So long and thanks for all the fish
By Mark Bahnisch on September 17, 2013
In an op/ed in the Canberra Times today, Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute asks whether there is scope for hope on the left in an Abbott Prime Ministership. Denniss alludes to the oft-expressed desire of lefties […]
By Brian on May 16, 2013
It’s not Australia, although we came 10th. Finland, of course! And, we are told, the scores of the top ten are closely clustered, so we are right up there. Every year the Save the Children put out a State of […]
By Robert Merkel on April 1, 2013
As Brian’s post on the “new hockey stick” shows, the public policy implications of climate science haven’t changed a lot over the past few years. If we don’t all act, we are screwed. In fact, we may already be screwed. […]
By Mark Bahnisch on March 14, 2013
I promised when LP was revived that I would write a post on the crisis in the Catholic Church. I’d intended to do that during the Conclave, but like everyone else, I am surprised that the election of the new […]
By Mark Bahnisch on March 12, 2013
Where the death of Hugo Chávez has been noticed in the Western media, it’s typically been framed in terms of two quite old polarities. Chávez and his movement began to encroach on the institutions of the State and of the […]
By Robert Merkel on February 17, 2012
So what is food security, anyway?
By Robert Merkel on January 3, 2012
The world continues to inch towards the eradication of two more diseases. The number of Guinea worm cases continues to decline. According to the latest WHO bulletin, in January through September 2011, there were 1,008 cases of dracunculasis reported, compared […]
By Robert Merkel on October 19, 2011
This is amazing – a (partially) effective vaccine for malaria. The full scholarly article on the Phase 3 clinical trial is here. In short, the vaccine reduced the incidence of malaria amongst vaccinated children by about half. It’s not a […]
By Mark Bahnisch on August 26, 2011
As the Revolution in Libya appears set to succeed, a number of notions have become instant common wisdom, the most prominent of which is that “we” somehow have a responsibility to ensure that Libya does not become another Iraq.
By Robert Merkel on August 3, 2011
It seems that the giant IT assembler Foxconn is seeking an alternative to paying its workers more – and the solution is more robots.
By Robert Merkel on June 6, 2011
A provocative piece from Foreign Policy magazine by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo claims that “global hunger” is fundamentally mischaracterized: Are there really more than a billion people going to bed hungry each night? … What we’ve found is that […]