So long and thanks for all the fish
By Cat Herding Cabal on September 20, 2013
An open thread in which to complain about the new Government and speculate on what happens next.
By Robert Merkel on May 30, 2013
This week’s Four Corners reported that somebody, possibly the Chinese government, stole the plans for ASIO’s new headquarters. For what it’s worth, I don’t doubt for a moment that Chinese intelligence would like a copy of the building plans for […]
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 Robert Merkel on March 19, 2013
Defence’s biggest-ticket warfighting capabilities – ships, planes, and submarines – are procured, operated, and retired on cycles far longer than those of parliaments, Ministers, and governments. The Collins-Class submarines were ordered when Kim Beazley was Defence Minister in the Hawke […]
By Paul Norton on January 25, 2012
Here is a very interesting article about the emergence of anti-semitism (parading as anti-Zionism) as a key element of Soviet and Eastern European Stalinism after WWII.
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 December 13, 2011
Papua New Guinea’s political instability seems to be coming to a head – but figuring out the context is challenging to say the least.
By Robert Merkel on November 18, 2011
There’s been lots of discussion of what the de-facto basing of up to 2,500 US Marines at a training area in the Northern Territory means. There’s been blather about Guam, Okinawa and Chinese missile strike capability, for instance. Perhaps the […]
By Robert Merkel on November 16, 2011
It seems like this is foreign policy week – or, perhaps we’ll call it “fall into line with the USA” week.
By Robert Merkel on October 21, 2011
There was a time, a few years ago, where you couldn’t trip over without a major party politician singing the praises of carbon capture and storage. You may remember the fanfare with which the Global CCS Institute was launched by […]
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 […]