Workington Comets happy to see end of season

Last updated at 13:29, Monday, 27 October 2014

Workington Comets manager Tony Jackson admitted that his team are relieved to see the back of their long season after their Border Trophy success.

Tony Jackson

Comets won the second leg of their play-off meetings with Berwick Bandits despite Edinburgh Monarchs already progressing to the final, which they won on the same night.

But they did claim the Border Trophy, awarded to the aggregate winner between the Comets and Bandits. The trophy had first been contested between the sides more than 40 years ago and Jackson admitted it was a nice way to end what has been an emotionally draining season.

He said: It was a great way to finish.

Berwick werent the strongest but the lads got the job done.

It was nice to win the trophy. Of course its not the top prize but youd rather that than nothing.

Jackson admitted he was desperate to see a Comets title someday and was disappointed with the way the season turned out after such a positive build-up.

He said: I want to see Workington win the title before I die but I dont want to live forever.

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Workington Comets' Bach to ride through pain barrier

by John Fuller

Last updated at 11:23, Friday, 09 May 2014

Rene Bach will ride through the pain to ensure Workington Comets progress in the Knock-Out Cup.

Rene Bach

The west Cumbrian side have a 14-point lead going into tonights first round second leg at Somerset.

Captain Bach is still recovering from the hip injury he picked up in the Danish Champiomship semi-final last week. He made his track return earlier this week, but admitted being sore afterwards.

Comets will, however, be without Ashley Morris and Ricky Wells, who are riding for parent club Wolverhampton.

Newcastles in-form Lewis Rose with rider replacement being operated for Wells.

Team manager Tony Jackson said: We realise that this will be a very difficult meeting and of course Somerset know exactly what they need to do to overhaul us and will no doubt try to hit us hard from the start.

We will simply forget about the first leg and look at it as a match we want to win, which hopefully will keep our aggregate lead, or much of it, intact and get us over the finish line.

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Workington Comets' trophy win will scare Premier League rivals

Published at 11:01, Saturday, 29 March 2014

WORKINGTON Comets owner Laura Morgan believes that the teams triumph in the Ian Thomas Shield has made the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice.

Comets dramatically clinched the shield in the final few heats of the second leg against Newcastle Diamonds at Brough Park on Sunday.

Comets won the first leg 33-27 at Derwent Park on Saturday and then lost the away leg 24 hours later 46-44, but secured the shield 77-73 on aggregate.

With the aggregate score at 66-66 in the second leg, heat 13 proved the turning point for Comets.

Workington recorded a 5-1, with captain Rene Bach bagging first and number one Josh Grajczonek securing second.

Morgan said: What the riders have done over the weekend is said this is us and this is what we can do. Quite a few teams will have sat up and taken notice.

When Josh and Rene went out in heat 13 I was totally confident and at ease. I wasnt worried at all, added Morgan, pictured. I was pleased to see Rene getting himself going on the Sunday.

Its good for Rene and good for the team. He put in an excellent performance, as did Josh and Kyle [Howarth]. I couldnt fault any of them.

Mason [Campton] had a rocky start but finished it with a good win. Everyone was happy and the squad are absolutely delighted.

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Health care reform bill needs sin taxes

Written by: Nathan Warner on October 22, 2009.

Charging those with unhealthy habits is more fair than any alternative

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One idea being tossed around in the current chaotic debate on health care is to instate a sin tax on unhealthy behaviors.

This idea is not new it has been endorsed and legislated worldwide for things like smoking and gasoline use. These Pigovian taxes (after economist Arthur Pigou) are intended to correct negative market externalities, unwanted consequences of economic activity that are experienced by unrelated third parties and in inefficient markets.

For example, all of humanity is affected by the environmental degradation inflicted by use of carbon fuels. But the incentive to drive less and thus contribute to less air pollution is, on the aggregate nonexistent.

There is no incentive for any single individual to drive less it is too much of an individual sacrifice. And it simply wont make a difference if the rest of society doesnt also change driving habits.

To rectify this, a high tax could be levied on gasoline. This would not explicitly prohibit driving but would decrease the total number of hours spent driving across society, thus lessening carbon emissions.

In other words, the externality would be corrected. Drivers would be made to internalize the full consequences of their decisions even those that affect others.

The same concept has been suggested regarding other sin behaviors actions that are entirely logical at the individual level but force high costs on unrelated parties who have no influence or choice on the action.

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Guest Post: Keynesianism & Eugenics

The theory of output as a whole, which is what The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money purports to provide, is much more easily adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state. John Maynard Keynes

In looking at and assessing the economic paradigm of John Maynard Keynes a man himself fixated on aggregates we must look at the aggregate of his thought, and the aggregate of his ideology.

Keynes was not just an economist. Between 1937 and 1944 he served as the head of the Eugenics Society and once called eugenicsthe most important, significant and, I would add, genuine branch of sociology which exists. And Keynes, we should add, understood that economics was a branch of sociology. So lets be clear: Keynes thought eugenics was more important, more significant, and more genuine than economics.

Eugenics or the control of reproduction is a very old idea.

In The Republic, Plato advocated that the state should covertly control human reproduction:

You have in your house hunting-dogs and a number of pedigree cocks. Do not some prove better than the rest?Do you then breed from all indiscriminately, or are you careful to breed from the best?And, again, do you breed from the youngest or the oldest, or, so far as may be, from those in their prime? And if they are not thus bred, you expect, do you not, that your birds and hounds will greatly degenerate? And what of horses and other animals? Is it otherwise with them? How imperative, then, is our need of the highest skill in our rulers, if the principle holds also for mankind? The best men must cohabit with the best women in as many cases as possible and the worst with the worst in the fewest,and that the offspring of the one must be reared and that of the other not, if the flock is to be as perfect as possible. And the way in which all this is brought to pass must be unknown to any but the rulers, if, again, the herd of guardians is to be as free as possible from dissension. Certain ingenious lots, then, I suppose, must be devised so that the inferior man at each conjugation may blame chance and not the rulers and on the young men, surely, who excel in war and other pursuits we must bestow honors and prizes, and, in particular, the opportunity of more frequent intercourse with the women, which will at the same time be a plausible pretext for having them beget as many of the children as possible. And the children thus born will be taken over by the officials appointed for this.

Additionally, Plato advocated disposing with the offspring of the inferior:

The offspring of the inferior, and any of those of the other sort who are born defective, they will properly dispose of in secret, so that no one will know what has become of them. That is the condition of preserving the purity of the guardians breed.

In modernity, the idea appears to have reappeared in the work first of Thomas Malthus, and later that of Francis Galton.

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