Another short ramble around a few things that caught my eye this week…
- A new report suggests an earthquake in Wellington would dwarf the economic damage of the Canterbury earthquake . The report, however, takes no account of the enormous economic benefit to the country of the complete destruction of Wellington’s government departments. (We can dream, can’t we?)
Cost of a major Wellington quake? $40b – N Z H E R A L D
- Stolen memos and fabricated documents from the climate sceptic Heartland Institute reveals that private individuals who agree with the aims of the Institute gave them money (shock, horror!). Meanwhile, the Institute advanced funds to fellow skeptics like Anthony Watts and NZer Bob Carter to the tune of $88,000 and $1600 respectively, giving such scientists an unfair advantage in over the $1,2 million sucked from the taxpayer by James Hansen and the $300 million warmist campaign of Al Gore.
In other words, “What the Heartland document show is how badly warmists have been beaten by those with a fraction of the resources they’ve enjoyed.”
Hippies hate Heartland - D A I L Y B A Y O N E T
The Anatomy of a Global Warming Smear – Anthony Watts, W A T T S U P W I T H T H A T
- If the philosophical father of America was John Locke, then that of New Zealand was utilitarian Jeremy Bentham. Murray Rothbard examines the thought, economics and failings of the man whose corpse now entertains students at University College, London.
The case of Jeremy Bentham, should be instructive both to historians of this funny little country, and to “that host of economists that attempt to weld utilitarian philosophy with free market economics.”
Jeremy Bentham: From Laissez-Faire to Statism – Murray Rothbard, M I S E S DA I L Y
- The Ayn Rand Institute is thrilled to announce two new ARI ventures “that we believe have the potential to make a huge impact on the fight for capitalism”: a new book, and a new blog.
Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government
– by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins
Laissez-Faire: The Uncompromised Case for Capitalism – A R I
- We’re near the endgame. But when will the tipping point into currency collapse begin? Author of the Paper Money Collapse Detlev Schlicter reckons the EuroZone crisis is just the beginning. “The tipping point comes either when concern about inflation or concern about sovereign solvency (in major countries) reaches a certain point. When people sell bonds and demand higher yields we are in the endgame.” Watch him and his interviewer here:
- Steve Coogan used to be a comedian. Now? Not so much.
What the Dickens has Coogan become? – Tim Black, S P I K E D
- You want music with a joyful sense of life? You want musical fluency? Then the Hot Club of France are your men. Here’s some rare film of the genii doing one of their quieter numbers (filmed, unfortunately, by a cameraman eager not to show Django’s unique fretwork dexterity).
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