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Afternoon roundup

A much belated closing of the browser tabs brings some worthies:Kiwibuild never made sense. If it were needed, it couldn't work because the same things that block private development would block Kiwibuild. And if it could work, it wasn't needed. The government tried anyway, sticking bloodymindedly to a stupid election promise dreamed up on the back of a napkin in a taxi as the legend has it. And it continues to be a disaster. I hate to say I told you so, but ... Kiwiblog links to Adam...

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Evening roundup

The evening closing of the browser tabs brings the following worthies:Farah Hancock at Newsroom continues to push the government for more detail on the Covid cases. This stuff is important. More voluntary initiatives to get PPE to the front lines: 3D-printed face shields. Tyler Cowen lays out just what a mess American universities are looking at for the coming year, predicting a fair few families will opt for a gap year. If we could get quarantine sorted out, NZ could put on a credible...

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Morning roundup

The closing of the browser tabs brings a few worthies:Andrew Gelman goes through the paper that had claimed to show that cities with a stronger response to the 1919 flu had subsequently stronger economic growth - it looks rather like the data doesn't show much. What do you do if you're convinced that the rest of the world is getting something important seriously wrong and that shouting about it now won't do much? Put it up in hashed form so you can counter "nobody could have known" later. I...

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Morning roundup

The worthies on the culling of the browser tabs:The Adam Smith Institute reminds the UK government it needs a plan for exiting lockdown. The Atlantic, on how the WHO failed, but why defunding it may not be the best response. William Nordhaus on the need for a Climate Club: basically, the Club consists of countries willing to commit to carbon prices hitting no less than agreed targets, and carbon-equivalent tariffs on imports from outside of the Club. He suggests it may be too hard to run...

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Afternoon roundup

This afternoon's worthies:Vic Uni's James Kierstead and Michael Johnston in defence of free speech.  Liberalism and democracy, as Karl Popper recognised, rest on substantive values, values that have to be defended if liberal democracy is to survive and flourish. And it’s up to all of us to do the work of defending these values. If we say nothing while governments, corporations and ideologues threaten and quash the free expression of ideas, we are, at least tacitly, voting democracy out of...

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Afternoon roundup

The worthies on a much-belated closing of the browser tabs:Zero waste protesters have been sending their rubbish to MPs using Parliament's Freepost service. Could the rest of us do the same if central government waste disposal levies make using landfill a bit more expensive than it really ought to be? Nice piece in The Atlantic on Article 25 of the Constitution, which allows for the removal of a President medically unfit for office. Trump's speech in which he talked about building a wall in...

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Afternoon roundup

The worthies on the closing of the browser tabs:Australian water rats have figured out that the hearts and livers of poisonous cane toads are fine to eat. I would love to know how rats figured this out, and how the practice spread.  Australia's poisonous legislators have passed a piece of anti-terrorism legislation every 6.7 weeks since September 11, 2001. The water rats may not help in getting rid of this nuisance. A perhaps-unintended consequence of anti-Uber activism in California making...

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Afternoon Roundup

The afternoon's closing of the browser tabs brings:Tony Burton at The Spinoff on unemployment figures. Far fewer of those aged 15-19 are in work now than was the case prior to 2008. The jump, to my eye, coincides with Labour's abolition of the differential lower youth minimum wage. There's been of course expansion in tertiary education over the period, but the timing is consistent with the change in the youth minimum wage combined with the GFC, then levelling out to a higher steady-state...

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Afternoon roundup, and around the traps

The worthies on the closing of the browser tabs.Nice comparison of vacant housing to transitional unemployment, in an American context. Filing this one away here for the next time somebody notices a few empty houses and decides that policy should do something about it. It comes up too often.  Susan Edmunds over at Stuff looks at household income distributions; the piece includes a short bit from me on AHC- and BHC- incomes.  Universities need to lift their darned game.  AUT not only caved at...

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Morning Roundup

The closing of a big set of browser tabs brings a few gems.Rohan Pearce at Computerworld notes a warning from the Law Council of Australia that Oz's encryption law breaks a few international privacy standards, and could then come into conflict with GDPR.  Jacob Sullum at Reason goes through some shonky anti-vaping research that claims vaping causes heart attacks, but that ignores that the heart attacks happened before the smokers switched to vaping. Shoeshine over at the NBR warns that woke...

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