Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

RICHARD GREEN: Sakura, 5 years later

I saw this post by previous Troppo regular Richard 塚正, the Troppo author previously known as Richard Green and tweeted a suggestion that he republish it here. To which I got the reply: “I long since lost my password and was too lazy … Continue reading

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Anzac Day Redux

We’re nothing here at Club Pony if we’re not banging on about the Issue of the Day and the Issue of the Day is Anzac Day. Owing to continuing flatlining in Troppo’s celebrity endorsement and themed fluffy toy revenue and the Troppo elves striking … Continue reading

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The Death of Australian Children’s Broadcast Television Programming: by Patricia Edgar

The Director-General of the BBC has now conceded there is a crisis, with young people spending more time viewing Netflix and YouTube than they do BBC programs.  In July 2017 he announced the broadcaster’s biggest investment in children’s services in a generation … Continue reading

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Spanish Film Festival

Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Kiki, Love to Love (Opening Night) Through five stories, the movie addresses sex and love. Paco and Ana are a married couple looking for reactivate the passion of their sexual relations. Jose … Continue reading

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Free digital goods promote wellbeing:SHOCK!!

Using Massive Online Choice Experiments to Measure Changes in Well-being by Erik Brynjolfsson, Felix Eggers, Avinash Gannamaneni – #24514 (EFG PR) Abstract: GDP and derived metrics (e.g., productivity) have been central to understanding economic progress and well-being. In principle, the … Continue reading

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Sam Harris and Ezra Klein venture within nano-metres of the gaslighting event-horizon

As I tweeted: I was gripped by this 2 hour intellectual brawl Would Ezra articulate compelling reasons for Sam Harris to rise to self-reflection? Or would Sam keep him at bay with his magic “I’m just after timeless scientific truth … Continue reading

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Beauty, Job Tasks, and Wages: A New Conclusion about Employer Taste-Based Discrimination

Beauty, Job Tasks, and Wages: A New Conclusion about Employer Taste-Based Discrimination by Todd R. Stinebrickner, Ralph Stinebrickner, Paul J. Sullivan [I’m sceptical that there’s no discrimination in jobs where beauty doesn’t generate a dividend for the employer, but what … Continue reading

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