Archive for December, 2005

Weekend reflections

December 2nd, 2005 54 comments

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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Van Nguyen to die tomorrow

December 1st, 2005 97 comments

The impending execution of Van Nguyen has rightly aroused a lot of outrage. While it seems unrealistic to suggest trade sanctions or anything similar, there is one response that is relevant, proportionate and justified. The Singaporean government should be told that, if the execution proceeds, they will never again receive any co-operation from Australia on drug crimes. The same message should be given to Indonesia in relation to the Bali Nine (where, disgracefully, Australian police set up the arrests while leaving their Indonesian counterparts free to seek the death penalty).

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Some recent presentations

December 1st, 2005 22 comments

I’m in the process of trying to make my presentations available on the internets. Here are links to a couple in which people have expressed interest (PowerPoint versions only). More presentations and Keynote versions to come, I hope.

The Future of Oil

The (un)sustainability of trade and current account deficits

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Just when I thought it was safe to give up …

December 1st, 2005 5 comments

… on the Bullets, they came out with the kind of form that everyone was predicting at the beginning of the season, crushing the Adelaide 36ers 130-109. And it was a game to watch, with McKinnon scoring some massive slams and an impressive alleyoop (via Rucker), Rucker scoring four three-point shots in succession and Black, Bradtke and Brannen all doing amazing things. If anything the scoreline flattered Adelaide, who scored 37 points in the third quarter but even then did not look at all like a winning team.

If they can keep this up, they’ll be contenders. If not, at least this match means the season wasn’t a total wipeout for me.

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