Assange an inherited problem and a stone in the shoe and has referred to him as a hacker. It appears that under a Moreno government Assange is no longer welcome in Ecuador. His only hope now is safe passage to his native Australia or another country willing to give him asylum.
Ecuador has been looking for a solution to this problem, Valencia commented on television. The refuge is not forever, you cannot expect it to last for years without us reviewing this situation, including because this violates the rights of the refugee.
Morenos predecessor as president, Rafael Correa, who granted Assange asylum in the embassy and made him an Ecuadorean citizen last year, warned that Assanges days were numbered. He charged that Morenowho cut off Assanges communications the day after Moreno welcomed a delegation from the U.S. Southern Commandwould throw him out of the embassy at the first pressure from the United States.
Assange, who reportedly is in ill health, took asylum in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sexual offense charges. He feared that once in Swedish custody for these charges, which he said were false, he would be extradited to the United States. The Swedish prosecutors offi...
Years ago, I remember hearing Nicole Foss saying that those Chinese ghost towns we have all heard about were never built to last; they were built to be finished so the builders could get paid by the government, and to hell with durability
Well you would not believe how bad it actually is and to think that China consumed more cement over a recent three year period than the US consumed during the entire 20th century, for results like this, is simply appalling. and its fast looking like it was all wasted.
Australias economy utterly relies on Chinas, and Chinas is not looking too good now, especially after you watch the video below. Nicole wrote this way back in 2011..:
Vulnerable Commodity Exporters
Commodity exporting nations, which were insulated from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis by virtue of their ability to export into a huge commodity boom, are indeed feeling the impact of the trend change in commodity prices. All are uniquely vulnerable now. Not only are their export earnings falling and their currencies weakening substantially, but they and their industries had typically invested heavily in their own productive capacity, often with borrowed money. These leveraged investments now represent...
Here's their logo: Apparently it's the Sudanese way to gang up when you want to have a go at someone. Here's the video - thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip!
The surprising thing about financial crises is that they come as a surprise.
Both the stock market and the bond market are supposed to be forecasting mechanisms. They discount the future meaning they figure out how much something is worth by estimating its future returns.
If this is the basis of value in the markets, then how do crashes happen?
Why dont the markets see them coming?
Or, more precisely, how do markets get things wrong enough for crashes to happen?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has several excellent answers. In his book Skin in the Game, he explains one way incentives can deliver a crash in a rational, predictable way:
Whenever there is a mismatch between a bonus period (yearly) and the statistical occurrence of a blowup (every, say, ten years) the agent has an incentive to play the risk-transfer game. Given the number of people trying to get on the money-making bus, there is a progressive accumulation of Black Swan risks in such systems. Then, boom, the systemic blowup happens.
The technique to becoming rich quickly in financial markets is to transfer risk from today into the future and then leave before the future and its reckoning arrives. In its simplest form, this could be making a loan to someone who you know cant afford it but that probably wont default within the next five years.
Usually, the aim of the game is to leave for a different bank before the gig is up.
Or, sometimes, you go into government service. Then you can get lauded for your selfless public service, which consists of cleaning up the mess you created in the financial system. After all, you do have a credible claim on being an expert in the particular asset class that created the crisis.
Funnily enough, people wonder why there was such a lack of accountability after the crash of 2008. Barely anyone got arrested because those working in the public sector and doing the arresting were the ones who shouldve been arrested for their past activities in the finance sector.
The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) helped Greece hide its debts to get into the EU while working for a bank, and then cleaned up the mess with emergency lending from the ECB.
The former chief of Australias financial regulator ASIC securitised mortgages for a French bank that got into trouble in 2008 largely because it held those assets, which many Australian institutions invested in too.
The former head of Bear Stearns is running Donald Trumps trade war at the Treasury. And the US bailouts of 2008 and 2009 were run by former investment bank CEOs at the Treasury too.
The good news for those looking to cre...
If you are interested in dressing up and riding an inappropriate bike sideways around a dirt track, then you should get in quick and grab your tickets for the seventh Ellaspede Dust Hustle at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway, Brisbane, on 1 September 2018.
Tickets for the fun event go on sale online tomorrow (July 18) from 6pm for riders.
Cost is $95 and only 140 tickets are available.
Ellaspede spokesman Hughan Seary says rider tickets last year sold out in under 30 minutes.
So were hoping to go faster this time around, he says.
As the video shows, its a fun amateur event.
Hughan calls it Australias biggest inappropriate dirt day.
This year were building on the successful format from last year as we think it worked really well.
The event is held at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway in north Brisbane on 1 September 2018....
From The Australian And here is the tally of crimes committed - according to Melbourne's leading South Sudanese figure - by the media and the owners of trashed houses.
SYDNEY, AAP The NSW premier is urging disgraced state MP Daryl Maguire to consider quitting politics after he was caught discussing the size of his cut from the multi-million dollar sale of a Sydney property.
Gladys Berejiklian said she felt deep disappointment after learning about phone recordings played at a corruption inquiry on Friday of the Wagga Wagga MP trying to strike a deal in 2016 with then-Canterbury City councillor Michael Hawatt.
Mr Maguire quit the Liberal party on Friday night after the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard the recordings.
The conversation revolved around the MP trying to arrange with Mr Hawatt the dividend theyd get for helping arrange the sale to a Chinese developer.
Mr Maquire also quit as the governments parliamentary secretary for counter-terrorism, corrections, veterans and the Centenary of ANZAC but currently plans to remain in parliament as an independent.
Hes denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with Mr Hawatt.
The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an appropriate new candidate could be preselected.
While it was up to Mr Maguire to decide if he would stay on until the March state election, she encouraged him to think carefully about whether he could effectively represent the people of Wagga Wagga in the meantime.
Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey has also called on Mr Maquire to seriously consider quitting parliament.
Acting NSW Labor opposition leader Michael Daley said Mr Maguire shouldnt be allowed to remain on the crossbench as a lame duck wrongdoer until the state election.
Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, has apologised for causing distress and embarrassment to the party.
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Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 15 July), two thousand people came to a public meeting organised by the Friends of the ABC at Melbourne Town Hall. They came to voice their opposition to the defunding of the public broadcaster and the threat of its privatisation.
The level of passion that compelled so many to take part, is best summed up in a series of polls over the last few years, which show the public broadcaster is trusted more than any other institution in Australia. The ABC is trusted far more than any other media (80 percent), and its services to the community are valued (80 percent again).
The meeting was chaired by Professor Peter Greste, whose freedom from Egyptian detention for reporting on events there, was won through an international campaign. A range of celebrities spoke to the audience, in person, or through video or written message. The Greens and Labor expressed support and objectives of the Friends of the ABC.
While many do have their criticisms of the ABC, few would deny that it at least does provide some capacity for other points of view, plays a keys role in the promotion of Australian culture and the training of talent, and its role in providing communications and information in times of great need.
These are precisely the reasons why there are those who have taken on the mission to get rid of it. And the defenders understand this clearly. This was shown at the Town Hall, where special attention was given to the Institute for Public Affairs (API), which has been at the head of the drive against the ABC, to Rupert Murdoch, who seeks to complete his hold over Australian media.
A relentless war is being waged on the back of arguing that government should not be involved in media and that public funding gets in the way of market competition. Neither argument hold water. The control of the government on what the ABC broadcasts is limited. Otherwise governments would have silenced it long ago. Although there ids control over the budget,...
The 10th annual national Motogiro cross-country rally for small-capacity Italian-made bikes and scooters is on this August with a special anniversary dinner and display.
The organisers are Italian bike collectors Pete Morrow and Trevor Fryer who live in South East Queensland and use the beautiful region to stage their annual event.
They started the untimed rally to mirror the similar Moto Duro dItalia.
We just decided to create one here as we didnt have the time and money to go over, Pete says.
We cherry picked our own rules so its Italian bikes only and small capacities with a maximum of 500cc.
The rally bikes are predominantly singles in three categories: Vintage up to 1958, classic up to 68 and modern up to 78. Brands can include Aermacchi, Aprilia, Benelli, Bimota, Cagiva, Ducati, Gilera, Lambretta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, MV Agusta and Vespa.
The primary aim is to get them out of the sheds and being used, Peter says.
A lot are more than 45 years old now and chances are you wont get another chance to see them out on the road.
While most of the bikes are worth in the $20,000s, they have attracted some rare bikes in past years such as an Aermacchi Ala dOra road bike and a Gilera Saturno race bike worth up to $40,000.
... The Murder of the Imperial Family by their executioner Yurovsky This chilling translation from the original Russian was written by the man responsible for the murder of the Imperial Family and their retainers in the early hours of the morning of July 17th 1918 at Ekaterinburg, now the site of the golden-domed Church of the Blood and a host city for the World Cup
Whos the real baby here? A monster orange balloon-effigy of Trump as an angry baby in a nappy, complete with blonde comb-over and blue mobile in tiny hand, scares him off London, Friday. Its a brilliantly surreal representation, of the inner Trump which also evokes just how untethered this president is from his administration. Or from reality
The McKinsey firm appears to develop academic theories for banks to use in clinical trials on their customers. Dr Evan Jones reports
... Why opting out may be your wisest, and healthiest choice On December 1, 2017, the Australian Energy Market Commissions (AEMC) final rule determination, titled: Expanding competition in metering and related services came into force in Tasmania, SA, NSW, the ACT and Qld. The rule states that this is a framework which is designed to, promote innovation and lead to investment in advanced meters that deliver services valued by consumers at a price they are willing to pay. Improved access to the services enabled by advanced meters will provide consumers with opportunities to better understand and take control of their electricity consumption and the costs associated with their usage decisions
... Opportunity, motive, means ... The super trawler Geelong Star slipped quietly from our shores over a year ago. More recently, Matthew Groom, the minister for energy, who presided over the disastrous Basslink Saga of Dec 2015, also slipped his political mooring for life in QANGO land I do not think there is any contest as to who the primary suspect should be. While Geelong Star may have sailed from our shores, I believe there has been no evidence forthcoming that the Geelong Star can be eliminated from the possibility of having damaged the cable
NEW STORY ... Yet again an attempt to dominate nature to protect minimal infrastructure, not dissimilar to protecting shacks while letting virtually irreplaceable wilderness burn. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to walk the walk and show we can live amongst nature without beating her into submission
But the heart of the problem, and a reason why major parties are now so much on the nose, has been a self-serving view of the duty of an elected representative, which puts party policy (and especially the need to avoid an appearance of internal dissension) above the duty members owe the public, which includes the duty to act in accordance with community values Max Atkinson
John Maynard Keynes, prominent mid-century economist, is often cited as having answered a challenging question with When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?^ Happily for us, and even more so for our future generations, there has been a lot of mind-changing, reinterpretation and revision (not to be confused with any ideologically biased revisionism) our Great War and modern memory
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Tom Quirk probably could have been a rocket scientist because he trained as a nuclear physicist, attended Harvard Business School and has been a fellow of three Oxford Colleges (is that like being an Oxford Scholar?). More to the point of Climate Change: The Facts he has been involved in electricity generation including a founding directorship of the Victorian Power Exchange.
His chapter Taking Melbournes Temperature charts the history of the temperature record in Melbourne from 1856. The bottom line of the story there has apparently been a rise in temperature of 0.3C per century since that time. This challenges the official records which show a much larger increase, especially after 1998.
Melbourne was founded in 1835 as an outer suburb of Launceston by two Tasmanian explorers, Batman and Fawkner. Their names are perpetuated by the Batman Fawkner hotel/hostel in Launceston, close to the heart of the small city near the Transit Centre and a stones throw from The Grumpy Piper that houses a bagpipe museum and a whisky tasting bar.
The point of the paper is to explain why there was a jump of 0.6C recorded after 1998. This is attributed to a combination of the urban heat island effect (indicated by the difference of 0.6 compared with the country town of Laverton) and specific factors affecting the microclimate in La Trobe Street.
The key point to note is that the maximum temperature break is coincident with the screening of the La Trobe weather station from southern southerly winds by the construction of the very tall City Gate building This is a fifteen storey apartment tower completed in 1997 and to its east is a further apartment building completed in 1998.
When it rains it pours, and its pouring.. so Im in the writing mood, especially now that Im home alone after a hectic week and a visit from my better half and our son. During this visit, we started discussing the Briggs and Meyers personality testing system, and how nearly all the people who think as I do turn out to be almost universally INTJs.
Glenda even googled this, and got an audio on her phone we listened to, and we could not stop giggling because it was me down to a T. Research also pointed to INTJs as being Masterminds, not something Ive ever really thought of as a personal trait, but I did feel chuffed, I have to admit. brought a smile to the dial.
2% of U.S. population
Traits: Drive toward constant improvement of everything; big picture person who sees both the forest and the trees; learns by arguing; appears aloof and unfriendly to others; dreams and visions are form of relaxation; work is the laboratory in which blueprints become reality; builder of systems; natural brainstormer; good at generalizing, classifying, summarizing, proving, and demonstrating information; pragmatic; future-oriented; high achiever; loyal to organizations (employment); unemotional; strong need for privacy; skeptical; reality is malleable to ideas; easy decisionmaker; nonexpressive, but deeply emotional
Occupations: Teacher/professor, researcher, inventor, program analyst, architect, engineer
Examples: Thomas Edison, Katharine Hepburn, Vulcans
Vulcans. now that brought another smile! And Ive certainly been displaying engineering and architectural talents lately..! With only 2% of the population thinking as I do (and probably as you do if youre even reading this) its no wonder we are heading over the cliff. The other 98% just dont think straight. And no, I dont have pointy ears.
INTJs, are introverts, quiet, reserved, and comfortable being alone. Though I peronally get tired of being alone, having now been doing this for almost three years They are usually self-sufficient and would rather work alone than in a group. I do work well with one or two other persons, but I admit, I am no team worker Socializing drains an introverts energy, causing them to need to recharge. I think Im tired of dealing with people who dont get it, and I certainly dont suffer fools.
INTJs are interested in ideas and theories. When observing the world they are always questioning why things happen...
ANOTHER great post from SRSrocco.. this one should be of particular interest to Australians though, because we are in a more vulnerable region. and while Australia may look not too bad on those charts, its only because our relatively small population means we consume way less than most of the other nations of the Asia Pacific region
Certain areas of the world are more vulnerable to economic and societal collapse. While most analysts gauge the strength or weakness of an economy based on its outstanding debt or debt to GDP ratio, there is another factor that is a much better indicator. To understand which areas and regions of the world that will suffer a larger degree of collapse than others, we need to look at their energy dynamics.
For example, while the United States is still the largest oil consumer on the planet, it is no longer the number one oil importer. China surpassed the United States by importing a record 8.9 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2017. This data came from the recently released BP 2018 Statistical Review. Each year, BP publishes a report that lists each countries energy production and consumption figures.
BP also lists the total oil production and consumption for each area (regions and continents). I took BPs figures and calculated the Net Oil Exports for each area. As we can see, the Middle East has the highest amount of net oil exports with 22.3 million barrels per day in 2017:
The figures in the chart above are shown in thousand barrels per day. Russia and CIS (Commonwealth Independent States) came in second with 10 mbd of net oil exports followed by Africa with 4 mbd and Central and South America with 388,000 barrels per day. The areas with the negative figures are net oil importers.
The area in the world with the largest net oil imports was the Asia-Pacific region at 26.6 mbd followed by Europe with 11.4 mbd and North America (Canada, USA & Mexico) at 4.1 mbd.
Now, that we understand the energy dynamics shown in the chart above, the basic rule of thumb is that the areas in the world that are more vulnerable to collapse are those with the highest amount of net oil imports. Of course, it is true t...
Its been busy here for the past month or so since we started coming out of the ground As I type, the masonry work is as good as finished, weather permitting will be so next Monday. So on a rainy weekend and I have to say weve been so lucky weather-wise Ive decided to update you all on the progress.
I started with 24 pallets of blocks, and it looks like well have almost three left over, even after the numerous broken ones found beneath the plastic wrap around the pallets. Beats me how everything is plastic wrapped now, even concrete blocks
Mark the Irish block layer has done a wonderful job.. he may be six years younger than me, but us old farts can sure work when the pressures on!
Having fitted the electrics on top of the first course, it occurred to me that dropping
concrete from a great height onto the plastic conduit spanning almost 400mm between the block webs might not be a good idea, so I filled the bottom course by hand to support all that hard work. Didnt want to...
Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a threat level 3 (probable) at the RPC 1 and 3 in the aftermath of todays suicide. RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, Farhad (not his real name) were(...)
Tragic news from Nauru, that a 26 year-old Iranian asylum seekers has been found dead, believed to have suicide, this morning. He was found dead in his familys tent in the RPC 3 around 9.00am, Sydney time. His death comes only three weeks since a Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island. It brings the tragic(...)
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