Thursday, 27 August 2015

Around the Traps 28/8/15

It is time for Around the Traps again.

Croaking Cassandra is now an adopted Aussie. No football or cricket so updating at leisure.

Northern America
Andrew Gelman ( Mainly Stats)
Genial Dave Giles ( Econometrics)
Dianne Coyle  (Quirky + Book Reviews)
Vox wonk

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Poll round up

More polls so another poll round up.

Here is :

Not looking good for the coalition at all.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Q and A Much Ado about Nothing

I watched Qand A the other night ( or replay actually as I had a cricket meeting.)

I enjoyed the show and thought all the participants were interesting although Tony Windsor got to the boring stage quicker than the rest.

I have to say I completely missed the NAME of the tweeter. Not unexpectedly Katesy get his facts wrong again. It wasn't an anti-abbott tweet. It was anti-abbott name.

When I look at those damned tweets I just look at what is said like most viewers. I never look at the name of the tweeter.

I am not surprised this got passed whoever looks at which tweets to put on. You would be looking at the content not the name.

Indeed this raises the question what sort of person would look at the names of tweeters and why?

How to fix this up.

Get rid of the tweets. It is off-putting and doesn't do anything to enhance the show.


I see Greg Hunt is talking about the offensive tweer. He is as stupid and lazy as Katesy. The tweet was not offensive. It was the name of the tweeter! As I stated previously the person would have been looking at the tweet not the tweeter's name.

Further Update:

This has died a quick death probably for the reasons outlined.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The extremely impressive Katy Faust

Katy Faust was on Q and A recently and really made the show.
Gracious to a ll questioners and impressive with her knowledge of the area she specialises in.
The conversation did a fact check on her statements.HERE.

Hey not so fast. Katy Faust came back with her own fact check of sorts. HERE.

You can choose whom is right. You know where I stand.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Ashes Fifth Test

Yet again we have a test where there is no contest.

Cook won the toss and bowled yet his bowlers wasted the opportunity.Australia got a good total and then bowled well. There was no fight in England and they got beaten easily.

I do not understand how bowlers can bowl well in one test and then bowl badly in the next. you expect some consistency by bowlers in test matches.
We saw no fight by batsmen in any of the test matches. once a team was down they were gone to gowings.

Being an ex-fast bowler I enjoyed the flurry of wickets in most tests. The batting for the most part was lamentable on both sides.

I think the wickets for the last three matches were excellent but much too dead for the first two.

I will write about the next ashes series and the possibilities a bit later.

Overall an ashes series enjoyable to watch.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Around the Traps 21/8/15

It is time again for Around the Traps.

The Ashes
Northern America
Andrew Gelman ( Mainly Stats)
Genial Dave Giles ( Econometrics)
Dianne Coyle ( Quirky + Book Reviews)
Vox wonk

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Canning Byelection

I do not believe in inventing the wheel so I will naturally outsource this to the one and only Kevin Bonham.

A great read as usual.