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Cheese eating surrender monkeys march backwards on carbon tax

Carbon Tax

The Cheese eating surrender monkeys are marching backwards on carbon tax.

The French government is set to drop plans to introduce a carbon tax, French financial daily Les Echos said on Thursday.

The newspaper, quoting several sources, said the socialist government will not include the carbon tax in a draft 2016 budget update currently being discussed.

Environment Minister Segolene Royal had said in May that France would unilaterally introduce a carbon price floor of about 30 euros ($33) a tonne with a view to kickstart broader European action to cut emissions and drive forward the December 2015 United Nations-led international climate accord.

The plan had pushed power prices higher in the spring.

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Screwing the Social Justice Bully Scrum

Sydney University has female trouble because a cheeky bloke decided to screw the Social Justice Bully scrum by identifying as a woman in order to win an executive position in a student election.Even though it was a prank the SJB’s have been forced to accept his application at face value because it is politically incorrect to demand that a person proves their gender.

It’s perhaps the single greatest prank in the history of University of Sydney student politics. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A male staffer for a Liberal MP attempted to identify himself as a woman as part of a sneaky factional deal to win a $12,000 executive position in a student election.

Alex Fitton, who works for New South Wales state MP Mark Taylor, vowed he was not a cisgender male in order to become joint general secretary of the University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council on Wednesday night.
In a saner age, this would be accepted as middle-tier banter, laughed at, and dismissed out of hand. But this isn’t a sane age. And now the Left is has fallen on the sword of gender-identity it’s wielded so deftly for so many years.

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The future of unions is the slow painful demise they deserve

Unions are no longer relevant to NZ society

Unions are no longer relevant to NZ society

Bryce Edwards writes a big long whinge about the future of unions at the NZ Herald.

It is a bit forlorn, but he tries to fill it with hope and promise. The bottom line though is unions are no longer relevant for modern workers. The numbers show that.

Many of the tributes paid to Helen Kelly in the last week acknowledged her success in raising the profile and positive perception of the union movement. More than ever before, unions are less reliant on industrial muscle and more on winning the public relations battle – getting consumers and voters on side with their campaigns and political interventions.

Kelly was a talented leader but the hard reality of union health remains grim. The movement she led has been barely holding its own after a catastrophic collapse in the 1990s.

The public isn’t necessarily convinced about unions. According to UMR’s 2016 Mood of the Nation report, unions are the second least trusted institution – with only 30 per cent of those surveyed having confidence. This is more than the media (26%), but less than big business (31%), churches (33%), and banks (44%).

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Missing million? One more found – 999,998 to go

A tennis coach jailed in the US for soliciting sexually explicit photographs from a youth player is being lined up for deportation to New Zealand.

Rex Haultain, who was born in New Zealand and became an American citizen in 2012, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay US$15,000 ($21,000) restitution after pleading guilty to one count of soliciting child pornography.

Missouri-based Haultain was indicted by a federal grand jury for the District of Kansas on February 13, 2013.

The latest court documents, from September 12, now show the child porn offender is trying to fight the US Government’s move to withdraw citizenship and ultimately open the way for deportation to New Zealand.

On October 15 last year a trial attorney with the Office of Immigration Litigation – a division of the Department of Justice – filed a complaint to “revoke Haultain’s naturalisation”. Read more »

Guest Post – I give my kids all the screen time they want

It’s a modern-day parenting nightmare – how much screen time is too much?

It seems the age at which a child is swiping and scrolling is getting younger.

Now, American doctors have put out new advice on how long – or little – kids should spend in front of a screen.

On a sunny day, there’s little excuse for children being stuck to their screens. But this is a digital age, and they are now part of everyday life – a part more and more parents are trying to control.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has just issued new recommendations around how much time children should spend watching TV and tablets.

It says for those younger than 18 months, there should be no screen time. Ages two to five – up to one hour a day, and only educational programmes. And once the kids are older than six, parents should decide.

“Media use cannot displace sleep; it can’t displace physical play; it can’t displace family meals and social interaction,” says Dr Corrine Cross. “Those are really the jobs, if you will, of a young child, and they need to do those before they’re using media.”

Our Ministry of Health has similar recommendations. It also believes those aged five to 18 should spend less than two hours a day – that’s not including school hours in front of the TV and computer.   — Newshub

It’s not screen time that’s the problem.  It’s not managing your children’s lives in the first place.  My kids have screen time almost all the time.  Weekends are wall to wall screen time.


They are put to bed early compared to their peers.  The last hour of the day is not screen time, but book time.  That’s to disconnect their brains from the games.    They excel academically.  One of them being at the top of his school.

As parents, we could not see the logic in restricting screen time when

  • we were on screens all day long
  • they were healthy, happy, well socialised, rested, fed and academically successful

Perhaps our family is unusual, but in our experience, limiting screen time would be like limiting anything.  It’s kind of arbitrary.

When we were growing up, the same arguments existed about TV.  Too much TV watching, blah blah.  And look at us now.  We clearly ended up OK.  Ish.

Screen time these days is much more interactive compared tot he days TV had us captured.  My kids are solving problems, they are socialising and learning about team work, they are learning about technical things like programming, or solving a problem that the computer has developed.  And it is all organic.

The screens are not a substitute.   We keep a careful eye on their moods, their state of mind, how much rest they are getting, and so on.  And once we get that right, they can have computers, iPads and phones until the cows come home.

I think the problem with screen time isn’t the screen itself.  Once again, as Cam frequently says, the real problem is shit parenting.

Don’t get me wrong: sending the kids outside is absolutely fine.  Just don’t tell me that my kids having lots of screen time every day they’re not at school is damaging them.   It patently is not.

And if we are honest with ourselves, all the “experts”, medical “professionals” and “psychologists” that haunted our parents about letting us watch too much TV were wrong.  Nothing wrong with me.  Or you.  Nothing that the TV caused, anyway.


– Jessica


Five minutes into the job and Phil Goff wants to blow a billion on a stadium

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Well, we did warn you. Phil Goff has just picked up from where Len Brown left off. Now he wants to build a stadium…at a cost of more than $1 billion.

What is it with socialists and grand projects?

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants to make an early start on a $1 billion stadium on railway land alongside Vector Arena.

In an interview with NewstalkZB’s Tony Veitch to be aired today, Goff said he does not want to spend an estimated $250 million on upgrading Eden Park over the next 15 years and believes the spiritual home of rugby and cricket could be sold for as much as $300m.

Goff, who has only been in the mayoral job for two weeks, stressed the council did not have up to $1b to invest in a new stadium right now but if the council did not start planning it would miss the boat.    Read more »

Sledge of the Day

David Leyonhjelm usually sledges pesky reporters and tells them to fuck off

David Leyonhjelm usually sledges pesky reporters and tells them to fuck off

Peter FitzSimons is normally a top bloke who calls a spade a bloody shovel. He is also one who like a good sledge himself.

But he has gotten all pissy over an email he received from Aussie Senator David Leyonhjelm whose office responded to enquiries with a brilliant sledge.

The nastiest, most sexist politician in Australia right now?

It is a tough one, but I am going to go with Senator David Leyonhjelm.

An elderly female reader, Elizabeth Donelan, took exception to the following comments from the Senator, defending Donald Trump’s admission of sexual assault, where he said of the Republican presidential candidate: “He is a man of his times, perhaps. So perhaps you could cut him a little bit of slack.”   Read more »

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The first woman to conquer Everest has died at the age of 77.

Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei ascended Mount Everest in May of 1975, aged 35, before going on to climb all of the world’s seven highest peaks over the next 17 years.

Ms Tabei was diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen in 2012, leading to her death this week. Read more »