We should be grateful.
As the BBC recently pointed out, our prehistoric ancestors needed to gather and chop “wood 10 hours a day for six days… [in order to] produce 1,000 lumen hours of light… That is the equivalent of one modern light bulb shining for just 54 minutes, although what you would actually get is many more hours of dim, flickering light instead.”
By 1900, 60 hours of work could provide 10 days of light. The light bulbs would burn 100 times as bright as a candle, steadily, and inodorously. By 1920, 60 hours of work could already pay for 5 months of stable light. By 1990, that increased to 10 years of light. Today? 52 years.
The amount of labor that once bought 54 minutes of light now buys 52 years of light.
That’s real social justice.
Justice compromised by e.g. carbon taxes.
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is the new vehicle fuel consumption and emissions testing procedure being adopted in Europe and other places as of next year.
I visited the site designed to educate consumers and other parties and read:
The WLTP laboratory test is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions. …
Dr Craig Idso talks about how real science that increasing CO2 provides a biospheric bonanza already evident in a global greening since 1982.
For those not familiar with the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia may be puzzled about the current distraction of government from its nominal business. The Constitution is the rules under which the Commonwealth operates and the clause that put parliamentarians in a pickle is Section 44(i) which reads:
44. Any person who –
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
…shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
At first glance it appears only to be about citizenship, but read it again slowly and you may notice entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power. It does not say all the rights, so just one of the rights and privileges available to citizens of a foreign power would disqualify somebody from nominating for or sitting in Parliament. Continue reading
Fundstücke zu Hayek. Rezension im Deutschlandfunk. Die Verfassung der Freiheit (ISBN 3161458443)
Das Buch ist in mancherlei Hinsicht unzeitgemäß, und auch darin liegt sein Reiz. Hayek verzahnt die Perspektive seines Fachs mit der Philosophie und dem Recht, ganz im Gegensatz zur heutigen Praxis der Ökonomie.
Gesellschaftliche Prozesse lassen sich nicht zielsicher steuern
Es sei zugestanden: Dies ist kein einfaches Werk, die Argumentation ist nicht frei von Widersprüchen. Doch es stecken unendlich viele Denkanstöße darin. Es ist inspirierend, wie sorgsam Hayek um den Begriff der Freiheit ringt, sich mit ihrer präzisen Abgrenzung und Begründung plagt, mit ihrer Bedeutung und den Anforderungen an den Ordnungsrahmen – an die Verfassung – einer Gemeinschaft.
“Bei den technischen Mitteln, die dem Staat zur Verfügung stehen, ist es nicht so sicher, dass (sich die spontanen Kräfte des Wachstums) noch durchsetzen können … Wir sind nicht weit davon entfernt, dass die bewusst organisierten Kräfte der Gesellschaft jene spontanen Kräfte zerstören könnten, die den Fortschritt möglich machten.”
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Weiteres von F.A. Hayek
Marriage shackled to Government.
Australia’s infinitely wise government is using taxpayers’ money to ask the people if they would agree to change the Marriage Act to permit same-sex marriage. (Shades of The Rise And Rise of Michael Rimmer)
Different source put the proportion of population that would be involved in such marriage at between 0.2% and 20%. In any case; a minority; which is not in itself a case for No.
This case for No addresses the role of government and laws in society. The difference between rights and privilege. And equality under the law. Continue reading
I’ve been reading. F.A. Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty (ISBN 978-0-415-40424-2).
Not F.A. Hayek
The book had been on the shelf beside my bed for a few years, scarcely read. As during my university days in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s; one cannot gain insight into a book’s contents purely by osmosis.
As I was travelling to the dedication of the Peacekeeping Memorial in Canberra for a few days, I packed the book to study during the idle hours. The book is quite a tome, around 500 pages in total; comprised of the main text in 3 parts filling 340 pages, then copious footnotes and several indexes including a useful “Analytical Table of Contents”.
This is not a book review. The book was first published in 1960 so there ought to be plenty of reviews elsewhere. How can I compete?
Published in 1960, the book seems to be just as applicable now as it may have been in the 1950’s and the decade that launched free men to aspire to walk on the Moon.
Friedrich August von Hayek analyses the concepts of liberty; why liberty is beneficial to individuals and society; where liberty originated; how liberty was established; how liberty is sustained and how it is and can be extinguished. Not having yet studied all of the main text, I’m not yet ready to distil my interpretation.
I will however venture to provide a brief, important synopsis: Continue reading
Never attribute to malice that which can be accounted for by incompetence.
Tony Heller (aka Steve Goddard on Twitter and elsewhere) of RealClimateScience produced a short video exposing the fecklessness of the “scientists” who signed a report in which there is no credible support for the graphics produced.
Heller explains how the charts in fact expose the incompetence/fraud of its authors whose objective it seems to be to tell a scary story; and not to explain a truth.Ratios of temperature extremes? Seriously? And then on the Fahrenheit degrees scale and not an absolute temperature (e.g. Kelvin) as is necessary when trying to get useful results in thermodynamics?
Taxpayers are paying their salaries. Contributing to their pensions and other benefits. Heller refers to this as fraud, which I dare not because of the risk or punishment by the process of litigation, but I describe it as at least incompetent; deserving at least the immediate cessation of funding to the feckless.
Hat -tip to Pierre Gosselin; who has more at NoTricksZone.
P.S.: Some time ago, Christopher Booker wrote in the UK’s Telegraph that the IPCC’s ‘scary’ new report is needle stuck in an old groove.
Blogger Pierre Gosselin reminded people on Facebook:
Three years ago I wrote what ended up being my best post ever — with over 650,000 “shares” or “likes”. EAT YOUR MEAT! Veganism is an eating disorder.
Pierre’s blog article can be found at NoTricksZone
Snippets: Continue reading
Western Australians voted in a Labor government on the 11th of March, 2017.
Here are a few words on how sensible people might prepare for the next 4 years under Labor.
The Australian Labor Party (ABC 😉 ) has a penchant for “renewables”, regardless of the fundamental limits that make it inappropriate for the energy needs of modern, technological society. The South Australian experiment was destined to fail from the outset so the collapse of their grid in September last year was no surprise to anybody with something of an understanding of the fundamental limits of renewables and what it takes to provide reliable electrical power to consumers.
(Australian Liberal parties seem to have lacked the technological competence to provide it with the confident footing to rigorously oppose the insanity of plunging deeper into renewables.)
There are many options that can confuse the prospective buyer of a generator. Continue reading
Tallbloke reports Germany’s renewables revolution destabilises neighbours’ electrical grid
This has been going on for a while but is probably getting worse. The Poles and Czechs are now setting their phase-shifters to ‘stun’. 😉
Germany’s excess power spills over the border into Polish and Czech territory and threatens their electrical grids with collapse, companies and governments there say.
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