COVID-19 by Suburb in New South Wales

2 May 2020

The New South Wales Department of Health has now released a breakdown of COVID-19 data by suburb. The website – and much of the media reporting of this data – displays this in the form of colour-coded maps, highlighting the hotspots. But the data is also available in more detail as part of the government’s […]

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What’s Going On In Sweden?

2 April 2020

Reportedly, Sweden has not gone into a COVID-19 lockdown, unlike its neighbours. While I am sure this is a deliberate policy choice, it will also serve as an interesting epidemiological experiment to test the effectiveness of different social response measures. It is still early in the course of this international experiment, but a look at […]

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COVID-19 data

21 March 2020

There is no shortage of commentary on COVID-19 online and off. There is also an abundance of data available, which is as good a reason as any for the first Mule post of 2020. One of the best data resources online is the Johns Hopkins dashboard created by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering […]

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Alive and kicking

19 May 2019

It has been almost two years since there has been a new post here at the Mule, so you would be forgiven for thinking that the blog was defunct. But, I have now been prodded into action by the need to change my hosting provider. For over 10 years a friend has very generously hosted […]

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The government’s medical fairyland

14 June 2014

For the first time in a while, John Carmody returns to the Stubborn Mule with the first of two guest posts. He argues that the government’s proposed medical “co-payments” do not add up. The government continues to flounder about many details of its budget and part of the reason is a lack of stated clarity […]

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7 October 2013

Somehow September has passed by without a single post. During that time, the Mule has travelled to the other side of the world and back (primarily for a one day workshop in Switzerland). Also, James Glover (regular contributor to the blog) and I have been exploring the statistical significance of global temperatures. That will, eventually, […]

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Feedburner on the fritz

30 June 2013

Those of you who have subscribed to email updates from the Stubborn Mule will have noticed some strange behaviour lately, as old blog posts have appeared in your inboxes. Why this is happening remains a mystery to me. The email subscriptions are powered by Google’s Feedburner service and, with the recent announcement that Google is […]

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Space Oddity

16 October 2012

Just when I was reflecting that a post on the Mule was long overdue and I really should get on to writing something, guest poster James Glover has come to the rescue to share his reflections in a guest post on space jumping. You may have seen media reports of “Fearless” Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian, […]

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What will the Reserve Bank do this week?

3 October 2011

It has been a while since I have had a Reserve Bank poll here on the Mule. The Bank will be sitting down on Tuesday to decide whether or not they should adjust monetary policy. Westpac chief economist, Bill Evans, was the first of the bank economists to start predicting that the next move in […]

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18 April 2011

This is a quick post to reassure regular readers that I have not given up the blog. The hiatus between posts has been due to travel. Seasons in Australia are not as distinct as they are in Europe and when I lived in England (many years ago) I always found the arrival of Spring the […]

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