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A Super Housing Scam

It should be clear that Australia's housing system is in a broken state, and this much was pointed out for years. The increase in housing prices is now 20 percentage points higher than the increase in wages in 2021. Housing has become increasingly unaffordable and renters are punished by a system that concentrates more and more housing stock in fewer hands.

The Nuclear Threat

There are 14,000 nuclear weapons on Earth. The US has about 5.8K, Russia 6.3K, and the rest are distributed between France, China, the UK, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea*.

There are about 4,500 cities with at least 100,000 people. Even if you assume 3 bombs per city (as some are bigger than others), every city on Earth would be destroyed in an all-out global nuclear conflict.

Adam Smith Institute vs Adam Smith

The Adam Smith Insitute has recently released a report where they argue that the moon should be privitised in order to combat global poverty.

Truth, Politics, and "Freedom" Rallies

A couple of times in the past I've written on the topic of "lying in politics". Influenced by Hannah Arendt's essay with regards to Vietnam, more than ten years ago I found it interesting to do a comparison with the Iraq war. More recently, I took a hard look at Matthew Guy's comments about crime rates in Victoria.

Four Million Dead: The Pandemic Marches On

Today, July 6 2021, AEST, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic reached four million confirmed dead, with almost one-hundred and eight-five million aggregate cases. We can recall that from the initial outbreak in January 2020, the first million deaths weren't reached until September 11 that year, the second million on January 7th of 2021, and the third million on April 7. What will it be by the end of the year? Five, six million? As calculations come in, we will probably discover the fourth million mark was actually passed a few weeks ago.

A Few Words About Chile and Australia

In 1970 the people of Chile had the temerity to elect the radical socialist Salvador Allende as their President, through a coalition of Christian leftists, social democrats, democratic socialists, radical liberals, and communists. The Allende government sought to nationalise major (and often foreign-owned) industries, engage in agrarian reform, increase minimum wages, employment, enhance social security, education, and public health.

Jvarasura's Time : The Rise of SARS-Cov-2 in India

A few days prior, over a work-related video conference, an engineer based in India opened to those present their feelings on the state of their country. It was a depressing story, of death and many more infections on the campus (some of which must result in more deaths). He mentioned the incredible sadness that is affecting so many in their country, the frustration at the lack of resources the country has as the pandemic's infections and fatality rates continue their accelerating and upwards trend.

Three Million Dead: The Pandemic Marches On

Today, April 16 AEST, the global casualty rate for SARS-CoV-2 reached three million dead, and around one-hundred and forty million aggregate cases. It is, of course, nowhere near the scale of WWII, where something in the order of 70-85 million people died when the world population was an estimated 2.3 billion, compared to the 7.7 billion of today. But of course, this is just year one.

Bramble Cay Melomys Memorial Day

Today is Bramble Cay Melomys Memorial Day, dedicated to Australian wildlife and especially those that have become exitinct due to human (in)action. The Bramble Cay Melomys is the first mammal to become extinct due to climate change. A rescue plan was organised, but it was too little, too late.

The Guardian cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon, has provided a series of cartoons on these events.

Basic Econometrics of Tax Revenues and Inequality

The following is the first of several short articles on the relationship between public finances, economic growth, and economic welfare. In this case two variables are considered, the Gini Coefficient of Income and the Total Tax Revenue as a percentage of GDP for OECD countries. In both cases the data is from c2018, the "circa" indicating that in some cases the data is a year or two older.

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