Poor Old Rafe is busy doing overtime getting this selection of reading together, but ‘sniggling for eels’? Rafe goes fishing … Rafe’s Roundup 27 Sept
Foreign aid. How Jeffrey Sachs failed to save Africa. Not surprising, William Easterly saw this coming years ago. And so did Peter Bauer (repeated from last week). Most western aid does more harm than good.
Around the town: The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, at the IPA, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies. The Sydney Line, the link to this site is not working at last test.
Science. How plants feed on CO2 and can run out of food in the afternoon. Which of course is why enhanced CO2 in the air will green the planet. In the night they expell CO2 and the graph shows that CO2 peaks before sunrise, after that the photosynthesis begins, sucking in CO2 and expelling oxygen. My mother was a nurse and when I was a child she told me that nurses in hospitals were taught to take flowers out of the ward at nights because during that time the oxygen in the air would be reduced while the CO2 increased. Nice idea but I doubt that the effect of a few flowers would be measurable.
Literature and language. More work from Dr Michael Giffin, CR Scholar and “Labourer of no fixed academic address”. On the Amazon Giffin page. Most recently: Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark: Freedom and Constraint in The Bell and Robinson, Joseph Conrad on Colonialism: From Evolution to Evil in Heart of Darkness, George Eliot on Scholasticism: Casaubon’s Moldy Futilities in Middlemarch, Charlotte Bronte on Hegel: An Essay, Christian and Jewish Relations: A Progress Report.
How the English say what they don’t mean.
Sport and recreation. Introduction to angling. Thrashing the Derwent River in Tasmania. Music for tying flies, good for a couple of minutes. The equipment you need. The products. Something quite different, sniggling for eels. For the handyman, trout tickling.
Wildlife pictorial. Whale watch.
Motoring. NRMA driving courses in NSW and ACT. In NSW drivers aged 25 years and over are exempt from the 12 month tenure and log book requirements (100+ hours).
The original template for this genuine motoring icon was the 1966 Fiat 124, a car justly praised for its handling, comfort and versatility and notorious for its biodegradable coachwork. This last trait was due to a body made from steel sourced from the Soviet Union thanks to a deal negotiated by the Italian Communist Party
For nerds. Policy-oriented research at the Mercatus Institute.