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After writing the post below I had a good laugh at
Katharine Murphy's effort and was reinforced in my respect for
Asher Wolf when she posted this
Twitter thread, with a fraction of the resources available to
Murphy and the press gallery. I watched James Massola, of all
people, condemn the idea of journalists running unverified rumours
- and then moments later,
another story under his byline consisting entirely of unverified
rumours, which has pretty much been his entire "career" so
I may be getting soft in my old age, but after all that I re-read the Murphy piece. I felt some sympathy for this position:
So I dont want to be the Canberra sex correspondent.Non-press-gallery journalists Woodward and Bernstein probably didn't want to cover each and every burglary in early 1970s Washington - and if we look at their career, they didn't. Non-press-gallery journalist Andrew McGarry covered a court case in Adelaide and ended up writing the definitive book on the Snowtown murders. Sometimes in journalism, the story chooses you.
Id rather think about energy policy, or whether any of us will ever get a wage rise, or whether our hospitals will be properly funded, not because Im a buttoned up puritan, but because thats why I think Im here: to keep close eyes on those things for readers.Those stories are better covered by journalists who really understand those areas and can convey ideas being given visitors' passes to the parliamentary press gallery. If journalism is to survive, those journalists (often freelancers, or writing for niche outlets with little hope of employment in the sort of media outlet represented in the press gallery) must be...
The days are fleeting past. Dexter and Hannah get to go for
their walk on most days.
There were a host of events in late January. Invasion Day came and went, as it does, leaving it unresolved, lingering historical legacies dispossession and colonialism. It is deeply ironic that the foundation of British, and thus Western Culture and Civiliation and it accompanying crimes in this distant and remote place was founded as a prison. Nothing new, of course. The annual folk festival, which might have been a celebration of nonviolence, or at least Eric Bogle among others turned up. Doubtless, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda was given a spin. Masculinity, animal violence and wretched commentary was on offer with the Bikes and Bulls show.
Invasion Day serves the useful purpose to remind us that history matters, and it matters to each of us. We cannot escape it, so since we cannot escape it we might do humble best to understand the framing of the modern world,with all the memory and forgetting.
There might be a scientific basis that walking among the trees might be a good thing to do. Dexter and Hannah are more grounded, but it seems that their may be some benefits for humans to get out of atificialy constructed places.
The usual and unusual set of photos of the daily rounds were collected:
(And if you notice, I got a little ahead of myself, it is because I cannot keep up)
To honour the Folk Festival, an American singer singing an Australian song composed by an Irishman may be interesting:
PS: Thank you to TheNaturalCompanion for reminding me of the importance of taking water for the dogs out on our walks. There has been little rain recently, and the creeks has not been running. Dexter and Hannah appreciated the water.
Theres no-one more Australian than Barnaby Joyce, blusters Malcolm Turnbull, his fair-weather defender in happier well slightly less miserable times last November when Joyce, another appalling ham, in RM Williams and stockman Akubra, playing an outback whip-cracking caricature from central casting turns out to be a Kiwi, too. By weeks end its clear,
1) The Radical Right in Australia OUP has published an essay on The Radical Right in Australia by myself and Aurelien Mondon which you you can read online or download for free here. The article is one of many in Continue reading
The Bibles creation stories are key texts in shaping Christian views of gender and sexuality. To some they represent a manifesto for the equality of men and women across all areas of life, while for others they speak of a creation order in which men and women share equal worth but leadership belongs to men.
It is typically assumed that because the Genesis texts describe the world prior to the impacts of human sin, that whatever is found within them can be taken to represent life as it should be, and is therefore, normative for humankind. This assumption needs to be challenged. If it were true we would declare it sinful for any fertile adult to be single, for the command of God to be fruitful and multiply must be normative for everyone. Likewise, every city-slicker among us would abandon our jobs and become farmers, for this is the mode of work, indeed the only mode of work, envisaged in Genesis 2-3, and must be normative for all.
The creation narratives were not written in an a-cultural or a-historical era. They were composed by people living in ancient times in societies that had their own cultural, linguistic, economic and political systems. They had no option but to construct narratives that made sense against that background. Given that patriarchy was one of the most enduring and embedded of social systems across the ancient Mediterranean, it is natural that stories involving men and women would draw upon the thought forms and practises of patriarchy.
Patriarchal overtones are, arguably, absent from Genesis 1, but are woven throughout the Garden story (and indeed through the rest of the Bible. It is the man who is created first and the woman created in relation to him rather than he to her; it is the man to whom God gives the command not to eat of the tree of knowledge; it is the man whom God calls when the man and woman were hiding.
Does this mean the Garden story endorses patriarchy? No it does not. The issue is not whether the story employs patriarchal modes of thinking but whether it is the point of the story to make an argument of some kind in that direction. We need to distinguish between details that are incidental to the telling of a story and the point the story is seeking to make. Think of Jesuss story of the Good Samaritan, which pictured a man travelling the road between Jericho and Jerusalem, beaten by robbers, and left by the side of the road to die. The specifics of the story are incidental to the point Jesus wished to make. He could have set the scene on a different road, or had robbers beating a man in his house. He could have told a story in which the victims were a husband and wife, or three travelling companions. The priest and the Levite who leave the man dying by the side of the road could have been a Pharisee and a Sadducee. The Samaritan could have been a Roman soldier. These things are the background detail of the story. The meaning of the story is found by attention to the plot, the...
By Denis Bright Making America Great Again demands more strategic commitment by allies in the US Global Alliance to conventional foreign policies, US arms purchases and childish diplomatic antics like the failure of Vice President Pence to greet Kim Yo-jong at the Pyeongchang Games. Australia is now deeply committed to such antics as a key
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Our survey, ranking 115 UK universities using our traffic-light system, shows that 55 per cent of universities now actively censor speech, 39 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation, and just six per cent are truly free, open places.
In the early running its Bernard Salt.
Heres a series of dangerous ideas. Work hard, dont do drugs, dont smoke, build good relationships, learn skills, save for a deposit for a house, spend time with your kids, invest in your health. Heres another: sometimes when raising a family its necessary to do a job that you dont particularly like for months or maybe even years on end in order to provide for that family. This isnt life being mean to you; sometimes you just gotta do it. Accept it and move on. Am I being too dangerous for you?
This is from Instapundit discussing Jordan Peterson, the most articulate defender of our Western values found anywhere in the world. The question that really is of central interest is why he has become the phenomenon he is. I have my own views but am interested in yours.
AMADEUS SYNDROME: As I say, [Peter] Hitchens at least feints towards whats really bugging many of these people. It is the Amadeus syndrome. Many of [Jordan] Petersons haters on the right have been toiling in the fields these long years, equally worried about, writing about, the treatment of men, especially young men; about the erosion of freedoms, etc. Where, they are wondering, are their rewards? So they are bitter. Its a feeling Im familiar with, Kathy Shaidle writes.
Read the whole thing.
As Dr. Helen noted earlier today, Still at #1 on Amazon, Jordan Petersons 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
And for a tiny sample of what he says and the approach he takes, here is a relatively uncharacteristic interview in that he is being interviewed by people who ought to understand what hes on about but do not. These I went looking for to see what Peterson has said about Donald Trump. These were about the only things I could find, but there are probably others.
The hosts asking the questions are supposedly on the conservative side but are clearly open-ended critics of Trump. Peterson was much more careful and if he was critical, it was only about Trumps timing in what he said and not what he said. The bozos interviewing cannot see the point. This is Peterson in my own rough but reasonably accurate transcription (from around 2:00 in):
Truth is a tricky thing because you have to take the temporal context into account. There are white lies and black truths. Black truth is when you use the truth in a way that isnt truthful. . . just like a white lie is a lie that isnt harmful
What Trump did wrong was he failed to specify the time and the space of the utterance. Because what he should have come out and done is said that I unequivocally denounce the white supremacist racism that emerged in Ch...
A report on 8 February told of a plan to build a 44 MW solar system to deliver more reliable power to the grid. The cost would be $90 million.
I have done some research into solar systems, so thought I would look at this proposal from a state wide power consumption viewpoint.
Using AEMO numbers the daily average power consumption in SA for 2017 was 31,600 MWh.
Using a solar calculator that takes information from stations that record Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data on solar insolation, cloudiness, temperature and whatever, the 44 MW solar system might generate 69,800 MWh in a year.
Averages are misleading and do not reflect the reality that solar system output declines significantly throughout the year as the sun angle changes in the sky. When the output is shown as monthly figures the picture becomes a bit clearer.
In summer, (December, January and February) average daily output is 252 MWh. In autumn, (March, April, and May) it is 168. In winter, (June, July and August) it is 123 MWh and in spring, (September, October and November) it is 224 MWh.
The table below shows the comparison between daily average consumption and the contribution from the solar farm.
|Season||State average daily consumption MWh||Solar contribution MWh||Solar contribution as % of daily consumption|
The output never gets to 1% of the daily consumption and when we consider the times that output is delivered it gets worse.
In January the system operates for about 11 hours but output does not become significant until around 9 a.m. and declines after 3 p.m. 90% of the daily output is between those hours but is not a constant amount ramping up from 10% at 9 a.m., reaching 13% at 12 noon and declining to 9% at 3 p.m.
In June nothing happens until 8 a.m. when output is 8%. It ramps up to 20% at noon and then falls off the cliff at 2 p.m.
How this contribution gives more reliable power to the grid is beyond me. The proponents also promise a 21 MW battery which is a nonsense statement how long will that battery be able to supply energy (MWh)? Probably 5 minutes.
People often confuse power and energy and think that adding 44 MW to the system means something rather than looking at things in the context of the contribution to consumption, (MWh). In this case, that contribution is negligible, va...
As we all know, Federal politicians spend nearly half their lives away from home. It can be a lonely life, we know that too. But should we cut them any slack because of it? No, we should not. Thats a price they pay, and they know that going in. As the saying goes, if you
Yes, its certainly been a week! Lots and lots of exciting things happening in the world of politics. On Friday,I heard that strong argument for gene pools needing lifeguards, Georgina Downer, complaining about trial by media when discussing Robert Doyle. While I get the point that ones reputation shouldnt be trashed on the basis of
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Dr Tristan Ewins is proposing a new ALP Model Platform with the aim towards a reformed democratic economy. read now...
After a week of winning, Prime Minister and chief winner, Malcolm Turnbull must be looking forward to next week with barely concealed nervous excitement. Political editor Dr Martin Hirst reviews the Fizzas record-breaking first week back at work. read now...
It is not just workers who should be backing unions and voting Labor. Small and medium business owners should too. Yes, Im deadly serious. Let me explain. There is a reason why business owners have traditionally despised unions and voted Liberal, and why many workers have been convinced to punch themselves in the face by
.....and the Dow Jones Index indicated that financiers and big business might be seriously worried about possibly higher than expected interest rates, rising national debt and the size of the US federal budget deficit Trump created in his first twelve months in office - he also rather unwisely performed in front of the cameras on the subject of treason.
YouTube, Time, 5 February 2018:
Imperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects. In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre. It offers land, facilities, and the means to eye future enemies and keep allies in check. Wedged between China and the United States, Australia could focus on smoothing rocky roads and
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Who would have thought that Jacqui Lambie would write an autobiography (without a ghost writer)? The former soldier and long-term recipient of unemployment benefits who stumbled (illegally as it turned out) into the senate courtesy of Clive Palmer has taken pen to paper to outline her exciting life and principles. Good luck to Jacqui, who is now annoyed that Steve Martin is not going to resign in her favour (he has now been kicked out of the Jacqui Lambie network). I wonder how much Allen & Unwin has paid Jacqui as an advance.
Separately, her former chief of staff, Rob Messenger, is taking action in the Burnie Magistrates Court to stop publication as he claims to have written a manuscript as a ghost writer and claims Lambie has stolen his words.
Perhaps it was the first sentence in the book I woz a soldier?
Its a new year, which means its time for some new music reviews from entertainment editor John Turnbull. read now...
In this discussion between journalists Malcolm Farr, Alice Workman, Caroline Overington and Fran Kelly yesterday, Farr and Workman take a swipe at those of us who have suggested that there has been collusion between the press gallery and the government to keep the Barnaby Joyce affair under wraps. (Interesting times, Overington, a Murdoch employee, attacks
The mainstream media say they didn't report on Barnaby's affair when it mattered because they didn't know for sure. Jennifer Wilson calls them out. read now...
The worlds greatest Treasurer has finally decided its time to retire and has announced he wont be contesting Lilley at the next election.
Wayne says he hopes that his seat goes to a young woman. Unfortunately Wayne waited so many years that many of the young women who could have replaced him are now old. If Wayne was so concerned about having a young woman in Lilley he could have retired years ago.
It seems that Wayne is both ageist and sexist. Does he expect the young woman who replaces him to serve a short time before she becomes middle aged? Is Lilley only open to women aged between 18 and 25?
Despite their recent staggering rise, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets are predicted to fall spectacularly, suggests Neil Buckland. read now...
Just wandering through Instapundit this morning and the overpowering sense of no is everywhere. Examples:
1) LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Mad Max violence stalks Venezuelas lawless roads.
In one video apparently showing a looting and uploaded to social media, people are seen gleefully dragging live chickens from a stranded truck.
The looters use tree trunks and rocks to stop vehicles, and are particularly fond of miguelitos pieces of metal with long spikes to burst tires and halt vehicles.
A ring-road round the central town of Barquisimeto, with shanty-towns next to it, is notorious among truckers, who nickname it The Guillotine due to the regular attacks.
In some cases, crowds simply swarm at trucks when they stop for a break or repairs. Soldiers or policemen seldom help, according to interviews with two dozen drivers.
Yone Escalante, 43, who also takes vegetables from the Andes on a 2,800-km (1,700-mile) round-trip to eastern Venezuela, shudders when he recalls how a vehicle of his was ransacked in the remote plains of Guarico state last year.
Social media is as close as this Reuters report gets to the words socialism or socialist.
2) INEZ FELTSCHER STEPMAN: How Ubers Pay Gap Disproves The Pay Discrimination Myth. It turns out that female Uber drivers work shorter hours, are less likely to work during peak times, and drive more slowly. Because the compensation structure is automatic, Stanford researchers were able to pin down the three factors that caused the gap: experience on the platform, willingness to work at peak times and in busy areas, and driving speed preferences.
Nonsense. Unshakable feminist media science demonstrates irrefutably that when men are doing better than women its because of discrimination, and when women are doing better than men its because men are stupid and incompetent and should be more like women.
3) FALLEN ANGELS IS JUST A SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL, RIGHT GUYS? RIGHT? GUYS? The sun is going to be really cool in 2050, scientists say. Based on 20 years of data collection and observations, a research team led by physicist Dan Lubin calculated that the sun will be 7% cooler and dimmer ...
By Leonie Saunders The above tweet goes to the despicably dishonest craven character of this countrys Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce and the all omnipotent mainstream media who chose to remain silent to the detriment of the democratic right of the electorate to be fully informed. The public interest is the licence that we the
In this discussion between journalists Malcolm Farr, Alice Workman, Caroline Overington and Fran Kelly yesterday, Farr and Workman take a swipe at those of us who have suggested that there has been collusion between the press gallery and the government to keep the Barnaby Joyce affair under wraps. (Interesting times, Overington, a Murdoch employee, 
I have a piece in the New York Times looking at the implications for the bitcoin bubble for economic theory and, in particular, for the (Strong) Efficient (Financial) Markets Hypothesis (EMH) which states that prices determined in financial markets reflect all the available information about the value of any asset. If thats true then governments cant improve on a policy of allocating investment to those assets with the highest market return, which can be achieved by letting private capital markets determine all investment decisions.
Bitcoins have no inherent usefulness, being a record of pointless calculations. They are useless as a currency (their putative purpose) and are now being promoted as a store of value on the basis of scarcity alone. This leaves supporters of the EMH with a dilemma.
If Bitcoins are indeed worthless, then financial markets should price them at zero. But the introduction of futures trading actually boosted the price in the short run. Even after recent declines, theres no sign that prices will reach zero any time soon.
On the other hand, if Bitcoins are valuable simply because people value them, then asset prices are entirely arbitrary. The same argument can be applied to any financial asset.
Dean Baker at CEPR has a nice followup, making the obvious but crucial point that, since financial services are an intermediate input to production, we want the financial sector to be as small as possible, consistent with doing its essential tasks. As the experience of the mid-20th century shows, a market economy can function perfectly well with a financial sector much smaller than the one we have today. As Bitcoin shows, the massive expansion since then is nothing but wasteful speculation. The financial sector should be cut down to (a small fraction of its present) size.
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