Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

St Greta of Thunberg

As Greta Thunberg makes her way across the Atlantic in a high-tech racing yacht built of petro-chemical derivatives and guided by banks of power-hungry onboard computers, the sort of people who maintain the UN’s climate powwows are more than opportunities for Third World kleptocrats’ brothers-in-law and professional scaremongers to live large on other people’s money are strewing her foamy progress with the rose petals of adoration.

James Delingpole sees the voyage in a rather different light, not to mention Saint Greta of Thunberg’s appearance on the cover of GQ magazine:

…What kind of man would be remotely interested in buying a mag whose main feature entailed a finger-wagging lecture (one we’ve all heard a gazillion times before) about how, like, totally endangered the planet is and how totally it’s all our fault and how we’ve got to abandon all the things we hold dear — meat; air travel; fast cars; designer threads — in order to stop all the baby polar bears melting?

A lecture, furthermore, from a child who hasn’t finished her schooling, whose frontal lobes haven’t formed, who has no sense of humour, whose every utterance is the second-hand opinion of alarmist grown-ups whose doomsday claims she is completely unequipped to assess?

No kind of man that I know of, that’s for sure. Unless you count tofu-eating, milquetoast, pantywaist, beta, snowflake, self-flagellating, Mom’s-basement-dwelling, environmental science graduates as men….

And that is Delingpole just getting started.

Insights from Quadrant

Know thy enemy

Roger Hallam co-founded Extinction Rebellion, the green fanatics whose local acolytes have been glueing themselves to roadways  and who longs to see more drones flying drones over airports to keep those carbon-spewing jetliners grounded. Normally a source of unquestioning green scaremongering, this is too much even for the BBC.

Hallam’s 23-minute  HARDtalk interview needs to be heard and Hallam’s arrogant ignorance noted, because this is what the world’s sane-and-normals are up against.

The interview can be heard in full via this link.

Insights from Quadrant

Pick a risk, any risk

In Germany in 1923, they burned money the old-fashioned way.

In the comments below Michael Kile’s Climate Hysteria: Follow the Money, reader Alice Thermopolis notes the mounting enthusiasm for climate change action of Reserve Bank Deputy-Governor Guy Debelle, as reported by the AFR.

Dr Debelle also highlighted climate risk as an area of concern in the long term for risk managers especially because it was hard to actually assess the risk.

“Climate is a challenging risk to assess but an increasingly necessary one,” he said.

“As risk managers, you can bring your skills at calculating the expected future value of financial assets across a number of potential scenarios. In that sense, climate risk is not that different from other risks, though the challenge of translating uncertain future paths for the climate into paths for the economy and the prices of financial assets is harder than some of the other risks that you generally deal with.”

As Alice wishes, more due diligence, Deputy-Governor.

Insights from Quadrant

Innovating failure

One of the many highlights of the weekend’s CPAC conference in Sydney was the Saturday morning address by tech entrepreneur Steve Baxter, who in course of 20 short minutes detailed why the NBN is a disaster closing in on a catastrophe. His address, which expanded on a 2016 essay, made this point:

NBN is currently about the monopolisation of the telecommunications access networks in Australia, it is the emasculation of facilities based competition and in return we are getting the world’s most expensive and commercially inflexible network – if we are truly going to reregulate ourselves into this corner let’s at least make the prize worth the pain.

Baxter’s thoughts can be read in full here.

Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

St Greta of Thunberg

As Greta Thunberg makes her way across the Atlantic in a high-tech racing yacht built of petro-chemical derivatives and guided by banks of power-hungry onboard computers, the sort of people who maintain the UN’s climate powwows are more than opportunities for Third World kleptocrats’ brothers-in-law and professional scaremongers to live large on other people’s money are strewing her foamy progress with the rose petals of adoration.

James Delingpole sees the voyage in a rather different light, not to mention Saint Greta of Thunberg’s appearance on the cover of GQ magazine:

…What kind of man would be remotely interested in buying a mag whose main feature entailed a finger-wagging lecture (one we’ve all heard a gazillion times before) about how, like, totally endangered the planet is and how totally it’s all our fault and how we’ve got to abandon all the things we hold dear — meat; air travel; fast cars; designer threads — in order to stop all the baby polar bears melting?

A lecture, furthermore, from a child who hasn’t finished her schooling, whose frontal lobes haven’t formed, who has no sense of humour, whose every utterance is the second-hand opinion of alarmist grown-ups whose doomsday claims she is completely unequipped to assess?

No kind of man that I know of, that’s for sure. Unless you count tofu-eating, milquetoast, pantywaist, beta, snowflake, self-flagellating, Mom’s-basement-dwelling, environmental science graduates as men….

And that is Delingpole just getting started.

Insights from Quadrant

Know thy enemy

Roger Hallam co-founded Extinction Rebellion, the green fanatics whose local acolytes have been glueing themselves to roadways  and who longs to see more drones flying drones over airports to keep those carbon-spewing jetliners grounded. Normally a source of unquestioning green scaremongering, this is too much even for the BBC.

Hallam’s 23-minute  HARDtalk interview needs to be heard and Hallam’s arrogant ignorance noted, because this is what the world’s sane-and-normals are up against.

The interview can be heard in full via this link.

Insights from Quadrant

Pick a risk, any risk

In Germany in 1923, they burned money the old-fashioned way.

In the comments below Michael Kile’s Climate Hysteria: Follow the Money, reader Alice Thermopolis notes the mounting enthusiasm for climate change action of Reserve Bank Deputy-Governor Guy Debelle, as reported by the AFR.

Dr Debelle also highlighted climate risk as an area of concern in the long term for risk managers especially because it was hard to actually assess the risk.

“Climate is a challenging risk to assess but an increasingly necessary one,” he said.

“As risk managers, you can bring your skills at calculating the expected future value of financial assets across a number of potential scenarios. In that sense, climate risk is not that different from other risks, though the challenge of translating uncertain future paths for the climate into paths for the economy and the prices of financial assets is harder than some of the other risks that you generally deal with.”

As Alice wishes, more due diligence, Deputy-Governor.

Insights from Quadrant

Innovating failure

One of the many highlights of the weekend’s CPAC conference in Sydney was the Saturday morning address by tech entrepreneur Steve Baxter, who in course of 20 short minutes detailed why the NBN is a disaster closing in on a catastrophe. His address, which expanded on a 2016 essay, made this point:

NBN is currently about the monopolisation of the telecommunications access networks in Australia, it is the emasculation of facilities based competition and in return we are getting the world’s most expensive and commercially inflexible network – if we are truly going to reregulate ourselves into this corner let’s at least make the prize worth the pain.

Baxter’s thoughts can be read in full here.