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  1. Despite my general cynicism towards politicians, I feel a bit sorry for Paul Pisasale. I met him back when he was deputy mayor in Ipswich and he was then working very hard to improve the city and promoted the town 24/7. He was then very popular in the electorate. After he got elected mayor he held regular local business leaders meetings and tried to mobilise commitment to economic development. I was there as a representative of an aerospace company. But that was 15 years ago. Paul must have been seduced by land developers' money and 'favours' since then. Pity the temptations got the better of him. I think he had good intentions in the beginning. Or maybe I just have sympathy for the man because he gave me a city medal once
  2. House prices double every 7 years. Everyone knows that.
  3. Solomon is by far the better person to comment on this topic. The last 20 years have seen a western world ruled by the elite; by elite intellectuals as well as the moneyed class and big end of town. The problem is that the 99% have not seen the benefits of policies based on with "trust me, I'm an expert". So there is wide scepticism in the broader population that spills over into education and academic discourse. In some ways, this scepticism is warranted. The knowledge of today will look naive and ignorant compared with the body of knowledge 50 years from now. We all just have to do the best as we know how right now, but there are no guarantees that we have the complete picture. The 99% don't know what to 'believe'. Without the educational background or intellectual horsepower, most experts' opinions have to be accepted as an article of faith. We now experience a backlash of this faith in the last few years. Unfortunately, this has spilled over into the idea of empirical science. All that matters these days is the 'narrative'. It is not about the data anymore, it is more about how you curate, cleanse, and interpret the data. Media doesn't help with sensationalising second and third grade science headlines. Is fat good for you in your diet or not? Is caffeine harmful? Are pharmaceutical drugs effective and safe? How is a layman supposed to make sense of the latest studies, when these studies are often misreported by media and direct access to publications is prohibitively expensive? So I understand the sentiment, although I despair at the lack of scientific rigour of post modernism.
  4. Trump may actually be literate. But his executive orders are probably always 140 characters or less.
  5. It's not easy for non-native speakers to learn all the quirks of the English language. Take the word 'illiterate' for example. It seems to be a composite of 'ill' and 'literate'. So it seems to me the logical spelling of the word should have three 'l's. Hence the title of this thread should be 'Illliterate' Well, OK, illiteratively speaking, of course Or is that too much of an illiterativelification? An illiterativelificationism?
  6. Ha ha! I see what you did there! Maybe a lot of people are not native English speakers? Another problem is autocorrect. You misspell in English and it automatically gets translated to iPhonish (iPhonian? iPhonese?)
  7. It is interesting to observe how perfectly free labour movement works, which is available within each country. The trend is urbanisation and regional brain drain. If this is a natural consequence of talented people seeking better opportunities, then current mega-cities and opportunity centres, like New York, London, Silicon Valley, etc will see much higher rate of population growth. That will cause severe stress on infrastructure and quality of life in those areas. So, basically - you will find opportunities in those places but still have a poor quality of life unless you strike it mega-rich. Good luck in the super rat race! The truly wealthy people will be those that have great health, in control of their time, freedom to operate a profitable business from anywhere, while still maintaining good social and family networks. Hmmm... tor is on to something here...
  8. This is an example of promising solutions:
  9. As an engineer, I would of course be keen for transferring a lot of funding from climate science research (some has been dodgy) and allocate the money to more engineering research for mitigation and renewable energy. In my view, apart from the pollution aspects of oil consumption, there are just way too many wars being fought over oil and the sooner we can stop depending on that stuff the better. Good luck getting support for that! We need more solutions and less argy-bargy about global climate chaotic systems hypotheses.
  10. Yes, fair point. There will still be inertia and friction with totally free labour market movements. Not everyone is as mad as you tor, and willing to roam the world for kicks. Hmmm.... pot calling something etc. There are probably social advantages in having reasonably stable populations. Community building supporting safe environments for growing kids, etc. Economics treats people as perfectly adaptable and rational decision makers - only in terms of maximising utility in the form of consumption! With hyperbole: no other human values and desires for the individual are considered in this field.
  11. Hmm... I probably didn't explain my position clearly. My criticism of Ricardian Comparative Advantage is that it leads to believing in free trade as an article of religious faith - which is unfettered globalism with free trade seen as a virtue by itself. I think this is causing a lot of dislocation for the middle class as well as working class. I don't think "uneducated masses" is a good term. The US white middle class has been squeezed since 2001, for example. In Australia it has been said (possibly on this forum) that betting everything on a never ending commodities boom is foolish. There is both a limit on how many hairdressers can be retrained to mining workers, and it causes economic bubbles when demand exceeds supply for many associated trades and goods (including housing in mining towns). In my view, the inevitable commodities busts causes unnecessary pain and dislocation, unless you have good diversity in the broader economy that can provide alternative employment.
  12. No, I don't think it is a knockout blow. My general views on climate change are: Naturally, climate changes all the time - nobody in their right mind can dispute that. Just look at all the ice ages throughout history The anthropogenic component of climate change is uncertain. It could be a lot - or it could be insignificant. It is strange that there is so little research done on establishing the size of this component. The relationship between CO2 and global warming is not linear. There are feedback loops and second (and further) order effects - both amplifying and stabilising global temperatures that make the relationship complex. This makes the lag relationship between CO2 and global temperatures also a complex thing. There are different lag effects for different time scales. Most predictions of climate models have failed, and are increasingly divergent with measured data New models will be better In summary - climate is a very, very complex system and can exhibit some quite surprising effects in short, medium, and long term timescales.
  13. I think we share the same opinion on the mad spending track record of political decision makers. And your point about rules of competition could very well fit in with encouraging evolutionary change. I'll do some more reading on that.