Updates

I often add new material or make edits to past work on this web site.  I also have a number of articles published on Global Access Partner (GAP)'s OpenForum blog site (with links to them on relevant pages here on my web site).
The following lists the more significant things I've done since mid 2016 (including 3 confidential papers highlighted in red - available on request via LinkedIn or my business advisor web site, Principal Advice):

  • I'm currently working on ideas for affordable modular housing with sustainable power & clean water/sanitation, for poor & remote communities.
  • Added an explanation of how a gravity gradient bends light in a similar way to a prism (23 July 2020)
  • Added an explanation/my interpretation of the core concept of Modern Monetary Theory (21 July 2020)
  • I've updated my electric plane concept design - contact me for a confidential copy! (28 June 2020)
  • New article on a "UBI for Covid" is on my super-tax reform page and published on GAP's Open Forum (27 June 2020)
  • Refreshed my "Affordable Housing" page, for submission to the NSW Housing Strategy consultation process (21 June 2020)
  • Added some brief comments on urban water recycling, which I'm sceptical about the merits of (21 June 2020)
  • Noted that with my proposed tax reforms, tax allowances could be rolled over into future years so that tax liabilities for major one-off purchases like homes & cars are assessed and paid on the basis of average lifetime consumption (17 June 2020)
  • Updated my paper on Supporting Employment & Reforming Welfare that integrates with my proposed superannuation reforms and Capitalist Co-Ops strategy (27 May 2020)
  • Noted that people could borrow against a guaranteed UBI to buy affordable housing instead of being forced to rent indefinitely (16 March 2020)
  • Restructured my very long DV page into multiple sub-pages and made some other revisions (25 Feb. 2020)
  • Added to & reformatted my thoughts on modernising universities (21 Feb. 2020)
  • Updated my Sydney Metro plan to use the tunnels already dug for the "City & South-West Metro" (including for an inner-Sydney "Circle Metro" line) and to reconfigure the CBD light rail after metro construction (April, July & Oct. 2019)
  • It seems the Higgs field is simply gravity, which further supports my simplified view of the Standard Model of Quantum physics (27 Sep. 2019)
  • Improved discussion of Relativity's postulates, especially the "equivalence principle" and the relationship between gravity & inertia (15 Sep. 2019)
  • Refined wording for my theory of gravity & so-called "spooky action at a distance" in the Quantum Universe (27 July 2019)
  • Added a new paper advocating a Universal Basic Income (UBI) along with some calculations on part-funding a UBI through abolition of the tax-free threshold and a modest increase in lower tax rates (24-27 June 2019)
  • New paper on "Financing Start-ups" (including through novel hybrid customer-investor packages) added to my Capitalist Co-ops page (5 June 2019)
  • Various tweaks & updates to my DV page, including thoughts on the nature of masculinity, data/analysis of rates of rape and of homicides by strangers, the politics of abortion, and a summary of key points (2018 - Oct 2019)
  • A design for campervan seats that can be unfolded to make a bed (15 Jan. 2019)
  • Thoughts on the underlying cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (2 Dec. 2018)
  • Added slides with an overview of nearly everything on this web site (17 Nov. 2018)
  • I've come up with a hypothesis on the cause of cancer, and a potential cure (3 Nov. 2018)
  • Included in super & tax reform an xls with an indicative illustration of how current discrete tax bands could be replaced with a basic income + a continuously progressive tax rate implemented with a log formula (30 Oct. 2018 & updated 9 May 2019)
  • Added comment on my gravity theory that I think the Lorentz contraction is real and not just a relative observation (10 Oct. 2018)
  • Added graphic to illustrate my multi-State Senators proposal, as part of broader proposals for Australian constitutional reform (16 Sep. 2018)
  • I’ve figured out where all the anti-matter is: in an anti-matter black-hole at the centre of the universe! (14 Sep. 2018)
  • I am calling on the media to start reporting suicides, in whatever way they think will get most reader attention, as this seems the only way to ensure the issue gets the political attention and resourcing it needs (13 Sep. 2018)
  • Some comments on transgenderism (5 Sep. 2018)
  • I've developed a design concept for a large electric passenger airplane (4 Sep. 2018)
  • Embellished my thoughts on using public sector wage increases as a macro-economic policy tool to promote wider productivity & wages growth (23 July 2018)
  • Added comments on the relevance of #MeToo and Cliff Richard's privacy case for Justice/court system reform (23 July 2018)
  • Comments on the need for an evidence-based strategy to address ocean plastic waste (8 July 2018)
  • Attached to my Justice blog a draft proposal for a 3-stage process to rapidly ensure children's rights to see both their Mum & Dad are protected after parental separation (9 May 2018)
  • Added slides to Sydney-Metro-HST plan with an indicative economic "real options" valuation of fast trains to Wollongong, including the value of learning from outcomes to inform investment risks & decisions on other potential High Speed Train projects, as well as the impact of higher-valued time savings for transformational projects that bring the region within a threshold 1-hour commuting distance to Sydney CBD (4 May 2018)
  • Moved my pontifications about evolution to a separate page and added thoughts about why on earth humans moved north out of Africa just when glaciers were moving south (8 April 2018)
  • Added an explanation for the "Michelson–Morley" experiment to my gravity theory (17 March 2018)
  • Thoughts on reforming postal services (2 March 2018)
  • Human/health service reform ideas converted to an article for GAP's Open Forum (23 Feb. 2018)
  • 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 & lesbians!), 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 ideas 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)
  • New article on housing affordability published here on 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 and seating layouts: improving safety, comfort & capacity in wide-body aircraft (the result of having a lot of thinking time on Sydney-UK flights!) - contact me for my confidential paper (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)
  • Australia - updated "real-time electoral representation" (2 July 2016)

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    David Thorp,
    17 Nov 2018, 01:53
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