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June 11th, 2007

It’s time, once again for the Monday Message Board. As usual, civilised discussion and absolutely no coarse language, please. Feel free to add your thoughts, loya or otherwise, on the Queens Birthday.

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  1. June 11th, 2007 at 21:29 | #1

    John,

    I’ve been wondering recently about the use of heuristics in academic economics and I’m interested in your view …

    Do academic economists show a tendancy to master a few key techniques and then apply them to different situations rather than approaching each problem afresh?

  2. scott
    June 11th, 2007 at 21:38 | #2

    Perhaps a good day to reflect on the victims of empire…

    14 million dollars off a submarine…

  3. June 11th, 2007 at 22:51 | #3

    It is our duty to reflect on actors much closer to home: hoWARd, his lackies and apologists.

    http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2007/s1947389.htm
    (Program transcript available Tuesday 12th at 10am AEST)

  4. gordon
    June 12th, 2007 at 10:01 | #4

    I have once or twice speculated that the US denialism on climate change might stem from a belief that the impact of climate change on the US will be less than the impact on other countries. This item from The Independent indicates that the cost to the US might be greater than perhaps the Americans think. An extract:

    “America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Or perhaps worse still.

    “From the mountains and desert of the West, now into an eighth consecutive dry year, to the wheat farms of Alabama, where crops are failing because of rainfall levels 12 inches lower than usual, to the vast soupy expanse of Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida, which has become so dry it actually caught fire a couple of weeks ago, a continent is crying out for water…

    “Climatologists see a growing volatility in the south-east’s weather – today’s drought coming close on the heels of devastating hurricanes two to three years ago. In the West, meanwhile, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests a movement towards a state of perpetual drought by the middle of this century. “The 1930s drought lasted less than a decade. This is something that could remain for 100 years,” said Richard Seager a climatologist at Columbia University…â€?

  5. June 12th, 2007 at 11:31 | #5

    gordon,
    Of course, it could stem from a belief, logical or otherwise, that they are right.
    The 1930s drought was pre-AGW. They may believe that this is the same.
    Not saying they are right (or wrong).

  6. June 12th, 2007 at 13:56 | #6

    “us denialism”? since when does the usa have a single voice? this is sloppy writing, at best.

  7. gordon
    June 12th, 2007 at 15:24 | #7

    Andrew, we can always just wait and see. Feelin’ lucky?

  8. Smiley
    June 12th, 2007 at 21:04 | #8

    I was amazed to hear on last nights Four Corners, lawyers for the Australian Government had argued in court that the government had no obligation to protect the human rights of Australians incarcerated overseas.

    Is this the same governement that argues that we should vote for them because they will protect us from terrorism… Or maybe it depends on your skin colour.

  9. observa
    June 12th, 2007 at 23:11 | #9

    It seems those of you who felt guilty about thinking they all looked the same, can breathe a little easier now… http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,21892696-5005962,00.html

  10. gordon
    June 13th, 2007 at 18:40 | #10

    The Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is involved in a consortium with Italian, French and Spanish policy/economics sites which is called VoxEu. I’m not sure where it’s going, but it might bear watching.

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