Thursday, 10 June 2021

Around the Traps 11/6/21

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)

Econometrics

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Dianne Coyle ( quirky + book reviews)

Vox Wonk

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Scott Morrrison does a 180 degree turn

 It seems like only yesterday Scott Morrison was railing against  the WTO, WHO et al and indeed implying they were a threat to democracy. When Trump was curbing the WTO appellant powers our government did stuff all.

Two things occurred.

Trump was decisively beaten in the Presidential election. Those Trump lite statements looked pretty stupid after this

China started a trade war with Australia and attempted to intimidate us. Those Trump lite statements looked even more stupid when this occurred.

Australia is a small trading nation. We have always needed a rules based system to thrive as a nation. Saying and doing nothing when that dolt Trump was attempting to destroy the WTO was supremely stupid.

It will take time for the WTO to gat back to where it was lat alone move forward but you reap what you sow. 

Let us hope The present government will consistently support the above position.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Let the Sri Lankans go back to their QLD home

 We learnt yesterday of the woeful treatment to the youngest of the Sri Lankan family who have been denied refugee status. ( Tamils are safe in Sri Lanka. Say it aint so  joe .)  See HERE as well

This treatment of the family has been poor. Simply let them go back to the QLD town where they lived previously and whose citizens want them back.

Monday, 7 June 2021

some TV Shows

 Time for some not so serious stuff. When I was recovering from my heart attack I found that I had read most of the books I wanted to read from the library.

This meant watching TV more than I used to.

Blue Bloods.  I started watching this series not expecting to like it however it is a very good series. tom Selleck is the big star and is good but everyone else is as well. Why didn't TEN start from series 1!!!

Diagnosis Murder . This is an old but very enjoyable series. It features three generations of Van Dykes. they are all good as well. Afterall who actually dislikes Dick Van Dyke. all the characters are good and there is chemistry between them.

NCIS. I am afraid this series is on its last legs. It was good when the Characters Tony and Zhive were central to the series. The series then had great chemistry. With their leaving the series has lost whatever it had previously. Mark Harmon's acting is shown up badly without Weatherly there to obscure it. He looks as though he should retire. David McCallum looks as though he should be in the grave. a tragedy.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Fauci

 Dr Fauci seems to have gotten himself into trouble about certain e-mails that were released.

I have searched long and hard for an e-mail that showed up his 'guilt'. I have not found one yet. Fox news for example just uses generalisations. See HERE for example, If anyone can assist me then I will link it. THIS is a good summary of all of it. Essentially Fauci never said a leak from the Wuhan lab could not have occurred it was simply unlikely.

As for where covid came from try THIS. You need to go to around the 25 minute mark. Peter White who went to China and examined all the evidence  makes two points. We will never know where exactly covid came from . He puts a leak from the Wuhan lab at around 10%.!!

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Around the Traps 4/6/21

 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)

Econometrics

Dianne Coyle ( quirky + book reviews)

Vox Wonk


Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Kaiser Fung talks correlation

 A short but highly educational article by the highly esteemed Kaiser Fung on correlation.