Rodney Hide ponders just how grand life is in the modern world:
We are living in a time of unparalleled prosperity. The poorest among us have material comfort undreamt of by the kings of yesteryear.
We have more opportunity than we have ever before enjoyed. We are imbued with the view that there is nothing we can’t do and the modern world has made that view a reality. We can travel to any corner of the world. Anyone can have an idea and set up in business. The only limitation is our own imagination.
We have the world at our keyboard and, with a tap on our smartphones, we access world news, rich repositories of knowledge and literature and maps of the planet and universe. The pace of technological innovation has never been so fast and has never before been so instantly available to the masses.
The best learning materials and tutorials in every conceivable subject are available to anyone with an internet connection. Young entrepreneurs and inventors declare they are too busy learning to attend school.
Yes, we do have a great mass of poor and dispirited but that’s been our democratic choice: we have election after election chosen policies to establish, perpetuate and expand an economic underclass. The poor and dispirited are no longer an economic phenomenon but a clear political choice.
And yes we suffer big, bloated, wasteful government but government now is more a nuisance and source of amusement than an agent of oppression and fear. Read more »
The FBI has released their evidence against Kim Dotocom, something that firstly Dotcom demanded the release of and even went to court to get orders for release of the evidence, and then latterly fought tooth and nail.
The full file is online, not that you will see this anywhere on the NZ Herald site as they continue to portray one side of the issue via The Gurnard.
There are some interesting snippets. Like this:
Some examples of Megaupload e-mails and messages on Skype:
“Kim really wants to copy Youtube one to one.” Read more »
David Cameron has told the Argies that if they want another go over the Falklands then he is up for it.
David Cameron has promised to defend the Falkland Islands after a “momentous” year in which residents voted to remain a British overseas territory.
In a Christmas message, the Prime Minister, said the world should respect the overwhelming result of a referendum in March which came in the face of increasing calls from Argentina to negotiate the island’s sovereignty.
“2013 will be remembered as a momentous year in the history of the Falkland Islands,” Cameron said.
“So as we look to 2014, you can count on the British government’s continued support in countering the Argentine government’s campaign to claim the islands’ resources and to inflict damage on your economy.” Read more »
John Roughan’s column continues the Herald’s jihad against Len Brown.
People who have had dealings with Len Brown of late say it is awkward. The light has gone from his eyes. He can see what they are thinking. If they are meeting in the mayoral office and he invites them to take a seat, he probably notices their hesitation. We have all had too much information.
Two months ago when the scandal broke, many of us paid to comment on these things seemed to think that if the mayor kept his head down and nothing worse emerged, it would all blow over in time. How wrong that is turning out to be.
I had a call from someone the other day from the Ngati Whatua room saying no one was sitting down. Just awkward people standing around…sniggering. What I can’t believe is that Len Brown claims there is nothing more. Plenty of commenters have alluded to it, I have alluded to it…yet Len Brown maintains there is nothing more. He knows what I know, he knows what others know and yet he maintains the lie. Oh well. Read more »
I know how much of a fan you are of Wendyl and her columns, so I thought you would find this amusing:
Our dear friend Wendyl is quick to point out in big headline letters that there is “plenty of sugar” in Aunt Betty’s Chocolate Pudding – in fact 9 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
She then kindly provides her own “preferred” family recipe for Chocolate Pudding which contains 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Read more »
2013 has been the year from hell for global warming fanatics says Lawrence Solomon:
Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the cause of global warming
2013 has been a gloomy year for global warming enthusiasts. The sea ice in the Antarctic set a record, according to NASA, extending over a greater area than at any time since 1979 when satellite measurements first began. In the Arctic the news is also glum. Five years ago, Al Gore predicted that by 2013 “the entire North polar ice cap will be gone.” Didn’t happen. Instead, a deflated Gore saw the Arctic ice cap increase by 50% over 2012. This year’s Arctic ice likewise exceeded that of 2008, the year of his prediction. And that of 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Weather between the poles has also conspired to make the global warming believers look bad. In December, U.S. weather stations reported over 2000 record cold and snow days. Almost 60% of the U.S. was covered in snow, twice as much as last year. The heavens even opened up in the Holy Land, where an awestruck citizenry saw 16 inches of snow fall in Jerusalem, almost three feet in its environs. Snow blanketed Cairo for the first time in more than 100 years.
2013 marks the 17th year of no warming on the planet. It marks the first time that James Hansen, Al Gore’s guru and the one whose predictions set off the global warming scare, admitted that warming had stopped. It marks the first time that major media enforcers of the orthodoxy — the Economist, Reuters and the London Telegraph – admitted that the science was not settled on global warming, the Economist even mocking the scientists’ models by putting them on “negative watch.” Scientific predictions of global cooling – until recently mostly shunned in the academic press for fear of being labeled crackpot – were published and publicized by no less than the BBC, a broadcaster previously unmatched in the anthropogenic apocalyptic media. Read more »