Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Ka-pow! Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2013. How’d you bring in the New Year? What’s on your mind today?
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Ah, the end of another year - full of joys, heartaches, realising dreams and breaking diets.
But before we launch full steam into 2013 let’s stop for a second to look back at what we’ve learnt these last 12 months.
Australian politics is still an ugly slag fest with both sides being led by someone infinitely less popular then one of their former leaders.
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Yet again it’s that time of year when having over-eaten, over-drunk, over-spent and generally over done it in the last few months you’re supposed to open a fresh Word document and draft up a blueprint for The New You.
After one last hurrah tomorrow night, it’s all going to change.
You’ll exercise more, sleep more, home-cook more and concentrate more on the things that count: seeing family and friends, making time for other people, giving more, really experiencing the moment instead of rushing crazily about (possibly due to the fear of missing out).
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Not a vintage year, 2012. Only destined to be remembered by the Brits who suddenly, sadly, became good at sport, even Andy Murray.
Did we learn anything that 2013 might find useful?
The bloodshed and madness in Syria continued. America once again tried to absorb more reports of gun carnage in a classroom. The National Rifle Association decided the solution to more dead kids was more guns.
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Christmas is a time of relaxing with family, culinary excesses, and financial extravagance as friends and loved ones splurge on gifts.
Not known as the ‘silly season’ for nothing, Christmas is, of course, also the season of specious economic arguments. Exhortations for Australians to spend up big this time of year to stimulate the economy are a good example of the ‘broken window fallacy’, christened thus by French liberal economist Frederic Bastiat in the 19th century.
Bastiat pointed out that a broken window pane might bring cheer to the glazier, but the money spent on replacing the window is income lost to the tailor, the book shop, and ultimately every other business in the country.
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