Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Germany is full of idiots

Yeah I know that is strong but simply read this
You now agree right!
Classical economics has a lot to answer for.

( yep I am still in pain oh woe is me!)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Wedding and Hospital

On Saturday I went to a quite nice wedding. She is a friend if my wife.She teached at the same school for a while.She is slightly below 50 and he is slightly above 50. ( Much younger than I).
It was held at a hotel at Darling Harbour and it was terrific. The only slight problem was the music which was a tad high for people whose ages graced this occasion and the songs were too 'modern'.

However a good time was had by all.

When I got into the car about 11 p.m. my back hurt. It was mainly my kidneys but I thought little of it. My wife, who does not drink, drove a friend home .She teaches at a local high school like my wife. I started to complain about my back and how it hurt like blazes.
Eventually I got my wife to drive me to Ryde hospital, I thought and everyone else thought I was having a kidney stone, It was a very painful.condition and despite getting morphine the pain didn't want to go away.
One thing I could do not  do was pee despite wanting to do this on a large number of occasions.
It eventually came out that my prostate simply was not working properly and putting immense pressure on my kidneys which shut down for a short time.

Once I was fitted up with a catheter all the pain left me however I did find out on being at home My kidneys were still hurting a bit and I seemed to be out of breath a lot.

I suspect it will take time before I can get back to where I was before the wedding.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Around the Traps 26/9/14

It is time for Around the Traps again. I have a wedding to attend on Saturday so wil try tp update on Saturday night or perhaps Sunday Afternoon.

Northern America
Andrew Gelman ( Mainly stats)
Dave Giles (Econometrics)
Dianne Coyle (quirky + book reviews)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Castle Series 7 approaches

The greatest TV series of all times enters dangerous waters as it approaches its 7th season which starts on Monday night (USA time)

Since Castle and Beckett have gotten together the quality of writing has declined. This is the 'Moonlighting curse' affecting Castle.
Moreover it got worse in season 6 we had contradictions in the canon paraded regularly, plot holes deeper than the grand canyon and OOC roles.
The main culprit was Andrew Marlowe but it has always been him.
If we go back a little Season 6 started off reasonably well as we said in castle-series-6-thus-far
This overlooked some problems that would eventually jump up and swallow the series.

  • Castle made possibly the worst proposal on TV after appalling behaviour by Beckett. He claimed he was doing this because he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Err was this irony because he would have said that to both Meredith and Gina ( Both of which divorces we know little about in Series 6!)
  • Castle almost dies in episode 2 BECAUSE Beckett was completely thoughtless , selfish and self centered when accepting the job. It was London to a brick Castle would follow her and try to help her but this never crossed her mind despite being in love with him! 
  • In Episode 3 rather than resign and be true to her principles she stays and gets sacked as she should have. Castle makes the absurd claim that he can write anywhere, Has he? No! More evidence that NO effort or homework was done in accepting the job.
  • We had the Alexis arc where absurdly she turns rebellious and acts a like a spoilt brat just about when she is going to be 20! (Irony button no.)And do talk about those loves scenes with Pi. ( irony button of now.)
  • The Like Father Like Daughter was dreadful with them building theory together however that is what Caskett do and it is foreplay so what sexual deviant thought that idea up?
It just goes to show you what great episodes they had up to that stage that managed to overcome all this.

However it was downhill from there despite VERITAS being the greatest ever Castle episode.

We got the worst ever episode , In the Belly of the Best ( ITBOTB) where the Narcotics Captain wants Beckett , the most publicized cop in NYPD history, to go undercover without any experience or guidance or any change in her appearance. No Stop laughing that was the actual absurd script.At the end of the case which goes badly pear-shaped there are NO repercussions. no-one is sacked, Castle is not angry and Beckett does not apologise. Truly the two writers do not have a clue what love is!

Some other problems:
  •  Beckett being a model for 15 minutes at 19 except in Series 2 it was when she was 17!
  • Beckett tells Castle she didn't go to the prom except she did in series 1 and Maddie would have said something about that if that occurred in Series 2!
  • The Boys go 'undercover in a Geisha bar but Kevin Ryan gives the game away except he is a very experienced person at being undercover as we saw in Series 5 (The wild rover)
  • Beckett is the Acting Captain in the 70s show except the 12th precinct has a lieutenant ( food to die for series 2 )  and thus a sergeant and she is the lowest ranked leading detective.
  • I am not going to even try and criticise the appalling  and cliche driven finale except to say Marlowe lied when he essentially promised fans a wedding.
Well after that spray you might be surprised that I am optimistic for series 7.
Let us take a look at the reasons why:
  • It cannot be as bad as Season 6, indeed we might assume season 6 is an outlier
  • The writers must have surely learned their lessons from the disasters of Series 6
  • In Nathan Fillion and Stan Katic they have the greatest of all time in showing a loving couple.
  • Andrew Marlowe is no longer in charge and he was the worst in being lazy in writing
  • Castle cannot be allowed to jump the shark

I finish with obligatory Coldplay tune

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Global Warming and the 'Right'

Why is the Right so determined to appear so stupid over Global Warming.

John Quiggin writes about this and it is hard to disagree.

Here is a great example.

Please note no mentions of this at all. No mention of why the ocean temperatures are ratcheting up either.
And the pause. We have looked at that previously.

Any reason why 12 of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st Century?


Why are so many of the right embarrassing when attempting to explain their conclusions?

One is tempted to say they are simply anti- intellectual and anti-science.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

John Howard: Still telling lies

John Howard last night tried to issue a mea culpa about the illegal invasion of Iraq.
He claimed the intelligence he received for believing Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction was not good enough.

Unfortunately for him we already know he was told that Iraq posed no threat. Rod Barton in his book 'The Weapons Detective' ( This newspaper article gives a good outline of it) outlines in painstaking detail how he and and John Gee, who were working for the United Nation's Weapons inspector, had a meeting with Howard. They told him Iraq had no chemical weapons at all and any weapons not found from the previous Gulf war would be so degraded as to be useless.

Very soon after this Howard had a news conference where he said Iraq possessed Chemical weapons that posed a threat to bits neighbours and the world.

We should always remember when Iraq was invaded it possessed the slowest jet fighters in the area, They could not service all their tanks and each time their soldiers were engaged with soldiers who matched them in weapons they retreated faster than a cheetah.

It really would be nice if the Leaders could simply fess up and tell us the real reason why they invaded Iraq because each reason they put up make them look even more stupid.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Around the Traps 19/9/14 Almost Birthday edition!

It is time for Around the Traps.
Busy all day on Saturday. coaching in the morning and Umpiring in the Afternoon so updating will be on Sunday

Aussie,Aussie,Aussie, Oy,Oy,Oy
Northern America

Andrew Gelman ( Mainly but not only Stats)
Dave Giles (Econometrics)

Dianne Coyle ( Quirky + Book Reviews)
Vox Wonk