The Hopping Procession of Echternak

November 18, 2010

Some of you didn’t believe me when I told you last week the Gillard government and Treasury claim tax increases are ‘savings’.

Some of you emailed me asking ‘Do Julia Gillard and Ken Henry really believe the public are that stupid???’ … mmm … let me think … yep – they do.

Here it is in black and white (and a bit of colour):

The Australian Financial Review covered it last week, as did The Weekend Australian here and here.

What do these things have in common?

They’re all entries on UNESCO’s latest intangible heritage list (yes – there’s such a thing).

This video on ‘Quantitative Easing’ by the US Federal Reserve is brilliant – and very funny. It’s 6 minutes long. It’s already had more than a million hits on YouTube.

For something more serious have a look at this debate: ‘Big government is stifling the American spirit’ with Arthur Laffer, Nouriel Roubini, Laura Tyson, and Phil Gramm.

And Pompeii is in ruins (again). There’s calls for it to be privatised – I couldn’t agree more.  If you own something you tend to look after it. Which is what the IPA said about privatising Tigers in 2007.

Orlando Figes, author of A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924, has a new book out on the Crimean War – Crimea: The Last Crusade – reviewed here. (If you’re wondering what odd behaviour the reviewer refers to, you can read more here).

In The Drum yesterday Richard Allsop said there was no quick fix for Victoria’s transport woes, and Chris Berg questioned Green populism. In The Australian on Friday Tom Switzer analysed the US mid-term elections. And in Friday’s AFR I said business was to blame for the current round of bank bashing.

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