Monthly Archives: October 2009

Nemo dat v bona fide

Sometimes, both sides of an argument are right. Not just partly right, or right on odd numbered days, or right only under certain circumstances. They’re both right for all time, and — ceteris paribus — under all circumstances.  Some of the thorniest problems in public policy are of this type, and when they come into […]

Taking a break

I’m not recovering from pneumonia as well as I ought to be, and thus I’m going to take a break from everything for a week or two. See you in a week (hopefully I’ll feel much better then). If you want something interesting to read in the meantime, have a look at this article from […]

Now this is a good thing

Well, I think it is, anyway: Oxford University is hoping to welcome its first Aboriginal Australian students next year, it has been announced. From next month, applications for two scholarship places are being accepted. The university said although it had a significant number of students from Australia, an indigenous Australian had never studied there. The […]

Hamilton and Higgins

Now, I don’t usually get involved in the nitty-gritty of politics. I don’t know how far my my general sympathies are obvious to readers because I have unorthodox views which mean I don’t fit well into any party camp. Let’s just say it’s very unlikely you’ll ever see me campaigning for the Liberal Party. But […]

A Religious Buffet

Via the Australian Skeptics… Enjoy.

Here we go, here we go, here we go

Yes, it’s on again, the annual UK BNP blow-up. This time it’s the BBC, and not the Oxford Union. Memo to the ‘anti-fascist league’ or whatever you call yourselves these days: 1. Preventing these people from speaking will not make them go away. 2. Behaving badly while the loonies behave politely will make the greater […]

Spare the rod, spoil the child?

It is not long ago since our society believed that hitting a child to discipline her was necessary. When I was in very early primary school we still worried about “getting the strap”, although I think corporal punishment had been outlawed by then, but there was still a collective consciousness of “the strap” and what […]

When is a trust not a trust?

Via the Restitution Discussion Group (yes, there really is such a thing), I hear that the Australian High Court has indulged in yet another snark at unjust enrichment. Is it just me, or are these self-righteous little rants getting boring? The case is Bofinger v Kingsway Group Limited [2009] HCA 44. The issue raised is […]

Bunny Broilers

Residents in Stockholm are divided over reports that rabbits are being used to make biofuel. The bodies of thousands of rabbits are fuelling a heating plant in central Sweden, local newspapers say. The city of Stockholm has an annual cull of thousands of rabbits to protect the capital’s parks and green spaces… Tommy Tuvunger, one […]

Weekend open thread and general sickie whinge

Open threads/weekend forums have long been a fixture at Larvatus Prodeo and Catallaxy. We’ve never done them here on the grounds that we thought other blogs already did an admirable job on that front. However, after a couple of requests from regulars — and due to the fact that Legal Eagle is spectacularly sick at […]