Experts aren’t clergy - CQ Today

The Danish physicist, Niels Bohr, once quipped that "An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field." His wisdom has been on display daily during the coronavirus pandemic. We have been swamped by "experts", telling us to stay home, wear masks and get the jab. Much of the advice of experts has been correct and we should listen to them. But we should not treat the expert class as some infallible clergy. Experts are human just like all of us and they make mistakes too. Read more

Protesters who graffitied Parliament House fined just $20 - Courier Mail

Back in August last year, Extinction Rebellion protesters graffitied the front of Parliament House and lit a pram on fire. Eight protesters were arrested and charged in the ACT Magistrates Court. They were ultimately fined just $20 each. You’d probably cop more for failing to check in with a QR code. Read more

What’s in a wonderful life - CQ Today

A tradition our family has adopted for the past decade or so is watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. The kids complain about its over two-hour length but it’s at least a time where we put the iPads and phones away and spend time together. I suppose I should put a spoiler alert here, but for a movie that celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, the statute of limitations has probably expired on that. Read more

King coal delivers goods - CQ Today

Every time I go to Canberra it seems that the Australian coal industry is once again being read the last rites. And every time I return, I talk to local Central Queensland coal businesses that have never been busier. A bunch of reports released in the past week shows that the on-the-ground local knowledge is right, and the “desktop wisdom” of Canberra is wrong again. Read more

The Covid Christmas meme that shows how far we still have to go - Courier Mail

There is a meme going around of a small baby sitting on Santa’s lap. The baby looks up hopefully into Santa’s eyes and asks for a Porsche 911. Read more

Covid brought to book - CQ Today

If, like me, you have left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, consider gifting the ground breaking book, by Australian journalist Sharri Markson, on the origins of the coronavirus. Her book has been a worldwide hit. Titled What really happened in Wuhan? it is the most gripping description of how the world descended into the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu. For most, this will be a topic you think you know much about. The coronavirus has been the number one story for nearly two years, and many of the stories Ms Markson broke have been widely reported. There is still many unanswered questions though that this book explores, as well as just being a rollicking, “inside the room” account of how this all happened. Read more

The little rainbow book - The Spectator

China’s exports have boomed since coronavirus. Covid-19 was probably made in a Chinese lab, but the Chinese Communist Party’s trade has skyrocketed well beyond gain of function exploits. Take their social credit score system. Chinese leaders can probably barely believe how quickly Western countries have adopted its system of controlling what people can do based on whether they do as they’re told. Vaccine passports are now more common than a ‘get your 6th coffee; free card. Our Covid check-in apps will probably have this feature in about 2023. Read more

Tax will hit CQ the hardest - CQ Today

What is it with the Labor party and their addiction to taxes? Over the past decade they have tried (and failed) to introduce a carbon tax, a mining tax and a retiree tax (on franking credits). Last week they were at it again with what appears to be a proposal to introduce the mutant child of the carbon and mining taxes. Read more

Not disposed: Life is sacred - CQ Today

Modern science is a wonderful thing. Scientific discoveries save lives, make it easier for us to clean our house and let us travel all around the world effortlessly. But science also puts pressure on what is the difference between right and wrong. Most laws, going right back to when Hammurabi was a boy, outlaw certain conduct, like killing or assaulting others. This is known as the natural law approach to ethics, based on the idea that we can discover what is "good" by investigating the true essence of human nature. The good of protecting human life is almost always part of any natural law. Read more

Back to the bad old days - CQ Today

Anyone that has filled up their car recently can see that prices are going up. Last week The Economist magazine tweeted that "The sharp increase in inflation over the past year has blindsided many economists. Almost no one saw it coming." Read more


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