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Observations on Poland and the Baltics

September 17, 2019 - 00:24 -- Admin

The family cycled from Berlin to Tallinn this year, giving me an opportunity to see how Poland and the Baltics have fared after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990s. Some observations:

–          Poland is doing well. Agriculture there is as organised and productive as in Germany, with the newest combine harvesters collecting flour for millions of bread rolls.

How Good are Refugees? This year’s only MUST ATTEND dinner. 12th Sept, Melb.

August 17, 2019 - 11:11 -- Admin

If these kinds of things existed in my country, I wouldn’t need to be running for President to fix everything up.

Elizabeth Warren

The only thing that didn’t leave a nasty taste in my mouth last year was the food.

Barry the hypothetical troll from last year (He’s been debunked, defrocked, unfriended and univited this year)

Market – what market? The catch 22 that stops ‘scaling’ innovation in government in its tracks

July 24, 2019 - 23:45 -- Admin

Cross posted from the Mandarin

There is a huge catch 22 driving impact measurement in human services. A lot of the evaluation is done because governments seek it, but then it goes nowhere – and for good reason. NGOs and others hoping to ‘scale-up’ innovation can’t escape this without something like an Evaluator-General, writes Nicholas Gruen.

If your problem is darkness, it’s better to light one quarter of a candle than to light any more of a candle (apparently)

June 20, 2019 - 14:12 -- Admin

Here’s Phil Lowe reporting on the RBA’s failure to meet its performance targets and refusal to do anything about it:

This decision [to cut rates by 0.25%] was not in response to a deterioration in the economic outlook since the previous update was published in early May. Rather, it reflected a judgement that we could do better than the path we looked to be on.