Sunday, 20 August 2017

Prorogue Parliament

Parliament is in a mess. We clearly have some MPs who will be declared not to be MP's IF the  Court of disputed Returns  remains consistent to previous decisions of the Court on these matters.

We need two things.
We need an up to date understanding of Section 44.
We then need an audit of all MP's in both houses of Parliament.

I might add it is understandable Bill Shorten wants to play politics with this .Imagine what Tony Abbott would said back in 2011 for example!

An agreement on examining all MPs would have been a better way to go for a statesman!

Until the Court makes a decision the government not only looks paralysed and stupid ( have we declared war on the Kiwis yet?) but in some ways illegitimate.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Songs that are better in the studio that live

Joan Armatrading  has a wonderful song called Love and Affection.

In the studio it is fantastic. The backing vocals outstanding more so the very deep male backing vocal. The production is  really good even now.



Live it really sucks as we can see.Backing vocals so essential are woeful


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Around the Traps 18/8/17

It is time for Around the Traps again.


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Deep Structures of the Cultural Marxism myth

That is the tile of an article by Sandwichman which is easy to digest ( get it!).

Can I suggest you read all the links and Barkley Rosser's comment.

The Blogosphere can be a very educative place.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

More on the Citizenship debacle

Graeme Orr assists us all in understanding the current debacle on citizenship ( and pecuniary interest). Here is Richard Ackland
As I said yesterday I think Section 44 of the Constitution should be changed but I find that highly improbable given the history of referendums in Australia.
On a related topic It is clear now the government is in deep decline. The idea of a conspiracy is laughable as it proved yesterday.It shows that the Government's leadership group is either out of touch or bordering on delusional. It also provoked an international incident.
This exacerbates the trend that was shown when Joyce was allowed to continue as Deputy Prime Minister in complete contrast to Canavan.
They are fast becoming a shambles. Having Turnbull doing Abbott impressions is not a good look. Abbott was an embarrassment. Turnbull could become so as well if he keeps this up.

One more thing. Even if you do not like Tony Burke, and I do not like him, he is super impressive in Parliament.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Fancy the Greens having more integrity than other parties

I would have never thought the Greens of all parties would have more integrity than other parties but in the recent furore concerning dual citizenship they have shown this is the case.
Both Green Senators immediately resigned when they realised they were dual citizens as they should have.
HOWEVER the other three 'clowns' have been shown up as people without any scruples at all. Obfuscation, dissembling, lying  and outright hypocrisy have been to the fore.

If one wishes to be a politician then in most parties you are told to examine whether you hold dual citizenship or not. If you are born in another country or either of your parents have been then you clearly should make some enquiries.
Clearly in three cases this was not done. (I might add the very idea of one's  mother getting you citizenship and not telling you is a woeful excuse!)

The Government is being shown up for sheer hypocrites. After essentially sneering at the Greens when it occurred to their two senators and saying it was correct they resign. They then said Canavan only needed to resign from the Ministry and not vote in the Senate BUT somehow this does not apply to Joyce! Huh?
If the Government has legal advice that shows Joyce position is legal then that advice should be made public.

Yes this part of the Constitution is silly however changing it is very problematic and ensuring you are eligible to be a candidate is not that hard.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Migration and Terror

This is the title of a very good article by messrs  Dreher, Gassebner and Schaudt ( who looks somewhat like Kenneth Branagh.)

Let me take their entire summary which says 'Stricter immigration and visa policies are a common reaction to terrorist attacks. This column uses historical data from 20 OECD countries to show that while the number of terror attacks increased with the number of foreigners living in a host country, migrants were not more likely to become terrorists than the locals of the country in which they were living. The results also show that bans on Muslim immigration would be more likely to increase the risk of terror than make the domestic population safer.'

Not just very good but essential reading

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Around the Traps 11/8/17

It is time for Around the Traps again.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

North Korea

After Trump's stupid comments North Korea is in the news.
My view is examine what people in Seoul are doing to see if there is a threat or not.


In the meantime read:



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Choice and Economics

Choice is an essential ingredient to economics and thus for capitalism to work properly.

Chris Dillow a thoughtful communist ( yes I know that is an oxymoron but he does describe as a communist. Me thinks he is more a social democrat?) elaborates on choice and economics.
Highly interesting and enjoyable.

As ca bonus and now for something completely different from Chris fiscal-policy-with-a-flat-phillips-curve

Monday, 7 August 2017

Israel is a disgrace

Israel is about to ban Al Jazeera. It has no evidence for its charged that the network supports terrorism. Indeed it is a charge so absurd no-one who is sane would take the charge seriously.

Al Jazeera is now banned in Saudi Arabia and Jordan have essentially baned the network. It appears only time until those other two democratic 'bulwarks', Egypt and UAE will do so as well.
Now Israel is to join this group of non-democratic countries. Why? Well it did highlight the ludicrous policy of inserting metal detectors in the Temple Mount  by Netanyahu. He did expressly against his defence and intelligence chiefs. Indeed  they were prescient on what occurred next.

The detectors were removed.

Israel it seems is still on o journey which goes from the US old south where it is now to south Africa.This move merely confirms that.

The world and the region needs a fully democratic Israel if only to provide light in a very dark democratic place. It is not getting this.

See also Yasmeen Serhan

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Trump he says one thing in public and another in private although it is incoherent.

The transcripts of Trump talking to both Turnbull and to the Mexican President are out . See Steve from Brisbane

It is further evidence of a man losing his cognitive abilities ( because of age IMHO). Johnathan Chait harshly but accurately sums it up by saying australias-pm-slowly-realizes-trump-is-a-complete-idiot.
What makes this worse is that Trump would have been fully briefed on all important issues regarding Australia. Yet he stills does not understand what Turnbull is on about. Turnbull even advises him on how to handle the politics of the issue.
Remember how Trump said the news about the telephone call was fake news.  It is now confirmed Trump was telling lies yet again.

We know like any politician Trump says one thing in public and another in private. Mexico must pay for the wall but we find out Trump wants Mexico to do something anything to show they look like paying. But this supposedly great deal maker is hopeless.

We have more evidence if ever we needed it that Trump is the ignorant braggart we always knew he was from being a candidate. Most people learn on the job. Not Trump.

He has some good people around him ( I see pro-trump media are now black balling McMaster) and some a lot of bad people.

Leaks occur because he always listens to the last man who talked to him. His staff on the whole have no regard for him and leak to ensure policies do not go off the rails and because they now realise his attention is very short and he does not understand many issues brought to him.

I doubt if Kelly can succeed. He is a former general not does not have much political experience.
Trump is not draining the swamp he is making it more of a stench. Take de-regulation. It is no coincidence to see most of the benefits going to producers not consumers.

The Russian investigation is interesting. A man who was completely innocent would be indifferent to it. A man with plenty to hide would be trying to stop it.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Around the Traps 4/8/17

It is time for Around the Traps again.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Jury Duty

I thought I had jury duty again however I did not get a trial again.

The bus trip was interesting getting to Parramatta. There see to be no reason nor rhyme in where the bus tops were located. Some looked way too close others far too far away.
Men and women use the bus like the Supermarket. Men are ready with the payment straight away whereas women wait until the last moment to pay for the bus.
Parramatta CBD is still a disappointment. It is untidy. It looks cheap and needing a good clean up.

The are very few men wearing suits in Parramatta as well unlike the City CBD.

I was the only person at Parramatta court not possessing a smart phone. Some still brought laptops or IPads there to do work!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Supply- Siders still push what doesn't work.

That is the title of Noah Smith's latest article on Bloomberg.

He is right of course. Saint Ronald of Reagan ( how come no-one remembers him increasing taxes but they remember Bush senior?) showed cutting taxes merely increased the deficit. George bush repeated this rubbish and now we have Sam Brownback in Kansas.
Mulvaney at OMB is still trying to sell this snake oil. See Simon Johnson.

More chaos on Chaos house what will happen to fiscal and monetary policy ( remember Trump gets to pick three people on the Fed. Be afraid  Be very afraid. Eek Miles Kimball on the ball.
Julia Azari on why Trump is a weak President. Another reason to be afraid.
Just for laughs read our very own loon Katesy.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Lack of Hope in America

A fascinating article on this topic in Friday's Around the Traps from 'vox wonk'.
Whereas 'poor blacks in the USA have hope in the USA 'poor' whites do not.

Thus 'poor' whites suffer from depression much more than disadvantaged minorities in the USA.

Les Murray RIP

Les Murray or Mr Football has died.

Those of us who love the World Game are very sad at this. He and Johnny Warren were compulsive viewing. Yes they made mistakes in their prognostications but who cared it was great television and their passion for the world game was undeniable.
Les was a refugee from Hungary. He would not have been able to get to Australia let alone live here these days. As he tirelessly told people he only got out of Hungary via a people smuggler.
He came here, changed his name so it was anglicised and was an instant hit on SBS ( known affectionately as soccer bloody soccer).

He was a passionate and tireless supporter of football and could roll his tongue around any foreign name better than anybody.

Thanks Mate

See Roy Hay , Paul Connolly

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Obamacare was a very conservative policy

One of the reasons Republicans are finding it very hard to repeal and replace Obamacare is because it was a very conservative policy.
See:


Republicans could have rejoiced and said we have won in the battle of ideas when it was implemented. Instead they battled to the very end to destroy it. It was for very political reasons. Obama could not have a victory.
The other thing of course Republicans then railed against obamacare but never put any thought into how this could be done.

Very sad.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Around the Traps 28/7/17

It is time again for Around the Traps.

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