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Monday Message Board

April 7th, 2008

It’s time once again for the Monday Message Board. Please post your thoughts on any topic. Civilised discussion and no coarse language, please.

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  1. Lord Sir Alexander “Dolly” Downer
    April 8th, 2008 at 09:51 | #1

    Scott Murdoch in the Australian thinks the slowing Australian is responsible for a widening trade deficit by somehow lowering exports.


    My very faded Economics 101 notes suggest the effect of a domestic slowdown would be in the opposite direction (by lowering imports).

    The nation’s Great Broadsheet has not a clue about economics yet passes up no opportunity to lecture us all on the topic.

    God help us all.

  2. pablo
    April 8th, 2008 at 22:38 | #2

    As Rudd wings his way to Bejing I have this Kissinger feeling that Hu Jing Bao or whoever in the Chinese leadership is going to ‘ask’ young Kevvy to help with this Olympic thang. Of course it will all be in Mandarin and lines could get crossed: ask might come out as misquoted.
    But next thing we hear our PM is extending his itinerary for a secret location across the alps.
    Far fetched? Probably but who else would the PRC leadership turn to in their hour of need as the torch heads for more fire extinguishers?
    And wouldn’t our Kev..from Australia…here to help … leap at the opportunity.

  3. Joe
    April 9th, 2008 at 21:41 | #3

    Terence Tao, the renowned mathematician, has a post on the proposed slashing of mathematics education (cutting the mathematics faculty from 14 to 6) at the University of Southern Queensland. See “Please help support mathematics at the University of Southern Queensland

  4. SJ
    April 9th, 2008 at 21:48 | #4

    I was curious about Joe’s post, but the link is broken.
    Fixed link (hopefully) is here.

  5. SJ
    April 9th, 2008 at 21:50 | #5

    Didn’t work, obviously. Weird.

  6. Joe
    April 9th, 2008 at 22:15 | #6

    Tao’s blog is at http://terrytao.wordpress.com/

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