Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Friday, November 04, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
hijabs in australian schools.
The argument to justify this stance is wonderful -- hijabs should be banned because wearing them is "more an act of rebellion than anything" according to Sophie, who has obviously spoken to many Islamic schoolgirls on this topic. I am sure that is what it is all about -- young girls like to be subjected to unwanted scrutiny, just so they can feel bad.
However, I think that Sophie has met her match. Brendon Nelson says that he defends the right to wear 'religious dress' school. That is fine, even though I would have thought that this is a matter for the states and has nothing to do with good old Brendon (but maybe his state sponsored education did not cover the concept of federalism -- he seems to be trying to stick his fingers in everywhere these days). But nevertheless, I am happy admit that Brendon and I do agree on this.
Sophie must be seen to be un-Ostrayan, if she is to disagree with that embodiment of Australian
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
all you need to know about modelling.
In a meeting this morning, a very successful Economics Professor* said to me;
“I've tried [econometric time series analysis] a few times but I've never been able to estimate anything useful.”
He is a very bright fellow, and is straight up about things. He has also declared that the parameter values that he is using in a particular model literally “are no more than guesses”.
* He does have a name, but I have a job.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
this is what the labor party does, remember?
We have two Senators — one from the governing Coalition — willing to block the impending assault on the rights of the worker.
We also have a High Court challenge by the unions to the government’s propaganda campaign.
And what is ‘Bomber’ Beazley, our fabulous ‘Leader’ of the Opposition, going on about?
Terrorism. And security. And how Howard has left the country in an unprepared state.
Get a grip. (Somehow) You are the Leader of the Labor Party.
And people wonder why the ALP is stuck in opposition, and haemorrhaging members…