Friday, April 29, 2011

Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two

Amazing! An artist film maker that actually understands economics.  Did you miss the first one in the series?  See it here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What Chance of Sucess in Afghanistan?

Professor Christopher Coyne of George Mason University gives an economist's perspective on post-conflict reconstruction and how to promote peace. This man really knows his subject. After watching this video I have had to re-assess my position on Australia's, and the US's involvement in Afghanistan. I am no longer convinced about our bi-partisan policy of "stay the course" war in Afghanistan. It is a long video (1hr:25min) but well worth it. The speaker puts forward some very powerful arguments rarely heard in this debate.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Andrew Bolt Destroys Tim Flannery

Or rather, Tim Flannery destroys the governments case for a carbon dioxide tax with his own words. This is hysterical, listen to the podcast here.

Prof Dr. Vincent Courtillot - A Denier?

Tim Flannery would describe this man as disreputable. Julia, Combet, Bob Brown and Co. would call him an extremist. If they were remotely interested in truth or science they would watch this video, alas their expertise is confined to name calling and ad hominem attacks.

He strikes me as a professor of the old school, one with respect for true scientific principles. See what you think.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV

A year or two ago I suffered my first episode of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) also known as Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV). My local GP prescribed Brant - Daroff exercises which I performed rigorously for between 2 and 3 weeks. I found them to be completely useless. Finally, frustrated, I turned to the Internet to research BPV and discovered the Epley Maneuver described here.

I studied the instructions and the associated video at this site and self–performed the Dix-Hallpike test to determine the affected vestibular. I determined that my right posterior canal was the problem. I then self performed the Eply Maneuver treatment for my right ear. To my amazement the BPV symptoms virtually disappeared overnight.

I have since had a few repeat episodes that I have successfully treated with the same procedure. If you want to self treat yourself for this syndrome it is most important that you first correctly establish which is the affected ear using the Dix-Hallpike test. The following video explains both the diagnosis and treatment very clearly.

NB. When self performing the Dix-Hallpike test, begin with your head turned 45 degrees towards the test side. If the test is positive you will experience dizziness and nystagmus after you recline to the horizontal position. The following video shows how to self perform the Eply Maneuver for the right ear. To treat the left ear simply perform the maneuver in the opposite direction, beginning with the head turned to the left.