Thursday, 20 July 2017

Around the Traps 21/7/17

It is time for Around the Traps again.

Aussie,Aussie,Aussie,Oy,Oy,Oy
Northern America
Europe
Asia
Wonk
General
Climate
Andrew Gelman (mainly stats)
Genial Dave Giles (econometrics)
  • nothing within a p value!
Dianne Coyle (quirky + book reviews)
Vox Wonk

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Israel and Palestine

David Schullman in the New York Review of Books ( always one on the most enjoyable reads one can get because of the wide variety of topics) has a wonderful and somewhat sad article on the future of peace between Israel and Palestine.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

New Department and Terrorism

The Prime Minister announced a new 'super' department to 'fight' terrorism.
He failed however to give any evidence of how it would improve performance. There is an old saying . If it ain't broke then don't fix it. In fact the security and intelligence agencies have been doing a pretty good job. ( it always helps that in Australia the people arrested for terrorist crimes have been pretty stupid and pretty easy to discover.

Whether it is the private or public sector one looks at two things. The strategy involved and the execution needed to put that strategy into operation better known as structuring. We almost always hear about companies restructuring. We rarely ever hear about companies changing their strategy!
Yesterday we neither heard why the execution was bad nor that the strategy was off. It is pretty easy to agree with John Blaxland. This is all about politics. Turnbull is frightened about losing his job.
More insights from Geoff Kitney and again from John Blaxland.
Adele Garnier sees other problems for Immigration policy. Ric Smith also comments.

What makes this worse is that the Minister is Peter Dutton. He was hopeless as Health Minister and is repeatedly caught out brazenly lying in his current portfolio. See Andrew Elder 

Directly related to this is a new study which shows the new counter-terrorism measures PERMANENTLY reduce international trade!

Clearly both measures here have not been thought out properly.

Monday, 17 July 2017

On media bias

Chris Dillow of Stumbling and Mumbling fame has a typical thoughtful piece on BBC bias.

Much of it could apply to Australia and the ABC.
Whenever anyone is interviewed on the ABC there is no difference on how the interview is conducted whereas on frequent commercial outlets there is a vast difference difference.  Pauline Hanson given feather duster treatment by some outlets. The very people who are so biased one way always accuse the ABC of bias without ever becoming specific. Think Andrew Bolt, former auctioneer Ray Hadley etc.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cricketers dispute a great ad for joining a union

Greg Jericho has an article entitled australian-crickets-pay-dispute-is-a-wonderful-ad-for-joining-a-union.
He is right.We have had labour market deregulation from mainly the ALP. ( Howard actually re-regulated it to favour employers).

We now see the final fruits of this in wages.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Around the Traps 14/7/17

It is time again for Around the Traps.

Aussie,Aussie,Aussie,Oy,Oy,Oy
Northern America
Europe
Asia
Wonk
General
Climate
Andrew Gelman ( mainly stats)
Genial Dave Giles (econometrics)
Dianne Coyle (quirky + book reviews)
Vox Wonk

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Tamino is not amused

Tamino is back and he has a go at scientists who fail to do climate trend change correctly. He shows us how it should be done!