Dodgy Unions, by Cam Slater (Author) – now available from Amazon for your Kindle and Kindle reader

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Eleanor Catton carries on her leftist tirades

Eleanor Catton sounds like she is standing for public office, rather than dipping her well trained snout once again into the trough.

She has an opinion piece in the Sunday Star-Times and once again rants on about political things.

She will of course get mightly upset when she gets smacked around the ears for it, you see free speech is only for the left, everyone else has to shut up.

As is usual she thinks because she is a tenured liberal academic elite that what she says, no matter how wrong, is the gospel truth.

Imagine the ?sudden dissolution of all sports stadiums, fitness centres and recreational facilities in New Zealand, rationalised by the argument that if kids want to learn about sport they can watch it on TV. Such a proposition is absurd.

But sitting on the couch, watching a game of rugby, bears as little relation to actually playing the game as clicking through websites does to reading a book – especially when that book has been requested, sourced, or chosen according to the individual interests of the child.

The notion that online content is ‘interactive’ in a way that reading books is not is absolutely backwards. Physicality is immensely important to children, as is the enormous sense of achievement that comes when you check out a book from the library, when you finish it, when you return it, when you find it on the shelf again.

A book has dimension. It is a doorway.

A screen is all surface. How many adults can sit at a computer terminal and read diligently and immersively, for hours? How many can then retain what they have read?

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Paid to Win – Coming soon


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Coming Soon from Whaleoil Media

Paid to Win

A Campaign Professional?s Guide to Campaigning in New Zealand

By Simon Lusk

Simon Lusk is New Zealand?s only full time professional political campaign manager. He is paid to win campaigns. This book is a guide for aspiring candidates and campaign managers outlining what works and what does not work in campaigns in New Zealand.

The book will be released for purchase via Amazon as a Kindle Book one chapter at a time. ? ? Read more »


Face of the day

Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes

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Cool Ad, wait for it, wait for it…nice twist

No doubt Andrei and Lucia will have kittens over this ad…expect Kindle burnings in the streets if they already have one:


Vaclav Havel on Economists

Vaclav Havel wrote this about economists in the foreword of?Economics of Good and Evil : The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street
by Tomas Sedlacek.

I wonder what such an economist-accountant would do if given the task to optimize the work of a symphony orchestra. Most likely he would eliminate all the pauses from Beethoven concerts. After all, they?re good for nothing. They just hold things up, and orchestra members cannot be paid for not playing.

I have just just started the book after the Kindle version became available this week.

The bollocks of legacy businesses

I had lunch with a guy, who I respect?immensely,?the other day who recommended a book to me for some reading. I took the?recommendation?as a kind of homework. To be read and understood so we can discuss it at our next lunch.

I know he reads this blog so I wanted to let him know that I am working on obtaining the book. However I face a dilemma.

I no longer buy physical books. I?have?an iPad and the missus has a Kindle. We buy e-books. On my iPad i have Kindle software plus there is iBooks.

The book I was?recommended?to read is:

Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street by Tomas Sedlacek

Economics of Good and EvilTomas Sedlacek has shaken the study of economics as few ever have. Named one of the “Young Guns” and one of the “five hot minds in economics” by the?Yale Economic Review, he serves on the National Economic Council in Prague, where his provocative writing has achieved bestseller status. How has he done it? By arguing a simple, almost heretical proposition: economics is ultimately about good and evil.

In?The Economics of Good and Evil, Sedlacek radically rethinks his field, challenging our assumptions about the world. Economics is touted as a science, a value-free mathematical inquiry, he writes, but it’s actually a cultural phenomenon, a product of our civilization. It began within philosophy–Adam Smith himself not only wrote?The Wealth of Nations, but also?The Theory of Moral Sentiments–and economics, as Sedlacek shows, is woven out of history, myth, religion, and ethics. “Even the most sophisticated mathematical model,” Sedlacek writes, “is, de facto, a story, a parable, our effort to (rationally) grasp the world around us.” Economics not only describes the world, but establishes normative standards, identifying ideal conditions. Science, he claims, is a system of beliefs to which we are committed. To grasp the beliefs underlying economics, he breaks out of the field’s confines with a tour de force exploration of economic thinking, broadly defined, over the millennia. He ranges from the epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament to the emergence of Christianity, from Descartes and Adam Smith to the consumerism in?Fight Club. Throughout, he asks searching meta-economic questions: What is the meaning and the point of economics? Can we do ethically all that we can do technically? Does it pay to be good?

Placing the wisdom of philosophers and poets over strict mathematical models of human behavior, Sedlacek’s groundbreaking work promises to change the way we calculate economic value.

Now here is the stupid part. I can buy the book in har copy and ship it to NZ. I can buy the book in hard copy here. But I don’t want a hard copy. There isn’t currently a Kindle version.

There are electronic versions of the book available but you simply can’t buy them online because as soon as you put your details into the sites it stops you because you live in NZ. I even tried using a mates address in New Mexico but because I use a kiwi credit card it too was rejected.

So my dilemma is this. I have found the book in electronic format on a torrent site. I can easily down load it in less time it has taken me to type this post.

There is also a cool piece of software called Calibre that some genius has written and made open source that allows you to convert any format e-book in to any other format for use on multiple devices.

I am really struggling to see why I need to conform to an outdated, obsolete sales and distribution model. It is no wonder that piracy is rife. If economics is about good and evil hten it is publishers, old media companies and the like that are making me head to the dark side.

I would happily pay for the book. They just don’t seem to want my money. I fail to see why our government should pass laws to protect legacy industries like this. We don’t have laws that compel us to make, sell or buy buggy whips so why are we passing laws to protect obsolete industries.

What prompted this post was this image on Boing Boing:

Paul Mutant’s “This Painting is Not Available in Your Country” is a pretty snappy and trenchant commentary on the incoherent absurdity of territorial rights enforcement in the age of the Internet.

It prompted my memory and my frustration at not being able to buy a book how I like, when I like. As Boing Boing says, it is an?incoherent absurdity of territorial rights enforcement in the age of the Internet.

They need to adapt, or die. Meanwhile I think I will trip along to the dark side so I can complete my homework.