Turnbull’s Energy Economics

In The Australian yesterday came this story of Malcolm Turnbull giving Einstein (or whoever really came up with his insanity quote) the middle digit:

Power firms told to cut prices

The nation’s electricity industry chiefs will be hauled in by Malcolm Turnbull for the second time in three weeks following an audit that rcevealed more than a million households are still paying the highest price rates ­imposed by energy retailers.

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‘Progressive’ Policies Have Regressed Us Back to the 1950s

If you’re not a regular visitor to Catallaxy Files (you ought to be), then you may not be familiar with this graph – which clearly shows what happens when governments diddle around in energy markets and increase subsidies to wind and solar energy in the name of ‘climate action’:

real-electricity-prices-

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The Swamp Runs Deep

If I presented the following conversation to you, who would you say is the crazy one?

  • Person A (to person B) – I’ve been starving my people for years and committing various other human rights atrocities so that I could develop some nukes – and now I’m ready to launch them at you for no particular reason!
  • Person B (to person A) – I’d reconsider if I were you. Launch anything at me and I’ll unleash the kind of fire and fury that’ll blow both your mind and you away!

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Shorten Attacks Business Class

Bill Shorten appears committed to destroying Australia’s middle and aspirational classes. His latest ill-conceived attack on discretionary trusts makes this abundantly clear.

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Safe Schools Unit Guide Goes ‘Missing’

I was watching Andrew Bolt’s show on Sky tonight and he had a concerned mother on to discuss the Safe Schools agenda. Some of you may know her from this video:

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Advance Australia Fair

Who is the one creating more wealth for toil:

  • the person pouring the beer; or
  • the person who took out a business loan to buy the pub; who paid for the pub’s fitout and facilites; who takes on the unending administrative and operational burdens imposed on the pub; the risk of the pub failing – and, who guarantees to the beer pourer (and all their fellow beer pourers) that they will enjoy the certainty of having an agreed amount of money deposited into their bank account at the same interval of time?

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Defending the Indefensible

The conduct and knowledge of Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters are things that the public is entitled to have examined by a court. The question is whether such entitlement will ever be enjoyed.

On the day of the Ludlam announcement, one of TMR’s colleagues (a lawyer, avid Ludlam fan and member of the Greens no less) had a crack at trying to defend Ludlam. To make things interesting, TMR handicapped himself with a few beers and some red wine before starting the great debate… via SMS!*

For your added entertainment, some of TMR’s post-debating notes and comments have been provided.

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Mental Health Break

When TMR’s not busy being a lawyer, talking trash on a basketball court somewhere, tending to his fruit trees or lamenting the state of our nation’s finances – he’s working on his guitar skills. His latest foray involves compiling a jazz style arrangement for the timeless classic, Fly Me to the Moon – an absolute treasure trove of seventh chord variants to explore and experiment with.

As one typically does with this pastime, TMR went to YouTube and found the following three delights to draw inspiration from.

Coming in with the bronze medal was this beautifully understated composition by the very cleverly named ortoPilot and his capo:

Second place went to this unbelievable composition put together by Tommy Emmanuel and Emil Ernebro – which provided equal doses of jaw dropping amazement, inspiration and, of course, despondency!

However, trumping all of the above was this from (then) eight year old Norwegian girl, Angelina Jordan.

You may need a tissue:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Where Does Our Foreign Affairs Money Go?

Hot on the heels of my earlier post on the UN’s nuclear weapons ‘ban’, a lot of people have asked me how much money Australia hands over to organisations like the UN.

It’s a question I’m regularly asked and very understandable: because once you see just how much time is wasted at the UN, it’s only natural to wonder how much of your taxes go into it and other similar organisations.

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Everybody Relax: the UN Has Banned Nuclear Weapons

If you want to know how pathetic the UN truly is, look no further than its recent treaty ‘banning’ nuclear weapons.

In reporting this gross waste of time, the Pravda arm of Sky News (a.k.a. skynews.com.au) proudly proclaims that 122, yes, count them, one hundred and twenty two (!), countries have signed up to the treaty… to loud applause and cheers! Sounds like something important was achieved doesn’t it?

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