Sir Les on prostate examinations


Do Kiwis who move to Australia still raise the IQs of both countries?

If immigration lowers wages in New Zealand, political parties should be cheering every New Zealander who leaves because their emigration will raise wages here!? But none of them do that. They welcome returning New Zealanders.

Source: Immigration Economics: A Review David Card and Giovanni Peri, April, 2016.

Guide to the Classics: Suetonius’s The Twelve Caesars explores vice and virtue in ancient Rome

The Logical Place

The Conversation

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Giovanni Cavino, I primi dodici imperatori Romani (‘The first twelve Roman emperors’), plaquettes produced at Padua, c. 1550. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University

In a memorable scene from the classic BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976), three frightened senators are summoned to the palace in the dead of night by the emperor Caligula. Rather than being executed, they are treated to a command performance by Caligula himself, who dances before them dressed in a shimmering gold bikini.

Caligula’s midnight dance routine is the climax of a sequence of horrors and indiscretions committed by the emperor. He has his predecessor suffocated to death with a pillow, executes his cousin because of his irritating cough, and engages in an incestuous relationship with his sister (they’re both gods, you see).

Caligula dances for Claudius and two other senators. Scene from the BBC TV series, I, Claudius (1976).


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Did @Greens @NZGreens @SenSanders denounce the wet feet, dry feet policy applied to Cuban refugees?

Asked about three specific Cuba policies — the Cuban Adjustment Act; wet-foot, dry-foot; and the immigration status of Cuban nationals convicted of state and federal crimes — Sanders said he didn’t know enough about them to opine.

Vanity Fair takes a look behind the reality of the movie Casablanca

The Inquiring Mind

2017 is the 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca, one of the most beloved films of all time. It has many scenes where phrases have passed into our normal speech.

One of many classic scenes was this one:-

Vanity Fair takes a look at the reality of the politics being played out at the time and the fact that in many respects the USA aided and abetted the Vichy regime.

It makes for an interesting read.

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What are the highest paid sports leagues?

India has taken off into the stratosphere as a TV market


NBA basketball has the highest average salary of any sports league followed by IPL cricket with baseball coming in third. Over half of the highest paid leagues were football with the EPL and the Bundesliga being above US$2 million. It is interesting that La Liga is third within the Football category even though a Spanish team has won the Champions League 5 times in the last 7 years.

In cricket the Twenty20 format has proved to be very popular with television viewers and gets very good attendances most notably in the IPL (India), Big Bash (Australia) and T20 Blast (England). In September this year IPL signed a five year contract worth US$2.55bn (US$510m per year) for broadcast and digital rights with Star India – a TV network owned by 21st Century Fox. The IPL competition involves just 60 matches which equates to US$8.5m per game which is 400% higher than…

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Climate alarmists are getting a fair shake of the media reporting


Nacu-Schmidt, A., Oonk, D., Pearman, O., Boykoff, M., Daly, M., McAllister, L., and McNatt, M. (2017). United States Coverage of Climate Change or Global Warming, 2000-2017. Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Web. [Date of access.]

Playing the Cognitive Game – The Climate Skeptic’s Guide to Cognitive Biases

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by John Ridgway

I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty fed up with psychologists proclaiming the irrationality of climate change scepticism. Eagerly, they waste no opportunity in hurling accusations of cognitive bias which, strangely enough, only seems to afflict those who find issue with the consensus view.

Well, I think it is high time that someone redressed the imbalance. So, I offer here my own commentary on the common cognitive biases and how they relate to the climate change controversy. In so doing, I hope to demonstrate how easy it is to conjecture upon a group’s psychological state and how easy it is to turn the tables and place the advocates of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) hypothesis under scrutiny. The result may be so much psychological flimflam but I consider it no less worthy than the dubious speculation emanating from the supposed experts…

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