Is it an anti-establishment movement or a return to values of democracy and patriotism?

The leaders of Europe’s main anti-establishment parties appearing together in public for the first time, on January 21 in Koblenz, Germany. (Image source: Marine Le Pen/Twitter)

Some say that President Trump has fired up an anti-establishment movement in Europe but I think he is simply part of a Western swing back to democratic and patriotic values. Democracy is about the will of the people, not the elites and the people in America and Europe have had enough of multi-culturalism, political correctness and mass migration.The popularity of so-called anti-establishment political leaders like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Pauline Hanson and Geert Wilders is proof of that.

“There is a genuine feeling that Trump taking over the White House is part of a bigger, global movement. Our critics, looking at Trump’s candidacy and his speech yesterday, would call it the rise of populism. I would say it’s simply a return to nation state democracy and proper values…. This is a genuine political revolution.”

-Nigel Farage, former head of Britain’s UKIP party, who led the effort for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.
“This disruption is fruitful. The taboos of the last few years are now fully on the agenda: illegal immigration, Islam, the nonsense of open borders, the dysfunctional EU, the free movement of people, jobs, law and order. Trump’s predecessors did not want to talk about it, but the majority of voters did. This is democracy.”

-Roger Köppel, editor-in-chief of Die Weltwoche, Switzerland.

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The old tricks still work best

Scotty and I used to do the same thing:  Only put a few chairs out, and then get that low angle shot that makes the room look full.   Read more »

We all like clean beaches

Auckland’s shit beaches

Not meant as a general criticism. Auckland has lovely beaches. When they aren’t drowning in shit that is.

Swimming has been banned at 10 Auckland beaches this summer because of worsening pollution from human and animal wastes.

Permanent signs declaring that the water is not safe for swimming went up at the start of summer at Laingholm and Wood Bay near Titirangi, the north and south lagoons at Piha, and at the Bethells Beach lagoon – all popular swimming spots for children too young to swim in the wild west coast surf. Read more »

Dear Carl

via email

From: Carl xxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, 28 December 2016 7:55 a.m.
To: [email protected]
Subject: Israel

I hope you will be unceremoniously removing Murray McCully and retracting NZ stance in Israel. What on earth is going on when we support this UN rubbish. I would have thought losing the next election was not something you are that keen on.

Not my National.

Kind Regards

Carl xxxxx

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Another academic health trougher comes up with a blinder:

PAY your children to eat their vegetables.

No, I’m not kidding.

Sophia Komninou is Lecturer in Infant and Child Public Health, Swansea University

How can you get a fussy child to eat vegetables? It’s a question that plagues many frustrated parents at countless mealtimes. Some take to hiding morsels in more delicious parts of meals, while others adopt a stricter approach, refusing to let little ones leave the table until plates are clear.

One “alternative” idea touted recently is for parents to essentially bribe their children, depositing money into a child’s bank account as a reward when they eat vegetables – an idea actually backed up by research.

A US study in 2016 showed that the technique continued to encourage primary school age children to eat their greens for up to two months after these incentives were stopped.

Children who were incentivised for a longer period of time were more likely to continue eating vegetables after the deposits ended too.

The core idea here is that, providing children have the cognitive ability to understand the exchange, they will learn to eat healthily as well as learn the value of money. After a while, they will continue eating the food, not because of the reward, but because they will get into the habit of eating healthy.

And then we need to pay them to put the rubbish out.  Clear the table.  Empty the dishwasher.  Tidy their bedrooms.  Do their homework.

What a brilliant plan.    Read more »

Most extreme global warming yet

Cardrona Alpine Resort woke up to its heaviest summer snowfall in living memory [on the weekend], 30cm covering the base.

Temperatures dropped to -2degC overnight and snow continued falling for most of the day.

Resort summer operations manager Ewan Mackie said due to the altitude it was not uncommon to get a light dusting of snow at this time of year, but this was the resort’s fourth snowfall this month.

And yet NIWA claims we have just put the hottest year on record behind us (if records began last year, anyway) Read more »

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Face of the Day

The family of Pat Wearn have asked Police to issue the following statement on their behalf;

Seven days ago, like the rest of you, we were getting on with life as normal.

Over the last seven days we have had to cope with a dramatic interruption to those routines and the consequent wide range of emotions.

You will know that the active search has been suspended, but the investigation is still very much active and being pursued by the Police. We support this decision.

We have worked with the Police from the first hour that Pat went missing and having nothing but praise for them and LandSAR. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

crepitate (verb) – To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Early 17th century (in the sense ‘break wind’): from Latin crepitat- ‘crackled, rustled’, from the verb crepitare, from crepare ‘to rattle’.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 24

6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance;
victory depends on having many advisers.