Archive for March, 2008

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Solar designs web site

Friend of mine has started up a business installing solar photo-voltaic power systems. Here is the Web site. Tell ’em a little hurkle sent you!

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Sunday, March 30th, 2008

How come 15 years of economic growth?

Australia has had 15 years of economic growth. How come? Was it: superb economic management by JH? hard work and greater productivity? free trade? China and the commodity boom? none of the above? And of course the answer is (5). We have just been through the longest, uninterrupted period of debt-funded economic expansion of all […]

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Monday, March 24th, 2008

The credit crunch is coming here

There is a non-zero possibility that, within the next 3-12 months, the international credit crunch will hit Australia. If so, the consequences could be: For banks and other lenders: They are unable to roll over their debt facilities, or the terms are much worse. Some fail or are bailed out, and the entire sector becomes […]

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Friday, March 14th, 2008

US taxes illegal drugs

For a long time the US constitution was interpreted to ensure a right to ingest whatever you like. Nixon was the first to be explicit about banning drugs: the “War on Drugs”. Interestingly, many US states actually sell tax stamps with specific tax rates for all kinds of illegal drugs. If you sell drugs on […]

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Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Domestic violence is not just men beating up women

There is a widespread and deep assumption that domestic violence means men beating up women. The reality is that violence by women against men is about as common as the other way around. And although men may do more physical damage, the system is more likely to punish men than women, no matter who was […]

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Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Iridium flares

Have you ever seen an Iridium flare? It’s amazing how many people have never even heard of them, but they are amongst the easiest and most impressive man-made celestial phenomena. And anyone can see them with the information on this site.

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