Monday, 1 September 2014

The NBN Reprt

The report commissioned by the Government is out. We have not been told why this was not done by Infrastructure Australia.
Thus far we have:


The large failure of the committee is that it spells out that the present government's plan is the best one in terms of the costs and benefits BUT it doesn't know about the quality of the copper network between the fibre optic and the house.

As M0nty spells out in a comment to me on his blog the costs are more than likely to blow out significantly. Moreover this means ip so facto the benefits are much lower than calculated as well. Moreover Telstra has for some time been replacing copper when they know about it had degraded past its use by date with fibre optic.

A cost/benefit analysis is only as good as the assumptions made and what has been left out in this escapade.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sinclair Davidson is a disgrace

Late last week I was perusing Gerry Jackson's idiosyncratic blog which I always enjoy reading ( whilst disagreeing with him  most of the time) and I was astounded to see someone in the comments say Sinclair Davidson had labelled Gerry's site a hate site.

So I read his comments here and found to my astonishment  Davidson had slurred four people as haters;

  1. Gerry Jackson
  2. M0nty
  3. Steve from Brisbane
  4. Me
( it is highly ironic at the very time he is accusing people of having hate sites people commenting indulged in the said topic!)

What is this poor luvvie on about ? Was he merely goebbelsising again?

He is saying anyone who has the effrontery to criticise him has a hate site.
What a sad demented man he is.

I read all these sites and I have never read any hate directed towards Davidson. Yes they criticise him on issues but so what. Davidson dishes it out but it seems he cannot take it. How thin skinned is that.

For my part I regularly have fun on how Davidson said Swan's last budget ( he had responsibility for) was expansionary  when it was the most contractionary in recorded history
Or there is when Treasury forecast the ETS would add 0.75 percentage points to the CPI and when the CPI was released he said Treasury had under-estimated the impact of the ETS. It had in fact over-estimated its impact. it added 0.25 percentage points. These are but two of Davidson's glorious 'mistakes' ( for which he has never given a correction nor retraction.)

Davidson's psyche can be gauged from an exchange he had on his blog when he questioned why the person wrote there when he disagreed with most people there. Thus only people who engage in group think should write there.

I might be a tad harsh with Davidson as clearly he did not understand what the word predecessor meant.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Around The Traps 29/8/14

It is time for Around the Traps again.

A special thanks to Club Troppo as there RSS feeds are fantastic.
No football and cricket has yet to start so updating at leisure on the week-end.


Aussie,Aussie,Aussie, Oy,Oy,Oy
Northern America
Europe
Asia
Wonk
General
Climate
Andrew Gelman ( Mainly Statistics)
 Dave Giles (Econometrics)
Dianne Coyle (Quirky + Book Reviews)

Vox Wonk

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Progression of the blog

I thought I might just ramble on about the figures for this blog.

Referring Sites are:
For the week

  1. Dave Giles
  2. Loaded Dogma
  3. Catallaxy
  4. Matt Cowgill
  5. Gerard Jackson
For the month
  1. Dave Giles
  2. Loaded Dogma
  3. Catallaxy
  4. Gerard Jackson
  5. Mark The Graph
  6. Matt Cowgill
For all time
  1. Catallaxy  
  2. Dave Giles
  3. Andrew Gelman
  4. John Quiggin
  5. Loaded Dogma
Most read articles are thus
Week
  1. Around the Traps 25/8/14
  2. Scott Morrison
  3. Some interesting experience I have had
  4. What can we say about Joe Hockey
  5. Who is Kate Beckett, Another look
Month
  1. Around the Traps 1/8/14
  2. Around the Traps 25/8/14
  3. Grateful Dead
  4. Robin Williams
  5. Israel and Palestine

Alltime
  1. Carly Simon
  2. Around the Traps 3/5/13
  3. Around the Traps 5/4/13
  4. Around the Traps 19/4/13
  5. Around the Traps 31/5/13
There is an increase of  over 10-20 times in page views from the month to all time thus Around the Traps is becoming a research tool for some and that is pleasing.

Actually I wont ramble and simply let it finish there.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Some interesting experiences I have had of late on some Sites

I was reading Legal Eagle not long ago and in particular what Lorenzo was saying in defence of Israel . He said it was appalling to accuse it of apartheid. So I asked him why Jewish Israelis got Government services , ID cards being the most important item , from different offices to Arab Israelis. why were there different allowances made for water.
He simply deleted my comments and then stopped me commenting again showing he believes in free Speech as much as Sinclair Davidson does.

Then I was reading Club Troppo where Nick Gruen was asking for help. I told him I felt his pan as I could not comment at his site using Not Trampis.
That dictator ( say this in gest as Nick is probably the nicest bloke in the Blogosphere) promptly deleted my comment. I still cannot comment at Club Troppo and you contact anyone to tell them of the problem!!!!

Then Jim rose put up some blow in who claimed Australia had excessive spending. I replied this was simply ideology as for example neither interest rates nor inflation was rising. where was the evidence for this claim of excessive spending. He has yet to reply and I do not expect him to do so. Evidence to back up half baked assertions is not his forte.

Meanwhile I will prepare for cricket season!!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Scott Morrison is a disgrace

Scott Morrison fronted the Human Rights Commission into what is occurring to Children who are refugees in the detention centres they are forced to live in.
 He apparently didn't like the detention centres being likened to prisons.
He wanted to know how the Christmas Island detention centre is like the Malabar prison.
Well for a start I have yet to read anywhere that a person asserting detention centres are like prisons are saying they are similar to maximum security centres.
Prisons go from Maximum security complexes to minimum security to prison farms to weekend detention centres.
Either Morrison knows this and is deliberately avoiding answering the question or he has no idea. It doesn't matter. He has no moral compass. The lack of freedom for children was the major reason why children were incurring the psychological problems they have.

And we should NEVER forget it was the ALP who started these refugee prisons!


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Around the Traps 22/8/14

It is time for Around the Traps.
No cricket for three weeks so plenty of time to update on the weekend.

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


Asia


Wonk
General
Climate
Andrew Gelman (Mainly Stats)
Dave Giles (Econometrics)
Dianne Coyle (Quirky + Book Reviews)
Vox wonk