Author Archives: Jarrah

Theoretically wrong

Dr Geoff Davies, keen to crack on with solving the world’s problems, makes a critique of neoclassical economic theory, seeking to explain why the results of its application are so bad (see previous post on this subject). His second post … Continue reading

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Non-story of the week

There is an article in today’s Sun Herald on data from the government’s My School website showing that rich kids are much more likely to go to selective schools (ie academically rigorous schools with competitive entry). The article quotes a … Continue reading

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Hopelessly wrong

‘Hopelessly wrong’ is a great phrase. So wrong that there is simply no hope whatsoever of ever being right; a wrong so profound that one might as well despair. The phrase features in the title and body of a recent … Continue reading

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BDS is BS

I recently attended a meet the candidates event sponsored by the Inner West Courier at Marrickville Town Hall. The Liberal candidate, Rosana Tyler, was invited but declined to attend. That was probably wise – it was packed with Labor and … Continue reading

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First thoughts on proposed carbon tax

Julia Gillard has broken an election promise, and for once I approve. Her government has decided to accept the Greens’ proposal of an interim carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) tax, to come into effect next year, before a likely transition to … Continue reading

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Emerging from the Twilight Zone

In case the younger readers think otherwise – no, I do NOT mean the fairy vampires. Normal transmission will resume shortly. Do not adjust your screen.

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It’s almost too easy

Sometimes I wish the Sydney Morning Herald letters page allowed comments, as they do on some articles and opinion pieces. Sure, you can submit a reply, but there’s no guarantee of being published, and the discussion can go no further … Continue reading

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Good news

It’s that time of the semester, so I have been somewhat remiss in noting some good news stories recently. Here’s a quick rundown of some well-known, and not so well-known, examples of the world getting better.

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Told you I wasn’t any good at this

I have waited for 17 days to do a stocktake of my predictions before the election, and technically I should wait until all the counting is done, but I don’t think any new developments will change how well I did. … Continue reading

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So I’m specieist. Sue me.

You probably haven’t heard about the Bosnian girl who was filmed throwing puppies into a river recently. Or maybe you have – the video went viral, and was picked up by the mainstream media, to the usual accompaniment of tabloidesque … Continue reading

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