Updates

I often add new material or make edits to past work on this web site.  The following lists the more significant changes:

  • Advocated moving the UK capital to Birmingham (18 Feb. 2018)
  • Topped off my Australia page with a Star Wars parody! (29 Jan. 2018)
  • Thoughts on gay & group parenting (& why men like breasts & long hair!), prompted by Same-Sex Marriage legislation in Australia (21 Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018)
  • Tweaked my gravity theory, mainly to note gravity may be the net difference in magnetic fields caused by electrons and protons (17 Nov. 2017)
  • Refreshed discussion of taxis/shared-vehicles/last-mile transport options and added idea to reduce vandalism of rental bikes (15 Nov. 2017)
  • Suggestion to use on-demand, automated vehicles to cost-effectively provide a 200kph hybrid car-public transport service from Sydney to Newcastle elevated over the M1/freeway median (10 Oct. 2017)
  • Suggested use of high-altitude balloons to lift a spaceship up to 40+km, where 30x lower drag would enable much smaller rockets to deliver passenger aviation flights in excess of Mach 3 (3 Oct. 2017)
  • Reworded/tweaked my Quantum Universe ideas, including hypotheses for strong & weak nuclear forces and noting likeness to an existing Quantum Field Theory (18-21 Sep. 2017)
  • Refined Sydney Metro plan (again), with Rozelle station as an optional branch (22 August 2017)
  • Comments on how the UK-EU Brexit negotiations need to shift to a "win-win" mindset & recognise the complications of free people movement (21 July & 20 August 2017)
  • Advocating scrapping money-grabbing & ineffective nanny-state mandatory bike-helmet laws, at least for adults off-road (11 August 2017)
  • Noted City of Sydney council's scaled-down WestConnex proposal, integrated with my West Metro rail plans & options (28 July 2017)
  • Domestic Violence page now includes comparative analysis of suicide, showing the need for drastically improved data collection & analysis in this area (30 June 2017)
  • Added a paper on "Supporting Employment & Reforming Welfare" to super-tax discussion, covering annuities, a Universal Basic Income and other employment services, which could be delivered by "Capitalist Co-ops" (12 June 2017)
  • Let the LET begin!  I support the "Low Emissions Target" (LET) or "Clean Energy Target" (CET) proposed by Alan Finkel as a pragmatic emissions trading scheme (11 June 2017)
  • Comments on human rights threatened in Australia by politicians continuing their simple-minded and failing "war on terror" (11 June 2017)
  • Advocating "I am Australianfor a new national anthem to go with a new Australian constitution and flag! (25 May 2017)
  • Comments on overly-simplistic/misleading economics & finance modelling, and on similar international economic strategies (beyond borders) for China & UK post-Brexit (15 May 2017)
  • My thoughts on how to improve tunnelling speed (for trains/Hyperloop) by an order of magnitude, as Elon Musk hopes to do with The Boring Company (2 May 2017)
  • My new blog here on housing affordability, posted on Global Access Partner (GAP)'s OpenForum blog site (28 April 2017)
  • Updated integrated Sydney Metro & WestConnex proposals to include a bus station under Balmain Gladstone Park with priority for express electric buses connecting to the planned Rozelle Interchange, Western Harbour Tunnel & "Beaches Link" (6 April 2017)
  • Noted that a universal basic income combined with no minimum wage (ideally administered via competing employment agencies) could offer economically efficient pricing of labour (3 April 2017)
  • Attached to Human Services my schematic of a cohesive, integrated strategy to address the problems of an ageing population (1 April 2017)
  • Uploaded an example of councils' poor handling of development controls (which adversely impacts affordable housing) - my critique of Leichhardt (now Inner West) Council's technically & economically incompetent flood-management development controls (16 March 2017)
  • How energy retailer emissions trading can also transform their customer service (after AGL charged me $1,200 for leaked gas, then fobbed me off to 3rd parties for a year!) - (15 March 2017)
  • Improved xls & decision-tree showing the flexibility of a transformational 10-year budgeting framework, to facilitate more stable funding guidance for service-delivery agencies (25 Feb. 2017)
  • Aviation baggage management: improving safety, comfort & capacity in wide-body aircraft - the result of having a lot of thinking time on Sydney-UK flights! (15 Feb. 2017)
  • Updated my theory of gravity to note that it could be caused by protons consisting of a rotating positive electric field, rather than by rotating electrons (21 Jan. 2017)
  • Added a one-page paper on the inevitable need for superannuation tax reforms due to an ageing population, which is also posted on GAP's Open Forum (21 Jan. 2017)
  • Added examples of the broader, knock-on costs to society stemming from our inefficient courts/justice system (23 Nov. 2016)
  • Proposed replacing all tax allowances and welfare payments with one universal basic income, paid into superannuation accounts (20 Nov. 2016)
  • First proper write-up of my estimate of the risk and cost of nuclear power accidents and insurance, which almost certainly makes it uneconomic (14 Nov. 2016)
  • Added potential examples of Capitalist Co-ops with customer/stakeholder ownership of tobacco, media and human services companies (5 Nov. 2016)
  • Comment on the potential for VHST to reduce welfare costs (rent support) by improving housing affordability (28 Oct. 2016)
  • Suggested extending a cable car from Cockle Bay to White Bay & Balmain on to Cockatoo Island and Woolwich (25 Oct. 2016).
  • Confidential Hyperloop technical paper now available on request (23 Oct. 2016)
  • VHSTcalculations.xls added & updated in Sydney Metro & VHST (v2 of 12 Oct 2016 includes dwell time)
  • Comments on applying a cash-flow tax to own-home ownership and using a fixed interest rate benchmark to support macro-economic stability (29 Sep. 2016)
  • Damning of the bureaucratic, process-driven Child Support Agency for ignoring & encouraging parental-alienation - which is child-abuse, or DV (27 Sep 2016)
  • Additional proposals to rationalise Australia's bureaucracies by merging Tasmania with Victoria, and effectively Hobart with Melbourne through a high-speed rail/Hyperloop line, and also moving a smaller, single-house NSW parliament to the new Powerhouse in Parramatta (26 Sep 2016).
  • Added slides on economics & technology and especially automated vehicles affecting future patterns of urban development (26 Sep 2016).
  • Renamed CBD bus re-routing to CBD congestion with added reference to bus tunnels and my partial CBD ring-road idea.  Also added some text & files to the Sydney Overground (24 Sep 2016)
  • Comments on freight & Hyperloop, plus the option to reduce metro tunnel costs by running high-capacity metro passenger services on existing tracks from Epping through West Ryde to Strathfield (19 August 2016)
  • Theories on how gravity affects the evolution/design of animals on Earth, & did a meteor strike increase Earth's gravity, causing extinction of dinosaurs? (19 August 2016)
  • Broad tax reform opportunities arising from my proposed superannuation tax reforms, especially GST & corporate tax reforms to support small businesses and the "innovation economy" (13 August 2016)
  • Added an affordable housing page with a paper on the rationale for and financing of 'inclusive housing', including for aged-care and retirement living (6 August 2016)
  • The Euro & international economic networks post 'Brexit' (25 June 2016 + updated 6 August 2016)
  • Comment on market failure and need for mandatory lifetime annuities with superannuation (25 July 2016)
  • Gambling convergence - on the inequity of current rules that are different for rich & poor people's gambling (24 July 2016)
  • Eco-living in under-sea Hyperloop tunnels as a better option than a Mars Mission to save the human race! (17 July 2016)
  • DV - added a few comments, including pro-feminism ones in response to Steve Price's behaviour on & after Q&A on 1 July 2016.
  • Australia - updated "real-time electoral representation" (2 July 2016)

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